Free Solar Viewing at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Aug. 27
Historic Highway Photo Contest
Presentation: National Park Roads: An American Landscape Legacy, Sept. 23
Eye on the Prize
Cascade Policy Institute: Oregon Land Use Regulations
Public Notice: Request for Comment on Aging & Disabilities Waiver
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
1. Free Solar Viewing at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Aug. 27
Bob Yoesle from Friends of the Goldendale Observatory will present a solar viewing free to the public Saturday, August 27, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. Using special safely-filtered telescopes you can view the surface of the sun. This event is free, and will be held, weather permitting, on the museum lawn. Museum admission still applies for visitors who wish to see the exhibits. For more information visit www.gorgediscovery.org.
2. Historic Highway Photo Contest
See details here: https://gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/2016-photo-contest.html?utm_source=Friends+of+the+Columbia+Gorge&utm_campaign=883a2d302b-eNews_08_25_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f086b5c1ad-883a2d302b-244013301
3. Presentation: National Park Roads: An American Landscape Legacy, Sept. 23
Tim Davis, historian with the U.S. National Park Service, presents National Park Roads: An American Landscape Legacy, Friday, September 23, at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. A pre-program dinner begins at 6 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. program. Cost for the dinner and program is $22, the program only is $5. Tickets may be purchased by calling 541-296-8600 ext. 201 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Reservations are required by September 21. For more information, visit www.gorgediscovery.org.
4. Eye on the Prize
If you think positively, does that mean that you shouldn’t pay any attention to things that are negative?
Have you ever listened in on a conversation like this? “People who think positively are OK, but too much of the time they’re out of touch with reality. They’re so busy thinking positively that they ignore the danger signs. The next thing you know they’re in big trouble. When you point out that they could have seen it coming, they don’t like it one little bit. How can you pay attention to both positive and negative things at the same time?”
This is a good question. We know that thinking positively makes us happier, and we want to focus on the achievement of our goals. Then again, we don’t want to walk around with our heads in the clouds, and find ourselves tripping over every “rock in the road” we don’t see. So how do we strike this balance?
Thinking positively does not mean we exclude anything that might be negative. We use our RAS to make sure we are aware of everything that helps us get to our goals. Remember in the message from yesterday, the RAS only lets in information that is of value or threat, as defined by our goals. So if some situation shows up that may delay or derail us on the way to our goals, our RAS makes sure it lets us know. We just need to make sure we pay attention! We then can evaluate the new information, and make a decision to take, or not take, corrective action. The important piece is making sure we are alert by clearly defining our goals.
The same thing is true for corporations, families, any person in any situation. You don’t ignore current reality, but you keep your focus on a positive future – your eye on the prize. ~ The Pacific Institute
5. Cascade Policy Institute: Oregon Land Use Regulations
Oregon has the nation’s most restrictive land-use regulatory system. Every square inch of Oregon has been zoned by government planners, with the result that development of any type is prohibited on most private land. In addition, 60% of Oregon’s total land mass is owned by the government, so there are relatively few parts of the state where real estate markets can function effectively. The result is a government-enforced cartel of landowners who own buildable land. The consequence of any cartel is to drive up the price of the regulated good to above-market levels. The high cost of land in Oregon is one reason why the price of housing is relatively high in Oregon’s largest cities.
While it is often lauded by its proponents as a “model” for the nation, after 33 years no other state has chosen to emulate Oregon’s land-use program. Clearly the Oregon system is more of an aberration than a model, and needs to be drastically reformed to incorporate the benefits of property rights, incentives, and markets.
Ballot Measure 7 passed in 2000, which would have brought some relief, but this measure was overturned by the Oregon Supreme Court. A similar proposal was passed as Measure 37 in 2004, which resulted in roughly 7,500 claims filed for financial compensation (or waiver of regulations) due to the loss of property rights caused by zoning. That law was overturned by Ballot Measure 49, which was voted on in November 2007.
Cascade believes strongly in the virtues of free enterprise, which is based on the enforcement of property rights. This web page includes essays, commentaries and studies related to land-use planning, “smart growth,” and similar subjects.
Continue at http://cascadepolicy.org/land-use/.
6. Public Notice: Request for Comment on Aging & Disabilities Waiver
The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Health Authority are seeking public comment on the submission of the following Medicaid 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services waiver: Aging and People with Disabilities Waiver Renewal (0185). The proposed waiver is available online: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/DataReports/APD%20Waiver%20Renewal%20Draft%208-22-16.pdf.
The following is a summary of substantive changes proposed for the Aging and People with Disabilities Waiver:
* Request to add new service – Wellness Education. Wellness Education materials assist waiver participants to obtain, process, and understand information needed to assist in the management and prevention of chronic conditions.
* In collaboration with National Quality Enterprise, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and DHS, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services, the Quality Improvement System has been revised to more accurately determine quality assurance and quality improvement through performance measures, remediation and system improvements.
* Increase the projected unduplicated number of participants.
* Update cost estimates for the waiver period January 1, 2017- December 31, 2021.
A hard copy of the waiver can also be obtained from any Aging and People with Disabilities or Area Agency on Aging field office or at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building located at 500 Summer St NE, Salem OR.
Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Aging and People with Disabilities 500 Summer St NE Salem OR 97306 and should be received no later than September 27, 2016.
7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
Art Beat Goes To Art In The High Desert, August 27 http://www.opb.org/television/programs/oregon-art-beat/article/oregon-art-beat-bend-art-in-the-high-desert/
Columbia River Gorgeous Blog: Vista House + Grand Piano = One Wild Evening https://columbiarivergorgeparks.wordpress.com/tag/columbia-river-gorge/
Historic Highway Photo Contest https://gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/2016-photo-contest.html?utm_source=Friends+of+the+Columbia+Gorge&utm_campaign=883a2d302b-eNews_08_25_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f086b5c1ad-883a2d302b-244013301
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) To Obama: Designate Owyhee National Monument http://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-owyhee-canyonlands-national-monument-obama-earl-blumenauer/
Warnings of rate hikes as Oregon becomes 1st state to kill coal http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/08/24/warnings-rate-hikes-as-oregon-becomes-1st-state-to-kill-coal.html
Cascade Policy Institute Says NO to Measure 97 http://cascadepolicy.org/blog/2016/08/25/cascade-policy-institute-says-no-to-measure-97/
Oregon Spellers: Statewide Spelling Bee http://www.oregonspellers.org/
The Crop Surplus is Bad News for America’s Farms http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-12/farm-boom-fizzles-as-u-s-crop-surplus-expands-financial-strain
Global Research: Centre for Research on Globalization http://www.globalresearch.ca/
Top 20 Donors to Hillary Clinton’s Super PAC http://www.forbes.com/pictures/hhge45l/hillary-clintons-top-do/?view=beta-b&utm_content=hilldonors&nowelcome&utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=obtraffictest12#9eadbce17585