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Poster contest spotlights gambling awareness

March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and as part of the campaign to spotlight the issue of gambling, Oregon middle school students are invited to submit artwork for possible inclusion in the 2015 Oregon Health Authority Problem Gambling Awareness calendar.

Young people who gamble are much more likely to engage in other risky behaviors, and some of them will go on to develop serious gambling problems, say Health Authority officials.

Twelve winning designs will be featured in the calendar, which will be distributed throughout the state. Submit entries to Andy Cartmill, Washington County Health and Human Services, 155 N. First Ave., Suite 250, MS 70, Hillsboro, 97124. The deadline for submissions is March 21.

Tuition study bill wins approval in Salem

After earning national attention for last year’s “Pay it Forward” proposal to allow free university tuition that would be paid back over time, Oregon lawmakers on Feb. 25 approved another idea to make college more affordable.

Senate Bill 1524 would order the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to study whether it’s realistic to allow Oregon high school graduates to attend community colleges for free. The bill won its final legislative approval from the Oregon House of Representatives by a vote of 57-2.  

The concept for free community college, dubbed the “Oregon Promise,” would extend two years of free community college education to students. Within that two-year time period, students could obtain an Associate’s degree, a certificate of learning, or earn credits that can transfer towards a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year university. If the HECC finds the concept feasible for implementation, the commission will propose criteria to the Oregon Legislature later this year.

SB 1524 now moves to Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office for his signature.

Gaston School District holds fundraiser

Gaston Junior/Senior High School is holding the annual spaghetti dinner and auction for the Gaston Senior Grad Night and Scholarship Fund with a raffle, silent auction and live auction at the event March 15. The theme is ‘Luck of the Irish.’ The dinner is 5 to 7 p.m. and the auction starts at 6 p.m. at Gaston Junior/Senior High School. Advance tickets are $6 or $25 for a family, and tickets at the door are $7 or $30 for a family.



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