OSSA holding convention in Wallowa County

Snowmobile convention

The Oregon State Snowmobile Association is holding its 48th convention in Wallowa County. The event takes place Jan. 14-18 in Joseph. The Wallow County Gamblers Snowmobile Club is hosting the event.

JOSEPH — Conventions are generally boring and tedious affairs, but for those who love power, snow and wild country, the Oregon State Snowmobile Association’s 48th convention may be your ticket. The event takes place from Jan. 14-18 in Joseph. The Wallowa County Gamblers Snowmobile Club is hosting the event.

The event features several days of guided tours, a poker run with a guaranteed $2,500 purse, an evening banquet and other meals along with plenty of socializing. Gamblers’ president and board of directors member, Dustin James, and wife, Lorien James, who is the the club secretary and board member as well, are excited about this year’s event.

Lorien James said the club last hosted the event in 2011 and every snowmobile club in the state is affiliated with the OSSA. The club is expecting 150-200 members. She also said the conventions allow snowmobilers to experience different places across the state. Luckily, this year’s convention happens to coincide with the club’s annual poker run.

Vendors also are a part of the event and include the major snowmobile manufacturers and three snow-pac manufacturers, totaling six. Those vendors will stay at Salt Creek Summit out of respect for local businesses.

"We’re trying to push and promote downtown Enterprise and downtown Joseph for shopping," she said.

Pub Talk features country singer on business of music

LA GRANDE – Rising country music singer Nicole Lewis returns to her hometown for a Pub Talk on Thursday at Side A Brewing.

Lewis started her music career in La Grande before taking on the Spokane music scene, and now she is pursuing her dreams Nashville, Tennessee, the "country music capital of the world."

Members of the Eastern Oregon University Entrepreneurship Club invited Lewis to speak at this term’s Pub Talk. Club advisor and business professor Wilson Zehr in a news release said Lewis’ journey represents a specific type of business success.

"What many people do not realize is that musicians, artists and athletes are all entrepreneurs," he said. "They have a product (their gifts), a brand, and a business (career) to manage. The ultimate success of their venture depends on their ability to effectively manage these elements."

Zehr added the rise of streaming services has meant artists such as Lewis have had to change their business models and focus on other forms of revenue to thrive.

Pub Talks offers entrepreneurs a chance to share their stories. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the talk begins at 6 p.m. Informal networking follows the event.

LHS student earns Walden’s recommendation for U.S. service academies

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, announced he nominated 13 students for acceptance to one of the United States service academies. Keith Oswald of Cove made the list.

Oswald, a senior at La Grande High School, is the son of Gene and Jessika Oswald of Cove. Walden nominated him to the United States Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Walden’s Service Academy Nomination Board — retired and active-duty military officers who interviewed potential candidates for the service academies — recommended each student based on their academic performance, extracurricular involvement and character. Oswald was the lone nominee from Eastern Oregon.

Eight of Walden’s recommendations live in Deschutes County, two are from Jackson County, and one each hail from Hood River and Klamath counties.

"It is an honor to nominate these outstanding young Oregonians to our nation’s service academies," Walden said in the statement. "These future leaders have earned these well deserved nominations through years of hard work, dedication and commitment to character. By pursuing higher education at one of our country’s select service academies, these students have shown a desire to lead by example, grow intellectually and serve the United States in uniform. I am confident that each nominee will be successful in this admirable endeavor and that their futures will be bright."

Gas prices remain steady

PORTLAND — Gas price averages are showing little movement this week, according to the latest report from AAA Oregon, but that could change if crude oil prices fluctuate due to geopolitical concerns surrounding events in the Middle East.

For the week, the Oregon average for regular fell a penny $3.02 while the national average remains at $2.59 a gallon.

"Gas prices are starting 2020 at higher prices than at the start of 2019," according to Marie Dodds, director of government and public affairs for AAA Oregon. "The national average is about 35 cents more and the Oregon average about 10 cents more than a year ago."

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