Daimler headquarters to be built in Portland

German truck maker Daimler announced Friday that it will build a new $150 million headquarters in Portland and add at least 400 new jobs.

Back in 2008, Daimler said it would close its Portland factory with a loss of 900 jobs.

But now, the company plans to build a new LEED Platinum headquarters on Swan Island with public access to the Willamette River.

The state is supporting Daimler with a $4 million package of incentives. The city is giving the company another $8 million in forgivable loans if the company creates at least 400 jobs.

Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort opens downhill bike park

Central Oregon's Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort is offering its visitors a new way to speed down the mountain. On Friday, the resort officially opened its downhill bike park.

The same chairlift that carries skiers and snowboarders to the resort's Pine Marten Lodge has been retrofitted to carry mountain bikes. For $29, riders can spend a whole day out on the course. Half-day passes are $19.

Right now, the park has three distinct routes on which riders can navigate a mix of natural and manmade features during the 1,400-foot vertical descent.

Man rescued from catwalk under Corvallis bridge

CORVALLIS — The Corvallis Fire Department rescued a distraught 22-year-old man Saturday from a catwalk under the Van Buren Bridge.

City police Sgt. Jeff Marr said that the man climbed over the bridge railing and jumped to the catwalk after an argument with a girlfriend. The man then froze because he is afraid of heights.

Firefighters attached a harness to the man and placed a ladder down to the catwalk so he could climb out. Marine patrol officers waited below on the Willamette River.

After the rescue, the man was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

The bridge was closed for 35 minutes Saturday afternoon. Visitors to the local farmers' market watched the drama, and bicyclists from the Farm-to-Farm Century ride were rerouted to cross the river at the Harrison Bridge.

Compiled from wire reports

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