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Jul 11,2006
Oregon Association Of Mortgage Professionals Honors CompanyWestern Title & Escrow has been recognized as Affiliate Title Company of the Year Award by the Oregon Association of Mortgage Professionals.  The award was announced and presented at OAMP's 17th Annual Awards Gala & Dinner, which was recently held in Portland.Nominees were selected by a committee that included OAMP President Joe Camarena, two previous award winners, and two OAMP staff members. Winners in 16 categories were determined based ... [full story]
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Jul 06,2006
Cascade Bancorp was ranked #16 in the annual Seattle Times Northwest 100 ranking. Cascade Bancorp is the highest ranking bank in the Top 100. The annual ranking of successful companies by The Seattle Times newspaper includes all publicly held companies of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.The Seattle Times NW 100 is designed to measure performance over a two- year period. The proprietary ranking system considers Return on Equity, Sales per Employee, Stock Price Appreciation and Operating Income over ... [full story]
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Jul 11,2006
17 New or Enhanced Cellular Sites, Latest GSM Technology Unicel has announced an expansion of its wireless digital network with the addition of 17 new or enhanced cellular sites in the greater Bend, Oregon area. These improvements are part of the company’s $10.4 million investment over the past year in central and eastern Oregon, providing services to residents in primarily rural areas as well as in Washington and Idaho.Unicel has been providing cellular service across ... [full story]
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Jul 06,2006
On the Edge of Wireless Communications Driving through Central Oregon many don’t give using their cell phones a second thought.  Chances are Donnie Castleman and his partners at Edge Wireless can be thanked for that clear connection. Castleman, a Bend resident, along with Cal Cannon and Wayne Perry formed the wireless network in rural areas where some tease they wanted to fly fish and collect wine.   Donnie Castleman of Edge Wireless, shown with one of his two ... [full story]
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Jul 06,2006
Sales of digital music downloads may be showing the first signs of leveling off, as two new reports indicate week-to-week sales are stagnating - and sometimes declining - this year. "The hypergrowth period is gone," said Marc Freedman, digital media analyst at the Diffusion Group in Plano, Texas. "Like any new offering, there is a period of fast growth, but then you reach penetration of the market."   DIGITAL MUSIC SALES - John Garcia, a student ... [full story]
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Jun 28,2006
A Newsmaker on Media and Life in Bend ..................................... As a young child, Molly Hendrickson used to pretend that she was a news reporter and talk show host with her brother and sister.  Fast forward two decades and now she is the real deal on KTVZ NewsChannel 21.    Molly HendricksonHendrickson, a Bend native, said despite those early childhood play days, growing up she struggled with the direction of her career.  “I actually first went to OSU ... [full story]
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Jun 29,2006
Company Pays Employees to Take Time Off, Connect to Community   - Margaret Mead may have said it best, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  That is a philosophy that one business around Bend stands by. Umpqua Bank, a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation encourages their employees to reach out to their communities through the Connect Volunteer Network.   Umpqua Bank associates volunteer ... [full story]
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Jun 29,2006
Bend Surgery Center has signed on as a major supporter for The Oregon High Desert Classic, Central Oregon’s premier equestrian event.Bend Surgery Center will sponsor the Classic II July 26–30, 2006. The Oregon High Desert Classic begins July 19 with the Classic I. The Classic II is the last five days of the event and features the Grand Prix competition, where the top horses and riders compete for purses up to $25,000.Bend Surgery Center is ... [full story]
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Jun 26,2006
"Our vision is to improve the competitiveness of the Oregon workforce," said Don Skundrick, a Jackson County business executive and employer task force chair for Workdrugfree, a Tualatin-based nonprofit with which the Oregon Department of Human Services is contracting. "This is intended to help employers overcome the three biggest obstacles to drug-free work sites – lack of expertise, fear of the cost and not knowing how their workforces would be affected." Skundrick said a 2004 ... [full story]
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Jun 22,2006
Curious about how much Bend has changed in the past two decades? Ask Bev Sherrer.  The well-known realtor around town has watched the city grow exponentially and has enjoyed her role in helping those coming into the community. A native Oregonian, she was born in Portland and raised in Grants Pass.  She came to Bend in 1985 drawn by the many “recreational opportunities: skiing, mountain climbing and the weather.” Sherrer said. Bend has changed a ... [full story]
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Jun 20,2006
GreatOutdoors.com, a leading online website for outdoor gear, clothing, and information, today announced its plans to expand operations into Redmond, OR, just 15 miles from the outdoor mecca that is Bend, OR. GreatOutdoors.com has experienced rapid growth in online sales and as a result has outgrown its existing facilities in Washington State. The decision to expand into Central Oregon reflects the attractiveness of both the quality of life in the region and business environment of ... [full story]
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Jun 22,2006
If John Parsons were an aspiring restaurateur, he wouldn't be cooking up the Grand Slam at Denny's. If he wanted to break into the retail biz, 7-Eleven wouldn't be his dream. If he sold ice cream, he'd probably do it the old-fashioned way, out of a truck with the neighborhood kids running to the sound of music. John Parsons is a different breed, an enthusiastic entrepreneur, the kind you like to root for because it ... [full story]
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Jun 15,2006
Marda Stoliar’s life is one of international intrigue.  A native Oregonian, she has seen all corners of the world and brought back to Bend the secret recipe to a happy, successful and fulfilling life. At age 65, the former model, high-end shoe designer and manufacturer; has become a highly sought after culinary advisor to individuals and businesses all over the world as the director and chief instructor of the International School of Baking.  While her ... [full story]
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