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Steven Hager Brings Abakus Magazine to Life at The Munchie Cup in Aspen

The cannabis “medibles” competition is a first for Aspen and Abakus, August 18-20th.

(SALEM, Ore.) - munchie cup Abakus is a brand new magazine, edited by Steven Hager. Hager is well known for his Editor position at the lone voice for so many, for so long, High Times magazine. He began at High Times magazine in 1986 and was instrumental in transforming it into the most influential magazine of its time.

There are two annual events planned under the Abakus banner, starting with the Munchie Cup August 17-20th. The second event, The Aspen Cup, will debut in February, 2015.

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Willamette Valley Vineyards Posts Second Quarter Profit

The primary reasons for this increase are an increase in direct sales which partially offset a decrease in sales through distributors.

(TURNER, Ore. ) - Willamette Valley Vineyards Willamette Valley Vineyards, a leading Oregon producer of Pinot Noir, generated net income of $546,535, or $0.11 cents per share, for the second quarter of 2014.

That is up from $521,125, or $0.11 cents per share, for the corresponding prior year period, representing a $25,410 or 4.9 percent increase in net income compared to second quarter 2013.

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Salem, Oregon Gas Prices Holding Steady Despite Middle East Crisis

The national average for regular unleaded slipped one-and-a-half cents this week to $3.47.

(SALEM, Ore. ) - Salem Oregon Gas Prices Gas prices in Oregon are holding steady, or have ticked down a bit, despite the on going conflicts in oil producing countries, and declining domestic refinery production.

In the Salem-area, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded remained at $3.87. In Portland-Vancouver, the average price dropped one cent this past week to $3.90. In Eugene-Springfield the price held steady at $3.87, while Medford-Ashland the price dropped one penny to $3.98.

Read Full Article (Aug-12-2014 18:04)

Oregon`s Employment Situation Changed Little in July

Manufacturing has been on a steady expansionary trend over the past four years.

(SALEM, Ore. ) - Oregon Job Numbers Oregon payroll employment was essentially unchanged in July. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment added 200 jobs, following a revised loss of 3,000 in June.

Three major industries expanded substantially in July: manufacturing (+1,600 jobs), health care and social assistance (+1,300) and other services (+1,400).

Read Full Article (Aug-12-2014 08:25)

Oregon Police Department Goes Green; Reports Taxpayer Savings

Polk County Sheriff's Deputies reported no change in vehicle performance after the switch to propane autogas.

(DALLAS, Ore. ) - Polk County Sheriff One year after converting its gasoline patrol vehicles to propane autogas, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office - based in Dallas, Oregon - is reporting significant fuel savings and reduced emissions.

Within 18 months, the department saved $25,000 in fuel costs and took advantage of a 2013 federal tax credit worth another $8,000.

Read Full Article (Aug-11-2014 17:20)

Intel, Hillsboro, Washington County Announce $100 Billion Investment Agreement

In 2012, Intel's payroll amounted to $2.8 billion causing a ripple effect that led to a gross total of $327.7 million in state income taxes and local property taxes in support of public services statewide.

(HILLSBORO, Ore. ) - Intel Corporation Hillsboro Representatives of Washington County, the City of Hillsboro and Intel Corporation announced on Monday that a proposed agreement has been reached for Intel to invest up to $100 billion in the county.

The announcement culminates negotiations under Oregon's Strategic Investment Program, a private-public partnership that has driven billions of dollars of investment in Oregon over the last two decades.

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Oregon Bee Deaths Not From Pesticides

In addition, Oregon State University examined bee samples from Clackamas County for pests and disease.

(SALEM, Ore. ) - Oregon Bee Deaths Laboratory analysis of dead honeybee samples taken from hives in Clackamas County this summer show no detection of pesticides.

According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, which conducted the testing and analysis, other factors are likely to be responsible for the death of thousands of bees from colonies owned by four local beekeepers.

Read Full Article (Aug-08-2014 17:40)

Delta Grabs Top Spot as America`s #1 Airline

On the not-so-good side of this list are Southwest, Airtran (now part of Southwest), American, US Airways (now part of American Airlines), and United, which ranked dead last.

(ATLANTA) - Delta Airlines Better pick your airline carefully, or you’ll be at a higher risk of getting bumped off flights, losing your luggage or having your flights delayed or canceled, a new survey reveals.

According to a report released Thursday by, some domestic airlines perform better than others when it comes to canceled flights, on-time arrivals, mishandled bags, denied boarding's, and customer satisfaction.

Read Full Article (Aug-07-2014 07:00)

Six Oregon Boys Invent First Rescue Beacon App for Smartphones

Cell phones can easily be tracked by police if the cell towers are active, but when they have been destroyed or overloaded, this ability is lost.

(CANBY, Ore. ) - iRescue App Six Oregon boys have invented the first in the world application for smartphones and other electronic devices that is able locate people in a variety of emergency situations, even when the cell towers are not functioning.

iRescue turns any smartphone into a beacon for assistance or a search and rescue tool making anyone a first responder.

Read Full Article (Aug-06-2014 10:00)

Oregon Economists Say Marijuana Revenues Could Bring in $40 Million a Year

Under the “Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act,” 40 percent of the tax revenue collected would go to schools.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon Marijuana If Oregon voters decide to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana, the state estimates that it will take in up to $40 million a year, much more than originally estimated.

The state’s impact statement doesn’t estimate law enforcement and judicial savings from a decrease in marijuana cases.

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