Oct 212014
Sen. Jeff Merkley D-Oregon

Sen. Jeff Merkley
Sponsored bill to broaden college benefits to wives of dead veterans.

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley commended today’s announcement by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that college education scholarships will be available starting on November 3rd to spouses of military service members who died on active duty. This expanded scholarship comes as a result of legislation authored by Senator Merkley and passed into law this summer.

“Our military families face so many challenges and when tragedy strikes they deserve a chance to rebuild their lives through education opportunities,” said Merkley. “I was honored to fight for this change in Washington and it’s great news that the VA has been quick to put this legislation into action.”

Prior to the passage of Senator Merkley’s legislation, spouses of fallen service members were only eligible for limited education benefits. Merkley’s Spouses of Heroes Education Act makes them eligible for full scholarships which currently provide full in-state tuition and fees only to children of service members who died in the line of duty. This change will allow spouses to also receive the full cost of public, in-state undergraduate tuition and fees, plus a monthly grant for living expenses and textbooks.

The VA will track down surviving spouses eligible for this program and send them a letter with comparative information on the benefits available and instructions on how to make a choice among potential colleges.

Information about this program is available on the VA’s website and the GI Bill website: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

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 Posted by at 11:56 PM
Oct 212014
Dr. Ron Davidson New Executive Director Children's Advocacy Center of Lincoln County

Dr. Ron Davidson
New Executive Director
Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County

The board of directors of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ron Davidson as Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County. Dr. Davidson is a nationally renown child welfare and mental health advocate with many years of experience caring for abused and neglected children – as executive director of the agency.

Dr. Davidson was director of the Mental Health Policy Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Department of Psychiatry from 1994 until his retirement in June. Operating under a federal court consent decree, a landmark case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union to reform the state’s troubled child welfare system, the UIC program has provided clinical consultation and technical assistance to Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for more than 20 years. During that period, Dr. Davidson and his UIC staff conducted over 400 reviews of psychiatric hospitals and residential treatment centers on behalf of DCFS, in addition to offering clinical training and support to community-based agencies serving mentally ill children.

Dr. Davidson’s UIC program often drew national news media attention and national recognition – including a 1998 profile by Dateline NBC. Dr. Davidson also honored with a 2007 award for program excellence from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a frequent media commentator on child welfare, healthcare reform and other public policy issues.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have relied on Dr. Davidson’s expertise regarding psychiatric hospitals in a number of healthcare fraud investigations, beginning in 1998, and he continues to consult with federal law enforcement officials in this ongoing national effort.

Dr. Davidson received a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California at Davis in 1982, where he also completed a clinical internship in the UCD psychiatry department’s community mental health clinics and psychiatric emergency services unit. He received a BA in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1973.

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 Posted by at 10:04 PM
Oct 212014
"Biggie" is looking for a new home!  Lincoln County Animal Shelter

“Biggie” is looking for a new home! Lincoln County Animal Shelter

Our Pet of the Week for the week of October 22, is Biggie! This handsome, approximately 9 month old, neutered, male American Pitbull Terrier mix, really lives up to his name; Biggie is over 60 pounds and still growing!

Biggie is a really smart kid, who loves to please his people and play with everyone he meets. If you’ve been searching for a young dog who will excel in obedience, agility, flyball, or anything else you want to throw at him, Biggie may be the guy for you. Biggie loves to play with other dogs, but likes to play hard, so he may be a bit much for senior or small dogs. Biggie isn’t just a big dog with big ears and a big heart, he’s a rough and ready, best friend forever in the making!

The fee to adopt Biggie is only $75.00, which includes a vet visit (generously supplied by our local veterinarians), microchip, flea treatment, wormer and vaccinations, two free training sessions with Dog E University’s Tammy Boysun, and a free bag of dog food courtesy of the Feed Corral, and all animals are spayed and neutered prior to adoption.

Please come and visit all the animals at your Lincoln County Animal Shelter, located at 510 NE Harney St. in Newport (just east of the Fairgrounds). Hours are: Tuesday through Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Also, if you can help us restock our pet food pantry for our Meals on Wheels and Food Bank programs, that will really help. We need wet cat food and we distribute hundreds of pounds of pet food each month to those in need. For additional information on our available animals, or on volunteering, please call the Shelter during business hours at 265-6610 & press option 6.

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 Posted by at 4:08 PM
Oct 212014

big red construction

Make sure your house and business is ready for the winter storms! Big Red Construction Service will give you a FREE estimate!

Specializing in coastal building for over 20 years, we’ll check your house from foundation to roof, inside and out. Call today to set your appointment!

Big Red Construction Service
Phone: 541-921-1820
Contractors License: CCB#: 183290

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 Posted by at 12:29 PM
Oct 212014
Boiler Bay Archive photo

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 Posted by at 11:03 AM
Oct 212014

Chris Burns Weather

Tuesday, October 21st – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday unfolded as predicted with everything from sunshine to showers.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/57F/22mph/0.66”
Depoe Bay: 62F/55F/27mph/0.32”
Newport: 63F/54F/30mph/0.30”
Waldport: 65F/56F/25mph/0.15”
Yachats: 63F/58F/32mph/0.28”

Forecast: The first major storm system of Autumn is predicted to arrive on the Central Coast this afternoon, packing WON WINDY RAINYwinds of 50-70 mph and heavy rain. We could receive as much as 2-4 inches of rainfall by Thursday. Another storm may impact our area this weekend.

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a High Wind Warning in effect from 3:00pm this afternoon to noon Wednesday for the Central Oregon Coast near beaches and headlands.

* Winds: near beaches and headlands, sustained south winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts of 60-70 mph. In Central Coast communities, south winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50-55 mph.

* Timing: beginning late this afternoon and continuing until midday Wednesday.

* Locations include: Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport and Yachats.

* Impacts: the winds will likely cause difficulties for those accessing beaches and headland areas; tree damage is possible on the headlands.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

The National Weather Service has also issued a Special Weather Statement for a wet and windy week ahead for Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon.

A strong and wet Pacific frontal system will bring periods of heavy rain and gusty winds to much of Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon starting today, continuing throughout the midweek period before the front finally exits to our south and east late Wednesday night or Thursday. This frontal system also has a solid tap to tropical moisture, which will enhance rainfall near the front as it slowly moves through the area tonight through early Thursday. Rain will be heavy at times along the coast and in the higher terrain, and possibly in the inland valleys as well. Currently, rainfall totals of around 2 inches are expected in the inland valleys by Thursday afternoon. Coastal locations are expected to receive 2 to 4 inches of rain, and 3 to 6 inches of rain are forecast for most of the Coast Range and Cascades.

Leaves downed by the rain and gusty winds may clog storm drains and exacerbate minor urban flooding issues as the rain becomes heavier Wednesday into Wednesday night. Additionally, there is a possibility of minor flooding on some faster-responding small streams and rivers due to the heavy rain. Burn scar areas from recent wildfires in the Cascades may also be subject to debris flows. All of this will be monitored closely over the coming days.

After a lull on Thursday, it is starting to appear that another strong system could affect at least part of the area Friday into this weekend. Details on this system are still quite uncertain but it appears Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon is in for a fairly extended period of wet and unsettled Fall weather.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers, windy by late this afternoon and 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting rain with highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, rain; the snow level is at 6,000 feet. Outlook for all areas of Northwest Oregon is strong winds and heavy rain possibly causing downed trees and power lines, debris flows and localized flooding on streets, roads and highways throughout the week.

Marine: S winds are already up to 20-25 knots this morning and seas are running 13 feet at 14 seconds. As of 7:30am, WON GALEDepoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until 1:00pm this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas runs until 1:00pm this afternoon. Then, a Gale Warning will be hoisted from 1:00pm this afternoon through Wednesday morning. For today, SW wind 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 in the morning then becoming S 25-30 knots with gusts to 40 in the afternoon, and combined square seas 14 feet with a dominant period of 14 seconds. Tonight, S wind 30-35 knots becoming 30-40 knots after midnight with gusts to 45 knots and combined very rough seas 17 feet at 12 seconds. Tomorrow, southerlies 25-30 knots, easing to 20-25 knots in the afternoon with gusts to 35 knots and combined steep seas 17 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 15-25 knots, seas 10-15 feet with another storm system possible later in the week.

On the Beach… Rain, very windy, surf 12-15 feet (high).
* High Wind Warning in effect for beaches and headlands.
* Surf may rise to dangerous levels this week.
* Tides
10/21 Tue 11:20 AM 8.03 H
10/21 Tue 05:42 PM 0.91 L
10/21 Tue 11:55 PM 7.12 H
10/22 Wed 05:37 AM 1.84 L

In Short: High winds, heavy rain, then continued stormy.

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 Posted by at 7:22 AM
Oct 202014
Barbara Left City Councilor and write-in candidate for mayor...

Barbara Left
City Councilor and write-in candidate for mayor…

Hi All –
The agenda for Tuesday is straightforward–the usual monthly items, a few City “housekeeping” actions, one grant opportunity and validating Kathy Wyatt’s election to Council. The complete agenda is attached.

Thank you to those who attended the last meeting. We hope you can join us this week. Your opinion matters to us and your presence informs our deliberations. Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting…

Be safe and enjoy today,
Barb Leff

Tuesday evening's city council agenda...

Tuesday evening’s city council agenda…

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 Posted by at 11:36 PM
Oct 202014

community rights meeting

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 Posted by at 11:25 PM
Oct 202014

A pedestrian walking in the drive through lane at Burger King slipped and fell shortly before 9pm and remains on the ground with what he describes as severe neck pain.

Ambulance and fire rescue are enroute.

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 Posted by at 8:57 PM
Oct 202014

Coast Guard Helo Town Hall Meeting OCCC, Newport Craig Putman photos

Coast Guard Helo
Town Hall Meeting
OCCC, Newport
Craig Putman photos

Estimated 250-300 people attended Town Hall Meeting

Estimated 250-300 people attended Town Hall Meeting
To the person – opposed to the closure of the Newport Coast Guard Air Rescue Station

One by one, whether from organizations or speaking only for themselves, residents continued to demand Monday night during a Town Hall Meeting at Oregon Coast Community College that the Coast Guard radically change course on their plans for the Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Base in Newport. They said firmly and consistently, “DON’T CLOSE IT.” Many predicted that deaths will rise and the coastal economy will suffer if the Coast Guard pulls out, leaving only two choppers, one in Astoria, the other in Coos Bay, to respond to emergencies along the chronically storm-tossed central coast.

The biggest factor is cold ocean temperatures which can kill in a matter of minutes. Despite the Coast’s Guard’s boasting of upgraded locational electronics and advances in survival suits, most of those who go overboard or find themselves in the water from a sinking, they have neither. Especially civilian charter fishing boats as one charter boat capsized this past summer off Depoe Bay throwing five people in the water, one nearly dying of hypothermia. And that was with the Newport Coast Guard chopper getting on scene in a matter of minutes…not in a little under an hour as will be the case if the Newport base is closed.

The Coast Guard Admiral from Seattle told the crowd that he has standing orders to close the base. And if those orders hold, he will do it.

Fishermen’s Wives produced a petition asking the Coast Guard to reconsider, signed by over 18,000 people. “And they’re still coming in,” said one Fishermen’s Wives member. Even a contingent of tree fallers who work deep in the woods testified that when a logger gets hurt hours from any hospital, the Coast Guard swoops in and saves lives that otherwise would be lost.

Local fire-rescue departments, including Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Seal Rock and others, strongly urged the Coast Guard to examine the facts and those facts will compel them to withdraw the closure order. Many in the crowd said that the Coast Guardsmen themselves, who bravely work to save lives, are still near and dear to the hearts of all coastal residents – that their anger is not not directed at those who do the heavy lifting. It’s the brass, they say, in Washington DC who have no clue what life is like on the coast of the Pacific Northwest and that they ought to do a little homework before they move to close the base. If they close the base, many believe the Coast Guard will be signing death warrants on fathers, sons, husbands, wives, grandfathers and grandmothers who make their living on the sea as well as unwary visitors to the coast from Portland and other inland cities, those seeking wholesome recreation – not a quick death while on vacation.

The Coast Guard Admiral and others commented that the Oregon Congressional Delegation is negotiating with top Coast Guard officials in Washington, so far centering on postponing the closure until the Coast Guard can develop other strategies for cutting costs, if that is, in truth, what’s really needed. Others, both inside and outside the town hall meetings have complained that there always seems to be money for millions upon millions of dollars for pet projects back home for congressmen and senators yet in this case, in matters of life and death, the government is choosing death for commercial and recreation fishermen, pleasure boaters, and anyone who visits the Oregon Coast. Some have noted the cruel irony in that the Coast Guard plans to withdraw their helicopter during the first week of the crabbing season just as crabbers begin sailing off into what can quickly become howling gales and mountainous seas – the deadliest time of year. Without the helo, they will be largely out there on their own.

The Admiral noted that the town hall meeting was being video taped so higher-ups in Washington can see the see the magnitude of the turn-out by those opposed to the closure.

So…we’re back to waiting to see what the Oregon Congressional Delegation can come up with.

Nothing has change.

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