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Port Completes Phase I of the Tunnel Rehabilitation Project

October 21, 2019

Coos Bay, OR – In May 2018, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port) started construction on a tunnel rehabilitation project. This tunnel rehabilitation project is a significant capital improvement project for the nine tunnels along the Coos Bay Rail Line (CBRL). The project will extend the lifespan of the tunnels by 20 years which…

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Portland’s Climate Fail: More Driving

October 1, 2019

By Joe Cortright  Carbon emissions from transportation in Portland increased 6 percent last year In the one are where city policy can make the most difference, greenhouse gas emissions are increasing Portland has long prided itself in being one of the first cities in the US to adopt a legislated goal of reducing its greenhouse…

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The Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference is coming to Ashland – Oct. 24-25

August 30, 2019

The Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference draws attendees from all regions of the state to share ideas, experiences and knowledge about broadband telecommunications. In its twenty-fourth year, the conference will be exploring Smart Communities: strategies, applications, enabling technologies and Oregon initiatives. Oregon Connections is a grass roots conference first held in Bend and hosted by the Central Oregon Intergovernmental…

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Grain Management to Acquire Fiber Connectivity Provider, Hunter Communications

August 23, 2019

MEDFORD, OR — Grain Management, a Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm focused on the global communications sector, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in Hunter Communications. As owner and operator of one of the largest private fiber optic networks in Oregon, Hunter provides high bandwidth data and voice service to businesses and homes throughout…

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Port Repairs and Rehabilitates 37 Timber Bridges Along the Coos Bay Rail Line

July 1, 2019

FIONA BAI The Coos Bay Rail Line (CBRL) has concluded repair and rehabilitation work on 37 timber bridge structures along the CBRL. The rail line is owned and operated by the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port). The Port contracted with Scott Partney Construction to complete work on the bridges. The last phase of…

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Are Rural Communities Being Ignored?

June 1, 2019

By: Apollo Fuhriman, Region 10 AdvocateIn April, I met with county council members from Union and Wallowa Counties in Northeast Oregon. These elected officials described several significant long-term issues arising from federally owned lands. Approximately half of the land in these counties is controlled by the federal government, so timely implementation of federal regulations is…

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Exit, Hope and Loyalty: The fate of neighborhoods

June 1, 2019

By Joe Cortright How neighborhood stability hinges on expectations: If people don’t believe things are going to get better, many will leave One of the most perplexing urban problems is neighborhood decline. Once healthy, middle-class or working class-places seem to gradually (and then abruptly) fall from grace. As we documented in our report Lost in…

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Oregon Construction – A Few Words

June 1, 2019

A recent report said there are over 5,000 construction jobs available in Oregon today. It would appear that anyone meeting qualifications to work in the construction industry can find work. And yet many rural communities struggle to keep the infrastructure operating or young adults from moving to the bigger cities. Simultaneous changes in education, employment,…

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Let’s have an honest discussion about the Rose Quarter freeway widening project

May 1, 2019

By Joe Cortright Good decisions result only if state officials are transparent and honest City Observatory has been closely following the proposal to spend $500 million widening the I-5 freeway at the Rose Quarter in Portland. In the process, we and others have repeatedly uncovered instances of state agency officials misrepresenting facts, suppressing key data,…

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Your Zoning Code Is Inherently Exclusionary (But It Doesn’t Have To Be)

May 1, 2019

by Nolan Gray Since bursting onto the scene in the 1970s, the concept of “exclusion” now figures heavily in the way urban planners do their work. Now more than ever, urban planners are aware of how certain land-use regulations and forms of public process can systematically exclude certain groups of people. These are both good…

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The Emerging Digital Town Square

April 1, 2019

By: Matt Sayre reprinted by permission Picture the small villages and towns of early America. The farmers are selling produce and smoked meat in the market square, while the cobbler and sheriff barter four deerskins for a pound of wheat. The local physician atop his soapbox announces the latest ailments and their remedies, and ways…

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Does Your City Have Shiny New Toy Syndrome?

April 1, 2019

by Daniel Herriges Everybody, at some point, has known (or maybe even been) that kid who just has too many toys. The one who gets showered with new stuff on every special occasion from birthday to Christmas to 100-on-the-spelling-test. And everybody knows the sad, lonely fate of all the older-but-still-fairly-new toys that kid got last…

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