Customers shop at Walmart store in Chicago on Jan

first_imgCustomers shop at Walmart store in Chicago, on Jan. 11, 2018. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Show Discussion ‘He Paid Them All’She was only one of dozens of customers to have their layaway paid off, according to local media reports.His identity is unknown.“The only picture I got was of him walking away,” wrote Gates. “Anyone that had a layaway at the Derby Walmart should call and check. I think he paid them all! I just wanted to say thank you again to this mystery man!”But while Gates was able to meet him in person, some customers got their early Christmas gift via email.Liz Peart had been agonizing over whether to cancel her order as bills pushed her finances to the limit, when she got a surprise email from the store, saying nearly $500 of items had been paid off in full.“It was coming down to whether I could make the car payment, the rent payment, or buy Christmas presents, so I chose to pay my bills and I didn’t know if we were going to have enough money to pick up the layaway,” she told NBC.She said that paying off her layaway had given her family Christmas.Her uncle, Bruce Blair also had his gifts paid for. He told NBC he had met the man face-to-face in the store.“I just shook his hand and said thank you and hoped he’d have a merry Christmas,” Blair said.Walmart has confirmed that some customers layaways were paid off by the man, but declined to give numbers.According to NBC, Walmart said in a statement, “When customers quietly pay off others’ layaway items, we’re reminded how good people can be. We’re honored to be a small part of these random acts of kindness.”According to CNN, Gates said he picked up an $800 tab for one couple.Walmart’s Christmas layaway scheme has been running since August. US News center_img Share this article Mystery Santa Pays Off Dozens of Walmart Layaways for Christmas By Simon Veazey November 27, 2018 Updated: November 27, 2018  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Simon on Twitter: @SPVeazey The Christmas spirit has come early for some people this year—in the form of a kindhearted stranger who has been paying off their layaways at a Vermont Walmart.The mystery benefactor has so far only given a festive name to dozens of lucky shoppers: “Kris Kringle.”The only clue to his identity is a photograph taken by a very grateful mother at the store, showing him walking away wearing a Patriots jacket.Julie Gates was waiting in line at the Walmart store in Derby, Vermont, to pick up a SIM card on Nov. 15, when she noticed the line was unusually long.“I heard people ahead of me saying that someone was paying for everyone’s layaways.”“The man asked if I was putting anything on layaway and I told him that I was but first needed to pick up my package,” she wrote on her Facebook page. He told her to hurry and grab some stuff for her son and come back.“I grabbed some toys for him for Christmas and came back to customer service where the man was standing waiting for me and said just go to the checkout and he’d be right over to pay.”He paid the total of $199 off with his card. She described the experience as “amazing.”last_img read more

After US President Donald Trump and Chinese lead

first_img After U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping held a closed-door meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit on June 29, the Chinese regime recounted what was said during the meeting.But that differed from the U.S. administration’s recap.The sideline meeting in Osaka, Japan, was the first time Trump and Xi met in person since December last year at a G-20 gathering in Buenos Aires, Argentina. U.S.-China trade talks broke down in early May when Washington accused Beijing of reneging on commitments to enact sweeping economic and trade reforms.During the 80-minute meeting, Trump and Xi talked about the trade dispute, Huawei, and the issue of Chinese studying in the United States.Trade TalksAt a press conference held on June 29, Trump announced that after speaking with Xi, they agreed to resume trade talks. “We will be continuing to negotiate… We’re going to work with China on where we left off, to see if we can make a deal.”He added that the U.S. side would continue to work toward a more balanced trade relationship. In 2018, the United States had a $419.5 billion trade deficit with China. “We can’t have it where the United States loses this kind of money for the privilege of building up China. It has to be a fair deal,” Trump said.On the Chinese side, state-run media Xinhua published a press release from the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda department that emphasized China’s interests.“China has the sincerity to continue the negotiations with the United States to control the differences, but the negotiations must be equal, with both respecting each other to solve reasonable concerns of each party. China must safeguard its core interests on issues related to China’s sovereignty and dignity,” it read.TariffsTrump said he agreed not to impose further tariffs on $325 billion of Chinese imports while the trade negotiations restart.However, tariffs currently implemented would not be lifted, he said.The Chinese press release was more vague, only saying: “The United States won’t impose new tariffs on Chinese goods anymore.” The statement did not mention the current tariffs. The use of the word “anymore” is also more definitive than what Trump said.Buying US ImportsAfter the U.S.-China trade dispute commenced last year, Beijing retaliated with tariffs on U.S. agricultural products, including pork, soybeans, corn, and sorghum. China promised to import more U.S. agricultural goods, according to Trump at the press conference.“They’re going to start that very soon, almost immediately,” Trump said. “We’re going to give them lists of things that we’d like them to buy.”But the Chinese statement said: “The U.S. side hopes China can import more from them.”HuaweiChinese tech giant Huawei has been shunned by the U.S. telecom market due to U.S. officials repeatedly warning of the national security risks associated with its products. They had said Huawei products could be exploited by Beijing to conduct espionage, given the firm’s close times to the Chinese regime. The company has continually denied the accusations.In May, citing national security reasons, the U.S. Department of Commence added Huawei to its entity list, effectively banning U.S. companies from selling their technology and supply parts to the Chinese firm.Trump said that after meeting with Xi, he has agreed to easing the restrictions on Huawei.“We send and we sell to Huawei a tremendous amount of product that goes into the various things that they make. And I said that that’s okay, that we will keep selling that product,” Trump said. When a reporter asked for clarification, Trump said he would allow U.S. companies to sell to Huawei “equipment where there is no great national emergency problem with it.”The Chinese statement made no mention whatsoever of Huawei.Extradition of Meng WanzhouHuawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada in December 2018 on request by U.S. authorities. Federal prosecutors have charged Meng with fraud and violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. As extradition hearings are set to begin in Canada, the Chinese regime has repeatedly pressured the Canadian government to drop her case.When asked whether the two leaders talked about the Meng case, Trump said: “We didn’t discuss Ms. Meng… We did discuss Huawei but we didn’t discuss her situation.”The Chinese statement made no mention of this.Chinese StudentsWith rising concerns about academic espionage by Chinese nationals studying or working in the United States, the U.S. administration recently made visa restrictions for Chinese nationals studying in science and tech fields that the Chinese regime has targeted for aggressive development.Trump said he would like to establish a way for top Chinese students to stay in the United States. “We’re going to call it the ‘smart person’s waiver.’ But we’re going to make it so that they can not only stay but maybe they have access to green cards.  We want to keep these people here.”Beijing only stated: “Trump said China has many excellent students and he welcomes Chinese students to study in the United States.”TaiwanThe self-ruled island of Taiwan has its own democratically elected government, military, and currency, but Beijing has claimed that it is a renegade province that must be united with the mainland someday. The Chinese statement claimed that “Trump [told Xi] that he values China’s concerns on the Taiwan issue and the U.S. has supported the one-China policy continually.”Trump did not mention Taiwan during his press conference. U.S. relations with Taiwan has recently been bolstered with arms sales, diplomatic visits, and U.S. naval visits.Korean PeninsulaTrump also made no mention of discussions about North Korea with Xi.But Beijing stated that after Xi talked about the North Korea issue, Trump responded: “The U.S. values the important position of China in the Korean Peninsula issue, and the U.S. would like to maintain communication and cooperation with China.”Trump and Kim met each other for about one hour on June 30 at the demilitarized zone at the border between North and South Korea, but both states have not commented about the details of their meeting. L-R) US President Donald Trump, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China’s President Xi Jinping attend a meeting at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) China-US News Share this article Show Discussioncenter_img Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US, China Statements Show Stark Differences on Trump–Xi Meeting By Nicole Hao June 30, 2019 Updated: June 30, 2019last_img read more

The HewlettPackard HP logo is seen as part of a

first_imgThe Hewlett-Packard (HP) logo is seen as part of a display at the Microsoft Ignite technology conference in Chicago, Illinois, on May 4, 2015. (Jim Young/Reuters) HP, Dell, Other Tech Firms Plan to Shift Production out of China: Nikkei By Reuters July 3, 2019 Updated: July 3, 2019 China-US News Share Show Discussioncenter_img Several major U.S.-based technology companies are planning to shift substantial production out of China, spurred by a bitter trade war between Washington and Beijing, the Nikkei reported on Wednesday, citing sources.Personal computer makers HP Inc and Dell Technologies are planning to reallocate up to 30 percent of their notebook production out of China, according to the Nikkei.Microsoft Corp, Alphabet Inc, Inc, Sony Corp, and Nintendo Co Ltd, are also looking at moving some of their game console and smart speaker manufacturing out of the country, the Nikkei added.U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping struck a truce at last weekend’s G-20 Summit in Japan, paving the way for a restart in trade talks after months of stalemate.However, the companies are not likely to alter their plans of moving some of their production out of China as they also face higher operating costs in the country.Tim_Cook_Apple_Event Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., on June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) In June, Apple Inc asked its major suppliers to assess the cost implications of moving 15 percent-30 percent of their production capacity from China to Southeast Asia as it prepares for a restructuring of its supply chain, Nikkei had reported last month.HP, Dell, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google did not immediately respond to a Reuters’ request for comment.By Bhargav Acharya and Sayanti Chakraborty Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

John Murray APTN News The people of St Albert Al

first_imgJohn MurrayAPTN NewsThe people of St. Albert, Alta., are determined to shake off the stain of a racist letter aimed at an Indigenous family.The family is still planning to move after receiving the angry message in their mailbox.But the mayor and a small business owner are doing what they can to get them to stay.Including hosting a block party on Oct. 28 in a show of solidarity, support and

Prineville Oregon See Economic Opportunities with New Hospital Elementary School

first_img (Photo above: St. Charles Health Care in Prineville)Barnes Butte Elementary SchoolWith Crook County School District’s oldest elementary schools pushing a ripe old age of 63 and 76 years, the new Barnes Butte Elementary School is on-track to open in the fall of 2015.At approximately 70 percent completion, tours are offered to the public every Friday afternoon, and progress is visible on a weekly basis. The new 73,000 square-foot construction boasts a pod design, with each grade level of classrooms surrounding and looking into a commons area. The structure is multi-level, and includes a 6,000-square foot gymnasium for use by both the school district and entire community.Jerry Milstead is the project manager and P&C Construction and C&S Construction are the general contractors with the district. The architects are BLRB Architects based in Bend, Oregon with offices in Portland, Tacoma and Spokane.Principal for Barnes Butte Elementary Jim Bates stated that he believes the most exciting change is what the design of the building provides—which is connectivity.“This move brings stress for our students, families and staff. Change is unsettling,” he initially stated. “But this is change with excitement and hope. Everything about the school was sketched and put into reality with the educational process and community in mind. We will all experience the fruits of that labor as we begin to use it. It’s a beautiful building for sure.”He added that the school is on schedule and within budget.“The contractors, architect team and crew are constructing the facility as though it’s their own,” indicated Bates. “It’s been evident during the entire project that every detail matters. I have personally been in dozens of meetings where the largest or smallest mid-course decision is considered with care.”Barnes Butte Elementary is just north of Laughlin Road, near the Iron Horse Subdivision. The proposed enrollment at its opening is 603 students. Ochoco Elementary School will close in the fall and after Cecil Sly Elementary is upgraded during the 2015-16 school year, Crooked River Elementary will also be closed. Barnes Butte Elementary will open with a student capacity of 700 and Cecil Sly will also have a capacity of 700 when opened in 2016.“Very few people will ever know the amount of commitment that the contractors and architects have put into this project,” concluded Bates.The school district began a facilities condition assessment in January 2012 and voters approved Measure 7-61 for $33,500,000 in May 2012. One of the selling points was the fact that the high school bond would be paid off in January 2014, and the cost of the new grade school would be at or below the rate of the high school bond. The rate that taxpayers will be paying for the new school remains flat after the old bond fell off one year ago.In addition to the new school, the district is committed to doing an additional $15 million of improvements on other facilities in the district including Crook County Middle School, Cecil Sly Elementary, Powell Butte Community Charter School, Paulina School, Ward Rhoden Stadium and the current high school.Crook County School District Maintenance Director Deen Hylton commented that safety is at the forefront, and additional security cameras are part of the upgrade. Each facility will be getting much-needed classroom modernizations and upgrades, including a new electric-access fence behind the high school, new track and seating facelifts at the stadium, and a new gymnasium at Cecil Sly.St. Charles PrinevilleExpected to stimulate development in Crook County community leaders, St. Charles Health System personnel and residents of Prineville broke ground on the new St. Charles Prineville Campus in April 2014. Replacing the aging Pioneer Memorial Hospital north of downtown, the $30 million new facility is expected to open this September. Interestingly enough, it will include a similar pod design used with Barnes Butte Elementary.The design will allow the physician and their team to be at the center and the patients can see into that space. The new hospital’s location, along with its new philosophy on healthcare, is expected to be a much-needed economic development shot in the arm for Prineville.Steve Forrester, Prineville’s city manager, understands the impact of the new hospital. “It’s been a lot of years of hard work and dedication to bring it to the point where we are now. If you look at the scope of development in Prineville, we have the data centers up on the hill next to the airport. But the intersection of Hwy 126 and Combs Flat road (site of the new hospital) is the busiest intersection in our community.”Large and growing residential developments both south and north of the new hospital make the site very desirable for future commercial development. Add to this the 2015 opening of a new $18 million elementary school north of the hospital and the east side of Prineville is clearly primed for growth.“Making this new hospital happen here brings city infrastructure out this way. We have a number of homes here that aren’t on city water or sewer and this development is going to bridge that gap and make a big difference on this end of town,” added Forrester.Josh Smith, senior planner with City of Prineville, understands what it takes to develop a large-scale commercial project. “It (St. Charles Health System) was really the only large commercial developer capable of building the infrastructure that was needed for the eventual build-out of the rest of this site. There’s plenty of acreage here to expand in the future.”“We’re excited that this is the start of a new development here on the former Ochoco Lumber site, it has tremendous economic development opportunities and we’re proud to be able to lead-out on that for the community,” commented chief executive officer for St Charles Madras and Prineville, Jeanie Gentry. “We will move in September, completing transfer of inpatients September 21.”The Prineville Campus’ philosophy on healthcare is going to be different, focusing on preventative care versus in-patient care.“Healthcare is changing all the time and we we’ve got to change with it so that we can serve the people of Crook County. This new hospital is going to allow us to change our focus from in-patient sick care to out-patient well care, keeping people healthy,” added Gentry. The new facility’s design will reflect a focus on wellness and prevention.The main entrance to the new campus is on the west side facing Combs Flat Road.“The clinic is the first department patients will see as they come into the hospital through that entrance,” explained Gentry.“There will no longer be a pharmacy in the hospital, but Hometown Pharmacy (who operates the current clinic pharmacy) will have a building near us on the Ochoco property.”Gentry added that all the current doctors from the clinic will move to the new facility. “We also have two new nurse practitioners who will start around the time we move,” she said. “This will help shorten the wait for patients to be seen in the clinic.”“It’s (the hospital’s design) focused on primary care. It’s about how to create space in a team environment with practitioners, behavioralists, with nutritionists — to really be thinking consciously about how to keep people well and how to give them the tools and mindset to keep themselves well. This reflects the whole change that’s going on in healthcare and I think it’s very special that one of our smaller communities is taking this on and pioneering this effort,” said Michael Curtis, vice president healthcare of The Neenan Company based in Colorado, the design and build firm for the project. The Neenan Company reported it utilized more than 30 percent local construction companies and workers. The main internal construction project manager is Matt Wycoff.The new facility will be 60,000 square feet with 16 beds in individual rooms. Primary and specialty care clinics, an emergency department, lab, radiology, imaging and rehabilitation services are all part of the new facility.“We believe the new hospital will provide better access to services without as many steps as in the old hospital,” indicated Gentry. “All the patient rooms will be private and larger than in the old hospital. We are very excited to use this building to provide even better care to our community,” concluded Gentry.Dr. Laura Gratton, DO, medical director with the Mosaic Medical Prineville Clinic, is thrilled that the new hospital will be a huge upgrade from the present facility. “I feel we provide state-of-the-art medical care so now we’ll have a state-of-the-art facility to go along with it.”In order to be more patient-focused individual physician’s offices have been eliminated in favor of central work and lounge spaces for the entire patient-care team. And there will actually be less in-patient space than in the existing Pioneer Memorial Hospital.“Because our focus is going to be on preventative care the in-patient space is actually less than in the old hospital,” said Gentry.Additional amenities will include a concierge-style patient greeting desk and a public area with a café, which may also be used for community events and gatherings.Community leaders believe that the new hospital could be just “what the doctor ordered” in terms of new companies considering a move to Prineville.St. Charles Prineville will have a Caregiver and Volunteer Celebration on Thursday, September 10. There will be a VIP Reception on Friday, September 11 and a Community Grand Opening and Celebration on Saturday, September 12.“We are excited to introduce our new facility to the community,” said Christa Papke, community engagement manager, Pioneer Memorial Hospital/St. Charles Madras. Prineville, Oregon See Economic Opportunities with New Hospital & Elementary School By Ramona McCallister CBN Feature Writer 0 E-Headlines Pinterest Tumblr on May 7, 2015center_img Twitter Google+ Facebook Share. LinkedIn Emaillast_img read more

Central Oregon Brakes For Less Where Customers Are Family

first_img Tumblr Central Oregon Brakes For Less: Where Customers Are Family Share. E-Headlines, Feature Section Pinterest (Photo above: Southwick family, Joshua, Jeff, Joe, Kathy with dogs Hooch, Conrad and Gabriella | Photo by Krystal Marie Collins)Since the Southwick family created Central Oregon Brakes For Less four years ago, they say they always deliver two things: treating customers like friends and family and providing reliable and affordable brake repair. Owner/CEO Jeff Southwick describes the heart of his crew (wife and two sons) saying, “Kathy is the best bookkeeper/payroll administrator I could ever have, Joshua is an amazing service manager and I couldn’t ask for a better shop foreman with Joe.”Jeff says, “I worked for nearly 30 years as a brake and alignment technician and always dreamt of passing on my knowledge to my sons. After retirement, myself and my youngest son Joe began doing brake jobs for our neighbors and friends. Those neighbors and friends started telling their neighbors and friends, and we could see their was a big need and opportunity for us to expand our business from the driveway to a shop.”Originally unsure whether to return to the automotive industry, Jeff says it was community distress over the price of services that sealed the deal on his return. “The prices people are paying are outrageous. We wanted to open a brake shop that would serve the community with fair prices.”When asked how he is able to provide such quality service with the same warranty as competitors, at about half the price, Jeff explains that being a single entity allows him a lot of freedom. “Corporations have to pay their upper management and executives which means lower salaries for staff and higher prices for customers. We don’t have those costs here.”Jeff says in 2015 they enjoyed increased profits each month. The growth allowed him to hire two non-family employees, who, like Joe, are Central Oregon Community College certified technicians.In the near future, they plan to build two more bays on the south end of the existing building to accommodate for larger trucks and a pit foreasier alignments.“We have enjoyed growing the business,” Jeff says, “because it has allowed us to contribute to the successes of our employees.” Jeff gives nearly 50 percent of yearly company profits to his employees in bonuses.“Everyone who comes in here is treated like family,” says Jeff. Kathy echos her hope that customers see Brakes for Less as, “a company they can trust. We treat everyone like nextdoor neighbors.They live here, I live here, I want them to be super happy when they see us around town.”Kathy acknowledges how hard it can be for women to deal with mechanics and says, “I want women to know that this is a place they can come to without a man. You won’t be taken advantage of, my sons and husband will take good care of your vehicle.”Jeff is excited to pass the company on to his sons one day. His sons say, “We joke about it, Dad talks about retiring, but we know he will be in here with a cane or wheel chair still turning wrenches before he ever sits at home.” Whether his father retires or not, Joshua says, “We’ll stand in front of our brake jobs!”Central Oregon Brakes For Less1315 NE Third Street, Bend, OR 97701, CEO: Jeff SouthwickNo. Employees: 6Year Established: May 1, 2012Product/Service: Major business is brakes, as well as, under car care, shocks, struts, u-joints/cv axles, ball joints and alignments.Hot News: Expanding in the near future by adding two bays to accommodate larger trucks and a pit for easier alignments.Outlook for Growth: Excellent. 1 on February 17, 2016center_img Twitter LinkedIn Facebook By Krystal Marie Collins CBN Feature Writer Google+ Emaillast_img read more

Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Central Oregon Chosen as WinterFest 2017 Beneficiary

first_img on January 31, 2017 Tumblr 0 Google+ Facebook Email By CBN Share.center_img Pinterest Twitter E-Headlines LinkedIn (Photo above courtesy of J Bar J)Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon (BBBSCO), a program of J Bar J Youth Services, has been chosen as the 2017 beneficiary for Oregon WinterFest, February 17-19. Community members can support BBBSCO by volunteering for the event – and gain free access to WinterFest as well.Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon is seeking 75 volunteers, ages 16 and older to work 3-4 hour shifts during the event. For every volunteer who supports the event, $50-100 will donated to the organization.  Last year, Oregon WinterFest donated over $11,000 to their beneficiary! There’s a benefit for the community as well. Volunteers who work at least one shift will receive FREE access to the rest of the WinterFest weekend! Interested volunteers can call 541-312-6047 to sign up now.Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon serves youth in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties, matching kids in need of supportive role models with community mentors. Mentoring programs deeply engage communities through collaboration with families, mentors, community funders, schools and other partners. The result? After being mentored for one year, 98 percent of kids in the program will graduate high school on time, 89 percent have great confidence and 70 percent are less likely to do drugs.Bend’s largest festival, WinterFest is a massive celebration of all things winter, including national music acts, a fire pit competition, ice sculptures, a kids area, fine art, delicious food, beer, wine and so much more. Oregon WinterFest takes place in the Old Mill District in Bend, Oregon and tickets can be purchased at the door or online at oregonwinterfest.comFor more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon, go to or J Bar J Youth Services and learn more about the organization’s programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Central Oregon Chosen as WinterFest 2017 Beneficiary last_img read more

October 19 City Club of Central Oregon Forum The Trust Gap

first_img 0 Email on October 6, 2017 October 19 City Club of Central Oregon Forum: The Trust Gap. E-Headlines Google+ Share. Exploring the crisis of confidence in the American new media and how to fix itJournalism is an institution built on trust. Yet just 32 percent of Americans say they trust the news media. Why is journalism so distrusted? What are the implications? And what might be done to rebuild trust? Join University of Oregon journalism instructors Todd Milbourn and Lisa Heyamoto for an interactive presentation on the crisis of confidence in American journalism. Milbourn and Heyamoto, both former newspaper reporters, have been travelling across the country and listening to citizens’ first-hand experiences with reporting in their communities. They’ll share insights from their research and offer strategies for bridging the trust gap.Lisa Heyamoto is a narrative journalist and senior instructor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Her work focuses on community-building through storytelling. Before academia, she was a columnist and reporter The Sacramento Bee and The Seattle Times.Todd Milbourn is an investigative reporter and journalism instructor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. He teaches courses on writing, multimedia storytelling and journalism innovation, and serves as co-director of the UO’s journalism master’s program.A response panel consisting of our local media will be in attendance to voice their observations and answer questions from the audience.When:  Thursday, October 1911:15 – 11:45am Networking11:45am – 1pm ProgramWhere: Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center2850 NW Rippling River Court • Bend, OR 97701Cost: $25 members / $40 non-members. Plated lunch is included.To register, please visit or call 541-633-7163.  Registration closes at noon on Monday, October 16. Registration fees must be paid in advance of the forum.City Club of Central Oregon exists to be the top-of-mind hub for citizens and community leaders. We intentionally shape our community and influence public policy while preserving our uniquely warm and connected culture. We champion “passionately non-partisan” discussion between diverse perspectives.Contact:Joey Drucker, Executive Director541-633-7163info@CityClubCO.comcenter_img Pinterest Twitter By CBN Facebook Tumblr LinkedInlast_img read more

High Desert Design Council Announces 2018 Philanthropy Project Recipients

first_imgHigh Desert Design Council Announces 2018 Philanthropy Project Recipients LinkedIn on November 28, 2017 Tumblr E-Headlines, Uncategorized Google+ Email Twittercenter_img Share. Pinterest By CBN Facebook 0 High Desert Design Council (HDDC) announced they have selected Beulah’s Place, a Redmond-based 501(c)3 organization providing temporary shelter services for at-risk homeless teens, as the recipient for the Council’s 2018 philanthropic project. The HDDC is a nonprofit business association with more than sixty members including interior designers, architects, builders, landscape architects, artists and other industry partners.Sara VanStelten, head of philanthropy for HDDC, says, “Our Council believes in giving back to the community by tapping the special talents and resources of its members. We really want to make an impact on the nonprofits we select. We’re excited to help Beulah’s Place because they have some critical, tangible needs that impact their ability to operate efficiently and rescue more teens off the streets of Central Oregon.”Beulah’s Place offers help, healing and hope to teens who have no other safe or available family member or guardian to help with essential needs like food, clothing and shelter. According to Executive Director Andi Buerger, “This gift couldn’t come at a better time. Our primary safe house has definite repair and upgrade needs that we could not afford to remedy without an organization like HDDC. We are incredibly honored and thrilled to be selected for their annual philanthropy project.”, www.beulahsplace.orglast_img read more

DEA Partners Hold National Prescription Take Back Day

first_img Email 0 By CBN Tumblr This Saturday, October 27, from 10am to 2pm, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its local law enforcement, community and tribal partners in the Pacific Northwest will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications at one of 209 collection sites. There are 60 collection sites in Oregon and the service is free of charge, no questions asked.Last April, residents of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington turned in 40,096 pounds (20 tons) of prescription medications. This is the highest collection to date for the Pacific Northwest. The following are the results from last April’s collection is broken down by state:·Washington –76 collection sites which resulted in 17,018 pounds (8.5 tons) removed from circulation.·Idaho – 37 collection sites which resulted in 4,282 (2.0 tons) removed from circulation.·Oregon – 60 collection sites which resulted in 14,614 pounds (7.3 tons) removed from circulation. This is a record collection number for Oregon.·Alaska – 17 collection sites which resulted in 4,182 pounds (2.1 tons) removed from circulation. This is a record collection for Alaska.The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative addresses a critical public safety and public health issue. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States continue to be alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Because the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration have advised the public that flushing their prescription drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards, DEA launched its prescription drug take back program to encourage the safe disposal of medications.After collecting nationally a total of more than 9.9 million pounds (nearly 5,000 tons) of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications during 15 previous events over the past eight years, the Drug Enforcement Administration expects to reach a total of 10 million pounds collected following the upcoming fall 2018 Take back event.The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting where they enter their zip code.  Or they can call 800-882-9529.  Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites—liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted. Twitter Share. on October 25, 2018center_img E-Headlines Google+ Facebook Pinterest LinkedIn DEA & Partners Hold National Prescription Take Back Day last_img read more