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Archive for August 2018

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend is a thriving 347-bed regional medical center in Springfield.

It serves coastal and southern Oregon, as well as Lane County. In the 10 years since it opened, RiverBend has become what PeaceHealth planners and community donors had envisioned—a life-saving, life-improving resource for everyone in the southern Willamette Valley and southern Oregon. RiverBend will celebrate its 10th anniversary on August 10. This milestone provides an…

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STEAM Hub a natural fit for new director

New STEAM Hub director ready to cultivate learning in Douglas County With more than 20 years of experience as a STEM teacher and scientist, our new Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub director is ready to launch local efforts to expand students’ career-mindedness to new heights. Dr. Karl Topper is joining Douglas County Partners for Student Success…

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What If ?

Big decisions are made after long deliberation and the mental gymnastics that take us from weighing all the positives against all the negatives we can imagine. After days of full-fledged self confidence wrestles with more days of doubt and the opinions we may or may not seek from friends and business peers we sit up,…

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By Gary Milliman Attention to detail in both workmanship and customer relations is how general contractor Brent Hodges of Brookings has grown his business. A Brookings native who left town after high school to pursue an engineering degree, Hodges worked a variety of jobs in the building trades for several years before returning to Brookings…

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Association of O&C Counties Express Support for Changes to Endangered Species Act

July 19, 2018 Press Release The Association of O&C Counties (AOCC) expressed support for several regulatory changes proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that would improve implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by those agencies.  The agencies released information about the proposed changes today in a press release as…

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A Letter to POTUS on Infrastructure

December 11, 2017 by Charles Marohn During the presidential transition that took place at the beginning of this year, I was asked to provide my thoughts on how a Trump administration should prioritize what was anticipated to be up to a trillion dollars in infrastructure spending. It was an honor — and a testament to how large…

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Love the forest; love the people

Paul Barnum Executive Director, Retired I love Oregon’s forests of all kinds – from freshly planted to majestic old growth – but the biggest attraction for me has always been the people. Growing up in eastern Oregon, I spent many summers working in agriculture: bucking hay, driving pea trucks and pea combines, operating a grain…

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Conference Focused on Rural Business Coming to Southern Oregon

July 25, 2018/ Press Release The 4th Annual Rural Business and Innovation Summit is scheduled for September 13th, 2018 in Klamath Falls and will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing businesses in rural communities. The one day conference features topics on social media marketing, retail strategies, talent attraction/retention, and cybersecurity. “We couldn’t find any conferences…

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Oregon’s Minimum Wage Increases on July 1, 2018

June 18, 2019 Oregon’s three minimum wages will be in the top nine state-level minimum wages in the nation. The highest minimum wage will be in the District of Columbia ($14.00), followed by Massachusetts and Washington ($12.00); Colorado and New York ($11.10); and Arizona, California, and Maine ($11.00). The federal minimum wage will remain at…

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