LA GRANDE — Two ranching operations in Union County received more than $17,000 total for nonlethal means to protect their livestock from wolves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BALTIMORE — When Joe Biden entered the White House as vice president, the economy was cratering. Job losses were mounting. Stocks were crashing. Millions of Americans were in the early stages …
Setting money goals in 2020 was likely an exercise in futility. Maybe you’d been saving for a trip abroad, but the pandemic kept you at home. Or you wanted to save up for a down payment on a h…
LA GRANDE — Teri Champlin of La Grande is the new chair of the Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics Board of Trustees.
PORTLAND — The Trump administration is removing a decades-old ban on logging large trees in six national forests across Eastern Oregon and Southeast Washington.
ENTERPRISE — The Wallowa County Health Care District is expanding its reach.
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 …
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…
LA GRANDE — The Eastern Oregon University Small Business Development Center in 2020 helped businesses create 171 jobs, retain 375 more and accumulate more than $12 million in capital.
STANFIELD — Settlement of a class action lawsuit on behalf of Stanfield residents against 3D Idapro Solutions is winding down.
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.
FAREWELL BEND — A dark and remote stretch of Interstate 84 east of Baker City is considerably brighter in 2021.
SALEM — The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is underway in Oregon, but it could be months before farmworkers and others in the food sector receive a vaccination.
NEW YORK — Anyone flying to the U.S. will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19, health officials announced Tuesday.
ROSEBURG — Two local women have been targeted by a group calling itself Citizens Against Tyranny, and more are likely to be targeted in the future.
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…
COVE — Residents in Cove soon will have a new place to get their morning espresso.
“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…
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.
SALEM — Oregon recreational-cannabis sales surged in 2020, peaking during a difficult summer of protests and lockdowns.
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…
LA GRANDE — The home of the Whopper is no more in La Grande.
Grande Ronde Hospital moves medical records department
WASHINGTON — No good deed goes unpunished.
SALEM — Applications are due Jan. 20 to fill two vacant seats on the Oregon Board of Agriculture.
PORTLAND — California-based Teledyne Technologies will buy the Oregon thermal-imaging company Flir for $8 billion in cash and stock.
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…
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.
Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of ways including submitting applications and receiving funding using another person’s identity.
LA GRANDE — Hard work, innovation and a 30-minute promise.
ESTACADA — The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed many aspects of life, but a wholesale Christmas tree farm headquartered in Estacada is seeing the opposite effect.
LA GRANDE — La Grande’s downtown creative hub, hq, has expanded into an adjacent storefront.
La Grande offering grants for drive-thru windows
JOSEPH — An Enterprise clothing store has moved to Joseph and reopened with a new name
SALEM — Irrigators and regulators frequently encounter the same predicament: They want to measure actual water but must instead deal with paper.
With 10.7 million Americans out of work as of November 2020 (and 3.9 million of those workers unemployed for 27 weeks or more), many have been forced into having tough money conversations as a…
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…
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…
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…
LA GRANDE — Applications for the city of La Grande’s COVID-19 Business Assistance Grants are due Friday, Dec. 18, by 5 p.m.
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…
LA GRANDE — The COVID-19 pandemic is influencing Christmas shopping at local outdoor stores.
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.
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…
Grants available to communities for water and waste infrastructure improvements
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…
SALEM — Enchanted Forest will remain in business after raising over $360,000 from fans of the amusement park just south of Salem.
LA GRANDE — Small Union County businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic now have a chance to receive a boost.
LA GRANDE — When Oregon Gov. Kate Brown last week announced the state’s new “data-driven framework” for determining the extent to which businesses would need to curtail their activity, there w…
LA GRANDE — A Pendleton business faces a state fine of $7,200 for an environmental violations in La Grande.
New directors join Union County Chamber of Commerce board
BAKER CITY — Tom Busciglio and Meghan Froemke are preparing to open a restaurant during a pandemic that has severely hampered their industry.