A Union County man and four other defendants entered guilty pleas in
federal court last week to a variety of loan and fraud charges arising
out of the collapse of Bend development company Desert Sun Development.
|Blockbuster Video has called it quits for good in La Grande, closing its store at Fourth Street and Adams Avenue.
BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH/The Observer The Blockbuster store in business at Fourth Street and Adams Avenue since 1999 is closing for good this week. Shazam Entertainment, the franchise owner, said competition from many other in-home entertainment services contributed to the decision to shut the doors. Staff is clearing out merchandise in a sale that began Tuesday and continues through Thursday.
Blockbuster, a downtown fixture since November, 1999, shut the doors
Monday as workers prepared a final sale of DVDs, electronic games and
In Northeast Oregon and all across the state, doing good things for the environment equals doing good things for the economy.
That was the message left behind by Cassandra Moseley and Max
Nielsen-Pincus when they passed through La Grande last week on their
way to an Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board meeting in Baker City.
With finalization of the City of La Grande’s 2010-2011 budget coming up
June 9, Union County Tourism is hoping the city council will have a
change of heart about tourism promotion funding.
Improving the success of safety culture in the workplace is the
focus of the fourth annual Blue Mountain Occupational Safety and Health
Scheduled for June 9 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La
Grande, the event will highlight workplace safety leadership and
Public notice for the day of May 25, 2010
After Horizon Wind Energy proposed building the 300-megawatt
Antelope Ridge Farm near Union last year, a storm of controversy swept
over Union County.
Kraig Jacobs, a Vestas inventory coordinator based at Elkhorn Valley, is an Eastern Oregon University graduate and former Les Schwab employee. He says he applied to work for Vestas because he wanted to become a part of the growing wind energy industry. BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH/Observer photo
Many questions arose, this among them: Will the project create a meaningful level of permanent employment for local workers?
Opponents who worry about impacts to scenery, wildlife, real estate
values, tourism and more are saying Antelope Ridge won’t yield enough
full-time, year-round employment to justify the possible risks.
JOSEPH — When the Wallowa Valley Health District decided to get out
of the home oxygen business, Kevin Warnock was faced with losing his
Kevin Warnock runs Wallowa Valley Home Medical Equipment just north of Joseph on Highway 82. KATY NESBITT/The Observer
Or so he thought.
Instead, it created an opportunity for him to start his own durable medical supply business in Joseph.
The economic hard times of the past couple of years have spelled
doom for a durable and popular eating and gathering place downtown.
Highway 30 at the current location attracted downtown shoppers, college students and business district workers taking their breaks. BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH/The Observer
Highway 30 Eats, at the corner of Adams Avenue and Elm Street in the
city center, is done serving up its tasty sandwiches and pastries.
For a while longer, while the owner clears out the inventory,
customers will be able to get a cup of coffee or tea, but on April 30
the business calls it quits for good.
ENTERPRISE — Stacy Green presented her City of Enterprise
Retail and Service Marketing Opportunity Study findings to an audience
at Stage One April 13.
Green suggested that residents stay positive.
“Stop saying there are no job opportunities,” she said. “Buy yourself a job by starting a business.”
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