• Alaska's Fortress of the Bear Plans to Expand

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    Bear Necessities

Fortress of the Bear, a safe haven for orphaned bears in Sitka, Alaska, is hoping to expand its facilities in 2019. The proposed new visitor center will include a number of features to enhance the guest experience, such as an indoor expansion on the bear-viewing deck and a larger gift shop with ground-floor bearviewing windows. The center, which was founded in 2002, is currently home to nine bears and receives more than 20,000 visitors each year. The mission of the organization is to nurse orphaned cubs back to health. The organization’s long-term goal is to start a pilot rehab and release program for the state of Alaska (which currently does not allow for the release of orphaned bears in the wild). fortressofthebear.org

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Portland will be home to the first Ritz-Carlton in the Pacific Northwest. Developer BPM Real Estate Group is bringing the brand to the city, with an anticipated opening in early 2023. Plans call for a 35-story tower with 251 hotel rooms and 138 residential units, including eight penthouses.

 

Although several cities are opening up again, many offices are still enforcing work from home policies. As they did when Stay at Home first began, plenty of organizations are still offering webinars with insights on how to tackle the new normal. Gaining new knowledge is a great way to use extra time that might have been spent on a commute. 

Here at M+E, we’ll keep the following list updated, as some webinars are live and some are pre-recorded. Please email lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com to add more applicable webinars to the list.