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Nominate an endangered place

Each year Restore Oregon publishes a list of Oregon’s 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. 

“We’ve 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 there’s a historic place in your community at serious risk of being lost, get your nomination in to Restore Oregon by Aug. 5.”

Oregon’s Most Endangered Places List for 2017 will be announced along with the DeMuro Awards at Restore Oregon’s 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, that’s 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 haven’t heard about this specific scam hitting Oregon yet,” said Ken Ross, who manages the Department of Revenue’s anti-fraud efforts. “Whether it’s 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:  

  • Don’t talk to callers that are badgering, threatening, or trying to make you do something immediately. If you owe taxes or other debt, call the agency to which it’s owed at their published phone numbers to talk about the situation.
  • Revenue will only call you about money you owe after at least one notice has been sent by mail. If you receive a bill in the mail, contact Revenue as soon as you can to discuss payment.
  • Check consumer protection resources, like the Department of Justice’s webpage at doj.state.or.us/consumer and the IRS’ scam tracker at irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts, so you’re aware of the types of scams happening and can better detect a scam if you become a target. You can always review your state tax account through Revenue Online, a secure portal available at oregon.gov/dor.