Update: Joint Committee on Student Success; Senator Wyden Hosts Three Town Halls; Family Fishing, Lincoln City, Devils Lake

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Joint Committee on Student Success (JCSS) in Baker City, Hermiston:

Yesterday, Senator Roblan and members of the JCSS met with students and parents, educators and administrators to explore the best practices employed in Oregon’s most successful schools, and address the gaps that are limiting student success in other schools. 

“We want to see the things schools are doing in Eastern Oregon that can improve schools in other parts of the state,” said committee Co-Chair Senator Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay). “We’re going to hear directly from students, educators, community leaders and parents.  I am confident we will find a path to give every Oregon student the opportunity to be successful.”

Legislative leadership established the special committee to create a plan that will improve educational outcomes for students across the state. 

The committee’s work will be based on several foundational principles:

  • The early childhood experience is critical to all future outcomes. Every child in Oregon should have the support needed to be ready to learn when they enter Kindergarten.
  • Students need to be in school to learn. Oregon instructional days and hours, as well as student attendance, must be on par with those of high-achieving schools around the country.
  • The pathway to career success starts with high school graduation. Every Oregon school should provide the support needed for students to graduate and transition toward careers or further education.
  • Students, parents and taxpayers deserve an accountable and transparent school system that is focused on student success at every level.



Senator Wyden to Host Three Southern Oregon Town Halls Next Week in Coos, Douglas and Curry counties. 

These upcoming town halls will increase to 896 the number of town halls Wyden has held since pledging when first elected to hold annual town halls in each of Oregon’s 36 counties.

“Open-to-all town halls play a big part in what I call the ‘Oregon Way,’ where any person can ask any question in a public meeting,” Wyden said. “Throwing open the doors of government for town halls to have these conversations is a must in our democracy, and I look forward very much to hearing from Southern Oregon next week.”


WHEN: Friday, May 4  

COOS COUNTY: 1 pm, North Bend High School gymnasium, 2323 Pacific Ave., in North Bend;

DOUGLAS COUNTY: 4 pm, Reedsport Community Charter School, Pacific Auditorium, 2260 Longwood Drive, in Reedsport; and

WHEN: Saturday, May 5

CURRY COUNTY: 9:30 am, Driftwood Elementary School gymnasium, 1210 Oregon St., in Port Orford.


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ODFW will host family fishing event at Devils Lake in Lincoln City April 28

NEWPORT, Ore. — Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a family fishing event Saturday, April 28 at Devils Lake in Lincoln City.  

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Regatta Park. ODFW will stock the lake with 7,000 rainbow trout prior to the event, including 3,500 fish that will be released in a large net pen reserved for youth fishing.

ODFW staff and volunteers will be present to hand out equipment, and be available to teach youngsters how to bait, cast, and "reel in" their catch. Youth will be able to keep two fish from inside the fish enclosure, after which they can continue fishing in the lake until they meet the 5 fish limit. These events are intended to help families learn how to fish together and get outside. There is also a great playground at Regatta Park, so pack a lunch and stay a while!

The fishing enclosure is reserved for youth fishing, but adults can get tips on basic rigging, fish identification and casting at the event.

Kids 11 and under can fish free at this event. Youth 12-17 need a youth license, which can be purchased for $10 online at the ODFW website or any field office or license outlet. Licenses will not be sold at the event.

Regatta Park is located on the south west side of Devils Lake. From Highway 101, take NE 14th St east for about ½ mile until you see the sign for Regatta Park on the right. There is parking by the dock, and overflow parking is available along the one-way road in and out of the park.

For a list of other family fishing events, visit ODFW online at www.myodfw.com and click on Workshops & Events.