News centers on coronavirus/COVID-19, and the struggling economy, obviously, but others things have been happening. Here's a few items (with some crisis-induced info, too):
• Late Tuesday, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry has announced that it has instituted temporary layoffs, pay cuts and significant cuts to non-staff operating expenses.
OMSI doesn't receive government funding; rather, it relies on earned and contributed revenues for its operating expenses, such as admissions, education and program fees, memberships and facility rentals, all of which have suddenly fallen.
Nancy Stueber, president of OMSI, said more than half of the staff has been temporarily layed off, but that OMSI will pay for health insurance for a period of time.
"This is a difficult situation and it has been a very painful experience for all of us," Stueber said.
For more: www.omsi.edu/covid-19.
• Portland Parks & Recreation plans to close several parks to vehicle traffic on Thursday to help promote safe social distancing practices and discourage overcrowding.
Parks remain open, but PP&R said it's becoming increasingly difficult to maintain the required six-foot distance between park visitors, put in place by Gov. Kate Brown's stay home order.
For more: www.portlandoregon.gov.
• The missing person's case of young Kyron Horman will be the focus of Wednesday's episode (7 p.m.) of "In Pursuit With John Walsh" on the Investigation Discovery channel.
Horman has been missing since June 4, 2010, when his stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, brought him early to Skyline Elementary School. He never made it to his second-grade class, and didn't return home. Authorities have called it one of the largest efforts to find a person in Oregon history.
• Portland-based company Goumi, an infant's clothing line created by Lili Yeo, will be part of the 8 p.m. Friday, March 27 airing of "Shark Tank" on ABC/KATU. Yeo's company, which focused on premature babies, has grown in the past year, and has introduced bedding and expanded sizes.
We'll see if a "shark" bites on her proposal.
For more: www.goumikids.com.
• Reminder: While Oregon State Parks are closed and people are told to stay home, Whale Watching Week continues — online.
You can watch a live-stream of whale watching online on the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel. It has hours of video on the channel.
• A new chick joined the Oregon Zoo's Humboldt penguin colony this week.
"The hatching event went just the way it's supposed to," said Travis Koons, who oversees the zoo's bird population. "The chick appears to be healthy and active, and its parents are caring for it well."
The young penguin began "pipping" (when a chick's beak breaks through the membrane of its shell) this past Friday, and emerged early Monday morning.
The fluffy, pint-sized new arrival — which is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand — is the 191st Humboldt chick to hatch at the zoo since it began breeding the threatened species in the 1980s.
For more: www.oregonzoo.org.
• Nice gesture alert: Gary Cole, co-founder of Portland theater company CoHo Productions, has committed proceeds from sales of his book "Black Box" to support CoHo, in honor of its 25th anniversary season.
The donation comes as the nonprofit theater, like all companies, face unprecedented challenges post by the health and economic crisis.
The book is based loosely on his experience as a producer in a black box theater. CoHo converted a former bookbindery to a 99-seat black box theater in 2001.
"For the price of a ticket to one of our shows, you'll enjoy a book that revolves around a theater very much like ours and celebrates the power of the performing arts," said Philip Cuomo, CoHo producing artistic director. "You can take a break from the news, enrich the time you're stuck at home, and help us get through this daunting challenge to our community."
For more: www.cohoproductions.org.
CoHo has an anniversary party (tentatively) set for April 27.
• A musician, model and actor with a Portland background, Josephine Relli, is enjoying a string of success and attention.
A native of Spokane, Washington, Relli spent much of her youth in Portland. She's now 18, and she's attended the Grammy Awards (drawing photos from Vogue, Glamour and Cosmopolitan) and "1917" premiere, and she's also produced a second album and modeled for brands such as Macy's after attending International Modeling and Talent Association.
She had made her screen debut in Chloe Sevigny's short film, "Carmen."
In Portland, she attended Oregon Connections Academy.
For more: www.josephinerelli.com.
• The Northwest Film Center has announced winners of the 43rd Portland International Film Festival's Future/future competition, which highlights boundary-pushing new cinema from emerging filmmakers and represents some of the most exciting new voices in global cinema.
Winners are "The Fever," directed by Maya Da-Rin (Brazil/France/Germany), and "This is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection," directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Lesotho/Italy).
For more: www.nwfilm.org.
• National Public Radio and Oregon Public Broadcasting have produced a story on how to help musicians and music industry workers during the health/economic crisis.
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