November 2009

The electric acid test

NISSAN_EV6Will 2010 be the year Oregon finally realizes its green dream of being a national market for highway-ready electric vehicles?

PDX bicycle boom races through the recession

IMG_7097If you think Portland has gone to the bicyclists, just wait until 2030.

From ranch to runway

0X4Q1358In front of a crowd of black-clad urbanites sitting in the dark, rancher Jeanne Carver told her “sunlight story.”

Visitors hit attractions

Many of Oregon’s top attractions have seen their visitor numbers increase over the last year despite the bad economy.

Got milk glut? Dairies struggle

Oregon dairy farmers have been losing money since the financial crisis drove down milk prices last fall.

Greens take aim at PGE's Boardman plant

_GO_1440Coal generates just 22% of the electricity in the Pacific Northwest, but it is responsible for 87% of greenhouse gas emissions from the regional power grid. Given those numbers, it was only a matter of time before environmental groups took aim at Portland General Electric’s Boardman coal plant, the largest source of greenhouse gases in the state.

How Oregon taxes stack up

A survey of other states’ taxes shows that while Oregon’s corporate income tax hike is far from radical, other changes make Oregon’s taxes look more extreme.