Articles from the May 2, 2024 edition

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    Updated May 8, 2024

    To The Editor: I am writing in support of Cris Patnode for Gilliam County Judge. I have known Cris all of her life, both personally and professionally. She was employed at North Central ESD as business manager, while I was working there as the media coordinator. We worked together for ten years. Her work ethic is unquestionable and Cris has excellent communication skills. She is honest and her loyalty and objectivity are constant. She is a hard worker and organized. Cris is well qualified, and very “in-tune” with what nee... Full story

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Randy Hilderbrand

    Updated May 8, 2024

    To the Editor: I have known Greg Smith for over 30 years, and I can attest to the strength of his character and to his dedication to the people of District 57. Ensuring that constituents have a voice in the legislative process is fundamental, especially to our frontier communities that are extremely rural and a long drive from Salem. Legislators serve as the conduit through which the concerns, aspirations, and priorities of their constituents are communicated to the halls of the Capitol. Greg listens attentively to the needs... Full story

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Glenn Humphrey

    Updated May 8, 2024

    Dear Editor, As a proud veteran and a member of the Wasco community, I want to express my deep appreciation for the efforts being made to honor our heroes this Memorial Day. The upcoming events, including the country breakfast, the Memorial Day parade, and the complimentary BBQ lunch for veterans and military members, are a testament to the gratitude and respect we hold for those who have served our country. While I am grateful for the complimentary BBQ lunch for veterans, I feel compelled to emphasize the importance of... Full story

  • Arlington's 76th Jackpot Rodeo set for this weekend

    Stephen Allen|Updated May 7, 2024

    The Arlington Jackpot Rodeo is set for this weekend, and rain or shine it is one of the best rodeos in the northwest. The Arlington Saddle Club has been active in Arlington for more than 80 years. The Saddle Club put on the first Arlington Jackpot Rodeo in 1948. The Jackpot is not just a rodeo for Gilliam County or the Columbia River Gorge – it is one of the first rodeos of the season and draws talented athletes from across the country. Last year, the Jackpot Rodeo c...

  • Letter to the Editor: Bill Berray

    Updated May 1, 2024

    We have elections from the local, state, and national levels coming up in the coming months and all are important. I would urge everyone to vote with their heads and not their hearts. Get the facts then vote. Most important of all VOTE! If you don't vote you get what you get so don't complain later! Bill Berray Condon, Oregon...

  • Letter to the Editor: Eudora Olsen

    Updated May 1, 2024

    Letter to the Editor: As was pointed out in the March 22nd Issue of this newspaper, both Judge Farrar Campbell and Commissioner Shannon could have either resigned or contested the findings of the recall campaign or take the recall to a special election vote. They both chose to take it to a special election vote so I find it in poor taste for all the threats of what a recall would do to this county if they are both recalled. Think about that. It was all un-necessary. They both could have resigned. Judge Farrar is leaving...

  • Fossil artist Daniel Robinson to exhibit in Portland gallery

    Press Release|Updated May 1, 2024

    For the month of May, Russo Lee Gallery exhibits Some Kind of Lonesome by invited artist Daniel Robinson. This exhibition includes oil paintings permeated with light, shadow, and color. Robinson paints the rural, natural landscapes of Eastern Oregon. He states that, "Realist painters have always favored the mundane and ordinary and in Fossil where I live, we have it in spades". Recalling the social realist images of the 1930's and 40's, Robinson's body of work beautifully...

  • "W.T.S.W." Part Two

    Lawrence J. Hammar|Updated May 1, 2024

    W.T.S.W. What’s This Sucker Worth? A loaded question routinely asked of booksellers. Last week I raised some and answered other questions about the ways in which books are or can be valued. I noted that the presence of computers, the advent of the Internet, the ease of use of on-line search engines and other factors makes establishing a given book’s value quite easy. At least they should. “Sold” columns on eBay, digitalized archives of auction records, list-serve discuss...

  • An Easy Cake

    Isabel Montclaire|Updated May 1, 2024

    I love that the town of Fossil invites everyone to lunch on Wednesdays at the community center. The home cooked food is so delicious that I almost always have seconds. And recently, even thirds on dessert! What on earth was in that cake, one of the best cakes I had ever eaten? The baker, Carla Hornbrook, just happened to have the recipe on hand and shared it with me. Surprise! The cake was made from Bisquick. Thank you, my dear Betty Crocker, for this simple-to-make cake....

  • Arlington's Calli Troutman signs with Umpqua Comm. College

    Stephen Allen|Updated May 1, 2024

    Arlington senior Calli Troutman has signed a letter-of-intent with Umpqua Community College and will play volleyball for the Riverhawks. Troutman is coming off of a phenomenal season, in which she led the Arlington/Ione Cardinals to a district championship. She was selected as the Big Sky Conference First-Team. But despite these achievements, Troutman said that she didn't get much attention from colleges – that is until recently. "I was late to get footage up for coaches to vi...

  • Sherman Kids Zone honored by flag over U.S. Capitol

    Jessica R. Wheeler|Updated May 1, 2024

    Sherman Kids Zone received a high honor last weekend at a town hall for Sen. Jeff Merkley in Rufus. Board members attended the town hall to accept a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol in recognition of their hard work and dedication to the nonprofit organization. Sherman Kids Zone was launched in spring 2021 by a small group of parents who hoped to create a free indoor play space for children and families. Three years later, the organization is deemed a remarkable...

  • Arlington School hosts Polynesian Cooking and Culture Seminar

    Stephen Allen|Updated May 1, 2024

    A group of Arlington High School and Middle School students were given an opportunity unlike anything that had been done before. Last week, the school brought in Arlington resident Peka Tutuvanu to lead a seminar on Polynesian cooking and culture. The seminar is the latest in a series of out-of-classroom career and technical education classes designed to broaden horizons and learn new skills. Arlington Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher Alan Cunningham - with the...