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Apr 13,2007
Bend stores will receive new kiosks; New Release DVDs for $1 A Night Offer Added Convenience for Albertsons Customers Renting movies in the Western US is more convenient than ever as select Albertsons locations premiere redbox fully automated DVD rental kiosks.  Following a recent agreement with SuperValu, the nation’s third largest grocery provider, redbox is now installing its signature red kiosks at Albertsons stores throughout southern California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Wyoming, Oregon, Utah and ... [full story]
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Apr 06,2007
In New York City where a bargain-priced hotel room today is $300 night, Berlin advertising agency executive Stefan Richter has checked the quirky new place called The Pod. Some rooms are a minuscule 100 square feet, have bunk beds, shared bathrooms and rates starting at $89 a night. A flophouse in Hell's Kitchen? Far from it. The 347-room Pod ( www.thepodhotel.com) has a prime midtown Manhattan location - East 51st between Second and Third avenues, ... [full story]
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Apr 06,2007
“Throw the rope back across the fence” defines successful entrepreneur’s approach The next event in Central Oregon’s lively PubTalk series is scheduled for Thursday, April 12th from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, in Father Luke’s Foundation Room, 720 Bond Street in Bend.   April’s keynote speaker, Bill Willitts, can only be described as a renaissance man. He supported his young family of five doing construction work. Given an opportunity to ... [full story]
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Apr 06,2007
Following a week of escalating tension, the three major Southern California grocers and the union that represents their employees stepped back from the brink of a strike Thursay and agreed to return to the bargaining table sometime after Monday. A contract extension for the 65,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union at nearly 800 Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons stores expires at midnight Monday, but the agreement will continue on a day-to-day basis ... [full story]
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Apr 06,2007
Playing golf with a Top Flite ball is about cool as shopping for the latest fashions at Sears. That is to say, not very. Once a mighty presence in the golf-ball market, cornering the low-end segment, Top Flite struggled in recent years as it dealt with management turmoil and modest budgets for product development and advertising. But now Callaway Golf Co., which bought Top Flite out of bankruptcy in 2003, is hoping to turn that ... [full story]
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Apr 06,2007
In response to Congressional legislation intended to combat the growing problem of organized retail theft, the FBI has worked with the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leader’s Association (RILA) to create the Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Network (LERPnet). This new database, which launches April 9, will be used by loss prevention industry experts and law enforcement to share information and help stop theft by criminal organizations which costs the retail industry an ... [full story]
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Apr 06,2007
The Madison kiosk, specially designed for banks and credit unions, is quiet with a sleek appearance to blend with a lobby environment Coinstar, Inc. yesterday announced that West Coast Bank, a leading Pacific Northwest community bank, will be the first in the region and one of the first in the country to offer the new Madison coin-counting kiosk from Coinstar. The service will be free of charge to bank customers in ten Oregon and Washington ... [full story]
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Apr 06,2007
In a move that signals escalating tensions, the three major Southern California grocers agreed Wednesday to lock out union employees if a strike is called against any one of the chains. The threatened action by Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons, which are in contract talks with seven locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers, comes a week after union leaders obtained authorization from grocery workers to call a strike against Albertsons. The grocery chains' act, ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2007
An estimated 39,300 farms is lowest mark in nine years After holding steady at an estimated 40,000 farms each year since 1999, the number of farms in Oregon dropped to 39,300 in 2006, according to new figures released this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). While not a huge decrease, the latest statistic breaks a trend going back 16 years of either an increasing number or the same number ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2007
Jim Mazziotti say’s it came to him about a year ago when sitting in the bleachers at Mountain View High School (MVHS) for a meeting of parents with boys in the basketball program. Mazziotti, owner of Exit Realty Bend, was there with his son, Tony, who - at the time - was on the junior varsity team at the school.  “When I heard Coach Craig Reid tell the parents that funding just to get our ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2007
Entrees Made Easy, a national meal assembly franchise, announces its Charity Grand Opening Event at its new location in Bend, Oregon.  NeighborImpact will receive 50% from the grand opening day proceeds to be held Saturday, March 31, 2007.  The Bend franchise is located at 3188 N. Highway 97, Suite 105 in Bend, Oregon.  Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.NeighborImpact is dedicated to empowering individuals and families to succeed and become engaged citizens in the ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2007
Circuit City said Wednesday that it had fired 3,400 of its highest-paid sales staff and will replace them with lower-paid workers, a risky strategy to cut costs that goes beyond the layoffs, buyouts and hiring freezes commonly used by struggling companies. The fired workers will receive severance packages and a chance to apply for lower-paying positions after a 10-week delay, said the 655-store electronics chain based in Richmond, Va. They weren't given the option of ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2007
A study sent yesterday to the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice demonstrates that the proposed merger between XM and Sirius would create a monopoly, constituting a likely violation of the antitrust laws.  Conducted by one of the country's leading economists and scholars, the study lends concrete evidence and analysis to some of the most important questions that have plagued lawmakers since the merger was announced earlier this year. As lawmakers on Capitol ... [full story]
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