Wednesday, April 27, 2011

4/28 Andrew Apodaca Talks with Jean Kurtz

Jean Kurtz - The Director of the Roseburg Visitors and Convention Bureau

Jean serves as Director of the Roseburg Visitors & Convention Bureau and has been in the position for 16 years. She's been promoting the area for many years – positioning it as the “Land of Umpqua” which has an area that goes from the high Cascade Mountains near Crater Lake National Park from the east, to the Pacific Ocean to the west. Roseburg is the “heart” of the land, where visitors can receive all the services they need for their vacation.

Roseburg and several surrounding communities provide a glimpse into the past as you enjoy visiting their historic structures and districts. A descriptive brochure of Historical Tours of Roseburg homes and buildings is available at the Roseburg Visitors & Convention Bureau. Our Self-Guided Tour Map will help you plan your Historic Tour of the Land of Umpqua.

R
oseburg is a good hub and spoke destination - Crater Lake is 104 miles east - access via scenic byway. The Oregon Coastline is 90 miles to the west. Tour local wineries - Oregon's only drive through exotic animal park that includes a restaurant for lunch.

Jean is originally from the east coast (New Jersey) but fell in love with the wide open spaces of the west and in particular the lush, green open spaces of Oregon. The lifestyle is relaxed, the people are friendly and there are outdoor recreation opportunities everywhere. She personally loves to travel and explore new places. Her first introduction to the west was visiting Yellowstone National Park – and she moved out west in 1975 soon after her visit to the west.

Friday, April 22, 2011

4/21 Andrew Apodaca Talks With Dan Van Slyke, Rancher and Executive Director for Wildlife Safari


Born and raised in Roseburg, Oregon Dan’s family originated from the original pioneer Rose family who settled in the Umpqua Valley in the early 1840’s. Dan is married to his high school sweetheart Trace and they have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

Dan and Trace own and operate a 200 acre ranch in the mountains of Glide, Oregon. They produce an organic cow/calf operation and maintain a timber management program on their property.

Dan graduated from Roseburg High School in 1973. After attending Oregon State University he began a career in small business where he owned and operated several retail grocery stores, a produce company, a restaurant and a logging company.

Dan has spent many years in community development and served as a county commissioner for Douglas County. Dan is currently the executive director for Wildlife Safari. The safari is a 600 acre drive-through wildlife park with an emphasis on education and conservation.

414-Andrew Apodaca talks to Kernin Stienhauer of Seven Feathers Resort & Casino


About Seven Feathers

In 1992, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians opened the Cow Creek Bingo Hall. Today, Seven Feathers is a full Nevada-style casino with 1300 Slot machines, Table Games, live Poker, Keno and Bingo. Seven Feathers features 68,000 square feet of gaming space, including non-smoking casino areas, and is Southern Oregon’s largest facility of its kind. More than 1 million guests visit Seven Feathers Casino Resort annually.

Seven Feathers Hotel amenities include 147 deluxe guest rooms, indoor heated pool, two hot tubs, sauna, fitness center and locker rooms. Other hotel features include full concierge service, continental breakfast, complimentary morning newspaper, free access to fitness and recreation facilities, cable television, Pay-per-View movies, in-room hair dryer, coffee service, and complimentary valet parking as well as turn down and room service. Other services include adjoining rooms, rollaway beds and cribs, at no charge.

The current expansion adds 154 new hotel rooms, a day spa and a 250-seat buffet within the confines of a new 5-story hotel which will be located directly behind the existing. Other highlights include two outdoor courtyards, an expanded video arcade and a glass walkway connecting the hotel to the gaming floor.

Treat yourself to fine dining in the Camas Room, enjoy traditional favorites 24-hours a day in the Cow Creek Restaurant, or take a seat in the Stix Sports Bar's great atmosphere complete with full-service bar, 19 televisions and a tasty variety menu. Unwind in the Cabaret Lounge with a full-service bar where you can watch top notch entertainment seven nights a week.

Seven Feathers is known for bringing great entertainment to the area from country, oldies, rock & roll, specialty concerts and comedy shows. Also sporting events such as boxing, rodeo and pool tournaments. Check the events page for current and upcoming listings.

Shop the Gift Gallery, it’s full of apparel, Native American art, beautiful home d├ęcor, sundries and much more.

If you're snowbird, spend the night at the nearby Seven Feathers RV Resort or if you're here for a brief visit, try our day use lot.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

4/21 Andrew Apodaca Talks With Dan Van Slyke, Rancher and Executive Director for Wildlife Safari!

Born and raised in Roseburg, Oregon Dan’s family originated from the original pioneer Rose family who settled in the Umpqua Valley in the early 1840’s. Dan is married to his high school sweetheart Trace and they have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

Dan and Trace own and operate a 200 acre ranch in the mountains of Glide, Oregon. They produce an organic cow/calf operation and maintain a timber management program on their property.

Dan graduated from Roseburg High School in 1973. After attending Oregon State University he began a career in small business where he owned and operated several retail grocery stores, a produce company, a restaurant and a logging company.

Dan has spent many years in community development and served as a county commissioner for Douglas County. Dan is currently the executive director for Wildlife Safari. The safari is a 600 acre drive-through wildlife park with an emphasis on education and conservation.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

4/7 Andrew Apodaca Talks with Diane Clerihue Smith


Diane Clerihue Smith is a wine and food enthusiast who runs Oregon Wine Country Lifestyles a catering and events business specializing in wine country cuisine. She teaches wine & food pairing cooking classes and writes several wine columns as The Girl on Grapes focusing on the Umpqua Valley, Oregon AVA. A recent transplant from northern California wine country Diane moved to Southern Oregon and the Umpqua Valley specifically for the wine. She is dedicated to sharing her passion for Umpqua Valley wines and the wine country lifestyle.

For more info on Diane, check out her blog! http://thegirlongrapes.blogspot.com/