Job Corps is a no-cost, federally funded education and vocational training program designed to help low-income youth, ages 16-24, by providing the skills they need to become self-sufficient and start their career. At Job Corps, students can obtain their GED or high school diploma and receive career training in more than

30 different fields.

Job Corps now has a local representative, John Harp. Harp will host a weekly orientation at WorkSource 11 a.m. every Tuesday at 1901 Adams Ave., La Grande. For more information, contact Harp at 541-963-7111, ext. 228, or or go to

Halfway quilt shop featured in international magazine

Quilts Plus in Halfway has been selected as one of 10 quilt shops across the country to be in the fall issue of Quilt Sampler magazine, which came out in September. Quilt Sampler is a special interest publication of Better Homes & Gardens and is distributed to English-speaking countries worldwide.

Owner Roberta Bryan began her first commercial sewing enterprise at a Christmas bazaar more than 30 years ago and now runs a 5,000-square-foot quilt shop. Today, Quilts Plus offers more than 2,500 bolts of fabric, a large selection of notions and sewing supplies, multiple long-arm quilting machines and a back room for classes. Quilts Plus is located at 280 S. Main St., Halfway, and can be reached at 541-742-5040, or

FSA encourages farmers, ranchers to vote in elections

The 2017 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections begin today. Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity price support programs, conservation programs, incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities, emergency programs and eligibility. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws.

Eligible voters in local administrative areas who have not received a ballot can obtain one from their local USDA Service Center. Dec. 4 is the last day voters to submit ballots in person to a local USDA Service Center. Ballots returned by mail must also be postmarked no later than Dec. 4. More information can be found at

Woodell closes business this winter

Myrna Woodell of La Grande announced that she will not be removing snow this season. She has been in business for many years and thanks her many loyal customers. “I’ll miss my work and all of you,” Woodell said.

Hermiston Chamber of Commerce hosts Farm Fair

HERMISTON — This year’s Farm Fair Ag and Tradeshow will take place Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, 1705 E. Airport Rd., Hermiston. The free event is a partnership with the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon State University Hermiston Agriculture Research and Extension Center. Local and regional agriculture-related businesses will display their services and products both inside and outside the center. No pre-registration is required for the agriculture-related seminars. For more info, call 541-567-6151 or go to