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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,
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
New Jersey and Oregon are the only two states in the U.S. that ban self serve gas stations. But these two holdouts may be ready to give up the game. New Jersey is considering legislation that would lift the state's ban on pumping your own gas. Oregon is considering smaller scale changes.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Mike Morrow and Mike Delos-Reyes first came up with the idea of an ocean power device 23 years ago, when they were students at Oregon State University. They realized a long-held vision last summer, when their startup, M3 Wave, successfully launched the first ocean power device that works underwater.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
There are more than 10 million former military members working in the United States.
Monday, June 22, 2015
The Clean Fuels/gas tax trade off will go down in history as another disjointed, on-again off-again approach to city and state lawmaking.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Spring rains are the bane of an Oregon cherry farmer’s existence. Even a few sprinkles can crack the fruit so badly it’s not worth picking. Science to the rescue: Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a spray-on film that cuts rain-related cracking in half, potentially saving a season’s crop. The coating, patented as SureSeal, is made from natural chemicals similar to those found in the skins of cherries: cellulose, palm oil-based wax and calcium.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
BY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER
Uncertainty is a part of doing business, whether in through the lens of investment opportunities and risks or the business of running an enterprise.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY ANNIE ELLISON
Portland tech veteran Ben Berry is leaving his post as Portland’s chief technology officer for a full-time role producing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) aimed at first responders and the military. Berry’s AirShip Technologies Group is poised to be on the ground floor of an industry that will supply drones to as many as 100,000 police, fire and emergency agencies nationwide. He reveals the plan for takeoff.
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Oregon-based Environments helps companies create inspired workspaces. “Simply put, we help companies future-proof their workspaces,” says Chris Corrado, president. Since 1988,Environments has witnessed firsthand the changing landscape of business. Native Portlander and Environments founder Corrado says, “We help our clients navigate the complex realities of the workplace today and plan for their future in a very mindful, strategic way. We think of ourselves as their partners in the process.”
One hundred years ago, the Willamette River might easily have been mistaken for a sewer. Unchecked industrial activity and decades of pollution made it unrecognizable compared to the clean river that now flows north for 187 miles from Eugene through the center of Portland.
3 Degrees Event Celebrates 5th Year Bringing Nonprofit and Business Professionals Together to Benefit Portland.
Bend energy leader brings passion for efficiency and renewable energy to the nonprofit.
Event in Forest Grove marks recognition of Global Food Safety Initiative Certification.