Feb 132014
Medical Marijuana Courtesy photo

Medical Marijuana
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A state senate committee has given its blessing to a bill that allows cities and counties to set local regulations on how medical marijuana dispensaries are situated and operate. But the bill also forbids cities and counties from outright banning them, which may set up some court fights between counties like Jackson (Medford) and Josephine (Grants Pass) and the state – jurisdictions that say they don’t want them in the communities because the federal government still calls marijuana an illegal drug.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has promised no federal intervention as long as marijuana dispensary operations don’t involve any criminal element or unauthorized distribution.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

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Feb 132014
Compost cans may show up in Newport and Central Lincoln County later this year.

Compost cans may show up in Newport and Central Lincoln County later this year.


The City Council of the City of Newport will hold a public forum to hear input from citizens regarding the curbside compostables service that has been proposed by Thompson’s Sanitary Service. The forum will be held on Tuesday, February 18, at 6:00 P.M., in the City Council Chambers at the Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport.

If the proposed curbside compostables service is approved, Thompson’s Sanitary Service will provide an additional bin to its residential customers which will be dedicated to food waste and yard debris. The service would provide curbside collection of yard and food waste, and extend the life of the landfill by reducing the volume of material being deposited there. This additional service is proposed to add $6.59 per month to the existing residential customer bills. Customers may be able to reduce their cost for trash pickup if this service allows households to reduce the size of their containers or the frequency of pick-up for whatever isn’t yard or food waste.

On Tuesday evening, representatives from Thompson’s Sanitary Service will be making a presentation on the proposed compostables program, and the City Council will be asking for public opinion or comment on it. The Council anticipates taking action on the request from Thompson’s Sanitary Service to add this service to its residential accounts at its meeting of Monday, March 3, at 6:00 P.M.

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Feb 132014
Growing marijuana indoors Archive photo

Growing marijuana indoors
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A bill to let Oregon voters give an up-or-down vote on recreational marijuana was given approval in the Senate Judiciary Committee today and so it’s on its way to the Senate Rules Committee for further deliberations. If ultimately passed by both houses, it would have rules written by lawmakers and their lawyers which generally stand up to court challenges rather well, as opposed to laymen writing the rules in the case of a voter initiative which bypasses the legislature.

Jeff Mapes has the story in the Oregonian. Click here.

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Feb 132014

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ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE: My Sisters’ Place and the Newport High School Cheer Squad

On February 14, at Half Time of the NHS Basketball game, MSP and the NHS Cheer Squad will join with activists around the world for ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE. The campaign will build upon the energy and momentum that was created on February 14 last year when one billion activists in 207 countries and territories came together to rise, strike, and dance, in the biggest mass action in human history, to demand an end to violence against women and girls.

This year, we will focus on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence, and ending the rampant impunity that prevails globally. ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a call to women, men, and youth around the world to gather safely on 14 February 2014 outside places where they are entitled to justice – court houses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, workplaces, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not.

The campaign is recognition that we cannot end violence against women without looking at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. Impunity lives at the heart of these interlocking forces.
To learn more about One Billion Rising for Justice MSP call (541) 574-9424 or e-mail the organization at info@mysistersplace.us

About One Billion Rising
One Billion Rising was the biggest mass action in human history. The campaign began as a call to action based on the staggering UN statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On 14 February 2013, people across the world came together to strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women. Over 10,000 events took place on the ground and the campaign took over media and social media worldwide for 48 hours, trending in 7 countries – 4 times in the US alone. The wildly successful grassroots campaign was covered widely by media in all corners of world including The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, and many more. www.onebillionrising.org

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Feb 132014

Yaquina Bay Road MP 9 Thursday morning

Yaquina Bay Road MP 9
Thursday morning

Vehicle came to rest on a bench of tideland just down the embankment.

Vehicle came to rest on a bench of tideland just down the embankment.

Airbags deployed.  No sign of the driver.  Plate comes back to Newport man.

Airbags deployed. No sign of the driver. Plate comes back to Newport man.

An older model Toyota Camry headed west on Yaquina Bay Road this morning, straightened out a sharp curve and went off the embankment and down onto a grassy area next to the Yaquina River.

When sheriff’s deputies pulled up there was no sign of the driver, except for skid marks the vehicle left while leaving the road and going over the side. Air bags were deployed.

There was a report earlier that a man was seen hitchhiking in the area. The car’s license plate comes back to a Newport resident. Vehicle was removed during the 9 o’clock hour.

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Feb 132014

Large boulder slide on I-84 near Hood River OSP photo

Large boulder slide on I-84 near Hood River
OSP photo

Boulders mixed with dirt and mud.

Boulders mixed with dirt and mud.

Nowhere to go.  Driver lucky beyond measure.

Nowhere to go. Driver lucky beyond measure.

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One person was not injured Wednesday night after their vehicle crashed into a several large boulders during a landslide on Interstate 84 about one mile west of Hood River. The slide is blocking the eastbound lanes and one westbound lane. ODOT is on scene working to clear the slide before deciding when it is safe to reopen the eastbound lanes for traffic.

At approximately 7:26 p.m. Wednesday, a passenger car driven by DANIEL KOOPMAN, age 54, from Summerville, Oregon, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 61 when a landslide, full of huge boulders, came down from the south side of the freeway. Large boulders and debris slid across the eastbound lanes, pushing the concrete center barrier into the left westbound lane. Koopman’s car collided with large boulders as the slide came down. Incredibly he was not injured.

According to ODOT’s TripCheck.com, eastbound lanes are closed at milepost 56 and travelers are asked to use an alternative route until further notice. Traffic updates are posted on TripCheck.com

Questions regarding the slide and roadway debris clearance should be directed to ODOT.

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Feb 132014

Chris Burns Weather

Thursday, Feb. 13th – Lincoln County

Summary: Seemed like a good day to be wearing a London Fog coat yesterday. Strong southwest winds, 20-30 mph, died out shortly after daybreak, but returned again in the late afternoon. Peak gust since 8:00am Wednesday was 35 mph at Lincoln City. There was fog and light rain most of the day, with heavier showers in the mix; precipitation amounts were highest from Newport south. Into the evening and overnight, partial clearing allowed a few stars to peek through the gloom. By daybreak today, the wind was light, with patchy fog on the lower deck and considerable clearing above which gave us a calm before the (next) storm. Temperatures hovered around 50F, day and night.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/50F/0.20”
Depoe Bay: 50F/47F/0.26”
Newport: 50F/46F/0.55”
Waldport: 52F/49F/0.72”
Yachats: 50F/48F/0.44”

Forecast: And the gold medal for most official weather warnings in Oregon during the past ten days goes to… Team Central Coast! The National Weather Service early yesterday issued another High Wind Watch. It is in effect from 10:00pm tonight through tomorrow morning at 6:00am for beaches and headlands, including those near Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport and Yachats. South winds 30 to 40 mph in town and gusts to 60 or 65 mph on beaches and headlands. Also, on Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a new Hydrologic Outlook for potential flooding today through next Tuesday. Rainfall Tuesday night and yesterday caused sharp rises on many rivers in Northwest Oregon, with a few rivers already approaching flood stage. The next storm tonight could dump 1 to 3 inches of rain on the Central Coast and Coast Range. On Saturday, expect another 1 to 2 inches of rain. Additional rain is forecast for Sunday night through Tuesday, with periods of heavy rain possible. The very wet weather will keep river levels high for the next several days, and minor flooding is possible for creeks and rivers, along with flood-prone intersections or roads in urban areas. We’ll continue to evaluate weather and river forecasts through the week. Outlook is for showers, mixed sun and clouds today then, beginning tonight, stormy with lots of rain, strong wind at times, and temperatures 40F-50F throughout the long-term.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open, foggy and well above freezing with wet pavement this morning. Highway 20 is down to one lane with flaggers about 3 miles west of Eddyville where a washout occurred. Expect delays up to 20 minutes. Highway 34 has standing water on the roadway near Alsea Mountain summit at Milepost 38.5. Valley destinations have rain showers and temperatures near 50F today. In the Cascades, highways have bare pavement this morning, but between 1 and 6 inches of snow is expected tonight and tomorrow. Carry chains or traction tires. The freezing level is 3,500 feet rising to near 6,000 feet late tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack… 80”, a loss of 5” since yesterday; 20% below water-year average. Weekly snow total +12”, deviation from last year -20”, from 30 year average -11”.0.

Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition.

Hoodoo 1/33/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 1/24/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 3/91/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 1/75/Variable
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 2/22/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 7/30/Powder

Marine: A light SSW wind about 10 knots and seas of 9 feet are the early morning conditions facing mariners. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar has not reported in. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Rapid changes are on the way. A Gale Warning is in effect from this evening through tomorrow morning for SW winds 25-30 knots gusting 35. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is also in effect for combined short-period seas rising to 15 feet by tonight. Tomorrow the SW winds are predicted to drop in the late morning to W 15-20 gusting 25, and seas at 13 feet. Outlook isn’t pretty. Saturday, another southerly gale, with the breeze building to 30-35 knots gusting 45, and seas rising to 15 feet. Sunday, SW winds 35-40 knots and seas 22 feet or higher. Additional strong storm systems are forecast to follow during the early part of the week. NOTE: There have been changes to the depth survey for Chart 18581, Yaquina Bay and River Channel. For an updated image, go here: http://ocsdata.ncd.noaa.gov/ntm/Image.aspx?Image=2 40000.

On the Beach… Showers, light wind, surf 8-10 feet (moderate), stormy tonight.
02/13 Thu 10:58 AM 8.54 H
02/13 Thu 05:42 PM 0.12 L
02/14 Fri 12:14 AM 7.45 H
02/14 Fri 05:39 AM 2.77 L

In Short: Chance of showers, then very windy, heavy rain, more storms.

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Feb 132014
State Capitol, Salem

State Capitol, Salem

Whether to build the new Portland to Vancouver bridge across the Columbia River, legalize recreational marijuana, offer booze for sale in grocery stores, require background checks on nearly all private gun sales and other high profile legislation are set to get a thumbs up or down in Salem today. It’s a strange concoction of bills that would normally be expected to be debated in a regular year legislative session – not in an off year gathering of lawmakers which is aimed mainly at budget tweaking between those regular sessions. But its 2014 and this is Oregon.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.


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Feb 132014
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Ken Gagne photo

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