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Hood River economy holds steady

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Sunday, March 01, 2009
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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Sunday, March 01, 2009
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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Sunday, March 01, 2009
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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Sunday, March 01, 2009
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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