Yakima Valley tourism recovering from pandemic losses

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. — Tourism declined heavily in Yakima County during the pandemic, but local tourism officials said the industry is starting to recover from those losses. "Of all the business sectors, the tourism and hospitality industries were some of…

Why face-to-face gatherings still matter

As it turns out, there are real benefits to meeting face-to-face, according to a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Oregon closing in on vaccination goal and reopening economy

Gov. Kate Brown announced that Oregon is close to lifting mask, physical distancing and capacity restrictions statewide. Last month, Brown set a vaccination goal of 70% of Oregon adults receiving at least their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine before reopening the economy. As of Friday, 66% of people who are 18 or older in the state had been vaccinated. For more than a year Oregon has faced some of the nation’s strictest safety measures — county risk levels, mask requirements inside and outside, limited gatherings and restaurants closed for indoor dining. But as vaccination numbers increase, restrictions have been loosened as the state shifts from emergency response to pandemic recovery.