Weekly Newsletter Update 6/11/21

1) Zoom County Water Task Force Meeting: June 28 10:00 – Noon.

This public meeting is intended to identify problems and brainstorm solutions. Our Water Committee will articulate our concerns and submit  questions / suggested actions to Commissioner Casey Kulla before the meeting.  Please submit your thoughts by Monday June 21st to allow time:  Email us.

Join Zoom Meeting: June 28th 10:00am – Noon

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85613305886?pwd=SzhJS2xOUWpNdXhqRjhRTlE4NkJUZz09

Meeting ID: 856 1330 5886

Passcode: 016631

2) HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF

In 2010 residents of Grand Island Farms (including current County Commissioner Casey Kulla) fought a Yamhill County approval of a gravel mine.  The arguments AGAINST the mine are exactly the same arguments Chehalem Mountain Residents voiced at County Hearings regarding the property at 18505 NE Jaquith Road (chaired by Commissioner Kulla) from Fall 2019-Winter 2020: dramatically increased traffic, dust and noise, concerned impacts to agriculture, water quality/quantity & quality of life for residents of this community.  Luckily for Grand Island Residents, they prevailed.  As for our situation, we are still fighting.  To read more about the parallels of our stories:

https://crag.org/victory-for-grand-island-farms/

https://crag.org/grand-island-farmland-protected-from-gravel-mine/

3) PLEASE HELP! 

We are a small & we need more of you to get involved to help protect your homes/ businesses/ community from the loss of water, fire danger and to spread the news of what all of us are facing.  Volunteers are needed for existing committees related to fire, water, Yamhill County Time/Place & Manner Regulations. We will help guide you on what needs to be done. We need your assistance to continue, please volunteer. Email us.

4) IN OTHER RELATED NEWS:  

ODFW wasone of the biggest help in putting out the fires up here because the local First Responders weren’t prepared to fight wildfires on steep terrain to the extent that we had. “Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife braces for drought: fish stocking changes and possible emergency regulations are expected.” Click here for ODFW Article

5) DONATIONS NEEDED FOR NEXT RESIDENT MAILER: 

December 2020 we sent out a post card alerting 1,859 residents.  This is how you found out about the dangers of what your home/business faces.  There are still thousands of residents (many who received the postcard) who are unaware. It costs $1,122.45 to cover postage & supplies for a 3 page flyer to raise awareness to another 1,855 residents.  Please contribute via the website utilizing PayPal.  Large donations would be appreciated via check to avoid processing fees. Email us.

6) DROUGHT & MEGA FIRES MENACE THE US:

Thanks to Residents Frosti M. & Jon S. for submitting information.

Media Article:Click here for Mega Fires Article

Oregon Drought Monitor: Click here for Oregon Drought Map

7) YAMHILL COUNTY “MARIJUANA TIME, PLACE & MANNER REGULATIONS”: 

Volunteers continue to work with the Yamhill County Leaders (Commissioners/Planning Director/Attorney) to consider formally adopting safety measures.  Under HB 3400 County Commissioners have the authority to adopt sensible guidelines to protect citizens, the environment, quality of life, home values and the lives of First Responders.  Almost every other County in Oregon has adopted these measures. YamCo Planning Director Ken Friday has given a copy of a draft to his senior planner, next it goes to YamCo Attorney, Todd Sadlo for review and then to our group.

By example this is Clackamas Cnty MJ TPM Regulations: https://www.clackamas.us/planning/marijuana.html

Thank you for getting the word out.

Please donate and volunteer…we need your help!

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