Features
LNG terminals ignite a statewide controversy
May 2007

LNG1.gifLiquid natural gas is a story, like so many in an energy-fixated world, that begins and ends with demand. Not just a demand for cleaner, cheaper or more sustainable, but a demand for more. More for Europe. More for Asia. A whole lot more for North America.

 

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The Dalles makes a comeback
May 2007

DallesIndustrial.jpgDepending on where you stand, the city of The Dalles presents very different sides. One is from above the city, at the Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial at Sorosis Park.

 

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Big Deals: Metals fired up by acquisitions, innovations and demand
April 2007

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To say the past year was an active one for Portland-based Precision Castparts Corp. would be something of an understatement.

 

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Destination resorts want looser regulations, land use groups cry foul
April 2007

PronghornResort0407.jpgErik Kancler is driving through the tidy streets of Eagle Crest resort, looking for a view of the mountains. He’s been told there’s a road that climbs up the side of the butte that the resort — about 15 miles north of Bend in Deschutes County — is built around. But he’s never been here before. He’s a little lost.

 

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Capitol Gains: it’s down to business in Salem
March 2007

OakleyBrooks.jpgIf you’re still basking in the sunshine moment of last month when the state’s major business groups spoke with one voice to the Oregon Senate Revenue committee, it’s now safe to take off your shades.

 

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Rogue Valley confronts skilled worker shortage
March 2007

MedfordWorkforce0307.jpgOregon take note: There’s a tsunami building in the Rogue Valley. Across Josephine and Jackson counties, the former domain of the timber and agriculture industries, employers are looking for skilled workers to fill jobs. Looking and looking.

 

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Three scientists from UO and OSU work to raise Oregon's tech profile
March 2007

3Amigos0307.jpgWhen Mas Subramanian, Dave Johnson and Doug Keszler get together, they’re as likely to talk about techniques for new ways to manipulate unfathomably tiny nanomaterials as they are to chat about their families or the weather.

 

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Fast-growing Redmond avoids becoming another Bend
February 2007

AlanUnger0207.jpgOn a cold, early-winter afternoon, about 25 of Redmond’s economic players are gathered in a tiny downtown church hoping for a glimpse of their future.

 

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Oregon Oasis project aims to draw more water from Columbia
February 2007

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Washington state’s success on its Columbia River plan spurs several Oregon efforts to seek expanded water rights and reservoir funding.

 

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Small Business: Portland's small presses get cranking
February 2007

If a growing group of publishers has its way, Portland will rank alongside San Francisco and Seattle as a West Coast hub for the printed word.

 

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Capitol Gains: Let the political games begin
January 2007
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Like the start of the baseball season each spring, hope also seems to spring eternal at the opening of a new legislative session.

 

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Delays turn Biscuit fire payoff hopes to ash
January 2007
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It sounded like an unbelievable amount of money: more than $171 million worth of salvage lumber, enough to build as many as 17,000 homes, waiting to be logged in forests blackened by 2002’s famed Biscuit Fire.

 

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Discount groceries gain market share across Oregon
January 2007

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Oregon’s economy may be thriving — and according to at least one economist, food costs less today than it did 30 years ago — but there’s a ready market for the increasing number of discount grocers in the state.

 

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Oregon suffers growing dentist shortage
January 2007

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Every year, about 75 new dentists graduate from the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry, 50 to 60 of whom go on to practice in Oregon.

 

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Sharpening Oregon's eco-edge
January 2007

The drumbeat of green business is getting louder. Consider: Green building — suddenly a $7 billion per year national business — has gone mainstream.

 

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A logging town reinvents itself
December 2006

Some people want to vacation in the best of locations. Others, like developer Phil Ordway, look for the next best — those up-and-coming places that have yet to be discovered.

 

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Hazelnut blight fight
December 2006

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Oregon’s celebrated hazelnut orchards, which produce 99% of the country’s crop, are in trouble, and it’s going to take a huge effort from Oregon State University to get them out of it.

 

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