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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Wallowa county stockgrowers name Vern Colvin president
gomery Ward catalog agency in the Caton
Hotel building in Enterprise.
Dr. Lyle Ham, physician and surgeon in
Wallowa county for the past 23 years, caught
most of the community unaware this week
when he announced that he will move from
Enterprise to Grants Pass.
Three Wallowa County boys were pre-
sented with agricultural scholarships by
the Wallowa County Stockgrowers: Dennis
Henderson, John Alford and Kent Searles.
According to records kept by the Hat
Point guard, Gary Kohler, from July 4 until
Aug. 1, 1463 people visited that scenic point.
OUT OF THE PAST
Compiled by Cheryl Jenkins
100 YEARS AGO
August 14, 1919
After nearly losing his home on Alder
Slope by ﬁ re last Sunday, Frank Borter
appeared in court Monday and pleaded
guilty to the charge of burning brush with-
out a special permit. He was ﬁ ned $20
under the state law.
With a crew of 20 men, the new mill
of the Minam Lumber company will start
cutting next week. The machinery is set
up, the buildings ﬁ nished, the working
crew gathered, and 5,000,000 feet of logs
in the Minam river which serves as a pond.
The mill stands by the river, just below the
dam which holds the water in the pond.
The state ﬁ sh and game commission
decided last week to abandon the Billy
Meadows elk pasture after the coming
winter, and to scatter the game. The elk
have become so numerous at the pasture
that the expense of keeping them is greater
than the commission wishes to stand, par-
ticularly since the herd serves no public
70 YEARS AGO
August 11, 1949
Wallowa county stockgrowers honored
Vern Colvin with the presidency of their
association for the coming year and Oscar
Maxwell was named vice president.
Ralph Fullington was bound over to
the grand jury on a charge of intent to kill.
The hearing was the outgrowth of a ﬁ ght
between Fullington and Rolland H. (Pete)
25 YEARS AGO
August 11, 1994
1979 Fair Co-Homemakers of the Year Hope McLaughlin and Ida Hillock
Hazard at the Edelweiss inn grounds in
which Hazard was cut about the neck and
body with a knife.
Eleven windows in the new grade
school at Joseph were broken out last
week by vandals who threw rocks and
other missiles through the glass. Some of
the same youngsters who broke out most
of the windows and light fixtures in the
old building are said to have been mixed
up in the latest destruction.
Harvey Mutch and Jack Harmon have
formed a partnership and have accepted
the dealership agency in Wallowa county
for Dodge and Plymouth cars. They have
secured lots and will start at once on the
construction of a large modern garage
building approximately 80x100 feet.
50 YEARS AGO
August 14, 1969
Wayne Marks, Imnaha area rancher, was
chosen by the Stockgrowers as the 1969
Grassman of the Year. Mrs. Marks was also
honored when she was introduced as the
new president of the Wallowa County Cow
Belles. Hoy Carmen, Wallowa area rancher,
was selected as the Wallowa County Cat-
tleman of the Year by the Wallowa County
Mr. and Mrs. Foy “Hoppy” Hopkins have
taken over the management of the Mont-
Rob Brown of Enterprise and Steve Goss
of Wallowa take to the gridiron at Baker City
Saturday in the annual running of the Shrine
East-West All-Star Football Game.
Enterprise School Superintendent Larry
Christman has announced that Kim Conrad
will take over the position of varsity foot-
ball coach for the 1994 season. Earlier in
the summer elementary school teacher Joe
Neveau was named as the varsity boys bas-
ketball coach, replacing Dick Quinn.
The 12th annual Wallowa Valley Festival
of Arts opens this weekend with a reception,
live music and original art. The event looked
like it might have to be canceled for lack of
a chairman, when art collector and apprecia-
tor Martin Hamilton stepped into the breech,
assisted by his wife Marcy.
While hundreds of USFS and State For-
estry ﬁ reﬁ ghters were battling ﬁ res through-
out the county Friday afternoon, volun-
teers of the Enterprise Fire Department had
their own hands full ﬁ ghting a grass ﬁ re that
threatened the back yards of the Corak and
Roberts family houses on Garﬁ eld St.
Ag dismisses ‘ﬂ awed’ study of breaching Snake River dams
By Matthew Weaver
tatives say a recent study
that calls for removing four
dams from the Lower Snake
River relies on outdated and
ﬂ awed data.
“They start with ﬂ awed
information and a ﬂ awed
tin Meira, director of the
Paciﬁ c Northwest Water-
study’s suggestion that a
non-use value of the river
can be quantiﬁ ed, especially
when compared to the value
of the products moved on the
river, the impact on farmers
and renewable hydropower.
In its report on the eco-
nomic tradeoffs of remov-
ing the Ice Harbor, Lower
Monumental, Little Goose
and Lower Granite dams,
economic consulting ﬁ rm
• The lock system that
supports shipments of goods
by barge on the Lower
Snake River operates at a
The Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River. An environmentalist-
sponsored study claims taking out it and three other dams
would be beneﬁ cial to the region’s economy.
• The cost of replacing
irrigation infrastructure is
• Removing the Lower
Snake River Dams will be
expensive and generate sub-
stantial positive economic
impacts in the region.
“Beneﬁ ts accruing to
the public from a restored
natural river system and a
reduced extinction risk of
wild salmon outweigh the
net costs of removing the
dams by over $8.6 billion,”
the study states.
Much of the data used in
the study is outdated or from
unreliable sources, includ-
ing from a group commit-
ted to Snake River dam
removal, Meira said.
The study hasn’t gained
much traction for decision
makers because it doesn’t
follow the procedures fed-
eral agencies must follow
under the National Environ-
mental Policy Act , she said.
Those agencies are
already studying the effects
14 dams have on ﬁ sh and
other species as part of
Columbia River systems
operations. A draft environ-
mental impact statement is
due in February.
“We just don’t see (the
ECONorthwest study) being
a useful part of the conver-
sation,” Meira said. “When
you have ﬂ awed data com-
ing in, the conclusions that
result are unreliable.”
“The report is dismissive
of the fact that wheat grow-
ers in the Palouse may have
a signiﬁ cant increase in the
cost of getting their prod-
uct to market,” said Don
Schwerin, chairman of the
Washington State Demo-
crats agricultural and rural
issues caucus. “That is sim-
ply not acceptable.”
Schwerin said the report
is ﬂ awed, but ag needs to
take it seriously.
He cited a Save Our Wild
Salmon survey, which indi-
cates that “solid majorities”
Solar panels on ag lands maximizes efﬁ ciency, new study shows
By Chris Branam
Oregon State University
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The
most productive places on
Earth for solar power are
farmlands, according to an
Oregon State University
The study, published
today in the journal Scien-
tiﬁ c Reports, ﬁ nds that if less
than 1% of agricultural land
was converted to solar pan-
els, it would be sufﬁ cient to
fulﬁ ll global electric energy
demand. The concept of
co-developing the same area
of land for both solar photo-
voltaic power and conven-
tional agriculture is known
“Our results indicate that
there’s a huge potential for
solar and agriculture to work
together to provide reliable
energy,” said correspond-
ing author Chad Higgins, an
associate professor in OSU’s
College of Agricultural Sci-
ences. “There’s an old adage
that agriculture can over-
produce anything. That’s
what we found in electricity,
too. It turns out that 8,000
years ago, farmers found the
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The results have implica-
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of constructing large solar
arrays in deserts, Higgins said.
“Solar panels are ﬁ nicky,”
he said. “Their efﬁ ciency
drops the hotter the panels
get. That barren land is hotter.
Their productivity is less than
what it could be per acre.”
of Washington voters, about
63%, would spend up to $7
per month on their electric
bill to restore wild salmon
and improve water quality.
“It tells us that there is a
genuine threat that the state-
wide majority could over-
ride the interests of Eastern
and Central Washington,”
The caucus will hold a
forum about possible effects
of dam removal on barges
and rail before Christmas,
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tors to actually see the dams
and salmon survival rates
are more helpful, said Glen
Squires, CEO of the Wash-
ington Grain Commission.
“It’s almost like the study
was designed to get a lot of
media hype about dams and
breaching, just to keep the
whole breaching idea out in
the media,” Squires said.
To family & many, many
friends of Sonny Hagenah.
We wish to extend our
sincere thanks for your kind
words, the condolences
& support we received.
We send our gratitude &
appreciation to Lostine first
responders & Wallowa
Thank you from the bottom
of our hearts.
The Hagenah Family
Hells Canyon Mule Days
Have fun, demonstrate
Dutch oven cooking skills,
and introduce the public
to the joys and fun of
Dutch oven cooking.
Teams may enter one dish
in two entry categories.
There will be cash awards
for 1st and 2nd place,
and a gift basket for the
People’s Choice award.
for entry form & more info.