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Jun 22,2007
BEND, Ore. – With great excitement, the staff of the FootZone presented a check for $18,000 to the Deschutes Basin Land Trust last Friday. The large donation was intended to support the Land Trust in their efforts to acquire Skyline Forest—a 33,000-acre forest between Bend and Sisters. The FootZone raised the funds by donating the proceeds from the 6th annual Dirty Half trail run on June 10th.  More than 700 athletes from around the region ... [full story]
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Jun 15,2007
SAN FRANCISCO - Sami Sunchild missed the free rock concerts in Golden Gate Park, the love-ins, the drop-outs and the mellow madness in the summer of '67 when the counterculture went mainstream. But today as owner of the 18-room Red Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn on Haight Street, she's still stumping for peace and freedom - this time for global travelers. Sunchild woos nostalgic, cost-conscious road soldiers with WiFi, a spirit at a communal table ... [full story]
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Jun 15,2007
Purchase of U.S. wheat includes soft white from Oregon The significance of an upcoming purchase of U.S. wheat by Taiwan is greater than the numbers may indicate. Still, Oregon stands to benefit from a letter of intent to be signed this week by a Taiwanese trade delegation to purchase 62 million bushels of wheat from the United States over the next two years, some of it the soft white class grown by Oregon wheat ranchers."Taiwan ... [full story]
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Jun 15,2007
Ribbon-cutting Event Included Presentations to St. Charles Foundation; Central Oregon Battering and Rape Alliance (COBRA) and Hunger Prevention Coalition of Central Oregon; Remarks by Local Business and Government Officials Office Depot celebrated the grand opening ribbon-cutting of its first store in Bend on Thursday at 3188 N. Highway 97.  An all day grand opening is scheduled for Sunday, June 17. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Office Depot made $500 contributions and donate a number of new ... [full story]
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Jun 15,2007
The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) and Oregon-based Nike kicked-off of the third annual Capitol Hill Reuse-A-Shoe Challenge. Led by Members of the Oregon House Delegation – Rep. Peter DeFazio, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Rep. Greg Walden, Rep. Darlene Hooley and Rep. David Wu – the month-long drive began June 11 and will run through July 11.   From left to right: Melinda McIntyre, ongressman Greg Walden's office and Adam Daniel, Congresswoman Darlene Hooley's office receive information about ... [full story]
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Jun 15,2007
REDMOND, Ore. – WineStyles, a national franchise demystifying the wine shopping experience, announced the opening of a new store in Redmond, OR at 222 NW 7th Street, Suite #5,  located upstairs in Dawson Station on the corner of 7th & Birch.  WineStyles organizes its wine by color and style, instead of by varietals and region, simplifying the wine buying experience for consumers with most wines priced at or below $25 per bottle.  Designed to transport ... [full story]
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Jun 08,2007
This week the Oregon Public Utility Commission approved the $475 million sale of Cascade Natural Gas to MDU Resources Group Inc.  The approval followed months of exhaustive review and a stipulation reached between parties to the case and the new owners. “The Commission concluded the sale provides a net benefit to customers and will not harm Oregon citizens as a whole,” Commission Chairman Lee Beyer said.  “We are confident this is a balanced package for all ... [full story]
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Jun 01,2007
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon's wine grape industry is booming due in part to the growing number of new vineyards and wineries popping up across the state. According to a new report on selected Oregon commodities, wine grape crops posted gross sales of $46.7 million last year, an increase of 27.6 percent since 2005. Increases in harvested acreage and improved yields due to better growing practices, management and seasonal conditions resulted in a 25.6 percent increase ... [full story]
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Jun 01,2007
Long before he jumped into the travel bag business, Jim Markel packed parachutes during his four-year tour in the Marines. Rigging 'chutes wasn't going to be a career, but it had a powerful impact on his mind. "The rigger's motto," he says, "is 'I will be sure - always.' It's a matter of life and death." Markel has carried that mentality into a business with his dad, Jim Sr., called Red Oxx Manufacturing. They started ... [full story]
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Jun 01,2007
BEND, Ore. –-  Mt. Bachelor ‘s consistent snowfall allowed for another long snow season for skiers and riders.  From the season opening on Friday, November 17 with the second annual Ski for Schools event, through the season’s end on Sunday, May 20; Mt. Bachelor saw an above average 397 inches of snow. The 10-year average is 370 inches. While many resorts across the country struggled to stay open, Mt. Bachelor snow levels allowed the resort ... [full story]
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May 25,2007
Safeco is cutting homeowners insurance rates in Oregon by as much as 17.3 percent. The amount of the decrease varies by location, ranging up to 17 percent in the Eugene area. Safeco reduced rates in the state after seeing improvements in both the number of claims and success in the company's ongoing efforts to reduce expenses. Recent overhauls to its underwriting and pricing models have allowed Safeco to take an increasingly sophisticated approach to the ... [full story]
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May 25,2007
Twenty-six year veteran returns after four years away BEND, Ore. –– Mt. Bachelor announced today that Matt Janney is returning to the ski area after four years of running ski resorts in California to become the president and general manager of Mt. Bachelor.  Janney had previously worked at Mt. Bachelor from 1977 to 2003 in a variety of departments, culminating in fourteen years as director of mountain operations. In March of 2003, Janney was promoted by Powdr ... [full story]
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May 25,2007
BEND, Ore. – A carbon compensation program for aircraft, the first of its kind, is now available for general aviation aircraft such as corporate jets, air charters, fractional ownership programs, and private and sport aviation. The Bend, Oregon-based Carbon Neutral Plane Program certifies that participating airplanes have compensated 100% for the carbon dioxide (CO2) they release into the air by financially supporting verified projects aimed at reducing the equivalent amount of CO2 from other energy ... [full story]
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