ODF committee begins work on finding solutions to address Oregon’s increasing wildfire activity Oregon experienced a significant increase in wildfires over the past several years. Not only have these fires increased damages and costs to Oregon’s forests, landowners, and local communities but they have stretched the state’s “complete and coordinatedContinue Reading

Red Rock Biofuels LLC, a pioneer in renewable biofuels, announced today that it will produce approximately three million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel per year for FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX). The agreement runs through 2024, with first delivery expected in 2017. FedEx joins Southwest AirlinesContinue Reading

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,Continue Reading

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 nonprofitContinue Reading

          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 committeeContinue Reading

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,” saysContinue Reading

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,Continue 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

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 ourContinue Reading

$90k donation resulted from proceeds for 2015 Pendleton® Whisky Limited Edition bottle   Hood River Distillers, Inc., the largest and oldest importer, distiller, producer and bottler of distilled spirits in the Northwest, presented a formal donation of $90,000 to the Wrangler® National Patriot™ program at the 105th Pendleton Round-Up onContinue Reading

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.   OfContinue 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

The first annual Robins Equity Research Roundup, presented by Catalyst Research Management Group, was held at Skamania Lodge October 8th and 9th, and brought small and microcap equities together with portfolio managers, hedge fund managers, retail brokers, mutual fund managers, and individual investors. There is a cluster of people whoContinue 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

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 beastsContinue Reading

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 retailContinue 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

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 addressContinue Reading

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 ProtectionContinue Reading

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.  Continue Reading

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 sideContinue 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

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 largeContinue Reading

Wyden-Crapo Wildfire Disaster Funding Act has 16 Senate Cosponsors, support of more than 250 organizations Washington, D.C. Thursday, August 6, 2015 – Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, today secured a commitment from nine other senators from both parties to work together on a bipartisan solution to fixContinue Reading

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 stoppedContinue Reading

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.   FromContinue 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

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 CommitteeContinue Reading

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 anContinue 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

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 uniqueContinue Reading

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., andContinue Reading

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 weContinue Reading

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, forContinue Reading

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 theContinue Reading

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 orContinue Reading

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 statedContinue Reading

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 toContinue Reading

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 wouldContinue Reading

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,Continue Reading