Background: Trillium Lake in the Mt. Hood National Forest. located 20 miles east of Portland, and the northern Willamette River Valley. Photo by Kelvin Kay

Discovering and Moving to Oregon

Moving to Oregon

History, Geography, Homes, and State Resources of Oregon

Featuring a landscape unique from any other state located in in the nation, Oregon is a mixture of fog and rain on the Pacific Northwest coast continuing east to the Cascade volcanoes, with arid desert prairies further inland.

A wide range of diversity is the mainstay of Oregon's economy. The state historically has been a global leader in the production of lumber and salmon fishing, although today it is a foremost location for high tech services and industries within the Silicon Forest Situated mainly around the Portland area, also 42% of the state population calls it home. Nike, another major employer, with its global headquarters in Beaverton calls Oregon home.

Spanish and English sailors are believed to have sighted the Oregon coast in the 1500s and 1600s. Capt. James Cook, seeking the Northwest Passage, charted some of the coastline in 1778. In 1792, Capt. Robert Gray, in the Columbia, discovered the river named after his ship and claimed the area for the U.S.

In 1805 the Lewis and Clark expedition explored the area. John Jacob Astor's fur depot, Astoria, was founded in 1811. Disputes for control of Oregon between American settlers and the Hudson Bay Company were finally resolved in the 1846 Oregon Treaty, in which Great Britain gave up claims to the region.


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    Oregon Colleges. The Oregon Office of University Coordination is the agency established by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) in 2013 according to ORS 352.002, which provides academic and fiscal co-ordination for seven public universities in Oregon. In early 2015-2016, the Office of University Coordination was authorized to handle academic program approval by the HECC, make budget recommendations for public universities in Oregon, and allocate funds using a model for students' success and completion. Effective July 1, 2014, three universities (University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Portland State University) have separated from the Oregon University system. Effective July 1, 2015, the remaining four universities (Eastern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Southern Oregon University and Western Oregon University) also became independent


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    Oregon is home to three major professional sports teams: the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA, the Portland Thorns of the NWSL and the Portland Timbers of MLS.

    Until 2011, the only major professional sports team in Oregon was the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. From the 1970s to the 1990s, the Blazers were one of the most successful teams in the NBA in terms of both win-loss record and attendance. In the early 21st century, the team's popularity declined due to personnel and financial issues, but revived after the departure of controversial players and the acquisition of new players such as Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge. The Blazers play in the Moda Center in Portland's Lloyd District, which also is home to the Portland Winterhawks of the junior Western Hockey League

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    Oregon Airports. There are 98 airports in Oregon that the public can use. The airports in Oregon are the gateway to the thriving tourism industry in the state. The airports in Oregon have the latest in aviation technology and provide friendly assistance to the passengers.

    There are two international airports in Oregon. These are the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport at Medford and the Portland International Airport at Portland.

    The Portland International Airport at Portland sees more than a million passengers walk through its gates annually. The airport offers many amenities and services such as free WiFi service, a well-equipped business center, restaurants and many retail shops. The airport has wheel chair service and blind assists to help people with disabilities. The airport also has TTY phones, visual paging, easy and accessible parking and accessible parking. The airlines that serve at this airport are American Airlines, Mexicana, Big Sky, Lufthansa, Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Express, Hawaiian Airlines, US Airways, Horizon Air, Air Canada Jazz, Continental Airlines and Jet Blue Airways.

    The Eugene Airport at Eugene is one of the important regional airports in Oregon. The airport offers amenities and services to make the journey a smooth one for the passengers. Some of these are ATMs, restaurants, bars and grilles, a news and gifts shop and special assistance for people with disabilities including wheel chair service and TDY phones. The airlines that serve the airport are Horizon Air, United Express, Delta Airlines, and America West Airlines.

    One can book the tickets of the above-mentioned airlines online. Some of the airlines also offer special fares and discounts for booking tickets online.

    The important airports in Oregon are at Astoria, Portland, The Dalles, Salem, Newport, Eugene, Bandon, Roseburg, Gold Beach, Medford, Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Burns, Prineville, Redmond, Madras, Pendleton, La Grande, John Day, and Baker City.

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