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ENTERPRISE — This small ranching town, surrounded by towering tree-topped mountains and a valley of rolling grass fields, sits tucked into the northeast corner of the state — both out of the way and right in the middle of a contentious debate.

At a meeting late last month, 25 people packed into a stuffy conference room in the Wallowa County Courthouse — 35 miles west of the Idaho state line and 260 miles east of Portland — to hear county commissioners debate a single agenda item: leaving Oregon.

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Roger Averbeck addresses his neighbors at the Wallowa County Commission meeting on Aug. 23, 2023, calling on them to find a compromise in the debate to join Idaho.

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Mike McCarter supports parts of Eastern Oregon joining Idaho.


Down the highway from the Columbia River, southeast of Pendleton, golden fields stretch for miles.

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