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Leo Adler - A Lasting Legacy

Published Friday, June 19, 2015

 A tribute to the legacy of Leo Adler through the work of the Leo Adler Foundation and foundation trustees.

Leo Adler - A Lasting Legacy

Forest Service says popular road in Elkhorns will stay open to vehicles

Photo by Christina Witham A Jeep navigates granite boulders along the North Powder River Road.

By Jayson Jacoby

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A popular four-wheel drive road in the Elkhorn Mountains northwest of Baker City will remain open to motor vehicles even if Congress designates a new wilderness there, a Forest Service official said this week.

Jodi Kramer, public affairs officer for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, said the Forest Service’s goal is to exclude the North Powder River Road from any new wilderness.

Congress has the final say in designating wilderness areas, and there are no bills pending to do so in the Elkhorns.

The news about the North Powder River Road is welcome, said Christina Witham of Baker City.

Avalanche Center offers training for skiers, sledders

Photo by Dave Clemens/ David Petrie along the West Fork of the Wallowa River.

By Katy Nesbitt

The (La Grande) Observer

JOSEPH — Backcountry skiing and snowmobiling, once reserved for a few adventurous souls, are gaining popularity throughout North America. With more people recreating in avalanche-prone territory, the risk of getting caught in a snow slide is also on the rise.

According to a Feb. 19 National Public Radio report, nine people died in 10 days in the Western U.S. Midwinter storms not only increased much needed snowpack, but created conditions risky for backcountry recreationists.

Backcountry skiing in the Wallowa and Elkhorn mountains is becoming more popular not only with locals, but with skiers from around the northwest. In 2009 Keith Stebbings, a retired engineer and longtime backcountry skier with ties to the avalanche center in Salt Lake City, moved to Joseph and met up with like-minded adventurers. 

Northeastern Oregon had no avalanche center, but a combination of the terrain and the growing interest in backcountry skiing and snowmobiling prompted Stebbings and others to form the Wallowa Avalanche Center.

GO! Magazine available online

GO! Magazine now has a new address: http://www.gonortheastoregon.com.

Look to GO! Northeast Oregon for your current entertainment, dining and event options in Baker, Union and Wallowa Counties.

Rodeo ropes money for causes

In Baker County, the Fourth of July means that it’s time for the Haines Stampede and all the trimmings.

With the pancake breakfast, the parade, the rodeo and the fireworks, there’s enough to fill anyone’s plate. 

Besides all the fun, friends, food and family, the festivities in Haines have important philanthropic elements. 


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