Submitted by Barbara Turk.
In February, the UUFKC board decided to sign our congregations name to the Declaration of Conscience, committing to put Unitarian Universalist values into action to resist hate, fear and bigotry. “We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil. As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us. We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.”
The following is from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee:
Thank you for joining us in committing to speak out and take action in support of basic human rights. While we cannot predict what the future will bring, and we do not pretend to have all the answers, we can and will be ready for the struggle ahead of us. Information about our work together will be shared in the coming weeks, but there is more you can do right now:
Wondering what your options might be for effective congregational action in a heightened time of hostility and violence and possible deportations? Join us for the Solidarity and Sanctuary Webinar Series. In this series we will review a survey of strategies appropriate for congregations of many sizes and political contexts. Hear from grassroots leaders from communities at highest risk, and learn from inspiring examples of what some UU congregations are already doing and what resources the UUA, UUSC, the UU College of Social Justice and other groups have to offer!
You can watch a recording of our most recent webinar, Solidarity and Sanctuary: A Survey of Options for Action, and sign up for upcoming webinars from the College of Social Justice.
Sent from UUSC on behalf of the joint campaign
PLEASE ATTEND THE KLAMATH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 6 P.M. HEARING AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER IN KLAMATH FALLS (Hearing Room 219, 305 Main Street) AND SPEAK FOR MONUMENT EXPANSION. Please arrive early if you can – and please wear blue.
· ASHLAND: 3:00 p.m. – Meet at the KS Wild office, 3185 E. Main (down the hill east of the Hwy 66/I-5 exit). Please RSVP to Jeanine Moy, email@example.com
· THE GREENSPRINGS: 3:30 p.m. – Meet in front of the Oregon Extension on Highway 66 at Lincoln (just past milepost 21 and just before the first mailboxes at 15097 Highway 66 between Ashland and Keno). 15-passenger van will fill with passengers first for those who do not want to drive. Please RSVP to Dave Willis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to bring liquid and food because the drive and hearing will overlap dinner time.
The Klamath County Commissioners, represented by Commissioner Tom Mallums, went on record against Cascade-Siskiyou Monument expansion at Sen. Merkley’s and DOI Deputy Sec’y Connor’s October 14 Monument expansion hearing in Ashland. 80% of attendees were in favor of Monument expansion at that hearing. Commissioner Mallums again went on record against expansion at the Jackson County Commissioners’ October 27 hearing in Medford where speakers split 50/50 for and against Monument expansion.
Now the Klamath County Commissioners are holding their own hearing in Government Center Hearing Room 219 at 305 Main Street in Klamath Falls this coming Tuesday, November 1, at 6 p.m. To repeat, these commissioners are already on record against Monument expansion. We believe the commissioners’ intent for their hearing this Tuesday, November 1, at 6 p.m. – announced on the Klamath County website (see attachment and/or www.klamathcounty.org > “Public Affairs” [lower right] > “Press releases” [top of right-hand column]) – is, as with the Jackson County Commissioners, to attract as many anti-Monument attendees as possible in an attempt to prevent Monument expansion.
The Obama Administration is seriously considering Cascade-Siskiyou Monument expansion via the congressionally vested Antiquities Act that established the original Monument. Scientist after scientist says Monument expansion is necessary to protect and restore this remarkably biodiverse landscape and the important biological pathways it provides. The mayors, city councils, and chamber boards of Ashland and Talent (the two closest towns to the Monument) unanimously support expansion, as do Oregon local state Rep. Peter Buckley, the late state Sen. Alan Bates, his appointed replacement Sen. Kevin Talbert, and Oregon U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley. The end of the Obama Administration is a rare opportunity for these important and vulnerable public lands. Please don’t let the Klamath County Commissioners claim overwhelming opposition to Monument expansion at their hearing this Tuesday evening.
Though most of the proposed Monument expansion is in Jackson County, county lines are not ecological lines. According to Sen. Merkley’s office, the Klamath County portion of the proposed Monument expansion on Sen. Merkley and Sen. Wyden’s 10-4-16 map is 18,626 acres. Much of this acreage is on the Surveyor Mountain-Buck Mountain ridge in the Jenny Creek and Spencer Creek headwaters. Existing BLM and proposed legislative designations recognize most of the public lands here as having more than commodity values…
· In BLM’s new Western Oregon Plan Revision: Almost all of the acreage is designated for “Recreation Management,” roughly 30% is designated as Late-Successional Reserve to protect old-growth forest, there are two Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (Old Baldy and Tunnel Creek), many miles of Riparian Reserves, and about two miles of Pacific Crest Trail.
· In Senator Wyden and Senator Merkley’s S. 132 (“O&C Bill”): Almost all of the Klamath County acreage in the proposed Monument expansion area is proposed as “Conservation Emphasis Area,” most of the acreage is classified as “Conservation Network Land,” ~20% of the area would protect mature forests 80-120 years old, three “Special Environmental Zones” are proposed, and the two PCT miles would receive a half-mile width buffer as part of a “Pacific Crest Trail Protection Corridor.”
Especially because of heavy commercial logging on adjacent private lands, scientists are especially concerned that this higher elevation public land be included in an expanded Monument in the face of climate change to offer high elevation forest refugia for terrestrial and avian species and clean, cold headwaters for aquatic species. Though helpful, neither BLM’s recent allocations nor the senators’ proposed designations afford sufficient or comprehensive protection for this key BLM link between the existing Monument to the southwest and the generally more benignly managed U.S. Forest Service land to the north.
PLEASE ATTEND THE KLAMATH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 6 P.M. HEARING AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER IN KLAMATH FALLS (Hearing Room 219, 305 Main Street) AND SPEAK FOR MONUMENT EXPANSION. Please arrive early if you can. Please wear blue. And please – once again – support a science-based Cascade Siskiyou National Monument expansion. (Few good things ever come easy…)
For a bigger, wilder, Monument –
Dave Willis, Soda Mountain Wilderness Council
P.S. Please don’t forget carpool times/locations at the top of this email.
Board Explores Renting Space for UUFKC’s Exclusive Use
Chuck talked with the Episcopalian Church leaders and understands that they are willing to give us exclusive use of the Upstairs Meeting Room (where we currently meet).
We would like to discuss this idea over the next few months and hear input from the UUFKC fellowship.
Here is the plan for this process:
November 13th Board Meeting:
The Board will finalize our financial picture and projection for next year (maybe based on a couple of pledging totals);
The Board will create a proposal for congregational consideration with options, to be sent by email and regular mail immediately after the November meeting.
December 11th Board Meeting:
The first half hour of the December Board Meeting will be a presentation of comments received to date and an open discussion of the proposals, and any recommendations by congregants. Absentee members may email or mail comments to the board prior. Note that in any situation it is those who speak up or show up that finally make the decision. This also would be the final announcement that we shall decide on the long range plan in January.
January 8th Board Meeting:
The Board will make the final decision on whether to sign a rental agreement with the Episcopalians.
This email is shared from the Sky Lakes Wellness team. As a supporter of improving our Klamath Falls community and advocating for healthy living, the Unitarian Fellowship is sharing this information on our website:
Last night our Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend to City Council that the Klamath Falls Urban Trail Master Plan (UTMP) be adopted into the TSP (Transportation Systems Plan)! The showing from the community was tremendous and many spoke in support of the UTMP. The enthusiasm was inspiring!
But we will not be able to move forward with any of the trail, bike lane, or sidewalk connectivity projects within the UTMP unless at least three City Councilors vote in support of the UTMP at City Council the night of June 6th. Having your support the night of the 6th will absolutely make a difference in the outcome. Please consider joining in support of this important project for Klamath’s future. Though public speaking can be so difficult, saying a few words as to why walkable and bikeable communities are important to you will really impact those Council Members who are wavering.
When: Monday, June 6th at 7 p.m. (please arrive a few minutes early)
Where: Council Chambers, 500 Klamath Avenue
If you are interested in helping even more, please consider writing, calling, or meeting with Council Members to voice your support of the UTMP:
Let’s continue to create positive change in our wonderful community! Please share!
Stephanie, Katherine, Jeanette, and Jen
– Sky Lakes Wellness Center Team
UP DATE ON SALE OF OUR UU PROPERTY
We have had a verbal offer by a qualified buyer;
The offer is:
Sales Price $ 65,000
Down Payment $ 8,000
Balance $ 57,000 @ 4.5% for 149 months ( payoff date: 2028)
Monthly Payment $ 500
The sale is conditional upon the well and septic system being approved by the County
The well & septic inspection cost is approx. $ 1,000, to be paid by buyer).
Chuck discussed the offer with the Board, Phil Studenberg and several others in the program planning area to gauge their approval. All agreed to proceed. An email was sent to all announcing the decision. The Board approved a minute authorizing Phil and Chuck to complete the Agreement and to sign the documents necessary to completing the transaction.
Chuck met earlier this week with the Attorney to finalize the draft SALE AGREEMENT AND EARNEST MONEY RECEIPT, and gave our client a copy. She is holding it until she completes the inspection of the well and septic system. We then will open a title insurance account with Amerititle. We will sign the Agreement, she will deposit her earnest money of $1,000, and the process will continue, to hopefully close by mid-June.
Upon closing, Amerititle will have an escrow account set up to collect the monthly payment of $500 and deposit it to the UU account; this will be done upon legal advice, to ensure that there is a third party accounting of payments in accord with the Sale Agreement. It also makes the accounting easier, and more reliable, for our Treasurer.
Whether the sale is completed before our Fellowship’s planned gathering at the property, our client welcomes us to gather for the ceremony.
Submitted by Chuck Wells, Board Chair