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2009-08-11 07:45:00

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The second Safe Routes to School Conference, promoting walking and biking to school, takes place in Portland, Oregon on August 19-21, 2009. Themed "Two Steps Ahead," the national conference highlights how Safe Routes to School programs are changing the habits of an entire generation and keeping thousands of families ahead of health, traffic safety, and environmental concerns. "A simple intervention like walking to school is a climate change...

2009-08-05 11:37:31

British Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis said Britain should phase out domestic air travel and concentrate its resources on high-speed rail services. In an interview with The Guardian, Adonis said the benefits of the shift include environmental concerns. For reasons of carbon reduction and wider environmental benefits, it is manifestly in the public interest that we systematically replace short-haul aviation with high-speed rail, he said. The Times of London said domestic air services...

2009-07-09 09:40:00

PORTLAND, Ore., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Zipcar, the world's largest car sharing service, is giving 30 Portland residents the opportunity to test drive a low-car and less-expensive lifestyle as part of its second annual Low-Car Diet. In the midst of a challenging economy, rising gas prices and a nation-wide focus on cutting costs, the program gives participants the opportunity to experience the economic, environmental and health benefits of a car-free lifestyle. The Low-Car Diet will help...

2009-04-13 10:29:00

PORTLAND, Ore., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- One of Oregon's best-known public policy servants and spokespersons, Kerry Tymchuk, is leaving politics to become a corporate communications advisor at Conkling Fiskum & McCormick, Inc. (CFM). Tymchuk, who will be a CFM Principal, started today and is based in the firm's Portland office. He will work closely with CFM Partner Pat McCormick in expanding CFM's corporate reputation management and issues management practices. Headquartered...

2009-04-08 12:22:57

A spokesman for the Oregon Travel Information Council says his group misidentified the Western United States' oldest apple tree. The unidentified spokesman said while a recent council news release identified the Dosch Yellow Bellflower Apple tree in Portland, Ore., as the region's oldest apple tree, that honor actually belongs elsewhere, The Oregonian newspaper in Portland reported. The oldest apple tree in the Pacific Northwest actually is in the Old Apple Tree Park in Vancouver, Wash. The...

2009-04-07 08:00:00

HNTB's America THINKS survey highlights public perspectives on high-speed train travel KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The romance of riding the rails may be returning to America thanks to new federal funding and a public hungry for ways to save time, money, the environment, and add a measure of convenience in their hectic lives. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090407/CG95377) According to a new study commissioned by HNTB Corporation, more than half of Americans...

2009-03-16 20:14:04

The Chinese Railways Ministry signed a deal Monday to buy 100 high-speed trains for $5.74 billion. The trains, capable of speeds up to 220 mph, will be built by CNR Corp., a state-owned vehicle manufacturer, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The 100 sets of high-speed trains are to begin traveling between Beijing and Shanghai in 2011, when construction of a new railway is expected to be completed.

2009-03-10 15:58:37

A Portland, Ore., artist said an XOXO sign posted near the Hawthorne Bridge is meant to set a positive tone for commuters on their way to work downtown. Ilan Laks, 36, who posted the message on a low-rise building near the bridge just before Valentine's Day, said his creation is designed to bring a little love into the morning rituals of commuters, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Tuesday. I want people to feel a little better before they get downtown and start thrashing around looking for...

2008-12-09 10:15:00

EVANSTON, Ill., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Manufacturers' News, Inc. -- Portland ranks among the top cities in the U.S. for number of manufacturing plants and related jobs, according to the 2009 Oregon Manufacturers Directory, an industrial guide published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI (http://www.manufacturersnews.com) reports Portland ranks 13th in the nation for number of manufacturers and 23rd for industrial jobs. (Logo:...

2008-09-13 00:00:30

The start of the 2009 session of the Oregon Legislature is months away, but transportation interests already appear to be jockeying for position when it comes to getting their pet projects out in front of legislators and the public. For Onno Husing, executive director of the Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association in Newport, one of those projects that legislators should tackle during their next session is coming up with money to help fix aging and neglected roads along the coast. Of...