February 2009

Stocks that went up

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

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

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.

Economy pummels King Ag

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

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.

Commercial real estate hits lows

Commercial real estate markets nationwide and in Oregon will bottom out this year, and not see a meaningful recovery until 2010, according to a joint report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute.