Sightline Daily top picks 07/07/2009

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Top Picks of the Day

1. Green jobs get boost in OR

Oregon has been selected by the US Education Department to help develop a training curriculum for the new class of green jobs under a pilot program that could give a much-needed boost to the state with the nation’s second-highest unemployment rate behind Michigan. Salem Statesman Journal 07/07/2009
2. CA Job agencies divvy up federal stimulus funds

Nearly 20 Sacramento-area agencies will split more than $4.9 million in federal recovery cash to fund local job-training and job-creation programs, officials announced Monday. The stimulus funding from the Department of Labor will go to programs that provide green jobs training, promote small business development or expansion, and provide workplace learning and job creation. Sacramento Bee 07/07/2009
3. San Mateo County students earn green with green-collar jobs

Young people in Richmond and San Francisco are gaining similar experiences this summer through partnerships with local nonprofits and the Student Conservation Association, the first program of its kind in California to focus on Contra Costa Times 07/07/2009
4. ‘Greedy’ trees leave room for the little plants

While they might hog the bulk of the sunlight, water, and space, trees still leave enough “crumbs” for smaller neighboring plants to eke out a living, researchers studying BC’s forests say. New Scientist 07/07/2009
5. Study: No increased fire threat in owl habitat

A new study challenges a basic justification about the threat of wildfires that the Bush administration used to make room for more logging in old growth forests that are home to the northern spotted owl. The study, appearing in the journal Conservation Biology, found no increasing threat of severe wildfires destroying old growth forests in the drier areas where the owl lives in Oregon, Washington and Northern California. Seattle Times 07/07/2009
6. WA tribes restores fish run

Sockeye salmon haven’t been seen in central Washington’s Cle Elum Lake north of Interstate 90 for more than 100 years. That will change Tuesday when fisheries biologists for the Yakama Nation reintroduce them. Seattle Times 07/07/2009
7. Beetle attacks on Western forests OK by some

The explosive growth of bark beetles has been called “the Katrina of the West” and viewed as an unmitigated disaster by some. But other environmentalists and scientists argue that the insects, which kill only mature trees larger than five inches in diameter, are a natural phenomenon, like forest fires, and play a vital ecological role. New York Times 07/07/2009
8. Views: Canada blows post-oil economic opportunities

There was a time when politicians claimed Canada would become a world leader in clean, green technologies — that our educated workforce, abundant resources and entrepreneurial spirit, coupled with inspired government policy, would revitalize our economy and help save the planet. No one talks that way anymore. Vancouver Sun 07/07/2009
9. Views: A pay-go option for health-care reform

AS Congress recessed for the July Fourth holiday, the debate over health-care reform was reaching a fever pitch. Now the top domestic issue for the Obama administration, the biggest questions are how much a reform bill will cost and how to pay for it, quite aside from how effective a “reform package” will be. Skyrocketing costs that are out of control are the hallmark of our present system. Yet legislators have already acceded to pressures and dollars from stakeholders in the present system (within which costs are revenue) and are only considering options that “build on the present system.” Seattle Times 07/07/2009

10. Views: Economic indicators should be viewed together with others
When it comes to crystal ball gazing, some economic indicators are clearly more forward-looking than others. Stock markets are supposed to lead trends, since investors hope to buy bargains at the bottom of an economic cycle and sell at the top. Similarly, statistics on housing starts, business investment, building permits, factory orders, wholesale trade and consumer confidence, as well as the spread between short and long-term interest rates, signal the future direction of the economy. Vancouver Sun 07/07/2009

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