October 2009

Umpqua College embraces the wine business

Blaine-2Umpqua Community College president Blaine Nisson and his staff have launched 12 new instructional programs over the past five years. But the initiative that has gotten the most attention has been the Southern Oregon Wine Institute.

Turbulence for PDX flights

There were more changes to PDX nonstop service routes than usual in the last 18 months. Decreased passenger volume is one reason, but it’s not the only consideration when airlines decide which cities are in or out.

The day the music died in Cave Junction

Tiny Cave Junction, a struggling timber town in Josephine County with 1,730 residents, is drawing the ire of two of the nation’s largest music licensing companies.

Bad health is good for specialty shoe stores

One specialty shoemaker is seeing a bump in business as Oregon’s diabetes rate spikes.

Canvassers: annoying, but apparently effective

IMG_6022Canvassers hustling for charitable donations in Portland say they had a tougher sell this summer, but you won’t see it in the numbers.

Smallest community college expands

2009-09-10-019-cmykBig changes are in the works for Oregon’s smallest community college.