Saturday, August 17, 2013
The southern Oregon coast and the John Day Fossil Beds are featured in the newly released “2013- 15 Official Oregon State Map,” produced by the Oregon Department of Transportation every two years.
For this publication, the team decided to feature two photos of Oregon’s scenic beauty instead of just one. All the safety messages are still included, as well as a message from the governor, and other important information for visitors and travelers.
The maps are free and available at visitor centers, chambers of commerce, DMV and ODOT offices, and other outlets.
The maps also include updated insets of major cities in the state, as well as updates to state highways, interchanges and other roadways as a result of construction projects completed since the last publication, summer 2011.
ODOT’s Geographic Information Services unit created and refined the files for the map; the map team, which includes ODOT’s photo/video services group and ODOT communications staff, won a national award for the 2011-13 Official Oregon State Map.
There are still several hundred of the 2011-13 maps available. Schools, senior centers or other nonprofits who would like to use the older maps can contact ODOT Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org and request them. More information about ordering the new maps is available online at www.oregon.gov/ODOT.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge