The Wallowa County Chieftain has issued an editorial which echos my sentiments on the controversy unfolding over whether the Hunter’s should be allowed to expand their Bed and Breakfast business to a parcel of land that they bought for the purpose. Rather than discussing the relevant issues relating to the B&B the discussion at the meeting turned into a discussion about wolves. It should not have, it should have been only about whether the B&B was compatible with the area.

It’s reasonable to assume that the people who showed up to complain about the Hunter’s associations with people who support wolf recovery would have supported a dude ranch or hunting outfitter at the same location.

EDITORIAL: Wolves hold no true relevance in land use debate
Wallowa County Chieftain

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Ken Cole

Ken Cole is a 5th generation Idahoan, an avid fly fisherman, wildlife enthusiast, and photographer. He is the interim Idaho Director for Western Watersheds Project. We do not accept unsolicited “guest” authors or advertising.

One Response to Good Editorial About the NE Oregon Bed and Breakfast Controversy

  1. Nancy says:

    Thanks for the update Ken. Its kind of obvious there’s a double standard out here in the west. Road safety?? Gimmie a break! If that were a real concern, the ag business, would of been out of business, years ago.


November 2011


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey