Fasten Emergency Information on Your Child’s Car Seat
Smart Phone Camera Tips Offered in Upcoming Class
Classes: Fiber Arts, Knitting, Leather Jewelry, Photography, Pottery & Sculpture
Calling all aspiring poets! Online Poetry Classes Beginning, Sept. 23
Corps of Engineers officials: Bonneville navigation lock to return to service Sept. 30
Greg Walden Statement on EPA’s Revision to Waters of the United States
A Vintage Evening Benefit at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Oct. 5
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1. Fasten Emergency Information on Your Child’s Car Seat
Way too often do firefighters come upon a car wreck with child(ren) in the car who are too young to have any info and parents are unconscious. It takes 2 minutes of your time to write out child’s name, DOB, parents names, DOB, emergency contacts and any medical conditions, any meds your child is on and even child’s doctor, then stick it to the child’s car seat. This helps EMS a ton and can also help save your child’s life. ~Rose City Fire Department, Michigan
2. Smart Phone Camera Tips Offered in Upcoming Class
Smartphone cameras are a powerful tool, if you know how to use them and discover all the photography apps for even more versatility. This fall, Columbia Gorge Community College offers “Phone and Tablet Photography and Video,” a non-credit class through Community Education. The class is designed to help you make the most of your smartphone camera. Learn how to take higher quality images and edit like a pro with in-phone apps. This course covers everything from the basics of composition and stabilization, to using specific apps to edit and score video. The cost is $75. Classes are Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hood River – Indian Creek Campus. Visit online at cgcc.edu/community-ed to register. Or call (541) 506-6011 for more information.
3. Classes: Fiber Arts, Knitting, Leather Jewelry, Photography, Pottery & Sculpture
Autumn is full of color. What a perfect time to explore your artistic side! Columbia Gorge Community College Community Education offers non-credit art classes beginning in September. Explore your creative side by taking classes in such topics as Fiber Arts, Gourd Art, Knitting, Leather Jewelry, Photography, Pottery and Sculpture. Check online at cgcc.edu/community-ed for times and to register. Or call (541) 506-6011 for more information.
4. Calling all aspiring poets! Online Poetry Classes Beginning, Sept. 23
Columbia Gorge Community College is offering three online poetry classes this fall. “Poetry Writing: Inspired by the Pacific Northwest,” “Poetry Writing: Haiku” and “Poetry Writing: Poetic Forms” are all offered on-line beginning Sept. 23. Take these online non-credit classes from anywhere, any time that works for you during the 12-week term. Each course is $100. To learn more and register, visit cgcc.edu/community-ed or call (541) 506-6011.
5. Corps of Engineers officials: Bonneville navigation lock to return to service Sept. 30
Portland, Ore. — The Bonneville navigation lock will return to service, allowing vessels to pass through the lock, beginning 10 a.m. Sept. 30, according to officials at the Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“It’s important to recognize the patience from our Columbia River users, who depend on this critical piece of infrastructure to run their businesses,” said Portland District Commander Col. Aaron Dorf.
“This lock closure is significant, which is why our engineers, experts and contractors are working tirelessly to ensure we get the locks back in service as quickly as possible. It is not lost on anyone in the Portland District that this outage has tremendous impacts to Columbia River users,” he said. “Between now and Sept. 30, our teams will be working around the clock to construct the new sill to restore Columbia River traffic.”
The navigation lock was closed on Thursday, Sept. 5 after lock operators detected problems with the lock during operation.
Engineers “dewatered” the lock Sept. 6, performed an inspection and discovered that the downstream concrete sill, a structure against which lock gates create a water-tight seal, had cracks. The Corps then closed the lock to vessels on the river.
According to the Portland District engineering team, the damage they observed was unusual, and the annual inspections of the dam, last performed January 2017, did not reveal any abnormalities.
Portland District awarded the emergency repair contract to Advanced American Construction, based here in Portland, and crews began demolition and removal of the concrete sill, which measures approximately 5 ft. tall, 9 1/2 ft. wide and about 100 ft. long.
Work on the lock will include demolition, drilling holes for rebar, forming the new sill structure and allowing time for the concrete to cure.
For the duration of the repairs, the Bradford Island Visitor Center, as well as recreation areas on Bradford and Robins islands, (Oregon side) are temporarily closed due to the navigation lock issue.
The fish hatchery at Bonneville is unaffected by the navigation lock and open to visitors; officials encourage visitors to be aware of construction traffic while driving through the Bonneville Dam project area. The Corps’ Washington Shore Visitor Complex is also open, and features interactive exhibits, powerhouse tours and fish viewing.
For the latest information, photos and updates on the Bonneville navigation lock repair, visit the Portland District website at <https://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/>, our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/PortlandCorps <file:///C:\Users\g2pa9kls\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Outlook\15WUXW2S\www.facebook.com\PortlandCorps> or twitter <https://twitter.com/PortlandCorps>.
6. Rep. Greg Walden Statement on EPA’s Revision to Waters of the United States [WOTUS]
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement applauding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for repealing the Obama-era rules concerning “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).
Walden has heard concerns from many farmers and ranchers across Oregon that the 2015 Obama Administration WOTUS ruling was overreaching and would negatively impact their work. The old WOTUS ruling greatly expanded the EPA’s jurisdiction and control over local land use decisions. Under the 2015 ruling, the EPA could potentially regulate bodies of water such as irrigation and drainage ditches on farmland, causing uncertainty for farmers who potentially faced litigation or onerous permit requirements under the previous “Waters of the United States” definition.
“Farmers and ranchers across Oregon have expressed their concerns with the overreaching Obama-era definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS),” said Walden. “They worried that the intermittent stream or irrigation ditch would be subject to burdensome new federal regulation. The EPA’s release of the final rule, which abolishes the Obama-era rule, is welcome news across rural Oregon. I applaud President Trump and his administration for listening to our farmers and ranchers and acting to repeal the flawed original rule and appropriately redefine Waters of the United States.”
The Administration’s new and final rule abolishes the previous heavy-handed WOTUS rules and replaces it with improved guidelines that take into consideration the well-being of rural Americans.
7. A Vintage Evening Benefit at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Oct. 5
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center hosts A Vintage Evening “Boots, Hoots & BBQ” auction fundraiser, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., BBQ dinner starts 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive in The Dalles. Enjoy music by DJ Randy Haines, sample from the whisky, wine & beer bar, and help raise funds for the museum through this live and silent auction. Tickets $45 per person, $400 per table for 10. This is a 21 and older event. Tickets on sale now at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Call 541-296-8600 x 201 or visit http://www.gorgediscovery.org for more information.
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