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NEWS BRIEFS

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

CareOregon Awards $250,000 for Housing Projects

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The Honorable Willie L. Brown to Receive NAACP Spingarn Medal

The award recognizes Brown’s lifelong commitment to the community, equality and civil rights ...

Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture

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Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Black Pioneers Host ‘Celebrate History and Make a Difference Now!’ Event June 9

Representatives from local organizations will talk about how individuals can get involved in promoting social change ...

Grants Pass man, 39, drowns in Rogue River

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The Josephine County sheriff says a Grants Pass man drowned in the Rogue River.Sheriff Dave Daniel says it happened Saturday afternoon when 39-year-old James Dawson tried to swim to shore after his watercraft quit working. He was not wearing a life jacket.Crews...

Some forest trails remain closed long after 2017 wildfire

IDAHHA, Ore. (AP) — Some trails in Oregon's Willamette National Forest remain closed due to damage from a wildfire that ripped through the area last year.The Register-Guard reports the Whitewater Trail into the Jefferson Park area remains closed. Other trails, including some in the Fall...

UW to pay 7K to settle Republicans' free-speech lawsuit

SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington will pay 7,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after the college billed a Republican club security fees for a rally.The UW College Republicans sued, saying the bill for ,000 to cover security costs for the campus event violated free-speech and...

Old farm warehouse may be saved as part of Hanford history

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — One of Washington state's most endangered historic places is located on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland. That's according to the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.The long warehouse along the Columbia River was once owned by farmers Paul and Mary...

OPINION

What Happened? Assessing the Singapore Summit

For all its weaknesses, we are better off having had the summit than not ...

Redlining Settlement Fails to Provide Strong Penalties

A recent settlement of a federal redlining lawsuit is yet another sign that justice is still being denied ...

5 Lessons on Peace I Learned from My Cat Soleil

Dr. Jasmine Streeter takes some cues on comfort from her cat ...

Research Suggests Suicides By Racial and Ethnic Minorities are Undercounted

Sociologist Dr. Kimya Dennis describes barriers to culturally-specific suicide research and treatment ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Greece: 2 face racism charges over beatings of immigrants

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have arrested one suspected extreme nationalist and are seeking a second as suspects in a pair of attacks on immigrants in Athens.A police statement issued Monday said the suspects allegedly attacked two Pakistanis on Friday, stole a mobile phone...

Redistricting changes headed to the ballot in several states

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday on redistricting lawsuits in Wisconsin and Maryland comes as several states already are considering changes to the criteria and processes that will be used to draw legislative districts after the 2020 Census.In most places, the state legislature and governor are...

States' redistricting plans facing challenges in court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to block the use of legislative districts in Wisconsin and Maryland in separate cases that had alleged unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering. Instead, the high court allowed lower courts to continue considering the claims.The cases are among several that...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: 'Jurassic World 2' leans on nostalgia, contrivances

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'Incredibles 2' crushes animation record with 0 million

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AFI highlights Clooney's life of acting, activism and pranks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Clooney's Hollywood career spans more than three decades, with memorable roles including fighting vampires, playing Batman and drifting through space in "Gravity." But Clooney's other accomplishments, including directing, screenwriting and activism, led to him...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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Apple sets up iPhones to relay location for 911 calls

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Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

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Israel PM, Jordan king meet after months of strained ties

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have met after...

Geraldine McCaughrean wins Carnegie children's book prize

LONDON (AP) — British writer Geraldine McCaughrean has won the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children's...

Greek far-right lawmaker arrested on treason-linked charges

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The Skanner News

The Northwest Carpenters Union is inviting anyone with an interest in a career within the industry to a free career fair, Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10-3 at the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute, 4222 NE 158th Ave, Portland. There will be door prizes, food and activities for children.

The retirement of the Baby Boomer generation is opening up significant opportunities in the field – but since it takes a few years to work through the ranks, the union is putting an extra focus on recruiting young people now.

"The Northwest Carpenters Union is facing not only a jump in work opportunities, but an impending retirement wave that will create a huge demand for skilled crafts people," says Michael Burch, union representative for the Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters.

"A lot of people are starting to leave the workforce and we are going to need to start filling those vacancies now and getting people into the apprenticeship program," said union spokesman Ben Bascom.

This fair is an education experience, including demonstrations and videos giving out all the information needed to pursue this career path. Industry professionals will be available to answer all questions about becoming an apprentice, journeyperson and a signatory contractor.

The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters will show attendees a day in the life of an apprentice and the different pathways you can take to a rewarding career.

While many are familiar with the idea of carpenters being "woodworkers," actually the field of possible job areas is wide, and includes concrete form work for high rise buildings, metal stud framing and drywall installation.

"We do pile drivers on docks and bridges and highway projects; we build scaffolds – there are almost too many jobs to list," Basom said. "And they are absolutely family wage jobs."

But, Basom says, carpentry is not just a job, it is a growing career field that brings with it all the perks of a professional calling.

"It's a way to make a really decent hourly wage," he says. "Our carpenters receive full family health care, and when they're ready to retire they'll receive pensions for the years of hard work they did."

One of the things that sets carpentry aside from other trades is the act of building something permanent, that the whole community can see and be proud of.

"Many of our carpenters, myself included, we take pride in our craftsmanship," Basom said.

"This is our trade and years down the road you can always look back and show your family – look, there's a building that I built. And it's a lot of pride seeing something that you've put a lot of hours, a lot of sweat into, seeing it standing there for generations to come."

For more information go to www.nwcarpenters.org.

 

 

 

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