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  • No (Mere) Bull

    Lawrence J. Hammar|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    “Once upon a time in Spain there was a little bull and his name was Ferdinand.” Ferdinand was unusual. Ferdinand grew big and strong. But Ferdinand preferred to smell flowers and contemplate Life under a cork tree instead of romping and fighting with other bulls. Ferdinand’s mother, a cow, worried about him; why didn’t he want to go to fight famous Matadors in Seville or Madrid? Butting heads is okay, I guess, Ferdinand thought, but being poked by horns isn’t much fun. Flow...

  • The Music of Food

    Isabel Montclaire|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    Last week I wrote about the conundrum so many of us face when we ask ourselves the age old question “What’s for dinner?” What a strange irony it is that even with our incredible bounty of food, at five o’clock we still stroll into the kitchen and wonder what to eat for dinner. If I don’t know in the morning, that question will repeat itself throughout the day like a woodpecker that hammers on my shoulder. Eating dinner is more than just eating dinner. It’s the period at t...

  • DAYS OF YORE: July 18, 2024

    Days of Yore|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    Days of Yore for July 18, 2024 10 years ago— In perhaps one of the most extensive investigations involving troopers of the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division, a Bend area man was recently sentenced to multiple misdemeanor and felony charges related to illegal guiding and hunting activities in central Oregon. In total, 23 people have been charged for more than 200 counts filed in Wheeler County. In October of 2012, an OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper received an a...

  • Local commissioned into US Air Force

    Stephen Allen|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    Cooper Johnson, a 2020 graduate of Condon High School, has graduated from Oregon State University. Over the last 4 years, while attending college in Corvallis, he also participated in the Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). This spring, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force through the Flying Beavs ROTC program. He will report to his first...

  • Living history: New curator breathes life into Spray Museum

    Stephen Allen|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    The history of small towns in frontier communities is as rich if not richer than in larger towns and cities. Early inhabitants who moved West sacrificed everything and overcame incredible odds to carve out a new life and future. For pioneers in expansive rural areas, the challenges of settling and sustaining a town were significant. But today, preserving that history and its artifacts is a unique challenge that many tiny towns face. The town of Spray is a perfect example. In...

  • Willow Weeps

    Mark Miller|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    Osprey Trills shrilly Overhead Hovers quivers Night jars swoop Insectivorous Les razmottes Sont partout Diving buzzing Feinting seeking Move over Józef Wroński Willow weeps Hounds bay Seeking Tree frogs say Creek creek Creek creek Slowly Dogs bark 'cross the river Wild turkeys chortle Curiously unusual No whortleberries this year Только ягоды рябины Furry legged spider Crawls eight legged Yellow heart Shaped spot Plus two yellow Eye looking things Look like a face On her back...

  • Library of Dust, Part Three

    Lawrence J. Hammar|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    In last week’s installment devoted to David Maisel’s Library of Dust, I noted that he registered that what is now called the Oregon State Hospital operated a gas crematorium for decades and decades. It remains unknown precisely where and how many unclaimed bodies of its residents were disposed of between 1883 (at the institution’s founding) and 1913, when the gas crematorium commenced. So many were treated thus, however, that, by 1924, the numbering system had regis...

  • EDITORIAL: Childcare as an economic development tool

    Stephen Allen|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    During the last county court meeting on June 26, a discussion about the county’s investments in childcare and early childhood education took place. Some members of the community questioned how the previous court could have spent $1.7 million on childcare in Condon. The court began to deliberate grant applications from the Condon ELC and the Arlington Daycare Center. A member of the grants committee said that there was concern about the amount of money being requested by the C...

  • The Dinner Dilemma

    Isabel Montclaire|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    A couple of weeks ago I wandered up and down the aisles of a Safeway and felt an odd combination of awe, appreciation and overwhelm. That’s quite a bubbling stew of emotions, isn’t it? Why so many? The vast amount of food choices we have in our society is truly something to behold. Yet despite this overflowing cornucopia of plenty, most people struggle with the question of what to make for dinner. Wow, that’s a strange paradox! The scholarly and academic people have concl...

  • DAYS OF YORE: July 11, 2024

    Days of Yore|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    Days of Yore for July 11, 2024 10 years ago— Now in its 11th year, the Penny Gronquist Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament and Auction was held with fifty-eight golfers competing in the 9-hole scramble for this year’s trophy. Winning the tournament was the team of Dave Walborn, Michael Walborn, Tim Gilbert and Leslie Walborn posting a 9-hole score of 28. Johnny Wayne Johnson is lucky to be with us after a motor vehicle mishap in Wheeler County left his pickup and horse tra...

  • DAYS OF YORE: July 4, 2024

    Days of Yore|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    Days of Yore for July 4, 2024 10 years ago— Anne Osterlund, Condon graduate and local author, has received two International Latino Book Awards for her most recently published young adult novel, Salvation. The awards include Best Young Adult Latina Focused Book – English and Most Inspirational Young Adult Book. Osterlund traveled to Las Vegas to participate in the International Latino Book Awards held in conjunction with the American Library Association Conference. Sal...

  • Library of Dust, Part Two

    Lawrence J. Hammar|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    In a previous installment I introduced you, Dear Reader, to David Maisel’s magnificent work of photo-journalism, Library of Dust, published in 2008 by Chronicle Books. The work is overlarge in size and founded upon a project he undertook to assemble 100 C-print photographs that measured 64” x 48” tall and wide, respectively and to give answer to the question: “Who dies?” Each of the several hundred photographs is of a copper canister that once contained the “cremains...

  • Wingin' It 4-H poultry club meets

    4-H Student Reporter|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    By Cora Munkers, 4-H Student Reporter The Wingin’ It Poultry 4-H Club met June 10, 2024 at 5:30 at the Gilliam County Fairgrounds. The 4-H Pledge was led by Adam Gibson and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Sydnee Herrara. Leader Aubrey Gibson said that the 4-H Fair Books are available. Fair weigh in for poultry will be August 28th, Wednesday afternoon. The barns open at 5:30 AM on Thursday, the 29th and all pens need to be cleaned by 7:00 AM. We will have a community s...

  • Happy campers attend Sherman 4-H Day Camp

    Cindy Brown, OSU Sherman County 4-H Educator|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    The Sherman County 4-H Day Camp held June 12 and June 13 at Camp Morrow lakeside facility in Wamic resulted in many happy campers! Thirty campers, nine teen counselors, and eleven adult staff and instructors gave the youth an active, educational and fun outdoor experience outdoors on Pine Hollow Reservoir. Youth just finishing grades 4th-6th enjoyed a wide variety of activities including from-scratch snacks and meals each day, being a part of team, tie dying t-shirts,...

  • Isabel's Kitchen: Kansas Cheesy Crackers

    Isabel Montclaire|Updated Jul 3, 2024

    A while back, my friend Lorraine Smith of Spray told me about her quick and easy cheesy crackers recipe and I finally got around to making them last week. They were dangerously delicious! I suggest you make these only if you can eat the whole batch in one fell swoop because they are like Fritos and potato chips that way – why stop before they are all gone? These crackers remind me of leveled up Cheez-Its. They are versatile, too. I crumbled some over a tossed green salad which...

  • Gilliam County Public Library announces summer reading program: Read, Renew, Repeat

    Press Release|Updated Jun 26, 2024

    The Gilliam County Public Library is gearing up for an exciting summer with its annual Summer Reading Programs, running from June 13th through August 1st. The programs offer a fantastic opportunity for children of various ages to engage in reading and fun activities throughout the summer months. From 10:00 to 10:45 a.m., preschool-aged children (ages 3-5) can participate in the Early Learning Summer Reading Program. Later in the morning, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the...

  • Visitor center in Fossil poised for growth says local and state leaders

    Jeffrey Kee, OPLI Board Member|Updated Jun 26, 2024

    There is still some community interest in the Oregon Paleo Lands Institute. That was the conclusion of professionally facilitated forum on May 11th at the center in Fossil. The Ford Family Foundation continues to support OPLI's struggles to provide information on the public fossil collection area on school grounds 8 blocks to the North. A Good Neighbor grant awarded in late 2023 allowed board leaders to engage Growing Assets LLC to help write a new strategy and business plan f...

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stacy Anderson, Condon Postmaster

    Updated Jun 26, 2024

    Celebrating Community Commitment this 4th of July Dear Editor, As Postmaster of Condon I am writing to express the unwavering commitment of our postal staff to serving our wonderful communities. With the 4th of July approaching, a time when we celebrate our nation's independence and the freedoms we cherish, it is also a fitting moment to reflect on the values that bind us together. The Postal Service has been an integral part of American life for centuries, connecting people across vast distances, facilitating communication a...

  • It's Esther's book; don't scroll on by

    Lawrence J. Hammar|Updated Jun 26, 2024

    Believers and biblical scholars, correct me if I'm wrong, but the Book of Esther and the Song of Songs are the only two books of the Hebrew Bible that do not mention God; that’s what David Blumenthal says. Esther's Book mentions mass quantities of food and drink frequently, but not God. The Song of Songs is an “11” on the hubba-hubba meter, but there’s no God-talk. Scholars of traditional Judaism highlight their belief in God's overt intervention but through coincid...

  • DAYS OF YORE: June 27, 2024

    Days of Yore|Updated Jun 26, 2024

    Days of Yore for June 27, 2024 10 years ago – A unique tour group will visit the Painted Hills when six monks of the Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery base a two-week portion of their U.S. tour in central Oregon. With the blessing of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, the group is on a year-long tour in the U.S. to offer cultural and chant performances along with their sand mandala craft. Wheeler County Judge Chris Perry, in partnership with Wheeler Co. Development C...

  • Library of Dust

    Lawrence J. Hammar|Updated Jun 26, 2024

    "Dust is a peculiar substance. Less a material in its own right, with its own characteristics or color, dust is a condition . . . Dust is a potpourri of ingredients, varied to the point of indefinability. Dust includes 'dead insect parts, flakes of human skin, shreds of fabric, and other unpleasing materials'" (Geoff Manaugh quoting Joseph Amato, in David Maisel, Library of Dust, Chronicle Books, 2008). Library of Dust is one of "those" books. It will dent your psyche (maybe i...

  • Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival 2024: A celebration of music and community

    Press Release|Updated Jun 24, 2024

    Mark your calendars and dust off your banjos because the Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival is back for another unforgettable year! Friday, July 5th through Sunday July 7th, this annual event promises three days packed with toe-tapping tunes, engaging workshops, and the camaraderie that defines the bluegrass community. The festival is a free event with donations welcome. The heart of the festival beats on the main stage at the Wheeler County Courthouse Park, where from 3 pm to...

  • Harvest the Memories: Gilliam County Fair Board excited for this year's county fair

    Press Release|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    CONDON, OR - "Harvest the Memories!" is the 2024 Gilliam County Fair theme. "The 2024 Fair will be better than ever," said Fair Board Chair Chris Fitzsimmons. "We're planning on a full, active, fun-filled fair, with county-wide participation." The County Fair will feature exhibits, animals, a Children's Fair, and fun activities in the arena for everyone. The fair will be held August 29th through August 31, 2024, Labor Day weekend, at the Gilliam County Fairgrounds in Condon,...

  • Isabel's Kitchen: The Perfect Pork Roast

    Isabel Montclaire|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    One evening I dropped by to visit my friend Randal Miller who had just pulled a pork roast out of the oven. The delectable aroma greeted me like an airborne welcome mat. My mother used to tell me it was very bad manners to go visiting during the dinner hour but apparently I had forgotten. Randal graciously offered me dinner and it was so delicious I had three helpings. I wanted a fourth but eating like a lumberjack in front of other people is not very ladylike, is it? But...

  • DAYS OF YORE: June 20, 2024

    Days of Yore|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Days of Yore for June 20, 2024 10 years ago – School Superintendent at Mitchell reported at the June board meeting that there will be ten exchange students enrolled at the school for 2014-2015 school year from Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, Thailand, Mexico and Hong Kong. Fern Wilcox will offer swim lessons at her pool at 59126 Stark Road near Grass Valley. The group lessons will be offered for persons age 5 and up. 25 years ago – Marge Killingsworth has retired aft...

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