Conference promotes diversity, equity and inclusion education at EOU

LA GRANDE — Now in its ninth year, the Celebrate, Educate, Appreciate Diversity Conference invites students, employees and community members to learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion on Feb. 15 at Eastern Oregon University, La Grande.

Eastern's Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion sponsors the annual, one-day event. Sponsorship from the university's Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment makes the conference free for faculty and staff this year. Bennie Moses-Mesubed leads the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion and said free, on-campus diversity training is one way the university lives out its strategy to "support intercultural competency, inclusiveness, and diversity."

"The CEAD Conference promotes personal growth, provides skills that enable students to communicate and interact with various people, challenges them to think outside of the box, and encourages critical thinking," Moses-Mesubed said in a news release. "In educating students on diversity and multiculturalism, they will also learn about inclusive language and gain skills that will enable them to be effective campus leaders and advocates for creating and promoting safe spaces and a more inclusive campus community."

The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Badgley Hall. The opening keynote begins at 9 a.m. with Alex Martinez, a poet and spoken word performer with works published in multiple journals and anthologies. Martinez manages the immigration campaign for the American Civil Liberties Union in Kansas and is the director of the Kansas/Missouri Dream Alliance.

The conference is free for students, staff and faculty, and costs $20 for non-EOU students and $40 for community participants. Go to eou.edu/mc/programs-services/cead-conference for more details on the conference and its offerings and to register.

La Grande on list of tour about state corporate activity tax

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Revenue announced it will hold meetings across the state in March to provide information to business taxpayers and tax professionals about the administrative rules for Oregon’s new Corporate Activity Tax. La Grande is one of the first meetings on the tour.

Department representatives used input from stakeholders during a tour in fall 2019 in prioritizing and writing the rules. March’s meetings will include a presentation and discussion of the initial temporary rules — the last of which the department files March 1 with the Oregon Secretary of State.

Nia Ray, director of the state revenue department, said in the news release the meetings allow the CAT team to provide important compliance information and solicit feedback on the temporary rules to date.

The tour visits 13 cities, beginning March 2 in Bend, then heads to Ontario for the March 3 meeting and comes back west to La Grande for the meeting on March 4, 10-11:30 a.m. at Zabel Hall, Eastern Oregon University, 1 University Blvd. The tour also is going to hold meetings in The Dalles, Ashland, Portland and Lincoln City.

The Corporate Activity Tax imposes a .57% tax on gross receipts greater than $1 million after subtractions plus $250 beginning Jan 1. It is expected to generate $1 billion a year to boost funding for public schools.

More information about the tax is available on the department website: https://www.oregon.gov/DOR/Pages/index.aspx .

Those who are unable to attend meetings but want to provide input may email questions or comments to cat.help.dor@oregon.gov.

After completing the in-state tour, the department plans to hold a series of conference call meetings for out-of-state taxpayers and Oregon stakeholders.

ODFW seeks comments on upland bird hunting season proposals 

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced it is considering changes to upland bird hunting seasons for 2020-25 and wants hunters to weigh in.

The state fish and game department sets the general framework for upland bird hunting seasons once every five years because upland bird numbers can fluctuate widely each year. Some staff proposals under considerations are:

•Eastern Oregon upland bird seasons (chukar, pheasant, mountain quail) opening changed from “Saturday closest to Oct. 8” to “second Saturday in October.” This change is necessary to adhere to a season opening one week after most eastern Oregon controlled deer seasons begin.

•Extend fall turkeys season to Jan. 31 statewide. Extending the hunting season for fall turkey by one month allows additional opportunity for hunters and provide a tool for managers dealing with nuisance and damage. 

•Make Western Oregon fall turkey opener concurrent with Eastern Oregon. Having concurrent openers simplifies regulations and adds more hunt days to the Western Oregon fall turkey season.

To see all the proposals, click the News Releases link on the department’s website: https://www.dfw.state.or.us/

To comment on the proposals or make other suggestions, contact Mikal Cline, Mikal.L.Cline@state.or.us, (503) 947-6323.

The Commission will adopt a framework and 2020-2021 Game Bird Regulations at their April 17 meeting in Reedsport. Interested people can testify in person about the topic at the meeting.

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