Not the fault of the longstanding street festival.
We spoke with Chad Stover from the Mayor's office the night of the Last Thursday shooting. Asked him to pass on to the mayor that Last Thursday is not the reason for the shootings and to consider the two as unrelated, especially with the rise in violence all over the city recently.
We got an email back from the mayors office (the next day!) and they said they have no plans on altering Last Thursdays On Alberta because of this incident, and recognize it as a larger issue.
This is good news for lots of local makers and small companies like Little Bay Root. I can personally think of several small businesses that grew out of Last Thursday, including us. It is an important and vibrant part of our community, not just for visitors, but local makers as well.
Let's keep it clean, be respectful of visitors and vendors and especially eateries, drinkeries and shops.
Squatch Out, Oregon!