GrantReady Returns to La Grande

ENTERPRISE, Ore. (Jul 12, 2018) – Back by popular demand: the four-part “GrantReady” workshop series provides organizational development and grant-writing training with tools and skills needed to help nonprofits become more competitive for grant funding, and better prepared to operate and evaluate their programs and projects. NEOEDD offers this series at IGNITE, 104 Depot St. in La Grande, on Mondays, Aug. 6 to 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register at

GrantReady consists of four Monday training sessions for board, staff members, and volunteers of nonprofit organizations. Topics include:

  • Organizational and project budgeting
  • Components of a grant proposal
  • Funding plan
  • Evaluation methods
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
  • Board relations
  • Foundation site visits
  • Grant reporting

Lunch will be provided. The cost for the four-part series is $100 for the first participant from each nonprofit, with a discounted rate of $50 for each additional participant. A limited number of scholarships are available; contact Lisa Dawson if interested.

“Participants will also meet staff from several foundations who will provide insights into their organizations and what they are looking for in a grant proposal,” says NEOEDD Executive Director Lisa Dawson. “This is a great opportunity for participants to begin to make personal contacts in the nonprofit world.”

What past participants have said about GrantReady:

  • “Learning about the different types of grants, (i.e., “Capacity Building,” etc.) was invaluable. Learning the correct budget submission for a grant proposal. Learning about “In-Kind” costs to add to the budget package. Really, there is so much I learned from your class that I can’t praise it enough. I could not learn this same information any other way.”
  • “The resource packets are phenomenally helpful.”
  • “I really appreciated the focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity as an integral part of the grant application process.”
  • “I benefited from listening to other nonprofits in the class as they discussed their issues. Priceless.”
  • “The feedback on my grant proposal was invaluable. What a terrific opportunity to learn exactly what a grantor is looking for gives me confidence that I can propose a successful grant package.”
  • “All of the slides and handouts are going in my permanent files. Their content is excellent in directing my energy in the right direction. And I really appreciate the resources.”
  • “Thank you for teaching a workshop that was grounded in principles of inclusivity and broad in the scope of skills that it provided.”

This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. Learn more about its programs and business support at


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Greg Walden applauds pardon of Dwight and Steven Hammond

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today released the following statement applauding the pardon of Dwight and Steven Hammond:


“Today is a win for justice, and an acknowledgement of our unique way of life in the high desert, rural West. I applaud President Trump for thoroughly reviewing the facts of this case, rightly determining the Hammonds were treated unfairly, and taking action to correct this injustice.


“For far too long, Dwight and Steven Hammond have been serving a mandatory minimum sentence that was established for terrorists. This is something that would ‘shock the conscience,’ according to Federal Judge Michael Hogan, who presided over the case and used his discretion in sentencing which later was reversed.  As ranchers across eastern Oregon frequently tell me, the Hammonds didn’t deserve a five year sentence for using fire as a management tool, something the federal government does all the time.


“Moving forward, I’m encouraging the House Judiciary Committee to act on my legislation to prevent this situation from happening to other ranchers. H.R. 983 would ensure farmers and ranchers are not prosecuted as terrorists for using fire for range-management purposes.


“For now, though, I am pleased that Dwight and Steven Hammond will return to their families and ranches in Harney County. I look forward to welcoming them back home to eastern Oregon.”

Top Stories in Oregon





Tax And Anti-Immigration Measures See Movement As Filing Deadline Nears

Oregon Public Broadcasting

With a Friday deadline looming for submitting initiatives for the fall election, union officials announced they would back off an initiative that would require large, publicly held corporations to reveal more about their operations in Oregon and how much they pay in state and local taxes. In exchange, some major corporate officials have agreed to join labor officials in opposing two tax measures sought by other business interests. Those measures would exempt groceries from new taxes on sales and require a three-fifths legislative vote for bills raising revenue.






Nike dumps $100,000 into new PAC formed by company executive


Nike is hinting it could play a major role in Oregon’s fall election, with a new political action committee headed by the company’s government affairs executive. Oregon’s largest company on Tuesday put $100,000 into the Common Good Fund, a new political action committee headed by Julia Brim-Edwards, Nike’s senior director of government and public affairs.


Oregon’s Rep. Bynum On Race, Grace And Getting Stopped By The Police While Canvassing

Oregon Public Broadcasting

He said something to the effect of “Let me guess, you’re selling something?” And I said “I’m actually the state representative for this area, and I’m talking to my voters and constituents. Did somebody call the police on me? What was I accused of doing?” He said that someone said that it looked like I was casing out the area, and I was spending an inordinate amount of time on my cellphone after walking away from each house. I was like, “Yeah, I’m putting my notes in. That’s pretty disappointing.”


Politicians Of Color Often Face Uncertainty While Canvassing In Oregon

Oregon Public Broadcasting

“I don’t know what the woman was thinking. I don’t know what her experience was five minutes before she saw or felt like she needed to report. I don’t know,” she said. “The same grace I am offering her is what I would like for people to be offered when they are in front of a judge, or in front of a jury, or when I come to do the door and I ask for your vote. I want you to assume the best in me. I don’t want you to fill in the blanks about how bad I might be.”




Merkley, Brown and Bonamici Call on U.S. Senate to Reject Any Anti-Abortion Supreme Court Nominee

Willamette Week

With the U.S. Senate and the presidency in Republican control, the Democrats have no power to block a nominee except through an attempt at outside pressure. Abortion rights remain popular among Americans, but not among the Republicans who have control over two branches of the federal government in Washington, and are arguably about to extend control over the courts. At a press conference in Portland this morning, the three Oregon officials demanded that the U.S. Senate reject any nominee that President Trump picks for the spot on the Supreme Court that has recently opened, and called on anyone opposed to the end of legal abortion to take whatever action they can.




Protesters At Portland’s Occupy ICE Camp Start Hunger Strike To Pressure City Officials

Willamette Week

A small group of protesters at the Occupy ICE camp vowed to consume only Gatorade until Portland officials act to drive U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement out of the city.




Family Of Man Shot By PSU Police Demands University Disarm Campus Officers

Oregon Public Broadcasting

“What this community experienced on the morning of June 29, 2018 is not uncommon in this city and around the country,” said Andre Washington, Jason’s brother, at a press conference Friday. “Black men being gunned down by white police officers is an affliction in America.” “We are demanding that Portland State University disarm its officers immediately and retrain its officers to deal with conflict without the use of weapons,” Washington said.




With tariffs in place, these Oregon sectors will suffer massive hits

Portland Business Journal

As the New York Times reported, “A trade war between the world’s two largest economies officially began Friday morning as the Trump administration followed through with its threat to impose tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese products, a significant escalation of a fight that could hurt companies and consumers in both the United States and China.”




Why I stand in opposition to dam removal along the Klamath River

Representative E. Werner Reschke

It is clear the overwhelming majority of people directly affected by this potential action on the Klamath River are opposed to dam removal. Our government is to be by, for and of the people, not the other way around. This dictate of dam removal comes from outside the area and is being foisted onto those who have depended on these dams for generations. The people’s will is to keep, enhance and move forward with these dams in place to provide affordable power, recreational opportunities and flood control for the next several generations to come.


My View: Public workers freed from union dues

Aaron Withe

The bottom line for public workers in Oregon and similar states: They have a right to work in their state’s public sector without having to pay union dues or fees against their will. They’re free men and free women, they have constitutional rights, First Amendment free speech rights, like other Americans.

Editorial: Prove fee increase is needed for boats

The Bulletin Editorial Board

The marine board, which oversees law enforcement, boater education, environmental stewardship and access to the state’s waterways for recreationists, is funded by its motorized boat registrations, a portion of Oregon fuel taxes and other fees. It receives no money from the state’s general fund.

NEOEDD Hosts More Dynamic DEI Events


ENTERPRISE, Ore. (Jul. 6, 2018) – Do you wonder what people mean by “DEI”–diversity, equity and inclusion? Do you want to feel more comfortable talking about race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and/or migration? Are you wondering why or how your organization should take part in discussions of privilege?


Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) brings two different events to explore DEI topics:


NEOEDD continues its roundtable discussions for volunteers, boards, and staff members to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtable will be held Wednesday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Place, 301 S Lake St. in Joseph, and be moderated by Anita Yap and Traci Price. The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes lunch. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598. Register at

Second, NEOEDD is hosting the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project “Race and Place: Racism and Resilience in Oregon’s Past and Future,” led by Anita Yap and Traci Price, at 7 p.m. in Wallowa County at The Place, 301 S Lake St. in Joseph, on Tuesday, July 31, and in La Grande at hq, 112 Depot St., on Aug. 1. These events are free of charge; no registration required.


In the Conversation Projects, Yap and Price posit: Oregonians envision a future that includes communities built on values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. At the same time, we live in a society that marginalizes and excludes people of color. How does Oregon’s history of racism influence our present and how can understanding historic and current impacts of racism in Oregon contribute to our sense of place and vision of the future? How can diversity and inclusion create thriving communities?


Anita Yap is the founding partner of the Multicultural Collaborative, a small business consulting group that provides strategies and services to nonprofits, local governments, and businesses to engage with diverse communities for equity, capacity building, community visioning, urban design, and public policy advocacy. Anita is an active community member and serves on the Jade International District Steering Committee, the Board of Governors for the City Club of Portland, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council Board.


Traci Price has worked in the environmental nonprofit sector for most of her career, with a focus on education and youth. She spearheaded the No Oregon Child Left Inside Act in 2008 and was appointed in 2010 by Gov. Kulongoski to lead development of the Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan. Traci owns a consulting business and works with the Multicultural Collaborative, a consulting group that helps organizations and businesses engage with diverse communities for equity and capacity building. She prioritizes projects at the intersection of education, environment, and racial justice.

Future roundtables are scheduled for Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 6, 2019.

This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.


The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. Learn more about its programs and business support at


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Save the date! Oregon Trail Celebration Saturday, May 5

OCTA, our generous Oregon Trail supporters, is bringing a wonderful event to La Grande.  This is a fine opportunity to enjoy learning more about the Oregon Trail and to remind Union County residents of what will be lost if our priceless Trail is defaced by 190′ transmission line towers.


Oregon Trail Event Celebrates 175th Anniversary with Living History

“Artifacts and Tales of the Trail,” a Celebration of the Oregon Trail, will be brought to La Grande May 5 by the Oregon/California Trails Association.  The story of Ezra Meeker’s extraordinary efforts to preserve the trail will be recounted by “Ezra” himself, along with actors narrating trail experiences and reading diary quotes from early travelers. Family possessions brought here on the Oregon Trail will be displayed, and descendants of early Union County settlers will be recognized.  Maps for visiting nearby Oregon Trail sites will be available, with a video of hikes and current information about efforts to preserve the trail.  $15. includes deli lunch and live music by Blue Plate Special.  This is a special opportunity to be entertained while learning about our history.  Join the celebration this Saturday at Huber Auditorium, Badgely Hall, EOU, 9:00 – 3:00.   Questions?  Call 541-678-5634  or 541-963-3562.

George Washington and Religious Freedom

In 1790, to mark the occasion of Rhode Island became the thirteenth state to ratify the Constitution, George Washington made a visit to Newport who welcomed him with open arms.

In anticipation of Washington’s visit to Newport, the members of America’s oldest Jewish congregation prepared a letter welcoming him at a public event. Here is the letter:


Permit the children of the stock of Abraham to approach you with the most cordial affection and esteem for your person and merits ~~ and to join with our fellow citizens in welcoming you to NewPort.

With pleasure we reflect on those days ~~ those days of difficulty, and danger, when the God of Israel, who delivered David from the peril of the sword, ~~ shielded Your head in the day of battle: ~~ and we rejoice to think, that the same Spirit, who rested in the Bosom of the greatly beloved Daniel enabling him to preside over the Provinces of the Babylonish Empire, rests and ever will rest, upon you, enabling you to discharge the arduous duties of Chief Magistrate in these States.


Deprived as we heretofore have been of the invaluable rights of free Citizens, we now with a deep sense of gratitude to the Almighty disposer of all events behold a Government, erected by the Majesty of the People ~~ a Government, which to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance ~~ but generously affording to all Liberty of conscience, and immunities of Citizenship: ~~ deeming every one, of whatever Nation, tongue, or language equal parts of the great governmental Machine: ~~ This so ample and extensive Federal Union whose basis is Philanthropy, Mutual confidence and Public Virtue, we cannot but acknowledge to be the work of the Great God, who ruleth in the Armies of Heaven, and among the Inhabitants of the Earth, doing whatever seemeth him good.


For all these Blessings of civil and religious liberty which we enjoy under an equal benign administration, we desire to send up our thanks to the Ancient of Days, the great preserver of Men ~~ beseeching him, that the Angel who conducted our forefathers through the wilderness into the promised Land, may graciously conduct you through all the difficulties and dangers of this mortal life: ~~ And, when, like Joshua full of days and full of honour, you are gathered to your Fathers, may you be admitted into the Heavenly Paradise to partake of the water of life, and the tree of immortality.

Done and Signed by order of the Hebrew Congregation in NewPort, Rhode Island August 17th 1790.


Moses Seixas, Warden


George Washington’s response:

To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island

[Newport, R.I., 18 August 1790]




While I receive, with much satisfaction, your Address replete with expressions of affection and esteem; I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you, that I shall always retain a grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced in my visit to Newport, from all classes of Citizens.


The reflection on the days of difficulty and danger which are past is rendered the more sweet, from a consciousness that they are succeeded by days of uncommon prosperity and security. If we have wisdom to make the best use of the advantages with which we are now favored, we cannot fail, under the just administration of a good Government, to become a great and a happy people.


The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.


It would be inconsistent with the frankness of my character not to avow that I am pleased with your favorable opinion of my Administration, and fervent wishes for my felicity. May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy.


Go: Washington


What’s NE Oregon’s Economic Future?–Be a Part of the Decision-Making Process

This is something of a public notice—I’ve sent an op-ed version of this message to the three main newspapers, but also request that you share this email so we have as much public participation as possible in the CEDS process.


We need your input regarding the region’s values! At a January meeting, CEDS Committee members noted that the region’s guiding values should be defined as part of the regional plan. This survey presents values that may be commonly held within the region, and opens up the question of whether these or other values should be put forward as part of the plan. Please vote on the brief survey of commonly held values at: This survey will close March 21.


The next opportunity to provide input in person will be at county level CEDS meetings. Please take note of the date for meetings that will be held in your county:


Baker County

Wednesday, February 28

Baker County Events Center

5:30-8:30 p.m.


Wallowa County

Wednesday, March 7

Community Connections

5:30-8:30 p.m.


Union County

Wednesday, March 14

Blue Mountain Conference Center

5:30-8:30 p.m.


If you know of anyone who would be interested in participating in the county-level meetings, please invite them to come!


These are the draft goals that we developed based on the last input at the last committee meeting:


  • Diversify the economy and increase the percentage of family wage jobs
  • Increase and formalize regional collaboration focused on economic development
  • Assess, improve and utilize infrastructure needed for economic growth


We’ll be sharing these goals at the county meetings. We’ll be asking participants to develop strategies that are consistent with these goals. If the strategies that they are interested in are not consistent with these goals, we will let them suggest additional goals.


Thank you for your engagement in this process!

“LGBTQ 101” Topic of Next Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Roundtable

ENTERPRISE, Ore. (Jan. 22, 2018) – Rural Oregon’s nonprofit organizations are exploring how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) can build understanding, strengthen mission impact, and ensure public benefit. To this end, NEOEDD is organizing a series of roundtable discussions for regional nonprofit board members and staff to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtable will be held Feb. 7, 2018; others are planned for May 2, Aug. 1, and Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 6, 2019.

The Feb. 7 session will be held at the Island City Hall, 10605 Island Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including lunch. The title is “LGBTQ 101,” and will be led by Meg Bowen, quality director at Winding Waters Clinic in Enterprise, and Stef Duncan and Kyrie Weaver of Safe Harbors in Enterprise. Bowen has worked in health care and primary care for more than 30 years and is a Pacific Northwest native. Duncan has worked as a domestic violence and sexual assault victims’ advocate for the past eight years, the last three of which as an LGBTQ-specific advocate in Wallowa County.

Sessions in October and December of last year focused on assessing an organization’s progress in addressing DEI generally, within programs and at the governance level. The February roundtable focuses on a specific element of DEI: how denying human rights to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, or queer members of our community not only threatens those individuals in obvious ways, but is also detrimental to everyone in the community.

“A community that is not safe for all of its members isn’t safe for any of its members,” notes Bowen. “This roundtable will offer history and also present-day implications of fear and bigotry.”

The cost to attend is $25 per person per roundtable discussion. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598. Registration link: or via NEOEDD’s website

This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.


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