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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…