The Northwest Connection

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Don’t miss a “last chance” to find special gifts, holiday decorations, tasty food, and many more necessities for the holidays in a relaxed, fun, and festive atmosphere. The Last Chance Holiday Bazaar–a favorite event of procrastinating holiday shoppers–arrives at the Hood River County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, December 9-10, from 10am to 4pm each day in the Community Building. The bazaar is organized by the Hood River County Fair Board. Admission and parking are free. Continue reading

December 7, 1941 — the day Pearl Harbor was treacherously attacked by the Japanese — was described by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as “a date which will live in infamy.” It was the worst naval disaster in American history, and brought declarations of war by Japan, Germany, and Italy against the United States, and by America against them. For four long years, American men and women served and died on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific, fighting tyranny and eventually bringing liberty across the world. Continue reading

I was a young kid when I first heard a song titled, “Back of the Clouds the Sun is Always Shining.” I do not recall hearing it sung in church since that time, but the words settled in my mind. Often, on a cloudy and rainy day, my heart is warmed by remembering that the sun is always there – I just cannot see it.

A right perspective is essential to the way we handle life. Reality is not always on the surface of a given situation. “Perception is reality” is a familiar statement, but much of the time, it is not true. What we see or hear does not necessarily communicate what is driving the attitude or action. Continue reading

Promotion: Lt. Marc Shrake

With the recent promotion of Chad Gaidos to Captain, he will assume new duties within the agency. Effective December 11th, 2017 Lieutenant Marc Shrake will become the PIO for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
Lt. Shrake has 25 years of law enforcement experience in our community which will prove to be a valuable asset in this new assignment. Lt. Shrake was hired by Troutdale Police in 1991 after serving in the United States Navy. He began his supervisory role in law enforcement in 1998 when he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. After the merger of the Troutdale Police Department with MCSO, Shrake continued his path towards leadership when he was promoted to lieutenant in January of this year. Continue reading

Since the beginning of the Eagle Creek Fire, on September 5, 2017 the Corbett Fire District has been very fortunate. The Corbett Fire District, which protects the western portion of the Scenic Columbia River Gorge lost no structures in the area that is within the fire district, firefighters suffered no major injuries in the week long fire, and even today the Corbett Fire District is still receiving donations from groups wanting to help. Continue reading

Connie Warnock’s Book “My Song” Still Resonates 30 Years Later
Originally published in 1978, Connie’s poems explore love, pain, passion, family, and the power of self-love. This collection of poetry is a representation of growth, victories, faith and love. Enjoy reading… experience life through her eyes in the words of her heart. Connie’s next project is a compilation of 30+ years of dog stories to be released on Amazon Kindle in early 2018. Continue reading

Kathryn Hickok

EdChoice recently conducted a groundbreaking survey of military-connected families seeking to understand their perspectives on K-12 education and school choice. EdChoice is a nonpartisan research organization that promotes expanded educational options for all children.

The survey found that families connected with the military highly value access to better educational environments for their children, want more freedom and flexibility in choosing their children’s schools, and overwhelmingly support school choice programs like Education Savings Accounts. Continue reading

The homosexual agenda is the greatest threat to religious liberty in our nation’s history. That’s why the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, being heard this week by the Supreme Court, is so important. It’s an opportunity for the Court to stand athwart moral anarchy and yell “Stop!”

If the Court fails in its constitutional duty, the light of religious liberty in America will flicker and then fade into complete darkness.

Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, was sued by two homosexuals for politely declining to bake a cake which celebrated their sodomy-based marriage. This was at a time, by the way, when homosexual marriage was still illegal in Colorado. Continue reading

Make no mistake: Mitch McConnell is making a concerted effort to disenfranchise the entire state of Alabama. If Alabama sends Roy Moore to D.C. as their chosen senator, Mitch’s plan is to immediately convene an ethics investigation into Moore and throw him out on the street as soon as humanly possible.

Here is his exchange with Laura Ingraham last night:

MCCONNELL: They’re going to make the decision in Alabama —

INGRAHAM: Should you in the Senate invalidate that by expelling him out? Continue reading

Dr. Tim Ball

Tom Harris

UN climate forecasts are consistently high … consistently wrong … and used to drive policy

Dr. Thomas Sowell, Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, summarized the problem the world faces with climate change policy:  

“Would you bet your paycheck on the weather forecast for tomorrow? If not, then why should this country bet billions on global warming predictions that have even less foundation?” Continue reading

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