Oregon Wine Symposium to Feature Session on Wine Business

The Oregon Wine Board will host the 2016 Oregon Wine Symposium on Feb. 23-24 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The Symposium is expected to gather 1,400 attendees from across the Northwest wine community. Attendees will have an expansive educational opportunity to learn from world renowned wine industry experts covering topics from business and…

Columbia Gorge Roads and Bridges in Final transportation Agreement

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced that he has secured language in the final congressional transportation agreement to help improve roads and bridges in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (NSA). The long-term, bipartisan transportation agreement between the Senate and the House reauthorizes and reforms federal highway, transit, and highway safety programs. It…

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…

Join the Forest Service! Agency Hiring for Temporary Spring and Summer Positions

The U.S. Forest Service is gearing up for another round of temporary hiring. From November 30 – December 7, 2015, the agency will be accepting applications for over 1,000 temporary spring and summer jobs in Oregon and Washington. Positions are available in multiple fields, including fire, recreation, natural resources, timber, engineering, visitor services, and archaeology….

Pacific Northwest Region Wins National “Engaging Urban America” Award

“It’s all about the kids,” emphasized Team Lead Shandra Terry upon accepting the Forest Service Chief’s Honor Award for “Engaging Urban America.” The Region 6 Youth Engagement Strategy (YES!) was recognized on December 3, 2015 for winning the National Award, the agency’s highest level of recognition.   “It is my privilege to congratulate Shandra Terry,…

Holy Guacamole That was Good! – El Rio Burrito Bar

I love staying in Hood River while I travel about. I usually stay at the Hood River Hotel, which I highly recommend, and grab a bite to eat somewhere within walking distance. On my last visit I decided to try El Rio Burrito Bar, which is just a couple of doors down from the Hood…

Community Bank Receives “Outstanding” CRA Performance Rating From FDIC

Community Bank, headquartered in Joseph, Oregon, recently received the highest possible rating from the FDIC for its most recent performance under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 requires federally insured depository institutions to support the borrowing needs of all the communities where they do business, including low- and moderate-income areas….

Greenwood Resources Earns Forest Stewardship Award

GreenWood Resources, Inc., a Portland-based global investment and timber management company, has received a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Leadership Award, which recognizes excellence in the use of FSC-certified products and a commitment to responsible forest management.   Thirteen companies from across the country earned awards from FSC, an independent nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally sound,…

Gorge Residents Among Nurse of the Year Award Winners

          Gorge residents Anna Dillon, Jayme Alsup, Lisa Erickson Sosa, and Rachel Crowder, were among 17 exceptional nurses from across Oregon and SW Washington recognized Friday, November 13th, at the fifth annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards. With 222 finalists, the state-wide committee selected the 17 winners in…

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…

Ardent Mills to Help Farmers Double U.S. Organic Wheat Acres by 2019

Anticipating ongoing strong Demand for Organic Grain-based Products, Ardent Mills Takes Bold Action   Leading the way to meet growing customer and consumer demand, Ardent Mills, the premier flour-milling and ingredient company, is announcing a new organic initiative committed to helping U.S. wheat growers double organic wheat acres by 2019.   “Ardent Mills’ vision is…

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…

Up Up! Farm Film Festival: Stewardship of Land

Gorge Grown Food Network & the Rockford Grange present Up Up! Farm Film Festival January 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rockrod Grange, 4250 Barrett Drive. A series of independent films & shorts that explore the questions of farmland, access, rural livelihoods and sustainability of people and place. A local, farmer made soup is served…

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…

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…

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…

Pendleton Round-Up Earns Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year Award

By Lori Kimbel On a snowy winter night in December a large group of people braved the blustery weather to gather at the Roy Raley Room at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds to celebrate the amazing year the Pendleton Round-Up experienced.   The culmination of the year came at this year’s Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)…

FEMA Denies Inslee’s Request for Individual Assistance Program

Gov. Jay Inslee late yesterday learned the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied his request for the Individual Assistance Program to help families impacted by the summer wildfire season. Had the program been approved, impacted communities would have had access to assistance with the repairs of homes and aid for things like rental assistance and replacement…

USDA Announces Funding to Aid Rural Businesses and Create Jobs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $12.5 million in loans and grants for 39 projects that will help rural businesses in 21 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.   “Supporting small, rural businesses helps create jobs and helps promote entrepreneurship,” Vilsack said. “USDA Rural Development’s field structure enables our community-based staff to engage with…

Business Owners Donate 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…

It’s a Wrap!

Well, just like that, summer is over, the leaves are starting to fall from the trees and winter is just around the corner.   The fires have died down, yet some still burn, the danger however is nothing like it was in the heart of fireseason this year.   Of course this publication took me…

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….

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…

Federal Judge’s Hanford Ruling a Victory for Washington State

Court agrees with AG on deadlines, accountability and need for double-shell tanks SEATTLE — A U.S. District Court judge has agreed with critical components of the Attorney General’s arguments in a lawsuit regarding the cleanup process at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.   In a ruling issued Thursday evening, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District…

Walgreens and Providence Form Clinical Collaboration

Walgreens and Providence Health & Services form strategic clinical collaboration to improve and coordinate patient care Deerfield, Ill. and Seattle, Wash.—Walgreens and Providence Health & Services today announced a strategic clinical collaboration aimed at coordinating patient care and improving patient access, which plans to bring up to 25 new retail clinics to Oregon and Washington….

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…

ODA Gets More Strategic With Agricultural Water Quality

After testing out a new, strategic approach to improving water quality in targeted watersheds of Wasco and Clackamas counties, the Oregon Department of Agriculture is ready to expand the effort to seven new areas around the state, each receiving direct outreach and education as part of the plan to address priority water quality concerns. If…

Keeping Oregon Green, One Wildfire at a Time

Smothering smoke. Burning heat. Charred remains. Wildfires are natural disasters that should never be taken lightly. But how do you prepare for something that you know is going to happen, but are not given the when or where on the timing of the strike? Meet the Oregon Rangeland Fire Protection Association. The group, initially formed…

Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Joins Lawsuit Against EPA

As of July 24, 2015, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association has signed on to a lawsuit through Pacific Legal Foundation against the Environmental Protection Agency and their Waters of the United States rule. Waters of the United States, WOTUS, is a rule proposed by EPA and Army Corps of Engineers that, because of its broad language,…

Pendleton Woolen Mills Installs New Jacquard Looms

Pendleton Woolen Mills headquartered in Portland, Oregon, a globally celebrated American lifestyle brand, has added new jacquard looms to operations at the company’s original mill in Pendleton, Oregon. These Italian looms from Itema and Swiss jacquard machines from Staubli are equipped with the latest technology and provide high-speed performance.   “We are excited to partner…

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,…

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…

Significant New Resources Arrive in Washington

Just one day following the Obama Administration’s approval of Gov. Jay Inslee’s request for a Federal Emergency Declaration, a new Mobilization Center started being formed at Fairchild Air Force Base to assist with firefighting efforts in Eastern Washington.   The Mobilization Center will be a staging area for 20 large fire engines of the type…

Rising Firefighting Costs Raises Alarms for Forest Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2015 — For the first time in its 110-year history, the Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is spending more than 50 percent of its budget to suppress the nation’s wildfires. A new report released today by the Forest Service estimates that within a decade, the agency will spend…

Wholly Guacamole That Was Good – Bulldog Diner in Rufus

By Lori Kimbel On a recent trip to Portland we faced the dilemma, like so many who live in NE Oregon face, ‘do we face the congestion and grab a quick bite at Bigg’s Junction, or wait to eat once we get to The Dalles’.   I would like you to know Bulldog Diner has…

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….

USDA Hears from Oregon Women in Agriculture

About one of every five principal operators of Oregon farms and ranches are female. While that may not seem like a high percentage, it is ten times the percentage found in Georgia. The comparison made quite an impression on the US Department of Agriculture’s number two ranking official who stopped in Oregon this week to…

Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway Ride Set for September 19 – 20

The Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway is one of the best-of-the-best road bike routes in Oregon. Join a fully supported bicycle tour of the route Sept. 19-20, complete with sag wagons, food and mechanic support.   The fourth annual Blue Mountain Century Ride is hosted by local bikeway leaders and starts Sept. 19 with a…

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…

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…

Joseph Named Regional Timber Association President

American Forest Resource Council to Have New Executive July 31, 2015 — The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) has named Travis Joseph as its next President. Joseph will join AFRC after eight years in Washington D.C. working for Congressman DeFazio, the House Committee on Natural Resources, and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  …

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…

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…

Queen of the Mississippi Headed to the Columbia and Snake Rivers

American Cruise Lines double capacity on the Columbia and Snake Rivers   American Cruise Lines announced August 3, 2015 the Queen of the Mississippi (to be renamed) will join the Queen of the West in the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.   This three-year-old vessel, with all oversized staterooms and private balconies,…

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…

Oregon’s Wine Industry Contributes $3.35 Billion To Oregon’s Economy

The Oregon wine industry continues to substantially grow its contribution to the state’s economy according to a study released by the Oregon Wine Board today.   In 2013 the sum of all economic activity in the state related to Oregon wine was more than $3.35 billion, a 28% growth in the economic impact of wine…

The Rocks District AVA Gains Approval from the TTB

TTB Approves New AVA: The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater located in Northeastern Oregon, within the Walla Walla Valley AVA   WALLA WALLA VALLEY, Wash., Feb. 6. 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) today announced it will establish The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater as the newest American Viticulture Area (AVA)…

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.  …

Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson Appointed as U.S. Travel National Chair

The U.S. Travel Association on Thursday announced the appointment of Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon, as its new national chair. Davidson, who previously served as the association’s first vice chair, succeeds Interstate Hotels & Resorts CEO Jim Abrahamson.   “We are thrilled to welcome Todd as our new national chair,” said U.S. Travel Association…

Travel Oregon Brings Back Popular ‘7 Wonders of Oregon’ Campaign

The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, is re-launching the state’s most successful marketing campaign to date: “The 7 Wonders of Oregon.” Introduced last spring, the campaign contributed to nearly 10 percent growth in statewide lodging revenue in 2014 over 2013, according to STR, Inc. What’s more, Travel Oregon’s fan base grew by more than…

Lucas Oil and Protect The Harvest Join Pendleton Cattle Barons Weekend as Title Sponsor

Pendleton Cattle Barons has joined forces with two of the agriculture industry’s strongest partners and proponents. Lucas Oil and Protect the Harvest have become the title sponsor of Pendleton Cattle Barons Weekend. The Weekend honors Pendleton’s ranching heritage and creates scholarships for area students taking agricultural majors in college or university courses.   “Both Lucas…

Cattlemen Care: Always Have, Always Will

By Kayli Hanley On Tuesday, March 31st, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Executive Board unanimously voted to amend the National Resource Conservation Fee program. The NRCF will now only be assessed in the five, core sage-grouse counties. These counties are, Baker, Malheur, Harney, Lake and Crook. Aside from the amendment stated here, all other provisions of…

Landmark Agreements to Conserve up to 2.3 Million Acres of Sage Grouse Habitat in Oregon

Landowners gain greater regulatory certainty under innovative, voluntary program; Nearly all Oregon’s greater sage-grouse habitat on private, state and federal lands now have conservation agreements.   Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined Oregon Governor Kate Brown and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary Ann Mills to celebrate landmark agreements that will…

20 Years of the Wildhorse Resort & Casino

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?” However, there…

Historical Gilbert Inn in Seaside Offers a Peaceful Getaway

By Lori Kimbel   After some pre-travel exploring online, we stumbled across the Historic Gilbert Inn website and knew it was just the kind of place we needed to stay before the long cold winter of northeast Oregon sets in; we were not disappointed with our choice.   The Queen Ann style home, built by…

Eagle Cap Excursion Train Announces 2015 Schedule

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 non-profit organization, will operate…

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

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 Department, Northeast…

Oregon Medical Association Supports Free Drug Card Program

The Oregon Medical Association (OMA) has officially partnered with the Oregon Rx Card to provide a FREE prescription assistance program for members, their patients, employees and others. The Oregon Rx Card was launched in 2009 to make prescription medications more affordable for the uninsured and underinsured. The card may be used for savings of up…

Stem Cell Therapy For Pain Is Now Available At Columbia Pain Management

Columbia Pain Management, PC teamed up with Regenexx to offer Stem Cell Therapy and other regenerative medicine treatments as an alternative to surgery for pain relief, orthopedic injuriesand arthritis. As part of Regenexx’s physician provider network, residents of Oregon and Washington now have access to procedures that were only available at major university hospitals.  …

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…

Love’s Truck Stop One Step Closer to Reality

If all goes according to plan construction on the roughly 10,000 square foot Love’s Travel Stop could begin in June at the Tower Road Exit off of I-84 near Boardman, and is expected to be opened for business by Spring 2016. “All of our conditional use permits are complete,” said Kealey Dorian, communication specialist for…

Wildhorse Golf Superintendent named to 2015 Plant Health Academy

Pendleton, OR – Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, announced the 2015 Plant Heath Academy class at the 2015 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, TX last month. Among the new class is Sean Hoolehan, Golf Superintendent at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino Golf Course.   Hoolehan has been the Superintendent at Wildhorse…

Welcome to the First Issue of The Gorge Business News

Hello. Welcome to the first issue of The Gorge Business News.   I am excited to bring you this publication and I hope you will grow to love reading it as much as I love bringing it to you.   I began publishing Northeast Oregon Business News almost a year ago and I am so…

Oregon Maverick – Rick Steber

The dictionary defines maverick as someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action, qualities that describe Oregon Maverick, Rick Steber, to a T.   As a young man, Steber knew he wanted to become a writer; he also had the foresight to realize it was not going to be easy.   “You can’t do…

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