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Jul
31st
Home of the Day: Lodge Style Resort Elegance

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By Roger Wayland, Principal BrokerHome of the Day is presented by the Portland Business Journal with Cascade Sotheby's International Realty. This is your invitation to view some of Portland's most-luxurious properties. Come inside and take a look aro
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Jul
29th
PGE gets new $660M power plant running in the nick of time

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Portland General Electric said the Carty Generating Station in Eastern Oregon went into service on Friday, allowing the utility to avoid at least one complication with the troubled new natural gas power plant.PGE (NYSE: POR) needed to have Carty onli
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Jul
29th
Portland tech firm signs on for a new headquarters in Old Town Chinatown

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For decades, the Overland Warehouse Building was home to the Magic Gardens Restaurant and Lounge, a longtime strip club in Old Town Chinatown.Now it'll be home to the 62 employees of rising Portland transportation technology company Moovel North Amer
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Jul
29th
Another Oregon craft brewer swallowed up by a beer giant

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In the latest round of popular Oregon craft brewers being swallowed up by gigantic beer corporations, a division of MillerCoors has acquired a majority stake in Eugene's Hop Valley Brewing Company.The 2009-founded brewery, which has two pub locations
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Jul
29th
Zoom+ and Oregon insurance regulators go head-to-head

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About 10 days after Oregon insurance regulators announced Oregon?s Health CO-OP was shutting down, members learned that despite the headache of finding a new health plan, at least they?d get credit for what they?d spent toward their out-of-pocket max
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Jul
29th
List Leaders: Meet the metro region's 10 largest commercial real estate developers

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One's developing a city-altering mixed-use development in the heart of Lake Oswego. Another has teamed up with a partner to create an entirely new neighborhood in Northwest Portland.And still another is behind one of the largest industrial projects i
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Jul
29th
5 things to know today, and let the silly season begin

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The weekend's oh-so-close to being here, Portland.Here's your last helping of Five Things before we shut it down for a couple of days.VitalityAllow us to start with a little self-back patting: Three PBJers produced a stunningly beautiful and handy lo
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Jul
29th
Blazers re-up with 3 long-time major sponsors

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The Portland Trail Blazers revealed Thursday they've re-enlisted three key sponsors for the 2016-17 season.The team said Pacific Office Automation, Toyota and Wells Fargo have renewed their multi-year sponsorships. The team typically doesn't make spo
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Jul
29th
Portland's newest maker space takes shape in the Iron Fireman (Photos)

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ScanlanKemperBard and its ownership partner, WHI Real Estate Partners L.P., could have revamped the old Iron Fireman Building and an adjacent industrial building into an updated space for one or maybe two large industrial users.In fact, that's what t
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Jul
28th
Home of the Day: Historic Dunthorpe Estate

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By Laura Martin, Principal BrokerHome of the Day is presented by the Portland Business Journal with Cascade Sotheby's International Realty. This is your invitation to view some of Portland's most-luxurious properties. Come inside and take a look arou
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Jul
28th
Portland's fashion scene gets another networking and education option

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Portland's fashion scene will get another resource Friday night when Laptops & Smalltalk hosts a launch party on the rooftop patio of the Society Hotel.Founder Brittany Sierra expects 70 at the event, which is aimed at fashion entrepreneurs. There's
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Jul
28th
Portland Business Alliance questions Springwater Corridor sweep delay

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Portland business leaders have issued a strongly worded protest to Charlie Hales' decision to delay the planned Springwater Corridor trail sweep.The Portland Business Alliance sent out a statement Thursday afternoon questioning the delays, which Hale
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Jul
28th
Intel Capital finds new leaders for $125M Diversity Fund

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Intel Capital?s $125 million Diversity Fund has a pair of new leaders.Christine Herron and Trina Van Pelt, both based in the Bay Area, are co-heads of the fund designed to invest in startups led by women and underrepresented minorities. Herron has be
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Jul
28th
An interactive look at 10 Portland hospitals' vital signs

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Portland hospitals, for the most part, enjoyed a good year in 2015, with operating margins in positive territory.There was one exception: Tuality Healthcare, with a margin of about -0.3 percent. Otherwise, returns ranged from 1 percent at Providence
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Jul
28th
A decorated Jaguar Land Rover exec moves to a Portland up-and-comer

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Transportation technology company Moovel North America ? the combination of Portland mobile ticketing startup GlobeSherpa and Austin?s RideScout ? has a new chief product officer with a history of transportation innovation.Matt Jones, who was heading
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Jul
28th
City picks contractor for $140M worth of work on the Portland Building

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Thirty-four years into its lifespan, the love-it-or-hate-it Portland Building is in need of some serious reconstruction work to address moisture, seismic, electrical and other issues.The Portland City Council voted last year to approve a reconstructi
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Jul
28th
Throwback Thursday: Dorrbell launches personal shopping service in Portland

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It?s been a year since we chatted with entrepreneur Joshua Enders about his personal shopping service Dorrbell.Since then the startup has launched in Portland and six stores are signed on to help personalize the shopping experience.Dorrbell is a serv
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Jul
28th
Apartments on the rise in Northeast Portland's Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood

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There's a relatively new four-story apartment building on Northeast Fremont Street in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood that riled up neighbors a few years ago to the point that they filed an appeal with the state's Land Use Board of Appeals.At issu
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Jul
28th
PBJ Corporate Philanthropy awards deadline looms

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Each fall, the Portland Business Journal convenes dozens of companies that have given generously of their time and money throughout the calendar year.The resulting event, our Corporate Philanthropy Awards (it takes place Oct. 14) typically ends up as
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Jul
27th
FEI bids up Thermo Fisher in its $4B deal

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The proposed $4.2 billion sale of FEI Co. could have been a lot less were it not for the negotiating skills of the company's board.A regulatory filing released Wednesday shows that FEI (NYSE: FEIC), a manufacturer of high-performance microscopes, lan
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Jul
27th
Hood ski resorts partner up for a new snow sports blitz

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The snow has barely even had a chance to melt up on Mt. Hood, but already the mountain's three ski resorts are grooming for next season's kickoff.They're doing so with a two-day snow sports event dubbed "Snowvana," which will showcase the latest gear
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Jul
27th
Q&A: Portland State President Wim Wiewel on his biggest achievement and disappointment

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Portland State President Wim Wiewel surprised the university community this morning when he announced his retirement. He will step down at the end of the upcoming academic year, bringing to a conclusion a nine-year run leading the city's biggest univ
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Jul
27th
Oregon hospitals rosy financials good news for some, concerning to others

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The reason hospital profit margins are up is the same reason their charity care and ?bad debt? are down: More people have insurance, and they?re using it.Two years ago, after the Medicaid expansion, 975,000 Oregonians were in the program. Today, almo
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Jul
27th
Jaguar Land Rover brings in new Portland exec, startups to incubator

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As British automaker Jaguar Land Rover fortifies its technology center and incubator operations in Portland, it now has three new startups in residents.It also has a new executive.First, Rupert Poole is the new senior collaborations manager for futur
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Jul
27th
Early work wraps up on 1320 Broadway, and another tenant signs on (Photos)

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Renowned architect Pietro Belluschi would be glad to see that the building he originally designed for The Oregonian back in the late 1940s is being restored to its former glory.And that comes from a fairly reliable source."In my opinion, this is sure
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Jul
27th
Portland startup lands angel funds, set to introduce 'Nigel' to the world

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Portland-based artificial intelligence startup Kimera Systems has secured an angel round that could be the start of something very, very big.That is, the funding could be a precursor to more capital in the near future.The company isn?t disclosing the
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Jul
27th
Oregon health insurers reconsider fleeing rural Oregon

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Stung by losses, Oregon health insurers planned to exit much of rural Oregon next year and stop selling policies to people who buy their own insurance.Now it looks like a handful of carriers have reconsidered their decisions to withdraw.Patrick Allen
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Jul
27th
Portland's newest tower marks its official grand opening (Video)

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The first residents moved in earlier this year and anchor tenant Stoel Rives unpacked its boxes at the end of May, but TMT Development is celebrating the official grand opening of its Park Avenue West tower this afternoon.Now headed by Vanessa Sturge
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Jul
27th
Portland State President Wim Wiewel announces retirement

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Portland State University President Wim Wiewel on Wednesday said he will retire at the end of the upcoming academic year.He plans to take a year sabbatical, then return and serve as a part-time faculty member in the College of Urban and Public Affair
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Jul
26th
How 10 Barrel's brewmaster Whitney Burnside makes her world-class ales (Photos)

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The common ground between brewing and cheesemaking?Fermentation. And, luckily, Whitney Burnside has a great appreciation for both.In last week's PBJ print edition, we featured a bevy of inventors who've made their name in Portland's tight circles. We
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Jul
26th
Oregon will depose Larry Ellison and Safra Catz in August

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Oregon's legal dispute with Oracle will reach two of the highest names in the tech industry next month when Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison and CEO Safra Catz are scheduled to give depositions in the case.Catz's is scheduled to answer questions under o
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Jul
26th
Oregon raises its grade for health care price transparency

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A national organization has recognized Oregon?s efforts to increase health care transparency by raising the state?s grade to a B from an F.The 2016 Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws, developed by the Health Care Incentives Improvement Inst
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Jul
26th
Top Oregonian exec steps down

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The president of the Oregonian Media Group plans to leave his role for another job with the Portland newspaper's parent company.Steve Moss became president of the Group in April 2015. He'll become a senior adviser with Advance Local when he leaves th
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Jul
26th
Tim Kaine's Oregonian relative dishes on the Democratic VP nominee

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Thoughtful. Low key. Incredibly effective.Those are the words vice presidential contender Tim Kaine?s brother-in-law uses to describe him. Dwight Holton, the former U.S. Attorney for Oregon who currently runs the Portland nonprofit Lines for Life, ha
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Jul
26th
Portland email startup shutting down

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Not every tech startup is a home run. In fact, the road to the next Facebook or ?it? company is littered with dead startups who employed great teams and had good intentions.When it works out, there are many headlines, but when it doesn?t (as long as
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Jul
26th
Here's what $1,000 in rent will get you in Portland

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If you have $1,000 to put toward rent for a month, you could get a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home just outside of Birmingham, Ala., a four-bedroom home in Carnegie, Penn., just across the river from Pittsburgh, or a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartmen
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Jul
26th
Huge golfing center tees up for grand opening in Hillsboro

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Judging by all the smiles in the media images, there will be nothing but good times in store when Topgolf opens its first Northwest facility next week.The 65,000-square-foot golfing and entertainment venue is scheduled to officially open in Hillsboro
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Jul
26th
Why Oregon's timber harvest fell below the 4B board feet mark

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Oregon?s timber harvest fell by 8 percent in 2015, dipping below 4 billion board feet for the first time since 2012.The Department of Forestry attributed the decline to a range of factors, but mostly to a drop in exports to Asia, where a slowing econ
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Jul
26th
2017 eclipse has Oregon getting ready for the dark

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The eclipse is coming, the eclipse is coming!It?s more than a year away and will be over in a matter of minutes, but Oregonians are being told to gear up now for the solar eclipse that will cut a narrow west-to-east ?path of totality? across the stat
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Jul
25th
As market solidifies, Lytics rejiggers engineering emphasis

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Marketing technology startup Lytics let five of its engineering staff go recently as part of an effort to realign the company around sales behind current business opportunities.The team of 27 people is looking to add two sales reps, said co-founder a
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Jul
25th
Why Nike CEO Mark Parker made $47M last year

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Nike Inc. CEO and Chairman Mark Parker likely earned the biggest paycheck in Oregon history last year.The sportswear giant valued his compensation in the year ended May 31 at more than $47 million, according to a proxy statement filed Monday, a big j
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Jul
25th
Ziba Design's founder and some of the trails the firm has blazed (Photos)

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It's not necessarily easy to get a patent.The process can be expensive and lengthy. It's not uncommon for the entire process to take years.Sohrab Vossoughi, founder of Ziba Design, has more than 40 patents in his name, more than 50 if you count those
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Jul
25th
Adidas readies hiring binge for Brooklyn creative outpost

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Adidas has posted seven job openings at a soon-to-open creative office in Brooklyn, New York.The sportswear giant, which has its North American headquarters in Portland, wants to use the office, which it calls the Brooklyn Farm, to continue to churn
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Jul
25th
Why, 3 years later, a SCOTUS gene patenting ruling still worries OHSU's Joe Gray

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Three years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that human genes may not be patented, Joe Gray still worries about the ramifications of that decision on his work in precision medicine.Myriad Genetics had patented isolated genes linked to an increased
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Jul
25th
Zoom+ settles lawsuit over logo

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About a year after the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association sued ZoomCare for trademark infringement, the parties have settled the dispute.In an order dated July 13, U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly in Seattle dismissed the suit, since the attorney
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Jul
25th
Ziba: To succeed companies must expand who the consumer is

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How a company uses technology can determine whether it?s ultimately successful, but the question of which way is best has many answers.Looking at startup culture ? especially startups committed to designing an end-to-end customer experience ? can hel
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Jul
25th
Project Watch update: Portland's development scene continues to boom (Interactive Map)

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There's no slowing down in Portland's development scene. Not yet anyway.Since we launched Project Watch back in April, we've been flooded with new projects to add to the map. We update it as often as we can with every project that we know about and w
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Jul
25th
New York biz/nonprofit conduit shuts Portland office, lays off 24

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A New York group that helps companies find various ways to help nonprofits has closed its Portland office.As the Oregonian reports, the nonprofit Idealist.org closed its downtown Portland office this week. The move means that 24 people have lost thei
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Jul
22nd
State votes to double bottle redemption rate to 10 cents

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission on Friday voted to double the value of redeemable beverage containers from 5 cents per bottle to 10 cents. The new rate takes effect April 1, 2017.The ruling comes at the direction of House Bill 3145, which requir
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Jul
22nd
Weekend code challenge designed to match new coders to local companies

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More than 70 Oregonians participating in the Code Oregon tech training initiative are set to be part of a nationwide code sprint aimed at highlighting job candidates for talent-hungry tech companies.The program is designed for people who have learned
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Jul
22nd
As $40M in funding looms for Oregon, feds close in on wave energy site

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The federal government moved closer to selecting where to build a long-planned wave energy test center ? the facility that Oregon wave energy backers see as vital to the future of the industry in the state.The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday sa
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Jul
22nd
Terminal 1 homeless shelter debate heats up as Portland commissioners talk tough

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Portland's City Council is set to hear much about a proposed homeless shelter and services facility in Northwest Portland.One commissioner, as it turns out, has heard plenty.Commissioner Dan Saltzman told the Oregonian Thursday he'll seek to allow th
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Jul
22nd
Zoom+ doctor returns to the fold after year away

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Dr. Jeffrey Katz became the first full-time physician at what was a brand new neighborhood clinic chain called ZoomCare back in 2006.Katz helped Zoom grow to 25 clinics, mostly in Portland, but also Seattle, some in the urgent care mold and others br
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Jul
22nd
Portland area biotech raises $500K for cold sore treatment

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Lake Oswego-based Topical Remedy LLC has raised $500,000 from angel investors as it prepares for another clinical trial to test its treatment for cold sores, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.Topical Remedy is pre
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Jul
22nd
Portland plans examiner could lose credentials for selling software used in high-profile projects

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The Oregon Building Codes Division is looking to revoke the credentials of a senior plans examiner with the city of Portland.According to a release from BCD, state investigators have determined that Marcia Karr, a senior building plans examiner with
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Jul
22nd
DeskHub closes Portland outpost

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DeskHub, one of several coworking spaces in town geared toward the growing number of startups and creative workers in Portland, has closed its Rose City space.The outpost was in the storied Pearl District building that was the former headquarters for
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Jul
22nd
Portland infill committee floats height restrictions, more duplexes

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Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is considering a bevy of new restrictions on infill housing.As KGW, a news partner of the Portland Business Journal reports, a "residential infill advisory committee" has met for several months on the
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Jul
22nd
NBA yanks 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte

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The loss of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game puts the largest spotlight to date on House Bill 2 and North Carolina?s role as ground zero for the debate on gay and transgender rights.By relocating the game from Charlotte over concerns that the law excludes
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Jul
21st
Home of the Day: Angel Valley Farm

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By Will Fendon, BrokerHome of the Day is presented by the Portland Business Journal with Cascade Sotheby's International Realty. This is your invitation to view some of Portland's most-luxurious properties. Come inside and take a look around. Click o
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Jul
21st
Collins closes Boardman plant, lays off 67 workers

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Wilsonville-based Collins Management Corp. told state officials today the company will shutter a plant in Boardman.As a result, 67 workers will lose their jobs. Collins, which manages forestlands and manufactures standard and certified exterior sidin
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Jul
21st
Why investors aren't impressed by Intel Q2

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Intel beat Wall Street earnings per share expectations for the second quarter and sales were in-line with guidance, yet investors pushed the stock down more than 4 percent at times in Thursday trading.It closed down 3.98 percent at $34.27. But even a
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Jul
21st
Nike workforce tops 70,000 for first time

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Nike Inc. now employs a record 70,700, according to an annual report filed Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, up from 62,600 last year.The figure includes 10,700 at its sprawling corporate headquarters in Washington County, also a
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Jul
21st
Portland SmartExam developer signs on major hospital systems

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Portland-based Bright.md announced that two major U.S. health systems have signed on to use its SmartExam virtual care solution.Greenville Health System, the largest not-for-profit health system in South Carolina, and Rush University Medical Group in
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Jul
21st
Cambia rolls one health startup into one of Oregon's fastest growing companies

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Cambia Health Solutions is folding one of its home-grown health startups into another home-grown startup.HealthSparq and SpendWell are joining under the HealthSparq name to combine the price-comparison and e-commerce functions into one platform. Heal
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Jul
21st
The Inventors: How Dr. Starr's 'cherry blossom moment' led to the first artificial heart valve (Photos)

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As Dr. Albert Starr was developing the first artificial heart valve, he and his co-inventor M. Lowell Edwards reached an impasse.They had created a value made of two leaflets of silicone rubber, but a clot would form on the heart where it was irritat
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Jul
21st
Portland's next neighborhood takes shape in the Con-way District (Photos)

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Plans have been in the works for years, but the new neighborhood that's long been planned for the Con-way District of Northwest Portland is finally starting to materialize.The LL Hawkins building, a 113-unit apartment building with ground-floor retai
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Jul
21st
Hottest 'Hoods: Where the 25 most-expensive homes sold (Q2)

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Buy a home in the 97217 neighborhood ? essentially Arbor Lodge and Kenton in North Portland ? and you'll pay, on average, about $413,250.Buy one in the most expensive neighborhood in the entire metro region, and you'll pay more than double that.So sa
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Jul
21st
Portland Realtors look to flood market with new listings next week

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No doubt about it, the inventory of homes on the market in Portland is low.According to the latest RMLS numbers, there were 4,501 new listings in the metro region in June and inventory was at about one-and-a-half months. Three or more months is usual
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Jul
20th
Umpqua tops quarterly earnings estimates, comes up short of revenue mark

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The parent of the state's biggest bank on Wednesday reported quarterly earnings slightly ahead of Wall Street estimates and top-line revenue just below expectations.Portland-based Umpqua Holdings Corp., the parent of Umpqua Bank, reported operating e
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Jul
20th
Bridget Dawson, wife of former Portland State dean, dies in bike accident

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Bridget Dawson, wife of former Portland State business school dean Scott Dawson, died Thursday in a bike accident.The Dawson family moved to San Luis Obispo last year, partially so Bridget Dawson, an avid triathlete, could train year round. She recen
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Jul
20th
Oregon teachers get Virtual Lifestyle Management tool

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Oregon teachers will soon have access to a cutting-edge computer-based diabetes prevention program through the Oregon Educators Benefit Board.OEBB is starting a phased roll-out of Canary Health?s Virtual Lifestyle Management program, which has been r
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Jul
20th
Intel beats Wall Street, employment down 6K

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Chip giant Intel beat Wall Street expectations on adjusted earnings for the second quarter and met revenue expectations of $13.5 billion.The company reported that it?s previously announced restructuring is ?on track? and overall employment was reduce
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Jul
20th
U.S. clears A-B InBev's acquisition of SABMiller

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The U.S. Department of Justice has given antitrust approval for Anheuser-Busch InBev's planned $107 billion buyout of rival brewer SABMiller plc.Bloomberg News reported the decision Wednesday, saying the approval was based on the proposal for A-B InB
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Jul
20th
Meet 11 interns exploring Portland's tech scene (Photos)

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Last week we told you about an ad hoc intern program by some of Portland?s high profile tech companies designed to fully introduce students to the Portland tech world.Puppet, New Relic, Smarsh, OpenSesame, Zapproved, Simple, Elemental Technologies, J
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Jul
20th
Oracle accuses Oregon AG of win-at-all-costs tactics, misconduct

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Oracle America accuses Oregon Attorney General of misconduct and wants any evidence excluded from a whistleblower who once worked for the software giant and testified about the Cover Oregon debacle.In a motion filed in Marion County Circuit Court, Or
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Jul
20th
PDC narrows its shortlist for a new leader to three

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The summer-long search for a new executive director for the Portland Development Commission has narrowed to a list of three candidates, two of which come from not far away.The Oregonian, based on a public records request, reported that the shortlist
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Jul
20th
Hottest 'Hoods: The 25 neighborhoods where homes sold the fastest (Q2)

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The latest RMLS data show that the average days on the market for homes in the Portland metro region in June was 33 days.But drill that down to the neighborhood level, and it's clear that homes in Portland's hottest neighborhoods are selling much, mu
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Jul
20th
A Portland fan and politico talks alternate transportation at Republican convention

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CLEVELAND ? Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has an affinity for Oregon. Or, at least, an affinity for the Portland region's commitment to alternative forms of transportation.LaHood made several visits to the Beaver State earlier this decad
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Jul
19th
Portland's Biketown rolls out (Photos)

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Biketown, Portland's bike share program (backed by a $10 million Nike Inc. sponsorship), launched today with a ceremony at Tilikum Crossing.Photographer Cathy Cheney attended the ceremony, which included an appearance by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Portl
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Jul
19th
Oregon unemployment rate ticks upward in June

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A good run of unemployment reports ended with a slight uptick in June.So says the Oregon Employment Department, which reports the state's unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in June, an increase from the 4.5 percent levels posted in May.That's partly b
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Jul
19th
Army recognizes Oregon medical device maker with innovation award

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Wilsonville-based SAM Medical has been honored with a top award from the U.S. Army.The SAM Junctional Tourniquet received a Greatest Innovation Award for 2015, the company announced. The company began developing it in 2010 to prevent bleeding in the
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Jul
19th
5 factors to watch as Intel releases its Q2 earnings

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Chip giant Intel is set to release second quarter earnings Wednesday after the market closes and it will be the first financial report since the company announced major restructuring in April.The average earnings-per-share estimate from industry anal
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Jul
19th
Oregon's Health CO-OP members get dose of good news

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Policyholders of Oregon?s Health CO-OP, which is in receivership, have about two weeks to find new health plans.The good news for individual members of the CO-OP is that they can get credit for any money they have spent toward their deductibles and o
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Jul
19th
64 apartments rising up at the former Macadam's Bar & Grill site

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The sign's still there, but the building that for nearly a decade housed Macadam's Bar & Grill on Southwest Macadam Avenue is no more.Demolition crews made quick work of the building over the past week, setting the stage for a new apartment developme
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Jul
19th
Ground breaks on the Portland region's newest waterfront park (Photos)

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The golden shovels were out in full force yesterday for the groundbreaking of a unique Columbia River pier and the region's latest waterfront park.Barry Cain, president of Gramor Development, members of the Vancouver City Council and other elected of
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Jul
19th
Here are Portland's 25 hottest neighborhoods (Q2 2016)

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Each quarter, when we pore through the data that helps us assemble our Hottest Neighborhoods lists, several numbers tend to leap off the pageFor this round, which is the first of three Hottest 'Hoods lists (these pieces run through Thursday), the lin
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Jul
19th
NuScale taps overseas partner for key small-scale nuclear reactor part

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NuScale Power, the Corvallis nuclear company, is again reaching out to the United Kingdom as it develops its small modular reactor technology.The company announced an agreement with Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd to forge a nuclear reactor
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Jul
19th
5 things to know today, including kind words for Carole Smith

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Good morning Portland. Looks like it's going to be a pretty mild day, at least if you're able to get outside.Here's today's helping of Five Things.School's outThe big news yesterday came from the world of education. Portland Public Schools Superinten
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Jul
18th
Urban Airship seeks new CFO

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Another finance chief is on his way out at a high-profile Portland tech firm, this time it?s Urban Airship.Mike Temple has been with Urban since 2013, when he started as an interim CFO. He took over the position permanently in June 2014.Temple's last
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Jul
18th
Nike names Steve Lesnard head of running

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Nike Inc. on Monday named Steve Lesnard general manager of Global Running. The 19-year Nike veteran currently serves as general manager of Running in North America.Lesnard's background includes positions in footwear and the Nike Brand in multiple geo
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Jul
18th
These 14 'Clean Edge Universe' corporations have strong Oregon ties (Photos)

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The latest members of a Portland-grown list of "clean energy universe" companies includes several outfits with more than a tinge of Portland.The Portland researcher Clean Edge last week released its newest Corporate Clean Energy Leaders Universe list
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18th
Speed, big cities and collaborations: Adidas looks five years ahead

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Speed, big cities and collaborations will define the next five years for Adidas.The German sportswear company, which has its North American headquarters in Portland, on Monday updated its 2020 business plan at an investor event at its headquarters in
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18th
Nike CEO Mark Parker encourages dialogue about racial justice

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Nike CEO Mark Parker has started a company-wide conversation about racial justice after recent events in Baton Rouge, Minnesota and Dallas.The executive wrote a letter to the company's employees last week in which he said Nike will organize meetings
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Jul
18th
How Vacasa's technology reaches global vacation rental home markets

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Vacasa, the Portland-based vacation rental management company, has really been on the move recently.Not only is Vacasa now the second largest vacation home management company in the U.S. ? second only to time-share management giant Wyndham ? but the
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Jul
18th
5 questions with Portland-based wiki inventor Ward Cunningham

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You may not know the name Ward Cunningham, but chances are you have used the technology he created.For many of us that usage is almost daily.Cunningham, a long-time Portland resident and current software engineer at New Relic, invented the wiki. It?s
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18th
Providence notifies 5,400 Oregon patients of data breach

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Providence Health & Services notified about 5,400 current and former patients that a former employee may have accessed their health records ?without any apparent business need,? according to a media advisory from Providence.Providence learned of the
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18th
PPS Superintendent Carole Smith bumps up retirement date

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Carole Smith's retirement plans have changed.KGW and other outlets reported Monday morning that Smith will step down immediately as schools superintendent. Smith had announced June 21 she would retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year.As KGW, a P
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Jul
18th
$18.3M affordable housing project coming to North Portland's Eliot neighborhood

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Another 61 units of affordable housing are set to help chip away at the city's low-income housing shortage.This time, the work will occur in North Portland's Eliot Neighborhood. The Portland Housing Bureau has selected San Francisco's BRIDGE Housing,
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Jul
18th
OpenNotes aims to make patients aware of what's in their medical record

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Do you know you have the right to view the notes your doctor takes during visits? You have the same right to view your doctor?s visit notes as the right to review your medical records.However, typically patients don?t ask to see the notes from their
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Jul
15th
Here are Oregon's 10 priciest hospitals

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After you endure radiation therapy at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, save yourself a heart attack and don't look at the bill.The hospital's median charge for the procedure was $13,946 in 2014, a 661 percent premium to the statewide median that
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15th
As NCAA deals heat up, Adidas shifts down

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Adidas isn't backing away from the NCAA apparel business, but it's changing tactics a little as the deals balloon.The sportswear company recently lost bids to extend contracts with UCLA, Michigan and Wisconsin.Adidas Group North America President Mar
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15th
Two big leases fill up a huge industrial building in Northeast Portland

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Two national companies have gobbled up more than 350,000 square feet of industrial space in the newest building to hit the market.UPS and Cummins Inc., the latter of which designs and manufactures diesel engines, have spoken for all the space in Phas
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15th
After guiding Puppet's rise, CFO set to leave

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Bill Koefoed, who has been the Puppet chief financial officer since late 2013, is leaving the company on Aug. 1.Koefoed was the first CFO for the fast-growing, high profile Portland tech company. CEO Luke Kanies confirmed Koefoed?s departure and said
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15th
Hales: Homeless campers must leave Springwater Corridor trail

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Portland's mayor said Friday a popular spot among homeless campers will be "cleared and cleaned up" in an attempt to quell public safety concerns and environmental damage.Charlie Hales said the issues along the Springwater Corridor trail have reached
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15th
Deschutes goes full-on virtual reality with its newest Black Butte campaign

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As it continues to expand its distribution nationally, Deschutes Brewery has gone full-on VR with its newest marketing campaign.Bend-based Deschutes teamed with the Impossible Engine creative firm on a virtual reality offering that touts Black Butte
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15th
Oregon's craft brewers get their own retail mecca (Photos)

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The spot at 214 S.W. Eighth Avenue, off the beaten path of Southwest Broadway, has been home to many things over the years.Most recently, it was a record outlet that specialized in vinyl favored by DJs.It's here, a stone's throw from craft beer mecca
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Jul
15th
5 things to know today, including the gregarious, introverted, brash kings of footwear

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Hello Portland. Before you embark on what will no doubt be a productive Friday, here are 5 things you need to know.The kings of footwearGregarious, introverted, brash. Which of those adjectives corresponds to which top executive of the country's foot
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Jul
14th
Schrader joins colleagues in call for easing of new overtime rules

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Oregon Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader and three colleagues have introduced a bill that, says Schrader, would make the phase-in of new overtime rules more "reasonable."The Department of Labor had proposed new rules in May that raise the threshold for e
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Jul
14th
Randall Children's using new and improved pediatric heart device

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A cardiologist at Randall Children's Hospital became the first in Oregon to provide a minimally-invasive pulmonic heart valve procedure on pediatric patients.James Kyser ? a doctor with the Pediatric Cardiology Center of Oregon in partnership with th
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Jul
10th
Plans move forward on office and hotel project that will clear out the Lotus and Workmen Temple buildings

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A 120-day demolition delay period has come and gone, and the developers behind a project that will add a 20-story hotel and a 10-story office building to a prime downtown property are moving ahead with their plans.Those include deconstruction of two
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Jul
10th
Don Waggoner, Leupold & Stevens exec and 'Bottle Bill' auteur, dies at 81

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A man who played a big role in engineering one of the country's most innovative environmental measures has died.Don Waggoner, who spent 40 years with the optics company Leupold & Stevens, died June 19. He was 81.During his time with the company, he h
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Jul
8th
Oregon regulators to determine if soon-to-be-shuttered insurer can cover claims

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As Oregon insurance regulators prepare to file a court petition on Monday to place Oregon?s Health CO-OP in receivership, their next task will be to determine if the insurer has enough funds to cover its outstanding claims.At this point, the answer i
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Jul
8th
Another Oregon health insurer shuts its doors

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The financially troubled Oregon?s Health CO-OP, one of two Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans set up in Oregon as part of the Affordable Care Act, is going into receivership and shutting down, another victim of tumultuous and market conditions.The
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8th
My journey to the summit of Mt. Hood (Photos)

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While watching the Timbers' MLS Cup win last Dec. 6 at a Silverton sports bar, Gayle Goschie asked me a question.?Do you want to climb a mountain for a great cause,? asked Goschie, the renowned hop farmer who's a friend and also the First Citizen of
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8th
Coffee People ? the name, anyway ? coming back to its Portland roots

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More than three decades after Jim and Patty Roberts founded the original Coffee People ? which despite widespread popularity crashed, rose again and eventually made its way into the holdings of a multinational corporation ? the name is coming back ho
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8th
OHSU-PSU announce new leader for school of public health

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Dr. David Bangsberg, a Portland native who works at Harvard Medical School, has been chosen to head the new OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, the first urban school of public health in Oregon.Bangsberg will start his new job as the founding dean on S
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8th
Portland outdoor apparel specialists open California store (Photos)

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Poler Outdoor Stuff has opened a store in Laguna Beach, its first store outside Portland.The store follows a $4.5 million round of venture capital the outdoor retailer raised in September.In an interview with the Business Journal last year, Poler fou
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8th
Why 90% of tech workers polled plan to leave their Bay Area jobs (and, in many cases, move to Oregon)

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Demand for high-skilled talent isn't going away, but an abundance of choice among top tech workers ? defined as developers, technical specialists or analysts ? may increasingly favor markets outside of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.A survey polled
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8th
Alaska Air Group gets White House stamp of approval to fly to Cuba

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Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) is one of eight airlines that could make nonstop flights between the U.S. and Havana, Cuba.The Obama administration proposed that Alaska be allowed to make the trips as early as the fall, according to the U.S. Department
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8th
5 things to know today, including let's make a deal ? a really big office deal

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Good morning, Portland.Here's your Friday fill of 5 things to know.Dallas horrorThe despicable events in Dallas last night? on the heels of a very rough week in the U.S. ? will be top of mind throughout the day.The Portland Police Association weighed
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Jul
8th
Portland police honor their fallen Dallas comrades

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As with those throughout the world, Portlanders responded with horror and outrage over Thursday's events in Dallas."This is a sad day for all Americans no matter what your race, creed, color, or sexual orientation," wrote the Portland Police Associat
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Jul
8th
3 ways to help people take control of their health care decisions

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From The New York Times, to health insurers, to employers and health care IT companies, a common question keeps nagging at the industry: How do we improve patient adoption of health technology that can improve care and save people money?At the end of
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Jul
7th
Two years after its acquisition, Clear Creek Distillery rebrands, ups production in Portland (Photos)

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It's been just about two years since Hood River Distillers acquired Clear Creek Distillery, the Portland-based spirits maker known for pear brandy with an actual pear grown in the bottle.In that time, HRD has rebranded the line of brandies, liqueurs
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7th
PeaceHealth executive steps down

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The head of PeaceHealth?s Columbia Network is stepping down.Nancy Steiger is leaving after nine years of service and a year at the helm of Columbia Network, Chief Operating Officer Beth O?Brien announced.In December, PeaceHealth announced Steiger wou
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7th
Best of two worlds: Wilsonville startup melds virtual reality with drones

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A startup born out of a Wilsonville-based drone maker aims to marry two emerging strengths of the Oregon tech scene: virtual reality and unmanned aerial systems.VR Drone LLC is founded by three members of the Aerial Technology International team. ATI
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7th
Portland oncology clinic participates in new payment model

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Portland-based Compass Oncology was selected as one of nearly 200 physician groups to participate in a new care delivery model.Compass, which is part of the US Oncology Network, accepted the invitation to join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Serv
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Jul
7th
A new VC lands in Portland

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There is a new entrant onto Portland's venture capital scene.San Mateo, Calif-based Peninsula Ventures has opened a Rose City office. Managing Director Greg Ennis confirmed the Portland location but declined further comment.The group appears to be in
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Jul
7th
Beaverton medical manufacturer?s wireless device saves precious time

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A minute and 16 seconds may not sound like a lot of time, but for nurses who often have high patient loads, every second matters.Portland?s Marquis Vermont Hills acute care center recently completed a white paper with Welch Allyn Connex, a medical te
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Jul
7th
Jewish museum makes a $5M buy for a new and expanded Portland home

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A museum focused on highlighting the Jewish experience in Oregon will have double the space to do so come 2017 thanks to the support of more than 30 generous donors.The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, which for years has leas
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Jul
7th
Ecotrust, national labor group tout clean energy jobs potential in new study

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Proposals to turn the Northwest into a busy corridor for the processing and transportation of fossil fuels have roiled the region, with the argument often boiling down to jobs and economic development versus safety and environmental protection.But a
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Jul
6th
Portland's airport again earns top nod, again, from nation's travelers

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The Portland International Airport has earned a nod as the nation's top such excursion point.Travel+Leisure magazine named the facility the nation's "best domestic airport," a designation the magazine said the local spot has snared for the fourth-str
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Jul
6th
Hopworks brews up its 3rd metro region outpost (Photos)

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For its third metro region outpost, Hopworks Urban Brewery has stepped outside the Portland city limits across the river into Vancouver.The popular brewery has already started construction on its newest brewpub, which will include a 6,000-square-foot
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6th
'No end in sight' for escalating prescription drug costs

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Driven by the growing use of specialty drugs and the escalating cost of generics, pharmaceutical prices will continue to escalate, according to a report out from insurance rating firm A.M. Best.Prescription drugs are rising 10 percent, a level not se
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Jul
6th
Blazers stick with Comcast, CSN Northwest, through 2021

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The Portland Trail Blazers revealed Wednesday the team will stick with Comcast through at least 2021.The team announced that CSN Northwest "will continue as the local rightsholder" for the team's games. Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan had tol
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Jul
6th
Region's next homeless shelter will occupy the county sheriff's subpar headquarters

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The nightly homeless shelter that has operated in Menashe Properties' Washington Center building in downtown Portland since January was always intended to be a temporary one.With the shelter's closing date on the horizon ? July 29, according to Jorda
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Jul
6th
5 things to know today, and yes, there were, indeed, tons of illegal fireworks ignited this year

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Hey there, Portland: Hope your day is going swimmingly.Here's today's Five Things.Central castingThe big news this morning landed early: The PBJ's Jon Bell broke the story of Harsch Investment's new Central Eastside building.The structure will have e
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Jul
6th
Greenbrier beats the Street despite revenue drop

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The Greenbrier Companies Inc. (NYSE: GBX) delivered some mostly good news during its fiscal third quarter results.The company earned $35.4 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, during the quarter. That's higher than the $1.09 consensus projections.Gre
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Jul
6th
A big-name Portland real estate player tees up the Central Eastside's next creative office building (Renderings)

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The next new creative office building to redefine Portland's Central Eastside Industrial District will be a nine-story, 90,000-square-foot project that marries modern flair with a nod to neighborhood's industrial history.Harsch Investment Properties,
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