Moving to Southern Oregon during a pandemic

MEDFORD, Ore. – In 2019, United Van Lines said Oregon was the second most popular moving destination. However, currently moving to any city may not be ideal, but, for some, it’s a reality.

Lisa Stadtmiller is 23 years-old, all of those years have been spent in Las Vegas, Nev.

“I’ve been wanting to leave Las Vegas for a very long time. And so I’m so excited to be able to meet new people and be in a new atmosphere,” said Stadtmiller.

Always wanting to explore what’s outside her hometown she decided to move to a totally different valley, the Rogue Valley.

“I just kind of have been waiting for my opportunity and my chance to leave Vegas. Branch out and experience some place new,” said Stadtmiller.

Like many people, Stadtmiller was laid off from her event planning job last month, struggling to find other options.

“A job position opened up in Medford. So [I thought] I’ll apply to this event planning job, just putting it out there just to see what happens,” said Stadtmiller.

Within one week she got the job. Now she has two weeks to pack up her life in Las Vegas and move to Southern Oregon.

“I don’t have all the details worked out yet, but I have to soon since I’m moving so soon,” said Stadtmiller.

As if moving isn’t stressful enough, Stadtmiller says she’s keeping coronavirus in mind.

“It’s definitely crazy and it’s gonna be different because we can’t just do whatever we want, stop where ever we want. We have to be really careful about it,” said Stadtmiller.

Despite all the stressors, Stadtmiller says it will be well worth it.

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Katie Streit
NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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