Governor Brown on Sage Grouse

Governor Brown: ‘I call on the Secretary of the Interior to Reconsider Undermining Protection for Sage Grouse’ (Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today released the following statement regarding the Department of Interior’s actions to remove protections for sage grouse across the West: “Oregon’s sage-grouse plan protects jobs in some of Oregon’s least populated counties…

Cattlemen’s Ball Goes “Old Hollywood” for PAC Fundraising Event

Cattlemen and ranching advocates convened on the beautiful property of Sunriver Resort on a Saturday night, dressed in their finest to support the political actions of the Oregon cattle industry. To a theme of “Old Hollywood,” the stars of the show were the table sponsors and the keynote speaker; Gubernatorial Candidate Dr. Knute Buehler.  …

Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada

Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Our Nation is heartbroken. We mourn with all whose loved ones were murdered and injured…

Energy Trust of Oregon Requests Proposals for Residential Program Management and Delivery Services

Energy Trust of Oregon is now seeking proposals from qualified organizations interested in and capable of providing residential program management services and/or program delivery for specific residential market-focused program offerings. It is Energy Trust board policy and national best practice to periodically put contracts out to bid with the objective of delivering effective services and…

Senior Projects Enrich Rural Communities

By Trish Yerges Every year like clockwork, small rural communities become the recipients of generous gifts created by or facilitated by high school seniors and their senior projects.   The majority of public high schools of Union, Wallowa and Baker counties include a senior project requirement for graduation in their curriculum.   “Imbler School District…

Small Town Limousine – Big Town Class

  By Trish Yerges When it comes to class, nothing beats arriving at an event in a luxury stretch limousine driven by a professional chauffeur. That’s what Justice Clark, owner of Small Town Limousine of La Grande offers his customers.   “Before I bought this limousine, I had never been in a limousine in my…

Excursion Train Launches 2017 Train Season on Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 14, is Mother’s Day, and the traditional opening day for the Eagle Cap Excursion Train’s 2017 season. The Mother’s Day Brunch is always a popular trip, as passengers find it a good way to celebrate the holiday while enjoying the beautiful spring scenery along the Grande Ronde and Wallowa Rivers.   The Mother’s…

Gary Allan Set to Take the Happy Canyon Stage Sept. 9

    Country music superstar Gary Allan will kick off the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon week when he takes the stage in the Happy Canyon Arena on Sept. 9. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 1.   Allan is known for hit No. 1 singles “Man to Man,” “Nothing On But the Radio,” “Watching…

Oregon House Approves Rep. Barreto’s ATV Highway Access Bill

The Oregon House of Representatives approved HB 2910 A, legislation that seeks to make it easier for Oregonians in rural communities to access rural roadways with all-terrain vehicles in authorized areas. Under current law ATVs are not permitted on state highways, which can prevent Oregonians from accessing their own property if it is separated by…

Grants Announced for Community Development Projects in Rural Oregon

  Federally-funded Community Development Block Grants support community enhancement and safety projects in non-metro cities and counties.   Business Oregon—the state of Oregon’s economic development agency—announced the third quarter’s allocation of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to cities and counties for community enhancements across the state. Ten cities and two counties will receive awards totaling…

Energy Trust of Oregon Approves New Tools to Make Solar More Affordable

  Solar prices have dropped dramatically in recent years, and now Energy Trust of Oregon is helping to lower them further.   In the past, Energy Trust required that the solar resource be measured at the installation site— usually a rooftop. Energy Trust now allows contractors to use approved remote shading analysis tools. The first…

Let Oregon’s Weather Compass Take You Away to Play

  Travel Oregon recognizes that our region’s legendary rain may be its most famous winter weather pattern, but it’s hardly our only one. Remarkably, sunnier (or snowier) skies are rarely more than a couple hours away. Travel Oregon’s new Oregon Weather Compass is the first-ever mobile site designed to point local and visiting explorers to…

Oregon Represented on National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure

  The United States Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, appointed Travel Oregon CEO, Todd Davidson to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure (NACTTI).   “I am honored to be appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure,” said Todd Davidson, CEO of the Oregon Tourism Commission, dba…

Oregon Unemployment Rate Dropped to 4.6 Percent in December

  Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in December, from 5.0 percent in November. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in December, down from 5.3 percent in December 2015.   Oregon’s unemployment rate and its decline over the year are comparable with the U.S.   In December, nonfarm payroll employment rose by 5,000,…

Hermiston City Council Approves Fixed Route Bus System

The Hermiston City Council unanimously approved an agreement Monday night with KAYAK Transit to begin a fixed-route bus system within the community. A map of the route is available HERE, and timing for each of the stops will be developed over the coming weeks. The Council is still also taking feedback on proposed names for…

Community Bank’s Charity Drive Produces Over $24,000

The annual Charity Drive was conducted in Community Bank’s full-service branch locations during November, through December 20th. The program is an effort to collect donations in branches to benefit charities in that same area. The bank matches donations at $0.50 on each dollar, with a max match amount of $500 per branch location. This season…

Columbia Bank Launches the 2016 Warm Hearts Winter Drive

Wintertime Campaign Benefits Homeless Shelters Across The Northwest   Tacoma, Wash. – Nov. 21, 2016 – Today Columbia Bank launches the annual Warm Hearts Winter Drive to benefit homeless shelters in communities across the Northwest. Now through December 31, 2016, Columbia Bank will be accepting cash donations and new winter wear attire as it aims…

Fishing: a new family tradition for the Thanksgiving holiday

Fishing, clamming and crabbing will be free in Oregon Nov. 25-26 Nov. 15, 2016 Lower Deschutes Steelhead Whether you’re after trout, salmon, steelhead (like this one from the lower Deschutes) or crab, you can fish for them for free on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26.   SALEM — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife…

Governor Brown Appoints Eloisa Miller as Economic and Business Equity Manager

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today named Eloisa Miller as her Economic and Business Equity Manager. Miller will focus on addressing issues of equity and advancing priorities for Minority-owned, Woman-owned, Emerging Small Businesses, and Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (Certified Firms).   “Eloisa has a strong commitment to equity and ensuring that businesses have a…

BMCC Awarded Grant for Project to Improve Transition From High School to College

Blue Mountain Community College was this week awarded a $5,000 grant to help bring high school and BMCC students together to improve the transition from high school to higher education. Campus Compact of Oregon awarded the mini-grant to BMCC, and the funds stem from a larger $50,000 grant Campus Compact was selected to receive from…

Travel Oregon Awards More Than $500,000 for Local Tourism Projects

An artisan food trail, wayfinding signage and non-stop air service will now be available for visitors and locals, thanks in part to $560,000 of matching grant funding awarded by the Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon. Travel Oregon administers a competitive program that makes grant awards to eligible applicants for projects that contribute to the…

Travel Oregon Wins National Tourism Industry Award

Recognized for Best Broadcast Advertising for 7 Wonders of Oregon Television Spots   Winners of the National Council of State Tourism Directors (NCSTD) 2016 Mercury awards were announced this week during U.S. Travel Association’s annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) conference held this year in Boca Raton, Fla. The NCSTD honored Travel Oregon with…

New Network Aims to Strengthen Oregon’s Food Future

40 Nonprofits See Common Cause in Local and Regional Food Systems   The Oregon Community Food Systems Network (OCFSN) is a newly launched collaborative involving 40 nonprofit organizations and partners dedicated to strengthening local and regional food systems in order to deliver strong economic, social, health and environmental outcomes across the state.   OCFSN has…

PARKING FEE WAIVED FOR ‘GREEN FRIDAY’ AT OREGON STATE PARKS

November 15th, 2016 5:00 PM Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites the public to visit state parks for free on Nov. 25. For the second successive year, the department will wave day-use parking fees at the 26 state parks the charge them.   “We invite you to join a new tradition: Green Friday,” said…

My View

There is never a lack of stories when it comes to writing about Northeast Oregon, but there is the lack of time to write them all. With 2016 quickly coming to a close I guess it is time to think about the future and what it may hold.   The amount of support I continue…

Joe Wiegand Amazes Crowd as the Virtual Teddy Roosevelt

by Betty Jane Holt   A mesmerizing performance was given by Joe Wiegand at the financial event sponsored by Marc Robins of the Robins Equity Roundup. I was tired and just wanting to go back to the Hampton Inn and get in the hot tub until the introductions were made for the 32nd president of…

LG Gains New Second-Hand Store – Patty Cake’s Corner

By Trish Yerges   Patti Cake’s Corner, 2701 Bearco Loop in La Grande opened for business Sept. 1 as a sole proprietorship by Patsy Hoadley, who has five years of experience in retail, second-hand merchandising.   “I’ve had a retail second hand shop years ago called Island City Trading Post,” Hoadley said. “I took a…

Holiday Inn Express and to Open in November in Hermiston

By Lori Kimbel   November 15 is the target date for the opening of Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Hermiston, located at 245 North 1st Street.   There are 93 rooms at the Hermiston Holiday Inn Express, which include 17 suites. A pool, guest laundry, fitness center, and 374 sq. ft. of flexible meeting…

Andrew Muse and His Tiny Home Adventure

By Lori Kimbel   Twenty six year old Andrew Muse is living a life full of adventure and excitement. A life many would love to have just a taste of. Traveling the country with his golden lab, canine companion, Kicker, Muse is seen grinning from ear to ear with each new-found, adrenaline-charged quest and Kicker…

Oregon to Convert Messages into Video Instructions for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Residents

Oregon state government is launching a new effort to support deaf and hard of hearing Oregonians. Held quarterly, New American Sign Language (ASL) video workshops tap native-speaking ASL interpreters to convert agency messages into video instructions that improve access to online services for these traditionally underserved residents.   In recent years Oregon has increased accessibility…

OEN and the Tom Holce 2016 Entrepreneurship Awards

By Lori Kimbel   It’s no secret that I come from a small town in Northeast Oregon… Elgin, Oregon to be exact. Elgin is like many of the small towns in America, more often than not it is peaceful, safe and friendly, so when this small town lady decided to spend a night on the…

Life Flight Network Named the #1 Large Nonprofit to Work for in Oregon

Life Flight Network was recognized last week by Oregon Business as the best large nonprofit to work for in Oregon. For the seventh year in a row, Life Flight Network has been ranked in the top 15 best large nonprofit employers to work for in Oregon. This is the second time Life Flight Network has…

Things Are Hopping for Oregon Dept of Ag. Inspectors

While you quietly sip a beer this month, it’s more than likely that Judy Parent and Erin Harding are painstakingly picking out leaves and stems from the Oregon hops that might be an ingredient of that brew. The two women aren’t necessarily cleaning up the hops but, in fact, inspecting samples of this year’s harvest…

New Hydropower Facility at Spaur Ranch Produces Clean Energy While Promoting Rural Resiliency

New hydropower facility at Spaur Ranch produces clean energy, promotes rural resiliency Local officials celebrate the second project at Northeastern Oregon ranch   Spaur Ranch celebrated its second small hydropower facility today. Oregon State Senator Bill Hansell, local landowners, government officials, and tribal, nonprofit and utility representatives attended the event in recognition of the efforts…

Variable Speed Sign Test Underway in Eastern Oregon

In a first of its kind project in Oregon, ODOT highway managers are testing new variable speed signs to provide a greater margin of safety during winter weather on Interstate 84.   Over the past few weeks, crews from ODOT have been installing variable speed signs in a critical 30 mile corridor of Interstate 84…

OREGON STATE ARCHIVES SEEKS HELP FROM STUDENTS TO RESTORE STATE CONSTITUTION

By Saerom England   Since surviving Capitol fire in 1935, founding document has been largely out of public view   SALEM – Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins and State Archivist Mary Beth Herkert are asking students and their school communities to help restore Oregon’s original constitution.   Since surviving the Capitol building fire…

Oregon receives $1.7 million in specialty crop funds

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and US Department of Agriculture have announced this year’s recipients of Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds. In Oregon, nearly $1.7 million will fund 15 projects to help boost the competitiveness of the state’s fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, nursery crops, and other specialty crops.   “These funds go a long…

SeaPort Airlines, Inc. Ceases Operations and Converts to Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

September 20th, 2016   SeaPort Airlines, Inc. Ceases Operations and Converts to Chapter 7 Bankruptcy PORTLAND, ORE. (September 20, 2016) – Portland, Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines, Inc. announced that it is ceasing all operations at the close of business on September 20, 2016. The airline made a motion today to convert is bankruptcy proceedings from Chapter…

OREGON CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION INVESTS $5,000 TO OPPOSE OWYHEE MONUMENT

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association has invested $5,000.00 in a campaign led by Malheur County families to oppose a national monument designation that would restrict access to public lands, hurting Oregon’s economy by curtailing ranching in the state’s No. 1 cattle producing region.   It seemed only fitting that during a class on locally born and…

Oregon’s Top Ag Commodities Enjoy a Strong Decade

While Oregon agriculture’s overall growth curve has slowed down in recent years, certain crops and livestock commodities have enjoyed a very healthy increase in production value over the past decade. In fact, only one commodity in the top 20 has recorded a decrease over the 10 year period and that drop is very small.  …

SeaPort Airlines Provides Non-Stop Service to Pendlton Round-Up

SeaPort Airlines gives small communities access to National Transportation Network.   The Pendleton Round-Up Queen and Court and Happy Canyon Princesses recently gathered at Portland Airport’s Pendleton Woolen Mills Store to celebrate Pendleton Round-Up’s trail-blazing partnership with SeaPort Airlines connecting Portland and historic Pendleton.   In addition to providing visitors easy and inexpensive transportation to…

Rare Total Solar Eclipse Set to Cross Oregon in 2017

The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, in partnership with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), is helping residents and visitors prepare in advance for next year’s total solar eclipse – the first in the contiguous United States since 1979 – which will make its way across the state on Aug. 21, 2017….

Retirement Savings Plan Set to Launch in July 2017

Flexible and simple: Employer feedback helps design key elements of retirement savings plan, set to launch in July 2017.   Retirement Savings Board approves framework that includes a phase-in for smaller employers.   The voices of employers statewide are influencing the design of the landmark Oregon Retirement Savings Plan, which will provide potentially 1 million…

Buckley Hired as Assistant Managing Artistic Director at EOH

By Lori Kimbel Carol Buckley has recently been hired as the Assistant Managing Artistic Director for the Elgin Opera House.   One of her first tasks has been to organize the first ever Media Night.   Members of the media from around Union County were entertained by the cast of Little Mermaid, as they acted…

Oregon Timber Harvest Decreases in 2015

After two years at slightly above four billion board feet, Oregon’s timber harvest dropped below that in 2015 to a number on par with the 2012 harvest, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry’s annual timber harvest report, issued this week. From 2014 to 2015 there was an approximate decrease in harvest of eight percent…

Oregon Launches Initiative to Spur Rural Entrepreneurship

While participating in the Coastal Caucus Summit in North Bend, Business Oregon announced the launch of its new Rural Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDI), a public-private partnership to increase entrepreneurship in rural areas of the state.   “Oregon small businesses are the backbone of a thriving Oregon economy,” said Oregon Governor Kate Brown. “The Rural Entrepreneurship…

Cocktails for Two Many

by Marc Robins CFA   Nearly two decades ago, I was the CEO of Moonstruck Chocolate for about a year. The Robins Group had been associated with the upstart Chocolatier helping to raise money, give guidance and on a more personal note sponsor and co-finance the “new” Chocolate Café that opened on 23rd Avenue in…

Students Advocate for Healthy Snacks

By Kym Pokorny Six Union County grocery stores in Oregon have removed some chips, candy and other high-fat, high-sugar foods this year to create healthy “snack zones.”   The shelves and cases filled with nutritious food were promoted by elementary and middle school students in Cove, Elgin, Imbler, North Powder and Union. They approached the…

RDO Equipment Co. Employee Celebrates 40-Year Milestone

Customer Service Representative at RDO Equipment Co. in Hermiston honored for years of service.   Reinie Fischer, Customer Service Representative at RDO Equipment Co. in Hermiston, recently celebrated his 40-year anniversary with the company. RDO Equipment Co. employees throughout the region’s stores, along with customers and family members gathered at the store to honor Fischer…

Oregon Army National Guard Celebrates Solar Energy Milestone

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden toured the solar electric system at Pendleton Army Air Support Facility #2, which is a key component to Oregon Army National Guard’s effort to achieve net-zero energy use by 2020. Net-zero energy occurs when a building or facility’s annual energy consumption is equal to the amount of renewable energy created on-site….

EOU earns national recognition as “College of Distinction”

Innovative application of high impact educational practices has earned Eastern Oregon University recognition among the nation’s “Colleges of Distinction.”   The listing appears in the new 2016-17 Colleges of Distinction Guidebook. Innovative learning opportunities at EOU and other top schools across the country are highlighted in the publication, available September 6 in digital and print…

“Base to Bachelor’s” Creates Clear Path to Applied Science Degree

By Laura Hancock   Students enlisting in the U.S. Air Force can take their careers to a higher altitude with a bachelor’s of applied science in business administration from Eastern Oregon University.   EOU is partnering with Klamath Community College’s (KCC) “Base to Bachelor’s” program to create a smooth ascent for students who have already…

My View – What a Summer!

Wow! What a summer!     I hope your summer has been every bit as fun as mine has. This past Saturday I attended the annual Timber Tiger Lodge party, which takes place on the side of the Elkhorn Mountains, overlooking the entire Baker Valley. The food was fabulous, the band was amazing, the dancing,…

Derek Kolbaba and the Business of Bull Riding

By Lori Kimbel Derek Kolbaba is a bull rider and is on his way to making his dream, of riding in the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, come true.   “He was a determined little guy when he was growing up,” said his father, Kyle Kolbaba, a professional bull rider himself in the 90’s….

Not Your Grandfather’s Rodeo

By Art Hill   Daring young men and women and their flying machines were out in force to kick off the first-ever Ag Drone Rodeo at Ron Linn’s airfield west of Pendleton during the third week of August.     On day one, surrounded by wheat and potato growing operations, Linn was among the folks…

The Little Mermaid at the Historic Elgin Opera House

By Lori Kimbel Without a doubt the Elgin Opera House is the place to be on Fridays and Saturdays throughout September as the Little Mermaid graces the stage. Opening night jitters seemed to be non-existent as these well versed actors and actresses took to the stage time and again after each and every set change….

Energy Trust of Oregon Founding Executive Director Honored with National Award

  Margie Harris receives the 2016 Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Award from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy   PORTLAND, Ore. — August 24, 2016 — Margie Harris, founding executive director of Energy Trust of Oregon, received an award yesterday from the American Council for an EnergyEfficient Economy (ACEEE). She has been…

Pendleton Bike Week Lands Easy Rider Bourbon as Major Sponsor

Pendleton Bike Week officials announced today that a long term sponsor agreement has been reached with Easy Rider Bourbon Whiskey. Oregon’s newest distilled spirit is bottled in Hood River Oregon and will be a major sponsor of the fast growing motorcycle rally in Pendleton Oregon. “Easy Rider Bourbon is proud to be associated with Pendleton…

Wheat, Alfalfa, Grass and Mint in the Grande Ronde Valley

I travel a lot, and am blessed to meet some really great people along the way. Lately I’ve been in the Gorge and have come home in the evening, just as the sun has set behind Mount Emily in the Grande Ronde Valley. This is that time on my trip when I crank up Pandora…

SBDC to offer social media marketing seminars at BMCC Baker County Center

PENDLETON, Ore. – The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Blue Mountain Community College has teamed up with Constant Contact to provide a series of marketing workshops for business owners and non-profit organizations starting Aug. 3 and 4 at BMCC’s Baker County Center, 3275 Baker Street, Baker City.   “Social Media Marketing & Facebook Ad…

Massive Monkees Bring Seattle Street Style to Wildhorse

Pendleton, OR – July 30th will be a full day of entertainment at Wildhorse and not just at the concert featuring Vanilla Ice and Morris Day & the Time but throughout the property.   Massive Monkees, a top hip hop/break dancing group from Seattle, WA will also perform at Wildhorse. A specialized and skilled art…

Pendleton Bronze Trail Website Ready to Guide Travelers

Travel Pendleton just released the new Pendleton Bronze Trail website (pendletonbronzetrail.com) to encourage tourists to not only learn about Pendleton’s rich western heritage but also to get them walking around town to see all the sites. This site is optimized for mobile and tablet use. Every page features a brief history of each statue that…

John Kueber Creates Jrrny.com for Travel Blogger Enthusiasts

By Lori Kimbel John Kueber’s first attempt at public office, a bid for president of the junior high he had just started attending where he was known mostly as ‘the new kid’, taught him a lot about failure. Kueber lost the election by a landslide. “I didn’t really let it bug me,” he said. “It…

Pendleton’s Future Farm Project Serves Global Ag Producers

Farming used to be among the lowest-tech industries on the planet. Not anymore.   Seed and soil, moisture and muscle are still important components. But now there’s a new one – technology.   Technology is everywhere in agriculture from the largest to the smallest operation. GPS helps position equipment so not a row is wasted….

Hobby or Recreational Use of UAS on National Forest System Lands

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (link is external) has regulatory authority over all airspace, including recreational use of airspace by model aircraft (See FAA Advisory Circular 91-57) (link is external). The U.S. Forest Service does not have the authority to establish any additional regulations regarding where UAS can or can’t be flown. Individuals and organizations…

Oregon’s UAS Test Ranges embrace new Part 107 Rules

The announcement of the Part 107 rules for UAS (Drones) has been a long time coming. Part 107 will essentially replace the need for the vast majority of Section 333 Exemptions – the way commercial operators were able to legally fly up until now. The 333 exemption was initially (a year ago) viewed as a…

First Draft Writers’ Series Brings Authors to Life

The Pendleton Center for the Arts has a winner on its hands with its First Draft Writers’ Series. Every third Thursday at 7pm, published and aspiring authors and poets from all over the region come together to share their work. Some read from their books, others from printed or handwritten manuscripts, and some from the…

New Owners at Timberlake Campground and RV Park

By Lori Kimbel Kyle and Marissa Vaner Borght knew they wanted something more than the life they were living in Burbank, California. Their day to day lives lead them down the black pavement to work then home again. Their kids played on pavement at the school they attended and played basketball on pavement in front…

Pacific Ag Acquires Calagri

Acquisition Further Expands Harvest and Supply Footprint, Strengthens Year-Round Availability and Streamlines Delivery of Agricultural Residue and Forage to Customers Throughout the Pacific Northwest Pacific Ag, which operates the nation’s largest crop residue supply chain, has acquired Calagri, a leading regional agricultural residue and hay harvesting company. The transaction further solidifies Pacific Ag’s ability to…

BMCC, CTUIR renew agreement for Native American Advisory Board

Officials from Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) recently renewed an agreement to continue the join Native American Advisory Board to enhance the education of Native American students and educate BMCC students about the CTUIR. The Memorandum of Agreement was signed during BMCC’s regular Board of…

Jackson Sundown Centennial Edition 1916 – 2016

Jackson Sundown was an iconic western figure. He was a nephew of the famous, Chief Joseph, and his life spanned from the Indian wars to frontier settlement. Jackson Sundown was a warrior on the Nez Perce retreat and was wounded at the Battle of Bear Paw. Rather than surrender, he escaped into Canada, and for…

22nd Annual Wildhorse Resort & Casino Pow Wow

More than $80,000 in cash and prizes was up for grabs at the 22nd Annual event. Wildhorse expected 25 drum groups to be on hand and more than 300 native dancers in the competition. The colorful dance performances, as well as the Native American food and craft booths were free to the public. The grand…

Chart-Topping Country Star Lee Brice to Kickoff Happy Canyon’s Centennial Week

Country music sensation and winner of the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards’ Single Record of the Year, Lee Brice will headline the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon kick-off concert on Saturday, Sept. 10. Singer, songwriter, and producer, Brice is known for his award-winning hits “I Don’t Dance” and “I Drive Your Truck,” which won…

‘Cause That’s Where the Money Is’

by Marc Robins CFA I’ve been to LasVegas, Reno and Tahoe countless times, and I hold the distinction of losing just 75¢. How did this miserly figure come about? I was sent to interview management way back in the late 1970s and as I was leaving Las Vegas to fly home, I plugged a slot…

Author Publishes “Venture Finance” for Business Owners, Funders, Advisors

Author, Art Hill has published the 2016 Edition of Venture Finance and it is now available at bookstores, and Amazon.   Venture Finance is a book designed for entrepreneurs and business owners to guide them as they manage their business finances regardless of business type, size, or stage of growth.   “Venture Finance covers all…

Groundbreaking at Elgin Health District Rural Health Clinic

What started out as just a ‘shot in the dark’ dream, is one step closer to reality as the Elgin Health District Rural Health Clinic holds a ground breaking ceremony before the actual construction begins on the $2.25 million building.   With $257,120 already in the bank the Elgin Health District capital campaign committee is…

New report shows Oregonians saved $362 million on energy bills in 2015

Energy Trust of Oregon helped 1,080 Eastern Oregon homeowners and businesses benefit from clean energy innovations Energy Trust of Oregon announced today its 2015 annual results, including utility bill savings of $362 million for participating customers. Energy Trust is a nonprofit helping utility customers save energy in their homes and businesses, and invest in renewable…

Merkley Announces $52 Million in Energy Loans for Rural Communities

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make $52 million in loans available to rural electric co-ops through the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP). RESP is a program designed by Senator Merkley to allow rural electric co-ops to offer their customers low-interest loans from USDA to provide affordable…

Cinnamon Cottage Expands to La Grande Main Street

by Trish Yerges   Cinnamon Cottage gift and accessories shop has made its debut to the La Grande downtown district at 1112 Adams Avenue. It is co-owned by long-time friends and business collaborators Sandy Rysdam and Myra Britschgi.   Their business was founded in 1993, and for 22 years the two women worked out of…

My View – June/July 2016

Here we go, summer is in full swing. It’s time for camping, fishing, bike riding, kayaking, hiking and all other types of outdoor activities.   I was lucky enough to start my summer off at Barton Park in Boring, Oregon where a portion of my family got together to camp, tell tall tales around the…

Eastern Oregon Business Innovation Network and Accelerated Learning Channel Closer to Launch

The Eastern Oregon Business Innovation Network (EOBIN) and it’s Accelerated Learning Channel (ALC) moved closer to launch with two key benchmarks recently cleared by its start-up team.   The first was delivery of architectural renderings of the EOBIN facility planned for Milton-Freewater to Mike Watkins, Economic Development Director for the City of Milton-Freewater.   Designed…

Love’s Opens In Boardman

Drivers in northeast Oregon have a new option to purchase fuel, snacks and more, as Love’s Travel Stops opened its doors for business today in Boardman, Oregon, along Interstate 84, Exit 159. Boardman marks Love’s third location to open in Oregon. “We are excited to bring new restaurant offerings, services and a safe place for…

Oregon SBDC Network Awarded National Accreditation

The Oregon Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has been awarded national accreditation without conditions by America’s SBDC, its national association. Blue Mountain Community College hosts the local SBDC for northeastern Oregon.   Every five years, SBDC networks throughout the country are required to go through an accreditation process with the Accreditation Committee of America’s…

Eastern Oregon State Highway Construction Underway

LA GRANDE, Ore. – Highway construction season has begun and several projects are currently underway. Eastern Oregon travelers can expect to see orange traffic cones and construction workers at several dozen work sites throughout the year along Interstate 84 and secondary state highways. ODOT reminds motorists to slow down, pay extra attention and be prepared…

Hamadou Dagnogo Takes the Reins as Executive Chef at Wildhorse

Pendleton, OR – Wildhorse Resort & Casino has hired Hamadou Dagnogo as Executive Chef. Dagnogo comes to Pendleton from Washington, Pennsylvania, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in fine dining and culinary arts at gaming properties. Originally from the Ivory Coast of West Africa, Dagnogo, was trained in Paris and worked abroad…

Wildhorse Events and Promotions in June

Pendleton, OR – Oregon East Symphony Fundraiser Wildhorse Resort & Casino’s Civic Circle will be hosting the Oregon East Symphony on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The 35+ piece orchestra will perform the “Young at Heart” show as a tribute to Saturday morning cartoon classics including Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture, Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5, Strauss’s…

Dengue, Ebola and Zika…..Oh My!

by Marc Robins CFA Nothing confounds me more than the fact that our collective society (and government) is (are) more worried about “Climate Change”, “global warming”, or “Climate Disruption” that may occur some 25 to 50 years out in the future (and the operative word is “may”), while zoonotic viral diseases are killing mankind right…

Ring of Fire Sizzles with Talent

By Lori Kimbel   Ring of Fire debuted the last weekend in April at the Historic Elgin Opera House. It depicts Johnny Cash’s remarkable life story, and is told through his music.The cast and crew at the Elgin Opera House once again put on a performance that will be hard to beat. I don’t know…

Barn at Tamarack Springs – A Venue with a View

by Trish Yerges If you have ever dreamed of a picturesque wedding day surrounded by green pastures and a forested mountain backdrop, the red Barn at Tamarack Springs in Summerville would be the venue to book.   Co-owners Deana Coppinger and her daughter Tara Kunz are event and wedding planners at the Barn at Tamarack…