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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.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE
The right sunglasses can protect your eyes and look cool at the same time. This being the 21st century, select shades are socially conscious, too. Portland brand Shwood uses wood and other natural materials and manufactures locally. Founded by Ann Sacks, the brand Fetch dedicates a portion of its profits to animal welfare. But whether you choose classic tortiseshell or aviator chic, please, shed the sunglasses when you walk in the door — and, of course, at night.
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
As part of our green workplaces story, Oregon Business checked out a community service project undertaken by Portland Youth Builders, a nonprofit alternative high school. In partnership with Whole Foods, PYB built garden boxes for a Home Forward housing site. Home Forward is a government agency that provides housing for low income residents and people with disabilities.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
The recent tragedy in Philadelphia has called attention to Amtrak and the nation's woefully underfunded rail service. Here are six facts about the Amtrak Cascades corridor between Eugene and Vancouver B.C.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
There are more than 160 farmers markets in Oregon, contributing an estimated $50 million in sales, according to the Oregon Farmers Markets Association. We checked in on the Forest Grove market, which for several years has brought local produce and food vendors to Main Street in the center of town.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
Like all good journalists, OB editorial staff typically eschew freebies. But health care costs being what they are, digital news editor Jacob Palmer couldn't resist ZoomCare's offer of a three-in-one (cleaning, exam, whitening) dental office visit, guaranteed to take no more than 57 minutes.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
One year after he was appointed chair of the Portland Development Commission, Tom Kelly talks about PDC's longevity, Neil Kelly's comeback and his new role as Portlandia's landlord.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
New Jersey and Oregon are the only two states in the U.S. that ban self serve gas stations. But these two holdouts may be ready to give up the game. New Jersey is considering legislation that would lift the state's ban on pumping your own gas. Oregon is considering smaller scale changes.
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