December 26, 2015
The beginning of a new year is always so exciting to me. I’m never sorry to see an old year go, sometimes I am sentimental about it, other times I’ve been ready to put the year behind me without so much as a small glance back, but I have never felt the need to hold onto a year so much that I don’t look forward to the promise of what the bright shine new one holds. I always enter the New Year with all of the excitement of a 6-year-old on Christmas morning.
2016 holds much promise. In spite of what many would like us all to believe, violent crime is down 16.2% since the 2005 level, according to the FBI’s Crime in the United States data. It is easy, in an election year especially, to start feeling as if our world is falling apart. Yes, bad things are going to happen, but I plan to keep marching on, without listening to much of the rhetoric, as I try to make a difference in our business community.
I live in a small town, so the police, the firemen and the emergency medical personnel are more than the heroes that keep us safe, they are my friends and I would like to express my most sincere appreciation for the work they volunteer to do. For more than 60 years the Elgin Fire Department has given Santa a ride through the streets of Elgin, so he can stop in at each house and pay a quick visit to all the little people in town. It is a very special tradition and I appreciate those that still make this happen year after year.
In this issue you will find several stories about the Pendleton Round-Up. This amazing organization was awarded the Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year by the PRCA. As a native Oregonian, I could not be more proud of all the dedicated people who make this event a reality every year in September.
Once again, thank you to all my advertisers. Without you this paper would not be possible. I sincerely appreciate you spending your marketing dollars with me and I will continue to help you market your place of business throughout NE Oregon and beyond.
I hope that 2016 finds each and every one of you with a new sense of excitement on what the New Year holds for you. May your friends be many and your troubles be few. May your business prosper and your life be full of all the things you love, whether that be travel, fishing, camping, socializing, or just relaxing. I hope our paths cross along the way and until then Happy New Year.
August 25, 2015
This letter is coming to you with a heavy heart. As I write this letter, smoke from the many forest fires that are burning hot in th PNW lays thick along the street by my house and in my yard.
Three men who were fighting one of the beasts in Twisp, will not return home to their families. Tom Zbyszewski was just 20 years old, Andrew Zajac was 26 and Richard Wheeler, a ten year firefighting veteran, was only 31. These lives were cut short and the northwest will forever remember their sacrifice.
Thousands, yes thousands, of people in the northwest are putting their lives on the line to save lives, homes, pets, wildlife, forests, grasslands and each other. Wildfire came knocking on our doors this summer and these heroic people answered the call. Amazing!
The past couple of months have been busy as usual for me. I decided I needed a new business name now that I am publishing The Gorge Business News as well as Northeast Oregon Business News, so I created Studio 6 Designworks – A Creative Publishing and Marketing Company. I am excited about working under this new name and just love my new logo.
In this issue of Northeast Oregon Business News we have done some Focus Features on Imbler and Summerville. Be sure to read about Nick West on page three, Willow Creek Horse Bed and Breakfast on page six, the Summerville Store on page seven and Sean Peterson on page 17.
If you are up for a little travleing, Rufus has a great new diner, the Bulldog Diner, stop in and grab a bite to eat, you will not be disappointed.
Thank you for picking up this latest issue of Northeast Oregon Business News. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy bringing it to you.
Let’s hope that by the time the next issue rolls off of the press that the fires have been extinguished, and everyone fighting them have been able to return safely home to their families.
Thank you for answering the call firefighters!
February 12, 2015
Our flight is book and we will be heading to Texas for a quick trip in March, for those of you that know me, you know how much I love to fly, and layovers are my favorite. For those of you who don’t know me, you think I am being sarcastic….but I’m not. I absolutely love airports! All the people going about their hurried lives, the huge jets that fly in and out, the shops, the restaurants, I love airports.
On the business news front, thinks are speeding up as we make our way out of….winter!? We really haven’t had much of a winter and the snowpack in the mountains is far below normal. I keep thinking that a big storm is just on the horizon, but so far we seem to have escaped a lot of what a normal winter is here in NE Oregon.
With the mind weather, I was able to venture across the state to Portland, where I stayed with a friend, ate fabulous food at Huber’s Restaurant and attended the Foodworx conference, which was amazing. Great speakers, wonderful food and vendors with every type of Oregon-made food you could imagine. It is definitely on my list for next year as well, as long as the weather cooperates.
I am busy putting the final touches on the Mar/Apr issue of Northeast Oregon Business News, and I am looking forward to you meeting my new freelance writer, Chuck Anderson from Wallowa County. He will have an article on the Lostine Tavern for this issue.
Trish, of course, has written two more great articles. One of them is on Kauffman’s Market in Island City and the other on Precision Rain, also of Island City.
As for me I was lucky enough to visit with Tiah DeGrofft and Al Tovey of Wildhorse. This March marks their 20th anniversary extravaganza. I really enjoyed my visit with these two, and I hope you enjoy the article that came from this visit.
Be sure to pick up your copy of Northeast Oregon Business News. The Mar/Apr issue will hit news stands the first week of March.
Happy February everyone.
January 10, 2015
2015 is starting off fast-paced and busy, busy, busy.
All of the January/February issues have been delivered throughout Baker, Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties and we have been getting some great responses from it already. We truly appreciate all of you who have taken the time to send your good luck and well wishes our way. We will continue to do our best to bring you the latest business news from NE Oregon.
Our website is a constant work in progress, we appreciate your patience as we continue to update and improve it.
With so many great events, restaurants, hotels, and retail establishments to visit in NE Oregon we have realized it might take a lifetime to visit them all, but we will continue to give it our best shot and tell you all about it. However, our lovely winter weather does try to keep me planted firmly in my cozy little home, with my wood fire burning and me working on the next issue of Northeast Oregon Business News.
I hardly ever leave town without checking the weather. We all know in NE Oregon the weather can change in an instant and to be caught in a snowstorm while on I-84 near Meacham is something I only want to do once or twice in my life. This happened to us last year, so the way I see it we should be smart enough to not get caught in that situation this year, or next, and hopefully even the next, but we will see.
Thursday I checked the weather. Elgin was under a dense fog advisory, but it didn’t say anything about the rest of the region having dense fog, so off we went. The fog was still hanging around when we arrived in La Grande where we came so close to being rear-ended it caused us to reflect on our past and future life. We made our way up out of the fog as we drove along I-84 toward Pendleton. Unfortunately, as we made our way past Meacham and continued on toward the top of Cabbage Hill, we once again entered into the fog. It was as thick as I have ever seen it. We could make out one center line at a time. I was so thankful my husband was driving and not me. He got us safely to our destination…thankfully he is good at that and does it time and time again…love that guy!
We spent that night at Wildhorse Resort & Casino for my birthday and, as always, the staff there was courteous, helpful and friendly. It is a great place to get away and have some fun right here in NE Oregon. While we were there we ate at the Hot Rocks Cafe, where they serve a great grilled cheese sandwich, and the following morning we had a fabulous breakfast at the buffet restaurant.
On Friday the Boardman Chamber brought in a great public speaker, Patrick McGaughey. He was very entertaining with his interesting sense of humor and his unique take on marketing.
By Friday evening we were back at Wildhorse Resort so that we could go to the movie “Wild” at the Cineplex. It was a great movie. It was fun to see all of the familiar Oregon places that were showcased.
After the movie we once again made our way up over a foggy Cabbage Hill. It was not as bad as the night before, but it definitely didn’t make for my favorite driving conditions. Once again however, my fabulous husband got us safely to our destination. He even started a fire to take the chill off of our cool house.
No fog-filled driving for us today. It was a great Saturday to sit inside a warm house, catch up on some homework, (Just a few short terms and I will have my Bachelors) and work on this website. Tomorrow I see a little bit more of the same as we get ready for a great week ahead. With two interviews scheduled, a visit to the Enterprise Rotary, our nieces basketball game, lunch with a friend, and a presentation at our daughters school where she will be presented with a scholarship, it is shaping up to be an event-filled week.
Here we are the end of the year already! It really is amazing how fast the time goes by.
This year we welcomed our seventh grandbaby into the world and she is sure to delight us just as much as the other six have.
Once again we have had a great time exploring northeast Oregon, getting to know new freinds and learning all about the great businesses that call this area home.
I had such a great visit with Craig and Kaiger Braseth and learned all about the generational entrepreneurial spirit inside of them.
As sponsors to the Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo, we made a trip to Yakima, Washington where we enjoyed a night of rodeo watching. While there we stayed at a fabulous bed and breakfast, the Rosedell. I didn’t get a chance to write about it in this issue, but will be telling you all about our stay in the Mar/Apr issue.
Along the way we also have gotten to eat some really great food. The Corner Brick Bar & Grill in Baker City is one not to miss if you want something great for lunch or dinner. Read more about this great place on page 9.
Also in this issue you will, once again, find great articles from Trish Yerges. Find her article about Blue Springs Crossing on page 5 and her article about the Regional Medical Plaza expansion on page 12.
There are some great press release articles about agriculture and some exciting things happening all around Oregon. Including the SS Algol Drydocking and Outfitting the Outdoors company. Both can be found on page 16.
The movie Wild has been playing throughout the US, showcasing so much of Oregon. Read more about the movie and other films that have been or are currently in production in Oregon on page 18.
So with 2015 just around the corner I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. I hope this year is one of your best ones yet.
For those I have yet to meet, I look forward to meeting you, and to all those friends of mine out there, my life just wouldn’t be the same without you.
I hope you enjoy this issue of Northeast Oregon Business News and as always feel free to contact me with any question, suggestions or comments. I read every single one and have enjoyed reading what a positive impact this paper is having on you and your business.
Let’s Make 2015 a Great Year!