An Economic Boost for Coos Bay
For more than 100 years, generations of Oregon families have relied on Coos Bay’s maritime and rail commerce to make their living. Lottery dollars are helping renew the rail system in southern Oregon, creating jobs and sparking life back into this once-neglected resource.
So Oregonians in this area did what they do best: come together. The local community approached the Port of Coos Bay about buying and operating the rail line. The port agreed and with help from an Oregon Lottery funded grant, a series of nine tunnels along the tracks were repaired. The tunnels are vital to keeping the tracks open so the line could run trains once again.
A Vital Link Restored
Restoration of the tunnels are complete and trains from the Coos Bay Rail Line once again serve Coos, Douglas and Lane counties, boosting the economic success of the area. This vibrant and renewed rail supports 10 shippers and 1000 family wage jobs. But the ripple effect includes jobs for local vendors, contractors and companies from Oregon.
As Oregon’s economy grows, ebbs and changes – southwest Oregon’s regional prosperity continues to depend on the port and rail line. Lottery dollars are helping keep these jobs in rural Oregon and creating new opportunities in the national and international marketplace.
Thanks to Connect Oregon and Oregon Lottery providing the funds, we have been able match the federal government’s grants. We’ve been able to conduct these major projects that otherwise would never have happened.— John Burns, CEO, Oregon International Port of Coos Bay
Turning Waste Wood into Energy
Good economic news for Grant County is coming from the timber industry, with a new Torre faction plant in John Day expected to bring 13-17 full-time jobs.
Willamette Heritage Center
Salem’s Willamette Heritage Center has received nearly $6,500 in preservation funds from the Oregon Lottery.
Prineville Airport Improvements
Prineville Airport is flying high because of a $2 million Lottery grant through the Oregon Department of Transportation and ConnectOregon. The grant helped to replace an old fuel system and build a facility for the Central Oregon Rapellers.
Albany’s Hebrew Cemetery Reclaimed
As frequently happens with our early cemeteries, the Albany Hebrew Cemetery had fallen into disrepair. Weeds and invasive vegetation had grown out of control. Many grave markers lay in ruined pieces. As sad as these conditions are at any burial ground, they were especially regrettable at this unique cemetery. The cemetery documents the lives and final resting sites of the Willamette Valley’s original Jewish settlers. As early as the 1870’s, a small community of Jewish families had settled in the Albany area. The tragic death of an infant death in one of these families was the catalyst that brought them together in an organized way. Together they founded the First Hebrew Congregation of Albany. In 1878, one of these families, the Senders, deeded the land that became the cemetery to the congregation.
A Park for Adventurers
Rugged and vast, Cottonwood Canyon is one of Oregon’s largest state parks at over 8,000 acres. Bordered by another 10,000 acres of federally-maintained public lands, this special place gives a new depth of meaning to the phrase “getting away from it all”. Before white settlers took hold of this land, the river was known as the Mah Hah to the Native Americans. In the 19th Century it was renamed the John Day River as part of a privately-owned cattle ranch. Between 1964 and 2008, the canyon and surrounding property were purchased by Oregon State Parks and the Western Rivers Conservancy. Seeking to protect the canyon while allowing the public to access the breathtaking area, Cottonwood Canyon became an Oregon State Park in 2013. With help from Oregon Lottery dollars, it’s been transformed into a unique wilderness and recreation experience for Oregonians and visitors alike. In 2019, more than $2 million in lottery dollars helped fund a learning center, cabins and restrooms, making it easier for visitors to set up a base camp from which to explore all Cottonwood Canyon has to offer. Plans are in the works to build a boat launch for easier access to the clear and open waters of the John Day, the largest free flowing river in the western United States. This undammed waterway is home to a year-round angler’s delight. Winter native steelhead, catfish and summer small-mouth bass mean the fish are constantly biting. Down the road, there’ll be even more ways to access the wild, back country of Cottonwood Canyon. Whether you choose to visit when spring turns the hills green or in winter when snow blankets the cliffs, just make sure you go to this unique and special place. It’s a perfect sample of the natural beauty of Oregon.
LOTTERY DOLLARS DOING GOOD THINGS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
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Fast Lane Crossword
Tighten your seat belt, pop that turn signal down, glance over your shoulder and hit the gas pedal…It’s time to whip into the Fast Lane! For $3 you’ll get the joy of playing a Crossword Scratch-it, and you might just wave that checkered flag ticket in the air to celebrate a $25,000 top prize win. At your next pit stop, fuel up your fun tank with Fast Lane Crossword.
Cash Machine II
Hear the steam whistle as the machine cranks out the cash. It’s like Willy Wonka created a fantasy machine to pump out prizes. In fact you can win up to 25 times on a single ticket. Some lucky winner will even claim a top prize of $100,000. Who’ll get the golden Cash Machine II ticket? Look for it at the store and it just might be you!
Dare you enter the dragon’s lair to seek your fortune? Tread very carefully and stay alert—fire breathing creatures are nothing to mess with! But the brave among us will play for a chance to win a dragon’s fortune, a top prize of $100,000. Look for the scaly beast on your next Scratch-it run—that’s Dragon Fortune!
Return of the Kraken
The Kraken’s back, striking awe and a little fear into the hearts of sailors everywhere. But this fearsome monster of the deep isn’t all bad! After all, it surfaces only rarely and this time, it’s bringing a deep-sea fortune with it. So ready yourself for Return of the Kraken—and a chance at a top prize of $75,000!
Have you ever had a butterfly settle softly on your shoulder? It’s said to be a sign of good luck. What a great theme for this exciting Scratch-it, Butterfly Bingo! Match the caller’s numbers to the numbers on any of the five cards included on your ticket. A butterfly symbol means a free space—another step closer to completing that all important “Bingo!” Flit, float, or flutter down to your nearest store and look for the butterflies for your Bingo Scratch-it fun!