Newport won’t be fluoridating the water – Opponents overwhelmingly prevail at the polls…

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May 182016
 
No fluoride in Newport's water...the voters spoke loudly.

No fluoride in Newport’s water…the voters spoke loudly.

A message from the “No on Fluoride” campaign

We, at Clean Water Newport, are thrilled with the strong results on Measure 21-164.
The people have spoken: 36% for fluoridation and 64% against it.
Newport voters have won.

Our choice is to keep fluoridation chemicals out of our water, avoiding the health risks and financial waste that fluoridation represents. There are so many other ways to protect the teeth of the population, with diet, hygiene, and regular dental care without putting toxic waste chemicals in our water.

Thank you to all those who tirelessly volunteered educate the voters of Newport. Thanks so much all those who generously donated, so we had the tools we needed to get the information to the Newport voters. AND we want to thank the voters for listening, reading, understanding, and voting!

The body of scientific evidence continues to grow showing the risks associated with fluoridation. We are grateful to represent the facts now available.

Ralph Nader on The politics of Fluoridation:
“The Public Health Service, unfortunately, has locked itself into a position where it has made this statement on the record that there is absolutely no hazard to fluoridating public water supplies and the matter is closed. Now, that, of course, is immediately an unscientific approach.” – Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate, 1971.

Susan Andersen, ND
Chair, Clean Water Newport

 Posted by at 10:39 AM

Newport: Fire in a residence off NW Lee Street

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May 172016
 

9:37pm
Newport Fire and Pacific West Ambulance dispatched to a report of smoke coming from a residence near 606 NW Lee St. A citizen in the neighborhood saw and smelled the smoke and dialed 911.

9:41pm
Newport Fire engine arriving on scene reporting there is smoke coming from a residence, and the house has been evacuated.

9:43pm
The fire has gone out. Newport Fire crews are ensuring there was no spread.

 Posted by at 9:47 PM

Latest Lincoln County and statewide race results….Waldport Fire levy finally enters positive territory…but only by 12 votes

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May 172016
 

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For the lastest Lincoln County election and measure results, just click here.

For the latest Statewide election and measure results click here.

The voter tally shows that County Commissioner Bill Hall should be smiling because he has again beaten his regular opponent on the ballot Tom Runions by a 2:1 margin. And Hall’s major project, a fairgrounds upgrade has been approved by the voters – the vote for a 1% bump up in the room tax in the unincorporated areas of the county is ahead 9,439 to 6,233 with no more than 250 or so votes left to count which will be part of the final tally in a couple of weeks.

Newport’s fluoridation measure was soundly defeated 2.335 no to 1,315 yes. The NO vote side ran a tireless campaign. The Yes crowd was obviously relying on peoples’ assumption that “science” was going to carry the day. There was obviously a disagreement over what the “science” was.

As a result, Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross will have some extra money to use for other purposes than fluoridation – and there are many projects on his “to do” list in the water/sewer end of things.

The Siletz area law enforcement enhancement property tax bump-up is passing 442 to 367. If the vote holds after the final vote report in a couple of weeks, the Siletz area law enforcement district will cover the same area as the Siletz Fire Protection District. The sheriff’s office is presumed to be the agency that will step up patrols in the area. They have the same kind of “enhanced patrols” in Depoe Bay and Waldport, neither of which have their own police departments. The additional property tax revenue from Siletz area residents will cover the cost of hiring more deputies.

A late count shows that the buck-27 per thousand property tax override for the Central Coast Fire Protection District (Waldport) has gone onto the plus side for the first time all night – now 693 voting yes, 681 voting no. During the early count the fire board trailed by five votes. Later in the evening it flipped – now they’re in plus territory by 12 votes.

And of course the Central Coast Fire District Board will be on the edge of their seats, waiting for the final straggler ballots to be counted in a couple of weeks. The trouble with Central Coast’s issue is that if they lose, they’ll likely go back to a 99% volunteer staffing which could mean homeowner’s insurance rates will go up due to the lowered level of fire protection. Right now they’re down to one full time person. When a fire call comes in, the one full time employee is the only one on the truck hoping that some volunteers will meet-up him at the fire, or traffic accident. Pac West Ambulance will handle the medical response and are already co-housed at the Central Coast Fire Station in Waldport. But the one paid fire department staffer has to sleep sometime too.

County Elections Clerk Dana Jenkins says the count numbers will remain the same for two weeks until they can count all outstanding votes – usually 250 to 300 – ballots filed in drop boxes in other counties, some ballots with signature issues, etc. He said the election should be pretty well settled already with the exception of the Central Coast Fire-Rescue property tax increase issue. That, he says, remains too close to call.

In the Central Coast State Senatorial District from Coos Bay to Lincoln City, incumbent Democrat Arnie Roblan garnered twice the number of votes as Republican challenger and former mayor of Lincoln City Dick Anderson – nearly 5,300 votes for Roblan, about 2,800 for Anderson. Anderson is going to have to woo independents and at least bag some Democrats this fall if he expects to win.

In Lincoln County Bernie Sanders bested all-but-annointed Democratic nominee for President Hillary Clinton 52% to 48%. Statewide it’s 53 to 47%. Obviously a little tighter margin than the Sanders’ campaign expected. In the Kentucky Democratic primary, Clinton barely leads Sanders by one-half percent: Clinton 46.8% to Sanders 46.3%. Less than 2,000 votes separate them.

In State Representative District 10 this Fall, it’ll be Democrat incumbent David Gomberg who won 7,317 votes in the primary facing Republican challenger Thomas Donahue at 4,245 votes.

GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump cleaned the clocks of his Republican challengers in both states, Kentucky and Oregon.

 Posted by at 6:23 PM

American workers getting a long overdue overtime pay boost…

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May 172016
 
Sen. Ron Wyden D-Oregon

Sen. Ron Wyden
D-Oregon

From Senator Ron Wynden

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement after the White House announced it would extend overtime pay to millions of American workers.

“Working men and women are putting in more hours than ever before, yet coming home to their families without fair compensation for the extra time on the job,” Wyden said. “It’s long past time to make overtime pay a reality for thousands of Oregonians and millions of people nationwide who have earned every penny of their overtime wages.”

The Department of Labor announced that it would expand overtime pay protections for an expected 4.2 million Americans who are not currently eligible under federal law and boost wages for workers by $12 billion over the next 10 years.

The proposal would bring overtime pay to salaried workers making up to $47,476 a year. Currently, workers making only $23,660 or less qualify for overtime, and that threshold hasn’t been meaningfully updated since the 1970s. The department issued a proposed rule last year.

In March, Wyden, along with Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Al Franken, D-Minn., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called on the Department of Labor to quickly finalize its overtime pay proposal to ensure wages match the rising costs of education, retirement and childcare.

 Posted by at 5:42 PM

F/V My Lee hoisted out of the water for some work at Toledo Boat Yard

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May 172016
 
F/V My Lee Toledo Boat Yard Aja Vickers photo

F/V My Lee
Toledo Boat Yard
Aja Vickers photo

Toledo Boatyard employee Aja Vickers took this picture of a fishing vessel that the boatyard had just lifted out of the water for some work to be done on it. Of course, a much bigger boat lift that can lift boats many times the size of the My Lee, is enroute to Toledo.

Mega Lift like this one is enroute to Toledo for assembly and installation.

Mega Lift like this one is enroute to Toledo for assembly and installation.

When the “Mega Lift” arrives and is fully assembled, you’ll be able to put this older boat lift, even with a boat in the straps, into a small corner of the new lift. The new lift will be able to haul out large fishing vessels of up to 600 tons for upgrades, repairs, alterations, you name it. The massive new boat lift will put the Toledo Boatyard and the town of Toledo on the map for big league fishing and scientific boat repair, maintenance and outfitting. It will likely transform Toledo’s economy from a single dependence on making paper and cardboard to being a “go to” boatyard for the giant fleet of fishing and scientific research vessels that ply the waters of the Pacific.

 Posted by at 5:15 PM

The Bernie flame keeps burning, but Hillary keeps working hard to blow it out…

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May 172016
 
Bernie and the little bird. Still hoping it was an enduring omen.

Bernie and the little bird.
Still hoping it was an enduring omen.

Kentucky and Oregon are two real nail biters for Hillary Clinton who wants to blunt Bernie Sanders’ late surge in the “primary seasons.”  There’s no way that Clinton can win a majority of Democratic Convention delegates, but neither can Sanders.  So it’ll come down to some kind of a floor fight at the convention in Philadelphia later this summer.

Here’s an update from a number of sources in The Oregonian.  Click here.

 Posted by at 2:08 PM