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Letter to the Editor: “We can have it if we want it badly enough!”

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Feb 082016

Editorial Comment by Joanne Cvar

The 2016 election campaign is bringing media attention to health care reform, including scare tactics about the cost and viability of comprehensive universal health care.

Contrary to claims that comprehensive quality health care for everyone in the country would “break the bank,” such existing systems in Canada and Scotland spend about 40% less for universal health care coverage than we spend for our system, with better outcomes. And the Affordable Care Act currently leaves about 33 million people uninsured and many more under-insured.

Surprisingly,the cost of health care coverage for all those uninsured Americans would not raise taxes as much as the media claims. As it turns out, taxpayers already pay two-thirds of the health care dollar in the US. In addition to Medicare and Medicaid. the VA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American taxpayers, including the uninsured, pick up the tab for the benefit costs of state and federal public employees like teachers, FBI agents, firefighters and members of Congress. We also pay for the tax subsidy granted by the ACA to private health insurance, about $326 billion a year, expected to increase to $538.9 billion by 2024.

An expanded Medicare for All system in the US would result in massive savings in administrative costs. Canada and Scotland, with universal health care, pay about 16.7 cents of the health care dollar for billing and administration, while we pay about 31 cents here. We could save $400 billion annually on paperwork alone, enough to cover all of the uninsured and eliminate co-payments and deductibles for the rest of us..Without those savings, there is no way to pay for expanded coverage.

We already pay for universal health care. We just aren’t getting it. We need to counter the misinformation the media is spreading with the facts. Voters will support new taxes if they know the money will be well spent to bring health care justice to the USA at last.

It’s a great day to get vaccinated!!! “Cuz you don’t want the flu messin’ up two weeks of your life!

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Oct 112017

Those germs do get around….
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The start of Autumn means the start of influenza season, and public health officials say now is the best time—when the number of flu cases in Oregon is still low—to get vaccinated.

While it’s difficult to forecast exactly how bad the flu season will be this year, health officials say getting a flu shot is the best way to prepare for however it shapes up.

Flu is a virus that causes mild to severe respiratory illness and can lead to hospitalization. The virus kills thousands of people in the U.S. each year. People at higher risk of severe illness or death include children, adults older than 65, pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions or weak immune systems.

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The flu vaccine is the best protection against flu. It can take up to two weeks to become effective, so getting it earlier in the season is ideal. Vaccinations are recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.

Ways that we can all help prevent the flu:

* Stay home and limit contact with others if you are sick, including staying home from work or school when you are sick.
* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue out when you are done.
* Wash hands with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
* Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may have flu germs on them.
* Avoid getting coughed and sneezed on.

Flu vaccine is available from health care providers, local health departments and many pharmacies. To find flu vaccine clinic, visit the OHA flu prevention website at and use OHA’s flu vaccine locator tool.

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies and other law enforcement sweep county of wanted persons

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Oct 122010

Lincoln County law enforcement has successfully completed its 8th annual countywide sweep to arrest offenders on outstanding warrants for family violence related charges, as well as compliance checks of registered sex offenders residing in Lincoln County. The local enforcement campaign was part of the National Family Violence Apprehension Detail which involves dozens of police agencies and hundreds of law enforcement officers nationwide.

The District Attorney’s Office, Lincoln County Sheriffs Office, Lincoln City Police Department, Newport Police Department, Oregon State Police, Toledo Police Department, and Lincoln County Community Corrections conducted the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team sweep in all areas of Lincoln County on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. The fifteen officer team made 182 registered sex offender contacts to verify compliance with registered sex offender requirements, and made 88 warrant arrest attempts. The effort of the participating officers resulted in the identification of 20 registered sex offenders who were out of compliance.

Arrest warrants will be requested for these subjects for Fail to register as a sex offender.

Sheriff Dennis Dotson stated, “The coordination and cooperation between the law enforcement agencies in Lincoln County was the principal reason for the success of this campaign. The officers involved in the sweep worked as a team and made contacts in and out of their respective jurisdictions. This effort is but one more example of our officers’, troopers’ and deputies’ commitment to making Lincoln County a safer place to live.”

(Authorized by Committee to Elect Patricia Patrick-Joling)

LC Commissioner Doug Hunt wants another 4 years….

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Jan 122018

Doug Hunt
LC Commissioner
Files for another term

Lincoln County Commissioner Doug Hunt has formally announced his campaign for re-election to Lincoln County Commissioner Position 1. Hunt is currently serving in this position since his appointment in 2012 and subsequent election to a 4-year term in 2014.

“As County Commissioner I have concentrated on job creation, economic development, improving our roads and infrastructure, bettering our services to veterans and seniors and critically important emergency preparedness. In addition, with over 39 years of experience as a private sector banker, I have brought a business approach to the county budget, working to assure a stable financial future for our county and for the important services we deliver to our citizens.

While I have served as Commissioner, I am proud we have increased our county reserves, maintained services to our citizens, and carefully added staff for public safety, health care and to address domestic violence.”

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Hunt has been appointed by Governor Brown to the state workforce investment board. As a strong advocate for educational and job training programs, Hunt convened a maritime industries sector committee focusing on maritime family wage jobs This committee is creating opportunities through job training, education and economic development for family-wage jobs in maritime industries.

“I am a voice for all areas of our county. As a county commissioner I consistently attend community events and meetings throughout the county including non-profit fundraising activities, community dedications, award banquets, chambers of commerce, and service organizations. My participation in these activities allows me to confront, discuss and understand the varied issues and challenges facing our county. Serving as a county commissioner has allowed me to contribute to the betterment of our entire county, its communities and all our county citizens.”

Commissioner Hunt and his wife, Patsy, have three adult children, all graduates of the Lincoln County School District, and one grandchild, Madilyn. They have lived in the Toledo area for the past 29 years.

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Commissioner Doug Hunt

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How can they find you if your house doesn’t have an addess number on it????

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Dec 292017

Sheriff Curtis Landers
Lincoln County


Emergency response teams cannot find you if your house number is not clearly displayed. In fact, a majority of them are not visible from the street, especially at night. A badly displayed number can cost you precious time in an emergency. The following guidelines will help you know How to Display Your House Number.

On Your House

1. The number should be posted so that it is visible from both directions of travel.
2. Trees, bushes or other debris should not block visibility from the road.
3. Numbers should be placed above eye level near the front door within a radius of the porch light.
4. Avoid placing numbers away from the front door such as above garage doors.

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On Your Mailbox
1. Remember to mark your mailbox on both sides, but do not use your mailbox as the only means of identification for your house.
2. Numbers on the mailbox door may be great for your mail carrier, but they are extremely difficult to be seen by drivers.
3. The numbers on the mailbox need to be highly visible, so if you choose stickers, white letters on a black mailbox will be easily seen as will black letters on a white mailbox. Shiny silver numbers on a black
mailbox are NOT visible.
4. Another option is to mount a sign above or below the mailbox making sure the sign color contrasts from the mailbox color.
5. If your mailbox is not in front of your house or near your driveway, emergency responders cannot locate you unless you have your house number on your house or on a post or sign in your yard.

Address signs

1. The bigger, the better. The number should be at least four inches tall if displayed on a house or sign. Get boldface type that is thick and wide.
2. Address signs should be placed about two feet from the driveway in the direction of the house.
3. Pick a color that will contrast with the background. If your house is a dark color, then the address sign should be light so that the number stands out and can be viewed from the street. For
example, a black number is perfect on a white house. A white number will also show clearly on a brick house. A lighted number is even better for easy visibility at night.
4. Use caution with brass or bronze numbers as they are difficult to see on many backgrounds.

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Following these guidelines will save valuable time in the event of an emergency. When facing a critical event, you don’t want to worry that emergency responders can’t find you. Help us help you.

And that’s the first Tip of the Week for 2018. Make this your best year ever!

For more information and tips, visit our website at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office — Oregon.

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After 10 years, the long arm of the law finally gets a wanted fugitive in Mexico

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Dec 242017

Deputy Kelly Fredinburg, killed on duty while enroute to a call. Hit head on – patrol car burst into flames.

De Jesus Ascencio
Wanted for Negligent Homicide. Finally extradited to the U.S.

It took a long time to track down and arrest a wanted fugitive wanted in connection with the death of a Marion County deputy sheriff. But the suspect is now in the Marion County Jail where he faces charges of two counts of negligent homicide and flight to avoid prosecution.

The tragic story occurred ten years ago on Highway 99E when Deputy Kelly Fredinburg was enroute to an emergency call when his patrol car was hit head-on by a vehicle driven by De Jesus Ascencio. Deputy Fredinburg and a passenger of in Ascencio’s vehicle were killed – but Ascencio survived.

After a grand jury investigation Ascencio was charged with two counts of Criminal Negligent Homicide. Instead of surrendering to authorities Ascencio fled to Mexico before he could be arraigned in court.

A short time later the Marion County District Attorney filed a request for a Mexican Court to issue an arrest warrant on Asencio. Ascencio was arrested and brought to a holding facility in Baja California, near San Diego. However Ascencio was reported to have been accidentally released a month later.

Seven years later, Mexican authorities caught up with Ascencio in the State of Michoacan, about half way between Mexico City and Guadalajara. Mexican authorities re-arrested him and this time made sure he was turned over to U.S. authorities. Ascencio is now lodged in the Marion County Jail to face the charges he should have faced ten years ago.

Although the U.S. and Mexico have an agreement to arrest each other’s fugitives, it still required the services of not only the Marion County District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Department, but also the FBI (including agents assigned to Mexico City), the U.S. Embassy, Interpol (International Police), and the Mexican Attorney General’s Office to bring Ascencio back to the U.S. to stand trial for the death of Deputy Fredinburg.

For those who have Pacific Power…

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Dec 202017

To get timely updates about power outages affecting your home or business, Pacific Power can now send that information right to your phone.

In the past, customers would call or go online for updates on outages. Now, after they sign up, customers can receive text or email updates on an outage, including changes to the estimated time of restoration and cause. There are other options for billing reminders and payment information.”

Pacific Power developed the new alerts option based on direct feedback from customers. You can register on the Pacific Power website at and pick which types of notices you want to receive.

Pacific Power mobile phone app users already have access to similar information and updates, but can still sign up for the text alerts if they find that more convenient. Get the app at

Other website updates include a new energy usage and temperature graph on the customer account summary page, and a faster, more streamlined process for when customers move.

Additional enhancements are planned for 2018 as part of the company’s efforts to improve customer communications and provide more ways for customers to manage their energy use.

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Well worth reading – A very probing view of the past and the future

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Dec 152017

From Coast State Representative David Gomberg

Last week it was my special pleasure to meet with students from Newport High School. Mary Koike’s Environmental Systems and Societies classes were ready for me! They had reviewed the structure of Oregon state government, knew that each house district contained about 60,000 voters, knew how often we held elections, and came prepared with questions for their representative. The first question was, “What would you change about government or politics if you could?”

I said I worried about divisiveness and stridency – particularly at the national level. We seem to have lost the ability to compromise. We focus on winners and losers rather than winners and winners. But when we can all work together and pursue common goals and mutual success, I believe we get better results and stronger communities.

Students asked me about initiatives to protect the environment, bills I had introduced, the cost of higher education or college, and about housing and homelessness.

We talked about the Lincoln County economy and the important role of fishing, farming and timber, research and education, and tourism. I reminded these young people that a quarter of our local population is over 65 and retired. How does that affect the economy? The largest source of income here is not fishing or tourism, but pensions and retirement payments. “Retirement” is not recognized as another coastal industry but it certainly should be.

I asked for a show of hands from those students over 18 years old. They were the ones now registered to vote and I asked how they felt about 2018 and the three major elections scheduled. One told me he felt empowered but also a growing responsibility to better understand his community and what he was voting on. I reminded the classes that anyone who has visited a DMV office or has a driver’s license is now pre-registered to vote and will receive notification on their 18th birthday. In Oregon, we vote by mail instead of traveling to voting stations. We want to make sure everyone eligible is empowered and that voting responsibly is as easy as possible.

One student surprised me with their question. “Legislators only get paid about $20,000 a year. Is it worth it??”

“This is the hardest work I have ever done”, I said. “It is also the most rewarding. There is nothing like the opportunity – and the responsibility – to improve communities and change lives. The questions we face are almost always difficult. The worthy requests for funding always exceed the money we have available. And the job takes a lot of time in a district as large and diverse as ours”.

“So it is worth it?” the young woman persisted. “Yes”, I said. “I love what I’m doing and would happily do it for nothing.”

We talked about the future and the kinds of jobs that would be available. The average minimum wage earner in Lincoln County is a 31-year-old single mother. People deserve an opportunity to improve their situation rather than getting stuck at the bottom of the economic ladder. Our challenge is to create new jobs that workers can advance into and cover their living expenses. We need to give young employees and young families good reason to stay here.

We talked about career-technical education. Not every job and not every student needs a four-year degree to succeed. Yes we need dentists and accountants, but we also need plumbers and mechanics. But no matter what future young people choose, we must provide affordable options for those that pursue a university education, want to rely on our great community colleges, or need job-relevant training and skills.

Finally, we talked about automation and the growing evidence that “robots” will soon replace many workers. Computerized kiosks will take orders at fast-food outlets, self-driving vehicles will replace delivery services, and automated machines and artificial intelligence will handle much of our production and manufacturing work. These changes will create new jobs. But they will also replace a disproportionate number of the low-wage service positions which are prevalent in our coastal communities. How do we prepare? Will the people replaced move up or down the economy?

These were bright, attentive, and engaged kids. They asked hard, perceptive questions. They offered insightful answers to the questions I asked them. And as I got to know them in our hours together, I also appreciated that good students are a reflection of good teachers and supportive parents.

Several of the young men wore ties and I jokingly asked if they dressed for school that way every day.

Toward the end of my second class, one student asked me, “What is the biggest issue facing Oregon”. I took a breath and answered, “All of you!”

The kids laughed. And I quickly clarified that the question was about the biggest issue, not the biggest problem.

Our biggest issue is to adequately prepare the next generation of Oregonians, to give them the tools they need to succeed, and to provide them with opportunities to thrive.

These kids new well that one in five of their classmates were categorized as homeless. Most qualified for free meals at school. These are unacceptable statistics.

I recently helped pass the largest K-12 schools budget in our state’s history, but still Oregon lags three weeks behind the national average for number of school days. That means after twelve years, we graduate students with a full year less time in the classroom than neighboring states. Community colleges need and deserve more support. And our universities are growing unaffordable for many of our local students.

Increasing minimum wages mean little when starting positions at Taco Bell pay more than that legal minimum. And too often, people who work at the coast can’t afford to live at the coast.

Our challenge is to build a quality public education system that supports Oregonians from cradle-to-career. That means investing in early childhood programs, reducing class sizes and improving graduation rates at K-12 schools, making community colleges and universities more affordable, and supporting the expansion of modern career/technical education and vocational opportunities.

Our biggest issue is to prepare our kids and grandkids to succeed, and to create an economy that welcomes them. I believe they deserve that. Soon enough, I may need them to help take care of me. I want those kids to enter the workforce educated, motivated… and very grateful.

My time at Newport High was well spent. I’d be delighted to meet with other classes and other students around Lincoln, Tillamook, Yamhill, and Polk Counties.

Life is good here. Happy Holidays to all of you, and thanks for all you do to help make our many communities better, stronger, more resilient, and more interesting.

Warm regards,

Rep. David Gomberg

email: phone: 503-986-1410
address: 900 Court St NE, H-371, Salem, OR, 97301

Depoe Bay Fish Plant Wharf to be replaced…if only slowly

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Dec 102017

Fish plant wharf coming down. Will take a while to replace it…
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Depoe Bay’s Fish Plant wharf is coming down. The old structure is many years old and has been a labor of “quiet contempt”…no repair designed to last all that long. Some stronger support beams at one point gave the old wharf the illusion of reliability but not for anything close to “the long haul.”

So now, in the face of it’s very weathered and compromised condition, the Depoe Bay City Council has agreed to tear down the old city-owned wharf, leaving a gaping empty space. And it may remain an empty space until the city can raise the funds to build a nice new one – not only for working space but also for leisure benches for folks who just want to sit and watch the boats bob in the water, depart on fishing tours, then return and disgorge the bounty of their catches. Sticker price for the new wharf is around a quarter million dollars – no small sum for the World’s Smallest Harbor. But city officials say between a bit of city funds, funds from urban renewal, along with federal or state grants, they ought to be able to get the new wharf up and serving harbor businesses and tourism in pretty short order. City officials hope to have the money in hand to begin the project in a year to 18 months.

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Newport City Hall has openings for those who want to help plan Newport’s future

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Nov 282017

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The City of Newport is seeking applications from citizens interested in serving on the newly created Vision 2040 Advisory Committee. The committee is charged with advising current and future city councils on various city goals and improvements. The Committee will be comprised of 16 residents who either reside in the greater Newport area consisting of the City of Newport extending to Otter Rock to the north, Toledo to the east, and Seal Rock to the south, own property in the city limits, own a business in the city limits, or work in the city limits.

The Committee membership will consist of five citizens at-large, with at least one representative from the Latino community; five members of existing city committees one of which will be a member of the Planning Commission; and six members from stakeholder/partner organizations with one representative from the health community, one representative from the education community, one representative from Lincoln County government, and other stakeholder/partner organizations as identified through the appointment process.

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The Committee is advisory, and will have the following duties:
1.Informing the annual City Council goal setting and budgetary processes by linking planned projects with vision statements and strategies;
2.Tracking implementation of key strategies, developing metrics for measuring progress, and preparing annual progress reports;
3.Engaging city committees, staff, and partner organizations to facilitate implementation of strategies;
4.Recommending periodic updates to the vision and strategic plan to reflect changes in the community; and
5.Promoting the vision and strategic plan, increasing public awareness of the vision statements and strategies, and supporting community engagement efforts to achieve desired outcomes.
Committee appointments will be made for a term of five years or until successors are appointed. Initial appointees will serve staggered terms.

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Anyone interested in serving on this committee should apply using the city’s committee application, which is found on the city website at; click on “City;” then on “Committees;” and then on “Application for Committee/Commission.” The completed form can be submitted electronically.

Paper copies of the committee application form can also be obtained by contacting Peggy Hawker, at, or by telephone at 541.574.0613. The application deadline is December 22, 2017.

Committee appointments will be made by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. It is anticipated that appointments will be made at the City Council meeting of January 2, 2018.