May 2009

A region uncorked

WineFeature2Driven by demand and nurtured in the diverse terrain, Southern Oregon’s wine industry begins to come of age.


To your health

HealthFeature1From stronger teeth to sharper eyes to a rewired brain, Oregon innovators are finding ways to keep us living longer and better.


The robot doctor will see you now

ATSrobotdoctorGrande Ronde Hospital in La Grande is a rural, 25-bed facility with no cardiologist on staff. Two years ago, a heart patient there would have had to drive three hours to Boise. But now patients can get instant, face-to-face appointments with a cardiologist without anyone driving anywhere.


The candy economy is still sweet


Gourmet chocolate lover Ashley Rahll says she always has at least one chocolate bar on hand at home. But a recent trip to Portland chocolate retailer Cacao with friend Adam Morris meant an extra-special splurge on a spicy dark drinking chocolate and single-malt scotch chocolate.


Wherefore art thou, dear consumer?

ATSShakespeareFestivalAttendance at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has dropped 6% from last year, as the weakened economy forces consumers to cut spending on luxuries like travel and the arts.


Building a legacy

ATSJoanAustinJoan Austin is sitting in an office a stone’s throw from her Allison Inn & Spa that’s under construction. And yes, it is her project.


Digging deeper in Klamath Falls

ATSChrisMaplesLast year, the Oregon Institute of Technology became the first university in the nation to award degrees in renewable energy engineering. Now the Klamath Falls-based school is on its way to becoming the world’s first geothermal-powered campus, with a 1.5-megawatt geothermal power plant due to be completed by the spring of 2010.