The door is creaking shut on mandatory paid sick leave for Oregon workers…

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May 262015
State Capitol Salem

State Capitol

A group of state lawmakers have been trying to craft a bill that would get bi-partisan support for at least five days a year of paid sick leave for Oregon workers. But they can’t get the bill on to the floor of the Senate for an up or down vote. And Senate leadership is not talking to the news media about it.

Political conventional wisdom would indicate that with democratic majorities in both houses the chances would be pretty good that Oregon would become the fourth state in the country to require paid sick days – in this case – just five days a year.

Here’s more from the Oregonian. Click here.

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So you’re getting ready to go on Medicare, huh? We’ll, sign up to learn about what you’re signing up for….

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May 262015

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The Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG), in partnership with the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program, is holding a Medicare class that will cover the basics of Medicare parts A, B, C, and D.

This class is designed for anyone who will be eligible for Medicare within a few months or is new to Medicare. Current beneficiaries who would like a better understanding of their Medicare benefits and options for changes or additional coverage will also find this class valuable. Spouses and other relatives are welcome to attend.

A SHIBA counselor will present the class, which is sponsored by the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of the OCWCOG.

This class will be held at the Lincoln City Community Center on Wednesday, June 10th from 10:00am – 12:00pm. Reservations are required. Call 541-574-2684 to reserve your seat today.

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It’s Summer Reading Time at Newport Public LIbrary

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May 262015
Newport Public LIbrary Teaching kids the world

Newport Public LIbrary
Teaching kids the world

Summer in Newport means foggy sunshine, outdoor activities, and time for READING! Newport Public Library offers Summer Reading programs for all ages, so everyone can get involved, from babies, to kids and teens, to adults.

Summer Reading sign-ups begin June 1. Programs begin the week of June 15 and are designed to encourage children and teens to make reading a fun priority this summer. “Reading is the most important thing students can do to keep their brains active, engaged and learning over summer vacation, and it’s FUN!” says Rebecca Cohen, Youth Services Librarian.

Research indicates that students who do not read over the summer can lose up to one month of learning, resulting in a learning setback when school begins in the fall. That’s why stocking up on reading materials over the summer is so important. In addition to a variety of materials for children to read and listen to, Newport Public Library offers fun and educational events weekly including storytimes, and programs in Literacy Park.

The Library’s summer program for children ages birth to 5 years include weekly storytimes and a chance to count the hours they are read to. After completing a reading chart, children receive a book bag, temporary tattoo and magnetic picture frame.

“Every Hero has a Story” is for children ages 5 – 12 years. Children set their own goal for how many books they’ll read or listen to this summer. When the goal is reached, the reader receives a free t-shirt sponsored by Umpqua Bank. Summer Reading information will be distributed to every elementary school student in Newport before the end of the school year.

“Unmask” is the summer reading program for teens ages 12 to 18. Teens track their reading to earn raffle tickets for weekly prize drawings. Teen Third Thursday programs will continue throughout the summer with interesting things to do, make and learn. “Unmask” will end on August 21 with a Grand Prize drawing.

Summer reading isn’t just for kids! This summer the Library will be holding a reading rewards program, “Escape the Ordinary” just for grown-ups! Beginning June 1, stop by the library to sign up and get a reading log. For every book (or eBook or audiobook) you read, fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of twelve weekly prize drawings for fantastic literary gift baskets!

For more information about summer reading, contact the Newport Public Library at 541-265-2153 or visit

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Second Man on the Moon nominates Taft High School student Justin Delfin to Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

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May 262015
Justin Delfin Taft HIgh Junior

Justin Delfin
Taft HIgh Junior

Justin Delfin Chosen for 2015 Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, MA

LINCOLN CITY, OREGON — Justin Delfin, an 11th grader at Taft High, has been nominated to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, convening June 28th in Boston. Justin was nominated by American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to put a human foot on the Moon in 1968. Aldrin is also Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

During the three-day Congress, Justin Delfin will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading scientific research – be given advice from deans of the world’s top tech universities – be inspired by fellow teen science prodigies, and learn about cutting-edge advances in science and technology.

“This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially,” said Richard Rossi, Executive Director, National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists. “Focused, bright and determined students like Justin Delfin are our future and he deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give him.”

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who want to be physicians or go into medical science. Some of the services and programs the Academy plans to launch in 2014 and 2015 are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.

The Academy was founded on the belief that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education plays a critical role in enabling the United States to remain the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace of the 21st century and that we must identify prospective talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of vital careers.

Based in Washington, DC and with an office in Boston, MA, the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to advances in society as scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

 Posted by at 8:58 PM

Lawn mower Mow Down in Waldport!!

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May 262015
Lawn Mower Racing Waldport Style!

Lawn Mower Racing
Waldport Style!

Lawn Mower Drag Racing – This Weekend in Downtown Waldport!
Saturday May 30th, Races begin at 12:00 noon!

A community event for the whole family!

Come on down to cheer on students, family and friends, as they take to the track in fun-filled, high speed lawn mower racing!

The event features customized lawn mowers, modified and fabricated by Waldport High School students, guided by WHS shop teacher Daniel Wirick.

Bring your folding chairs, enjoy burgers and drinks at the concession stand sponsored by Central Oregon Coast Fire + Rescue, or sip a fruity sno-cone!

Have a lawnmower and want to take it for a spin on the tracks? Register your vehicle at 8:00 am for a day of racing fun!

 Posted by at 8:38 PM

A message for all Lincoln County graduating high school seniors from Schools Superintendent Steve Boynton

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May 262015
Steve Boynton Superintendent of Schools Lincoln County Oregon

Steve Boynton
Superintendent of Schools
Lincoln County Oregon

Dear Graduates of 2015:

There is no certainty in life. Change is inevitable. Embrace it.

As you walk across the stage and receive your diploma, one part of your life comes to an end and another begins, one that holds great uncertainty and great opportunity. While it is both terrifying and exciting, know that you are prepared with the basic tools and skills to be the master of your own fate. You have learned much over the span of your thirteen years in school. You learned to read and write, do math and a host of other academic skills. You have also learned to tie your shoes, get along with others, share, build relationships and solve complex social problems like what to wear to prom. All of these things changed you in some way. Some had profound impacts on you and some may have been trivial, but they have all shaped you into the young men and women you are today. Of everything you have gained over your time in school, I hope you take away one thing above all others: the ability to learn.

We cannot even begin to predict what the world holds in store for us over the next few decades. We can be fairly certain it will not look the same as it does today. The average person will change careers eight times over their lives. Not jobs, but entire career areas. While there will certainly be skill overlap, the successful people in this ever-changing world will be flexible and adaptable. Jobs of today may not be here tomorrow, but new opportunities will be available for people who know how to learn new things. Those people who do not embrace learning opportunities will always be at the mercy of others. No one will hand you greatness, success, or happiness. You must work hard and make them for yourself.

You leave the confines of your school with the world before you. You will decide what to make of it and yourself. There will be many challenges ahead of you and how you respond to them will determine the person you are to be. Use what you have learned as a foundation to propel yourself forward into the adventure of life to come, knowing you can become the person you want to be and accomplish the things you set your mind to do.

I do not usually dole out advice because we all must forge our own path, but here are a few things I have learned to be universally good ideas:

* Turn off the TV. Put down the phone. Be adventurous and spontaneous. Dance, even if no one else can hear the music.

* Be the writer of your story. Be the singer of your songs. Be the artist of your life portrait.

* Be true to yourself. Love with intensity. Cherish every opportunity to be something better.

* Oh yeah, and wear sunscreen…

 Posted by at 7:49 PM

Free Fishing Days June 6th and 7th!

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May 262015
Free fishing day coming up!

Free fishing day coming up!

Get hooked on a new favorite pastime. The public is invited to join Siuslaw National Forest staff and agency partners Saturday, June 6, or Sunday, June 7, for free fishing day activities. Event organizers will be on hand to offer advice and assistance to novice and experienced anglers alike. Fishing poles, gear and bait also will be available to share, if needed.

· Hebo Lake (Hebo): 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6. The event features give-away items, door prizes and a kids’ casting contest. Day-use fees for the Hebo Lake recreation area also will be waived.

· Oregon Hatchery Research Center (Alsea): 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 6. The center will be open for tours and exhibits. A shuttle will take anglers from the center to Thissel Pond to fish. On-site concessions will be available, as well as an appearance by Smokey Bear.

· Cleawox Lake (Honeyman State Park, Florence): 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6. Kids will have the opportunity to make fish print T-shirts, receive a free hot dog lunch and possibly win door prizes. Volunteers will be available to help clean the fish caught.

· Lake Marie (Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, Reedsport): 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7. Casting contest and free hot dog lunch for kids, as well as a fishing lure raffle.
The free fishing weekend is an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife initiative to introduce children and beginners to the sport of fishing. Fishing licenses are not required for the weekend; however, all other Oregon Fish and Wildlife fishing regulations apply.

 Posted by at 7:42 PM

Dogs left in sweltering cars can now be rescued by police in Oregon.

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May 262015
State Capitol Salem

State Capitol

Governor Kate Brown today signed Senate Bill 614 that allows law enforcement to enter a vehicle when, in their opinion, an animal inside is suffering from heat exhaustion or other medical issues that constitutes cruel or inhumane treatment.

Under the bill co-sponsored by Bend Senator Tim Knopp, the officer has the authorization to enter the vehicle with minimal damage and rescue the animal which would then be transported to an animal care shelter for medical treatment, hydration, food and other care. The owner would be notified of the action within 72 hours of the event.

The officer would not be legally or financially responsible for actions taken to rescue the animal, unless the actions were judged unreasonable in the course of the rescue. In most cases, a broken window may be the sum total of the damage.

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Weather or Not: Stamp Another One

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May 262015

Chris Burns Weather

Tuesday, May 26th – Lincoln County

Summary: The rubber stamp was out yesterday with conditions varying little from the past few days. Thick morning clouds became scattered and broken by noonish, some nice clearing periods developed in time for Memorial Day afternoon barbecues and beach walks, and then the marine layer filled in again just past sunset. High temps were mainly in the upper-50s and northwest winds blew 10-15 mph with a few gusts near 25. Cloudy skies prevailed overnight and the thermometer slipped slightly into the low-50s. At daybreak, it was cloudy with some bright spots and winds were light northerly.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 62F/54F
Depoe Bay: 57F/52F
Newport: 57F/52F
Waldport: 58F/51F
Yachats: 59F/52F

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Forecast: The ink pad isn’t dry yet, so we’ll get to stamp another one today. Expect the usual – morning clouds giving way to some sunbreaks of varying length, high temps of 55-60F and moderate northwest winds this afternoon. Mostly cloudy skies WON SUN-CLOUDSare expected tonight, lows around 50F. Tomorrow should be partly sunny with the mercury climbing to 60F or so. Outlook is for fewer clouds and more clearing as the week progresses; temperatures remain seasonal between 50F lows and 60F highs. The next chance to put the rubber stamp away is Monday when some precipitation is possible.

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Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy with 60-70F. Valley destinations are expecting clouds early, sunshine later and a high of 70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, light west winds, temps around 70F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 40-45F; partly cloudy, the free air freezing level is at 10,000 feet.

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Marine: Seas are a little lumpy this morning, 5-6 feet at 6-8 seconds, and the breeze is N 5-10 knots. Expect WON MARINE WXnortherlies 10-15 knots today gusting 20 by afternoon with swells 5 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, N wind 10-15 knots and swells 5 feet at 15 seconds. A mixed swell set is projected for tomorrow, one W 5 feet at 14 seconds and the other SW 3 feet at 19 seconds; winds N 5-10 knots gusting 15. Outlook is for northerlies 10-15 knots with swells around 4 feet Thursday through Saturday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Clouds, sunbreaks, afternoon sea breeze, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
05/26 Tue 07:16 AM 5.47 H
05/26 Tue 01:31 PM 1.29 L
05/26 Tue 08:27 PM 6.92 H
05/27 Wed 02:50 AM 2.20 L

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In Short: Some clearing, moderate winds, then mixed sky and dry.

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