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The buzz factor

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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

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Archives - July 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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.

 

 

Share of unemployed claiming unemployment benefits

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
 

DNA breakthrough puts angus bulls to the test

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

angus_cowAngus cattle breeders were hit with frightening news twice over the past year when researchers separately discovered two genetic mutations in the breed that cause calves to be born dead. But DNA testing also giveth what it taketh away.

 

Lithia burns rubber – in reverse

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Archives - July 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

After racing into the top tier of the nation’s auto dealers and Oregon’s top public companies, Medford-based Lithia Motors has slammed it into reverse with rubber-burning decisiveness, selling off dealerships as ruthlessly as it once bought them to avoid driving off a cliff.

 

Leaky bunkers join history of bad ideas

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
bunkersA debate is swirling in Newport over two WWII cargo ships, the USS Pasley and USS Hennebique, which were used to create a dock in 1948. The USS Pasley shifts with the tide, threatening to disgorge fuel and oil into Yaquina Bay.
 

Down and dirty

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Archives - July 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Oregon_Business_090605_0027Donna Smith and Robyn Streeter founded Your Backyard Farmer on the principle that everyone should be able to eat fresh, local food. And if you’re too busy or too clueless to grow your own, they’ll do it for you in your own back yard and leave a basket of vegetables on your doorstep.
 
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