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    ANNUAL EAST-WEST SHRINE ALL-STAR FOOTBALL GAME
Wallowa County’s three East-West Shrine game all-stars gave a good
accounting of themselves | A9
Enterprise, Oregon
Wallowa.com
135th Year, No. 17
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 $1.50
Wallowa County Fair
GOES TO
THE DOGS
Ellen Morris Bishop
Baily Vernam guide’s her young yellow lab, Paige, through the agility course at the 4H Mighty Mutt’s Dog Show Saturday at
the opening of the Wallowa County Fair.
By Ellen Morris Bishop
Wallowa County Chieftain
T
he Wallowa County Fair
kicked off its week-long
run on Saturday with
the ever-popular 4H dog
show. About 20 4H mem-
bers of the Mighty Mutts Dog Club
brought their canines to the junior are-
nas on the grassy fairgrounds lawn
for friendly competition in obedience,
showmanship, tricks, and agility. The
4H Fair Court of Dakota DeLyria,
THE 4H HORSE SHOW
began Sunday morning,
and includes Western
and hunt-jump classes,
as well as green horses
and roping. See photos
on page 10.
Destiny Wecks, and Quincee Zacha-
rias opened the show with the Pledge
of Allegiance.
Dog Show participants kept two
rings running at once, with obedi-
ence trials in one and showmanship
in the other. Obedience in the Junior,
Intermediate and Advanced classes
included walking at varying paces at
heel, recall, fi gure –eight heel, long sit
and long down-stay.
Showmanship classes were more
focused on showing off your dog, or as
the judge said “Make me want to spend
some time with your dog. And show
See Fair, Page A7
Commissioner’s
meeting sinks
Rails with Trails
By Steve Tool
Wallowa County Chieftain
The June 17 Wallowa County Board of
Commissioners meeting spelled at least the
temporary end of the Joseph Branch Rails
with Trails quest for a Conditional Use
Permit.
The meeting concerned the appeal of the
County Planning Commission’s decision to
deny the CUP to the RWT group. The Board
of Commissioners consists of board chair,
Susan Roberts, and commissioners Todd
Nash and John Hillock.
Roberts opened the meeting by asking if
the board had any possible confl icts of inter-
est that might infl uence their vote.
Nash said that the main confl ict he heard
about is the fact that his sister, Ramona Phil-
lips, chairs the Planning Commission. For
that reason, he does not attend Planning
Commission meetings or discuss any plan-
ning commission business with her.
The commissioner added that he’d had ex
parte conversations at different times with
members on each side of the issue.
Hillock declared that he owned four
pieces of property that abut the proposed
trail along the rail line. He added that he also
had controlling interest in the Chief Joseph
Days Rodeo grounds as a board member and
that he’d had conversations with the trail
group regarding the possibility of building
an RV park adjacent to the rail.
Roberts said that she serves as the
co-chair of the Wallowa Union Rail Author-
ity that owns the track and right-of-way and
that WURA has given the group permission
to proceed with the due diligence required of
them by WURA; for example, to apply for
and receive the CUP from Wallowa County,
because it’s zoned differently than Union
County.
“I have not been opposed to it, that’s been
quite clear all along,” Roberts said, “to pro-
ceeding with the plans that we laid out for
the Joseph Branch Trail group to do through
the rail authority board, not from my posi-
tion with the county.” She added that she had
no personal property involved and that she’s
spoken with a number of people over the
years from both sides of the issue.
Roberts then asked if anyone in the audi-
ence or any of the commissioners would
like any of the commissioners to recuse
themselves.
Ranch owner Annette Lathrop, who is
an outspoken opponent of the trail, said that
after the Planning Commission’s February
denial of the CUP, she had spoken with Rob-
erts in the commissioner’s offi ce ... “Where
you told me you had looked at the evidence,
See Trails, Page A8
School
districts assess
the state of
their facilities
Enterprise School District
details costs to repair schools
By Ellen Morris Bishop
The Wallowa County Chieftain
On Monday night, the Enter-
prise school board received an
estimate of costs to do deferred
maintenance on their elementary
school, junior high and high school
buildings. The report, prepared by
The Wenaha Group of Pendleton,
was funded by the Oregon Depart-
ment of Education and is part of
a program intended to improve
statewide K-12 educational facil-
ities, especially in rural commu-
nities. The preliminary estimates
of the repairs recommended in the
Wenaha Group’s study are expen-
sive. They total $1.5 million for
the elementary school, $3.6 mil-
lion for the high school, and a
whopping $11.6 million for the
art deco junior high school, which
was built in 1918. And this esti-
mate does not include the costs of
seismic retrofi ts and some struc-
tural repairs that may include por-
tions of the CMU walls in the ele-
mentary school.
“But we don’t have to do all
of them,” said School board pres-
ident Kate Fent. “We mostly
want to fi x the roof and some
other major problems.” Under
the deferred maintenance assess-
ment programs, Oregon will pro-
vide grants that match whatever
funds are raised through bonds or
See Enterprise, Page A7
The facilities assessment
that the Wallowa School
District is beginning will
determine whether Wallowa
High School’s aging,
fi nicky heating system
needs repair or possible
replacement soon. Funding
available from the Oregon
Department of Education
can help make that happen.
Ellen M Bishop
Wallowa School District
begins the assessment process
By Ellen Moris Bishop
Wallowa County Chieftain
With a $95,000 grant under their
belt, the Wallowa School District
launched their facilities assessment
project Monday evening. The nearly
two-year process will thoroughly
evaluate what repairs and upgrades
the school buildings need, includ-
ing the building physical plants
(mechanical, electrical, and heat-
ing) and seismic, and also assess
the environmental hazard posed by
radon. The work also includes devel-
opment of a long-range plan for the
school district, outlining renovations
that might occur in the future.
The district has contracted Pivot
Architects of Eugene, who will pro-
vide the assessment of building and
facility conditions, needed repairs,
and guide them through the pro-
cess, including engaging the com-
munity and if needed, proposing and
passing a bond levy that the Oregon
Department of education will match
(for up to $4 million). “The board
chose Pivot because they had excel-
lent references for small rural school
districts, and they seemed to be very
knowledgeable and interested in
how to work with us to solve prob-
lems and involve the community,”
said superintendent Jay Hummel.
Wallowa’s principal concern has
been the school’s aging, fi nicky
heating system. But they also expect
See Wallowa, Page A7