Weather or Not: Sunshine on the Horizon

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Jan 192019
 

1/19/19 Showers today-tonight, 1/2″ precip possible, SE winds gusting 20mph, high 55F, low 45F; rain tomorrow, another 1/2″, high 50F. Outlook: a chance of showers but also some sunshine Mon, rain Tue, showers Wed, mostly sunny Thu-Fri. Thermometer readings near seasonal with highs 50-55F and lows 40-45F.

Beaches Today:
Surf Height…………..16 to 20 ft.
Weather………………Cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs 50 to 55.
Wind…………………Southwest 5 to 10 mph gusting 20 mph.
Tides (South Beach)…
Low tide….3.8 ft at 04:01 AM PST.
High tide…9.9 ft at 10:11 AM PST.
Low tide….-1.1 ft at 05:09 PM PST.
High tide…7.8 ft at 11:55 PM PST.
Sunrise – 7:48 AM PST. Sunset – 5:06 PM PST.

Holiday Weekend Travel: Mostly wet roads through tomorrow, mixed conditions Monday, in all of Northwest Oregon except the Cascades where the snow level drops below the highway passes this afternoon and remains there with several inches of snow expected through Monday night.

Rep. Gomberg gets the word out on helping our Coast Guard men and women

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Jan 192019
 

Rep. David Gomberg
D-Otis

Gomberg Shares Financial Support Details for Coast Guard and other Federal Employees

As the Federal shutdown enters a fourth week, 1,135 active duty Coast Guard members and 138 Coast Guard reservists on the Oregon coast remain on the job, but unpaid. Essential employees at the federal prison in Sheridan have been unpaid for nearly a month. NOAA and its vital weather services are closed, affecting marine safety.

State Representative David Gomberg (D-Central Coast) spent much of the week in Salem looking for support options. “These men and women are risking their lives each and every day. That they show up to work without compensation is a credit to their bravery and professional commitment. But it is also a shocking reflection of how our Federal Government has let them down. We need to do better than GoFundMe accounts and garage sales.”

With the support and encouragement of the Governor’s office and coastal legislators, local banks and credit unions are now working together to provide short term relief and financial support. This can include:

* Zero interest or low interest short term emergency loans;
* Loan modifications;
* Deferred loan payments or Skip-a-Payment programs;
* Work stoppage loans to fill unemployment gaps; and
* Financial counseling to determine where members might be able to save money.

“It’s important that furloughed and unpaid Federal Government workers contact their bank or credit unions to let them know they’re impacted by the shutdown” Gomberg explained. “Our financial institutions are taking special steps and often have infrastructure already in place to quickly help clients through situations such as natural disasters, government shutdowns, plant closings, and personal emergencies.”

Coast Guard and NOAA members are the only uniformed services not getting paid during the closure. Coast Guard is on duty but unfunded under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security. Other military branches are under the Department of Defense and have funding approved.

This month already, Coast Guard crews stationed on the Central Coast have assisted five disabled boats, escorted in numerous vessels when seas have turned dangerously rough and risked their own lives trying to save the crew of the Mary B II.

Across Oregon, nearly 10,000 federal employees are missing their paychecks and struggling to make everyday payments. That includes the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Parks, US Fish and Wildlife, IRS, and airport TSA.

More than 2,700 federal workers living in Oregon have filed for unemployment benefits through the state since the partial government shutdown began. Last year that number was only 561.

But not all federal workers qualify. Those deemed important enough to work without pay are not eligible. Under state and federal law, if you are working full time, even if you’re not being paid, you’re not considered unemployed.

“I’m encouraged by the news of these zero-interest loans being offered,” said Gomberg. “Now more than ever, our financial institutions should be assisting our friends and neighbors in the federal workforce as they weather the longest government shutdown in US history.”

Warm Regards,

Representative David Gomberg
House District 10

email: Rep.DavidGomberg@oregonlegislature.gov

Big corporations accused of hiding profits overseas – to pay less taxes in Oregon

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Jan 182019
 

Oregon’s overall business tax rates are near the bottom of all 50 states…


We hear it all the time that America’s tax system dramatically favors the rich because they get so many deductions and allowances. A recent Oregon tax study shows big corporations often pay taxes at a rate far below what regular Oregon families pay. And because of that, roads are rougher, schools are crowded, college is largely unaffordable, medical care is through the roof, sewer and water bills are higher and property taxes have inflated to painful heights.

A recent study of large corporation tax avoidance here in Oregon offers a few hints as to what’s going on, off stage and out of sight. The Oregonian has the story. Click here.

Click here for details

Oregon Food Stamps for February issued two weeks early

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Jan 182019
 

Oregon was instructed to distribute February food stamps early due to a quirk of the federal government shutdown.

Oregon SNAP participants should be aware that after today, no additional benefits will be issued in February. Just like normal, these SNAP benefits do not expire and will remain on the card until a household uses them.

New applicants can still apply for SNAP and receive benefits. These are being processed normally and will continue to be accepted in February.

For Oregonians who need to take action on their SNAP case in January (such as an Interim Change Report or Re-certification), clients should complete that as soon as possible. These are being processed as normal. SNAP households that turn in this paperwork after January 18 will receive their February benefits as soon as the paperwork is processed.

Click here for details

As of now, the timing of March SNAP benefits is unknown due to the shutdown.

As of now, the government shutdown is not affecting the way people receive other nutrition assistance like school meals, WIC or food pantries.

Additional Information and Resources:

DHS offices are open with normal hours since they are state, not federal offices. For additional food resources, anyone may call 2-1-1 or find a food pantry at oregonfoodbank.org/findfood.

If someone has a problem with their SNAP case, they may call the Public Benefits Hotline of Legal Aid Services of Oregon: 1-800-520-5292

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Sen. Merkley going after Homeland Security Dir. Kirstjen Nielsen

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Jan 182019
 

Sen. Jeff Merkley
D-Oregon

Merkley Asks FBI to Open Perjury Investigation into Secretary Nielsen

Nielsen stated under oath that “we’ve never had a policy for family separation,” but secret memo released yesterday shows that DHS was actively planning a family separation policy as early as December 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today formally requested that FBI Director Christopher Wray open a perjury investigation into Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, after new documents show that Nielsen lied in sworn testimony to Congress about the administration’s family separation policy.

A previously-undisclosed administration memo, which Merkley released publicly yesterday, shows explicitly that high-level administration officials worked to create a new policy to “separate family units.” Yet in sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Nielsen stated explicitly that the administration did not have a family separation policy.

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“The FBI has previously indicated that the Department of Justice requires a formal criminal referral from Congress to initiate an investigation concerning Congressional testimony. I write today to execute such a criminal referral,” Merkley said in a letter to Wray. “Compelling new evidence has emerged revealing that high-level Department of Homeland Security officials were secretly and actively developing a new policy and legal framework for separating families as far back as December 2017.

Click here for details

“Despite this fact, while testifying under oath before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Secretary Nielsen stated unequivocally ‘I’m not a liar, we’ve never had a policy for family separation,’” Merkley continued. “In light of these conflicting facts, the FBI should immediately investigate whether Secretary Nielsen’s statements violate 18 U.S. Code § 1621, 18 U.S.C § 1001, or any other relevant federal statutes that prohibit perjury and false statements to Congress.”

River By Starlight! Newport Public Library

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Jan 182019
 


Ellen Notbohm
Author

AUTHOR ELLEN NOTBOHM TO SPEAK AT NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Newport Public Library will host a program by Ellen Notbohm, author of “The River by Starlight,” on Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 p.m.

In the early 20th Century, Annie Rushton leaves behind an unsettling past to join her brother on his Montana homestead and make a fresh start. She meets and marries Adam Fielding, a visionary businessman-farmer determined to make his own way and answer to no one. Their marriage brims with astounding success, but their dream of having a child eludes them as a mysterious illness of mind and body plagues Annie’s pregnancies. Amidst deepening economic adversity, natural disaster, and the onset of world war, their personal struggles collide with the societal mores of the day. Annie’s shattering periods of black depression and violent outbursts exact a terrible price. The life the Fieldings have forged begins to unravel, and the only path ahead leads to unthinkable loss.

Based on true events, “The River by Starlight” has been recognized with awards for historical, regional, and literary fiction. It’s focus on maternal mental health and gender bias in the early 20th century explores a history rarely addressed in fiction.

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Ellen Notbohm’s work has informed and delighted millions in more than twenty languages. In addition to “The River by Starlight,” she has written r award-winning books on autism and articles and columns on such diverse subjects as history, genealogy, baseball, writing and community affairs. Ellen is an avid genealogist, knitter, beachcomber, and thrift store hound who has never knowingly walked by a used bookstore without going in and dropping coin.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Newport Public Library at 541-961-2836 or go to www.newportlibrary.org.

Oregon Rep. David Gomberg broadens outreach to help Coast Guard personnel and others

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Jan 182019
 

Rep. David Gomberg
D-Otis


Gomberg Shares Financial Support Details for Coast Guard and other Federal Employees

As the Federal shutdown enters a fourth week, 1,135 active duty Coast Guard members and 138 Coast Guard reservists on the Oregon coast remain on the job, but unpaid. Essential employees at the federal prison in Sheridan have been unpaid for nearly a month. NOAA and its vital weather services are closed, affecting marine safety.

Click here for details

State Representative David Gomberg (D-Central Coast) spent much of the week in Salem looking for support options. “These men and women are risking their lives each and every day. That they show up to work without compensation is a credit to their bravery and professional commitment. But it is also a shocking reflection of how our Federal Government has let them down. We need to do better than GoFundMe accounts and garage sales.”

With the support and encouragement of the Governor’s office and coastal legislators, local banks and credit unions are now working together to provide short term relief and financial support. This can include:

* Zero interest or low interest short term emergency loans;
* Loan modifications;
* Deferred loan payments or Skip-a-Payment programs;
* Work stoppage loans to fill unemployment gaps; and
* Financial counseling to determine where members might be able to save money.

“It’s important that furloughed and unpaid Federal Government workers contact their bank or credit unions to let them know they’re impacted by the shutdown” Gomberg explained. “Our financial institutions are taking special steps and often have infrastructure already in place to quickly help clients through situations such as natural disasters, government shutdowns, plant closings, and personal emergencies.”

Click here for details

Coast Guard and NOAA members are the only uniformed services not getting paid during the closure. Coast Guard is on duty but unfunded under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security. Other military branches are under the Department of Defense and have funding approved.

This month already, Coast Guard crews stationed on the Central Coast have assisted five disabled boats, escorted in numerous vessels when seas have turned dangerously rough and risked their own lives trying to save the crew of the Mary B II.

Across Oregon, nearly 10,000 federal employees are missing their paychecks and struggling to make everyday payments. That includes the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Parks, US Fish and Wildlife, IRS, and airport TSA.

Click here for details

More than 2,700 federal workers living in Oregon have filed for unemployment benefits through the state since the partial government shutdown began. Last year that number was only 561. But not all federal workers qualify. Those deemed important enough to work without pay are not eligible. Under state and federal law, if you are working full time, even if you’re not being paid, you’re not considered unemployed.

“I’m encouraged by the news of these zero-interest loans being offered,” said Gomberg. “Now more than ever, our financial institutions should be assisting our friends and neighbors in the federal workforce as they weather the longest government shutdown in US history.”

Rep. David Gomberg
Oregon House District 10
900 Court St NE H-471
Salem, OR 97301
503-986-1410

Weather or Not: Some Catch-up Rain

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Jan 182019
 

1/18/19 Rain, heavy at times, today-tonight, up to 3″ total accumulation, SE winds 20-30mph gusting 40, high 55F, low 45-50F; showers early tomorrow, turning to steady rain by late afternoon, lighter breeze, high temps 50-55F. Outlook: rain and/or showers Sun, some sunbreaks with a chance showers Mon-Wed, mostly sunny Thu, highs 50-55F, lows 40-45F.

Precipitation: Halfway through the month we’re at a paltry 3.06″. Normal January rainfall is 10.24″, so there’s still a lot of catching-up to do over the next two weeks. The drought continues.

Beaches Today:
Surf Height…………..17 to 21 ft.
Weather………………Cloudy with rain. Highs 50 to 55.
Wind…………………Southeast 20 to 25 mph with gusts 35-40 mph.
Tides (South Beach)…
Low tide….3.9 ft at 03:04 AM PST.
High tide…9.4 ft at 09:20 AM PST.
Low tide….-0.4 ft at 04:21 PM PST.
High tide…7.3 ft at 11:06 PM PST.
Sunrise – 7:49 AM PST. Sunset – 5:05 PM PST.

Marine: A Gale Warning is in effect for Central Coast waters from 10:00am today through this evening. S winds rising to 30-35 knots gusting 45, rough seas building to 17-19 feet with a dominant period of 13-14 seconds.

Holiday Weekend Travel: Mainly wet pavement and breezy through Monday in the Valley, Gorge and Coast Range; for the Cascade highway passes, up to 6” of snow today, rain tonight-tomorrow, snow returns Sun-Mon with another 8-12“ possible, the snow level is 4,000’ today, rising to 6,000’-7,500’ tonight, then 2,500’-4,500’ the rest of the weekend.

Join the Kids Zone on MLK, Jr. Day!

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Jan 172019
 

Neighbors for Kids!!
Special MLK Event

Join the Kids Zone on MLK, Jr. Day!

Neighbors For Kids (NFK) is pleased to announce that the Kids Zone will be open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! NFK’s staff have planned days full of fun activities and healthy meals will be served to all kids throughout the day. Pre-school children ages 3-5 and school-age kids ages 6-18 are all welcome to attend Kids Zone on this upcoming non-school day.

The theme on Monday, January 21st will be “Celebrating Leadership”, in honor of MLK, Jr. Day. Kids will be able to take part in projects and activities about leaders in the United States and from around the world, honoring some of the greatest people who have made a positive impact on their communities.
Kids of all ages will participate in a special art project called “I Have A Dream”, where together they will create a large, colorful collage using imprints of everyone’s hands to form the shape of a heart.

For parents interested in enrolling their children, the program will be open daily from 8:00-5:30, with a fee of $30 per day or $15 for a half-day, with a sliding scale for families. Youth in 7th grade and up can attend for free. Scholarships are available. All children who attend will receive healthy food and snacks, as well as on-site activities such as visual arts, music, games, sports, science and much more. *Please note that parents are required to provide their own round-trip transportation on January 21.

For more information about the Kids Zone’s Winter or Spring programs and to register your children please call 541-765-8990 or visit the website at www.neighborsforkids.org. Families are always welcome to stop by the facility, take a tour and meet the staff in person. The Kids Zone site is located at 634 SE Highway 101 in Depoe Bay.

Wyden, Merkley Join Colleagues to Introduce Legislation to Raise the Minimum Wage

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Jan 172019
 

Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, urging investigation on the separation of immigrant children from their parents

Washington, D.C. – Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week joined House and Senate colleagues to introduce legislation to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 in 2024.

The Raise Wage Act of 2019 would also index future minimum wage increases to median wage growth and ensure all workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities.

“There are hardworking Americans who just simply aren’t making enough money to make ends meet. That’s unacceptable,” Wyden said. “Oregon has already blazed a trail by taking concrete steps to lift the minimum wage in our state. Now it’s time for the federal government to take action and ensure a living wage for all Americans.”

“I live in the same working class neighborhood that I grew up in, and my neighbors are just like the families across Oregon and across America who are struggling to stay afloat on jobs that pay minimum wage,” Merkley said. “We all do better when we all do better, and we can start tackling the destructive opportunity gap that is eating away at our economy by raising the federal minimum wage. Nobody should work full time and live in poverty in America.”

The Raise the Wage Act was introduced with 181 House cosponsors and 31 Senate cosponsors.

In Bombshell NBC News Story, Merkley Reveals Secret Trump Administration Plan to Create Border Crisis

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Jan 172019
 

Sen. Jeff Merkley
D-Oregon


In Bombshell NBC News Story, Merkley Reveals Secret Trump Administration Plan to Create Border Crisis

Leaked memo shows deliberate plans to create a border crisis—including family separation and increased detention of children—as early as December 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a bombshell NBC News report, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today revealed a previously secret document that shows the Trump Administration deliberately plotting to create a crisis at the southern border. The memo, dated December 2017, details deliberate plans to implement a family separation policy as a deterrent to would-be asylum seekers and lays out strategies to increase detention of migrant children.

“President Trump has shut down the government over a crisis we now know he deliberately created,” said Merkley. “This document shows Trump Administration staffers plotting to create a humanitarian crisis at the border—criminalizing the search for asylum, tearing children from their parents’ arms, and expanding the lock-up of both parents and children. This memo shows that the administration was treating children as political pawns, not vulnerable human beings. That’s reprehensible. We must end this Trump war on migrant children.”

This document, created by senior Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice officials, reveals the step-by-step process that the Trump Administration undertook in December 2017 to devise and implement a formal policy of deterring asylum seekers using the threat of family separation. This policy options memo barely mentions violent gangs and drugs, focusing instead on a detailed plan to expand detention by increasing prosecutions of asylum seekers. Despite many statements by the President and senior political appointees to the contrary, this document proves that the administration was in fact intentionally and deliberately planning all along to separate families and create a crisis on the southern U.S. border.

The document comes as the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General also revealed today that the administration separated more children than it had previously admitted, and that the administration did not effectively track which of the children in their custody had been separated and where their parents were.

Tonight’s newly-exposed document explicitly reveals that high-level administration officials lied at key points about how and why the Trump Administration created this crisis.

1. False Claim: There is no child separation policy

Administration claim: DHS Secretary Nielsen “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.” (June 17, 2018).
Under Oath, on December 20, 2018 before the House Judiciary Committee, Nielsen stated again: “I’m not a liar; we’ve never had a policy for family separation.”

Policy Options Memo: This document shows that as early as December 2017, the administration was actively developing and implementing a policy of family separation.

“2. Separate Family Units. Announce that DHS is considering separating family units, placing the adults in adult detention and placing the minors under the age of 18 in the custody of HHS as unaccompanied alien children…Once legal coordination between DHS, HHS, and DOJ is complete, begin separating family units.”

2. False Claim: Family Separation is an Obama-era policy

Administration claim: DHS Secretary Nielsen “For those seeking asylum at ports of entry, we have continued the policy from previous administrations and will only separate if the child is in danger, there is no custodial relationship between ‘family’ members, or if the adult has broken a law.” (June 17, 2018)

Policy Options Memo: This document makes clear that the administration knew they were implementing new policy that would likely face a legal challenge, not merely continuing existing policy. For example, in reference to the new family separation policy, the author of the document says:

“Advocacy groups are aware that this policy shift may occur and therefore are seeking to identify families who have been separated in order to bring a class action lawsuit.” (p. 1)

3. False Claim: Family separation was not implemented as a deterrent

Administration claim: DHS Secretary Nielsen was asked if the family separation policy was being used as a deterrent, and she replied: “I find that offensive.” (June 18, 2018)

Policy Options Memo: This memo repeatedly emphasizes that the goal of family separation was deterrence.

“the increase in prosecutions would be reported by the media and it would have substantial deterrent effect” (p.1)

4. False Claim: Unmanageable influxes of violent criminals are forcing the administration to expand detention facilities

Administration claim: President Trump “My administration has presented Congress with a detailed proposal to secure the border and stop the criminal gangs, drug smugglers, and human traffickers…We have requested more agents, immigration judges, and bed space” (January 8, 2019)

Policy Options Memo: This document barely mentions violent gangs and drugs, instead focusing on prosecuting and deterring asylum seekers. To criminalize asylum, the memo recommends accusing parents of smuggling their own children across the border.

“Any and all efforts should be made to criminally prosecute those who smuggle their kids into the United States” (page 1 comment section)

This memo shows that the administration knew that their family separation policy would result in increased need for detention space. Under the policy recommendation to prosecute parents, the memo says:

“This will require close coordination with DOJ, to ensure there are sufficient prosecutors at the border and sufficient U.S. Marshal’s [sic] detention space.” (p.1)

The memo goes on to describe how to effectively deter family from coming forward to sponsor children while their asylum cases proceed, keeping children in detention longer. Specially, one senior administration official said

“I would suggest referring sponsors for criminal prosecution… if information indicates that the sponsor facilitated the travel of the minor into the United States.” Another official says “This would result in a deterrent impact on “sponsors.” (p.2)

North Lincoln Museum Exhibits

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Jan 172019
 

New Exhibit: Every Artifact Has a Story
When: Friday, February 1st – Duration of 2019
Where: North Lincoln County Historical Museum (NLCHM). 4907 SW Hwy 101. Lincoln City, OR.
Contact: NLCHM, 541-996-6614
The title says it all – Every Artifact Has a Story! This exhibit focuses on ten artifacts that come from deep in the museum’s collection, based on the story that they possess, rather than their aesthetic value alone. In this exhibit you’ll see and learn the stories from artifacts like a basket made by Sissie Johnson, a Native American woman who lived in Taft before any pioneers, a beer can found in the walls of the museum, dating back to when the building was being built as a fire hall, a diary entry from Rose Lodge’s first post master, Julia Dodson, a quilt that survived the 1871 Chicago fire and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and more storied artifacts! These artifacts have been waiting their turn to shine, and have wonderful and interesting stories behind them. This temporary exhibit will be up for the duration of 2019!

Toledo tackling storm water intrusion in to sewer system

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Jan 172019
 

Toledo Wastewater Plant
Storm water is adding to sewer flows.
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Toledo City Councilors were reminded this week that the town’s sewer system is being infiltrated with a sizeable quantity of rain/stormwater. The added liquid loads up the sewer plant which poses capacity problems and with that causes operating challenges in treating regular sewage flows.

Toledo Public Works Director Mike Adams says it’s a common problem, especially for rainy coastal areas of the country – certainly Oregon. He says the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is well aware of Toledo’s problem and has been working closely with the city to solve it. At this point, Adams says he’s analyzing the situation and figuring out the costs of plugging holes in stormwater and sewer pipes or outright pipe replacements. Of course none of it’s cheap and will require government loans and/or grants along with possibly local funds to fix the situation.

Adams says his next step is to see if the city qualifies for financial assistance. Small towns are usually cash-strapped although sewer rate hikes can be, and often are, part of the solution.

The over-arching purpose of all this is to keep Oregon’s creeks and rivers healthy for fish and wildlife including fishermen, swimmers and boaters.

Adams says the city and the DEQ will be reviewing the situation closely over the next few months to determine what specific repairs need to be made, at what cost, and where to find the money.

Advertisement – A well experienced special events company is for sale – A great way to make people happy while you make a good living!

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Jan 172019
 

Wedding/Special Events Business For Sale


Unique Business opportunity to start your own Event Rental business. With this opportunity, you could be one of the only specific Event Rental Companies on the Central Oregon Coast.

The inventory includes a wide variety of items to provide customers with equipment for most any type of occasion. Among the items there are pole frame tents, several kinds of tables, many styles of chairs, dance floors, staging, dinnerware, silverware, glassware, lighting, propane heaters, pipe and drape, specialty linens, decorations and props, various portable bars (including a Tiki Bar), a 16′ box van (2003 GMC), one of the top rated Event Rental programs for your computer, Social Media forum for use and developing, an established phone number for the business, and many numerous other items.

These items range from being recently purchased to being part of the inventory for a while. We are retiring from this business, and will offer some assistance on the initial startup and use of equipment as part of the sale. Also many vendor partnerships that we have established will be included.

We also have many regular and annual return customers/businesses that are available to you for future clients. Upon sale, the buyer will be responsible for moving the items to a new location or taking over the rental of the space we have.

Please contact Danielle or Roy Emerick @ 541-264-8481 for more information or questions. Here is a link to their ad on Craig’s List. CLICK HERE.

HEY!! LISTEN UP!!!

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Jan 172019
 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you looking for something to fill the void between the holidays and Seafood and Wine Festival? The Newport Rec Center has just the thing! The 2nd annual Super Awesome Scavenger Hunt in Newport (SASHIN for short) is January 24th – 27th.

A team meet and greet along with scavenger hunt overview kicks off the event on Jan 24th at the Newport Recreation Center. The list goes live at the end of the evening. Then teams will have until the end of Jan 27th to get as many tasks accomplished as possible! An awards get together to view the best submissions will be Feb 7th.

This is not your typical scavenger hunt. Last year’s task list included challenges like looking for ghosts at the local lighthouses, creating a sock memorial for lost sock mates, building the ultimate driftwood sculpture, filming Oregon Coast Slug Wranglers out looking for slugs, exploring our local State Parks, creating seaweed evening wear, and more. This year’s list will be just as varied, silly, and fun! Be prepared for acts of kindness, silliness, and creativity. Exercise your brain with riddles and challenges.

This event is all ages, but at least 2 people on the team must be 18 or older. There are prizes! If your team comes out victorious, you could all enjoy a dinner courtesy of Rogue Brewing, and you’ll get to invite your 50 closest friends for a pool party at the Newport Aquatic Center. Rogue is also sponsoring a special prize for one of the tasks, but you’ll have to join and wait for the task list to go live to find out what it is!

Join in teams of four, cost is $50 per team. Tickets and information are available on Eventbrite https://bit.ly/2BS2H0C Registration closes Jan 18th! Keep updated by liking the SASHIN Facebook page! Questions? Contact j.remillard@newportoregon.gov

Weather or Not: High Surf Warning

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Jan 172019
 

1/17/19 Showers and possible thunderstorms today-tonight, SSE winds 20-30mph gusting 45, high 50F, low 45F; breezy, rain — heavy at times — tomorrow, total storm precip 3-4″, high 50-55F. Outlook: showers Sat, heavy rain Sun, then a chance of showers with some sunbreaks Mon-Wed, highs 50-55F, lows 40-45F.

Beaches Today:
Surf Height…………..22 to 27 ft. *(see warning below)
Weather………………Cloudy with showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs 50 to 55.
Wind…………………Southwest 35 to 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph.
Tides (South Beach)…
Low tide….3.8 ft at 02:01 AM PST.
High tide…8.9 ft at 08:28 AM PST.
Low tide….0.3 ft at 03:31 PM PST.
High tide…6.7 ft at 10:11 PM PST.
Sunrise – 7:49 AM PST. Sunset – 5:03 PM PST.

* A High Surf Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, which is in effect from 10:00am this morning through 10:00am tomorrow. West-southwest swell combined with a south windwave will produce waves near 25 feet along the Central Oregon Coast. Breaker heights up to 30 feet are possible. Peak wave heights are expected to be late Thursday afternoon through the evening hours. This will create dangerous surf conditions Thursday morning through Friday morning. The surf zone will be very hazardous due to strong currents and breaking waves. Very large waves will run up much higher on the beaches than normal. These powerful waves can sweep people off jetties and other exposed rocks. They can also easily move large logs and other beach debris. A High Surf Warning means that dangerously high surf will batter beaches in the warning area, producing deadly rip currents and minor beach erosion.

Marine: A Gale Warning is in effect for Central Coast waters through this evening. S winds 30-35 knots gusting 45, combined very rough seas building to 26 feet with a dominant period of 12 seconds.

SNAP Information…

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Jan 162019
 

If you receive SNAP, you are supposed to be to getting all of your February SNAP benefits put onto your Oregon Trail card between this Friday, January 18th and January 20th. This is earlier than usual, since most people usually wouldn’t get their February benefits until sometime between Feb 1st & Feb 9th. This means that those benefits will have to last you until at least March 9.

You will not get any additional SNAP money added to your card during the whole month of February.

You will get benefits again in March—as long as the government shutdown ends before then. If you have questions about whether you actually received your February SNAP benefits in January, you can try contacting your Oregon DHS case worker.

The shutdown is not currently affecting TANF, Medicaid or OHP benefits.

Port of Newport: Defining the future – Big changes?

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Jan 162019
 

Port of Newport
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The battle over the future of the Port of Newport ratcheted up more than a few notches on Wednesday. The Newport Port Commission voted to absolutely oppose Governor Brown’s move for the state to take over the port and rename it The Oregon International Port of Newport.

A bill has been introduced in Salem that would replace local port district commissioners with governor-appointed officials who would represent a wider range of port uses – a seat for agriculture and timber interests, a seat for the fishing industry, a seat for longshoremen, a seat for local economic development interests and a seat for someone from the public at large. Again, all appointed by the governor.

The Newport Port Commission voted Wednesday to condemn the proposal and to launch a wide-ranging public education program in an effort to convince the public that current port commissioners – not the governor – know what’s best for the Port of Newport.

Going on in the background is the hope that a rejuvenated International Port of Newport can step-up to the challenge of taking-on some of the Port of Portland’s workload that is producing major maintenance problems for Portland’s freeway system, traffic congestion and for cargo-ships having to navigate so much Columbia River before they hit the open sea at Astoria.

Oregon House Bill 2284 is aimed at growing the Port of Newport into a true international port which would help get Oregon’s bountiful agricultural and timber products to national and international markets more efficiently and at at lower costs. But what is implied by such a goal is that state and federal governments will agree to offer large grants and low-interest loans that can grow the port facilities and equipment to get that monstrous job done.

However, Newport’s current Port Commission is steadfastly opposed to an invasion of such “outside” interests without having serious conversations with the local community along with a public vote about whether the local community should be running the show, or the state. Many years ago residents of Coos County voted to turn their Port of Coos Bay over to Salem. Coos Bay’s fishing fleet was removed from Coos Bay and re-established in nearby Charleston.

Which begs the question of “What will happen to Newport’s fishing fleet?” Mid-Water Trawlers Cooperative spokeswoman Heather Mann told Lincoln County Commissioners Wednesday that their cooperative unloads millions upon millions of dollars in fish every year – a huge boost to the local Newport economy. Mann added that many fishing families just recently upsized their fishing vessels to more effectively boost their annual catch.

Port of Newport Commission President Stewart Lamerdin said port staff is aggressively planning for the port’s future that will grow the port without hurting or leaving out any port users. Lamerdin said the commission is committed to a profitable and balanced approach to that growth.

Interim Port Manager Teri Dressler said the port has broadened its scope in exploring future port expansion that reflects the desires and needs of the fishing industry, ocean research, tourism as well as international shipping. She says they’re looking for a healthy blend within the constraints of available resources.

But despite all these good intentions there is a great deal of cynicism among a number of top state officials who point out that the Port of Newport has been languishing for a number of years – losing out on large grants that should have gone to major port upgrades. They point to turn-over of port managers, a severe lack of port facility maintenance, and the still not finished International Terminal as symptoms of deeper problems. Among them, a lack of consistent leadership and the resources to produce an international port that everyone says they want. Coastal Caucus state lawmakers are especially discouraged who see economic opportunities consistently pass the port by.

Still, the Newport Port Commission contends they are aimed in the right direction. The commission says they are exploring a wide array of options to include many user industries that will benefit the whole community. They want the port to be run by local citizens who know what’s best for Newport and the Central Coast.

Others disagree. Top state officials say it’s past time that the Port of Newport get new leadership that understands more than just local needs. They say the port is a statewide economic engine that is under-performing despite receiving considerable financial support from state and federal funds.

Central Coast State Representative David Gomberg says he can see both sides very clearly. And for that he strongly favors giving the citizens of the Newport area the chance to vote on whether to let the state step in and take over.

The Oregon State Legislature convenes January 22nd. We won’t have to wait long to see whether it’ll stay The Port of Newport, or become the Oregon International Port of Newport.