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Horizon Air cuts NW flights while adding passengers

June 30, 2008 --

From OregonBizReport,


Record high fuel prices have moved Horizon Air to trim back flights while purchasing newer planes that carry more passengers and are more fuel efficient.   Horizon will be reducing Medford-Portland flights from five to four, Eugene-Portland from three to two and completely ending service to Klamath Falls and North Bend/Coos Bay on October 11th.  For many  flights seating will increase by as much as 36% even with less scheduled departures.


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Bush picks Portlander to lead Small Business Administration

June 25, 2008 --

 Presient Bush chose his assistant Commerce secretary for economic development, Sandy Baruah, to lead the nation’s Small Business Administration.  Sandy Baruah is a former Portland businessman who left to serve the Bush Administration in 2001.  The appointment must be confirmed by the Senate.   The current acting administrator is Jovita Carranza.  

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Increasing patient satisfaction: A key benefit of improving patient flow performance

June 23, 2008 --

From Stockkamp & Associates,

White Paper on Patient Satisfaction,

Lake Oswego


When hospitals set out to improve patient flow efficiency and performance, they typically seek outcomes such as lower patient length of stay, better use of existing resources and capacity, and the ability to serve more patients.   However, more and more hospitals are finding that significant increases in patient satisfaction are an added benefit that results from improving patient flow and bed management performance.  When a hospital establishes a solid foundation of effective patient flow processes and supporting tools, satisfaction with the overall care experience is enhanced. 

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POll: 65% want Portland-Vancouver bridge improvement

June 19, 2008 --

From Riley Research — A large majority of area residents (65 percent) think the Interstate 5 Bridge between Portland and Vancouver is inneed of improvement, with 35 percent saying that improvements are needed “urgently,” and another 30 percent saying “somewhat urgently.”

Nearly three-quarters of residents (71 percent) think the Interstate Bridge project needs to include a light rail line, with half (50 percent) “Agreeing strongly” and one-fifth (21 percent) “Agreeing somewhat.”
Just over half (55 percent) oppose the idea of a toll bridge to reduce congestion and help pay for future
improvements, while nearly two-fifths (38 percent) favor the idea.

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Oregon gas prices hit another record

June 18, 2008 --

AAA Idaho/Oregon Press Release — “The national average drops two-tenths of a cent, ending nine consecutive days of record highs. But Oregon?s average for regular unleaded sets a new record high again today, although prices in some of the state?s metro areas saw slight declines overnight.” AAA Oregon Public Affairs Director Marie Dodds says, “The statewide average for regular unleaded in Oregon jumps another 9 cents in the past week to $4.27, while the national average increases three and one half cents to $4.08.

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McCormick & Scmick’s expands into Maryland.

June 16, 2008 --

The seafood chain began in Portland in 1971 and now has grown to 80 stores nationwide.  It will be opening at the National Harbor in Maryland today.    The Maryland Business Gazette reported “At Monday’s opening, a line of dignitaries will perform the restaurant’s traditional fish toss to deliver the first fresh fish to Gelman. Those attending can also donate to the Oxon Hill High School band’s trip to the Beijing Olympics, and McCormick & Schmick’s will match the donations.”

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Mentor Graphics Expands Nucleus Platform Solutions

June 13, 2008 --

Mentor Graphics Expands Nucleus Platform Solutions to Freescale i.MX31 Processor for Multimedia Applications
WILSONVILLE, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq:MENT) today announced expansion of its platform solutions program by adding support for the Freescale i.MX31 Product Development Kit (PDK) platform based on the i.MX31 multimedia applications processor. Based on the Nucleus® Operating System (OS), a powerful user interface (UI) engine, and a full complement of development tools, Nucleus platform solutions offer integrated, validated and optimized support for reference hardware to help jump start the development of portable electronic devices.

The Freescale i.MX31 applications processor is designed to deliver market-leading performance per watt, making it ideally suited for use across a broad range of portable devices from cell phones and multimedia players to portable navigation devices, noted Aaron Shagrin, director of business development, Freescale. Nucleus OS unlocks the full power of the i.MX31 and delivers excellent real time performance while keeping resource usage to a minimum.

Mentor Graphics has optimized the Nucleus OS software on the Freescale i.MX31 applications processor to deliver an out-of-the-box solution aimed to get customers up and running quickly on the i.MX31 PDK. For device manufacturers, the Nucleus-based platform translates into achieving accelerated design cycles, while fully focusing their development resources on delivering a differentiated product. The advanced UI engine of the Nucleus-based platform leverages the i.MX31s embedded 3D graphics accelerator, enabling high-end user experiences incorporating advanced visual effects such as three-dimensional icons, animations and screen transitions to be designed, tested and modified easily.

Nucleus OS has evolved into a complete and versatile software platform that cuts significant time and risk out of product development, said Neil Henderson, general manager, Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division. We are pleased to offer optimized support for the i.MX31 PDK, helping Freescale customers create innovative, highly differentiated products in less time.

Mentor Graphics at Freescale Technology Forum in Orlando, Florida

To find out how Mentors Nucleus Platform Solutions enable the delivery of innovative electronics products in less time and with lower cost, visit us at Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) in Orlando, FL, JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Conference Center, Demo pedestals 1610-1613.

Availability and Pricing

For more information and pricing for Mentor Graphics embedded solutions, please call 1-800-547-3000 or e-mail To learn more about Freescale multimedia processors, visit

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ:MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the worlds most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of over $850 million and employs approximately 4,200 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

(Mentor Graphics and Nucleus are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)

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Poll: Health insurance costs are the leading workplace issue


From Moore Information, Portland.  

Health insurance costs are the leading workplace issue concern for U.S. workers today, and respondents are more likely to be concerned about these costs today than they were a year ago. Despite this increased level of concern, another recent national study suggests that employers are underestimating the importance of health insurance benefits when it comes to worker loyalty. Specifically, 60% of employers consider health benefits very important when it comes to employee loyalty, compared to 81% of employees who do.

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InFocus Presents High-Powered Meeting Room Solution

June 12, 2008 --

WILSONVILLE, Ore.–InFocus Corporation (NASDAQ:INFS), the industry pioneer in digital projection technology, today introduced its IN3100 series, an inventive meeting room multimedia projector. The new IN3100 series is the world’s first projector series featuring DisplayLink™ technology, using a standard mini-USB cable to instantly synchronize laptop with projector. In addition, the IN3100 series features the new LiteTouch keypad that is visible only when needed.

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Information overload for consumers, financial planners

June 10, 2008 --

By Andrew Frazier, Frazier Hunnicutt Financial



Today’s world provides us easy access to information, some we seek out and some that is forced upon us. We all receive snippets of information from TV programming, newsletters, websites, newspapers, advertisements, radio shows, magazines, periodicals, and books.  Everyday we are presented with information by “experts”. These opinions and insights are often conflicting. This leaves the consumer in a state of confusion; at times not feeling comfortable with the advice they are given.

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