17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Father’s Day is a time for showing our gratitude and appreciation for those important men in our life. Many of us would give our dear ‘ol dad the world if we could. The reality is most of us are on a budget, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find the perfect present for pops. Below are five ideas for Father’s Day gifts under $50.For The Techie“Alexa, what’s the perfect Father’s Day gift for my tech-savvy dad?” The answer is the Amazon Echo Dot, at only $40. This voice-controlled device plays music, controls home devices, adds items to grocery lists, provides news and weather, and much more. Just don’t be surprised if on your next visit to dad’s house, he talks to “Alexa” more than he talks to you.For The TV/Movie BuffWho doesn’t have Netflix these days? Well, honestly your dad may not. So, consider purchasing him a Roku streaming stick for only $40. This small USB jump-drive sized stick goes directly into the side of the television and is incredibly user friendly. Just follow the easy steps given and your dad will be on his way to streaming his favorite movies and shows.For The Sports FanaticNo matter what sport your dad follows, there’s a gift out there for him. UncommonGoods has an awesome selection of interesting and unique sports-related presents for dads that aren’t bad for your budget. There’s tabletop games, wall art, and beer glasses just to name a few.For The Kid at HeartThere’s something about motorized vehicles that every man seems to love. Today’s version of the remote control airplane that many males grew up loving is the drone. Most of us have seen a drone at some point and heard that loud buzzing, but now they are available for purchase at just the click of a button. Check out this one on Amazon with a built in HD camera.For The OutdoorsmanIs your pops a camper, a climber, or a hiker at heart? REI offers a great selection of gifts under $50 for your outdoorsy dad. Favorites include high-quality camping (or tailgating) chairs, YETI cups, and the classic Leatherman multi-tool.
State leaders are requesting ideas about how to craft effective energy-efficiency policies for Indiana. (Photo: David Wilkerson)What should Indiana’s energy-efficiency programs look like? State leaders are requesting ideas about how to craft effective energy-efficiency policies.The Citizens Action Coalition is weighing in, and its executive director, Kerwin Olson, is convinced the best path forward is to repeal Senate Enrolled Bill 340, which weakened the state’s energy law. He said it’s important to ensure large utilities participate in efficiency programs, to maximize their resources and save money.“Utilities in the state of Indiana should be required to pursue all available cost-effective energy-efficiency resources,” he said, “in order to meet their legal obligation of providing least-cost service to their captive customers.”Olson said his group also wants the state to establish a public-purpose fund using all ratepayers’ money, with an independent administrator to oversee the fund and to implement statewide energy-efficiency and demand-side management programs. About 2,500 people signed the comments being sent to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.Olson said a public purpose fund would allow all energy users to pay in based on a percentage of their bill, making it fair for customers of all sizes. He said that would help end what he called an “excessive amount” of compensation that utilities receive for the cost of their energy-efficiency programs.“The way that they recover costs from the public right now unnecessarily makes energy-efficiency programs more expensive than they otherwise need to be,” he said, “and a public purpose fund, paid into by all ratepayers, removes that conundrum.”Olson said a public purpose fund also prevents utilities from inflating the cost of energy-efficiency and demand-side management. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission is expected to release recommendations to the governor by year’s end.More information on the comments is online at citact.org. Public comments can be viewed at in.gov.
What’s open and closed for New Year’s Weekend:• MAIL: Post offices closed Monday, no home delivery. The postal unit at the Shell gas station, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year.• BANKS: Most banks closed Monday; check your bank for details.• GARBAGE: Waste Connections will not provide service Monday. Service will be delayed by one day all week in most of Clark County. In Camas, garbage and recycling normally picked up on Monday will be picked up Tuesday. The remainder of the week, service is on regular schedule in Camas.• BUSES: C-Tran follows Sunday schedule on Monday. TriMet buses, Portland Streetcar and WES will operate on regular schedule Sunday, with all service free after 8 p.m. MAX will provide extended late-night service Sunday, also free after 8 p.m. Buses, MAX and Portland Streetcar will operate on Sunday schedule on Monday.• GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Closed Monday.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed Monday.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Fort Vancouver Regional Library and Camas Public Library closed Monday.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: U.S. stock markets closed Monday.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Open noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed Sunday and Monday.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo open.• VANCOUVER MALL: Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. Hours for department stores, restaurants and theater may vary. The library in the mall will be closed Monday.• THE COLUMBIAN: Offices closed Monday. Circulation customer service phone lines, 360-694-2312, open 6 a.m. to noon Sunday, and 4:30 a.m. to noon on Monday.