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|Articles - May 2010|
|Friday, April 16, 2010|
It isn't often that we report from abroad. (OK, never.) As our name surely suggests, we keep our feet firmly in Oregon. But earlier this year our intrepid associate writer Adrianne Jeffries struck out on her own for five weeks to travel to Shanghai, Taipei and Beijing.
Jeffries studied in Singapore for a term while at William & Mary College and fell in love with Asia. She was drawn to China by its vastness, its contradictions and its rapid emergence on the world stage. Like all good journalists, she wanted to see the story for herself.
Along with amazing tales about the food and culture, she also brought back one of my favorite stories in this issue. It’s about a Portland couple who left the green beauty of Oregon to set up shop in the smoggy hardscape of Shanghai. Jeffries interviewed Jeff Delkin and Rachel Speth after a former Nike employee in Shanghai introduced them. Delkin and Speth are just two of many Oregon businesspeople with a China connection.
I envy their ongoing adventure and Jeffries’ exploration of such a complex and fascinating place. Being a roving reporter has it all over the chair-bound editor any day.
No less adventuresome in their own way are the marijuana entrepreneurs profiled in our cover story. In his report, managing editor Ben Jacklet finds Southern Oregon a hothouse that’s incubating more than medical marijuana. It’s creating its own cluster of businesses that are thriving in a down economy.
Another take on altered reality can be found in our story on the growing number of 3-D technology companies. Surely everyone had a View-Master as a toy. Only now I find out that they weren’t made for those great slides of national parks that I was addicted to as a kid, but to show scientific slides. Oregon has a storied history around 3-D, and now a shot at a strong future.
The future for Hollywood Video is not so certain. Contributing writer Jon Bell gets the story behind the story of the bankrupt Movie Gallery, which owns Hollywood Video. Neither company would talk to us, but what the analysts have to say isn’t kind or encouraging. The Wilsonville company has been beset by years of bad management, bad economy and bad decisions, and no one is betting on the company’s survival. That’s not good news for the thousands of employees hanging in the balance.
But despite Hollywood’s travails, the economic indicators are getting better. While no one in the state thinks we are done with this downturn yet, I see signs of hiring and I hear a bit more optimism. If this keeps up, I might have to reconsider that foreign bureau.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
BY JASON NORRIS, CFA | OB GUEST BLOGGER
Pets.com, GeoCities, eToys, and WorldCom … blasts-from-the-past that all signify the late 1990s Internet bubble. Yet we believe the dynamics of the market, specifically in technology stocks, are much different today than it was during the late 1990s.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
There are 278 companies licensed to operate as brewery, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Here are three new beer-making hubs slated to open soon.
Monday, February 23, 2015
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Live, Work, Play: Catching up with Chris Johnson.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
A conversation with Donna Earley, director of sales and marketing for the Salem Convention Center.
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY COURTNEY SHERWOOD | Photos by Jason E. Kaplan
Pacific Seafood, one of the world’s largest processors, is rebranding as a more transparent and consumer-friendly operation. A controversial CEO and monopoly accusations from coastal fishermen complicate the tale.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
As the investigation against the governor moves forward, those of us in the news business should reflect on our own potential for subverting the democratic process.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
Employment in Oregon is almost back up to prerecession levels — and employers are having to work harder to entice talented staff to join their ranks. This year’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon project showcases the kind of quality workplaces that foster happy employees.
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