Features
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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Pendleton mines the past to build a future
December 2006

HamleyCo1206.jpgThe saying goes you’re either lucky or good — but some are a little of both. The City of Pendleton has been calculating in its approach to economic development, but it’s also been the lucky beneficiary of several converging forces that have accelerated local efforts.

 

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Portland's core problem
December 2006

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The Portland Business Alliance, city leaders and homeless advocates have agreed to clean up downtown together. Will their innovative solution work?

 

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Vollum Award for Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement: Ken and Joan Austin
December 2006

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Ken and Joan Austin invest time, money and passion in high-yield giving.

 

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In Character: Profile of Sue Shaffer, Cow Creek chairman
November 2006

The sharp pencil and sharper eye of  Cow Creek chairman Sue Shaffer is transforming her tribe.

 

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New leadership for Associated Oregon Industries
November 2006

Associated Oregon Industries, the state’s oldest and largest business lobby, overhauls its mission, installs a new leader and sets about shining its lackluster image.

 

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Energy on the edge: Keeping power proceeds local
October 2006

s_Windmill1006Renewable or clean energy development has been growing rapidly in parts of Central and Eastern Oregon, as large wind turbine farms sprout up. Rural communities see the economic benefits of some job growth and property tax revenue.

 

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In Character: Jeffrey St. Clair, editor of Counterpunch
October 2006

Leftist critic Jeffrey St. Clair is working to turn politics upside down from his quiet little subdivision in Oregon City.

 

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In Character: Profile of Erath Vineyards' founder, Dick Erath
September 2006
Wine pioneer Dick Erath sells his operation but takes his beloved vineyards with him into a new future.
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Putting the biodiesel plant in the farmer’s hands
September 2006

{safe_alt_text}Crops to fuel biodiesel are being raised in Eastern Oregon, but there are no biodiesel production plants east of the Cascades and scant supplies at the pump. Meanwhile, farmers running diesel pickups and tractors are prime potential consumers of home-grown fuel.

 

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