October 2008

State slams FERC’s LNG approval

BradwoodLandingIn mid September, federal officials approved a controversial liquid natural gas project located on the Columbia River and in doing so set the stage for a potential legal battle between the state of Oregon and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

 

No reel improvement

Independently run theaters that charge less than the big boys don’t seem to be reaping the benefits of more moviegoers with less cash to spend in the down economy.

 

Housing market still hurting

When it comes to Oregon’s sluggish Metro housing markets, there is a painful difference between approaching the bottom and reaching it.

 

PSU get record grant

The James F.  and Marion L. Miller Foundation in September awarded a $25 million challenge grant to Portland State University, the largest in the university’s history, and the largest ever awarded by the foundation.

 

The new plastics

Each year more students graduate from Oregon colleges. But with the economy struggling and a glut of graduates, finding a job can be more difficult than any final exam.

 

Next: the GlideCycle

UnbikeIn the world of odd-looking exercise contraptions, the GlideCycle fits somewhere between Suzanne Somers’ ThighMaster and your favorite treadmill at the gym.

 

Economist John Mitchell: The end of the way we were

t_JohnMitchellThe past few months have been marked by surging gas and food prices, plummeting auto sales, a continued housing implosion and Russia acting like the old days.