July 1, 2016
Weather: July Outlook and the June Monthly Climate Summary
Fifteenmile Road Fire Update – Wasco County Emergency Management
ABC Huskies Child Care Preschool Program Registration Now Open!
A Giant Birthday Celebration with Sherman County Connections, July 17
Antique Car Tour Troutdale to The Dalles, July 23
North Central Public Health District Board Executive Committee Meeting, July 12
Congressman Walden Secures Funding for Homeless Veterans
BOLI Creates Expensive Mess for Businesses with Minimum Wage Rules Going Into Effect Today
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
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1.Weather: July Outlook and the June Monthly Climate Summary
You can find the July outlook and the June
monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at
2. Fifteenmile Road Fire Update – Wasco County Emergency Management
Fifteenmile Road Fire Update; 8:30AM July 1, 2016:
All evacuations notices have been lifted at this time. Caution is advised as firefighting efforts continue in the area and personnel and equipment are still present.
3,500 acres have burned as of 8:30AM. The fire is roughly 60% contained.
An American Red Cross shelter site is open at The Dalles Middle School, 1100 East 12th Street, The Dalles.
Drivers on I-84 East and West bound between The Dalles and Biggs Junction are being asked to use extreme caution.
No homes have been lost at this time. 8 to 10 structures have been threatened.
The fire started at approximately 5:35PM on June 30th, 2016.
Agencies responding to the fire include Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, Columbia Rural Fire Protection District, Hood River County Taskforce, Klickitat County, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Land Management.
A public information hotline, 541-506-2792, has been established and will be updated with the most current information.
* No media staging area established.*
Press releases will be forthcoming with information on the progress of efforts to control and contain the fire. Please refer to the Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mid-Columbia-Fire-Rescue/161214397226097 for continuing information as this event develops.
3. ABC Huskies Child Care Preschool Program Registration Now Open!
Start Date: September 2016
Days Offered: Monday – Thursday
Hours: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: ABC Huskies Child Care, 920 Fulton Street, Wasco, OR 97065
Fee: $120/month ($2.50/hr.) (payable in advance)
ABC Huskies preschool program is presented in a small group home environment providing greater individual attention for each child. Our goal is to ensure the beginning of their journey to a lifetime of learning will start off on the right foot.
Before and after school child care is available.
4. A Giant Birthday Celebration with Sherman County Connections, July 17
Sunday, July 17th at 2 p.m. at Sorosis Park in The Dalles, there will be a giant birthday celebration! We are celebrating the 95th birthdays of Eilene Eslinger, Mary Fields (Mary Ann Justesen’s mother) & Nita Hooper. We are also celebrating birthdays of Gertrude Buether, Penny Eakin, Helen (Holmes) Brookings, Rory Wilson & Craig Wood. Hope to see you there! ~ Leta Ann Eslinger
5. Antique Car Tour Troutdale to The Dalles, July 23
Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway is hosting an Antique Car Tour, Saturday, July 23, 2016 from Troutdale to The Dalles. The vintage autos were all manufactured by 1949 or earlier. The tour will conclude at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, which is hosting a BBQ & Brews welcome from 4 to 7 p.m. Barbecue choices include ribs, chicken or burgers. Freebridge Brewing, Sedition Brewing and Route 30 Bottles & Brews will provide locally produced microbrew beer. The arrival of the Antique Car Tour at The Dalles is estimated to be around 4 p.m. where they will pick up Mayor Steve Lawrence to tour the downtown, then travel on Highway 30 out to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. The public will be welcome to come and view the fleet of vintage autos and talk with the owners.
Questions? Contact Susan Buce, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum
6. North Central Public Health District Board Executive Committee Meeting, July 12
The North Central Public Health District Board Executive Committee will be meeting Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at North Central Public Health District, located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room (Annex A), in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.
7. Congressman Walden Secures Funding for Homeless Veterans
When our veterans come home, many face unique challenges integrating back into civilian life. Some never quite do and remain on the fringes of society, unemployed and/or homeless. According to the U.S. Census, in 2015 there were 49,865 homeless veterans nationwide and 1,292 in Oregon. These veterans deserve all the support we can muster to help them overcome obstacles to employment and sustainable housing.
That’s why I was proud to see that Easter Seals Oregon has been awarded a major investment through the federal Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) to support programs in Medford and Grants Pass. With this $200,000 in renewed grant funding for Jackson and Josephine counties, Easter Seals will be able to continue providing skills training, career counseling, stable housing, and other support systems for veterans looking to rejoin the labor force and the community.
This is important work in the fight against chronic homelessness and unemployment among our veterans. HVRP is the only federal program that focuses exclusively on employment of veterans who are homeless. That’s why I have led a bipartisan coalition in the Congress to ensure this funding gets to the veterans who need it most. You can find a copy of the letter we wrote to my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee here >> https://walden.house.gov/sites/walden.house.gov/files/2016%2003-24%20Letter%20to%20Labor-HHS%20Approps%20supporting%20HVRP.pdf. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to our veterans, and we must ensure they get the services and benefits they have earned during times of need.
Please know that I will continue to work to support our veterans, as well as our active duty service members. They deserve nothing less. If you or someone you know is having trouble with the VA, or any other federal agency, please don’t hesitate to contact my office toll-free at 800-533-3303. We’ll do everything we can to get results for you.
It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.
Oregon’s Second District
8. BOLI Creates Expensive Mess for Businesses with Minimum Wage Rules Going Into Effect Today
Salem, Ore. – Today, the first phase of Oregon’s new minimum wage law goes into effect, resulting in an increase of up to fifty cents in Oregon’s minimum wage. According to rules released by Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) on June 15, many Oregon employers will now have to track each employee’s location hour-by-hour, rejecting legislative intent and placing an expensive burden on small business owners with employees operating in multiple locations.
In May, Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) submitted official comments challenging BOLI’s proposed minimum wage rules as inconsistent with legislative intent expressed by supporters of SB 1532. The initial proposed rules redefined “employer location” to reflect where an employee performs their work, not where the employer is based, requiring GPS-like tracking of hour-by-hour employee locations and creating an excessive burden for Oregon employers.
BOLI released new rules on June 15, 2016, fixing the issue of hour-by-hour employee tracking for workers making deliveries, but still requiring other employees, such as a landscaper, to track their location hour-by-hour. The new rules also exempt employees who work more than 50% of the time at a fixed location from hour-by-hour tracking, but employers must still track employee time to prove the employee has exceeded the 50% rule.
“These new rules show an acknowledgement that BOLI disregarded legislative intent and created a mess for employers with employees that operate in different minimum wage regions,” said Ferrioli. “Unfortunately, these new rules don’t go far enough in protecting employers from an expensive new mandate requiring them to track each employee’s location hour-by-hour. Oregon small business owners are already struggling to comply with numerous expensive new mandates from the legislature. BOLI must relieve the burden of hour-by-hour GPS-like employee tracking for all employers, complying with legislative intent and protecting small business owners from even higher labor costs.”
BOLI’s new minimum wage rules go into effect today as the minimum wage increases across the state.
9. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
All Aboard! Rolling on the Eagle Cap Excursion Train http://nwtravelmag.com/6885-2/
The Daily Caller News Foundation http://dailycallernewsfoundation.org/
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Bulletin regarding an addendum to the 2016 Medicaid managed care rate development guide. https://www.medicaid.gov/federal-policy-guidance/federal-policy-guidance.html