March 2009

Hood River economy holds steady

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Graphic: Oregon university enrollment

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Graphic: Oregon farm potato sales by county

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