Fourth Annual Robin Equity Research Round-up

The premier micro-cap conference in the Pacific Northwest, the Robins Equity Research Round-Up, is just a few days away. The fourth annual conference will be held at the Portland Shilo Inn Airport Hotel on September 25th and 26th. Captain Greg Woodridge, US Navy Retired – three time commander of the Blue Angels will be the…

Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service

By Marguerite Cleveland Temira Amelia Lital is the architect behind “Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service”. The service is a public Facebook page with almost 5000 followers that track her daily weather forecasts. They are dished up each day with a dose of humor and a photo which just seems to fit the mood of the…

Relax in an Authentic 1930s Era Bathhouse at Carson Hot Springs

By Marguerite Cleveland Since 1876 when Isadore St. Martin discovered the hot springs and shared them with his wife, Margaret who suffered severe pain from damaged nerves, people have flocked to bathe in the waters. The St. Martins developed the property with a hotel in 1901 followed by cabins and a bathhouse which are still…

Andy Nichols Crafts Artwork out of Hand Blown Glass

By Marguerite Cleveland   The glass Salmon and Trout appear ready to leap into the Columbia River with their striking colors and dramatic shapes. The fish are a few of the many items created by artist Andy Nichols at his studio in The Dalles.   Founded by Nichols in 1998, Nichols Art Glass had humble…

Energy Trust of Oregon Requests Proposals for Residential Program Management and Delivery Services

Energy Trust of Oregon is now seeking proposals from qualified organizations interested in and capable of providing residential program management services and/or program delivery for specific residential market-focused program offerings. It is Energy Trust board policy and national best practice to periodically put contracts out to bid with the objective of delivering effective services and…

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…

Gary Allan Set to Take the Happy Canyon Stage Sept. 9

    Country music superstar Gary Allan will kick off the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon week when he takes the stage in the Happy Canyon Arena on Sept. 9. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 1.   Allan is known for hit No. 1 singles “Man to Man,” “Nothing On But the Radio,” “Watching…

Oregon House Approves Rep. Barreto’s ATV Highway Access Bill

The Oregon House of Representatives approved HB 2910 A, legislation that seeks to make it easier for Oregonians in rural communities to access rural roadways with all-terrain vehicles in authorized areas. Under current law ATVs are not permitted on state highways, which can prevent Oregonians from accessing their own property if it is separated by…

30 Years of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Columbia River Gorge, Ore. Today marks 30 years of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act protecting the scenic, natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Columbia River Gorge.   The Act created a unique governance framework when it was signed into law on November 17, 1986. The Forest Service works with the Columbia…

Board Acts to Reimburse Timber Counties

Board acts to reimburse timber counties for timberland set aside for habitat   PACIFIC, SKAMANIA AND WAHKIAKUM COUNTIES TO RECEIVE $3.2 MILLION The state Board of Natural Resources today took action to reimburse three western Washington counties a total of $3.2 million for the transfer of 442 acres of state-owned forestland to conservation status.  …

Community Bank’s Charity Drive Produces Over $24,000

The annual Charity Drive was conducted in Community Bank’s full-service branch locations during November, through December 20th. The program is an effort to collect donations in branches to benefit charities in that same area. The bank matches donations at $0.50 on each dollar, with a max match amount of $500 per branch location. This season…

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…

Washington receives $4.3 million in federal specialty crop grant funds

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture have announced this year’s recipients of Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds, including $4.3 million for Washington state. The 2016 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant will fund 21 projects managed by WSDA in partnership with other organizations. Washington ranks second in…

Energy Trust of Oregon Founding Executive Director Honored with National Award

  Margie Harris receives the 2016 Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Award from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy   PORTLAND, Ore. — August 24, 2016 — Margie Harris, founding executive director of Energy Trust of Oregon, received an award yesterday from the American Council for an EnergyEfficient Economy (ACEEE). She has been…

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…

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…

My View

There is never a lack of stories when it comes to writing about Northeast Oregon and the Gorge, 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…

Skamania County Economic Development Council Hires Kari Fagerness as ED

The Skamania County EDC Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Kari Fagerness as Executive Director filling the position recently vacated by Pat Albaugh when he was hired to manage the Port of Skamania. Kari officially started her new duties on November 1, 2016.   Kari has been at the EDC as Office Administrator since…

Oregon receives $1.7 million in specialty crop funds

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and US Department of Agriculture have announced this year’s recipients of Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds. In Oregon, nearly $1.7 million will fund 15 projects to help boost the competitiveness of the state’s fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, nursery crops, and other specialty crops.   “These funds go a long…

Brown Names Kay Erickson as Director of the Oregon Employment Department

Governor Kate Brown today announced the appointment of Kay Erickson as the Director of the Oregon Employment Department, effective August 16, 2016, pending confirmation by the Oregon Senate. She served as the agency’s acting director since January.   “Kay’s considerable management experience helped her transition quickly and maintain stability at the Employment Department, and I…

Oregon Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.2 Percent in July

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in July, an increase from June’s rate of 4.8 percent. The rate has risen from a record low of 4.5 percent in the three months of March, April and May. Oregon’s labor force, which reached a record high of 2,058,000 in July, has grown rapidly in recent months as…

Grape Vines Exposed to Smoke to Test Taint From Wildfires

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities   Smoke taint study equipment runs the length of a hoop house of wine grapes at the WSU Prosser research center near WSU Tri-Cities.   Wine grapes may appear fine after a harsh wildfire season. But if grapes have smoke taint, the finished wine may taste and smell awful –…

Rob Chimelak

By Lori Kimbel   Rob Chimelak, board member of Athletes4Cancer and active volunteer at the Hood River Kiteboarding 4 Cancer event, was diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer in October of 2012, at the age of 29. It was then and there that he decided he was going to take on cancer and keep ‘kicking…

Oregon’s Top Ag Commodities Enjoy a Strong Decade

While Oregon agriculture’s overall growth curve has slowed down in recent years, certain crops and livestock commodities have enjoyed a very healthy increase in production value over the past decade. In fact, only one commodity in the top 20 has recorded a decrease over the 10 year period and that drop is very small. Newly…

The Man in the Union Suit

by Norbert Fensterwald Growing up in the 50s and 60s in NE Portland, there weren’t a whole lot of organized things to do or manufactured toys with which to play. We amused ourselves with ball in vacant lots, “Red-light, Green-Light” in the street at night, Army throughout most of the neighborhood’s back yards and got…

Author Publishes “Venture Finance” for Business Owners, Funders, Advisors

Author, Art Hill has published the 2016 Edition of Venture Finance and it is now available at bookstores, and Amazon.   Venture Finance is a book designed for entrepreneurs and business owners to guide them as they manage their business finances regardless of business type, size, or stage of growth,   “Venture Finance covers all…

Still Strong

At 95, this war veteran plays golf, cracks jokes, and rebounds from a setback.   At 95, Alex Currie has no regrets.   “I had my day in the sun,” says the bright-eyed, chatty man who has lived in The Dalles since 1953 and made his mark as a businessman willing to take chances.  …

Oregon Maverick Mattie John Bamman

By Lori Kimbel I met Mattie John Bamman at a travel writer’s conference we were both attending. He was the young man with a witty sense of humor; I was the almost middle-aged woman that laughed at all of his quirky jokes. His easy jovial manner was familiar to me and I felt an instant…

Merkley Announces $52 Million in Energy Loans for Rural Communities

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make $52 million in loans available to rural electric co-ops through the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP). RESP is a program designed by Senator Merkley to allow rural electric co-ops to offer their customers low-interest loans from USDA to provide affordable…

New Owners at Timberlake Campground and RV Park

By Lori Kimbel   Kyle and Marissa Vaner Borght knew they wanted something more than the life they were living in Burbank, California. Their day to day lives lead them down the black pavement to work then home again. Their kids played on pavement at the school they attended and played basketball on pavement in…

The Renewal Workshop

The Renewal Workshop Launches at Sustainable Brands Conference to Redefine Waste in the Apparel Industry New Factory in America Refurbishes Unsold Inventory Creating a Circular Economy for Apparel   The Renewal Workshop partners with the world’s best-loved apparel brands and retailers to refurbish their “unsellable” returns and excess inventory. In its own factory, The Renewal…

Hampton Inn & Suites Opens in Hood River

With much anticipation the Hampton Inns and Suites in Hood River is now open and ready to cater to your traveling needs.   With easy access on and off of I-84 Hood River’s Hampton Inns and Suites is perfect for the traveler on the go. With so many activities to do in the area, you…

State grants $10.6 million for energy efficiency and solar projects

Funds will lower energy costs in public buildings and create an estimated 531 jobs   The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced over $10 million in energy efficiency and solar grants to help reduce energy costs at eight higher education institutions, 32 local governments, four state agencies, and eight K-12 public school districts. See…

Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute

In June of 2016, six teachers and 18 to 24 high school students from rural eastern Oregon communities will spend a week at Oregon’s newest and second largest state park, Cottonwood Canyon State Park in eastern Oregon, as part of the second session of the Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute. Here they will perform field studies…

My View – May/June 2016

My life is always in some sort of whirlwind it seems, but that’s okay, it keeps me busy doing so many of the things I love.   I hope you find this issue entertaining and informative. I know I have enjoyed putting it all together.   Back in April I visited Angela Rogers with Cedar…

Washington Maverick John Kueber Creates Jrrny.com

By Lori Kimbel   John Kueber’s first attempt at public office, a bid for president of the junior high he had just started attending where he was known mostly as ‘the new kid’, taught him a lot about failure. Kueber lost the election by a landslide. “I didn’t really let it bug me,” he said….

Out and About Across Oregon with Tour de Mike

By Samara Phelps   Bicycle tourism is alive and well throughout Oregon   How could it not be with awe inspiring landscapes from corner to corner? Do not be fooled, the success of cycling in Oregon is no accident. Passionate cyclists, dedicated community advocates and visionary agencies work to welcome cyclists from around the world…

Travel Oregon Announces Recipients of 2015 Travel and Tourism Industry Achievement Awards

The Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel Oregon) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 Travel and Tourism Industry Achievement Awards, presented at the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pendleton, Ore.   The annual awards recognize people and organizations across the state that go the extra mile to enhance the travel and tourism…

Dengue, Ebola and Zika…….Oh My!

by Marc Robins CFA Nothing confounds me more than the fact that our collective society (and government) is (are) more worried about “Climate Change”, “global warming”, or “Climate Disruption” that may occur some 25 to 50 years out in the future (and the operative word is “may”), while zoonotic viral diseases are killing mankind right…

Oregon SBDC Network Awarded National Accreditation

The Oregon Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has been awarded national accreditation without conditions by America’s SBDC, its national association. Blue Mountain Community College hosts the local SBDC for northeastern Oregon.   Every five years, SBDC networks throughout the country are required to go through an accreditation process with the Accreditation Committee of America’s…

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…

Pendleton Round-Up Announces 2016 Queen and Court

QUEEN KYLIE WILLIS Queen Kylie will reign over the 106th Pendleton Round-Up. She is the 20 year old daughter of Craig and Candi Willis of Enterprise, Oregon. A graduate of Enterprise High School, Kylie is now a Dean’s List student at Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho where she studies business management. Queen Kylie represents a…

Pendleton Round-Up Association Installs Four New Directors to the Official Board

The Pendleton Round-Up Association has installed four new Directors to the Official Board of this 105 year old iconic Oregon event. The new directors join a sixteen member board with wide-ranging separate assignments encompassing responsibilities from publicity to hay and barns. New director Tiah DeGrofft will be the 2016 Sponsors Director. She has a notable…

U.S. Forest Service Releases Road System Analysis Reports

The U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region released 17 travel analysis reports this week that outline existing road systems and identify opportunities to achieve a more sustainable system of roads for each national forest in the Pacific Northwest. These travel analysis reports are part of nationwide requirement involving national forests across the country.   These…

Mother and Daughters Work with Commitment & Compassion

A nursing home seems an unlikely place for millennials to call home, but for Heather and Sara Sullivan, Columbia Basin Care has long been at the center of their lives.   “This is like our home,” says Heather Sullivan, a bubbly blonde, who grew up coming to work with her mother and growing close to…

Small-Cap Equity Investments

By Marc Robins, CFA By the grace of the Gorge Business News’ publisher, I am privileged to write an occasional article about investments, equity investing, the stock market, and essentially what I’ve done for an occupation for 40 years. This column is not an advertisement for my services or a venue for investment ideas. The…

Oregon Ranks as one of the Most Burdensome Regulatory States for Small Businesses

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 Francisco-based free-market policy advocate.   On a scale from 1…

Backwoods Brewing Company Moving Brewing Facility to Port of Skamania

Backwoods Brewing Company will be moving its brewing facility to the port of Skamania, on the Stevenson, WA waterfront. The move, which will take place in January, 2016 is exclusively for the production side of the company, as the Backwoods Brew Pub will remain at its current location, in Carson, WA.   The principal reason…

The Dalles – A City at its Tipping Point

By Srephen Lawrence, Mayor of The Dalles   When writers talk about a tipping point, it seems they are talking about an accumulation of events that suddenly cause change to occur through the combined strength or movement of forces. That is exactly what The Dalles is experiencing.   Sometimes it feels as if we are…

Wildfire taming the beast

Governor Kate Brown invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act on four fires in just 22 days 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….

Governor Brown Invests $250,000 to Expand Diversity Among Portland-Area Startups

Governor Kate Brown and Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, will invest $250,000 to support a new Inclusive Startup Fund created and initiated by the Portland Development Commission (PDC) and supported by Multnomah County. The fund will invest in Portland-area startups – from across industry – founded by underrepresented groups, including women and people…

Historic Balch Hotel in Dufur under New Management

Change brings the Balch “to the next level” The 18-room Balch Hotel, a boutique inn located 15 minutes south of The Dalles, Oregon, has completed a lease agreement with Josiah Dean of Abundance Hospitality and Claire Sierra of Bliss Breakthrough to operate the historic landmark. The partnership will provide for increased guest service opportunities for…

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…

Cattle Overtakes Nursery as Oregon’s Top Ag Commodity

For the first time in 20 years, there’s a new leader among Oregon’s diverse agricultural commodities in terms of production value. Cattle and calves has regained the top spot with a record breaking year in 2014, overtaking greenhouse and nursery products. It was 1994 when greenhouse and nursery supplanted cattle and calves as number one….

Experts Predict Oregon Cannabis Industry Will Be Worth Nearly $500 Million in Five Years

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As Green Technology Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB:GTSO) readies new products and services for entry into Oregon’s adult-use cannabis market, experts now say that the state’s cannabis industry could be worth nearly $500 million by 2020.   “Low barriers to entry into this marketplace are what we believe will drive Oregon’s rapid rise”  …

Oregon Lawmakers: Get Hemp Pilot Project Ready for Next Season

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici asked the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Oregon State University (OSU) to implement an industrial hemp pilot project in time for next year’s growing season, in a letter sent today.   Currently, American farmers are banned…

Construction Trades Endorse Gateway Pacific Terminal Expansion

70,000+ member Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council endorses resolution in support of Gateway Pacific Terminal   The 60 affiliated local trade unions of the Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO have announced support for the Gateway Pacific Terminal expansion project (GPT) currently under review in the industrial port area of Cherry…

Maryhill Winery Named Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest

July/August TGBN “Superb winemaking, stunning location, national reach and superb leadership” are just a few reasons why Maryhill Winery is regarded as the region’s leading winery Goldendale, WA Citing the forward-thinking vision of Craig and Vicki Leuthold to build a destination winery in the eastern Columbia River Gorge, and the talent and tenacity of winemaker…

A Rogue Place Called Pendleton: Pendleton Pilsner by Rogue Ales

Pendleton, OR.   Rogue Ales and Pendleton Woolen Mills announce a collision of Oregon artisans with the unveiling of Rogue Pendleton Pilsner. Brewed at Rogue’s headquarters on the Oregon Coast in Newport, Pendleton Pilsner uses floor malted barley grown on Rogue’s Farm in Tygh Valley and Liberty hops grown at Rogue Farms in Independence, OR….

Ordnance Brewing Announces Taproom Opening

BOARDMAN, OR   Ordnance Brewing, the much-anticipated Eastern Oregon craft brewery start-up, announces a limited opening of their taproom, effective immediately. To start, the taproom will be open Saturdays from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM and Sundays from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The brewery and taproom are located at 405 North Olson Road, in…

Business Development Workshop: Marketing Planning

From social media to press releases to public events, marketing your business is a lot of work! By creating a Marketing Plan for your business, you’ll help ensure that your limited time and resources are spent on marketing and PR activities that have the biggest impact. A Marketing Plan will help you hone in on…

State Announces $1.6 Million in Public Infrastructure Project Investments in Cowlitz, Okanogan, Skamania, and Whatcom Counties

OLYMPIA, WA – May 21, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $1,672,500 in grants and loans for infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth and job creation in the Port of Woodland, Town of Twisp, Port of Douglas County and the City of Lynden. Cowlitz…

Inaugural RS Aero North Americans to be held in the Gorge

In a little over five weeks, On July 25th, 2015 the first ever international RS Aero event will take place in the breathtaking Cascade Locks, Oregon, just 45 minutes East of Portland. The RS Aero, first launched in March 2014 in the UK, has all but exploded onto the single-handed dinghy sailing scene. There are…

Tall Ships to Set Sail on the Columbia River this Summer

STEVENSON, WA   PRNewswire/ —   This summer, pirate ships will be returning to Skamania Lodge, a Destination Hotel, to give guests the opportunity to cruise the Columbia River like a true buccaneer. One 18th century tall ship replica and one interpretation of a typical early 19th century trading vessel from the Grays Harbor Historical…

Prevent your campfire from turning into a wildfire

Sitting around a campfire is one of the special times we all enjoy, but campfires are also a major cause of wildfires. May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, and the Oregon Department of Forestry urge Oregonians to follow these basic outdoor safety tips:   *…

Getting Burned . . . The Cost of Wildfire . . . $200 Million

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) spent $200 million putting wildfires out over the past two fire seasons. This does not take into account the dozens of homes lost, the impact to communities, and the loss of valuable natural resources. The cost of fire goes well beyond dollars and cents.   As May’s Wildfire Awareness…

Beach emergency signs in place along the coast

Part of a beach safety project to help emergency personnel respond quickly, the bright yellow signs with bold black letters are installed at state, county and federal beach accesses from the Columbia River jetty to Crissey Field at the California border. Numbered 1 through 197, the signs are designed to be easily visible by beachgoers…

Travel Oregon Invites Explorers to Discover ‘7 Bikes 7 Wonders’

The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, invites adventurers to explore the 7 Wonders of Oregon while engaging in a statewide scavenger hunt with the launch of ‘7 Bikes 7 Wonders.’ Seven of the state’s leading bike builders were tapped to craft a custom bicycle for each Wonder, where their creation would ultimately be hidden…

The Jennings Hotel – The Hotel that Kickstarter Built

By Lori Kimbel A man on a mission. That phrase describes Greg Hennes to a T. When I met Greg at the bottom of the long stair case that leads to Joseph, Oregon’s 100 year old Jennings Hotel, I could see the dust mask marks on his face and he was a little out of…

John Day River Territory Plans Autumn Bash at Cottonwood Canyon

Wasco, Oregon Let’s face it, most people don’t know much about the John Day River or the amazing country through which it winds. That is a frustrating fact for the businesses that operate here, offering services and goods to visitors.   The Painted Hills have been getting attention lately, thanks to a starring role in…

OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute Receives Gold-Plus Award for Outstanding Heart Failure Care

OHSU is the only hospital in the Portland metro area to receive the American Heart Association’s highest distinction for heart failure care   The OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute has been awarded the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation for consistently meeting advanced quality…

New Director Leads Columbia Basin Care Facility

THE DALLES, OR — Geoff Gerding took a long and winding route and now he’s right where he belongs.   “I always wanted to work in long-term care,” says Gerding, the new executive director of Columbia Basin Care Facility, the only not-for-profit skilled nursing facility in The Dalles. Founded in 1964, Columbia Basin has been…

Cost Share Reimbursement Available for Oregon’s Certified Organic Growers

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for partial reimbursement for some of the costs paid to become organically certified by a US Department of Agriculture accredited certifier or renew such certification. Oregon growers, processors, and handlers who are certified organic by USDA accredited certifiers are eligible to receive 75 percent of their certification…

ODA Offers Advice on Plants, Pesticides, and Pollinators

When President Obama released the White House’s National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators this spring, it sent a message to every American, including all Oregonians.   “One of the things that is being stressed is that government can’t do it all by itself, we need the participation of homeowners,…

Oregon Farm Bureau Seeks Photos for 2016 Calendar

Oregon Farm Bureau invites the public to submit photos for its 2016 Oregon’s Bounty calendar. The award-winning calendar celebrates all aspects of Oregon agriculture: the products, the people, the production, the landscape, the enjoyment, anything that depicts the beauty, technology, culture, enjoyment, or tradition of family farming and ranching.   “Spring is a great time…

Port of Arlington Completes Marina Upgrade Project

Arlington, Oregon The Port of Arlington completes Marina upgrade project and installs new fuel dock. Port of Arlington Marina is located in Arlington, Oregon, on the Columbia River at river mile 241.3   Port of Arlington installs new fuel dock at Port of Arlington Marina, Arlington Oregon, located on the Columbia River at mile 241.3….

Announcing the Release of A Better Man, by Rick Steber

A Better Man: The true story of one man’s incredible journey Dave Franke might have been content to lead the life of a simple cowboy. But he believed in the American Dream, and he burned with ambition to make his mark in the world. He parlayed building a single house into riding the crest of…

The Oregon Trail A New American Journey By Rinker Buck

Spanning two thousand miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific coast, the Oregon Trail is the route that made America. In the 15 years before the Civil War, when 400,000 pioneers used the trail to emigrate West—scholars still regard this as the largest land migration in history—it united the coasts, doubled the…

EUGENE AWARDED 2021 IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

During the afternoon session of the second day of its meeting in Beijing, IAAF Council awarded Eugene, USA, the 2021 IAAF World Championships   The proposal to award the IAAF’s premier competition to Eugene, bypassing the usual bidding process, was taken in response to what was seen as a unique strategic opportunity to host the…

Let Summer 2015 Begin

It never fails. It seems like I am always writing these letters at midnight, but until I am ready to go to print I just don’t know how I feel about the current issue.   Of course after putting the finishing touches on it, it is now 1 a.m., and I am almost ready to…

Quick Action and Teamwork Protects Sustainable Farm From Wildfire

Quick action and immediate willingness to help a neighbor made a big difference in saving property and wildlife habitat from even worse destruction during Oregon’s first major brush fire of the season.   The fire consumed an estimated 40,000 acres in north-central Oregon, according to Boardman Rural Fire Protection District Lt. Casey Zellars.   “We…

New Owners at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins

By Lori Kimbel Richard and Theresa Albert are the proud new owners of Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins in Carson, Washington. “We have looked for properties from coast to coast before we found this place,” said Richard. “We have done our due diligence. While looking for just the right property we found that the majority of…

Wolf-impacted counties receive funds from ODA

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has approved $81,300 in funding distributed to nine counties east of the Cascade Mountains as part of the Oregon Wolf Depredation Compensation and Financial Assistance County Block Grant Program. Funds for 2015 have been distributed for actual livestock losses or injuries caused by wolves, for missing livestock above the normal…

Individual Development Account Program Helps Oregonians Help Themselves

By Lisa Dawson Since 2007, the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) has served as the regional administrator for Oregon’s Individual Development Account (IDA) program. This program has been extremely successful for residents in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. It’s a renewable program at the state level, and it needs your support to continue.  …

Wilbur-Ellis to Improve Satellite Imagery of Data tool

Wilbur-Ellis Company has reached an agreement with Planet Labs to bring satellite imagery to the AgVerdict® software platform, Wilbur-Ellis’ industry leading technology in agricultural data usage. This enhancement will significantly improve the delivery of satellite imagery to a grower, making the data available in a matter of minutes rather than days.   “We’re excited to…

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