Willamette Valley http://kplu.org en In Oregon’s Wine Country, Family Holds Onto Oak Tradition http://kplu.org/post/oregon-s-wine-country-family-holds-oak-tradition <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Northwest wine industry has grown tremendously over the last few decades. That’s had a big economic impact, but that growth has also changed the region’s landscape.</span></p><p>In Oregon’s Willamette Valley, you don’t see a lot of oak trees anymore. Spacious oak savannas have been replaced by farms and vineyards. But one family is holding onto an old oak tradition despite the odds.</p><p> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 16:01:00 +0000 Devan Schwartz 11994 at http://kplu.org In Oregon’s Wine Country, Family Holds Onto Oak Tradition Willamette Valley Cities, Counties To Consider 'Compact' http://kplu.org/post/willamette-valley-cities-counties-consider-compact <p>SALEM, Ore. - Local governments in Oregon&#39;s Willamette Valley have made various attempts at regional collaboration in the past few decades. Now, a group is trying to create a more formal relationship. City and county officials meet in Salem Monday to discuss a possible compact to band together on key issues.</p><p>The Willamette Valley stretches from Portland south to Eugene. It includes the state capitol and is known for its diverse agriculture. Some two-thirds of Oregon&#39;s population lives in the valley.</p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 19:40:16 +0000 Chris Lehman 3421 at http://kplu.org