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OAKLAND — A team of visitors with backgrounds in small business, tourism, real estate and downtown revitalization came to Oakland in late November to spend the day exploring the town and stopping by local businesses for the first time.

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Jaime Yraguen, co-owner of Basco Logging, Inc. in Sutherlin, was elected president of the Associated Oregon Loggers Jan. 20 during the association’s 47th annual convention in Eugene, where he was recognized for his contributions to the association and the Douglas County community.

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There is a significant estate planning opportunity for Oregon residents who wish to reduce the Oregon estate tax payable on their estate. They can make lifetime gifts in order to reduce their gross estate for Oregon estate tax purposes.

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When Ray Bartram decided to open his own pizzeria in downtown Roseburg, he didn’t know what to expect.

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“When I decided to make my home more energy efficient, I had hoped to save a few dollars. But this has far exceeded my expectations. It is a blessing to my family.” Rob Trotter of Roseburg wants everybody in Douglas County to know the financial benefits of energy efficiency.

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For his support of the Douglas County business community and dedication to the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Don Cook was named the 2016 Volunteer of the Year at the chamber’s Membership Meeting & Awards Banquet Thursday night.

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After hearing from Gov. Kate Brown and members of the public at the December State Land Board meeting, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) has been working to address concerns with the group proposing to buy the Elliott State Forest.

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MYRTLE CREEK — Representatives from the city of Myrtle Creek, the Myrtle Creek-Tri City Area Chamber of Commerce and local businesses have been collaborating for the past eight months to reach a set of goals through the Rural Development Initiatives program.

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After 30 years in the banking industry, Cort O’Haver officially became the new Chief Executive Officer of Umpqua Bank on Jan. 1, as former CEO Ray Davis transitioned into his position as executive chairman of Umpqua Holdings and CEO of Pivotus Ventures. The latter is a subsidiary of Umpqua H…

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In last month’s article regarding loans to family members, I alluded to the strategies and options pertaining to gifts. Gifts, as opposed to loans, raise different tax considerations.

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In her proposed state budget, Gov. Kate Brown recommends doubling a surcharge on distilled spirits for two years beginning July 1. The surcharge price per bottle would go from 50 cents to $1, while alcohol licensing fees would also increase and cigarette taxes would rise by 85 cents to $2.18.