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No certainty when it comes to economic news

Alaska Air Group, Boise Cascade and Umpqua Holdings all report second quarter earnings on July 24. Given today’s news from MicroSoft, 18,000 layoffs, and the national housing construction report, new starts down 9.3%, it will be interesting to see how this Northwest trio does. +++ The Oregon Department of Revenue has mailed letters to taxpayers [...]

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More radio stations, fewer AMs than 30 years ago

Inside Radio reports a continued decline in licensed AM radio stations. The number of licensed AM stations fell to their lowest level in more than three decades during the first half of 2014. At the same time the total station number hits another new all-time high:15,425. It appears the YouTube generation is in love with [...]

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Utilities preparing a wintry blast for your wallet

Here’s the essence of what could be best described as an unwelcome announcement today from the Oregon Public Utility Commission: Natural gas prices are likely headed higher this fall according to officials with Oregon’s three regulated natural gas providers. That was the message they delivered to the Commission during the annual Gas Outlook on Tuesday. [...]

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Avista gets $3.2 million battery research grant

Avista Corp. has picked up a $3.2 million grant from the state of Washington to research how to integrate power generated from intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar into the electrical grid. It was part of $14 million series of matching grants awarded by Gov. Jay Inslee’s Clean Energy Fund. While it may [...]

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Foreclosures fall; Oregon not out of the woods

With the exception New York and the District of Columbia, double-digit year-over-year foreclosure declines were the norm in May. According to real estate analytics firm CoreLogic every state posted double-digit year-over-year declines in completed foreclosures. For the 12 months ending May 2014, Oregon saw 4,121 foreclosures, down from 5,140 the preceding 12 months. Oregon, however, [...]

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There are flight delays and real flight delays

Next time the ticket agent or TSA screening lines slow you en route to your destination. Think about this band of weary flyers, who have to wait another 86 years. +++ So how does Oregon stack up when it comes to touring via automobile. WalletHub put the Beaver State through a series of 21 measures, [...]

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SOREDI 27th Annual Meeting

SOREDI’s Annual meeting underway at Inn at Commons. Bill Thorndike, SOREDI Board President, introducing an array of dignitaries Matt Stephenson, Chief Operations Officer at Rogue Credit Union will become the board president. In the past year, SOREDI has loaned $1 million to nine businesses to fund expansion. SOREDI has pushed to extend enterprise zones in [...]

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Lithia Motors’ big deal has analysts talking

Auto industry broker Haig Partners’ First Quarter 2014 Blue Sky Report capitalizes on Lithia Motots’ recently announced acquisition of fellow auto retailer DCH as an indicator more big deals are in store for the industry this year. “The market for dealership sales is quite robust,” Haig Partners report. “Dealership values are at the highest level [...]

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Trips of a lifetime may not be worth a life of debt

If it costs more than you got in your pocket —  or bank account —  to take a vacation, the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies suggests you stay close to home this summer. Why? The AICCCA wants to avoid problem vacation debt that shows up at its members’ doors every fall. The association [...]

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Discount and dollar customers running on empty

The final line of a dispatch in Tuesday’s San Francisco Business Times: That means there are too many retailers chasing after customers with too few dollars. The story is about what many of us knew as the “Canned Food Store” on Stewart Avenue for many years here in Medford before it took on the more [...]

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