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Wallowa County farms honored for more than a century in business

The Harmon Farm northeast of Lostine in Wallowa County’s Leap Country will be honored as a Century Farm at the Oregon State Fair in August. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

LOSTINE — Two Wallowa County families in the Leap country northeast of Lostine have recently been included as Oregon Century Farms.

Lois Harmon Bacon and her husband Gerald moved home to Wallowa County from Asotin, Wash., a couple years ago when they retired. 

SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Money Smart class series in Baker City, La Grande

Money Smart class series in Baker City, La Grande

A series of weekly Money Smart classes sponsored by Community Connection and Umpqua Bank will continue through the fall, with the free classes taking place either at Umpqua Bank, 1990 Washington Ave. in Baker City, or at the Northeast Oregon Housing Authority office at 2608 May Lane in La Grande.

Recycling 101

The garbage trucks pull into the building and dump their contents on the ground. The conveyer belt, left, will take the trash and dump it into a machine that will turn it all into a large bale to go into another truck and be hauled to the landfill. (Cherise Kaechele/WesCom News Service)

A refresher course regarding the do’s and dont’s of recycling

Garbage service may be one of the things in life most people don’t worry about after they’ve dumped their trash. However, knowing more about the types of additional services provided to the customers may be beneficial to your household as well as the environment. 

Gun manufacturer making its way to Elgin

Pictured are 9 mm barrels for one of Calico’s firearms. The company will soon move its headquarters to Elgin and may expand its line of firearms.

Increase in anti-gun activists encourages business to move to ‘friendlier’ region 

Calico Light Weapon Systems is moving its world headquarters from its current location in Cornelius to Elgin, bringing with it jobs for the community and a possible boost to the region’s economy. 

SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: NEOEDD and partners receive food systems grants

NEOEDD and partners receive food systems grants

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District is distributing grant funding to regional food system programs this summer.

Cherry Grove anticipates big season

Inez McKinney of Albany picks her share of lamberts as the ripening cherries head into prime time this week in Joyce Grove’s orchard off of Mt. Glen Road north of La Grande. The Groves purchased the property with the orchard in 2003. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

10-acre cherry orchard loses half its trees, but remains positive in crop

Joyce Grove and her husband, Monte, inherited the cherry orchard when they were looking for their perfect house more than a decade ago. Since then, Joyce has taken her 10 acres of cherry trees and turned it into a small business.

The Cherrie Grove, located off of Starr Lane in La Grande, was 37 acres of orchards before the Groves moved in. The previous owner sold his produce commercially but later split his land into two plats of 10 acres and one plat of 17 acres. 

SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Baker City brewery ranked seventh best in state

Baker City brewery ranked seventh best in state

BAKER CITY — Barley Brown’s Brewing followed its recent haul of seven medals at the North American Beer Awards by receiving recognition from Thrillist, a digital media company.

Thrillist ranked Barley Brown’s as the seventh-best brewery in Oregon.

Time to call it a career

Jason Yohannan, a regional economist with the Oregon Employment Department, is retiring after 30 years with the agency and 25 years in the La Grande office.

Regional economist set to retire this month after 30 years 

La Grande’s office of the Oregon Employment Department will soon lose its seasoned regional economist.

Jason Yohannan is set to retire this month after 30 years with the agency and more than 25 at the La Grande office.

Businesses offer healthy eating choices

Charma Vaage takes a break from baking at her Union Bagel Shop on Main Street in Union. (CHRIS BAXTER/WesCom News Service)

Dora’s Garden and the Union Bagel Shop are teaming up to provide healthy eating choices in Union.

“I believe strongly in good food,” said Charma Vaage, owner of the Union Bagel Shop. “My goal was to supply an alternative choice and a healthy choice.”

SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: E. Frazer Gun Works set to open in La Grande

E. Frazer Gun Works set to open in La Grande

A new gun store will soon open in La Grande. E. Frazer Gun Works, 2616 Bearco Loop, is slated to open Monday, said owner Ed Frazer.

Frazer started operating his business out of his home in 2012 and is now partnered with David Orcutt to bring gunsmithing needs to La Grande.

Making beautiful music at a new location

Direct Music Source store owner Anthony Corig talks about his music store and its new location at 1206 Adams about a block from its former location. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Direct Music Source moving, celebrating 10th anniversary

The latest of these strides, one proving both exhausting and invigorating, is now virtually complete.

Direct Music’s staff is finishing a move from 1010 Adams Ave. to 1206 Adams Ave.  

Partnership seeks to restore forest health

A collaborative effort within the Grande Ronde and Powder river watersheds is improving forest health and becoming a shared responsibility between private property owners and public land.

East Face one of three cohesive wildfire strategy pilot projects in region

Improving forest health is becoming a shared responsibility between private property owners and public land managers through a collaborative effort within the Grande Ronde and Powder river watersheds.

SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Employer council hosting training seminars

Employer council hosting training seminars

The Oregon Employer Council is hosting a summer employer seminar called “Managing Generations in the Workplace,” presented by Grant Axtell, WorkSource Oregon Employment Department trainer.

SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Valley Meats of Wallowa buys Stafford’s Meats of Elgin

Valley Meats of Wallowa buys Stafford’s Meats of Elgin

Valley Meats took over Stafford’s Meats in Elgin more than a month ago and will reopen soon for business. 

Changes abound in formal wear options in Grande Ronde Valley

Kara Rudd, right, is closing her Serendipity bridal and formal wear shop July 31. Serendipity seamstress Brittanie Crook, left, and seamstress Shelby Martin will be opening a custom design and alterations shop at 106 Greenwood St. (BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH for WesCom News Service)

The ultra-fancy cowgirl’s wedding dress on display at The Royal Clothiers on Adams Avenue must be a sign of the times.

For one thing, it signifies June, the most popular month for weddings. For another, it’s one clothing store’s way of saying it will try hard to fill a void left by the upcoming closing of Serendipity, La Grande and Union County’s main supplier of wedding and formal wear.

Union makes top 20 homeownership list

NerdWallet, a Calfornia consumer-advocacy group, ranked Union as the 20th best city in Oregon to own a home. (PHIL BULLOCK/WesCom News Service)

A report released by a California consumer-advocacy group says Union is one of the best places to own a home in Oregon.

The city ranked No. 20 on the list for homeownership.

SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: New La Grande businesses hosting grand openings

New La Grande businesses hosting grand openings 

Blue Mountain Outfitters outdoor equipment and apparel shop and Allure Beauty Bar will host their grand opening at 4 p.m. Saturday at 1124 Adams Ave. in La Grande. 

Expansion complete

Nature’s Pantry Natural Foods completes second major expansion

Dennis and Linda Clayville remember the day when the corner of Fourth Street and Adams Avenue in downtown La Grande was a hopping place.

And they believe it’s about to be born again.

The Clayvilles, owners of Nature’s Pantry Natural Foods at 1907 Fourth St., recently celebrated the completion of their second major store expansion since 2012. They’ve grown to 7,500 square feet, and have their office in a loft above the store. 

Avid skier, backpacker to open outdoors store

Blue Mountain Outfitters fills retail space formerly occupied by Blue Turtle Art Gallery in downtown La Grande

Lovers of Northeast Oregon’s substantial and always-beautiful great outdoors have a new place to shop for gear, now that Jim Whitbeck is opening Blue Mountain Outfitters on Adams Avenue in downtown La Grande.

SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: NAIFA Blue Mountain donates $1,000 to 3 Rivers Race

NAIFA Blue Mountain donates $1,000 to 3 Rivers Race

Shelter From the Storm’s largest annual fundraiser received a major financial shot in the arm recently from the Blue Mountain chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

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