BLM holds job fair in Vale this week

VALE — All levels of jobs are available at the Bureau of Land Management. A job fair will be held Oct. 18 for potential employees to meet the people who care for our public lands and explore how you to become part of the team. There are job opportunities — including helitack, engine shops, dispatch, SRV hand crews, hotshots, fire prevention, natural resources and administration — in multiple locations. Representatives from different BLM careers — including natural resources, administration, shop/repairs — will be available to talk to and answer questions at the Vale District Office, 100 Oregon St., from 9 a.m. to noon. All ages are welcome. For more information on how to apply for jobs with the BLM, go to

Blue Mountain Outfitters offers Gear Repair 101

LA GRANDE — Blue Mountain Outfitters’ Outdoor School is hosting Gear Repair 101 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at the store, 1124 Adams Ave., La Grande. According to organizers, “Eric and Steven (will) dispense the sweet details on getting those extra miles out of hard-used gear. From emergency repair kits and late-night sleeping pad field fixes to the more permanent approach for that foot-long rip in your rainfly.” Participants may bring worn gear to class for help. The evening will include pizza and drinks, a used gear sale and a raffle. Registration is not required.

Saturday’s ‘Pig-nic’ celebrates local food producers

ENTERPRISE — Barking Mad Farm, 65156 Powers Rd., Enterprise, is hosting a family-friendly event featuring local food producers, farm animals, food, drink and music, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19. Pig-nic: A Hog Harvest Festival will feature the farm’s very friendly Kunekune pigs.

Tickets are $25 ($12.50 for 16 and younger) and include food tastes plus two drinks. Tickets are on sale at the The Bookloft and Ruby Peak Naturals in Enterprise, Marketplace Fresh Foods and Joseph Hardware in Joseph and online at

The event is sponsored by Slow Food Wallowas, the local chapter of Slow Food USA, a nonprofit organization devoted to developing regional food systems and increasing access to good, clean and fair food. The Pig-nic will conclude with the announcement of a $1,500 grant awarded to a local food producer selected through a competitive process.

JaxDog Cafe & Books opens in new location

LA GRANDE — JaxDog Cafe & Books has reopened at 1305 Adams Ave., La Grande. The business had an informal opening Oct. 11. Established in 2014, JaxDog Cafe & Books serves hearty and healthy homemade soups, quiche, salads and entrees with frequent vegetarian or vegan options. Premium pour-over coffee, handmade hot cocoa and organic teas pair well with pastries and baked goods, all prepared from scratch using real ingredients. Specializing in new titles, the bookshop stocks unique greeting cards, journals, calendars and a quality selection of used volumes and classics. 

In November 2018, the business was forced to close when the suspended wooden ceiling of its former building collapsed. Owners Jon and Laura Hancock devoted months to searching for another space and have created in their new home “a harmonious blend of the cafe and bookstore with a laid-back and comfortable atmosphere.” 

The reinvented cafe and bookshop is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Registration is open for youth ag leadership conference

PORTLAND — Young farmers, ranchers and others interested in agriculture are encouraged to register for the 2019 Oregon Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference, set for Nov. 15-17 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel. The conference is open to Oregon Farm Bureau members age 16-35 and is geared toward young people interested in improving their leadership and communication skills, learning about the most important issues impacting Oregon’s agriculture community, gaining business tips from experts, networking with peers and having fun.

To take advantage of a reduced rate for lodging, hotel reservations must be made by Oct. 28 — and the $50 conference registration fee is due by Nov. 7 (fee includes dinner on Friday and Saturday and lunch on Saturday). The registration form and hotel information is available at For more information, email or call Jacon Taylor at 541-589-9694.

Vote for UC Chamber Board by Nov. 1

LA GRANDE — The Union County Chamber of Commerce reminds members that votes for the open positions on the 2020 Board of Directors must be submitted by 5 p.m. Nov. 1. The candidates are Mollie Hulse (incumbent), Ryan Leonard, Mike Rysavy and Caleb Sampson. To cast your vote, go to or call the Chamber at 541-963-8588.

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