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…

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…

My View – 2016 is in Full Swing

These first couple months of 2016 have proven to be quite eventful to say the least, and we are covering some of those events on the following pages.   I hope you enjoy the article on the situation in Harney County, written by University of Oregon professor, Peter Walker, for Northeast Oregon Business News and…

Tim Sieber Named President of SeaPort Airlines

By Lori Kimbel At 14-years-old Tim Sieber grabbed a wet towel from a bucket of water and swiped it across the metal exterior of an airplane. From that moment on he was hooked. Little did he know then that airplanes, airlines and airports would be almost as important to him as breathing.   For almost…

Happy New Year! – Letter From the Editor

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…

Karastan Carpet at Next Step Carpet Design Center

By Lori Kimbel   Before your next home remodeling project be sure to visit the retail location and showroom of Next Step Carpet at 2631 Bearco Loop in La Grande. Brent Moulton has been responsible for bringing homes in Union, Wallowa and Baker counties, to life with new carpet for the past 25 years. He…

The Anatomy of an Interagency Incident Management Team

By Lori Kimbel The process fascinates me. With roughly 50 experts, they come together, like a family gathering, only it’s never a picnic.   Many of the people organizing the safety of the firefighters, the equipment they need and the supplies they will go through have been away from home most of the summer. With…

Business Owners Donate Their Time and Effort for Hunt of a Lifetime

Recently I was invited to visit with a group of hunters in NE Oregon. Emotions were hidden by dark sunglasses and tears were forced to be unshed as they each explained what makes Hunt of a Lifetime so special to them, as men, as hunters, and as mentors. This was a special group, I knew…

Wildfire: the natural, and man-made, disaster of the west

By Lori Kimbel To say this summer’s fire season is one for the record books is an understatement. With more than 7 million acres burned across the lower 48 states, fire crews struggle to contain these natural and man-made disasters.   As of August 23, 2015 there were 69 large fires burning in the United…

Let it Rain, Let it Rain, Let it Rain!

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…

No Evacuations Planned for Elgin at This Time

Lori Kimbel – Northeast Oregon Business News The Phillips Creek Fire continues to burn 7 miles northwest of Elgin and is currently at 1,100 acres with 0% containment. According to Kathy Arnoldus, Public Information Officer with the Type 3 incident management team for the Phillips Creek Fire, the only residents that have been put on…

Happy 20 Year Anniversary Wildhorse Resort & Casino

March/April 2015 NEOBN   The CTUIR and Wildhorse leadership had a vision and that vision has steadily become a reality By Lori Kimbel When Capital Gaming out of New Jersey first flew over the bare piece of land that would one day become Wildhorse Resort and Casino, they asked themselves, “who would ever come here?”…

Wholly GuacamoleThat Was Good! The Bistro at Bellinger Farms

March/April 2015 NEOBN   By Lori Kimbel Bellinger Farms is always a favorite stop when we go to Hermiston. With fresh fruits and vegetables, locally prepared food, gift items and a large selection of wines, we usually find it hard to walk out the door without something new to try. On our last visit we…

The Rosedell Bed & Breakfast in Yakima

March/April 2015 NEOBN   By Lori Kimbel Your first impression of this amazing Bed and Breakfast will be that it is fabulous, but the Rosedell is all of that and so much more. The porch swing you pass by as you make your way to the entrance promises to relax you as you overlook the…

January – February Letter from the Editor

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…

Legacy Auto Group – Making a Difference in the Community

When it comes to stepping up to the plate and hitting it out of the park, Legacy Auto Group is an absolute professional.   There is no doubt that car lots in rural communities are an integral part of the economy, and Legacy Ford is all of that and more. Legacy Ford continues to not…

Mountain West Moving and Storage Keeps Rollin’ Along

  Owning a successful family business for close to six decades in northeast Oregon takes more than determination; it takes dedication, tenacity, loyalty and a willingness to diversify when the time is right. These are all traits the Braseth family brought with them to the Grande Ronde Valley in May of 1956.   Craig Braseth…

Wholly GuacamoleThat Was Good! – Top That Burgers, Wraps & More

The bright green and black sign of the Top That eatery in Island City seems to be somewhat of a challenge, one we decided to take. We ventured into Top That, Burgers, Wraps & More, after an afternoon of traveling Northeast Oregon’s back roads, and since that day we have gone back several times. With…

Oregon Maverick – Freda Cant

If living in Oregon for 102 years doesn’t make you a maverick, I’m not sure what would. It is impossible to sum up 102 years of life in a single article, so I won’t even try. I will, however, offer a glimpse into the ‘ordinary life’ as she refers to it, of Freda Cant.  …

Oregon Mavericks – The Pedal Powered Talk Show

Now in their third season, the Pedal Powered Talk Show takes a trip through Northeast Oregon.     The Pedal Powered Talk Show is, yes, you guessed it, America’s only talk show built into a bicycle, and they just wrapped up their third season. Creator of the Pedal Powered Talk Show, Boaz Frankle, along with…