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Department Cautions Against Further Groundwater Development in the Harney Basin as Data Indicate Groundwater is Being Depleted

July 2, 2020

The Oregon Water Resources Department is advising permit holders in the Harney Basin against increasing their groundwater use, even if they have a water right permit that allows for additional pumping to increase the amount of land being irrigated. Preliminary results from the Harney Basin Groundwater Study show that groundwater is being used faster than…

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A Few Words from Jim

July 2, 2020

It is officially summer (Although on the day I’m writing this it’s only 65 degrees and I’m wearing a hoodie – Welcome to Oregon) and it has been 1 year since I became a partner with Greg on the Southern Oregon Business Journal.  A lot has happened in that year. We completely rebooted the journals…

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Education Audit – ODE Can Better Support Students Experiencing Disabilities

July 2, 2020
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Labor Underutilization and the Effects of COVID-19

July 2, 2020

by Anna Johnson, Senior Economic Analyst, for Employment in Oregon Public health measures related to COVID-19 began in Oregon in mid-March. Social distancing practices and workplace and gathering changes have severely impacted business practices all around the state. Employment data for the month of April gave a startling look the impact the pandemic has had on Oregon’s economy. In…

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Keep Your Eye On The Ball

July 2, 2020

By Tim Duy, Senior Director, Oregon Economic Forum, Professor of Practice A better than expected labor report supported another leg up for Wall Street as it was the latest piece of evidence that the worst of the downturn is behind us. While that is most likely true, note that there are crosscurrents in the economy that…

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Expanding benefits of energy efficiency: water reliability

July 2, 2020

Energy Trust’s work to save energy and generate renewable energy is also helping improve the reliability of rural waterways. In the West, agriculture can account for more than 90% of consumptive water use, which is water that is permanently withdrawn from its source, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Non-consumptive use is water that…

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Covid-19 and Cities: A very uneven pandemic

July 2, 2020

By Joe Cortright The Covid-19 pandemic has played out very differently in different metro areas; some have been devastated, others only lightly touched and these patterns have shifted over time. Among US metro areas with a million or more population there is a more than 20-fold difference in cases per capita between the hardest hit…

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Oregon’s Marijuana Industry and Employment Trends

July 2, 2020

by Guy Tauer, State of Oregon Employment Department Recreational marijuana sales hit a new record high of $89 million in April 2020 amid the single full month of stay-at-home orders related to COVID-19, a 45 percent increase over April 2019. In March, the second-highest month ever recorded, cannabis sales hit $84.5 million. The previous record…

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Shift in Working-Age Population Relative to Older and Younger Americans

July 2, 2020

The surge in the number of Americans aged 65 and older this decade has outpaced the growth in the working-age population. By LUKE ROGERS AND KRISTIE WILDERCensus Bureau’s Population Estimates Branch In counties across the United States, the dependency ratio has increased, according to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released today. Over the last decade, the…

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Indigenous Peoples Day officially recognized at LCC

June 24, 2020

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 EUGENE, Ore.–The second Monday of every October will now be known as Indigenous Peoples Day at Lane Community College. LCC’s Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution making the change at its June 17 meeting. The resolution commemorates and honors Lane’s Native American heritage, culture and community and intends to welcome…

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The Unemployment Rate Edges Down While High Unemployment Continues

June 24, 2020

Employment in Lane County (Eugene MSA) May seasonally adjusted unemployment rates are not available for Lane County due to processing delays caused by large changes in unemployment in recent months. Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates are being used for this news release. They reflect May’s increasein employment-related to Phase 1 reopening and a small decrease…

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Maintenance Dredging of Coos Bay Harbor River Miles Twelve to Fifteen Scheduled to Commence Early July

June 24, 2020

Coos Bay, OR – American Construction Company has been contracted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform maintenance dredging in the Coos Bay harbor from River Miles twelve to fifteen beginning on or around July 1, 2020. Dredging was also conducted in this section of the FederalNavigation Channel throughout the summer of 2019.…

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