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We know tax time isn’t always enjoyable, but making a small donation can make a big difference. When you donate to the Nongame Wildlife Fund on your Oregon state tax form, you help our state’s most vulnerable species through research, habitat improvements and other conservation actions.

Small change can make a big difference!

  • Conservation programs are now in place for many sensitive species including Western pond turtle, Townsend’s big-eared bat and Willamette Valley grassland birds.
  • Much work is done yearly to improve habitat on private and public lands.
  • Bald eagles in Oregon went from 65 breeding pairs documented in 1978 to 570 in 2010 and that number continues to rise.

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Multnomah County Republican Party Chair, James Buchal

The Multnomah County Republican Party (MCRP) regrets to report that the Multnomah County Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission is proposing to reject a petition challenging Councilor Eudaly’s misuse of taxpayer funds by pressing City employees into service to go door to door to solicit votes in the November elections.

The Commission’s tentative findings, to be approved at a Commission meeting to be held February 20, 2019 (at 2:00 p.m. at the Commission’s offices at 808 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 540), are that:  (1) the event was lawful; (2) the event was “consistent with the City’s mission;” and (3) “the budget included appropriations for this event”.

The findings were based on language in the City’s 2018-2019 Budget for the Office of Community and Civil Life, which reported that the City’s “10-year performance metrics” for the office included “increasing voting and participation in activities relating to local elections”.  According to the Commission, because Oregon law allows budgeting by “organizational unit,” multimillion dollar general Continue reading

Eric Fruits, Ph.D.

Eric Fruits, Ph.D. joined Cascade Policy Institute February 1 as Vice President of Research. Fruits is president and chief economist at Economics International Corp. and is an adjunct professor of economics at Portland State University. Cascade Policy Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research and educational organization based in Portland.

Fruits has been a long-time academic advisor and contributing analyst for Cascade Policy Institute. His most recent report, Ride-Hailing as a Solution for TriMet’s High Cost Bus Lines: A Proposal for a Pilot Project, was published in January. As Vice President of Research, Fruits will lead Cascade’s policy team and serve as an expert analyst of Oregon state and local public policy issues. Continue reading

As mentioned last month, we can learn a great deal from the Blue Zones. Blue Zones, circled in blue ink, by researchers looking at longevity on a world map, are areas on our glorious blue-green earth where people live the longest. Most of these areas of longevity are in other places in the world, save for one which is in the United States.

The area of our nation with the lowest rates of heart disease, and diabetes, and even obesity, is Loma Linda, California. Let’s start studying Blue Zones with this area as it most likely is the most “user-friendly” area worldwide for those of us who live in the United States. The people of Loma Linda, California statistically live about ten years longer than most of the rest of our nation. Hmm…let’s find out why. Continue reading

Tj Saling Caldwell, Director of Apple of His Eye Charity

Valentine was the name of a Roman Priest who lived in AD 200’s during Emperor Claudius’ reign. Claudius was an evil ruler who hated Christians and was against the spread of Christianity. One form of persecution he used against Christians was to refuse young couples the right to marry. The sanctity of marriage meant nothing to him. He was much more interested in building his army to maintain his empire. Claudius wanted a strong army and he thought unmarried soldiers would fight harder and longer than married ones.

Valentine, on the other hand, strongly believed in the right to marry and say vows in the site of God and did everything he could to help young couples in love become wed. He even secretly married couples under the cover of night.
Claudius eventually found out and Valentine was caught and imprisoned for this action. Continue reading

Nettie Connett with Bobcat.
Courtesy of Nettie Connett

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be good to include in the February issue a column of advice to the lovelorn. And who better to host such a feature than that paragon of romance, Nettie Connett?

In the hills of East Clackamas County, somewhere between Sandy and Timberline Lodge, the Sandy Historical Society ought to locate an exquisite rock cliff facing westward, lit by the softening rays of the setting sun.

There they should cause to be carved a miniature, localized version of Mt. Rushmore; only instead of four American presidents, we would be able to gaze up at the figures of such local heroes as Sam Barlow, Francis Revenue, Lige Coalman, and—Nettie Connett.

Yes, Nettie is arguably the most colorful figure in the history of East Clackamas County, and her legendary feats are legion. She even had her picture in Time Magazine, with a bobcat she had killed. It seems everyone has a story or two about her ability to stand on her head on a barstool, or walk on her hands across Pioneer Blvd. Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

When we were first painted, our colors were dazzling… we were called …. precious… priceless… beautiful… cute

But as time went on we began to HEAR the MOCKING sounds from other paintings…“I’m smarter…I’m stronger…I’m richer…I’m prettier…I’m better…”

Before long we accepted the lie that our value was based on COMPARISON. We began to DOUBT our worth. We felt the need to PROVE it (both to ourselves & others).

In some HOMES parents UNDERMINED their children’s worth, saying, “You’re such an embarrassment to me.” “You’re nothing but trouble.” “You’re always blowing it.” “Why can’t you be like your sister?” “You’ll never amount to anything.” Continue reading

The Commissioners have scheduled public hearings on creation of a new ‘county wide’ vehicle registration fee that would be in addition to the present state vehicle registration fee. The first public hearing is on February 7th, followed by a second public hearing on February 21st when the Commissioners are expected to pass the new (tax) fee.

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Our pastor has been speaking for the last few weeks about ways in which Jesus described God, His Father. This past weekend he spoke of God’s GENEROUS nature. I like it when God is generous to me. But I find that when God seems MORE generous to someone else, I hear the voice of ENVY screaming with me, “It’s not fair!” At times, do you hear this same voice inside you?

There is always going to be someone who has more money than me, is smarter than me, or enjoys better health than me. Every time I turn on the television, I am bombarded with advertisements that seek to convince me that “I deserve to have it my way.” That may be fine when it comes to burgers, but that’s a Continue reading

A camper interacts with a Madagascar hissing cockroach at the East Side Community Center in Portland Oregon Oregon Zoo/ photo by Carli Davidson

Beginning Feb. 11, kids ages 3 to 5 (and parents in some cases) can enjoy the Oregon Zoo’s newest camp offering: Critter Club.
“Preschoolers are natural explorers,” said Alison Heimowitz, the zoo’s school and teacher liaison. “And Critter Club taps into that proclivity in order to help cultivate the skills and passion that will shape tomorrow’s conservation leaders.”

Each three-day class — developed specifically for little ones and led by education professionals — features imaginative play, movement, storytelling and live animal interactions.

“What’s the Buzz?” focuses on bees, butterflies and other important pollinators. Kids explore the inside of a beehive (safely), build a “bee hotel,” dress up like bats, tour the zoo’s butterfly conservation lab, and plant native flowers for their own backyard or neighborhood.

For “Safari Adventure,” kids ride a magic Jeep to the savanna in search of African wildlife big and small. Campers can feed a giraffe, solve an animal mystery, touch a lion pelt, cast animal tracks and meet some African arthropods.
For more information or to register, visit or call 503-220-5774. Continue reading

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