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    Wallowa County Chieftain
Opinion
wallowa.com
January 10, 2018
A5
The holidays are over. Now what? Keeping up with
I
t’s almost a new year, the time of the
dreaded “R” word — resolution. Did
you make any new year’s resolutions?
For the majority of people, the number
one resolution is to lose weight and get in
shape. Their intentions are good, but ulti-
mately, many people fail in their resolu-
tion attempt. Why?
Because resolutions don’t work, say
the experts. In general, resolutions tend
to be very broad in scope with undefined
timelines and no built-in reward system.
For example, if your resolution is to exer-
cise for 60 minutes every day, while your
intentions are good, do you really expect
to be able to commit to 420 minutes of
physical activity every week, week after
week?
Not surprisingly, for most the answer
is “no.” So what is a person to do?
First, pick one goal. The chances of
success are greater if you focus. Let’s say
you pick increased physical activity as a
goal. Next, pick an activity you enjoy.
If you don’t like water, chances don’t
pick swimming or a water sport. Maybe
you haven’t been active for quite some
time, so physical activity is new to you.
It is highly recommended that before you
start any activity, you talk it over with
your primary care provider first.
It also helps to tell someone about
EATING
HEALTHY
Ann Bloom
your intentions. If someone else knows,
there is more of a tendency toward
accountability. You know someone is
in your corner, so it motivates you to
succeed.
Walking is a good choice for most
people who want to increase their phys-
ical activity. It’s generally something
everyone can do (one foot in front of the
other, right?) One of the reasons many
people fail at their physical activity reso-
lutions is because they start out too vigor-
ously and expect immediate results.
The answer is to start slowly and work
up gradually until you are walking for
around 30 minutes a day on most days.
This is the recommended amount of time
for most adults to get the greatest health
benefit.
Start with 10 minutes of walking (or
five minutes if that is what you can do),
for a week, and then increase your time
in five-minute increments until you reach
30 minutes.
This may take a month or more,
depending on the individual. Try not
to get discouraged. Your commitment
to increase physical activity — notice
we don’t say “exercise” any more —
is an admirable one and you are to be
congratulated.
It goes without saying a good pair of
shoes is a must. Without the right equip-
ment, it’s easy to get hurt. When peo-
ple get hurt in the beginning of doing
an activity, they often decide to give up.
Also, whatever activity you choose, it’s
generally more fun to do if you have
someone to do it with.
So now you have a manageable goal
with defined objectives — walk five min-
utes on most days, with the ultimate goal
of 30 minutes of walking per day on
most days. If you get to 30 minutes, and
you feel ready, increase your time, by
five-minute increments, until you have
reached the desired amount of time that
feels right to you.
Now that you have reached your goal,
it’s reward time.
Rewards act as great motivators to
continue your efforts. How about a new
pair of walking shoes? Lunch with a
friend? That new bestseller you’ve heard
so much about?
Go ahead. You’ve earned it.
Ingenuity usually trumps adversity
I
stole this rodeo story from Rickey
Green.
Rickey was a top notch heeler
and a magician with a rope. When the
National Finals were still in Oklahoma
City, Rickey and his partner were out
of the average and just roping for the
go-round.
His header had to be fast and failed in
a desperate long throw. Now the chances
for a check were gone so Rickey, for the
fun of it, spun a big ocean wave loop out
in front of his horse, brought it back and
around the back of his horse and then
sailed it onto the horns of the steer.
His horse turned off as Rickey took
his dally. Unfortunately Rickey in his
haste had neglected to cinch up and when
the rope came tight, his saddle jerked to
the side and splattered Rickey. Rickey
jumped to his feet and flashed two “v”
for victory signs to a standing ovation.
Back when cowboys still drove cars
and pulled two horse trailers. George
Richards, Ronnie Darnell, Matt Silve-
ria and Rickey had split first and second
in the first go-round at Caldwell back
in the day you could go twice in some
rodeos.
OPEN RANGE
Barrie Qualle
They didn’t get their next steer for
three days so the four of them decided
to leave one rig in Caldwell and jump in
together and go to other rodeos.
They loaded Ronnie’s head horse
and Matts heel horse and took off for
three days of rodeo. So they rodeo for
three days and the morning they head
back for Caldwell, they get word all
they have to do is catch to win the
average.
About six hours out of Caldwell, the
Grand Prix stops dead in the road, blows
the tranny. The bad news: it is a three-
day fix and they need to be in Caldwell
in five hours. Ronnie starts to calculate,
if the average pays $800 a man and they
can win first and second just by catch-
ing, they can each put up $250 a piece
and buy a car. They take off running
through used car lots looking for a car
with a trailer hitch in their price range.
They find one with a boat trailer hitch
and the deal is made. They hook up to
the horse trailer and have four hours to
make a five-hour drive to Caldwell.
Two hours down the road, flames
erupt under the hood. People stop to
help and the horses get unloaded and the
trailer is pushed back from the inferno.
They tied the horses to the fence and
began asking for a ride to Caldwell.
They talk to an old couple with a motor
home heading for Oklahoma and con-
vince them to assist.
The old man is purring along at
about 55 mph, his wife has made the
boys sandwiches and they are still an
hour from Caldwell. Rickey explains
the urgency of speed and pretty soon
they are cruising at 85. The old man
says, “hang on boys.”
They end up winning second and
third in the average and clearing a few
hundred discounting the torched car.
They got their checks, jumped in Rick-
ey’s car and headed back to the horses
still tied to the fence along the highway.
That’s why cowboys love Rodeo.
That’s also why ranchers don’t want
their daughters dating rodeo cowboys.
developmental
disabilities
I
wonder if you could
imagine trying to help
someone who cannot
clearly communicate his or
her needs to you? Or help
someone navigate our small
community when they may
look or move differently than
their typical peers.
The Developmental Dis-
abilities Program at Wallowa
Valley Center for
Wellness, founded
in 1995, dedicates
countless hours try-
ing to ensure needs
are met for this very
diverse and unique
population. They
don’t allow the
“label” to get in the way of
treating each individual as
a unique human being with
many gifts and goals just like
any other friend or neighbor.
Developmental disabil-
ities are a group of condi-
tions due to an impairment in
physical, learning, language,
or behavior areas. These con-
ditions may impact day-to-
day functioning and usually
last throughout a person’s
lifetime.
The services provided to
those enrolled enable peo-
ple to stay in their home and
remain independent, healthy,
and safe. It also saves both
the state and federal govern-
ment money because we are
providing supports and ser-
vices that are more extensive
in a less restrictive environ-
ment, in lieu of more expen-
sive institutional-type care.
The center offers case
management, family support,
advocacy, program plan-
ning, protective services and
resource development. Addi-
tional program responsibili-
ties include eligibility deter-
minations for services, foster
home licensing and monitor-
ing, crisis placements, pro-
tective services and assisting,
monitoring and supporting
personal support workers.
Through the tireless lead-
ership of Jean Pekarek and
two case managers, Tosca
Rawls and Trisha Holcomb,
the team provides excep-
tional client-driven services.
The total enrolled in
developmental disabilities
services grew from 21 to 35,
a 40% increase 2014-17. Of
those 36 served, 11 receive
case management services,
18 receive in-home sup-
GUEST
COLUMN
Chantay Jett
port services, 6 are in foster
homes and there is one indi-
vidual in 24-hour residential
care. The program provides
3,132 hours of in-home ser-
vices per month and employs
32 personal support work-
ers, an increase of 75 percent
since 2014.
In recent years, the sys-
tem has had daunting chal-
lenges concerning funding
and allocation of resources.
In 2017, some services
were cut by the Legislature
for the 2017-19 biennium.
The system was also tasked
with identifying $12 mil-
lion in general fund reduc-
tions during the 2017-19
biennium.
The program is consid-
ered robust and continues to
grow although it’s not with-
out challenges. Logistics of
serving 36 unique clients can
be daunting along with man-
aging the anxieties of cli-
ents and families who are
trying to forecast an uncer-
tain future of Medicaid and
the ACA.
Fortunately, a seasoned
staff is prepared to roll with
the tide and continue deliv-
ering love-filled care to
one of our most vulnerable
populations.
Chantay Jett is Executive
Director of Wallowa Valley
Center for Wellness.
Wallowa County’s first grain elevator opens in time for 1917 crop
OUT OF THE PAST
Compiled by Hanna Brandt
100 YEARS AGO
Jan. 10, 1918
Woolgrowers’ Warehouse
Company’s new grain elevator
in Enterprise –– the only grain
elevator in Wallowa County ––
has been completed. The ele-
vator has a capacity of 75,000
bushels and was ready in time
to receive part of the 1917
grain crop.
Preliminary steps to estab-
lish a city park in Joseph were
taken by the council last Mon-
day night. Under the proposed
plan, the city will buy three
lots, plant grass seed and trees
and place benches throughout
the park.
“Joan, the Woman,” which
comes to the opera house
in Enterprise on Saturday,
is the latest great photoplay
from Cecil B. DeMille. Pro-
duced for upwards of half-mil-
lion dollars, the production
requires 12 reels of film for a
single showing.
70 YEARS AGO
Jan. 8, 1948
The Enterprise High School
juniors have started rehears-
als for their class play, a mys-
tery titled “Hobgoblin House,”
which will be presented in
February.
The Raven Foods plant
has completed construction of
plant facilities for the manu-
facture of Swiss cheese. Com-
pletion of the facilities makes
Raven Foods the only Swiss
cheese factory on the West
Coast.
Last Friday evening, a
group of neighbors called at
the new home of Mr. and Mrs.
R. A. Rawlinson and surprised
them, bringing sandwiches,
coffee, assorted relishes and
pie. The neighbors also pre-
sented a gift of two pieces of
myrtle wood to the couple for
their new home.
50 YEARS AGO
Jan. 11, 1968
Paramount Pictures has
had representatives in the area
looking for a possible film-
ing site for a screen adapta-
tion of the Broadway musical
hit, “Paint Your Wagon.” The
production staff would consist
of about 200 Hollywood tech-
nicians and 400 to 500 extras
and would cost an estimated
$10 million.
Progress on the construc-
tion of the new school in
Joseph is about one month
ahead of schedule and may
be completed by June if no
unforeseen problems arise.
Workers have moved inside,
and temporary heating facili-
ties are permitting the electri-
cians and plumbers to proceed.
Plans for the snowmobile
races, which will be held Sun-
day at Sled Springs, 21 miles
north of Enterprise on High-
way 3, were discussed Mon-
day night at a meeting of the
Enterprise Chamber of Com-
merce. A course has been laid
out at the Sled Springs Ranger
Station and ample snow has
piled up to assure good sled-
ding, chamber president Bud
Rayburn said.
25 YEARS AGO
Jan. 14, 1993
In the midst of inaugural
celebrations planned in Wash-
ington, D.C., when Bill Clin-
ton becomes president next
Tuesday, an event tied to Wal-
lowa County is planned. The
Nez Perce Tribe, in cooper-
ation with the National Park
Service, will host a recep-
tion “to acknowledge pas-
sage of the bill to expand the
Nez Perce National Histori-
cal Park.” Among sites in the
expansion are four in Wallowa
County – the Chief Joseph
monument site at the foot of
Wallowa Lake, the traditional
Nez Perce campground near
Wallowa, Joseph Canyon over-
look and Dug Bar crossing.
Charles Gray, a retired
newcomer to Joseph who has
been in the entertainment busi-
Now Offering
ness most of his life, is plan-
ning to start an acting school
in his living room next week.
His class will cover makeup,
costuming, lighting, scenery,
and stage managing, as well as
acting.
Mel Schuldt was sworn in
ELECTRICAL
& PLUMBING SUPPLIES
Dental X-ray!
Get Ready for
February Dental
Month
Chieftain file photo
In this image from December 1998, the Grace Lutheran Church in Enterprise celebrates the
donation of a lift char to the Wallowa Memorial Hospital. On hand were Ardis and Harold
Klages, Beverly Frasch and Alan Klages. The church is a member of the Evangelical Luther-
an Church in America.
ELECTRICAL & WATER SYSTEM
CONTRACTOR
PUMPS • IRRIGATION
HARDWARE• APPLIANCE PARTS
FREE Dental Exam
during January
from his council slot to suc-
ceed Larry Christman.
Introducing our
new Physician
Dr.
Kelsey
Allen
Dr. Allen is a doctor of
osteopathic medicine, and
completed her residency
in family medicine.
She is now accepting
new patients!
Call Dr. Allen to
schedule your appointment today!
Call to schedule an
appointment
541-426-7900
Mountain View Medical Group
706 Depot St.
Enterprise, OR 97828
542-426-3331
as the new Enterprise mayor
on Monday night, moving up
603 Medical Parkway
208 S. RIVER ST. • ENTERPRISE, OR
www.jbbane.com • 541-426-3344
(next to Wallowa
Memorial Hospital)
Enterprise, Oregon 97828
Joseph Clinic
100 N. East St. Joseph
541.426.7900