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Housing Advocates Push to Free Public Funds for Housing from ‘Discriminatory,’ ‘Antiquated’ State System

Currently, organizations must apply for funds through one of 18 regional agencies. Even state officials decry the system.

Blumenauer Introduces Legislation to Reinstate Superfund Taxes; End 25-Year Polluter Tax Holiday That Slowed Toxic Cleanup

President Biden identified restoring payments from polluters into the Superfund Trust Fund as a top priority as part of a major infrastructure plan.

Lents Park Scene of Police Shooting During Protests

Amid protests across Portland against police brutality a man was shot and killed in Lents Park after reports he had a gun. Some protesters described by Mayor Ted Wheeler as a small group of "violent agitators" lit dumpster fires at the ICE and Multnomah County Sheriff's buildings and smashed windows downtown including at the Nike store building and the Oregon History Centre

Lawsuit Describes Night of Fear for Wall of Moms Protester

In the lawsuit filed in federal court in Portland, Jennifer Kristiansen also accused a federal agent of groping her as he trapped her against a wall, leading her to fear she would be raped


Senate Confirmation of Vanita Gupta as Associate Attorney General is Historic, Vital for Our Nation

Gupta is the first woman of color ever to be confirmed to the role ...

Five Lucky Oregonians Won a Second Chance at Holiday Winnings

Prizes ranged from jumi,500 to 0,000 depending on the value of the original Scratch-it top prize. ...

Girls on the Run of Portland Metro Awarded Campbell Soup Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Grant

Supporting the Campbell Soup Foundation’s focus on encouraging healthy living, Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful,...

Ageless Awards Honor Older Oregonians Who Redefine Age

Four Oregonians will be honored for their inspiring contributions later in life during a free, public, virtual celebration on April...

Legislators Introduce Bill to Create a Statue of Shirley Chisholm Inside the U.S Capitol

Rep. Yvette D. Clark introduced the bill as part of a larger effort to increase the representation of Black women within the Capitol. ...

Man faces federal child sexual exploitation charges

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A North Bend, Oregon, man is accused of sexually exploiting a child and prosecutors are concerned there could be other victims. A federal grand jury in Eugene returned a three-count indictment in April, charging Shannon Weatherbee, 47, with sexual...

2 arrested in Portland protests, mayor extends emergency

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police arrested two people Tuesday night in downtown Portland, Oregon, after a large group of people marched through the streets and smashed windows of businesses, including different Starbucks locations. The city has seen repeated protests and vandalism...


George Floyd Should Still Be Here

Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement in response to the jury’s conviction of Derek Chauvin ...

The Verdict, The Nation, and Us

The conviction of Derek Chauvin on all three counts in the death of George Floyd represents a much-needed breeze of change ...

Letter to the Editor: Portland Police Union Response to Chauvin Trial Verdict

The Portland Police Association union says in the coming days, their officers will work hard to preserve our community’s right to peacefully protest ...

Portland Commissioners Release Statement on Recent Protests

The murder of Daunte Wright is a reminder that the call for justice for Black lives, accountability, and systemic community safety reform never stops. ...


Grim list of deaths at police hands grows even after verdict

Just as the guilty verdict was about to be read in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, police in Ohio shot and killed a Black teenager in broad daylight during a confrontation. The shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was swinging a knife during a...

Sheriff: Deputy fatally shot Black man while serving warrant

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina deputy shot and killed a Black man while executing a search warrant Wednesday, authorities said, spurring an outcry from a crowd of dozens that immediately gathered at the scene and demanded law enforcement accountability. The...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ April 21 The Buffalo News on climate change, Earth Day and President Joe Biden's environmental plan: The realities of climate change present Buffalo...


Updated field guides, other titles lure readers outdoors

The new season of spring shows has begun, and viewership is way up by all accounts. We’re not talking about screens, which we’ve all been glued to during the pandemic. Less noticed is another trend: people tuning in to nature for quieter, real-life, high-stakes drama. ...

NatGeo's ‘Secrets of the Whales’ surfaces little-known facts

NEW YORK (AP) — When a killer whale slowly circled back toward wildlife photographer Brian Skerry in the middle of the ocean after discarding the giant sting ray it was devouring, panic is not what came to mind: “Part of my brain is thinking, ‘I can’t believe what I’m seeing,’”...

A farmer to chefs reveals his deep vegetable knowledge

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite thousands of years of humans working the soil, there are still things to learn. Just ask Farmer Lee Jones about the beet leaves. The Ohio-based farmer had planted too many beets and the surplus was dumped in a pile in a cooler. He returned later to find...


Floyd verdict gives hope, if only fleeting, to Black America

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Relief, even if fleeting and momentary, is a feeling that Black Americans have rarely known...

AP PHOTOS: Looking back at fiery George Floyd protests

The protests raged night after night, starting in Minneapolis and swiftly spreading across the U.S. and around the...

Nearly 1,500 reported arrested at Navalny rallies in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Police arrested nearly 1,500 people Wednesday during a day of demonstrations throughout Russia...

Ukraine adopts military reservist law amid Russia tensions

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has signed a law allowing to call up reservists for...

As extreme weather increases, climate misinformation adapts

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Climate scientists have warned for years that a warming planet would cause more extreme...

Putin vows a 'quick and tough' Russian response for its foes

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday sternly warned the West against encroaching further on...

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By The Skanner News

Sustainability is a challenge for any small business. Businesses must consistently produce high-quality work over many years and leverage that work to build lasting professional relationships. Small businesses can be greatly affected by downturns in the economy, and the best ones endure through superior service and business savvy.

Brothers Concrete Cutting of Albany is an example of an Oregon small business achieving lasting success.

Since 1978, Brothers has played an important role in the construction industry as one of the only concrete-cutting firms in the state. By specializing in one narrow field of transportation construction, Brothers gained expertise beyond that of other companies. Founded by Dick Harding, a member of the Chippewa tribe, the company prides itself on employing a diverse workforce.

Because of its dedication to quality and efficiency, Brothers is trusted by many state and private construction agencies.
"Brothers has been a great company to work with," said Scott Vogl, a general superintendent for Wildish Construction. "They are consistent and reliable, and we have been able to count on them to always deliver a premium service."

Recently, the company has been working on ODOT's State Bridge Delivery Program. As a subcontractor on Bundle 101 — Mount Hood to Chemult — and Bundle 217 — Odell Creek to Crescent Creek — Brothers is performing critical work in the construction process.

Before work can begin on a highway bridge, the work zone must be separated from the roadway and prepared for demolition. This is done by cutting the concrete or asphalt that connects the highway to the bridge deck. Over years of maintenance and repairs, a highway or bridge deck may grow to a thickness of two or three feet. Brothers is one of just a few firms in the state with equipment large enough to cut through such thick material.

As a result of its work with the bridge program, Brothers has been able to expand. The projected longevity of the program has allowed the company to make long-term investments in machinery and personnel, further separating it from the competition. The saw used to cut 2-foot-deep concrete decks, for example, costs more than $20,000 — a lot of money for a small business to invest without the prospect of continued work.

Brothers also hired an additional worker to help with the new construction jobs. The company now employs 20 people and usually has two or three crews working in the field at one time.

"The bridge program has definitely sustained us," said Chris Beck, general manager of Brothers. "Over the past five years, the economy has been difficult for the company. Now, we have steady work as a subcontractor on the bridge program. It's good to have projects to count on."

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