Ever since Amtrak discontinued the Pioneer line in 1997 because it was losing money as passengers dwindled, no passenger train has stopped in Pendleton, Ontario or Baker City. But that may change as Amtrak considers reinstating the Pioneer, a move that could give an economic boost to Eastern Oregon.
Major repairs at the Timberline Lodge were deferred for years because they were too expensive for its operator, RLK and Company. But $4.25 million in federal stimulus funding approved last month will cover repairs, new paint and more, including alterations to make the lodge compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Newport’s research community leapt forward last month when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration signed a lease with the Port of Newport for a new facility, paid for by $19.5 million in lottery-backed bonds and $24.8 million in revenue bonds issued by the port.
Vintage technologies such as manual cameras and vinyl records have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity among 20-somethings and teenagers who grew up inundated by digital technology, and it’s helped several Portland stores that cater to these niche markets survive.