The U. S. Geological Survey, the U. S. Department of the Interior's sole scientific agency, has published, in cooperation with the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD), two studies of the groundwater in the Harney Basin:
At the Local Candidates' forum held by the Harney County Democrats this week, none of the candidates supported Governor Kate Brown's mask mandates or mandatory vaccinations. They felt that the only legitimate role government could take was that of educator. This view was held even though, statewide, Oregon had among the lowest COVID-19 death rate in the country. It was striking that none of the candidates mentioned that their role, if elected, would be of a government leader and, as such, setting the example. One candidate, Patty Dorroh, suggested the possibility that the care administered by the hospital was the reason the death rate was so high. None suggested that politicization of the COVID-19 response or poverty was a factor. However, Pete Runnels, the current County Judge, reported that he was "beat up pretty good" for supporting the advice of public health experts, including his own Harney County Public Health Director.
Oregon Capital Chronicle ("Report: Harney County has highest Covid-19 death rate on West Coast"):
Job training is vital for rural Oregon, because a skilled workforce is necessary for robust economies, sound infrastructure, and atrractive communities. The Labor Commisioner directs the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), which is an instrumental agency for training and protecting the rights of rural workers.
All Oregon voters, even if not affiliated with a political party, may vote for the Labor Commissioner during the May 17 election. If one candidate received more that 50% of the vote, that candidate wins. Otherwise, the two top candidates will square off in the November election.
Voting (or not voing) has consequences, so please VOTE!
Salem Statesman Journal ("Election 2022: Meet the candidates for Oregon labor commissioner")
Harney County is an important place for birds to rest and feed as they migrate north for the summer. Harney County residents might be accustomed to the annual visitation of snow geese, sandhill cranes, and many other birds, but the annual Migratory Bird Festival is not only an opportunity to get a close-up view of annual our avian migrants, but also a chance to visit local ranches, take hikes where llamas carry your gear, educate your children with fun activities, and educate yourself with lectures by renown birding experts.
There are three types of activities this year: (1) Set Time Activities where you attend a scheduled event in person; (2) Virtual Activities where you attend scheduled activities remotely via Zoom; and (3) the Bird Crawl, where you drive to birding spots where birding experts are on hand to help you identify birds in a particular location. The bird festival organizers have done a good job of offering a variety activities that will appeal to different interests, preferences, and family budgets. Give it a go!
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