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On this day, June 4, 1990, Janet Adkins, age 54, of Portland, became the first person to use a suicide machine developed by Dr. Kevorkian. This began a national debate over the right to die.

Also on this day, June 4, 1999 a federal judge in Portland ruled that AT&T must open its cable lines to competitors. Also on this day, June 4, 2017, a pro-Trump rally and counter-protest in Portland was marked by multiple arrests and clashes.

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Sisters Rodeo
Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at 6:03 pm
Sisters Rodeo
June 7th-11th
67637 Highway 20

Sisters, OR

Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest
Friday, June 9, 2023 at 8:30 am
Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest June 9th-11th
Cannon, Beach, OR

Portland Rose Festival
Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 5:00 pm
Portland Rose Festival Fri, May 26, 2023 – Sun, Jun 11, 2023
Portland, Oregon

Linn County Pioneer Picnic
Friday, June 16, 2023 at 8:00 am
Linn County Pioneer Picnic June 16, 17, and 18
Pioneer Park Brownsville, Oregon

Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
Friday, June 16, 2023 at 11:00 am
Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival June 16th-18th
Clatsop County Fairgrounds 92937 Walluski Loop Astoria, OR 97103

Rogue Music Fest
Friday, June 16, 2023 at 3:30 pm
Rogue Music Fest
(JUNE 16-17, 2023)

with Eric Church (Friday) and Carrie Underwood (Saturday)
Jackson County Expo 1 Peninger Rd Central Point, OR 97502

Silverton Hills Strawberry Festival
Sunday, June 18, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Silverton Hills Strawberry Festival Sunday, June 18th, 12 – 5 PM
Collidge‑McClaine City Park Silverton, OR 97381

UTV Takeover
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 2:00 pm
UTV Takeover JUNE 21-25, 2023
Boxcar Hill Campground Coos Bay, Oregon

Lincoln County Fair
Friday, June 30, 2023 at 5:00 pm
June 30-July 2 Lincoln County Fair
Lincoln County Commons 633 NE 3rd St, Newport, OR

St Paul Rodeo
Friday, June 30, 2023 at 7:00 pm
Small town fun, big time rodeo! JUNE 30 - JULY 4, 2023

St Paul Rodeo website
4174 Malo Avenue NE, Saint Paul, OR, United States, Oregon

Waterfront Blues Festival
Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 11:00 am
Waterfront Blues Festival July 1-4
Tom McCall Waterfront Park 1400 SW Naito Pkwy. Portland, OR 97201

Marion County Fair
Thursday, July 6, 2023 at 5:00 pm
The Marion County Fair
July 6-9
Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center 2330 17th ST NE Salem, OR 97301

Overland Expo Pacific Northwest
Friday, July 7, 2023 at 8:00 am
Overland Expo Pacific Northwest July 7th-9th

Oregon Country Fair
Friday, July 7, 2023 at 11:00 am
Oregon Country Fair July 7,8,9, 2023 11:00am - 7:00pm
Veneta, Oregon

Jackson County Fair
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at 10:00 am
Jackson County Fair Wed, Jul 12 – Sun, Jul 16
Jackson County Expo 1 Peninger Rd, Central Point, OR

Linn County Fair
Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Linn County Fair

July 13-15
Linn County Fairgrounds 3700 Knox Butte RD

Albany, OR 97322

Miners's Jubilee
Friday, July 14, 2023 at 8:00 am
Miners's Jubilee July 14, 15, & 16; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Geiser Pollman Park 1723 Madison Street Baker City, Oregon

Sherwood Robin Hood Festival
Friday, July 14, 2023 at 10:00 am
Sherwood Robin Hood Festival July 14 and 15
22560 SW Pine Street Sherwood, Oregon 97140

Lane County Fair
Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at 10:00 am
Lane County Fair JULY 19 - 23, 2023
Lane Events Center 796 W 13th Ave, Eugene, OR

Columbia County Fair
Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Columbia County Fair July 19 - 23, 2023
Columbia County Fairgrounds 58892 Saulser Rd, St Helens, OR 97051

Washington County Fair
Friday, July 21, 2023 at 5:00 pm
Washington County Fair


Washington County Fair
JULY 21 - 30
Westside Commons 801 NE 34th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Coos County Fair
Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at 5:00 pm
The Coos County Fair
July 25-29
Coos County Fairgrounds 770 4th St, Myrtle Point, OR 97458

Chief Joseph Days Rodeo
Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at 5:00 pm
Chief Joseph Days Rodeo July 25 - 30, 2023
Harley Tucker Memorial Arena 405 W. Wallowa Ave. Joseph, OR

Curry County Fair
Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Curry County Fair July 26th-29th 2023
Curry County Fairgrounds 29392 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach, OR 97444

City of Dallas Krazy Dayz
Thursday, July 27, 2023 at 8:00 am
City of Dallas Krazy Dayz July 27-30th
Downtown Dallas Oregon

Clatsop County Fair
Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at 5:00 pm
The Clatsop County Fair
August 1st-5th
Clatsop County Fair and Expo Center 92937 Walluski Loop, Astoria, OR 97103

Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo
Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at 10:00 am
Exhibits, Rides, Rodeo, Nightly Musical Entertainment https://yamhillcountyfairs.com/fair-and-rodeo/general-information-schedule/
Fairgrounds on Lafayette Ave. McMinnville

Benton County Fair
Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Benton County Fair AUGUST 2 - 5, 2023

Deschutes County Fair
Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Deschutes County Fair August 2 - 6, 2023
Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center 3800 SW Airport Wy, Redmond, OR 97756

Vanport Jazz Festival
Friday, August 4, 2023 at 10:00 am
Vanport Jazz Festival August 4th-5th
Colwood Golf Center 7313 NE Columbia Blvd Portland, OR

Oregon Jamboree Music Festival
Friday, August 4, 2023 at 5:00 pm
The Oregon Jamboree
August 4th-6th
Located on a large field south of Sweet Home High School. The venue extends across the Weddle Covered Bridge to Sankey Park. Sweet Home, Oregon

Dune Fest
Tuesday, August 8, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Dune Fest August 8-13, 2023
Oregon Dunes Recreation Area Winchester Bay, OR 97467

Douglas County Fair
Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at 8:00 am
Douglas County Fair AUGUST 9 - 12
Douglas County Fairgrounds Complex 2110 SW Frear Street Roseburg, OR 97471

Grant County Fair
Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at 9:00 am
Grant County Fair August 9 @ 9:00 am - August 12 @ 8:00 pm
Grant County Fairgrounds 411 NW Bridge St. John Day, OR 97845

Tillamook County Fair
Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at 10:00 am
Tillamook County Fair
August 9th-12th
Tillamook County Fairgrounds 4603 3rd St, Tillamook, OR 97141

Josephine County Fair
Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at 10:00 am
Josephine County Fair August 9th-13th
Josephine County Fairgrounds 1451 Fairgrounds Rd Grants Pass, Oregon

Crook County Fair
Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Crook County Fair
AUGUST 9 - 12
Crook County Fairgrounds Prineville, Oregon

Umatilla County Fair
Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Umatilla County Fair August 9-12
Umatilla County Fairgrounds 1705 E. Airport Rd. Hermiston, OR 97838

Elephant Garlic Festival
Friday, August 11, 2023 at 12:00 pm
25th Annual Elephant Garlic Festival August 11th, 12th and 13th
Jessie Mays Community Center 30975 NW Hillcrest St. North Plains, Oregon 97133

Clackamas County Fair
Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Clackamas County Fair August 15-19, 2023
Clackamas County Fairgrounds 694 NE 4th Ave, Canby, OR 97013

Aumsville Corn Festival
Friday, August 18, 2023 at 7:00 am
Aumsville Corn Festival Friday, August 18, 2023 - 6:00pm to Saturday, August 19, 2023 - 6:00pm
595 Main Street Aumsville, OR 97325

Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana
Friday, August 18, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana August 18th-20th
Legion Park - 1385 Park Ave. Woodburn, OR

Morrow County Fair
Sunday, August 20, 2023 at 7:00 am
Morrow County Fair August 20
Morrow County Fairgrounds 97836 OR-74, Heppner, OR 97836

Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Farwest Green Industry Show August 23-25
Oregon Convention Center 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR 97232

Northwest Art and Air Festival
Friday, August 25, 2023 at 8:00 am
Northwest Art and Air Festival Aug 25th-27th
Timber Linn Park- 900 Price Rd SE, Albany, OR 97322

Oregon State Fair
Friday, August 25, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Oregon State Fair
Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center 2330 17th St NE, Salem, OR 97301

Siletz Bay Music Festival
Friday, August 25, 2023 at 6:30 pm
Siletz Bay Music Festival August 25th – September 3rd
Lincoln City, Oregon

Newberg SummerFest
Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Newberg SummerFest
August 26-27
Memorial Park Newberg, OR

Walnut City Music Festival
Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 7:00 pm
Walnut City Music Festival September 2nd-3rd
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way McMinnville, OR

Harney County Fair & Rodeo
Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 10:00 am
99th Harney County Fair and Rodeo September 5th - 9th, 2023
Harney County Fairgrounds 69660 S Egan Rd, Burns, OR 97720

Sublimity Harvest Festival
Friday, September 8, 2023 at 5:00 pm
Sublimity Harvest Festival September 8-10
11880 Sublimity Rd SE Sublimity, OR

Bandon Cranberry Festival
Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 10:00 am
Bandon Cranberry Festival
September 9 & 10
Bandon City Park (main venue) Bandon, Oregon

Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire
Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 11:00 am
Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire
September 9th & 10th
S Kings Valley Hwy & Grant Rd

Monmouth, OR

Pendleton Round-Up
Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 5:00 pm
The world famous Pendleton Round-Up
Pendleton Round-Up Grounds 1205 SW Court Ave, Pendleton, OR 97801

Bay Area Fun Festival
Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 2:00 pm
Bay Area Fun Festival September 16 and 17
Coos Bay, Oregon

Rose City Comic Con
Friday, September 22, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Rose City Comic Con SEPT. 22 – 24
OREGON CONVENTION CENTER 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Portland, OR 97232

Sisters Folk Festival
Friday, September 29, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Sisters Folk Festival Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2023
Sisters, OR

Stormy Weather Arts Festival
Friday, November 3, 2023 at 2:00 pm
Stormy Weather Arts Festival November 3-5
Cannon Beach, Oregon

Yachats Celtic Music Festival
Friday, November 10, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Yachats Celtic Music Festival Nov 10, 11, & 12th
Yachats Commons Building 441 Hwy 101 N, Yachats, OR

Veteran's Day Parade
Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 11:00 am
Veteran's Day Parade
Downtown Albany, Oregon

Civil War Oregon State vs. Oregon Football Game
Friday, November 24, 2023 at 5:00 pm
Civil War- Oregon State Beavers vs. Oregon Ducks Football Game
Autzen Stadium 2700 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Eugene, OR 97401

Christmas Storybook Land
Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 10:30 am
Christmas Storybook Land

December 2 – 16
Linn County Fairgrounds Inside the Cascade Livestock Building 3700 Knox Butte Rd Albany, OR 97322

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Metro Council Approves New District Boundaries
Metro serves Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties

The Metro Council approved a new district map that balances the constituencies of elected leaders in the wake of the 2020 Census.

The map keeps the same rough outline of Metro Council districts: District 1 in east Multnomah County, Boring and parts of Happy Valley; District 2 in north-central Clackamas County and parts of Southwest Portland; District 3 in urban Washington County south of the Tualatin Valley Highway; District 4 in urban Washington County north of TV Highway and Canyon Road; District 5 in Portland north of US 26 and I-84 including the inside of the downtown freeway loop; and District 6 in Portland south of US 26, I-405 and I-84.

Here’s what changed from the old map:



The districts take effect immediately. With the district boundaries set, the council will now focus on filling the vacancy in District 6.

Applications for that vacancy are now being accepted.

--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2021-12-14 19:05:22Last Update: 2021-12-14 19:16:49

Northwest Oregon Housing Authority Board Seeks Applicants
Volunteer opportunity in northwest Oregon

Clatsop County has announced that applicants are being sought for an open seat on the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

The Northwest Oregon Housing Authority owns and manages housing for low- and moderate-income people and administers various federal housing assistance programs in Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties.

The board normally meets once a month, the location rotates among the counties.



The open seat is for a four-year term representing Clatsop County.

To apply, go to the online sign-up form here or contact the Clatsop County Manager’s Office at 800 Exchange St., Suite 410, Astoria OR 97103, (503) 325-1000.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-12-14 18:31:50Last Update: 2021-12-14 18:50:10

Senator Heard Protests Masks at Oregon Capitol
Republican calls out Kate Brown, is escorted from Senate gallery

The State Senator for Oregon Senate District 1 and Oregon Republican Party Chairman, Dallas Heard (R-Roseburg) was removed from the floor of the Oregon State Legislature during a Special Session floor meeting, declining to wear a facial mask in civil protest.

He told Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) that he would not comply with the order to wear a mask, and he would also not leave the voting floor, as he was elected to represent the people of his district in the matter.

The Senate President then ordered the Senate Sergeant of Arms to escort Heard from the voting floor. Heard accompanied the Sergeant of Arms without incident.

"Simply put I am just exercising the rights of the free people of Oregon," Senator Heard said.

Heard continued,"I think it's very interesting that our very own Governor who has put our children and the people of Oregon under these mandates and was recently photographed many time in fact, not wearing a mask at a crowded indoor event. This has gone on far enough!"

"You know you don't have a mask on, you're supposed to have a mask on," said a visibly shaken Senator Courtney. "So why don't you get up and tell us what you want, then I'm going to ask you to leave the floor."

--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2021-12-13 20:26:01Last Update: 2021-12-13 21:32:45

Analysis:What Happens when the Legislature Gets Bored
Remember when nooses were the current scandal?

The Northwest Observer doesn't cover national news, such as the race crime hoax the likes of which actor Jussie Smolett was recently convicted of. There are plenty of national media sources and a quick internet search will get one up to date if they haven't heard the story. As one pundit describes it the left's demand for racism exceeds the supply.

It took an FBI investigation to confirm that the "noose" used as a door pull on the garage occupied by NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace was not a hate crime. But for a while, noose season was in full swing.

Over here in Oregon where we have a one-party government, they seem to have solved every other problem that it seems that they have to turn to fake problems to keep themselves busy.

Speaking of nooses, SB 398, introduced by Senator James Manning, Jr. and passed into law during the 2021 regular session created the crime of intimidation by display of a noose. The law goes into effect in a couple of weeks on January 1, 2022.

It will be interesting to see if any new "noose" crimes are prosecuted and -- as ugly and insensitive as trying to intimidate someone by displaying a noose would be -- to see if the courts would actually uphold this law in the face of the First Amendment and Article 1, Section 8 of the Oregon Constitution.

In the meantime, we can all be proud of the fact that soon, the state of Oregon will be a noose free zone.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-12-13 20:12:15Last Update: 2021-12-13 21:33:22

$170 Million in Federal Emergency Rent Assistance
Oregon wants to spend more on unpaid rent

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) and Local Program Administrators (LPAs) still continue to process applications for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP).

As of Dec. 8, OHCS and LPAs have paid $170.2 million in federal emergency rental assistance to 24,705 applicants, up from $157.5 million and 23,155 applicants from the previous week. OERAP is ranked 6th in the nation nation for housing assistance, in the percentage of ERA funds paid out and obligated, as tracked by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

OHCS is partnered with Public Partnerships LLC (PPL) on the project. Currently, 150 PPL staff are processing applications with a focus on applications outside the 60-/90-day safe harbor period. In the past week, PPL processed close to 850 applications, exceeding their 500-application target. This is in addition to the applications paid out by Community Action Agencies working across the state to finish paying out ERA 1 funds. To date, OHCS and LPAs have: About 22,470 applications are in the review process. The 60-/90-day window of protection begins when a tenant shows proof they applied for the program. However, this data is not currently available.



As proxy, OHCS is tracking when a tenant completes an OERAP application and the number of applicants who have not been paid outside of the 60-day window (90 days in Multnomah County and unincorporated areas of Washington County). Applications outside the 60-/90-day window are being moved from the LPA in their county to PPL.

Multnomah County is not included in this as a comparison because they have a 90-day window. Their average processing time is 75 days. On average, PPL processed applications within an estimated 57 days from when they received the application.

--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2021-12-13 14:46:11Last Update: 2021-12-13 21:11:15

George Appointed to House District 25
Joins House Republican Caucus

Last week Commissioners from Marion, Yamhill and Washington Counties selected Jessica George to represent House District 25. On Monday, she was sworn in as a member of the Legislature.

“The House Republican Caucus welcomes Jessica George to the Legislature and looks forward to the contributions she will bring, starting with this week’s special session,” said House Republican Leader Vikki Breese-Iverson (R-Prineville).



“There were some fantastic candidates running for this position and I am extremely honored to be selected as the new State Representative for House District 25,” said Representative Jessica George (R-St. Paul). “A big thank you to former Representative Bill Post for representing this district for the past seven years. I’m very excited to step into this roll and serve my communities.”

Representative George is a former legislative staff member for former senators Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) and Larry George (R-Sherwood). She now works as a project manager for the George Packing Company located in Newberg.

--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2021-12-13 11:00:44Last Update: 2021-12-13 15:10:59

The Politics Behind the Western States’ Scientific Workgroup
Are we really doing science here, or do we just like to use the word?

It has been over a year since Governor Kate Brown announced her pick of Oregon doctors to serve on the Western States’ Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. The group was formed to do an “independent review on the safety and efficacy of any vaccine approved by the FDA for distribution.” Governor Brown said, “The independent review conducted by this panel of doctors, scientists, and health experts will ensure that a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone...[and] to guide the review of any vaccine approved by the FDA.”

The panel of Democrat western states governors and the driving force behind its formation is political. They didn't trust President Trump administration's FDA to perform an expert review for approval of the vaccine. Even though the FDA is staffed with experts, the western states governors made it a political showing to protest President Trump. The Workgroup doesn’t do anything more than read the FDA filing from pharmaceuticals to determine if they are believable. They do not test, examine or investigate content of the vaccines. They have no data to make a judgement, so how scientific is their review? it's a show that is cheated out of an ending.

Governor Brown writes, “these top health experts will review any vaccine that receives federal approval and verify its safety before California, Washington, Oregon and Nevada will make the vaccine available to the public.” “The workgroup will conduct a review of available data to ensure safety and effectiveness.” What is the available data? How is the effectiveness determined without outside testing?

Even though the workgroup is completely unnecessary to have another layer of approval on top of the FDA approval, the western states seem to have created the workgroup to support each other in rolling out mandates that are unconstitutional. The more they test the constitution, they create a precedent in people’s minds that convinces them they are legal.



In addition to the Western States’ Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, the Oregon Health Authority formed a Vaccine Advisory Committee––a decision-making group that worked with OHA to co-created a vaccine distribution plan that prioritizes communities most affected by COVID-19 and those impacted by past and current health inequities. It guides community engagement strategies to build trust and increase confidence in COVID-19 vaccines. However, transparency hasn’t been forthcoming.

It's only recently that CDC has posted the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccines that the manufactures reported. The statistics on possible side effects is still hidden from the public. CDC does list possible side effects including myocarditis and pericarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle and outer lining, in adolescents and young adults as being higher after getting the second dose.

OHA filed, December 11, 2021, a hearing on January 24, 2022, for two proposed rules. One exempts health care staff from vaccine mandates if they have had COVID-19 or for religious reasons. The second proposed rule requires wearing face coverings in health care settings. Instructions on how to participate are on the filing.

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2021-12-13 10:02:45Last Update: 2021-12-12 10:18:02

Health Freedom is on the Block
“There is no epidemiological reason to force vaccinate 5-11-year-old children ”

While attention is being drawn to Oregon Health Authority rulemaking to make masking permanent under the direction of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, in a sly move, OHA has launched amendments to a more controversial rule effectively mandating the COVID vaccines for school and daycare children. With little to no transparency, no media coverage, only one virtual public meeting held in November that was buried from the public, their unethical maneuvering is being exposed.

OHA is trying to hide their lack of authority by tying a COVID vaccine mandate to a school and childcare exclusion. OAR 333-019-0010 and OAR 333-019-1005 effectively grants unelected members of OHA the authority to “determine” if a vaccine, such as the 5-11-year-old COVID-19 immunization, should be added to the list of vaccine requirements, and it allows OHA to set an arbitrary “School Exclusion” date pressuring all students to meet or be “Excluded” from in-person attendance at school if they do not comply. However, the required list of immunizations is approved by the legislature with one exclusion date established, and, by law, Oregon has medical and non-medical exemptions for children.

The Stand For Health Freedom lists the damage they have “unearthed,” so far. The proposed rule changes:



These rules are attempting to do what SB 442 (2015), HB 3063 (2019), and SB 254 (2021) have all failed to do, which is to mandate immunization as a prerequisite to attend school in Oregon and openly discriminate against students and families who exercise their right to decline. Out of all the issues that have been protested against at the state capitol, medical freedom tops the list. These bills drew hundreds of furious families out to protect their children.

The Stand For Health Freedom organization says there is no epidemiological reason to force vaccinate 5-11-year-old children as the risks from Covid are lower than the risk of vaccine injury. Pfizer’s own research verifies this fact, but executives and CDC officials moved forward with the mass vaccination of children anyway. Now the Pfizer wants 75 years to release their data burying trial results.

CDC does list possible side effects for the COVID vaccines including myocarditis and pericarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle and outer lining, in adolescents and young adults as being higher after getting the second dose. This isn’t as rare as they’d like you to believe. Even CDC’s website says 1-10 cases of myocarditis per 100,000 persons occurs among young people in the United States adjusted for the 7-day risk period – meaning it is higher during the first 7 days after vaccination, which is when most cases occur. Why would government mandate an experimental practice?

Stand For Health Freedom has made available easy messaging to OHA, Governor and legislators. The deadline for public comment if 5pm December 14, 2021.

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2021-12-12 17:19:29

Second Special Session Hearing
More to be spent on emergency rental assistance

The Joint Interim Committee met December 11 in preparation for the second Special Session in 2021. The primary reason for the session was a push by Tina Kotek to help renters who face eviction. She is waging for an opportunity to put her leadership skills upfront and center to boost her visibility as a governor candidate.

However, the meeting Saturday only proved what Representative David Brock Smith said, “to get resources to Oregonians that need them and condemns the purely political fanfare of a Special Session as their hail mary attempt to cover up their disasters in leadership.”

As the meeting neared the two-hour mark on LC 9 related to emergency rental assistance, testimony was halted to the end of the hearing, but it was clear that Kotek’s reasons for her push was blowing up. Testimony after testimony spoke of the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department failure to process the applications that were already submitted.

It was stated that only four percent of the applications had been processed. Testimony from both rental owners and tenants were of unprocessed applications waiting for payment.



Department and their failure to get needed checks to workers that lost their jobs due to her closing businesses and industries in Oregon. “Businesses continue to be crippled by a lack of workforce and data from other states clearly shows that an end to their eviction moratoriums had evictions lower than pre-pandemic numbers.

An extension will only increase existing fraud within the system, hasten inflation, perpetuate a lack of workforce and add to the looming recession facing Oregon. What we need is Oregonians to have the ability to get back to work, not this political posturing by the Governor and her Democrats. The Speaker’s Gubernatorial campaign doesn’t need another headline of broken promises,” said Rep. Brock Smith.

There may be other more important reasons for a second special session. Potential legislative concepts that were discussed are: Monday’s session will tell whether any of the testimony impacted the proposed bills.

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2021-12-12 10:38:37Last Update: 2021-12-12 10:52:18

When Does the Oregon Mask Mandate End?
Asking for a friend who is really upset with Governor Brown

According to the New York Times Oregon is one of five states that has a statewide mask mandate. Nine states have banned local mask mandates. Why does Oregon, who prides itself as a policy leader on so many issues, lag on this one?

According to Representative David Brock Smith (R-Port Orford), “Contrary to the Governor’s recent maskless escapades back east, she’s currently directing the Oregon Health Authority to draft permanent mask rules. Oregon’s current mask rules do not allow any number of unmasked individuals in indoor spaces while not actively eating or drinking. Oregonians are ready to move forward, get back to work and grow our economies, they are not fans of the ‘do as I say, not as I do’ mentality.”

Promises broken is not new for Governor Brown. What Oregonians thought was a clear roadmap to reopening the economy and discarding those infecting masks once 70 percent of adults were vaccinated was achieved in late June. But, here we are facing permanent masking rules without any real correlation between the vaccinated and new COVID cases.

At Thanksgiving OHA said new cases were down and infection were down too. Pat Allen, director, said “a steady drop in new infections during the past month allowed for a lifting of Oregon’s order mandating masks in large public gatherings outdoors.” Now that they are claiming success due to high vaccination rates, why not give Oregonians the option.

The Blaze conducted a study of cases over 229-days found that mask mandates are actually counterproductive. Even though conducted on the original COVID-19, variants have had smaller particles making the study more valid. The difference on a daily average was 10 cases more in states with mask mandates.

OHA established a Rules Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from faith-based organizations and the hospitality sector they claim covers stakeholders. The discussion was to get agreement on implementing the “indefinitely permanent” proposed rule. The “permanent” nature of the rule is because the law doesn’t allow for a temporary rule to go beyond 180 days. Their response is that it can be repeal at any time.

The public is skeptical that the rule is legal, and tends not to believe OHA’s assurance that the rule will be terminated when no longer needed. It does seem that reduced cases over the past month warrants a termination of masks now, especially since the Omicron variant has light flu-like symptoms. So, if not now, when?

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2021-12-12 09:07:02Last Update: 2021-12-12 10:02:45

School Superintendents Under Fire
Teachers are withdrawing their membership from unions

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Oregon School Board Association (OSBA) and Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) met to work together on a roster of bills: These bills include what was SB 334 in the 2021 session. The planned difference is to give unelected superintendents more power than the elected school board and limits the authority of the school board from firing the superintendent without cause. This will protect superintendents to follow the framework that ODE suggestions including what is put forth in SB 334 regardless of the school board and community positions.

Senator Rob Wagner (D-Lake Oswego) and Representative Janeen Sollman (D-Hillsboro) sponsored SB 334 in 2021 to require minimum professional learning and training for leadership positions that is under the control of ODE.

Their control suggests training in controversial areas of equity, diversity and sexual identity to be decided at ODE outside of local input as the law requires.



The bill listed training to include the basics for critical race theory: The Coalition of Oregon School Administrators and the Oregon School Board Association provided an amendment to SB 334.that eliminated the CRT content and focused on collaboration to strengthen the partnership between boards and superintendents to enhance student success. They eliminated the threat and replaced it with a self- assessment of the adopted plan every two years that gives each board the flexibility for local decision making. It remains to be seen whether the proposed legislation will include these amendments.

The amendment may have had good intentions, but it still allowed ODE to control the training and framework to include CRT elements. How much input are parents really allowed? This framework eliminates feedback from parents when it is dictated by ODE. When parents object in numbers, it made the news when the National Association of School Boards proposed making parents that demonstrate domestic terrorists. ODE wants to not just silence parents’ voices, but handicap school boards from disciplining administration when not following the board directives. As of November, Oregon school districts filed 29 openings for school superintendents this year. Recently there were three superintendents removed from their positions. Dr. Sue Reike-Smith, Superintendent of Tigard Tualatin School District, made national news when students forced her hand to address racial slurs at Tigard High School by walking out. The video that instigated the walkout was racist and needs addressing. However, Suzanne Gallagher, Executive Director of Parents’ Rights in Education, says “Dr. Sue” is telling students if someone says anything offensive to you, the one saying it should be punished. Those remarks have inspired students to ask for those responsible be expelled for what they do on their own time. That is unlawful, and goes against the First Amendment and Discrimination statutes. Since the video was made on school break, the superintendent is not responsible for speech outside her domain and giving students the wrong guidance puts her leadership into question.

It may be poor ODE leadership that is ultimately causing teachers to withdraw their membership from unions including Oregon Education Association (OEA). More then 1,100 have terminated their membership as a result of Freedom Foundation efforts informing employees of political and social stances the unions have taken that seems to be carrying out the agenda of ODE.

Teachers see the cry of parents that OEA, OSBA, COSA and ODE seem to ignore for the political agenda of state leaders.

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2021-12-11 16:36:35Last Update: 2021-12-11 21:14:06

OHA to Spend $31 Million
Community-based organizations will receive funding

Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division has announced a new funding opportunity for community-based organizations.

OHA has released a request for grant applications from community-based organizations that will create partnerships with communities of color, Tribal communities, disability communities, immigrant and refugee communities, undocumented communities, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, LGBTQ2SIA+ communities, faith communities, older adults, houseless communities and others.

The funding will supposedly support community-based organizations as an important part of Oregon’s public health system working toward equity.

OHA says their strategic goal is to eliminate health inequities by 2030.

OHA has available more than $31 million in funding provided by eight Public Health Division programs, including: On the website, the public can view program activities eligible for funding. Community-based organizations can apply online using the website. Paper applications are also available and can be downloaded from the website.

Grant applications can be submitted now through Jan. 31, 2022. OHA welcomes applications from organizations of all sizes and perspectives, especially those that are new and have not received funding from OHA before.

--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2021-12-11 12:57:58Last Update: 2021-12-11 14:30:36

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