Sandford opens mortgage brokerage

IONE - Sylvia Sandford has moved back to Ione and started her own business, High View Mortgage.

"We just decided Oregon was calling us home," Sandford said. "I'm a local girl."

Sandford is a licensed mortgage broker, helping finance or re-finance real estate acquisitions

Sandford has 11 years of experience in mortgage lending and seven years experience working with title escrow services.

Before coming back to Ione, where she grew up, Sandford and her family were living in California where she worked in commercial development for a major title company.

While High View Mortgage is based out of Sandford's home, she can work with loans anywhere in the state and is working with properties in the area as well as in Central Oregon.

Lindstrom joins Fife & Cockburn

PENDLETON - Ronna Lindstrom, an experienced income-tax preparer and auditor of commercial and nonprofit entities, has joined Fife & Cockburn Certified Public Accountants in Pendleton.

Lindstrom and her family moved from the Salem area where she had worked with an accounting firm for four years.

"We are very excited to have someone of Ronna's caliber join our office," said Chris Cockburn, a partner at Fife & Cockburn. "It is great to be able to attract quality professionals to our region and we look forward to having our clients meet her."

Elephant's Trunk adds product

STANFIELD - The Elephant's Trunk Antiques in Stanfield is selling fresh flowers in addition to fine antiques.

Owner David Stephens said the store has been selling flowers since December and the response has been "very good."

"Stanfield doesn't have any flowers and we thought people could use this," Stephens said.

With a full-time floral designer on the premises, the Elephant's Trunk can handle anything from weddings to funeral arrangements and can do silk flowers as well.

The Elephant's Trunk is located at 105 S. Main in Stanfield.

Glamour Girls Salon opened in Irrigon

IRRIGON - Glamour Girls Salon, owned and operated by Yvette Pardue, will have its grand opening Jan. 29.

Pardue has been open since last week and said business has beenstrong.

Pardue said she operates the only salon in Irrigon.

"Irrigon just had a need for a salon," she said. "I thought it was time."

Pardue has been doing hair locally for five years and recently moved to Irrigon from Hermiston where she said many of her clients come from.

WWCC offers course in QuickBooks

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College will offer QuickBooks Pro computer and other business training beginning Jan. 27 for a fee.

Offered through the college's Business and Professional Development program, participants will learn to use the computerized accounting program as well as how to handle accounts payable and receivable, and payroll and sales taxes during the three-session course.

The second session on accounts is slated for Feb. 3, and the payroll and sales tax session is Feb. 10.

The three sessions run from 5:30-8 p.m. in Room 101 on the Walla Walla Community College campus.

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