July 2009

Mining industry digs into the Valley's best soil

willamette_valleyFertile land is the lifeblood of Oregon’s agricultural industry, a major economic driver that is almost completely family-run. But land — including the physical space, topsoil and rock underneath it — is a lucrative resource and contenders include aggregate mining companies. The reason: much of the highest-quality basalt is located under the best soil.

 

Oregon Caves, historic chateau help boost Josephine County

chateau-fall-pond1For 100 years, tourists have traveled through the Siskiyou Mountains in Southern Oregon to explore the Oregon Caves National Monument. For the past 75 years they could stay at the Oregon Caves Chateau, a National Historic Landmark. These remote attractions are more than historic sites — they bring tourism dollars to a county continuing to struggle with the loss of timber revenues.

Warrenton's big-box plans put pressure on Astoria's businesses

JB121008astoria-2453Warrenton and Astoria are joined at the hip, whether they like it or not. Two new commercial developments in Warrenton have created uncertainty about what new companies and big-box stores will move in and what effect they’ll have on small businesses in the region.

Oregon Business wins 11 awards for excellence

OBM_OctOregon Business magazine has won 11 awards for excellence in reporting and design from the regional Society of Professional Journalists.

 

G5 grows in search marketing

Dan_HobinTwo minutes into our phone interview, Dan Hobin has me linked into his computer so he can show me precisely why his approach to advertising works and how he can prove it.

The buzz factor

0602bees33Nickolas Hampshire was a senior in high school when his father gave him $2,000 and an ultimatum: Turn your beekeeping hobby into a viable business, or you can’t graduate.

Oregon Steel and the Russians

What does Vladimir Putin have to do with the company formerly known as Oregon Steel’s decision to idle its steel mill in Portland this summer? Follow the timeline to find out.