The February meeting of the Waldport Climate Crisis Planning group will feature a discussion of the 2018 Lincoln County resolution to establish a public-private partnership in which Lincoln County participates in information sharing, supports forums for discussion of alternatives and innovations, and provides residents, stakeholders and all interested parties opportunities to review and give input on climate legislation and policy choices by local decision-makers. Martin Desmond, one of the authors of the resolution, will lead the discussion.
Desmond will also report on work toward a comprehensive adaptation and mitigation action plan for the county, based on local planning, and Linda Carskadon will explain the duties and training of CERT (Citizens’ Emergency Response Team) volunteers.
The meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Seashore Family Literacy Center in Waldport. Doors will be open at 6 p.m. for welcome and a song by Bill Kucha, founder and chair of 350.Oregon Central Coast, who will moderate the discussion.
These planning meetings are sponsored by Citizens Climate Lobby, 350.Oregon Central Coast, and Senitila McKinley. The Seashore Family Literacy Center is located at the east end of the parking area behind the (now closed) Umpqua Bank building. From Highway 34, turn north at the intersection of Spring Street and Alder, across from the Fire Station, then right into the former parking lot. The Center is located in the DaNoble House, at the far east end of the lot.
For more information, contact Bill Kucha, 541 765 2451
Wyden Statement: Trump Administration’s FY 2021 Budget with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin…
Sen. Ron Wyden “Trump’s at it again – more tax breaks for the already wealthy!!”
This administration’s budget is built on policies that pillage working families to pay for brand new windfalls for corporations and the wealthy. That harmful agenda has been on clear display over the last few weeks in two events I want to address.
First, it recently came to light that the Trump administration – acting on their own – found a way to milk the 2017 tax law to create more than $100 billion in shiny new corporate tax loopholes.
Understand that these are not the same huge loopholes I and others warned about back in 2017 when the bill was written. These are the product of tricky regulatory maneuvering – some of which looks to me like it goes beyond the Treasury’s legal authority. The bottom line, it sure looks like corporate special interests are going to make off with new loopholes worth $100 billion in addition to their outlandish share of the original $2 trillion Trump tax law.
Senator Brown and I want to stop this fleecing of American taxpayers. Today we’re introducing legislation that will start closing these loopholes and fixing this new source of unfairness.
When people say the tax code is rigged and the Trump administration has made it worse, what I’ve described is a textbook case of what they’re talking about.
Not long after the news of these new tax loopholes broke, the president went to Davos. During an interview he was asked whether during a second term he would cut programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. He said, yes he would. He called it “actually the easiest of all things.”
So here you’ve got a perfect snapshot of this administration’s policies robbing working families to pay off special interests and those at the top. The president says that shredding the safety net is a piece of cake.
He’s talking about Medicaid, a program that pays for two out of three nursing home beds in America, a country where growing old is expensive and families run out of money to pay for long-term care. He’s talking about Medicare, without which millions of seniors would have no hope of getting high-quality health care or affordable prescription drugs. He’s talking about Social Security, which keeps American workers from retiring into deprivation and desperation.
The Trump budget cuts those programs by more than $1.5 trillion combined. That might sit just fine with the ballroom crowd at Mar a Lago, but it’s a terrifying prospect for the millions and millions of Americans who every month are walking an economic tightrope, are counting on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to be around today and in the future.
Add it up, and the picture is clear: The Trump administration will tune out the needs of middle-class families, but gives the world to any corporate lobbyist who comes calling at the Treasury Department.
You see it in Secretary Mnuchin’s stewardship. You see it in the budget. You see it in the president’s own words.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium announces the relaunch of Oceanscape Network, the largest online marine and natural history education provider in the state of Oregon. Connecting youth and educators to nature and conservation topics, www.oceanscape-aquarium.org is a free educational resource that facilitates the teen user’s personal exploration of the natural world through a dynamic online community.
Exclusively showcasing original content, the website connects students to scientists and researchers sharing first-person accounts of their work at sea, around Oregon and in a variety of ecosystems. In partnership with several prestigious agencies and organizations, like Schmidt Ocean Institute and WhaleTimes, Inc, leaders in the natural sciences take curious youth on exciting journeys without ever leaving home.
Originally created in 2014 with a regional focus, the Aquarium’s Oceanscape developers came to realize that people from all over the United States and abroad were visiting the site. In the years since its launch, both the use of online learning and youth awareness of environmental issues has evolved, inspiring a relaunch of Oceanscape Network.
“We now have a much greater emphasis on getting young people involved in outdoor education and having a voice on topics that protect the ocean and other ecosystems,” explained Marsh Myers, Aquarium Manager of Online Experiences. “We recognize that this audience is very connected to technology. It makes sense to reach them where they are,” he added.
With regularly expanded and updated content, the website’s “voice” is driven largely by teen interests. From focus groups to guide the design, to the development of youth correspondents working both behind and in front of the camera, this is a unique program that empowers youth to help create content for a teen audience.
The Oceanscape relaunch also gave developers an opportunity to revamp the subject matter aimed at educators. Guided by the Aquarium’s teacher programs manager, Sara Shaw Roberts, the site offers Coast Connections, a variety of modules focused on carefully researched conservation topics that teachers can use to energize existing lesson plans.
The Virtual Exploration program found on the Oceanscape Network is particularly unique, allowing website users to join a scheduled exploration or view archived adventures. From exploring underwater volcanoes to swimming with manta rays, these visually stunning opportunities are both thrilling and informative. All are guided by topic-specific experts who bring real-life science to the online audience.
While the Oceanscape Network’s primary goal is to use the Aquarium’s high standards to deliver a distance learning program that connects youth with real-life scientists and explorers, adults will be equally fascinated by the site’s content. Exploring the website is the best way to learn about the vast offerings for students and educators. For more information, please visit oceanscape-aquarium.org
Free Concert Saturday 1st Presbyterian Church Newport
University of Oregon Music Professors and Grad Student Quartet Perform in Free Concert Saturday at First Presbyterian Church.
University of Oregon Music Professors Hal Grossman and Fritz Gearhart, along with their graduate student Jacquot String Quartet, will be in a classical music performance Saturday at 7:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church in the second of three free Winter Concerts sponsored by the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival. Special guest performers will be the Sprague High School String Quartet of Salem.
The University of Oregon music department professors, violinists Grossman and Gearhart, will perform Sonata in E minor for 2 violins, Op. 3 #5 by Jean- Marie Leclair. Professor Fritz Gearhart has performed for audiences from coast to coast. He has appeared in major halls around the country including the Kennedy Center.
Professor Hal Grossman has been enthusiastically acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for his “vibrant tone” and “superb technique”. Both Gearhart and Grossman are on the faculty of the University of Oregon’s School of Music as well as the annual Redfish Chamber Music Festival held in Port Orford in late July. The Jacquot String Quartet graduate music students Nathan Lowman, Caleb Haymes, Adam Fishburn and Titus Young. (more…)