Portland Area Cougar Sightings Continue to Come in

Posted by Brett Reckamp on June 30, 2014
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Yet again, someone says they have seen a cougar in an urban area.  This time, one was spotted in SE Portland’s Mill Park neighborhood near Southeast 121st Avenue and Division.

Last week, two sightings were phoned in from Hillsboro.  There have been a number of others from different areas including SW Portland.

Rick Swart with Oregon Fish and Wildlife says a number …

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Will It Rain Fat Checks For U of O?

Posted by Steve Leader on June 16, 2014
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The timing may be right for the University of Oregon to launch a fundraising drive to raise up to three-billion dollars from a small number of wealthy donors.

According to the Register Guard, a small, unnamed, group of wealthy constituents told lawmakers in 2012 that if they’d pass a bill to create an independent governing board for the school, …

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Sex Diseases Exploding In Oregon

Posted by Steve Leader on May 30, 2014
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The syphilis rate in Oregon is nearly twice the national average. (10 per 100,000, compared with 5.3 nationally.)

The Statesman Journal quotes figures from the Oregon Health Authority showing early syphilis cases are at their highest level since 1989. Syphilis is most contagious during the first year.

According to the Health Authority, gonorrhea cases jumped 18% from 2012 to 2013.

State health officials …

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Likes And Shares Bring Oregon Jobs

Posted by Steve Leader on May 21, 2014
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A study done for Facebook, released today, shows the economic impact of its data center in Prineville.  The report shows that over the last five years Facebook brought 651 jobs to Central Oregon.

Research shows the ripple effect from the Prineville-area jobs was felt statewide, for a total of almost 3,600 jobs. The study says every ten jobs at Facebook-Prineville drive …

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Oregon Seeing Faster Job Growth Than Rest of the Country

Posted by Associated Press on May 13, 2014
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SALEM — After a battering in the Great Recession and a slow recovery, Oregon’s job market is showing springtime vigor.

The state Employment Department said Tuesday Oregon added about 15,000 jobs in March and April, the largest two-month increase since 2005.

The department says that, compared to national trends, Oregon lost a larger share of jobs during the recession and was slower at …

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