Friday, April 27, 2007
"At 2:30 p.m. noted author Mary Dodds Schlick reads from her new, highly anticipated, memoir Coming to Stay, A Columbia River Journey. For over fifty years Mary has nourished and treasured her deep friendships with the Native people of the Columbia River Plateau. Mary is the curator of the exhibit The Day the Columbia Ran Backward, March 10, 1957.
"At 3:15 p.m. cattle rancher and historian George Rohrbacher discusses Columbia River cultures in his talk Searching for Celilo Falls. George's program is based on his soon-to-be-released novel Celilo Falls...The Story of a Murder and his recently published article Ken Kesey Meets Lewis and Clark.
"Mary's book and George's essay will be available for purchase. Following both presentations the authors will be on hand to sign their work.
"At 4:00 p.m. visitors are invited to join the artists and the curator for an interpretive walk through the Outdoor Sculpture Invitational exhibit. There are 17 sculptures in the exhibit and each of the artists will discuss their work with visitors and the curator, Lee Musgrave. Admission is free to the Sculpture Garden and interpretive walk.
"From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. the traveling public is invited to drive on the Museum's historic Loops Road. The first asphalt-macadam paved road in the Northwest, Loops Road is a 3.5 mile course that includes 25 hairpin turns and scenic views. It is located four miles east of the Museum. Admission is free. Maryhill Museum volunteers are keeping the road open to the public and will give each visitor a coupon for $1.00 off admission to the Museum.
"'Here is an opportunity to get into your favorite car and cruise up the Historic Maryhill Loops Road," said Colleen Schafroth, executive director. "Sam Hill's construction of Loops Road was heralded far and wide, and was the inspiration behind the Historic Columbia River Highway.'"
"Perched on a stunning 6,000-acre site overlooking the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Maryhill Museum of Art contains a world-class collection of artwork that ranges from early 20th century European works to Native American objects. This award-winning Museum, founded by Northwest entrepreneur and visionary Sam Hill, opened to the public in 1940. Outside the Museum is an Outdoor Sculpture Garden, Lewis and Clark interpretive panels and a life-sized replica of Stonehenge.
"The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15 to Nov. 15. Admission fees are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $2 for children age 6-16. Maryhill is located off Highway 97, 12 miles south of Goldendale, Washington. Drive times to the Museum are two hours from Portland/Vancouver, 3.5 hours from Bend, four hours from Seattle, and 1.5 hours from Yakima. Visit www.maryhillmuseum.org for more information."
Thursday, April 26, 2007
“Greenhouse gas emissions are clearly going to be the focus of major political initiatives responding to global climate change,” said BPA Deputy Administrator Steve Hickok. “With the United States responsible for one-quarter of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions, and electric utilities responsible for one-third of that, it is only a matter of time before we are in the cross hairs. As a result, U.S. utilities are rapidly coming to the realization that we need to move out on this front and new tools need to be added to our kits.”
So this move by the BPA is admittedly wasting time, energy and money on dumb politicians and their dumb priorities.
"An analysis by EPRI found there is the potential for the U.S. electricity sector to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions over the coming decades through the use of new technology. Because much of this technology isn’t available yet, however, substantial research and development are needed."
So, there's no need to do this, except to avoid political pressures in the future, implementing non-existent and unnecessary technologies that are only important as a sop to the Lefties. Because you know Lefties don't do math. Truthy, yes. Mathy, no. Math is hard.
The Lefties want to do to energy what the Lefties did to the woods. Shut 'em down. Besides, none of 'em work, anyway. Well, maybe they're public employees. Or teachers. Oh, that's right, teachers are public employees.
“While setting aside 88 percent of federal forests for the owl, we’ve lost tens of thousands of jobs in rural Oregon counties and burned millions of acres of its habitat. The plan recognizes the threat to the owl is less logging than the invasive barred owl and catastrophic wildfire. This should be the first step toward allowing Oregon to responsibly manage its forests and support its counties.”
“'This falls far short of a long term solution for rural Oregon,” Smith said. “No sooner will counties get up off the mat then this extension will expire again. Not addressing long term solutions leaves rural Oregon out to dry. If these payments are going to be ramped down, timber harvests have to be ramped up. We need a long term solution – it is just that simple.'”