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Celebrated on the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when in the wake of the American Civil War, Major General Gordon Granger ordered the final enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas.

Lincoln County Fair
Thursday, July 4, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 4-6
Lincoln County Fairgrounds

Independence Day
Thursday, July 4, 2024 at 11:59 pm
Independence Day

Marion County Fair
Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 11-14
Oregon State Fair & Expo Center

Jackson County Fair
Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 16-21
Jackson County Fairgrounds - The Expo

Columbia County Fair
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 17-21
Columbia County Fairgrounds

Linn County Fair
Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 18-20
Linn County Expo Center

Washington County Fair
Friday, July 19, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 19-28
Washington County Fairgrounds - Westside Commons

Coos County Fair
Tuesday, July 23, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 23-27
Coos County Fairgrounds

Curry County Fair
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 24-27
Curry County Fairgrounds - Event Center on the Beach

Hood River County Fair
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 24-27
Hood River County Fairgrounds

Jefferson County Fair
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 24-27
Jefferson County Fair Complex

Lane County Fair
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 24-28
Lane Events Center

Clatsop County Fair
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 30 - August 3
Clatsop County Fair & Expo

Malheur County Fair
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 30 - August 3
Malheur County Fairgrounds - Desert Sage Event Center

Benton County Fair & Rodeo
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 31 - August 3, 2024
Benton County Event Center & Fairgrounds

Deschutes County Fair
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 31 - August 4
Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center

Union County Fair
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 31 - August 3
Union County Fairgrounds

Yamhill County Fair
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 8:00 am
July 31 - August 3
Yamhill County Fairgrounds

Klamath County Fair
Thursday, August 1, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 1-4
Klamath County Fair

Wallowa County Fair
Friday, August 2, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 2-10
Wallowa County Fairgrounds

Baker County Fair
Sunday, August 4, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 4-9
Baker County Fairgrounds

Harney County Fair
Sunday, August 4, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 4-9
Harney County Fairgrounds

Sherman County Fair
Sunday, August 4, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 19-24
Sherman County Fairgrounds

Crook County Fair
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 7-10
Crook County Fairgrounds

Douglas County Fair
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 7-10
Douglas County Fairgrounds Complex

Grant County Fair
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 7-10
Grant County Fairgrounds

Josephine County Fair
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 7-11
Josephine County Fairgrounds & Events Center

Polk County Fair
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 7-10
Polk County Fairgrounds

Tillamook County Fair
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 7-10
Tillamook County Fairgrounds

Umatilla County Fair
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 7-10
Umatilla County Fairgrounds

Wheeler County Fair
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 7-10
Wheeler County Fairgrounds

Clackamas County Fair
Tuesday, August 13, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 13-17
Clackamas County Event Center

Morrow County Fair
Wednesday, August 14, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 14-17
Morrow County Fairgrounds

Wasco County Fair
Thursday, August 15, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 15-17
Wasco County Fairgrounds

Gilliam County Fair
Thursday, August 29, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 29-31
Gilliam County Fairgrounds

Lake County Fair
Thursday, August 29, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 29 - September 1
Lake County Fairgrounds

Oregon State Fair
Saturday, August 31, 2024 at 8:00 am
August 31 - September 9
Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center

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Republican Leaders Send Letter on Fiscal Responsibility of the Legislature
Revenues will be short $560M of expected government spending

On the first day of the 2023 Legislative Session, House Republican Leader Vikki Breese-Iverson (R-Prineville) and Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp (R-Bend) sent a letter to Senate President Rob Wagner (D–Lake Oswego) and Speaker of the House Dan Rayfield (D-Corvallis) to address the legislature’s fiscal responsibility.

Even Senator Elizabeth Steiner (D-Beaverton) acknowledged in committee that windfalls of free moneys have been used to start programs with an ongoing expense. It is adding to the shortfall if they are to continue, which is projected to be $560 million to cover a $30.7 billion budget to simply maintain current levels of programs and services.

“In December of 2022, the Legislative Fiscal Office and the Chief Financial Office indicated revenues will be short about $560 million of expected government spending this upcoming fiscal biennium. When government spending gets out of hand, government should revisit its scope and size,” said the Republican Leaders in the letter. “Thus, we are requesting that the Legislative Assembly carry out its duty and obligation to fiscal responsibility in this Session. We request the Assembly exercise its authority and hold committee hearings which identify fiscal issues and solutions, ensuring that government spending is effectual.”

The Republican Leaders highlighted five areas of concern looking ahead to the Legislative Session:



“These five areas are, perhaps, the most pressing. Yet they are not the only areas worth financial investigation at the state level. A general audit of government expenditures is prudent given the economic forecast of continued inflation, recession, and deficit spending. Oregon’s fiscal outlook is on the verge of a downward spiral. We must ensure that government spending is effective and that we eliminate any wasteful, ineffectual appropriations. To that end, we request a public and transparent committee process, early in the Session, to provide clear oversight from the Assembly, to further understand public expenditure, and to discuss the role and scope of government,” said the Republican Leaders in the letter.

Another area might be the Medicaid budget that will need an additional $700 million to cover the expiring temporary federal pandemic aid. The aid was to get states through extra expenses a pandemic would have, so now that the pandemic is over, shouldn’t those expenses go away and the funds returned to the Medicaid budget?

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2023-01-23 06:36:49Last Update: 2023-01-22 12:39:38

DEQ Commission Names Two Finalists
The current interim director and a congressional candidate make the cut

After a seven-month national search, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission has selected two candidates for the Department of Environmental Quality's director position. The finalists are Leah Feldon and Jamie McLeod-Skinner.

Commission Chair Kathleen George said, "Both finalists are extremely qualified to lead DEQ and chart a course for the agency's future."

Leah Feldon is currently the interim director at DEQ. She entered public service at DEQ in the Office of Compliance and Enforcement in 2005 and became manager of that office in 2009. She served in several other positions at the agency before being named deputy, including special advisor to the director for Cleaner Air Oregon, an initiative by Governor Kate Brown to overhaul air toxics regulations. In that role, she assembled and led a multi-faceted team to deliver Oregon's new air toxics program, legislation, rulemaking and implementation guidance. She earned her law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2004 and her Bachelor of Arts from University of Dayton in Ohio. She is a member of the Oregon State Bar and has served on several non-profit boards.

Jamie McLeod-Skinner works as regional emergency coordinator with the Oregon Department of Human Services and is also founding partner and attorney with MS Sage Consulting in Central Oregon. She has 25 years of management experience in public, private and nonprofit sectors. She has a law degree from University of Oregon School of Law; a master's in regional planning from Cornell University; and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She was a candidate for congress in Oregon's fifth district last year.



The commission will hold a special meeting in February for the finalists to engage with them, as they move toward a final decision. This meeting also will be an opportunity for DEQ staff and the public to hear from both candidates.

Interim director Leah Feldon will remain in her role until a permanent director is appointed.

--Ritch Hanneman

Post Date: 2023-01-22 11:58:08Last Update: 2023-01-22 12:35:43

Fagan Campaigns for Abortion
“If you don’t live in Oregon, you can travel here to get an abortion”

Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan took the opportunity today's anniversary to promote abortion rights. “Today is the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It’s going to be a hard day for many of us. Last year, the Supreme Court ended the constitutional right to an abortion. That decision will have devastating impacts today and for many years to come. But we are in this together. I’ve been in this struggle to support access to abortion, and I won’t stop now, said Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan in a statement marking the 50th anniversary of the now-overturned US Supreme Court case.

According to one former legislator, the Secretary is mistaken. "The Supreme Court does not create rights, nor does it end them," said the former legislator who declined to be identified. "Rights are not just a power play, where ruling governments confer rights on subjects. They come from God and are inherent in our humanity."

Secretary Fagan used the anniversary and her office as an opportunity to campaign for access to abortion. “Let’s use this anniversary to take pride in what’s working well in Oregon. In Oregon, abortion is a right. In 2017 Oregon lawmakers passed the Reproductive Health Equity Act, one of the strongest abortion access laws in the country, codifying Roe v. Wade into state law and making the full range of reproductive health care services more accessible and affordable for all Oregonians. If you don’t live in Oregon, you can travel here to get an abortion if you need one.

“In response to the recent Supreme Court decision, I have directed the Audits Division to evaluate access to safe and legal abortions in Oregon. This new audit will be conducted in 2023. Oregon has made substantive investments in reproductive health care services and is now operating in a new landscape. The audit will examine the risks to Oregon’s sexual and reproductive health care services, with a focus on potential inequities and public health outcomes.



“I believe the right to control your own body and future is fundamental to our freedom in America. That’s why I will fight to protect the laws we have in Oregon and undo the damage caused by last year’s Supreme Court ruling.”

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2023-01-21 11:53:19Last Update: 2023-01-22 12:23:17

Analysis: Oregonians Don’t Need Greater Idaho, We Need Lesser Portland
“Defiant leftists can still make their woke utopia work”

Editor's note: Andy Norris is a writer and filmmaker living in Tillamook County. Select writings can be found at https://smartfish.substack.com/

The Greater Idaho movement shows no signs of abating, and the democratic process of changing the borders of Oregon and Idaho took another step forward on Tuesday as Bill SJM2, sponsored by Dennis Linthicum, became public. Though the bill seems to simply invite the governors of Idaho and Oregon to meet and discuss the possibility of a Greater Idaho, if the meeting actually happens it would signal that the issue is indeed being taken seriously. That said, something tells me Governor Kotek would somehow miss that meeting.

The current rift between woke Oregon and conservative Oregon is wider and deeper than Hells Canyon. Indeed, conservative Oregon has watched Democrats, who exclusively govern Portland, destroy a world-class city in just a few short years. Portland is now known worldwide as a crime-ridden hell-hole run by tweakers and teenage gang members of color. Fifteen years ago, a friend of mine studied the success and livability of Portland in a civics class at an Australian university. Portland is now known worldwide as an absolute failure: The City That Works doesn’t work anymore.

I drove a taxi in Portland over the last seven years. I saw every ‘green’ demolition. Old Portland buildings turned to rubble so new buildings designed by and for Californians could be erected, most with no parking and a virtue-signaling solar pad on the roof. In Vietnam the mantra was ‘destroy the village to save the country’, in Portland the mantra is ‘destroy the city to save the polar bear.’ It’s part of that woke guilt thing -- all Americans are racist or otherwise bad and don’t deserve to live in livable cities. And indeed Portland has been and continues to be destroyed by Democrats. During my years in the taxi, driving all over that city every day, I saw every homeless camp erected, some of the areas packed with stolen cars, dozens of stolen bikes, as well as stolen and burned-out boats. There are areas of North Portland that rival the Bronx, N.Y. of my youth. I saw terrorists attempt to burn down the Portland Police Bureau headquarters nightly for an entire summer, the thugs being cheered on by Mayor Ted Wheeler and just about every Democrat in city, county and state government. Even the corrupt bio-tech priest Anthony Fauci encouraged the terrorists, and suggested they stand less than six-feet apart, that it was permissible to break quarantine, and that they should protest to their hearts content -- or at least until the election of Lyin’ Biden.



Having lived back and forth between Tillamook County and Portland, I have also watched Portland advancing across the coast range. This trend of city folk bringing their Babylonian hell to the country is happening all over the American West, and the popularity of Kevin Costner’s ‘Yellowstone’, which sees Montana ranchers pitted against developers from the city, shows this phenomenon isn’t unique to Oregon. Developers and real estate agents have taken over the city government in Manzanita and are building three-hundred new, woke, ‘cluster housing’ units in what was once a small, cozy beach town. And a billionaire developer from California has reportedly bought two of the largest dairy farms in the Nehalem Valley. Look for more woke ‘cluster housing’ for leftist/communist Californians to move into. And if you go to Seaside keep your hands on your purse and keep your car doors locked. The tweaker crowd has arrived out of Portland and that city has an increasing number of abandoned RVs and drugged-out folks wandering along Highway 101.

And herein lies my problem with the Greater Idaho movement. Why the hell are ya’ll gonna abandoned the rest of us? That is not okay! Please don’t leave us, please hear me out first! I have an outstanding idea! Instead of Greater Idaho, how about Lesser Portland? Please?? Let me explain.

A separation of governance is clearly needed, and I think I figured out a way to make it happen. I’ve crafted this idea to make it most-favorable to the Democrats of Portland, so they can continue to destroy their former world-class city in rainbow-colored peace while leaving the rest of the state alone. My idea is modeled after the CHAZ movement up in Seattle. Did you hear about it, during the height of the domestic terrorist attacks from the Black Lives Matter communists and Antifa fascists? CHAZ was great! It was an area of Seattle up on Capitol Hill that was designated by the domestic terrorists as the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone. The first thing the anti-border crowd did was erect a border so only CHAZ sympathizers -- woke folk -- were allowed inside. Smart! Borders, great idea! Anyway, CHAZ was a riot -- excuse the pun -- with the then mayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan, even likening the terrorist camp to the summer of love of 1969. But CHAZ only lasted a couple of weeks. The terrorists chased out the local police, leaving the precinct empty, and the crime and the murder and the rape and all that stuff quickly made the utopia unlivable. Four shootings later, one involving teenagers, the cops moved in and CHAZ was no more.

But I know the defiant leftists can still make their woke utopia work, and I have developed a potential framework. First, our new utopia needs a name. Personally, I like Wokeland. It just rolls off the tongue, like ‘Homeland’ of the Third Reich. And perhaps, one day, Wokeland will become the ‘progressive’ version of the mystical land of Thule. Second, like CHAZ, we need to erect borders around Wokeland. This wall will not be built to keep Portlanders inside Wokeland. They will still be free to leave their safe space and spend their tourist dollars in rural Oregon. The wall around Wokeland will be purposed to keep rural Oregonians out. Genius, right? Hell, most of us don’t go the hipster paradise anymore anyhow, let them wallow in their self-righteousness in peace. To keep Wokeland pure, they can scan QR codes on every phone of those wanting entry into Wokeland, and they can requiring a social credit score that nobody in rural Oregon could ever possibly achieve, in good conscience. Those running Wokeland can mask their children all day at school, they can require vaccines to play pickelball, they can ban the PPB’s gun task force and gang task force because they are racist, and then they can revel in their anti-cop quadrupled homicide rate. The woke folk can ban all cars, mandate more bike lanes that nobody uses because they are actually purposed for Big Tech droid delivery, and they can buy ten-thousand more tents for the tweakers that break into their houses and steal their cars, etc., etc.

The creation of Wokeland will allow woke folk to continue their ground-breaking experiment in civics without any encumbrance from the conservative minds to the east. As the ridiculous pro-gangster, pro-tweaker Measure 114 shows, there is a clear need to separate the governance of the woke form the governance of the conservative. The creation of Wokeland is an idea that should be explored, and at the very least an exploratory committee should be formed. Oregonians can come together and make Wokeland happen, we can do it, I know we can, and then the woke folk can continue down their spiraling drain of failed ideology without taking the rest of Oregon with them.

--Andy Norris

Post Date: 2023-01-21 11:25:22Last Update: 2023-01-21 11:51:46

Semiconductor Can Bring Jobs to Oregon
Committee faces challenges to compete for a share of $280B

Oregon is poised to be a leader in US semiconductor research, design, and production, and to reap historic benefits from the Biden-Harris-led CHIPS & Science Act, a $280 billion investment designed to advance U.S. global leadership in technology and supply chains.

The Oregon legislature is taking advantage by forming a special Joint Semiconductor Committee lead by co-chairs Senator Janeen Sollman (D-Hillsboro) and Representative Janelle Bynum (D-Clackamas County), along with Vice Chairs Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) and Representative Kim Wallan (R-Medford).

The Oregon Semiconductor Competitiveness Task Force reports that Oregon is third at 15 percent of the nation’s employment and first in workforce location quotients in the semiconductor industry. Senator Ron Wyden attributes success for the industry is in federal tax incentives. The credits the state has given to Intel has, in turn, helped Intel support more than 50 percent of small businesses in Oregon as their suppliers.

The task force presented a vision of securing Oregon’s position as a global capital of semiconductor Industry and provide opportunities to create more family wage jobs above the median wage and a stronger, more deliberately equitable statewide economy through the advanced manufacturing sector. New industry investments could broadly impact Oregonians across the state—expanding high-wage, equitable employment opportunities in all regions and creating significant new tax revenues for critical priorities like homelessness, affordable housing, and education.

“Semiconductors represent nearly half of Oregon’s exports by value,” said Senator Sollman. “While more than 37,000 Oregonians work directly in computer & electronics manufacturing, millions more benefit from the industry’s economic ripple effects and significant tax revenues.”



The Committee is preparing to advance legislation, but is faced with two challenges: “Oregon has a generational opportunity to advance shared prosperity and opportunities for workers of all backgrounds,” said Representative Bynum. “Semiconductor jobs pay more than any other manufacturing sector, and nearly half of these jobs require an associate degree or less. By investing in industry growth and development of a diverse, talented workforce, we will change lives for the better.”

The joint committee meetings are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday at 5pm in room HR F in the state capitol.

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2023-01-21 11:15:39Last Update: 2023-01-21 13:39:28

Analysis: Gender Indoctrination Comes to Tillamook County Schools
Your tax dollars at work

When shots are whizzing about your head you do not have time to think about the full scene of the battle, much less the state of the war. In the war for parental rights and childhood innocence the battleground is the government schools, and in Tillamook County the parents and the students are losing, according to some.

Shouldn’t locally funded schools reflect the values of their patrons? Yes, but herein lies the problem: Government schools are becoming less locally funded making them subject to the demands of the state and the federal government. Educrats (elected leaders and appointed bureaucrats) are issuing a multitude of policies to be implemented in local schools. And what is the focus of the state and federal policies? High levels of reading comprehension? Mathematical excellence? Scientific achievement? Nope, its gender expansiveness.

Gender expansive is the edusphere’s fancy way of saying LGBTQAI2S+ without fear of excluding some new gender, unless it is plain male and female. Oregon, who proudly leads the way in legalizing and legitimizing all things that are harmful and transgressive, has recently updated their Supporting Gender Expansive Students Guidance for Schools. 

The goal of these policies is that it “clarifies new and evolving laws and policies.” What new laws and policies? Here is a review of relevant federal and state laws and their funding.



1. The Feds and the Biden Administration. During his presidential campaign, President Biden vowed to support transgender children. One way his administration followed through was the changing of TITLE IX language in June 2021 to require all federal funded programs to be “free” of discrimination of gender identity. In fact, the Biden Administration assigned the USDA Free Lunch Program as the enforcement agent of “prohibiting discrimination based on...gender identity.” Here discrimination includes discriminating against boys (or 18-year-old high school students) from using girls’ private spaces. Locally, Nestucca Valley School Superintendent stated in response to this concern that “there would be a lot of hungry kids” without the free lunch program. But the school administration never approached the local agricultural community it serves with this issue.

Of course, the TITLE IX language extends to sports. Protecting women’s sports was the original intent of TITLE IX. The TITLE IX change was its own controversy, as it received the most public comments ever on a proposed rule change, but somehow lost thousands of them. Presumably, because they did not have time to make the legally required responses to the public comments. 

2. Oregon Department of Education. If one finds the behavior of the Biden Administration contemptible, the Oregon Department of Education is intolerable. Oregon was one of the first states to pass “Comprehensive” Health Education in 2016. Following, Comprehensive Health was the appearance of School Based Health Clinics. These clinics are generally on school grounds and can offer services for elementary students with parental permission, mental health services without parental notification starting at 14, and all services to 15 year olds without parental notification. While these clinics cannot perform surgeries, they can administer vaccines and write prescriptions for antibiotics, birth control, hormones, etc. Neah-Kah-Nie already operates a school based health clinic, and Nestucca has agreed to work towards opening one within the district. Nationally, Planned Parenthood has also helped fund these clinics, as well as state “grants”.

The state heavily funds most schools in Oregon. There are a few exceptions, like Nestucca, that rely on timber sales for base funding. So, if a school is in non-compliance with ODE policy all funding could be threatened.

3. Local School District Personnel. While many government school staff members are not supporters of the gender expansive agenda, to speak out or refuse to promote gender expansiveness is to risk termination. Some schools and administrators give leeway to classroom teachers and aids. However, the unfortunate reality is that newly graduated teachers are products of 16 years of government indoctrination: A potent mix of Marxist anti-family and anti-capitalist views. Furthermore, teacher unions try to strong arm all teachers into membership and their prevailing doctrines. Compounding all these issues is the exodus of the boomer generation. Furthermore, highly educated school nurses and counselors may be more aggressive supporters of gender expansiveness than the educational staff members. 

School staff have also routinely thwarted laws requiring school based clubs to be student initiated, and started PRISM (formerly known as the Gay Straight Alliance, or GSA) Clubs. In the case of the Nestucca’s PRISM club, it was reportedly the school nurse that started the club. These clubs meet during the school day. School employees do not consider parental consent or notification of students in these clubs. But they do solicit the community to pay for their activities through fundraisers, like See’s Candy Sales. Nationally, these clubs have been prime instigators for convincing children as young as middle school to begin transitioning, without parental approval, and take field trips to Gay Pride parades. Some events attended by members of PRISM are not limited to minors. In other words, PRISM clubs have exposed children to sexually inappropriate materials and adults across the country.

Who is paying for that? Well, your donations, and to some extent tax dollars, as school property are used and school paid employees must be sponsors of these clubs. PRISM also holds pride events, such as was held in the commons area at Nestucca last June and special graduation events for Tillamook students. These events often force non-Prism club members to “celebrate” their LGBTQ+ friends via peer pressure. Individual students’ consciences and parental preference is not considered.



School nurses can also aid students in finding resources to obtain hormones or receive necessary psychological evaluations for further procedures that can be performed on minors at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Tillamook County Health Department also recently hired a gender-affirming counselor. Local schools have a long history of transporting students to the Health Department for services. The state can legally pay for transgender surgeries of 15-year-olds. Which brings us back to the money.

It is very difficult to tally how much money this agenda is receiving from our tax dollars because there is no line item for Gender Expansive programs and the new guidance demands that these programs be cross-curricula. Simply stated, all funds are fungible and able to be leveraged toward this agenda. The USDA Federal Free Lunch Program and Planned Parenthood (they administer hormone treatments to suppress puberty) spent 15 billion in federal funds in 2019. In Oregon, the state spent $9.2 billion this last school year, or about 50% of tax revenues, on government schools. Obviously the majority of dollars are spent elsewhere, but it is easy to understand their financial advantage versus average median individual income in our county at $50,000 per year.

This well-funded ideological war against majority American parental values seems insurmountable. But Americans do not despair. At the Lexington Green on April 19, 1775 Captain John Parker and his 70 militia men faced approximately 1000 trained and armed British soldiers. Parker stood his ground. Soon other colonial militias joined and the patriots won their first battle against the British. Although the war was long and hard, we know who won.

We can either behave like Captain Parker or leave the children to the predations of this ideology. Many have wisely decided to take their children out of the line of fire by sheltering them in private or homeschools, but the adults must stay on the field. Do not cower to accusations of “transphobe” or “bigot,” the children (including the gender expansive children) deserve our protection. Refusing to speak in public against these policies only breeds more cowardice. Yes, they have money and possibly illegitimate “laws” on their side. Nazi Germany had plenty of laws to legitimize their crimes against the Jews. Insist that school boards refuse Gender Expansive policies and dare the state to deny our local public schools funding. File Title IX complaints against the schools for failing to protect female sports and private spaces. Obtain access to all learning materials. Demand for opt-in versus the antiquated opt-out for Marxist Queer indoctrination. Join with other community members and offer our local schools local solutions to reduced or free lunches.

--April Bailey

Post Date: 2023-01-19 05:12:43Last Update: 2023-01-19 09:31:23

Analysis: The Appointment of Senator Brock Smith
Shemia Fagan concluded that the candidates would have another qualification criteria

Representative David Brock Smith of Port Orford was appointed to his Oregon State Senate seat in Senate District 1 on Wednesday, January 11th at the Roseburg Courthouse. David Brock Smith’s ascent to the seat started on December 16th when Dallas Heard endorsed Smith as successor to his seat.

Members of the Oregon Republican Party had known that Dallas Heard was not planning on running for another term as Senator since March 9, 2022 when Heard stepped down from his position as ORP chair, but there had been no announcement of his intent to resign from the Senate until December 15th. His resignation became effective on January 1st.

The Senator’s two weeks notice during the holiday season gave the Republican Parties of Coos, Curry and Douglas Counties very little time to recruit, vet and promote candidates needed for a competitive special election. In late December the Special Election was scheduled for January 7th, with only a 13 day notice before the election date. This short notice of the meeting date caused the Douglas County Republican Party concern that a mandatory 14 day notice was not met and could allow the Special Election to be nullified.

Within the special election process, the Precinct Committee-person’s of the Republican Party, instead of the general population of voters, were entitled to vote. Each PCPs’ vote represents about 250 constituents within their precinct.



The Douglas County Republican Party Executive Board managed to activate 5 candidates for the Special Election; Tim Allen, Tom Dole, Doug Mendenhall, Richard Vander Velden, and Todd Vaughn. Curry County had two candidates, David Brock Smith and a Mr. Avery who immediately stepped-down to endorse David Brock Smith. Coos County had no candidates.

The Special Election met in Coquille on January 7th. The meeting opened with an announcement that there was a possible change of the rules to qualify candidates. The Secretary of State, Shemia Fagan, had concluded that because SD1 was redistricted since Senator Heard took office, the candidates would have another qualification criteria added, not only would the candidates have to live within the current SD1 boundaries, by Fagan’s opinion they now needed to live in both the new and old SD1 boundaries. That new restriction would eliminate two of the Douglas County Candidates, Todd Vaughn and Richard Vander Velden.

The voting PCP’s were told that the Legislative Counsel did not agree with the Secretary of State’s interpretation of the Oregon Revised Statutes’ criteria for conducting the election. The PCP’s were instructed at the beginning of the meeting, that even if the two candidates who had been affected by the district boundary change were elected, they might be eliminated when the controversy between the Legislative Counsel and Fagan was settled. Many of the PCP’s present at the election reacted with suspicion that something nefarious was happening behind the scenes.

Before the PCP’s could vote for their choice of nominees, they must vote on how many nominees they will present to the Commissioners of the three counties. According to ORS 171.051(3), the failure of presenting the County Commissioners with the required minimum of three nominees would result in a failure of the Special Election and the choice of the next State Senator would then default to Governor Tina Kotek. With that to consider, many PCP’s changed their intended vote of presenting 3 nominees and instead voted to present 5 nominees. Todd’s and Richard’s precarious position as being subject to a possible elimination by Secretary of State Fagan may have influenced some PCP’s not to vote for them. The candidates then gave their speeches, were asked several written questions solicited from the PCP’s and the ballots were handed out and eventually tallied.



In order of the highest number of votes, the winning nominees presented to the County Commissioners were: David Brock Smith at 16890.87, Tim Allen at 13385.82, Richard Vander Velden at 9975.45, Todd Vaughn at 8615.39 and Tomas Dole at 8508.38. When the Douglas County vote was separated out from the three counties, Tim Allen was in a decisive lead at 9715.87 over the next contender, David Brock Smith at 8030.29. Since the Douglas County Commissioners wielded 73.58 % of the vote by population, Tim Allen seemed to have the edge.

On January 11th, the County Commissioners met at the Douglas County Courthouse to appoint the nominee of their choice at the Senate District Meeting. The meeting was recorded on video on the Douglas County website.

At the Senate District Meeting the first order of business was to decide the controversy between the Legislative Counsel and Secretary of State, Fagan. Commissioner Tim Freeman and County Clerk Dan Loomis referred to the Oregon Constitution and ORS to support the Secretary of States’ position to eliminated Richard Vander Velden and Todd Vaughn. The Oregon Constitution Article IV 3(2)(c) and Section 6(6)(8)ORS 171.068(2) and ORS 171.060(1) were cited to determine if residency requirements were met.

Freeman also cited an email sent by the Secretary of State two days earlier on January 9 at 4:39 pm. The way Tim Freeman read the email, it relied on ORS 171.106, but that statute is not listed within ORS Chapter 171 on the Oregon Legislature’s website. Commissioner Tim Freeman referred to the conflicting decisions between the Legislative Counsel and Secretary of State Fagan as “what seemed to be contrary, really was not.” The Legislative Counsel had added two caveats that allowed for the qualification of the candidates under certain conditions. Commissioner Chris Boice motioned to “strike the two disqualified candidates from the slate and only hear from the 3 candidates who meet all three qualifications.” The motion passed unanimously.

The three remaining nominees gave five minute speeches and answered questions from the nine Commissioners. The Commissioners then voted unanimously for David Brock Smith.

Near the end of the proceeding, Tim Freeman did apologize for the confusion caused by the Secretary of State Fagan at both the Special Election and the Senate District Meeting. Tim Freeman stated that if they had not had the five nominees, the two nominees who were eliminated would have qualified under one of the caveats provided by the Legislative Counsel.

At the end of this Senate District Meeting, Tim Freeman stated that in the last 8 years, the Douglas County Commissioners have appointed 4 legislative positions, and 1 of each of the following; a clerk, a surveyor, an assessor, a treasurer and a commissioner for a total of nine positions. By the time the Commissioners appoint the vacant House of Representatives seat left by David Brock Smith, it will be 5 legislative seats and a total of 10 elective positions.

Resignation from elected positions can be timed to allow the election of a replacement through the general election, or the timing can result in the need for a special election. If endorsements, special elections and appointments are used as a political strategy to bypass an election by the people, it results in the disenfranchisement of other candidates and the voters.

--Terry Noonkester

Post Date: 2023-01-18 08:51:57Last Update: 2023-01-18 09:43:15

House Republican Leader Announces 2023 Caucus Priorities
“This is not the Oregon I was raised in, know, and love”

During a joint press conference with Speaker Dan Rayfield (D-Corvallis) and Majority Leader Julie Fahey (D-Eugene), House Republican Leader Vikki Breese-Iverson (R-Prineville) announced the 2023 House Republican Legislative Priorities.

Leader Breese-Iverson began by highlighting the current status of our state.

“It is no secret that Oregon is at a crossroad. Despite record funding for our public education system, we continue to rank near the bottom of the national average… Oregon farmers and ranchers produce over 13 percent of our Gross Domestic Product, and even though we continue to hear about food uncertainty for many Oregonians, these producers continue to be sent a message that their farms and ranches are not valued in our state. This is not the Oregon I was raised in, know, and love,” according to Leader Breese-Iverson’s remarks as prepared.

The Republican Leader identified four key priorities for the 2023 Legislative Session: “Although there are no shortage of issues to address, we are ready to get to work. Oregonians deserve nothing less,” according to Leader Breese-Iverson’s remarks as prepared.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2023-01-18 06:41:14Last Update: 2023-01-17 19:51:57

Bend-La Pine Schools to Lodge Students on Field Trips According to Gender Identity
“A parent’s only recourse is to remove their child from the activity”

On January 10, the Bend-LaPine School District, under the direction of Dr. Steve Cook, passed an Administrative Regulation regarding lodging arrangements for overnight field trips basing placement on gender identity.

Gender balance of staff / chaperones is highly encouraged on all excursions. For an overnight trip or camp, Bend-La Pine Schools shall assure that staff, chaperones and students are assigned to rooms or cabins that correspond to their gender identity. Staff shall determine placement of students, staff and chaperones based on the need for appropriate supervision and shall take into consideration the safety, security and wellbeing of all gender-conforming and nonconforming persons.

Supervisors(s) must have knowledge that students will not be permitted to leave the field trip group during the trip unless they are released to their parent/guardian.

One parent, who declined to be identified, summarized the policy as "students will be placed in cabins on overnight field trips (outdoor school etc.) according to their gender identity. This essentially means biological girls and boys will be "assigned" into cabins with members of the opposite sex and vice versa and a parent's only recourse as I understand it, is to remove their child from the activity. These assessments and placements will be made by staff (not parents)."

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2023-01-17 06:11:49Last Update: 2023-01-16 15:49:16

State to Review Gold Mine Plan
It is a Technical Review Team meeting on a proposed gold mine in Malheur County

State agencies will meet by teleconference on February 2 on a proposed chemical process gold mine in Malheur County. Calico Resources has submitted a letter of intent to start mining for gold.

Oregon's Chemical Mining Rules apply to this project because cyanide is proposed for processing the gold. The processed tailings will be placed in a tailings disposal facility. This facility must be lined, capped and designed to avoid any discharge to groundwater or surface waters. The impoundment will be capped and sealed upon completion. The overall project is being designed to avoid any discharge to surface or ground waters.

Under state law, The Department of Geology and Mineral Industries' (DOGAMI) manages the consolidated application process for chemical mining permits. DOGAMI mission is to provide earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.

Permitting agencies involved in the consolidated application process include DOGAMI, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Water Resources Department. Depending on specific details related to mine construction and operation, permits from the Department of State Lands or the Oregon Health Authority may also be required. Other federal, state, or local regulations are also required, including local land use permitting

The Technical Review Team will meet by teleconference on Thursday, February 2, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to noon PST. The public and media can listen to the meetings by joining the Zoom Meeting online, or by phone.

The Technical Review Team is an inter-disciplinary team of state agencies that reviews information and concerns related to a proposed mine during all phases of the application process, and ultimately develops consolidated permit conditions that conform to Oregon regulations.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2023-01-16 06:09:05Last Update: 2023-01-15 11:03:05

Oregon Campaign Contributions Under Investigation
FTX crypto scam builds

Oregon became familiar with the FTX crypto scam when a $500,000 contribution was made to Governor Tina Kotek’s campaign made in the name of the cryptocurrency startup Prime Trust based in Nevada. However, Epoch Times is reporting that Prime Trust was allegedly used as a “pass-through,” with the funds actually coming from Nishad Singh, former director of engineering at FTX, the now bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange run by Sam Bankman-Fried. The U.S. Department of Justice has charged Bankman-Fried with making millions of dollars in donations in other people’s names using cash from customers’ accounts at FTX.

As part of a widening investigation into Bankman-Fried and Singh, federal prosecutors are now looking into campaign donations to the Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO). But, Kotek’s contributions was peanuts compared to the $14 million that Democrat Carrick Flynn, running for the new 6th Congressional District, received from Prime Trust. It was later revealed that the funds were from Bankman-Fried ($13 million) and Singh ($1 million).

Epoch Times reports six opposing candidates for the 6th Congressional District released a joint statement in April decrying the move. Flynn reportedly received more than twice the outside spending of any other congressional candidate in the nation during the 2022 primary, due primarily to Bankman-Fried’s donation.

Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan launched an investigation in November, after the election, to determine whether contributions were made under a false name by Singh, and whether the DPO broke a state law accepting political donations under a false name. Secretary Fagan refuses to release responses, and says they are trying to determine whether Singh misled members of the DPO when the donation was made, whether someone within the DPO posted the contribution fraudulently, or whether it was an honest mistake. Making a campaign contribution under a false name is a felony.



Epoch Times reports that DPO denied any wrongdoing, “Based upon documentation received from our bank, the DPO reasonably believed that this contribution was, in fact, from Prime Trust LLC,” wrote DPO executive director Brad Martin in a recent statement.

Flynn is also reported to receive “dark-money” from the Guarding Against Pandemics group, run by Sam Bankman-Fried’s brother Gabe Bankman-Fried, which obscures its donors. According to a transcript of a May 14 interview, Flynn told Vox that he’s never met or talked with Sam but is friendly with Gabe Bankman-Fried. Flynn speculated that the support was based on their shared interest in preventing pandemics and the “effective altruism,” a philosophical and social movement to help “all humans, animals and people who are not born yet.”

Despite the unprecedented support, Flynn was defeated in the primary race by Democrat Andrea Salinas who went on to victory in the general election, becoming the first to represent Oregon’s new 6th district.

The bill to reform campaign contributions has again been Introduced by Speak Rayfield and other under HB 2003. However, it only applies to state candidates, but it would limit the governor’s campaign from accepting more than $30,000 in aggregate from a political party multicandidate committee.

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2023-01-15 06:48:28Last Update: 2023-01-15 10:09:05

Oregon Detective Receives National Recognition
Matt Brassfield receives his third honor by NCFI

Receiving top honors for his work as a digital forensic examiner is Matt Brassfield, a tenured detective with the Salem Police Criminal Investigations Section.

On January 4, the US Secret Service’s National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) recognized Detective Matt Brassfield for being one of the nation’s top 50 examiners in the field of digital forensics in 2022. The veteran detective ranked 47th from amongst more than 1,500 participating examiners all across the country. The field of digital forensics involves the recovery and investigation of material found on a variety of digital devices, such as small digital storage container, mobile phones and records, computers, and network storage systems.



“The use of digital technology in the commission of crimes continues to grow,” said Deputy Chief Jake Burke who oversees the Investigations Division. “Detective Brassfield’s skill and knowledge in the field of forensics is essential to the successful prosecution and closure of numerous persons and property crimes. We are very proud he is being recognized for his work and expertise.”

Brassfield, who has worked in the field of computer forensics for six years, was previously honored by NCFI in 2019 and 2020.

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2023-01-14 16:41:16Last Update: 2023-01-14 22:15:58

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