Rural Economy Project
The Rural Economy Project was designed as a partnership to help gather resources and meet the needs of workers and businesses in rural communities across Oregon. Hear from community bloggers and check out ripplenw.org for shared resources.
Aug. 10, 2012 3:33 a.m.
Portland rents are expected to increase more than 4.5 percent this year -- to an average of about $800 a month.
Aug. 09, 2012 6:45 a.m.
The owners of a nearly century-old ice cream plant are planning to shut it down, saying its age and location in downtown Salem, Ore., make it too difficult and costly to upgrade.
May 30, 2012 1:33 p.m.
Portland-based, Consumer Cellular says it will expand into Central Oregon this summer. The telecommunications company says it intends to lease T-Mobile’s Redmond call center that had been slated to close.
Aug. 03, 2012 10 a.m.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday extending federal assistance to Eastern Oregon ranchers affected by last month's wildfires. The programs would extend a lifeline to those who lost cattle in the fires. But Congressional gridlock could delay that help from arriving.
Amelia Templeton / OPB
Aug. 02, 2012 12:30 a.m.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday on a disaster relief bill targeting the national drought. The bill could also help wildfire-stricken Oregon ranchers who have been unable to get federal aid.
Dec. 04, 2012 3:40 p.m.
There’s new data on the affect on liquor privatization in Washington. According to new numbers released Tuesday that capture the first four months of private liquor sales. Sales by volume were up between June and September nearly 3 percent over the same period last year.Mike Gowrylow is a spokesman for the Washington Department of Revenue. He notes there was a slight dip in sales in September but says it’s not clear whether that trend will continue."The novelty might be wearing off. And people see the liquor next to the beer and wine in the supermarket as opposed to grabbing a liter or two.”The increase in sales by volume comes even though liquor prices are actually higher than before privatization. Washington voters approved privatized liquor sales last year.On the Web:Privatization and Pricing (Washington State Liquor Control Board)Spirits Tax Collections and Sales (Washington Dept. of Revenue)
July 27, 2012 7:09 a.m.
Columbia County Sheriff's deputies have seized dozens of cattle from a rancher suspected of animal neglect.
July 23, 2012 7:26 a.m.
Hundreds of people have turned out to witness the demolition of a huge recovery boiler at the former Albany Paper Mill.
May 15, 2012 6:31 a.m.
Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8-and-a-half percent in April -- essentially unchanged from 8-point-6 percent in March.
April 29, 2012 6:46 a.m.
Signs of life are sparking through Oregon's lethargic real estate markets.
April 26, 2012 12:11 a.m.
Several county governments in Oregon timber country are in for tough financial times, whether or not Congress renews federal timber subsidies.
April 16, 2012 11:58 p.m.
A recent Chamber of Commerce survey has found widespread concern among business owners about aggressive panhandling in a southern Oregon town that's home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
April 13, 2012 12:03 p.m.
Curry County has been scrambling to figure out how to balance its budget, with the loss of money it used to get from the federal government. April Baer speaks with Eve Epstein about today's developments.
April 08, 2012 11:44 p.m.
The AAA auto club reports the average price of gasoline in Oregon is $4.10.
March 29, 2012 11:16 p.m.
The Idaho Legislature has approved a felony animal cruelty law, putting the state in position to get off a very short list of others that don't impose tough penalties for mistreating pets and livestock.
March 19, 2012 3:30 a.m.
Oregon officials are pushing to get a counseling and mediation program in place in hopes of saving more than 10,000 homeowners from foreclosure.
March 14, 2012 12:21 p.m.
Congress may be close to funding county timber payments for one more year.
March 07, 2012 4:41 a.m.
Two Democrats in Oregon's congressional delegation want to make it harder for U.S. companies to bypass American workers and hire foreign seasonal workers, instead.
Feb. 14, 2012 11:31 p.m.
The Christmas sales season was good to gift and gourmet retailer Harry & David Holdings.
Feb. 01, 2012 4:28 a.m.
While recent statistics from the state showed improvement in Oregon's average unemployment rate, some rural counties are suffering more than the Portland metro area.