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Gov. Brown fires Oregon Employment Department director

Gov. Brown fires Oregon Employment Department director

She names interim leader a day after legislative hearing critical of agency during pandemic downturn.
Rioters inflict 'millions' in damage to downtown Portland

Rioters inflict 'millions' in damage to downtown Portland

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Commissioner Hardesty, the deputy police chief and others reflect on a night of unmatched violence.
Downtown Portland retailers reopen but customers still AWOL

Downtown Portland retailers reopen but customers still AWOL

Downtown brick-and-mortar stores see a trickle of shoppers as Oregon 'reopens'
Legislators get 2nd chance to quiz employment officials

Legislators get 2nd chance to quiz employment officials

Director: 'I do apologize' to thousands with claims; but House panel wants to probe further.
Understanding 'right to work refusals'

Understanding 'right to work refusals'

As Oregon businesses begin reopening there are certain protocols that employers should be aware of.
Work underway at new Portland Community College campus

Work underway at new Portland Community College campus

Construction continues on Portland Community College center in Columbia County, and is expected to open next year.
Oregon releases (un)employment data by county and region

Oregon releases (un)employment data by county and region

April numbers show the coast had it worst, while the Portland area had it best.
Work underway at new Portland Community College campus

Work underway at new Portland Community College campus

Construction continues on Portland Community College center in Columbia County; college expects opening next year
Coronavirus necessitates changes at construction sites

Coronavirus necessitates changes at construction sites

Portland-area construction companies, task force partner to protect trades workers from COVID-19 exposure.
Historic vote greater than the sum of its parts

Historic vote greater than the sum of its parts

The outcome of last week's election gives us hope for a stronger future that would have made Commissioner Nick Fish proud.
Popina Swimwear to close Pearl District store for good

Popina Swimwear to close Pearl District store for good

Hollywood boutique will remain open, but ladies swimwear has been hit hard by social distancing
Taking it to the streets

Taking it to the streets

Broadening how we use our roadways is a silver lining to the dark cloud of the coronavirus.
Self service at most Oregon gas stations ends on May 24

Self service at most Oregon gas stations ends on May 24

The temporary rule change allowing self-service at gas stations expires at midnight on May 23.
WHY I AM A JOURNALIST Part 2: The bill is coming due

WHY I AM A JOURNALIST Part 2: The bill is coming due

People need to get accustomed to paying for real journalism just as they do for clean water
Cities study I-205 tolling, but West Linn mayor skeptical

Cities study I-205 tolling, but West Linn mayor skeptical

Officials from the three cities will work with Clackamas County to advise ODOT on tolling plans from Stafford Road to OR 99E.
2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport: Big value, smaller package

2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport: Big value, smaller package

The new two-row midsize crossover retains all the strenghs of its three-row sibling
Jobs: Very bad news

Jobs: Very bad news

Coronavirus fears flip Oregon unemployment rate from 3.5% to 14.2% in eight weeks
Court: Oregon governor's stay-at-home rules still in effect

Court: Oregon governor's stay-at-home rules still in effect

The Supreme Court put on hold a Baker County ruling, sought by churches, to overturn orders on constitutional grounds.
500,000 3-ply medical face masks arrive at PDX from China…

500,000 3-ply medical face masks arrive at PDX from China…

Air cargo at PDX brings critical medical supplies to Oregon procured by local vendor Tricol Biomedical
More stores open in Portland as restrictions ease

More stores open in Portland as restrictions ease

Most retailers can resume sales despite Multnomah County not meeting state requirments for complete reopening.
Region innovates in crisis response efforts

Region innovates in crisis response efforts

Cities, businesses and individuals are all working hard to get through these tough economic times.
Shopping at Nike returns - in China, South Korea

Shopping at Nike returns - in China, South Korea

Stores are mostly open, but in-person shoppers have been slow out of the blocks
WHY I AM A JOURNALIST: Frozen in May

WHY I AM A JOURNALIST: Frozen in May

Why I do local journalism and why you the reader, not the government, should pay my wages.
Getting relief for the little guy

Getting relief for the little guy

NAMC-Oregon and coalition members are working to help small businesses through the COVID-19 crisis.
This nonprofit's steps to staying viable in a COVID-19…

This nonprofit's steps to staying viable in a COVID-19…

The Westside Economic Alliance has been forced to pivot its business model in the past and will do so again to contend with the impacts of the…
Oregon leaders attempt to clarify rules on when, how, if…

Oregon leaders attempt to clarify rules on when, how, if…

Gov. Kate Brown's staff addresses questions on returning safely to bars, gyms, hotels and more.
Hard times, soft launch: Concrete awards go ahead

Hard times, soft launch: Concrete awards go ahead

Six Portland-area projects were selected as part of this year's pool of winners.
Plenty of PPP loan money remains after Week 2, Round 2

Plenty of PPP loan money remains after Week 2, Round 2

New figures are out for the U.S. Small Business Administration's second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans
The rest is silence: Shakespeare Fest shuttered

The rest is silence: Shakespeare Fest shuttered

COVID-19 pandemic scuttles the entire 2020 season for Ashland repertory theater.
Gov. Brown requests spending-cut plans from state agencies

Gov. Brown requests spending-cut plans from state agencies

Spokeswoman calls it 'a planning exercise,' but May 20 forecast is likely to project less in taxes.

16 Nordstrom stores to close for good - including…

16 Nordstrom stores to close for good - including…
Nordstrom Clackamas Town Center will be gone by August; company cites coronavirus and real estate.

Corporations keep coronavirus cleaners

Corporations keep coronavirus cleaners
Union praises corporations for not laying off janitors during office shutdowns.

Wyden: Use automatic economic triggers for future…

Wyden: Use automatic economic triggers for future…
The Oregon Democrat says 'you shouldn't play politics' as millions seek help in the pandemic downturn.

Estacada industrial businesses adapt during…

Estacada industrial businesses adapt during…
Safety procedures for coronavirus implemented by companies housed in the Estacada Industrial Campus

Coronavirus changes Oregon farmworker housing,…

Coronavirus changes Oregon farmworker housing,…
The rules address concerns over potential outbreaks of COVID-19 ahead of peak farm labor season.

Frontier Communications is now Ziply Fiber

Frontier Communications is now Ziply Fiber
Company promises no rate increases and 'zippy' services in $1.35 billion deal across four states.

Pamplin Media offers help to local businesses

Pamplin Media offers help to local businesses
$1 million in matching advertising funds available are available for local businesses, non-profits and business associations

As we navigate this pandemic, let's plan for a…

As we navigate this pandemic, let's plan for a…
Economic hardship and shrinking public budgets can't become an excuse for jettisoning our values and cutting off access to the resources Oregonians…

COVID and commercial real estate

COVID and commercial real estate
The coronavirus is impacting Portland's commercial real estate market in a variety of ways.

Some relief announced for Oregon corporate activity…

Some relief announced for Oregon corporate activity…
Remedies include more time to file and no quarterly payments; the tax funds the Student Success Act.

PDX Women in Tech scholarships go all virtual

PDX Women in Tech scholarships go all virtual
For the first time the local support group for women in technology will award money for online classes, conferences and SaaS during the stay home…

Travel Oregon to cut staff by one third

Travel Oregon to cut staff by one third
COVID-19 related slump in lodging taxes means semi-independent state agency has only $3 million instead of $8 million.

Understanding government business assistance

Understanding government business assistance
Be clear in your communications, document all your correspondence and don't panic!

Self-service at Oregon gas stations extended until…

Self-service at Oregon gas stations extended until…
State fire marshal says that the rule change is not mandatory, as some stations still have attendants on duty.

New Seasons customers required to wear masks

New Seasons customers required to wear masks
Precautionary measures require all store visitors to cover their faces starting April 29 to combat COVID-19.

Gov. Brown won't seek suspension of new corporate…

Gov. Brown won't seek suspension of new corporate…
She speaks to the Portland Business Alliance, outlining plans for restarting Oregon's economy.

Oregon expects $2.45 billion in federal coronavirus…

Oregon expects $2.45 billion in federal coronavirus…
According to city and county officials, Portland expects to receive around $114 million and Multnomah County around $28 million

Liquor revenue jumps as Oregonians quaff amid…

Liquor revenue jumps as Oregonians quaff amid…
Oregon Liquor Control Commission reports record sales -- $66 million -- even while bars and eateries can't serve liquor.

Work from home for all

Work from home for all
CEO embraces opportunity to sell remote work software druing coronavirus pandemic

Local shipyard to receive federal grant funds

Local shipyard to receive federal grant funds
U.S. Department of Transportation awards more than $19.6 million in discretionary grants.

Shopping for a home goes virtual

Shopping for a home goes virtual
Video home tours, virtual open houses help residential real estate market during pandemic.

The future of Oregon's transportation system

The future of Oregon's transportation system
Innovations and technology are changing ODOT'S response to Oregonians' mobility needs

Pace of job losses begins to slow in Oregon

Pace of job losses begins to slow in Oregon
The metro area was hit hard, but not as hard as some rural counties, Employment Department shows.

A-dec latest company to suffer from pandemic's…

A-dec latest company to suffer from pandemic's…
Newberg's largest employer lays off more than 100 of its 1,000-employee work force.

Wyden fields questions about federal aid linked to…

Wyden fields questions about federal aid linked to…
Statewide online town hall is a first for the senator, who has held 970 in-person meetings in 24 years.

Wyden: Public works spending should be part of next…

Wyden: Public works spending should be part of next…
The Oregon senator responds to question by Washington County officials during a Westside Economic Alliance call.

Shake Shack coming to Portland

Shake Shack coming to Portland
Beloved burger chain that started in Manhattan will open an outlet opposite Powell's Books.

Charting the path to regional economic recovery

Charting the path to regional economic recovery
Greater Portland Inc is developing the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy that will help provide economic resiliency in the future

Portland nonprofit: Tiny homes, big ambitions

Portland nonprofit: Tiny homes, big ambitions
A Capitol Highway firm is training homeless crews to build mini-houses for the homeless.

West Coast governors: Business will resume based on…

West Coast governors: Business will resume based on…
The leaders of Oregon, Washington and California say the states will develop thier own plans.

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