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May 11,2007
U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) on Thursday proposed legislation to keep Internet radio alive by vacating a Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) decision that could increase Internet radio sound recording royalties by 300 percent to 1,200 percent. According to an Arbitron and Edison Media Research, 52 million people listened to Internet radio at least once a month in 2006.  Bridge Ratings and Research predicts that number will double within three years and ... [full story]
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May 11,2007
Predictions of a "blue revolution" where fish farms off the U.S. become a major food source have remained fanciful speculation. But change is on the horizon. In California, entrepreneurs can now pursue sea ranching - raising certain types of fin fish in offshore pens - thanks to passage last year of the Sustainable Oceans Act. The law established a permit process and environmental standards for aquaculture within three miles of the shoreline, the extent of ... [full story]
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May 11,2007
SAN DIEGO - Jubilant community leaders in Telluride, Colo., celebrated Wednesday to the folk anthem "This Land Is Your Land" after succeeding in a $50 million fundraising effort to preserve a scenic valley beneath the ski resort. The drive was boosted in its final days by a donation of more than $2 million from Hollywood movie mogul Tom Shadyac, Telluride Mayor John Pryor said. The victory for open-space advocates was a bitter setback for Neal ... [full story]
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May 04,2007
PARIS - Two mysteries that have long puzzled students of libational history and worldly business travelers are "how many of the many Harry's Bars around the world are authentic?" and "what was Ernest Hemingway's favorite cocktail?" Although hardly as vexing as "The DaVinci Code," the answers are here in Paris and the hunt for truth can be a delicious and unforgettable adventure. While Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy - a rude, overpriced tourist trap - ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2007
WASHINGTON, DC – This week the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force led by Chairman Gordon H. Smith (R-OR) unveiled its agenda for the 110th Congress aimed at advancing America’s technology industry and growing the economy by eliminating barriers to trade and innovation. “High tech companies are facing fierce competition from abroad,” Smith said.  “Congress needs to clear the path for high tech industries to grow and expand.  The High Tech Task Force will focus ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2007
Oregon is the 3rd Largest Cyberstate by Semiconductor Manufacturing Employment AeA, the nation's largest technology trade association with 2,500 member companies representing all segments of the high-tech industry, this week released its 10th anniversary Cyberstates report detailing national and state trends in high-tech employment, wages, and other key economic factors. The report, Cyberstates 2007: A Complete State-by-State Overview of the High-Technology Industry, covers all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Oregon's high-tech industry ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2007
BEND, Ore. — People living in and around the Bend area have additional options for health services with the recent opening of a new Bend Memorial Clinic, P.C. Medicare Clinic and Alpine Physical Therapy center on the main level of Touchmark at Mt. Bachelor Village’s new Cliff Lodge, 19800 S. W. Touchmark Way, Bend.  “Providing these services in one location underscores Touchmark’s commitment to overall health and wellness,” says Touchmark Executive Vice President Tom Biel. “We’re ... [full story]
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Apr 20,2007
Horizon Air is running more flights, many with larger aircraft, to meet an expected increase in passengers during the busy summer travel season and beyond. Flights will be added using a combination of 74-seat Q400 turboprops, 37-seat Q200 turboprops, and 70-seat CRJ-700 jets. The schedule increases are as follows (and all are year-round unless otherwise indicated): Starting June 3 Eugene: A new daily, nonstop Q400 flight to/from Los Angeles. North Bend/Coos Bay: A fifth daily ... [full story]
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Apr 20,2007
--Three Year, $138 Million Investment Brings Verizon Wireless High-Speed Network to Ashland, Bend, Klamath Falls, Medford, Central Point and Redmond-- In a continuing effort to provide the most reliable wireless service for local residents, Verizon Wireless has expanded its digital network to include the Oregon cities of Bend, Redmond, Medford, Ashland, Central Point, and Klamath Falls. The expansion increases the company’s coverage in the region by more than 3,500 square miles. “This is an important ... [full story]
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Apr 20,2007
The old saying "It pays to do business with an experienced firm" can be good advice for travelers today looking for hotels. Celebrating its 100th birthday this week, the 591-room Fairmont Hotel atop San Francisco's Nob Hill actually sparkled. A wide, crimson carpet crawled from the car park into the lobby. Banquettes, sofas and chairs looked newly upholstered. A smiling staffer gave me directions. Women in brocaded, trailing evening gowns, a lone peacock feather sticking ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2007
Wine growers have petitioned the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to update the agency’s 30-year-old administrative rules on wine labeling to “reflect the needs of today’s industry.” The Oregon Winegrower’s Association (OWA) said its petition addresses issues that place some producers at a “disadvantage in the marketplace.” One proposal is to create allowances for up to a 25 percent grape blend in 39 warm-climate wines, while maintaining the 90 percent single-grape purity requirement for the majority ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2007
Craft Beer Segment is the One to Watch as Fastest Growing in the Alcohol Beverage Industry; Four Oregon Breweries make Top 50 List In 2006, while sales of large domestic brewers still lagged behind their 2004 peak, the craft beer segment continued to explode. Scan data from Information Resources Inc. shows craft beer with a 17.8% increase in supermarket sales for 2006--more growth than any other alcohol beverage category in the supermarket sales channel.   Deschutes ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2007
In a gritty industrial section of San Diego, "plantscaper" Jim Mumford is putting down roots. On his roof. The result, which will come to life this morning, is an elevated oasis in a desert of concrete and metal.   ROOFTOP GARDEN - Jim Mumford and his daughter Allie, 8, spread a layer of decorative bark on the roof of his San Diego business, Good Earth Plant Co. CNS Photo by Charlie Neuman.  Trucks rumble below. Small planes ... [full story]
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