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Pendleton group helps nudge history forward

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

Pendleton Marker Celebration

On August 6, 2015, a new Oregon historical marker was dedicated by the community of Pendleton and Oregon Travel Experience. The marker’s installation and historic text revision was sponsored by the 2015 Leadership Pendleton Class. A brief ceremony took place in front of the new marker on the eastern end of Pendleton, along Highway 30.
OTE’s Annie von Domitz and Oregon Historical Marker Committee member George Forbes attended the dedication and …

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Council spotlight – two members talk Oregon history

Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

Image of the Oregon Travel Information Council members, Ed Washington and Charlotte Lehan

At a recent Heritage Tree Committee meeting, OTE had an opportunity to catch up with the Oregon Travel Information Council’s Ed Washington and Charlotte Lehan. As part of their Council duties, Washington and Lehan serve on the Council’s Heritage Program Subcommittee. Their responsibility is to report on program activities and make recommendations to the full Council.
(To view the photographs full size, click on the image to enlarge.)
The committee’s July meeting was …

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Winter travel warning – Salem area

Posted on: December 7th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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Snow and freezing rains are expected in the Salem area on Thursday, December 8. The National Weather Service predicts the snow will start in Salem between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. One to two inches of snow is possible before turning into freezing rain between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Freezing rain may last 4-6 hours.
Avoid travel if possible. If travel is necessary, motorists and travelers are urged to allow …

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Get ready for winter driving

Posted on: December 1st, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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Since our local Oregon forecast is a bit unpredictable, it’s a really good time to review what our friends over at the Oregon Department of Transportation recommend for safe driving under snowy or icy conditions.

Snow equals skills, time, and patience

Driving in the snow requires a certain set of driving skills that some Oregon residents get to use only rarely.
Here are some things to keep in mind:

Allow extra time to get …

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Gone but not forgotten – tree memorials

Posted on: November 28th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Newsletter | No Comments

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Notable trees that once graced Oregon

There are notable trees aplenty in Oregon, and you may have visited some of them on weekend forays across the state. However, trees have finite lifetimes. They are vulnerable to disease, rot, weather or humankind incidents. While not all of the trees represented in the“tree memorial” are Oregon Heritage Trees, during their lifespans many were beloved in their communities and by tree aficionados.
We will be …

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Thanksgiving safe travel message

Posted on: November 22nd, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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Oregon State Police share holiday advisory

With at least 10 people losing their lives on state highways over the past week, Oregon State Police (OSP) is urging motorists to travel safely this Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. Other traffic alerts that coincide with the long weekend include winter travel conditions, Black Friday shopping and the Civil War Game in Corvallis.
Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend – This holiday period (Wednesday through Sunday) will see one of …

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Coquille Myrtle Grove

Posted on: November 7th, 2016 by Annie Von Domitz in Heritage Tree Details | No Comments

This grove of trees was protected by the Garden Club of Oregon and given to the People of Oregon in 1949. The Garden Club started many conservation projects including Operation Wildflower on state highways, “Don’t Be a LitterBug!” campaign. The Oregon Myrtle is a highly valued evergreen hardwood that has played a significant role in Oregon’s coastal economies. The site is now owned by State Parks as the Coquille Myrtlewood Wayside …

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Grove of the States Arborist Work Day

Posted on: November 1st, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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Oregon’s Grove of the States enters active restoration phase

On November 11, 2016, a team of two dozen highly skilled volunteer arborists from four local companies will sponsor a work day in Oregon’s Grove of the States to prepare the site for the next phase of its restoration. The Grove will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, and is in dire need of attention.
Located at the southbound I-5 French Prairie Rest …

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Falling into a darker season

Posted on: October 25th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | 1 Comment

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Beating seasonal fatigue

You wake up, but it’s black as midnight. The alarm is buzzing and the dog is hopping on the bed trying to get your attention. What’s up with moonlight in the morning? Well, it’s fall. In Oregon.
Adapting to seasonal shifts and time changes is challenging—and feeling as though you’re not quite awake when you sit behind the wheel when the sun isn’t up is downright dangerous.
At Oregon Travel …

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Boardman Rest Area janitorial contractor needed

Posted on: October 24th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

Request for Quotations open

The Oregon Travel Information Council (DBA Oregon Travel Experience) has formally opened the Request For Quotations (RFQ) process for contracted janitorial services at the eastbound Boardman Rest Area, Milepost 161.
There will be a pre-bid conference at the Boardman eastbound OTE office on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.
Download the PDF of the RFQ guidelines, bid submission and scope of duties.
The deadline to submit the RFQ application …

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Notable Oregon tree advocate sought

Posted on: October 20th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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Committee opens nomination process for 2017 Maynard Drawson Award

Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) and the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee are accepting nominations for the annual Maynard Drawson Memorial Award. (*The award nomination form is located below in the “Submit your nominations” section of this article.) This will be the third year that the annual award will honor an individual (or group) who has championed Oregon’s trees with the same fervor and …

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Tall tales from Interstate 84

Posted on: October 13th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Places to Stop, Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

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Remember the American folktale about Babe the Blue Ox? You could say that Babe and his sidekick Paul Bunyan were a just a tad bit on the extra large size—gargantuan even. Recently, real life mimicked folklore when two supersized oxen calmly grazed inside a horse corral at Oregon Travel Experience’s Stanfield Rest Area. Travelers were eager to take a closer look at the real-life giants and learn more about them.
“I …

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