Hot news from Nick Ellenberg: "Just Q It barbecue and chili competition team participated in the Smokin' on the Columbia BBQ & Chili Cookoff, taking home the coveted People's Choice Award and breaking into the top 10 in the Oregon State Chili Cookoff.

Championships held in Astoria May 2. In doing so, the Just Q It team received an invitation to attend the 43rd Annual Terlingua International Chili Championship in Terlingua, Texas, in November."

Pictured above, from left, team members Rich Long, Nick Ellenberg and Angela Ellenberg, who will be hosting fundraising events and are seeking sponsorship "from local businesses and chili lovers alike" to help get them to the competition.

To meet the team, go to their chili booth at the Astoria Sunday Market. For sponsorship information, call Rich Long at (503) 741-0066 or Nick Ellenburg at (800) 380-7094.