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Rethinking Obesity

Educators, community leaders and health care providers say Wasco County children are suffering from an “epidemic” of being overweight and obese.

Wasco leads the state in obesity rates, meaning children here are not only living shorter, less happy lives, but are costing taxpayers more money taking care of their unhealthy habits, according to county healthcare providers.

More than 30 community leaders gathered last week as the first step in producing tangible fixes to the county’s obesity problem….

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Rethinking Obesity. The Dalles Chronicle. January 17, 2015.

VIDEO | Architecture students design a healthier modular classroom

Portland State University architecture professors Margarette Leite and Sergio Palleroni saw the need for a healthier, greener modular classroom when their daughter attended class in one at her school. They brought the challenge to their architecture and engineering students at PSU, who came up with design ideas, met with officials, and pushed the project forward to see the SAGE—Smart Academic Green Environment—modular classroom built and launch in the marketplace in fall 2014…

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VIDEO- Architecture students design a healthier modular classroom. PSU Sustainability . December 2, 2014.

Study outlines how poverty, schools and absenteeism affect tribal Students

Oregon Tribal children face significant challenges that make it difficult to learn and perform well in school…

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Study outlines how poverty, schools and absenteeism affect tribal Students. Herald and News. December 21, 2014.

Endangered Willamette Falls Locks deserve a task force

Mount Hood rightfully occupies the top spot in the Portland area’s pantheon of dramatic natural features, and the Columbia River Gorge isn’t far behind…

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Endangered Willamette Falls Locks deserve a task force. The Oregonian. December 22, 2014.

Oregon Solutions teams to help children learn to read

CHILOQUIN — Imagine, instead of an ice cream truck, a reading truck. It could drive through rural Chiloquin, Fort Klamath and Sprague River, showing families how to teach young children about early literacy, and giving out goodies along the way.

Or, businesses could offer little prizes to children for reading and spelling the names of products correctly…

 

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Oregon Solutions teams to help children learn to read. Herald and News. December 9, 2014.

Oregon Juniper Wood Is The Secret Ingredient In New Gin From Sweden

For years, foresters and conservationists have been trying to create new markets for western juniper in Oregon. The species has overrun some parts of the state, and is sucking scarce water from Oregon’s high desert.

A handful of custom sawmills that are willing to work with the small knotty tree have experimented with juniper fence posts and juniper cabinets and juniper shavings for pet bedding.

Meanwhile, in a tiny town in Sweden not far from the Arctic Circle, master distiller Jon Hillgren wondered what gin would taste like if it were aged in a juniper barrel.

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Oregon Juniper Wood Is The Secret Ingredient In New Gin From Sweden . Jefferson Public Radio. November 17, 2014.

Town That Thrived on Logging Is Looking for a Second Growth

SWEET HOME, Ore. — The great forest just east of town beckoned to Dan Rice when he was a young man, as it had to his father and grandfather before him, both proud loggers in a time that now survives mostly in black-and-white photos and in the talk of old men. He and his brothers kept the family log-trucking business going, he said, hauling to mills now mostly automated, partly in obligation to the legacy…

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Town That Thrived on Logging Is Looking for a Second Growth . The New York Times. November 15, 2014.

Sustainable Northwest lands grant to study juniper

Sustainable Northwest has secured a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to research the structural characteristics of Western Juniper, which grows across wide swaths of Eastern Oregon.

The grant for $64,990, from the U.S.D.A. Rural Development’s Rural Business Enteprise grant program, will help certify the value of Western Juniper for commercial uses…

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Sustainable Northwest lands grant to study juniper. Sustainable Business Oregon. October 21, 2014.

Officials keep nervous watch on levees

The same railroad embankment that failed to stop the disastrous Vanport Flood of 1948 remains a weak link in Portland’s levee system designed to prevent floods.

A new engineering assessment of the Columbia River levee system found four problem areas that don’t meet stiffer federal flood-protection standards enacted after Hurricane Katrina. The biggest one is the railroad embankment used by Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains as they chug north and south between Heron Lakes Golf Club and Smith Lake in North Portland…

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Officials keep nervous watch on levees. Portland Tribune. October 21, 2014.

Oregon tech startup champion looks to nurture more non-Portland companies

For entrepreneurs in the south Willamette Valley an organization, cleverly called RAIN, is aiming a spotlight on the resources available in communities south of Portland and gathering momentum for its own funding vehicle.

The Oregon Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network ( RAIN) formally started in May and since then the board and its executive director Jim Coonan have been busy gathering resources and convening stakeholders…

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Oregon tech startup champion looks to nurture more non-Portland companies. Portland Business Journal. September 15, 2014.