A Quorum of the Sherman County Court, July 9
All County Prayer Meeting, July 3
Weather: July Outlook & the June Climate Summary
Hansell Cancer Legislation Passes the Legislature Unanimously
Columbia Gorge Community College launches community, business survey
Getting the Message Across
Weekly Unemployment Benefit Payments Increase
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
“Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules. That these rules shall be as equal as prudential considerations will admit, will certainly be the aim of our legislatures, general and particular.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)
1. Notice. A Quorum of the Sherman County Court, July 9
A quorum of the Sherman County Court will be present for a Building Codes meeting with Wasco County to be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the Wasco County Administrative Office, 511 Washington Street #101, The Dalles, OR 97058.
2. All County Prayer Meeting, July 3
The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday July 3 @ the Grass Valley First Baptist Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can. ~ Red Gibbs
3. Weather: July Outlook & the June Climate Summary
You can find the July outlook and the June monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pdt/climate/climateSummary/climateSummary.php?stationID=MORO3
~ Marilyn Lohmann, National Weather Service Pendleton – 541-276-7832
4. Hansell Cancer Legislation Passes the Legislature Unanimously
The Legislation has been signed by the Governor
SALEM, Ore.— State Senator Bill Hansell’s legislation providing greater insurance coverage for Proton Beam Therapy has been signed by Governor Kate Brown following a unanimous passage in the Legislature. Senate Bill 740 establishes a statewide standard that health care plans cover Proton Beam Therapy on a basis no less favorable than the coverage for radiation therapy.
Proton Beam Therapy is a form of particle therapy that uses a beam of protons to irradiate cancerous tissue. Proton Therapy is unique in that the protons stop after depositing radiation doses in the cancer cells and does not damage healthy tissues. This leads to fewer side effects for patients. More about Proton Beam Therapy can be found at the National Association for Proton Therapy.
Hansell (R-Athena) released the following statement:
“As a nineteen-year cancer survivor and former patient of Proton Beam Therapy, I’m proud that this legislation passed unanimously. Proton Beam Therapy can save lives while ensuring that patients have minimal side effects. This innovative FDA approved treatment should be a viable option for Oregon cancer patients and this legislation is the bridge to make that happen.”
Hansell worked with medical providers, fellow legislators and representatives from the insurance industry in crafting the bill.
5. Columbia Gorge Community College launches community, business survey
It’s been 43 years since a group of community volunteers in The Dalles decided the Columbia Gorge needed better access to jobs training and an affordable pathway to higher education. That grassroots initiative resulted in creation of the “Treaty Oak Area Education District,” later and better known as Columbia Gorge Community College.
From its origins in downtown The Dalles, the college expanded steadily, now with campuses in Hood River and The Dalles and an ever-growing presence on-line.
This summer the college is inviting people across the region to offer their perspective on how this two-year public institution is doing its job. Is CGCC responding to the education and training needs of students, business and industry partners, district taxpayers, and the regional community at large? Is it fulfilling its mission of “Building dreams and transforming lives by providing lifelong educational programs that strengthen our community”?
And, what else should decision-makers at the college need to know? This summer’s community and business survey provides people with an opportunity to provide feedback and offer suggestions. The survey opened June 28 and continues through August.
6. Getting the Message Across
How effective are you at getting your message across when you speak? Whether it’s speaking to large groups or small, if you think you could be better, here are a few pointers that might help.
When speaking to groups of people, there is more going on that just the words we use. The actual words we say are only part of the picture when it comes to getting people to remember what we have said. You have probably noticed this before, but it may not have been at the conscious level.
Whether you are speaking in front of a large group, to your kids, or with your boss – they aren’t just listening to your words. Your non-verbal body language – what you are wearing, how you stand or sit, your posture, eye contact, tone of voice – all carry a strong message. For example, if you say, “Tell me about it” to your children, but don’t stop what you are doing and you don’t look directly at them, what you are really saying is, “You are not important enough for me to pay attention to you.” Now, you may not actually say these words, but your children get the message.
Using your voice effectively is important, too. You can set the tone of a conversation by how loudly or softly you speak, and you can emphasize the parts you really want remembered by raising or lowering your voice. Of course, you already know about the impact of smiles and frowns. A smile usually means approval, openness and approachability. But even smiles can be threatening if they don’t match the content of what you are saying.
Effective communication has become a critical component of successful organizations. If you want to be a good communicator, pay attention not only to what you say, but also to the way you say it. The way we say things betrays the agenda (personal or organizational) behind the words. And that is often what will be remembered, long after the words themselves are forgotten. ~The Pacific Institute
7. Weekly Unemployment Benefit Payments Increase
The amount paid to people filing for unemployment insurance benefits has increased. The maximum weekly benefit amount someone can receive will increase from $624 to $648, while the minimum amount will increase from $146 to $151. The change affects new unemployment insurance claims filed on or after June 30, 2019. Those with existing unemployment insurance claims will continue to receive the same weekly amount they have been receiving.
Oregon’s Unemployment Insurance program provides temporary, partial wage replacement for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. The income provided to unemployed workers partially stabilizes the economy in local communities experiencing high unemployment during economic downturns. The Unemployment Insurance program also promotes reemployment and the preservation of a trained, local workforce for businesses during economic downturns. The Unemployment Insurance program administers unemployment insurance benefits, such as federal extensions when they are available, and other specialized programs with partners that include the United States Department of Labor and other state agencies.
Under Oregon law (ORS657.150(4)), each year the Oregon Employment Department recalculates the maximum and minimum amounts of unemployment insurance benefits people can receive. The amounts are set as percentages of the average weekly wage earned by Oregonians. The minimum benefit amount is 15% of average weekly wage, and the maximum amount is 64%. Both dollar amounts are rounded down to the nearest dollar, as required by law.
Higher wage growth in 2018 resulted in a 3.4% increase to the minimum weekly benefit and a 3.8% increase in the maximum weekly benefit compared to a year ago.
8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do