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alem – The Department of State Lands (DSL) today (8/18/2014) announced the removal-fill permit for the Coyote Island Terminal at the Port of Morrow in Boardman was rejected. The decision was communicated to the applicant in a letter sent by email. “As many people know, this permit application has taken hundreds of staff hours to review,” said Mary Abrams, DSL director. “From reading more than 20,000 public comments to carefully analyzing technical documents and plans, this application has been scrutinized for months. We believe our decision is the right one, considering our regulatory parameters laid out in Oregon law, and the wealth of information we have received from the applicant and the public.” DSL regulates filling and removing material from “waters of the state” which include wetlands, rivers and streams. The Coyote Island Terminal removal-fill permit application proposes 572 cubic yards of permanent fill (in the form of pilings) in the Columbia River on submerged land owned by the Port of Morrow. Elements of the proposed work include construction staging; construction of an elevated, fixed dock and conveyor system; construction of an elevated, fixed-operation walkway with 12 supports; and construction of nine multi-pile structures (‘dolphins’) installed adjacent to the walkway for vessel mooring. DSL first received the permit application for the terminal in February 2012. Three public review periods and eight decision deadline extensions
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CAD drawings of virtual buildings will soon be available for companies hoping to locate at the Pendleton Airport UAS Test Range
irtual Building” designs will give companies a fast, lowest-cost approach to commercial construction at Pendleton Airport Industrial Park. With grants from the Pendleton Foundation, and Wildhorse Resort and Casino, the Round Up City Development Corporation (RCDC) has hired Convergence Architecture from Portland to assist them in the Virtual Building Program. “A virtual building is a ready-to-go set of CAD drawings for a standard building,” said Art Hill, BMCC
vice-president and RCDC board member. “These buildings, designed in CAD, will be pre-permitted, pre-estimated, and pre financed.” These virtual buildings are in the pre-design phase as the architects and RCDC hammer out the final details before the CAD drawings begin. Hill pointed out that the base building plans can be scaled up or down in size, and can be re-configured for companies from manufacturers to software developers. “We are working with the architect to determine the scope of the design,” said Hill. Once the CAD drawings are complete, possibly by late September, relatively minor changes can be made to fit the purchasing company’s specifications. Based on the experience of RCDC and Convergence, they won’t stay “virtual” for very long.
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LG URA Approves $500,000 Grocery Store Funding T
he La Grande Urban Renewal Agency has approved funding up to $500,000 for a privately owned grocery store at the corner of Adams Avenue and Fourth Street in the former Blockbuster Video building. Developer Al Adelsberger submitted the request for the $500,000 in February of this years. The project costs are estimated at $1.1 million. “Economic Development is not without risks,” said Charlie Mitchell, community and economic development di-
rector. “This is not a luxury, it is a grocery store. Historically we have had grocery stores in this part of town, it gives it more of a neighborhood feel, and you want people living in your downtown. What better anchor tenant to have than a grocery store.” Mitchell also believes the grocery store could lead to more economic development in the area. “Investments lead to investments,” he said. Market Place Family Foods will be owned and operated by grocer Troy Bergland, of Mt. Joseph Family Foods in Wallowa County.
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ummer is winding down once again, and hopefully all the fires that have been burning across Oregon this summer will soon be taking their last breath. The devastation these fires cause is unimaginable. From the loss of forests and grasslands, to the homes and lives they seem to take each year. For those who have lost their homes, I hope you can soon find peace in your situation. For those of you who lost a loved one, no words can take away the pain you are now left with, but please know, so many Oregonians have you in their thoughts. I hope we can somehow find a way to lessen the damage caused by forest fires year after year. Hopefully a viable forest plan that lets us coexist with a healthy forest can be created soon. As I put the final touches on the second issue of Northeast Oregon Business News, I would like to thank everyone who picked up our first issue. I would also like to thank the business owners and operators who have been gracious enough to let me distribute them from your place of business. I appreciate you immensely. I would also like to give a ‘Shout-Out’ to our advertisers. Without you we would not be able to provide this service to NE Oregon. Thank you so much for your support. I have been a bit overwhelmed by the kind e-mails, and letters that have come my way, and I would like to thank those of you who took the time to write. Your words have definitely been encouraging on this new endeavor. The September/October issue of NEOBN has been a fun one to put together. Read all about my adventures of Zip Lining for the very first time, thanks to High Life Adventures in Warrenton. It was a great way to spend an afternoon and I can hardly wait to do it again. Read all about the legendary Rick Steber on page 15 and watch www.neobn.com for additional information on Rick and the books he has written. You can also learn more about Rick at www.ricksteber.com. Betty Bottger, of Alicel Feed and Seed shares some beautiful photos and her expertise on the subject of Sunflowers on page 10. There has been a lot of media coverage on the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Test Range in Pendleton. Because of that so much of what I have included in my article many of you may already be aware of. However, I really wanted to start from close to the beginning of the process, so that is what I have done. I learned a lot as I gathered information for this piece; I hope you find it as fascinating as I have. Please stay tuned for more stories on the UAS. They are here to stay and it is going to be an interesting industry to follow. With this issue I would like to welcome Feature Writer, Trish Yerges. She is a long-time friend, and has done a great job covering stories in NE Oregon for years now. Welcome aboard Trish! I’m sure our readers will love your stories as much as I always have. Trish’s contribution for this issue include, Med Quest, found on page 5, and Nature’s Pantry, found on page 9. I would like to point out a phenomenon that is taking the internet and Facebook by storm, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Millions of dollars have been raised for research of ALS. I highly recommend visiting www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201672695258217
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can be extremely hard to handle, and I would like to urge anyone who is feeling that the pressures of everyday life might be too hard to handle to please call the suicide prevention line at 1-800-273-8255. Please realize depression is nothing to be ashamed of, it is a very strong, damaging emotion and there is help out there if you need it. Once again, thank you for bringing Northeast Oregon Business News into your home. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed bringing it to you. If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com Have a great day! Lori
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Pendleton Invests in the Future of UAS As the fastest growing sector of aviation, the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry generates $11.3 billion globally each year, and the Pendleton Unmanned Aerial Systems Range will help bring some of those dollars to northeast Oregon. According to AUVSI’s 2013 Economic Report, the economic impact of US airspace integration is expected to total over $13.6 billion in the first three years, and increase to $82.1 billion between 2015 and 2025. This is where the Pendleton Unmanned Aerial Systems Range comes into play. According to Steve Chrisman, Eastern Oregon Regional Airport Manager, currently the US airspace is not truly integrated and all UAS flown in the National Air Space (NAS) are operated as publicly-owned (military, university, etc.) or Experimental Aircraft, and can only be operated in tightly controlled spaces. Congress wants the FAA to facilitate safe integration for commercial purposes, so our economy can reap the rewards of this rapidly emerging market. “UAS represents a very rare economic opportunity for our region,” said Chrisman. “The FAA has approved only a select number of sites in the US and we have one of only three ranges on the contiguous West Coast. We feel confident that our mild weather, high number of flying days (VFR days) and our substantial infrastructure will make us the top range on the West Coast. I believe UAS represents the best chance Pendleton and the surrounding areas have to attract high-tech, high-paying jobs to our region. UAS companies need what we have in abundance here, essentially clear skies, good weather and infrastructure. As long as we create a safe, user-friendly environment for them to operate, then there is no reason to think we won’t attract a great many companies, both domestic and international.” According to Chrisman aerospace companies are known to pay thousands of dollars per week to operate test ranges. Flight crews stay in hotels, shop at stores, and eat at restaurants. When equipment is being tested, vehicles need repair and modification, and they often need parts either fabricated locally, or shipped in; not to mention a myriad of other local support services they will require. “The initial impacts will be in revenue paid to the range for conducting operations and in hotel stays and dining,” said Chrisman. “Flight test teams of 5-40 people will be moving in and out of Pendleton and staying anywhere from a week to a couple months. We have already been asked about hangar space, because many companies will not want to transport their equipment back and forth to California, or whichever state they come from. We then anticipate a need for a more permanent presence with satellite offices and industri-
al workshops. Obviously, our ultimate goal is to get them to locate here permanently. Success of the latter will depend on how successful we are at creating the safest, most user-friendly range on the West Coast. Only time will tell, but this certainly has the potential to greatly impact the economy of our region. One company alone in the Gorge spawned 1,400 jobs and 12 spinoffs, so the potential is there.” “UAS is the future of aviation. It’s not if, it’s when,” said Chrisman. “Whether anyone likes it or not, the technology is evolving as we speak and it will be a part of farming and firefighting and a plethora of other industries as well. We can embrace that as reality and play a major part in ushering in the future of aviation, or we can let other parts of the Country develop this technology and then we’ll just be paying them for it later. There were probably some horse and buggy holdouts in the first half of the 20th century, but I’d guess their great grandchildren are all driving cars now. The City of Pendleton has chosen to play an active role in shaping the future of aviation.” UAS testing will include data-gathering, safety, environmental impacts, detection of other aircrafts, and how to avoid other aircrafts. “Manned aviation has had a successful set of test sites for decades,” said Chrisman. “That does not exist currently for unmanned vehicles, so we will be creating it. We will be providing FAA the data they will use to establish guidelines for the safe integration of UAS into the National Air Space (NAS). We believe we will have roughly five years to accomplish this. When we accomplish that objective, we should still have a very viable business for the long term, because long after the National Air Space (NAS) is integrated, companies will still require test sites. In manned aviation, (all we really have to compare this to) companies are constantly inventing new vehicles that require testing. They have to prove to the FAA that their vehicles are safe for commercial applications. That certification process takes years and costs millions of dollars.” According to Chrisman, the city of Pendleton has invested over $365,000 in the infrastructure development and consulting. “We realized that there would only be one chance to do this right, so we made sure we hired the best contractors we could find,” said Chrisman. Peak 3, Inc. of Anchorage, Alaska was chosen to help develop the site, as well as conduct the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) tests once approval has been given. “We are lucky to have an established National Guard UAS Unit on the site that provides access to qualified personnel,” said Brian Prang of Peak 3, Inc. “However we would hire them as private sector employees. We are expecting there will be from 10 to 15 jobs at our field office in the long term to support the Test Range activity. These will be a mix of both full and part time positions and do not account for any outside company jobs/businesses that we expect to start in the area.” “The biggest challenge to date has really been the creation of all the processes required to operate safely, slow processing of the individual UAS COA
applications by the FAA, and the establishment of organizational relationships between the FAA, University of Alaska Fairbanks and the three Oregon Ranges,” said Chrisman. “The FAA takes protecting public safety very seriously, which is a good thing, but it doesn’t allow for rapid change. The good news is we’re nearly there. The City of Pendleton saw an outstanding opportunity and acted decisively, and that’s why we are one of only three ranges on the contiguous West Coast. We believe that Pendleton and the region will look back in a few years and believe this was a very wise investment. (LK24)
FAA’s Roles & Facts about Unmanned Aircraft Systems
nmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) come in a variety of shapes and sizes and serve diverse purposes. They may have a wingspan as large as a Boeing 737 or smaller than a radio-controlled model airplane. Regardless of size, the responsibility to fly safely applies equally to manned and unmanned aircraft operations. Because they are inherently different from manned aircraft, introducing UAS into the nation’s airspace is challenging for both the FAA and aviation community. UAS must be integrated into a National Airspace System (NAS) that is evolving from ground-based navigation aids to a GPS-based system in NextGen. Safe integration of UAS involves gaining a better understanding of operational issues, such as training requirements, operational specifications and technology considerations. The FAA’s Role: Safety Safety is the FAA’s top mission, and the agency maintains the world’s safest aviation system. As a provider of air traffic control services, the FAA also must ensure the safety and efficiency of the nation’s entire airspace. The FAA first authorized use of unmanned aircraft in the NAS in 1990. Since then, the agency has authorized limited use of UAS for important missions in the public interest, such as firefighting, disaster relief, search and rescue, law enforcement, border patrol, military training and testing and evaluation. Today, UAS perform border and port surveillance by the Department of Homeland Security, help with scientific research and environmental monitoring by NASA and NOAA, support public safety by law enforcement agencies, help state universities conduct research, and support various other missions for public (government) entities. Unmanned aircraft are flying now in the national airspace system under very controlled conditions. Operations potentially range from ground level to above 50,000 feet, depending on the specific type of aircraft. However, UAS operations are currently not authorized in Class B airspace, which exists over major urban areas and contains the highest density of manned aircraft in the National Airspace System. There are currently two ways to get FAA approval to operate a UAS. The first is to obtain an experimental airworthiness certificate for private sector (civil) aircraft to do research and development, training and flight demonstrations. The
second is to obtain a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for public aircraft. Routine operation of UAS over densely-populated areas is prohibited. UAS Test Sites After a rigorous 10-month selection process involving 25 proposals from 24 states, on December 30, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration chose six UAS research and test site operators across the country. In selecting the six test site operators, the FAA considered geography, climate, location of ground infrastructure, research needs, airspace use, safety, aviation experience and risk. In totality, these six test applications achieve cross-country geographic and climatic diversity and help the FAA meet its UAS research needs. University of Alaska. The University of Alaska proposal contained a diverse set of test site range locations in seven climatic zones as well as geographic diversity with test site range locations in Hawaii and Oregon. The research plan includes the development of a set of standards for unmanned aircraft categories, state monitoring and navigation. Alaska also plans to work on safety standards for UAS operations. Across the six applicants, the FAA is confident that the agency’s research goals of System Safety & Data Gathering, Aircraft Certification, Command & Control Link Issues, Control Station Layout & Certification, Ground & Airborne Sense & Avoid, and Environmental Impacts will be met. Each test site operator will manage the test site in a way that will give access to parties interested in using the site. The FAA’s role is to ensure each operator sets up a safe testing environment and to provide oversight that guarantees each site operates under strict safety standards. For more information: http://www.faa. gov/about/initiatives/uas/
s part of the Pan-Pacific Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Range Complex, Pendleton, along with Tillamook, and Warm Springs were all chosen as test sites in Oregon at the end of December in 2013. Alaska and Hawaii are also a part of the test range complex. “The states combined provided compliance with FAA requirements for significant UAS capability and experience, a comprehensive UAS industry and a wide variety set of environment and climate for flight experience, and strong leadership teams. The states are now implementing the contracting and related documentation to enable UAS research and flight testing at the Ranges,” said Eric Simpkins, the Oregon lead for the proposal to the FAA that granted Oregon 3 FAA-designated Test Ranges. The key element of the testing sites are to conduct research, so the FAA will have a better understanding on how to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) into American airspace by the end of 2015. The FAA plans to propose regulations between September and the end of the year, for commercial use, however, it could take years before regulations are finalized by the Department of Homeland Security. Public safety is the FAA’s number one priority.
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The Quest to Produce Home-Grown Healthcare Professionals MedQuest camp is one of AHEC’s founding programs, and it is just one way that Northeast Oregon tries to keep their homegrown professionals here to serve and give back to their community. By Trish Yerges
ach year high school students with an interest in entering a healthcare field apply for enrollment in MedQuest, a week-long exploratory camp organized by Northeast Oregon AHEC and hosted at Eastern Oregon University’s campus. The camp’s goal is to produce home-grown healthcare professionals who will stay and set up their practices in rural and underserved areas where they are needed the most. This year’s enrollment was an encouraging sign to AHEC organizers. “We had 44 registered students, and we accepted 42,” said NEOAHEC Outreach Coordinator Meredith Lair. “Then through a natural kind of attrition, we ended up with 32 students.” Attending the state-wide camp were sophomores, juniors and graduated seniors from high schools throughout our region and 9 from Lane County. Their selection was based upon their recommendations, GPA and the quality of their application. Lair and NEOAHEC’s Education Director Geoff Robinson collaborated on the MedQuest program agenda together, capturing student interest and registration during the 2013-14 school year. Participating students are immersed in a rotation through 3 different job shadow locations as well as hands-on practice and audience inclusion in healthcare panel discussions with local providers. Over 75 community healthcare providers and career volunteers stepped forward to instruct and mentor the MedQuest students. “We had an incredible volunteer force behind MedQuest this year,” said Lair. “So many clinic managers, providers, the hospital and local businesses came together to help us provide a robust and meaningful camp experience for the high school students. Without all of their cooperation, this camp would not be the unique and educational experience that it is.” Each day of the camp was a long one. They began at 7 a.m. and ended at 10 p.m. Monday’s agenda took the students to the Island City Fire Department where they did the ropes rescue. They also talked to college admissions and received a tour of EOU. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, students
rotated through 3 individually designed job shadowing locations within the camp. They received a tour of the Life Flight base and enjoyed a therapy careers night at Mountain Valley Therapy. “They told us about the different avenues people can pursue within therapy,” said Lair. “They also got their HIPPA and blood-borne pathogens certification after completing training and passing a test for that.” Also featured on the camp’s agenda was a medical specialties panel discussion during which different physicians and practitioners from the community spoke about the road they took to become a physician, pharmacist, nurse practitioner and other healthcare provider. “The students also spent 4 hours at Grande Ronde Hospital learning about different careers within the hospital world from telemedicine to nursing to lab careers,” said Lair. “Chief Financial Officer Wade Weis spoke to them for a while.” Following this students spent an exciting afternoon with the La Grande Fire Department, learning about the different career opportunities there. Students were given a hands-on opportunity to dress in rescue garb and learn how to cut a vehicle open and rescue a trapped driver. “Another thing the students participated in was a discussion about alternative medicine,” said Lair. Speaking on the alternative medicine panel were Dr. John Winters (naturopathic), Dr. Jason Kehr (chiropractic), David Ebel (physical therapy), Gary Oswalt (acupuncture, massage, energy work and BheSaja); and John Combe, (massage therapy). “If the students enjoyed their MedQuest
experience with us enough, we like to keep in touch with them and help guide them through this process of becoming a healthcare professional,” said Lair. This is done through other follow-up programs, including an online course which is offered through EOU called, “Future Healthcare Professionals of Oregon.” It’s another guide that high school students have to determine what they might be interested in pursuing as a healthcare provider. “We also have another program,” said Lair, called, “A Day in the Life” which is a college program for undergraduates who are interested in applying to a graduate or professional program. We go to OHSU where interested students can spend about a day and a half talking to admissions counselors and touring the campus and learning what it is like to be a graduate student pursuing a career as a doctor, dentist or physician’s assistant.” As additional support, throughout the State AHEC provides fully furnished housing for medical and dental students and physician’s assistant students who are currently in the program and doing rural rotations. “We’re out there to grow our own medical professionals and bring these students back to a rural area to practice at whatever field they decide upon,” said Lair. MedQuest camp is one of AHEC’s founding programs, and it is just one way that Northeast Oregon tries to keep their home-grown professionals here to serve and give back to their community. For information on the 2015 MedQuest camp, contact Meredith Lair or Geoff Robinson at www.eou. edu/neoahec
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Oregon Counties Rank High in US Agriculture Farmers, Ranchers, Crops, Story of the Week August 19th, 2014
hat county leads the nation in pear production? The answer is Hood River. That’s in Oregon. What county leads the nation in acres planted in Christmas trees? The answer is Clackamas. That’s also in Oregon. What county is first in the US for green pea acreage and production? The answer is Umatilla. Once again, that happens to be in Oregon. For a state not always recognized as an overall agricultural leader in the US, Oregon has a large number of counties ranking highly in a variety of categories as listed in the latest Census of Agriculture. In those categories, which include crop acreage and livestock inventory, Oregon counties crack the top 50 list of all US counties at least 113 times– and that doesn’t count the commodities not tracked by the census. Not bad for a state that ranks only 28th of all states in value of agricultural products sold. “There are more than 3,000 counties nationwide, and for us to show up in the top 50 in so many categories is a great testimony to the industry we have in Oregon,” says Katy Coba, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Some of the high rankings should come as no surprise as Oregon tends to corner the market on several specific commodities. As the nation’s leading producer of Christmas trees, Oregon is
home to the top producer and four of the top ten. Clackamas County is the US leader in acreage of Christmas trees with Marion County ranked #3. Benton (#6) and Polk (#8) also make the top ten list for Christmas trees. Oregon produces nearly all of the nation’s hazelnuts. So, obviously, Oregon counties crowd the top ten list. Marion County is the national leader in hazelnut acreage followed by Yamhill, Clackamas, Washington, Lane, and Polk rounding out as the top six. Oregon leads the nation in grass seed production. Linn County is the top US county in acreage. Marion County is #2 followed by Polk (#4), Lane (#5), Yamhill (#6), Benton (#7), and Washington (#8). Oregon pear production is also well known. With more than 9,000 acres planted in pears, Hood River County stands as the nation’s leader. Jackson County is ranked #6 in the same category. A variety of berry crops also place Oregon at the top of the list. Marion County may be considered the berry capitol of the nation, at least for some types of berries. Marion leads the US in acreage planted in blackberries and boysenberries, is fifth in blueberries, and seventh in strawberries. Washington County is also a major berry producer ranking second in the nation in boysenberry acreage, #3 in blackberry acreage, #4 in raspberry
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Union County acreage, #8 in blueberry acreage, and #11 in strawberry acreage. Clackamas County ranks #2 in blackberry acreage and #3 in boysenberry and raspberry acreage. Even heavily urbanized Multnomah County– with the highest population and smallest land area in the state– ranks #7 nationally in raspberry acreage and #12 in boysenberry acreage. For many consumers worldwide, there is nothing better than a fresh sweet cherry from Oregon. The state’s Wasco County ranks #2 nationally in sweet cherry acreage. Also in the fruit category, two south coast counties rank high nationally in cranberry production. Coos is #7 in cranberry acreage and Curry is ranked #10. California dwarfs the rest of the
county in wine grape acreage, but Oregon can point to Yamhill (#26), Polk (#32), Marion (#36), Washington (#41), Jackson (#46), and Lane (#48) counties reaching the top 50. East of the Cascades has a distinctive Oregon flavor. Umatilla County is #1 in green pea acreage, #19 in potato acreage, and #33 in watermelon acreage while Malheur is #3 in dry onion acreage with Morrow at #6. Oregon’s top commodity in sales and value is nursery production. Marion County is the nation’s third ranked county in nursery stock acreage followed by Clackamas at #4, Washington #6, Multnomah #19, and Yamhill #29 nationally.
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USDA Announces Grants to Help Veterans and Minority Farmers Get Started in Agriculture News Release 7/29/2014 Partnerships Continue USDA Efforts Supporting New Farmers and Build Greater Diversity in American Agriculture WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 — Today, USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the availability of over $9 million in outreach and technical assistance for minority farmers and ranchers and military veterans that are new to farming and ranching. The funding, provided through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program, will enable community-based organizations and other partners to work directly with these groups to successfully acquire, own and operate farms and ranches and equitably participate in all USDA programs. “The future face of agriculture needs to be varied in experience, background and knowledge to meet the demand of the 21st century,” said Deputy Secretary Harden. “The 2501 Program enables USDA to bring more farmers and ranchers into American agriculture by partnering with the institutions, landgrant universities and other organizations that work directly with these diverse communities. Through these critical partnerships, we will build a stronger agricultural future for our country and for the world.” Deputy Secretary Harden made this announcement at the White House during the Future of American Agriculture Champions of Change event celebrating the next generation of America’s farmers and ranchers. Through the 2501 Program, support is distributed to entities that work with minority or veteran farmers and ranchers -- 1890 Land Grant Institutions, 1994 Land Grant Institutions, American Indian Tribal community colleges
and Alaska Native cooperative colleges, Hispanic-serving and other institutions of higher education, Tribal governments and organizations, or community-based organizations. The 2501 Program, administered by the USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach, has distributed over $57 million to 188 partners since 2010. The 2014 Farm Bill reauthorized the program and expanded targeted communities to include military veterans. Applications for 2501 Program funding will be accepted through August 25, 2014, and must be submitted through www.grants.gov. More information about the 2501 Program is available at: http://www.outreach.usda. gov/grants/index.htm America’s farmers and ranchers continue to become more diverse. According to the 2012 Agricultural Census, minority and historically under-represented communities are part of the continued growth among new and beginning farmers and ranchers. According to the Census, 22 percent of all farmers were beginning farmers in 2012. That means 1 out of every 5 farmers operated a farm for less than 10 years. Today’s funding announcement was made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.
Oregon Department of Agriculture Issues New Pesticide Restrictions To Protect Pollinators News Release 6/26/2014 The Oregon Department of Agriculture is taking additional steps to protect bees and other pollinators from exposure to specific pesticide products following multiple incidents of bee deaths this summer. In adopting a temporary rule, ODA is prohibiting the use of pesticide products containing the active ingredients dinotefuran and imidacloprid on linden trees or other species of Tilia. The rule applies to all users, including professional applicators and homeowners. “Although we took significant steps last year to restrict the use of these pesticide products, we’ve seen more cases involving bumblebees attracted to blooming linden trees and pesticide applications,” says ODA Director Katy Coba. “In order to protect our pollinators, we feel it’s important to adopt additional restrictions.” Last year, based on high profile incidents of bee deaths, ODA adopted a required label statement on pesticide products containing imidacloprid and dinotefuran prohibiting the application of these products on linden trees and other Tilia species. For 2014, newly-la-
beled products distributed into Oregon are required to state the restriction. Products with pre-2014 labels are still in commerce and, prior to the temporary rule, could be used when plants were not in bloom. Two recent incidents of large bee deaths– one in Eugene, the other in Beaverton– involved the use of imidacloprid products with an older label, which alerts the user that the product is “highly toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment or residues.” To address confusion or misunderstanding caused by having two different label statements, ODA is simply prohibiting the application of any product containing imidacloprid or dinotefuran on linden, basswood, and other trees of Tilia species. Failure to comply with the new rule could result in license suspension or revocation as well as imposition of a civil penalty. The temporary rule, which goes into effect immediately, will be enforced for 180 days and will protect pollinators while allowing ODA to complete its investigation of recent bee death incidents as well as determine any future regulatory actions. ODA is contacting all pesticide license holders in Oregon regarding the new rule and will continue to provide outreach and education on pollinator
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Community Bank Awards Almost $12,000 For Good Grades
JOSEPH, OREGON – August 15th, 2014 The fourth year of Community Bank’s Earn While You Learn Program has set an all-time high in awards to student-customers for their academic success. For the 2014 award period, 531 students in the Eastern Oregon and Southeast Washington area cashed in on their good grades. Community Bank awarded students a total of $11,939! Since the bank’s program began in 2011 participation has steadily increased. In the first year of the Bank’s Earn While You Learn Program just 3 years ago, 190 students were awarded $3895. A total of $6975 was awarded to over 275 student-customers in 2012. A big increase occurred the following year with $11,173
awarded in 2013. This brings the programs overall total of academic award to $33,982. The program was designed to encourage students in their academic success by awarding them for good grades. During the months of June and July, all Community Bank branches accepted end-of-the-year report cards from students in grades 1st through 12th. For every top grade (A-, A, A+ for middle and high school, and S+, E, etc. for grade school) that appeared on the report card, Community Bank deposited $1 into their Community Bank Youth Savings Account. The Earn While You Learn Program is an annual reward of $1 per top grade, up to $50 annually per student, with payments given for the whole school year in June and July.
Northeast Oregon’s Future Discussed at Economic Forum Leaders from Business Oregon and the Oregon Business Plan, in partnership with the Regional Solutions Centers, Oregon Business Association and Associated Oregon Industries met with community leaders in Pendleton at Hamley’s Slick Fork Saloon. They discussed the economic future of eastern Oregon. Open conversations with business owners, elected leaders, and service providers gave a strong indication northeast Oregon has a good idea where they are headed economically over the next decade, or so. “My key take-away is the level of determination and will to make their economies healthier and more robust,” said Sean Robbins, Director of Business Oregon. With workshops in eleven regions
of the state, the economic framework forums build on needs already identified by each specific region. The forums will help identify specific ways to accelerate progress on economic priorities in the different regions, as well as explore current programs and policies. The forums, held around the state, will help inform Business Oregon’s economic development strategies and priorities and help shape the policy discussion of the Oregon Business Plan. “I think Oregon has all of the assets it needs to become one of the nation’s most competitive economies, but as a people we have to decide if we want that and have a sense of urgency and get after it,” said Robbins.
US Agriculture Secretary Vilsack visits Oregon
News Release 7/17/2014
Ag Secretary announces new conservation program & comments on other key issues The US Secretary of Agriculture chose Oregon this week to roll out details of a new conservation program funded by the latest Farm Bill, praising the state for how it values farmers, ranchers, and other landowners as well as natural resources. In a one-day visit to Portland and Salem, Secretary Tom Vilsack touched on several other issues important to Oregon including sage grouse, wildfires, and food innovation. “It’s great to be back in a state that truly values conservation and understands the power it has to change landscapes and change lives,” said Vilsack. “We are excited to continue the strong partnership we’ve had with state and local officials in Oregon.” While in Portland, Vilsack announced the launch of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and expected to provide $1.2 billion in funding over the next five years. RCPP streamlines conservation efforts by combining four existing programs into one. Oregon will have an excellent opportunity to receive conservation funding through a competitive process with project proposals from other states– especially since the Columbia River Basin has been designated as one of eight critical conservation areas in line to receive 35 percent of RCPP funding. What’s different about this program is the expansion of partnerships to help agricultural producers and landowners improve conservation efforts.
“We can leverage some of our conservation resources more effectively,” said Vilsack. “This program essentially says that USDA now wants to partner not just with the landowner and producer, but partner with non-profit organizations, state and local governments, conservation groups, and farm associations– all with the goal of improving soil health, increasing water quantity, protecting water quality, and expanding fish and wildlife habitat.” Combined with investments from participating partners, USDA expects its $1.2 billion in funding over the next five years to leverage another $2.4 billion for conservation. RCPP will competitively award funds for conservation projects that are designed by local partners and specific to the region. How much will end up in Oregon is anyone’s guess, but Vilsack expects a lot of great ideas and applications to come forth, making the final decision on who receives additional conservation funding a challenge. Awards made for 2014-15, an anticipated $400 million, are expected to be announced in October. Since being named agriculture secretary in 2009, Vilsack says USDA has entered into more than 3,600 contracts with Oregon producers and landowners for conservation purposes with a total investment of about $195 million into the Oregon economy. That doesn’t count state efforts, including an average of up to $40 million a year for grants issued by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB). “RCPP gives us a better opportunity to leverage our state investments in ways that will benefit local communities and their economies,” said OWEB Director Tom Byerly. “These funds will hire technical experts who design and implement projects, hire local field crews to do the work on the ground, and provide funding to purchase the goods and services that help these projects work.
RCPP takes partnerships to the next level.” Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba is also excited about the RCPP program. “This program really plays to Oregon’s strengths and our focus on conservation efforts,” said Coba. “Those efforts center on water quality, water quantity, forest health, and wildlife habitat.” Secretary Vilsack also announced an additional $434,000 from USDA to provide technical assistance for conservation efforts undertaken by producers and landowners dealing with the potential federal listing of the sage grouse, a major concern east of the Cascades. Vilsack has encouraged the US Department of Interior to provide regulatory certainty for landowners who make investments to protect habitat that they will not face additional requirements if and when the sage grouse is listed as an endangered species. “Landowners who do a certain level of conservation need to be assured the rules won’t change,” said Vilsack. “We think that a good relationship to foster.” Vilsack also sympathized with Oregon and other states facing forest and range fires this summer. He supports proposed legislation that creates a new system for fighting fires and paying for that effort. “It would treat large and intense fires the same way we treat hurricanes and tornadoes by creating an emergency fund to help suppression costs,” he said. “Agencies need predictable and consistent funding.” While in Portland, Secretary Vilsack toured the Food Innovation Center (FIC)– a joint ODA-Oregon State University facility that provides assistance with food product development, among other features.
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Rogers Toyota - Feeling Right at Home in Hermiston
n the heart of Hermiston there have been some changes happening lately, and those changes can only mean one thing, Rogers Toyota has moved into town, and they are here to stay. After being in business for 43 years in Lewiston, the time was right for Rogers Toyota to expand into northeast Oregon. After Larry Campbell retired in January, Ryan Rogers acquired the dealership and began remodeling the building located at 1550 N. First Street in Hermiston. Walls were knocked down and the showroom was completely remodeled. In addition to the remodel, Rogers Toyota also hired seven additional personnel, and have made some changes to the service department. There are 12 service bays, with one bay dedicated exclusively to express maintenance, which offers service throughout the week, including Saturdays. The parts and accessories department is open and available during the week. “We wanted it to be easy to do business here,” said General Manager, Jack Kemp. “We are here to help people get what they want.” Kemp transferred to Hermiston from Yakima, and has been with Toyota for 20 years. He is excited about the opportunity to meet the needs of his northeast Oregon customers. “Roger’s Toyota is big into education,” explained Kemp. “It builds such a great foundation for the whole community, so we are proud to support education as well as sports. We try to be forward minded and enjoy partici-
Rogers Toyota located at 1550 N. First Street in Hermiston pating in many Hermiston events.” Rogers Toyota is involved in the Umatilla Fair, the Pendleton Round-Up, Hermiston Fun Fest, and Umatilla Landing Days. If you would like more information about Rogers Toyota, contact, Brandon Ferguson, sales manager, or Mike Frank, outside sales manager. Both can be reached at 541-567-6461.
Hours Sales: M – F 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Shop: M - F 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nature’s Pantry Expands to Offer More Healthy Products Trish Yerges
In 28 years of business, Nature’s Pantry in La Grande has expanded its store space three times to meet the expressed needs of a growing number of health conscious consumers who want organic produce, supplements and good quality specialty products.
wners Dennis and Linda Clayville lease the 1907 Fourth Street building, and last September when an adjacent sub shop and office space were vacated, the Clayvilles took the opportunity to expand by an additional 3,000 square feet. Store Manager Blake Bars said, “We were making plans while we were tearing down the walls. It took us 10 months, and in that time, we gutted 3,000 square feet, tore down walls, remodeled, merged and reset every department.” Sounds straight forward, but Bars said it was a huge undertaking. They hired a couple of guys to come in at 5 a.m. to begin tearing down shelving and moving product while remaining open for business. “The whole store was turned upside down, yet we kept the store running at all odds,” said Bars. “The expansion project involved over 100 people, including local contractors and artists.” Catering to their customers amidst the dust, noise, smells and congestion that reconstruction inevitably causes wasn’t easy, but by relying on self-motivated personnel Nature’s Pantry grew into their new space gradually. Meanwhile, key staff like head cashier Julie Peterson, system manager Buck Schafer, department managers Tammy Hosey, Cathy Riley, Margie Torretta and store manager Blake Bars kept the boat afloat. Remodeling and designing the extra store space took some careful research and vision. “Between Dennis, Linda and I, we visited close to 10 stores to get ideas about what other people were doing,” Bars said. “The things that really turned us on were the produce and bulk food sections and how beautiful
and modern they were. That really helped us develop our vision of what we wanted our store to look like.” The Clayvilles and management took the best of what they saw and implemented it. One of Linda’s ideas was to include a fruit and smoothie bar to the new store space, complete with a fruit tree growing right at the counter and its branches into the ceiling. “When compared to other stores our size throughout the country, it wouldn’t take long to see that this store in La Grande is world class,” said Bars. “We took ideas from big stores that do millions of dollars of business, and brought that sophisticated feeling, that uptown and modern feel and quality to our customers here in La Grande.” Nature’s Pantry is striving to set the bar higher in La Grande as an esthetically appealing environment where health-conscious consumers from throughout Northeast Oregon can purchase specialty products and foods they desire. “We believe it’s possible to succeed here and to not only attract business but to flourish long-term for years to come,” said Bars. “The basis of that is our desire to meet
the needs of our customers and minister to the health needs of our community.” Nature’s Pantry was founded on the owners’ mission “to guide you into finding and maintaining vibrant health through proper nutrition, high quality supplementation and a healthy lifestyle.” It’s a mission that the staff believes too, and that’s part of the secret of their success. Belief in the mission of Nature’s Pantry fosters employee loyalty and a sincere interest in the needs of their customers. The business offers specialty products, foods without GMOs, foods low in sugar or containing only natural sugars. They also have a good selection of gluten-free food alternatives, more bulk foods, and more organic fruits and vegetables, all things their customers are asking for. “We buy seasonal produce from local producers as often as we can,” said Bars. “We have a lady who makes teas, another that makes salsa and others who provide us with honey. We are always striving to find local producers and farmers that fit our mission of health. They can reach me 541-910-9333 to discuss their products.”
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Sunflower Fields Dot the Grande Ronde Valley
Photo courtesy of Betty Bottger
The Becks do their part to add color to the Grande Ronde Valley J
ust over ten years ago, Rob and Tish Beck, owners of Alicel Feed and Seed, decided to raise hybrid sunflowers, a decision that has turned acres of ground in
the Grande Ronde Valley into a sea of golden yellow each summer. Hybrid Sunflower seed is Oregon State Certified, as well as Phytosanitary Certified. Certification of the crop ensures purity within each variety, the program allows up to one wild sunflower per 2000 plants or four pollen shedding females in 1000. Inspection for overall plant health (absence of disease) is completed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). The inspections are conducted to help meet phytosanitary requirements for seed export. The Becks and their contracted producers plant ‘parent seed’, which means they grow seed for companies that sell planting seed to commercial farmers. The end customers are companies that sell bird seed, or sunflower oil, as well as sunflower seeds for consumption. A typical year sees up to 12 different varieties of sunflowers in the Grande Ronde Valley, each line having been bred for specific traits that will help produce seed the different buyers require. “We have had up to 13 different growers in the valley planting 2,000 acres of sunflowers for the past few years, but this year our primary company had to cut way back due to the political unrest in the Ukraine. That area of the world is a huge Ag producer, which includes, of course, sunflower. Because of the unrest, agriculture there was unable to obtain funding to produce crops this year. ” said Betty Bottger, Hybrid Seed Production Manager. The seeds are planted in rows and generally the male (pollen bearing) is planted in a two row bay and the female (sterile) up to ten rows in a bay. Once the flowers begin to bloom Rougers walk through the field removing off-type, wild flowers, and shedders (females producing pollen) this ensures the purity of the crop.
According to Bottger, Flowing Gold Apiaries, from Rancho Cordova, CA will transport boxes of bees to Union County, where beekeepers will tend to them daily, making sure the bees are healthy, and have a water source. The beekeepers will move the bees around to the different fields at night, a time when the cool air makes them more relaxed and better travelers. “Bees are actually one of the most expensive part of growing the crop, but also one of the most critical.” said Bottger. Once the bees, along with the male flowers, have done their job, it is time for the bees to be hauled away to their next job, and time for the male flowers to be destroyed. It is important that all the male plants are knocked down, so seed from them will not contaminate the hybrid seed at harvest. The male flowers are mowed, while the female flowers are left standing to mature before being harvested which generally occurs in October. Between 24,000 and 33,000 sunflower seeds are planted per acre, which in turn produces between 700 – 1800 pounds of seed per acre, depending on the yields of each variety and field.
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Wholly GuacamoleThat Was Good!
- Hale’s Restaurant
Beyond Northeast Oregon - A Rambling Wanderer in Warrenton, Oregon
By Lori Kimbel
Our son, Dustin, introduced us
to Hale’s Restaurant and Lounge, several years ago, and it has become one of our favorite places to eat whenever we are in Hermiston. The awning above the front door states they have been in business since 1906; that, my friend, is a very long time. The atmosphere is unique to say the least. With several different sections of the restaurant, you are sure to have a one-of-a-kind experience no matter where you find a seat. The corrugated, galvanized metal roofing is accented by a string of ‘old barn’ light bulbs. Murals and country decorations adorn the walls, but my absolute favorite
picture is the one of Annie Oakley that is about 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide. It is not just a painting, as the artist has embellished it with buckles and buttons. The painting makes me wish I had met the first American woman superstar. Known for her shooting skills, Annie Oakley made a name for herself while traveling with the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. The real reason people head into
for the food of course. They have a menu that is overflowing with good-sounding food. In the past I have had their Prime-Rib French Dip, a Cheeseburger, and Chicken Strips. The first couple times of dining at Hale’s we did not know what size of portions to expect. By the third time I knew there was going to be enough on my plate to feed at least two people, so we now we just order one meal and share it, and we both walk out feeling like we got plenty to eat. Hale’s has barbequed food, hamburger, pasta, seafood, chicken, steaks, breakfasts, lunches and dinners, basically something to please everyone in your party. I highly recommend experiencing Hale’s Restaurant in Hermiston. The wait staff is friendly, the atmosphere is relaxing and you will have more than enough delicious food to fill your belly.
say I’ve been a little skeptical when it comes to putting my life in danger while I have had children to raise, and skeptical is probably a bit of an understatement. But, now that my youngest is 17 and wanting to Kaylina Sangston conquers her fears. take risks of her own from time to time, Adrenaline was running high I guess it is time I came out of among a few from our group, I was my mom shell and started enjoyfeeling surprisingly calm, however, ing some adrenaline rushes. especially after watching six-year What better way to start old ‘Bear Food’ take off down the my new way of life than at High Life Adventures, Zip Line Tours in zip line as if she had been zipping daily her entire life. Warrenton. With a mile of zip lines After gearing up with harthrough lush, coastal forest, and nesses, lanyards, trolleys and helover lakes and ponds, High Life mets with names, such as Gummy Adventures is a great place to begin Bear, Buttercup, and Bear Food, getting a few instructions from our an adrenaline seeking lifestyle. With eight zip lines, each guides and a lot of assurance the with a different view, and unique equipment they use is completely adventure level, this is the place to trustworthy, we were off to the put your fear of heights and speed Alder zip line, the bunny slope of to the test. zip lining at High Life Adventures.
Wildhorse Foundation Announces Second Quarter Recipients
he Wildhorse Foundation, a community benefit fund established by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) to support organizations in northeast Oregon and southeastern Washington, has announced the awards for the second quarter of 2014. A total of $202,855 was awarded to 25 recipients bringing the total for 2014 to over $407,000. CTUIR has a long history of charitable giving. While the Foundation was formed in 2001, changes in the compact Wildhorse Resort and Casino made with the State of Oregon expanded their footprint in 2009. Prior to the, the foundation could disburse grants to Umatilla, Morrow, Union and Wallowa Counties; they can now also allocate up to 30% of their funding to government bodies or charitable organizations in the Tribes ceded territory in Washington State (Benton, Walla Walla and Columbia Counties) as well as any Native American Tribal Government Agency or non-profit with its principal office and base of operation within the State of Oregon and any national or regional Indian Organization. Over 1,300 local and regional non-profits have benefited from over the $7.5 million given by the Foundation since its inception. Be-
cause the Wildhorse Foundation’s annual funding comes from a percentage of the Wilhorse Resort & Casino’s net revenue, as the resort’s business grows, so does the Foundation’s annual grant total. In 2013, almost $850,000 was distributed to 156 organizations in the Foundation’s giving area. The Board will consider awarding grants to applications that cover the areas of public health and safety, education, the arts, historic preservation, gambling addiction services, salmon restoration, environmental protection, and cultural activities. The quarterly deadline for requests are January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1. For more information on Wildhorse Foundation Guidelines, or to receive an application, visit www. wildhorseresort.com and click on “Our Foundation” or call Tiah DeGrofft at 541-966-1628. For a complete list of the second quarter of 2014 recipients visit http://www.wildhorseresort.com
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ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston and Community Leaders Celebrate Boardman Plant Expansion
ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE:CAG) joined with community and civic leaders today to celebrate the completed expansion of its Lamb Weston frozen potato facility in Boardman
he $200 million investment announced in 2012 adds a new processing line to the plant, increasing capacity for making french fries and other frozen potato products, and also adds more than 100 jobs to the local economy. During a special Grand Opening Ceremony, Lamb Weston employees were joined by representatives from Columbia River Enterprise Zone, Port of Morrow, city of Boardman, Morrow County and state of Oregon. “We appreciate the efforts and support of all our community partners,” said Greg Schlafer, president, Lamb Weston. “The completion of our new production line allows us to expand the outstanding work our employees do every day to make great tasting french fries from the high-quality potatoes grown throughout the region. We can continue to build upon the strong relationships we have with our customers while meeting their growing needs. And, we can expand the reach of foods grown and prepared in the Columbia River Basin beyond our shores.” The 192,000 square foot, stateof-the-art addition further enhances Lamb Weston’s flexibility to make many different varieties of frozen potato
and other vegetable products. The addition gives Lamb Weston five production lines in two plants in Boardman and increases capacity by an estimated 300 million pounds annually. Additionally, easy access to Port of Morrow supports Lamb Weston’s domestic and international growth plans. “We couldn’t be more pleased with ConAgra Foods’ investment and commitment to Boardman and the entire Columbia River Basin,” said Gary Neal, general manager, Port of Morrow. “Our work together is an excellent example of what can happen when members of a thriving community come together.” ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston is one of the largest employers in the Columbia River Basin – an area known for growing high-quality potatoes and other vegetables. The company operates seven facilities in the region employing nearly 4,500 people, including 750 employees in Boardman and 500 in Hermiston, Ore. The existing Boardman facility is EPA ENERGY STAR® Certified as a result of employee efforts to reduce energy, reuse water and increase recycling. The expansion was built with technology
and sustainable construction techniques pioneered at Lamb Weston’s Delhi, La. sweet potato operation, which is LEED platinum certified. ABOUT CONAGRA FOODS ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America’s largest packaged food companies with branded and private branded food found in 99 percent of America’s households, as well as a strong commercial foods business serving restaurants and foodservice operations globally. Consumers can find recognized brands such as Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®, Egg Beaters®, Healthy Choice®, Hebrew National®,
Hunt’s®, Marie Callender’s®, Orville Redenbacher’s®, PAM®, Peter Pan®, Reddi-wip®, Slim Jim®, Snack Pack® and many other ConAgra Foods brands, along with food sold by ConAgra Foods under private brand labels, in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise, club and drug stores. Additionally, ConAgra Foods supplies frozen potato and sweet potato items as well as other vegetable, spice, and bakery goods to commercial and foodservice customers. ConAgra Foods operates ReadySetEat.com, an interactive recipe website that provides consumers with easy dinner recipes and more. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.
Governor Appoints New Member to Oregon Tourism Commission
industry as a hotel front desk clerk while pursuing his B.S. degree in Accounting at the University of Phoenix in Tucson, Ariz. Anway and his family moved to the Rogue Valley after falling in love with the region in 1999. He has served as Chair of the Ashland Visitors and Convention Bureau (AVCB) and Board of Directors for the Ashland Chambers of Commerce and is a current member of AVCB. “I am excited to join in collaboration with the other members of the Oregon Tourism Commission and the wonderful staff at Travel Oregon,” said Anway. “We live in a beautiful state with so many opportunities for adventure and celebration of everything Oregon has to offer. I look forward to being a part of this team of Oregon Dreamers.” Karen Utz, the owner of the Black Walnut Inn in Dundee, currently serves as Chair on the Oregon Tourism Commission, with Alana Hughson, President & CEO of the Central Oregon Visitors Association, serving as Vice-Chair. “Tourism is the economic engine that fuels small business development and generates revenue in every corner of the state,” said Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon. “We are pleased to welcome Don to the Oregon Tourism Commission. The Governor has selected an insightful and experienced person with the capability to advance the tourism industry in our state.” To learn more about the Oregon Tourism Commission Columbia Gorge go to Industry.TravelOregon.com. The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, works to enhance visitors’ experience by proSALEM, Ore., June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -“The tourism industry generates $9.6 billion in economic viding information, resources and trip planning tools impact in Oregon and supports nearly 94,000 jobs,” the that inspire travel and consistently convey the exception overnor John Kitzhaber has appointed Don Governor said. “This new appointment will help carry al quality of Oregon. The commission improves OregoAnway to the Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel forward the intensive state effort to help tourism grow nians’ quality of life by strengthening economic impacts Oregon). Made up of nine members, the Commission and thrive, which is good for all sectors of Oregon’s of the state’s $9.6 billion tourism industry that employs provides expertise and sets policy direction for Travel economy.” nearly 94,000 Oregonians. www.TravelOregon.com Oregon staff. Anway will fill a vacancy created by the Anway is the General Manager of the Neuman departure of Hank Hickox, General Manager of Bandon Hotel Group, which manages Ashland Springs Hotel, SOURCE Travel Oregon Dunes Resort, who will complete eight years of service Lithia Springs Resort, Ashland Hills & Suites and Inn CONTACT: Linea Gagliano, (503) 729-6021, Linea@ in June. Anway’s term begins July 1. at the Commons. He began his career in the tourism TravelOregon.com
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Grocery Outlet Now Open in Pendleton Dan and Jamie Canale have
opened Grocery Outlet Bargain Market at 1810 Sw Court Avenue in Pendleton. Based in Emeryville, California, Grocery Outlet offers extreme bargains on brand name merchandise, with prices often up to 60% less than conventional retailers. The largest “extreme-value” grocer in the U.S., Grocery Outlet has more than 200 locations in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington.
Oregon Timber Harvest Above Four Billion Board Feet For The First Time Since 2006
News Release July 15, 2014 I n 2013, Oregon’s timber harvest rose to 4.2 billion board feet, marking four consecutive years of increase from the recession low of 2.72 billion board feet in 2009. “This was the first harvest above four billion board feet in seven years,” said ODF principal economist Brandon Kaetzel, “and represents a 12 percent increase over the 2012 harvest of 3.75 billion board feet.” Approximately 49 percent, or 30.2 million acres, of Oregon is forested. Federal forestlands account for 60 percent of these forestlands, industrial forestlands for 19 percent, family forestland owners own 15 percent, state-owned forests comprise three percent, and all other forestland owners (counties, Tribal, etc.), three percent. Timber harvest increases can be attributed to a strong export market for Oregon logs in 2013, coupled with a domestic market recovery, particularly in housing. Whether this trend will continue for the 2014 harvest is uncertain due to housing forecasts being revised to lower numbers and a sudden cool-down in the export market that occurred during the second quarter of 2014. The largest increase in harvest came from non-industrial private forestlands where harvests in-
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creased 61 percent to 511 million board feet from the 2012 total of 318 million board feet. “This is most likely due to small forestland owners taking advantage of higher prices as a result of a still strong export market in 2013,” Kaetzel said. The harvest on industrial forestlands rose from 2.56 billion board feet in 2012 to 2.75 billion board feet in 2013, for an eight percent increase in harvest. Harvests on Native American forestlands increased five percent from 2012 to 2013, rising from 63 million board feet in 2012 to a total of 66 million board feet in 2013. On Oregon’s west site, federal forestland posted modest increases in harvests; an 11.5 percent increase on Bureau of Land Management lands (for a 2013 total of 165 million board feet) and a six percent increase in harvests on U.S. Forest Service lands (totaling 392 million board feet in 2013). State public lands, which include Common School Fund and Board of Forestry forestlands, posted a slight increase from 251 to 252 million board feet. Klamath County continued to lead in eastern Oregon with a 2013 harvest of 124 million board feet. Even with a diminished infrastructure, harvests on the east side rose approximately four percent due to increases on tribal, private, and other public (e.g. county) forestland. There was a marked decrease in federal timber harvest on the east side for 2013. In western Oregon, Lane County continued to lead with a 2013 harvest of 620 million board feet. A link to the 2013 report, as well as links to previous years’ annual reports, is available on the department’s website at www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/STATE_ FORESTS/FRP/annual_Reports.aspx. NOTE: One board foot of lumber is one foot wide, one foot long, and one inch thick, or the equivalent in volume. Construction of an approximately 1,800-squarefoot house requires about 10,000 board feet.
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Continued from page 4 “It’s taking Oregon products, processing them, encouraging more unique and branded opportunities for small businesses to get started, and then expanding the ability to sell those products locally, nationally, and internationally,” said Vilsack. The secretary participated in a routine activity at the FIC– product taste testing– with mixed reviews. “I had my first real taste of seaweed and it’s an acquired taste for a Midwestern guy,” he said. “I much prefer the Oregon blueberries I tried later. But it’s interesting to see what is evolving, the notion that seaweed can combine with other salad fixings to create a very nutritious meal and opportunity.” Vilsack also praised Oregon’s leadership in establishing an effective FoodCorps Program, the first ever national deployment of service members specifically working on farm to school and school garden activities. “It’s really about reconnecting people– in particular, young people– with the food choices they make and learning about how food is grown,” said Vilsack. “Hopefully they’ll have a greater appreciation for those who grow food. If that happens, they’ll have a greater appreciation for those who live, work, and raise their families in rural areas, which hopefully results in continued investment in those areas.”
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Treehouse and Worksystems Will Train 10,000 Oregonians To Land High-Paying Coding and Technology Jobs Code Oregon Provides National Job-Creation Prototype for High Demand Software Careers Treehouse Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Treehouse) PORTLAND, Ore., June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- By 2020, there will be one million more computer programming jobs in the U.S. than workers to fill them, and 10,000 of those jobs will be in the Portland metro region. To close the skills gap and prepare area residents with the skills needed to land these jobs, Treehouse has teamed up with Worksystems, the workforce investment board for the City of Portland, Multnomah and Washington Counties, to build the region’s future technology workforce through Code Oregon. Today’s Code Oregon launch marks the area’s most aggressive workforce development program. It provides free coding education to 10,000 Portland metro area residents through Treehouse’s online learning platform. Worksystems will then place graduating Treehouse students in jobs with leading technology companies with the help of The Technology Association of Oregon. Code Oregon serves to not only bolster the technology talent pipeline to help the state’s growing software sector, but also supports Treehouse’s national
Kitzhaber and BLM Diretor Neil Kornze Discuss Job Creation for Rural Economies (Portland, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today met with Neil Kornze, director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, to discuss federal lands management, habitat conservation, and the importance of creating jobs and supporting rural economies in areas of the state near BLM-managed land. The meeting offered the Governor an opportunity to congratulate Mr. Kornze on his appointment this past spring to head the BLM and talk about the Governor’s agenda for sustainable working lands and conservation. “We’re showing in Oregon that healthy habitat and healthy communities are tied to responsible natural resource management,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “It’s critical that we have strong relationships with both our federal partners and with local communities to move forward on building a more prosperous future for rural Oregon that includes conserving natural resources and creating jobs.” The Governor and Director Kornze discussed issues on and near BLM land across the state, including sage grouse conservation and management of 2.8 million acres of federally owned land known collectively as O&C lands. On O&C lands, the discussion focused on the Governor’s strong support for Senator Wyden’s and Congressman DeFazio’s efforts to find a long-term solution that provides increases in sustainable timber harvest and locks in conservation gains made over the last 20 years. “This is a
complex issue, with many of our counties deeply impacted by lack of funds to keep basic public service afloat,” the Governor said. “The situation is urgent, and Oregon needs support for the delegation’s efforts to craft a resolution that works for both our environment and the people who are dependent on sustainable timber use.” In preparation for the Endangered Species Act status review of sage grouse in 2015, the Governor’s Office has been working closely with Oregon-based BLM staff on its Resource Management Plan and with stakeholders on a state plan through the SageCon partnership. The state’s approach has focused on conservation of the ground-nesting bird’s habitat while engaging ranchers, energy companies, and others on strategies that simultaneously support conservation efforts and a sustainable path for community and economic development.
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occurred over the two-and a-half-year process. In general, the extensions allowed the applicant, Ambre Energy, to respond to issues raised in public comment periods, and to the state’s questions and requests for clarification. Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 196.825 directs the DSL director to “issue a permit….. if the director determines that the project described in the application: (a) Is consistent with the protection, conservation and best use of the water resources of this state as specified in ORS 196.600 to 196.905; and (b) Would not unreasonably interfere with the paramount policy of this state to preserve the use of its waters for navigation, fishing and public recreation.” The department also uses a set of criteria that includes, but is not limited to: what alternatives were considered in the project planning (avoiding waterway impacts); economic, social and other public benefits of the proposed project; if the project is consistent with existing local land-use plans and adjacent land and waterway uses; and what the applicant proposes to mitigate unavoidable waterway impacts. In reviewing this application and supporting materials, DSL considered the above factors and determined that while the proposed project has independent utility, it is not consistent with the protection, conservation and best use of the state’s water resources, and that the applicant did not provide sufficient analysis of alternatives that would avoid construction of a new dock and impacts on tribal fisheries.
In the department’s decision to deny the permit, Director Abrams stressed that the decision was reached after extensive deliberation, research and legal advice. “We used data provided by a wide array of parties, and weighed this information against what Oregon law says we must take into consideration in making removal-fill permit decisions. We fully believe that our conclusion to deny the Coyote Island Terminal permit is the right one.” Abrams also noted that the department’s removal-fill regulatory authority is vested in the agency director, not the State Land Board. The applicant may appeal the decision, which would include a hearing before an administrative law judge through the contested case process. More information: http:// www.oregon.gov/dsl/PERMITS/ Pages/cit_permit_application.aspx The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.
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Oregon Maverick - Rick Steber
The dictionary defines maverick as someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action, qualities that describe Oregon Maverick, Rick Steber, to a T.
s a young man, Steber knew he wanted to become a writer; he also had the foresight to realize it was not going to be easy. “You can’t do what everybody else is doing. You have to do something that stands out,” said Steber about marketing, and stand out is exactly what he did. He began his career by writing short vignettes of Oregon history, called Oregon Country. Knowing he could not make a living unless he was able to sell each story more than once, he decided to head out on horseback and visit every newspaper in the Willamette Valley; Hoping they would agree to publish his column. Rick started in Eugene, and made his way to Brownsville. He tied his horse to a parking meter, dropped in some change, and walked inside the Brownsville Times office where he was met by a less than friendly newspaper employee. She promptly told him she
was not interested in whatever it was he was selling. Rick, being the persistent marketer he is, said, “Lady, I just got done riding my horse 40 miles to get here. It rained on me and then the sun came out and it got hot, you really need to listen to what I have to say.” She listened, and Rick was able to convince her to publish his column. His first paycheck was $50, and his first purchase was a Stetson cowboy hat. Rick rode his horse to Canby and set up a tent outside the Canby paper until the publisher invited him inside, where he too agreed to publish Rick’s column. Photo courtesy of Christian Heeb - Visit www.heebphoto.com for more of his great work. As he rode his horse toward Silverton, a carload of he tries to make sure that every kid gets an autographed rambunctious teenage boys spooked his horse. Rick dove book. off, and for the most part was unscathed, but the horse, His passion for writing, and Oregon history who had reared up, and fell over backwards, was hurt have taken him around the state, into libraries and courtenough that Rick hung his cowboy boots from the saddle houses, across the Oregon Trail and on a hiking trip from horn, put on his tennis shoes, and walked the horse the Fort Boise to The Dalles. He has interviewed old-timers, rest of the way. A reporter from the Statesman’s newsoutlaws and lawmen and at times pushes the boundaries paper, out of Salem, took a picture, and dubbed him the of their comfort zones. ‘Tennis Shoe Cowboy’. The most recently published book, Red, White Rick stood out then, and continues to be a selfand Black, has won the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award made marketer. in the category of Multicultural, and was a finalist for the “If you’ve got a band, you have to play the Indie Book Award in the category of Regional Non-ficcounty fairs,” he said. “But, now it is a totally different tion. game. Now it is social media, it is radio, it’s TV.” Steber has also won the Western Writers of Rick continues to market his books in his own American Spur Award. unique way. He is often asked to speak at banquets and His latest book, All-Around & the 13th Juror other gatherings. He also spends time going to local can be pre-order by calling 541-447-3115. schools, educating kids and letting them know that if Rick will be signing books during Round Up you put your mind to it, anything is possible. Rick sees be- week at Hamley’s, Woolen Mills, the Round-Up Hall of tween 5,000 and 10,000 grade school kids each year, and Fame, and the Armchair Bookstore.
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he amount paid to people filing for unemployment insurance benefits has increased slightly. The maximum weekly benefit amount an individual can receive will increase to $549, while the minimum amount will be $128. The change affects new unemployment insurance claims effective on or after June 29, 2014. Those with existing unemployment claims will continue to receive the same weekly amount. Under Oregon law, each year
the Employment Department recalculates the maximum and minimum amounts paid weekly to those filing for unemployment benefits. The amounts are set as percentages of the average weekly wage earned by Oregonians. The minimum unemployment figure is 15% of average weekly wage, and the maximum amount is 64%. Both dollar amounts are rounded down to the nearest dollar as required by law. The new maximum and minimum payments represent a 2 and 1.6 percent increase respectively from benefits paid over the past year. Over the past 12 months the maximum payment has been $538, while the minimum was $126.
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ACCENT ON ART
The Pendleton Center for the Arts will receive $18,200 from the Oregon Arts Commission to fund current operations.
AG HIGHLIGHTS The first ever ‘Potato Bowl’ is scheduled for November 8, 2014 in Corvallis. Oregon State University and Washington State University will match up on the football field to help publicize potatoes grown in each state. The event is hosted by the Washington and Oregon Potato Commissions. The losing team will be required to make a donation of potatos to a food bank in the winning team’s state.
Vendors were plentiful at the 20th Annual Wildhorse Pow Wow, which was held the first weekend of July. Arts, crafts, apparel, jewelry, and food were all available. More than 300 Native dancers, and 25 drum groups, competed throughout the weekend for their share of $80,000 in cash and prizes donated by Wildhorse Resort and Casino. Barley Brown’s Brewing has been ranked The CTUIR Public Transit program has the seventh-best brewery in Oregon, from Thrillist, been renamed Kayak Public Transit. For current a digital media company at the North American Beer bus schedules visit ctuir.org/bus.html Kayak Public Awards. Barley Brown won one gold medal, three Transit also has a Facebook page at www.facebook. silvers, and three bronze at the competition. com/kayakpublictransit, and a Twitter feed.
BUSINESS BRIEFS Cinnabon is now open in Stanfield at Pilot Truck Stop. Siuslaw Financial Group is being acquired by Walla Walla-based BanAs they work to restructure the business, Pendleton Grain ner Corp. Growers (PGG) will close stores in Athena, Milton-Freewater, Pendleton and Hermiston early in September. Stores in Harvest Town Produce is now open at NE Joseph, and Island City are in the process of being sold. Front Street and Third Street in Boardman. Grocery Outlet is now open in Pendleton at 1810 SW Court Avenue. Stop in and welcome owners Dan and Jamie Canale. Goodwill has opened a new store at 325 West Theater Lane in Hermiston. The new store is 15,517 sq. ft. It is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. At the movies: The trailer for the movie “Wild” has been released. There are many Oregon scenes as Reese Witherspoon embarks on an 1,100 mile journey across the Pacific Crest Trailer. It is set to be release on December 5, 2014. Hermiston has been designated as an E-Commerce Zone. Online businesses, as well as brick and mortor companies looking to open, or expand in Hermiston, can receive an income tax credit. The credit will come from the state, and will be based on capital investments made.
Valley Meats of Wallowa has purchased Stafford Meats in Elgin. Forty Winks and a Splash is now open in Baker City on Broadway. Stephanie Barger owns the bed and bath shop. McCormack Construction Company of Pendleton and PKA Architects from Portland will be building the Good Shepherd Medical Center expansion, which will accommodate the Education and Wellness Department. It is expected to take 20 weeks. The Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal, acting in its role as the State Emergency Response Commission, annound that reports received from railroad companies on the movement of Bakken crude oil through Oregon are now available to the public at www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/ SERC/CrudeOilReports.aspx
Michelle Liberty, owner of Attitude, Inc., was recognized as the 2014 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Business Development Services of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The award was presented during a June 11 luncheon at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. The award honors Native American entrepreneurs and those who support and champion small business. Dr. Norm Saager, of Broadway Family Dental of Milton-Freewater, celebrates his 40 years in practice. Pat-A-Cake Bakery is now open in Baker City on Broadway Street. The bakery is owned by Terrie Laeger. Construction is expected to begin on Blue Springs Crossing in Island City later this year. The $8.2 million project will add 210 units to be managed by the Northeast Oregon Housing Authority. Empire Bakery is now open at 363 S. Main St. in Pendleton
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White House Rural Council Announces $10 Billion Private Investment Fund to Finance Job-Creating Infrastructure Projects in Rural America News Release 07/24/2014
CoBank Pledges Initial Multi-billion Commitment for New Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund; More Private Investments in Fund Expected; Capitol Peak to Manage New Fund; USDA to Identify Projects in Need of Investment through New Fund and Other Sources
he White House Rural Council today announced the creation of the new U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund through which private entities can invest in job-creating rural infrastructure projects across the country. An initial $10 billion has been committed to the fund with greater investment expected to follow. Target investments will include hospitals, schools and other educational facilities, rural water and wastewater systems, energy projects, broadband expansion, local and regional food systems, and other rural infrastructure. CoBankThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website., a national cooperative bank serving rural America and a member of the Farm Credit System, is the fund’s anchor investor, committing $10 billion to get the fund off the ground. Capitol Peak Asset ManagementThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website. will manage the new fund and work to recruit more investors to add to CoBank’s initial commitment. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal agencies will help to identify rural projects that could be potential beneficiaries of financing through this new fund and other private sources. The creation of the new fund was announced during the first-ever White House Rural Opportunity Investment Conference in Washington, D.C. The confer-
ence brought together business and financial community leaders, Administration and other government officials, rural development experts, and others to promote investment opportunities in America’s rural communities. “This fund represents a new approach to our support for job-creating projects across the country,” said Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary and Chair of the White House Rural Council. “USDA and other agencies invest in infrastructure through a variety of federal initiatives, but our resources are finite and there are backlogs of projects in many parts of the economy. We know where investment opportunities exist, so we are in a position to help promote these projects among investors. With new efforts like this we can move beyond existing programs and help encourage substantial private investment in projects that grow the economy and improve quality of life for millions of Americans.” The Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund will allow America’s rural economy to continue its forward momentum by enhancing access to capital for rural infrastructure projects and speeding up the process of rural infrastructure improvements. The fund is immediately open for business and more investors can now add to the initial $10 billion in available capital. The fund will allow a wide variety of new participants, including pension funds, endowments, foundations, and other institutional investors that have not traditionally had access to these markets to invest in rural development. In some cases, projects may be funded entirely through private sector dollars. In others, private dollars may be leveraged with and extend critical government loan and grant programs. The new Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund and the White House Rural Council’s Rural Opportunity Investment Conference are part of the Obama Adminis-
tration’s ongoing efforts to spark additional private investment in rural communities through private sector sources or through public private partnerships like the new fund announced today. For example, USDA announced the $150 million Rural Business Investment Company earlier this year, which allows the Department to help facilitate private equity investments in innovative agriculture-related businesses. Vilsack said today that more investment vehicles such as this are in the pipeline, and other efforts to continue promoting private investment in rural areas will be announced later this year. “Meeting the world’s needs for food and farm products, as well as the growing demand in areas like renewable energy, local food, and the bioeconomy will require continued investment in rural places,” Vilsack said. “Many major investors in urban centers aren’t always aware of the significant investment opportunities in rural communities. If the White House Rural Council can help facilitate even a small portion of the enormous amount of available investment capital into rural places, we can grow key industries and create jobs in rural and urban areas from coast to coast.”
USDA Awards Funds to Promote Development of Rural Wood to Energy Projects News Release July 15, 2014
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack an nounced the award of more than $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in 11 states and an additional $1.25 million for nine wood energy projects. “Renewable wood energy is part of the Obama Administration’s ‘all of the above’ energy strategy,” Vilsack said. “Working with our partners, the Forest Service is supporting development of wood energy projects that promote sound forest management, expand regional economies and create new rural jobs.” The federal funds will leverage more than $4.5 million in investments from USDA partners. Under the terms of the agreements announced today, private, state and federal organizations will work together to stimulate the development of additional wood energy projects in their states. Activities may include workshops that provide technical, financial and environmental information, preliminary engineering assessments and community outreach needed to support development of wood energy projects. Grant recipients are from: Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia. Secretary Vilsack also announced projects to be funded through the Wood-to-Energy grant program, which will use woody material from National Forest System lands, such as beetle-killed trees, to improve forest health and aid in wildfire prevention. www.neobn.com
The grant program helps applicants complete the necessary design work needed to secure public or private investment for construction. This year more than $1.25 million will be provided to assist projects in New Hampshire, Minnesota, California, Oregon, and Washington. For more information on the projects funded by the Forest Service, please visit the Statewide Wood Energy Teams (SWET) and Wood to Energy Grant Recipients page.
The Forest Service Wood to Energy grant program began in 2005 and has provided more than $36 million toward various projects, ranging from biomass boilers for schools and hospitals, to helping businesses acquire equipment that improves processing efficiencies. So far, over 150 grants have been awarded to small businesses, non-profits, tribes and local state agencies to improve forest health, while creating jobs, green energy and healthy communities. For more information on the cooperative agreement program, visit http://na.fs.fed.us/werc/wood-energy/. For more information on USDA’s renewable energy programs, please visit the USDA Energy website. Today’s announcements support forest restoration and the Obama administration’s efforts to
help communities better prepare for and reduce the severity of wildfires, especially in the face of climate change. Over the past ten years the Forest Service has had to borrow $3.2 billion dollars from other agency programs to support emergency wildfire suppression costs amid longer fire seasons and more frequent and severe wildfire activity. On July 8th, President Obama requested $615 million for emergency wildfire suppression activities for FY 2014, and a new budget approach to fund wildfire suppression similar to other natural disaster events, mirroring bipartisan legislation proposed by Congress. These actions alleviate the need to conduct fire transfers this year and in future years and will help reduce firefighting costs, promote long-term forest health, and maintain fiscal responsibility. The mission of the Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the Nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.
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Intel Proposes $100 Billion investment in Oregon News Release Monday, August 11, 2014
epresentatives of Washington County, the City of Hillsboro and Intel Corporation announced today that a proposed agreement has been reached for Intel to invest up to $100 billion in the county. The announcement culminates negotiations under Oregon’s Strategic Investment Program (SIP), a private-public partnership that has driven billions of dollars of investment in Oregon over the last two decades. “By continuing the success of our past agreements, we will gain important resources supporting our public services and we will retain thousands of jobs here in Oregon at a critical point in our economic recovery,” said Washington County Commissioner Roy Rogers, who represented the county board during the negotiations. “Intel’s decision to increase its investment in Hillsboro strengthens our position as a global center for high-tech manufacturing jobs,” said Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey. “This partnership is outstanding for our community, and for all Oregonians, as we attract and retain jobs in key industries, and pursue additional global investments in Hillsboro.” Commissioner Rogers and Mayor Willey praised Governor Kitzhaber and Business Oregon for their expertise and support for this historic proposal. Commissioner Rogers commented that “the negotiation process for any SIP is very complex and we’ve appreciated the state’s assistance throughout.” The proposed agreement is focused on investments in the company’s unique cycle of equipment replacement and on retaining the 17,500 employees currently working in Washington County. The multi-million-dollar machinery and equipment used in Intel’s manufacturing process can become obsolete within a few years as the technology rapidly evolves. As with earlier SIP agreements, property taxes would be partially abated for investments in these leading-edge tools consistent with Oregon’s SIP law. “In an increasingly competitive global business environment, we are pleased that Washington County, the City of Hillsboro, and the State of Oregon continue to provide the right place for Intel to invest,” said Neil Tunmore, Intel vice president and director of corporate
services. “We are proud to call Washington County home to Intel’s largest site in the world, where our most advanced technologies are developed.” The proposed 2014 SIP agreement requires Intel to make payments under two categories, those required by state law and those negotiated locally. The statutorily required payments would total to an estimated $122 million in property taxes and fees over the life of the agreement. Additional fees would total to an estimated $228 million over the same period. Actual amounts would vary depending on how much and over what timeline Intel invests. The proposal would follow a precedent established with other Washington County SIP agreements
“Intel not only brings the kind of jobs and economic impact that reach across the entire state, but the innovation and perseverance that embodies the Oregon spirit. This historic investment makes our state a global leader in high tech manufacturing and is proof positive that Oregon is fertile soil for business to grow and families to prosper.”
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of requiring fees equal to full property taxes on all land and buildings. These fees have consistently resulted in payments that were greater than the minimum required under Oregon’s SIP law. The announcement and its significance come as the Oregon economy continues to experience unemployment rates greater than its pre-recession levels. A recent analysis by ECONorthwest, a private consulting firm, revealed that each of Intel’s jobs in Hillsboro and Washington County created an additional three non-Intel jobs throughout the state. In 2012, this added up to nearly 68,000 jobs –about 4 percent of the State’s workforce. Additionally in 2012, Intel’s payroll amounted to $2.8 billion causing a ripple effect that led to a gross total of $327.7 million in state income taxes and local property taxes in support of public services statewide.
According to the Brookings Institute, exports from computer and electronic products accounted for 57 percent of total exports and 63 percent of export growth in Greater Portland, underscoring the importance of Intel’s role in the regional economy. If approved, the 2014 proposal with a term of 30 years would be the fifth Intel SIP agreement in Washington County. In 2005, Washington County and the City of Hillsboro negotiated an agreement with Intel that set the stage for up to $25 billion of investment beginning in 2010. In 1999, the county and city negotiated a SIP agreement allowing investment of up to $12.5 billion beginning in 2000. Finally, two additional Intel SIP agreements were put into effect in 1994 with a combined total of $3.4 billion of investment. The Washington County Board of Commissioners will be briefed on the proposed agreement at their 8:30 a.m. work session on August 12 in Room 140 of the Cameron Public Services Building, 155 North First Avenue, Hillsboro. The Hillsboro City Council will be briefed at 6 p.m. on August 19 in Conference Room C113B&C of the Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 East Main Street, Hillsboro. The Washington County Board and the Hillsboro City Council plan to gather public comments on the 2014 proposal leading to a scheduled joint meeting and public hearing at approximately 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, in the auditorium of the Cameron Public Services Building, 155 North First Avenue, Hillsboro. After hearing public testimony, the board of commissioners and city council are scheduled to consider approving the proposal. State law would then require the Oregon Business Development Commission to approve the agreement before it could take effect. The Strategic Investment Program was authorized by the 1993 Legislature to increase Oregon’s ability to attract and retain capital-intensive industry and high-wage jobs. Projects approved for the SIP must pay full property taxes on the first $100 million invested in an urban area, or $25 million in a rural area. Under law, this investment amount is allowed to increase by 3 percent each year. An annual Community Service Fee equal to 25 percent of abated taxes, up to $2 million in an urban area or $500,000 in a rural area, must also be paid. The 2014 proposal includes additional negotiated fees.
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All-Around & the 13th Juror, by Rick Steber
The states of Oregon and Washington are responsible for most of the nation’s hop production with Marion County ranked second in hop acreage. Oregon is also a major producer of mint for oil, with Union (#5), Linn (#7), Lane (#9) and Marion (#10) all cracking the top ten nationally. One of the most surprising rankings is Wheeler County in north central Oregon ranking fourth in the nation in acreage for mint tea leaves. Other statistical odds and ends include Marion County (#6) and Jefferson County (#8) in the top ten for garlic acreage– most of it grown for seed and supplied to California. Yamhill is third in radish acreage with Linn fifth. Marion is #12 in pumpkin acreage with Lane #22. Clackamas is the nation’s leader in rhubarb acreage. Marion County is #7 in cauliflower acreage and #8 in broccoli acreage. In fact, Marion County is an agricultural powerhouse with 10 commodities ranking in the top 50 nationwide. Overall, Marion is #36 nationally in total crop value and #71 in total agricultural production. It may come as a surprise that Oregon is among the leaders in certain animal production categories. Morrow County is #32 in milk cows. Linn (#12) and Douglas
(#39) are in the top 50 for sheep and lambs. The state is home to a large inventory of llamas. Clackamas County is third among all US counties with Yamhill at #10, Deschutes #13, and Lane #14. Benton County is #11 in rabbit production and Linn County #38 in duck production, even though it is located closer to Oregon State University than the University of Oregon. Oregon’s agricultural diversity, combined with an excellent climate and good soils, helps put the state’s counties on the map when it comes to specific crops and livestock. Add the skill and experience of its producers, and it’s not a stretch to say that Oregon is an agricultural state. “Oregon recognizes the value of its agriculture, but we need to be vigilant in protecting the land and water so important to our growers and to each of these counties,” says ODA land use specialist Jim Johnson. The census data reflects agriculture in 2012. Certainly the rankings could be different if the snapshot was taken today. But when it comes to some of the major agricultural counties in the US– at least for several commodities– don’t forget about a few of the counties found in Oregon. For more information, contact Bruce Pokarney at (503) 986-4559
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Eastern Oregon story reads like pages ripped from a dime novel. AllAround rodeo cowboy, Mac Griffith, is gunned down after a barroom brawl. The shooter is arrested and charged with murder. At the ensuing trial, a cast of truly colorful western characters parade to the witness stand. It is their testimony – what they have to say and what they are not allowed to say – that leads the jury to make its ultimate decision. After a half-century this case is revisited, and this time those involved in the shooting tell all the
graphic details of what happened, why it happened and what has played out in the aftermath. And you, the reader, have the opportunity, and perhaps the responsibility and obligation, to examine the testimony and facts of the case and come to a decision on whether a guilty man was allowed to walk free, or was the man who pulled the trigger acting within his constitutional rights when he stood his ground and took the life of another man? The final decision will be up to you, the 13th juror. To pre-order All-Around & the 13th Juror call 541-447-3115.
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Pendleton Woolen Mills Partners With Ricardo Beverly Hills 151-Year-Old Heritage Brand to Bring Celebrated Design to New Luggage Collection
PORTLAND, Ore., July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
endleton Woolen Mills, an iconic American lifestyle brand based in Portland, Ore., has partnered with Ricardo Beverly Hills®, one of the largest luggage companies in America, under a licensing agreement for the Pendleton® brand. The new Pendleton Luggage Collection will feature the company’s exclusive patterns printed on Ricardo’s softside and hardside luggage, with opportunities to incorporate Pendleton fabric in a variety of ways, from exteriors to interior pockets along with colorful luggage tags and other travel accessories. The collection is anticipated to debut fourth quarter of 2014 globally in select department stores, and specialty retailers, including online at Ricardo Beverly Hills and Pendleton-USA. “We are delighted to team up with Ricardo Beverly Hills, known for its product excellence, quality and innovative designs,” said C.M. (Mort) Bishop, III, President of Pendleton Woolen Mills. “We look forward to extending our reach and providing consumers with an exciting new category for our heritage brand.” “This powerful relationship provides us with an exceptional opportunity to introduce Pendleton’s world-
class, intricate patterns in our unique and innovative fashion/designer luggage,” said Paul Sarazin, President of Ricardo Beverly Hills. “We are proud to be collaborating with a company acclaimed for its high-quality craftsmanship and rich history.” The Pendleton Mill in Pendleton, Oregon, is the company’s original mill, and one of the longest-operating in the nation. The first product was its famed Native American-inspired blankets in 1909, with the introduction of men’s shirts in 1924 and women’s apparel in 1949. Today the product offerings include men’s and women’s apparel, blankets, accessories, home decor, gifts and furniture. The company operates a second centennial mill located in Washougal, Washington. Pendleton, a multichannel marketer, operates 54 retail stores, a direct-to-consumer catalog and website in addition to selling its lifestyle products to the wholesale trade. Pendleton has been featured on runways in Tokyo and Paris through relationships with upscale fashion brands such as Opening Ceremony®, Comme des Garcons® and YSL®. The company’s iconic patterns have also been featured on countless athletic apparel, footwear and lifestyle brands, including Nike®, adidas®, Vans®, Hurley® and Levi’s®.
About Ricardo Beverly Hills In business for more than 35 years, Ricardo Beverly Hills has earned a reputation as a fashion leader and trendsetter in the luggage industry. The company was founded in 1978 by Richard “Ricardo” Gibbs, who was a travel products salesman for 40 years prior to launching Ricardo Beverly Hills. Identifying a need for great looking luggage with superior performance, Richard founded Ricardo Beverly Hills in his home. Since its inception, the company has been driven by its commitment to create well-made luggage to suit the needs of travelers no matter where their destinations may be. Recently named in National Geographic’s 10 Best of Everything book, the company attributes its success to a never-ending dedication to designing fresh, unique and innovative luggage collections. Ricardo Beverly Hills is one of the largest luggage companies in the United States and continues to create smart and fashionable luggage that offers lasting quality and real value. www. facebook.com/RicardoBeverlyHills About Pendleton Setting the standard for classic American style, Pendleton is a lifestyle brand recognized worldwide as a symbol of American heritage, authenticity and craftsmanship. With six generations of family owner-
ship, since 1863, the company celebrated 150 years of weaving fabric in the Pacific Northwest in 2013. Known for fabric innovation, Pendleton owns and operates two of America’s remaining woolen mills, constantly updating them with state-of-the-art looms and eco-friendly technology. Inspired by its heritage, the company designs and produces apparel for men and women, blankets, accessories, home decor and gifts. Pendleton is available through select retailers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea and Australia as well as Pendleton stores, company catalogs and direct-to-consumer channels including the Pendleton website, www.Pendleton-USA.com. SOURCE Ricardo Beverly Hills RELATED LINKS http://www.ricardobeverlyhills.com
Oregon’s Export Industry Lags Nation In Recovering From Recession But 2014 Data Trending Better; Exports Remain Major Segment of State Economy
LOS ANGELES, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - A new economic analysis finds that since the recession, the recovery of Oregon’s export industry has lagged the recovery in the nation, and as a result, the state’s share of total U.S. exports has declined. According to the analysis by Beacon Economics, from 1997 to 2008, the decade prior to the downturn, average real growth for exports was nearly 7% annually in Oregon and just over 4% in the U.S. overall. Since the recession ended however, Oregon’s export growth has averaged just 2% annually compared to 3% in the U.S. as a whole. The report, which culls and examines data from the Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census
Bureau, says the sluggish recovery has led Oregon’s share of total U.S. exports to fall from 1.5% in 2008 to 1.2% in 2013. As of 2013, Oregon’s real exports remain 12.5% below their previous peak level, set in 2008. Oregon’s lackluster performance in recent years is due in large part to reduced demand for personal computers. Semiconductors from Intel Corporation are one of highest valued exports for the state, and as the popularity of smartphones and tablets has increased demand for PC chips, particularly from China, Oregon’s largest trading partner, has dampened. But the news is not all grim. In 2014, the trends have turned more positive. During the first five months of 2014, Oregon’s exports started to surge and have increased in real terms by 14% over 2013 exports (year-to-date). This also eclipses national export growth, which was just 3.3% over the same time. These trends are especially important because Oregon’s export trade industry represents a significant component of the overall economy, accounting for 9% of total economic output in the state (without multiplier effects), according to the analysis. The study’s two lead authors, Beacon Economics’ Founding Partner Christopher Thornberg and Senior Research Associate Eric Meux, say the
future outlook for Oregon exports is also rosier. “Today, the U.S. dollar is 25% cheaper relative to the currencies of our trading partners than it was 15 years ago—this means the U.S. export sector is as competitive as it has been in a very long time,” says Thornberg. “For Oregon, where trade plays a major role in the economy, this will be an important source of growth and economic development as the global economy continues gaining traction.” Additional key findings include: • From 2010 to 2011, real exports declined by 8.4% in Oregon, following a 14% increase from 2009 to 2010. Real exports then ticked up slightly in 2012 (+0.3%), and grew modestly in 2013 (+2.2%). • Over the long-term, Oregon export prices have trended very closely with prices of exports in the U.S overall. In recent years however, export prices have been higher in Oregon, indicating that export firms in the state are able to achieve higher profits. • The post recession slowdown in Oregon’s export trade is primarily due to weakness in the state’s top commodities. The number one commodity, computer and electronic products, has averaged 1.3% annual growth since 2009 compared to an average 12% annual growth prior to the recession. Oregon’s second top commodity, agricultural products, has averaged -6.6% annual growth since 2009 and averaged -0.2% annual growth prior to the downturn. • The value of Oregon’s exports to China jumped 448% over the past decade.
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