Microphone Blocker for Cybersecurity CAMAS, Wash., Feb. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Colampra announces the launch of its newest cybersecurity product, the Mic-Lock with SOUNDPASS — a device that prevents hackers, apps and government agencies from listening to private conversations on any internet-connected device. Mic-Locks are the only digital signal-blocking devices for microphones on theContinue Reading

Connecting Communities Throughout the Columbia River Gorge February 1, 2019 Blue Lion Unlimited, LLC announced today they will begin publishing The Gorge Business News (TGBN) newspaper. It will be distributed throughout the Columbia River Gorge on both the Oregon and Washington sides of the river. “It is our hope thatContinue Reading

  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 ofContinue Reading

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 toContinue Reading

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 objectiveContinue Reading

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-ownedContinue Reading

(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 andContinue Reading

Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced today a new state-federal partnership that will bolster state efforts to improve the physical and mental health of Washington families and transform the state’s Apple Health (Medicaid) program to control costs. After months of detailed negotiations, the HCA—inContinue Reading

Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management and Dark Horse Comics released their newest collaboration just in time to prepare for the Great ShakeOut. This 16-page colorful story sequence teaches tsunami preparedness. SALEM, Ore. — Oct. 12, 2016 — Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management and Dark Horse Comics team up to prepareContinue Reading

A sudden burst of giggles and chatter fills the halls. At Columbia Basin Care, the elderly residents perk up with anticipation as youngsters rush in to greet the “grandpas and grandmas.”   Columbia Basin Care, a long-term care facility, has partnered with the Head Start preschool program to encourage socializationContinue Reading

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 recentContinue Reading

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 mayContinue Reading

With winter holidays fast approaching and a time when many people are visiting the Oregon coast, it’s important to know tsunami safety. To that end, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) offers “Tsunami Safe: Hospitality Begins with Safety,” a free program aimed at the hospitality industry along the OregonContinue Reading

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.  Continue Reading

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 atContinue Reading

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 takeContinue Reading

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 theContinue Reading

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 businessmanContinue Reading

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 meContinue Reading

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. InContinue Reading

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. HereContinue Reading

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 IContinue Reading

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 welcomeContinue Reading

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 viralContinue Reading

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 withContinue Reading

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 andContinue Reading

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 aContinue Reading

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.  Continue Reading

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 itContinue Reading

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 containContinue Reading

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 underrepresentedContinue Reading

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 forContinue Reading

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 willContinue Reading

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 theContinue Reading

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 theContinue Reading

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 atContinue Reading

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 andContinue Reading

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 toContinue Reading

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 FoundationContinue Reading

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 inContinue Reading

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 receiveContinue Reading

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.  Continue Reading