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Gov. Brown And Local Officials Tour Blue River As It Slowly Rebuilds

Brian Bull

Oregon Governor Kate Brown came to the fire-ravaged community of Blue River today, to see rebuilding efforts.  

During a formal conference held on Cascade Street, local officials presented the governor a Holiday Farm Fire Challenge Coin, to show appreciation for her office’s help.

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“I’m glad I was able to be here to learn about the efforts that all of you are making to rebuild this Blue River community in a way that is stronger, and safer, and more resilient," Gov. Brown told the audience.

"As President Biden would say, we’re working hard to build back better.”

Among the sites Brown visited was the U.S. Basketball Academy.  She recently signed legislation - HB 2272 -  approving it for FEMA’s direct housing mission.

17 families displaced by last fall’s Holiday Farm Fire have already been selected, and are preparing to move into the newly-constructed units.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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