April 22, 2024

Whole Community News

From Kalapuya lands in the Willamette watershed


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We report on boards and commissions, neighborhoods and nonprofits, preparedness and public comment. For example, we have followed local school boards, the city’s Human Rights Commission and its Poverty and Homelessness Work Group; fire, utility, and wastewater districts; labor and renter unions; watersheds; faith communities; active transportation, housing and homelessness; and climate change and economic refugees.

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This hyperlocal news service is part of a preparedness model to address the decline of local news and the spread of news deserts. It is meant to reduce barriers to entry for multiple microbusiness newspaper enterprises and associated newspaper vendor programs. Our Whole Community Support program also includes the Whole Community Time Bank; the Exercise and Evaluation program; and the Incident Command System (ICS) For Neighbors.

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