In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Two Crook County teen 4-H members attended the Western National Roundup in early January, placing in several different competitions. Read about it here.

Teaching Network monthly meet up

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up! Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom February 13th at noon to discuss what you need to make your extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited share our ideas, discuss your lesson plans, and delve into the challenges and opportunities for impactful programs. Follow this link to join in the conversation and idea sharing:

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

One of the guiding criteria for the Navigator digital strategy was to give space for Extension faculty and staff to focus on content development versus website design. In this week’s blog post we dispel some design myths and take a look at some content strategies that can help in better engaging our online communities.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

Indigenous Poetry Night: A Tribute to John Trudell (Corvallis)
Join us to honor activist-poet John Trudell through Indigenous centered poetry. Come with original work, with another’s piece to read, or just to listen! Please not that this even is intended to center the voices of Indigenous poets. Materials by Indigenous poets will be available for folk to read should they not have work of their own to share, or hold these identities. Feb. 13th, 5:00pm-6:30pm at the NAL Eena Haws.

Film Screening-100 Years: One Women’s Fight for Justice (Corvallis)
 Join us for a FREE screening of 100 Years: One Woman’s Fight For Justice on Tuesday, February 18 from 4pm-5:30pm at the NAL Eena Haws. We’ll also have FREE pizza, popcorn, and non-alcoholic drinks available for attendees. Hosted by the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Initiative Student Club and Native American Longhouse Eena Haws.

DEI In the News

Unequal Spaces: How College Is Portrayed in Film (The Chronicle)
Throughout its history, Hollywood has overtly or tacitly advocated white supremacy in ways that have thwarted progress toward diversity on college campuses. And it has done so with academe’s complicity.

Lunch and Learn tackles the American dream (Hood River News)
Hood River Library hosted its fourth Lunch and Learn conversation Jan 30. Titled “Mi Sueño Americano/My American Dream.” About 20 gathered in the downstairs meeting room for the presentation by Nubia Contreras, whose parents immigrated to the United States more than 30 years ago. She was born and raised in Hood River, attending Hood River County public schools. She is a certified prevention specialist with Hood River County, a DJ and board member at Radio Tierra and the new community liaison for Columbia Center for the Arts.

Morrow County Launches Internship Program (East Oregonian)
Businesses are brewing a new plan to recruit and retain young talent in Morrow County this summer. It’s called the Columbia Summer Works Summer Internship Program, and applications went live last month. The program was recently developed in collaboration with the Port of Morrow and Morrow County chambers of commerce. It serves as a hub for businesses in Morrow County that are interested in providing paid internships, or that might already have those opportunities.

Ontario community raised nearly $4,000 to help the victim of an alleged hate crime (The Oregonian)
An Ontario business is raising money to help an African-American man stabbed on December 21 in what police called a racially motivated attack inside a fast-food restaurant. The Idaho State Journal newspaper reported that Mackey’s Steakhouse & Pub has helped raise nearly $4,000 to help Hughes with medical bills.

Extension in the News

Students release tiny salmon into Willamette, at Sellwood
The Bee
“This project is important, because it gives students a meaningful way to understand their ability to be stewards of wildlife and of the planet, by connecting what they learned from raising salmon eggs to ‘fry’, to releasing these fish into the river,” said Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H coordinator Courtney Lobo.

The Workers, Farmers And Researchers Left In The Wake Of NORPAC’s Sale
In the early 2000s, OSU Extension specialist Ed Peachey used commission money to investigate root rot attacking sweet corn in the valley. He found that reducing irrigation during the crop’s first six to eight weeks greatly diminished the impact of root rot later in the season.

Pear conditioning helps sales, experts say
Capital Press
“We’re in a want-it-now society,” Moffitt told growers Feb. 4 at the Oregon State University Extension winter horticulture meeting in Hood River, Ore.

Extreme weather has gardeners looking for resilient plants
Associated Press
No plant is fireproof, but many are fire-resistant. These are plants with supple leaves without waxy or resinous surfaces, said Amy Jo Detweiler, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension.

Irrigating vineyards requires different expertise
Capital Press
OSU Extension viticulturist Alexander Levin said irrigation is a critical part of the winery business, especially in the Willamette Valley, but farmers may not need to apply all of the water they think they need.

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