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1 The 2006 Oregon Philanthropy Awards
2 Vollum Award for Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement: Ken and Joan Austin
3 Portland's core problem
4 Don’t be so easy on yourself
5 In Character: Profile of Dan Heims, owner of Terra Nova Nurseries
6 First Person: Commentary by Laura Fitzpatrick, lingerie entrepreneur
7 VIP: Conversation with George Puentes, CEO of Don Pancho Authentic Mexican Food
8 Just half of readers contribute to charities
9 More of the Celilo story
10 Look closer at the Budweiser ads
11 No protection from the laws of economics
12 Marketing: Star in your own postage stamp
13 Dufur
14 Arlington
15 La Grande
16 Chemult
17 Klamath Falls
18 Vancouver
19 Gresham
20 Portland
21 Lake Oswego
22 Corvallis
23 Eugene
24 Central Point
25 St. Helens
26 Tillamook
27 A logging town reinvents itself
28 Oregon Christmas trees fetch premium prices
29 Energy on the edge: Reducing waste at home
30 September '06 transportation indicators
31 September '06 employment and business filing indicators
32 September '06 farming, natural resources and energy indicators
33 September '06 real estate and construction indicators
34 Employment Dept.: Most Oregon products remain in the Northwest
35 Power and gas hold steady
36 Gold-n-Soft margarine celebrates 40 years
37 Pendleton mines the past to build a future
38 Dagoba Chocolate sells to Hershey
39 Hazelnut blight fight
 

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