Nominate an endangered place
Each year Restore Oregon publishes a list of Oregons Most Endangered Places for the purpose of spotlighting their importance and rallying resources to save them. Those properties selected for the Most Endangered Places List receive direct consultative support from Restore Oregon along with a seed grant to kick off preservation efforts.
Anyone can nominate an endangered place, and any historic property over 50 years old house, barn, commercial building, school, government building, and even districts are eligible. Criteria for being selected include historic significance, urgency of the threat, community support, and long term viability for reuse.
Weve been successful helping dozens of endangered places plan and execute their restoration and reuse, states Restore Oregon Executive Director, Peggy Moretti. From the Shipley-Cook Barn in Clackamas County to the First Congregational Church in Portland and the Josiah Burnett House in Eagle Creek. So if theres a historic place in your community at serious risk of being lost, get your nomination in to Restore Oregon by Aug. 5.
Oregons Most Endangered Places List for 2017 will be announced along with the DeMuro Awards at Restore Oregons annual Restoration Celebration on November 11th in Portland.
The nomination form can be downloaded at Restoreoregon.org/oregons-endangered-places or call 503 243-1923.
Watch for tax-related frauds
Tax Day was two months ago and, while most Oregonians have paid what they owe or received their refund, thats not stopping fraudsters from trying tax-related scams around the country. The IRS reports that the latest variation on scammers fraudulent collection calls is the bogus Federal Student Tax. Like all phony collection calls, the caller will badger and threaten a person to try to get them to send money immediately often via wire transfer or making a payment on an iTunes gift card or other prepaid card. We havent heard about this specific scam hitting Oregon yet, said Ken Ross, who manages the Department of Revenues anti-fraud efforts. Whether its this particular version or something else, we want to help Oregon taxpayers protect themselves from fraudsters throughout the year. What can you do to protect yourself from tax-related scams, now or in the future?
Revenue has some specific advice: