Memorial Day Week in Oregon

Continuing his pledge to hold a town hall in every Oregon county every year, Senator Wyden held town halls #669 and #670 in Wheeler and Gilliam Counties this past week. In Fossil, he visited the Oregon Paleo Land Institute’s field center where he met local kids who came to see the fossils on display. While in Condon for town hall #670, Senator Wyden met with local business owner, Mason Eubanks, and had the privilege of celebrating Morris Wilson’s 100th birthday!

Over Memorial Day weekend, Senator Wyden participated in Memorial Day ceremonies honoring veterans and those who serve today at the Willamette National Cemetery’s Korean War Memorial in Portland and in Southern Oregon at the Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial in Central Point and Eagle Point National Cemetery.

Throughout the week Senator Wyden met with small businesses in Medford  that would be negatively affected by online sales tax, took questions from students at Talent Elementary School, learned more about healthy school lunch offerings, and read to first-graders at Springfield Public School “Gift of Literacy” event.

Senator Wyden also highlighted sustainability and energy efficiency- discussing energy policy with Oregon State University engineering students in Corvallis and touring the new federal building in Portland that showcases the benefits of “green” building. At the grand opening of Portland General Electric’s Smart Power Center in Salem, Senator Wyden saw first-hand the technologies that help to store energy and make up a smart and reliable power grid.

Returning to his alma mater, Senator Wyden spoke at the ceremony officially inducting University of Oregon’s new president,  Michael Gottfredson, and presented him with a pair of football receiver gloves to “help him catch — and catch successfully — all the tough balls thrown at him in the days ahead.”

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