Letter to the Editor: Why burn dirty energy when we can harvest clean energy?

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Feb 172018
 

CLEAN ENERGY AND JOBS BILL

We Oregonians along with the rest of the world are under siege by the fossil fuel industry which is putting in peril the entire earth’s ecosystem through their willful blindness to the damage they are causing by denying climate disruption and their insistence to continue to pollute our atmosphere for their profit motives. This is unconscionable and egregious and amounts to an act of terror against humanity as well as all living things.

We do not have to and must not sit helpless any longer. States and countries around the world are taking action by introducing legislation that goes to reduce greenhouse emissions from from offending industries. It has been demonstrated by them that this action is profitable to their citizenry not only by creating clean air but by the uptick of the economies as well as the creation of new jobs in the renewable energy sector

We here in Oregon have two such pending clean energy and jobs bills one in the House and the other in the Senate. Both are moving along in this short legislative session. We citizens must demand action on the part of our legislators to get this passed now. The longer we wait the bigger the storms, fires and droughts will get, as well as the continued growth of climate related respiratory illness.

Please call your representative and senator today and insist they champion the clean energy and jobs bill.

Bill Kucha
Depoe Bay, Or

Oregon OSHA extends comment period again for pesticide spraying rules

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Feb 172018
 

Aerial Spraying
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(Salem) — The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division has again extended the public comment period on proposed additional safeguards against pesticide drift. The decision moves the deadline from Feb. 28 to March 15 and allows more time to comment on the proposed rules while considering a revised statement of need and financial impact.

Oregon OSHA appointed a Fiscal Impact Advisory Committee to provide additional analysis as part of the agency’s updates to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Worker Protection Standard. The committee included both grower and worker representatives. The committee finished its work in February with an Amended Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact.

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Oregon OSHA’s rule proposals add protections to the EPA’s Application Exclusion Zone. The zone surrounds and moves with pesticide-spray equipment during applications. It must be free of all people other than appropriately trained and equipped pesticide handlers.

Learn more about Oregon OSHA’s rule proposals and review the Amended Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact at http://osha.oregon.gov/rules/making/Pages/proposed.aspx

Learn more about the Fiscal Impact Advisory Committee at
http://osha.oregon.gov/rules/advisory/ag-emp/Pages/wps-fiac.aspx

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Extending the comment period through March 15 marks the third time Oregon OSHA has allowed more time to review and remark on the rule proposals. The comment period was originally scheduled to end Dec. 15.

To comment:

Department of Consumer and Business Services/Oregon OSHA
350 Winter St. NE
Salem, OR 97301-3882
Email: tech.web@oregon.gov
Fax: 503-947-7461

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Woman falls over a cliff just north of Fogarty Creek Rec Area

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Feb 172018
 

2am Saturday

A woman is reported to have fallen over and tumbled 20 to 30 feet down a cliff, just north of Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area. The woman is stuck on the cliff below the Clarion Inn Surfrider Resort. She’s talking back up the cliff to witnesses. Her condition is not known.

The Lincoln County Rope Rescue Team is enroute to the scene.

3:30am
Rescue crews are clearing the scene.

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Crabs harvested from Port Orford south are getting stepped-up attention…

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Feb 172018
 

No health threat as long as the crab are properly cleaned and the “guts” are separated from the meat.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have announced the establishment of a biotoxin management zone from Cape Blanco, off extreme south Oregon, to the California-Oregon border, effective immediately. To protect consumers, all crab landed from this area must have the viscera (guts) removed by a licensed processor.

Dungeness crab internal organs (viscera) sampled from the area have biotoxins above the alert level, indicating that crab harvested from the biotoxin management zone must be eviscerated (gutted) before it is safe for consumption. Investigative measures that were put in place at the start of the season (Dec. 1, 2017) will be used to ensure that whole crab are eviscerated.

Crab meat remains safe for consumers who purchase it in retail markets or at restaurants. Domoic acid levels are elevated only in crab viscera, or the guts, of crab sampled and tested from this area of the Oregon coast.

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Because of Oregon’s precautionary management of biotoxins, crab and shellfish products currently being sold in retail markets and restaurants are also safe for consumers.

ODA and ODFW will continue monitoring biotoxins in crab and shellfish to ensure that the concentrations of harvested products from all of Oregon remain below the alert level.

Domoic acid is a naturally occurring biotoxin produced by marine phytoplankton or algae that grow and bloom during certain seasons. When the algae are in high numbers, the biotoxin they produce is eaten and concentrated by crabs and other species.

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Eating shellfish that is contaminated with domoic acid can cause illness in humans within minutes to hours resulting in cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea. In severe cases, consumption can result in memory problems or even death. The toxin cannot be destroyed by cooking, adding baking soda, or any other method. Anyone experiencing these symptoms after eating seafood should contact a physician immediately.

Fortunately for crab consumers, the majority of domoic acid resides in the internal organs– not the meat– and is effectively removed through “evisceration” (also known as “backing”) of the crab, to remove the internal organs. For this reason, it is recommended that crab always be eviscerated prior to cooking, which includes removal and discard of the internal organs and gills.

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Newport Warming Shelter needs our donations!!!!!!!!!!

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Feb 172018
 

Donation drop off location at 437 NW 1st, Newport or call 541-265-1974.

Traci Flowers says they’re gearing up for a cold weekend and that the need is critical from Saturday night through Tuesday night. They also need donations that can be made at the Seafood and Wine event going on at South Beach. They’ve got a booth. Stop by and offer what you can.

Traci says they need hot dinners for warming shelter nights Saturday night through Tuesday night. Frozen dinners that can be heated in a toaster oven or microwave would be deeply appreciated.

They also need board games and puzzles, adult coloring supplies, bird house kits and craft supplies.

Drop them off, with what every money donation you’d care to give at the old TCB Security building at 437 NE 1st, just a block west of Eads, in Newport.

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Hey! Central Coast Business Community!!

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Feb 162018
 

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We look forward to hearing from you!

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Broadway, Movies & FUN! All to help young musicians…

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Feb 162018
 

Music teachers teaming up to raise money to expand and improve learning for budding young music students


Oregon Music Teachers Association Benefit Recital: Broadway, Movies & Fun! fundraiser for young piano students

Lincoln County Oregon Music Teachers Association will present an afternoon benefit concert for the Suzanne Brown Student Aid Fund and the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts Capital Campaign on Sunday, February 25th at 2 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive Street in Newport. Admission is by donation of any amount. There will be a reception with the artists after the concert.

“The Spotlight Concerts are the primary means of funding our scholarships,” says Christine McKenney,” treasurer of the local district. “Our Student Aid Fund supplies money for tuition, books, or event fees for students who otherwise would not be able to take private lessons from experienced and qualified teachers. Over the past eighteen years over $15,000 has been given to many students, usually as partial help for tuition. We want everyone to know just how much their support matters. Without that help these students would be lost.

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In addition, this year we are supporting OCCA’s effort to make further improvements to the Performing Arts Center. The latest campaign will give us a new storage and practice room for both grand pianos. This will greatly improve our ability to use these wonderful instruments.”

The performers in this year’s concert will include eight teacher members of OMTA, and three guests. “We have two members who have never performed with us on stage before, Donna Olson and Tonia Storm. Olson live and teaches in Lincoln City have moved recently from Washington state. Storm lives in Toledo and is our newest member.” Olson and Storm will be joined by OMTA members, Cathy Champion-Predmore, Christine McKenney, Andrea Roesel, Mary Lee Scoville, Jessie Treon, and Rita Warton.

Guest performers are Akia Woods, Brian Haggerty, and Sara Coxen, all well known members of the vibrant theatre companies in Newport. Both Woods and Haggerty have been in many of the Spotlight concerts, but this will be Coxen’s first appearance in an OMTA event. The program includes numbers written by great American composers like George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichel, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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There will also be a surprise ending featuring the piano quartet. “We love performing with our talented theater colleagues,” says Jessie Treon, OMTA member. “We look forward to a quality, lighthearted hour of music on this upcoming wintry Sunday. We know our community will turn out to support OMTA and OCCA and thus support the arts for the Oregon Coast for years to come.”

For more information about the concert call Treon at 541/563-4183. For information about OMTA, please call Tiffany Jefferson, president of Lincoln County OMTA, at 541/336-5951. Other activities and membership of Lincoln County OMTA can be viewed at www.lincolncountyomta.org or on Facebook, Lincoln County Oregon Music Teachers Association.

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Lincoln County Schools Closer to Picking New Captain of the Ship

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Feb 162018
 

The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors is pleased to announce the two finalists for Superintendent. After community meetings, an online survey, a 20-member screening committee, 18 applications, and five interviews, the board has invited Karen Gray of Portland and Kevin Bogatin of Corvallis to continue the process.

Kevin Bogatin is the Assistant Superintendent of Corvallis School District, where he has served since 2010. As Assistant Superintendent, he has been involved in a wide range of duties and responsibilities. He has also worked as a principal, assistant principal and teacher in other Oregon and Arizona districts.

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Karen Gray serves as the Parkrose Superintendent (Portland area), where she began in this role 11 years ago. Prior to her current position, she served the Coos Bay School District for 13 years in a variety of capacities (special education teacher, speech pathologist, special education administrator, Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of Special Programs), including as Superintendent her last three years there. She is the 2017-18 Oregon Superintendent of the year.

“We are so pleased with the depth of the candidate pool, and with our two extremely strong candidates,” said Chairman Ron Beck. “All of us look forward to continuing the process to identify our next superintendent.”

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Board members will do site visits and more intensive screening of the two finalists in the coming week. “Meet and greet” sessions and second interviews are tentatively scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, February 26 and 27. Details about the meet/greet sessions will be shared in the coming days.

Come Meet Our Two Finalists for Superintendent of LCSD

Lincoln County School District is welcoming community members, students, staff and neighbors to come meet the two finalists for the Superintendent position.  All are welcome!

Monday, February 26 in Lincoln City from 5-6 PM at Taft 7-12 Community Room with Dr. Karen Gray
Monday, February 26, in Lincoln City from 6-7 PM at Taft 7-12 Community Room with Kevin Bogatin
Monday, February 26, in Toledo from 7-8 PM at Toledo Elementary Media Room with Dr. Karen Gray
Monday, February 26, in Toledo from 8-9 PM at Toledo Elementary Media Room with Kevin Bogatin

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Tuesday, February 27, in Waldport from 5-6 PM at Waldport High School Multipurpose Room w/ Kevin Bogatin Tuesday, February 27, in Waldport from 6-7 PM at Waldport High School Multipurpose Room w/ Karen Gray
Tuesday, February 27, in Newport from 7-8 PM at Newport High School Boone Center with Kevin Bogatin
Tuesday, February 27, in Newport from 8-9 PM at Newport High School Boone Center with Dr. Karen Gray

The gatherings provide an opportunity for community members to ask questions, give feedback, and get to know the possible new leader of Lincoln County School District.