Love note from ODOT…

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May 212018
 


Travelers can expect delays from 9 am to 4 pm today on U.S. 101 just north of Newport. An ODOT crew will be making road repairs between mileposts 135 to 137. One lane will be closed with flaggers controlling two way traffic.

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Feds going after Oregon’s “Black Market” marijuana sales outside the state

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May 212018
 

Processed retail marijuana.
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A subject brought up at a recent Deschutes County County Commissioner’s meeting has now been taken up by U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams. Williams says he’s been told that there is a lot of illegal marijuana being grown in Oregon and then shipped to other states for sale. However, County Commissioners were also told by several growers that illicit outside-Oregon marijuana sales are certainly going on but at levels no where near as high as law enforcement suggests. They say there is a fast growing sector of the marijuana market aimed at an extract of the plant that is non-intoxicating but has proven medicinal benefits.

Here’s more on the story from The Oregonian. Click here.

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US 101 south of Newport is back open to normal traffic

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May 202018
 

9:38pm
A late afternoon crash that killed a motorcyclist in a head on crash on Highway 101 south of the Newport Airport has now been cleared. Traffic is back to normal – both north and southbound 101

In addition to the fatality, there were injuries inside the small car that careened off the highway and into a ditch.

There’s been no official release of the names of those involved or who crossed over the center, causing the accident.

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Newport: Smoke seen 1/4 mile east of Szabo’s Restaurant off No. 101

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May 202018
 

7:09pm
Smoke in the air about a quarter mile east of Szabo’s Steak House off 101. Newport Fire is enroute to investigate.

7:15pm
Firefighters discover a debris burn off NE 52nd Street. No mention of any threat to nearby buildings.

Traffic starting to move through Newport Airport/101 fatal traffic crash area…..

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May 202018
 

8:13pm
Traffic is still moving slowly through the crash scene that erupted earlier this afternoon. A motorcycle reportedly slammed head on into a small car, killing the motorcyclist and causing injuries to those in the car.

6:29pm
Traffic is starting to be flagged through the crash scene on 101 near SW 98th. It’ll be slow going for a while. Big back ups.

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Motorcycle vs vehicle on 101 at SE 98th, south of Newport Airport – confirmed fatality

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May 202018
 

3:47pm
Report of a motorcyclist down on the pavement on Highway 101 at SE 98th just south of the Newport airport. Reports from the scene indicate the motorcyclist is a probable fatal. Emergency responders are enroute. Life Flight has been put on standby.

3:49pm
Off-duty medic says Life Flight should be sent to the scene.

3:50pm
Three occupants trapped in the vehicle are off the highway and into a ditch. There are injuries.

3:53pm
Both lanes of traffic are blocked. Traffic seriously backed up in both directions.

3:56pm
Confirmed fatality.

3:57pm
Life Flight activated.

Food Insecurity in Oregon

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May 202018
 

Unlike most other states, Oregon has made little progress in recent years in reducing food insecurity, despite a strengthening economy and rising employment.

The most recent data shows that more than 527,000 Oregonians did not know where their next meal was coming from or went hungry. That is more than the combined populations of many of Oregon’s largest cities.

The human cost of food insecurity is profound. Food insecurity fundamentally undermines physical and mental health. It particularly harms children, who additionally suffer greater rates of birth defects, developmental delays, and lower educational outcomes.

More than one in seven (14.6 percent) of Oregon households were “food insecure” during the three-year period of 2014-16.[3] Those families found it hard to put food on the table, often not knowing where their next meal would come from.

For some of these families, food insecurity was so severe that it qualified as “hunger.” These families skipped meals or ate too little because they were not able to obtain enough food they could afford.

Over the 2014-16 period, 6.2 percent of Oregon households experienced hunger.

All told, more than a half a million Oregonians — more than 527,000 — experienced food insecurity in 2016.[4] For context, that is about the same number of Oregonians who lived in the cities of Eugene, Salem, Beaverton, and Bend combined that year.

Many of those suffering from food insecurity are children. In 2016, nearly 174,000 Oregon children were food insecure, more than the number of people living in Eugene, Oregon’s second largest city.

Oregon is one of fifteen states where food insecurity is higher than the national average. During the 2014-16 period, food insecurity in Oregon ranked 14th worst among states and the District of Columbia. Oregon fared worse when it came to hunger, ranking 12th highest in the country.[5]

In recent years, Oregon has made little, if any, progress against food insecurity.

Comparing the most recent period of available data (2014-16), to the prior period (2011-13), food insecurity in the state was essentially unchanged, falling by 3.9 percent, a statistically insignificant amount.

Compared to the nation as a whole, Oregon measures poorly in reducing food insecurity. Over the same period, food insecurity fell by 11 percent nationally.

In 2016, three out of 10 Oregonians struggling with food security lived well above the poverty line, with income high enough that they were not eligible for public nutrition assistance, including from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).[7] Oregon’s income limit for SNAP is 85 percent above the federal poverty line.

This indicates that some Oregonians employed full time and earning more than Oregon’s minimum wage are having a hard time putting food on the table.[8]
Conclusion

Despite a growing economy, many Oregon households, including many with children, struggle to put food on the table. Oregon has made little progress since the end of the Great Recession to reduce the prevalence of food insecurity. The situation could worsen , Food Research Action Center, December 2017.if Congress cuts nutrition assistance and adds obstacles for many of the eligible, as the current version of the Farm Bill proposes to do.[9]

Rather than making it harder for struggling households to receive assistance, lawmakers should strengthen nutrition supports and address growing family budget pressures that crowd out resources for an adequate and stable diet.

Free Guided Tour through the heart of Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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May 202018
 

Free Guided Tour through the heart of Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge
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Free 2 -3 Hours Guided Tour through the heart of Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge Tuesday, May 29th, 1:00 – 4:00 p m with an Oregon Certified Guide. Must have their own Kayak\Canoe, rentals are available. Gratuities not required but appreciated.

For those who do not have a Kayak or Canoe, the Siletz Moorage at 82 Siletz Hwy offers rentals. Rates at: www.KayakSiletzBay.fun or call 541-765-2109.

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The channels and tidal sloughs at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge are a great place to experience nature and wildlife. Siletz Bay is one of numerous estuaries located along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. On either side of Highway 101, starched skeleton trees jut forth from the estuary and are reminiscent of a time when the salt marsh was diked for pasture.

Carl Palmer
541-765-2109

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Toledo Boomer Softball Girls Heading for the State Playoffs

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May 202018
 

Toledo Boomers Girls Softball Team enroute to state tournament

(Submitted story)

Toledo Boomer Softball Girls are Heading to the State Playoffs!

After an epic season where the team went 12-0 for league play and 20-4 overall, the Toledo Boomers softball team is headed to the State playoffs. The Boomers, led by head coach Howie Richards and assistant coaches DeeAnne Barnhart and the beloved Andy Vogel will be hosting the first-round game on May 23rd at home. The girls will take on Butte Falls (time TBA but most likely 4pm). The Boomers are ranked number one in the league and, as of last night they made history by cinching the number one spot in all of Oregon for 2A schools – that’s out of 39 teams!

As the number one seed going into the playoffs, all playoff games leading up to the championship will be played at home in Toledo. The first round is followed by the quarterfinals on Friday, May 25th, and the semifinals on May 29th. If Toledo makes it all the way to the State Championship game, it will be played on the Oregon State University Softball field in Corvallis on June 1st.

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Making Boomer history, the girls are 24-0 for league play for the last two seasons. “This is a terrific group of girls,” said coach Richards, “not only are they skilled at softball, they play with heart every time they step on the field.”

Come out and support the Toledo Boomer girls as they battle Butte Falls in the first round of the State playoffs! First round is May 23rd in Toledo, most likely beginning at 4pm. The field is located at the Toledo Elementary School off Sturdevant road. Take note: the playoffs are an OSAA sanctioned event and OSAA does require a small admission by charged. GO BOOMERS!

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