A18 News/From A1 wallowa.com FOR THE RECORD Jan. 1 12:29 a.m. –– A 911 caller reported an assault that had occurred in Wallowa. 5:16 p.m. –– 911 call reported a fire at a residence in rural Joseph. 9:57 p.m. –– Michael Don Gamboa, 31, of Joseph, was arrested on a Union County Warrant for failture to appear. Original charge DWS - mis- demeanor. He also had a Deschutes County warrant for probation violation. Original charge DUI. He was transported to Union County Jail. Jan. 2 12:49 p.m. –– 911 call report- ing a tractor on fire in rural Joseph. 3:03 p.m. –– Computer crime reported in Enterprise. Jan. 3 10:21 a.m. –– Theft of ser- vices was reported at Wallowa Lake. The owner spoke with the subject and it was determined no crime was committed. HERB Continued from Page A1 The Jan. 23 special election on Measure 101 will address the issue. The legislature approved a 3:06 p.m. –– Animal neglect reported from Joseph. Jan. 4 5:40 p.m. –– Todd Kevin McCoy, 56, of Wallowa, was arrested by Enterprise Police for probation violation. Original charge was DUI. He was trans- ported to Umatilla County Jail. Jan. 5 9:37 p.m. –– A 911 caller reported a domestic disturbance in rural Enterprise. Sheriff’s office investigated. Jan. 6 8:55 p.m.–– A harass- ment incident was reported in Enterprise. 10:05 p.m. –– Report of overdue hunters was received. Search and Rescue was called out. Subjects were located and were fine. Jan. 7 11:30 p.m. –– A 911 caller reported a verbal domestic in Joseph. Jan. 8 5:45 a.m. –– Dispatch received a call saying a deer in the roadway on Hwy. 82 needed to be dispatched. law asking insurance compa- nies and hospitals pay small fees to finance a continuation of expanded coverage, which began in 2014. A portion of the law was successfully referred, allowing voters to have the final say on the tax. Trace Evans This week’s athlete of the week is Enterprise High School wrestler Trace Evans. The 14-year-old freshman took second place in the 132 lbs category at the Jo-Hi Invitational wrestling tournament in Joseph over the past weekend. Evans, with an 18-9 record, battled his way through several matches before meeting up with teammate and reigning state champion Cole Farwell. Evans lost the match, but put up a good struggle. His coach, Troy Farwell, said he looked for Evans to become a worthy successor to Cole Farwell. Evans makes regular appearances on the school honor roll and participates in FFA, football and track. Proudly Sponsored By: Eastern Oregon’s Full Service Propane Supplier 201 E. Hwy 82, Enterprise 541-426-0320 www.edstaub.com January 10, 2018 Wallowa County Chieftain State officials quick to react to Attorney General’s new pot policy By Claire Withycombe Capital Bureau SALEM — Top Oregon politicians were quick to crit- icize news Thursday that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era stance on states that have legal- ized recreational marijuana. Although marijuana remains illegal under federal law, the policy, referred to as the Cole Memo, set out guidelines for federal prosecutors in states that had legalized marijuana to focus their resources on larg- er-scale concerns such as traf- ficking and continue to rely on state and local law enforcement to act in accordance with state laws and regulations. Statewide, more than 366,000 Oregonians are impacted and 700-800 Wal- lowa County residents by one estimate. These are low-income adults, children, families and individuals with disabilities who were covered when the Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid coverage to those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. For Herb, it was a life-saver. Herb is a retired special education teacher but because she worked her entire 25-year career in Oregon for a non- profit, she wasn’t enrolled in the Oregon Public Employ- ees Retirement System. Pri- vate insurance often was not affordable. She and her partner of 23 years, Karen Sternadel, 64, and their adopted daughter, Bella, 9, all moved to Joseph in 2015, so that Bella could be raised in Wallowa County. The couple hadn’t planned on adopting, but one thing led to another, and Bella came into their life. “I love having Bella,” Herb Recreational marijuana has been legal in Oregon for more than two years now, and in August, state economists pre- dicted that Oregon could bring in about $142 million in mar- ijuana tax revenue through mid-2019. Sessions on Thursday said he would let federal prosecutors in each state decide where they would focus their enforcement actions, but that states that have legalized marijuana were not exempt from federal drug laws. However, it’s not clear that the announcement will lead to drastic changes in the way that federal officials in Oregon handle pot. Billy Williams, U.S. Attor- ney for the district of Oregon, said the memo directs U.S. attorneys to use “the reasoned exercise of discretion when pursuing prosecutions related to marijuana crimes.” “We will continue working with our federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners to pursue shared pub- lic safety objectives, with an emphasis on stemming the overproduction of marijuana and the diversion of mari- juana out of state, dismantling criminal organizations and thwarting violent crime in our communities,” Williams said in a statement Thursday. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said the state Department of Justice would “continue to make sure Ore- See MEASURE 101 EDITORIAL | PAGE 4 said. “She’s a big piece of my life.” Since then, they’ve lived on their joint retirement sav- ings and Joni’s part-time work as a window washer. They were making it work, bringing up a daughter in the best environment they could and becoming active in the community. Then, last spring Joni felt a lump in her neck. She set aside checking that out to deal with her mother’s passing, and it was August before she went in. Dr. Ken Rose performed a biopsy of the lump at Wallowa Memo- rial Hospital. She learned she had a very rare cancer: squamous cell carcinoma, or cancer of the tonsils. Herb doesn’t smoke or drink, the most common causes, but says she took plenty of second-hand smoke growing up. Soon she was off to Walla Walla for PET scans, CAT Kathleen Ellyn/Chieftain Joni Herb of Joseph gets a “top up” of liquids for dehy- dration at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. Thanks to her ex- panded OHP coverage, Herb was able to obtain treatment for a cancer with a 90-95 per- cent cure rate. scans, surgery –– the works. Her ear nose and throat spe- cialist chose aggressive treatment. She’s been in treatment since the first week of Decem- ber. She is now just two weeks away from the end of chemo and a five-days-a-week rege- gon’s marijuana industry thrives under our carefully considered state regulatory requirements.” Rosenblum, who charac- terized Sessions’ decision as overreach, made no indica- tion of specific next steps other than she “valued her working relationship” with Williams and looked forward to work- ing with him. “This is an industry that Oregonians have chosen — and one I will do everything in my legal authority to protect,” Rosenblum said. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said in a statement that her office would “fight to con- tinue Oregon’s commitment to a safe and prosperous recre- ational marijuana market.” min of radiation. “This is where it gets real tough,” she said. Although squamous cell carcinoma will kill you if not treated, the survival rate is high if treated. “We would have had to sell our house,” Herb said. “I don’t think I should have to sell our house to afford treatment. Had I not had OHP, I wouldn’t have been able to do treatment.” Joni had 11 nodules taken out in Walla Walla and chemo and radiation followed. The chances are Joni will be fine, thanks in large measure to her access to Medicaid. “Oh my gosh, OHP has supported me through this much better than any private insurance I had,” she said. “I’ve worked since I was 10 and paid into my company’s health plans all my life. Noth- ing has been as good as this. This has been remarkable insurance.” She’s 40 pounds lighter due to chemo, pretty much weak as a kitten and tied to yearly checkups for the rest of her life. But she is alive and on the road to recovery. This is a paid advertisment.