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July 02, 2019

Dr. Phil Harding to Join Willamette Falls Paper Company as Director of Technology and Sustainability:

Willamette Falls Paper Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Columbia Ventures Corporation in Vancouver, Washington, announces Dr. Phil Harding will join Willamette Falls Paper Company as the Director of Technology and Sustainability…. more from:

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June 26, 2019

West Linn Paper Mill Site to Re-open as Willamette Falls Paper Company:

Willamette Falls Paper Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Columbia Ventures Corporation in Vancouver, Washington, announces the purchase of the paper making assets associated with the mill located in West Linn, Oregon…. more from:

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June 26, 2019

West Linn paper mill to reopen this summer with new owner, 85 employees:

The 130-year-old West Linn paper mill is getting an unexpected revival, with dramatic market changes prompting a famously contrarian investor to make a ‘multimillion-dollar” bet on its future…. more from:

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Story by Mike Rogoway of Oregon Live

June 25, 2019

West Linn Paper Mill Bought by Private Investment Firm:

The West Linn paper mill in Oregon has been purchased by a private investment company, according to an article on Oregon Live. The mill, which was shut down in he latter half of 2017 and had been scheduled to have its equipment auctioned off on June 19 and 20…. more from:

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June 21, 2019

Vancouver investor seeks to reopen West Linn paper mill:

Efforts are under way to reopen the 130-year-old West Linn Paper mill, nearly two years after it abruptly closed and cast out 250 millworkers.

The surprising revival effort is being led by eclectic Clark County investor Ken Peterson…. more from:

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Story by Mike Rogoway of Oregon Live

June 13, 2019

Grand Ronde tribes plan to purchase closed Blue Heron paper mill in Oregon City

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde plan to purchase the shutdown Blue Heron paper mill as well as more than one mile of land along the Willamette River further upstream…. more from:

Story by Peter Talbot of Oregon Live

May 09, 2019

Willamette Falls Locks funding in Metro Parks and Nature Bond:

On behalf of the Willamette Falls Locks Commission, we are writing to request that Metro dedicate $5 Million from your planned 2019 Parks and Nature Bond towards repair and reopening of the Willamette Falls Locks and the associated trail and park facilities at the locks…. more from:

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April 22, 2019

Willamette named one of the top 10 most endangered rivers in the country

The Willamette River, the aqueous arterial that defines much of Western Oregon, is in trouble… more from:

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Story by Kale Williams of Oregon Live

January 23, 2019

West Linn Waterfront Project Update

At the request of Portland General Electric, the major land owner in the Waterfront planning area, City planning efforts for the future land uses of the Waterfront area were put on hold as of June 2018… read more:

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January 10, 2019

State begins killing sea lions at Willamette Falls to save salmon

State wildlife officials have begun killing California sea lions at Willamette Falls in an effort to save… more from:

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Story by Kale Williams of Oregon Live

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