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|Articles - July/August 2013|
|Monday, July 08, 2013|
When Ashland writer Jennifer Margulis decided to tackle this month’s cover story on wolf tourism in Eastern Oregon, she never imagined she’d actually see a wolf. After all, tour operators warn clients the chances of seeing one of the state’s 50 or so Canis lupi are about one in a thousand. But there it was: lurking in an alpine meadow, skinnier than expected and much more fearful.
“As soon as he saw us, he tucked his tail between his legs and slinked away,” Margulis said. “I was scared of him. But he was just as scared — or more — of me.”
The wolf assignment yielded other surprises. The subject of wolves in ranch-dominated Eastern Oregon is a contentious one. But Margulis, a seasoned investigative reporter, discovered those with inflammatory opinions are the vocal minority.
“I think some of the news reports have really polarized the issue,” she says. “But what I noticed is that most ranchers have a thoughtful stance about the wolves, and most environmentalists have great sympathy toward and a desire to work with ranchers who lose livestock.”
While Margulis was stalking wolves, OB research editor Brandon Sawyer was tracking another elusive species: Oregon’s private companies. Compiling a list of the top 150 privately held companies in the state, an annual ranking that appears in this issue, is a bit like pulling teeth. After all, there’s a reason private companies are private, not public.
But Sawyer’s original research paid off, showing the states’ private companies mirror the national economy at large, boosting revenue while reducing employment.
This month we also report on the state of an industry that is trying to become a little less obscure. That would be nanotechnology, the engineering of very, very small particles that could change the game in virtually every sector, from food to health care to computer chips.
Nanotech, wolves and the Private 150. Our feature lineup this issue showcases what this magazine does best: provide a deeply reported,
Thursday, May 29, 2014
BY KIM MOORE
A conversation about credit unions with the CEOs of Advantis Credit Union and OSU Federal Credit Union, followed by June's Powerlist.
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.
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.
Friday, May 30, 2014
BY DEBRA RINGOLD | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Since 1970 the performance of our public education system has steadily deteriorated.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Citing the transition to catch shares management as a key to rebuilding stocks and reducing bycatch, 13 species caught by the West Coast trawl fishery today earned designation from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as sustainable.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
The CEO of Axiom EPM, Peri Pierone, and the co-founder of McMenamins, Mike McMenamin, share their recent reads.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
BY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS
The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.
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Vigilant enters a New Year with a new president.
How George Fox has become one of Oregon's largest private universities.
Forest Grove sees growth in the burgeoning food and beverage scene.
Geffen Mesher is saddened to announce the passing of long-time shareholder, Tom “Mike” Anderson, who died on July 10, 2014, from liver disease diagnosed after recent heart surgery. He was 55 years old.
Fifteen Lane Powell attorneys have been named 2014 “Oregon Super Lawyers,” and another five attorneys have been named as “Oregon Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers magazine.
From its first-ever member forum, to upcoming Board elections, the Oregon-based, non-profit health organization is focused on letting members control their healthcare destiny.