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January 2010

Portland works toward efficient lighting

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Articles - January 2010
Thursday, December 17, 2009

IMG_7693City agreements with power companies and an inability to adequately measure components of its lighting infrastructure may be blocking a way for Portland to reduce energy and save money.

 

Helping farmers maximize crops

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Articles - January 2010
Thursday, December 17, 2009

DSC00661Every season farmers must contend with shifting crop markets as they look for the best outlet for their produce. But Randy Morrow hopes to ease some of that uncertainty with his new family business called eProduceSales.com.

 

Cruise ship business flounders in Astoria

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Articles - January 2010
Thursday, December 17, 2009

cruiseThe city of Astoria is bracing for a substantial hit to its local economy because it is losing half its cruise ship business.

 

Unmanned plane business soars

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Articles - January 2010
Thursday, December 17, 2009

IMG_2531The market for humanless planes, boats and ground vehicles has exploded, creating a whole new tech sector for the Pacific Northwest.

 

Tillamook CEO reveals strategy for future

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Articles - January 2010
Thursday, December 17, 2009

It says something about a place when almost 1 million people a year make a pilgrimage to a cheese factory. Yes, the Tillamook County Creamery Association produces more than that, but this house was built on the rock of cheddar 100 years ago and it’s not moving.

 

Reader input: Readers support tax reform, sales tax

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Articles - January 2010
Friday, December 18, 2009
 

The year in review

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Articles - January 2010
Monday, January 04, 2010

January is always a time to reflect on the year gone by. As I look back at the magazine’s coverage in 2009, there is a distinct Dickensian quality.

 
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