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Newport Now Top West Coast Port For Commercial Fishing

Nov 1, 2015
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Newport is now the dominate west coast port for commercial fishing, landing 124 million pounds of commercial fish.

Newport landed more fish and gave the most money back to the fisherman last year. That's according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Astoria has been the top west coast port by quantity since it overtook Los Angeles in 2012. Kevin Greenwood is the General Manager of the Port of Newport. He says since the Port was able to increase revenue from fishing, the commercial docks need to be upgraded.  

City of Eugene

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy wants Governor Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency in response to the housing crisis in Oregon.

Rachael McDonald

Wine grape growers in the South Willamette Valley wrapped up harvest a few weeks ago. It was ahead of schedule this year due to the early onset of heat this summer. Oregon winemakers are pleased with the flavor and yield of this year's grapes.

South Lane Fire & Rescue

Voters in Creswell and Cottage Grove are considering a bond measure in next month's special election. Measure 20-237 would fund new equipment for South Lane County Fire and Rescue.

St Vincent de Paul of Lane County

A new affordable housing complex will have a grand opening Tuesday. The Bascom Village Phase 1 is in North Eugene.

Fall Means Home Canning For Oregonians, Just Do It Safely

Oct 18, 2015
Oregon Department of Agriculture

Fall is one of the best times of year for home canning. The practice is especially popular with Oregonians who maintain their own gardens. Although home canning is a process that has been done for generations, those new to it need to follow careful instructions to prevent food borne illness. The Oregon Department of Agriculture warns botulism can be deadly if food is prepared incorrectly. John Burr is with the ODA's Food Safety Program. He says just boiling water is not enough to prevent botulism.

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The Hynix Manufacturing Plant in Eugene – empty for the last seven years – has sold at auction for $20 million.

Oregon Employment Department

A rare thing happened to Oregon's workforce last month. It shrank by about 5,300 workers, the first decline in three years.

Oregon has climbed out of the great recession, steadily adding jobs in the past six years. The state gained nearly 50,000 jobs in the past 12 months. So what happened in September caught state economists off guard.
 

Governor Kate Brown is leading a state delegation to Asia this week to promote Oregon tourism, business, and food products.

The governor is taking her delegation to Japan, China and Vietnam on the 9-day trade mission. About 50 public and private sector leaders, including ones from the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Travel Oregon, and the Port of Portland, will be on the trip. The delegation has seven business development meetings scheduled.

Oregon Pot Sales Higher Than Colorado And Washington

Oct 9, 2015
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Oregon's recreational marijuana sales were higher than Colorado and Washington during their first week of sales. Pot stores sold more than 11 million dollars worth of the drug. That's according to the non-profit trade group "Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association." ORCA Executive Director Casey Houlihan says there were multiple factors contributing to the State's higher sales.

Civic Alliance

Eugene's Civic Stadium property was open to the public yesterday (Sunday) for the first time since a fire destroyed the historic grandstand in June. About 1,500 people visited for "Civic Community Day" to play games, reminisce and get a look at the master plan to rebuild the site. Civic Alliance Advisory Board member Derrick Johnson tells KLCC's Tiffany Eckert about the fire's effects and what the future holds.

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Today (Monday), trade ministers from the United States and 11 other countries reached agreement on the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership. Oregon’s Congressman Peter DeFazio, however, continues to oppose it.

DeFazio issued a statement calling the TPP “the biggest, worst trade deal in history.” He’s been speaking against the TPP for years. If passed, it would phase out tariffs and other barriers to trade between the United States, Japan, Vietnam and others. In June, DeFazio said the TPP has the same problems as earlier policies, like the North American Free Trade Agreement:

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World War II marked a turning point for the city of Seattle. Boeing built thousands of B17 planes at a facility on the Duwamish River. At one point, 30,000 people reported for work there, assembling the planes that would help the allies defeat the Nazis. But with most of the young, white men overseas, Boeing was forced to expand its hiring criteria.

Chris Lehman

Starting October 1st, adults in Oregon will be able to walk into a medical marijuana dispensary and buy pot for recreational use.

Job Market Not Easy To Enter For Older Workers

Sep 27, 2015
AARP Oregon

Finding a job in today's market if you are over 55 isn't easy. Changing demographics and a surge of college-educated millennials competing for jobs mean older workers need to be on their game to be considered.

According to a report released by the AARP, workers age 50 and older value stability at work more, and are 40% less likely than younger workers to change jobs even if an opportunity comes up. Joyce DeMonnin is a Spokeswoman with AARP Oregon. She says employers' discriminating against hiring older workers is a real problem.

Lane County Adds Jobs in August

Sep 23, 2015
Oregon Employment Department

Lane County’s unemployment rate decreased slightly in August. It’s the first decrease after three consecutive increases.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with titans of Northwest commerce this week on their home turf: Think Boeing, Starbucks, Microsoft and Amazon. Visits from Chinese dignitaries are often accompanied by announcements of deals or sales.

Oregon Ranks Amongst Top States For Organic Exports

Sep 20, 2015
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Oregon ranks eighth in the nation for certified organic farms according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A recently released survey is showing expanded growth and an international interest in organic exports.

Karen Richards

Officials broke ground on a new affordable housing complex in north Eugene today (Monday). Phase two of Bascom Village will be sure to fill up quickly.

Near County Farm Road and Coburg Road, earth movers clear the ground for the second half of the Bascom Village community, which will have 48 units.

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Oregon has been awarded a 3 million dollar grant to boost manufacturing apprenticeships.

The grant is part of $175 million from the U.S. Department of Labor. Securing the money was a collaborative effort between the Employment and Labor Departments, forming the Oregon-Apprenticeships in Manufacturing, or AIM, Program. Andrea Fogue is a spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Labor. She says during the next three to four months, while the program is being set up, the state will work with community colleges and employers to get the money on the ground.

Karen Richards

Elected officials and Chamber of Commerce leaders gathered in Eugene today (Thursday) to recognize a company that's hired 250 people in just four months. FirstSource Solution plans to more than double that number in its next phase.

The Mumbai-based company signed a 10-year lease on the Chad Drive property. FirstSource provides online chat support for a large telecommunications company. Chris Autrey is the Site Director. He says even though the Eugene area has several other customer support centers, his company hasn't had difficulty finding workers:

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Unemployment is up in Lane and Douglas counties. But as KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the numbers can be deceptive.

Both counties have seen increases in seasonally adjusted unemployment rates at the same time they’re *adding jobs.

Brian Rooney is a Regional Economist. He says the rate of joblessness can be volatile this time of year with schools out for summer break. People can come from outside the county to compete for available jobs. And, some employees just decide to quit.

Rachael McDonald

Members of Eugene's Silicone Shire gathered at the University of Oregon Tuesday to talk about opportunities in technology.

Will A New Casino Threaten A Tribe's Economic Base?

Aug 21, 2015
Ann McGarry / OPB

The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde have made huge strides in rebuilding their culture after it was dissolved by the federal government during the 1950s. Revenue from their Spirit Mountain Casino west of Salem has allowed the tribe to build itself back up. But, the Grand Ronde worry that revenue is now under threat.

Simple white crosses dot the grounds. The brittle yellow grass crunches under foot.

“This is the tribal cemetery … This is one of the few places we had that were left with after termination.”

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon's unemployment rate jumped up to 5.9 percent last month. That's despite job gains over the past year.

The Employment Department said Tuesday the state added 4,600 jobs last month.
Nick Beleiciks is a state employment economist.

Beleiciks:  "Quite a few industries added a lot of jobs. Five major industries added at lease 1000 jobs with construction leading the way by adding 2,300 jobs, followed by professional and business services which added 1,700 jobs."

Jon Rosman / OPB

Residents of Junction City will get to vote on whether to allow the sale of marijuana in their town. The Junction City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to put the issue to voters in November 2016.

Rachael McDonald

The 5-thousand classified workers at Oregon's 7 public universities are negotiating with administration for a new contract. The old one expired in June. These are the people who clean classrooms, shelve books and cook for students.

"My name is Shawna Schultz, and I am a food service worker."

Schults works in Carson Hall, one of the U of O dorm buildings.

Schultz: "I supervise students. Teach them the rules of the kitchen and we service our guests and also maintain a very safe environment for our students."

KLCC

If you've always wanted to work for the TSA, now's your chance. The Transportation Security Administration is hiring full and part time workers at the Eugene Airport.

To be one of those people who runs the x-ray machine and pats down passengers traveling by air, you have to be at least 18. Applicants also must be high school graduates, American citizens, or U.S. nationals, and speak English proficiently.

Nico Melendez is a TSA spokesman out of Los Angeles. He acknowledges the job can be tough.

Oregon Unemployment Rate Slightly Up In June

Jul 23, 2015
Oregon.gov

Oregon’s unemployment rate of 5.5 for June is slightly higher than the national average. That’s according to numbers released by the state’s employment department. The jobless rate increased in Lane and Douglas counties as well.

The increase in unemployment in both counties is due to growth in the labor force. Regional economist Brian Rooney says when college students graduate in June, they’re added to the labor force. They’re also added to the unemployment rate.

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Wood product manufacturers in Springfield and Eugene now have preferential access to federal development funds. Local leaders head to Washington, D.C. tomorrow [Tuesday] to help advance their goals.

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