Local businesses host activities

LA GRANDE — Real Deals is hosting its monthly Ladies Night Out from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 11. Participants are welcome to take advantage of special in-store discounts and enjoy wine and treats. Real Deals is located at 1108 Adams Ave.,

La Grande.

On July 13, La Grande’s Yoga Dawn Studio will lead “Yoga on the Rooftop” on the roof of Market Place Fresh Foods, 1912 Fourth St., La Grande. This weekly drop-in yoga class is held at 7:30 a.m. weather permitting. Cost is $10 (Yoga Dawn passes welcome). Bring your own personal yoga mats and accessories. Afterward replenish at Fresh Food’s yogurt bar, hot breakfast bar, breakfast burritos and fresh squeezed orange juice.

Many ways to support Buffalo Peak Golf Course

UNION — According to the Union County Chamber of Commerce, Buffalo Peak Golf Course in Union offers beautiful scenery and plenty of opportunities for summer golfing for all skill levels. After 1 p.m. on Monday through Thursday is #TwilightGolf which features free carts. Play nine holes for $25, or $35 for 18 holes. Every Tuesday, veterans and active military receive 50% off regular green fees (either nine or 18 holes). 

On July 13, Buffalo Peak and Side A Brewing are teaming up to put on a Golf Scramble Social from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The four-person team scramble includes 18 holes, cart, lunch, beer tasting and prizes. To sign up or for more information, stop by the pub, 1219 Washington Ave., in

La Grande, go to www.sideabeer.com or www.buffalopeakgolf.com, or call 541-562-5527 or 541-605-0163. The course is located at 1224 E. Fulton St., Union.

Oregon Farm Bureau comments on legislation

SALEM — On July 1, the Oregon Farm Bureau released the following two

statements:

The defeat of HB 2020 was a major victory for farmers, ranchers, foresters and rural Oregonians. The bill would’ve increased the cost of fuel, diesel, and natural gas to levels unsustainable for these families and businesses, while having no impact on global climate change. Oregon’s agricultural and forestry lands are a net-positive to both our state’s carbon footprint and our economy. Oregon Farm Bureau looks forward to ongoing collaborative efforts to promote sustainable production of our state’s natural resources.

The passage of HB 2007-B was the result of a bipartisan effort that recognized the unique needs of Oregon’s farmers and ranchers, families who often own a lot of diesel-fueled equipment. The new law provides exemptions for “farm-plated” trucks, log trucks, low-mileage-use equipment, and small fleets. This is great news for our state’s agriculture community, saving these rural Oregonians from the enormous costs that would’ve come from a California diesel mandate.

The Oregon Farm Bureau is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon at the county level in 1919 and the state level in 1932, the Oregon Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties.

Island City Walmart included in EV charging network

ISLAND CITY — Electrify America and Walmart have installed electric vehicle charging stations at Walmart stores across Oregon, and Island City is a part of the project. This effort is part of a broader plan to develop a coast-to-coast EV charging network, which would make Walmart one of the largest retail hosts of EV charging stations across the United States.

Electrify America chargers at Walmart stores are available to the public for use 24 hours a day and feature 150 kilowatt and 350kW DC fast chargers — among the most powerful EV chargers available on the market. Chargers at this power can charge capable vehicles at speeds of up to 20 miles of range per minute. The Electrify America charging stations at Walmart stores offer CCS connectors and CHAdeMO chargers, meaning almost every EV model on the road today can charge there.

Most of the new stations are strategically located at Walmart stores off major highways, with dozens more chargers planned for major metro areas. In addition to Island City, EV charging stations in Oregon are currently located at Walmart stores in Albany, Cornelius, Grants Pass, Hood River and Sherwood.

According to a press release, providing customers with an enhanced shopping experience through added convenience is a continued focus for Walmart, which has an aspirational goal to be powered with 100 percent renewable energy, aiming to power 50 percent of its operations with renewable energy by 2025. The collaboration with Electrify America reinforces Walmart’s broader mission to spark collective action — alongside key partners — to drive environmental sustainability and provide customers access to sustainable options.

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