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February 28, 2018
Wallowa County Chieftain
Ruby Peak Realty opens in Joseph location
Ruby Peak Realty opened its
doors in the Daggett building at
83365 Joseph Highway Feb. 12.
The new firm combines agents from
Wallowa County Brokers and Wal-
lowa Mountain Properties.
Kirk Makin and Kent Sands
of Wallowa County Brokers and
Michele Baird, Anette Christof-
fersen and Diane Daggett, for-
mer brokers with Wallowa Moun-
tain Properties make up the team of
Lindsey Chrisman is the office
manager and is also working on
obtaining her real estate license.
The team has a total of 67 combined
years of experience in real estate.
“I was looking to create an office
with a team of top producing bro-
kers, with broad expertise and expe-
rience to serve our clients with
ranch, residential and commercial
properties,” said Makin, who is the
owner of the firm. “Because we are
committed to providing strong fidu-
ciary and ethical representation, we
will provide the best service for our
buyers and sellers. This is a great
group of brokers that will work well
together while having a positive and
fun office atmosphere.”
Makin has been the owner of
Wallowa County Brokers since 2004
and is planning to close that office in
the near future and conduct all busi-
ness from Ruby Peak Realty.
Ruby Peak will be completely
rebranded with new logo, signs, a
website and advertising. The office
is in a prime location with a large
parking lot for easy access.
The company can be reached at
541-432-5000 or rubypeakrealty@
gmail.com. The website is Ruby-
Members of the newly formed Ruby Peak Realty Inc. in Joseph include, from left, Lindsey Chrisman, Anette
Christoffersen, Diane Daggett, Kirk Makin, Kent Sands and Michele Baird.
Yoga retreat focuses on ‘heart-centered’ approach
instructor Tiffany Wood will
lead a yoga retreat Aug. 10-12
at the Blue Barn, 63327 Ten-
derfoot Valley Rd., Joseph.
The retreat offers an oppor-
tunity for local yoga practi-
tioners to deepen their practice
as well as connect with others.
Wood, who is based in
Park City, Utah, has taught
yoga throughout the U.S. and
abroad for more than 20 years.
She specializes in Anusara
Yoga, which focuses on a posi-
Nancy Knoble, who hosts
the retreat, first met Wood
when she and longtime Wal-
lowa County instructor Clare
Bronec along with fellow
retreat organizer, Ann Powers,
went to a weeklong session in
T h e y
that they put
together to Wood
find a way
to get her to come to Wallowa
Knoble has regularly hosted
an annual Blue Barn Yoga
Retreat each August. Many
participants say that the Barn
‘s atmosphere adds a magical
component to the retreat.
“A retreat is a good time to
explore a pose or concept that
we have only touched on in a
class,” said Bronec. “It is also a
time to connect with other peo-
Fundraiser set for
The Republican Lincoln/Rea-
gan Dinner will be 5 p.m. Satur-
ple who value what yoga can
teach us about ourselves. Tif-
fany is great at teaching many
different levels, making us feel
good about our abilities but
showing us new possibilities.”
Wood is known for weav-
ing yogic philosophy and life
lessons into the practice.
“The quality of instruction
Tiffany offers is some of the
best you will find anywhere in
the world,” said Esther Petro-
cine, another yoga instructor in
the county. “Her way of safely
guiding participants into poses
The barn setting offers
the sweet smell of Wallowa
County summer, a quiet cho-
rus of life that inhabits the
barn, including the bleating of
goats, the greeting of a rooster,
day, March 10, at the VFW Hall
The fundraiser event features
a steak dinner and pie auction.
Tickets are $20 and available in
advance by calling 541-263-0385.
Keynote speaker will be Ore-
gon Republican Party Vice Chair
Chris Baretto. This is also an
and the sweet lullaby of owls,
“creates a loving container in
which to open our hearts and
minds to the fullness of life
that a weekend filled with yoga
provides,” Petrocine added.
The retreat sells out fast
and is usually attended by both
locals and nonlocals, some of
whom regularly study with
Wood. It is an all-levels retreat.
Early Bird Registration
opens online March 1. To reg-
ister go to TiffanyWoodYoga.
com. The cost goes up May 1.
The weekend begins Fri-
day evening and includes ses-
sions Friday evening, Saturday
morning and afternoon and
Sunday morning. A catered
picnic lunch on Saturday is
included. Bring your mat. All
other props are provided.
opportunity to meet with
state representatives and
state and local candidates.
Baretto is married to State
Rep. Greg Baretto, who rep-
resents Wallowa County. The
couple served as delegates
at the Republican National
Convention in July 2016.
Shelby Aeppli Imholt
names new yodeler
Shelby Aeppli Imholt of
Hillsboro, Ore., a widely
known Swiss singer, is the new
official yodeler for Oregon’s
She was chosen to succeed
Arthur Brogli, who recently
decided after four years of
singing at the event that age
now prevents him from travel-
ing outside California.
“We can’t do justice to
Swiss culture without a great
Swiss yodeler,” said Chuck
Anderson, the festival’s presi-
dent and alpenmeister. “Shelby
is a beautiful fit. She’ll sing
at ‘Accordions at Alpenfest’
on Thursday and at each of
our main shows Friday and
Imholt learned to yodel
from her father, a native of
Zurich, Switzerland. She has
sung at major Swiss gatherings
on the West Coast for many
years and performed in Swit-
zerland in 2010.
She is also a member of the
Singing Society of Portland.
Other headliners at the
2018 Alpenfest will be The
Polkatones dance band, the
Tirolean Dancers folk dance
troupe, alphornist Bruce
Coutant and accordion virtu-
oso Alicia Baker.
Free polka and waltz les-
sons will be taught by compet-
itive polka dancers Randy and
Ashley Thull from Wisconsin.
The festival runs Sept.
27-30. Details and advance
tickets are available at orego-
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This week’s athlete of the week is
Joseph Charter School point guard
Tyler Homan. During the Eagles’
continuing run at the state playoffs,
Homan, a junior, has come into
his own, playing a major role in
his team’s last two victories, over
Condon/Wheeler 64-59, and a 55-43
trouncing of Damascus Christian, the
third-ranked team in the state.
In the former, Homan scored 13,
taking the leadership helm and
steering the team to victory.
In the latter game, facing an
intensely hostile crowd, Homan was
up for the fight, scoring 21 points,
14 in the second quarter alone. He
sank four from outside the paint in
the second quarter alone. He sank
four from outside the paint in the
second quarter and added a crucial,
fifth, three-pointer that helped break
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