Dual county businesses partner for holiday event this evening

LA GRANDE — Terminal Gravity Brewery and Pub of Enterprise is partnering with La Grande’s Benchwarmers Pub & Grill for a “TG Tap Takeover” Dec. 18 at Benchwarmers, 210 Depot St., La Grande. The takeover will run from 6-8:30 p.m. and feature seven beers on tap, including brand-new releases plus swag giveaways, beer samples and conversation with TG representatives.

Rosewood Cottage plans Customer Appreciation Day

LA GRANDE — Rosewood Cottage, which changed locations late this year, is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day Dec. 19 in their new space in Pat’s Alley, 1414 Adams Ave., La Grande. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the community is invited to stop by for samples, holiday discounts and drawings.

Oregon Wheat Growers League and Oregon Wheat Commission announce new CEO

PENDLETON — The Oregon Wheat Commission and Oregon Wheat Growers League announce Amanda Hoey, of The Dalles, will serve as the next chief executive officer of the organizations.

Hoey has more than a decade of executive leadership experience and a close connection to the Oregon wheat industry, growing up on a dryland wheat farm in Wasco County. Her experience includes serving as the executive director for Mid-Columbia Economic Development District since 2008; managing the bi-state regional organization, serving five counties in both Oregon and Washington; and serving on the National Association of Development Organizations Board of Directors where advocacy for federal resource support and policy changes within USDA was a high priority.

“The OWC and OWGL representatives were equally impressed with Amanda’s qualifications and interview. She was very well spoken and has a great deal of experience to take on the role. I have complete confidence she will serve the organizations well,” current CEO Blake Rowe stated.

Hoey takes pride in returning to her roots and investing in rural economies. Amanda recognizes an opportunity to further expand the investment into the area most important to her: “From enhancing resources for ag research to addressing policy challenges that would otherwise hinder farm profitability/viability, the work of Oregon Wheat is critical to ensuring vibrant rural communities.”

‘Kicker’ details confirmed

SALEM — According to a press release from the Oregon Department of Revenue, more than $1.5 billion tax surplus was confirmed by the Office of Economic Analysis earlier this month, triggering a tax surplus credit, or “kicker,” for the 2018 tax year. Instead of kicker checks, the surplus will be returned to taxpayers through a credit on their 2019 state personal income tax returns filed in 2020.

To calculate the amount of your credit, multiply your 2018 tax liability before any credits (line 22 on the 2018 Form OR-40) by 16%. This percentage is determined and certified by OEA. Taxpayers are eligible to claim the kicker if they filed a 2018 tax return and had tax due before credits. To claim the kicker credit, taxpayers must file a 2019 tax return even if they don’t have a filing obligation. The state may use all or part of the kicker to pay any state debt owed, such as tax due for other years, child support, court fines or school loans.

A What’s My Kicker? calculator will be active at www.oregon.gov/dor for personal income tax filers when the filing season opens in January. To calculate your kicker, you’ll enter your name, Social Security number and filing status for 2018 and 2019.

Edward Jones named one of the 2019 Best Workplaces for Parents

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI — Edward Jones, a financial services firm with branches in Pendleton, La Grande and Ontario, has been named one of the 2019 Best Workplaces for Parents by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE magazine. The firm ranked No. 5 on the list of 50 companies, up two spots from last year. Edward Jones’ generous 16-week paid parental leave policy continues to highlight its suite of associate benefits.

Edward Jones Chief Human Resources Officer Kristin Johnson said, “We’re proud to offer programs that make it possible for our associates to blend their work and their lives, while delivering great client experiences and making a difference in the communities they serve.”

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