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Standing in the stern, Sweep
Dennis Kolb helps steer the
Dragons in the Wallowas
Grand Masters team through
the Slalom races during
Sunday morning’s heats of
the Seven Wonders Cup.
Ellen Bishop/For the Chieftain
Enterprise, Oregon
Issue No. 19
August 29, 2018
Dunn remembered as a man of principle
By Steve Tool
Wallowa County Chieftain
Bruce Dunn
Wallowa County com-
missioner-elect Bruce Dunn
passed away from a sus-
pected cardiac incident while
on a tour of timber stands
on the Lower Joseph Creek
Project Aug. 21. He was 74.
When Dunn came to Wal-
lowa County from Idaho in
1986, he looked for work as
a forester in a steadily decreasing
industry. Upon his death, Dunn
was a Wallowa County icon, a
commissioner-elect for retiring
Paul Castilleja’s seat, chairman
of the county’s Natural Resources
Advisory Committee and the per-
sonification of the county’s strug-
gle to maintain control of the utili-
zation of its natural resources.
Born in Michigan, Dunn
attended Michigan Tech, where
he obtained a degree in forestry
management and went to work
for the U.S. Forest Service but
ended up in the private sector at
a sawmill. He briefly returned
to the USFS when the mill he
worked for washed away in a
dam failure.
He eventually landed a for-
estry job at the Sequoia Forest
Industries mill in Joseph. RY
Timber of Boise eventually pur-
chased the mill, which closed in
1995. Only Dunn was retained
to manage the company’s exten-
sive forest lands in the county, a
job he held until his death.
Among his accomplish-
ments while serving on the Wal-
lowa County Planning Com-
mission were the creation of the
Wallowa County and Nez Perce
Tribe Salmon Recovery Plan to
preclude the endangered species
designation of Chinook salmon.
Because of the techni-
cal demands needed to imple-
ment the plan, the commission-
ers, along with Dunn, formed
the county’s Natural Resources
Advisory Committee, which has
two facets: A technical committee
that reviews projects and makes
recommendations and a stand-
ing committee that develops rec-
ommended policy on natural
resource issues for the board of
See DUNN, Page A8
County TLT
plan faces new
Suit says state’s open
meeting laws violated
By Kathleen Ellyn
Wallowa County Chieftain
Wallowa County Commissioners have
been hit with two new challenges to the pro-
posed increase of the Transient Lodging Tax
in the unincorporated areas of the county.
Attorney Benjamin Boyd, representing
David Hurley, owner of Eagle Cap Cha-
lets at Wallowa Lake, submitted a suit and a
challenge with regard to the way the measure
was brought forward.
See TLT Plan, Page A8
Joseph will vote
on marijuana
measure Nov. 6
Effort to place it on the
ballot in Enterprise fails
By Kathleen Ellyn
Wallowa County Chieftain
Paul Wahl/Chieftain
Alyse Shetler, kindergarten teacher at Joseph Charter School, reads from “The Night Before Kindergarten” on the first day of
school Monday. Joseph and Wallowa schools both opened for the year Monday, Enterprise schools open Sept. 4.
Two measures seeking the repeal of ordi-
nances banning marijuana sales in Enter-
prise and Joseph met with opposite results
last week.
Marty Thompson of Enterprise, who
had hoped to open a shop on her property
on Florence Avenue in Enterprise, collected
257 signatures in the city in favor of putting
the measure on the Nov. 6 ballot. She turned
them in at the Aug. 13 meeting of Enterprise
City Council.
See POT, Page A8
Chesnimnus Pack strikes again
By Steve Tool
Wallowa County Chieftain
The Chesnimnus Wolf Pack claimed its
fourth victim in a confirmed wolf depre-
dation of a calf. A range rider found the
five-month-old 300-pound animal on the
morning of Aug. 20. Estimates indicate the
calf was most like likely killed on Aug. 19.
Investigators found that a significant por-
tion of the carcass, including all the calf’s
intestines, had been consumed. The remains
were skinned and investigators found five
canine puncture wounds along with assorted
scrapes and tooth spacing, which indicated a
wolf depredation. Wolf tracks and scat were
also found near the kill site.
The Oregon Department of Fish and
Wildlife said it has had five confirmed
wolf depredations in the area since mid-
June. This attack, as well as the other four,
are attributed to the Chesnimnus Pack.
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