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Nominate athletes for honors
Comeback player award
Heart and Desire award
Achievement in sports isn’t always about ath-
letes who throw the most touchdown passes,
score the most points, serve the most aces or
card the most birdies.
It’s also about difference makers who impact
their teams in ways that may not show up statis-
The Statesman Journal will honor a high
school athlete who exhibited heart and desire in
a variety of ways during the June 6 Statesman
Journal Sports Awards at the Salem Convention
The Heart and Desire Award will honor one
athlete who leads on and off the field. These type
of leaders are often not starters or stars on their
teams. Nominees for this award are individuals
who show up and give maximum effort and sup-
port the team, even if they are on the sidelines.
Last season then-South Salem High School
seniors Elijah Schwartz and Damian Moe made
the boys varsity basketball team after being cut
the previous three years. They didn’t play much,
but found themselves in the starting lineup in a
late-season victory over North Salem that
clinched the Greater Valley Conference cham-
Schwartz, who served as a student manager
along with Moe in the seasons they didn’t make
the team, was awarded the Heart and Desire
To nominate an athlete for the award, fill out
the form at www.statesmanjournal.com/
Early bird tickets for the dinner/awards
event cost $50 and are available through March
12. General admission tickets are $65 and will be
available through May 27. Tickets can be pur-
chased here: www.statesmanjournal.com/
This year’s special guest for the Statesman
Journal Sports Awards will be Mia Hamm, who
is recognized as one of the greatest women’s
soccer players of all time. She led the United
States to two World Cup titles and two Olympic
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It’s one of the most universal experiences in sports: The come-
All great athletes have to overcome something, injuries, ill-
nesses, living conditions or even losing a big game.
The Statesman Journal will honor a high school athlete who
made a great comeback this year at the June 6 Statesman Journal
Sports Awards at the Salem Convention Center.
The Comeback Player Award will honor one person who suf-
fered an injury or was removed from competition for other reasons
and returned to excel.
Last year, Regis’ Josh Scrocca came back from Crohn’s disease
and a car accident to lead his football team in rushing in the state
semifinals and was awarded the Comeback Award.
To nominate an athlete for the award, fill out the form at
Early bird tickets for the dinner/awards event cost $50 and are
available through March 12.
General admission costs $65 and will be available through May
Tickets can be purchased here: www.statesmanjournal.
bpoehler@StatesmanJournal.com or Twitter.com/bpoehler
Will Oregon regulate carbon emissions?
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Energy Jobs on the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.
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The Oregon Legislature is again con-
sidering regulating carbon emissions,
possibly in the form of a cap-and-trade
system that would link to those already
in place in California and Quebec.
The House and Senate environment
committees kicked off the first of sever-
al joint hearings on the topic Feb. 20 with
an overview of climate change and of
carbon pricing options.
“Climate change is here. It’s going to
impact us no matter what happens,”
Kathie Dello, associate director of the
Oregon Climate Change Research Insti-
tute, told lawmakers.
Oregon has been working to reduce
its greenhouse gas emissions for a dec-
ade. A new report shows the state won’t
meet its 2020 goal.
Earlier this month, the state Depart-
ment of Environmental Quality complet-
ed a report on the impacts of a cap-and-
trade program in Oregon.
The program would put a collective
cap on greenhouse gas emissions state-
wide, then auction off allowances to emit
Businesses could sell or trade allow-
ances, but eventually might find it
cheaper to invest in carbon reduction
Unlike a carbon tax or fee, a cap-and-
trade program would allow Oregon to
control how emissions are reduced,
Palmer Mason, DEQ senior legislative
advisor, told the committees.
That’s because the state would set the
“cap,” while the price of allowances
would be market-based. The state would
gradually decrease the cap, resulting in
allowances becoming more expensive.
About 100 businesses around the state
would be regulated if the program cov-
ered fossil fuel and natural gas suppli-
ers, electricity providers, and industrial
emitters responsible for at least 25,000
tons of greenhouse gases per year.
Among those on the list: Chevron,
Shell, NW Natural, PGE, Cascade Steel
Rolling Mills, Georgia-Pacific Toledo,
Oregon State University, Intel Corp. and
Coffin Butte Landfill.
None of the businesses are in Marion
or Polk counties.
The system would have little impact
on Oregon’s overall economy, DEQ
found, although some industries, such as
those competing with businesses in oth-
er states, could suffer.
That could be addressed by freely
giving allowances to those industries,
Residents of rural areas with few
transportation choices also could be
more severely impacted by higher fuel
costs. That could be mitigated by offer-
Sale of the allowances could raise
hundreds of millions of dollars in reve-
nue for the state.
Oregon’s Constitution likely would re-
quire revenue associated with transpor-
tation fuels to be used for transportation
infrastructure, DEQ said. The remain-
der would be unrestricted.
The committees did not take public
testimony on Feb. 20.
Previous attempts to put a price on
carbon have been opposed by Associated
Oregon Industries and some of its mem-
ber businesses. They have argued that
climate change is a global problem and
Oregon’s emissions account for just a
small fraction of those worldwide.
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Oregon legislators received a rela-
tively rosy economic forecast Feb. 22,
with revenue projections up for the cur-
rent state budget period and through
But Democratic leaders warned that
it’s still not enough to keep up with rising
“Even when business is booming in
Oregon, our revenue system prevents us
from generating the funds we need to in-
vest in our schools, senior care, and
health care programs,” House Majority
Leader Jennifer Williamson said in a
Economists are projecting an addi-
tional $188.6 million in the general fund
and $6.7 million in lottery funds for the
That will put a small dent in the pro-
jected $1.8 billion budget gap that law-
makers currently are struggling with.
The gap is due to rising costs for the
state’s public pension system and Medi-
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caid, as well as three voter initiatives.
“Our budget isn’t balanced,” Senate
President Peter Courtney said in a state-
ment. “We’re going to have to make some
cuts. We’re going to have to raise some
revenue. Both are tough. Both have to
get done if we are going to meet the
needs of Oregon and her people.”
The Legislature will wrap up a series
of statewide public hearings on the 2017-
19 budget next week, with hearings in
Ashland, Eugene and Tillamook.
It will finalize the spending plan fol-
lowing the May 16 revenue forecast.
The state’s reserves also are continu-
ing to grow and are expected to pass the
$1 billion mark for the first time this bi-
The majority of those funds are in the
state’s Rainy Day Fund and Education
In addition to providing a cushion dur-
ing a recession, the healthy reserve fund
also is boosting the state’s credit rating.
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Residents of all ages are invited to Sil-
verton Senior Center’s fundraising pan-
cake breakfast on Saturday, March 25,
while the remaining March activities are
for people aged 60 and older.
The pancake breakfast is 8 to 11 a.m.,
with all-you-can-eat pancakes, as well as
scrambled eggs, fruit and beverages.
Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 12 to 5
and free for children 4 and younger.
Throughout the month, the center will
host a free open studio at 1 p.m. every
Wednesday for seniors who want to work
on their art projects.
Another continuing service is free tax
aid for walk-ins every Saturday at 2 p.m.
through April 15.
In official business, members can
meet candidates running for the Senior
Center’s Board at 2 p.m. March 5 and
then attend the board meeting at 1 p.m.
March 7, at 6:30 p.m., is the Compas-
sionate Friend support group for people
who have lost a child or sibling. March 8
at 2 p.m. is a gardening class with Dale
Small. March 15 at 6:30 p.m. is a presen-
tation by the Bike Forum.
Seniors can learn basic computer
skills every Thursday from 10-11:30 a.m.;
classes cost $40 for four weeks and are
taught by Breanna Weston. March 21 at 2
p.m. is a free Alzheimer’s support group,
while March 23 at 2 p.m. is a “Beating the
Winter Blues” presentation.
On Friday, March 24, seniors can at-
tend the “Sharing is Caring” resource
fair, which gives information on proac-
tive aging. The event runs from 1 to 4
p.m. Expect door prizes and giveaways.
On March 31, from 9 a.m. to noon, at-
torney Phil Kelley will offer his monthly
free legal advice. Those interested
should sign up ahead of time by calling