On September 29, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown met with business owners and community leaders to learn how the state can aid in the recovery after the devastating Eagle Creek Fire. She also shopped in Downtown Hood River to encourage people to patronize Gorge businesses. Her first stop was Waucoma Bookstore, which was recorded on Facebook Live. Owner Muir Cohen helped Brown select a book from the store’s recommends section.
The Eagle Creek Fire started on Sept. 2nd and has burned 48,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge (an area in Oregon and Washington states). The fire is currently still burning and is estimated to be fully contained by Nov. 30th. The I-84 freeway from Troutdale, Oregon to Hood River, Oregon was closed for two weeks because of the fire’s proximity to the highway. Businesses in the Gorge reported that they had a 40-70% loss of revenue due to the Eagle Creek Fire and freeway closure.
The Oregon Public Broadcasting article about the visit (from a local NPR affiliate) includes an interview with Waucoma Bookstore’s Muir Cohen.
What did the governor choose? One of the Cal Claxton Oregon mysteries by Oregon author Warren C. Easley, Not Dead Enough. Thank you, Governor Brown, for shopping and reading locally!