Bits & Pieces
The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is building a big new home for sea otters, a haven for the marine mammal that remains extinct in Oregon.
The sea otter holding facility will allow the aquarium to care for additional rescued sea otters and facilitate new behind-the-scenes guest experiences.
Sea otters were added to the federal Endangered Species Act in 1977, after decades of fur traders hunted them nearly to extinction in the 18th and 19th centuries. There are strong populations in California, Washington and Alaska.
The aquarium will host future talks about the sea otter reintroduction in the state. The Elakha Alliance recently held the first Sea Otter Symposium in Newport, highlighting the key areas of research needed to successfully reintroduce the mammals on the Oregon coast in the near future.
The aquarium is one of 13 rehabilitation facilities in North America authorized to accept rescued sea otters (and currently has three), but because all have reached capacity, more space will be needed to prevent euthanasia of injured or abandoned pups. The holding facility will be built in collaboration with the Oregon and U.S. Fish and Wildlife agencies.
Funds are being raised to support the holding facility. See www.aquarium.org/give.
Pikas are alive and well in the Columbia River Gorge, where the Eagle Creek Fire ravaged habitat in 2017, according to the Cascades Pika Watch, a collaboration formed by the Oregon Zoo.
Cascades Pika Watch detected 18 sites of pika activity out of 45 surveyed; 112 volunteers logged in 995 hours throughout the summer while collecting data.
"It's encouraging to see pikas living in this region, even in smaller numbers," says Amanda Greenvoss, who oversees the zoo's pika watch program.
Pikas are small mammals related to rabbits, known for distinctive high-pitched calls.
D.B. Cooper radio
Marking the anniversary of the D.B. Cooper hijacking, there'll be a radio performance reimagining the infamous incident aboard a jet airplane involving $200,000 and a man's disappearance.
The Re-Imagined Radio project, led by John Barber, a Washington State University Vancouver professor, puts on "Skyjack '71 — The D.B. Cooper Transmissions," 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., in Vancouver, Wash. Tickets are $8 at kigginstheatre.com, or $12 at the door.
It was written by Dan Wyatt Jr., owner of the Kiggins Theatre. Local actors will perform, including Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle and Vancouver Downtown Association's Steve Becker. Audience members are encouraged to wear Cooper-inspired costumes — mostly black with a white shirt and wraparound sunglasses.
The Regional Arts & Culture Council, after a lengthy national search, has hired Madison Cario as its new executive director. She starts in January.
Cario brings more than 20 years of experience as an artist, presenter, producer and arts leader — she's also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran — and most recently served as the first director of the Office of the Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology.
"Madison Cario is the right leader for RACC at a time when Portland and the region are ripe for incisive action and an inspiring vision for the arts," says Linda McGeady, RACC board chair.
"I believe that everyone deserves an invitation to experience the transformational power and amazing energy of art and creative culture," Cario says.
Cario replaces Eloise Damrosch, who retired in June 2017.
A collection of vintage clothing and accessories from the original Meier & Frank store in downtown Portland will return to the historic building in a new window display designed by Oregon State University students.
The OSU College of Business is The Nines Hotel's newest upstairs neighbor in the iconic Meier & Frank building at 525 S.W. Morrison St. The display will showcase the history of the building and fashion through time in a window located on Southwest Morrison Street.
The OSU College of Business will house the university's design programs — apparel, interior, management, merchandising and retail management — with classes starting in September.