March 2009

Hood River economy holds steady

hoodriver.jpgThe recent closings of five Hood River businesses, including the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel, has created concern about the town's overall economy.

102 years later, still shucking along

oysterphoto.jpgLouis C. Wachsmuth opened his first oyster at age 5. Twenty-five years later, in 1907, the boy from Oysterville, Wash., moved to Portland and with business partner L. Roland Mills opened a seafood store that would prove resilient enough to survive the Great Depression, multiple recessions, both World Wars and a volatile restaurant scene.

Uncle Ben says: Buy bonds to help Oregon

Sure, the fine print at the bottom of the state treasurer’s new website buybonds.oregon.gov offers a disclaimer that this is not an offer to sell bonds.

Grant struggles with highest unemployment

rural2.jpgOregon’s rural counties are being hit hard by unemployment, and the biggest spike is in Grant County, a sparsely populated eastern county reliant on timber and ranching.

Website aims to streamline business process

Oregon’s Secretary of State wants to bolster the state’s economy by streamlining the agency’s online business registration website.