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Oregon natural gas prices to rise 10% (we pay above national average)

Oregonians who use natural gas could see their rates increase by nearly 10 percent if regulators grant a request from NW Natural—its second rate hike in three years. The average residential rates would increase from $63 to $70 a month, according to the Portland Business Journal. If approved, commercial rates would increase 9.3 percent and industrial customers would pay 3.4 percent more. In a 1,155-page brief, NW Natural asked the Oregon Public Utility Commission for permission for a 9.9 percent rate hike. The $73.5 million raised would pay for long-term investment in technology, seismically secure resource centers, and other distribution and storage system upgrades. The company’s last increase, which took effect in November 2020, is paying for the utility’s new Portland headquarters and operations center. NW Natural says even with rate increases, the average customer’s bill is lower than before 2008.
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OSU COVID study rocks Pacific Northwest hemp industry, raising hopes

PORTLAND, Ore. — New research linking some hemp compounds to Covid-19 prevention rippled through the Pacific Northwest industry this week, a bolt from the blue that had companies scrambling to assess and seize the opportunity. For an industry that boomed and then has suffered through oversupply, price compression, pandemic...
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Newberg mill continues to crumble

Officials say they expect the former WestRock facility will be completely razed by March. Drive south on River or Wynooski streets in Newberg and you'll see more sky than there was six months ago. That's because the towering buildings that once comprised the paper mill are all but gone. The...
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Heritage Farm Wetland Restoration Project open house set for Jan. 25

The project will also include creating about one acre of wetland, replace a storm sewer pipe under access roads, and resurface the farm’s gravel driveways. VANCOUVER – Neighbors and community members are invited to learn about the Heritage Farm Wetland Restoration project. This project will restore five acres of wetlands and establish two acres of riparian buffer along a channelized section of Cougar Creek’s headwaters on Clark County’s 78th Street Heritage Farm property. The project will also include creating about one acre of wetland, replace a storm sewer pipe under access roads, and resurface the farm’s gravel driveways.

Beaverton woman shares Tibetan culture through dumplings

BEAVERTON, Ore. — A Beaverton woman is embarking on a meaningful journey to grow her small business in a big way. Kyikyi calls herself a Tibetan exile. She said she immigrated to the U.S. about 20 years ago from Tibet and is now committed to sharing her culture and promoting representation through food.

Local Meat Recall

Portland-area meat producer recalls more than 28,000 pounds of beef for possible E. coli contamination.The recalled items were all raw ground beef products produced on Dec. 20 and included certain WinCo, Walmart, Albertsons and Kroger labels, and they all have establishment number “EST. 965” inside the USDA inspection next to the use or freeze by date.

Business News Update: Sunlan Lighting

Suggested reading brought to you by Sunlan Lighting: S.A.D.... All we need is sunshine to make it go away It is winter, the weatherman announced 4-day weekend of sun-Maybe? You are wanting-needing all four days. Four days of sun is headline news during this grey Portland winter season. As the earth pulls the grey clouds over our landscape, we want to pull the covers over our heads and go back to sleep. We are not ill. We are responding to the weather as our bodies are created to act. Winter Blues help protect us by slowing us down. The...

Renewable Natural Gas Sees Strong Support in the Northwest

PORTLAND, Ore. — The rise in demand for renewable energy continues. A new survey conducted for NW Natural by DHM Research, an independent, leading opinion research firm, shows that 77% of Oregon and Southwest Washington voters overwhelmingly want access to all forms of renewable energy – hydro, wind, solar and renewable natural gas – for a balanced, low-carbon future.
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Goetze rises to executive director of ODNC

PORTLAND — A career spanning more than three decades working for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council has culminated in Anna Goetze leading the organization. Goetze was appointed executive director by the ODNC Board of Directors on Jan. 13. She takes over for Pete Kent, who retired in August.

Columbia River Commerce to Be Halted for 5 Weeks for Annual Outage

Commerce moving up and down the Columbia River, which is a $23 billion industry, will be at a standstill for up to five weeks beginning Feb. 13. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) closes its navigation locks on the Columbia and Snake river dams on an annual basis for maintenance and repairs; however, this year the Corps is extending the closure an extra three weeks – in part – to repair the downstream miter gate at The Dalles.

Analyzing Brookfield Renewable Partners (NYSE:BEP) and Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR)

Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR) and Brookfield Renewable Partners (NYSE:BEP) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and profitability. Valuation & Earnings. This table compares Portland General...

What’s It Like to Work in the Restaurant Industry during the Omicron Surge?

It’s no secret that omicron has upended our lives, even after we’d adjusted to what we thought was the “new normal.” But for people working frontline jobs—restaurant workers included—the variant is striking particularly close, whether they’ve come down with cases themselves or watched coworkers get sick. All over social media, restaurants are announcing temporary closures or reduced hours due to COVID cases and exposures. And while some folks in white-collar jobs have easy access to tests (Google provided its work-from-home employees—though not its contractors—with a home testing device and up to 20 rapid tests a month), restaurant workers rely on group chats to help refer each other to testing sites or share home test kits. And while those of us who are lucky enough to telecommute can simply hunker down, that’s not an option for people working in restaurants, especially if they’re continuing to offer indoor dining.