South Korea-based container carrier SM Line made its inaugural vessel call at the Port of Portland's Terminal 6 in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.

South Korea-based container carrier SM Line made its inaugural vessel call at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.

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  • The global economic impact of the new coronavirus is already evident here in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Bob Whelan, a senior economist with ECONorthwest, says that while the situation is not entirely predictable, it’s likely to further slow down the local economy. The loss of Chinese, Japanese and European tourists would hit Oregon particularly hard, and impact manufacturing and other industries as well.

 

  

  • When Andy McMillan quit drinking five years ago, he learned more about the evolving sobriety movement. For two years now he’s been holding so-called “zero proof” events featuring mixed drinks that he hopes will appeal to everyone. Now he says it’s the right time to open Portland’s first completely non-alcoholic bar.

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