PENDLETON

The 2006 Umatilla County Cereal Seminar will bring experts from across the state to discuss production issues facing local producers.

The seminar will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday in the Umatilla Hall conference room at Blue Mountain Community College. Pesticide recertification and certified crop adviser credits will be available.

Stripe rust was a serious problem in local wheat fields in 2005, particularly in high production areas of Umatilla County and will be a topic at the seminar, said Mary Corp, OSU Extension agent.

Growers also will have the opportunity to hear Chris Mundt, an OSU pathologist, talk about 2005 studies and what the future might hold regarding stripe rust problems, Corp said.

Discussions about root-lesion nematodes in wheat, a pesticide regulatory update focusing on the statewide Pesticide Use Reporting requirements coming in 2007, weed mapping with the global positioning system and biological weed control also are on the agenda.

Pre-registration is preferred by calling the OSU Extension Service at 278-5403.

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Gene and Marilyn Cripe are continuing in business as the Smart Stove Showroom after selling their electric motor service to Pendleton Electric.

The transaction closed in late December, said Marilyn Cripe. John Kerns, a pump and irrigation specialist who worked 29 years at Gene's Electric Motor Service, now works for the new owner, she said.

The Cripes are focusing on sales and service of hearth products, such as gas-, pellet- and wood-burning stoves. The business remains at 517 S.E. Third St., where is has been since 1970.

"We are not retired," Marilyn Cripe said.

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Chris Kiepke has joined Premier Properties in the Pendleton Office. Kiepke was formerly with Re/Max in Sunriver.

He is a native Oregonian, born and raised in Astoria. He graduated from Astoria High School in 1991. Before entering real estate he was a restaurant owner and operator.

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The Pendleton Downtown Merchants Association will disband on Tuesday.

Members voted unanimously to disband in December. The officers of the PDMA met and voted to give the remaining funds of $1,010.76 to the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce for use on the Friday Night Alive budget.

As of year end, there were $1,475 in outstanding membership dues that had not been paid.

All PDMA documentation will be boxed and stored in the basement of City Hall, 500 S.W. Dorion Ave.

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Angela Troung has opened her massage therapy business in the Rejuvenation Salon, 615 S.W. Court Ave.

Troung offers relaxation and treatment massage. She is licensed in Oregon for massage therapy and graduated in June of 2005 from the Ashmead College of Massage in Everett, Wash.

Troung works evenings and weekends by appointment. For more information, call her at 310-1788.

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Columbia Basin Construction has expanded their services to include land surveying. The company does both construction and boundary surveying.

Founder and President Robert English initially set out in the civil engineering and surveying profession and worked in that field for several years.

CBC will continue to offer excavation, utility and site work services. For more information, call CBC at 276-2055 or e-mail at cbcinc@my180.net.

Hermiston

Spoiled Rotten, 1035 N. First Street, opened recently owner Stephanie Fincher said.

"I went to Victoria's Academy in Kennewick and trained as a cosmetologist, something that I like to do." said Fincher. "I originally planned to work for someone else, but when this location opened up I decided to go for it."

Spoiled Rotten offers hair cuts, pedicures, tanning, and chemical treatments, for men, women and children. Business hours are Monday to Friday 9-5, or by appointment.

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The January 2006 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine included an article highlighting Hermiston's use of Wi-Fi for public safety.

The article mentions three towns, Philadelphia Pa., Corpus Christi Tex., and Hermiston, and their usage of Wi-Fi. The City of Philadelphia plans to get provide of its residents access with WI-FI and free computers for those eligible. Corpus Christi uses the Wi-Fi system for municipal services, like allowing business inspectors to access past property violations and update new ones on the spot.

The article states that Hermiston is "one of the earliest adopters of Wi-Fi for public services", with laptops used by police while out on patrol, and future plans for cameras that send live video to headquarters to watch problem locations.

Athena

After 27 years of service, Steve Pyle retired from the Athena Fire Volunteer Department. Pyle served as Assistant Fire Chief for 25 of those years.

Pyle came to Athena in 1968 as the band director. Four years later he started the Weston McEwen Pipes and Drums. Pyle became involved in fire fighting in 1978 because the fire department was short-handed and he wanted to be more active in his community.

STANFIELD

The Good Rope Company can now be found at 620 W. Coe St. in Stanfield, under the ownership of Stanfield calf roper Brad Goodrich and new partner Sean Webb.

The company had been located at Goodrich's home. When supply demands increased, Goodrich found himself a new partner, Webb, and a new location.

What started as an attempt to keep up a personal supply of polygrass ropes after his supplier went out of business, has grown into a business that supplies dealers and over 40 retail outlets across the United States.

Products currently include: Polygrass ropes, poly ropes, and piggin strings. Business hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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