CONTENT

  1. Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District, Watershed Council Meeting, Feb. 14

  2. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Jan. 25

  3. Frontier Digital Network Board of Directors Meeting, Jan 25

  4. Merkley, Wyden Applaud Expansion of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

  5. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s Statement on the Owyhee Canyonlands

  6. Accountability: It’s Time to Be the Pebbles

  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do


1. Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District, Watershed Council Meeting, Feb. 14

Sherman County SWCD & Watershed Council are hosting their Annual Meeting & Outreach Workshop together! Come join us for an evening of good company, food, and entertainment for Valentine’s Day!

What: SWCD & Watershed Council Joint Annual Meeting & Soil Health Workshop

Where: Grass Valley Pavilion (Highway 97, Grass Valley OR 97029)

When: February 14th, 2017, 5:30 p.m. social hour, 6:00 p.m. dinner

Food & Drink: Paradise Rose Chuck Wagon Catering & Moody Tollbridge Winery (cash only)

Speaker: Jill Clapperton—soil health

Cost: Prime Rib Dinner—$18.00 a plate, kids 3 and under eat free

Please RSVP no later than February 8th

so we can plan accordingly — 541-565-3216 x 3.

See you all there!

* A little about our speaker: Jill Clapperton is the Principal Scientist, Co-founder and owner of Rhizoterra Inc. and a well-known international lecturer and advocate for practices that promote soil health. Founded in April 2011 by Jill Clapperton and Fred Fleming, Rhizoterra Inc. believes that soil health is the foundation of agriculture. They work to demonstrate and promote the link between healthy soils and the production of nutrient dense food. Their strategies include whole system planning for crop, livestock, and/or integrated crop and livestock systems.

** The district complies with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate. Anyone needing special accommodations for this event is to contact the District 72 hours in advance at 541-565-3216 x 3.

~ SWCD & Watershed Council Staff


2. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Jan. 25

FRONTIER TELENET

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Burch Building Conference Room

401 Fourth Street Fossil, Oregon

– Alternate –

Wheeler County Court House Courtroom

701 Adams Street Fossil, Oregon

January 25, 2017

2:00 PM

The agenda includes public input/comment, additions to the agenda, review of previous minutes, review & approval of financial report, inter-entity fund transfer, other-general, public input/comment & next meeting. The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n)(D).


3. Frontier Digital Network Board of Directors Meeting, Jan 25

FRONTIER DIGITAL NETWORK

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Burch Building

401 Fourth Street, Fossil, Oregon

– Alternate –

Wheeler County Court House Courtroom

701 Adams Street Fossil, Oregon

January 25, 2017

3:00 PM (Time Approximate)

The agenda includes public input/comment, additions to the agenda, review of previous minutes, review & approval of financial report, Discussion/Possible Action Item SIEC Grant, other-general, public input/comment & next meeting. The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n)(D).


4. Merkley, Wyden Applaud Expansion of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Thursday, January 12, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today welcomed the news that President Barack Obama is expanding the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon, helping to protect the environmental quality and recreation opportunities that are essential to the region’s way of life and economy.

The monument expansion comes at a critical time for the Cascade-Siskiyou region, as climate change and intensifying development create new threats to this unique and biodiverse area. Scientists and local leaders, including the City Councils of Ashland and Talent, had pressed for the expansion to help protect the plant and animal species that exist nowhere else on the planet and to safeguard the region’s tourism and recreation economy.

“Today is a great day for Southern Oregon,” said Merkley. “The Cascade-Siskiyou area, where three mountain ranges converge creating a unique and spectacular landscape seen nowhere else in the world, merits the recognition and expanded protection that President Obama gave it today. I deeply appreciate the time and energy of the many Oregonians who came to public meetings and submitted comments on this proposal. Their thoughtful input helped to inform the President’s final decision on both the expansion and its boundaries, and I will continue to press to ensure that their voices are heard as a management plan for the new monument area is formed.”

“Oregonians know that the Cascade-Siskiyou Monument possesses an unrivaled beauty, with natural wonders in every corner and a spectacular landscape that hosts not just diverse ecosystems but recreation opportunities known around the world,” Wyden said. “That’s why I have worked for years to protect this Oregon treasure and its irreplaceable qualities. From pushing the Interior Department nearly two decades ago to first designate this monument to including protections for these lands in various pieces of legislation, I am proud to see this unmatched landscape will remain rugged for decades to come.”

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is located at the convergence of the Cascade, Siskiyou and Klamath mountain ranges. This meeting point between different regions has fostered one of the most biodiverse regions in the country, with unique plant and animal species that can be found nowhere else.

In August, Merkley and Senator Ron Wyden wrote to the Obama Administration to urge them to consider expanded protections for the area. In October, Merkley hosted a public meeting in Southern Oregon with the Deputy Secretary of the Interior for the Administration to gather local input. Hundreds of Oregonians, including local elected leaders and representatives of local tribes, attended the meeting and more than one hundred individuals testified. Jackson and Klamath Counties held additional meetings to gather public input and provided that input to the President.

The senators also included a smaller expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in the Oregon and California Land Grant Act.


5. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s Statement on the Owyhee Canyonlands

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) issued the following statement on the successful effort to block a national monument designation in the Owyhee Canyonlands:

“The conclusion of the Obama Administration, without a national monument designation in the Owyhee Canyonlands, marks a long-awaited victory for the people of Eastern Oregon. The vast majority of ranchers, farmers, and local residents in the area made their voices heard in opposition to this proposal pushed by big-city corporate and special interests.   Without their consistent pushback, it is quite likely that the outgoing administration would have – yet again – locked up more of our lands without meaningful public input. Their hard work allowed me to make the case to the President that a monument would bring yet another layer of federal regulation to the Eastern Oregon landscape and the people who live there.

“I look forward to working with President Trump and his administration to rebuild public trust in the management of our federal lands. That work begins today.”


6. Accountability: It’s Time to Be the Pebbles

Some days it’s good for us to remember that one person cannot solve the challenges of the world. Solving challenges is the work for each one of us.

If you want to, you can find problems in every part of the globe. Set your mind to find them, and it won’t take you long to fill a very large piece of paper, perhaps an entire notebook. You see, if you look for trouble, you will find it. However, the reverse is also true. If we look for areas of opportunity and solutions, we will find them as well.

Some folks look for opportunities to change the way things “are” by asking the question, “What would it look like if it was fixed?” Then they ask themselves, “What can I do to help?”

Each of us needs to look for solutions to the challenges around us, no matter how small. If we walk past the small things, we will never be in a position to make a bigger difference.  We also deny the opportunity for the “ripple effect” to go to work. You know the ripple effect: drop a pebble in a pond and watch the ripples moving out from where you dropped the pebble. Eventually these ripples touch every part of the pond. Each of us has the potential to be that pebble, hopefully for the good of all.

So today, let’s start taking accountability for our little corners of the world. Be the pebble for positive change in what you see. With enough pebbles, we’ll see a wave of positive change sweep around the globe. ~ The Pacific Institute


7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

bird.owl.limbA Brief History of Numerical Systems http://ed.ted.com/lessons/a-brief-history-of-numerical-systems-alessandra-king?utm_source=TED-Ed+Subscribers&utm_campaign=5bd5f7e3d4-2013_09_219_19_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1aaccced48-5bd5f7e3d4-48668497

Follow the Money – Political Campaigns  http://www.followthemoney.org/

Follow the Money – Oregon Political Campaigns http://www.followthemoney.org/election-overview?s=OR&y=2016 

Map. Nuclear Vs Non-Nuclear Powered Countries: 2016 Facts http://britishbusinessenergy.co.uk/nuclear-vs-non-nuclear/

Poland’s Territorial Changes 1635-Present – Life, Death & Rebirth http://brilliantmaps.com/poland-territory/

Oregon recreational marijuana tax brings in $60 million  http://www.ktvz.com/news/oregon-recreational-marijuana-revenue-tops-60-million/282413753

Miniature moth with fancy pompadour to be named after Donald Trump http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0118/Miniature-moth-with-fancy-pompadour-to-be-named-after-Donald-Trump

Obama commutes sentences of Portland-area convicts, some with serious charges http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/341223-221462-obama-commutes-sentences-of-portland-area-convicts-some-with-serious-charges


 

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