The Other Guys celebrates new location

ISLAND CITY — The Other Guys Auto Sales is throwing a party Oct. 5 to thank the community and customers for welcoming the business to Island City. KUBQ 98.7 “The Ranch” will broadcast live onsite beginning at 12:30 p.m., and Hines Meat Co. will serve sausage dogs and pulled pork. Soft drinks will be provided. At 2:30 p.m., the Union County Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by live music from Wasteland Kings until the party winds down around 6 p.m. There will also be giveaways for those attending the grand opening at 11201 Island Ave., Island City, including $500 in Grocery Outlet gift cards.

East Oregonians encouraged to apply for BOLI position

SALEM — According to a press release from Rep. Greg Barreto, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has extended the recruitment for the new Eastern Oregon Employer Assistance and Apprenticeship Coordinator position. A number of applications have been received, but BOLI would like to see more candidates who live and have worked east of the Cascades. The right candidate is someone who can work with local businesses in providing feedback and technical assistance and who can work to expand apprenticeship opportunities in Eastern Oregon. Once filled, this will be the first time in more than two decades BOLI has had a staff person based in Eastern Oregon. For more information, go to, e-mail or call 503-378-3200.

‘Mummies’ welcome at Real Deals

LA GRANDE — Real Deals, 1108 Adams Ave., La Grande, is having a Mummies’ Night Out from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 3. The promotional evening will include wine from Tap That Growlers, treats, sales and specials. All “mummies” are welcome.

Use Google to grow your business

BAKER CITY, ENTERPRISE — The Blue Mountain Community College Small Business Development Center is hosting “Integrating Google Business Into Your Digital Marketing Strategy,” a seminar that focuses on the ever-important role Google is playing in search results. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 10 at 3275 Baker St. in Baker City and from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 5 at 107 SW First St. in Enterprise.

The courses will be led by Michael Mettler, founder and director of strategy at MCM Strategic + Communications, a marketing and management consulting firm based in Walla Walla, Washington. Each class is $39, payable by cash or check made out to BMCC. For more information and registration, call Andrea Fowler at 541-278-5833 or visit BMCC SBDC on Facebook @bluemountainsbdc.

SAIF’s new online video offers fall training

SALEM — Ergonomic issues are one of the leading causes of injury in Oregon. According to a press release from SAIF, Oregon’s not-for-profit workers’ compensation insurance company, in the last five years the company has received more than 84,000 strains and sprains claims from Oregon workers. A new SAIF video, “5 Ways to Make Your Fall Safer,” offers easy tips for how to avoid injury while at work or doing common fall activities.

Tips offered in the video cover the importance of lifting safely: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keep your chin up and look forward to keep the natural curve in your lower back as you lift. Flex your knees and avoid deep squatting. More information can be found at Watch the video at

Les Schwab sponsors Community Stadium scoreboard

LA GRANDE — For nearly 20 years, La Grande’s Les Schwab Tire Center has been an important and active partner to EOU and Mountaineer athletics programs. Recently Les Schwab and Eastern Oregon University signed a new 10-year agreement to keep the Les Schwab name atop the scoreboard at Community Stadium. The agreement is part of the Building

Champions Campaign, which was launched in 2017 to fund the installation of a synthetic turf at Community Stadium and a state-of-the-art track and field area.

The enhancements allow for year-round use by EOU and La Grande High School sports programs, provides the student body with a site for club and intramural athletic activities and may be used for a variety of community events. Learn more about the Building Champions Campaign at or by contacting the EOU Foundation at 541-962-3740 or

Trade deal is ‘welcome news for Oregon’s farmers and ranchers’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Sept. 25, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement following the United States and Japan’s announcement that they have reached a partial trade deal. The deal is set to reduce Japanese tariffs on agriculture and industrial products and is expected to have a significant benefit for Oregon producers.

“This trade deal is welcome news for Oregon’s farmers and ranchers,” said Walden. “During my town halls in Sherman and Gilliam counties last month, trade and access to markets for our farmers and ranchers was a recurring topic. Japan is a top market for Oregon wheat and represents great opportunities to grow markets for beef, blueberries, potatoes and wine among other Oregon products. I commend President Trump and his team for their efforts to reach this important agreement with Japan. This deal will help level the playing field for American agriculture and provide both certainty and a needed boost for our farmers, ranchers and their local communities.”

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