Economy

Agriculture
6:42 am
Wed October 22, 2014

As Red Delicious declines, growers make bets on the next ‘hit’ apple

Rob McCormick picks a Red Delicious apple from a tree in his orchard.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest Public Radio

Maybe you remember those glossy Red Delicious Washington apples they served in your grade school cafeteria. Well, Washington growers are expecting a record crop of apples this year, but not of Red Delicious. Most American consumers have moved on and growers are doing their best to keep up.

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EWEB
12:23 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

EWEB Chooses UO Foundation To Develop Riverfront Site

Rendering of the UO Foundation's vision for the EWEB riverfront property.
Credit UO Foundation

Eugene Water and Electric has chosen the University of Oregon Foundation as developer of its property along the Willamette River. EWEB Commissioners made the selection from three candidates at their Tuesday meeting.

The vote was 4 to 0. Joe Harwood is spokesman for EWEB. He says commissioners felt the U of O Foundation has a long term commitment to the community.

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Hospitality
7:24 am
Tue September 30, 2014

B&Bs Vs. Airbnb: Struggling With Short-Term Rentals

Ashland homeowner Tom DuBois standing in front of his single-family home in an R-1 residential zone where the city shut down his Airbnb short term rental of a spare room.
Credit Bill McLean / JPR

New online companies have emerged where private residents offer travelers a place to stay for the night, often at rates cheaper than hotels or bed and breakfast outfits.

Ashland, Oregon is one of the global hotspots trying to reconcile a clash between the traditional hospitality industry and a growing market of private residents trying to make a few bucks renting out a spare room or two.

Ashland resident Tom DuBois rented an unused bedroom to overnight travelers at his house in a single-family residential neighborhood zoned R-1. Then he got a letter from the city.

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Housing
11:58 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Seminars Being Offered To Landlords On New Low Income Housing Rules

Credit oregon.gov

Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries will be touring the state during the next few months updating landlords on new Section 8 housing rules.

A law recently passed in Oregon makes it illegal to deny housing for someone who qualifies for low income housing known as Section 8. The first of 15 seminars is September 29th in Portland. State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian says the goal is to inform landlords about the changes so they don't accidently run afoul.

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Working Poor
6:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Oregon's Working Poor: Benefits Cliff

Lynne Chartraw in her living room
Credit John Rosman / OPB

This week we bring you stories of Oregon’s “working poor,”  people who are employed but still struggling to pay the bills. As people living in poverty find jobs and begin to earn a wage, they face another challenge: the benefits cliff.

For the first time in her life, Lynne Chartraw is taking a paid vacation. The single mom is spending her summer day off hosting a motley crew of teenage boys in her Bend apartment. Her two sons are here with six friends playing poker and video games.

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Auction
10:16 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Lane County Surplus Auction Features Vehicles, Equipment

Credit hansen-auction.com

If you need a car – perhaps a Ford Crown Victoria – a motorcycle, a guitar or even clothes, Lane County has an opportunity for you.

It’s the County’s annual on-line sealed bid auction of hundreds of surplus items.  The auction, heavy on vehicles and equipment, will be held on-line September 25th through 27th.

Items may be viewed at the Lane County Fleet Services Building Thursday and Friday from 8 to 5, and Saturday, 8 to 3.

More information available by clicking on “2014 Fleet Auction” on the Lane County home page.

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Working Poor
6:25 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Oregon's Working Poor: Wages

Rhonda Harvey and her family.
Credit John Rosman / OPB

A new census report shows Oregon's poverty rate rose to more than fifteen percent in 2013.  In this series, we meet several families who are “working poor” or living below 200 percent of the poverty line. We visit Malheur County, which for the past decade, has had some of the highest rates of both poverty and unemployment in Oregon.

 
Rhonda Harvey sits at the back of a hotel classroom in Ontario.

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Working Poor
6:43 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Oregon's Working Poor: Housing

Alaina Campos comforting her daughter Lexi outside the library in Redmond.
Credit John Rosman / OPB

This week we bring you stories of Oregon’s “working poor,” or those who are living below 200 percent of the poverty line.For many families, housing eats up the biggest portion of limited budgets. Amanda Peacher reports from Central Oregon, where the rental market is especially challenging for low-income workers.

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Eugene Business
6:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Euphoria Chocolate Company: Its Past, Present and Future

Bob Bury (left) has sold Eugene's Euphoria Chocolate Company to Van Glass (right). They spoke with Claude Offenbacher in the KLCC studios.
Credit Rachel McDonald

The Euphoria Chocolate Company of Eugene was founded in 1980 by Bob Bury and his wife, Sue Subbot.  They're retiring, having just sold the business to Van Glass, a software executive, and his wife, Bonnie.   Bob and Van, seller and buyer, joined us to discuss Euphoria...and all things chocolate.

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Oregon Employment
11:20 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Goes Up in August

The state employment department reported Tuesday Oregon's unemployment rate rose last month to 7.2 percent.
State Labor Economist Nick Belieciks:

Belieciks: "The unemployment rate increase in August wasn’t caused by more people losing their jobs. It had to do with a large increase in Oregon's labor force. This can happen because of faster population growth or when more people start looking for work because they feel their job prospects are improving."

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