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nion County is home to seven small communities, all within a 30-minute drive of La Grande, the county seat. Each of the communities has its own charm and unique characteristics.

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allowa County is tucked into Oregon’s far northeast corner, with 7,000 residents, Oregon’s largest wilderness, the clearest lake and the deepest gorge.

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Union County

Wallowa County

Union County Towns — 3 Union Co. Weather — 5 Connections — 6 Health Care — 8 Community resources — 10 Volunteer opportunities — 12 Arts and Attractions — 16 Schools — 20 Eastern Oregon University — 22 Transportation — 24 Real Estate — 26

Real Estate — 26 Wallowa County Towns — 27 Wallowa Co. Weather — 28 Connections — 30 Schools — 31 Health Care — 32 Resources — 34 Code of the West — 35 Winter Driving — 38

Code of the West — 35 Winter Driving — 38 Ski areas — 40 UNION COUNTY CHAMBER 207 Depot St. La Grande, OR 97850

Ski areas — 40 WALLOWA COUNTY CHAMBER 309 South River St., Suite B Enterprise, OR 97828 541-426-4622 • 800-585-4121 www.wallowacountychamber.org

541-963-8588 • 800-848-9969

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Continued from Page 2 LA GRANDE

La Grande was incorporated in 1865 and was originally known as Brownsville. With a population of just more than 13,000, it is the seat of Union County and the largest city in the region. La Grande is the home to Eastern Oregon University, and the city’s downtown is rich in history and economic opportunity.

Elgin, the county’s northernmost city, is located along the banks of the Grande Ronde River. It began as a trading area in 1882, and throughout the years this community has depended on logging, agriculture and cattle ranches. Abundant recreation opportunities are nearby, and this town is home to the Elgin Opera House, built in 1911, and now provides movies, concerts, lectures and theater events. IMBLER

COVE

Cove, initially known as “Forest Cove,” is nestled at the base of 7,132-foot Mt. Fanny. Cove is well-known for its cherry orchards,

Imbler came to be when Jesse Imbler gave ground for this city from his own land in 1891. Imbler was designed with a wide Main

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Street, serving as the market road to the Union Pacific Railroad depot. The orchards that once surrounded Imbler are now gone, and today it is known as “the grass seed capital of the world.” ISLAND CITY

Island City came to be in 1872 as a business center dedicated to the production of flour. The Grande Ronde River once flowed around the community, creating an island eight miles in length and one and a half miles wide. It was incorporated in 1904.

22 things to do in Union County

13. Dine out 1. Explore the Oregon 14. Get wet Trail 15. Picnic at Riverside 2. Attend a rodeo Park 3. Hit the slopes 16. Visit an art gallery 4. Take a bicycle ride 17. Listen to music 5. Go camping 18. See a play 6. Take a hike 19. Go to a festival 7. Go fishing 20. Visit Eastern Oregon 8. Go hunting University 9. Golf 21. Ride the Wallowa 10. Ride your horse Union Scenic Railway 11. Take a drive 22. Dig into history 12. Shop to your heart's content Courtesy www.unioncountychamber.org

NORTH POWDER

North Powder is located at the extreme southeast corner of Union County on the north bank of the North Powder River. A stage station was established at this spot in 1862 as a result of the migration to the Powder River mines. The community is at the heart of a recreational area that includes Anthony Lakes Ski Resort, located only 19 miles away. SUMMERVILLE

Summerville, located at the north end of the Grande Ronde Valley, was an important early commercial and trading center. It was settled in 1865 as a stage stop on the George Thomas line. Summerville continued to grow until 1889, when the town boasted several flour and saw mills, general stores, dressmakers, blacksmiths and a brewery. Today it is a small residential area.

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■■Annual precipitation — 17.48 inches ■■Annual snowfall — 20.4 inches ■■Extreme daily snowfall — 12 inches (January 1989) ■■Average high temperature — 60.1 ■■Average low temperature — 36.9 JANUARY Avg. high: 37.3 Avg. low: 23.1 Precipitation: 1.83 Record High: 61 Record Low: -17

MAY Avg. high: 66.2 Avg. low: 41.8 Precipitation: 1.90 Record High: 95 Record Low: 25

FEBRUARY Avg. high: 42.8 Avg. low: 26.4 Precipitation: 1.32 Record High: 66 Record Low: -14

JUNE Avg. high: 74.9 Avg. low: 48.3 Precipitation: 1.53 Record High: 100 Record Low: 29

MARCH Avg. high: 50.3 Avg. low: 30.5 Precipitation: 1.50 Record High: 79 Record Low: 9

JULY Avg. high: 84.7 Avg. low: 53 Precipitation: .70 Record High: 104 Record Low: 32

APRIL Avg. high: 57.7 Avg. low: 35.1 Precipitation: 1.58 Record High: 88 Record Low: 16

AUGUST Avg. high: 85 Avg. low: 51.8 Precipitation: .86 Record High: 104 Record Low: 32

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SEPTEMBER Avg. high: 75.6 Avg. low: 43.5 Precipitation: .84 Record High: 100 Record Low: 23 OCTOBER Avg. high: 62.6 Avg. low: 35.4 Precipitation: 1.26 Record High: 89 Record Low: 13 NOVEMBER Avg. high: 45.6 Avg. low: 29.8 Precipitation: 2.22 Record High: 71 Record Low: -14 DECEMBER Avg. high: 38.2 Avg. low: 24.2 Precipitation: 1.94 Record High: 59 Record Low: -18

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Northeast Oregon Living Connections - Union Co. WATER

■■ Charter

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541-962-1325 www.cityoflagrande.org ■■ Union

1912 Fourth St. Suite 100 La Grande 877-728-3814 www.charter.com ■■ Frontier Communications

541-562-5221 www.cityofunion.com

1101 Adams Ave. La Grande 541-963-8181

ELECTRICITY

CABLE TV

■■ Union

■■ Charter

1012 Fourth St. Suite 100 La Grande 877-728-3814 www.charter.com ■■ Blue Mountain Translator District

541-963-0196

268 N. Main St. 541-562-5102 ■■ Imbler

510 Ruckman Ave. 541-534-4111 ■■ Summerville

301 Main St. 541-534-6701

INTERNET SERVICE ■■ Oregon Trail Electric Co-op

541-963-3155 www.otecc.com

■■ Frontier Communications ■■ Eastern Oregon Net Inc.

808 Adams Ave., La Grande 541-962-7873

1101 Adams Ave. La Grande 541-963-8181

601 Main St. 541-568-4533

GARBAGE, RECYCLING

■■ Pacific Power

888-221-7070 www.pacificpower.net NATURAL GAS ■■ Avista

800-227-9187 www.avistautilities.com ■■ Cascade Natural Gas

888-522-1130 www.cngc.com

■■ La Grande Online

63480 Sandridge Road 541-963-2336 ■■ Reliance Connects

940 Second St., La Grande 541-856-3661 ■■ Charter

800-897-8625 www.charter.com

NEWSPAPERS

1406 Fifth St., La Grande 541-963-3161 ■■ The Oregonian

402 S. 20th St., La Grande 541-963-2322

■■ Sprint

866-332-2215 ■■ CenturyLink (home)

800-201-4099 www.centurylink.com ■■ CenturyLink (business)

800-201-4102

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■■ Frontier Communications

1101 Adams Ave. La Grande 541-963-8181

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■■ City Garbage Service

■■ The Observer

DRIVERS LICENSE TELEPHONE

■■ Oregon DMV

3014 Island Ave. 541-963-3012 POST OFFICES

■■ Cove

541-963-5459 www.citygarbageservice. com

■■ Union Sanitation

541-562-6293

SEWER ■■ La Grande Public Works 541-962-1325 www.cityoflagrande.org ■■ Union Public Works 541-562-5221 www.cityofunion.com

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n Hospitalist Nitesh Sharma, MD Steven Hunsaker, MD Ronald Reynoso, MD

n Dentistry Sean Benson, DDS

n Immediate Care Lien Dretke, CFNP Stephanie Mooney, FNP

n Emergency Medicine Vicki Hill Brown, CFNP Lew Baynes, MD Ken Chasteen, MD Karen Phelps, FNP John Page, MD Gary Zeigler, MD n General Surgery Richard Haddock, MD Richard Holecek, MD Andrew Pearson, DO Christopher Woodworth, MD n Hematology and Oncology S. Maynard Bronstein, MD

n Internal Medicine Heidi Abreu, MD Stephen Bump, MD Keith Graham, MD Jose Gutierrez, MD Betsy Neeley, MD Susan Rice, MD Inski Yu, MD n Neurology Rodrigo Lim, MD n Obstetrics and Gynecology Dawn Knight, MD Dale Robinson, MD Stacy Whitaker, OD

n Ophthalmology William Pettit III, MD

n Radiology Matthew Allen, MD Daniel A. Kirkham, MD Randy Siltanen, MD

n Orthopedics Chad Burgoyne, MD Clay Hill, CFNP Donald O. Warren, MD

n Urology Patrick McCarthy, MD

n Otorhinolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat) Brian Affleck, MD Joe Petrusek, MD

n Women's Health Jill Parsons, WHCNP

n Pathology Mark Aldape, MD n Pediatrics Kevin Grayson, MD Michael Hetrick, MD Melindres Lim, MD Sarah Rollin, MD n Podiatry Stacey J. Clarke, DPM n Psychiatry Joel D. Rice, MD

Union Co. medical providers: n Family Medicine (541) 963-4139 Bryan Conklin, MD Susan Jensen, MD John Schaefer, MD Ellen Schoenfelder, MD n Center for Human Development 2301 Cove Ave., La Grande (541) 962-8800

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n Union Family Health Center 142 E. Dearborn St, Union (541) 562 6180 Kim Montee MD Joel Bender DDS Sue Peeples FNP Larry Wogman DDS

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n Elgin Family Health Clinic (541) 437-6321 1400 Division St, Elgin n Elgin Health Center (541) 437-0239 720 Albany St, Elgin

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e like our low crime rate, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never need the services of a police officer or the fire department — or a marriage license. Just in case, here’s a list of local resources.

■■ La Grande City Police Department

1109 K Ave., La Grande, 541-963-1017 www.cityoflagrande.org

■■ Social Security Administration

2205 Cove Ave., La Grande 541-963-0105

■■ Union County Veterans Service Office

541-962-8802 ■■ Blue Mountain Humane Association

■■ Union County Sheriff’s Office

1109 K Ave., La Grande, 541-963-1017 www.union-county.org

■■ Shelter from the Storm

1111 Fifth St., La Grande 541-963-7226

3212 Highway 30, La Grande, 541-9630807 FOOD BANKS

■■ Oregon State Police

541-963-7175

■■ Mount Emily Safe Center

2107 Third St., La Grande 541-963-0602

■■ Neighbor To Neighbor Ministries

541-963-9126

■■ La Grande City Fire Department

102 Elm St., La Grande, 541-963-3123 www.cityoflagrande.org

■■ Pregnancy Support

1002 Spring Ave. Suite 1, La Grande 541-963-6918

■■ La Grande City Hall

1000 Adams Ave., 541-963- 1302 www.cityoflagrande.org

1607 Gekeler Lane, La Grande 541-963-4113

■■ Cove City Hall

504 Alder St., 541-568-4566 ■■ Elgin City Hall

108 N Eighth St., 541-437-2253 ■■ Imbler City Hall

180 Ruckman St., 541-534

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1111 Fifth St., La Grande 541-963-7226 ■■ Union/Cove Community Food Bank

■■ Employment Department

1901 Adams Ave., La Grande 541-963-7111

■■ Union City Hall

342 S Main St., 541-562-5197

541-963-4829 ■■ Shelter from the Storm

■■ Department of Human Services

■■ Union County Courthouse

1106 K Ave., La Grande 541-963-1001

■■ Salvation Army

■■ Community Connection of Northeast Oregon — assistance for seniors and low-income h ­ ouseholds

Provides food service, Meals on Wheels, in-home care and transportation for seniors, disabled and low-income. Also offer energy assistance, emergency utility shut-off prevention and weatherization programs. 1504 Albany St., La Grande 541-963-7532

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541-562-5675 ■■ Cove Food Pantry

541-962-0830 ■■ Elgin Food Bank

541-786-8995 ■■ North Powder Food Bank

541-898-2146

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Northeast Oregon Living Volunteer ■■ Blue Mountain Chapter AARP

1504 N. Albany St., La Grande 541-963-2357 ■■ Blue Mountain Humane Association

3212 Highway 30, La Grande 541-963-0807 ■■ City of La Grande Urban Forestry

2402 Cedar St., La Grande 541-962-1352 Ext. 204 Teresa Gustafson trees@cityoflagrande.org ■■ Commission on Children and Families

1106 K Ave., La Grande 541-963-1034 Vicky Brogoitti ■■ Community Connection

104 Elm St., La Grande 541-963-7532 Ext. 13 Sidney Gleeson

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404 Walnut, La Grande 541-963-8143/541-910-0866 Anne Barth

■■ Kids Club

2609 Second St., La Grande 541-663-1492 Janie Thomas

■■ Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary ■■ Dept. of Human Services

1607 Gekeler Lane, La Grande 541-963-4113 ■■ Drug Free Relay

541-962-8842 DeAnne Mansveld ■■ Friday Backpack Program

1308 Washington Ave. La Grande 541-963-2770 Carlene Crampton ■■ Friends of the La Grande Ice and Event Centre

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900 Sunset Drive, La Grande 541-963-1454 Lindsay Rynearson

■■ Kiwanis

P.O. Box 746, La Grande 541-962-1505/541-962-2069 Bev Beach or Tiffany Vaughn

■■ Grande Ronde Valley Habitat for Humanity

■■ La Grande Arts Commission

P.O. Box 111, La Grande 541-963-4974 Angela Erickson or Julie Brown

2402 Cedar St., La Grande 541-962-1352 Ext. 201 Minnie Tucker

■■ Hells Canyon Preservation Council

105 Fir St. Ste. 327, La Grande 541-963-3950 Ext. 24 Brian Kelly brian@hellscanyon.org

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■■ La Grande Lions Club

P.O. Box 141, North Powder 541-963-9898 Carol Tate See Volunteers/Page 14

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Northeast Oregon Living Volunteer ■■ La Grande Main Street Program

100 Adams Ave., La Grande 541-962-1307/541-963-1223 Charlie Mitchell or Jason McNeil ■■ La Grande Public Library

2006 Fourth St., La Grande 541-962-1339 Jackie Bingner

■■ Northeastern Oregon District American Red Cross

1806 Cove Ave. La Grande 541-997-6502/541-962-0952 ■■ Oregon Rural Action

La Grande Farmers Market 541-975-2411 Janet Marie ■■ OSU Extension Service

■■ LHS ASPIRE Program

708 K Ave., La Grande 541-663-3397 Christine McLean or Pam Dodds ■■ Mt. Emily Safe Center/ Healthy Start

2107 Third St., La Grande 541-963-0602 Sandra Leavitt ■■ Next Step Pregnancy Info Center

1002 Spring Avenue Ste. 2 La Grande 541-963-6918 Vicki Grove ■■ Northeast Oregon Network (NEON)

700 Sunset Drive Ste. E La Grande 541-910-3602 Tayde McAndie

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■■ Union County Safe Communities Coalition

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■■ Teen Court

1102 K Ave. La Grande 541-963-1012 Ben Morgan

■■ Union County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition

■■ Union County Art and Culture Center

1006 Penn Ave., La Grande 541-963-6932 Theresa Henderson

1100 K Ave., La Grande 541-962-8836 Tristin Mock ■■ United Way of Eastern Oregon

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Northeast Arts, Oregon Living Attractions Feeling artistic? Or want to see work by local artists? Or maybe take an art class? ■■ Union County Art and Culture Center

Offers a variety of classes for all ages plus exhibits local and regional artists. Charlie Koehler 541-624-2800 1006 Penn Ave, La Grande Open Hours: Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ucartctr@eoni.com ■■ Elgin Opera House

This historic theater has been renovated, and now shows first-run movies, as well as provides performance space for plays, musicals, and concerts. 104 North 8th St., Elgin Terry Hale: 541-786-0477 ■■ ArtsEast

Also offers classes, but has more of a focus on art exhibits. Mika Morton is the coordinator 541-962-3624 Executive Director 541-962-3629 Programs Coordinator www.artseast.org

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A performance of "Annie Oakley" at the Elgin Opera House.

appointment all year round.

■■ Grande Ronde Studio Tour

Sept. 15, 2012 Several resident artists welcome visitors to their studios during this annual event. Meet the artists and view their creations in glass, bronze, watercolor, ceramics, acrylics and metal. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Or, visit the participating studios by

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■■ Art Walk

The Third Thursday Art Walk happens once a month, from 5-8 p.m. Stroll through downtown La Grande for an evening of art, music and food.

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Maridell Center hosts the big haunted house every Halloween. They also have laser tag, miniature golf, game room, and rent space out for classes and for events. 1124 Washington Ave., La Grande

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Northeast Oregon Living Attractions Continued from Page 16 ■■ Northeast Oregon Folklore Society

Mark Lewis: 541-962-9355 ■■ Cook Memorial Library

Offers community classes, storytimes for kids and the Teen Zone, where teenagers can check out Wii, Xbox and Kinect systems. 2006 Fourth St., La Grande 541-962-1339 Monday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: Closed The Observer

■■ Wallowa Union Scenic Railway

Buffalo Peak Golf Course is located in Union.

This train operates on a section of the historic Joseph Branch, between Elgin and Minam. Along the way, the track follows the Grande Ronde River down stream to its confluence with the Wallowa River. www.wurailway.com

region’s natural history, Native Americans, Hot Lake and the life of early area settlers. 333 S Main St., Union, 541-562-6003 www.unioncountymuseum.org ■■ Veterans Memorial Pool

■■ Mount Emily Recreation Area

The 3,669 acre Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA) was purchased by Union County in November 2008 and is just two miles from La Grande. Features hiking, camping, hunting, ATV/motorcycle riding, nature study, mountain biking, and horseback riding. www.union-county.org, 541-963-1319 ■■ Union County Museum

Discover some of Eastern Oregon’s cultural and social heritage through photos and artifacts that bring to light the

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401 Palmer Ave., La Grande www.cityoflagrande.org ■■ Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area features the largest hardstem bulrush marsh remaining in Northeast Oregon. Because this area is intended to protect nesting and migrating waterfowl, public access is limited to viewpoints and a one-mile nature trail, except during hunting season. A fishing pond is located on the wildlife area. 59116 Pierce Road, La Grande, 541-9634954

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www.dfw.state.or.us ■■ Morgan Lake

Morgan Lake is located just a few miles outside of La Grande and provides an easily accessible area for a broad range of outdoor recreational activities, including fishing, camping and nature hikes. The Lake is stocked annually with 23,000 finger length and up to 2,000 legal size rainbow trout. No motors are allowed on the lake. www.cityoflagrande.org ■■ Pioneer SK8 Park

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Northeast OregonSchools Living Union County La Grande School District ■■ District Office

2802 E. Adams Ave. (541) 663-3200 www.lagrande.k12.or.us ■■ Willow Elementary

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■■ Cove Charter School

803 Main St. (541) 568-4424

Private Schools ■■ Grande Ronde Academy

■■ Central Elementary

402 K Ave. (541) 663-3500 ■■ Greenwood Elementary

2300 N. Spruce (541) 663-3580 ■■ Island City Elementary

10201 W. Fourth (541) 663-3270 ■■ La Grande Middle School

1108 Fourth St. (541) 663-3420 ■■ La Grande High School

708 K Ave. (541) 663-3300

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Elgin ■■ Stella Mayfield Elementary

111 Division, Elgin (541) 437-2321 ■■ Elgin High School

1400 Birch (541) 437-2021

10702 Walton Road La Grande (541) 975-1147 ■■ La Grande Adventist School

2702 Adams Ave. La Grande (541) 963-6203 ■■ Lighthouse Apostolic Academy

Imbler ■■ Imbler Charter School

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North Powder ■■ North Powder Charter School

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Northeast Oregon College Living Degrees BACHELOR’S DEGREES Anthropology/Sociology Art Biology Biochemistry Business Administration* Business/Economics* Chemistry Computer Science/ Multimedia Studies

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astern Oregon University is located in La Grande, and programs are delivered on campus, online and onsite in La Grande and at 16 regional centers and include liberal arts, business, education and cooperative programs in agriculture, nursing and dental hygiene. Founded in 1929 as a teachers college, today EOU serves students and communities throughout Oregon and beyond with a special focus on rural, regional and distance learning. Students interact directly with teaching faculty, providing a small college experience at a public university. EOU offers 24 bachelor’s degrees, more than 40 minors, three masters programs, and multiple pre-professional and partnership opportunities. • Student population: about 4,000 • Average class size: fewer than 30 students • Undergraduate degrees: 24 • Online programs: 9 degrees, 20 minors • Graduate degrees: 3 • Student clubs and organizations: 50+ • Varsity athletic programs: 8; numerous intramural teams • Residence halls: 3 suite-style; 1 traditional living community • Extended campus locations in Oregon: 16 • Tuition and fees are among the lowest in the state • Students from Idaho and Washington are eligible for resident tuition

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Northeast Oregon Living Transportation ■■The Freeway

With Interstate 84, a major four-lane freeway, running east and west through La Grande, Union County is far from isolated. I-84 provides a direct link to the West Coast and eastern population centers while several state highways link the county’s communities and provide regional access.

■■The Railroad The Union Pacific and Idaho Northern Pacific railroads provide mainline freight service for regional and transcontinental destinations on a daily basis. The WallowaUnion Railroad connects Wallowa County to the main lines and the Eagle Cap Excursion Train.

■■The Airport

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The La Grande-Union County MuA train pulls into the rail yard in La Grande. nicipal Airport is about seven miles from downtown La Grande, about 14 miles from Union stops in Wallowa, Baker and Umatilla counties. and Cove, and 20 miles from Elgin. In 2009, Community Connection purchased a trolley bus With two runways, a comfortable lounge, conference styled after the electric streetcars of yesteryear. Summertime and flight planning facilities and courtesy cars for local riders can enjoy the open-air panels while winter riders appretransportation, travelers find the municipal airport ciate modern amenities, such as heat and protection from the provides private, business and commercial flyers with all elements. the amenities expected at larger facilities. Whatever time of year, the historic bell rings along the stops Just a short car ride away, travelers can hop aboard as it takes riders to destinations around La Grande. For inforSeaPort Airlines, which offers daily flights from the mation, call Community Connection, 541-963-2877. Pendleton Airport to Portland International Airport.

■■The Trolley Local and regional transportation is provided through Community Connection, which offers local bus transportation on a fixed route, as well as regularly scheduled service to popular

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Northeast Oregon Living Real Estate Union County ■■ A-1 Realty Northwest

10200 W First St., La Grande 541-975-1111 ■■ Century 21 Eagle Cap Realty

2307 Adams Ave., La Grande 541-963-0511 ■■ John J. Howard Real Estate

1207 Adams Ave., La Grande 541-663-9000

■■ Ranch-N-Home Realty Inc.

1526 Jefferson Ave., La Grande 541-963-5450 ■■ RE/MAX Real Estate Team

2106 Island Ave., La Grande 541-963-1000 ■■ Valley Realty

■■ La Grande Homes Realty

10604 S McAlister Road, La Grande 541-962-2662

10201 W First St. #2, Island City 541-963-4174

■■ Valley Realty

77 N Eighth Ave., Elgin 541-437-2777

Wallowa County ■■ Chrisman Development and Management

301 W Main St., Enterprise 541-426-3820 ■■ Daggett Properties

Enterprise 541-432-9580

■■ Wallowa Mountain Properties

• 309 S River St., Enterprise, 541-4263026 • 203 N Main St., Joseph, 541-432-7653 General Land Office Inc. 401 N Main St., Joseph 541-432-2711 ■■ Real Estate Associates

■■ High Country Real Estate Branch Office

936 W North St., Enterprise 541-426-0572

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83395 Airport Lane, Joseph 541-432-0714 ■■ Timberline Realty

108 N Main St., Joseph 541-432-1234 ■■ Wallowa County Brokers

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Northeast Wallowa Oregon County Living Continued from Page 2 JOSEPH

Joseph was named for Chief Joseph at the time its post office was established in 1879. Joseph was incorporated in 1887, the same year Wallowa County separated from Union County. What began as an agriculture and logging town has transformed into an art center, and in 1999 bronze pieces — created at the local foundry — were installed. ENTERPRISE

Enterprise is the county seat and largest town with nearly 2,000 residents. It boasts a historic courthouse built in 1909, a hospital, movie theater and fairgrounds. Events include summertime music and farmers markets, Hells Canyon Mule Days, rodeo and a fiddle show. LOSTINE

Lostine is home to one of the county’s oldest buildings, the Lostine Tavern that was built in the late 1800s. The Lostine United Presbyterian Church as served its congregation for more than 125 years. On Highway 82 is the M. Crow General Store, in operation since 1906. Lostine booms once a year, during the Fourth of July, when the flea market brings vendors from across the country. WALLOWA

Wallowa’s name comes from the Nez Perce “Wa-Lo-Wah,” the name of the tripod used to support fishing nets. This town is 45 miles north of La Grande on Highway 82. In addition to a Fourth of July celebration, Wallowa hosts the annual Tamkaliks Celebration in July to celebrate its cultural heritage.

Chief Joseph Wallowa County’s history is defined by the story of Chief Joseph and the Wallowa band of Nez Perce Indians. In 1863, the U.S. government negotiated a treaty with the Nez Perce, who were left with a reservation in the Idaho Territory. Old Chief Joseph refused to sign the treaty, and the Nez Perce stayed until 1877 when U.S. Army General Oliver Howard gave an ultimatum: the Nez Perce must leave or be forced out. (Old Chief Joseph had died prior to this, in 1871.) Chief Joseph agreed to move, but in Idaho, after a few warriors raided nearby settlements, Howard’s troops moved in to punish the bands. The Nez Perce fled to Montana, and then headed for Canada to join Sioux chief Sitting Bull. Their ordeal lasted more than three months and 1,400 miles before the Nez Perce — hungry, exhausted, and suffering many casualties from the battles — surrendered, on Oct. 5, 1877. They were 40 miles from the Canada border.

IMNAHA

Imnaha is 30 miles east of Joseph on Highway 350, at the confluence of the Imnaha River and Little Sheep Creek. The area is known for fishing and hunting. TROY

Troy is near the Washington state line at the confluence of the Grande Ronde and Wenaha rivers. This unincorporated town

attracts outdoor enthusiasts for its steelhead runs, fly-fishing, hunting, river rafting and views of wildlife.

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NortheastWallowa Oregonweather Living ■■Annual precipitation — 17.40 inches ■■Annual snowfall — 40.5 inches ■■Extreme daily snowfall — 14 inches (February 1999) ■■Average high temperature — 60.5 ■■Average low temperature — 32 JANUARY Avg. high: 35.2 Avg. low: 18.7 Precipitation: 1.84 Record High: 64 Record Low: -32

MAY Avg. high: 68.3 Avg. low: 37.5 Precipitation: 1.76 Record High: 95 Record Low: 16

SEPTEMBER Avg. high: 76.7 Avg. low: 37.3 Precipitation: 1.09 Record High: 102 Record Low: 17

FEBRUARY Avg. high: 42.4 Avg. low: 22.2 Precipitation: 1.44 Record High: 67 Record Low: -32

JUNE Avg. high: 76.6 Avg. low: 42.9 Precipitation: 1.44 Record High: 101 Record Low: 26

OCTOBER Avg. high: 63.1 Avg. low: 30.2 Precipitation: 1.33 Record High: 89 Record Low: 6

MARCH Avg. high: 51.9 Avg. low: 27.3 Precipitation: 1.30 Record High: 79 Record Low: -5

JULY Avg. high: 85.4 Avg. low: 46 Precipitation: .94 Record High: 106 Record Low: 29

NOVEMBER Avg. high: 45.1 Avg. low: 26.1 Precipitation: 2.07 Record High: 74 Record Low: -22

APRIL Avg. high: 60.2 Avg. low: 31.7 Precipitation: 1.39 Record High: 90 Record Low: 11

AUGUST Avg. high: 85.7 Avg. low: 44.7 Precipitation: .89 Record High: 107 Record Low: 25

DECEMBER Avg. high: 35.9 Avg. low: 19.4 Precipitation: 1.91 Record High: 65 Record Low: -32

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Residential: 800-483-5000 Business: 800-483-4000

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3014 Island Ave. 541-963-3012

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GARBAGE, RECYCLING ■■ Rahn Sanitary Services

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Northeast Oregon Living Sub Headline ■■Joseph

■■ Joseph High School

400 Wm E Williams Ave., 541-432-7311 www.joseph.k12.or.us ■■ Joseph Elementary School

400 Wm E Williams Ave., 541-432-5361

■■Imnaha ■■ Imnaha Elementary School

78976 Imnaha Hwy., 541-577-3119

■■Troy

■■ Elementary School

66247 Redmond Grade Lane, 541-426-7600 www.troy.k12.or.us

■■Enterprise ■■ District Office and High School

201 SE Fourth St., 541-426-3193 www.enterprise.k12.or.us ■■ Enterprise Elementary

201 SE Fourth St., 541-426-3812

■■Wallowa

■■Private Schools

■■ High School

■■ Providence Academy of Classical Christian Education

315 First St. 541-886-2951 www.wallowa.k12.or.us ■■ Elementary School

315 First St. 541-886-2061

723 College St., Lostine, 541-569-5155 www.providenceacademy.net ■■ The Learning Tree Montessori School

Joseph, 541-432-0163 www.learningtreemontessor.com ■■ Seventh-day Adventist School

Enterprise, 541-426-8339 www.k12academics.com

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uilding Healthy Families Youth Enrichment Project provides four opportunities, each working under the mission of “Increasing possibilities through the strength of supportive relationships.”    • Exploration Tutoring and Mentoring Program works to identify and pair students grades 5-12 in need of academic support and/or positive adult relationships, with volunteer mentors in the community.  • Exploration grades K-4 Afterschool/Summer Program is an out-of-school-time community 541-426-9411 collaboration offered in Wallowa and Enterprise four days per week from October to mid-April. oregonbhf.org The Exploration summer program is science based and is offered to youth grades K-4 in Wallowa. • The Youth Entrepreneurship Project targets the individual skills and interests of Wallowa County juniors and seniors. • Books Bridging Generations pairs students grades K-3 in all three school districts with community volunteers for weekly reading sessions. Estimated youth served each year is 80, along with 50 volunteers. For more information, visit the website http://oregonbhf.org or call 541-426-9411.

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Northeast Oregon Living Health Care ■■ Wallowa Memorial Hospital

601 Medical Parkway, Enterprise 541-426-3111 ■■ Olive Branch Family Health

306 W. North St., Enterprise 541-426-7171 • Theresa Russell, FNP ■■ Wallowa Valley Professional Building

107 SW First St., Ste. 104, Enterprise 541-426-6070 • Rusty Woods, MD, family practice • James R. Kopp, MD • James Winde, MD*

• Kathy Siebe, pediatric nurse practitioner ■■ High Peaks Sports Medicine Clinc Parkway Health & Wellness Center

603 Medical Parkway, Enterprise 541-426-3463 • Chad Burgoyne, MD, orthopedics • Kenneth Rose, MD, general surgeon • Joe Petrusek, MD, ear, nose and throat • Ferraro, MD • Giebel, MD • Patrick McCarthy, MD, urology • S. Maynard Bronstein, MD, hematology and oncology

■■ Wallowa Mountain Medical Clinic

■■ Optometrists

100 N East St., Joseph 541-432-7777 • R. Devee Boyd, MD, family practice/ obstetrics • Emily Sheahan, MD, family practice/ obstetrics • Kristen Caine, MD, family practice/ obstetrics • Aaron Long, PA

Enterprise Eye Clinic, 218 W Main St. — 541-426-4442 • Rick G. Lundgren, OD

■■ Winding Waters Clinic

406 NE First St., Enterprise, 541-4264502 203 E Main St., Wallowa, 541-886-2431 • Elizabeth Powers, MD, family medicine/ obstetrics • Scott Siebe, MD, internal medicine • Renee Grandi, MD, family medicine/ obstetrics • Keith DeYoung, MD, family practice/ obstetrics

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■■ Kelly Optical Prescription Laboratories

218 W Main St., Enterprise 541-426-4681 ■■ Winding Waters Eye Clinic,

406 NE First St., Enterprise 541-426-3413 • Troy Bailey, O.D. DENTISTS ■■ Jason Follett, D.M.D.

204 Residence, Enterprise 541-426-3531 ■■ Gary R. Underhill, D.M.D.

102 S River St., Enterprise 541-426-3650 ■■ Steve Zollman, D.M.D.

401 B Main St., Joseph 541-432-6555

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■■ Chiropractors

Alpine Chiropractic Clinic 610 W North St., Enterprise, 541-4263107 • John and Billie Suto, D.C. ■■ Wallowa Valley Chiropractic Clinic

109 E Main St., Enterprise, 541-4263101 • Gale Barton, D.C. ACUPUNCTURISTS ■■ Windspirit Oriental Medicine and Wellness Retreat

61880 Wallowa Mtn. Road, Joseph

541-432-9463 • Laurel Sander

■■ Wallowa Mountain Acupuncture

103 Hwy 82, Suite 5, Enterprise 541-398-1279 • Amy Zahm

■■ Adult Care Alpine House, Joseph, 541-432-7402 Home Health, Enterprise, 541-426-5427 Pendarvis Adult Foster Home, Wallowa, 541-886-8745 Pioneer Guest House, Enterprise, 541-4264222 Wallowa Valley Care Center, Enterprise, 541-426-5311 Weaver Adult Foster Home, Enterprise, 541-426-9091 ■■ Wallowa County Health Department

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Northeast Oregon Living Resources ■■ American Red Cross

303 Northeast Second St., Enterprise 541-426-6422

Community Connection: 541-426-3840 Lifespan: 541-426-0221 ■■ Department of Youth Services

■■ Batterer’s Intervention Program

764 NW First St., Enterprise 541-426-0206 ■■ Building Healthy Families

Provides free parent education information through classes, a lending library, and one-on-one support for parents. 107 N River St., Enterprise 541-426-9411 ■■ Child Care Resource and Referral ■■ Child Welfare — Dept. of Human Services

104 Litch St., Enterprise CCRR: 541-426-3149 Child Welfare: 541-426-4558 ■■ Commission on Children & Families

104 S River St., Enterprise 541-426-4543 ■■ Community Connection of Northeast Oregon

Provides food services, Meals on Wheels, in-home care, senior, disabled and low-income transportation. They also offer energy assistance, emergency utility shut-off prevention and weatherization programs. Other services include food banks, legal assistance, and information and referrals to available resources and affordable housing development. 702 NW First St., Enterprise

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Provides supervision of youth on probation and parole, drug and alcohol education, time-out shelter, and crisis intake for youth offenders. 107 N River St., Enterprise 541-426-9114 ■■ Northeast Oregon Housing Authority

Provides quality and affordable housing to low-income persons. 2608 May Lane, La Grande 541-963-5360, 800-452-8638 ■■ Wallowa County Health Department

Provides immunizations, childhood vaccines, vital records, and certified copies of birth and death certificates. WIC nutrition program is available for pregnant or nursing mothers, infants and children up to age 5. 758 NW First St., Enterprise 541-426-4848

764 NW First St., Enterprise 541-426-4004 ■■ Seniors and People with Disabilities

303 Northeast Second St., Enterprise 541-426-6422 ■■ Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness Inc.

Wallowa Valley Center provides a wide range of outpatient services for children, adolescents, and adults with emotional, psychological and behavioral problems. 207 SW First St., Enterprise 541-426-4524

■■ Wallowa Valley Together Project

Supports efforts that promote healthy communities. 115 N River St., Enterprise 541-426-3277

■■ Food Banks

Wallowa Peoples Pantry, 541-426-3840 Wallowa Food Bank, 541-886-3112 ■■ Safe Harbors

Offers counseling and temporary shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Womens support/ education group, childrens programs and 24-hour crisis line are provided. Program also includes community and legal advocacy.

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NortheastCode Oregon Living of the West ACCESSING YOUR PROPERTY

Just because your property is easy to access in the summer, conditions in winter may make access more difficult or even impossible Legal aspects — It is wise to research the legalities of easements and access roads, especially if access to your property crosses lands owned by private landowners or government agencies. • Union County Planning Department 541-963-1014 Road maintenance — Some roads are not regularly maintained (little or no grading, snow plowing, etc.). You will need to find out what level of road maintenance is provided, and who is responsible for maintenance Also, road damage can occur from inclement weather, flooding and wear-and-tear. Repairs The Observer usually depend on budget constraints. Livestock is a part of life in Northeastern Oregon. In the entire county, only 5 percent of roads are paved (that number is slightly higher if you EMERGENCY VEHICLE ACCESS only count well-traveled roadways). Gravel roads are likely to be When constructing or reconstructing access roads, it is rerough, dusty during dry weather, and muddy and slippery during quired that you provide access for emergency vehicles such as wet weather. ambulances and fire trucks. The county does not provide dust abatement — this is up to the private owners, but the county will prepare the road. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) — Union County uses the 9-1-1 system, but be aware that emergency response times for ■■ Union County Road Dept. — 541-963-1016 law enforcement, fire suppression, medical care, etc., may be a distance away. ACCESS If you live in an outlying area, you may check with the EMS Transporting school children — School bus transportation for information on who the emergency first responder is in that is provided in most areas of the county. Check with the school area. district office for information regarding bus routes. ■■ Union County Schools, Page 20 ■■ Wallowa County Schools, Page 31

■■ Union County Dispatch — 541-963-1017 UTILITY SERVICES

Check to see if U.S. mail, newspaper and parcel deliveries will be available in your property’s area.

Water, sewer, electrical, telephone, Internet, television, trash pickup and other services may not be available in all areas of Union or Wallowa Counties

■■ See Connections, Pages 6 and 30

■■ See Connections, Pages 6 and 30

DELIVERIES

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professional survey can confirm the actual location of property boundaries.

YOUR PROPERTY

AGRICULTURE ■■ Farm and Forest Activities

Farmers and loggers, during certain times of the year, often work from before dawn to after dark.

■■ Suitability

■■ Subdivisions, Planned Developments, Housing Associations

Not all parcels are suitable for building or development. County and state land use laws, zoning classifications, etc., will be factors in how land can be used or subdivided.

These organizations often have covenants that include specific requirements. It is important to obtain a copy of the covenants to become aware of any restrictions.

■■ Noise, Dust, Odors

■■ Permits and Approvals

■■ Water Rights

■■ Animals

Construction of structures requires permits and most require inspections. The Union County Planning Department can tell you if you need permits. The department is located at 1001 Fourth St., 541-963-101, www.union- county.org The La Grande City Building Department handles permits and inspections throughout the county. City Hall, 1000 Adams Ave., 541-962-1317, www.cityoflagrande.org

Not all land has water rights. Even though your property has a stream or ditch running through it, the right to use the water may belong to someone else. Contact the Union County Watermaster, 10507 N McAlister Road, 541-963-1031

Farm animals and their manure can cause odors and attract flies. Consider this when you evaluate a property.

■■ Easements

Check for easements that may require you to allow road, power line, waterline, etc., construction across your land. If there is a ditch on your property, the ditch company may have an easement to clean/maintain the ditch each year. Union County Planning, 1001 Fourth St., 541963-1014 ■■ Fences

Property line fences may or may not be on the actual property line. Only a

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Farming, ranching and timbering activities cause noise, dust and odors

■■ Pets

Pets, especially dogs, must be kept under control at all times.

■■ Timber Rights

You will want to ensure who holds the right to timber located on your property. Like water rights, someone else may own the right to the trees on your land. Contact the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) 611 20th, La Grande, 541-963-3168

■■ Range Laws

■■ Wetlands, Creeks, Streams, Riparian Areas

Union County has a noxious weed ordinance. All property owners are required to control and, if possible, eradicate noxious weeds. ContactUnion County Weed Control, 541-963-1032 or Wallowa County Weed Control, 541426-3332

The Land Use Plan, the Oregon Forest Practices Act, the Oregon Agricultural Water Quality Management Act and the Oregon Confined Animal Feeding Operation Rules require prevention of environmental damage and impaired water quality to such areas. Check with ODF for these requirements (see number above).

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Most areas are zoned “open range.” If you do not want cattle, sheep and other livestock on your property, you will need to fence them out.

■■ Noxious Weeds

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NortheastCode Oregon Living of the West MOTHER NATURE ■■ Trees and Fire Danger

A moist, green open space surrounding your dwellings can provide a defensible perimeter in the event of a wildfire. Consult the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Web site, www. odf.state.or.us., for information on how to make your property defensible. ■■ Steep and North-Facing Slopes

Steep slopes can slide in unusually wet weather. They are also likely sites for damaging snow slides in the winter. Northfacing slopes rarely see direct sunlight during the winter months, which means there is a possibility that snow and ice will not melt for the entire winter. ■■ Winter Chinooks and Spring Run-off

During the winter, Union and Wallowa counties can experience a sudden, warm wind with rain. This “chinook” can cause excessive run-off and flooding. Water run-off in the spring when the snow melts can cause small creeks to become major rivers for a few weeks or months.

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A bobcat watches from a tree perch.

• Driving on highways where deer or elk can suddenly appear in your headlights ■■ Other Hazards

Many areas in Union and Wallowa counties are open to hunting and fishing, which means your rural property may border public lands and be impacted by shooting, etc.

The weather is big factor everywhere, and Union and Wallowa Counties can experience severe wind storms, lightning, hail and heavy snow. Also, wind and snow can cause drifts in some areas and roads.

■■ Wildlife

CATTLE DRIVES

While living near wildlife makes for good animal-watching and photographic opportunities, it may present some challenges: • Protecting children and pets from cougars, coyotes and deer • Protecting vegetable and flower gardens from deer, raccoons and other wildlife • Protecting fruit trees from deer • Dealing with nuisance animals such as skunks, porcupines, rats and snakes

Livestock continues to be the largest sector of Wallowa County’s agricultural economy, which is vastly dominated by cattle. With an estimated 115,000 beef cows in the county — about seven times more than the human population — cattle drives are inevitable, and they can occur on almost any road in the county (an obvious exception is Interstate 84). Cattle drives are most common during spring, when ranchers move cows from winter pastures to summer, and during fall, when cattle make the return trip. But drives can happen any time of the year.

■■ Hunting and Fishing

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n August, when it’s 95 degrees or hotter, we wish for a cool breeze and think maybe that wintry white stuff — snow — doesn’t sound so bad. But then winter comes. And stays. Yep, we have all four seasons here, but the coldest one seems to last a lot longer than the other three. And with winter comes snow, ice and cold — freezing — temperatures (average highs are in the mid-30s during December and January).

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very year the Oregon Department of Transportation issues tips for winter driving:

■■ Check road conditions before leaving, choose main routes, and let someone know your plans ■■ Keep your gas tank at least half full ■■ Clear snow, ice and frost from vehicle windows and lights ■■ Drive with your lights on ■■ Don’t use cruise control in wet, icy or snowy weather ■■ If you lose traction, gradually slow down — don’t slam on the brakes ■■ Avoid driving through snowdrifts ■■ Slow down in advance of shady areas ■■ Be extra cautions on bridges or concrete highways — ice forms first on these surfaces

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o keep roads passable, crews from the state, county and city work hard when the snow hits — many times through the

night. When you encounter a snow plow or sanding truck, keep your distance, and don’t pass.

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Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, located about 20 miles west of North Powder off Interstate 84, became a local ski playground in the early 1940s. The area was awarded a 20-year permit in 1965. The lodge and chairlift were completed in 1967. Now the resort operates from November to April, depending on snow conditions. This area is also an attraction in the summer months for fishing, camping and hiking. SPOUT SPRINGS

Spout Springs is 22 miles east of Weston and offers downhill and alpine skiing, as well as snowboarding FERGUSON RIDGE

Ferguson Ridge, also known as "Fergie," is approximately nine miles outside of Joseph. A local group of skiers developed a rope tow in this area in 1939, but Ferguson Ridge wasn't chosen as a permanent place until 1983. WING RIDGE

Wing Ridge Ski Tours operates in the 1,800-square-mile Wallowa Mountain range, which includes 540 miles of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Guided tours focus on avalance safety and

wilderness ethics. Necessary safety equipment is provided, and skiing varies from moderate to strenuous. Huts are available to rent for overnight trips.

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