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BRIEFLY: Joseph’s Stein Distillery wins double gold for whiskey blend

Joseph’s Stein Distillery wins double gold for whiskey blend

A local business won recognition this spring, raising its profile internationally.


Delivering produce to the front door

Wallowa County community-supported agriculture returns for sixth year

Backyard Gardens is bringing back its popular community-supported agriculture program for Wallowa and Union counties in June. 

Customers receive a box of fresh, homegrown vegetables each week throughout the 22-week growing season. Produce is delivered to locations in Enterprise and Joseph and can also be sent to the city of Wallowa and to Union County on the Community Connection shuttle. 


SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Lackey opens business consulting firm in La Grande

A business consulting firm has opened in downtown La Grande.

Source One Consulting has opened its doors at 1015 Adams Ave. to offer a variety of business services to clients.

Owned and operated by John Lackey, Source One provides business, marketing, sales and feasibility plans, as well as help with financial planning, human resources, loan sources, income and expense analysis and lean technology. 

“Our primary objective is to help people organize their thoughts and ideas,” Lackey said, adding that he hopes to assist businesses with the tools and resources to achieve their goals.

Source One can be reached at 541-963-4400 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


Building, family get new lease on life

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Sugar Shack proprietor Kim Reece gets a batch of maple bars going during work last Thursday. Reece and her father, Chuck Rogers, opened their donut shop, The Sugar Shack, in the old building that’s been home for many small businesses through the years. (BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH photo)
 

An aged and crumbling building at the corner of Spruce Street and Monroe Avenue has a new business future, thanks to the efforts of a daughter-father team with lifelong roots in La Grande.

On March 10, Kim Reece and her father, Chuck Rogers, opened their donut shop, The Sugar Shack, in the old building that’s been home for many small businesses through the years and last housed a used appliance store and repair shop. 


SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Blue Mountain safety conference coming to Pendleton

Blue Mountain safety conference coming to Pendleton

Employers and workers are encouraged to “Zero in on Safety” at the annual Blue Mountain Occupational Safety and Health Conference in Pendleton. The event is scheduled for June 3 at the Pendleton Convention Center and will highlight a variety of safety and health topics.


Downtown wants to continue growing Eastern relationship

Officials note efforts from outgoing President Bob Davies, hope push will continue

In November 2011, Eastern Oregon University opened its Mountaineer Market in downtown La Grande.

Situated in the Liberty Theatre building, the store’s presence has helped bridge the gap between the university and downtown.


Restoration of Liberty Theater moves forward

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The Liberty Theatre restoration project received the green light from the city for faade rehabilitation projects that includes building a new canopy and blade sign outside that will replicate the long-gone originals, removing and reframing storefronts to match the original faade, constructing a ticket booth to match the original and to restore brick. (BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH photo)
 

Project awarded a grant and gains city approval for facade rehabilitation

The Liberty Theatre restoration project took a couple of steps forward recently, as it was awarded a grant for planning from the Ford Family Foundation, and also gained approval from the city of La Grande to go ahead with façade rehabilitation projects. 


SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: OSU course offered for first time in Eastern Oregon

OSU course offered for first time in Eastern Oregon 

For the first time, beginning farmers in Northeast Oregon will have access to the Successful Small Farm Management Course developed by Oregon State University. 

The four-part series is designed for farmers in their first five years of farming, people seriously considering starting a farm business and people considering major changes to their farm. 


URA to consider $500,000 request

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Al Adelsberger, developer and owner of the New Town Square building, recently submitted a written application for $500,000 from the citys Urban Renewal fund for a grocery store in the building at Fourth Street and Adams Avenue, which was formerly occupied by Blockbuster Video. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

Funds would be for downtown La Grande grocery store 

La Grande’s Urban Renewal Agency will soon decide whether to help a La Grande developer and a grocer from Joseph open a $1.1 million food market downtown.

Al Adelsberger, developer and owner of the New Town Square building at Fourth Street and Washington Avenue and the Town Square building at Fourth Street and Adams Avenue, recently submitted a written application for $500,000 from the city’s Urban Renewal fund. 


Property on lakes east moraine protected from development

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Forty acres of Wallowa Lakes east moraine was put into permanent easement by the Wallowa Land Trust and land owners Jacob Hasslacher and Chris Antemann. (KENDRICK MOHALT photo)
 

ENTERPRISE — The first step to permanently conserve the east moraine of Wallowa Lake was taken last week with a landowner and the Wallowa Land Trust.


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