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The Myth of Bend’s Timber-to-Tourism Transition

December 3, 2019

by Damon Runberg You may have heard this story before. Bend was a timber town, but after the demise of the timber industry, the regional economy shifted to tourism to replace those timber jobs. The vast ponderosa forests outside of town attracted mills that sustained the town for much of its history. The present location…

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Governor Brown to Promote Oregon Products, Tourism, and Foreign Investment During Trade Mission to Asia

November 6, 2019

Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced details on her upcoming trade mission to Asia to promote foreign investment in Oregon, Oregon goods, and tourism. The Governor will lead the mission in South Korea and Japan from November 5 – 16. “A thriving economy here in Oregon is influenced by markets across the world,” said Governor…

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Florence Chamber Names New Event, Tourism Development Coordinator

October 15, 2019

She came for the healing and stayed for the people she met and opportunities she gained. And now, she’s working to benefit the community that has blessed her with so much. Mitzi Hathaway has journeyed many a path to her new job as the event and tourism development coordinator for the Florence Area Chamber of…

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Florence Wine & Chowder Trail Weekend Expands Offerings, Names Wineries

September 23, 2019

Florence’s annual Wine & Chowder Trail, and Great Glass Float Giveaway, returns to Historic Old Town from October 11 to 13.  The Wine Trail is Saturday, October 12, from noon to 5:00 p.m. Participants can purchase a commemorative wine glass ($5) and tasting tickets ($1 each) at Gazebo Park at the corner of Bay St.…

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Florence Events Center Hosts Annual Wiener Dog Races

September 22, 2019

Saturday, October 12, from noon to 3:00 p.m., sees the return of the festive Okto-Fur-Fest celebration at the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St. The event features German-style food and drink, games, and prizes—and the hilariously exciting wiener dog races from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Mayor Joe Henry will ceremonially tap the first keg when…

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Apollo 50: New Perspectives

August 31, 2019

Small Steps to a Giant Leap at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum’ By Dan Ruby, Executive Director I was born the year that the twin Voyager spacecraft began their audacious journey to the cosmos, so I missed the world-gripping excitement of Apollo. I grew up with the Shuttle program throughout the ‘80s, ‘90s, and early-aughts, so my…

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Smoke Season

Smoke Season

July 1, 2019

  For 6 weeks last year, smoke filled most of southern Oregon’s air and for many days we had the worst air quality in the nation. We were told to stay indoors and we downloaded AQI (Air Quality Index) apps that sent us daily alerts and we watched wind shifts on websites (check out windy.com for a…

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Support your county fair. It’s good business.

July 1, 2019

Be sure to visit county fairs this summer. Did you know that the county fair is a key economic driver is Oregon? Below is a list of all county fairs in Oregon from oregonfairs.org

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A Must-See Tour of Oregon’s Southeastern Corner

July 1, 2019

GREG HENDERSON Steins Pillar is about 17 miles east of Prineville. A moderate four-mile hike takes you to the base of the 350 foot pillar named for Major Enoch Steen, though misspelled “Stein” in a few historical documents. Major Steen was a leader in the U.S. Army who led battles against native residents in much…

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Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on June 8th at Peavy Arboretum

June 1, 2019

The Oregon State University Research Forests, OSU Extension Service of Benton and Linn Counties, and the Benton County Health Department will host the 7th annual National Get Outdoors Day event at Peavy Arboretum, north of Corvallis. This event will take place on Saturday, June 8th, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as part of…

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Benton County Adopts Transient Lodging Tax

June 1, 2019

At a recent Board of Commissioners meeting, the proposal to implement a transient lodging tax passed unanimously. This tax does not directly affect County residents since tourists and visitors primarily stay in hotels and other lodging facilities within the County. As allowed under ORS 320.300, Benton County will impose a 3% county-wide Transient Lodging Tax…

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FLORENCE VOTED #2 BEST HARBOR IN US

May 1, 2019

USHarbors.com has tallied the votes from across the country and from among their 4 million users. Florence was voted #2 Best Harbor of 2019 in the US, overtaking Lubec, Maine, in the final week of voting. Padanaram/South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, was voted #1. The Best Harbor contest kicked off in January with nominations of 1,278 harbors…

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