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Scalable local news: The sniff test

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Thursday, May 08, 2014
GoLocalBY MARK BLAINE | OB BLOGGER

Local news is valuable, but for nearly two decades, digital publishers have struggled to scale a sustainable local news product. Portland is about to be the testing ground for one of the next round of innovators as GoLocalPDX gears up to launch another local news website.

 

Where did all the workers go?

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Friday, May 02, 2014
050214 thumb notworkingBY ERIC FRUITS | OB BLOGGER

Something has happened to Oregon over the past decade to cause steep declines in incomes and willingness to work. 

 

Environmental injustice: Oregon has little to brag about

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Thursday, May 01, 2014
3 050114 thumb WillametteVPollutionBY JOE ROJAS-BURKE | OB BLOGGER

Given Oregon’s green reputation, it’s jarring to see how badly the state ranks on measures of injustice in exposure to air pollution.

 

A tavern, reborn

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
TavernBBY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER

The revamped Lostine Tavern is one of a growing number of local sustainable food purveyors in Wallowa County.

 

Airbnb laws will hurt Portland’s newest company

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
airbnb-logoBY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

Proposed regulations protect Portland’s strict zoning codes and hotel operators, but they may have an adverse effect on Airbnb’s business.

 

Spring thaw

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Spring ThawBY JASON NORRIS | OB BLOGGER

The “polar vortex” of 2014 seems to have finally thawed and we believe this change in weather will bring more sunshine to the U.S. economy as well.

 

How to boost web traffic

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY  | OB WEB EDITOR

04.10.14 thumb seo-trafficSEMpdx hosted a workshop this week for entrepreneurs, website developers and others interested in search engine optimization (SEO).  Here are a few tips and tricks aimed at bumping up your search engine rankings.

 

Eking out a living

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014
04.08.14 thumb ourtable-coopfarmsBY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER

It may be obvious, but most farmers don’t make a lot of money. According to preliminary data from the 2012 Agriculture Census, 52% of America’s 2.1 million principal farm-operators don’t call farming their primary occupation. Farm cooperatives may offer a solution.

 

Green eyeshades in the ivory tower

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Friday, April 04, 2014
EducationCosts BlogBY ERIC FRUITS

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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The clean fuels opportunity

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