I recall on social media that progressives were being referred to as “snowflakes.” I am not sure where the term originated. However, judging by who was using it and knowing that it was meant as an insult, I believe it means people who melt under pressure or heat. Well, it also has another meaning, and [...]
Lately, I have been reviewing some of the newsletters from 20 years ago. Three aspects jumped out at me:
Kasey’s Korner…..Kasey Hovik
We live in strange and challenging times. We continue to struggle through the worst pandemic in 100 years while forest fires, floods, devastating storms destroy property, and lives are lost. The ugly divisiveness that is a part of local and national politics wears us down. Our natural world and wildlife face [...]
Greetings! I have taken the baton from Ken Carloni to be president of Umpqua Watersheds. His dedication to the organization is inspiring. He is a founding member and has been involved in the organization ever since. Other than being class president in second grade, the only other time I have [...]
Alysia Gaye’s love of nature started early in life. In the early nineties, she made a trip to the Northwest to check out the forest, waterfalls, wild places, and rivers. Captivated by the beauty of nature, she moved to Oregon in 1994. Upon arriving, she stopped at the North Umpqua River, [...]
Greetings once again, fellow conservationists! As I noted in our Virtual Banquet, this is the last newsletter in which I will be greeting you as president. New officers will be elected at our June board meeting, and we will announce new officers shortly thereafter.
We have been very active in the last [...]
HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE… TODD VAUGHN?
For several years, Umpqua Watersheds has been the target of bizarre attacks by Todd Vaughn in our local newspaper and elsewhere. Some of you who still read the News Review may be wondering why we have never responded to him.
The UW board has steadfastly chosen [...]
We received a very generous donation to fund our AmeriCorps Environmental Education program for the 2021-2022 year from Jerry Mires. Jerry grew up in the Umpqua Valley. He was born and raised in Sutherlin, OR, and always enjoyed the natural world around him and sharing the excitement and wonders with others. His interest in [...]
For many of us, 2020 started with such high hopes. Just the thought of starting a new decade is always exciting, as we imagine what will happen in the next ten years. None of us imagined that the first year of the 2020 decade would include a global pandemic. In our country alone, [...]
Well, 2020 is rapidly coming to a close, and most of us are saying , “Good riddance!” While the year has had its share of difficulties and social disruption, you, our loyal supporters, have stuck with us.
The pandemic has forced us to retool the way we work, communicate, and raise funds. [...]