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Editor's Notes: resort group thinks small

robin-BLOGEarlier this month I wrote a 4,000-word story on the shaky future of large destination resorts in Oregon. Here’s the abridged version: The housing collapse, over-saturation and public outcry has stalled any new big resorts, those given an exemption to build outside urban growth boundaries in hopes of spurring tourism for rural economies.

Jobs Watch: Jive Talkin'

ben-blogMy conference call with two Jive Software executives on Monday was quite a workout. It isn’t easy to type in synch with people so excited about their prospects that they can barely complete a sentence without flinging out phrases like “ awesome growth trajectory,” “totally stoked” and (avert your eyes now) “kicking ass and taking names.”

On The Scene: Wyden's beer bash

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Sen. Ron Wyden met with members of the Oregon craft brewing community to discuss his proposed tax breaks.  Out of all of Oregon's industries, why should the government be helping brewers?

Jobs Watch: Marijuana measure makes ballot

ben-blogIt's official: Initiative 28, which would establish a statewide supply system for medical marijuana retail sales, has qualified for the November ballot.

Polar Fleece inventor now pushing wool

thelatestDoug Hoschek spent the 1980s traveling the country selling his new invention — Polar Fleece, which he says he invented in 1980. Hoschek, 64, has lived and breathed the textile industry his entire life. Although his claim to fame is the innovation of synthetic textiles, Hoschek argues that Oregon could have a bright future in wool.

Port looks ahead for new connections, deeper channel

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The docking of the Westwood Victoria in Portland early Sunday morning brought cause for celebration at the Port of Portland, but it doesn’t signal an end to the rough waters in the future of shipping.  A new service linking Portland to Japan and Korea may alleviate some of the ailments nagging the port, but whether it will last remains to be seen.

Jobs Watch: A materials library for Portland

ben-blogSohrab Vossoughi is a great person to call if you’re running short on ideas. The high-energy CEO of Ziba Design specializes in big ideas delivered with enthusiasm, and his latest, the Portland Center for Innovation and Design, merits a closer look.

On the Scene: Portland's indie music

sceneblogbwThe City Club of Portland explored the city's indie music scene with a forum on Friday featuring four local musicians and Metro President David Bragdon as moderator.  What exactly is it about Portland that is encouraging so many musicians to move to the area, and how can the city capitalize on this community asset?

Bike culture grows in PDX with new business

thelatestPortland, which has already made a name for itself as a hot-spot for cycling culture, is now home to a publishing company that’s hoping to make a splash with home-grown bike activist Mia Birk.