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The Oregon State Capitol is seen during spring in this 2018 file photo. The cherry trees on the Capitol grounds may be doomed. 

ROSE (roz) n. One of the most beautiful of all flowers, a symbol of fragrance and loveliness. Often given as a sign of appreciation.

RASPBERRY (raz’ber’e) n. A sharp, scornful comment, criticism or rebuke; a derisive, splatting noise, often called the Bronx cheer.

We hereby deliver:

• ROSES to the delightful sequel to Travel Oregon's "Only Slightly Exaggerated" video. About a year ago, Travel Oregon connected with a wonderful video, animated in a style inspired by Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki, that sang the praises of Oregon, with only a handful of lies interspersed among the beautiful images: Whales, for example, do not fly through the sky. And giant rabbits do not frolic amidst the state's tulip fields.

But no matter. The point is, the first video was a spectacular success. And now it has a sequel, released last week, with the title "Only Slightly (More) Exaggerated."

The sky whales have returned in the two-minute clip. But the new video features other Oregon landmarks, including Neskowin's Proposal Rock, which comes to life. The video travels to the Oregon Dunes, peers into the Oregon Caves and imagines a tree creature of some sort soaking in Umpqua Hot Springs. It has dogs — dozens of adorable dogs, racing through a field. The video ends in Portland, which is covered with blubber as one of the sky whales explodes.

No, no — we made that last part up.

The $4 million campaign was created by Portland's Wieden+Kennedy. Animation was done by Psyop and Sun Creatures, with a score by Jim Dooley. It's a worthy sequel to last year's wonderful effort.

• ROSES to the Oregon House of Representatives for passing a bill that should help ensure that the state continues its welcome momentum toward open records. The House this week approved House Bill 2430, which eliminates the sunset date for the state's Public Records Advisory Council.

As you may recall, the council — which advises and provides oversight for the state's public records advocate and works to develop policies and procedures about public records — was established by the 2017 Legislature, one of a handful of legislative actions that has helped to at least partially reverse the slow erosion of the public's right to access documents about their local and state governments. But the council was laboring under a sunset date. House Bill 2430 makes the council permanent and establishes three-year terms for its members. The Senate should act quickly to pass the bill. 

• RASPBERRIES to news that the two double rows of flowering cherry trees in front of Oregon's Capitol building in Salem may be doomed. The Oregonian reported this week that civil engineers hired by the state are due to report later this month about how best to fix leaks in the parking structure that sits underneath the trees.

The trees were planted in 1991, the same year that the underground parking structure was built. Since 2015, the structure's roof has been leaking, and there's fear that the roots of the trees could be contributing to the problem.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department manages the trees and has a plan in place to replace them, if that becomes necessary. Still, it would be a shame to lose the trees.

• ROSES to the mid-valley's public safety officials, who have been working all week to rescue people who have been threatened by rising waters; thanks largely to their efforts, no deaths or serious injuries have been reported thus far because of this week's flooding, but there have been some close calls.

Some people just got caught off-guard by rapidly rising rivers and creeks, and we're sympathetic to that — after all, it can be surprising just how quickly rivers and streams in the mid-valley can rise.

But others became trapped because they underestimated the power of flood waters, driving around road closure or high-water warning signs. Others were cut off after ignoring evacuation warnings.

Whatever the reason, it didn't matter to public safety officials; they responded to every call for help, in some cases putting themselves at risk in these efforts.

The area's rivers finally are receding; as we wrote this Thursday night, the Willamette at Corvallis was expected to fall below flood stage at about 11 a.m. Friday. But waters throughout the mid-valley still are running high and fast, and they're still dangerous. Take heed. (mm)

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