Nature’s Pantry sets winter hours

LA GRANDE — Nature’s Pantry, 1907 Fourth St., La Grande, began its winter hours Nov. 8. The store’s winter hours now in effect are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Potter’s House hosts early Christmas party

LA GRANDE — The Potter’s House Gallery, 1601 Sixth St., La Grande, is having a two-day early Christmas open house this weekend. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 and Nov. 16, the public is invited to stop by for homemade goodies and see the Potter’s House holiday decor and gifts.

Get ready for holidays at Market Place

LA GRANDE — Lucy’s Market Underground Boutiques are having an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 at 1101 Washington Ave., La Grande. The Underground features 19 fashion and home decor boutiques. The open house will include refreshments and door prizes and open house specials at Thai Fresh Gardens.

Upstairs on Nov. 16, Le Bebe Cakes Bakery Cafe on Nov. 16 will be celebrating its third birthday. The first 50 customers will get a free birthday confetti cupcake, and the cafe will have an all-day birthday special: buy any two drinks or pastries and get the third free.

Pulp, paper industry safety conference coming to Portland

SALEM — Workers, contractors and employers in Oregon’s pulp, paper and forest products industries are invited to attend a Dec. 3-6 conference in Portland that will highlight best safety and health practices in their respective fields. The 29th annual Western Pulp, Paper & Forest Products Safety & Health Conference will offer sessions including an examination of emergency preparedness issues, such as earthquakes and subduction zones, and personal and jobsite disaster preparedness.

The Occupational Safety and Health Division is one of several partners presenting the four-day conference at the Red Lion Hotel on the River in Portland. Todd Conklin, a human and organization performance consultant based in Santa Fe, N.M., will deliver the keynote presentation Dec. 3. Conklin will discuss how rapidly changing technology has created new dimensions in how people react to their surroundings. Additionally, the conference will feature exhibits, company safety meetings, roundtable discussions and more than 35 workshops.

The registration fee is $300 to attend the full conference or $100 per day. To register, go to If you have questions or need help registering, call the Oregon OSHA Conference Section at 503-947-7411.

Farmers encouraged to ‘Keep the Stubble’ during No-Till November — put away the plow to minimize disturbance and maximize healthy soil

PORTLAND — This month the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is encouraging farmers to “keep the stubble” on their harvested crop fields and improve soil health during No-Till November. First launched in 2017 by NRCS Iowa, the No-Till November campaign is mirrored after the national cancer awareness No Shave November movement that encourages people not to shave during the entire month. The NRCS campaign encourages farmers to leave their tillage equipment in their machine sheds this fall and keep the crop stubble on their fields. In the past two years, the campaign has reached more than 1 million people. Improving soil health increases soil biological activity, which provides erosion control, nutrient benefits, and can simulate tillage.

“No-till farming is a cornerstone soil health conservation practice, which also promotes water quality while saving farmers time and money,” said Cory Owens, state soil scientist for NRCS Oregon. “One of the first soil health principles is ‘do not disturb.’ This campaign is a fun way to remind farmers about the important relationship between tillage and soil health.”

For more information about soil health in Oregon, including success stories from Oregon farmers who are keeping the stubble, visit

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