Blue Summit celebrates anniversary with open house, room makeover giveaway

LA GRANDE — The Blue Summit Realty Group, 102 Greenwood St., La Grande, will celebrate its one-year anniversary Sept. 4 with an open house featuring food, beverages and music. As part of the celebration, Blue Summit is giving away a living room makeover in the form of $2,500 worth of merchandise from Real Deals and Northwest Furniture. During August, Union County residents may fill out one entry card at each of the three businesses, and the winner will be drawn during Blue Summit Realty Group’s open house. The winner need not be present to win.

Businesses encouraged to welcome EOU students

LA GRANDE — The Union County Chamber of Commerce encourages local businesses to participate in EOU’s Week of Welcome (aka WoW) Block Party on Sept. 24. The block party will be held in the Benchwarmers outdoor space on Depot Street between Adams and Jefferson. The aim of WoW is to welcome and orient new students to La Grande and Union County.

Businesses may be a part of a scavenger hunt from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in which groups of students come to participating businesses for a game piece. Spaces are limited, so contact the Chamber soon to sign up. This activity is organized by the Chamber and La Grande Main Street.

The Block Party will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Depot Street Block Party. Interested businesses may set up an information booth in order to connect with the students and let them know what is available locally. There is no cost to participate. 

Call the Chamber at 541-963-8588 for more information or to reserve space for the scavenger hunt and/or the block party.

Still time to apply for Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp

VALE — The application deadline for the 2019 Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp has been extended to Sept. 13. Last year, Vale BLM sponsored the first wildland fire training camp specifically designed for women in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to controlling and suppressing wildfires that threaten communities and natural resources, wildland firefighters play a key role in using fire strategically to manage sustainable, working public lands. Although the federal government employs about 15,000 firefighters each year, only about 12% of those jobs are held by women.

Upon completion of the Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp, participants will have fulfilled several key entry-level training requirements for seasonal employment by federal agencies or private contractors. Training is a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on field exercises ranging from firefighting techniques, tools and equipment to communications and safety.

The boot camp will be held near Juntura over two consecutive weekends in October. Students will be paid for training camp and some travel expenses. Training materials, personal protective equipment and meals will be provided. The complete outreach notice and application can be requested by calling 541-473-6297 or emailing For more information, contact Cassandra Fleckenstein at 541-473-6295.

Vale BLM has long recognized the need and value of diversity within its fire program. In 1963, the district’s Snake River Valley program began recruiting migrant workers in the surrounding agricultural communities. To this day, it offers the only bilingual wildfire training program in the region.


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