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Oregon’s at the Forefront of a Global Cider Revolution

Portland Hosts CiderCon—and Embraces a Growing Cider Culture

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Wandering Aengus

Wandering Aengus

STEVE JONES, Portland’s most celebrated cheesemonger, cuts off a sliver of Ferns’ Edge Mt. Thielson, a Comté-style goat cheese. Swirling a Wandering Aengus’ Bloom—the Salem cidery’s sweet but not treacly cider—in his wine glass, he says, “That doesn’t suck.”

It’s the Cheese Bar and Chizu owner’s unfussy way of geeking out over his favorite pairings. Not simply this particular cider with this specific cheese, mind you; he and James Kohn, co-owner of Wandering Aengus as well as a board director of the US Association of Cider Makers, are testing a handful of different Northwest-made cheeses and ciders. (Another successful pairing is Southern Washington’s Cascadia Creamery’s Cloud Cap in tandem with Corvallis’ 2 Towns Ciderhouse’s Made Marion. Jones relishes how the cow milk cheese pairs with the berry sweetness and “creamsicles it out.”)

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Portland Economist Warns Against Trading Inclusionary Zoning for UGB Expansion

Portland Economist Warns Against Trading Inclusionary Zoning for UGB Expansion

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In the feverishly-paced 35-day legislative session that began Feb. 1, few issues are more important to lawmakers than doing something to address Portland’s shortage of affordable housing.

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As Moda rebuilds, possible downsizing looms

As Moda rebuilds, possible downsizing looms

Article by Elizabeth Hayes | Featured on BizJournals | Image Credit: photo.ua / Shutterstock.com

After a difficult two years, Moda Health CEO Robert Gootee has a plan to guide the company through the turbulent waters ahead. It’s a plan that could include layoffs among Moda’s 1,750-person workforce.

The Lund Report on Wednesday reported that the company anticipates cutting costs by $30 million. Referencing an internal memo, the article noted that the downsizing may include layoffs in the company’s health insurance business, in addition to administrative cuts.

Asked for a response, Moda spokesman Jonathan Nicholas told the Business Journal that “We anticipate a decline in our 2016 ACA membership. As a result, our employment base — as well as many other administrative expenses — will adjust.”

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Oregon entrepreneurs to give the lowdown on their success

Oregon entrepreneurs to give the lowdown on their success

Article by Andy Giegerich | Featured on BizJournals

A slew of successful business operators will offer inside tips on building a bustling enterprise.

The Portland Business Journal and Entrepreneurs Organization will present the EO Talks event on Feb. 4. The 90-minute event features presentations from four noted business operators renowned for their commercial savvy.

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Multnomah County Wins Unusual Legal Victory Over Mortgage Giant

Multnomah County Wins Unusual Legal Victory Over Mortgage Giant

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Local governments usually pay legal settlements rather than collect them.

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Utilities Sue Department of Energy

9 Public Utilities Sue the Oregon Department of Energy

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A long-simmering dispute between a group of public utilities and the Oregon Department of Energy boiled over into a lawsuit in Marion County Circuit Court this week.

The utilities, which provide electricity mostly to rural areas, pay an annual fee to the department called the “energy suppliers’ assessment” or ESA. That fee generates about $13 million a biennium and accounts for about a third of the agency’s budget.

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Southern Oregon Drought Warning

Kate Brown Declares Drought In 3 More Oregon Counties

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Gov. Kate Brown has declared drought emergencies in three more Oregon counties.

With Tuesday’s declaration, 23 out of 36 counties are under drought emergencies. The new ones are Curry, Hood River and Union counties.

Brown says this year’s extreme drought reflects a new reality for Oregon and dealing with it is part of the “continuing challenges of climate change.”

The governor’s drought declaration does not bring any help in the form of aid or loans, but does allow increased flexibility in how water is managed.

Last winter saw a record-low snowpack, leading to low streamflows this summer that have affected irrigators as well as fish.


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BURNSIDE 26 – IMAGE: Cameron Browne

Why the Apartment Buildings You Hate Are Good For the City.

They pop up seemingly overnight, multiplying faster than food carts on every street corner in the city.

Just a whisper of them transforms normally mild-mannered Portlanders into fire-breathing Trotskyites. Politicians and economists can’t stomp them out. They make the rent too damn high.

No, we’re not talking about all these new apartment buildings.

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Apple Data Center Expansion

Apple Planning Major Expansion of Oregon Data Center

Apple’s data center in Prineville, Oregon (Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian)

Apple is planning a large-scale expansion of its Prineville, Oregon data center, according to The Oregonian. The report claims Apple is likely to expand upon its current 338,000-square-foot data center with a matching facility and massive solar array this year, after Oregon governor Kate Brown signed a tax bill last week that will exempt Apple and other tech companies from facing millions of dollars in additional property taxes.

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Landy and Sophia in front of their North Portland home

Meet Portland’s New International Homeowners

Image: Leah Nash
Landy and Sophia in front of their North Portland home.

Portland: family-friendly bedroom community to the world?

Consider the maximally mobile 21st-century human, the person who could pretty much live anywhere. Landry Molimbi, for example. Born in France, the 31-year-old handles Western Hemisphere business development for a Cologne-based energy technology company. He studied in Barcelona. About a decade ago, he and his wife, Sophia, moved from Paris to New York—because, essentially, the world is his workplace.

Two years ago, with a child on the horizon, Landry and Sophia, an actor, picked a new spot on the map: Portland. (She was born here but had lived abroad since childhood.) They decided North Portland offered the connections and amenities they needed, along with qualities supercities could not. “It’s definitely easier here with kids than in Paris or New York,” Molimbi says. “And the property process is easier and quicker. You have remodeling flexibility that would be hard to find in an apartment or dealing with a co-op board. And the quality of life can be high.”

Such Portlandian characteristics—affordable square footage, check; walkable coffee shop, check; international airport, check!—are beginning to wield far-flung appeal. “We left America with two suitcases,” says Brent Gregston, a freelance journalist. “We came back with two boys.” After 18 years in Paris and Amsterdam, Gregston and his architect wife see Portland’s familiar charms through an international lens. “Cities coming into their own are more accessible,” he says. “Paris has had the most dramatic property rise since the war. San Francisco—we almost couldn’t contemplate it. It’s a tough scene. In Portland, you can do much of what you can do in those cities in a more realistic way.”

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