Category: News Ticker

Greg Walden Votes to Fully Fund Community Health Centers

House passes funding extension of Community Health Centers and other public health priorities WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives today passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government, by a vote of 245-182. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) pushed to include two years of full funding for Community Health Centers in the government funding measure, and voted for its passage today. The CR provided FY2018 and FY2019 funding for Community Health Centers, as well as: the National Health Service Corps, Teaching Health Centers, Special Diabetes Program for Type I diabetes, Special Diabetes Program for Indians, and Title V...

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Women, Words & Music at Josephy Center for Arts and Culture

Join Wallowa Valley Music Alliance on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Josephy Center for Arts and Culture to celebrate words and music by local women. Songs and readings by a variety of performers will be featured as part of the women’s art exhibit on display in the gallery during the month of March. Music will be performed by local a capella group Harmony Rising, plus musicians Lauren Bihr, Meredith Brann, Emma Carlson, Janis Carper, Carolyn Lochert, Heidi Muller, and Laura Skovlin. Featured readers include Lauren MacDonald, and Kristy Athens, (Get your Pitchfork On). This will be the fifth year of collaboration between the Music Alliance and Josephy Center on this popular event. Admission is...

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Senator Dennis Linthicum: Ratepayer Protections

One of my bills, the Ratepayer Protection Act (SB 1552) will be heard on Wednesday, Feb. 14th. This bill has several sections designed to cap costs for Oregon energy users. The bill proposal would help establish strong, consistent policies aligned with keeping electric rates as low as possible. Specifically, one piece of the legislation would prohibit a public utility from exceeding a 4.5 percent rate of return. Utility Companies can freely ask the Public Utility Commission (PUC) for rate increases. These increased payments come from the customers, who are businesses, households, commercial and industrial users. These ratepayers are the...

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Fish and Wildlife Commission reclassifies marbled murrelet as state-endangered

PORTLAND, Ore – The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Friday to move the marbled murrelet, a small seabird that nests in older forests, from threatened to endangered under the Oregon Endangered Species Act. This decision affects lands owned, managed, and leased by state agencies but will have no direct impacts on private landowners. Staff at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will now develop survival guidelines on state-owned, managed, and leased lands for the Commission to consider at its June 8 meeting in Salem. Survival guidelines are quantifiable and measurable guidelines necessary to ensure the survival of individual...

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USDA Announces Its Priorities For The Next Farm Bill

Even though the USDA doesn’t write the Farm Bill which covers agriculture and food policy, it does advise Congress, as lawmakers draft the once-every-five years omnibus legislation. Stephanie Ho and Gary Crawford have some of the highlights from USDA’s recently announced list of Farm Bill priorities in this edition of “Agriculture USA”. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Gary Crawford. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. President Franklin Roosevelt. http://www.wallowavalleyonline.com/home/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/USDA-Announces-Its-Priorities-For-The-Next-Farm-Bill.mp3 USDA Announces Its Priorities For The Next Farm...

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Free fishing days Feb. 17-18 in Oregon

SALEM, Ore.—It’s free to fish, crab or clam on the Saturday and Sunday of President’s Day Weekend, Feb. 17-18, so take a friend! During these two days, no fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag and a Columbia River Basin Endorsement) are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon. Although no licenses or tags are required, all other regulations apply including closures, bag limits and size restrictions. “Free Fishing Weekends are a great opportunity for friends and families to get out and enjoy a day or two of fishing,” said Mike Gauvin, ODFW recreational fisheries...

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Tunesmith Night, Saturday, February 10, at Sugar Time Bakery

  The Wallowa Valley Music Alliance presents another edition of Tunesmith Night, a monthly showcase of original music. The Saturday, February 10 show features songwriters Mike Mallory, May Arden and Eric Sinclair. The program moves to a new location this month—Sugar Time Bakery in Enterprise. They have just reopened in the newly renovated Burnaugh Building on North River Street and will provide the perfect atmosphere for our listening audience. Eric Sinclair May Arden Mike Mallory For Mike Mallory, the song is the thing. Mallory has been playing music professionally since age 15. That would be since, 1968. Early on,...

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Winter Fishtrap Dinner at the Grange

February 17, 2018 6:00pm – Social Hour 7:00pm – Dinner   Hurricane Creek Grange Hall Join us for a wintery evening feast,celebrate the return of Winter Fishtrap, and support Fishtrap programs. Featuring local food prepared by Lynne Curry and Paula Ausitn, music by Darrell Brann, a silent auction, and more. Tickets are $45 and are available in advance  online, or at the Bookloft. Limited Seating Get your tickets...

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Oregon State Archives to Host First-Ever Black History Month Exhibit “Black in Oregon, 1840-1870”

SALEM, OR — On February 5, the Oregon State Archives, a division of the Oregon Secretary of State’s office, will unveil its first ever Black History Month exhibit entitled, Black in Oregon, 1840-1870. The exhibit will feature stories, photos, and documents of early black pioneers in the Pacific Northwest. “For the first time in Oregon history, we will unveil an exhibit written through the eyes of black Oregonians, for the benefit of all Oregonians,” said Secretary of State Dennis Richardson. “Our state has a long history and record of racial inequality and prejudice. Using the records in the Oregon State...

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Rep. Greg Barreto’s Newsletter February 2, 2018

Dear Friends,   Many of you have expressed an interest in being updated on what bills will be heard in the committees I am on. Below is a list of what will be heard next week. I have started including the Revenue Committee. Although I don’t serve on this committee it is important to keep you updated on these because this is the committee where major tax increases are heard.  ~Greg Barreto     Business and Labor Committee   February 5 Public Hearing and Possible Work Session   HB 4048 Requires principal real estate brokers to complete real estate continuing...

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Senator Dennis Linthicum: Constant Clamor

This week I joined as a Co-Sponsor of HB 4005 – the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act because for the past twenty years pharmaceutical prices have been sky-rocketing upwards. US drug prices have long out-paced historical norms and there is no foreseeable downward pressure on the cost curve. I’ll be the first to admit that government intervention is problematic because it creates a constant clamor for more government. Once some segment of any industry gains a legislated upper hand then everyone else rushes in for more legislation and government grows. Congressional meddling, over-regulation and unintended consequences, stemming from well-meaning...

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USDA Hopes American Indians Respond to AgCensus

USDA is urging all American ag producers, especially American Indians, to turn in their Ag Census forms. (Stephanie Ho and Longino Bustillos, NASS statistician for New Mexico) http://www.wallowavalleyonline.com/home/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/USDA-Hopes-American-Indians-Respond-to-AgCensus.mp3 USDA Hopes American Indians Respond to...

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