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|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, March 26, 2015
Cycling to work is all the rage. But not everyone wants to arrive at the office messy, sweaty — and unfashionable.
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN
As baby boomers sell their businesses, too many forget the all-important succession plan.
Monday, April 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Oregon already ranks as the nation’s second largest generator of hydroelectric power. (Washington is No. 1). Now an elegant new installation in Portland is putting an unconventional, sharing economy twist on this age-old water-energy pairing. The new system, launched this winter, uses the flow of water inside city water pipes to spin four turbines that produce electricity for Portland General Electric customers.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
There are more than 160 farmers markets in Oregon, contributing an estimated $50 million in sales, according to the Oregon Farmers Markets Association. We checked in on the Forest Grove market, which for several years has brought local produce and food vendors to Main Street in the center of town.
Monday, April 27, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Live, Work, Play with Christine Jump.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Janet LaBar, Executive director, Greater Portland Inc.
Monday, April 13, 2015
BY GRANT KIRBY | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
The mega-shift from technology-driven to data-driven organizations raises questions about Oregon’s workforce preparedness.
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Tourism marketing supports entrepreneurship by attracting visitors to all corners of the state.
Beaverton firm's business intelligence platform rivals that of industry heavyweights.
The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) will be presenting its third annual Entrepreneurial Summit on Friday, June 5 at Castaway in Portland, Oregon.
On June 13th Mayor Charlie Hales will attend nonprofit organization Dream Change’s inaugural Love Summit and will introduce one of its keynote speakers, Dan Wieden of Wieden+Kennedy advertising agency.
34 spots for food, 17 places to sip, and 7 sites to choose a brew beckon visitors.