Island City irrigation company changes hands

Precision Rain purchased by Cortney Forsberg, Kurt Romans

The past month has been one of transition for a longtime leader in irrigation service … Read more

BUSINESS BRIEFLY: Baker County quilting business featured in magazine

HALFWAY — Quilts Plus in Halfway has been chosen as one of the 10 featured … Read more

Business Briefly: Eastern Oregon tourism workshop slated for June

ONTARIO — A half-day workshop designed to help Eastern Oregon organizations and businesses succeed in … Read more

Finding a new home

Bookstore owner, theatre troupe director optimistic about new location

Looking Glass Books may be moving to a smaller location at 1304 Adams Ave., but … Read more

Brookshire continues pharmacy’s legacy

UNION — Walt Brookshire has proven that you can go home again. After graduating from … Read more

Vets help prepare animals for open range

Tooth and hoof care, vaccinations provided to ward off serious illnesses

ENTERPRISE — As the grass in the Wallowa Valley greens up cattle are herded to … Read more

Junipers vs. sage grouse

New study shows cutting junipers can improve survival among sage grouse populations

Christian Hagen says bird experts had long believed that sage grouse stayed away from juniper … Read more

SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Enrollment period for farm safety net programs continues

Producers on farms with base acres under the safety net programs established by the 2014 … Read more

Mountain Meadows is all about family

New adult foster home opens in La Grande

A new adult foster home has opened its doors and management is looking for the … Read more


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Payless has filed for bankruptcy and will immediately close 400 stores

Island City store on initial list

Grande Ronde Valley shoppers’ options for apparel will get a little slimmer. On the heels … Read more

Union family business whips up new trade

After three decades in auto repair, the Freemans are well acquainted with owning a family … Read more

Oregon hotels unapologetic, silent about cancellations

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SMALL-BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Baker City woman joins national organization

BAKER CITY — Katherine Wilde of Baker City is a new junior member of the … Read more

Area entities pose united front for forest funding

ENTERPRISE — One of Northeastern Oregon’s largest employers is garnering support in its effort to … Read more

Economic Development District putting together list of potential projects for 2017

It’s the time of the year when the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District reaches out … Read more

Growing Generosity

The Wildhorse Foundation of Pendleton has topped a milestone while putting wind beneath the wings … Read more

Adult foster home gives residents more personal care

Nadine’s Nest recently opened to keep adults healthy and happy

One daughter took it upon herself to open up a more personalized adult foster home … Read more

Business Briefly: Credit union merger becomes official after member vote

LA GRANDE — The merger between Union Wallowa Baker Federal Credit Union and Old West … Read more

Workforce board offers help

Money is available to manufacturing and health care companies in several Eastern Oregon counties to … Read more

Carpet One’s past, Present honor milestone

LA GRANDE — Forty years is a long time by most small business standards, but … Read more

Resource group to test biochar on soil productivity

ENTERPRISE — Funding from the federal farm bill is being put to innovative use in … Read more

NEOSWAT moves closer to buying tactical robot

Valley Wide supplies team with $1,000 donation

LA GRANDE — Valley Wide Cooperative and Valley Agronomics LLC gave a $1,000 donation to … Read more

Recent partnership can net big-time savings

Efficiency incentives available to La Grande- area Avista customers

A recent alliance could help Avista Utilities customers in Union County earn big savings while … Read more

Business leaders discuss economic future

Industry notables gather at Hurricane Creek Grange

JOSEPH — Agriculture has been Wallowa County’s economic driver since the region was settled 150 … Read more

Local company turns lost art into premium skillets

The products of Northwest Skillet Company, featured online and at several stores, were not created … Read more


Elgin FFA receives community grant from NW Farm Credit Spokane, WASHINGTON — Northwest Farm Credit … Read more

Drive Away Hunger program hits high gear

FFA, Les Schwab team up to collect over 15,000 pounds of food for needy

Jake Tussey, the store manager of the La Grande Les Schwab Tire Center, was short … Read more


Avista contributes to Community Connection of NE Oregon Avista Corporation and the Avista Foundation are … Read more

Forester won’t focus just on the trees, flames

Joe Hessel, a longtime ODF employee, also considers customer service one of his ‘core values’

LA GRANDE — Joe Hessel brings not only a wealth of fire and forestry experience … Read more

Jeweler hopes La Grande store will fill a need

Hermiston jeweler, James Goss II, said chaos of commuting back and forth is worth it to provide a valuable service to the Grande Ronde Valley area

Goss Family Jewelers opened its La Grande store on Nov. 1, and owner James E. … Read more


ORECA Honors OTEC’s Buehler with Distinguished Service Award Werner Buehler, Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative’s executive … Read more

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