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Vale mural group plans work on ‘Sagebrush Annie,’ forms committees

VALE – The Vale Heritage Reflections Mural Society, the group working to restore Vale’s history murals, recently got an update on work slated for the “Waiting for Sagebrush Annie” mural on the east side of Eastern Oregon Railroad on Longfellow Street North.

The restoration project will involve Mural Society members, as well as Vale contractor Scott Kelso, TNT signs, and the building owners.

If all goes as planned, the refurbished mural could be unveiled this spring with a ribbon cutting and community celebration.

In its Jan. 30 meeting, the murals group organized committees to promote the murals for tourism and work on much-needed restoration of the artwork that adorns walls throughout town.

The group’s long-term goal is to restore all of the murals and maintain their importance as a source of community pride and symbols of historical heritage, and share that knowledge and pride with visitors.

Anyone interested in helping can contact members of the steering committee, which includes Frank and Patty Yraguen; Sheri Nalivka, organizing chairperson; Betty town Duncan, Facebook, media coordinator and publicity; Sara Rodriguez, merchandising and marketing; and Lucy Hutchens and John Nalivka, media outreach. The group also has local government representatives in Jim Mendiola, Malheur County Commissioner, and Todd Fuller, Vale city manager.

Committee chairs will give progress reports at the next meeting, set for 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Vale Senior and Community Center. The group also provides updates on its Facebook page.

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