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Rancher takes up reins of county Cattlemen’s Association

Local rancher Laramie Stipe was chosen to be the next president of the Malheur County Cattlemen’s Association earlier this month. Stipe operates his own ranch and is a loan officer at Columbia Bank in Ontario. (Submitted photo)

VALE – Willowcreek rancher Matt Rockwell was running out of time.

Rockwell was nearing the end of his two-year stint as the president of the Malheur County Cattlemen’s Association and while he found the work to be rewarding, he discovered the job of operating his own ranch was gobbling up more of his time.

So, Rockwell reached out to 25-year-old Laramie Stipe, another county rancher, and encouraged him to step up and take over the top slot for the local cattlemen’s group.

Stipe said he had “kind of been involved with the association the last three years . . .