Excursion Train Launches 2017 Train Season on Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 14, is Mother’s Day, and the traditional opening day for the Eagle Cap Excursion Train’s 2017 season. The Mother’s Day Brunch is always a popular trip, as passengers find it a good way to celebrate the holiday while enjoying the beautiful spring scenery along the Grande Ronde and Wallowa Rivers.   The Mother’s…

Ring of Fire Sizzles with Talent

By Lori Kimbel   Ring of Fire debuted the last weekend in April at the Historic Elgin Opera House. It depicts Johnny Cash’s remarkable life story, and is told through his music.The cast and crew at the Elgin Opera House once again put on a performance that will be hard to beat. I don’t know…

Oregon Maverick – Lars Larson

By Lori Kimbel   Lars Larson is well known around the Pacific Northwest; some people hang on his every word, others are known to disagree with him adamantly, this is what makes his local talk show the most listened to radio talk show in the northwest. He does not hide from controversy and seems to…

Smith Honored by Oregon Fairs Association and Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association

Representative Greg Smith (R-Heppner) was honored this week with two prestigious recognitions. The first is from the Oregon Fairs Association (OFA), which supports Oregon’s 36 county fairs. ​Also honoring Rep. Smith was the Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association (OCAPA), an organization that is working to build Oregon’s economy and supports economic development.   “It…

State Representative Greg Smith Appointed to Governor’s Small Business Advisory Cabinet

Governor Kate Brown has announced the appointment of State Representative Greg Smith (R-Heppner) to the Small Business Advisory Cabinet. The Cabinet is charged with developing recommendations on how state government can support small business owners and emerging entrepreneurs and advance statewide economic growth. Representative Greg Smith is one of nine individuals appointed to the Cabinet…

Chris Harder Named as Business Oregon Director

Governor Kate Brown today announced Chris Harder as Director of Business Oregon. Harder will begin on March 22 and will serve as acting director until confirmed by the Oregon State Senate.   “I’m excited to bring Chris on board to help continue Oregon’s economic momentum,” said Governor Brown. “Chris’ leadership experience will ensure the state’s…

The Great Minimum Wage Deception

By Anthony K. Smith   Passed by voters nearly 14 years ago, Measure 25 promised to take the minimum-wage issue out of politics for good, by linking it forever to annual increases in the federal Consumer Price Index.   “Measure 25 fixes the problem, and takes the issue out of the political arena,” assured the…

The War for America’s Public Lands is Still On

By Peter Walker Professor, University of Oregon For Northeast Oregon Business News On January 2, 2016, some 300 local citizens and outside militia members marched in Harney County, Oregon, to protest the re-sentencing for arson of local ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond. At stake was much more than the fate of the Hammonds. In the…

Brothers Donate Shoreline Property to Wallowa Land Trust

Nine acres on the west shore of Wallowa Lake now in permanent conservation (Joseph, Oregon) Three brothers – Frank, Steve and Fred Kimball – had a choice: sell their nine-acre forested property on Wallowa Lake for quick cash, or ensure the land remain intact and forever protected in its natural state. They chose the latter….

Protecting Ag Land Important as Oregon Hits 4 Million Mark

Oregon’s population now tops 4 million people. Whether the continued population increase negatively impacts agriculture remains to be seen, but the state’s land use protections are more important than ever, according to officials with the Oregon Department of Agriculture.   “Two must-haves for Oregon agriculture are land and water,” says ODA Director Katy Coba. “As…

Oregon Ranks As One Of The Most Burdensome Regulatory States For Small Business

Regulatory hurdles pile high for Oregon small business owners.   Entrepreneurs who plan to settle in Oregon: beware the state’s regulatory challenges.   Oregon is the sixth most onerous state in the country for small businesses when it comes to regulatory concerns, according to an exhaustive survey released by the Pacific Research Institute, a San…

Maintaining Good Bridges Is Critical To a Strong Economy

Bridge condition report identifies need for stable strategic investment to protect Oregon’s economy and lifestyle.   Oregon’s bridge system needs continual investment to avoid falling into a state of disrepair.   The latest bridge condition report from the Oregon Department of Transportation puts a dollar figure to the cost to Oregon’s economy if the state’s…

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…

Governor Brown: “Sage-Grouse Decision a Big Win for Oregon”

(Salem, OR) — This morning the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that sage-grouse will not be listed under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Oregon has been highlighted as one of the key states that led the way to this federal finding.   “This is truly a historic effort – one that represents extraordinary…

Sean Robbins Stepping Down as Business Oregon Director

Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown announced today that Sean Robbins will step down as the director of Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency.   “I’m grateful to Sean for his leadership and contribution to Business Oregon over the last year,” Governor Brown said. “He crafted a thoughtful vision into an effective strategic action plan for…

Divide Camp Seeks Post 9-11 Combat Wounded Veteran Applicants

Divide Camp (dividecamp.org), a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to serving Post 9-11 combat wounded veterans, is seeking applicants who would participate in wilderness activities in Northeast Oregon.   Travel expenses and accommodations are provided to the veteran guests who visit the former elk hunting camp located in Wallowa County.   From this base camp, warriors can…

Energy Trust of Oregon Helps Utility Customers Save

Oregon utility customers saved $326 million on energy bills in 2014 Energy Trust of Oregon helped Eastern Oregon utility customers save $1 million at 1,010 locations PENDLETON, Ore. — July 22, 2015 — By the end of 2014, Energy Trust of Oregon had helped utility customers save a record $326 million on their energy bills…

The Kindness of Strangers In a Time of Need

by Elizabeth Hellstern Sometimes destructive accidents can be a blessed thing. At dusk on June 22, I was crying with relief and giving hugs to strangers in the middle of eastbound Interstate 84. My partner, Owen and I were near Arlington, OR with our 30’ Airstream trailer on its side and strewn across the lanes,…

Hermiston-Portland Resurrect Watermelon Rivalry

Elected officials from the City of Hermiston and the City of Portland got together, downtown Portland at Pioneer Courthouse Square on July 31st to resurrect a long-standing rivalry over a slice of watermelon. It was the Hermiston Portland Seed Spitting Contest.   Watermelon/produce giveaway follow immediately after the competition, which was won by Hermiston Mayor…

Tradition of Triumph Propels Oregon Cavalry Unit

116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team Story by Staff Sgt. Patrick Caldwell A Bradley fighting vehicle commanded by Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Scott of Carlton, Ore. and assigned to Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard moves down a gunnery range at the Orchard Combat Training Center south of Boise, Idaho. This…

UPDATE: The Jennings Hotel in Joseph: Kickstarter Campaign Surpasses Goal – There is still time to support this project

UPDATE: The Jennings Hotel Kickstarter reached not only reached the goal of $80,000, but with just 15 hours left it is at $100,158. There is still time to support this project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/708553749/the-jennings-hotel-the-hotel-that-kickstarter-buil A man on a mission. That phrase describes Greg Hennes to a T. When I met Greg at the bottom of the long…

OSU Begins Initiative for Forest Science Complex

March/April 2015 NEOBN   Press Release PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon State University, which is internationally recognized as a leading natural resources university, has begun an initiative to build a $60 million complex to accelerate its forestry education programs and research on advanced wood products. The Oregon Forest Science Complex will encompass renovation of existing OSU…

Eagle Cap Excursion Train Announces 2015 Schedule

March/April 2015 NEOBN   ELGIN, OREGON__The Friends of the Joseph Branch and Wallowa Union Railroad have announced this year’s schedule for the Eagle Cap Excursion Train. The plan was approved recently by the Wallowa Union Railroad Authority at their January meeting in Wallowa. This is the third year the Friends of the Joseph Branch, a…

EOU wins Cycle Oregon grant in support of Rail-with-Trail Study

March/April 2015 NEOBN   Eastern Oregon University has been awarded a $10,456 grant from the Cycle Oregon Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation. The grant will support involvement from EOU students and the public in preparation of a Joseph Branch Rail-with-Trail Feasibility Study for the Wallowa Union Railroad Authority (WURA). The Oregon Parks and Recreation…

Elgin Health District Hopes to Replace Aging Clinic

March/April 2015 NEOBN   By Lori Kimbel When the citizens of Elgin see a need in their community they usually find a way to fill it. Because of this tenacity, a new emergency services building, a train depot complete with a tourist train, and a thriving opera house with live plays throughout the year have…

State park camping discounts to change in 2015

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) today announced that it will replace its across-the-board “discovery season” discount program with targeted deals starting in 2015. The discounts are still in effect now through April 30, 2015, and reduce tent and RV campsite costs by $4 per night. The annual discount was created nearly 20 years ago,…

Soar Oregon is Online

The website for Oregon’s test-flight ranges for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, also called commercial drones) is up and running. The site – at http://uastestranges.soaroregon.com – provides comprehensive information on the state’s three test ranges at Pendleton, Tillamook, and Warm Springs, where UAS can be flown in a safe, well-supported test environment.   The website provides…

Hunt and Shooting Maps Goes Mobile

December 2, 2014 SALEM, Ore.—A mobile version of ODFW’s popular hunting and shooting map is now available.   Just click on www.oregonhuntingmap.com from your mobile device to try it. The new responsive design delivers content optimized for your phone or tablet.   With the mobile version of the map, users with a network connection will…

Aerial Technology Takes Drones to New Heights While Filming ‘Requiem of Ice’

Aerial Technology International has teamed up with the Portland, Oregon film Production Company Uncage the Soul for the new video ‘Requiem of Ice’, featuring the largest glacier cave system in the lower 48 states.   WATCH THIS GREAT VIDEO HERE   The Sandy Glacier Ice Caves are a treasure that will soon be gone and…

Eagle Cap Extreme Invites Juniors to Compete in 2015

Annual Sled Dog Race to Feature First Ever Juniors Event   News Release: For the first time in the eleven-year history of the Eagle Cap Extreme, young mushers will have a race of their own.   The ECX has long been known for its challenging course that serves as a qualifying race for the two…

Foodworx The Future of Food Conference

Foodworx, the Future of Food Conference will be held on February 7th in Portland, at the World Forestry Center at 4033 SW Canyon Road, and is presented by the World Food Travel Association.   “Oregon is a leader in the USA’s production of food, and especially of the helathy, natural and organic foods,” said Event…

Agriculture Secretary Announces Funding to Strengthen Rural Businesses, Cooperatives

USDA Monday, October 27th, 2014 On Friday Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of 43 organizations in 27 states for grants and loans to help create jobs and boost economic development activity in rural areas. The announcement culminates a week in which the department has been highlighting products that are Made In Rural America….

SS Algol Drydocking Marks a New Chapter in Portland’s Maritime Industry

Press Release: November 17, 2014 PORTLAND, Ore. The drydocking of the SS Algol on Monday marked a new chapter in Portland’s resurging maritime industry. This is the first vessel to be loaded onto Vigor’s new 960-foot drydock, the Vigorous – the largest floating drydock in North America.   The Algol and her sister ship SS…

Oregon Outfitters – Revolutionizing the Outdoor Shopping Experience

A revolutionary new outdoor website recently launched! Oregon Outfitters is the first website of its kind. Blending outdoor shopping, social media and research tools together online for an unparalleled consumer experience called “Outfitting the Outdoors”.   Tom Johnson, founder of Oregon Outfitters said the reason he created the site was due to frustration of his…

Pendleton Woolen Mills Engages Artist Curtis Kulig for “Love Me” Blanket

Pendleton Woolen Mills, an iconic American lifestyle brand based in Portland, Ore., has partnered with artist Curtis Kulig, to produce an exclusive blanket design featuring his distinctive “Love Me” message.   The Hermann Blanket was produced in Pendleton’s original Mill in Pendleton, Oregon where the company began crafting the finest woolen blankets in 1909. This…

Recent and Current Fill Projects Located in Oregon

Current Projects ”Grimm” (NBC – Season 4) Director: Marc Buckland Exec. Producers: Sean Hayes; David Greenwalt; Jim Kouf; Todd Milliner; Lori Hitner Producer: Steve Oster Cast: Silas Weir Mitchell; David Guintoli; Russell Hornsby; Bitsie Tulloch Location: Portland Area ”The Boxtrolls” (Stop-motion Animated Feature) Director: Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable Producers: David Ichioka and Travis Knight…

Cove, Oregon Artist Wins People’s Choice in Upland Game Bird Stamp Contest

ODFW today announced winners of its 2015 Habitat Conservation, Upland Game Bird, and Waterfowl Stamp art contests. Winners were chosen this past weekend at an event at Duck Pond Cellars in Dundee.   • Habitat Conservation Stamp Winner – Don Meinders of North Carolina with his painting of Tufted Puffins. • Upland Game Bird Stamp…

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…