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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

As an investor, you may be gaining familiarity with the term “market correction.” But what does it mean? And, more importantly, what does it mean to you?
A correction occurs when a key index, such as the S&P 500, declines at least 10% from its previous high. A correction, by definition, is short-term in nature and has historically happened fairly regularly – about once a year. However, over the past several years, we’ve Continue reading

Pastor Bill Ehmann, Wood Village Baptist Church

As students across most of America enter the classroom this month, they will be met with the latest technical assistance for learning – personal computers, large video screens, calculators, audio headsets, well-lighted classrooms and indoor restrooms. There will be comfortable facilities and equipment for just about any sport desired. Even young children will have a cell phone with internet connection so that Google is one voice command away.
As I reflect on this, and then ponder the scene of my early days in school, I wonder how we learned anything at all. At that time, we did not have even one of the items listed above. 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.

By Jim Kight, Former Mayor of Troutdale

Photo Credit: The National Wildfire Coordination Group

As I sit here at my computer in Troutdale the night air is heavy with smoke. My eyes burn, the yard and cars are covered in a very thick ash from the forest fire raging out of control in the Columbia Gorge. It started as a small fire apparently due to a young 15-year-old boy playing with fireworks. It has grown to over 10,000 acres and the fire has jumped the Columbia River and started a forest fire in Washington. The fire is still not contained but fortunately because of the firefighters from Gresham and Portland the iconic Multnomah Falls Lodge has been saved. Continue reading

Current Evacuation Levels for Eagle Creek Fire as of 09/06/2017 7:00am
Evacuation levels remain unchanged overnight. Please continue to monitor MCSO for any changes.

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.

By Paul Driessen

Erroneous recent calculation highlights need to assess renewable energy sustainability claims

It’s amazing, though hardly surprising, how quickly some used Hurricane Harvey’s devastation to claim that fossil fuel emissions are driving catastrophic climate change and weather. Their proffered solution, of course, is to replace those fuels with “clean, sustainable, renewable” energy. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

In a world awash with very serious problems, Oregonians seem trapped in an alternate reality. Our senior U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is most concerned about collusion with Russia, when a fat, belligerent, and very erratic tyrant in another far off land is fast acquiring nuclear weapons that will soon be able to strike the United States. Which cities beyond Alaska are most vulnerable to die in an instant with a brilliant flash of light? Seattle and Portland.

We seem to live in a parallel universe dominated by fantasies of collusion, sanctuary for criminal aliens, marijuana shops, transgender bathrooms, fashionable energy, and, of course, politicized science. Continue reading

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