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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 http://www.flu.oregon.gov/ 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)

PCH Auxiliary holding gift sale Nov. 28 & 29 at the hospital first-floor conference room!

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Nov 162017
 



Shop for unique gifts at Auxiliary sale and help raise money for a good cause

Here’s a way to look for a gift for a loved one that also benefits your local community. The annual holiday sale, sponsored by the Auxiliary of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, may have just what you want to give that special someone.

On Tuesday, Nov. 28 and Wednesday, Nov. 29, 8 AM to 4 PM, the hospital’s first-floor conference room will become a shop filled with an assortment of books, educational games and unique gifts for all ages. In partnership with the organization, Books Are Fun/Collective Goods, each purchase helps the Auxiliary support special projects, scholarships and equipment needs for the hospital.

The sale is open to the public. Previous sales this year have helped the Auxiliary provide scholarships for nursing students, purchase benches for the Waldport Clinic, support enhancements in oncology services at the hospital and provide continuing education scholarships for hospital employees.

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Lincoln City City Council begins to lower the boom on suspected executive session “leaks” and raises recreation center rates a little bit…

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Nov 162017
 

Lincoln City City Hall
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The Lincoln City City Council this week began taking steps to lower the boom on any member of the council that leaks executive session materials to any member of the public. Executive Sessions are city council meetings that are closed to the public to discuss personnel matters, potential or already filed law suits, acquisition or sale of city property or in recent allegations, that someone on the city council is leaking officially confidential executive session information to certain members of the public, in one form or another.

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City Attorney Richard Appicello said he has drawn up a more punitive set of punishments if a city councilor is guilty of disclosing executive session materials. Appicello reminded the council that there is a standing rule that no documents subject to executive session may be duplicated or given to anyone but the council and the city manager. He said in the interest of improving city protection of executive session documents he proposed to adopt some clear rules and sanctions found in rules adopted by the city of Gresham.

Under the Gresham format, Appicello said if a city councilor or mayor is caught disseminating such sensitive documents, the council would have the power to censure the rogue councilor or mayor. In short, a simple declaration that the councilor or mayor misbehaved by disseminating executive session documents and that he/she is hereby censured. It’s basically a slap on the wrist with an order to not do it again. But he also indicated that depending on the serious implications of the violation, the council could “investigate” the allegation further and may decide to issue a city council “ticket” of sorts…a “notice of violation” of council rules which carries more weight – and actually cites the offending councilor or mayor into court with the possibility of a $1,000 fine.

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Mayor Don Williams said he wanted to take more time with the issue and asked the council to table it until a future meeting. The response from the council was a motion to approve the new ordinance, the motion was seconded, and passed unanimously except for a lone “No” vote from Mayor Williams. Since the vote was six to one, not unanimous on first reading, the council will bring the new ordinance back to the next city council meeting for a second reading – which will likely be another 6 to 1 vote. But being a majority vote on second reading it will pass and become a new city law.

In a related observation, the rules would provide that if any council member interferes with any staff member of the city he or she could be kicked off the council.

In other council action this week the council heard from the director of the Community and Recreation Center that recreation fees are going up, but not by much. There are a lot of categories of facility use and individual recreation activities so just check the city’s recreation center website for those increases. Again, they’re not much. Mayor Don Williams asked if the rates could be bumped up during the high-tourism season. City Manager Richard Chandler said he would look into the possibilities. City Councilor Riley Hoagland asked if there might be some way to lower rates for kids. Chandler said he’d also look into that as well.

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Accused Sex Trafficker of a child wanted by the FBI

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Nov 152017
 

Kamau Curnal
Sex Trafficking of Child
FBI looking for him


The FBI’s Portland Division is increasing the reward being offered to up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Kamau Kambui Leland Curnal, age 29. In October 2016, a federal grand jury in Oregon charged Curnal with one count of sex trafficking of a child and one count of transportation of a minor for the purposes of prostitution. The indictment alleges that Curnal and a second man, Terrence T. Barnes (aka Aaron Barnes), drove a minor victim from Portland to Seattle as part of a trafficking operation. The FBI arrested Barnes in November 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Although the charges stem from alleged criminal activity in Oregon, Curnal is believed to have extensive ties to Seattle and may be living in that area. For that reason, the FBI is also running Facecbook ads in the Seattle area in an effort to generate new leads.

Aliases: Kamau K. Curnal, Kamau Kambui Carnal, Jr., Kamau Curnal
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 185 pounds
Sex: Male
Race: Black
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Curnal should be considered armed and dangerous. Do not attempt to contact him directly. If in the immediate vicinity, call 911. Anyone with general information or tips about the location of Curnal is asked to call the FBI office in his or her area. In Portland, the number is (503) 224-4181. In Seattle, the number is (206) 622-0460.

Firewood coming from outside the Pacific NW may carry dangerous pests and diseases

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Nov 152017
 

Firewood being split
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From Oregon Department of Agriculture –

Firewood is a great way for invasive species to slip into Oregon. As winter approaches, many Oregonians are in the market for something to put into the fireplace. The same advice used for firewood in campgrounds holds true for firewood used in homes– buy it where you burn it. Oregon’s nearly five-year old firewood law is beginning to make a difference for those who buy it and those who sell it.

“Firewood is still one of the most common ways for accidentally transporting diseases and insects from one state to the next,” says Helmuth Rogg, director of ODA’s Plant Protection and Conservation programs. “Buy your firewood locally and burn it where you buy it. That way, you reduce the risk of bringing in invasive species. You also support a local industry.”

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Rogg remembers a call he received a couple of years ago from a counterpart at the California Department of Food and Agriculture. A border station stopped a vehicle that openly displayed firewood. The driver was from Ohio but had traveled through Oregon into California, reportedly stopping at campgrounds along the way. An inspection of the firewood uncovered live emerald ash borer larvae and adults. Emerald ash borer is a devastating insect that has ravaged much of the east and parts of the south and midwest. Rogg was unable to find out where the camper may have stopped in Oregon, but thankfully and fortunately, none of the harmful bug were found.

“We’ve been lucky,” says Rogg. “As more people move to and through Oregon, the risk increases– especially when they bring firewood with them.”

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It may not seem economical to bring firewood great distances into Oregon, but it happens. Even the firewood being sold locally may not be homegrown. ODA has conducted informal surveys in the past of firewood offered for sale at some large retail outlets in Salem and Portland. Inspectors have found firewood from numerous states outside the Pacific Northwest and even from other countries. It still happens, but the state law enacted in January 2013 provides some assurance that hitchhiking pests and diseases don’t come along for the ride.

“The last couple of years, we’ve seen some improvement,” says Rogg. “When we go to these stores now, the firewood is mostly from the Pacific Northwest.”

The rules associated with Oregon’s law prohibit firewood from outside of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho to be sold unless it has been treated at a temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour, which kills all the pests inside that wood.

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As a result of the law, Oregon consumers can look for two types of firewood available for sale.

“There is wood that is cut in Oregon, Washington, or Idaho that is allowed without heat treatment,” says Rogg. “That is the best firewood. If it harbors insects, those insects are likely to be native to Oregon or already present. They are not a threat to our forests. The other kind available to consumers is firewood coming from outside the Pacific Northwest which will be heat treated. It should have a label stating that it pest free. A good rule of thumb is if you know it’s local firewood, great. If it’s not local and doesn’t have a label on it, avoid it.”

Even though local firewood is not required to be labeled, commercial sellers can choose to do so anyway. A product label is allowed to claim an approved Pacific Northwest firewood. A pest free label, however, will require the same heat treatment needed for firewood originating from outside Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

States with invasive species problems like emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, or sudden oak death have plenty of dying trees that are cut for firewood and then moved. These trees die in the first place because of the insect or disease, which can then show up hundreds of miles from any local infestation as people take the wood with them or sell it far from the source. It has happened in other parts of the country, there is no reason it can’t happen in Oregon.

Emerald ash borer, which has become a poster child for how firewood can be a vector for invasive species, has killed millions of ash trees in Michigan and parts of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Ontario. The insect has been found in several other states. Even though Oregon is about 2,000 miles away from the main activity, the pest could easily show up on firewood. Other unwanted pests can be readily transported on firewood. Even though California has regulations prohibiting the transportation of firewood from quarantined areas for sudden oak death, nobody can guarantee firewood will not cross the Oregon border. Oregon has its own sudden oak death quarantine in Curry County. Asian longhorned beetle has been found in the Midwest and New York, and represents a major threat to Oregon’s native trees.

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“These are not local bugs,” says Rogg. “They are a threat to our forests and natural resources.”

With the camping season at an end, the attention now shifts to homeowners who heat with wood or simply enjoy a crackling fire as the weather gets colder. They’ll be looking for a source of wood for fuel. Oregonians now can help do the right thing by buying local.

Sheriff Landers Tip o’ the Week – Earthquake & Tsunami Preparedness

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Nov 092017
 

Tsunami in Japan, 2011
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EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI PREPAREDNESS

Last month we discussed ways you can prepare your family in case of disasters. This week we want to help you be prepared for two specific disasters that can occur on the Oregon Coast.

Prepare for the Next Quake or Tsunami. Some people think it is not worth preparing for an earthquake or tsunami because whether you survive or not is up to chance. NOT SO! Most Oregon buildings will survive even a large earthquake, and so will you, especially if you follow these simple response guidelines and start preparing today.

If you know how to recognize the warning signs of a tsunami and understand what to do, you will survive that too, but you need to know what to do ahead of time. Government agencies and other emergency organizations cannot protect you from the next earthquake or tsunami. Even under the best of circumstances, medical aid or fire and law enforcement officials may not be able to reach you for many hours or even days. It is our responsibility as individuals, neighborhoods and communities to reduce risks, to prepare for the critical period immediately after the earthquake, and to make sure that planning for earthquakes and tsunamis has the high priority it deserves. By becoming informed, we can take actions to protect ourselves, reduce losses, and recover quickly.

Earthquake Preparation — Cascadia Subduction Zone or On-Shore Earthquakes
* Anchor and secure heavy appliances, furniture and glass objects to wall studs and/or other furniture items.
* Know how to turn off water, gas and electricity and have the tools needed to do so.
* Tie a bag next to your bed with shoes, extra glasses, gloves, poncho, flashlight or headlamp so you are ready to evacuate once the shaking stops.
* Have a 3-5 day kit in your car in case you need to use it as a place of shelter until the aftershocks subside.

Earthquake Response — If you feel an earthquake
* Drop, cover and hold on until after the shaking stops, then evacuate outside to survey damages to the building.
* If indoors, get under a sturdy table, hold on and be prepared to move with the table.
* If in bed, stay in the bed and protect your head with a pillow.
* If outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings and trees and stay until the shaking stops.
* If in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location until shaking stops.
* Expect and be ready for aftershocks that could last for days after the main shock.

Tsunami Preparedness and Response
A tsunami is a series of sea waves, usually caused by a displacement of ocean floor by an undersea earthquake. As tsunamis enter shallow water near land, they increase in height and can cause great loss of life and property damage.
* When at the coast, know the distant and local tsunami evacuation routes for low lying areas; look for educational signs at beach entry areas and tsunami assembly area points.
* A Distant Tsunami will take 4 or more hours to come on shore and you will feel no earthquake. The tsunami will generally be smaller than that from a local earthquake. Typically, there is time for an official warning from our Lincoln County Lincoln Alerts and the National Warning Center to evacuate to safety.
* A Local Tsunami can come on shore within 15-20 minutes after the earthquake before there is time for an official warning from the national warning system. Ground shaking may be the only warning you have, so evacuate quickly to high ground out of the local tsunami zone.
* Do not return until the alert has been canceled and emergency officials have advised that it’s safe to return.

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

Get your beautiful Yachats Calendar from select locations in Yachats

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Nov 072017
 

Yachats Calendar, 2018

Submitted by Ken Gagne, Yachats

Everyday I’m going to highlight one of my photos that are in new 2018 Yachats Calendar. Alice Rose Beck who is the fabulous director of the Yachats Youth and Family Program had the honors of picking over 100 of my photos for this calendar which benefits our local youth. It would take me hours to tell you all the things they do for our kids in Yachats, Waldport and Seal Rock and they make such a very big difference in the lives of our future generation. So I would greatly appreciate if you need a calendar and want to donate to one of the most worthy causes this it it.

You can pick them up in town at CK, Toad Hall, Just Local or Darkwater or follow this link to buy them on their webpage and have them mailed to you. If you don’t have PayPal just call 541-547-4599 and we can sell you one over the phone via credit card. Thanks so much for all the love and support!

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Registering for health insurance launches November 1st, Wednesday!

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Oct 302017
 

Governor Kate Brown
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Today, Gov. Kate Brown will highlight the importance of health insurance and the local help available to Oregonians who are enrolling in health insurance, during an open enrollment launch event at the Cascade AIDS Project in Portland.

Beginning Nov. 1, Oregonians can sign up for, renew, or change their health insurance plans at HealthCare.gov.

“In Oregon, we want people to get health insurance,” said Gov. Brown. “Already, 95 percent of Oregonians are covered and 100 percent of children have access. Now is the time to get health insurance if you don’t already have it, and to re-enroll if you have coverage through HealthCare.gov.”

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Open enrollment — for those who buy plans on their own because they do not have coverage through their employer — launches Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15, 2017. It opens the door to change plans and, for those who do not have insurance, to buy a plan and avoid a potential penalty on their 2018 taxes.

Despite the ongoing debate about the nation’s health care system on the federal level, health insurance and financial assistance, including special plans with lower out-of-pocket costs when getting care for those who qualify, are still available to Oregonians through HealthCare.gov.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, a division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, provides local assistance over the phone and through a statewide network of health insurance agents and community partners. To get connected to free local help, visit OregonHealthCare.gov and click “Find local help.”

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