Washington Issues First Licenses For Legal Marijuana

Posted by Associated Press on March 5, 2014
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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state issued its first legal marijuana business license Wednesday, launching a new phase in the state’s ambitious effort to regulate a market that has been illegal for more than 75 years.

Sean Green, who has operated medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane and the Seattle suburb of Shoreline, proclaimed the document “beautiful” as it was handed to him …

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Portland Man Will Present His Product To America

Posted by Steve Leader on February 19, 2014
Ryan Carpenter (Moberi)

Ryan Carpenter would be the first to tell you– using human power for energy is nothing new.  But the 32-year old Portlander has done something new with it.  Carpenter’s taken old bikes and attached blenders to them.  When the cyclist pedals, the blades turn, creating a smoothie.

Carpenter has 2 food carts in Portland where he blends smoothies with bicycle power. …

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Hats Are Making a Come Back as a Fashion Statement

Posted by Rosemary Reynolds on February 17, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. — Classic Collections on Southeast Hawthorne  is one busy place.  Companies from across the United States furnish the store with all kinds of hats from the very casual to the extremely elegant.

Manufacturers such as Stetson, Biltmore and Christie’s of London  are represented at Classic Collections two locations.  A second store is on the lower level of Clackamas Town …

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Cable Giants Merger May Be Unstoppable

Posted by Steve Leader on February 13, 2014
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Oregonians likely won’t have much influence on whether America’s top 2 cable companies, Comcast and Time Warner, merge. Comcast has agreed to buy Time Warner for $45 billion.

Consumer watchdogs are expressing concern the marriage, if okayed  by federal regulators, would further limit competition among cable and internet service providers.

Mary Beth Henry, with the Mount Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, tells KXL …

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Natural Gas: A Record

Posted by Steve Leader on February 10, 2014
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The first day of the snowstorm, last Thursday, set a record for use of natural gas in the region.  Besides being used to heat homes and business, natural gas is also used to generate elecrtricity.

The director of gas supplies for Northwest Natural, Randy Friedman, says America has at least a 100 year supply of natural gas.  He says the region …

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