Monday, May 21, 2012

Local News From Stage to Shore

Performing arts is big business in the Rogue Valley, according to an article in the Mail Tribune. A recent study by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce shows that the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry comprises about 30 percent of all the city's visitor spending. This amounts to more than $22 million each year. As an added bonus, the article also quotes two of the Oregon Employment Department's Research staff members: Regional Economist Guy Tauer and Workforce Analyst Ainoura Oussenbec. Read more about the impact of performing arts in southern Oregon in the full story.

Another local article on the Oregon coast shares good news for all you amateur fishers out there: according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, recreational clamming and ocean crabbing harvests improved in April. Bay crabbing is still pretty slow, but expected to pick up over the next couple of months. Get more details in the full report.

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