Oregon’s YUUUUGGGE Public Pension Crisis Looms Over Salem

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Sep 232016
 

Oregon State Capitol Salem The Oregonian

Oregon State Capitol
Salem
The Oregonian


Sometimes a problem comes along that’s so big, so out of control and so menacing to millions of people that there just doesn’t seem to be a way to rationally figure a way to solve it.

But a few always try. Central Oregon Senator Tim Knopp and Democrat (so-called Republicrat) Betsy Johnson from northwestern Oregon, are expected to raise the PERS tragedy in the next legislature. But they seem to be getting little more than smirks from the democratic leaders who have their sights on a solution that are tied to the controversial tax on large corporations doing business in Oregon. But even they admit that the infusion of $3 Billion would only let a tiny bit of steam out of the PERS pressure cooker and then it would be back to trying to cook up some other way to raise money.

At any rate, the issue is getting the pot to begin to bubble and boil and the Oregonian is trying to keep up with it. Here’s their take on “The State of the PERS.” Click here.

 Posted by at 11:36 PM

Rollover accident Highway 34 milepost 25

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Sep 232016
 

8:45pm – Rollover crash reported on Highway 34 about 25 miles east of Waldport. No word on any injuries. Passing motorist saw the wreck and proceeded to a spot where he could make a phone call to 911.

9:12pm – Oregon State Police are on scene. Driver is out of the car and appears to be okay. Likely non-injury accident. Incoming fire-rescue units are being told to continue to the scene at normal highway speeds. No lights or sirens.

 Posted by at 8:49 PM

Oregon’s transportation system still not keeping up….

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Sep 232016
 

Yaquina Bay Bridge Ken Gagne

Yaquina Bay Bridge
Ken Gagne



Latest data shows Oregon needs $435 million per year to keep up with bridge needs

SALEM – Research showing what a sizable earthquake could do to Oregon’s bridges is included for the first time in the latest bridge condition report from the Oregon Department of Transportation – and it points the way to improving bridges statewide.

The 2016 Bridge Condition Report (PDF), using research findings reported annually to the Federal Highway Administration, shows that almost three-quarters of the state’s bridges were built before modern seismic design specifications. Though investments in the past decade have shored up more than 270 bridges across the state, hundreds more remain vulnerable.

The 2016 report estimates that addressing anticipated preservation and backlog of replacement projects for the next 20 years would cost $435 million per year. Simply to maintain Oregon’s aging bridges in their current condition, ODOT would need to spend an estimated $240 million annually – approximately $155 million in additional funding for state highway bridges.

ODOT graphic

ODOT graphic

More than half of the bridges in the state’s inventory were built prior to 1970, and 57 percent will reach the end of their design lives by 2020. (See Figure 2, from the report’s executive summary.) With increased maintenance and repair, most of ODOT’s bridges can have a longer service life – but this does not hold true for a large number of bridges built during the Interstate-era of the 1950s and 1960s that are still in use today. Many of those bridges were designed for loads smaller than allowed by state law since the mid-1980s, and preserving them is not cost-effective.

Over the next two decades, ODOT expects approximately 900 state highway bridges to require repair or replacement, but limited funding will allow us to address only about 300 of those. Deferred maintenance will eventually require the bridges ODOT can’t repair to be weight restricted, meaning certain trucks have to take longer routes or break up heavy loads onto multiple trucks, increasing time and costs. These impacts are extremely harmful to Oregon as a heavily trade-dependent state.

The 2016 Bridge Condition Report is available online by clicking here. In addition to seismic data, it includes tunnel evaluations, steel bridge paint conditions and case studies for the first time.

 Posted by at 7:04 PM

Tsunami Preparedness get together at Hatfield Marine Science Center – Newport

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Sep 232016
 
Japanese Tsunami 2011 A similar wall of water could sweep through the Oregon Coast

Japanese Tsunami 2011
A similar wall of water could sweep through the Oregon Coast

Are you prepared for a major earthquake and tsunami?

Get Earthquake savvy with Pat Corcoran, OSU Extension agent specializing in coastal hazards. Pat will address what citizens need to know to be earthquake and tsunami wise. Find out the odds of having the Big One in your lifetime, how to be prepared, and where to evacuate to. Hosted by the Surfrider Foundation with co-host Sea Grant.

Admission is free and open to all.
October 4th, 6:30pm to 8pm, in the HMSC Auditorium,
2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport Or.
(Please no food or beverages in the auditorium)

 Posted by at 6:46 PM

Newport: Traffic Crash at Yaquina Bay Road and John Nye Road

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Sep 232016
 

4:36pm Traffic crash at Yaquina Bay Road and John Nye Road, just east of Newport. Emergency responders are enroute.

4:39pm Vehicle is over the embankment on the river. Female driver, who is trapped in the vehicle says she’s not hurt. Just needs help getting out. The car is down an embankment, with a cliff right off the car’s front bumper. Some loggers who heard the accident are on scene devising a way to stabilize the car so it doesn’t go over the edge of the cliff.

Call for citizen photos: Please be discreet. Keep a safe distance.

Email photos to: Dave@NewsLincolnCounty.com

 Posted by at 4:40 PM

Highway 20 to be open this Saturday night – bad working conditions due to the weather

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Sep 232016
 

ODOT says Highway 20 will not close this Saturday night for more road construction. ODOT says the weather will be bad enough that they can’t work effectively in it. So this Saturday night you can drive all the way to the Valley if you want.

There will be several more weeks of evening closings on Highway 20 – from Saturday night through Thursday night until the Highway is re-opened to normal traffic. That should come by mid-October, according to ODOT.

The new bypass portion should shave up to twenty minutes off the drive time from Newport to Corvallis

 Posted by at 2:23 PM

Raising funds for PCH….

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Sep 232016
 
The sale is at the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in their Education Room, which is just around the corner from the Gift Shop.

The sale is at the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in their Education Room, which is just around the corner from the Gift Shop.

 Posted by at 8:11 AM

“Shiloh: The Gathering Place Ministries” – SUNDAY event!

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Sep 232016
 

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A new non-profit organization has set up shop in Lincoln City. Shiloh: The Gathering Place Ministries is a faith-based group of folks who looked around and noticed the obvious – that there are a lot of hurting people wandering about Lincoln City in need of food, finding a safe place to sleep and trying to get their lives back under control and back out in the world contributing to society.

Many, if not most of these stressed out homeless or near homeless people need food, water and a safe place to spend time looking for work and/or social and medical services. Shiloh Director Martha Watts, retired military and world traveler says they provide a clean and safe place to hang out, talk to one another, share each others’ life experiences. Look for work.

Ms. Watts tells News Lincoln County that they’re having a special event on Sunday that will throw open their doors to the public, especially the homeless, to listen to great music from Melody Jackson and Hannah Lamb and enjoy free food and beverages. The outreach to the community party starts at 4pm Sunday and runs through 6pm. Shiloh is located at 2139 NW 101. Again, it’s free – including the food.

Shiloh: The Gathering Place Ministries has just opening its doors at 2139 Highway 101. You can also get information from their blog on Facebook – Shiloh The Gathering Place.

 Posted by at 1:28 AM