Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Change, Jan. 27
Cabin Fever? Bingo Night at Second Hand Made, Jan. 28
Get On Board Campaign: Run for School, ESD & CC Boards
Oregon Army National Guard Aeromedical Helicoptor Unit to Middle East
Columbia Gorge Community College master plan details 2017 priorities
Oregon Laws: Copies or Inspection of Public Records
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
1. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Change, Jan. 27
High School Basketball
January 27, 2017 – Sherman vs Ione in Moro, JV Girls game starts at 3:30 (2 quarters only), all other games will run on schedule.
High School Basketball
February 2, 2017 – Sherman vs Sunnyside Christian, added JV Boys at 5:00 at the Elementary Gym. Other games stay as scheduled.
2. Cabin Fever? Bingo Night at Second Hand Made, Jan. 28
Come join us for another Bingo Night at Second Hand Made. Friday the 28th at 7PM. We will play 10 rounds of Bingo for prizes ending with a black out round played for store credit. Cards are $1, no limit to how many you can play. Hope to see you there.
3. Get On Board Campaign: Run for School, ESD & CC Boards
The May 2015 election saw the lowest number of candidates for Oregon school board seats in a decade, and nearly three-quarters of all candidates ran unopposed (data: http://bit.ly/2ktz0LU).
To combat that trend, today marks the official launch of the Get on Board campaign (www.getonboardoregon.org), designed to ensure that Oregonians from all walks of life consider investing their time and energy by serving on local school boards. We hope to see sitting board members offer their expertise for another term, and motivate community members — including persons of color — to take up the challenge of volunteer board work.
This new effort by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) comes ahead of the Feb. 4 date when the filing period opens for seats on the boards of local school districts, education service districts (ESDs) and community colleges. Candidates must file by March 16 to be eligible for the May 2017 ballot.
To help prospective candidates answer questions about the process and prepare them to become school board members if they are elected, OSBA Board Development staff will offer two free webinars in February. Dates and registration information are:
??(R) Feb 9: http://bit.ly/2iOYI8m
??(R) Feb 15: http://bit.ly/2jQLuJY
Other campaign resources can be found on a new website at www.getonboardoregon.org.
OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, ESDs and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
4. Oregon Army National Guard Aeromedical Helicoptor Unit to Middle East
SALEM, Oregon — The Oregon Army National Guard’s aeromedical helicopter unit is scheduled to be honored in a mobilization ceremony on Friday, January 27, at 10:00 a.m., at the Salem Auditorium, located at 2320 17th Street Northeast, Salem, Oregon, 97309.
Approximately 70 Soldiers with Company G (Golf), 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, are scheduled to deploy to the Middle East. The company will provide aeromedical support throughout the Persian Gulf region using Blackhawk helicopters. The unit is scheduled to complete pre-deployment training at Fort Hood, Texas, before deploying overseas.
Scheduled to attend the ceremony will be Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, on behalf of Oregon Governor Kate Brown; U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR 5th District); Oregon Representatives Greg Barreto (HD-58, Cove), Paul Evans (HD-20, Monmouth), Teresa Alonso Leon (HD-22, Woodburn), Mark Meek (HD-40, Oregon City), Ron Noble (HD-24, McMinnville); Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon; Brig. Gen. William Edwards, Land Component Commander; among other community and military leaders. The event is open to the public and media is encouraged to attend.
Golf Company, 1-189th Aviation, has a long tradition of answering the call to duty. The unit conducts medical evacuations (medevac), search and rescues, as well as wild land fire suppression operations utilizing HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters. The unit previously deployed to Bosnia for Operation Joint Forge 7, three times to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn, to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian.
“Whether assisting with search and rescue missions and fighting fires here at home or supporting federal missions overseas, this unit lives our motto, ‘When we are needed, we are there!” said Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs, Oregon Military Department.
Aviation assets here in Oregon will continue to backfill to support civil authorities throughout the State of Oregon. Units such as Detachment 1, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation, with their UH-72A Lakotas based in Salem; and elements of 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, with their CH-47F Chinooks based out of Pendleton are prepared to assist the state when needed.
5. Columbia Gorge Community College master plan details 2017 priorities
A constant focus on student success, outreach to the region’s Hispanic community and reinvigorated industry partnerships provide the compass points in 2017 for Columbia Gorge Community College, which entered the New Year with a strategic roadmap to turn those priorities into reality.
The “Institutional Master Plan” builds upon the college’s seven-year journey to become an independently-accredited institution of higher education. The college gained academic independence in September 2012, an accomplishment that streamlined its ability to award financial aid, qualify for federal grants, and design new academic programs that respond more quickly to regional needs.
In 2015, as the college pursued its vision of becoming “the first option of choice for education and training,” it identified two key priorities, of growing enrollment and improving student success, and then launched a broad community-based effort to turn that vision into reality. The result is the 2016-19 master plan, which outlines four urgent goals:
- Ensure the class schedule responds to the real-world needs of students, recognizing that people must often balance their studies with part-time or full-time employment and family responsibilities. Central to this is a “guided pathways” model that identifies, for each student, the most timely and cost-effective route to completion of a degree or certificate.
- Become a Hispanic Serving Institution, a federal designation recognizing non-profit colleges and universities with at least 25 percent Hispanic enrollment. Columbia Gorge Community College already exceeds that measure, but its overall enrollment does not yet reflect the community at large. Forty-three percent of Hood River County School District’s student body and 34 percent of students enrolled in North Wasco County School District are of Hispanic heritage. The goal also encourages outreach to other underserved populations, including people living in rural poverty.
- Improve student success by better coordinating the work of student services, instruction, facilities, the business office, information technologies and the college’s foundation. Key to this is formation of a “Student Success Team” to review internal processes and recommend improvements. Eric Studebaker, the college’s Chief Student Services Officer, reviewed the team with college directors in December and the team is now in place.
- Design a comprehensive marketing plan to ensure broad public awareness of the college’s readiness to serve the region’s education and workforce training needs.
“While the master plan identifies many other goals and activities, these are the top four priorities we intend to pursue in 2017,” said Chief Academic Officer Lori Ufford, one of the report’s co-authors. “This is the roadmap we’ll follow as we ensure our mission of ‘building dreams, transforming lives’ has real meaning for all of those we serve.”
“The plan reflects guidance from college patrons from many walks of life,” added Stephanie Hoppe, college foundation director, who also co-authored the master plan. “We invite people to stay informed about the college’s progress in the months ahead. It’s going to be an exciting year!”
Beginning this spring, Columbia Gorge Community College will prepare a monthly electronic newsletter titled “College Currents,” providing updates on the institutional master plan and other college activities, initiatives and special projects. To subscribe, please contact Dan Spatz, community outreach coordinator, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (541) 506-6034.
6. Oregon Laws: Copies or Inspection of Public Records
2015 ORS 192.440¹
Copies or inspection of public records
- written response by public body
- waiver or reduction
- procedure for records requests
(1) The custodian of any public record that a person has a right to inspect shall give the person, upon request:
(a) A copy of the public record if the public record is of a nature permitting copying; or
(b) A reasonable opportunity to inspect or copy the public record.
(2) If a person makes a written request to inspect a public record or to receive a copy of a public record, the public body receiving the request shall respond as soon as practicable and without unreasonable delay. The public body may request additional information or clarification from the requester for the purpose of expediting the public body’s response to the request. The response of the public body must acknowledge receipt of the request and must include one of the following:
(a) A statement that the public body does not possess, or is not the custodian of, the public record.
(b) Copies of all requested public records for which the public body does not claim an exemption from disclosure under ORS 192.410 (Definitions for ORS 192.410 to 192.505) to 192.505 (Exempt and nonexempt public record to be separated).
(c) A statement that the public body is the custodian of at least some of the requested public records, an estimate of the time the public body requires before the public records may be inspected or copies of the records will be provided and an estimate of the fees that the requester must pay under subsection (4) of this section as a condition of receiving the public records.
(d) A statement that the public body is the custodian of at least some of the requested public records and that an estimate of the time and fees for disclosure of the public records will be provided by the public body within a reasonable time.
(e) A statement that the public body is uncertain whether the public body possesses the public record and that the public body will search for the record and make an appropriate response as soon as practicable.
(f) A statement that state or federal law prohibits the public body from acknowledging whether the record exists or that acknowledging whether the record exists would result in the loss of federal benefits or other sanction. A statement under this paragraph must include a citation to the state or federal law relied upon by the public body.
(3) If the public record is maintained in a machine readable or electronic form, the custodian shall provide a copy of the public record in the form requested, if available. If the public record is not available in the form requested, the custodian shall make the public record available in the form in which the custodian maintains the public record.
(4)(a) The public body may establish fees reasonably calculated to reimburse the public body for the public body’s actual cost of making public records available, including costs for summarizing, compiling or tailoring the public records, either in organization or media, to meet the person’s request.
(b) The public body may include in a fee established under paragraph (a) of this subsection the cost of time spent by an attorney for the public body in reviewing the public records, redacting material from the public records or segregating the public records into exempt and nonexempt records. The public body may not include in a fee established under paragraph (a) of this subsection the cost of time spent by an attorney for the public body in determining the application of the provisions of ORS 192.410 (Definitions for ORS 192.410 to 192.505) to 192.505 (Exempt and nonexempt public record to be separated).
(c) The public body may not establish a fee greater than $25 under this section unless the public body first provides the requestor with a written notification of the estimated amount of the fee and the requestor confirms that the requestor wants the public body to proceed with making the public record available.
(d) Notwithstanding paragraphs (a) to (c) of this subsection, when the public records are those filed with the Secretary of State under ORS chapter 79 or ORS 80.100 (Definitions for ORS 80.100 to 80.130) to 80.130 (Place to register as buyer of farm product, commission merchant or selling agent), the fees for furnishing copies, summaries or compilations of the public records are those established by the Secretary of State by rule, under ORS chapter 79 or ORS 80.100 (Definitions for ORS 80.100 to 80.130) to 80.130 (Place to register as buyer of farm product, commission merchant or selling agent).
(5) The custodian of any public record may furnish copies without charge or at a substantially reduced fee if the custodian determines that the waiver or reduction of fees is in the public interest because making the record available primarily benefits the general public.
(6) A person who believes that there has been an unreasonable denial of a fee waiver or fee reduction may petition the Attorney General or the district attorney in the same manner as a person petitions when inspection of a public record is denied under ORS 192.410 (Definitions for ORS 192.410 to 192.505) to 192.505 (Exempt and nonexempt public record to be separated). The Attorney General, the district attorney and the court have the same authority in instances when a fee waiver or reduction is denied as it has when inspection of a public record is denied.
(7) A public body shall make available to the public a written procedure for making public record requests that includes:
(a) The name of one or more persons to whom public record requests may be sent, with addresses; and
(b) The amounts of and the manner of calculating fees that the public body charges for responding to requests for public records.
(8) This section does not apply to signatures of individuals submitted under ORS chapter 247 for purposes of registering to vote as provided in ORS 247.973 (Status of signature on voter registration card as public record). [1973 c.794 §5; 1979 c.548 §4; 1989 c.111 §12; 1989 c.377 §2; 1989 c.546 §2; 1999 c.824 §5; 2001 c.445 §168; 2005 c.272 §1; 2007 c.467 §1]
7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
Oregon Bid Network http://www.oregonbids.com/
Building Permits https://aca.oregon.accela.com/oregon/
Oregon Building Codes http://www4.cbs.state.or.us/ex/bcd/juris_lookup/index.cfm?fuseaction=lookup.reset
The American Spectator https://spectator.org/about/
Stephen Fry on Political Correctness and Clear Thinking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJQHakkViPo
Almost all U.S. presidents have been Christians http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/01/20/almost-all-presidents-have-been-christians/?utm_source=Pew+Research+Center&utm_campaign=8353c6f74e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_01_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3e953b9b70-8353c6f74e-399522629
Debate 2009: The Catholic Church is a Force for Good in the World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZRcYaAYWg4
Stephen Fry’s debate, with Christopher Hitchens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SJ6AV31MxA
Ron Wyden, Senator for Oregon https://www.wyden.senate.gov/meet-ron/biography
Americans and Cybersecurity http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/01/26/americans-and-cybersecurity/?utm_source=Pew+Research+Center&utm_campaign=8353c6f74e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_01_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3e953b9b70-8353c6f74e-399522629