Lee and David Manuel, the former Wallowa County couple who bought the old Hot Lake resort near
La Grande in 2003, say restoration of the building and grounds will
never be completely finished. It’s an eternal work in progress.
But they go right on passing milestones. Just now they’re celebrating
a big one, the transition from repair and renovation to full operation.
|The grassroots citizens group Oregon Rural Action celebrated its ninth
birthday in style Saturday, hosting an annual meeting that drew upwards
of 125 people and provided plenty of food for thought.
Former JP Morgan executive John Fullerton said he sees a need for a shift to local economic efforts. Small scale initiatives on a local level don’t provide all the answers to the world’s problems, but there needs to be movement in that direction. ‘It’s not that I think local economy is the be-all, end-all, but without a local economy the economy is not resilient.’
The event, taking place in the re-born Bohnenkamp building on Adams
Avenue, featured a keynote address by John Fullerton, a former JPMorgan
executive who quit that firm to found the Capital Institute, an
investment organization focused on a sustainable economic system.
UNION — The Union Family Health Center, students from the ODS College
of Dental Sciences and people in need of dental care all will benefit
from a program that started up at the center last week.
Second-year ODS students are helping Dr. Joel Bender, the center’s
dentist, with screening and oral hygiene procedures ranging from x-rays
and oral cancer exams to cleanings, fluoride and sealant treatments, and
Union County and Northeast Oregon a mecca for bicyclists from throughout Oregon and the United States?
It could happen, and sooner than you think.
|The City of La Grande added a new pair of helping hands this month when
Erin Montgomery came aboard as a Community and Economic Development
Montgomery, 28, earned her master’s degree in urban planning at the University of Washington in Seattle last spring.
|Jeri and Jay Mackley of La Grande are forging ahead with their plans for
a recreation center in La Grande, beginning remodeling of the former
Elks Lodge and planning a Halloween event to raise money to keep the
Submitted photo Kevin Donaldson of La Grande Paint and Glass installs a window pane at the former Elks Lodge, now known as the Maridell Center. Facade renovations include replacing wooden panels in the lower portion of the window frames with glass.
Jeri Mackley said the building, at Washington Avenue and Depot
Street, is renamed the Maridell Center and will eventually house an ice
skating rink, laser tag arena, mini-golf course, snack bar, pool tables,
a sports and video game lounge, and more.
|ELGIN — The industrial park has gained a new tenant, Livingston LLC,
operating under the assumed business name of Livingston Tree Service and
Wood Recycling. The company is owned by Todd Livingston and has been in
operation for the past 14 years.
TRISH YERGES photo COLOR-ENRICHED MULCH: Todd Livingston, owner of Livingston Tree Service and Wood Recycling, displays three samples of mulch produced at his new organic recycling plant at 850 Inkwood Street in Elgin. The mulch comes in three colors: black, mahogany and red and is used for landscaping purposes.
Livingston and his family live in
rural Elgin and moved here from the Redmond area about five years ago.
There Livingston conducted business as a residential contractor and
operated a cabinet shop, but his lumber and tree service experience has
even deeper roots.
|About 200 employers and community leaders from the Pacific Northwest
traveled to Gowen Field in Boise last week for a close-up look at
challenges soldiers of the National Guard’s 116th Brigade Combat Team
face as they get ready for their deployment to Iraq.
Jack Johnson, ESGR’s Area 6 coordinator, (left) and La Grande attorney David Baum (right) take in the sights at the Idaho Air National Guard’s landing strip. With them is Boss Lift guest Charles Brown of Sherman County.
|Construction of Oregon Trail Electric Co-Op’s new
BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH/The Observer During a RECENT Rotary Club luncheon, Jarod Rogers of WC Construction displays plans for Oregon Trail Electric Co-Op’s new, energy efficient office building and warehouse and truck barn. Rogers said the project will begin in October, and be complete toward the end of next summer.
La Grande facility will get under way soon, with a host of local
construction workers putting up an office building and warehouse that
will be models of efficiency.
LOSTINE-One of the state’s oldest general stores is on the market,
and if a buyer doesn’t step forward soon, it is at risk of closing down
Family owned and operated continuously for the past 103 years, M.
Crow and Co. has served not only as Lostine’s sole general store, but
also as a meeting place, bus stop, museum and hub for the community.