WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Mary Ann Miesner, right, receives Woman of the Year honors at the Union County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet Friday. At left is Patty McClure, last year’s recipient of the award. CHRIS BAXTER / The Observer
The community was out in force at the Blue Mountain Conference Center
Friday night, paying homage to high achievers during the Union County
Chamber of Commerce’s 77th annul banquet and awards.
John and Jody Craig have decided to retire and close Craig’s Cleaners, La Grande’s last remaining dry cleaning business. The couple has owned the business since 1986; before that, it was owned by John’s father, Edwin, and grandfather, Leonard. BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH / The Observer
Three generations of Craigs have been dry cleaning in La Grande since1953
Matthew Clark is one of the owners of Clark and Company, a furniture store that recently opened in the retail space formerly occupied by Sears on Walton Road in Island City. Clark and partner Brian Olson moved the business from downtown Baker City. BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH / The Observer
A Baker City furniture store has relocated to Island City, setting up near one of Union County’s busiest retail intersections.
Three weeks ago, Clark and Company opened for business in the building on Walton Road formerly occupied by Sears.
Horses graze on Woody Wolfe’s mid-Wallowa Valley ranch between Lostine and Wallowa. Submitted Photo
LOSTINE — On Tuesday, the Wallowa Land Trust and the Woody Wolfe Ranch
announced the first agricultural conservation easement on a working farm
in Wallowa County.
The easement covers ranchlands surrounding the confluence of the Lostine and Wallowa rivers in the mid-Wallowa Valley.
This vacant lot at 1004 Jefferson Ave. is the site of a $1 million medical clinic to be built this year by Independent Medical Providers LLC. The City of La Grande Urban Renewal Agency is considering chipping in $75,000 for streetscape improvements. BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH / The Observer
Physicians group plans to build clinic at Fourth Street and Jefferson Avenue
ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County business leaders, supporters and residents
celebrated the 37th annual Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce Citizen
Award Banquet Sunday at Cloverleaf Hall.
Lisa Page shows off the space in the La Grande Town Center that is being remodeled for an Anytime Fitness Club. Page will manage the facility, which will be open to members 24 hours a day, seven days a week. BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH / Observer photos
PRACTITIONERS OF THE PERSPIRING ARTS will be happy to know that a
nationwide chain of 24-hour fitness centers is opening a facility in La
Anytime Fitness will open its first Eastern Oregon facility in the La Grande Town Center in March.
U.S. Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District talks about issues important to agriculture during Saturday’s cattlemen’s conference in La Grande. Walden warned that the federal government is considering proposals to lock up some 13 million acres of land in western states. CHRIS BAXTER/La Grande Observer
The U.S. government is leaning too hard on the agricultural industry and
businesses in rural areas and there’s a need for a return to common
sense, Congressman Greg Walden told a large crowd attending Saturday’s
cattlemen’s conference in La Grande.
The event, hosted by cattlemen’s associations in Oregon, Idaho and
Washington, drew about 500 people from throughout the Pacific Northwest,
including many who live in Walden’s bailiwick, Oregon’s 2nd
OK BARBER: Jon Bruck of La Grande receives some hair adjustment from barber Galen Miller. Miller reported for work at the OK on April 6, 2010.
Getting knocked down by a recession isn’t the same thing as getting
knocked out. Ask Galen Miller, a man who makes his living as a barber
|Residents of a local assisted living facility had their end-of-the-year
holiday season brightened up considerably, courtesy of Aaron’s of La
The furniture and home electronics store at 1602 Adams Ave. gave
Wildflower Lodge the use of a 72-inch Mitsubishi television over New
Year’s weekend, and then agreed to leave it longer.
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