Keith Tymchuk has been a high school educator for thirty-six years. He served six terms as the mayor of Reedsport, has been Port of Umpqua Commissioner for twenty-three years, is a member of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust Board of Directors, The Central Lincolns People’s Utility District Board of Directors, and is the Convener for the Oregon South Coast Regional Solutions Advisory Team. In his spare time, you will often find him standing in the Umpqua River, or its various tributaries, fly rod in hand, chasing steelhead.
In many ways, the story of Reedsport is a microcosm of the story of Oregon. Since the mid-1800s, the town has seen economic booms driven by abundant natural resources and has endured long periods of bust as those resources dwindled and priorities changed. Reedsport has both flourished and floundered. The …