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Monaco Coach will slash 450 jobs in Coburg, OR . Roseburg Forest Products and Seneca Sawmill also cutting jobs.

Monaco Coach said Thursday that it will cut 850 jobs, including 450 at its plant in Coburg, as it tries to reduce ballooning inventories of recreational vehicles amid slackening demand from dealers. TED SICKINGER OregonLive.com…

Washington State’s unemployment rate edges up, area loses jobs

Washington’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 6.8 percent in February, a sign of unwanted stability for a state with one of the highest jobless rates in the nation, according to figures released yesterday by the…

Itronix plans to cut 10% of jobs

CEO: Slower sales spark decision in light of economic uncertainty, war Tom Sowa Staff writer The Spokesman Review Itronix Corp., which makes ultra-rugged computers, is laying off about 40 area workers, blaming the bad economy…

AARP recognizes Spokane as ‘dream town’

"Getting this recognition by a national organization definitely helps us sell the region because more people will focus in on where we are," Brewer said in a news release.

After casino boom, tribes move to difersify

UMATILLA, Ore. — The vast gray-brown bluff over looking the Columbia River is wind-swept and empty, save for a pile of rusted irrigation pipes and hundreds of Canada geese that flock to nearby wetlands. A…

Sandpoint, ID -basedColdwater Creek to open 29 stores

Catalog powerhouse plans 23 full-line retail shops, up to six outlets this year Coldwater Creek expects retail stores will bring in more than half of its sales in 2005, compared to 7 percent in 2000….

Grant will help small businesses pay for R&D in Idaho

Idaho small businesses soon will be able to tap $472,334 in federal grants to help them become more competitive and innovative in getting new products to market. The Idaho Statesman The grant, awarded to Idaho…

Salt Lake, Ogden to Get Boise Bakery Work- 129 in Boise to lose jobs

Interstate Bakeries Corp., the maker of Hostess Twinkies and Wonder bread, plans to close its Boise bakery in late May and transfer production to its bakeries in Salt Lake City and Ogden. By Steven Oberbeck…

Push grows for online tax law, but Oregon sees little to gain Critics say a new law would burden states that lack a sales tax

"Obviously, Oregon doesn’t stand to gain as much as other states," Fox said. "But the real issue is that, ultimately, the U.S. economy will be healthier when businesses just go out and make good business decisions and taxes aren’t the driving factor."

Agilent leaving circuit board business- Liberty Lake, WA division sold and being moved to Asia

Local assembly operation’s equipment being sold to Venture Manufacturing Tom Sowa Staff writer Agilent Technologies has sold the manufacturing equipment from its Liberty Lake printed circuit assembly division. The production equipment has been purchased by…