Letters to the editor
On behalf of the Woodburn High School golf program and the Woodburn Junior Golf Club we would like to acknowledge and thank all of our sponsors and those that attended our fourth annual golf benefit fundraiser. The event was a major success and an inspiration to our kids.
With the outpouring of support from the Woodburn community and beyond, we are rapidly growing our programs. Our girls had a historic season making it to the state tournament for the first time in school history.
Funds raised from our event were leaned on to ensure a first-class experience for the girls at the state tournament.
Our sponsors were as follows: U.S. Bank, Hallmark Properties, Adidas, Columbia, Woodburn Liquor Store, The Ram (Wilsonville), Sun Mountain, Evergreen Golf Course, Smokehouse Products, Salem Golf Club, Chehalem Glenn Golf Course, Macleay Country Inn, Outback Steakhouse, Creekside Golf Club, Pietro's Pizza, Shari's Cafe and Pies, Pro-active Sports, McNary Golf Course, Buffalo Wild Wings, Loxi and Merle Hart, Summit Wine and Adventure Tours, Piper's Jewelry, Travis Terrall Attorney, The Hitchin' Post Bar and Grill, Power Rents, Webb Chiropractic, Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy, Triplett Wellman, Inc., Legacy Financial, Les Schwab Tires, Rick's Custom Fencing, Northside Electric, Woodburn Vision Source, Pit Barrel Cooker Co., Drift Creek Outdoors, Pendleton Round-up, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Seamus Golf, Graham Kerr (a.k.a. The Galopping Gourmet), Titleist Golf, Leonardo's Barber + Style, Oil Can Henry's, Seattle Mariners, Los Cabos, Senior Estates Golf Club, Langdon Farms Golf Club, Charbonneau Golf Club, The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club, HGI Graphics, Newberg Liquor Store, Top Golf, Bert's Chuckwagon, OGA Golf Course, Long Bros. Building Supply, Golf Clubs Direct, Country Cottage, Mount Angel Sausage Company, Abby's Pizza, Hazel Fern Winery and Lil' Cooperstown.
Neil Wilhelm, Ken Ellis and Bill Mickle
WHS Golf Coaches
Sheriff's office urges caution around water
Tuesday afternoon (May 23), a 25-year-old swimmer went missing after jumping from a cliff into the water at the upper pool of the Three Pools Recreation Area in Gates. Wednesday night, kayakers called the Marion County Sheriff's Office and told deputies they believed they had found the body of the missing man down river near the pools. Early Thursday, around 9 a.m., water rescue teams with the Salem Fire Department and the Jefferson Fire Department waded out into the water and recovered the man's body.
The sheriff's office knows that our wilderness area is seeing an increase in visitors. Residents and visitors should be aware that river waters are still very high, cold and full of debris. If you are planning to visit these areas, below are a few tips you can use for a safe outdoor experience.
1. Never swim alone
2. Avoid alcohol and marijuana around water
3. Wear a lifejacket
4. Know how to perform CPR
5. Know how and where you can call 911.
The North Fork area of the Santiam River is a remote but popular destination. The North Fork has very little to no cellular phone reception. There are two 911 call boxes located along the roadway. The first call box is mounted on the outside wall of the Elk Horn Fire Station and the second box can be found at the entrance to Salmon Falls Park.
We are encouraging all visitors to the area to please use caution and come prepared when visiting our natural resources.
Lt. Chris Baldridge, PIO
Marion County Sheriff's Office
Schrader introduces bill to protect servicemembers
Last Tuesday, I and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) introduced the bipartisan Halting of Mortgage Exploitation of Servicemembers (HOMES) Act of 2017 to provide greater clarity and uniformity to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).
The SCRA is designed to provide protection for active duty servicemembers, including reservists and members of the National Guard, from civil obligations while they are deployed. Among these obligations are mortgage payments, leases, taxes and credit card debt. Under the SCRA, mortgage lenders are prohibited from foreclosing on active duty servicemembers. Unfortunately, the law does not include a statute of limitations and, as a result, discretion is left to the courts who simply defer to the closest applicable state law. With the statute of limitations varying state-by-state and no uniform application of the law, this often leaves much uncertainty for our servicemembers. The HOMES Act will establish a national 10-year statute of limitations to protect our veterans and servicemembers.
Our servicemen and women have earned certain basic benefits which include knowing their families and homes are taken care of while serving overseas. A lot of warriors who have gone above and beyond their duty find themselves losing their homes or getting bad credit because they've received bad information or don't know their rights. My HOMES Act is a simple, no-brainer bill to protect our fighting men and women from exploitation by unscrupulous lenders while they put their lives on the line in service to our country. It's the right, fair thing to do.
The HOMES Act was introduced following an investigative report earlier this month in The Oregonian, which profiled Marine veteran Jacob McGreevey who lost him home while on a tour of duty.
Earlier this year, I called for an investigation into the VA Caregiver Program after a significant spike in the number of veterans kicked off the program from the VA without explanation. I led the Oregon delegation, sending a letter to VA Secretary Shulkin in April. In response to my letter, the VA announced it would halt removing veterans from the program across the country until an investigation had been conducted.
Earlier this year, I introduced a bill to prohibit any hiring freeze from affecting the VA after the president's 90-day hiring freeze across the federal government. At the time, there were more than 12 PCP and 40 medical support staff vacancies in the VA Portland Health Care System.
U.S. House of Representatives, Oregon 5th District