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Washington state’s success on its Columbia River plan spurs several Oregon efforts to seek expanded water rights and reservoir funding.
By Robin Doussard
No water, no life.
So intones the glossy DVD that introduces the Oregon Oasis Project. It doesn’t rely on subtleties to get across its point: It pulls out agricultural biggie Bob Hale, Echo farmer Kent Madison and OSU plant researcher Phil Hamm to speak directly to the camera, run soil through their fingers, and state resolutely that Eastern Oregon needs more water from the Columbia River to give the region any chance at growing its economy.
It’s not a new pitch, in Oregon or across the West. The desire to use the Columbia River Basin’s water is long, historic and controversial. The basin, which encompasses 260,000 miles, is a crucial salmon habitat and a crucial people habitat with thirsty cities and fields. The debate over how to best serve fish and human has raged for decades, as salmon runs have faltered and the region’s population continues to grow.
The Oasis Project is drafting a bill for this legislative session that would allow an additional 500,000 acre-feet of water per year to be pulled from the Columbia River year-round. Of that, 300,000 acre-feet would go toward irrigating 100,000 new acres that “would provide jobs, economic development and new taxes for local government.” A two-page summary of the project states these new irrigated acres would be used for “high-market value vegetables and fruits, and the processing of these crops would create over 10,000 new jobs and $452 million per year in added revenue.”
“The governor and the state could do one simple thing to create tremendous economic growth in Eastern Oregon,” says Bob Hale. “Let us use more water.”
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
Tom Cox interviews Steve Balzac, author of "Organizational Psychology for Managers."
Monday, June 30, 2014
Oregon Business magazine won two silver awards for excellence in writing in the National American Society of Business Publication Editors Western region competition.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
Demand for organic food continues to soar: Last year, sales of organic food rose to $32.3 billion — up 10% from 2012. In Oregon, organic produce wholesaler Organically Grown Co. has been championing organic growing methods for four decades.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Tom Cox interviews Pete Friedes, author of "The 2R Manager," about becoming a Best Boss.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
Tom Cox interviews Dr. Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen, Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.
Monday, July 14, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
Some people think Amazon’s winking eye logo is starting to look like a hoodwink.
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Barran Liebman is proud to announce that Andrew Schpak, a Partner of the firm, has been named Chair of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division for the 2014-2015 bar year.