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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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The 50 highest-paid CEOs in Oregon
September 2006

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This year’s ranking of the highest-paid public company CEOs in Oregon saw total compensation fall  0.4%, in contrast to last year’s 17.7% increase. The drop was the result of a 33% decline in overall bonus amounts.

 

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Energy on the edge: Can fuel cells replace batteries?
August 2006

{safe_alt_text}The world is increasingly moving to wireless sensors for everything from water and gas meters to shipping container tracking devices to temperature sensors in industrial freezers (read: Wal-Mart). Over their decades-long life, these devices require several rounds of batteries, which are inexpensive, and labor to physically replace them, which isn’t.

 

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Health plan advice from 100 Best companies
August 2006

2006 100 Best CompaniesOut of all the benefits besides cash with which companies can attract and keep employees, none is more appreciated than health coverage. But at a time when health care costs are rising faster than inflation, offering a high-quality plan is easier said than done.

 

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Northwest vineyards squeeze profits from concerts
August 2006

First, grow the grapes. Then make the wine. And next, book Bob Dylan? With an increasing number of players in the winery business, several vineyards are relying on hosted concerts to market and create an outlet for their food and drink.

 

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The annual list of Oregon's public companies
August 2006

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It was a strong year for overall revenue and profits, while the net number of companies remained the same and and total market value slipped.

 

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Oregon's 2006 top private 150 companies
July 2006

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Revenue growth headlines our annual list of privately held Oregon-based companies.

 

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Portland immigration lawyer finds purpose helping families
July 2006

Stephen Manning wishes that U.S. immigration law was simple to understand, easy to obey and fairly applied. Until then, he’ll just keep taking the government to court.

 

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