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Jan 26,2007
Rinker Group Limited has expanded the group's operations in the US Pacific north-west, with the acquisition of one of the leading construction materials producers in Salem, Oregon -- the Walling Sand & Gravel companies ("Walling"). Rinker has invested around US$2 billion in over 50 acquisitions since 1998, together with around US$1 billion in the development of new quarries and operating plants and expansion of the base business. One of the world's top 10 construction materials ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
(SALEM)  Oregon State Representative Donna Nelson (R-McMinnville) has received overwhelming support for HB 2459, the bill to make English Oregon’s official language. Phone calls and e-mails to the Representative have been almost universally positive, providing feedback from all over the state. “I’m getting calls from Pendleton to Medford to Tillamook,” said Representative Nelson. “I’m grateful to hear from so many Oregonians -– and I encourage everyone calling in from outside my legislative district to let their ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
Important stocks of tuna are now at risk of commercial extinction due to weak management warns a WWF briefing paper released ahead of the first meeting of the world's five tuna management organizations that comprise the main mechanism for regulating fishing on the high seas -- areas beyond national laws -- where most tuna catches occur. WWF's new briefing paper, Tuna in Trouble: Major Problems for the World's Tuna Fisheries, details rampant illegal, unreported and ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
Kulongoski Urges Legislature to act on his 2007 agenda for energy independence as first step SALEM, OREGON – This week Governor Ted Kulongoski promised to build on his administration’s efforts to combat the causes of global warming in Oregon and neighboring states, and to link those efforts to his energy independence agenda for the development of home grown power sources that are clean, secure and sustainable.  The Governor met with members of three working groups he appointed, ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
Nintendo DS continues to achieve milestone after milestone. As the fastest-selling video game system in the world, Nintendo DS now is in the hands of more than 10 million consumers in the Americas. Since launching in November 2004, nearly nine Nintendo DS or DS Lite portable game systems have sold -- every 60 seconds. "More than 5 million people joined the ranks as Nintendo DS owners in America last year alone," says Nintendo of America ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
Columbia Bancorp, the financial holding company for Columbia River Bank, continued its steady growth and closed 2006 as its strongest year on record with more than $1.0 billion in total assets. For the year ended December 31, 2006, net income grew to $15.8 million, or $1.55 per diluted share, an increase of 15% over 2005, when the bank reported $13.7 million in net income, or $1.36 per diluted share. Key fourth quarter analytics: -- ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
Lithia Motors, Inc., the country's fast growing, publicly held automotive dealership group, announced Monday that it will begin construction on the largest dedicated Auto Mall in the state of Oregon. Lithia, with its 60 year commitment to the local automotive market, will be developing 60 acres to house dealerships from nine different manufacturer franchises. The first site under construction is the Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge store. The Auto Mall will be about a mile north ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
More than 1000 registrations received already SALEM, OREGON -- State Treasurer Randall Edwards recently announced that 146 students have already completed the new Reading is an Investment program that Edwards introduced last October. More than 1,350 children from across the state have signed up for the program that helps young Oregonians discover the value of financial education.  "The students I have talked with are really excited about it," said Treasurer Edwards. "Some of them have ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
NIKE, Inc. announced Monday that Clare Hamill, a 26-year Nike executive with broad global product, merchandising and general management experience, has been named President and CEO of the company's wholly-owned Exeter Brands Group, which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear and apparel under the Starter, Team Starter, Asphalt, Shaq, Dunkman and Tailwind brands. NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez on Wednesday announced a $2 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) investment to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Pendleton, Oregon.  The investment will help build water, sewer, utility and road infrastructure to serve the Coyote Business Park.  The investment is expected to create 200 jobs and generate $10 million in private investment. “President Bush and I are committed to partnering with communities to promote innovation and competitiveness.  ... [full story]
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