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Thursday, February 9, 2023
Klamath Basin Weather
Today Sunny, with a high near 55. South southeast wind 3 to 6 mph.TonightMostly clear, with a low around 27. South southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Friday A 10% chance of rain after 4pm. Snow level rising to 4800 feet in the afternoon. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Overnight a slight chance of rain and snow before 10pm. Snow level 4600 feet lowering to 4200 feet after midnight . Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.
Saturday Sunny, with a high near 46. North wind around 10 mph. Cloudy overnight, a low of 22.
Sunday Sunny, with a high near 51. Cloudy overnight and a low around 27.
Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Overnight a slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.
TuesdayA chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 36.
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A few state and federal agencies are collaborating for prescribed burns today (Thursday) near Klamath Falls. The land involved includes about 1,500 acres.
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Klamath-Lake District says the prescribed fires will occur on property about six miles southwest of Klamath Falls, near Midland. It says it is working with Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODF&W), the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and other local fire agencies to conduct the prescribed burn on private land owned by the Rat Club and two of the three islands that comprise Gorr Island owned by the ODF&W.
ODF says the prescribed fire is set “to restore, create, enhance, and maintain the increasingly rare habitat that is found at this location. For best wetland management, removal of invasive vegetation will enhance the likelihood of native species to return. In turn this will improve habitat for wildlife.”
It ways Several methods of ignitions will be used during this event, and airboats, fire engines, and a dozer-water tender combo will be used to monitor during the burn. ODF says with the location’s vegetation there is low risk for fire spread due to natural barriers surrounding the area.
ODF says the Rat Club RX burn will happen “when weather conditions and smoke dispersion are favorable. For the safety of fire personnel and the public, traffic control will be available if the smoke impedes Highway 97. Watch for prescribed fire signs and be aware of smoke in the area both during and after ignition, which may affect visibility on area roads. Also, watch for increased fire personnel and vehicles in the area.”
The reimagined Moore Park Regional Play Structure is one step closer to breaking ground this week after the Klamath Falls City Council voted to approve the authorization of a contract with Modoc Construction Company, Inc.
The action was included in the council meeting agenda Monday, Feb. 6 and received the majority vote in its favor.
The proposed 18,000-square-foot, ADA-compliant playground was announced in 2019, with plans for construction to be tasked to volunteers from the community.
Funding for the family-friendly structure exceeded expectations, according to reports from Healthy Klamath, providing the project with enough funding to hire a construction team.
Healthy Klamath member Merritt Driscoll said the community will still have an opportunity to be involved in building the structure.
During a previous meeting Dec. 19, 2022, the City Council authorized staff to bypass the standard competitive bidding process, allowing the city to utilize the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) project delivery method instead.
This authorization prompted city staff to solicit proposals to find a company qualified to tackle the project and received one — Modoc Construction Company, Inc.
Moore Park was one of three recreational locations with proposed project actions on the meeting agenda Monday night.
Ella Redkey Pool was given the go-ahead to accept a local government grant to fund the replacement of the facility’s waterslide. City Council approved the acceptance of the $75,000 grant awarded by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Klamath Falls Little League fields also got the thumbs-up on their request for city funding to replace the 12-inch C900 water main with a 2-inch main installation.
The project was first brought before council in January by KFLL President Frank Hoblit. Hoblit said the current water main does not supply sufficient water to the fields, causing deterioration.
Klamath County has provided a portion of the funding, according to county documents. The city approved moving funding to KFLL with the requested $30,357, which will be distributed from the Economic Development/Property fund and Water Infrastructure budget.
The fields are located within the bounds of Ward District 3. Emily Straus, who ran for City Council to represent this district, expressed her concern that there is no representation for the voices of those living in the Mills.
Straus stressed the urgency of appointing a councilor to the position who would represent the citizens living in the low-income portion of the district.
Oregon Institute of Technology recently announced generous gift from the Boyer Living Trust to support student-athlete scholarships and enhance funding for low-interest student loans through the Boyer Loan Fund at Oregon Tech.
In the late 1940s, Patricia “Pat” and Terence “Terry” Boyer moved to Klamath Falls and became local business owners and dedicated community advocates. During their 61-year marriage before Terry’s passing in 2010, the Boyers built the Klamath Falls KOA (Kampgrounds of America) and several other businesses, traveled abroad, and volunteered at various organizations in the Klamath Basin. In the decade after Terry’s passing, Pat continued the couple’s dedication to the Klamath Basin before she passed in 2020.
The Boyers were avid Oregon Tech athletics fans and held season tickets for Oregon Tech basketball. Terry rarely missed a game, even if he had to catch it on the radio. Funded by the Boyer estate, two student-athlete scholarships established in 2022 display the Boyers’ commitment to Oregon Tech athletics and their gratitude for career paths in health care. The Terry L. Boyer Endowed Sports Scholarship and Patricia E. Boyer Endowed Sports Scholarship will be awarded each year to financially needy student-athletes pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a health-related program at Oregon Tech.
Additionally, the Boyers established the Boyer Loan Fund at Oregon Tech in 1987, with contributions throughout the years, culminating with their legacy gift through the Boyer Living Trust.
Oregon Tech’s Financial Aid Office offers the Boyer Loan Fund to students at a low-interest rate and reasonable repayment terms, aiding Oregon Tech students in graduating with lower debt.
The scholarships and loan fund give preference to students from Klamath County, increasing the university’s ability to recruit local students and providing broader access to educational opportunities.
Backfill materials for the Klamath Irrigation District a primary concern discussed during this week’s Klamath County Commissioners meeting.
The Klamath County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, Feb. 7 heard from the KID regarding its needs.
The district is currently converting irrigation ditches and canals into piped facilities to prevent water loss from ground absorption and evaporation. In doing so, KID is in need of fill materials for the backfill.
Because the county has a stockpile of usable materials at the Harpold Quarry for the irrigation project that the Board approved selling the materials to KID for $5 per cubic yard.
The cost to haul aggregate is approximately $15 a yard. KID taking the materials from Harpold Quarry also will save in transportation costs.
The agreement will be in effect starting April 15 and continue until April 15, 2028.
The Commission also approved a reimbursement to J.K. Development Company for roadway construction taking place at Sunset Village to meet current land development codes.
County Public Works Director Jeremey Morris explained that block standards have been created for utilities, emergency services, bikes, pedestrians and vehicles.
J.K. Development Company will be removing a land lot and establishing a street for the 11th addition of Sunset Village. The company also will create sidewalks and sidewalk ramps, curbs, drainage, etc. to be completed by Nov. 30, 2024. The developer has chosen to contract Rocky Mountain Construction for labor on the project.
During the meeting, the commission appointed Steve May to the Sun Forest Estates Special Road District Board, Phillip Grohs to the Bonanza Langell Valley Vector Control District Board, Pamela Redding to the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board, Jerry Bowers and Lucio Ortega Vargas to the North Shasta Lighting District Board, and Denise Stilwell and Bryce Mallory to the Klamath Housing Authority Board.
A big change in leadership is coming to the United Way of Klamath Basin.
Leroy Cabral, the executive director of the organization, is retiring after 34 years of service now that United Way officials have hired a new executive director.
Charles Bland officially took over in the top position Monday, Feb, 6, according to a press release. Bland said he is looking forward to building upon the success of the United Way.
Bland, a reserve captain in the United States Air Force, has served at numerous locations including Kingsley Field throughout his career.
The public is invited to attend an informal drop-in gathering from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 to extend Cabral best wishes on his retirement and to welcome Bland to his new assignment as executive director. For more information, contact United Way at 541-882-5558.
In October 2021, the Friends of Ella Redkey Pool and community supporters partnered with Ella Redkey Pool Staff in launching the Capital Campaign with the goal of funding upgrades and improvements at the Ella Redkey Pool including:
• Creation of an ADA walkway to allow greater access for all patrons to the pool & bathhouse, • Enlarging the existing plaza to include a walkway to the new pavilion and new stairway to the pool deck, • Replacing the water slide, and • Improving the men’s and women’s locker rooms. With $75,590 secured, on Monday February 6th, the City Council approved accepting grant funding from Oregon Parks & Recreation District in total of $75,000. With this grant acceptance, the $150,000 Campaign goal has been reached with a total of $150,590 secured…and four months sooner than anticipated! The tremendous support provided by the community has made the proposed projects possible, from members to visitors and donors for which Ella Redkey Pool Staff and the Friends of Ella Redkey Pool extend their thanks and gratitude.
Nineteen Cal Poly students, including 2019 KUHS graduate Jacob Schlottmann-McGonigle, were recognized for their awards, hard work, and other accomplishments by state lawmakers on the floors of the state Assembly and Senate in Sacramento on January 30.
The group was introduced to the Senate by Sen. John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, and to the Assembly by Assemblymember Dawn Addis of Morro Bay, who is the first female Democrat ever to hold this seat. Both officials represent San Luis Obispo County.
The students also meet with Karl Larson, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis’s higher education advisor. Kounalakis plays an important role in Golden State higher education as a member of the boards that oversee the University of California and the California State University. Cal Poly is one of the 23 CSU campuses. Larson earned a doctorate in molecular, cellular and integrative physiology from UC Davis.
Most of these Cal Poly students call California home — from Santa Rosa to San Diego County. Five are from outside the Golden State including Jacob Schlottmann-McGonigle from Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Schlottmann-McGonigle, a 2019 graduate of Klamath Union High School is a political science senior with a concentration in pre-law in the College of Liberal Arts.
He describes himself as a “future lawyer and public servant.”
The Klamath National Forest has announced today that the snowpack across the Forest is more than the normal average for its February 1 snow survey results.
The Klamath National Forest (KNF) says today it has completed its February 1 snow surveys as part of California’s Cooperative Snow Survey program, which helps the State forecast the quantity of water available for agriculture, power generation, recreation, and stream flow releases later in the year.
The atmospheric river which started out the New Year brought a good amount of snow to much of the local high country around the Scott River Valley. Subsequent cooler temperatures have helped to maintain the snow despite mostly dry weather since mid-January. Consequently, the overall snowpack is above the long-term average for this time of year.
KNF says measurements for the February 1 survey show the Forest’s snowpack is at 125% of the historic average snow height (snow depth) and at 129% of the historic average Snow Water Equivalent (SWE, a measure of water content) across all survey points (see result table). Historically, snowpack reaches its annual maximum by late-March/early-April.
Anyone looking for a live musical event on Valentine’s Day can check out Mia & Pia’s Pizzeria & Brewhouse.
The restaurant is set to host Mark Stuart, a Nashville-based musician, singer and songwriter who has toured extensively across the U.S., Canada and Europe and has performed with such big time notables as Joan Baez, Freddy Fender and Steve Earle and the Dukes, according to a press release.
The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 with tickets costing $25 ($20 for Mug Club Members). The ticket cost includes unlimited appetizers and desserts plus one drink.
Given that Mia & Pia’s is normally closed Tuesday nights, this is a private, exclusive event. A maximum of 75 tickets will be sold.
An award-winning Celtic rock group is set to perform this weekend in Klamath Falls.
The Derina Harvey Band is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at the Ross Ragland Theater.
“With a show that offers a fresh take on traditional folk songs as well as a few originals, Derina’s vibrant personality takes center stage with humor, storytelling, and, of course, her world class vocals,” a press release states.
This show is sponsored by Elite Retreat, and co-sponsored by John & Ann Novak and Jean Pinniger.
Tickets cost $29 for adults, $26 for senior/military, $19 for students, $10 for youths ages 12 and younger, and $49 for Vegas Box Seats.
To learn more or to purchase tickets, go to www.ragland.org. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays or two hours before show time the day of any show. https://ragland.org/event/derina-harvey-band/
Klamath IDEA’s Wednesday, March 1 IDEA Talk will feature the story of Zack Slizewski and his business endeavors with Bob Lazar at United Nuclear Scientific.
Slizewski will highlight highs and lows of his time with the business, from responding to a single sentence Craigslist ad to becoming co-owner of a business where he started out as a part time technician straight out of college.
Klamath IDEA is a community initiative committed to developing a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Klamath County to strengthen existing small businesses and innovators and inspire and support the emergence of new ones. In that effort, entrepreneurial-minded informative talks modeled after TED Talks are held – known as IDEA Talks – to benefit business owners and entrepreneurs.
United Nuclear Scientific was founded in 1998 by Bob Lazar and his wife, Joy White. The company began with assisting national laboratories with design and repair of radiation equipment, among other equally interesting projects. They now devote the bulk of their time and money into obtaining unique and hard-to-find scientific equipment and supplies for sale to learning institutions – as well as the general public.
They currently sell a variety of radioactive supplies and almost every element of the periodic table, including their best-seller, uranium ore, as well as a multitude of educational materials for chemistry and physics. Although United Nuclear is not open to the public to browse in-person, orders can be placed online through the company website, unitednuclear.com.
Around the state of Oregon
Governor Kotek Fires OLCC Director and Staff Who Were Buying Rare Bourbon For Themselves
A thirst for rare bottles of bourbon appears set to have cost the executive director and other top officials of Oregon’s liquor and marijuana regulating agency their jobs.
An internal investigation by the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission, obtained by The Associated Press via public records request Wednesday, concluded that Executive Director Steve Marks and five other agency officials had diverted sought-after bourbons, including Pappy Van Winkle’s 23-year-old whiskey, for their personal use.
The officials were paying for the whiskey, which can cost thousands of dollars a bottle, but they had used their knowledge and connections at the commission to obtain them, and consequently deprived members of the public of the spendy booze, the investigation said. And that violated Oregon statutes, including one that prohibits public officials from using confidential information for personal gain, the commission’s investigation said.
Governor Kotek on Wednesday asked the agency’s board of commissioners to remove Marks and the other implicated officials, alleging they “abused their position for personal gain.”
“This behavior is wholly unacceptable. I will not tolerate wrongful violations of our government ethics laws,” Kotek said in her letter to the board of commissioners.
In his responses to questions from the investigator, Marks denied that he had violated Oregon ethics laws and state policy. However, he acknowledged that he had received preferential treatment “to some extent” in obtaining the whiskey as a commission employee. Marks and the other officials said they never resold the whiskeys they obtained.
“This incident underlines the importance of having public accountability,” said agency spokesperson Mark Pettinger. “The OLCC will need to work on rebuilding and restoring our public trust … and adhere to Oregon’s ethics laws.”
After taking office last month, Kotek, a Democrat who was a long-serving Oregon House speaker, asked for Marks’ resignation, but no reason was announced. Kotek said she learned of this business about the bourbon afterward.
The board of commissioners is appointed by the governor and in turn selects the executive director, according to a commission spokesman. The commissioners’ next regular meeting is next Wednesday. The agency is the state’s third-largest revenue generator.
Kotek has asked Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to conduct an independent civil investigation into the extent of any wrongdoing and recommend stronger protocols for ensuring ethics laws are followed.
February is the last month Oregonians will receive increased emergency food benefits
- Most Oregonians who receive SNAP benefits will receive increased emergency food benefits in February.
- Approximately 416,000 SNAP households will receive approximately $71 million in emergency food benefits in addition to their regular SNAP benefits in February.
- February is the last month that the federal government will allow Oregon to issue these emergency food benefits.
- Households who receive SNAP will continue to receive their regular SNAP benefits after February, typically this is the amount households get between the first and the ninth of each month.
(Salem) – Most Oregonians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive emergency allotments in February.
In February, approximately 416,000 SNAP households will receive approximately $71 million in extra food benefits in addition to their regular SNAP benefits. This will be the final emergency allotment provided to Oregonians.
March 2023 will be the first month since April 2020 that most people on SNAP in Oregon will only receive their regular SNAP food benefits.
“We know that many rely on these additional emergency food benefits to get enough healthy food for themselves and their families,” said ODHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht (he/him). “As Oregon continues to be impacted by COVID-19 and the rising cost of food, we know that without these emergency food benefits some in Oregon may experience hardship and hunger. We encourage people who are concerned to start planning for this change today. Having a plan ahead of time will reduce the chance of experiencing an emergency or crisis later. There are food supports available to everyone in Oregon, you can find what is available in your community by contacting our partners at 211, the Oregon Food Bank or by visiting needfood.oregon.gov.”
“It’s critical that Oregonians facing reduced support for groceries know that food remains available to all who need it,” said Susannah Morgan (she/her), Oregon Food Bank CEO. “Across rural, urban and suburban communities, more than 1,400 free food markets, pantries and meal sites are moving mountains to make sure families have the resources we need to fill the gap. And everyone is welcome — regardless of race, gender, religion or immigration status.”
“The end of the emergency allotments, as we all know, will be a very hard time for many folks and families, but we know there are great people at 211, ODHS and our partner agencies who stand ready to help and will lead with compassion to help the community navigate this change,” said Kerry Hoeschen (she/her), 211info emergency management director. “At 211info we are available 24/7 to provide information and referrals to agencies offering support for a wide variety of needs such as rent and utility payment support. This includes more than 1,000 food resources across Oregon and Southwest Washington like food pantries, farmers markets, community gardens, fresh food distribution and summer food programs for all Oregonians. To find out more about general resources and food programs contact us! Language interpreters are available.”
Current SNAP households will receive emergency allotments on Feb. 10. Emergency allotments will be issued Feb. 27 or March 1 for households who did not receive benefits in the first monthly issuance.
Oregonians who receive SNAP are encouraged to prepare for this change in the amount of food benefits they receive. Having a plan ahead of time will reduce the chance of experiencing an emergency or crisis later.
Find out what your regular SNAP benefit amount is. Knowing your regular SNAP benefit can help you budget. You can check how much your regular benefits are by accessing your EBT account online at www.ebtEDGE.com or by logging into your ONE account at Benefits.oregon.gov.
Questions about your SNAP benefits can also be directed to the ONE Customer Service Center at 1-800-699-9075. The ONE Customer Service Center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time.
Regular SNAP benefits are added to EBT cards between the first and the ninth day of the month.
Tell ODHS if your income has decreased. A decrease in your income may mean you qualify for more SNAP benefits.
Tell ODHS if there are more people in your household. An increase to the number of people in your household may increase your SNAP food benefits.
You can report changes to your income or household in many ways:
- Online at: Benefits.oregon.gov
- By mail at: ONE Customer Service Center, PO Box 14015, Salem, OR 97309
- By fax at: 503-378-5628
- By phone at: 1-800-699-9075 or TTY 711, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time.
Know what food supports are in your area. There are many different organizations providing food support in communities throughout Oregon:
- Find food resources in your community: needfood.oregon.gov
- Find a food pantry: foodfinder.oregonfoodbank.org
- Dial 2-1-1, or text your zip code to 898-211, www.211info.org
Remember that SNAP has changed since April 2020. In addition to the temporary emergency food benefits due to COVID-19, SNAP has experienced other permanent changes that will support people’s ability to get enough healthy food for themselves and their families.
On October 1, 2021, regular SNAP food benefits were permanently increased by an average of about $36 per person, per month.
In January 2022, Oregon increased the income eligibility limit for SNAP up to 200% of the federal poverty level. This means that an individual with up to $2,265 in income per month, or a family of three with up to $3,838 in income per month, are eligible to receive SNAP food benefits.
Why emergency food benefits are ending after February 2023
The federal government has approved emergency allotments every month since April 2020. The 2023 federal spending bill ended funding for emergency allotments. Due to this change, the federal government will no longer allow Oregon to issue emergency food benefits after February 2023.
This means that February 2023 is the final month that ODHS is allowed to provide these emergency food benefits to people receiving SNAP in Oregon.
These emergency food benefits have provided people in Oregon with $1.86 billion in additional money for food since April 2020.
More information about emergency allotments is available at https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/ASSISTANCE/FOOD-BENEFITS/Pages/About-SNAP.aspx.
Resources to help meet basic needs
- Find food resources in your community: needfood.oregon.gov
- Find a food pantry: foodfinder.oregonfoodbank.org
- Learn about government programs and community resources for older adults and people with disabilities: Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon at 1-855-673-2372 or www.adrcoforegon.org.
- Dial 2-1-1, or text your zip code to 898-211, www.211info.org
- Find local resources and support by contacting your local Community Action Agency: www.caporegon.org/find-services/
- Oregon Department of Human Services COVID-19 help center
Administered by ODHS, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1 million eligible, families and individuals with low incomes in Oregon, including many older adults and people with disabilities. Oregonians in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP, child care, cash assistance and Medicaid. Learn more at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits. For local resources in your area, such as food or shelter, please call 2-1-1 or reach out to the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) at 1-855-ORE-ADRC or 1-855-673-2372.
Paid Leave Oregon offers website in six languages, adds new features
SALEM – Paid Leave Oregon has refreshed its website, PaidLeave.Oregon.gov. In response to community feedback, the updated website is now available in six languages: English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.
Other new features include:
- An interactive contributions calculator so employers and employees can figure out their payroll contributions
- A safe exit or “quick escape” feature – these buttons are used on websites for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. The button helps web users quickly exit the site they’re browsing and will automatically open another page.
- Detailed information for both employers and employees, as well as new sections for self-employed people, healthcare workers, and service providers
- Videos that feature real Oregon business owners in our communities
Paid Leave Oregon allows employees to take paid time off for some of life’s most important moments. It covers leave for the birth or adoption of a child, for serious illness or injury, for taking care of a seriously ill family member, and for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or harassment.
Contributions to the program by large employers and all employees, regardless of employer size, started January 1. Benefits will be available to employees in September 2023.
### The Oregon Employment Department (OED) is an equal opportunity agency. OED provides free help so you can use our services. Some examples are sign language and spoken-language interpreters, written materials in other languages, large print, audio, and other formats. To get help, please call 503-947-1444. TTY users call 711. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study Shows Oregon Has Most Expensive Cheese Pizzas In U.S.
A new study shows Oregon has the highest average price for a large cheese pizza in the United States, according to MarketWatch .
The new study from Slice, a pizza delivery app and technology platform, took the average prices of pizzas across all 50 states and found that Oregon’s average price of a plain cheese pizza was $26.94 — over $3 more than the second most expensive slice.
A new study from Slice, the pizza-delivery app and technology platform, found that Oregon had the priciest pizza in the country, with the cost of a large cheese pie averaging $26.94 last year. That’s more than twice the price of a pizza in the state where it’s cheapest — Oklahoma, where a large cheese pie ran $12.70.
The release of the Slice study is timed to coincide with National Pizza Day on Feb. 9. The study looked at data from 2022 among the nearly 19,000 independent pizza shops that are part of the Slice network.
Other pricey pizza states in Slice’s analysis of the 2022 data: Washington ($23.34 for a large cheese pie), Illinois ($22.52), Alaska ($21.74), Colorado ($21.23) and California ($21.19).
And the states joining Oklahoma at the lower end of the price spectrum: Minnesota ($13.88), Alabama ($14.80), Kansas ($14.96), North Dakota ($15.35) and Mississippi ($15.50).
Why are some states pricier for pizza than others? Obviously, economies vary from state to state — and that affects the cost of a variety of goods. But the situation with pizza involves certain particulars, says Slice founder and chief Ilir Sela.According to Slice’s founder Ilir Sela, there is a reason why Portland pies are so expensive.
Sela said that the type of pizza being served played a key role in the rankings, and Oregon heavily emphasizes “artisanal pizza.” That means pizzas with higher-end ingredients or pizzas made to a higher standard.
Another factor in pizza price was the number of pizza shops per capita, according to Sela areas with fewer shops tended to have higher prices.
Other findings from Slice’s study showed that ranch dressing appeared to be rising in popularity with a 9.7% increase in orders, and that pickles are predicted to be a popular new pizza topping.
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