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Spring Music Gathering

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

NEOEDD Receives Cycle Oregon Fund Grant for Study of Rail with Trail

          ENTERPRISE, Ore. (Feb. 21, 2014) – Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is pleased to...

Prepaid Debit Cards Easy Money for Scammers

BBB Warns Oregonians about Increasing Reports of Green Dot MoneyPak Scams Lake Oswego, Ore. – Feb. 27, 2014 –...

Build with Care at Local Home Shows

Lake Oswego, Ore. — Feb. 20, 2014 — As thousands of Oregonians embark on Spring home repairs and remodeling...

Chamber Newsletter

Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter February 19, 2014 Events for February 20 – February 26 Events and Community...

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...

BBB’S HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE APPROACHES

Lake Oswego, Ore. – Feb. 10, 2014 – In 2014, Better Business Bureau will make it easier for six...

Chamber Times – Feb 2014

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“RING AND RUN” CRAMMING REPORTED IN OREGON

New “One Ring” Phone Scam Preys on Curiosities Lake Oswego, Ore.– Jan. 31, 2014 – First recognized by Better...

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Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ Friday, March 7, 2014

  March 7, 2014

Spring Music Gathering

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Saturday, March 1, 2014

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 March 6th, beginning at 7:00pm .  Organizers have gathered together musicians for Baker City, Haines, and La Grande to present an eclectic mix of musical styles, voices, and instruments.

The evening will begin with the acclaimed Baker High School – Bel Canto Choir, presenting several pieces they are preparing for the Pacific NW Choral competition in later March. According to BHS Choral Director, DeeAnn Sands, “The Haines Music Gathering will provide a wonderful opportunity for the choir to present our competition pieces, and give local patrons and parents their only chance to hear this beautiful music.”

Other musicians include Willamette University graduate in flute performance, Alex Xeros, violinists with the Grande Ronde Symphony – Kathy Thimmes and Alice Trindle, pianist Nancy Macke, and Haines area bluegrass musicians Carly Kritchen and Duane Boyer.

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, March 6, 2014.

  March 1, 2014

NEOEDD Receives Cycle Oregon Fund Grant for Study of Rail with Trail

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Thursday, February 27, 2014

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ENTERPRISE, Ore. (Feb. 21, 2014) – Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is pleased to have received a $7,229 grant from the Cycle Oregon Fund of The Oregon Community Foundatio (OCF) to support the Phase 1 assessment of a Wallowa Union Rail with Trail project. Cycle Oregon funds will allow NEOEDD to assist the Wallowa Union Railroad Authority (WURA), Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Eastern Oregon University and the Wallowa Union Heritage Trail Coalition in examining the feasibility of developing a trail alongside the 62.5-mile rail line between Elgin and Joseph.

“The rail corridor is an amazing asset for our region, and the counties have worked hard to acquire it,” says NEOEDD Economic Development Specialist Sara Miller. “NEOEDD has provided different types of assistance to WURA over the years—we’re very thankful that Cycle Oregon funds at OCF will allow us to help with assessing the feasibility of a future Rail with Trail.” Phase 1 entails partner organizations and stakeholders collaborating on a feasibility study which will investigate why people would visit the corridor, what they would do while there, and what might bring them back to the region. Oregon Parks and Recreation, the lead technical assistance partner, has plans for public listening sessions, community outreach, creation of a website, and other research to help WURA make an informed decision about whether or not to move forward with Phase 2, planning for trail development.

Phase 1 will examine the feasibility of a recreation trail sharing the railroad bed with WURA’s tracks, which will remain in service for use by excursion and other trains. A Rail with Trail would create jobs in construction and maintenance, and there would be economic benefits for tourism-related businesses like bike rental, shuttle service, food service, lodging, and retail. The increased tourism would also affect adjacent landowners, and the trail would be expensive to build and maintain. The Phase 1 feasibility study will ensure that the costs and benefits of a Rail with Trail project are fully understood before WURA is asked to make a decision about future development. 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. Learn more about NEOEDD programs and business support at www.neoedd.org. The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. Application materials and information about establishing a fund are available on the OCF website: www.oregoncf.org
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  February 27, 2014

Prepaid Debit Cards Easy Money for Scammers

Filed under: Information — admin @ Thursday, February 27, 2014

BBB Warns Oregonians about Increasing Reports of Green Dot MoneyPak Scams

Lake Oswego, Ore. – Feb. 27, 2014 – According to Better Business Bureau reports, consumers across Oregon are being scammed out of hundreds of dollars with prepaid money cards. These cards offer many conveniences, but create easy opportunities for scammers; consumers should be aware of the dangers associated with prepaid cards.

In February 2014, BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington received information from a woman who claims to have been ripped off by an elaborate Green Dot MoneyPak scheme. The woman reports that a person called her home stating that her son was eligible for a $7,500 education scholarship. The caller directed the woman to load a Green Dot MoneyPak card with $200—to pay the “processing fees”—and call back. After giving the caller the prepaid card number, she was instructed to wait for further instructions. However, the caller never followed up about the scholarship and the funds were drained from the card.

Green Dot MoneyPak cards can be advantageous when utilized for the right purposes, but crooks prefer these cards because of the anonymity and how easy it is to make transfers: Once they have the 14-digit card number, they’re as good as gone.

BBB offers advice on avoiding prepaid card scams:

·         Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment—for any reason.

·         Never give out personal or financial information to unsolicited callers or emailers.

·         Never wire money or provide debit, credit or prepaid card numbers to persons unknown.

Remember, anyone with the number from the back of a prepaid debit card has access to the funds on that card. Green Dot reminds people that it is not responsible for lost funds and offers additional resources at moneypak.com/ProtectYourMoney.

Note: Utility companies and government agencies will never demand immediate payment by prepaid debit.

For more information or to report a scam, visit BBB’s Scam Source.

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Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington is one of 113 in North America and the largest BBB by geographical service area. BBB is a neutral not-for-profit public reporting agency committed to trust in the marketplace. For more information on ethical business standards and BBB Accreditation, or to access free BBB Business Reviews, Charity Reviews, scam alerts or find local event information, contact BBB or visit bbb.org.

Build with Care at Local Home Shows

Filed under: Information — admin @ Friday, February 21, 2014

Lake Oswego, Ore. — Feb. 20, 2014 As thousands of Oregonians embark on Spring home repairs and remodeling projects, Better Business Bureau aims to protect consumers as they shop local home expos and tradeshows.

“Home shows are great opportunities for people to shop around and gather ideas,” says Tyler Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. “But it’s important for attendees to remember that vendors are ultimately there to make sales, not friends.”

Before walking through the doors, BBB offers some simple planning advice:

  • Research first. Check out show websites in advance and locate appealing vendors. Understand the layout and research companies online at bbb.org.
  • Shop around. Collect information, network and ask questions. Engage with booth owners, get specifics on pricing and understand company policies.
  • Stay on budget. Avoid impulse spending and stick with goals. Steer clear of high-pressure sales tactics.
  • Check registration. Before hiring contractors, check to see that they are properly registered; registered contractors must have liability insurance, business licenses and bonds.

Keep in mind that purchases made at home shows—or other places that are not the sellers’ permanent place of business—are subject to the Feral Trade Commission’s Cooling-Off Rule, entitling buyers to full refunds if requested within three days.

BBB encourages Oregonians to visit the Oregon Construction Contractors Board to develop projects and verify that contractors are legitimate.

Start with foundation; start with “truss:” For more information on selecting reliable local contractors, visit bbb.org.

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  February 21, 2014

Chamber Newsletter

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Friday, February 21, 2014

Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
February 19, 2014

Events for February 20 – February 26
Events and Community Calendar
Click here to be whisked away to our community calendar or click here to download a printable version..
Catch the latest Book It! on your PC or smartphone when you’re out and about and looking for fun Union County by clicking the image above!

Chamber Updates
Chamber Banquet is this Friday!

The Union County Chamber of Commerce’s 80th Annual Chamber Banquet & Awards Dinner is all set to roll out the red carpet this Friday, February 21st, where there will be great dinner, music and awards given out for the Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Business of the Year and Educator of the Year!
There are still a few tickets coming available so don’t hesitate, call the Chamber at 541-963-8588 to reserve yours today!  Tickets are $40.00.
The banquet starts at 6:00PM – 9:00PM at the Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th St., La Grande.
Golden Crown’s Banquet Room is open for business!
Golden Crown in La Grande has been making big noise over across Adams Avenue in downtown La Grande and their most recent announcement is the availability of their banquet room in Bangkok East.
They are taking reservations for birthdays, business meetings, and much more.  Call them today to inquire about their banquet room at 541-963-5907.  Golden Crown is located at 1116 Adams Ave. 
Eastern Oregon Film Festival is set to kick off!
The wait is almost over as Eastern Oregon Film Festival nears its 5th Annual launch on Thursday, February 20.  Downtown will become busy with music lover, film lovers, party lovers all looking to have a great time in Union County!  Tickets for individual shows will be available.  For all the information you could possibly want and need, visit www.eofilmfest.com for everything.
See you at the movies!
Eastern Oregon University presents Preview Day

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - 

Wondering if Eastern Oregon University is the right fit?  Attend Preview Day or set up a personalized campus visit.  You’ll get a firsthand look at all EOU has to offer!

 

Know you’re making the right decision about college after getting the inside story from current students and learning tips from admissions, financial aid and academic advising about how to fast-track your application process.

 

Click here for more information.

La Grande Main Street Business 
Committee Meeting
Come help us devise strategies to get and keep local businesses downtown!
The meeting is on Tuesday, February 25th, from 7:30AM – 8:30AM at the La Grande Main Street office, 118 Depot St., La Grande.  For more information, call Saira at 541-963-1223 or you can email her at: coordinator@lagrandemainstreet.org
visit us online at www.unioncountychamber.org
 

Are you a Chamber member excited to talk about your business?
  Do you have a great, new product, new employees, developments or specials you would like to share in Chamber Times?  Then it’s time for you to email me at chuck@unioncountychamber.org.  
 
We are looking for Chamber members, businesses, products and deals to highlight in the Chamber Times as  returning columns for our monthly newsletter!  Email me today with 1/2 – 1 page write up and you’ll see it in a future publication!

Looking Forward to Spring Music Gathering

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Thursday, February 13, 2014

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, March 6th, beginning at 7:00pm . Organizers have gathered together musicians from Baker City, Haines, and La Grande to present an eclectic mix of musical styles, voices, and instruments.

The evening will begin with the acclaimed Baker High School – Bel Canto Choir, presenting several pieces they are preparing for the Choir/Band Festival to be held next week in Hermiston, OR. According to BHS Choral Director, Dee Ann Sands, “The Haines Music Gathering will provide a wonderful opportunity for the choir to present our competition pieces, and give local patrons and parents their only chance to hear this beautiful music.”

Other musicians include Willamette University graduate in flute performance, Alex Xeros, violinists with the Grande Ronde Symphony – Kathy Thimmes and Alice Trindle, pianist Nancy Macke, and Haines area bluegrass musicians Carly Kritchen and Duane Boyer.

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, March 6, 2014.

  February 13, 2014

BBB’S HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE APPROACHES

Filed under: Information — admin @ Monday, February 10, 2014

Lake Oswego, Ore. – Feb. 10, 2014 – In 2014, Better Business Bureau will make it easier for six students to attend college. Through BBB Foundation, one $1,000 scholarship and one $1,500 scholarship will be awarded in each of the states the organization serves: Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington.

The Students of Integrity Scholarship is designed to support students who recognize the importance of ethical and responsible marketplace practices. To download the application and determine eligibility requirements, please visit akorww.bbb.org/scholarship.

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2014. Incomplete applications or those postmarked after this date will not be considered.

Celebrate: Winners will be announced in April 2014. Winners’ names and schools may be released to the public and/or news media for promotional purposes. Non-winners will be notified via email by BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington after the winners have been contacted.

For more information on the 2014 Students of Integrity Scholarships, please email bbbfoundation@thebbb.org.

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  February 10, 2014

Chamber Times – Feb 2014

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  February 4, 2014

“RING AND RUN” CRAMMING REPORTED IN OREGON

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Saturday, February 1, 2014

New “One Ring” Phone Scam Preys on Curiosities

Lake Oswego, Ore.– Jan. 31, 2014 – First recognized by Better Business Bureaus on the East Coast, the “One Ring” phone scam is now being reported across the United States. As an industry leader in identifying and tracking emerging scam trends, BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington is alerting the public to this simple—yet extremely effective—ploy that can result in unauthorized charges on wireless statements.

Automated dialers blast thousands of random calls to mobile numbers that are gleaned from public listings or obtained from black market dealers—who hustle “sucker lists”—but disconnect after one ring. The scammers count on call recipients to notice the missed calls in call logs and return them out of curiosity.

However, return calls are often directed to expensive international hotlines—sometimes peddling “adult entertainment”—that can charge upwards of $19.95 to connect plus additional costs per minute. Charges typically appear on month-end statements as “premium services.”

Consumers and businesses report calls from several different area codes:

  • Dominican Republic—809
  • Jamaica—876
  • British Virgin Islands—284
  • Grenada—473

The illegal process of sneaking unapproved charges onto phone bills is referred to as “cramming” by the Federal Trade Commission, and is one of the most common consumer complaints in America.

While it is unlikely that recipients will be billed for accepting incoming calls, wireless carriers assume that users accept charges by voluntarily returning calls. BBB reminds consumers to not be dumb with smartphones:

  • Never return calls to unfamiliar foreign numbers.
  • Regularly check wireless statements and immediately report discrepancies.
  • Add phone numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry and report violations.

For more information on the latest scams, visit BBB’s Scam Source.

  February 1, 2014

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