Tag Archives: Travel/Tourism

Smoke keeps visitors away from Crater Lake

Visits to national park down almost 9 percent through August. Smoke from wildfires has caused problems across Oregon this summer, canceling events and forcing residents indoors. Oregon’s only national park was not immune to the effects. Source: Smoke keeps visitors away from Crater Lake; Visits to national park down almost 9 percent through August

Pendleton — Oregon’s hub for one week a year

From politicians to civil rights leaders, Pendleton Round-Up draws them. State Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward of Portland got her first cowboy hat Tuesday night. Bill Hansell of Athena, her colleague in the Senate, bought her a hat as a gift, but it was too small. Good thing, then, Steiner Hayward’s friend Kimberly Lindsay of Lexington […]
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48 cancellations fail to foil airport’s record run

Despite wildfire smoke-related delays, diversions and cancellations, August saw a 13.3 percent increase in commercial passenger travel at the Medford airport. Coming off July when passenger traffic surpassed 100,000, last month produced an August record of 95,719 even though smoke from the Ramsey fire that left the valley shrouded in a haze led to the […]
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When does personal responsibility take precedence?

Accidents and deaths continue to spark safety concerns along the Oregon Coast, and the list of possible solutions is as serpentine as the 363-mile coastline itself. The draw of the ocean is compelling, and it’s easy to understand why so many feel the tug to visit. The tourism economy is predominant in Oregon, and the coast is a […]
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Bend hotel occupancy rates drop in peak season

New hotels and smoky skies contribute to July numbers. Fewer visitors came to Bend in July, but spent more on rooms, compared with the year before, signaling what some hotel operators say is a plateau of the travel and tourism market. Source: Bend hotel occupancy rates drop in peak season; New hotels and smoky skies […]
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Sisters rebounds after tough year

Community’s tourism recovered after wildfire smoke choked the air last summer. This time last year, unhealthy smoke in the air from wildfires canceled the Sisters Folk Festival for the first time in 22 years. The cancellation was a final blow to local businesses that had struggled through a tough summer of threatening fires and a […]
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One year later, Multnomah Lodge still impacted by Eagle Creek Fire

Burnt trees from the Eagle Creek Fire frame the steep cliff sides that surround Multnomah Falls. On Friday, visitors made a short hike up to the Benson Bridge to view the falls and take photos. The popular hike up to the top of the falls remains closed due to loose rocks and trees that pose […]
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Wild Horse Management | Detroit Dam Project – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The U.S. wild horse and burro population is more than three times the appropriate management level, according to estimates from the Bureau of Land Management. Facing overpopulation in the Warm Springs herd management area, the BLM in Burns is considering spaying mares to help manage the population. Rob Sharp, the supervisory wild horse and burro […]
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Where to Taste Wine in Oregon

Across the Willamette Valley, wineries scramble and tourists get a taste of vineyard culture. I didn’t realize it at the time, but for one frantic, exhilarating, exhausting September minute, I impersonated an Oregon winemaker. With a newfound friend’s arms bracing me, and my wife and daughter madly clearing stems and gathering fruit below, my stomping […]
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Covered wagon and horses provide Lyft rides in Portland

Promotional event uses modern ride-share service to commemorate Oregon Trail anniversary. Need a lift? If so, you might consider going by covered wagon. The ride-sharing company, Lyft, and Travel Oregon will provide free wagon rides in downtown Portland from Aug. 28-31. The wagon will travel a predetermined route from the Oregon Historical Society on Southwest […]
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