Vale Fourth of July Festivities: Mendiola ready to ride

By Pat Caldwell
Malheur Enterprise

VALE – The news that she was picked to be the grand marshal for the Vale Fourth of July parade came as a surprise to longtime area resident Dottie Mendiola.

Yet she admits she was quietly pleased by the nomination.

“It’s kind of cool to be the second woman to do it,” Mendiola said. “No woman has ever had it except Connie Evans. I didn’t think women were even nominated.”

Malheur County Commissioner Don Hodge delivered the news to her, she said.

“He told me I could not turn it down. I said, fine, I guess,” Mendiola said with a quick laugh.

On a number of levels she seems the perfect choice for grand marshal.

Mendiola, 78, has worked and lived her entire life in . . .