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Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

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GUEST COLUMN: Local foods hold quality edge

A recent Commentary piece published in the April 1st edition of the Chieftain from the Capital Press states that “the lone advantage of food grown near the consumer is a smaller fuel bill for the truck. Beyond that, it’s difficult to see how food grown across the region is any better, or worse, than any other food.”

RARE AmeriCorps Applications NOW AVAILABLE!

Are you interested in community building, natural resources, food security, natural hazard planning, economic development or land use planning? Does your organization have community building, natural resources, food security, natural hazard planning, economic development or land use planning projects that you do not have resources to complete?  If so, you should consider applying to the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) Program. 

Wheels are turning in Sandy cycling scene

On a sunny Sunday morning, Kate Holleran and Claudia Peterson are off on their 17-mile nursery road ride. Despite the introduction of daylight-saving time making their 9 a.m. ride a little chillier, nothing could break the spirit of these dedicated cyclists. Holleran, a 27-year Sandy resident who has been an avid mountain biker for nearly as long, began road riding as an alternative to running. “In Sandy, I road bike,” Holleran said.

Summit to start regional food council

PORT ORFORD — A "food summit" March 27 will inaugurate a regional food council conceived to improve food security and create opportunities for food businesses. The Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, Oregon Food Bank, Curry Watersheds Partnership and South Coast Development Council will host the South Coast Food Summit 2015 on Friday, March 27 in Port Orford.

Main Street open house draws community

It was a chance to see the Reedsport Main Street Program close up. Volunteers helped staff with an open house last Friday to introduce the community to the program and to recruit volunteers. “There have been many volunteers who have worked diligently behind the scenes to make all this happen in a very short period of time,” Reedsport city manager Jonathan Wright said to introduce a short program. He also introduced the crowd to Emesha Jackson, who is the city's Main Street coordinator. She is a temporary employee who has worked on the program since she arrived.


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