Finally? A Banking System that doesn’t insist on retail +

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Apr 262018
 

A bill has been introduced in the Congress to create public banks that would be independent of the private corporate banking system that now defines lending rates and, in many ways, the performance of our national economy.

This new bill, introduced by a New York senator, would restore post office banking that faded away 70 years ago and with it loans at lower rates and the convenience in stopping by your local post office when you need a loan or want to make a major purchase.

It may be coming back. Or at least starting to. Here’s the story in the Huffington Post. Click here.

Vacuuming the oceans to collect fugitive plastic bits….

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Apr 262018
 

Removing plastics from our oceans.
Interesting Engineering graphic.


Oceanographers have long lamented the huge build-up of big, medium and tiny-sized bits of plastic gathering in our oceans – big pools of the stuff in several areas across the Pacific and other oceans. Now, imagine ridding the oceans of those floating garbage patches – taking all that plastic and re-melting and re-using them for new products. Not for bottles or plastic utensils, but for things like housing, road surfaces and so much more.

A bright-eyed young man has persisted with his dream of vacuuming the seas of floating masses of plastic particles and turning it all into useful things for tomorrow’s world.

Here’s more on the story: Click here.

Two crashes on 101 near Depoe Bay

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Apr 262018
 

Two car accidents on Highway 101 in the Depoe Bay area.

The first crash is at milepost 132, on Cape Foulweather. The other is just north of Lincoln Beach…a vehicle caught fire.

Be cautious in those areas.

Newport Port Commission gets an earful from the fishing community

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Apr 252018
 

On the water, NIT on left, Hall property on the right.


The Newport Port Commission this week got an earful from a large group of commercial fishing families who contend that the port’s financial troubles should not be placed on the backs of the fishing community.

The port commission this week was scheduled to consider fee and lease increases which fishermen claim would raise their rent and service rates 18% to 60%. Several fishermen came right out and accused the commission of trying to make up for lost income and other opportunities at the still under-developed Newport International Terminal. The commission sat silent while Commission Chair Patricia Patrick-Joling calmly called on the fishermen to step forward and speak their minds.

Comments from fishermen and their families included criticism of port officials who forfeited over two million dollars in grants because the port could not close a deal with an operator which would have accelerated the development of the terminal in tandem with operations on land just to the east, owned by the Wilbur Hall family. But Port officials said they could not proceed with that deal because the company that would have operated the terminal, would not have provided sufficient income to create a big enough profit margin for the port to enable it to pay off loans also associated with the project.

Many fishermen urged the port commission to take more time to reach an equitable solution. They said the proposed fee increases on fishing operations were too high. They suggested the port impose a lower 3% across-the-board fee increase on all port services and rentals while further exploring more equitable methods of moving the project ahead.

And that’s pretty much where they left it. The situation is further challenged by the fact that the port is beginning to assemble its annual budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Everyone agrees the port needs more revenue but many disagree on how to do it.

Clean up crew along the beach, from Jump Off Joe to near the Yaquina Bay Bridge

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Apr 252018
 

Jump Off Joe
Newport, looking south. Heavy beach vegetation clear to the bridge.
Google Maps


In preparing Newport’s tourism season, Newport Police and city work crews spent most of the day Wednesday cleaning out homeless campsites from Jump Off Joe south to near the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

In a recent report to the Newport City Council, Police Chief Jason Malloy told the council that much of the up-bluff areas immediately along the beach, from Yaquina Bay State Park to beyond Jump Off Joe, were filled with homeless camps that have left hundreds if not thousands of pounds of trash and discarded personal effects and remnants of make-do shelters. Chief Malloy and the council want visitors to discover and enjoy everything Newport has to offer – without encountering heaps of trash along the base of the bluffs.

But, as it usually goes, once the clean up is complete, the homeless gradually re-settle the area among the thick beach forest and heavy brush. Meanwhile, the ranks of the homeless continue to grow.

Another voter for Russell Baldwin for Circuit Court Judge

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Apr 252018
 

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I do not know the current Circuit Court Judge Branford, I have never appeared before him, or watched him in action, or heard anything about him for that matter. But in considering his re-election, I cannot get past the fact that if elected he will only serve half of his term – 2 of 4 years. At that time he will retire at term limits and then someone other than the voters will appoint a replacement to serve the remaining portion of the term. I prefer to have someone elected by and for the people.

I have spoken with Russ Baldwin only once at a Chamber event and was impressed with his thoughts for the position of Circuit Court Judge. Russ is an attorney in good standing with many years as a litigator, and he promises to work at clearing the backlog of civil cases that has been going on and growing for years. Judge Branford has been in office for many years now with the civil backlog getting worse as time goes by. At least Russ recognizes the problem and promises to work on it. The backlog may be budget related but it will not hurt the general public to at lease elect a judge willing to work at reducing the length of time to get their case in court and while serving a full four year term. My vote will be for Russ Baldwin.

Wayne Brunelle
Newport

Another endorsement for Russ Baldwin for Circuit Court Judge

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Apr 252018
 

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Why VOTERS should choose Russ Baldwin for Circuit Court Judge!

My name is Brock Monroe. It is my privilege to endorse Russ Baldwin for Lincoln County Circuit Judge on May 15th! We have been very close friends since our freshman year at Whitman College. We have always maintained a very close friendship although we live in different states. Russ is a true friend, and has always been just a phone call away. He is non-judgmental, supportive, kind and if the occasion required it, Russ could always make me laugh. That is a real friend.

As the years have gone by, he has also become my personal attorney in various planning matters. After almost 4 decades of friendship, I can say that Russ’s character is unwavering. He always tells the truth, he is compassionate, intelligent and hard working. Russ does not judge by one’s appearance or life style preferences. He has demonstrated in his words and actions that laws are to be applied without preconceived bias or prejudice. He will serve well as a circuit judge due to his unwavering devotion to the law.

I may not know the intricacies of the legal system, but I know Russ. He is passionate about our legal system being more efficient and cost effective, but remaining responsive to the needs of the people when pursuing justice. Russ will be honored to serve your community, and he deserves your vote.

Brock Monroe
Lopez Island, Washington

Shelter Me week at Seashore Family in Waldport

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Apr 252018
 


Shelter Me Week at Seashore Family Literacy Center. The Resource Fair will be May 19th, 10am-1pm at the Seashore Literacy Building, 265 Bay St. Waldport. BBQ and Umbrella Parade, Garden tours, tables of information from local organizations, including Lincoln County Resources, Health Dept., Eye care Center, Dental Van, Energy Assistance, Waldport Public Library and many more.

Proclamation will be presented to Waldport City Council on May 10th, 2pm at the Waldport City Council Meeting in the City Hall Chambers.

Senitila McKinley and Seashore Family Literacy Center for Learning has more information 541-563-7323 (READ).

Siletz River Clean-up postponed to Saturday, May 12th.

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Apr 252018
 

Siletz River Clean up
Courtesy photos
Fran Recht


We are hoping for better weather and lower river levels for our rescheduled Siletz River Clean Up!

The MidCoast and Siletz Watershed Councils invites river users and the public to help clean-up the Siletz River on Saturday May 12th from 9am-2pm. The meeting and ending point is Hee Hee Illahee park on Hwy 229 and Gaither St at the south entrance to Siletz.

The event is a great way to give back to the river that we all enjoy, with people bringing their drift boats and friends to clean-up from the water side while others clean-up from the land-side. Garbage bags and work gloves are provided by SOLVE. Registration with coffee and donuts begins a bit before 9am and at 2 there is chili, hot dog, sodas and other snacks. A raffle of excellent donated prizes for clean-up volunteers will also be an additional reward.

Click here for more info

This year, we have worked with SOLVE and pre-registration is available. Please pre-register if possible so we can get a good idea of how many volunteers to expect:

https://www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I000002Hx3EUAS

Last year we had over 20 volunteers in three drift boats and many bank clean-up volunteers who collected over 1000 lbs of trash from the river.

Come on out with the whole family and your friends! Bring gloves, waterproof boots and dress in layers. For more information: Evan Hayduk, 541-265-9195, evan@midcoastwatershedscouncil.org

Free food, prizes, & good times May 12th, 9-2 p.m.
Help keep the Siletz River clean and productive.
Hee Hee Illahee Park, Siletz OR

Click here for details