Let’s turn to history for lessons on pulling together, staying strong in Malheur County

An early office of the Malheur Enterprise in Vale, which has been publishing locally since 1909. The newspaper absorbed other publications over the years. (Photo courtesy of Gary McClellan)

Malheur County was built by tough people working together.

Since Peter Skene Ogden came trekking through the area nearly 200 years ago in the hunt for beaver, the area has seen success and folly, dreams and disasters.

That history seems more relevant than ever.

At the moment, our community faces one tough fight after another.

The pandemic is testing government and medical authorities.

Politics is sowing deep dissension.

And the fate of our rural economy is, at best, uncertain.

We have been here before.

The county has been convulsed over the decades by boom and bust . . .