Candidates Forum Tonight!

Douglas County Commissioner Candidates will introduce themselves and answer questions from the League and the audience.

Douglas County Commissioners Candidates Public Forum
Douglas County Fairgrounds
Cascade West Building
7PM – 8:30PM

This is a Public Forum open to all. Please attend!
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley
lwvuv.org

Meet the candidates! Figure out who to vote for for all three commissioner positions!

Umpqua Valley Quilters Guild Quilt Show

The Umpqua Valley Quilters Guild will host the 37th Annual Quilt Show at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Douglas Hall on the weekend of April 22-24, 2022.

The League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley is one of the sponsors. There are 250 quilt entries, including suffrage quilts. The League is honored to choose the best suffrage quilt. A prize will be award to the sewist of the quilt.

Quilt Show times:
Friday, April 22 – 10AM to 5PM
Saturday, April 23 – 10AM to 5PM
Sunday, April 24 – 10AM to 3PM

Thank you, Umpqua Valley Quilters, for inviting us to be part of this wonderful event!

See You All There!

Musical News

We hope you were able to attend the Frontier Family Feud on 4/1/22.

See more photos here.

Teachers can request a performance at their schools by contacting Jason Heald.

The drama is meaningful and historic. The performance was created by Dr. Jason Heald.

Others who dedicate their time and brilliance are actors Donna Spicer as Abigail Scott Duniway, and Dr. Kevin Helppie as Harvey Scott, Debra Gaddis, the pianist, and directed by Dr. Christina Allaback. Thank You, All!

Apply as a Temp Election Worker

For the next month in Douglas County, Oregon, you can apply as a Temporary Election worker with the Douglas County Clerk’s office. Here is the link to the position.

Democracy means voting. Inform your vote.

The pay runs from $12.08 to $12.57 per hour. There are basic requirements, skills you need to have. It doesn’t say when the position starts work, but the May Primary Election is on May 17, 2022. This position is an ‘on-call’ job.

This would be a great way to see exactly how it all happens and actually participate in our democracy besides voting, or working for a campaign. Our most important task in a democracy is making sure our votes are counted. If you apply and are accepted, you would get an inside view of the incredible work and coordination it takes to have secure elections.

Best of luck in your job search!

Jordan Cove Energy Project

Is Finally Done!

Victory secured at last! 

After 15 years of tenacious opposition, the Jordan Cove LNG and Pacific Connector Pipeline Project is finally dead! On January 25, 2022, the last step remaining to declare total defeat of the project occurred: The Court of Appeals of the DC Circuit issued an order dismissing challenges to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) March 2020 authorizations for the project and allows FERC to vacate those authorizations. More specifically, the court granted FERC’s request to dismiss the petitions filed last year challenging these critical permits by the State of Oregon, affected landowners, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw and Cow Creek band of the Umpqua Tribes, and environmental organizations. We have been following this project for years. The January 17 issue provides a brief account of local and state League involvement in opposing it.

By Shirley Weathers for the LWVOR Action Team

Support Voting Rights

Of course! This is the American Way! To wholeheartedly support voting rights for all Americans. This is fair.

We must stop the suppression of voting rights that is going on right now in our country. It’s hard to believe but it is very true, some are actively seeking to disenfranchise the ability for some to vote. This has been going on too long!

Specific groups are especially being challenged for their rights, and being marginalized and discarded as valid voters.

15th Amendment to the US Constitution was adopted in 1870, which states: 

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States, or by any State, on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” 

What the League is doing:

The League is at the forefront of the most important federal and state cases across the United States. The national League’s (LWVUS) legal team works tirelessly to oppose all forms of voter suppression, including: 

  • Discriminatory voter ID laws;  
  • Attacks on voter registration; 
  • Last-minute Election Day barriers;  
  • The elimination of voting locations in underserved communities; 
  • Unjust voter purges; and 
  • Attempts to limit access to early and mail-in voting.  

ADVOCATING TO END VOTER SUPPRESSION 

The League of Women Voters on all levels supports legislation that empowers Americans to participate in the voting process. These include: 

  • The Freedom to Vote Act: This bill would expand voting rights by expanding early voting and same-day and online registration, creating standards for upholding voter rolls, and authorizing voter registration at new-citizen naturalization ceremonies.
  • The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act: The John Lewis VRAA would restore and strengthen aspects of the bipartisan Voting Rights Act of 1965, enabling Americans to protect themselves from voting laws that discriminate based on age, race, ethnicity, and other factors. 

What you can do

Get all of your friends and family to register to vote now! The mid-term elections are almost upon us, and we need to let everyone know how crucial these votes will be.

  • The Oregon primary is on May 17, 2022.
  • The last day to register is April 26, 2022.
  • If you’ve moved within the state, you can update your contact info at the Secretary of State’s election office.

Formosa Mine Superfund Cleanup Announced

The EPA Region 10 (Serving Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and 271 Tribal Nations) announced on 12/17/21 that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding will boost cleanup at the Formosa Mine Superfund site near Riddle, Oregon. 

That is great news for Douglas County, Oregon, and many other counties!

Here is an excerpt of the press release:

Contact: Suzanne Skadowski, 206-553-2160, skadowski.suzanne@epa.gov

SEATTLE (Dec. 17, 2021) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Formosa Mine Superfund site near Riddle, Oregon, will receive Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to complete critical cleanup actions and protect human health and the environment.  The Douglas County, Oregon, site is among 49 sites across the nation that will benefit from a $1 billion investment from the BIL to initiate cleanup and clear the backlog of previously unfunded Superfund sites and accelerate cleanup at other sites across the country. Until this historic investment, many of these were part of a backlog of hazardous waste sites awaiting funding. Thousands of contaminated sites exist nationally due to hazardous waste being dumped, left out in the open, or otherwise improperly managed. These sites include manufacturing facilities, processing plants, landfills, and mining sites.

To read the whole press release, visit https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/bipartisan-infrastructure-law-funding-will-boost-cleanup-formosa-mine-superfund-site.

League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley

Celebrates 60 Years in Douglas County, Oregon!

Sixty years of education and action in southern Oregon has been carried out by dedicated women and men who joined and participated in the LWV Umpqua Valley. The League began in Roseburg officially in April 1961.

Thank you to all of you who have contributed, and are contributing, to making our democracy fairer, more accessible, more understandable, and for representing the League.

Here are a few memories ~

The News-Review 4/21/1961

And we’re still going strong!

LWVUV is conducting a Membership Drive right now! Join online here!

Now is the time to step up to keep our democracy! Join with others who are working for Douglas County, Oregon, and the United States of America!

Legislative Report 2020-2021

Sine Die Legislative Report 2020-2021 has been completed by LWV Oregon’s Action Team. Read the full report here!

Below is a summary about each category LWVOR emailed to its members.

NATURAL RESOURCES

Coastal Issues:  The Territorial Sea Plan, Part Three Section E and Appendix C are now available for Review. 

Elliott State Forest: There has been a flurry of activity around the Elliott State Forest this past month. Read the report and then visit Oregon.gov’s webpage.

ForestryA flurry of rulemaking meetings is in progress currently that will define details of implementing the comprehensive wildfire bill, SB 762, to provide for wildfire risk reduction, response and recovery, with programs related to defensible space, prescribed fire (the Burn Manager Program), landscape resiliency and community emergency preparedness.

Land UseThe Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) continues to receive reports on the implementation of HB 2001 (2019).
Northwest Energy Coalition:  The Northwest Power and Conservation Council, the region’s official power planning agency, has just released its draft 2021 Northwest Power Plan. The public now has until November 19 to submit written comments, and several opportunities to testify at public hearings (virtually).

Recycling: Since Governor Kate Brown signed the Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act (SB 582-2021) into law on August 6, DEQ has been developing an implementation plan, estimated timeline and other resources to support implementation of the new law and inform interested parties

Transportation: The Malheur County Development Corp. last week got Americold’s signature on a 20-year lease to operate the Treasure Valley Reload Center near Nyssa. Work on the facility will begin in November.

WaterThe Water Resources Dept. (WRD) received a huge infusion of staff positions and program changes with the 2021 session.

WildfiresWe are pleased to report that Oregon’s communities are seeing some recovery after the Sept. 2020 wildfires. The policy changes and infusion of monies by the legislature and the federal government have helped some homes and businesses return. There is, however, much work to be done.

Read more in the full Natural Resources report.
EDUCATION

Education UpdatesLWVOR would like to clear up some media mis-information about temporarily revising Oregon’s High School graduation requirements, with a more accurate OPB report.

Read the full Education report.
GOVERNANCE

RedistrictingThe legislative redistricting bill, SB 882, was by comparison relatively non-controversial; although, all Senate and House Republicans and two Democrats still voted against it. Various redistricting evaluation services rated the proposal as fairly well drawn.

Campaign Finance: A collaboration of organizations, including the LWVOR and organized by Honest Elections Oregon, have been meeting with stakeholders to draft an initiative petition for the 2022 ballot.

Read the full Governance report.
CLIMATE EMERGENCY

Federal Updates: Both the Biden administration and bipartisan Congressional proposed Build Back Better: $1.2T and $3.5 T infrastructure bill and reconciliation package, if passed in any form, will significantly affect Climate Change mitigation and adaptation funding and policy in Oregon.

Clean Energy: Lots of activity regarding the Climate Protection Program, Cleaner Air Oregon, Clean Fuels Program, Landfill Methane Rules, and Oregon Regional Haze Plan.

Read the full Climate Emergency report.
SOCIAL POLICY

HousingThe federal government allocated $204 million to Oregon for the rent assistance program. Unfortunately, social service agencies throughout the state have been slow to process assistance applications due to complicated requirements, lack of staff, and software issues. 

Read the full Social Policy report.
REVENUE

Since the close of session in June and our Sine Die report on September 14, there is little to report since the Legislature has not been in session, and the committees that were to convene on September 22-25 were canceled due to a case of Covid in the state Legislature, as well as an extension of the Special Redistricting Session, not yet concluded due to disagreements concerning the CD maps.

Read the full Revenue report.