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Largest solar array under construction

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Oregon's largest solar array is under construction in Lake County. The 16-acre array is known as Outback.

 

Oregon gas consumption hits 50-year low

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Gasoline consumption in Oregon and Washington fell to its lowest point in 50 years and is poised to drop even further this year.

 

Umpqua Bank buying Circle Bank

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Umpqua Holdings plans to buy Novato, California-based Circle Bancorp for $25 million.

 

Food cart owners go brick and mortar

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Many food cart owners are making the change to traditional indoor restaurants, because of the benefits of a stable location and ability to sell liquor.

 

Brewers consider fluoridation debate

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Some of Portland's craft brewers say fluoridation won't affect their beer's taste, but they have concerns about public perception.

 

Clark County wineries become tourism destinations

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Clark County's fledgling commercial wine industry has grown from three to 14 wineries in a few years, and is quickly becoming a tourism destination.

 

New Bandon creamery breaks ground

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Officials broke ground on the new Face Rock Creamery factory and retail shop on the site of the former Bandon Cheese Factory that closed 10 years ago.

 
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03.20.14 thumb internetBY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER

I don’t think anyone can (or should) remember what it was like to get things done without the internet. This milestone in technology has certainly benefited brick-and-mortar companies and subsequently launched a new era of businesses.


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Banishing oil burners reaps benefits for schools

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Three years ago, PPS set out to begin to convert the 1930s-era boilers from diesel/bunker fuel to cleaner-burning natural gas. Oregon’s largest school district has realized impressive carbon dioxide emissions reductions, setting an example for public and private institutions.


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Green eyeshades in the ivory tower

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The rapidly rising cost of higher education has left even the smartest researchers and the wonkiest of wonks wondering what’s happening and where’s all that money going. More and more, prospective students—and their families—are asking: Is college worth the cost?


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Car ignition recalls and lean product design

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04.11.14 thumb gm-gettyTOM COX | OB BLOGGER

The auto industry is starting to share more costs across manufacturers for complex and challenging design work, like new transmission design, and certain new engine technologies. What we’re not yet seeing is wholesale outsourcing of “unavoidable waste” components to specialist companies.


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Small business sales go big

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Sales of small businesses surged in 2013 according to the biggest Internet marketplace of such transactions, BizBuySell, increasing to 7,056 reported sales, a 24% increase over 2012, when they dropped 7%. Portland Metro sales tracked by the site grew 9% to 73, capping three years of solid growth. On top of that, Portland’s median sale price jumped 67% to $250K, versus just 13% to $180K nationally. Portland was one of just six metros tracked where the median sale price matched the median asking price, with sellers getting, on average, 92% of what they asked.

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