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…