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…