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Snortin’ and buckin,’ the Vale rodeo is ready to roll

Roger Todd (left) tightens his rope just before making the turn left so Peter McBride can rope the legs during the Billy Evins Memorial Roping event in Vale. (The Enterprise/Jayme Fraser)

VALE – The work for the Vale 4th of July rodeo begins on cold dark winter mornings or with the drizzle of a Malheur County spring.

That’s when rodeo board members, led by president Jim Mendiola, carefully plan how they will solve the logistical test the county’s biggest rodeo represents.

“We meet monthly and about March . . .