January 2009

Ski resorts get first snow, open season

MtHoodA healthy dose of early season snowfall helped Oregon ski resorts tally more than 2 million paying visitors last year, an industry record that may prove difficult to match this year.

Finding hidden bombs

SkyResearch.jpg“Do you lift weights?” Before I can answer, Sky has handed me something large, metallic, and, I am guessing, heavy.

Laid-off techies won’t go away

In the final five months of 2008, somewhere between 2,000 and 2,400 workers in Silicon Forest lost their jobs.

Obama administration could mean green jobs

If Barack Obama has his way, the country will invest $15 billion in renewable energy annually over the next decade, putting 1 million plug-in cars on the road and creating 5 million green jobs.

Next: the bike booster

CleverCycle"The future's all yours, ya lousy bicycles." Thus spoke the late, great Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a film set when horses ruled the road.

Downturn doesn’t soften growth in software industry

In the face of the current economic downturn, Oregon’s software industry is enjoying solid growth.

Power surges (slightly)

Electricity sold by PGE during the year ended November increased 1.2% year-over-year, and 6.0% versus five years ago.