Real Deals welcomes Fall with special events

LA GRANDE — Real Deals, 1108 Adams Ave., La Grande, is hosting two events to welcome autumn. Sept. 5 is “Fall Girls Night Out” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Mommas need to have a little fun,” organizers said. Grandscapes Nursery will be at the event with fall live plants “for your planting pleasure.”

A Fall Open House takes place Sept. 6 at Real Deals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The open house will include brand-new autumn decor and specials to celebrate the feeling of fall in the air.

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.

Life Flight Network receives helicopter safety accreditation

AURORA — Helicopter Association International announced Life Flight Network, based in Aurora and service Northeast Oregon, completed HAI’s Accreditation Program of Safety. The program was developed to help participating businesses fly to a higher standard of safety and professionalism, improve safety culture and reduce losses that result from avoidable accidents and incidents. 

Life Flight Network earned helicopter mission-specific accreditation for Helicopter Air Ambulance while also elevating its International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations registration to Stage Three. Stage Three is the highest level of IS-BAO certification and verifies that safety management activities are fully integrated into an operator’s business and that a positive safety culture is being sustained.

“Safety and patient care are our top priorities,” said Life Flight Network CEO Michael Griffiths. “We are uncompromising in our adherence to the highest safety standards and committed to maintaining a culture of safety. Our accreditation by HAI is an illustration of this commitment.”

‘Let the Kicker kick!’

SALEM — The following statement was released by Oregon’s Timber Unity Association: “As an association president that represents the voices of more than 50,000 working men and women in Oregon, Timber Unity Association is going on the record that we will vigorously oppose any effort to steal the Kicker Tax Rebate from the workers who earned it,” said Mike Pihl, owner of Mike Pihl Logging. “The supermajority already swept $108 million of money that was owed to taxpayers earlier this year. We’re not going to let them take another dime.”


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