Astoria area couple nabbed in Arizona in connection with murder of Newport man

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Oct 052016

Adeena Copell (L) and Christian Wilkins (R) Suspects in murder of Newport man last month

Adeena Copell (L) and Christian Wilkins (R)
Suspects in murder of Newport man last month

Clatsop County authorities believe that the ones responsible for the murder of an elderly Newport man are in custody in Arizona – now awaiting probable extradition back to Oregon.

Adeena Copell and Christian Wilkins were spotted by Arizona authorities driving a car owned by murder victim Howard Vinge, which was reported stolen from his Agate Beach residence. Here’s more from The Oregonian. Click here.


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David Gomberg seeking re-election to State House District 10

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Oct 052016

David Gomberg, Dist. 10 D-Lincoln County

David Gomberg, Dist. 10
D-Lincoln County

Gomberg Outlines November Measures

I’ve always believed I should tell people where I stand on difficult issues and why I stand there.

With an election looming, this a good time to outline six of the measures you will be voting on next month. Some of these are referrals from the legislature that require voter approval. Others are initiatives that were submitted by signed petitions for you to vote on. All of them are important and deserving of your careful consideration.

Measure 94 would amend the Oregon Constitution to remove the requirement that judges retire when they turn 75 years of age. This discriminatory provision requires judges to retire even in the middle of a current elected term – which leads to more appointments.

No other elected officials in Oregon are subject to mandatory age-based retirement.
Seventy-five isn’t old or incompetent and the Constitution shouldn’t prohibit judges from serving just because they reach a particular age. Voters should decide who serves and how long they serve.
Measure 96 amends the state Constitution to dedicate 1.5% of state lottery proceeds for support Oregon veterans. This is the most consequential investment in veterans’ services in Oregon history.

Many of our veterans are doing well. But too many are not. Veterans are twice as likely to die by suicide. Many face challenges with physical and mental health, unemployment, and homelessness. Here in Oregon, at least 5,000 veterans lack a safe place to sleep each night. Measure 96 was intended to address these problems.

More than 240,000 Oregon veterans are not part of the Veterans Affairs’ system. This means more than half our veterans don’t receive help and benefits they have earned. Existing Federal programs return about $250 for every dollar invested. That means the $18 million this measure will provide will help us unlock as much as $4 billion in national benefits, health care and services for Oregon military families.

I was an enthusiastic yes vote in Salem and this referral received unanimous support in the legislature.

Measure 97 is an initiative that would raise the corporate tax to 2.5% on sales in Oregon over $25 million. Companies would only be taxed on business they do in Oregon, and only when that business exceeds $25 million.

We currently have the lowest corporate tax in the United States. This measure would move Oregon to roughly the middle. And it is important to understand that 99% of Oregon businesses will not be affected. It is estimated that only 1000 firms will be subject to the new tax and that 80% of those are based outside Oregon.

Without Measure 97, the Legislature will have to cut roughly $1.3 billion from current programs. With this measure, Oregon will have roughly $5 billion for schools, seniors, roads and bridges, public safety, and health care.

I’m a small business owner. When I talk to neighboring businesses, Chambers of Commerce, or the many business owners that have appeared before my legislative committees, the concern I hear most frequently is the shortage of qualified, motivated, job ready employees.

For me this is largely a reflection on our schools, our crowded classrooms, and the fact that the Oregon school year is three weeks shorter than the national average. How do we prepare students for work, and for a successful future, when we graduate them with a year less time in the classroom than average states?

A central question should be, how will the proposed new tax affect what you pay for products and services? There are conflicting studies. But what we know is that most prices are set regionally and will not be affected. A Big Mac costs the same in Salem as it does in Seattle. To those who argue that new taxes will dramatically increase costs, I ask, since our taxes are currently lower than other states, why aren’t our prices now lower??

I would prefer a legislative plan that addresses a number of broad revenue reforms. But our Constitution requires any tax measure in the legislature to pass by a “super majority”. That makes any progress there very, very difficult.

The “Yes on 97” campaign continues to be validated by non-partisan endorsements, including the League of Women Voters, the Citizen’s Initiative Review Commission, and Governors Barbara Roberts, Ted Kulongoski, and Kate Brown. I support it as well.

We can’t wait any longer for critical investments in Oregon’s schools, healthcare, and seniors. And it’s time we more fairly balance our tax system by asking larger businesses to pay their share.

I take my responsibility as a legislator seriously and am committed to properly and fairly implementing any initiative passed by Oregonians. Measure 97 is not without its problems and the legislature may need to fine-tune it in order to better protect industries like agriculture and dairy.
Measure 98, an initiative, would require increased state funding for specific programs in Oregon high schools.

Every Oregon high school should provide students with real-world skills and hands-on, professional training that connects to local, good-paying jobs. Students should also have access to college-level classes. But these options are no longer as available to most Oregon students because of deep budget cuts over the past two decades, and now our graduation rate is nearly the worst in the entire country.

Measure 98 dedicates additional state revenues to fund career and technical education, dropout prevention and improved graduation rates. These programs will cost $800 per high school student each year on top of the approximately $10,000 that Oregon currently commits to K-12.

These are important goals and I plan to support the measure. But please note that, if Measure 97 fails to pass, implementing Measure 98 will be challenging.

Measure 99 would create an “Outdoor School Education Fund,” using $22 million a year in lottery funds to send our fifth-and-sixth-graders to camp.

Outdoor School helps students foster higher self-esteem, teamwork, and confidence. These benefits are key to preparing Oregon students for the 21st century workforce, where demand for environmental and science-literate workers is on the rise.

However, the Measure would also reduce lottery-generated economic development funds by about 2/3, from roughly $33 million to $11 million annually. Those funds are currently used for activities like ports and dredging, job-creation, film and video recruitment, small business marketing, and similar projects in rural areas.

I like Outdoor School. But I think they need to find a different funding strategy than dramatically reducing our job-creating resources.
Measure 100 would prohibit the sale of products from 12 species of endangered animals.

It sounds crazy, but this is a major issue in Oregon where illegal ivory, horns, animal paws, turtle shells, and shark fins are exported to Asia. I strongly supported this bill in the legislature but time ran out to pass it. Advocates then collected signatures to place it on your ballot. I remain a strong supporter.

The Humane Society of the United States is a major sponsor of this initiative, and has three times named me Oregon Legislator of the Year.

Ballots should arrive in late October. You will also receive your Oregon Voter Pamphlet. This is a unique election where nearly all of our statewide offices will be selected. We will help choose a new President. And across the state, we’ll fill offices for county commissions, judges, city councils, school boards and a variety of other important local positions. Remind your friends and neighbors to be sure and vote!

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Oregon journalist explores history of “maverick” state

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Oct 052016


From Anne Hall, Executive Director of NLCH Museum, Lincoln City

Oregon has long been recognized throughout the nation as a progressive, “maverick” state, although a generation of citizens growing up in Oregon may not understand the origins of that reputation. A book by former journalist Floyd J. McKay helps illuminate why.

Reporting the Oregon Story: How Activists and Visionaries Transformed a State recalls a rollicking political atmosphere from 1964 to 1986, when Oregon crafted and passed its landmark beach bill to ensure the protection of ocean beaches for public use. The state also introduced the nation’s first bottle bill after a heated battle, resulting in a deposit on certain beverage containers to encourage recycling.

McKay had a front row seat, initially as a political reporter for The Oregon Statesman newspaper in Salem, and later as a news analyst for KGW-TV in Portland. The veteran journalist chronicles numerous political battles and emerging issues in this most recent book, including the successful efforts of activists to halt a highway that would be built on sand in Pacific City.

Please join us at 2 pm on Saturday, October 15th for a book talk by Floyd McKay in the upstairs program room of the museum, located at 4907 SW HWY 101 in Lincoln City. Mr. McKay will be on hand afterwards to answer questions and to sign copies of his book.

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Early polls show Measure 97 trailing and Hillary well ahead in Oregon

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Oct 052016

Early polls show Oregon’s flirting with higher taxes on large corporate businesses in Oregon trailing the opposition while those same polls show Democrat Hillary Clinton pulling substantially ahead of Donald Trump heading toward the November election.

Here’s some details in The Oregonian. Click here.

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Wandering Films visits Newport 60+ Center

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Oct 052016


Please join us at the Newport 60+ Activity Center on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 11:30 – 1:00 PM for a free film festival to see Bacon & God’s Wrath, From the Stars and Snow. Light refreshments will be served.

Wandering Reel is a traveling short film festival with a focus on bringing meaningful films to communities with a limited or no access to compassionate, thought-provoking cinema. They strive to engage their audiences in deeper conversation about the role of cinema, and how films can relate to community, conscious living, and contribute to making the world a stronger and more unified place. Michael will introduce these films and guide discussion afterwards.

Michael Harrington is the curator and festival director. A bit of a wandering reel himself, Mike’s vagabond lifestyle no doubt served as some of the inspiration for the festival.

Michael will be presenting four different collections of short films:
Bijou Theatre, October 22, 11:00 am, Lincoln City Cultural Center, October 22, 7:00 pm, Newport Performing Arts Center, two presentations, October 23, 7:00 pm, and October 24, 7:00 pm.

In the fall of 2015 and winter of 2016, the Wandering Reel embarked on its inaugural tour along the Pacific Coast of the United States and Canada and east to New England. They showcased 33 films from 15 different countries across 30 different screenings.

To reserve your spot, stop by the Newport 60+ Activity Center located at 20 SE 2nd St., Newport, OR, or call 541-265-9617. To see a complete listing of trips, events, classes and presentations: Find us on Facebook:

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Sen. Wyden Nominates Member of Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians to Key Federal Committee

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Oct 052016

Sharon Edenfield Confederation of Siletz Tribes

Sharon Edenfield
Siletz Tribes Council member

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced the nomination of Sharon Edenfield to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Tribal Advisory Committee, which provides advice on taxation, training of IRS agents as well as training and assistance to Native American financial officers.

Edenfield is a Tribal Council member for the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians of Oregon and serves as its Tribal Administrative Officer. She has more than 30 years of experience working directly on tribal tax, financing, and insurance issues.

“I am extremely proud to nominate Sharon because I have no doubt from my conversations with her that the knowledge and direct experience she brings on tribal tax matters will prove a valuable addition to the Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee,” Wyden said. “She will provide a beneficial and unique Oregon tribal perspective to the committee’s important work applying tribal tax provisions.”

The Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee was established pursuant to the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2014. The committee role is to inform and advise the Treasury on issues related to the taxation of Indians. The committee also helps to educate and train IRS agents working directly with tribes to ensure IRS laws relating to tribes are properly applied and enforced. As Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Wyden can nominate one person to the Committee.

“I am very honored to be selected and would like to thank Senator Wyden for his nomination,” Edenfield said. “I look forward to serving on the Tribal Tax Advisory Committee to make a positive impact to Native people in Oregon and across the country.”

Dr. Anne McEachern Dr. of Audiology Sea Towne Shopping Center

Dr. Anne McEachern
Dr. of Audiology
Sea Towne Shopping Center

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A reminder from Lola Jones at Samaritan House!!

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Oct 052016
Local Ocean on the Bayfront Google Maps

Local Ocean on the Bayfront
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Good Morning Friends!

This is just a friendly reminder that Dine Out for Samaritan House begins again today at Local Ocean on the Bayfront. 15% of the proceeds from today’s sales at lunch and dinner will go to Samaritan House.

Please share this with anyone in your office who enjoys delicious seafood for a great cause, with a great view!

Thank you for your support of Samaritan House!

Lola Jones
Samaritan House

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A message that’s “out there…”

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Oct 052016

Cody Helgerson Needs the community's help....

Cody Helgerson
Needs the community’s help….


Cody was hurt in an auto accident on the 11th ofJuly, 2016. he suffered several serious injuries, a concussion, 4 broken vertebrae in his neck. One of the vertebrae will never heal. Cody will require medical attention for probably the rest of his life. He hasn’t been able to work since the accident and is still in a neck brace. He is the son of Robin and Tinker Helgerson, who are life long residents of the Waldport community.


We will be accepting donated items for the silent auction and cakes for the cake walk. If you have questions, or if you want to donate, or need something picked up, calln: 541 563 3224, 541 547 4485, 541 270 6194.


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