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December 2011 E-news

Posted on: December 7th, 2011 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Newsletter | No Comments

Congratulations Oregon Historical Marker Committee!

The Oregon Community Foundation announces its decision to award a grant to Oregon Travel Experience’s Historical Marker committee.

The $6,500 grant will be used to create a new historical marker interpreting the Jedediah Smith route, one of 16 designated historic trails in Oregon.

Oregon Travel ExpeOregon Community Foundation logo with tag line, "Here for Oregon, Here for Good."rience and the marker committee will partner with the Oregon Historical Trail Advisory Council and the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians to develop content for the new marker.

Thanks to the Oregon Community Foundation, the proposed fall 2012 installation will take place in Reedsport. The Oregon Historical Marker Committee will help plan the public ceremony.

The evergreen gift: by Grant Christensen, Baldock rest area assistant supervisor

Student Sarah Hamilton shows the many native plants she used in the planter-box.Clackamas Community College student, Sarah Hamilton, completed a landscaping plan for the southbound rest area using Oregon natives.

The central bed measures eight-feet by 24-feet, so quite a large area to fill.

The planter is located in front of the rest rooms so that motorists can enjoy the plantings throughout the year.  It is supposed to maximize flowering natives and provide color throughout the seasons.

We’ll have to wait and see when the show really begins because half the plants we used were dormant, so the bed may appear a little sparse.

Thanks to the volunteer efforts of Sarah, Oregon’s natural beauty will shine through.


Oregon Travel Experience employees learn to blog

Jim Pettyjohn, Boardman rest area relief supervisor helps a stranded motorist.As part of our quest to deliver transparency and excellence, Oregon Travel Experience has launched an employee blog. “Roadways & Waysides” demonstrates how state agency employees respond to customers and how they feel about their responsibilities as public servants.

The blog posts are quick and easy to digest… usually no more than a paragraph. And they’re full of sweet raisins: interesting statistics, happenings and other “insider” stories you won’t find elsewhere.

News for 2012

New ways to communicate with our customers are in the works, and many of our sign customers and heritage program followers will be happy with the changes ahead.

Oregon Travel Experience will launch its dedicated mobile website for smart phones early next year. When you’re out and about, you’ll be able to search for unique trees and historical markers.

Interested in a blue highway sign? Our new online forms feature will be accessible from your mobile tablet.

We’ll keep you posted on the launch date for these new features. It’s going to be a great New Year.

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