Tag Archives: Travel/Tourism

Road to Crater Lake Is Closed Amid National Park Poop Crisis

The government shutdown won’t let employees empty the park’s toilets and human filth could overflow into the water. National Parks employees have closed the last four miles of the road to Oregon’s iconic Crater Lake, saying that the government shutdown is preventing them from emptying the park’s toilets.  That could allow human excrement to overflow […]
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1 million passengers: That’s a lot of baggage

Molly Troup is truly one in a million. Friday afternoon, she became the millionth commercial air passenger to walk through the gates of the Medford airport. United Flight 5398 from Los Angeles International may have been seven minutes late touching down for its 12:49 p.m. arrival in the Rogue Valley, but it was right on […]
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Bagby Hot Springs bathhouse to be demolished, new design planned

A new plan for the popular hot springs between Estacada and Detroit will be developed. An iconic bathhouse at Bagby Hot Springs has been closed and will be demolished this summer due to “extensive rotting” in its floors, the U.S. Forest Service announced. Bathhouse 2, made famous because visitors could soak in cedar logs in […]
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A welcome sight

More than 20 years in the making, the Siskiyou Rest Area and Welcome Center near Exit 14 on Interstate 5 is set to open this spring. About 60 percent of people who drive into Oregon come in by that route, according to Ashland Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Katharine Cato. “We welcome so many visitors […]
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Wildfire Smoke Continues To Disrupt Southern Oregon Economic Rhythms

The Rogue Valley didn’t directly experience any serious wildfires this year. But smoke from large wildfires burning hours away blew in and stayed for months — right at the peak of tourist season. You know the end is near when a business starts selling off its shelves, clothes racks and displays — and that’s what’s […]
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Portland tops Seattle as best beer city in USA, survey says

Seattle’s a great city for beer drinkers, who knew? But now there’s some quantifiable data behind that assumption. Seattle was not only named by the financial services company, SmartAsset, as a top 10 city for beer drinkers, but it also ranked fifth for most breweries per city. The ranking by SmartAsset used that metric and others […]
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United to offer direct flights to Chicago from Redmond Airport

Central Oregon visitors officials say this should bring an increase of Midwest tourists. Redmond Airport announced Wednesday that United Airlines will offer direct daily service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport beginning June 6. The new seasonal nonstop flight will depart daily from Redmond at 11:45 p.m., arriving in Chicago at 5:15 a.m. Flights to Redmond […]
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Connecting the 367-mile ‘unfinished gem’ of the Oregon Coast

Few pathways conjure up more conflicting emotions than the Oregon Coast Trail. One moment you’re hiking to the top of a rocky headland and looking upon a vast sweep of ocean. The next you’re risking life and limb on the shoulder of Highway 101 as cars and trucks scream past a few feet away. Source: […]
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Smoke reduced visitor tax revenues

A decrease of about $125,000 in Ashland city revenues from bed and meal taxes over the summer is likely due to a reduction of visitors due to wildfire smoke in that period, City Council members agreed at their Dec. 3 study session. The transient occupancy tax (TOT) was down about 5 percent for the quarter, […]
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Fort Vancouver will raise price of admission in 2019

The historic fort on the Washington side of the Columbia River will cost a little more to visit starting January 1. The National Park Service announced Friday that the 19th-century fort on the banks of the Columbia River will see a “modest” fee increase starting Jan. 1, 2019. Source: Fort Vancouver will raise price of […]
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