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Tokatee Falls by award winning nature photographer Nancy J. Smith

By Vintage Wood Artist Sharon Jones

This year’s three-day Heart of the Country art show and sale features artists known for their expertly crafted works. Most have exhibited widely; and each is known for creating unique pieces that bring Northwest character to life.

Seven-time national award winning nature photographer and Pacific Northwest wall calendar creator, Nancy J. Smith, has been capturing her stunning images for 27 years. Known for her ability to bring waterfalls, landscapes, flora and fauna to life in large format prints, she is now transferring those images onto metal so that the frame-less pieces transform surfaces on which they are mounted.

Artist and retired educator Sharon Jones commented on the genesis of her work “My love of art goes back to 1974 when I Continue reading

Local animal advocates suggest that you have a plan in place for your pets before an emergency strikes. In Oregon, the most likely emergency threats are wildfires, winter ice/snow storms, flooding, earthquakes or even volcanic eruptions.
Prepare a 72-hour shelter-in-place pet emergency supply kit
If you and your family and pets must wait out a storm or other disaster at home, be prepared with adequate supplies (i.e. food, litter, water, medication).
If you must evacuate, take your pets with you
Occasionally, what is expected to be a brief evacuation can turn into days or weeks. Plan ahead for a safe place to take your pets. Evacuation shelters may not allow pets. Continue reading

Kathryn Hickok, Cascade Policy Institute

State economists have confirmed that individual Oregon income taxpayers will receive kicker refunds next year. Based on the May revenue forecast, more than $463 million will be returned to taxpayers as a credit on their 2018 tax bills, with the average refund being $227.

But with the news that the coming refunds will reduce our tax liabilities, some are criticizing the way the kicker law works, while others argue the money really belongs to the state, not the taxpayers. They argue that as long as any group of Oregonians—or any state government budget item—has a “need” for that money, then the money should go to them instead of back to the individuals who earned it. Continue reading

The Stevenson Volunteer Firefighters Association hopes to move forward as planned with Walking Man Brewing’s 15th Annual Hoptoberfest.  The event is scheduled for this Saturday, September 9th from noon to 10pm on the brewery grounds in Stevenson, WA. Partnering in early 2017, Walking Man Brewing offered to dedicate a portion of the event’s proceeds to help the Association in its mission to serve the community of Stevenson. In light of the fires still threatening the Columbia River Gorge, the hope is to find needed relief and an outlook of optimism and gratitude. Continue reading

Current Evacuation Levels for Eagle Creek Fire as of 09/07/2017 10:30am
Evacuation levels remain unchanged. Please continue to monitor MCSO for any changes.

MCSO is in constant communication with fire officials to determine when it is safe for residents to return to their homes. As soon as it is deemed safe, the evacuation levels may be downgraded or lifted allowing residents to return to their homes.

Warrendale – Level 3 GO!
Dodson – Level 3 GO!
Larch Mountain- Level 3 GO!
Latourell- Level 3 GO!
Bridal Veil – Level 3 GO!
Corbett, East of the 38700 block of Columbia River Highway – Level 3 GO!
Corbett/Springdale, West of 38700 block of the Columbia River Highway to the Sandy River – Level 2 Be Set.
Troutdale, East of 257th, North of Stark, West of the Sandy River — Level 1 Get Ready

Evacuation shelter is established at Mt. Hood Community College located at 3691 NE 17th Drive, Gresham OR.

BBB Warns of a Nationwide Consumer Alert

An Oregon victim reported to Better Business Bureau Serving the Northwest that she was scammed when she purchased a fishing license from what she thought was the official Oregon Fishing and Wildlife website. BBB has seen a rise in complaints nationwide regarding websites that appear to be selling fishing and driver’s license, but are in fact selling downloadable informational guides. BBB is partnering with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to warn consumers about these deceptive licensing websites. Continue reading

“Planned Parenthood had been on a legal winning streak, piling up decisions from judges who have ruled that states can’t stop the country’s largest abortion clinic network from receiving federal grant money.

But they suffered a major setback last week when a federal appeals court ruled that Arkansas can kick Planned Parenthood out of its network of Medicaid-approved health providers. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer, Follow me on Twitter: @BryanJFischer, on Facebook at “Focal Point”

The one thing that almost everybody is getting wrong about the riot in Charlottesville is that the confrontation was not a matter of left versus right, but left versus left. Both sides in this tragic showdown grew in the soil of regressive American liberalism.

As Dinesh D’Souza has pointed out, white nationalism is a leftwing creation. The KKK is the creation of the Democrat Party, which was also the party of Jim Crow legislation. It was the party that used sheriffs, police dogs, and firehoses to block school house doors to black children and to prevent marchers from crossing the bridge in Selma.

The media is relentlessly pounding the phrase “white nationalism” because it has the word “nationalism” in it. Donald Trump does not stand for white nationalism, but for American nationalism, but the media is conditioning the American people to think “racism” every time they hear the word “nationalism,” which is why 76% of Democrats, according to a Suffolk poll, believe, with absolutely zero evidence, that the president is a racist.

It was the Democrat Party whose white senators filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act and fought against the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Both of those bills only became law because they had more Republican than Democrat support. Continue reading

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