Avoiding scams: how to recognize a fraud and avoid getting tricked Nearly everyone has had the experience of picking up the phone only to find themselves listening to a recording announcing that they’ve won a free vacation, even though they never entered a drawing for one. This is just one example of many different scams that come through a variety of outlets. Scammers utilize emails, phones, TVs, text messages, and even website pop-ups and ads in an attempt to get people’s personal information. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that most of us let our phones ring to voicemail, when scams are more commonRead More →

Photos provided by the candidates Facebook pages The race for the Democratic nomination has reached its most volatile stage as voting has begun. Following results from 17 states, former Vice President Joe Biden has pulled off a massive comeback and has quickly re-emerged as the race’s leader. As he prepares to square off against Senator Sanders, the two are competing to build up a base of support that will help them in the fight against President Trump. While it’s still unclear who will ultimately head to the general election, Douglas County donors are making it known who they believe is the most electable candidate. OpenSecrets,Read More →

Silas Scott/The Mainstream UCC instructor Alyssa Harter preparing to start her speech 218 class. Editor’s note: Mainstream Reporter Silas Scott is a student in Alyssa Harter’s Speech 111 class at Umpqua Community College. New communications instructor Alyssa Harter understands students who put off taking their required speech classes due to fear of public speaking. As a person who overcame her own public speech anxiety, or glossophobia as it is professionally termed, she can relate. However, Harter believes that studying speech early in your education will benefit you later on. “Students communicate with speech every day. They also will be benefited by it as they willRead More →

Owen Cherry/The MainstreamGail Radford shows Alicia Kutz and Kiela Manes how to prepare for sterile procedures. The dental assisting program at UCC brings together some of the key advantages of a community college education: affordability, learning valuable career skills and excellent employment opportunities after graduation. Tamara Loosli is the director of UCC’s dental assisting program. Here she shares some insights on dental assisting and UCC’s program.  What is dental assisting? The trend in dentistry for a long time now has been four-handed operative dentistry. This increases the efficiency and productivity of the doctor. The traditional dental assistant role has been to make sure that theRead More →

Donald Trump speaking at the Iowa Republican Party's 2015 Lincoln Dinner. Photo credited by Gage Skidmore

Photo credited by Gage Skidmore After nine weeks, the initial phase of Donald Trump’s impeachment has ended. In what consisted of five days of public testimonials, from current and former officials in and around the White House, plenty of previously unknown information was brought to light. Now, House Democrats say they are convinced they can build a public case, arguing the president has abused his power. Day 1: Rep. Adam Schiff (Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, D-CA): Opening the hearing, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made clear what he saw as the purpose of the impeachment investigation: “If we find that the President of theRead More →

Photo illustration by Boone Olson Playing Dirty Revenge porn resurfaces following congresswoman’s resignation; state law updates Imagine yourself in the prime of your life. Young and uncaring, you expose yourself by sharing and engaging in sexually explicit, yet private acts, never believing that your most intimate messages and photos will be posted for the whole world to see. This is exactly what happened to now-former congresswoman Katie Hill, a target of the invasion of privacy known as “revenge porn.” Hill’s situation is unique as a congresswoman, but the fact that intimate photos were released is common. Since the rise of instant messaging, “sexting” (the actRead More →

Inventors of lithium ion batteries awarded Nobel Prize Ever wondered what is powering your portable electronics or what will energize the new electric vehicles? John Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino changed the world with their discoveries on lithium ion batteries. Just a few weeks ago Goodenough, Whittingham, and Yoshino were awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize in chemistry for their creation and development of the lithium-ion battery. The Nobel Prize is awarded annually for innovation in academic, cultural and science fields including physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace and economic sciences. The Nobel awards were created by Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel in 1895. Read More →

Photo provided by Pixabay Debates narrow field of Democrat candidates In the quest to defeat Donald Trump, the Democratic party has enlisted the largest and most diverse group of candidates in history. Once topping at 27 “major” candidates, the field has shrunk to a still unprecedented 18. The campaign so far has essentially been a race to see who can get attention from the party’s base of supporters before 2020. All have had the opportunity to win over the public, partly through qualifying for televised debates. Am I the only one who has noticed that the debates are too long, too overcrowded, with too muchRead More →

Sparked by allegations of improper conduct with a foreign leader, Donald Trump is now facing the one direct threat to his power that a coequal branch of government can force: impeachment. Representative Adam Schiff’s impeachment inquiry is making the case that attempting to gather political opposition from another country (and potentially withholding their funds that had been approved by Congress) is a violation of the Presidential Oath of Office. For the average person who has better things to do than spend 24 hours a day paying attention to the news, talk of impeachment and Trump is often met with confusion and misunderstanding. With internet trollsRead More →

Photos: Owen / Mainstream Bananas may soon be only a memory for consumers around the globe. The arrival of a deadly fungal banana disease in the Americas led Colombia to declare a state of emergency in August, according the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture. Bananas are the most popular fruit in the United States with annual banana consumption more than doubling that of apples and oranges combined, according to U. N. statistics. But the United States favorite fruit snack may disappear entirely because no treatment for the disease has been found; fungicides are ineffective. The fungal disease has caused widespread destruction on banana plantations in Asia,Read More →

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Registered voters in the Winston Dillard school district voted yes on a General Obligation Bond Levy on May 21, 2019, to provide $16 million dollars toward replacing two buildings and renovating two others at Douglas High School. The state of Oregon will contribute an additional $4 million grant to the WD school district, bringing total funds to renovate the high school to $20 million dollars. The school has educated more than three generations of Douglas County residents, and has suffered damages. Leaking classroom roofs, snow-collapsed cafeterias, inadequate heating and electrical, and outdated gymnasium and locker rooms. Estimated tax rate after the bond passage is $1.39/$1,000Read More →

The UCC 2019-2020 budget was proposed and approved during the month of May. A major concern, in terms of budget shortages, with this new budget was the “increase in revenue sources as the state allocation doesn’t keep up with the cost increases” Natalya Brown, chief financial officer, and Katie Workman, budget manager, said. “It remains a concern for all of the community colleges in Oregon.” The state currently allocates $590 million for the community college support fund. “In the case that allocation doesn’t hold, UCC will need to look into additional budget adjustments,” Brown and Workman said. Another source of revenue could have come fromRead More →