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Another year of fun filled snarky news commentary and analysis is almost over and this December marks the second consecutive month that MGx has reached over 20,000 global visitors. Most visitors are from the US and 1% are classified as "addicts" and 35% as "regulars" by Quantcast. Almost 450 regulars are Oregon residents from Portland to Salem to Ashland to Brookings.
The advertising you see on MGx barely covers the cost of maintaining the website and its associated services and pays nothing towards the time and effort involved to research and report on important local issues. If each regular reader just contributed $6 this Christmas season it would pay 50% of the emergency room medical bills for my fifteen year-old daughter this year.
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Numbers are growing but I don’t have a firm count yet. Occupiers from Curry County, Roseburg, Eugene, Medford and Ashland are planning to protest the proposed coal and LNG export terminals, the 36″ 234 mile pipeline and raw log exports as well as stand in solidarity with the West Coast Port Blockade tomorrow beginning at 10AM in front of the Port offices at 125 Central in Coos Bay.
According to Richard Haynes, a consulting natural resource economist formerly with the US Forest Service, as a rule of thumb, there are about five milling jobs for every million board feet of logs manufactured domestically, while there is only one job exporting those same logs. National Timber Severance Tax and Wood Manufacturing Tax Credit