February 2011

Fishermen lobby to deep-six marine reserves

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Thursday, January 27, 2011
0211_CapePerpetuaA recent scientific study co-authored by Oregon State University marine biologists showed that marine reserves help boost fisheries over 100 miles away.
 

Ski fortunes rise, then fall in wild weather year

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Articles - February 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
0211_SkiHigh hopes for the Oregon ski industry’s most successful season in history got swamped by a rain-soaked January that caused resorts to close lifts and limit service.
 

Ecotrust backs new markets

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Articles - February 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
0211_Ecotrust_01Struggling rural towns got a $60 million boost in 2010 from the federal New Market tax credit program and Portland-based Ecotrust CDE, which funneled money from the program into regional businesses creating green jobs in economically distressed communities.
 

Ochoco fires up job-saving pellet plant

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Articles - February 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
0211_OchocoOchoco Lumber’s new biomass plant, built adjacent to its existing sawmill on its Malheur Lumber site in John Day, began churning out pellets this month.
 

Numbers don't add up for dairies

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Articles - February 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
0211_MalloriesMilkThe closing of a longtime Oregon dairy has delivered another blow to an already fragile industry suffering from declining milk prices and rising feed costs. Five years ago Oregon had about 330 dairy farms that produced and sold milk. Today it has 280.
 

Rogue mill brings back 100 jobs

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Articles - February 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
0211_MillThe reopening of a plywood plant in Rogue River has brought 108 jobs and a bit of optimism to a lumber-dependent region hit especially hard by the economic downturn.
 

Dealwatch February 2011

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Articles - February 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Big deals of the month.
 
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