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Red Trillium Gallery Now Open in Troutdale
he Red Trillium Gallery is now open in Troutdale at 373 East Historic Columbia River Highway. The Red Trillium Gallery is a cooperative of 31 local professional artists selling high-quality art work across many media at affordable prices. Shoppers will discover original paintings, prints and cards plus a trove of stunning wearable art, sculpture, jewelry, glass, baskets and pottery featured in elegant vignettes. The 2,000 square foot space includes a classroom for art instruction with a capacity of 10-15 students. Local and regional art teachers are being sought for multi-day workshops. The space is also available for small art groups to host one day events. The cooperative is owned by seven local artists: Beth Schilling and Jerilyn Walker of Gresham, Marcia Morrow of Sandy, Laurie Martin-Cohn of Fairview, Sandi Figueroa of East
Portland, Colleen Chesbrough of Portland and Carol Pulvermacher of West Linn. Board Member, Jerilyn Walker started thinking about beginning an artist co-op three years ago. She wanted the “social community that an artist’s gallery promotes.” “I figured I couldn’t do it alone, so I called Colleen (Chesbrough) with Mount Hood Art Online who brought in Beth Schilling.” Beth Schilling, Red Trillium Gallery President, explained “I went to college for art, but waited until retirement to really pursue it. I talked to my painting colleagues about a gallery and teaching center, and after one year of looking we found the perfect spot.” Red Trillium Gallery and Teaching Center is located at 373 East Historic Columbia River Hwy in Troutdale. www.redtrilliumgallery.com
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Skyline Foundation Receives $315,000 in Grants For Emergency Department Renovation and Expansion
kyline Foundation recently received three grants totaling $315,000 to its Expanding on Excellence capital campaign, which supports Skyline Hospital’s Emergency Department renovation and expansion. The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust awarded the campaign $250,000, the Schreiber Family Charitable Foundation awarded $50,000 and the BNSF Foundation awarded $15,000. These grants along with many other contributions brings the foundation’s capital campaign fundraising to more than $1.1M for the project. “We are deeply grateful for these extraordinary gifts and the inspiration they provide for others to support this important project and Skyline Hospital’s mission,” said Elizabeth Vaivoda, Skyline Foundation executive director. “These incredible contributions to our community – along with many other generous donations – will allow our physicians and clinicians to provide the highest quality of patient care in a state-of-the-art
Emergency Department.” The newly enhanced and expanded Emergency Department will help to better serve the community through increased access to emergent care, improved patient privacy (with all private treatment rooms) and increased efficiency. Additionally, the new space will have specific rooms focused on unique populations including survivors of assault, people experiencing a behavioral health crisis, families and children, and those in trauma who may need to be air-lifted to a hospital in the Portland-Metro area. “We anticipate breaking ground on the Emergency Department project in the spring of 2020 with a tentative completion date of June 2021,” said Robb Kimmes, Skyline Hospital’s CEO. “This project will benefit our entire community by providing much-needed space, as well as expanded access and modern resources for an exceptional health care delivery.”
The Expanding on Excellence Capital Campaign is the hospital’s initiative to renovate and expand its Emergency Department, create a centralized lobby and relocate laboratory services. The campaign, launched in July 2017, is in response to Skyline’s due-diligence in identifying what the hospital needs to expand and revitalize services to attract its full market share, as well as continue providing quality care to people in Klickitat and Skamania counties. To learn more or to donate to the capital campaign, call 509-637-2602 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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OUR VIEW Happy New Year!! 2020 is sure to be full of adventures for us. We’ve decided to hike at least 52 hikes this year, one for each week. We’ll let you know if we succeed. We started off the new year by hiking around the Fort Cascades National Historic Site near the Bonneville Dam on the Washington side of the Columbia. What a fascinating hike! We totally recommend it to anyone who enjoys being out and about, especially any history buffs, as markers along the trail hint at the activity here in a bygone era. For those of you that love art be sure to check out the Red Trillium Gallery in Troutdale. And for all of you who are community-minded and want to support good causes there are three fund-raising events to learn about within these pages, one for the Skyline Foundation, one for Fly Salem, and another for the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Museum. Some important laws were placed into effect recently, one of utmost importance was the Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act, we hope that this will help some people who are in dire need of more healthy living conditions. We hope to bring you continuing coverage on the progress that is made concerning this issue. January 2020 is Human Trafficking Awareness Month…this is a devastating issue in
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the United States and the world. Slavery has not been abolished; it always has been and still is a horrific crime against humanity. If you or someone you know is a victim of this crime, please reach out to the National Human Trafficking hotline at 1-888-3737-888, or find other resources at www.WATraffickingHelp.org We would like to express how thankful we are to our advertisers. Our hope is to move the economic dial in a positive direction with every issue we print, every ad we place and every article we write. Please spend time at our advertisers place of business and tell them you appreciate the fact that they support this locally own small business. And of course Angela!!! Where would be be without our fabulous advertising specialist! Thank you for all you do! ~Rick and Lori
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Spending Bil to Advance Rural Business Development Funding for the Columbia River Gorge T
he 2020 spending bill passed by Congress will include $2 million in new funding for rural business development grants, with priority given to National Scenic Areas that have been devastated by wildfires, such as the Columbia River Gorge. This funding is intended to be used by entities such as the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District to create revolving loan funds to help support local Gorge businesses as they recover and grow following the Eagle Creek Fire. “I’ve been fighting for a long time to help the Gorge get the economic development assistance that was supposed to come with the scenic area, and it’s more important than ever after the Eagle Creek Fire,” said Merkley, who serves on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which directs federal spending. “Wildfire can be devastating for any small business, but it’s particularly devastating in areas like the Gorge, where the economy is interconnected with outdoor recreation. This assistance will make sure the small businesses that are the heart and soul of our local Gorge economies can come back stronger than ever.” “These resources are a must for the full
recovery of the Gorge’s businesses from the devastation of the Eagle Creek wildfire,” Wyden said. “Many of these job-creating businesses play key roles in the Gorge’s world-renowned recreation economy and I am gratified that our work to help them continue to grow has succeeded.” “The Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area is one of our most treasured natural areas in the Pacific Northwest, and I’m glad to see Congress allocate these funds to support economic development in the region and aid its continued recovery following the tragic Eagle Creek Fire,” Murray said. “I’m thankful to my colleagues in Oregon for their work on this issue and their partnership throughout the years to bolster communities along both sides of the Columbia River Gorge, and I won’t stop pushing for stronger federal investments to continue moving these critical efforts forward.” “I was glad to work with Senator Merkley and our colleagues across the river in Washington to fight for this remaining funding owed to our communities under the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area Act,” Walden said. “As the area continues to recover from the effects of the Eagle Creek Fire, these funds are all the more important and I look forward to President Trump signing this
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Amy Mechasic to Display Her Artwork at Red Trillium Gallery in Troutdale working with studio glass. After traveling through twenty-seven By Rick Roach states during the year 2012 Amy and Dan landed in Troutdale where she was able to eventual my Mechasic’s passion ly realize her dream of having a for working with glass is infecstudio of her own. tious. We recently visited with her Since arriving in Troutin her studio in Troutdale Oregon dale Amy has also worked on and I noticed that her eyes lit up various art glass projects and as she explained different ways to commissions in the area. In 2015 create art with glass while demon- Amy was chosen by Bullseye strating some of the specialized glass, along with three other local tools she uses in her craft. artists, to recreate Lynn Basa’s After graduating high artwork into mosaic form for 118 school and working with her shelter columns on the Trimet dad, an experienced craftsman in Orange Line. stained glass, and doing things When asked about what his way for about seven years, she enjoys the most about her life Amy decided that she had to find as an artist, Amy replied, “My her own way to express herself children are very young, and it’s through glass. So, she decided to been important to me that if I’m explore and go on an adventure spending time apart from them, with her husband Dan by leaving it’s in pursuit of something I’m the comfort of her small, rural, passionate about. Here, that has Pennsylvania hometown and trav- been the creation of art, as well eling the country. as the promotion of art and art Her stop at the Bonny ists in our region. It’s also really Doon art glass studio near Santa inspirational to connect with Cruz California during this time so many other artists and learn stirred her creative passion and about their work and journeys.” solidified her plans to continue Amy also identifies pur-
pose in her work and states that, “When we see a piece of artwork that we really connect with, and we took the plunge to make it our own, we get to enjoy that view each time we look at it. That’s what I want - for my work to be something that brings the owner joy every time they look at it.” Most recently Amy was chosen to exhibit her art in the
Red Trillium art gallery which opened December 6, 2019 in Troutdale. The gallery is a coop of regional artists exhibiting a wide variety of art (see Red Trillium article on page 1). You can reach Amy by emial at rainshinestudio@gmail. com or by phone at 503-7392463.
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Columbia River In-Lieu Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act Becomes Law
forward to continuing to work alongside the delegation to also address promises to provide Columbia River Plymouth Umatilla In-lieu/Treaty housing.” Umatilla River The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is Fishing Access Sites and Amenities preparing a Village Development Plan (VDP) In-lieu Site that will identify a suitable location near The Treaty Fishing Access Site Irrigon Shared-use site (treaty fishing and public access) Dalles Lock and Dam, and the cost to design Unimproved site (No services) and construct a tribal village for members of River mile (approx.) the four Columbia River Treaty Tribes Community ( Boat ramp “The current conditions at Columbia Y Boat dock Faler Road River fishing sites are unacceptable, unjust, m Toilet facilities m7?−w 7 Water and must be fixed,” Senator Jeff Merkley said. Boardman 7 Water (hand pump) CRITFE East End Office “I’ve personally seen the shocking conditions Crow Butte 7 No water ( Y m 7 ? − ? Fish cleaning table at Lone Pine. We owe better to the tribal com− Camping facilities munities in the Northwest, w Shower Aldercreek and the very least we can do Shared-use amenity Alderdale is uphold our commitments Threemile m7− Canyon to tribes and ensure basic (Ym7− Pine Creek sanitation and safety. I’m Willow Creek (Ym7− pleased that our colleagues Moonay in the House of Representatives have joined us in passing this bill.” Arlington “Congress has a Roosevelt Park ( Y m 7 ? − w responsibility to address the egregious misdeeds commitSundale Park (Ym7− ted against the tribes who have lived along the Columbia River since time immemorial,” said Rep. Earl BlumenauRock Creek Pasture Point Rock Creek er. “We cannot pretend that this bill rectifies (Ym7?− all of these injustices, but passing it is an Goodnoe important step in helping improve the lives LePage Park of those who still reside there. This is just the John Day River ( Y m 7 ? − North Shore start, and Congress must continue its work to (Ym7− Preacher’s Eddy right these wrongs.” (Ym7?− “It is the federal government’s duty Rufus to ensure our tribal communities along the m7− river have access to safe, sanitary housing Biggs Maryhill (Ym7?−w and infrastructure at historical fishing access Deschutes River sites—a critical component of their culture and heritage, as well as an important source of Celilo Wishram (Ym7?−w sustenance—and this bill takes another vital Avery step toward fulfilling our government-to-gov(Ym7− Lone Pine ernment obligation,” said Senator Patty Murm7?−w ray. Dallesport In-lieu/Treaty (Ym7?−w Fishing Access Site “Improving the health and safety at The Dalles Operations & Maintenance Office Lyle tribal fishing sites along the Columbia River m7?−w is an important and long overdue step toKlickitat River ward righting historic wrongs,” Senator Ron Wyden said. “The federal government can’t East White Salmon Fish Processing Plant stop here—it must do more to finally meet all Stanley Rock White Salmon (Ym7?−w obligations promised to indigenous peoples in ( Y m 7 ? − w White Salmon River the Northwest.” Hood River Hood River Underwood “This bill will finally provide access CRITFE Main Office (Ym7? to safe and sanitary housing and infrastructure Little White Salmon River at several fishing access sites,” said CongressCooks woman Suzanne Bonamici. “For too long the ( Y m 7 ? w Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs In- Wind River Wyeth m7− dian Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the (Ym7?− Wind River Umatilla Indian Reservation, Nez Perce Tribe, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Cascade Locks Ym7?−w Yakama Nation have been without the support Stevenson that the federal government is legally and Bonneville morally obligated to provide. I look forward m7?−w to seeing this important legislation signed into law and will continue to do all I can to protect tribal rights.” The Senators and Representatives have IN-LIEU CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 been fighting to address the urgent need for adeMcNary Dam
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he Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act has been signed into law and will enable the Bureau of Indian Affairs to make important safety and sanitation improvements at the tribal treaty fishing access sites along the Columbia River. These lands are held by the United States for the benefit of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), Nez Perce Tribe, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, the four Columbia River Treaty tribes. “Signing the Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act into law will make a difference in the lives of the tribal treaty citizens along the Columbia River,” said Jeremy Wolf, CTUIR vice chairman and CRITIF chairman. “The law helps fulfil a promise and gives direction to the government to address the health and safety needs of the treaty fishing sites. I commend the leadership of the Northwest delegation, specifically the lead sponsors Senator Merkley and Congressman Blumenauer.” The bill, which was authored by Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Congressman Earl Blumenauer, was unanimously passed by the U.S. Senate on June 28, 2019, then passed by the U.S. House on December 16, 2019 before being signed into law on December 20, 2019. Beginning in the 1930s, the construction of the three lower Columbia River dams displaced members of the four Columbia River Treaty tribes: Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Nez Perce Tribe, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. These tribes have a treaty-protected right to fish along the Columbia River in their usual and accustomed places. According to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers website The Flood Control Act of 1950, which authorized the construction of The Dalles Lock and Dam, also authorized the construction of a replacement village to compensate for the loss of tribal villages at Celilo, Oregon, and Spearfish, Washington. These villages were inundated in 1957 when the Corps completed construction of the dam. In 2016, the Department of the Army determined that this authority has not been used. “When the dams flooded both tribal and non-tribal villages and sites, the government promised to compensate for losses among all the communities,” said Wolf. “Non-tribal towns were relocated, and economies sprung up around them. Regrettably, delivery of promises to the treaty tribes has been slow which makes this legislation another step in the right direction for the tribal people who have long relied on the river for physical, ceremonial and economic wellbeing. We look
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BRIDGE OF THE GODS
Port of Cascade Locks to Implement “Breezeby” T
he Port of Cascade Locks will be implementing the “Breezeby” Electronic Tolling beginning January 6, 2020. The Port of Cascade Locks Board of Commissioners has approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Port of Hood River to incorporate that Port’s electronic tolling system for the Bridge of the Gods, making one electronic tolling system functional for both tolled bridges in the Gorge. The “BreezeBy” system was first implemented for the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge in 2006, establishing the first electronic tolling system in Oregon. The system utilizes prepaid funds and transponders to facilitate faster commutes through the toll plaza and provide user discounts. In Cascade Locks, BreezeBy transponders will replace the Port of Cascade Locks “Local Stickers” and coupon books that have traditionally provided local commuters with discounted tolls. Bridge users that have signed up for BreezeBy will pay only $1.25 per crossing of the Bridge of the Gods, and $1.00 at the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge, versus a $2.00 cash toll at both bridges. Toll rates depend on vehicle class, with larger class vehicle tolls determined by the number of axles. The Port of Cascade Locks will discontinue sales of coupon books on December 20, 2019 and will no longer accept them for toll payment on February 3, 2020. Also on February 3, local stickers can no longer be used for discounted tolls for cash paying customers.
Current Port of Hood River BreezeBy customers don’t need to do anything to be able to use their transponders on the Bridge of the Gods when the Cascade Locks system goes live January 6th. BreezeBy customer account statements will depict which bridge was crossed for each charge to the account balance. New BreezeBy customers can open an account online and receive their transponders in the mail. Port of Cascade Locks customers can redeem any unused bridge coupons for credit of their value into a BreezeBy account at either Port office during regular business hours. There are no fees to open an account, and each account receives one transponder for free; each additional transponder costs $5.00. New BreezeBy customers that primarily use the Bridge of the Gods do not need to wait until the system is live on January 6 to open a new account, and the Port encourages customers to beat the rush by opening their account now. New accounts can be created online at portofcascadelocks.org (click BREEZEBY, then click the BreezeBy logo, then click “New Account”). There is no required personal identification to open an account, but each transponder is linked to a specific vehicle, so the make, model, color, year, and license plate number is required. New customers should expect to receive their new transponders in the mail within 3-4 business days, depending on the volume of orders. New customers can open an account at either Port office during regular busi-
ness hours. New accounts cannot be created at the toll booths, however, due to traffic flow and safety concerns. For more information, contact the Port of Cascade Locks via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Port office at office at 427 Portage Road in Cascade Locks. Questions can also be directed to the Port of Hood River via email to email@example.com, or visit the Port office at 1000 E. Port Marina Drive in Hood River.
Bridge of the Gods from Start to Finish By Larry Kurtz
still remember the day I was finished. It was a lot more excit ing than all those days, no, wait, years being built. That six years was miserable, except, as you’ll see, when I met Washington. I was beat on, poked, prodded, driven on, and just totally abused. To top it off, I didn’t even know what was going on or what I was going to be until I overheard two men talking over me one day and Washington helped me get it. “What’s a bridge?” I thought to myself as they talked. I was, by this time, about 5 years old but still not done. I could look around, and I could follow progress, but I had no idea what I would be. The two men I mentioned above, one with a truck that said Interstate Construction Corporation, which I’d been watching for years, and one that said Wauna Toll Bridge Company, which I’d never seen, were talking about something called a bridge, whatever that was. Finally, they shook hands and went their separate ways. The Interstate truck drove off, and the Wauna truck hung around, with its owner smiling to himself. During my first 2-3 years I kept thinking I wasn’t alone, but I could never figure out why. Then one day I looked across this big span of water under me and saw this big thing looming over there. I kind of looked myself over and realized it looked a lot like me. Wow, now I was really confused. I hollered across the water, “Hey, what are you? What’s going on here?” It hollered back, “I don’t know much, but here’s what I’ve
been hearing. We’re going to be this thing called a bridge. They said something about people walking across us and doing something called driving across us. The only other thing I know is I’m coming from a place called Washington to link up with a place called Oregon. Guess that must be you.” We rarely talked much after that because we were so far apart, but I kept an eye on Washington. At least now I vaguely knew what a bridge was, but my beams were spinning in confusion. This is a six-part series by Larry Kurtz. Part two will be printed in the Mar/Apr 2020 issue of The Gorge Business News. To read the story in its entirety log on to www.thegorgebusinessnews.com
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aroline Bailey is the author of the blog, www.barrentoblessed.com. She can be found on Instagram and Facebook under the name: Barren to Blessed. Caroline survived a lethal infection at the age of eleven which led to a full hysterectomy. She is the youngest girl known to undergo a hysterectomy. Caroline’s blog is about infertility, faith, foster parenting and adoption. On December 15, 2019 Caroline posted the following post on her Barren to Blessed Facebook page. It was written by her cousin Aubren Dudley. At the time of printing the post had been shared 174 thousand times and has more than 10 thousand comments. “This is a MUST read. My cousin is a foster parent with five children. She and her husband recently adopted four out of the five siblings! It has been a joy to watch her in this journey - just like it was a joy watching her grow up. I love how she “keeps it real” when it comes to living the life of fostering and adoption. She shared this on her personal (Facebook) page and I reached out to her to share it here because it is just that good and so very relevant. This story has been edited for privacy:
onight, after 2.5 years of liv ing here, my oldest son sat down at the table with this. He was about to chow down when I stopped him and asked what in the world he was doing. He said, “I made myself dinner.” “But it isn’t cooked. I can cook that you know.” (she said) “Well, I wanted to eat something I used to eat a lot with my old family.” So we sat down and I asked him to tell me about it. He said that they wouldn’t feed him due to being passed out (you can guess why) and he would have to make dinner for himself and his brothers (2 and 4 months when they came to us). He said that all the money they had would be spent on cigarettes and other fun things and so he would find change in their van and would buy Ramen packets at the store down the street (at 6!!!!). He said he didn’t know how to boil water, so he would eat it like this. And, he actually grew to like it. So, he would break it up for his sibling, and would try to make bottles for the baby (at 6!!!!!!). Guys. I asked him to make me some. And, I sat there beside him and crunched it down with lots of water because it’s not great... and he just started talking about how the first time I made them Ramen, he wouldn’t eat it and I told him I remembered. He said it’s because it reminded him of his Ramen packets and he didn’t trust me (big thoughts for 9!). He said he isn’t sad he’s not with his “old family” (his words) anymore, but that sometimes HE LIKES TO REMEMBER HOW STRONG HE HAD TO BE. I write this so everyone knows, trauma isn’t healed quickly (sometimes never), an adoption doesn’t erase the past or the memories, kids can change, they will change with love, and to
never give up on a kid because “they are hard”. And then, I walked away in shock, in sadness, and so so so proud of how strong my baby is. He’s so wonderful. And, we love him so much.” Friends, THIS is the life experience of kids who come from hard places. THIS is living a trauma-informed life. We can’t imagine what kids from hard places have lived through. It is not just about one act of abuse or neglect, it is about living in survival mode and doing it day in and day out. It is about making sure younger siblings are also surviving, even at the expense of childhood. Trauma infuses itself into every pore. Kids just don’t forget it. Their brains and bodies won’t let them. Those of us privileged enough (yes, I said privileged) to enter into the lives of children with hard life experiences must be willing to sit down, eat uncooked Ramen noodles and listen. We must not give up. Our kids didn’t.” “My cousin and I decided to post the story about her son because we both strongly believe that it would help give a picture of what childhood trauma does. It doesn’t go away when children are removed from neglectful environments. It certainly doesn’t disappear when adoption occurs. We were absolutely overwhelmed that the story took off like it did. It has reached over 19 million people worldwide with over 174,000 shares. We have received messages from people who are childhood trauma survivors as well as people who are now deciding that it is time to become foster parents. She and I both are thrilled that trauma is being discussed and we’re hopeful that people will stop and consider a child’s life history before assuming the worst about their behavior. Aubren and I both live in southwest Missouri. Between us, we have seven children all adopted! She and her husband are currently fostering the 5th sibling to the four she adopted. My husband, Bruce, my cousin and I all work in child welfare. We live and breathe childhood trauma.
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C&S Wholesale Grocers Announces Support of Ahold Delhaize USA’s Transition to a Self-Distribution Network C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S., announced its support of Ahold Delhaize USA as it transitions to a self-distribution supply chain network over the next three years, continuing a 30-year relationship with Ahold Delhaize USA companies. C&S will continue to serve as the third-party labor provider at three locations Ahold Delhaize USA is acquiring, including two locations in York, Penn., and one in Chester, N.Y. “The pace of change in grocery continues to accelerate and C&S is well positioned to support our retail partners, bringing value and innovation to their operations. That has been our trademark for more than 100 years and continues to drive the way we work every day.” “C&S is uniquely positioned for the long-term, we have a strong leadership team with some of the best industry veter-
ans; an expanding footprint in key geographic areas; innovative technology solutions that enhance the consumer experience; and the most cost-efficient products and services in the market. We are confident about our future,” said Rick Cohen, Chairman, C&S Wholesale Grocers. Recently, C&S announced its expansion of operations into the Pacific Northwest with the addition of a new warehouse in Troutdale, Oregon. This state-ofthe-art warehouse will open by the summer of 2020 and will provide outstanding services to our valued customers, helping them focus on winning at retail and serving their communities. C&S is already servicing several retail partners in the area with the most cost-efficient products, services and solutions. “As the leader in our field, C&S is consistently challenging the status quo and adapting to changes in the market to help our customers win,” stated Mike
Duffy, Chief Executive Officer, C&S Wholesale Grocers. “The pace of change in grocery continues to accelerate and C&S is well positioned to support our retail partners, bringing value and innovation to their operations. That has been our trademark for more than 100 years and continues to drive the way we work every day.” C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. is the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S. and the industry leader in supply chain innovation. Founded in 1918 as a supplier to independent grocery stores, C&S now services customers of all sizes, supplying more than 7,900 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases and institutions with over 138,000 different products. We are an engaged corporate citizen, supporting causes that positively impact our communities. To learn more, please visit www.cswg.com.
Oregon” Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban Now in Effect
Starting on Jan. 1, 2020, Oregon retail stores and restaurants can no longer provide single-use checkout bags. They also must, in most instances, charge at least five cents for paper bags (with 40% or more post-consumer recycled content), reusable plastic bags (4 mils thick) and reusable fabric bags although restaurants may still provide paper bags at no cost. This change was approved by the 2019 Oregon Legislature, which passed the Sustainable Shopping Initiative (House Bill 2509). Under HB 2509, DEQ is responsible for preparing a legislative report in 2025 on customers’ use of bags at grocery stores.
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I Still Believe in Theaters March 13
One love can change your life. One life can change the world.
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From the creators of I Can Only Imagine comes an inspiring love story for the ages: I STILL BELIEVE, based on the real-life story of chart-topping singer Jeremy Camp. The new movie from directors Jon and Andrew Erwin and producer Kevin Downes stars KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Shania Twain, and Gary Sinise. A hopeful reminder that faith tested is faith worth sharing. We hope that you are inspired and encouraged by this film — hitting theaters across North America on March 13, 2020! After the surprise $83.4 million domestic box office success of its faith-based pic I Can Only Imagine last spring, Lionsgate is returning to business with that pic’s filmmaking team Jon Erwin, Andrew Erwin and producing partner Kevin Downes for the faith-based project I Still Believe. Like I Can Only Imagine, the A+ CinemaScore pic that focused on the faith-based music group MercyMe, I Still Believe will center on another Christian music mega-star: the true life spiritual journey of Jeremy Camp. Camp has sold over 5 million albums and has toured the world, sharing his music in more than 36 countries. His kudos include four RIAA-certified Gold albums, two American Music Awards nominations, multiple ASCAP awards, 38 No. 1 songs, a Gold digital single (“There Will Be A Day”), a multi-Platinum DVD, and he was Billboard’s No. 2 artist of the decade in 2010. The pic reps the Erwin Brothers’ first project coming out of their Lionsgate film and TV first-look deal, in total their second collaboration with the mini-major. Cameras roll this spring for a March 20, 2020 wide release. The Erwins will direct from a script by Jon Erwin and Jon Gunn. Downes and Erwins are producing I Still Believe under their Kingdom banner. I N T H E AT E R S
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The Renewal Workshop Expands into Europe
he Renewal Workshop, the leading provid er of circular solutions for apparel and textile brands, is announcing a $5.5M Series A financing round and expansion into Europe. The round is led by European venture capital and impact investors Social Impact Ventures, SHIFT Invest, and Quadia with participation from existing US investors Closed Loop Ventures, Gratitude Railroad, Portland Seed Fund, and High Meadows Investment Group. The apparel industry’s take-make-waste cycle is turning circular with the rise of recommerce. This is changing the game for brands who see their products resold on third-party sites. The Renewal Workshop enables brands to be a driving force in this transition, with a complete solution that not only manages the collection, renewal, and quality of a brand’s damaged or used garments, but also the back-end of the brand’s own recommerce site. This allows brands to engage directly with customers in their own branded second-sale channel. The Renewal Workshop operates a zero-waste circular system that recovers the full value out of what has already been produced. Brand partners receive impact data on the amount of water, carbon, and chemicals that are saved through their partnership. To date, over two hundred thousand pounds of apparel have been diverted from waste in this system.
“The Renewal Workshop has proven their circular model for renewal and recommerce can not only drive sales and customer engagement for brands but also have significant environmental impact. As investors we were drawn to this strong alignment between commerce and impact and are excited to see The Renewal Workshop scale up,” says Eske Scavenius, Senior Investment Manager of Social Impact Ventures. Co-founders Nicole Bassett and Jeff Denby are pioneers of brand-driven recommerce in the US, where they built the first renewal facility in 2016. Strong demand for their service in Europe meant that it was time to expand. “Over the past three years, The Renewal Workshop has helped some of the biggest brands in apparel launch renewed collections,” Bassett proudly states. “We exist to serve brands as they transition to fully circular, zero-waste businesses, and our partnership with our existing and new values-aligned impact investors is perfectly timed to scale our operations for that mission.” With the investment, The Renewal Workshop opened the first European renewal facility in Amsterdam, offering their entire suite of services to European apparel brands, from circular business model strategy to garment and textile renewal services and recommerce management. “Production is already underway at our Amsterdam facility, and we are thrilled to serve a strong pipeline of European brands eager to transition to
(Left to Right) Tamara Zwart, Jeff Denby, Nicole Bassett, Dave Russell. Photo Credit: Jesse Kraal
circular business models,” says co-founder Jeff Denby, who will lead European operations and be based in Amsterdam. Additionally, Tamara Zwart, former European Director of Fashion+ for the Cradle-to-Cradle Institute, will serve as Operations Lead for Europe. With co-founder Nicole Bassett leading US operations, the company continues to expand in Cascade Locks, Oregon, to serve its US-based brand partners such as The North Face, Mara Hoffman, Prana, and Coyuchi. As investor Florentine Fockema Andreae, Partner at SHIFT Invest, sums it up, “Today, over 70% of all clothes produced are landfilled or incinerated after use. If we want to contribute to a more circular and regenerative textile sector, we need to not only close the loop but also extend the average number of times a garment is worn. The Renewal Workshop brings an inclusive, efficient solution to help large fashion brands achieve this goal.”
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The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum to Celebrate the 28th Annual Silent Auction and Dinner on March 14th, 2020
olumbia River Gorge residents are gearing up for the 28th annual silent auction and dinner at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson, Saturday, March 14th, 2020. This year the theme is The 80’s. “The response from area business has been fantastic so far”. Many members of the board of directors at the museum, and the committee of volunteers and staff are currently out soliciting donations. Every year we receive at least 200 donations, and we think we’ll beat that this year. Businesses in this area are very supportive of the museum which last year attracted over 25,000 visitors to Stevenson and the Gorge. In addition to the silent auction, the event will include a buffet dinner with all the trimmings and desserts all catered by Skamania Lodge, which is located adjacent to the museum. “We enjoy staging events at the museum,” said Skamania Lodge Manager Ken Daugherty. “It’s a wonderful place and guests seem to really enjoy the atmosphere. The auction is always lively and fun and I promise the food will be excellent.” In addition to the many silent auction items available for bidding, there will be plenty of door prizes and an assortment of special raffle items as well. Of note are a half dozen overnight stays at properties owned by Destination Hotels & Resorts, which also owns Skamania Lodge. Will-call tickets may be ordered by calling the museum at 509-4278211. Doors will open at 4PM, with dinner slated for 6PM. The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum is a non-profit, 501-C3 corporation, located at 990 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson.
Donations will be accepted up to March 11th. The buffet dinner will be catered by the Skamania Lodge. There will be live music and a no host bar. Tickets $50.00 each and are available at the museum. Ticket prices will increase to $60.00 after March 5th. Reserved tables for 8 are $400.00.
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OREGON SAVINGS NETWORK Celebrating $17 Million Saved by More Than 3,000 People Experiencing Disabilities
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launch of the Oregon ABLE and national ABLE for ALL Savings Plans, thousands of people experiencing disabilities are now on the path to financial security. “Oregon is proud to be a national leader working with the disability community to provide tools that make a measurable difference for thousands of lives,” said Treasurer Tobias Read. “That ABLE participants have been able to save so much, so quickly shows how important this legislation is to Oregonians with disabilities.” The anniversary of Oregon’s ABLE programs coincides with the five-year anniversary of the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, signed into law in 2014, that allowed states to create savings plans for people with disabilities. “The power of ABLE goes beyond offering a simple savings vehicle to the disability community,” said Michael Parker, executive direc-
tor for the Oregon Savings Network. “ABLE accounts are empowerment tools, giving participants the independence to take control of their financial future.” Before Congress and the Oregon State Legislature paved the way for the creation of ABLE plans, people living with disabilities were functionally forced to live in poverty if they wanted to remain eligible for vital means-tested benefits, like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income, which required the individual to have less than $2,000 in their name. Now, under state and federal programs, Oregonians with disabilities have a safe mechanism to save money without jeopardizing their benefits. ABLE funds can be used for anything that helps improve the health, independence, or quality of life of a person with a disability. “Pursuit of whole lives is at the heart of our work at FACT Oregon as we encourage families to dream big dreams for their child experiencing disability,” said Roberta Dunn, executive director for FACT
Oregon. “The availability of Oregon ABLE Savings Accounts have begun to bust the myth that our young adults must live austere lives of unemployment or underemployment in order to maintain access to critical services. With the Oregon ABLE Savings Plan, families can keep their focus on whole, full colorful lives that include employment.” To ensure ABLE continues to meet the needs of Oregonians, the Oregon State Treasury is pleased to support the ABLE Age Adjustment Act (HR 1814 & SB 651), introduced in Congress. This legislation would expand access to ABLE savings accounts by increasing program eligibility for people who acquired a disability before age 46, as opposed to age 26. Adjusting the age of eligibility would expand the benefit of ABLE to populations such as veterans injured in combat, people experiencing mental illness, those who sustained a brain injury later in life or those living with ALS. Treasurer Read was joined by a bi-partisan group of Oregon Legislators
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TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
Managing Operational Cash Flows By Jordan Horn hether it is a large corporation or a small mom and pop, cash flow management is critical to ensure long term success for your business. Even with operational revenue if cash is mismanaged your organization will not succeed. Businesses experience lags between the time you pay suppliers and the time you collect from your customers. Cash flow management attempts to delay payments or cash going out and speedup payments coming in from customers. There are 7 tips to manage operational cash flows to improve liquidity in your business. 1. Issue invoices promptly. This might appear to be common knowledge, especially in small organizations with employees wearing many hats issuing an invoice for payment might feel like a chore when you can bring in an additional order instead and improve revenues. The sooner a customer receives an invoice the quicker they can verify receipt of items or services, get approval of payment, issue a check, and place in the mail.
2. Offer discounts to customers to incentivize a quicker payment. For instance, you could offer a “1-15, net 30” payment term. This would let customers know they will receive a 1% discount on their order if paid in 15 days. Otherwise they pay the full bill in 30 days. 3. Consider reducing sales to slow paying customers. If you have a list of slow paying customers or troublemakers who need some additional attention, consider limiting sales or requiring stricter payment terms such as a large upfront deposit or payment upon order submission. 4. Consider selling outstanding accounts receivable to a factoring company. Factoring your accounts receivables simply refers to selling your accounts receivable to a third-party company at a discount and then they collect on the debt. 5. Take advantage of flexible creditor payment terms. While you can encourage your customers to pay in a timelier manner you can also take advantage of discounts or look for vendors who have longer payment terms. The more flexible the terms the more you can save or the longer you can delay making a payment for products or services. Adding flexible payment terms in addition to price and services offered should be
considered when committing to a new vendor or considering changes. 6. Use EFT, electronic funds transfers, to make payments on the last day they are due. This can be important especially if your company is seasonal. Waiting until the final moment will keep you in good term with vendors and keep your cash available in your checking account to make additional investments or cover other expenses when needed. 7. Sell or lease unused equipment. This might not be possible for all organizations; you should look around and consider if cash is being held up in equipment or inventory and that can be converted to cash for other investment opportunities. Next time you need additional cash or you feel you aren’t maximizing your potential liquidity consider these 7 tips to improve operational cash flows. By shortening the gap between when cash is coming into your account from customers and when it goes out to pay expenses. And by managing your operational cash flows in addition to your revenues and expenses you will discover longevity in your businesses financial health.
Statewide Outdoor School participation jumps 6%, up to nearly 38,000 students Eighty-one percent of Oregon’s eligi-
ble fifth- and sixth-grade students participated in the statewide Oregon State University Extension Service Outdoor School program in the 2018-19 school year, according to a new Oregon State University Extension Service report. A total of 37,965 students took part in Outdoor School, spending a total of 148,887 days outside. That’s a 6% increase over the 2017-18 school year. Kristopher Elliott, an OSU Extension assistant director who leads the program, said those numbers will continue to increase in 2019-20. “We anticipate 43,362 students will attend Outdoor School this school year, increasing the participation rate to 94%, and the cumulative number of days spent outside to 173,515,” Elliott said. OSU Extension’s Outdoor School research agenda continues to focus on how to better serve students who historically haven’t had access to the program. This will better inform the program’s outreach campaign targeted to schools with high numbers of students from historically marginalized groups. According to the OSU Extension Outdoor
School 2018-19 year in review report: Schools in all 36 Oregon counties participated. Out of the 504 funded schools, 197 offered the program for the first time – a 140% increase over 2017-18 Three of the four state-sponsored charter schools in Oregon were funded for Outdoor School Outdoor School has a long tradition in Oregon, with some programs dating back 60 years. But not everyone has had access to the program. That changed in November 2016, when Oregon voters passed Measure 99, providing all Oregon fifth- or sixth-grade students the opportunity to attend a week-long outdoor school program or comparable outdoor education program. Measure 99 created an Outdoor School Education Fund and charged Oregon State University Extension Service with supporting, administering, and funding an outdoor school program as set forth in Senate Bill 439, which approved $24 million for the program’s first two years. Earlier this year, the Oregon Legislature approved $46 million for the next biennium for Outdoor School. Measure 99 funds are limited to students who reside in Oregon and are enrolled in a public
school or charter school. The Extension Service Outdoor School program, Friends of Outdoor School and the Gray Family Foundation are committed to ensuring an Outdoor School experience for every Oregon fifth- or sixth-grade student. Many public schools allow temporary enrollment for homeschool and/or private school students in order to access services such as special education, sports programs and foreign language courses. Families of private school or homeschooled students may, at the discretion of the local district, temporarily enroll their students in their local public school for the duration of Outdoor School programming offered by that district. “This means any student enrolled as a public-school student at the time of Outdoor School would be able to attend the district’s public-school Outdoor School programming through Measure 99 funds,” Elliott said. About the OSU Extension Service: The Oregon State University Extension Service shares research-based knowledge with people and communities in Oregon’s 36 counties. OSU Extension addresses issues that matter to urban and rural Oregonians. OSU Extension’s partnerships and programs contribute to a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future for Oregon.
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How Being Deliberate and Taking Action Can Change Your Life!!
By Preston Roach
hat’s your plan for the day? Don’t know? Well, you’re not alone. Most of us simply float through life without any real plan of action from day to day. Sure, we have our routines. Wake up, drink coffee, drop the kids off, go to work, eat some lunch, come home and watch tv, etc… How’s that same old routine working out for you? Are you closer to achieving your dreams than you were yesterday? I spent years like that. Just floating through life even though I longed for more. I wanted to achieve more. I had goals. They were starting to seem more and more like a pipe dream every day. I realized that I couldn’t go on like that any longer. I needed a plan. You’re probably a lot like I was back then. You are at a crossroads in life. Do you continue down the same path, or do you make a change so that you can become the person who you want to be? The person who you were meant to be. It’s hard to change. You really have to be fully committed to change, because not every day is like the others. You run into new challenges that can totally screw up everything that you have planned. It’s time to start taking action. The hardest thing about getting started is the first step. We build things up in our head and make them seem more difficult than they really are. This is a common theme for people who are stuck in their same old habits. They don’t want to take that first step because they think it is too hard. Look deep within yourself, and ask if you are one of those people. If you’ve been scared to get started on a new journey because you think it will be too hard,
it’s OK, but now is the time to face your fear and take the first step. Success is found on the other side of fear. Everybody is afraid of something. You might be afraid of failing at a new endeavor, spending your time on the wrong thing, or losing friends because you aren’t spending enough time with them. Don’t worry about those things anymore. Change your mindset and you will change your life. Fear is a normal reaction for us to have when we are trying new things, but overcoming that fear will give you one of the most amazing feelings that you can have. You will be proud of yourself. You will have a new respect for yourself. All because you simply faced your fears and took action. Learning is a process. You will be developing new tools every day as you progress on your personal development journey. It’s not like any of us have all the answers for every problem that life throws our way. We figure it out as we go. Every single day will throw something new at you. If you look at life as an exciting challenge, then you will never get overwhelmed. Understanding that learning is a life long process is one of the keys to success. The only way to learn the skills that you will need in life is to take action. Sometimes we get caught up in planning before we do something. It is important to have a plan, but it’s also important to start taking action. You don’t know what you don’t know. The only way to figure it out is to fight the battles yourself and learn from them. Understanding what drives you will give you a direction to always be headed in, but it doesn’t always give you the exact steps to take every day to get there. That’s why being deliberate about what
actions you are taking is so important. Don’t let yourself float through another day without working towards finding your true purpose and letting it guide you. Wrapping it up Start taking action today. Make sure that you are being deliberate in the direction that you are heading. Keep the distractions to a minimum. Learn something new today, and you will feel better for it. Push yourself. Don’t allow limiting beliefs to stop you from achieving your wildest dreams. You are capable of everything that you put your mind to! Preston is a personal finance, self improvement, and mental health blogger. His passion is to help others make choices that will help them be more fulfilled, happier, healthier, and educated about money. He strives to write with honesty and integrity. His hobbies include reading, writing, traveling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and spending time with his wife and dogs. Contact Preston at progressninja.com
Aquatic Invasive Species Permit to be Replaced by a Waterway Access Permit
ccording to the Ore gon State Marine Board Beginning January 1, 2020, the Aquatic Invasive Species Permit will be replaced by a Waterway Access Permit and will be required to be carried on boats 10’ long and longer. The permit purchasing will include: 1 week (valid 7-days from date of purchase) for $5, 1 year for $17, and 2 years for $30. Online permit sales begin through ODFW’s eLicensing System December 1, 2019 and
January 1, 2020 through the Marine Board’s Boat Oregon Store. Enforcement for compliance with the permit requirements begins August 1, 2020. Fees will help fund the aquatic invasive species prevention program and a new, waterway access account for non-motorized boating facility grant projects. https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/ Phone 503-378-8587 Fax 503-378-4597 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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IN-LIEU CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 quate housing and infrastructure at tribal fishing access sites constructed by the Army Corps following construction of The Dalles, Bonneville, and John Day dams. The Army Corps designed the sites to be used primarily for daily, in-season fishing access and temporary camping; however, in many cases tribal members now use the areas as longer-term or even permanent residences. In fact, many people at these sites are living in extremely distressed, unsafe, and unsanitary conditions, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs has not committed the resources necessary to ensure the basic necessities of clean and safe living conditions at these sites. Simultaneously, the Senators and Representatives have been working to address unmet federal obligations to the four Columbia River Treaty Tribes, many of whom are living at these fishing sites, for flooding tribal communities and houses during the construction of The Dalles, Bonneville, and John Day dams. In 2017, after the Trump administration’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) halted work by the Army Corps on a Village Development Plan specific to The Dalles Dam, the members successfully pushed OMB to reverse its decision, and later announced that the Army Corps allocated $1.8 million to complete The Dalles Dam Tribal Housing Village Development Plan. According to the US Army Corp of Engineers website The Village Development Plan will identify a location, conceptual layout, and the cost to design and construct a tribal village. The Village Development Plan is scheduled to be completed by autumn of 2020. In the 2019 spending bill language was included to acknowledging the Army Corps’ mission and instructing the Corps to uphold its responsibility to tribes that were displaced by the construction of The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River, and to mitigate the impact of that displacement. The Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act would address the urgent need for improved conditions by: calling on the Bureau of Indian Affairs to conduct a much-needed assessment of current safety and sanitation conditions at the sites, in coordination with the affected Columbia River Treaty Tribes; and Authorizing the Bureau to work on improving sanitation and safety conditions in several key areas such as structural improvements (restrooms, washrooms, and other buildings); safety improvements (wells and infrastructure to address fire concerns, and more); electrical infrastructure to ensure safe electrical hookups; and basic sewer and septic infrastructure. “Improving housing and infrastructure at Tribal fishing sites is a critical step to fulfill our treaty promises,” said Senator Maria Cantwell.
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