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Gov. Brown gets a Jewell for Valentine's Day

Governor and her husband dined with former Secretary of the Interior and her husband.

COURTESY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR - Sally Jewell, former secretary of the Department of Interior under President Obama.Oregon Gov. Kate Brown spent Valentine's Day on a triple date that included a former cabinet secretary.

Brown and her husband Dan Little broke bread with former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and her husband Warren, as well as Brown's Natural Resources Policy Adviser Jason Miner and his wife Tara, at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14, according to her calendar.

Jewell was in town to headline a Roadmap To The Outdoors Symposium convened by Little, whose special project as first gentleman of Oregon is to promote outdoor recreation. The symposium was intended to identify barriers to outdoor recreation and businesses, tour operators, organizations and "individual outdoor adventurers" were encouraged to attend the summit.

The group dined at the Mediterranean Exploration Company, a restaurant in Portland's Pearl District "serving innovative cuisine from the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond," according to its website.

Jewell, a mechanical engineer who got her start in the oil industry and rose to become CEO of REI before leading the Interior Department, ran the department from 2013 until the end of President Barack Obama's term.

Little is a former natural resources biologist, database and mapping whiz for the U.S. Forest Service.