SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Blue Mountain safety conference coming to Pendleton

By Observer staff March 19, 2014 07:51 am

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.

Keynote speaker Kina Repp lost her arm on her first day on the job at a food processing plant. Repp uses her experience to raise awareness about job hazards and the importance of making safe choices. Her presentation will focus on the role individuals play in being advocates for safety in the workplace.

“While workplace safety measures and rules proposed by an employer are tremendously important, employees need to understand they have a personal, significant responsibility for their own safety as well,” said Repp. “Employees are their own line of defense and the consequences of decisions in the workplace will affect their co-workers, their families and friends.”

Conference registration is $60, which includes lunch and session handouts. 

For more information about the conference or to register, call Oregon OSHA’s Conference Section, 503-378-3272 or

Extension service hosting education program

The Oregon State University Extension Service is sponsoring an educational program featuring export and domestic markets for logs, poles, firewood and chips from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 4 in the conference room at the OSU Extension Service Union County 4-H and Extension Education Center, 10507 N. McAlister Road. 

Several company log buyers will provide market trend information and an overview of what they are buying, including Weyerhaeuser, Teevin Bros, Pacific Lumber and Shipping, Boise Cascade, Blue Mountain Lumber Products, JayZee Lumber and Integrated Biomass Resources. 

To register, contact 541-963-1010 by April 2. 

Baker City Realty hires outdoor recreationist as its latest realtor

Baker City Realty has hired an outdoor sports enthusiast and MBA as a realtor, bringing the company’s total number of agents to five. 

Aaron Harrell, a Seattle native who has lived in Baker since 2005, is an avid runner, mountain biker, hiker and skier. He lives in Baker with his wife and two children ages 3 and 5. 

“Aaron’s enthusiasm for outdoor recreation is a huge plus for our agency, because many people wish to relocate to Baker because of its outdoor opportunities,” said Andrew Bryan, owner of Baker City Realty. “He’s worked in diverse fields and holds an MBA, giving our firm insights to assist our commercial customers as well.”

Harrell served in the U.S. Navy as a Chinese linguist and has worked in the information technology, academic advising, renewable energy, fitness and other industries. He holds a degree in English from the University of Washington and an MBA from Eastern Oregon University. He is involved in Young Life and the St. Luke’s Patient Advisory Council.