Chamber announces early-bird rates for inclusion in visitor guide

LA GRANDE — A notice from the Union County Chamber of Commerce directed to members of the chamber announced that early-bird rates are being offered to businesses who plan to participate in the 2020 Eastern Oregon Visitor Guide. The deadline for early-bird rates is Sept. 15. For more information or to reserve space for your business in the guide, call the chamber office at 541-963-8588.

Railriders Cycling offers customers a way to earn free ticket

IMBLER — Railrider Cycling, owned by Kim and Anita Metlen of Imbler, has created a new railriding club to promote and reward those who try five different tour offerings at Railrider Cycling’s three locations: the Joseph Branch in Wallowa County, the Oregon Coast Branch in Bay City and Wheeler, and the Vance Creek Branch in Shelton,


The branches offer two-, four- and six-hour round trip tours options. Each pedal-yourself quadricycle tour is unique. Customers who pedal five of the Railrider Cycling tours are eligible to receive a complimentary two-hour adult ticket to the branch of their choice. A printed or electronic receipt for each of the five different tours is required as proof. 

Railrider Cycling Adventure Club guidelines are available at any of the branches:

•Joseph Branch,,

•Oregon Coast Branch,,

•Vance Creek Branch,,

Oregon recruiting DHS workers

SALEM — In late July, the Department of Human Services posted openings for more than 300 jobs related to helping children and families in Oregon. The hiring initiative was driven by Gov. Kate Brown’s Executive Order 19-03, which aims at improving safety and building capacity in Oregon’s Child Welfare System.

“Hiring more child welfare workers is one important step to right-sizing the system so that it better serves our most vulnerable children and families,” said DHS in a press release. “Oregonians with a passion for helping children and families thrive can make an enormous impact through state service at the Department of Human Services.”

Some of the jobs available include: hotline screeners, the first responders to reports of safety concerns; Child Protective Service caseworkers, who investigate reports of safety concerns; certifiers, who work to identify and certify relative caregivers, foster parents and adoptive parents across all ethnic and cultural groups; and permanency caseworkers, who specialize in working with children, families, foster parents and caregivers to ensure children are safe in their homes. 

Instructions available on reporting organic crops

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Producers who want to use the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program organic price and selected the “organic” option on their NAP application must report their crops as organic. When certifying organic acres, the buffer zone acreage must be included in the organic acreage. Producers must also provide a current organic plan, organic certificate or documentation from a certifying agent indicating an organic plan is in effect. Documentation must include information such as the name, address and telephone numbers of certified individuals, the effective date of certification and certificate number, a list of commodities certified and a map showing the specific location of each field of certified organic, including the buffer zone acreage.

Certification exemptions are available for producers whose annual gross agricultural income from organic sales totals $5,000 or less. Although exempt growers are not required to provide a written certificate, they are still required to provide a map showing the specific location of each field of certified organic, transitional and buffer zone acreage.

For questions about reporting organic crops, contact your local FSA office. To find your local office, visit

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