Author: Salem Weekly

OREGON RAISES PROTECTIONS FOR RARE SEABIRD

Logging, Loss of Prey, Climate Change All Endanger Marbled Murrelet. In what is considered a victory for conservationists and Oregon old growth forest advocates, on February 9 the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to change the status of marbled murrelets from threatened to endangered under the Oregon Endangered Species Act. The decision to uplist the murrelet reflects the increasingly imperiled status of the species in Oregon and represents an important step in reversing its ongoing decline toward extinction in the state.     “We applaud the commission for recognizing that the marbled murrelet warrants endangered status in Oregon,” said Nick Cady, legal director at Cascadia Wildlands. “This decision sets the stage for the state of Oregon to take the steps that will be necessary to recover this species in Oregon.” The marbled murrelet is a seabird that nests in old-growth and mature forests and forages at sea. Its population has declined dramatically over the decades because of extensive logging in Oregon’s Coast Range. The commission’s decision could have implications for forest protection on state and private timberlands. “While federal laws have stabilized habitat loss on federal lands, the state of Oregon has continued to allow logging of older forests at an alarming rate and failed to adequately address new threats to the species,” said Bob Sallinger, conservation director for the Audubon Society of Portland. “Changing the murrelet’s status...

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POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN

Members of the public are invited to learn more about the Poor People’s Campaign, A National Call for a Moral Revival and how it will unfold in Oregon. A local orientation takes place 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 1 at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St. in Salem. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is bringing together people from across the country to build a broad and deep national movement, led by the poor, clergy and moral agents, to demand change. The March 1 orientation will give participants a chance to hear from the Oregon Poor Peoples Campaign organizers in Portland, and join the movement. We’ll share some food at 6 p.m. before the meeting begins. Bring something for the potluck, if you can.  RSVP to Mbeemer@wraphome.org to attend, and go to poorpeoplescampaign.org to get signed up for the national campaign. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has emerged from more than a decade of work by various movements fighting to end systemic racism, poverty, militarism, environmental destruction & related injustices. It stems from Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor Peoples Campaign he fostered more than 50 years ago....

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SALEM READS IS UNDERWAY AGAIN; AUTHOR TO SPEAK

Salem Reads is a community program that encourages a fondness for reading and use of the library by inviting the entire city to read a common book. Outcasts United by Warren St. John is this year’s choice. It is the real-life story of refugees seeking new lives set against the backdrop of a fading American town struggling to accommodate its new arrivals. Together, an inspiring group of refugees and a woman, who with tough love and fiery determination, changes an entire community for the better. In the span of just a decade, Clarkston, Georgia transformed from a typical small southern town into one of the nation’s most diverse communities—a place where children from 50 countries now attend the once all-white local high school. In Outcasts United, St. John explores the impact of this radical change on refugees and townspeople through the story of a Clarkston youth soccer team called the Fugees. The team, coached by a Jordanian-born woman named Luma Mufleh, consists of players from more than 15 war-torn countries, who, despite their differences and the hurdles placed in their way by locals opposed to resettlement, find ways to connect and cohere across broad cultural divides. The 2018 Salem Reads festival began February 6th with a gala reception at the Library highlighted by the free distribution of 600 books to the community, an array of choice food and beverage...

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SALEM HOUSING AUTHORITY AWARDED GRANT

The Salem Housing Authority was awarded a $150,000 grant by the Meyer Memorial Trust Foundation, which will be used to fund a full-time Service Coordinator Case Manager for Homeless Rental Assistance Program (HRAP). Salem’s HARP is the largest “Housing First” program in Oregon. The program combines rental assistance, intensive case management services, and funding to help meet the needs of the chronically homeless by connecting them to available programs, resources, and social services. The goal of the HRAP is to reduce the number of chronically homeless individuals in Salem and house 100 of those “hardest to house” in its first year. The individuals served by HRAP often face untreated mental illness, addiction, and chronic illness – conditions which are worsened by homelessness. These difficulties, along with other barriers to finding housing, such as criminal history, evictions, and spotty rental history, all contribute to a challenging set of problems for the HRAP client. The Service Coordinator Case Manager will be responsible for weaving together the network of clinical, treatment, and supportive services to enable the homeless client to establish and maintain long-term housing....

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CITY HELPS FUND HABITAT

Thanks to funding from the City of Salem, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Meyer Memorial Trust, and event sponsor REI, Friends of Trees will contribute to trail beautification and habitat improvement in Minto-Brown Park through planting 6,000 native shrubs. Friends of Trees volunteers will also remove invasive plants as part of restoring the conservation areas in the park. The Minto-Brown plantings are scheduled for Feb 24 and March 3 In addition, planting events have been planned at Judson Middle School and Weathers Park in Salem. Gloves, tools, guidance, and breakfast snacks/coffee provided at all events....

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DR. WOLF TO SPEAK ON NATURE AND HEALTH

On March 2 at Loucks Auditorium, The Salem chapter of Friends of Trees will present Dr. Kathy Wolf of the University of Washington who will speak about her fascinating research on the interconnectedness of nature and health, and how this knowledge can be used to improve human communities. Dr. Wolf is a Research Social Scientist at the College of the Environment, University of Washington and a research associate with the US Forest Service Pacific NW Research Station, studying urban forestry and stewardship and exploring the human dimensions of urban ecosystems. Dr. Wolf has worked as a landscape architect and environmental planner and advocates for the integration of scientific information into local government policy and planning. She has served with national organizations that promote nature in cities, such as the Transportation Research Board National Committee on Landscape and Environment, the Sustainable Sites Initiative, and the TKF Foundation. Salem: Friday, March 2, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the City of Salem; Wildwood/Mahonia Salem Public Library Loucks Auditorium 585 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR...

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De Las Lumbres

por Arturo Sarmiento                                     I Abatidas las campanas, Sus repiques se amotinan en la medianía del espanto. El fuego no afina su mirada, dispara a la montaña. Su arco un dolor atravesando la boca del estómago, Sus dardos, Afiladas llamas que no entienden la aflicción de la implorada cordura. El bosque estalla. La lumbre vuela liviana y multicolor. En roja en las entrañas del árbol caído y arrinconado, Azulada en la mañana sumida en el estertor del agraviado paisaje, Pardo como los cardos que incitan a resistir. La lumbre asciende siniestra. Rabia bífida de la naturaleza, Construyendo sus propios torres paralelas. Con gravedad estrujante, instiga: “Ascendamos a la cubre verde. El nuevo Tezcatlipoca viste hoy sus obscuras galas. Unjámoslo como el Dios nuestro aliado,             Ahora que el tiempo precisa una corona de humo” Sus palabras se encajan en el pecho del crepúsculo, Como aura crespa y sediciosa. Mis pies no se mueven. Ya no son soldados para esta guerra.                                       II El fuego revuelca la esperanza. La arrastra por candentes cuestas para que no despierte. Escuchamos el sufrimiento humeante de aquellos riscos. Chillan como animales de matadero, Se...

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Larry Tokarski leaves the public with a $7.5 million development bill

Opinion by Brian Hines There was much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth at the January 22 City Council meeting, prior to a vote on a proposal for the public to pay for an extension of Lone Oak Road through the Creekside development in south Salem, rather than the Creekside developer. Mayor Chuck Bennett said, “This is why people have problems with government,” adding that onlookers were probably thinking “Wow, how did this mess get to this point?” Councilor Chris Hoy added, “It’s an artful solution to a problem we should never have had to deal with.” Councilor Tom...

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WORDS OF WORTH -Famed Oregon Writer dies

Celebrated writer Ursula Le Guin died this week in Portland, Oregon.  In 2014, accepting the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, Le Guin said: “I think hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope.  We will need writers who can remember freedom: poets, visionaries – the realists of a larger reality…. We live in capitalism.  Its power seems inescapable.  So did the divine right of kings.  Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.  Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of...

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18th Annual SILVERTON POETRY FESTIVAL February 23-24-25, 2018

Rain today, then sun, then hail enough to whiten fields plowed for wheat. For an hour I dug the row of raspberry canes – roots so exuberant they tunnel in every direction… Lately we’ve restricted our intake of news…                                                                                                                             – Lex Runciman You may hear this whole poem, “A Letter to Our Daughters,” at the Silverton Poetry Festival. All events (except the $5 children’s workshop) are free and open to the public.   SCHEDULE of EVENTS Featured Poets Reading Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House Oregon Gardens, Silverton Friday, February 23, 7–9 pm Take this opportunity to enjoy poetry in this beautiful and historic venue, as poets John Brehm and Emily Ransdell open the festival. Refreshments served. Favorite Poem Project & Open Mic Saturday the 24th, 10:30 am–12:00 pm Silver Falls Library 405 South Water St Listen in and to share a favorite poem. First hour:  Read a poem by a favorite poet. Second hour: Read your own original poem.    Kids Poetry Writing Workshop: “My Goldfish Stole the...

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS BILL

The most important issue that will be before the Oregon State Legislature when it convenes in February will be the Clean Energy Jobs Bill. Here is everything you need to know about the bill. What is it and what does it do? The Clean Energy Jobs Bill (SB 1507/HB 4001) is a cap, trade, and invest plan to reduce state greenhouse gas emissions through a market-based mechanism. Regulated businesses will need to obtain permits, called “allowances” for their emissions. The number of allowances issued will gradually decrease over time, creating economic pressure to decarbonize. Allowances will be auctioned, raising proceeds for the state, and they can be traded among regulated entities. This will allow businesses that reduce emissions more effectively to easily sell (trade) their excess allowances to other businesses that need them. State proceeds, estimated by proponents at around $700 million per year, would not be placed in the general fund but would be reinvested in the state to further reduce carbon pollution, benefit disproportionately impacted communities, provide utility bill assistance, retrain workers, and advance clean economic development. More importantly, greenhouse gas emissions would gradually ratchet down, starting in 2021, to reach 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.   Why adopt the bill now in the short session?  The last four years have set global temperature records due to increasing carbon pollution. Contributing to heat waves, drought, wildfires,...

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PROCEED WITH CAUTION, MORATORIUM NOW!

On January 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo. For those that are familiar, the Cole Memo was a rider attached to the annual Federal Budget Bill that restricted funding for enforcement of state legal cannabis. With this saber-rattling from the Attorney General, and the Cole Memo protections being rescinded, many Oregon OLCC licensees are understandably concerned. More recently, the U. S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Billy Williams, stated his concerns regarding overproduction of cannabis in Oregon creating a “high risk for illegal diversion of product”. Oregon, unlike other states, has not put any limitations on the number of licenses being issued. As of January 16, the OLCC website reports 1677 active cannabis businesses, with 3436 total applications, and 67 licenses already surrendered. Both Washington and Colorado will have fewer licenses with greater populations. This unlimited issuing of licenses has created an over-saturated market. Although the OLCC is charged with reporting to the legislature regarding supply and demand, they are unable, as of yet, to obtain good statistics, due to many factors including the short time frame since the inception of OLCC licensing and issues with the new tracking software. Craig Pope, Polk County Commissioner and current President of the Association of Oregon Counties states “there is an obvious problem with oversupply. Why is the state still issuing licenses with an apparent overproduction problem...

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Time to show up: A guide to personal activism

A new year has begun and many Resolution lists include greater community involvement. That’s as it should be; if a community is to truly be “of the people, by the people and for the people,” its citizens are required to defy the urge to procrastinate – and act. There are many ways to become engaged and ultimately see one’s vision and values more closely reflected in a better community. The following are some of the many ways to ‘show up’ in Salem.   Register to vote “Democracy is the worst form of government,” said Winston Churchill, “ except for...

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GOSPEL-JAZZ JAM SESSIONS

This spring the Pauline Memorial A.M.E Zion Church is presenting three stirring gospel-jazz sessions. Sessions are free and all are invited. The events, on three different “4th Sundays” will feature both music and song with Oregon-based singers and musicians.  “This is great music,” says congregant Bennie Yows. “Everybody should come out.” For questions about the sessions call Rev. Sylvia M. Taylor, Pastor, at 503-399-0130.     Gospel Jazz Jam Sessions January 28, February 25 and March 25 3 p.m. Pauline Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church 3593 Sunnyview Rd....

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON CHAMBER MUSIC

Camerata Musica, the Chamber music society of the Mid-Willamette Valley is presenting a stirring and vivacious free chamber music concert this month. The January 28 concert will feature James Shields on the clarinet, Kenji Bunch on the viola and Monica Ohuchi on piano. This will be Shields first appearance with Camerata Musica. Among other pieces, the concert will feature two of Bunch’s compositions: a clarinet-piano duet, and a trio for all three instruments. Bunch’s compositions are widely acclaimed and performed around the world. The concert is part of series of “play-ins” where Camerata Musica, now in its 42nd season,...

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Local Profile: Brandon Udey

By Ari Andrade I first met Brandon Udey in Vancouver, Washington, when he was opening up for the the Bay Area West Coast legendary rapper, Rappin 4-Tay. A Stayton native, Brandon or “Udey” as is his stage name, first came onto the Salem scene by bringing the certified platinum selling star, Lil Flip from Houston,Texas. The year was 2013 and Udey hit the ground running. A hot start and very impressive feat to start your career by bringing an artist of that caliber. I attended the show and remember it vividly. It took place at the old Duffy’s Hangar,...

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COVANTA MARION INCINERATOR POLLUTES MORE, COSTS MORE

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality released information on November 1st on greenhouse gas emissions from all Oregon facilities with an air quality permit. It shows that the Covanta Marion garbage incinerator just north of Salem is in the top twenty for GHG pollution in Oregon and #1, by far, in Marion County. In 2016, the garbage burner emitted 160,517 metric tons of GHG pollution, presumably CO2, making it #18 on the list of Oregon polluters. The only other solid waste disposal facility that emits more GHG pollution than Covanta Marion is the giant Waste Management Disposal Services landfill in Gilliam County, which is where garbage from the entire Portland metro area and elsewhere goes. There are 13 GHG polluters on the DEQ list in Marion County and Covanta Marion is by far the biggest polluter. In fact, it emits more than twice as much pollution than the other 12 combined. Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reported to DEQ In Marion County in 2016 (metric tons) Covanta Marion, Inc. 160,517 Kettle Foods, Inc. 8,491 Bruce Packing Company  8,152 Oregon State Penitentiary 7,127 Norpac Foods, Inc. 6,659 Salem Health (Healthcare Facility)  6,363 City of Salem 5,921 CPM Development Corp. 3,750 Willamette University 3,669 Salem Health (Hospitals) 3,024 Norpac Foods 2,976 Boise Packaging and Newsprint n2,765 Tree Top, Inc. 2,637 Interestingly, the Coffin Butte landfill, operated by Valley Landfills, Inc., also makes the DEQ...

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ZOMBIE 3RD BRIDGE PLANNING PROJECT WON’T DIE DESPITE LUBA DECISION

On November 28th the Oregon Department of Transportation updated their Salem River Crossing website to show their latest schedule for planning the 3rd Bridge in Salem. This is just the latest of many revisions to the schedule since the planning project began in 2006. The latest revision pushes out project completion until July of next year with a final Record of Decision (ROD) from the Federal Highway Administration. The last version of the schedule showed completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement coming at the end of 2017, but the new schedule pushes that out until May of 2018. The new schedule doesn’t appear to take into account the decision of the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals last August. LUBA ruled in favor of a group of Salem-area citizens who found fault with the land use actions taken by the Salem City Council in December, 2016. The LUBA decision essentially voided the actions to expand the Urban Growth Boundary to accommodate the footprint of the 3rd Bridge and to add plans for the 3rd Bridge to the Salem Transportation System Plan and Comprehensive Plan. Without the land use actions the Final Environmental Impact statement cannot move forward. The new schedule shows the “Local Land Use Analysis and Amendment/Adoption Process” happening now. But it is not happening. That is because in 2017 four new Salem City Councilors who oppose...

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IMMIGRANT JUSTICE/SANCTUARY FUNDRAISER

A benefit concert featuring Peter Bergel and the Atomic Medicine Show will be held Saturday, January 27, 6 to 8:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem (UUCS), 5090 Center St. NE. Suggested donation is $ 10 at the door.   Proceeds will go to renovate a room at UUCS to meet fire codes so that overnight guests, such as an undocumented resident seeking sanctuary, can get out safely in the event of a fire. UUCS members voted May 21 in their annual congregational meeting to become a sanctuary congregation. The Sanctuary Team, a subcommittee of the UUCS Social Justice in Action Team, has been taking the necessary steps to ready the building and the congregation for their first guest. Local performers at the concert include Ayala’s Band, a local Latino family group, the Aztec Dancers, Mark Babson and Company, Loraine Stuart and Ted Cory as well as Peter Bergel and The Atomic Medicine Show.   Peter Bergel is a lifelong social change activist and song leader. UUCS’ Rev. Richard R. Davis will offer reflections. Various readings will be made throughout the concert on the history of immigration and racial intolerance in Oregon and our country. The gathering will allow people to enjoy performances from our local community, and further the awareness of today’s climate of racial intolerance and the need for sanctuary. Special focus will be given to...

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The CaveTransparent A poem in terza rima

By Tim Pfau Perusing a National Geographic article about cave pictures in France and Spain, poet Tim Pfau read that the Stone Age artists sometimes signed their work with outlines of their hands, and that the shapes of these hands suggest that most of the artists were female.    This finding intrigued Pfau, leading his imagination from bison and horses and hunters’ arrows to the delicate hands of the artist.        How to share this image in a poem?  The antiquity and venerability of the subject led Pfau to consider a formal poetic structure.  He decided to try terza rima, the form that Dante Alighieri introduced to the world in the Divine Comedy.    The pattern is notated as aba, bcb, cdc, et cetera. The rhymes, so fluid in Italian, often give way to near rhymes in English.  For an example of the form, here is a tense moment in the hunt in Canto XIII of the Inferno – Robert Pinsky’s translation: A hunter mindful of the wild boar and the chase Suddenly hears the beasts and crashing brush. There on our left came two at a desperate pace, Naked, torn, so hard-pressed they seemed to crash Headlong through every tangle the wood contained. The one in front cried, Come now, come in a rush… Pfau explains his choice of terza rima: “Dante’s form lends itself to...

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