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Corbett Fire Department needs you!

Corbett Fire Department is an all- volunteer fire department that serves the Corbett, Aims, and Springdale communities. Currently the department has 32 volunteers with a Chief who works ½ time. In 2016 the department responded to 470 calls for assistance. Both women and men are urged to apply. In the 2016 recruiting class, two of the members were women. In addition, Tessie Adams a Corbett volunteer, was selected as Oregon Volunteer Firefighter of the year for 2017. All age groups should consider joining; currently the ages of the firefighters in the department range from 20 to 70 years. Training is a high priority and new members are not required to have previous firefighting or medical training. The Corbett Fire Department will provide firefighting and medical training before new members can respond to calls.

Firefighting doesn’t have to involve fighting fire! Last year the department responded to medical calls, rope and water rescue calls, vehicle accidents, hazardous materials incidents, as well as structure, vehicle, and wildland fires. Continue reading

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

God, science, and the Bible agree: there are just two genders: male and female. We’re told quite explicitly in Genesis 1:27 “male and female he created them.”

Biological science confirms this. If a child is conceived with an X+Y combination of genes, he is a boy from the moment of conception and will be a male until the day he dies. If a child is conceived with an X+X combination, she is a girl from the moment of conception and will be a female until the day she dies.

Now Facebook wants us to believe there are 58 genders and that there is no connection between biology and sexual identity. Science fiction tells us there are multiple genders, and that gender is fluid and can change from day to day.

But science tells us something different, that there are just two sexes, with sexual identity fixed at conception. For members of the reality-based community, there are two and only two genders. There always have been just two genders, and there always will be just two genders. Continue reading

John A. Charles, Jr. President and CEO, Cascade Policy Institute

Last month Governor Kate Brown gave a speech to Portland activists promising to secure carbon-pricing legislation in next year’s one-month legislative session. A few days later, she met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and urged him to maintain or expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon.

Clearly, the Governor is getting bad advice about environmental priorities. Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant; it’s a beneficial gas that is essential for plant growth. If the Governor continues Oregon’s “war on carbon,” she will impose great costs on the economy with no offsetting benefits.

Similarly, there was no need for the Governor to lobby on behalf of national monument expansion when Oregon already has plenty of federal land in protected status. She should have used her time with Secretary Zinke to argue for improved management of BLM lands in Oregon, including forest thinning and increased timber harvesting. Without active management, all public lands—including parks, wilderness areas and national monuments—will continue to be threatened by Oregon’s top environmental risk: catastrophic wildfires. Continue reading

Lori Porter

Lori Porter, Parent Rights In Education

CDC and Syphilis
On March 17, 2017, according to the Center for Disease Control there is a return of that once curable venereal disease, syphilis. It crosses all age, socio economic, race and ethic boundaries. April was STD Awareness Month and the theme was Syphilis Strikes Back. The syphilis rates are the highest they’ve been in 20 years and there is a new “antibiotic resistant, pandemic syphilis strain identified”. Half of all new cases are between 15 and 24 years of age.

Can we extrapolate that in 10 years, much like the DARE Program where drug use, point in fact, increased when students in elementary school reached their teens, that there will be a corresponding epidemic of syphilis and other venereal diseases? Maybe. The Dare Program quietly disappeared. Will comprehensive sexuality grooming education quietly disappear? Not a chance…there’s too much big money and control over the lives of your children, besides where do you think Planned Parenthoods trolls for their recruits and customers.

By Paul Driessen

Al Gore’s bombast and hypocrisy, an energy debacle “no one saw coming,” lessons for USA

The Wall Street Journal called it the energy shortage “no one saw coming.” Actually, a lot of people did see it coming. But intent on pursuing their “dangerous manmade climate change” and “renewable energy will save the planet” agendas, the political classes ignored them. So the stage was set.

As an Australia-wide heat wave sent temperatures soaring above 105 degrees F (40.6 C) in early 2017, air conditioning demand skyrocketed. Continue reading

Steven Lyazi is a student and day laborer in Kampala, Uganda.

Mosquitoes and uncaring environmental activists perpetuate poverty, disease and death

After being infected again with malaria last July, I spent almost a month in a Kampala hospital. Paying for my treatment was extremely difficult, as it is for most Ugandan and African families. I was lucky I could scrape the money together. Many families cannot afford proper treatment.

Where and how can they get the money to go back to the hospital again and again, every time a family member gets malaria, when they also need food, clothes and so many other things – or malaria makes them so sick that they can’t work for weeks or even months? Many parents can do nothing except watch their loved ones die in agony, and then give them a simple burial. Continue reading

Buckle up for Hood River County Fair

Country Music Star Sammy Kershaw

A Columbia Gorge summer highlight arrives soon. Loaded with exhibits, family-friendly tradition, and fun for everyone, the Hood River County Fair, returns to the Hood River County Fairgrounds, Wednesday through Saturday, July 26-29. The fair has been named “best in the state.” It’s known for outstanding entertainment, fun activities for kids and adults, a wide variety of displays, and food to please every taste. The fairgrounds are at 3020 Wy’east Road, south of Hood River, Oregon, near the community of Odell. The Hood River County Fairboard organizes the fair, and a wonderful group of community sponsors and hard-working volunteers make it possible.

The fair serves up open class, 4-H, FFA, and commercial exhibits of all kinds, along with carnival rides and midway fun, exotic animals, livestock, daily appearances by dynamic performers, special entertainment every evening—including Country Music’s Sammy Kershaw on Saturday–great activities, and all kinds of delicious food. Continue reading

July is National Picnic Month – therefore, it’s hardly surprising that the following are “official” national holidays to be celebrated this month: National Grilling Month, Hot Dog Month, Pickle Month, Horseradish Month, Baked Beans Month, Ice Cream Month, Watermelon Month, AND let’s not forget that July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day!

• The Battle of Gettysburg, July 1 to July 3, 1863, is considered by many military historians as the turning point of the American Civil War, because it marked the last major attempted invasion of the North by the Confederacy. Continue reading

By Lynne Page, Edward Jones

If you’re going to achieve all your goals, such as sending your kids to college, retiring in comfort and leaving a legacy, you will need to save and invest throughout your lifetime. But to really complete your financial picture, you’ll also need to add one more element: protection. And that means you’ll require adequate life insurance for your situation. However, your need for insurance will vary at different times of your life — so you’ll want to recognize these changing needs and be prepared to act.

When you’re a young adult, and you’re single, life insurance will probably not be that big of a priority. And even married couples without children typically have little need for life insurance; if both spouses contribute equally to household finances, and you don’t own a home, the death of one spouse will generally not be financially catastrophic for the other. Continue reading

By Delia Lopez

This year is flying past. It has been a cold wet year here in Oregon. This is what Steve Solomon, author of “Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades,” would call a cabbage year. If you are growing a garden to actually feed your family you’d better be growing cabbage. Many people till their garden area around May 15 and put in all their starts in a single weekend.

Corn seed rots pretty quickly in cold wet soils, so planting too early or when the ground is still cold will result in very low rates of germination and stunted growth. Yesterday, I saw the first signs of life from my corn area, little two-inch shoots coming up. I soak my seed in warm water to hasten germination. I have found it makes a real difference. Continue reading

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