The nugget. (Sisters, Or.) 1994-current, April 15, 2015, Page 11, Image 11

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    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 The Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon
Conservation Bill would make school 2015 high school
vaccine rates available scholarships
Sisters High School (SHS) The Dominic Fouts Student-
if they need to talk about spe-
approaches By sheila V Kumar
cial protections for their child seniors have completed their Athlete Scholarship ($2,500
at that school or considering local scholarship applications, awarded to both a male and
for corps
SALEM (AP) — A month transferring for health rea- which were due April 14. female athlete demonstrating
Associated Press
Youth 16 to 18 years old
can still apply for eight weeks
of summer employment with
the Central Oregon Youth
Conservation Corps.
Applications must be
received by May 1 and are
available online at http://
Heart of Oregon Corps, a
local nonprofit, is recruiting
for the education and work
program, which provides
natural resource employment
for conservation projects on
the Ochoco and Deschutes
National Forests and the
Crooked River National
Nearly 100 applicants will
be selected for this summer’s
program and earn $9.25 an
hour, working 36 hours a
week. Projects include build-
ing trails, maintaining fences,
piling hazardous fuels, restor-
ing campgrounds, improving
wildlife habitat and other
types of conservation work.
Youth will work nine
hours a day, Monday through
Thursday, from June 22 to
August 13, with crews based
in Crescent, La Pine, Bend,
Sisters, Redmond, Prineville,
Madras, and new this year,
Warm Springs.
For more information,
contact COYCC Coordinator
Yancy Wilkenfeldt at 541-
633-7834 x24 or Forest
Service YCC Coordinator
Paul Smith at 541-416-6431.
after a bill eliminating non-
medical exemptions from tak-
ing vaccines died in commit-
tee, Oregon lawmakers could
have another fight over the
issue after a Senate commit-
tee heard testimony Thursday
on a bill requiring all schools
to make public the rate of
students opting out of one or
more immunizations.
Bill sponsor Sen. Elizabeth
Steiner Hayward has intro-
duced legislation requiring
schools to publish their vac-
cine immunization rates in
easy-to-find places, such as
on their website or at the main
office. It also requires schools
to notify parents of their
exemption rates at the begin-
ning of the school year and a
month after exclusion day, the
deadline for parents to prove
their children have up-to-date
vaccinations, she said.
Oregon’s highest-in-the-
nation rate of non-medical
exemptions for kindergart-
ners — seven percent — has
state health officials worried
some schools won’t be able
to achieve “herd immunity,”
which means enough people
are vaccinated to prevent a
disease from spreading. Herd
immunity is especially ben-
eficial for people who can’t
get vaccinated, such as the
very young or patients with
“It’s important to give par-
ents information so they can
make an informed choice and
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Cost: $75 ID / $85 OD
May 7 - June 11 | Th ursdays 6-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 ID / $70 OD
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sons,” said Steiner Hayward,
a Beaverton Democrat.
Opponents of the measure
argued this bill would publicly
shame parents who decided to
opt out of some vaccines. Oth-
ers, such as Holly Garland, a
U.S. Navy veteran who testi-
fied against the bill, said the
proposal was simply a previ-
ous bill Steiner Hayward had
introduced, eliminating non-
medical exemptions to vac-
cines, in a new disguise.
That proposal would have
made Oregon the third state in
the country allowing exemp-
tions from immunizations only
for medical reasons. Steiner
Hayward has said she decided
to no longer pursue the legis-
lation because the conversa-
tion had largely shifted from
discussion about the health
and well-being of Oregon’s
children to a debate about the
credibility of vaccine science.
“When are the medically
fragile people going to come
to my child’s school? I mean,
these people who have chemo,
wouldn’t they be home,
wouldn’t they be too weak?”
Garland said.
Under this new bill, par-
ents wishing to opt out of
vaccinations would have to
submit a document signed by
a health care practitioner, such
as a physician, in order to send
their children to school.
The scholarships are gath-
ered under the auspices of
Sisters Graduate Resource
Organization (Sisters GRO).
Sisters GRO mission is, “To
help Sisters High School
graduates achieve their edu-
cational aspirations, inspiring
them to give back by becom-
ing more.” Sisters GRO is a
nonprofit, focused solely on
the development of financial
support for higher education
and training for Sisters gradu-
ates. This year, 42 individual
scholarships are being offered
by generous private donors
and philanthropic organiza-
tions in the Sisters commu-
nity; last year $122,965 was
awarded. Although the final
dollar count is determined
after the award celebra-
tion, Sisters GRO expects
the scholarship awards to
increase this year.
Three new scholarships
are being offered this year.
a high level of academics); the
PEO GH Sisters Scholarship
($2,000 awarded to a female
graduating senior); and
Ponderosa Heating and
Cooling Scholarship ($1,000
awarded to a student attend-
ing OSU) join the list of local
Community members
are invited to contribute to
one of many scholarships to
further the goal of awarding
every deserving Sisters High
School graduate. Contact
Betsy Leighty-Johnson at
541-549-4907 for more
To learn more about the
local scholarships, visit www. Information
on these scholarships had
been shared with seniors
via their high school email
account and Google Drive
application, and are also
available in the ASPIRE
office at the high school.
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Partial Weave & Cut - $55
Men’s Cuts - $15
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