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September 16th, 2014

After our fun night last night, I didn't sleep. I tossed and turned and couldn't get comfortable. I was grateful, but unrested when morning arrived. So getting on a bus for a 5-hour ride wasn't a bad thing. I slept on the bus. I'm sure I had my mouth hanging open and I had my goofy blow-up neck pillow, but I was unasham

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When the hubster and I were traveling this summer, and any time, really, over the last few years, we have felt at home. We arrive, despite perhaps being travel weary and discombobulated from hours of flight or driving, and are at peace. We are here. This wondrous place is for us. For now, for however […]

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September 15th, 2014

Today we took in the Reina Sofia Museum, which houses the works of the more modern masters, including Picasso's Guernica. When we were in Europe in 1972 we saw Guernica on exhibit in Paris. Franco was in power at that time, in Spain, and Picasso, a Spaniard by birth had declared that he would not exhibit his work in Spa

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Over the coarse of the past 30 years the state of Oregon has been at the forefront of the craft beer revolution that is taking place across the globe. As of today there are 188 breweries that call Oregon home and this number seems to be growing every month. With all of this growth there […]

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This past month CraftBeer.com asked its readers to vote for their favorite craft beer bars in their annual Great American Beer Bars competition. Eugene, Oregon’s The Bier Stein won top honors in the Pacific region and Portland’s APEX Bar and Seattle’s The Pine Box also finished in the region’s top 5

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  Ft. Collins, Colo. –  New Belgium Brewing is pleased to announce the promotion of long-time Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer, Christine Perich, to the position of President. Perich, who started as CFO with New Belgium in 2004, has overseen all aspects of operations since 2009. At the end of 2012 sh

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The Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) is a nonprofit organization funded by taxes imposed on utility ratepayers. Most of the tax money is spent on subsidies for energy conservation programs. While energy efficiency is a good idea, not all projects pencil out. …

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September 14th, 2014

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After our long museum day yesterday we decided to get out and see the city today. We started at Plaza Mayor, the very oldest part of Madrid. It has been the scene of many historic events, including the public execution of heretics during the Spanish Inquisition. Today there was nothing more exciting than a small flea ma

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September 13th, 2014

We arrived in this delicious city yesterday on the high speed train from Barcelona and found our hotel, near the Plaza Mayor. A perfect location.

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett Legislators are charged with making decisions on behalf of the public. This often involves setting priorities in terms of what best serves the needs of Oregon taxpayers. Many of the decisions we have to make on …

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September 12th, 2014

Fun times at the Aladdin Theater this past Wednesday! We attended the taping of Wits!, a public radio show, if you aren’t in the know. To be honest, we didn’t know much about it, but when Reggie Watts AND Jim Gaffigan occur on the same billing, you betcha we’re going to buy tickets. Hilarity, ingenuity, [&

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Boak, Bailey, and Stan have been considering the nature of indigenous beers--what and whether they are, and how that is distinct from "local" beer.  I kno

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Portland, OR – Ever thought about building your own home bar, but didn’t know where to start? The authors of the 12 Bottle Bar will be visiting Powell’s Bookstore on Hawthorne and Bazi Bierbrasserie on Thursday, September 18th starting at 7:30 PM. Pick up your copy of the 12 Bottle Bar at Powell’s Bookstore

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The fresh hop beer releases continue to be hitting area draft lines. McMenamins is no exception as they announce the release of Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale on Friday, September 19th at all of their locations throughout Oregon and Washington. This year marks the 5th anniversary for Thundercone. McMenamins brewers made their wa

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James Pethokoukis, Colunist American Enterprise Institute A deep, dynamic, fluid, flexible labor market is supposed to be one of America’s economic strengths and competitive advantages. Jobs are created, jobs are destroyed as a changing market demands. Workers come and go, always looking for better-paying, more-fulfilling

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by Ron Swaren Please note I am not referring to a copy of I-205 placed on Portland’s west side or any Westside Bypass Freeway.  However, when the Columbia River Crossing task force eliminated competitive proposals the central reasoning seemed to …

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September 11th, 2014

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Sometimes I skip posting information that I know ex

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We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen. D.H. Lawrence … Remembering September 11, 2001

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Apple is facing a potential setback in China, reports the NY Times, delaying the introductions of the new iPhone models in China. On Wednesday, Apple told China’s three big state-owned mobile service providers that it would not release the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in mainland China on Sept. 19, when sales start elsewher

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This week speec FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hinted the agency is considering net neutrality guidelines that would apply to wireless carriers. In its original guidelines, the FCC drew a line between wired and wireless networks, getting wireless operators off the hook due to their limited spectrum. Wheeler highlighted Microsoft

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Portland web race speeds up — yet bad laws may slow it down. By Oregon tax News Thanks to Centurylink and Frontier the internet speed race in Portland just went from being lagging behind to being a national city frontrunner. In August, CenturyLink announced it is bringing much gigbit service to Portland which will be

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by Bill J. Kluting, concerned Oregonian So-called conservation groups like Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity and other groups are following an agenda. You have to give them “credit” for what they have accomplished in the past and …

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For the past 48 years Mount Angel, Oregon has been hosting one of the finest Oktoberfest celebrations that the Pacific Northwest has seen. Today will mark the 49th Annual Mount Angel Oktoberfest that will take place through Sunday. There is no more appropriate setting for an American version of the “Old World” O

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September 10th, 2014

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page. Friday, September 12th Mt. Angel Oktoberfest. Enjoy, music, dancing, food,...

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Come join Rogue Farms on Sunday, September 14th in celebrating this year’s hop harvest. Rogue Farms will be celebrating the end of the 2014 Big Wave Hop Harvest with a celebration that will include live music, world-class brews, the company of friends, while visiting with local artisans. Over the past four weeks Rogue

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The idea for Elizabeth Beekley’s “homespun, old-fashioned” cakery stems from what she considers a dessert world void: She and a friend wanted, but couldn’t seem to find, a slice of simple yellow...

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Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm DOL Proposes Equal Pay Report Requirement for Contractors In an effort to combat persistent wage gaps between male and female workers (reports indicate women earn just 77¢ for each $1 earned by men), the U.S. Department of Labor has proposed a rule that would require federal contractors and s

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A little over a year ago I wrote a column in which I declared, facetiously, that I had decided to become a liberal Democrat in the mold of President Barack Obama: “I have decided to become a Barack Obama Democrat. … Continue reading →

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Faith News Note: The Oregon Health Authority has targeted nine Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries with cease and desist letters or face criminal prosecution. Watch the KPTV-FOX 12 news clip below. KPTV – FOX 12

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September 9th, 2014

Apple is livecasting their product announcements this morning — but not for Windows users — you’ll need a Safari browser or Apple TV to see it. Apple is expected to unveil the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 alongside the iWatch, and will likely provide updates on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Live coverage is […]

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The happy hour discounts at The Richmond Bar don’t run deep—essentially, everything on the menu’s $1 off—but they’re enough of an incentive to take the fairly large and expertly executed menu for...

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Hillsboro, Ore. — Winners of the Pure Water Brew Competition – the first-ever challenge to home brewers to create the best tasting suds with water drawn from the Tualatin River – were announced Monday. The winning Pure Water Brew was a Vox Max Belgian created by Ted Assur. The competition was a unique public/private c

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At the 2014 Intel Developer Forum (IDF14) Intel Chief Executive Officer, Brian Krzanich, shared Intel’s vision for the future, providing updates on Intel technologies. The live keynote started at 9Am this morning from San Francisco. Multiple sessions will be running in tandem over the 3-day IDF event. Mega Sessions ar

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Oregon Senate Republicans Cover Oregon has become a poster child for the failed leadership of the current Democrat regime in Oregon Salem, OR – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) called this past weekend for Democrats to join with …

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By NIKE Matthew Nurse and the Nike Sport Research team provide an inside look at the high-tech research facilities inside the lab at Nike’s World Headquarters, shedding light on how they turn data into innovation for athletes everywhere. How was Nike’s sport research lab formed? The research lab was started in Nike

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By Bullard Law, Portland law firm According to the National Labor Relations Board website, the Board “protects the rights of most private-sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions.” In practice, the Board does not always adhere to this idealistic view of it

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by Joshua O’Shaughnessy Yesterday, when I opened my Facebook feed it seemed to be inundated with posts regarding the Ray Rice situation. As I re-watched the video I started to ask several questions. After much deliberation, I decided to share them, publicly, on …

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Bellingham Beer Week returns for its 3rd year taking place from Friday, September 12th through Sunday, September 21st. The beer scene is growing quite steadily with some very solid recent openings in the Northwestern Washington city of Bellingham making it a craft beer destination just south of the Canadian border. All five

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With all of the chatter about fresh hop beers currently being released, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse just sent us a well produced video of their experience a few weeks back at Crosby Hop Farms in Woodburn, Oregon. Today, BJ’s will be releasing their Fresh Hop Field Day IPA™ at all of their locations. Back o

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September 8th, 2014

Standing in our synagogue social hall at a recent event, balancing a paper plate of bagels and tuna salad in one hand, and a paper cup of coffee in the other, I was talking with another mother from my kid’s...

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The upside of renting is that you’re not responsible if anything goes wrong.  Dishwasher breaks? Call the landlord.  AC not working?  Call the landlord.  It’s a great feeling, isn’t it?The downside, however, is tha

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Dualing webstreams are expected Tuesday, reports The Oregonian. Apple is livecasting their new line of laptops, phones and wearables — but not for Windows users — you’ll need a Safari browser or Apple TV to see it. Forty miles north, Intel will have its own livestreaming keynote by chief executive Brian Kr

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Dish Network’s Charlie Ergen is still interested in a deal with T-Mobile, according to a Bloomberg report. Merger talks between T-Mobile and Sprint broke down last month. Iliad in late July made a $15 billion bid for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile, valuing the carrier at $33 per share. Earlier, AT&T wanted to buy T-Mob

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General Motors announced Sunday it plans to introduce Cadillac models in two years that incorporate hands-free driving and Wi-Fi-enabled vehicle-to-vehicle communications with similarly equipped vehicles, reports C/Net. GM brands, Chief Executive Mary Barra announced the initiative in a speech at the Intelligent Transport S

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