Albert Einstein To Appear at Moro, April 21

Coming soon, Albert Einstein – alive and in person to Sherman County!
Broadway and film veteran Duffy Hudson will bring Albert Einstein to life in a unique one-man show, “The Relativity of Albert Einstein,” set for Monday, April 21 at 12:45 p.m. at the Sherman County High School at Moro.

The public is invited to this special one-hour school assembly. Admission is free.

Imagine Albert Einstein explaining the Theory of Relativity in a fun and exciting way, without any required knowledge of mathematics or physics. The show covers elements of Einstein’s life and humor, the speed of light, time travel, gravity and space-time, and what is E=MC2 anyway? This show will excite students and adults alike to look at the mechanics of the Universe with new eyes.

The program is hosted by Sherman County Public-School Library as part of a regional tour sponsored by Libraries of Eastern Oregon (LEO), For further information, please contact library directors Jeanney McArthur or Arla Melzer.

Protecting Northwest salmon, steelhead with the FISH Act

Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler’s legislation, the Fundamentally Improving Salmon Habitat— or FISH — Act, will better protect our local salmon and steelhead populations. How? Throughout the Lower Columbia River estuaries, there are small projects to improve salmon habitat. However, these efforts are the responsibility of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – a large agency well-suited to carry out larger projects – and because they’re smaller, they often go unfinished.

The FISH Act would allow the Army Corps to use existing resources and put local salmon habitat enhancement groups in the lead on these smaller projects.

Projects typically include building off-channel refuges, installing woody debris and removing invasive plant species that are harmful to fish runs. The FISH Act is a fiscally responsible bill that has earned the support of land rights advocates and the Farm Bureau for respecting private property. This week I toured a completed project in the lower Washougal River that had been carried out by one of these local nonprofit groups.

Read more about the FISH Act here.

State, feds reject each other’s Hanford proposals

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington and the U.S. Department of Energy on Friday each rejected the other’s proposal to amend a federal court agreement governing cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site.

The state sent a letter to federal lawyers saying the Energy Department’s March 31 proposal that would have eliminated many deadlines for Hanford cleanup “is not acceptable to Washington.”

The Department of Energy says a state proposal also issued March 31 that would have left many deadlines in place was unrealistic.

While the state warns that it might consider legal action, the Energy Department says it wanted to keep negotiating the issues.

Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons, and now is engaged in cleaning up the nation’s largest volume of radioactive wastes. The site is near Richland.

The cleanup is governed by a federal court consent decree reached in 2010 that sets strict milestones for the cleanup process. But the Energy Department has said it is in danger of missing many of those milestones because of the scientific complexity of the work.

6 sea lions killed to protect Columbia salmon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Six California sea lions have been euthanized to protect endangered salmon crossing Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Jessica Sall says the six were among some 20 sea lions that have been hanging around the dam as chinook salmon start their spawning run. People in boats and on shore harass the sea lions to discourage their feeding, but the department is allowed to kill up to 30 a year. Last year two were killed and two sent to a zoo.

The Humane Society of the United States has been trying to stop the practice, arguing sea lions kill fewer fish than do people, the dams and loss of habitat. But a federal appeals court last year upheld the practice.

Sherman County Planning Commission Public Hearing, April 28

The Sherman County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing, Monday, April 28, 2014 beginning at 5:30 P.M. at the Steve Burnet Extension and Research Building Conference Room, 66365 Lonerock Rd. Moro, Oregon.

The purpose of the hearing is to consider a Conditional Use Permit for a Non-Farm Dwelling and Parcel. The project is proposed by Geremy Shull. The site is owned by Louella Shull and is located in the Exclusive Farm Use Zone, approximately 5 miles Southeast of Wasco, Oregon at 68300 Sandon Rd. The property is described by the Sherman County assessor’s maps as T1N, R17E, Section 32, Tax Lot 6200, Sherman County, Oregon.

The proposed use is allowed in the SCZO under;
Article 3, Section 3.1,
3. Conditional Uses Permitted
(n); A single family residential dwelling, including a manufactured home, not provided in conjunction with use, may be established on a lot or parcel, i.e., non-farm dwellings, subject to approval in accordance with the applicable provisions set forth in ORS 215.284.

All interested parties wishing to speak for or against the proposal are urged to attend. The Planning Commission may take one of the following actions upon conclusion of public testimony; approve with or without conditions as written, deny, table, or recess the hearing to a set time and place. Failure of an issue to be raised in the hearing, in person or by letter, or failure to provide sufficient specificity to afford the decision maker an opportunity to respond to the issue precludes appeal based on that issue.

Copies of the proposal and other related information is available for review at the Sherman County Planning Department, 66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro, Oregon, during business hours. A copy of the staff report will available for inspection prior to the hearing. Copies will be provided at a reasonable cost. Written testimony or questions may be directed to the Sherman County Planning Department, P.O. Box 381, Moro, Oregon 97039 or by phoning (541) 565-3601.The location of the hearing is accessible to the disabled. Please contact Georgia Macnab of the Sherman County Planning Department at the number listed above if you need any special accommodations to attend or participate in the hearing.

Video and audio: Fort Dalles Readiness Center dedication ceremony

The Oregon National Guard held a dedication ceremony April 17 for the Fort Dalles Readiness Center at Columbia Gorge Community College.Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon hosted Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Mr. Frank Toda, president of the Columbia Gorge Community College, and present and past leadership of the Oregon National Guard and local community, who attended the ceremony. The Oregon Army National Guard’s Alpha Co, 3-116 Cavalry, will share the new facility with the Columbia Gorge Community College, and can also be utilized by the local community.

To hear a complete audio recording of the ceremony, click on the podcast bar below

Fort Dales Readiness Center dedication today at 2 pm

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THE DALLES, Ore. — The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to hold a dedication ceremony for the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles, Ore., on April 17 at 2:00 p.m.Media and the public are invited to attend. The address for the readiness center is 402 E Scenic Dr., The Dalles, Ore.

Among the official party scheduled to attend the ceremony are U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR); U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR); Oregon Senator Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day, OR-District 30); Oregon Representative John Huffman (R-The Dalles, OR-District 59); The Dalles Mayor Stephen Lawrence; Dr. Frank Toda, President of Columbia Gorge Community College; Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon; and Brig. Gen. Steven Beach, commander of 82nd Brigade Troop Command.

The new readiness center replaces the Webber Street armory, built in 1951, as the home of Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry, Oregon Army National Guard. Approximately 150 Soldiers will gather at the facility each month to train. The space is also shared with Columbia Gorge Community College.

The bottom floor of the building will be used by students and faculty of community college, including two labs, two classrooms, a computer work area, and a break area with a small kitchen.

The second floor of the building contains office space, a commercial-grade kitchen and a 10,000 square-foot assembly hall for the Oregon Guard unit. The third floor houses a fitness center, locker rooms and other spaces to accommodate training needs of the Soldiers.

The facility also includes a shared industrial shop, providing 12 student welding labs and a maintenance bay for Oregon National Guard vehicles.

The readiness center will serve the community with flexible rental space and it meets all building codes for Americans with Disabilities Act and seismic requirements, as well as State Energy Efficient Design (SEED) requirements.