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December 12, 2012

The Year in Review, The Year to Come

It has been another big year in Oregon, and for 1000 Friends. In this month's Oregon Stories, we look back at the year that was and take stock of what to expect in 2013.

We also announce some great events for 2013, unveil another holiday-themed Oregon farming infographic, and poke at a familiar ghoul (re)haunting Washington County. (OK, it's late for Halloween, but zombies don't always keep to our schedule.)

With the holidays here and big anniversaries on the horizon, this is a time to celebrate--but also a time to recommit to the values we share. From all of us at 1000 Friends, we wish you a terrific holiday season, and a Happy New Year!

The Road Behind, and Ahead: What to Celebrate, What to Watch For

This was a big year--for Oregon and for 1000 Friends. Several Oregon communities took big leaps for livability and health. 1000 Friends completed our first steps on two major initiatives. And an unprecedented regional plan came to fruition in Southern Oregon. But 2013 is going to be a big year, too. There are several big events with major implications for Oregon communities, farms, and forests. We take a look back and a look ahead in our annual "Top 5" lists compiled by our staff. Check it out here.

Read Our Top 5 Lists for 2012-13

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Save the Dates: Announcing Our 2013 Tom McCall Legacy Gala and McCall Society Speaker Series

One reason 2013 will be big: it's the 40th anniversary of Oregon's land use planning program and the centennial of Gov. Tom McCall's birth. We're planning great events to celebrate and to consider what these anniversaries mean for Oregon's future. So, save the date for our 2013 Tom McCall Legacy Galam March 1st in Portland, and check out the dates for our four McCall Society Speaker Series events all around the state. We hope you can join us--details here.

Check Out our 2013 Events listing

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Infographic: Take Another Look at That Candy Cane

Did you enjoy our Field to Fork Thanksgiving infographic? (If you didn't see it--and the dozen or so newspapers and blogs that reported on it--check it out here!) Well, we decided to do it again for this month's holiday season. Perhaps you'll have a candy cane at some point in December. What you may not realize is that there's a decent chance the peppermint in that candy came from somewhere close to home. Check out our graphic about Oregon's peppermint farming in our new infographic--and pass it on!

Discover the Candy Cane Connection

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Back From the Crypt: Zombie Freeway Clawing to Surface in Wash. County

You may have thought it was gone for good. It's been debunked and buried several times. But the Westside Bypass--a nightmare of freeway cutting across Tualatin Valley farmland and Forest Park--refuses to die for good. It's a little late for Halloween, but this zombie is stubbornly trying to rise again. This time it's in the guise of legislation to fund a "study" about the 1950s idea's viability. We don't need a study to know: this is one idea whose time will never come. See why we think there are other questions to ask.

Learn more about the Zombie Freeway

Attack of the Zombie Freeway!

Stand for Oregon! Give!Guide 2012

We've had a great start to Give!Guide this year, raising almost $5000 from nearly 60 donors. It's been a lot of fun, even more so because we've given away some great prizes in the process. Help us make this an even bigger year--join in the fun and give what you can! Check it all out--our 1-minute video, the prizes, the reasons to give--at friends.org/giveguide. And join in the giving before December 31 at wweek.com/giveguide.

See our Give!Guide video and more!

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Support Our Work

As the year comes to a close, consider a special gift to 1000 Friends to show your support for a healthy, productive Oregon.

A visit to our online donation page will help our work succeed for Oregon. Thank you.

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Upcoming Events

Monthly Buzz: Central Oregon Update
Thursday, December 13, 8:30-9:30 AM
The Environmental Center, Bend

Join our Central Oregon staff for our monthly check-in on land use happenings and advocacy opportunities in the Central Oregon region. This monthly conversation is growing every time we hold it! Learn more here.

1000 Friends Holiday Office Closure
Saturday, December 22 through Tuesday, January 1

As a reminder, all 1000 Friends of Oregon offices are closed for the holiday break for the last week of December until January 2. Happy holidays!

McCall Society Speaker Series: Three Land Use Legends
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Reception: 6 PM, Presentation/Discussion: 6:30 PM
The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland
Cost: Free for 1000 Friends members, $15 for others

To kick off our 2013 McCall Society Speaker Series, we welcome former state representative Norma Paulus, 1000 Friends co-founder Henry Richmond, and former DLCD Director/Metro General Counsel Dick Benner. They will share stories and memories from early days of 1973's Senate Bill 100, which created Oregon's land use planning program, and discuss the program's future challenges and opportunities. Space is limited--RSVPs requested to Kristin Barber at 503-497-1000 x123 or kristin@friends.org.

Save the Date: Tom McCall Legacy Gala, March 1, 2013
Friday evening, March 1, 2013
The Benson Hotel, Portland

We're pleased to announce the date of our 2013 annual Tom McCall Legacy Gala. There's a lot to celebrate in 2013, the 40th anniversary of land use planning and the centennial of Gov. Tom McCall's birth. You won't want to miss this event. Mark your calendar now, and stay tuned for more details.

Check out our calendar to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming events around the state.

Regional Updates

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1000 Friends of Oregon has regional offices around the state. Our regional staff work with local residents and elected officials on issues important to their communities.

To find out what 1000 Friends is working on in your region of the state, click on the appropriate image to the right.

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Let 1000 Friends and the power of social media help keep you up-to-date on our work and related topics. In case you haven't been following us, here's some of what you've missed:

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November 30th
Today we'll be drawing a lucky Willamette Week Give!Guide donor for two spots on Pedal Bike Tours' awesome Oregon Brewery Trail tour. In honor of that, today's Photo Trivia features one historic Oregon brewery! Can you ID this long-closed brewery? Here's a hint: it's an unlikely name, more likely to make some people think of distress and not a good glass of beer.And if you like Oregon's role in brewing, please make a donation to 1000 Friends at wweek.com/giveguide. Thanks!

November 28th
You could be our 2013 Paul Gerhardt Intern! Applications are now open for this paid internship. We're looking for someone with an inquisitive mind, strong research skills, and an interest in planning. Maybe you or someone you know! Find out more here, and please share: http://www.friends.org/about/jobs_internships.

November 26th
Oregon Friday photo trivia time! Can you ID the town whose Main Street is depicted in this 1918 photo? Here's a hint: It was once known as "East Butte," before its name was changed to the surname of a town co-founder in the 1880s.

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December 11th
Very funny: Why #walkable neighborhoods create odd kids--e.g., they're terrible drivers, b/c they walk everywhere. ow.ly/g0OSe

December 7th
Wow. Why are we living we roads that kill us? Passionate essay from @ggwash's David Alpert. ow.ly/fUNQ8

December 5th
Good! @ORagriculture's Katy Coba tells Oregon Farm Bureau that Oregonians are increasing support for #ORag ow.ly/fRzBA

November 30th
Loving @oregonmetro's "Shape SW" interactive tools to envision the future of Southwest Corridor. What's your vision?ow.ly/fIN4U

November 29th
Looking back at a local Thanksgiving: @SustainableBzORshares our #ORaginfographic with some other cool stories.ow.ly/fGyfa

November 28th
Interesting story. RT @ECOTROPE: Turning water-hogging juniper trees in the Oregon desert into sustainable lumber ow.ly/fEqnS

November 27th
Sprawl-induced infrastructure makes it worse. RT @landpolicy: State/local govts $7 trillion in debt ow.ly/fCj6O @statesproject12

November 22nd
Here's something to share at the #Thanksgiving table: Our infographic celebrating Oregon farming. Say thanks with us: ow.ly/fuhA4

November 20th
.@OPB's Oregon Experience aired documentary about Rajneeshees last night. Strange moment in Oregon history (and ours): ow.ly/frRj7

November 16th
.@Salem_Statesman shares our T-day #ag infographic. Amazed by the many, many crops for which Oregon's top 5 nationally:ow.ly/fm6XI

November 14th
50 yrs ago tonight, Tom McCall helped launch new awareness about environmental quality with "Pollution in Paradise" documentary. Thankful for all who continue that legacy today.

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