The results from our annual Private 150 ranking are understandably bleak, given that the economy has been in recession for nearly 20 months. Revenues and jobs for Oregon's privately held powerhouses fell steeply, with Big Timber continuing to take a beating, along with heavy manufacturing and auto dealerships. There were exceptions to the general downward trend, but the gains of the few were modest in comparison to the losses of the many.
Fertile 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.
For 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.
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- Share of unemployed claiming unemployment benefits
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- Lithia burns rubber – in reverse
- Leaky bunkers join history of bad ideas
- Down and dirty
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- Sea change