Let Oregon’s Weather Compass Take You Away to Play

Travel Oregon recognizes that our region’s legendary rain may be its most famous winter weather pattern, but it’s hardly our only one. Remarkably, sunnier (or snowier) skies are rarely more than a couple hours away. Travel Oregon’s new Oregon Weather Compass is the first-ever mobile site designed to point local and visiting explorers to the…

Oregon Represented on National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure

The United States Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, appointed Travel Oregon CEO, Todd Davidson to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure (NACTTI).   “I am honored to be appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure,” said Todd Davidson, CEO of the Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel…

Travel Oregon Wins National Tourism Industry Award

Recognized for Best Broadcast Advertising for 7 Wonders of Oregon Television Spots   Winners of the National Council of State Tourism Directors (NCSTD) 2016 Mercury awards were announced this week during U.S. Travel Association’s annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) conference held this year in Boca Raton, Fla. The NCSTD honored Travel Oregon with…

Oregon Maverick – Lars Larson on the Air Across the PNW

By Lori Kimbel Lars Larson is well known around the Pacific Northwest; some people hang on his every word, others are known to disagree with him adamantly, this is what makes his local talk show the most listened to radio talk show in the northwest. He does not hide from controversy and seems to thrive…

Senate Passes Bipartisan Energy Bill with Big Benefits for Fish and Wildlife

Sportsmen have been fighting for years to move these conservation priorities across the finish line   The Senate has just passed a comprehensive energy reform bill that includes key conservation provisions to benefit fish, wildlife, and sportsmen’s access. This is a true bipartisan achievement that highlights our uniquely American conservation values.   “Sportsmen’s groups, including…

State Representative Greg Smith Appointed to Governor’s Small Business Advisory Cabinet

Governor Kate Brown has announced the appointment of State Representative Greg Smith (R-Heppner) to the Small Business Advisory Cabinet. The Cabinet is charged with developing recommendations on how state government can support small business owners and emerging entrepreneurs and advance statewide economic growth. Representative Greg Smith is one of nine individuals appointed to the Cabinet…

Chris Harder Named as Business Oregon Director

By Lori Kimbel With phase one of the Mountain Vista’s Subdivision in Hood River now complete, sisters, Sally Moss and Linda Shipley are ready to focus their energy on phase two of the project.   Phase one included 25 lots and as of December they have all sold. Phase two will begin in April and…

The Great Minimum Wage Deception

By Anthony K. Smith   Passed by voters nearly 14 years ago, Measure 25 promised to take the minimum-wage issue out of politics for good, by linking it forever to annual increases in the federal Consumer Price Index.   “Measure 25 fixes the problem, and takes the issue out of the political arena,” assured the…

The Kindness of Strangers In a Time of Need

by Elizabeth Hellstern Sometimes destructive accidents can be a blessed thing. At dusk on June 22, I was crying with relief and giving hugs to strangers in the middle of eastbound Interstate 84. My partner, Owen and I were near Arlington, OR with our 30’ Airstream trailer on its side and strewn across the lanes,…

Sean Robbins Stepping Down as Business Oregon Director

Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown announced today that Sean Robbins will step down as the director of Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency.   “I’m grateful to Sean for his leadership and contribution to Business Oregon over the last year,” Governor Brown said. “He crafted a thoughtful vision into an effective strategic action plan for…

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