OTE - Oregon Travel Experience

Fan mail

Posted on: October 9th, 2013 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

“Love” letter delivered via email

Every once in awhile, we receive a letter (totally unsolicited) that helps us improve our services. These thoughtful remarks made by our customers are reviewed by our staff and end up contributing to our plans for a better Oregon. Recently, we received what the writer herself called a love-letter. You can read Nancy K. Anderson’s letter below, with some of the great photos she took on …

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Sign crews install new historic marker at Dayton

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

Many hands raise new awareness to historic Dayton and its Fort Yamhill Blockhouse

This week, OTE’s sign crew and their Oregon Department of Transportation brethren were onsite at Dayton’s Courthouse Square Park, drilling holes and securing a brand new historic marker into place.

OTE’s crew; Mike Bryant, Josh LoBue and Cameron Sulak, were elated that ODOT helped to erect the marker.

“Normally, if we arrange for ODOT’s sign crew to drill deep post …

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2013 Deep Roots now available

Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

Download the PDF version of Deep Roots by clicking on the image. This may take a minute to load due to large file size.
Oregon Travel Experience’s annual heritage publication, “Deep Roots” is now available to read online, or you may request a copy be mailed to you or your organization. (We have a limited amount of this publication, so make your request early.)
The newspaper-styled publication includes articles about OTE’s 2013 …

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Tillamook finds its northern Blue Star once more

Posted on: May 7th, 2013 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

When OTE assumed management of the Tillamook rest area one year ago, its onsite rest area team embarked on a vigorous campaign to revitalize the surrounding landscape. The team’s goal was to improve visibility and safety for motorists, and at the same time, highlight the rugged beauty of Oregon’s North Coast.
In 2012, OTE held a grand rest area “re-opening” event and invited the Tillamook community to celebrate with us. However, …

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Celebrating Government Camp’s first OTE anniversary

Posted on: May 7th, 2013 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

The little rest area at Government Camp on Highway 26 is growing up. Since OTE assumed supervision of the small A-frame building, regular commuters and visitors will note many improvements by our onsite team. Rest area team members John Garmon and Barry Reed have barely been able to catch their breath since initiating the refurbishment project in 2012.
“Looking back at our first year in operation at Government Camp, the big …

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Welcome to OTE

Posted on: March 11th, 2013 by Madeline MacGregor in Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

OTE’s digital 2012 Annual Report

We thought you might enjoy a little history about our agency and the many ways we’ve grown over the years. We produced our digital 2012 Annual Report to help reduce paper mass. (If you start to yawn, just stop the report at any point by clicking on the pause button.)
The following video is best viewed in Quick Time (QT). However, if your computer or mobile device …

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Pooh comes home

Posted on: January 28th, 2013 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | 3 Comments

When families travel long distances on the highway, favorite toys or belongings packed from home can mean the difference between a contented child and an unhappy one. Most every parent can identify with the cliché “Are we there yet?” However, when those same beloved items are lost or left behind in public places like rest areas, the probability of their return by strangers is very slim.
Luckily, for travelers Angela and …

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Santa’s helpers resolve motorist’s nightmare before holiday

Posted on: December 21st, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

An Oregon motorist’s holiday vacation was nearly ruined until Santa’s helpers stepped in to set things right. As thousands of travelers take to the road for family gatherings, Janice Conover found herself in the middle of a potential nightmare. At first, things seemed to go well: Conover stopped at the I-5 Baldock rest area near Wilsonville to use the restroom and stretch her legs. She then jumped in her car …

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Non-profits encouraged to apply for rest area coffee program

Posted on: December 5th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

Guest blog by Sarah Flores, OTE Free Coffee Program Coordinator
As the Oregon Travel Experience Coffee Program Coordinator I am pleased to announce we are now accepting Free Coffee Program applications for the following five I-84 rest areas that OTE will manage beginning January 1, 2013:

Memaloose, Milepost 73, east and westbound
Stanfield, Milepost 187, east and westbound
Charles Reynolds, Milepost 269, east and westbound
Baker Valley, Milepost 295, east and westbound
Weatherby, Milepost 336, east …

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When family time is sacrificed for helping others

Posted on: December 3rd, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | 6 Comments

Finished with her long shift, OTE rest area maintenance technician Danielle “Dani” Hawthorne sank gratefully into the seat of her partner’s car. Chatting about the day’s events, they left Dani’s workplace (the Baldock rest area near Wilsonville) and eased into heavy traffic on northbound Interstate 5 several minutes later.
A few car lengths in front of their vehicle, the couple spotted a motorist weaving in and out of traffic and in …

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