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Support From State Helps Blue River Rebuild

Brian Bull

Nearly a year after the disaster, funding continues to help communities hit by the Holiday Farm Fire rebuild.

At a recent event in Blue River, Oregon officials announced a series of allocations from state lottery revenues that’ll help recover lost services: $1.4 million will go towards the Blue River Community Library’s replacement, while more than $15 million will help rebuild water and wastewater infrastructure.

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Lane County Commissioner Heather Buch at an August 5, 2021 event in Blue River.

“We have all played different parts in rebuilding our community here," said Lane County Commissioner Heather Buch.

"We've got investments that give us a really great foothold to build this community back, and we will have a ways to go, but this is a moment to celebrate.”

Meanwhile, 17 temporary housing units were toured at the U.S. Basketball Academy.  Many families have lived in hotels and trailers since losing their homes to the wildfire.

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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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