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SALEM — A program to reimburse Oregon farms for complying with costly COVID-19 worker protections came in well under budget during the 2020 harvest season.

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JOSEPH — After operating 1917 Lumber for 44 of its nearly 104 years in business, Jim and Terri Russell sold Wallowa County’s only lumberyard to Kevin and Nancy Jo Coddington as of Jan. 1.

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UNION COUNTY — The Union County Chamber of Commerce pulled the curtain back on its revamped image with a press release earlier this week, featuring a new logo and an updated website.

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LOS ANGELES — Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reached space on Sunday, Jan. 17, eight months after the first demonstration flight of its air-launched rocket system failed, the company said.

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PORTLAND — Oregon Association of Nurseries, which represents nearly 700 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers statewide, announced Wednesday, Jan. 13, it will host a virtual …

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The display on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in the front window of Clank-Tronix in downtown La Grande is just one of the treasures inside. Clank-Tronix owner and operator Tim Oster…

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Many parts of the U.S. are facing lumber shortages — and experts say the problem is acute in the West after 2020’s devastating wildfires.

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FAREWELL BEND — A dark and remote stretch of Interstate 84 east of Baker City is considerably brighter in 2021.

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JOSEPH — Stewart Jones has left the building — well, almost. He and wife, Catherine Matthias, are closing Stewart Jones Designs downtown in February and moving to their home north of Joseph wi…

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COVE — Residents in Cove soon will have a new place to get their morning espresso.

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“Don’t put your finger in there,” Jim Russell warns Kevin Coddington at 1917 Lumber in Joseph. Russell, who has owned the county’s only lumber yard since 1976, recently sold the business to Co…

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Kevin Coddington, left, the new owner of 1917 Lumber in Joseph, is learning the business under the guiding hand of longtime owner Jim Russell. Coddington took over Jan. 1.

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WALLOWA COUNTY — A combined effort of public agencies and the private timber industry are in the process of cleaning up the remains of the 2015 Grizzly Bear fire that burned more than 74,000 a…

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SALEM — The federal government has proposed awarding grazing allotments to an Oregon ranching family whose members were convicted of arson in a court battle that triggered the takeover of a fe…

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LOSTINE — He’s a young entrepreneur operating a young business in an age-old profession. Andy Boyd is hammering out a niche for himself with Boyd Blacksmithing in Lostine.

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LA GRANDE — La Grande’s downtown creative hub, hq, has expanded into an adjacent storefront.

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WASHINGTON — As a wave of antitrust actions surges against Google and Facebook, states in two lawsuits are stretching beyond the cases made by federal competition enforcers to level bold new c…

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ENTERPRISE — Enterprise native Jennifer Piper started last week as the new executive director of the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce and is “excited to be back home,” she said in an intervi…

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LA GRANDE — Baker and Union counties shed more than 200 leisure and hospitality jobs from October 2019 to October 2020, the state’s employment department reported Tuesday, Dec. 15. And the une…

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SALEM — Small businesses in Oregon struggling with a drop in income due to the COVID-19 pandemic will receive some tax relief, Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday, Dec. 14. Brown ordered the elim…

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LA GRANDE — Nineteen years ago the anticipation level of local shoppers was soaring, and so was the anxiety level of La Grande Safeway Manager Gordon Royal.

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LA GRANDE — The Union County Chamber of Commerce wrapped up its inaugural shop hop the first week of December, and the chamber’s executive cirector, Suzannah Moore-Hemann, said the event was a…

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We’ve talked in previous articles about ways to improve sales during this wild rollercoaster ride we’re on. Here are more ideas that may not only benefit your bottom line but help give another…

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SALEM — Enchanted Forest will remain in business after raising over $360,000 from fans of the amusement park just south of Salem.

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BAKER CITY — Tom Busciglio and Meghan Froemke are preparing to open a restaurant during a pandemic that has severely hampered their industry.