Agritourism Development Opportunity







Business owners and tourism partners have an opportunity to receive free technical assistance to help launch and promote agritourism enterprises in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties. Examples of agritourism include farm stands, pumpkin patches and corn mazes, farm/ranch tours, on-farm lodging, and other activities and venues that allow visitors to experience local foods and agricultural traditions. Over the next fourteen months, NE Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) will provide technical assistance to individual businesses to help them leverage agritourism assets into successful revenue-producing businesses. NEOEDD will also work with groups of businesses and tourism partners to develop shared promotions to increase the sale of local agricultural products and agritourism offerings.


Types of assistance will include:

  • navigating regulatory, logistical, and financial challenges
  • developing additional points of sale for agricultural products
  • collecting and formatting information on agritourism products and services for shared promotions
  • connecting with regional and statewide agritourism promotional and funding opportunities


Farm and ranch owners and tourism partners are invited to attend one of three upcoming agritourism development information sessions hosted by NEOEDD to learn more. The first information session will be held in La Grande on Wednesday, October 23rd, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the La Grande Public Library, 2006 Fourth Street. The second session will be held in Baker City on Monday, October 28th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Baker County Library, 2400 Resort Street. The third information session will be held in Enterprise, on Thursday, November 7th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at Fishtrap House, 400 E Grant Street. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Sara Miller at 541 426 3598 or .

September PubTalk: “Social Media Do’s and Don’ts”

PubTalkThis month’s PubTalk features the very timely topic of social media. Featured speaker Cindy Edwards from I.D.E.A. (Instructional Design Education Associates) will explain how to use social media to make (or break) a great brand image by knowing where the dangers lie and how to avoid them, or how to use the unique strengths of social media to a business’s advantage. As Edwards says, “Building a strong personal and professional brand using social media can be a tricky affair.”

PubTalk will be at Mt. Emily Ale House (1202 Adams Ave.) in La Grande, at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25.

This PubTalk will also include business pitches from two Union County entrepreneurs. Robert Lantz will introduce his business, Robert J. Lantz Woodworking, which offers remodel services and custom cabinetry for kitchens and bathrooms. Mike Rysavy will be speaking about Eagles Hot Lake RV Park, a facility located by Hot Lake Springs that features 100 pull-through RV lanes as well as a large tenting area.

PubTalk® is a bimonthly business networking event hosted by Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) and Community Bank. PubTalks are open to all in the community, with a focus on those who are operating a business or thinking of starting one. Tickets are only $5 and include light refreshments. Contact NEOEDD with any questions: 541-426-3598 or Come eat, drink and network!








Jeff Moss

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District

101 NE First Street, Suite 100

Enterprise, OR 97828

Phone: (541) 426-3598, (800) 645-9454

Fax:  (541) 426-9058


Union County Events

From the Chamber…

June 13 La Grande Country Swing Thursday
Country Swing Thursday dance club! Every Thursday 7:30 – 10pm. Dance instruction available at the Maridell Center!

Jun 14 La Grande Annual “All-Campus Juried Student Exhibition”
It’s the last day for the annual “All-Campus Juried Student Exhibition” featuring work by EOU students across disciplines opens Friday, May 31 and runs through

June 14 in Nightingale Gallery.
Regular gallery hours running 11:00a.m.-4:00p.m., Monday through Friday.

June 14 La Grande Friday Night Cruise-Ins
Bring your classic car and join the Union County Timber Cruisers Car Club’s cruise-in every Friday night between May 3 through September 27 from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. The public is welcome to come see the cars, grab a hot dog and just enjoy a night out in the community. Join us at the Texaco on the
corner of Greenwood and Adams

June 15 Elgin Elgin Stampeders Train Robbery
Board the Eagle Cap Excursion Train in Elgin for this ride and you’ll likely experience an Old West train robbery, complete with horse-mounted bandits galloping alongside the train as it winds along the river canyons. The ride departs from the Elgin Depot for a 3.5 hour long trip along the Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers, with a shop at Vincent. Train boards at 9:30a.m. and departs at 10:00a.m.
Ticketing through Alegre Travel, 541.963.9000 or 800.232.7330.

June 15 Elgin Elgin Riverfest
The festival was originally created to celebrate the Grande Ronde River’s new environmental management quality standards. The festival has become an annual event to celebrate the community of Elgin. Tons of events go on all day Saturday throughout town: Fireman’s breakfast, Car Show, Quilt Show, Art Show, Antique Tractor Show, Duck Races. Vendors on Baltimore Street, Yard Sales throughout town, Dutch Oven Cook-off, FFA Puled Pork Lunch, Kid’s Bike Rodeo and all alumni Elgin High School Reunion.

Music Camp


1. Title: 2013 La Grande Summer Music Camp

Description: A summer music day camp with local music & arts teachers: Mark & Lea Emerson, Jamie Jacobson and more. In addition to attending daily concerts, students will have classes in instrument building, percussion, Orff ensemble, singing, art, dance and drama. $80 Register online at:

Grades Pre K – 2nd
Date: June 10 – 14
Time: 9am – Noon
Location: Zion Lutheran Church 902 4th St. La Grande

Contact Information:


2.Title: 2013 La Grande Summer Music Camp

Description: A summer music day camp with local music & arts teachers: Mark & Lea Emerson, Jamie Jacobson, Rikki Jo Hickey and more. 3rd -6th graders will learn, explore, create and perform a final concert. Campers will attend daily concerts, classes in singing, drama, dance and movement, music reading, Orff ensemble, and instrument building. 3rd & 4th grader will learn recorder and 5th & 6th graders will have a choice of recorder, piano or ukulele. $135 Register online at:

Grades 3 – 6
Date: June 24 – 28
Time: 9am – 2pm

Location: Zion Lutheran Church 902 4th St. La Grande

Contact Information:

3. Title: 2013 La Grande Summer Music Worship Camp

Description: A summer music day camp with local music & arts teachers: Mark & Lea Emerson, Jamie Jacobson, Rikki Jo Hickey and more. Campers will form a worship band (guitars, keys, drums, vocals) and be led to improve musically and grow spiritually as we work through the book, “Wired For a Life of Worship,” by Chris Tomlin. Culmination is a student led worship service. $135 Register online at:

Grades 7 – 12
Date: June 24 – 28
Time: 1pm – 5pm

Location: Zion Lutheran Church 902 4th St. La Grande

Contact Information:


Title: 2013 La Grande Summer Music Camp

Description: A summer music day camp with local music & arts teachers: Mark & Lea Emerson, Jamie Jacobson and more. In addition to attending daily concerts, students will have classes in instrument building, percussion, Orff ensemble, singing, art, dance and drama. $80 Register online at:

Grades Pre K – 2nd
Date: August 12 – 16
Time: 9am – Noon

Location: Zion Lutheran Church 902 4th St. La Grande



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Ties to the Land Workshop Coming to Enterprise

Successfully Transferring Your Farm or Ranch to the Next Generation

Passing farmland, ranchland or forestland on to the next generation is a process with financial, legal, and emotional dimensions. Ties to the Land is a nationally known workshop developed by Oregon State University Extension to help farm, ranch and forest owners plan for succession. Whether your goal is to keep the farm or ranch in the family or helping it transition to non-family members, this workshop will provide examples of the many creative ways farmers and ranchers can meet their retirement needs and the needs of their heirs, while keeping the land in production. The workshop is sponsored by the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) in partnership with the OSU Austin Family Business Center.

The workshop will be delivered in two sessions, both of which will be held from 9 am—1 pm at Community Connection in Enterprise, Oregon.  Part one will take place November 17th and Part two on December 1rst. The workshop is a mix of presentations and practical exercises that will give participants the knowledge and tools to start succession planning.

Mary Sisock, Ties to the Land Program Director, will lead the workshop. This intergenerational planning class is best attended with family members so you can create a vision of where you want to go with everybody involved. “You hope the work you’ve started will continue past your lifetime and that future generations will benefit from your efforts.  But hope is not a plan.  Preserving your legacy requires planning, and that involves more than just having a will or an estate plan,” says Sisock.  Having these discussions will prepare you to sit down later with the professionals you choose to finalize your plan. The last thing any landowner wants is to pay an attorney to prepare a succession plan that the heirs don’t want to go along with.

At the workshop you will:
· Gain awareness of key challenges, and tools to deal with them
· Get tools to determine your heirs’ interests
· Clarify your values and goals
· Learn the steps to succession planning
· Learn how to hold effective family meetings
· Learn about legal and financial instruments that can support your plan
· Be prepared to meet with the professionals you choose to finalize your plan

Cost for the workshop is $50 registration fee for the first family member, $10 for each additional family member and $25 for the workbook.  Preregistration is required. For more information or to pre-register call or email NEOEDD at 541 426 3598 or

Huckleberry Festival Invites Food and Craft Vendors

NORTH POWDER, OREGON:  The North Powder Huckleberry Festival committee is seeking craft and food vendors for their sixth annual event, Saturday, July 28. The event is held in the heart of North Powder, located at exit 285 from Interstate 84, between Baker City and La Grande, in northeast Oregon. The festival is a lively celebration of the tasty wild berry that grows in the nearby mountains and a salute to community heritage. In addition, the Huckleberry Hot-Rod Show-n-Shine has joined forces with the festival and the Powder Valley All-School & Community Reunion Breakfast takes place on the school grounds that morning.


To apply for a vendor booth at the event, new craft vendors must submit photos of their work. The committee looks for new vendors each year, to add to the regulars and ones who have come all five years.  Below is a list of the planned festival activities.


Powder Valley All-School & Community Reunion breakfast

Festival 5K Fun Run-Walk-or-Ride

Festival Parade  (over 50 entries last year)

Aramark Huckleberry Dessert Contest & Silent Auction

Free block-long Huckleberry Ice Cream Sundae

Children’s games

Dragon Theater Puppet Show

Craft & Food vendors

Huckleberry Hot-Rod Show-n-Shine

Live Entertainment and Jam Sessions in the Park

Firemen’s Barbecue

Outdoor Movie (at dusk)


The well-organized festival has grown in events and participation each year.  It is promoted through newspapers within a 200 mile radius, websites and regional tourism publications, as well as listed in the annual state calendar of events publication and website. To request a vendor application form or seek additional information, please contact Bev Bigler, Vendor Coordinator, 541.898.2320 or For general event information, please contact Janet, 541.786.8006 or


BPOE 433, Part 11 – 1980-1988

1988, La Grand Elks Lodge Bldg, BPOE #433

In July, 1980, at the Grand Lodge Convention, it was announced there were 2,260 Elks Lodges in United States of which 5 8 were in Oregon. There were 1,650,000 Elk Brothers in the United States and 2,260 in Oregon.

The tennis tournament appeared to be an annual event so La Grande Lodge voted to support it again.

The Hide Committee reported that two deer hides had been stolen from our trailer.

The Board of Governors hired Ken Stover as manager. One of his first events was a Southern Pork Party Feed.

A feeder pig was in a pen at the entrance for decoration and it was given away by drawing during the evening. Jean Walker won the pig. She quickly gave it back to the Lodge. Meadowood Speech Camp was $540.00 better off from the event. The pig was taken to Enterprise Lodge to keep until they could raise $541.00 or more for Meadowood. The pig was named “Roto Rooter”!

The Lodge voted to donate the old tuxedos and shirts we owned to the drama class at Eastern Oregon State College.

La Grande Lodge voted to sponsor a Girl Scout Drill team to go to the Portland Rose Festival. J. Dale Standley made an “Elks Lodge 433″ banner for them to carry.

In April, 1981, Skip Beardsley was elected Exalted Ruler. The 10 year debenture bonds our Lodge had sold to finance the remodeling after the 1970 fire, were now coming due in 1980 and 1981.

La Grande High School was invited to go to the Fiesta Bowl for New Year”s football game. La Grande Lodge donated $50.00 to this cause. In October of 1981 Exalted Ruler Beardsley initiated a program of Brother Elks cutting and selling wood to make extra money for our charitable donations. It worked pretty well until the winter weather turned nasty, then the volunteer help disappeared. The effort had raised $590.00 for the Lodge.

The Veterans Hide Program necessitated storing and salting the hides until after hunting season, then bundling them and transporting them to a tannery. In the meantime they layed in a storage shed and got older and riper. We were informed of neighbors near the storage shed signing a complaint that the smell was unbearable. We had to find another place to store our hides and use more salt.

In April, 1982, Arlie Bartmess became Exalted Ruler and when spring came La Grande Lodge voted to winterize a cabin at Meadowood.

In June an Elks Trap Shoot was held at the La Grande Gun Club and it netted our Lodge $1270.00 for charity. At the summer convention the Hide Committee reported $80,000.00 raised for veterans hospitals. It was agreed to sell the hides and then give the money to the veterans — no more salt and no more hide storage would be necessary.

In May PER Foster Sims (1938) passed away. The estate that Marvin Mackey donated to the Lodge included the proceeds of the sale of three cemetery lots. The Grand Lodge Convention changed the order of Lodge business to have initiation come as item No. 4. At the Mid Winter Oregon State Elks Association Convention it was decided that the winter convention would be held in October rather than January because of bad winter weather.

In April, 1983, Keith Walker was elected Exalted Ruler. It was our sad duty to give eulogies for two Past Exalted Rulers: Mike Lynch (1946) and for Les Keffer (1943). Exalted Ruler Walker went to Hawaii for the Grand Lodge Convention. Our La Grande°s Laura Moore went to the state hoop shoot for the third time.

During July, when we closed the Lodge for clean up, we put new lights in the dining room and remodeled the ladies rest room. Our old boiler would not pass state inspection so we were forced to modernize our heating system at a cost of $38,000.00 which we borrowed from Western Bank.

In September Emblem Club No. 518 sent their drill team to the national convention to compete. They won first place. La Grande No. 433 donated $50.00 to their travel fund. Eastern Oregon State College formed a Century Club to support their athletic programs. La Grande Lodge donated $200.00 for which we received four season tickets. These were kept at the bar for Brothers to use for athletic events. Don Turner, athletic director, came to thank our Lodge personally.

The Grand Lodge entered a campaign to clean up the Statue of Liberty. Our Lodge gave our share. The Meadowood Speech Camp was formed in 1963. We helped celebrate their 20th birthday (1963-1983).

The president of the Oregon State Elks Association visited our Lodge over a weekend. The drug abuse program was started by the state and La Grande joined in support. Bud Botting had a beard which he sold for $10.00 a clip. He raised $240.00 for the drug abuse program.

In March of 1984 Exalted Ruler Keith Walker held a mortgage burning dance. The House Committee had built up a bank account of $28,600.00 that Manager Ken Stover turned over to the Lodge to pay on the boiler mortgage. Treasurer Bob Turner scoured the savings accounts to come up with the balance of our Western Bank loan which we were able to pay off and save on interest charge. The chairman of the trustees, J. Dale Standley, held the mortgage over a dishpan while Exalted Ruler Keith Walker lit the mortgage and burned it.

In April, 1984, Tom Martin became Exalted Ruler. He reported that $54,000.00 had been donated to the Meadowood Speech Camp and that PER Bill Kubler gave free physical examinations at the camp. A new Lodge was formed at Gold Beach, Oregon. La Grande donated $50.00 to their Lodge.

A motion was made to buy a pig at the Union Livestock Show at the 4-H sale, trade it for sausage, and give the Brothers a free sausage feed for the first meeting in September each year.

The 1984 District Ritualistic Contest was held in La Grande- $600.00 was voted for extra expenses for the participants. The report of the annual picnic came within 24 cents 0f the budget – over, that is! La Grande Lodge received $2500.00 from the estate of Grover and Stella Grimmett, farmers who lived north of La Grande in the Mt. Glen area. Past president of the Oregon State Elks Association, Bill Flatt of Condon, Oregon, donated his debenture bond back to La Grande Lodge to be given to Meadowood Speech Camp.

In October, 1984, the Grand Lodge began to print our membership cards on their computer system. The Past Exalted Rulers Association bought a microwave oven and put it in the stag bar.

On January 2, 1985, our area experienced a devastating ice storm, toppling trees, tearing down many miles of power lines and breaking off power poles. La Grande Lodge voted to donate $200.00 to a wildlife feeding fund. Because of the crusted conditions on the snow, wild life was unable to find food.

In April, 1985, Oren “Corky” Walker was elected Exalted Ruler. It was in May when the Oregon Legislature voted to allow raffles to be held in non profit clubs for charity.

A rowing machine was purchased by La Grande Lodge and installed in the locker room. A road map was issued and sold by Corvallis Lodge. La Grande Lodge bought 400 of them to sell.

Measurements of our old bull elk, Taft, were taken and sent in to Boone & Crockett. He placed among the top 20 bulls.

Past Exalted Ruler Kelly Moore (1969) passed away. Due to small attendance at Lodge and several lucky winning Brothers, our Big Jug Kitty had gone from a high of $3600.00 four years ago down to $860.00 in 1985.

Brother PER Bob Gregory had been appointed chairman of the Oregon State Elks Scholarship program. The custom was that the contest would be in the chairman’s home Lodge so La Grande hosted the scholarship’s competition in February, 1986.

In April, 1986, PER Jack Laurence was elected Exalted Ruler again and the Lodge bought new jewels for the officers. Meadowood Speech Camp was bequeathed 45 acres of land in Wheeler County. A campaign was started to sell tickets to raffle off this property.

An Ontario, Oregon, girl, Ramona Lee, won first in Oregon in our scholarship contest. She also went on to win first in the nation. Bob Gregory, as chairman for Orcgon, went to the Grand Lodge Convention in Denver to present her at the convention.

In September PER Elmer Hansen (1941) passed away. La Grande Lodge received an invitation to the dedication of a new Lodge Temple for Portland Lodge No. 142. In October PER Homer Leffel (1942) passed away. The Grand Lodge reported that our Elks National Foundation was second only to the United States government in providing student scholarships.

In November, 1986, PER Honce Snodgrass (1957) passed away. A wheelchair ramp was built inside the Lodge entrance and also to the walk outside down to the alley. lt was all done with volunteer labor. Liability insurance rates were extremely high and insurance companies didn’t want to cover our Lodges so the Grand Lodge offered a coverage for all subordinate Lodges at a cost of $3.50 per member.

La Grande Lodge voted $1200.00 for the drug awareness program to educate young people to the problem. La Grande Lodge was No. 2 in the hide program with a sale of hides amounting to $1115.00.

In April, 1987, Brother Jim Botting became Exalted Ruler. He announced La Grande Lodge had received a plaque for the most new enrollees in the Elks National Foundation Scholarship program in Oregon Northeast District. La Grande Lodge voted to rent a booth at the Union County Fair to give out educational material on drug abuse. La Grande voted to give $25.00 to a charity trust for the wife of Past Grand Exalted Ruler Frank Hise.

Brother PER Keith Walker donated a set of elk horns for the emblem of the Lecturing Knight Station. PER Tom Martin, who was trustee, announced his resignation because he had been transferred to Salem.

The Grand Lodge announced the liability insurance coverage would be raised from $4.00 to $4.50 per member. La Grande Lodge No. 433 was instituted in March, 1898, and this year (1988) would be our 90th birthday. We would celebrate all during the year and until March 31, 1989.

Bill Fitzgerald was elected Exalted Ruler in 1988. Our La Grande Lodge has had its share of trials and errors but we can all be proud of its standing for 90 years in our community.