Limbaugh show moves

to different radio station

Syndicated talk show host Rush Limbaugh has moved back to 620 AM, now with the call letters KTLK. It heralds the station's format change to conservative talk. KTLK formerly broadcast under the call letters KDBZ.

Limbaugh's show, which attracts a '5 share' or about 5,000 listeners at any one time, had moved to KEX (1190 AM) in 1999 as part of a format change.

The 620 AM station had foundered since '99, shifting at one point to a semiraunchy guy talk format and promoting itself as The Buzz. Its ratings dropped into the cellar, despite outrageous stunts from its morning host Scoot.

Its .4 rating in the summer Arbitron ratings book was 'barely negligible,' said Bill Minckler, the director of programming for Clear Channel Communications, which owns KEX and KTLK.

'We're trying to help (KTLK) 620 re-establish itself,' he said. 'The city needed a moderate, conservative-leaning talk station.'

The station bought its new call letters from Clear Channel's Denver station, dumped 'The Buzz' theme and sent sports talk show host Jim Rome back to KFXX (910 AM). Its also added morning host Mike Siegel, who will do double duty by working the 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. shift, Minckler said.

Minckler predicted that Limbaugh's ratings would dip a little in the move from KEX to KTLK. Limbaugh underwent cochlear implant surgery two weeks ago to restore hearing in his left ear.

Portland building earns

top environmental award

The Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, owned and redeveloped by Portland-based Ecotrust, was awarded gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification under the strict standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

It is the highest-ranked environmental building in Oregon and the first in the nation to combine historic restoration and a gold-rated environmental label.

'The Natural Capital Center proved that we can create a healthier brand of architecture that is also an outstanding example of beauty and historical integrity,' said Christine Ervin, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Green Building Services, a business unit of Portland General Electric, coordinated the efforts of the developer, architects and engineers. The 70,000-square-foot Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, originally built in 1895, reopened in September last year.

Oregon receives $3 million

grant for laid-off workers

The Oregon Employment Department received a $3 million grant from the federal government to aid in the training of laid-off workers. The grant, which is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, is a federal entitlement program established under the Trade Act of 1974.

Companies that are forced to lay off workers because of competition from imports may file a petition with the U.S. Department of Labor for assistance for affected workers.

If the petition is approved, the state's employment department, along with community colleges and other work force partners, develop individual training plans for the affected workers.

Ñ Daniel J. Curran and

Kristina Brenneman