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Wallowa Countys
Newspaper Since 1884
Volume 132 Issue No. 7
2014 EO Media Group
By Rocky Wilson
Wallowa County Chieftain
Shes been a lead shipping
clerk for Terry Trailers, own-
er of a combination video and
pizza store, DHS worker, and
offce manager and transpor-
tation guru for Community
On May 1 Connie Guen-
tert was named manager of
Wallowa Countys Communi-
ty Connection offce, and one
of her goals is to continually
bring more energy into the
Guentert also hopes to em-
ulate the caring style of lead-
ership exhibited by her pre-
decessor, mentor, and friend,
Carolyn Pfeaster, who just re-
tired after 31 years on the job.
I will be in a position
where I will be able to provide
assistance to those who need
it the most, says Guentert.
Shell devote ample time
to writing grants. One annual,
renewable grant just received,
says Guentert, is from the Or-
egon Department of Veterans
Affairs in the annual amount
of $50,000.
Guentert takes helm at
Community Connection
Rocky Wilson/Chieftain
Connie Guentert beside shelves of the food bank operated
by Community Connection. The newly named manager of the
Wallowa County Community Connection office previously
served as its transportation coordinator.
Elane Dickenson/Chieftain
Sandy Warnock, chairperson of this Saturdays Taste of Joseph event, arranges a decoration on her 1956 Aloha Canned Ham model camp trailer,
which will be part of a vintage trailer display in front of her Main Street shop, Simply Sandys. Joseph will be full of music, displays, quilts, horseback
rides, artist demonstrations, pies, antique cars and, at high noon Saturday, a reprise of the 1980s re-enactment of the infamous 1896 Joseph bank robbery.
By Elane Dickenson
Wallowa County Chieftain
JOSEPH When the Joseph
Chamber of Commerce heard that
Oregon Mountain Cruise was going
on hiatus for one year a few months
ago, the organization got busy on an
event to fll in for the popular car rally.
The result is Taste of Joseph,
an event that will pack the citys
downtown with activity representing
many facets of the community from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7,
providing a showcase for businesses,
events, shops, restaurants, exhibits,
artists, musicians and more.
While Main Street will stay open
to traffc, several side streets will be
blocked off for booths and other ac-
tivities during the day.
The Taste of Joseph isnt
just food, said store owner
Sandy Warnock, who stepped
forward to organize the event.
The Taste of Joseph isnt just food. Its about everything going on in and around Joseph.
EVENT: Taste of Joseph
DATE: Saturday, June 7
TIME: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
will be in a position where
I will be able to provide
assistance to those who need it
the most.
Connie Guentert.
By Rocky Wilson
Wallowa County Chieftain
Idle for the past
month waiting for
orders to come
in, the Wallowa
County asphalt
plant could receive
its frst work any
day when an or-
der from Humbert
Asphalt Inc., of
Milton-Freewater is placed. Work-
ing as a subcontractor for Henderson
Logging, of Wallowa, and for the city
of Wallowa, Humbert Asphalt will
perform asphalt and chip seal work
in that city to repair streets damaged
during the course of Wallowas year-
long water upgrade project, plus pave
Spruce Street north of Highway 82.
Some preliminary patch work
with Humbert Asphalt providing the
asphalt was begun May 29, but the
bulk of what could evolve into two
weeks of in-city asphalt and chip seal
work is waiting for a change order
that must be signed by Troy Baker,
the Anderson Perry & Associates se-
nior engineer who is managing the $4
million water project.
Wallowa Public Works Supervi-
sor Travis Goebel says poor weather
postponed the paving of the northern
Spruce Street section last fall (a proj-
ect to be fnanced by the city), but the
remainder of Humberts upcoming
work will be paid by money from the
grant thats fnancing the water proj-
plant ready
for work
By Rob Ruth
Wallowa County Chieftain
ENTERPRISE City attorney
Roland Johnson will advise the
city council of any practical local
enforcement options to address
situations of too little property and
too much dog.
Specifcally, city offcials are
interested in responding to a com-
plaint in one neighborhood on
or near West Greenwood Street,
where members of four different
households signed a letter asking
the council to help solve a problem
the residents say exists at 514 W.
There are fve big dogs (and at
one point six) in a back yard not
nearly large enough for that many
dogs, the letter states, in part.
They are on bare ground that once
was a beautiful lawn. The ground
is covered with feces and the
stench from the urine, is beyond
words. We, as neighbors cannot
enjoy our own property. The dogs
bark almost constantly when they
are outside.
lot rankles
By Elane Dickenson
Wallowa County Chieftain
A brand-new GE Optima
660 64-slice CT scanner
went into service at Wal-
lowa Memorial Hospital
last week, providing a vast-
ly improved diagnostic tool
for local patients.
The scanner, which was
acquired at the relative-
ly bargain price of under
$60,000, took several days
to install, between May 19
and May 23. It replaces a
four-slice model that was
purchased new and in-
stalled at the time Wallowa
Memorial Hospital moved
into its new building in
It was old, and it was
time to do an upgrade,
said WMH digital imaging
department head Sara John-
son. It was definitely on
our wish list.
CT stands for comput-
erized tomography and
combines a series of X-rays
to create a cross-section
image of the bones and soft
tissue inside the body.
Johnson said there are
a lot of benefits to the
new CT scan equipment,
including giving much
higher definition CT scans
to better diagnose a huge
range of medical problems,
including cancer, stroke,
possible internal bleeding
and trauma cases. Views of
thinner tissue sections pro-
duced by the scanner allow
visualization and character-
ization of smaller lesions.
A big advantage is re-
duced radiation for our
patients, Johnson said,
adding that a full body scan
that used to require 30 min-
utes can now be performed
in just 30 seconds.
Hospital installs new CT scanner
Elane Dickenson/Chieftain
Wallowa Memorial Hospitals Diagnostic Imaging staff from left, techncians Susy Lehr
and Josie Cross, department head Sarah Johnson and technician Lisa Seal gather
around the hospitals new GE Optima 660 64-slice CT scanner, which was used for the
first time May 27. The machine offers myriad benefits to local patients, including improved
diagnostic information.
See DOGS, Page A3
See ASPHALT, Page A3 See SCANNER, Page A3
See TASTE, Page A3

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