Activist Group Files Ballot Measure For $15 Minimum Wage

Posted by Associated Press on April 17, 2015

SALEM, Ore. — A Portland-based activist group has filed paperwork for a ballot measure boosting the statewide minimum wage to $15.

The group, 15 Now Oregon, revealed plans Friday for a statewide campaign next year. It proposes gradually raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019.

Oregon currently has the nation’s second-highest wage floor at $9.25 an hour. That’s …

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Meadows: Good Is Good Enough

Posted by Steve Leader on April 17, 2015
Courtesy of Mount Hood Meadows

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. — Mount Hood Meadows will call it a season at the end of the day Sunday.  Spokesman Dave Tragethon says only twice before in the last 47 years have they closed earlier than that for lack of snow.

Tragethon says the number of skiers this season was down by about one-third.  Still, he says Meadows’ had a good season, …

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Med Mary To New Level

Posted by Steve Leader on April 15, 2015

A California startup that teams up with marijuana dispensaries to deliver pot to patients’ homes and offices, using a web-based app, already has its eyes on expanding into Oregon and Washington.

The company, Eaze, is based in San Francisco.  Spokeswoman Caroline Vespi tells FM News 101 they’re currently limited to deliveries in the Golden State.

Vespi says if recreational marijuana becomes legal …

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Oregon Jobless Rate Lower Than National Average

Posted by Associated Press on April 14, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s jobless rate has fallen below the national rate for the first time since 1996.

The state Employment Department says Oregon’s unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in March. That’s slightly lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.5 percent.

Thought the difference between the rates is statistically insignificant, Employment Department economist David Cooke says the numbers show how …

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19 Latino Businesses Call SE Foster Home

Posted by Rosemary Reynolds on April 2, 2015
Portland Marcado

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Mercado had a soft opening Wednesday.  The business complex on Southeast 72nd and Foster expects to draw customers from all over the metro area.  Colorful brand new food carts line the parking lot and retail stores are located in the building.

The Latino business community was looking for a way to work on their dreams and be realistic about …

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