Must Reads

Shoe entrepreneur seeks funding

Portland entrepreneur David Sypniewski seeks funding for his minimalist shoe brand Skora.

Midwest drought boosts Oregon tree growers

Midwest droughts have devastated newly-planted Christmas tree crops, eventually benefiting Oregon growers.

Water agreement sought

A new group is working on an agreement between storing water for summer crops and conservation interests.

Jobless claims drop

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell by 6,000 last week, consistent with modest gains in hiring.

Log exports to China drop

China's slowing economy may benefit Oregon's lumber and plywood mills by making more timber available at reasonable prices.

Oregonian could switch to non-daily schedule

The Oregonian's New Jersey-based owner, Advance Publications, is moving to a web-based model and is considering changing publishing schedules at many of its newspapers.

Rudy Crew angered by low aspirations

Oregon's chief education officer Rudy Crew says many of the state's school boards and superintendents are aiming too low on their first yearly "achievement compacts."