• Oregon Shakespeare Festival Season Includes a Same-Sex ‘Oklahoma!’

    Among the festival’s 2018 offerings are a record five plays by women and a version of ‘Oklahoma!’ with same-sex couples in leading roles.
  • Classic Wines Auction runneth over with record raise (Photos)

    More than 850 people lifted their glasses earlier this month in a collective toast that raised a record $3.5 million that will benefit five local nonprofits.The annual Classic Wines Auction, held at the Oregon Convention Center on March 4, raised more in a single night than it's done since its inception in 1982. The fund-raise brings the event's 35-year total to nearly $45 million.“We’re overwhelmed by the generous support of our community and the success of this year’s event,&
  • Affordable housing, healthcare project lands $4.5M in tax credits

    An innovative campus in Northeast Portland that will offer both health care services and affordable housing for low income community members has sewn up a $4.5 million investment to bring the project to fruition.Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, a nonprofit that provides housing and health care services to people living with mental health and addiction issues, has secured $4.5 million in New Markets Tax Credits for its Garlington Center. The investment, a partnership with National Community Fund,&
  • A look at what venture-backed startups pay in Oregon

    The Oregon Angel Fund has embarked on an annual project designed to help Oregon startups better evaluate compensation packages.For the last two years, the organization has surveyed its portfolio and other venture-backed companies around the state and southwest Washington. Granted, two years of information is still a small data set, but the point is to start establishing a benchmark, said Julianne Brands, who runs research and analysis for the Oregon Angel Fund.“We were receiving a lot of q
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  • Oregon GOP lawmaker slams Obamacare replacement plan

    At least one Republican lawmaker has some problems with the replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act that’s working its way through Congress.Rep. Knute Buehler, an orthopedic surgeon from Bend, said the changes proposed in the Republican-crafted American Health Care Act to the Medicaid program are especially troubling.Read more about the impact of ACA repeal in Oregon“The American Health Care Act is a bad plan for Oregon because it would eliminate the Medicaid safety net for tens
  • Adidas sues Asics for allegedly infringing on fitness tracking patents

    Adidas and Adidas America have filed a federal lawsuit against Asics America, claiming the company is infringing on 10 fitness tracking patents.Irvine, California-based Asics America is the American arm of Japan-based Asics.The lawsuit alleges Asics America knows of the Adidas patents and is "knowingly and intentionally" continuing to sell products that infringe on the technology, such as applications that collect fitness activity and provide training plans.The lawsuit also names FitnessKeeper&h
  • 5 Things for Friday, including a lucky lottery ticket and the 'Trump effect' on PSU

    Was that sunshine we saw yesterday? Why, yes it was. But don't get used to it. The rain's on its way back today. Looks like we might see a little more blue sky on Sunday. Here are five things for St. Patty's to get you through until then.Lock them upNo, no, nothing political here. Instead, it's a unique volunteer opportunity from former Dave's Killer Bread CEO Glenn Dahl, who's offered to charter a plane and fly C-suite executives to Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, California, for&hel
  • GOP plan casts cloud over Oregon insurance market

    It’s no secret that Oregon’s health insurance market has gone through a turbulent period since the Affordable Care Act rolled out three years ago.Two health insurance “Co-ops,” or consumer operated and oriented plans, went out of business. Another insurer left the state. And yet another was bleeding so much money that it was placed under state supervision until it raised enough capital to stay in business. Rates rose by double-digits two years in a row.The Republican plan
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  • GOP health plan could cost 465K Oregonians their coverage, and the state $2.6B in revenue

    A new state-based analysis of the impact from the House Republican plan to reshape health reform paints a disastrous picture for Oregon.As many as 465,000 Oregonians would lose health coverage by 2023, including 80,000 next year, if the American Health Care Act continues to advance into law, according to a report from state health and insurance agencies.Requested by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, the analysis also found the AHCA would cost Oregon $2.6 billion in federal revenue by 2023. The uninsured&h
  • Oregon judge rules against double overtime for manufacturing employees

    An expanded interpretation of overtime for manufacturing employees in Oregon — now the subject of a dispute between business groups and a state agency— was rejected by a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge.Judge Kathleen M. Dailey ruled against workers who had sued a Gresham bakery, seeking to be paid the total of their daily and weekly overtime hours instead of the greater of the two amounts.The ruling came as business groups lobby for legislation that would overturn a recent Burea
  • 4 Oregon alemakers land on nation's Top 50 Craft Brewers list

    The Oregon complement of craft brewers fared solidly in The Brewers Association's list of top U.S. Craft Brewers.They weren't, however, at the top of the heap.The Brewers Association, which represents small and independent U.S. craft brewers, this week released its Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewing Companies list. The company at the top of the list is a well-known Pennsylvania operation while the top Oregon company recently expanded to a key Eastern locale.Click through on the picture above to learn&hel
  • Kaiser Permanente sponsoring Biketown in 5-year, $750,000 deal

    Kaiser Permanente has signed on as official “health” sponsor of Biketown in a deal that will bring Portland's bike-share program $150,000 a year for five years, the city said Thursday.In return, the health insurer and provider will get “recognition” on 25 of Biketown's 100 stations, and on the the program's mobile app. You can expect to see Kaiser in on marketing co-promotions and special events as well.Biketown launched last July with $10 million in backing from Nike.In
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  • 6 chefs, 1 writer and a podcaster land James Beard finalist nods

    The James Beard Foundation has given finalist status to three Portland food denizens in national categoriesAnother four chefs will vie for top honors in the Pacific Northwest.The Beard Foundation announced the finalists, for the food world's most-coveted awards, yesterday.The Portland finalists for national awards are:Portland Monthly writer Karen Brooks for her story “High Chairs and Hard Core”; “The X-Files”; “Beyond Biscuits and Gravy.” She'll jostle with t
  • 5 things to know for Thursday, including our inside look at money that helps fuel March Madness

    Happy tweener (we're smack between the Ides of March and St. Patrick's) day, Portland.Here are Five Things that won't come between us.Hoop dreamsMatthew Kish's reporting on NCAA deals (Hey! The tournament starts today! Yeah!) takes a new turn with today's installment.Kish painstakingly collected deals over the last few years from 90 schools. They're all available in a database here.Kish has become one of the country's foremost experts on the matter. He'll be offering his wisdom during a…
  • Walden's district has U.S.'s highest Medicaid expansion enrollment

    Not only did Rep. Greg Walden’s district expand Medicaid the most of any congressional district in Oregon — but also of Republican districts in the entire U.S., according to a new report.The 2nd district’s Medicaid expansion enrollment is 129,200, according to the Democratic staff of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.Walden, the lone Republican in Oregon’s congressional delegation, chairs the Energy and Commerce Comm
  • Gov. Brown to release analysis of Republican health plan

    Gov. Kate Brown will release an analysis today on the impacts the proposed Republican replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act would have on Oregon.News flash: The analysis won't view the proposal kindly.“Our analysis found that for every step of progress that Oregon made, the American Health Care Act will take Oregon three steps back,” Brown said in a written statement.“Since 2014, we have made tremendous progress to ensure that nearly every Oregonian has access to health
  • A first look at the Blazers/Fred Meyer 'Homegrown Athletes' exhibit (Photos)

    A new Moda Center exhibit will treat Blazers fans and other arena-goers to a glimpse at Oregon's celebrated prep basketball tradition.The "Homegrown Athletes" exhibit collects 85 jerseys from state high schools and displays them along with sets of traditionalist drawings alongside the East Escalator, which connects the 100 level to the Fred Meyer-branded 300 level.The exhibit was unveiled Tuesday by Blazers President Chris McGowan and Fred Meyer Stores President Jeff Burt. McGowan said the visua
  • Renowned Portland chef serving up a new restaurant in the Pearl

    The chef behind a string of popular Portland restaurants is now carving up a portion of the Pearl District for his latest culinary endeavor.David Machado, whose Nel Centro has long been a hit with the downtown power lunch crowd, will open the Tanner Creek Tavern at the corner of Northwest 9th Avenue and Northwest Everett Street in the Pearl District late this summer. Machado has signed a lease for the 5,000-square-foot restaurant space that will be in the forthcoming Pearl District Hampton Inn&h
  • Adidas sets 47 percent North American sales goal

    Adidas on Tuesday gave its answer to one of the most important questions in the sportswear business: Is the company's momentum in the critical North American market a fad? Or permanent?The company definitively signaled it believes the latter. At an investor day at its German headquarters, Adidas said it wants North American sales to climb 47 percent by 2020 to $5.3 billion.Adidas struggled in North America as recently as 2014, but it's been on an upswing, fueled by a consumer shift to casual,&he
  • Here are Oregon's top 25 private high schools

    Most people who've spent any time in downtown Portland have long coexisted with the St. Mary's Academy students who regularly traverse city streets.If you read the sports pages, there's no getting away from the exploits of Jesuit High School, which regularly dominates many fields of play.And if you ever hit Mall 205 or travel east of 82nd Avenue toward Gresham, you've likely encountered the sprawling Portland Adventist Academy.Some might wonder: How do all these esteemed private high schools&hel
  • Walden: CBO didn't fully analyze Republicans' health care proposal

    The Oregon Republican who crafted the American Health Care Act said the Congressional Budget Office's analysis is based on an incomplete read of the proposal.Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican who represents much of the state east of Portland, said the proposal, which would replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, is the "first step" in his party's plan to reduce costs and restore relationships between patients and their doctors.As such, "the Congressional Budget Office has not yet anal
  • With acquisition, Portland's Eastside Distilling joins the specialty bottling game

    Eastside Distilling Inc. (OTCQB: ESDI) has added a growing industry services line to its stable.At the same time, the company plans to move many of its own operations to its new partner's digs.The Portland company has acquired MotherLode Craft Distillery, which provides bottling services and production support to craft distilleries. The Portland operation was founded in 2014 by Allen Barteld.MotherLode works primarily with small-batch, hand-crafted spirits and premium crafts sold under private&h
  • 5 things to know today, and, not to worry, but the robots have arrived in Oregon

    Hello Portland and happy Tuesday. Here are Five things to get you going.About that CBO reportElizabeth Hayes has done a fantastic job covering avery aspect of the GOP plans to replace the Affordable Care Act. She continued that trend with a decidedly Oregon take on the CBO report that found that 24 million more Americans would be uninsured under the plan on the table.Fallout continues from Aequitas failCarePayment was once considered the crown jewel of Aequitas Capital Management. It remained&he
  • Mosier derailment, fire recalled as Legislature takes up oil-train regulations

    Columbia River Gorge residents recalled the trauma of last June’s Mosier derailment and fire on Monday as a legislative committee considered new regulations on railroads running oil trains through Oregon.Many of the environmentalists, elected officials, Native American leaders and first responders who spoke at the House Committee on Energy and Environment hearing said what they really wanted was a ban on oil trains.But federal law doesn’t allow for that, so they pushed for one bill t
  • Up-and-coming Portland tech co. gets a new chief

    Web traffic management firm Cedexis has named its vice president of product and strategy to the company's top role.Ryan Windham had spent the last seven months in his previous spot. He'll replace CEO Scott Grout, who becomes Cedexis' executive director.Windham was hired last summer to develop growth strategies and take advantage of shifts in enterprise IT. He was previously vice president of product management and security for Seattle-based computer networking company F5 Networks.“I was in
  • List Leaders: Meet the 5 biggest firms in Portland commercial real estate

    Over the last few years, a steady drumbeat of building sales, major office leases, industrial deals and mixed-use and multi-family developments have been music to the ears of the Portland area's commercial real estate firms.Firms on The List rely on 620 licensed agents to sell and lease commercial properties around Portland. Altogether, they employ 1,261 locally.Click on the images above to view the 5 commercial real estate firms in the Portland metro area with the most licensed commercial&helli
  • Exclusive: The top 25 NCAA marketing deals

    The University of Texas will get $12.7 million this year in exchange for the right to sell advertisements and sponsorships at athletic department events, part of a growing trend of universities cashing in on the popularity of collegiate sports.Over the past eight months, the Business Journal filed public records requests with every school in the top level of college sports for a copy of its multimedia rights deals. The contracts give an outside company — typically Winston-Salem, N.C.-based
  • Guilty Verdicts for 4 Men in Takeover of Oregon Wildlife Refuge

    In a measure of redemption for prosecutors who lost a related case in October, four men were convicted Friday in the 2016 occupation of a federal bird sanctuary.
  • Voices in Oregon’s diesel-engine regulation debate

    As we reported on Thursday, environmental and health advocates are pushing hard this year for legislation to regulate diesel emissions in Oregon. They want standards that will compel a switch to new, clean-burning engines, in trucks and buses and in off-road equipment used heavily in construction and other industries.On the other side of the issue, businesses large and small are expressing concern about the costs the effort could entail for them.To give you a better sense of this intense debate,
  • Older Oregonians would pay more for insurance under GOP plan

    The proposed House Republican health care plan would significantly reduce the premium assistance help many older Oregonians receive.In eastern Oregon, nine counties would experience a reduction of as much as 71 percent in the tax credits available, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation's interactive map.Take Harney County, as an example:A 60-year-old resident earning $20,000 a year would receive $13,670 in assistance under the ACA and $4,000 under the House plan, a reduction of $9,760,&helli
  • Bonfire Marketing scoops up another Portland firm

    Bonfire Marketing, one of Portland’s fastest-growing private companies, is boosting its capabilities with the acquisition of another Portland marketing agency.Bonfire's acquisition of Response Capture brings demand generation and marketing automation skills into its fold. Bonfire built is business on content development, search engine optimization and marketing, strategy and social media services.The company was ranked No. 78 on the 2016 list of the fastest growing private companies by the
  • Outdoor industry seeks to create an Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation

    Members of Oregon's outdoor industry are pushing a new bill in Salem that would create a state Office of Outdoor Recreation.The office would be charged with building and promoting Oregon's outdoor industry, which contributes as estimated $12 billion to the state economy."How do you grow Portland's outdoor economy? That's the goal," said Adam Baylor, who does stewardship and advocacy for the nonprofit climbing group Mazamas. "Can we grow from $12 billion to $24 billion?"Baylor said other states&h
  • A to Z breaks new ground in Oregon wine as a 'Hot Brand'

    For years, the surest indicator of the continuing growth of the Oregon wine industry was yet another winery sprouting up. The number grew from 139 in 2000 to more than 700 last year, an ever-expanding universe of mostly small, boutique producers.But in a sign of one company’s success and, perhaps, changing times on the state’s wine scene, something different has now emerged: a certifiably big, fast-growing brand.A to Z Wineworks this month was named a “Hot Brand” for 2016
  • 5 things know today, including Kalama's beery gain and Oregon's broker losses

    It seemed like we were constantly operating one day ahead this week. Monday felt like Tuesday, Tuesday felt like Wednesday, and so on.Whatever, the week, for us anyway, is over, which means you'll have to wait until Monday for a Five Things that's fresher than this one. Hopefully, this'll suffice until then.Designs on successDesign Week Portland is only five years old, but it's, like Feast Portland and other doings that have attracted many people in a relatively short period of time, captured&he
  • Vancouver's Red Lion demo to take place next week

    The Port of Vancouver USA said Thursday that parts of the former Red Lion hotel, at its Terminal 1, will start to be demolished next Thursday.The March 16 work will launch the removal of 113 rooms in the north and west wings over the next four weeks.The reason: Those wings would encroach on the the guture hotel planned by Vesta Hospitality, which is working with the Port to redevelop the site. Traffic around the area isn't expected to be drastically affected, according to the Port.The hotel&hell
  • A first look at 2017's ambitious Design Week Portland's programs (Photos)

    Next month's Design Week Portland festivities will spread the event further around the town.Specifically, the event's headquarters will move to the city's Eastside, landing at the Redd, at Southeast Salmon Street and Eighth Avenue in the Central Eastside Industrial District. The Ecotrust development will serve as a conduit for the April 21-April 29 program that's expected to draw 5,000 participantsDesign Week Portland looks to promote the notion of design as an economic resource. It does so thro
  • Sale of Terminal 1 property to Lithia moves forward

    About two-and-a-half-months after the city selected Lithia Real Estate Inc.'s $12.5 million bid for the Terminal 1 Property, the two parties are officially under contract and on their way to sealing the deal.Andrew Plummer, general manager of Lithia's Mercedes Benz of Portland, said that Lithia's due diligence period has begun and that they now have 150 days to close on the 14.5-acre property."Lithia Motors is very excited for this next phase," Plummer said in an email, "and we look forward to&h
  • Oregon to join Washington in new Trump travel ban suit

    Oregon wants to join its neighbor to the north in fighting the latest Trump Administration travel ban.Kristina Edmunson, a spokesperson for Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, confirmed that the state had "previously asked the court" to join the Washington suit, and Rosenblum's intent remains the same.Oregon could join the suit either if a federal court approves its previous request or if Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson adds Oregon to its amended suit. That suit is set to be filed&
  • Oregon lawmakers debate how far to go in cleaning up diesel pollution

    Thanks to more than $70 million in Volkswagen settlement money, Oregon will take action in the next several years to get rid of a small percentage of the old, dirty diesel engines now working in the state.But should it go a lot further?That was the debate in Salem on Wednesday as a legislative committee took up the Clean Engines, Clean Air Act of 2017, drawing a sharp split between environmental and health activists pushing for cleaner air and businesses worried about bearing the expense of that
  • Health care bill clears Walden's committee as Brown calls for a pause

    About six hours after the Republican health care bill cleared a key U.S. House panel, Gov. Kate Brown called on Congress to slow down, so the state can study the impact on the Oregon economy and residents.“This bill is being rushed through Congress before it has been fully vetted,” Brown said in a written statement. “I am directing the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Consumer and Business Services to provide an analysis of how this proposed, massive disruption will sp
  • 5 things to know today, including a side of Oregon beef that's in better shape than you are

    On Sunday, we'll spring ahead, as it were, thanks to the magic of Daylight Savings Time.That means you'll need a few more lights, at least at first, to read your Five Things quotient. However you slice it, DST is a sure sign of spring. It means the NCAA Tournament is right around the corner, as is St. Patrick's Day and ... heck, you know your way around a calendar.Here's today's well-seasoned Five Things.Breaking goodBreakside Brewery opened its Slabtown pub on Monday.It's been, from all…
  • Boeing discloses 36,000-employee data breach after email to spouse for help

    Think twice before asking your spouse for help formatting a document, especially if it contains personal information for 36,000 of your co-workers.Boeing launched an internal security investigation and notified Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and officials in California, North Carolina and Massachusetts that employee data left control of the company when a worker emailed a spreadsheet to his significant other.Boeing said the unnamed employee told investigators he sent the document
  • Boeing: With Oregon as a proving ground, military aircraft paint jobs make a resurgence (Photos)

    Custom paint jobs for military aircraft around the world are enjoying a comeback as military leaders realize they help build morale and lift spirits among the rank and file, Boeing says.Wartime was once the primary push for bringing out combat aircraft paint sprayers, Boeing historian Michael Lombardi said in a feature about the "air spray" trend on the Boeing Defense website.WWII painters used to depict sultry pin-up girls on aircraft for lonely soldiers to eyeball or ferocious predators to&hel
  • Federal court dismisses Union Pacific's lawsuit in Gorge track expansion dispute

    Union Pacific’s bid to derail a local appeals process and make a federal case about its stalled track-expansion plans in the Mosier area, near where an oil train derailed and caught fire last June, suffered a setback on Wednesday.U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken tossed out the railroad’s lawsuit against Wasco County and Columbia River Gorge officials, ruling the suit failed to include three Indian tribes whose treaty rights were at stake.For now, that sends the dispute back to the Colum
  • Moovel teams with Capital Factory on startup accelerator

    Transit mobile technology company Moovel North America is teaming with an Austin, Texas-based organization to create an accelerator that works with transportation-based startups.Portland-based Moovel is launching MobilityX Accelerator with Capital Factory, an influential accelerator and co-working group in Austin. By working together on the project, the startups involved will have access to the Capital Factory network of investors and mentors, as well the network of Moovel’s transportation
  • Uber Seeks to Prevent Use of Greyball to Thwart Regulators

    In the wake of a New York Times article about the tool, which appeared to allow drivers to avoid officers in Oregon, the company said it was conducting a review of how it is used.
  • Conversation series tackles the Portland region's housing crisis

    Portland faces a housing crisis. Current policy conversations focus on the urgent needs of shelter and escalating rents, but the problem is not just economic, it’s deeper— and farther reaching.A coalition of local civic leaders and stakeholders have created a year-long conversation series, We Call This Home, that is bringing leaders and experts from across the country to Portland to reflect on the region’s housing crisis through the lens of homeownership, race and equality.The
  • Congress gets a chance to back tall wood buildings

    Tall wood buildings, a movement that’s begun to pick up steam in Oregon, would get a boost from the federal government under bipartisan legislation proposed in Congress on Tuesday.The Timber Innovation Act instructs the Department of Agriculture to work with the forestry products industry and institutions of higher learning on performance standards and research and development that could help commercialize “mass timber” products.The legislation also calls for the feds to run an
  • Let’s All Get Small: Tiny Houses for Short Stays

    From TV screens to vacation scenes, these properties are drawing a crowd.
  • What Carrie Brownstein of ‘Portlandia’ Won’t Travel Without

    Notebooks, a Trail Blazers cap, crossword puzzles and closed-toe shoes.

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