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Cascade-Siskiyou monument future unclear, medical marijuana patients outspend recreational users and NW Natural plans for clean energy future.

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Executive order could affect Cascade-Siskiyou monument

President Trump signed a new executive order Wednesday calling for review of national monuments with the intent to either rescind, resize or modify designated lands, OPB reports. The order applies to monuments designated or expanded since 1996 with 100,000 acres or more of land. While the Cascade-Siskiyou Monument isn’t on the initial review list, it fits the criteria for review.

Medical marijuana patients outspend recreational users 

A new report from New Frontier Data found medical patients spent three times more on marijuana than recreational users, the Statesman Journal reports. Recreational users spent an average of $49 per trip. Medical customers spent closer to $136 on average per trip. Medical patients also showed more frequently — every 10 days as compared to twice a month.

OB Original Blog: When power players operate under the radar

Businesses on the whole like to appear in our magazine’s monthly lists of top players in their sector. But what happens when you try to create a list of companies that often prefer to operate in secret?

NW Natural unveils plan to reduce carbon emissions

The Portland utility plans to cut carbon emissions 30% by 2035, the Portland Tribune reports. NW Natural leaders say they realize the company will need to cut even further in the future to avert global warming. NW Natural is also exploring new technology to convert surplus hydro power or wind energy to hydrogen that can be mixed into natural gas.

On the Scene: Navigating Leadership in a Changing World

Executives should harness the power of collaboration to manage changes reshaping the modern workplace, panelists said during an Oregon Business forum on Tuesday.

Eugene explores publicly-funded homeless shelter

The city has several nonprofits that want to house the homeless population, but those organizations are lacking necessary funds. The city is now considering its options to publicly fund the creation of homeless housing, the Register Guard reports. The council favors expanding several existing shelters in lieu of a large, costly shelter. The city might use part of its $18.75 million Comcast settlement to fund the effort.

Portland Timbers plan $50 million park expansion

The expansion will add 4,000 seats to Providence Park, the Oregonian reports. The plans include adding four new levels on the east side of the park. If all goes to plan, the expansion will be complete in 2020.

OEN’s Angel Oregon Showcase is today

We’ll be live tweeting from today’s showcase. Follow along @OregonBusiness.