SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Baker City brewery ranked seventh best in state

By Observer staff July 09, 2014 07:59 am

Baker City brewery ranked seventh best in state

BAKER CITY — Barley Brown’s Brewing followed its recent haul of seven medals at the North American Beer Awards by receiving recognition from Thrillist, a digital media company.

Thrillist ranked Barley Brown’s as the seventh-best brewery in Oregon.

The top 10 list was based on the number of medals each brewery has won at the Great American Beer Festival or World Beer Cup since 2004, and the number of beers the brewery has among the RateBeer 100 or BeerAdvocate 250 lists.

Barley Brown’s finished with 33 points. Thrillist rated Deschutes Brewery in Bend No. 1, with 109 points. No other Eastern Oregon brewery was among the top 10.

Barley Brown’s brought home one gold medal, three silvers and three bronzes from the North American Beer Awards in June.

DOE announces QER public meeting in Portland

PORTLAND — The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis will host a public meeting at 9 a.m. Friday to receive stakeholder input to the Quadrennial Energy Review, an administration-wide effort to make recommendations regarding key infrastructure needed for transmission, storage and distribution of energy.

The meeting will take place at the Templeton Campus Center at Lewis & Clark College.

The Portland meeting will examine electricity transmission, storage and distribution in the Western United States. The meeting will include panel discussions on building and operating the appropriate amount of transmission for future needs, coping with new challenges and opportunities, and electricity storage. Following panel discussions, the public will have an opportunity to make statements.

The QER, officially launched by President Obama in January, is co-chaired by the White House Domestic Policy Council and Office of Science and Technology Policy, and includes representation from all relevant executive departments and agencies. DOE is playing a key role in development of the QER by providing policy analysis and modeling, and coordinating stakeholder engagement.

Workplace safety training grants available

SALEM — Grant funding is now available to develop innovative workplace safety and health training programs. Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, will sponsor projects that may range from a unique mobile app to an online educational game that engages workers. 

The grants will focus on programs that target an Oregon industry or a specific work process to reduce or eliminate hazards. Any employer or labor consortium, association, educational institution affiliated with a labor group or other nonprofit organization may apply. Applicants may apply for up to $40,000 per grant project without a requirement for any matching dollars or in-kind contributions. Grant applications are due Oct. 9. 

The grant program was established by the Oregon State Legislative Assembly in 1990, set aside by the Oregon Legislature. Employers cannot use the program to fund training projects for their employees. 

Materials produced by grant recipients become the property of Oregon OSHA. They are housed in the Oregon OSHA Resource Center and are available online for use by the public. 

Grant application information is available at Contact Teri Watson at 503-947-7406 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. 

— From staff reports