The devastating Oregon wildfires this year have been one for the record books. More than $116 million in federal disaster assistance has been allocated for relief and recovery efforts. And residents of the McKenzie River Corridor are now wary of fire-related aftershocks.
Amid the global generosity movement of Giving Tuesday, people far and wide are donating to community organizations. This year, two Oregon school districts are receiving support after being impacted by wildfires in Sept.
With the pandemic and natural disasters taking an economic toll, it’d be an understatement to say 2020 wasn’t a boom time for most business owners. As the holiday retail season gets underway, hopes still run high in Lane County for the rest of the year.
The Holiday Farm fire destroyed nearly every structure in the remote town of Blue River and cut McKenzie Valley residents off from key services: the post office, the library, the general market. Especially critical was the loss of the medical clinic. But as the community is learning, it’s not so much the buildings that make the difference --it’s the people.