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Published on February 1, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on February 1, 2018 9:11PM

Staff photo by E.J. HarrisWith water being a vital resource for food processing and data centers the Port of Morrow has made investments in expanding their water infrastructure.

Staff photo by E.J. HarrisWith water being a vital resource for food processing and data centers the Port of Morrow has made investments in expanding their water infrastructure.

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A tip of the hat to Cycle Oregon for bringing their two-wheeled roadshow through Eastern Oregon this summer.

And they are arriving not just any time, but smack dab in what is likely Eastern Oregon’s busiest stretch: Round-Up Week. The crew of roughly 2,000 bicyclists will pedal into town Wednesday Sept. 12 and sleep overnight in tents set up at Pendleton High School. The next day they will then have the option of following the Umatilla River down to Echo and circling back to town, or staying all day at the Round-Up and partying across town. Or both!

Either way, the group brings more mouths to feed and more dollars to divvy up between local merchants. And its not just Pendleton that will benefit from the large crowd of well-heeled visitors. Baker, Halfway, Wallowa County, Elgin and La Grande stand to see a significant boost from the visitors.

Cycle Oregon’s return — by popular demand — to our part of the state is proof that we’re one of the most fun and beautiful stretches of road this state has to offer. And Pendleton never has more to offer than during Round-Up Week. Let ‘er buck and let ‘er bike!

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A tip of the hat to the near continuous growth and economic development at the Port of Morrow.

Earlier this week we put our focus on the port again, and its near constant state of planning and expansion.

The stats are kind of incredible: businesses at the port had an output of $2.77 billion and they employ directly and indirectly more than 8,000 people. The port has helped increase Morrow County’s median income to among the highest in the state. Its property value increases have been a boon to Morrow County municipalities in general and Boardman in particular, which has benefited from new housing and success of its businesses

We know this success is partly due to port leadership, and also its geographic and infrastructure advantages.

Put it all together and the Port of Morrow has been a diamond in the economic rough for rural Oregon. Many locales across the state can learn some lessons and try to build off the port’s success.

We realize this may be niche reference, but as Pierce Hawthorne says, the Port of Morrow is “streets ahead.”



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