April 2010

No relief yet for commercial real estate

pit_02When commercial real estate finally hits bottom — and that could be at least another year away — it will exist in a much colder world than the fevered run-up.

Solarization begins in Pendleton

Pendleton is beginning a citywide initiative to install solar panels on residential homes with an eye toward eventual job creation and a niche market for renewable energy.

Ashland's Croman Mill project progresses

McGrew_Mill_late_1960sThe Croman Mill property in Ashland has been dormant since the mill’s 1996 closure but plans for a redevelopment are moving ahead despite the fears of local businesses.

Waste-to-energy plant yields jobs

A new waste-to-energy pilot plant in Arlington shows that there may still be jobs in waste, no matter how fancy the technology gets.

New headlight prevents bird strikes to planes

Precise Flight, a Bend manufacturing company, started thinking in the late 1990s of ways to decrease the number of bird strikes to airplanes. The result is a headlight called the Pulselite that is specialized to bird vision.

PSU German students learn business

Speakeasy002“SpeakEasy” is a third-year German course at Portland State University conducted as a student-run business startup company. Speaking in German and French, students are in charge of a small business that designs, manufactures and sells multilingual greeting cards.

Rural doctor talks success, health care

Jim-Mattes-GRHJim Mattes marked his 25th anniversary as Grande Ronde Hospital’s CEO this January, making him the longest-serving hospital CEO in Oregon.