Scientists' Warning to Humanity — The rest of the story
February 13, 2018, 12:00pm - February 13, 2018, 3:15pm
When Oregon State University professor Bill Ripple and colleagues published a viewpoint article in the journal BioScience last fall — Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice — they were hoping to start a widespread conversation about the state of the Earth and human well-being. Ripple will discuss why he and his co-authors wrote the article, what they found, the solutions they suggest and what they have done in its wake.
January 9, 2018, 6:30pm - January 9, 2018, 10:00pm
Come, learn, ask questions. Speakers will be Dr. Mike Huntington of Mid-Valley Health Advocates, Douglas Boysen of Samaritan Health Services, and State Senator Sara Gelser. No registration is necessary.
Water Woes: After a disaster, even Corvallis will get thirsty
November 29, 2017, 7:00pm - November 29, 2017, 11:00pm
The Willamette Valley may have plenty of water in normal times, but imagine the scene after a major earthquake: broken water and sewer mains, hazardous chemical spills, polluted streams, wells out of service. It could take weeks, we’re told, for emergency supplies such as bottled water to be delivered. Where will we get clean water to drink? What would be the impacts on public health and our area’s economy? How far along are we in mitigating the effects of such a disruption?
November 14, 2017, 12:00pm - November 14, 2017, 3:15pm
Three speakers — Nick Fowler, Karl Mundorff and Patrick O'Conner — will address the economic impacts of innovation on the community and region. They will discuss what the innovation economy means for Corvallis, for longtime residents and newcomers, for young families and retirees, for business owners and employees.
October 24, 2017, 6:30pm - October 24, 2017, 10:00pm
This November, voters will decide about continuing to pay increased county taxes for health and safety services and, this town hall session is a chance to talk with County officials about the proposal. At a rate of $90 yearly per $100,000 of assessed home value, the property tax levy should raise between $7.6 million and $8.7 million each of the next 5 years.
Panelists include Benton County Commissioner Xan Augerot and Sheriff Scott Jackson. Generous time is scheduled for audience questions.
This local option Public Safety and Health Levy is put to voters every 5 years for renewal. It funds jail bed rentals, transition services for state inmates completing their sentences and, 24 hour sheriff’s patrols. The levy also pays for substance abuse and mental health interventions .
Public health services are also funded, including communicable disease outbreak prevention, school based mental health programs and early childhood intervention for at-risk children.