Walden talks immigration, forest at Vale town hall

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden talks to his town hall audience July 1 at the Vale Senior Citizens Center. Walden spoke to a crowd of about 50 people. The long-time Oregon lawmaker outlined several of his legislative priorities and then answered questions from the crowd. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – Oregon’s only Republican Congressman laid out his top priorities to a crowd of about 50 people last week at the Vale Senior Center.

The town hall session by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) covered health care costs, recreation opportunities in nearby national forests, immigration robot calls and forest management. The longtime federal lawmaker, who represents Oregon’s sprawling 2nd Congressional District, said cleaning up forests to reduce fires is important. Wildfires not only destroy rich timberland but also created an environmental hazard.

“As fires rip through forests . . .