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Klamath Basin News, Wednesday, Aug. 2 – Golden Fire Update: 64% Contained; Largest Dam Removal Underway That Will Empty Three Reservoirs

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Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Klamath Basin Weather

Today
Widespread haze. Sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming west to 8 mph in the afternoon. Overnight, mostly clear with a low around 56 degrees.
 
Thursday
Widespread haze. Sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming west northwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Overnight low of 56.
Friday
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Light north northwest wind becoming northwest 6 to 11 mph in the morning.
Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 91.
Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 94.
Monday
Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.
 

Today’s Headlines

The Klamath Falls Walmart Superstore was closed for a period of time on Tuesday.

Unconfirmed reports indicate some mace was introduced in the store, though it was not immediately known by who, or why.An investigation is ongoing.  The store was closed for several hours to customers. No other information was available about the incident. (local sources)

 

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office has lifted all evacuations levels for the Golden Fire which is now about 64% contained.  The Red Cross evacuation shelter at Bonanza High School has been closed. Please be mindful while traveling in the area.

Fire crews will remain within the fire perimeter over the next several days, also repair crews from Pacific Power and Lumen will continue to repair damage caused by the Golden Fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  The fire has covered just over 2,137 acres about 9 miles from Bonanza.

Oregon Governor Tina Kotek ended the Conflagration Act on 7 /27 /23 for the Golden Fire. OSFM ended their delegations of authority from both Klamath County Fire District #5 and the County of Klamath.  OSFM costs to date are $1,338,829.   Nearly 50 homes and over 60 outbuildings were destroyed by the fire.  (Klamath Lake district dept. of forestry)

Weather conditions are expected to remain hot in the area for the next many days with temperatures reaching the mid to high 80’s with light winds.

For more information, call the Klamath County hotline at 541-205-9730, and sign up for Klamath County alerts at http://alerts.klamathcounty.org.

The American Red Cross are handing out cleaning kits to those affected by the fire. They are located at Living Springs Church, 31601 Mission Street, Bonanza, Oregon 97623. (SCOFM press release)

 

The largest dam removal project in United States history is underway along the California-Oregon border, out Highway 66 — a process that won’t conclude until the end of 2025, with the help of heavy machinery and explosives.

But in some ways, removing the dams is the easy part. The hard part will come over the next decade as workers, partnering with Native American tribes, plant and monitor nearly 17 billion seeds as they try to restore the Klamath River and the surrounding land to what it looked like before the dams started to go up more than a century ago.

The demolition is part of a national movement to return the natural flow of the nation’s rivers and restore habitat for fish and the ecosystems that sustain other wildlife. More than 2,000 dams have been removed in the U.S. as of February, with the bulk of those having come down within the last 25 years, according to the advocacy group American Rivers.

When demolition is completed by the end of next year, more than 400 miles of river will have opened for threatened species of fish and other wildlife. By comparison, the 65 dams removed in the U.S. last year combined to reconnect 430 miles of river.

Along the Klamath, the dam removals won’t be a major hit to the power supply; they produced less than 2% of power company PacifiCorp’s energy generation when they were running at full capacity — enough to power about 70,000 homes. Though the hydroelectric power produced by dams is considered a clean, renewable source of energy, many larger dams in the U.S. West have become a target for environmental groups and tribes because of the harm they cause to fish and river ecosystems.

The project will empty three reservoirs over about 3.5 square miles near the California-Oregon border, exposing soil to sunlight in some places for the first time in more than a century.

For the past five years, Native American tribes have gathered seeds by hand and sent them to nurseries with plans to sow the seeds along the banks of the newly wild river. Helicopters will bring in hundreds of thousands of trees and shrubs to plant along the banks, including wads of tree roots to create habitat for fish.  (Herald and News)

 

Over two-dozen citizenship candidates will have a spectacular view for their naturalization ceremony this Thursday. It’ll be held at the Watchman Overlook at Crater Lake National Park.

The 26 soon-to-be U.S. citizens are from 13 counties including China, Russia, Australia, Bolivia and Mexico. These ceremonies are often held at museums, schools, and libraries. The National Parks Service also takes part, holding previous ceremonies at Yosemite National Park, Cesar Chavez National Monument and, of course, Ellis Island.
(CLNP news release)

Many people from the Klamath Basin head to the Rogue Valley for medical, shopping, and travel needs.  And, one of the main roads into East Medford off of Highway 140 at White City-Foothills Boulevard- is undergoing major construction.

So much so, that for the next several months, you’ll be better off going to the Rogue Valley Expressway off of Highway 62 to do your business in Medford.

The safety project widens two miles of Foothill Road, and the temporary closure makes it safer by adding five new lanes to the highway.

Foothill Road will be closed from East McAndrews Street to Hillcrest Road until November.

The city of Medford is investing in a $62 million safety road project that helps modernize the two-mile stretch of Foothill Road between Hillcrest and Delta Waters Road.

The city has been informing residents about the closure and a resident, who lives in the Lone Pine neighborhood says although it’s an inconvenience, it was much needed.

This safety project will widen two miles of Foothill Road and makes it safer by adding five new lanes to the highway. The new five-lane highway means there will be two lanes in each direction and a center turn lane.

When finished the route will serve as an east-side bypass for traffic around Medford in the case of any emergency that shuts down I-5. (KDRV 12)

 

Towering over Shoalwater Bay of Upper Klamath Lake at an elevation of 5,846 feet stands Spence Mountain, Klamath County’s next recreation destination.

Spence Mountain was purchased by the Board of Klamath County Commissioners for use as a working community forest that would offer outdoor activities while also developing Spence Mountain as a healthy and productive forest that could provide jobs and enhance the local economy.

Already visited by mountain bikers and hikers, Spence Mountain has been listed on Discover Klamath’s “Top 10 Things To Do In Klamath County,” but was always privately owned by logging Company JWTR, which limited recreationally what could be done on the mountain; and public access to trails wasn’t a lifelong guarantee.

Having been under county ownership since October 2022, the Spence Mountain Advisory Committee came together July 11, 2023, to discuss a forest management plan drafted by Mason, Bruce and Girard Inc., which committee chair Drew Honzel called an “industry gold standard.” Prepared by Steven Ziegler, a senior forester with MB&G on behalf of the county, the plan ensures the management plan meets the standards of the U.S. Forest Service.

With recreation as a major driving factor in Klamath County’s purchase of Spence Mountain, Ziegler wrote that improved aesthetic quality of the forested areas is a significant goal of the planned forest management. The desired forest condition would contain a mix of Douglas fir, White fir, Ponderosa pine, Incense cedar and Sugar pine. He writes the management and harvest of these products would produce periodic revenue to the county and jobs for the local economy.

Also proposed by the committee were potential partnerships with Klamath Community College, Oregon Tech’s Natural Resource Department, the Audubon Society, non-profits, implementing trailhead fees and seeking private funding.

The committee plans to compile a document of grants that could be applied to Spence Mountain and begin to seek potential partnerships. (Herald and News

 
A ban on wood and charcoal fires, fireworks and smoking goes into effect this Friday at Crater Lake National Park.

Crater Lake Park officials said that with the increase in fire danger in southern Oregon, the park will go into a full fire ban. According to Fire Management Officer Phil Heitzke, “The outlook is for above normal significant wildland fire potential for the next several months, To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to park resources, the following fire ban will be implemented effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday.”

Under the restrictions, wood fires and charcoal fires are not allowed. Liquid fuel and propane camp stoves and gas grills are permitted in campgrounds, picnic areas, backcountry areas and residential areas.

Smoking is permitted only in vehicles — “provided that an ashtray is used for ashes and butts,” or “while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or free of all flammable materials. Ashes and butts must be disposed of safely and may not be discarded on the ground.”

Fireworks are prohibited in the park at all times.

“The purpose of these restrictions is to ensure the safety of park visitors and employees, and for the protection of the park’s natural and cultural resources,” Heitzke said in the statement. “These restrictions are dependent upon fire activity and weather conditions and will remain in effect until conditions improve. … Our goal is voluntary compliance; however, persons who fail to comply with these restrictions may be cited or arrested.” (CLNP/Herald and News)

 

Coming to The Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls…. Disney’s THE LION KING!

 

Around the state of Oregon

Deputy Charles Dozé is now awake and talking after he was shot multiple times in the face and chest Wednesday, Washington County, Oregon Sheriff’s Office officials said Sunday.

Dozé was delivering an eviction notice at the Forest Rim Apartment complex in Tualatin, when Beaverton police said a suspect shot through the door, hitting Dozé.

Washington County Police Officers Association President Patrick Altiere said it could take months, or even years for Dozé to recover from his injuries.

He said the shooting Wednesday morning shocked deputies throughout the agency.

Dozé has worked for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years. He serves as a civil deputy. His main duties include serving legal orders, enforcing court orders and county ordinances.

Hundreds of people have contributed to a gofundme for Dozé, which had raised $50,000 as of Sunday. It is unknown when Dozé can return to work.

Police said the suspected shooter is 34-year-old Kristafer James Graves. After the suspect began shooting, police said a deputy returned fire. It’s unknown which deputy shot back.

After a stand-off that lasted hours, Graves was found dead in the apartment bathroom with a gunshot wound. It is not yet known if it was self-inflicted or if Graves was shot by a deputy.

(Oregon News)

 

Crews also are making progress on the Flat Fire burning in Curry County near the Josephine County Line by Agness.

Crews have made great progress securing the southwestern primary containment line in the last several days which is a critical element in limiting growth of the Flat Fire. Firefighters are using helicopters and Unstaffed Aerial Systems to add firing depth to this important containment feature. A burn-out operation along the dozer line heading east from Game Lake is nearing completion. Structure protection resources have been collecting data to aid firefighters in protecting structures if there is a future need. 

With fire traffic on Bear Camp Road, all motorists on Bear Camp Road are asked to slow down, use headlights and proceed with caution. 

A Level 1 “Get Ready” evacuation notice is in effect for areas on the north side of the Rogue River in Agness up to Illahe Lodge and along the Rogue River Corridor from Quosatana Creek Campground to the Agness area. This includes the areas of Spud Road, Old House Creek Road and Oak Flat.

 

The area immediately east of Agness remains in a level 2 and the remainder of the areas around the fire are Level 1. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office will continue to coordinate with the Fire Incident Management Team and will notify all residents affected by the fire of any reasons to change evacuation levels.

 

Curry County is using Everbridge to send evacuation notices.

The forecast calls for slightly warmer temperatures Tuesday into Wednesday. Tuesday has the potential to be the warmest day on the Flat Fire so far.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has issued an updated closure order for the fire area including trails, roads and a portion of the Illinois River. Oak Flat Campground, Game Lake Campground, Wild Horse Campground and Snow Camp Lookout Recreation Rentals are all closed as part of the area closure. 

(USDA Forest Service)

 

 

The U.S. Forest Service is warning about an increase in human caused wildfires this year. Since June 1st, there have been 197-human caused or undermined fire starts on National Forest lands in Oregon.

With lightning storms and gusty winds in the forecast for some regions, they’re asking people using National Forest lands to be extra cautious with things that might start a fire. Campfire bans are in effect outside of developed campgrounds in some areas, while fires are entirely prohibited in others. (USFS press release)

 

 Parents of a two-year-old girl who was hit by a bullet following the Fourth of July celebration in Independence, Oregon, say they want justice. The girl was riding in a wagon when she was hit in the leg by a stray bullet. Police believe someone fired a shot in the air and the round came down hitting the girl. The couple is offering a 25-hundred-dollar reward for information that leads to a conviction. They’re asking the person who fired the shot to come forward, or for anyone with information to help identify the suspect to contact police. (Oregon News)

 

Cannabis farmers have sued the State of Oregon over tests required for a certain type of mold on marijuana. Aspergillus can cause a rare respiratory disease in people with compromised immune systems, but it’s not harmful to most people.

Marijuana farmers argue in their lawsuit that the zero-tolerance rule established by the Oregon Health Authority will force them out of business. The lawsuit also questions why the rule is necessary in the first place.

(Oregon News)

Two working forests in Oregon received a major investment from the US Dept. of Agriculture’s Forest Legacy program, which protects environmentally and ecologically important private forest lands across the country.

The Minam Conservation and Connectivity Project in northeast Oregon and the Tualatin Mountain Forest Project in northwest Oregon are among 34 projects nationwide that will receive funds from the program to protect working forests for wildlife, people, and climate resilience.

These investments were made possible by the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which provided a historic $700 million over 10 years to permanently conserve state and privately-owned forestlands through the Forest Legacy program. The program is administered in Oregon by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF).

The Minam Conservation Connectivity Project phase II will acquire 10,964 acres of working forestland and a corridor along the Minam River in Union and Wallowa counties. Spearheaded by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, this project will conserve scenic viewsheds on over 2.4 million acres of adjacent public lands. This property has been managed as a working forest since the early 1900s and will continue to generate timber and support jobs in the local area.

The Oregon Department of Forestry protects some 16 million acres of Oregon’s forest lands from wildfire, and regulates timber harvests to protect soil, water quality and threatened and endangered species. The head of the agency – the Oregon State Forester – approves a Forest Stewardship Plan developed by ODF staff for each project approved for funding under the Forest Legacy Program.  (ODF press release)

 

The Perseid Meteor Shower, an annual event in August over Oregon, looks like it may offer clear skies for the mid-August sky watch fun as it peaks the mights of August 12th and 13th.

Technically active from July 14 to Sept. 1, the meteor shower typically produces an average of 50 to 75 meteors per hour at peak, according to the American Meteor Society, making it one of the biggest astronomical events of the year.

Meteor showers are best seen under the darkest skies possible, since the quick flashes of meteors can be drowned out by city lights or the light of the moon. Anyone in a rural location should be in good shape this year, with a moon that will pose very little threat to seeing the show.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs as the Earth moves through a debris path left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet during its last trip past the sun in 1992. (Oregon News)

 

You can start pumping your own gas this Saturday.  Despite strong opposition from many Oregonians, Gov. Tina Kotek will allow a bill allowing self-serve gasoline across Oregon to become law, ending a 72-year ban on most drivers pumping their own gas.
Oregon will join 48 other states allowing Americans to pump their own gas, leaving only New Jersey out.

Announcing a slate of potential vetoes Friday, as required by the Oregon Constitution, Kotek did not include House Bill 2426, which will permit Oregon gas stations to open up to half of their pumps for self-serve gas. The law will still require gas stations to staff at least half their pumps for people who can’t, or don’t want to, pump their own gas.

The new law will simplify Oregon’s patchwork of self-serve gas regulations. Since 2015, some rural counties have permitted self-serve gas at night. And each summer since 2020, the state fire marshal has permitted self-serve gas statewide during wildfire season and heat waves, when smoke or extreme temperatures make it dangerous to be outside. (Oregon News sources)

 

In Medford, police destroyed 7,500 marijuana plants this month on three black-market marijuana grow sites in Jackson County, owned by the same California man. 

According to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the three properties are all owned by a California man who bought several local properties and turned them into illegal grow sites. The property owner was fined a total of $281,471 for several violations, ranging from failure to obtain land use approval for marijuana production to solid waste code violations. 

“On Thursday, July 6th, IMET detectives along with Oregon State Police (OSP) Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Team and JCSO deputies busted (a) property owned by the same man in the 9200 block of Butte Falls Highway in rural Eagle Point,” the release said. “On the property, IMET detectives discovered 10 hoop houses with approximately 3,704 illegal cannabis plants. Four subjects were detained on the property, and are awaiting charges from the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.”

Later on July 6, police uncovered another grow site in the 9000 block of West Evans Creek Road in Rogue River, the release said. There were five greenhouses with 2,880 illegal marijuana plants, the release said, with six suspects on scene who are currently involved with police investigations. 

The third property discovered was this morning, the release said, in the 2500 block of Skyes Creek Road in rural Rogue River. 

“On scene, detectives discovered approximately 863 black-market cannabis plants, 41 pounds of processed marijuana, and 4.7 pounds of THC infused candy,” the release said. “One subject was detained during the search warrant.”

The investigations are ongoing, the release said. (KDRV 12)

 

A former employee at America’s Best Kids pleaded not guilty to 27 criminal charges in court today, after being arrested on June 23 for allegedly taking pictures of female staff members in a staff changing room. 

The employee, Blaine Howitt, is facing a variety of charges ranging from encouraging child sex abuse to invasion of personal privacy to computer crimes. The Deputy District Attorney’s office did request that Howitt’s bail be increased to $500,000 but it will stay at $250,000.

Howitt’s pretrial is scheduled for Aug. 28 at 9 a.m., and four more devices are being investigated as a part of the case. According to court statements today from deputy district attorney Zori Cook, Howitt also had victims from Oregon, California and Missouri. 

Judge Sara Collins ordered that while Howitt is out on bail he must remain on pretrial supervision.  He was formally arraigned at the Jackson County Courthouse on June 23. His bail was set at $250,000. According to court and jail records, it appears Howitt bailed out of jail and was summoned back to court today for another arraignment and hearing.  (KDRV 12)

 

On Friday, July 28, 2023, at approximately 4:26 P.M., the Oregon State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy-20, near milepost 15, in Deschutes County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a Subaru Forester, operated by Janet Diane Abelein (68) of Portland, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 20 in Tumalo when the driver made a U-turn in the middle of the highway. The Subaru was t-boned by a Ford F350, operated by Policarpo Vasquez Prudente (46) of Redmond, which was also traveling eastbound. 

All occupants were transported from the scene to local hospitals for treatment.

The operator for the Subaru (Janet Abelein) was later declared deceased a the hospital. A passenger in the Subaru, Dwayne Milo Abelein (65) of Portland, received treatment for injuries.

The highway was impacted for approximately 1 hour during the on-scene investigation.

OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriffs’ Office, Bend Fire, Sisters Fire, and ODOT.

 

Oregon House and Community Services is surpassing its goal to triple the amount of affordable housing in the state. There are now as many as 25-thousand affordable housing units in Oregon.

The goal was set in 2019 to fund 12-hundred permanent supportive housing units, triple affordable housing units funded in rural Oregon, and to triple affordable rental housing to 25-thousand homes. They surpassed the goals a year before the deadline. This year, Governor Tina Kotek extended the goal to 36-thousand units a year for the next ten years.  (Oregon News)

 

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs today announced that it is now accepting competitive grant applications for its Campus Veteran Resource Center Grant Program, which helps Oregon veterans succeed in their educational and vocational pursuits by expanding and enhancing Campus Veteran Resource Centers on Oregon college campuses.

The 2023 Oregon Legislature has approved up to $1 million for the 2023-25 Campus Veteran Resource Center Grant Program. 

The purpose of the Campus Veteran Resource Center Grant is to augment existing campus programs that help veterans successfully transition from military service to college life, succeed in college and complete educational goals, and then transition from college to the workforce and the community.

Oregon’s 17 community colleges and seven public universities (excluding Oregon Health & Science University) are eligible to apply for these grant funds. 

To be eligible for the grant funds, a community college or public university needs to currently have a Campus Veteran Resource Center, a Campus Veteran Resource Coordinator (or intends to hire one prior to the distribution of grant funds), or both. 

“A post-secondary degree or course of study at a technical or vocation college is a critical gateway for many veterans to transition out of the military into a successful civilian career,” said ODVA Director Kelly Fitzpatrick. “Campus Veteran Resource Centers provide critical veteran resources and offer support networks with other student veterans, which can drastically improve outcomes and help ensure success for student veterans in their educational endeavors and future careers.”

The window for new applications for the Oregon Veteran Campus Resource Center Grant Program opens Monday, July 31, 2023, and will close Monday, September 4, 2023. Grant requests can be up to $100,000.

A webinar will be hosted at 10 a.m. August 4 to provide additional information about the application process. To register for the webinar, visit app.smartsheet.com/b/form/4c98d102bb1e410296997ecf38134579.

For more information about this grant or to apply, visit www.oregon.gov/odva/agency-programs/grants/pages/campus-grant.aspx or contact ODVA Grants Coordinator Brenna Bandstra at brenna.bandstra@odva.oregon.gov or 503-373-2290. 

Established in 1945, the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is dedicated to serving Oregon’s diverse veteran community that spans five eras of service members. ODVA administers programs and provides special advocacy and assistance in accessing earned veteran benefits across the state. Learn about veteran benefits and services, or locate a local county or tribal veteran service office online at oregon.gov/odva

 

A popular harbor seal at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport has been euthanized after tests revealed throat cancer. “Boots” was taken to the Veterinary School at Oregon State University where they initially thought Boots only had an ulcer that was treatable.

Results from a biopsy came back and showed there was also cancer, so the 35-year-old seal was euthanized. Boots was found stranded as a pup on a beach in Mexico in 1988, treated at Sea World San Diego and then transferred to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in 1992.  (Oregon News Sources)

 

Benton County Fair returns bigger and better in 2023

The excitement is building for the annual Benton County Fair! From Aug. 2-5, the Benton County Fairgrounds will be transformed into a vibrant hub of entertainment, fun, and community spirit.

The 2023 Benton County Fair promises to be bigger and better than ever before with an extensive lineup of attractions, competitions, exhibits, live performances, and mouthwatering treats, this year’s fair is all set to captivate the hearts of locals and visitors alike.

Key highlights of the 2023 Benton County Fair include:

  • Thrilling Rides and Amusements: Get ready to scream with delight as we present an exhilarating carnival filled with classic rides, thrilling roller coasters, and fun games that will delight thrill-seekers of all ages.
  • Livestock Exhibits and Competitions: Agriculture and farming are at the heart of Benton County, and we are proud to showcase the finest livestock exhibits and competitions that celebrate the hard work and dedication of our local farmers and ranchers.
  • Culinary Delights: Indulge your taste buds in a gastronomic adventure with a diverse selection of food vendors offering everything from classic fair favorites to international cuisines.
  • Entertaining Performances: The Benton County Fair stage will be graced with talented performers, including live music concerts, dance troupes, magicians, and more, promising entertainment for everyone.
  • Art and Craft Exhibitions: Immerse yourself in the creativity of local artisans and crafters as they display their remarkable works, adding a touch of culture and artistry to the fair.
  • Family Fun Zone: Families will find a special haven of activities, including interactive games, educational exhibits, and fun challenges that will create lasting memories for parents and children alike.
  • Community Engagement: The Benton County Fair is more than just a celebration; it’s an opportunity to foster a sense of community spirit. Local organizations, charities, and businesses will be actively participating, strengthening community bonds.

“We are thrilled to present the 2023 Benton County Fair, an event that holds a special place in the hearts of our community members,” said Benton County Natural Areas Parks & Event Director Tomi Douglas. “This year’s fair will highlight our community spirit with a commitment to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.”

For media inquiries, interviews, and press passes, please contact Benton County Public Information Officer Cory Grogan at 541-766-6843 or pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov.

The Benton County Fair is an annual event celebrating the diverse culture, heritage, and accomplishments of Benton County, Oregon. Drawing thousands of visitors each year, the fair serves as a platform to showcase local talent, agriculture, arts, and community engagement.

Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring and employment practices. This document is available in alternative formats and languages upon request. Please contact Cory Grogan at 541-745-4468 or pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov.

 

Girls in traditional attire celebrate during a Centro Cultural del Condado de Washington County community cultural event. The image will be featured on the Arts Build Communities grant program page of the new Arts Commission website.
Salem, Ore. – A new, more user-friendly Oregon Arts Commission website will launch the week of Aug. 21, 2023.
The url will be artscomission.oregon.gov (not live until after launch). Visitors to the old website will be automatically redirected after the new site launches.

“The new website is a simple, straight-forward design with easy access to grant opportunities, information and timely news items, including community impact stories made possible by Arts Commission funding,” said Arts Commission Executive Director Brian Rogers. “It also features photographs depicting the arts throughout Oregon.”

The homepage will include links to all grant programs and resources for arts organizations and individual artists. Economic impact data of the arts and a focus on art-based community development will also be featured.

The new site also will mark a transition from a .org to a .gov platform, ensuring ongoing recognition as an official Oregon state agency website. 

The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts.

 

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