Small-business Happenings for December 26, 2012

By Observer staff December 26, 2012 09:27 am

Baker County ranchers honored by National Hereford Association

RICHLAND — The Dan L. Forsea & Sons ranch in Richland was recently awarded the 20120 Lifetime Cattlemen’s Honoree from the National Hereford Association.

Walt, Norman, Dan and Renece Forsea traveled to Reno, Nev., to receive the award.

They were greeted by members of the National Hereford Association and by Jon Ascuaga, owner of the Nugget hotel. The Forseas received the award during the genetics auction at the Reno Western Nugget National Hereford Show.

The following day, Dan Forsea was a judge at the bull show.

Colleen Johnson appointed to Oregon Environmental Comm.

Colleen Johnson, an Eastern Oregon University professor and former mayor of La Grande, recently was confirmed by the Oregon Senate as the newest member of the Oregon Environmental Commission.

Johnson replaces Judy Uherbelau, who served as a commissioner the last eight years.

Johnson is is an economics professor at Eastern, and lives in La Grande. She was La Grande mayor from 1995-96 and again from 1999-2010, following her service on the La Grande City Council in 1993 and 1994.

Johnson was on the Board of Directors of the League of Oregon Cities in 2006-2007 and in 2009-2010, and on the board of the Oregon Mayors Association 2003-2006.


Oregon Trail Electric appoints nominating committees

During its regular meeting Nov. 27, Oregon Trail Electric Co-Op appointed the director nominating committee for Baker, Grant and Union Counties.

Appointed to serve for Baker County were Lynne Burroughs, Nelson Clarke and Barbara Sidway. The committee is responsible to nominate candidates  for board position nine currently held by Peggi Tims.

Doug Beverage, Nellie Hibbert and Dale DeLong were appointed to serve for Union County. The committee is responsible to nominate candidates for board position number seven currently held by Greg Howard and position eight currently held by David Baum.

Committees will announce nominations Jan. 28, 2013. Nominations by petition must be filed not later than Feb. 25.


Community Bank’s charity drive raises more than $24,000

Community Bank said last week it raised more than $24,000 in its annual Change for Charity drive, Nov. 5-Dec. 14 at branch locations.

The program is an effort to collect change and donations for charities in local communities. Each branch manager selects charities to raise funds for, to directly benefit citizens in that area. 

Community Bank spokesperson Leah Johnson said the drive netted $9,000 more than last year, and tops the 2010 drive by $13,000.

Community Bank’s East Region, consisting of Joseph, Enterprise, Wallowa, Elgin, La Grande and Baker City, collected a total of $14,600. The money benefits area food banks, the Friday Backpack Program, the Union County Senior Center and food banks in the Baker City area. 

With matching contributions from the bank, the money raised in the East Region totaled almost $19,000.

— From staff reports