February 2009

Oregon turns 150 on Feb. 14

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Sunday, February 01, 2009
Here's what we like best about our funny Valentine
 

Stocks that went up

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You know times are hard when you can count on one hand the public companies that gained over the past year.
 

Health reform still plans Salem campaign

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This won’t be an easy legislative session for health-care reform. It was one of the 2007 legislative session’s biggest stars; this year it plays second fiddle to the economy, jobs and economic stimulus.
 

Jobless fund steady despite rising claims

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Oregon's unemployed drained more than $318 million from the state's unemployment insurance trust fund in fourth-quarter 2008, as the number of claimants rose to 105,451 by year's end.
 

Graphic: Western states' small-biz pay grows in '08

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Economy pummels King Ag

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wheat.jpgIn 2008, wheat prices soared to a whopping $16 per bushel and then plummeted to $5.50 by the end of the year.
 

Port of Astoria expansion stalls

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Sunday, February 01, 2009
TonguePoint.jpgIt's an ideal industrial site for a municipal port looking to expand: 30 acres of paved tarmac, five concrete piers, warehouses, hangers, and a deep-water channel that leads straight to the Columbia River.
 
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