Recognized wines, Moderne celebrates its 50th anniversary

Recognized local wines

Several Oregon wines have been ranked among the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2021:

  • Pinot Noir Alexana, Dundee Hills Revana Vineyard, Newberg.
  • Arterberry Maresh pinot noir, Dundee Hills Old Vines, Dundee.
  • Chardonnay Evening Land, Eola-Amity Hills Seven Springs, Dundee.
  • pinot noir from Zena Crown Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills slope, Yamhill.
  • Chardonnay Chehalem, Willamette Valley Inox Unoaked, Newberg.

Celebrate 50 years

Modern Building Systems in Aumsville celebrates its 50th anniversary on December 6th.

Founded in 1971 by Don Rasmussen, it is now a third generation factory direct manufacturing family business with three offices on the West Coast and over 150 employees.

“When my dad founded Modern, he believed customers needed high-quality, manufacturer-direct, cost-effective building solutions,” said CEO and President Jim Rasmussen. “I think we are continuing his legacy today by providing exceptional service and great employment opportunities. “

Professor Willamette rewarded

Christopher Irwin Smith, professor of biology at Willamette University in Salem, recently received the 2021 Lynwood W. Swanson Scientific Research Award.

Since 2016, the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust has presented awards to two faculty members from colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest for their contributions to discovering new knowledge, collaborating with undergraduates, and l teaching in a research laboratory.

Swanson, the namesake of the first prize, was a director of the Murdock Trust for 30 years, following a career as a professor and researcher at Linfield College and the Oregon Graduate Institute, according to a press release. He was also the co-founder of Field Electron and Ion Company, also known as FEI, which designs and manufactures microscope technology.

Smith’s work generally examines the role of ecological processes in forming evolutionary patterns during microevolution and macroevolution, with an emphasis on the interactions between plants and insects.

In March 2020, according to Willamette University, Smith won a Fulbright US Scholar Award to spend the spring of 2021 at the Institute of Ecology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico exploring the origins of a lesser-known species of yucca. .

Nathalie Pate

Silverton author publishes novel

Silverton author Lee Mercer published a self-published novel, The Archangel Invasion, about a character serving in the Allied intervention in northern Russia from 1918 to 1919.

The main character is loosely based on Mercer’s grandfather, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alberta, Canada, who fought in France in WWI. The book follows Freeman from Canada to France and Russia.

The book is available on Amazon in paperback and ebook.

–Bill Poehler

Deadline looming for SBA drought loans

Small non-farm businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers in 18 counties that have suffered production losses due to drought have a December 20 deadline to apply for a federal disaster loan from the Small Business Administration to compensate the loss.

The main counties are Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson and Klamath, and neighboring counties are Douglas, Grant, Harney, Jackson, Lake, Lane, Linn, Malheur, Marion, Union, Wallowa, Wasco and Wheeler.

Small non-farm businesses, small farm cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses, and most private non-profit organizations can apply for economic disaster loans of up to $ 2 million.

“Economic disaster loans can be used to pay off fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid due to the impact of the disaster,” said Tanya N Garfield, director of the SBA West Field Relief Operations Center.

The interest rate is 3% for companies and 2% for private non-profit organizations with a term of up to 30 years.

Apply online, receive additional information and download the applications at Applicants can also call the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email [email protected] for more information. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can call (800) 877-8339.

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