An Oregon Fourth of July: Fireworks, Farmers Markets, and Track and Field
Like so many Oregonians, Senator Wyden made the trip to the Oregon Coast to see the state’s newest piece of property – the Japanese dock that washed ashore last month near Newport – and joined Congressman Kurt Schrader in leading a meeting of fishermen, tug boat operators and steamship operators on the hazards to navigation posed by debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan.
From there it was on to the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene and then Portland to urge reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. VAWA was also the topic at events in Medford, Eugene and Bend, while still stopping at the Applegate Trail Museum in Sunny Valley, giving the keynote speech at the annual Veterans Dinner hosted by the Cow Creek Tribe in Canyonville and dropping by Harbick’s Store in Rainbow.
The 4th of July brought him to Southern Oregon to march in Ashland’s annual parade. Also, in Bend, he paid tribute to Debra Klecker, a civilian police officer killed in Iraq in 2005, by presenting her brother with The Defense of Freedom Medal. Then, it was off to the Portland Farmers’ Market to talk with local growers about the farm to school program.