Looking Forward to Spring Music Gathering

Haines,Oregon…The people of Haines are looking forward to spring and have developed an opportunity for everyone to celebrate with...

From the Chamber

Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter March 25, 2015 Our Mission To promote and support the business environment through membership participation and...

TWO ARRESTS MADE IN ILLEGAL MOVERS ENFORCEMENT OPERATION

Lake Oswego, Ore. — March 11, 2015 — Illegal movers operating with unsafe vehicles, improper certification and no licenses continue...

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Looking Forward to Spring Music Gathering

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Haines,Oregon…The people of Haines are looking forward to spring and have developed an opportunity for everyone to celebrate with a music gathering at the Haines United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 9th, beginning at 7:00pm . Organizers have gathered together musicians from Baker City and Haines to present an eclectic mix of musical styles, voices, and instruments.

The evening begins with the acclaimed Bel Canto Choir from Baker High School. This year the group will present several pieces with a spiritual theme. Other performers include the sultry-blues vocals of Gina Glaubke, some traditional favorites from Alice Trindle on violin and Melanie Trindle on the piano. The evening caps with bluegrass music rendered by Duane Boyer on the banjo and Carly Kritchen on the piano.

Organizer, Susan Triplett commented, “This music gathering is a great opportunity to spend an enjoyable evening listening to the musical talent of our area, partake in the dessert social, and support the historic Haines United Methodist Church.” There is no admission fee, but donations will be appreciated. The Haines United Methodist Church is located at 721 Roberts Street. Doors open at 6:30pm with music starting at 7:00pm, and a dessert social and auction will follow the performance. Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015.

T&T Horsemanship
541-856-3356; Cell Ph: 541-519-7234
Email: tnthorse@eoni.com
Website: www.tnthorsemanship.com

  March 26, 2015

From the Chamber

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Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
March 25, 2015

Our Mission
To promote and support the business environment through membership participation and leadership that fosters economic growth 
and community involvement.

#YouInUnionCounty
4-H Radio Auction 2015 “Live” On~Air
Saturday, March 28, 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
Sunday, March 29, 12:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
104.7 KCMB Radio
 
Click here for all the information about this year’s event! 
 
This auction supplies the total working budget for the Union County 4-H Leaders Association for the 
year. Adult and youth trainings, awards, travel, exchange opportunities and many other items are funded through your generosity and help.
Employee Insurance Through The Chamber
Insurance available through the Chamber?!  How is that possible, you ask?  Check out the flyer at the bottom of the Weekly to find out how!

Eastern Oregon “Spring Into Summer Deals!”
Eastern Oregon Visitors Association is offering tourism suppliers from the region an 
opportunity to participate in the Eastern Oregon Spring Into Summer DEALS  
 

 
 
Are you a Chamber member excited to talk about your business?
  Do you have a great, new products, new employees, fantastic developments or specials you would like to share in the Chamber Times or in the Chamber Weekly?  
 
Then it’s time for you to email us today, with 1/2 – 1 page write up, at chuck@unioncountychamber.org.  
 
 

Events for March 25 – April 1
Events and Community Calendar
 
Click here to be whisked away to our community calendar or click here to download a printable version of our weekly events..
Big Events for the Week of March 25th.
The week of the 25th offers a wide variety of fun events!
We have:
  • Tamastslikt: Roots of Wisdom
  • Spring Splash Blast
  • Spring Break Holiday Fun Camp
  • Neon Skate Party
  • Free Teen Movie
  • Thursday Night Comedy at Wildhorse Casino
  • Live Music: JD Kendall & The Eastern Oregon Playboys – Ten Depot Street
  • Free Teen Movie
  • Teen Dip After Dark FREE (Middle School Age)
  • Live Music: Joe Slick Band – Sports Bar/Wildhorse Casino
  • April Fools Kick-Off the Season 2015
  • Giant Kickball Game
  • Anthony Lakes Winter Triathlon
  • Live Music: Hadean Park – Shortstop
  • Live Music: Elwood – Colt Haney – Ten Depot Street
  • First Wednesday Concert Series at Joe Beans
Visit the community calendar at 

www.unioncountychamber.org
 to find out more information about these exciting, upcoming events as well as our weekly events!
The Revitalize Main Street Act (SB 565)
“Many of Oregon’s historic downtowns are suffering from a downward spiral of dis-investment and neglect. It’s time to turn that around. We can attract new investment to revitalize our Main Streets as desirable places to live, work, and shop.

Restore Oregon is bringing forward legislation (SB 565) in the 2015 session to create a Historic Rehabilitation Fund:

  • Provides a 25% rebate for certified rehabilitation of historic commercial buildings – stores, hotels, theaters, apartments, fraternal lodges, factories, mills, and other income-producing properties.
  • Targets the most important properties – those listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Buildings must retain historic integrity.
  • Requires a minimum rehab investment of $10,000.”
For the rest of article, 

La Grande Main Street

Hard to believe that we are already planning our flower basket program for the spring and summer months here in La Grande! Each year, LGMSD purchases 30 hanging flower baskets, and hires local residents to water and maintain the plants throughout the season.
 
This program is in it’s 6th year, and is fully funded by private donations from La Grande businesses and residents. 
 
In order for the program to go on, we must raise $5000. This year we are trying a new platform to raise money for the program – crowdfunding! If everyone in the community supported the program through a small donation of $10, we can continue the program in year 6. If we can raise more funds, we can increase the number of baskets than we’ve ever had before! Please click the link below to take a look at our crowdfunding campaign, and help spread the word! 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Implementing new recreational marijuana rules comes with plenty of challenges.

 

The Statesman Journal editorial board recently discussed what the state legislature must do to smoothly introduce the new rules to Oregon.

 

The Legislature has a duty to work through the intricacies of marijuana policy, just as previous legislatures had to fix glitches in such voter-approved initiatives as the death penalty, lottery, assisted suicide and property tax limits. It becomes critical that every Oregon legislator invest in learning about marijuana science and policy, and especially how legalization has played out in Washington and Colorado.

 

“We all will be voting on marijuana,” Courtney said of this year’s legislators, “not only in 2015, probably 2016 and probably at least two or three more sessions afterwards to implement this measure. It is a voluminous measure that was placed on the ballot. Voluminous.”

 

Read on >>>

EOVA
63 AMAZING MILES

Elgin to Joseph Branch Rail with Trail 
 
Come Talk, Question, Learn About “RECREATIONAL TRAILS AS NEIGHBORS” 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Elgin Community Center, 6 to 8 p.m. 
Thursday, April 9, 2015, Hurricane Creek Grange-Joseph, 6 to 8 p.m.
Representatives from rural communities similar to ours will be here to discuss
and answer questions about what it took to develop, what it takes to manage,
and what it’s like to have a recreational trail as their  neighbor.  Speakers are from:
  • The 84 mile Weiser River National Recreation Trail, including an adjacent landowner
  • The 100 mile OC&E Wood Line State Trail in Klamath and Lake counties
  • Oregon Parks and Recreation Department State Trails Coordinator
For more information or if special accommodations are needed contact Kim Metlen at (541) 910-0981 or Dana Kurtz at https://www.eou.edu/rails-with-trails/.
 
The Eastern Oregon Visitors Association visitor’s guide for 2015 is now available online! 

 

Click here to be whisked away to the online magazine and start enjoying your copy today!
 

 

2015 Brain Awareness Teacher Workshop

How do Children Learn? The Power of Language

This year’s Brain Awareness workshop has been scheduled for Saturday, April 4. Check-in will begin at 9:30 am and the simulcast starts at 10 am in room 013 in the basement of Inlow Hall at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande and at the Malheur County Regional Center in Ontario.

The presenter this year is Patricia Kuhl, PhD, from the UW Institute for Learning and Brain Services. She will present on How do Children Learn? The Power of Language.

Advanced registration is strongly recommended. Registration will open on February 1st. The cost to participate is $15. Light morning snacks and coffee will be served. Registration deadline is Friday, March 31.

Not a teacher? This workshop is open to everyone!

For more information visit our website at www.eou.edu/neoahec or call (541) 962-3422.

 

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La Grande School District Key Communicator
La Grande Community Exchange Quarterly Newsletter

 
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Chamber Updates
Town Hall Meetings with Bill Hansell 
and Greg Barreto

Alongside Representative Greg Barreto (R-Cove), Bill Hansell (R-Athena) and Greg Barreto will be hosting a series of town halls on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28.  The locations of these town halls are Pendleton, La Grande, Hermiston and Enterprise. 

 

They will provide their thoughts on the 2015 Legislative Session, discuss legislation they have sponsored, field questions from constituents, as well as seek input from attendees on issues they are currently facing. 

 

We hope you will be able to attend at least one of these four Town Halls.

 

Town Hall Schedule

 

Friday March 27, 2015

 

Pendleton

When: Friday, March 27 at 12:00 PM

Where: Pendleton Convention Center

            1601 Westgate

            Pendleton, OR 97801

 

La Grande

When: Friday, March 27 at 6:00 PM

Where: La Grande Flying J Plaza

            63276 Highway 203

            La Grande, OR 97850

 

Saturday March 28, 2015

 

Enterprise

Representative Barreto Only Event

When: Saturday, March 28 at 10:00 AM

Where: Community Connection Building

            702 NW 1st, ST

            Enterprise, OR 97828

 

Hermiston

Senator Hansell Only Event

When: Saturday, March 28 at 12:00 PM

Where: Stetson’s Steak House Restaurant

            1619 N First St.

            Hermiston, OR 97838

Eastern Oregon University

Responding to the rural opportunity gap

First spring term colloquium features Tawnya Lubbes, assistant professor of education, sharing ways EOU is serving rural students of color.

Read More >>

 

Hocking named Oregon Book Award finalist

Justin Hocking, co-founder of the Wilderness Writing Track, is among three finalists for the Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction.

Read More >>

Senior exhibition offers full “Disclosure”

Explore the work of art majors Alexandra Fuller, Genevieve Gaudreau, Jessie Orduno and Tanner Yarbrough, April 10-May 1.

Read More >>

Cove, Oregon  

The City of Cove’s Mayor and Councilpersons encourage the community to attend monthly council meetings and bring any suggestions you may have. If you have a special topic to bring up, please contact the Recorder at least one week before to get your item on the Council meeting agenda.

 

Cove City Council meets at 7pm on the first Tuesday of every month at Cove City Hall.

 
Cove: The “Cherry Capital” of Union County. Visit them.
 
Elgin, Oregon  
 

Coming Soon…The Espresso Wagon. Owner Linda Juniper and her crew are working to put all the pieces together. 

 

For over 100 years, OSU Extension’s mission has been to convey research-based knowledge in a way that is useful for people to improve their lives, their homes, and their communities.  Visit your Union Co. Extension office online by clicking here.

 

Keep up to date with local program newsletters! Click Here!

 

4-H Youth Development – Family & Community Health – Field Crops – Forestry & Natural Resources – Livestock – Master Gardener Program

 

 
 
 
 
 
The Union County Economic Development Corporation
invites you to explore why in Union County…
 
Visit their website and download their newsletter.
 
La Grande Rotary Club Meetings
The La Grande Rotary meets every Tuesday at the Northeast Oregon Public Transit Building behind the Social Security Office from 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. 
 
2205 Cove Ave. La Grande (behind the Social Security Office).
Proffesional Assistant’s Day – The Potter’s Gift House and Gallery
 
DEALSEastern Oregon Spring into Summer DEALS
auction

This Week at Wildhorse Resort & Casino Events 

 

Events

Celebrating 20 Years!

March marks the end of 20 years of nonstop fun and excitement at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. And as you’d expect, we’re celebrating! We are giving away $20,000 every week in the $80,000 Let It Roll celebration.

 

MMA

Wildhorse Resort & Casino is hosting a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition on March 27th at 7pm in Rivers Events Center. Weigh-on will be at 11am. The competition will feature 10 bouts including 8 amateur bouts and 2 professionals; there will be one women’s bout. Tickets are on sale now at www.wildhorseresort.com, by calling box office tickets or in person at the Wildhorse Gift Shop.  Bleacher seats are $38, floor seats are $49, and Premium Seats (Tables of 4) are $300.

 

Reel Classic Matinee Movies

The Wildhorse Cineplex will be bringing back the classics every Wednesday at 12noon.  For $5 you can enjoy a movie and get a small pop and popcorn! 3/25- Tootsie

 

Gift Cards

Let your someone special Go Wild!  Gift Cards are now available at the Gift Shop, Hotel and Golf Pro Shop.  Or make it a movie night!  Cineplex gift cards are also available at the Wildhorse Cineplex.

 

 

****Mark your calendars****

 

Head ‘em up for the Poker Round-Up, April 10-19.

The calendar says it’s March but poker aficionados are already looking ahead to the Spring Poker Round-Up at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. With $40,000 added, the 10-day Round-Up is one of the biggest poker tournaments in the Northwest.

 

Easter Brunch

Enjoy all of your favorites at Traditions Buffet for Easter Brunch, Sunday, April 5 from 9am-3pm for $20.95.  Leg of Lamb, Artisan Ham, a waffle station, fresh baked cinnamon rolls, a breakfast bar and assorted sides plus and Easter Chocolate Fountain.

 

Easter Plateau

Join us Sunday, April 5

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from 11am-7pm in Plateau for Easter.  Menu includes a tapas plate with Duck Confit and King Crab Deviled Eggs.  Your choice of Seasonal Salad, Waldorf Chicken Salad or Manhattan Seafood Chowder.  Your choice of Grilled Lamb Loin, Caesar BLT, Braised Rabbit or a Lobster Roll.  Adults are $33, Seniors $27 and Children $14.  Other menu options include Pork Tenderloin, Pendleton Whiskey Steak or a Seafood Mixed Grill.  Of course, great desserts are on the menu as well.  

 

Food and Beverage

 

$20 Dining Specials

Available all month long to celebrate our 20th Anniversary.  The Wildhorse Sports Bar will offer a Captain’s Platter, Hot Rock Café will have a Dinner for Two which includes Garden Salad, Beef or Chicken entrée, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Biscuits and Ice Cream (available 3-10pm).  Traditions will have both a breakfast and lunch $20 special.  For Breakfast, Steak for two with two eggs, potatoes, fresh fruit and Greek yogurt.  Traditions lunch will be Grilled New York Steak with grilled shrimp, bleu cheese sauce, mashed potatoes and fresh vegetable.  Plateau Fine Dining will be featuring a Family Style Dinner for $20 per person (minimum four people).

 

Libation Recap

On March 25th, Plateau will choose the favorite libations and food pairings from the month to create a 3 course dinner.  If you missed out on one of the Wednesday events, this is a great way to catch up!  The three course dinner and pairings are offered for $30. Reservations recommended.  Call 541-966-1610.

 

 

Gaming

Let it Roll $80,000 Anniversary Celebration

It’s our 20th Anniversary so we are giving away $20,000 per week!  Every Saturday in March from 2pm-10:30pm.  Hot Seat and Entry Drawings, including one $10,000 Instant Winner!  Any unclaimed prizes will “Let it Roll” over to the final Saturday.  On the final Saturday, we will draw until a winner comes forward.  Earn entries with daily play on your favorite slot machine.

 

Emerald Club

Every Tuesday, our 55 and over club members receive special offers and discounts!  Spin a prize wheel, earn 2x points, save on food, hotel and more!  Join today by visiting Club Wild, it’s free and easy.  (Please note, Traditions Buffet will not be participating in the Emerald Club on November 11th as they will be offering a free buffet to Veterans.)

 

5X Stacker Points

Stack up valuable points all month long! Visit each Monday or Thursday to increase your point multiplier!  Monday or Thursday receive 2X points, two weeks 3X points, four weeks 4X points and 5 weeks 5X points!  To receive multiplier, check in each Monday or Thursday at Club Wild before playing!

 

Birthday Bonus Spin

Celebrate your birthday with us!  ALL Club Members can come in on their birthday and spin the prize wheel to find out what their birthday prize is!  See Club Wild on your birthday for you chance to celebrate!

 

Card in n’ Win

It is so simple….play your favorite machine with your Club Wild card in, and you can win!  Bonus screen will appear while you play.  Freeplay winners awarded daily.

 

Sports Bar

 

Hoop it up with March Madness at the Wildhorse Sports Bar.

When the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournamenttips off, Wildhorse Sports Bar will carry all of the Madness. Catch all the tension and drama on our 18 HDTV’s including our 13-foot HD screen as the field narrows down to the Final Four.

 

Our Sports Bar is your live entertainment headquarters. The good times start rolling on Thursdays with Live Comedy! Friday and Saturday night, top bands rock the house from 9pm-1am.  Happy Hour from 4-7pm, Sunday-Wednesday, featuring drink specials and half-priced appetizers!

 

 

Thursday Comedy in the Sports Bar:  8-10pm

March 26       Sean Peabody & Mark G

 

 

Live Music Line-up in the Sports Bar:  Friday and Saturday 9p-1a

March 27-28                        Joe Slick Band                          Country/Rock 

Insurance

THIS JUST IN!  DON’T MISS THIS!  WEEKLY CONTINUES AFTER!

 

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  March 25, 2015

TWO ARRESTS MADE IN ILLEGAL MOVERS ENFORCEMENT OPERATION

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lake Oswego, Ore. — March 11, 2015 — Illegal movers operating with unsafe vehicles, improper certification and no licenses continue to cause problems for consumers across the state.  Wednesday, Better Business Bureau assisted Oregon Department of Transportation and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office to confront some of the major offenders in the industry.

9 movers were invited to a home in Southeast Portland where Multnomah County Sheriffs Deputies and ODOT agents checked to make sure the movers were operating legally. The companies and their offenses are listed below. None are properly certified with the state and all have been fined.

  • Portland Movers Ready: The driver was subjected to a field sobriety test after deputies say they smelled marijuana on his breath. His passenger is a registered sex offender.
  • Budget Movers: According to ODOT, this company is a repeat offender and has been cited three times for not being properly certified.
  • The Delivery Guys: The owner was driving with a suspended license. Authorities say he has been arrested several times in the past for hit and run, burglary, vandalism, fraud and assault. ODOT says this is the third time they have fined the owner for not being properly certified.
  • Portland Student Movers: ODOT says the company is tied to PDX Premier College Movers, which is a repeat offender. State agents have fined the owner four times for not being properly certified. In addition, the Oregon Department of Justice has an open case against the company.
  • Labor Helpers: Deputies arrested the driver for a suspended license and outstanding traffic violation warrant. His passenger was also arrested for parole violation and heroin possession.

The other companies are Papajack PDX Moving, Handy Haulers, Clear Choice Movers and Robert Murphy-Hendrix. ODOT says there were a total of 19 violations: 9 for operating without a certificate, 4 for operating without a medical card, 2 for not having a fire extinguisher, 1 for an inoperable turn signal, 1 for an inoperable break lamp, 1 for driving while suspended and 1 for driving under the influence.

Video of today’s operation is available online at BBB’s YouTube channel.

Together with ODOT, BBB encourages consumers to check closely before hiring a mover.

  • Check for certification. Intrastate movers must apply for certification through ODOT’s Motor Carrier Transportation Division.  The process requires movers to go through criminal background checks and they must charge rates approved by ODOT.
  • Hire movers with vehicles in good working condition. Both the vehicle and driver must be properly registered with the state.  They also have to meet minimum insurance requirements.
  • Read reviews and gather information. Illegal movers often have no storefront, provide little information and offer no recourse for settling disputes.  Some have been known to demand extra money—sometimes thousands of dollars—before delivering personal property.  In some cases they do not deliver the belongings at all.

The best way consumers can protect themselves is to hire a registered moving company. To find a list, visit ODOT’s Consumer Guide to Moving or search bbb.org for trustworthy movers. Victims of illegal movers can also file a complaint with the Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Division at www.doj.state.or.us.

  March 11, 2015

Ribbon Cutting

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Ribbon

  February 6, 2015

Women in Agriculture conference

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Women in Agriculture Gather to Network and Learn

Women in Agriculture one-day conference in La Grande and across region

On February 21, 2015, women from NE Oregon have the opportunity to gather at OSU Extension in La Grande to participate in the 2015 Women in Agriculture Conference. Organized by Washington State University extension, the conference will bring together women at 28 locations in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska for a unique opportunity to hear knowledgeable speakers and inspiring stories, network, and take home practical advice and new skills.

This year’s event, “Put Your Best Boot Forward,” will focus on the topic of marketing. “Everyone has a story that needs to be told to promote agriculture,” says Margaret Viebrock, conference chair, and WSU Douglas County Extension Director. “The format of this conference enables us to offer our two headline speakers at all 28 locations, and to engage women at each site in activities to apply conference content to their own operations. The conference will also help provide ways to inform decision makers, non-farmers and community members about best management practices.”

Keynote speaker Emily Asmus is a Walla Walla farmer and marketing specialist. Asmus will discuss how her farm, Welcome Table Farms, keeps their “brand” fresh to build interest and loyalty. Participants will learn the tools and techniques critical to her marketing plan.

Marketing expert Erica Mills of Claxon Marketing believes every woman should have a consistently compelling way to describe her farm business. Mills will lead a marketing workshop to help farms of all shapes and sizes tackle this challenge by learning to use a simple and effective 3-step marketing method and create a marketing action plan to get results.

The conference runs from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, February 21, at OSU Extension Service – Union County, 10507 N McAlister Rd, La Grande. Early bird registration is $25 and includes the marketing workshop, light breakfast, lunch and conference materials. After February 13, registration increases to $30. A limited number of scholarships are available for aspiring farmers, college agriculture students, and 4-H and FFA members. Visit the website at www.womeninag.wsu.edu for registration and details.

The conference is designed for women who have been farming for years, as well as new and aspiring farmers. Supporting spouses, students, interns or people who own an agriculture-related business are also welcome. The number of women in agriculture grows every year, and the conference helps meet their need to connect with other women farmers and ranchers and enjoy sharing resources. NE Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) applied to host the conference in La Grande. “We are so glad that La Grande was selected as one of two host sites in Oregon. It is a great opportunity for women in ag to get together in our region,” says Sara Miller of NEOEDD. For more information contact Miller at 541 426 3598.

 

Kristy Athens, Outreach Specialist
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. M-F
Northeast Oregon Economic Development District
101 NE First Street, Suite 100
Enterprise, OR 97828
Phone: 541-426-3598, 800-645-9454

  January 23, 2015

Local-Investing Workshops

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NEOC 

 

 

  January 20, 2015

Investment Workshops

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Workshops Cover New Oregon Investment Rule
 
ENTERPRISE, Ore. - More people are becoming interested in local investing as a way to support economic growth and stability in their communities. This change is being driven in part by an increased awareness of the significant impact that residents can make, re-directing even a small portion of their investments and savings from Wall Street to locally owned businesses. The Community Capital Initiative is not focused on accredited investors but on non-wealthy individuals who have some investment money and care about the region in which they live.

 

The NE Oregon Community Capital Collaborative is offering a series of workshops for people who want to learn more about local investing-as an investor, business owner, or both! 

 

The workshop series takes place January 20, 21 and 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at ArtsEast, located in the white house on the corner of 6th and L streets, in La Grande. Registration is $25 per workshop, or $60 for all three, and is available online at 

 https://squareup.com/market/northeast-oregon economicdevelopment-district

 

Registration deadline: January 16.

The public is welcome to attend one, two, or all three workshops: 

  • Workshop 1 (Jan. 20) - Introduction to Local Investing: Recommended for anyone interested in local investing. Describes local investing and its benefits, and new Oregon investing rules that will make it possible for non-wealthy people to invest in their neighbors and their community
  • Workshop 2 (Jan. 21) - How to be a Smart Local Investor: Helps investors form a personal framework for local investing, and decide where local investment fits into their portfolio, what types of due diligence they may want to conduct, and what questions need to be answered before making an investment
  • Workshop 3 (Jan. 26) - Raising Capital from Your Community: Helps business owners understand their options, what they need to know to stay compliant with securities law, motivations investors may have for investing locally, and implications of accepting a local investment

Comments from workshop participants in Enterprise: “This workshop encouraged us to think of the best offer for you and your investor-make it work.” “I received information that may help in regards to acquiring a local investor by offering equity.” The Glen and Jean McKenzie Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Ford Family Foundation, and the Pacific Power Foundation have provided funding to support NEOEDD’s community capital and local-investing programming.

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. In 2013, NEOEDD formed a regional collaborative-the Northeast Oregon Community Capital Collaborative (NEOC³)-that holds educational events, organized networking groups, and developed educational workshops. Learn more about our programs and business support at www.neoedd.org or 541-426-3598.

 
 
 

  January 7, 2015

La Grande Main Street

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La Grande Main Street Unveils New Membership 

Deals for 2015

 
La Grande Main Street Downtown (LGMSD) has revamped and bolstered benefits of being an LGMSD member for 2015 and has started accepting membership for the upcoming year. Businesses, organizations, and even community members are all welcome and encouraged to become members.

“We carefully evaluated the current membership structure and completely changed it to really focus on getting businesses and organizations to work together for mutually-beneficial relationships,” said Suzannah Moore, a 2014 LGMSD Board member and volunteer. “It’s great because there are so many exciting benefits and ‘perks’ to becoming a LGMSD member – and all you’re doing is being rewarded for caring about and contributing to the success of our downtown. We just tried to get creative with things to offer members.”

LGMSD has organized membership options into four basic tiers: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, each with increasingly enticing ‘member perks’ for each membership level. Benefits range from discounts on window paintings and graphic design work, to spotlights in the monthly newsletter and free business development workshops and toolkits.

For more information on membership, or to join as a member, contact the Program Director at director@lagrandemainstreet.org, or (541) 963.1223.

 
 
 

  December 6, 2014

Newsletter

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Friday, November 28, 2014

 

2nd Annual Holiday Open House December 2nd
It’s almost December so that means it’s time to SAVE the DATE for December 2nd to head down to the Union County Chamber of Commerce for our annual 2nd Holiday Open House.  This year’s event will be a membership drive as well as an open house and also a wine & beer tasting.  Non chamber members are highly encouraged to attend.All members who bring a nonmember that signs up that evening will both get the chance to spin the “wheel of deals”. This wheel will have discounts ranging from 10% to 50% towards next year’s membership.  All this and more at our 207 Depot Street location from 4:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. on December 2nd.  Don’t forget to bring your business cards.

 

Originally we had planned to have our Open House on November 19 but that date fell through after our advertisement went to print.  December 2nd is the date!  Save it!

 

Last year’s Union County Chamber of Commerce Open House helped launch the return of the Business after Hours in Union County.  Chamber board members, community members, business leaders and more came together to learn more about local business and through this monthly event.

 

For more information, contact Kristen Dollarhide at 541.963.8588 or email director@unioncountychamber.org

Employee Insurance Through The Chamber
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Events for Nov. 26 – Dec. 3
Events and Community Calendar
 
Click here to be whisked away to our community calendar or click here to download a printable version of our weekly events..
Big Events for the Week of November 26th.
The week of the 26th offers a wide variety of fun events!
We have:
  • Free Friday Parking from November 28 – December 26 in downtown La Grande
  • The Potter’s Gift House and Gallery Christmas Open House (Continues to December 24th)
  • Staci Collins Band Live at Bud Jacksons
  • Grande Ronde Roadrunners 2nd Annual Running of the Turkeys!
  • Holiday Market
  • 2nd Annual Holiday Open House
  • Rail with Trail: Joseph Branch Public Workshop
  • First Wednesday Concert Series at Joe Beans
Visit the community calendar at www.unioncountychamber.org
 to find out more information about these exciting, upcoming events as well as our weekly events!
Participate in Rail with Trail Study
 

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and Eastern Oregon University are seeking participation in a project to study the possibility of locating a public trail adjacent to the Joseph Branch railroad line, which will continue to be in operation.

The Wallowa Union Railroad Authority (WURA), owner and operator of the rail corridor, has requested this planning process.

During the Rail with Trail Study, EOU is contributing project management services and OPRD is providing trail-planning assistance.

Once input is gathered, a report will be prepared and presented to WURA for their consideration of the “rail with trail” concept.

During this phase, the project partners are completing an existing conditions assessment of the rail corridor. Work includes an assessment of existing facilities and services, land use analysis and stakeholder interviews.

Study findings will be reviewed with community members to identify opportunities and constraints associated with the trail concept. Public workshops will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday, Dec. 2 at the City of Elgin Community Center
Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the City of Wallowa Senior Center
Thursday, Dec. 4 at the City of Enterprise Senior Center

For more information call Terry Edvalson at 541-377-6355, Steve Kay at 503-986-0705 or visit the project website at www.eou.edu/rails-with-trails.
https://www.eou.edu/news-press/rail-with-trail-study-workshops/ 

Eastern Oregon University

Evening of free music features original works by student composers followed by Jazz Ensemble performance.

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A bridge between EOU and NASA

Scholarships support Nyki Anderson’s science education as an intern at the Goddard Space Flight Center.

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EOU participates in #GivingTuesday

Get involved in this global day of giving Tuesday, Dec. 2!

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EOU supports Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29

In partnership with La Grande Main Street, EOU is encouraging people affiliated with the university to shop downtown.
 

More than 200 performers take the stage for The Observer’s 23 annual, community-wide celebration of holiday music from around the world.
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La Grande School District November, 26.
Key Communicator
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Chamber Updates
La Grande Main Street

La Grande Main Street Organizes Downtown Holiday Promotions

La Grande Main Street Downtown (LGMSD) is doing all kinds of new things for Christmas this year. For starters, the date of the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting in Max Square is moving to Thursday, December 4th at 6pm. Every Thursday in December until Christmas there will be a fun family-friendly event downtown.

 

 “We are incentivizing businesses to stay open until 7pm for the three Thursdays before Christmas,” says Saira Siddiqui, Director of LGMSD. “We are holding these events later in the evening until 7pm to provide an opportunity for the community to shop local one day a week after work hours. We hope businesses see the value in staying open for a few extra hours one day a week during the holiday hours.”   

 

Thursday December 4th is the Annual Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting. On December 11th, Santa will be downtown to greet kids. There will also be carolers all around downtown streets and businesses. On December 18th, Santa will be downtown again to mingle with kids and families. There will be a food and toys drive held by Main Street Member businesses.

 

For more information on the events, or how to get involved with the events, contact program director at director@lagrandemainstreet.org , or visit www.lagrandemainstreet.org.

Union, Oregon  
Join our annual celebration to kick off the Christmas season with music, food, and fun for the whole family.

 

Line -up is at 4 pm at the South end of town across from the High School.

 

Parade starts at 4:30 followed by lighting the Union Christmas tree, with music, VFW chili feed, and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

 

Click here for the official webpage.
Elgin, Oregon 

The little scarecrows in the downtown flower barrels didn’t get much time in their gardens this year! They need winter coats, it seems.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Events 

 

Ultimate Holiday Office Party

Do you think you are too small for your own Holiday office party?  We have just the festive solution for you!  Wildhorse Catering invites you and your business associates to join the fun at the Ultimate Holiday Office Party, on Friday, December 12th, reception at 5:30pm, Dinner at 6:30pm. Enjoy a buffet of Prime Rib, Lobster Thermidor and all the trimmings as well as refreshments, along with other businesses just like yours!  Reserve a table at this inaugural event by calling 541-966-1977 or emailing sales@wildhorseresort.com.  $29.50 per person, no-host bar.

 

THURSDAY Night Football

Join us for all the action on our big screens at Wildhorse Sports Bar every Thursday Night for Thursday Night Football.  Power 99.1 will be on hand to help hand out prizes, including your chance to win tickets Seattle Seahawks Football games.  Regular scheduled Thursday Night Comedy will be pushed back in order to accommodate all the Thursday Night Football games. 

 

Reel Classic Matinee Movies

The Wildhorse Cineplex will be bringing back the classics every Wednesday at 12noon.  For $5 you can enjoy a movie and get a small pop and popcorn! 12/3- All About Eve, 12/10- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 12/17- It’s a Wonderful Life, 12/24- A Christmas Story, 12/31- Home Alone

 

PAI GOW

Come out to Wildhorse Resort and Casino to try our newest table game addition, Pai Gow!  Available now in the table games area.

 

 

New Years Eve

Join us for a Vintage Vegas New Year’s Eve complete with Showgirls, Floor Entertainment, Free Hats, Horn and a Midnight Toast. Plus win your share of $5,000 in Hot Seat Drawings starting at 9pm.  Ring in the New Year with your favorite slot machines!

 

Wildhorse Sports Bar- New Jack City will provide free live music from 9pm-2am.  Join us for a midnight balloon drop, party favors and a specialty Pendleton Whisky drink of the night in a 32oz, flashing mug!  The bar will open at 8pm. Private VIP tables can be reserved, $60.  Each table can seat 4 people and will be granted early access.  The Time Out Room is available for $600.  The area can accommodate 25 people and includes a dedicated server, $150 food voucher and will be granted early access.  To reserve a VIP Table or the Time Out Room, contact Kevin Haid at kevin.haid@wildhorseresort.com.

 

 

Food and Beverage

 

Wednesday Night Wine Club

Wine enthusiasts and novices alike are invited to Plateau the first Wednesday of every month for a wine-tasting event. On Wednesday, December 3rd from 5:30 to 7:30pm, Plateau will pour a specially priced flight of wines paired with select foods.  Join us as Spring Valley Winery showcase their Mule Skinner Merlot, Sharilee Petit Verdot, Nina Lee Syrah and Derby Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy the tastings and food pairings for $18 or a four course wine dinner $40 per person.  Call 541-966-1610.

 

Martini Night

On Wednesday, December 17th, Plateau will feature tableside martinis focusing on fresh ingredients and new trends of the classic martini.  Plateau Manager Jeff Hammond is on hand with tableside service showcasing 3 of his inspired creations, Snowball Martini, Winter White Cosmo and Peppermint Chocolate Martini. Shaken or stirred, sample a variety of martinis for $18 between 5:30-7:30pm.  Reservations recommended.  Call 541-966-1610.

 

Holiday Parties

Host your company holiday party at Wildhorse and enjoy our specially designed holiday menus.  Call Melody at 541-966-1977 for more information.

 

Christmas Buffet

Find your place at the table for a hearty Christmas Feast.  Serving up all your home-style favorites, including carved glazed ham, slow-roasted beef steamship, mashed potatoes with gravy and homemade pecan and pumpkin pies for dessert.  Thursday, December 25 from 11am-9pm.  $22.95 per person.

 

New Years Eve Traditions Buffet

Feast like there’s no tomorrow-it’s the last dinner of the year!  Featuring golden BBQ Shrimp Skewers, Beef Tenderloin, Milk Chocolate Fondue and Sparkling Cider Fountain.  Wednesday, December 31st from 4-11pm.  $22.95 per person.

 

Golf

 

ProShop Sale

The sale you’ve been waiting fore!  This is the once a year sale where EVERYTHING in the Wildhorse Golf ProShop is on sale.  Sale is November 28- December 31.

 

Winter Hours

The pro shop, Clubhouse Grille and golf course are now observing winter hours and will be open 8am-6pm.

 

2015 Golf Memberships Are On Sale Now!

Buy your 2015 Golf Season Pass Membership now!  Membership privileges include unlimited golf 7 days a week, advance tee time preference, discounts on cart fees, range balls and guest green fees, and 20% discount on all merchandise/equipment purchases.  This year, golf memberships will also include membership to the Oregon Golf Association.  Single Memberships are $1,050, Families are $1,250 + $50 for every additional family member.  Junior memberships are $300 for anyone under 18 years of age. Memberships paid in full by February 28th will receive a 10% discount.

 

 

Tamastslikt Cultural Institute

 

Tamastslikt Free Admission Friday, December 5, 2014

Take advantage of free admission when you visit Tamastslikt Cultural Institute the first Friday of the month.  Then satisfy your appetite with a delicious lunch or light fare at the Kinship Café. Open 9-5, closed Sunday. Kinship Café open Monday-Friday. 

 

Gaming

 

CHRISTMAS COOKWARE

Get your Christmas Cookware, December 28-29.  Get your choice of cookware when you earn 250 points, receive the entire set when you earn 400 points.  **While supplies last.

 

5X STACKER POINTS

Visit weekly either Monday or Wednesday to increase your multiplier, December 1-24. First visit, 2x multiplier, second visit, 3x multiplier, third visit, 4x multiplier, fourth visit, 5x multiplier.  Each week you play, increases your bonus the following week!  To receive multiplier, check in each Monday or Wednesday at Club Wild prior to playing.

 

PLINKO POINTS

Earn up to 8x Points at the Club Wild Plinko Drop every Friday in December from noon-6pm.  Drop the puck on our Lucky Point game board to find out your multiplier.  Each Club Member can receive one multiplier.  Multiplier is good until midnight.

 

PERKS 4 Play

We’re giving away Bonus Freeplay!  Every Sunday in December from noon-6pm, look for bonus game pop-up screens while you play with your Club Wild Card!

 

Wild WinFalls

A Bonanza of Bonus Games!  Random Instant Winners will be selected for Freeplay just for playing with your Club Wild Card every Thursday in December.  Our Wild WinFalls winner notifications will come directly to you as you play!  Over 200 Freeplay winners will be awarded from 11am to 11pm. 

 

Emerald Club

Every Tuesday, our 55 and over club members receive special offers and discounts!  Spin a prize wheel, earn double points, save on food, hotel and more!  Join today by visiting Club Wild, it’s free and easy.  (Please note, Traditions Buffet will not be participating in the Emerald Club on November 11th as they will be offering a free buffet to Veterans.)

 

Birthday Bonus Spin

Celebrate your birthday with us!  ALL Club Members can come in on their birthday and spin the prize wheel to find out what their birthday prize is!  See Club Wild on your birthday for you chance to celebrate!

 

Keno

Saturday, December 13th at noon WIN UP TO $775 in 10 tournament games, top 5 places win cash! Saturday, December 20th at 6pm WIN UP TO $1,900 in 20 tournament games, top 7 places win cash!  Sign-ups start one hour in advance.

 

FREE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

 

Sports Bar

Our Sports Bar is your live entertainment headquarters. The good times start rolling on Wednesdays with the NEW Wednesday Night Live! Every Wednesday is something new! Thursday Night Football will take over the Sports Bar every Thursday Night. And Friday and Saturday night, top bands rock the house from 9pm-1am.  Happy Hour from 4-7pm, Sunday-Wednesday, featuring drink specials and half-priced appetizers!

 

NEW Wednesday Night Live!

Join us every Wednesday at 8pm for something NEW!

December 3                   Karaoke

December 10                 DJ Bob Krieder

December 17                 Karaoke

December 24                 Comedy

 

 

Live Music Line-up in the Sports Bar:  Friday and Saturday 9p-1a

December 5-6                Pop Offs                               Pop/Rock

December 12-13           Marlin James Band            Country Rock

December 19-20           Copper Mountain Band    Country Rock

December 26-27           Simple Ruckus                   Variety

December 31                 New Jack City                     Top 40’s R&B and Pop

December 31 (Floor)   The Swingline Cubs          Variety-Swing/40’s-today

 

About Wildhorse Resort and Casino:

Centrally situated between Boise, Spokane and Portland, Wildhorse Resort & Casino is a premier destination for family getaways, business meetings and large conventions. The Resort features a 24-hour casino, hotel, RV park, 7 restaurants, 5-screen cineplex, 18-hole championship golf course, travel plaza and tribal museum. Expanded in 2011, there is no destination experience like it in the Pacific Northwest. Wildhorse boosts over 1200 slots, all your favorite table games, keno, bingo and live entertainment Wednesday-Friday in our sports bar.  Wildhorse is located just off I-84 at exit 216, four miles east of Pendleton, OR. Wildhorse is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

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  November 28, 2014

Carol Peppe Hewitt Returns to Discuss Local Investing

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Carol Peimage001ppe Hewitt, author of Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money, returns with her inspiring stories of neighbors empowering neighbors with local investing. Hewitt presented in Northeast Oregon in May of this year and is the keynote speaker at the Economic Vitality Summit, which takes place earlier in the day.

Hosted by the Union County Local Impact Investing Opportunity Network (LIION), the event will take place December 10 at the Cook Memorial Library Community Room, 2006 4th St., in La Grande. A social reception is at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Financing Our Foodshed describes person-to-person lending examples that have made it possible for food and farm businesses to start, succeed and grow. Whether funding a precision seeder, a walk-in-cooler, a new well, or the purchase of chicks and ducklings, each loan from one person to another has enriched the local economy. Hewitt’s book focuses on food-related efforts, but the lessons in local investing are relevant across all areas of business.

“We are so pleased to have Carol out to speak with us again about local investing,” says Lisa Dawson, executive director of Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD). “We planned an evening event for those who are unable to attend the Economic Vitality Summit during the day.”

This event is part of a series of LIION programs that explore local investing and explain how diverting money from the stock market and investing it in local businesses can create substantial economic and community benefits. LIIONs are not investment funds or clubs, but a program of education and networking events with the goal of enabling individuals and businesses to enter into private investment arrangements of their choice.

Admission is by suggested donation at the door:

$5 – I support community capital for my Town

$10 – I support community capital for my County

$15 – I support community capital for my Region

Free for students!

Light snacks will be available. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Kristy Athens, outreach specialist, at kristyathens@neoedd.org, 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454.

The Miller Charitable Fund and the Ward Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Ford Family Foundation, and the Pacific Power Foundation have provided funding to support NEOEDD’s community capital and local-investing programming.

 

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. In 2013, NEOEDD formed a regional collaborative—the Northeast Oregon Community Capital Collaborative (NEOC³)—that holds educational events, organized networking groups, and developed educational workshops. Learn more about our programs and business support at www.neoedd.org or 541-426-3598.

 

  November 19, 2014

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