Author Archives: Victor Flores

About Victor Flores

I am a sports journalist who has spent my whole career in the Intermountain West, first in Idaho and now in Montana at the Billings Gazette/406mtsports.com. I graduated from the University of Oregon in 2014.

Making Something Out of Nothing at the Gateway Mall

By Victor Flores The intersection of Harlow Road and Gateway Street in Springfield, Ore. is by no means a quiet one. Cars can be seen whizzing by the several establishments that line the area throughout the day. Perhaps the biggest … Continue reading

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Marie Beget Takes a Leap of Faith

By Victor Flores Marie Beget has not had a birthday quite like this one. As the airplane door opens, a gust of wind nearly knocks her over. Her heart rate, already high, increases exponentially. She is about to skydive for … Continue reading

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Q&A with Columnist Bob Welch

By Victor Flores Bob Welch is a¬†columnist for The Register-Guard. He writes about sports, the outdoors, war, and much more. He writes a blog for The Register-Guard, called Close to Home, and is the author of several books. His personal … Continue reading

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Oscar Predictions from Gateway Mall Folk

The 85th annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, take place on Sunday February 24th this year. Movie critics are not the only ones predicting who will win the major awards, though. Those who don’t follow movies for a … Continue reading

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Observation Assignment

Cars accelerate down both sides of the busy street as people patiently wait for their bus. A woman is standing next to a trash can as a Latina woman with her son and her sister quietly sit on the bench, … Continue reading

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Gateway: The Good and the Bad

The Gateway neighborhood was not always the gigantic entity it is today. In the city of Springfield, Oregon’s nearly 130 years of existence, the most popular spot in the Gateway area — the mall — has only been around for … Continue reading

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Why’s This So Good?

When I was doing research on good tweeters for last week’s beat post, I stumbled upon this piece on The Guardian’s Film Blog. This article discusses the racial controversies surrounding the recently released film The Impossible. Unfortunately, I couldn’t even … Continue reading

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Hotels, Motels, Holiday Inns, and other places to stay in the Gateway Neighborhood

Shilo Inn Hotel & Suites It’s safe to say dog owners will probably enjoy Shilo Inn Hotel & Suites more than cigarette owners. Among many of this Springfield hotel’s amenities are the prohibition of smoking and the permission of dogs … Continue reading

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Best Tweeters on #RacialIssues

It’s hard to look at the”Tweeters on Racial Issues” part of the title above without thinking of the third link I posted in my first beat blog last week. Those racist tweets directed at President Obama are the first things … Continue reading

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Images from the Gateway neighborhood

The first time I visited the Gateway area of Springfield, Ore. was over two years ago, and my first impression was “what a boring, generic neighborhood.” I felt like I’d seen the same type of mall and surrounding businesses (mostly … Continue reading

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