Learning to eat cancer resistant foods…

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Mar 272017

That’s My Farmer food presentation coming to Lincoln County

The Samaritan Cancer Resource Centers are offering a special FREE 90-minute edition of the “That’s My Farmer” program Wednesday, April 19, in Lincoln City and Newport.

Each seminar will combine nutrition education and a cooking lesson geared to cancer survivors and patients. Participants will learn how to prepare nutritious and delicious meals and be given ingredients to take home. Each participant may bring a guest.

The Lincoln City seminar will begin at 11 a.m. in the Health Professions Education Center, 3011 NE 28th St. The Newport seminar will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Center for Health Education, 740 SW Ninth St.

There is no cost to attend. Registration is requested by calling the Samaritan Cancer Resource Center in Corvallis at 541-768-2171 or emailing CancerResourceCenter@samhealth.org.

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Rep. Kurt Schrader’s comments during last night’s Town Hall Meeting

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Mar 272017

Report from KYAQ, Lincoln County’s local public radio station
Kurt Schrader Holds Town Hall Meeting In Newport

by Bill Dalbey, KYAQ News Director

Lincoln County’s representative to the US Congress, Kurt Schrader, held a well-attended town hall meeting in Newport on Saturday. Schrader gave about 12 minutes of opening remarks to an estimated 400 people.

He praised the recent examples of the checks and balances written into the constitution, talked about the Russian influence on the 2016 elections, his concern about the “demonization” of immigrants, and a variety of other issues.

Schrader said he is “not a fan of the current President”, and expressed concern about the investigation of Russian influence on our elections, agreeing with House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff’s concerns about how they can conduct an effective investigation amid the apparent “lack of impartiality” displayed by committee chair Devin Nunes.

He also said he is concerned about the Supreme Court hearings, “that for the Republicans to not fill a slot for 10 or 11 months, and then expect the rest of us to roll over and confirm this nominee, is unrealistic.”

The congressman talked about the 10 month process and “bigger town halls than this” that took place when the Affordable Care Act was initially being considered. He said, “you’ve got to be able to listen to people on both sides of the aisle”, and that the Democratic administration and congress tried to reach out to republicans again and again, with no success. “But they to expect us to rubberstamp a complete rewrite of that, after 3 weeks, and when you look at the bill, you have to say, what’s the point, man?”

He said that the Republicans wanted flexibility and choice but “They didn’t care how many people had health care. That truly shocked me a little bit.”

“In the end”, he said, “I think they understood that the ACA is very important to a lot of Americans.”

After his introductory remarks, he devoted the balance of the hour to answering constituent’s questions.

Regarding the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian influence, Schrader said, tongue in cheek, that it appeared that Chairman Devin Nune’s loyalties are “slightly divided”.

“He works for his colleagues but also appeared worried about the president, and that makes me worried about the president too, but not in the same way”.

The audience cheered when Schrader said that Ranking Member Adam Schiff will watch very closely to ensure that this investigation will go forward in a bipartisan manner, or call for a special independent prosecutor.

To a question about the proposed Federal budget, Schrader said that the president has put forward a “budget of sorts” but wouldn’t put a lot of stock in it, because it’s simply not feasible. He said that budgeting and appropriations are actually a bipartisan process, although leadership sometimes puts “poison pills” in legislation. It takes 60 votes in the Senate, but that can by circumvented by the reconciliation process. “This budget will require 60 votes in the senate and there’s no way we’re going to have a 30% cut in the CG budget, it’s just not gonna happen.”

In response to a question about gerrymandering, Schrader said that “Citizens United gives some people a greater say than they should have in our democratic process, like billionaires who are willing to buy a seat. That’s wrong, it shouldn’t be allowed. If you’re concerned about that, talk to your state senator about how district boundaries are drawn. Redistricting shouldn’t be done by the party in power, but by a more independent group.” Schrader sponsors a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizen’s United and to ensure that money does not equal free speech.

Schrader said he is not concerned about the proposed budget cuts, as NOAA and the Coast Guard are vitally important for many reasons and have broad support in congress. As for the EPA, Schrader said ““I disagree with some of the decisions the EPA has made, you know that, but I support their budget every single year because they are necessary to make sure our streams and air are not polluted.” He went on to say that despite what the media would lead you to believe, the president is a non-factor in congress, nor is he a player in the upcoming tax reform.

Our Congressman’s stance on GMO’s was not popular with the audience. “I guess I come at it from a scientific aspect, and I believe there’s no trouble with GMOs. We’ve been doing it for 2000 years, if you do it in a lab, you can avoid harmful mutations. There’s a lot of good folks in agriculture that do a lot of good things with GMO, feed a lot of people, increase yields. We passed a GMO labeling law, and the people won, my side lost.”

The crowd erupted in the biggest cheering of the night at a statement by a questioner that “Jeff Sessions needs to be fired.” and “We’re running out of time on the Russia investigation. How can we make this happen now? “

Schrader responded that “We’re close to doing that, the intelligence committee is on the point of breaking down, I’m afraid, and when that happens, I think in a week or two, the committee will be making a decision as to whether there is room for a bipartisan investigation. If there’s not, then myself any many others will make a call for an independent investigation.”

On a question about immigration, Schrader said “the fear that this president has instilled in a lot of people is just terrible. They’ve worked hard, gone to school, and are trying to become good citizens. Oregon welcomes immigrants. What we’re doing in Oregon is trying to set a different tone, I’ve talked to the head of ICE in Oregon, and not to put words in her mouth, I think they’re as confused a we are, and upset that it seems open season on immigrants.”

He went on to say that many of the immigrants at the southern border are not Mexicans, but from Central America, escaping horrendous and inhumane living conditions. “What the hell kind of message does that send to the rest of the free world, that we’re building a wall so people cannot get into freedom?”

At the end of the town hall, Congressman Schrader thanked the attendees and urged all citizens to continue to be involved in the political process, saying that it gives him and other elected representatives valuable information and leverage when trying to do the people’s will in Washington DC.

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Newport: Rollover accident on Highway 20, two miles east of Newport

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Mar 272017

Report of a rollover accident on Highway 20 about two miles east of Newport. Emergency responders are enroute.

Reports say there’s one adult and two children in the car. No confirmed injuries. One caller said no injuries…another said there are injuries. Fire-Rescue is enroute full lights and sirens. Watch for emergency vehicles. Caution in the area.

Reports from the scene say the vehicle is on its top and is blocking the westbound lane.

All occupants are out of the vehicle.

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Logan Kitzhaber sentenced to a week in jail, fine and prescription drug rehab

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Mar 272017

Logan Kitzhaber, 19
Week in jail, fines and prescription drug rehab.
Oregonian photo

R/V Kitzhaber hit with elderly couple inside on 101 north of Lincoln City last summer.

What was left of Kitzhaber’s Prius.

19 year old Logan Kitzhaber, son of former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, was sentenced today in Lincoln County Circuit Court to 7 days in jail, a $2,500 fine, his driver’s license revoked for five years and ordered to maintain a drug rehabilitation program he’s already enrolled in. He was also put on 5 years probation. If he violates it, he’ll be imprisoned for a much longer stay.

Young Kitzhaber was DUI-prescription drugs when his vehicle crossed over the center line on Highway 101 last summer, in north Lincoln City, injuring an older couple in an oncoming R/V. It was the first vacation they’d had in years. The husband suffered medical complications from the wreck and has been confined to a wheel chair ever since.

Here’s more from Lori Tobias in The Oregonian. Click here.

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Weather or Not: Yin and Yang

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Mar 272017

Monday, Mar. 27th – Lincoln County

Summary: Rainy and windy yesterday, showers overnight, below average temps.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/44F/31mph/0.42”
Depoe Bay: 50F/43F/41mph/0.39”
Newport: 50F/43F/39mph/0.55”
Waldport: 50F/43F/36mph/0.48”
Yachats: 52F/45F/34mph/0.46”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 2,000’ & 3,300’, overcast @ 3,900’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: WSW 9 mph G17/Altimeter: 30.10”

Forecast: As if Chinese philosophers were predicting the weather, the yin and yang of dry and wet conditions will continue throughout Spring Break this week. Showers, possible thunderstorms and sunbreaks are on tap today, moderate winds and a high of 50F. A slight chance of showers lingers tonight and tomorrow, low of 45F, high 50-55F. Outlook is for the next storm system to arrive Tuesday night and last into Wednesday with an inch or better of rain and gusty sou’westers, showers likely Thursday, dry and partly sunny Friday, then a chance of rain/showers Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures slowly rising to near average as highs reach 50-55F and lows dip to 45F.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on the latest conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps near 40F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 45F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperature 40-45F. For the Cascades, expect areas of packed snow and slush on the highways this morning, 30-32F, the snow level is below the passes at 3,500 feet, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for 2-5 inches of snow today, carry chains or traction tires. NOTE: Oregon’s studded tire season ends this Friday, March 31st. * An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are westerly 5-15 knots gusting 20 this morning with seas 8-9 feet at 9 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. A larger westerly swell will be arriving today. Seas will rise back above 10 feet later this morning, and are expected to reach 12-14 feet tonight, remain above 10 feet for the next few days, then should finally drop below 10 feet Thursday through the weekend. A frontal boundary will sag south into local waters on Tuesday, bringing southerly winds gusting 25-30 knots. A low forming along the front will approach from the southwest Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. This will strengthen the wind field and may bring some gale force gusts. The low is modeled to move onshore over Vancouver Island Wednesday afternoon. Then high pressure will begin to build over the NE Pacific, bringing a period of benign conditions with northerly winds Thursday and Friday. There is some uncertainty going into next weekend, but it looks likely that the high will persist. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
03/27 Mon 06:34 AM 0.92 L
03/27 Mon 12:45 PM 8.47 H
03/27 Mon 06:53 PM -0.06 L
03/28 Tue 01:17 AM 8.67 H

In Short: Showers, brief drying at times, continued unsettled.

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Riva Beside Me – Friday Opening Night!

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Mar 272017

“RIVA BESIDE ME” Opening night is this coming Friday!

“Riva Beside Me,” based on the novel by Newport’s Carla Perry, is opening this weekend at the Performing Arts Center, 777 West Olive Street in Newport. It features five of our local high school students and three adults performing on the Alice Silverman stage in this mature drama about hidden lives, determination, and endurance. It’s also a teenage love story that takes place in New York City in the 1960s.

The main character, Riva Sarno, is so detached that she’s fractured. Her path is grueling, but the play ends wonderfully, like a twisted Cinderella story. Riva is empowered, unified, and voiced. The risks she takes to overcome the odds will likely trigger secrets, hidden fears, and painful memories in the audience, but they, too, will emerge from the theater spent, but delighted.

The stage play was written by the team of Carla Perry, Sarah Gayle, KE Edmisten, Marc Maislen, and Mary Eastman, and produced by New Visions Arts. The cast includes Quitze Rose-Pilling, Drake Simon, Cassie Beal, Leo Johns, and Grace Burns as the teenagers, plus CJ McCarty and Ram Papish as Riva’s parents, and Pete Theodore as The Other. Mary Eastman directs.

“Riva Beside Me” will run for two weekends, with evening performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Friday, March 31: 7 p.m. OPENING NIGHT
Saturday, April 1: 2 p.m. Matinee & 7 p.m. Evening Show
Sunday, April 2: 2 p.m. Matinee


Friday, April 7: 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 8: 2 p.m. Matinee & 7 p.m. Evening Show
Sunday, April 9: 2 p.m. Matinee. CLOSING SHOW
Tickets are $18 / $16 for students and available at the Performing Arts Center box office.
Or call 541-265-2787.

A limited number of complimentary student tickets are available at the box office free to area high school students to help increase access for teenagers interested in live theatre. Reservations for these special tickets must be made in person at the Performing Arts Center box office, or by calling 541-265-2787. There is a limit of two free tickets per student.

For additional information contact New Visions Arts, 541-635-0030; or newvisionsarts@gmail.com.

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South Carolina murderer may be hiding out along the Oregon Coast

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Mar 262017

A man wanted in connection with the stabbing death of his wife in South Carolina may be hanging around the Oregon Coast working odd jobs or trying to get a job aboard a fishing boat. Authorities say Joshua Blauvelt, an active duty U.S. Army recruiter has been on the run since last October when his wife was found stabbed to death.

Here’s more on the story from the Curry Coastal Pilot Click here.

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