Facebook struggles to get back up to speed after system failure….

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Mar 142019
 

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Some of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp’s more than 2 billion users were unable to access the online services Wednesday as the social network and its sister apps suffered a prolonged outage. By Thursday morning, though, services seemed to be coming back online.

Yesterday, as a result of a server configuration change, many people had trouble accessing our apps and services. Facebook officials said, “We’ve now resolved the issues and our systems are recovering. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s patience.

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California passes bill to ditch fossil fuels by 2045

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Mar 142019
 

Solar Panels
Going up all over California

California lawmakers passed a bill this week that requires ALL of the state’s energy to be generated by renewable sources. The goal is to eliminate fossil fuels by 2045. But there’s no legal mandate or penalty for non-compliance Supporters say the law would help reduce climate change and expand California’s clean energy industry. Critics say the bill is too ambitious and would shackle families and businesses with higher energy bills. But supporters say Climate Change could bankrupt the world. The measure now heads to the governor’s desk.

Trying to track down a dog robber….

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Mar 142019
 

Have you seen this kidnapped dog? Collar removed by thieves.

Confirmed stolen in Brookings. The person who has him took his collar off. It was found by the old Shell gas station on Hwy 101 in Brookings. Please share all over America. Help us bring our baby home. $REWARD$ Call 541-661-3363

Health Care Unaffordable? Tax the Health Care Industries

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Mar 142019
 


Governor Brown has signed into law higher taxes on Oregon’s health care industry. The bill basically pulls money out the back door and shoves it back through the front door of Oregon’s Health Care system in order to get much needed medical treatment for those with little or no money for health care.

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Senior Living building odor at 411 SE 35th St, South Beach Manor

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Mar 142019
 

411 SE 35th
South Beach

12:13pm
Newport firefighters are enroute to a report of a the smell of smoke or some odor at 411 SE 35th Street in South Beach. That’s South Beach Manor. Windows have been opened to ventilate the building. But the smell endures.

12:20pm
Fire Department on scene, trying to track down the source of the odor.

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Oregon House Thursday took another step toward eliminating discrimination for LGBTQ

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Mar 142019
 

LGBTQ Flag


The Oregon House of Representatives decided Wednesday to scrub language offensive to LGBTQ residents in a bill that also specifies that sexual orientation is not a physical or mental impairment.

The bill passed the House 58-2 and now goes to the Senate. Here’s an update on the issue from The Oregonian. Click here.

Letter to the Editor

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Mar 142019
 

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LINCOLN COUNTY CLIMATE CHANGE PARTNERSHIP
COMMENT 3/11/19

I want to congratulate and praise both the Lincoln County Commissioners and the Newport City Council; first to the County for taking the initiative to lead the Lincoln County Climate Change Partnership, and then to Newport for making a resolution to support such efforts. I hope the rest of the cities in Lincoln County follow their good example.

This forward thinking action comes at a time of great change on our planet. The wisdom of making suitable and appropriate preparations for what climate disruption will mean to us cannot be applauded enough. Even though there are still deniers of this reality and those who fail to see the significance of this era, called by some the Sixth Extinction, the fact remains that we are facing ever-challenging times ahead.

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The idea of the Partnership is for individuals, businesses, civic groups and local governmental bodies from the various municipalities throughout the County to come together to assess the situation. Given the worsening conditions such as ocean acidification, droughts, more frequent and worse fires and storms, rising sea level, polluted water sheds, etc. the time to act is now.

As the age of fossil fuel ends and renewables begin we need to think in terms of conservation and reduction of energy use. We will need to learn to become more mindful of our consumption because business as usual will not be able to be sustained. New ways of doing business and working together as community members will need to be innovated and applied to our lifestyles.

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Solutions for the problems climate disruption will engender already exist. There only remains the political will to act on them in behalf of the greater good. As challenging as climate disruption maybe, I believe it also offers us an enormous opportunity to rise above what ails us and embrace a new reality that is sustainable, healthy and joyous.

You may become involved by going to Lincoln County Climate Change Partnership on the internet and signing up to be on their mailing list.

Bill Kucha
Depoe Bay

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Newport: NW 68th water interruption all day

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Mar 142019
 

Newport City Hall

Road closure and potential temporary water service interruption 130, 190, 220, and 230 NW 68th St. Thursday, March 14th.

The City of Newport Public Works Department advises that NW 68th St. will be continue to be completely closed to ALL traffic from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 14th. There is also the potential for a temporary interruption of water service and residents have been advised to stockpile water as a precaution.

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Individual notice has been provided to the affected residences.

This is related to improvements being made to the wastewater collection system, specifically the construction of the new pump station at NW 68th St.

Contact person: Tim Gross, City Engineer/Director of Public Works
541-574-3366

Weather or Not: A Dry Run

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Mar 142019
 

3/14/19 Clouds and clearing periods today-tonight, light winds, high 50-55F, low 40F, mostly sunny tomorrow, high 55F. Outlook: mainly overcast Sat, sunny Sun-Mon, mixed skies Tue-Wed, with high temperatures reaching 60F or a bit above, lows 45-50F and a dry run of days right through the extended period.

Beaches Today:
Surf Height…………..8 to 12 ft.
Weather………………Mostly cloudy. Highs around 55.
Wind…………………Northwest 5 to 10 mph.
Tides (South Beach)…
High tide…7.9 ft at 06:01 AM PDT.
Low tide….0.9 ft at 01:13 PM PDT.
High tide…5.8 ft at 08:02 PM PDT.
Low tide….4.0 ft at 11:51 PM PDT.
Sunrise – 7:29 AM PDT. Sunset – 7:21 PM PDT.

Newport: Heads up out there on NW 68th!!!

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Mar 132019
 

Port of Newport


The City of Newport Public Works Department advises that NW 68th St. will be continue to be completely closed to ALL traffic from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 14th. There is also the potential for a temporary interruption of water service and residents have been advised to stockpile water as a precaution.

Individual notice has been provided to the affected residences.
This is related to improvements being made to the wastewater collection system, specifically the construction of the new pump station at NW 68th St.

Merkley, Collins, Baldwin, Booker Lead Senate Introduction of Landmark, Bipartisan LGBTQ Rights Bill

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Mar 132019
 


Merkley, Collins, Baldwin, Booker Lead Senate Introduction of Landmark, Bipartisan LGBTQ Rights Bill

The Equality Act would ensure that LGBTQ Americans are protected by the same federal non-discrimination laws that already apply to race, religion, and more.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced historic, comprehensive federal legislation—the bipartisan Equality Act of 2019—to ban discrimination against LGBTQ Americans. They were joined by 43 of their Senate colleagues.

The legislation was filed simultaneously in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), joined by 239 Representatives.

“Freedom is the ability to fully participate in American life. Today, the bell of freedom does not ring for LGBTQ Americans, who still face discrimination in 29 states,” said Senator Merkley. “It is way past time to fully open the doors of opportunity for every American. Let’s pass the Equality Act. Let’s do it this year. And let us rejoice in the bells of freedom ringing for every American.”

“It is past time for the Equality Act to be written into law,” said Rep. Cicilline. “Democrats are committed to delivering results for the people, and that means all the people. No American should ever be treated as less than equal in the eyes of the law. I’m looking forward to getting this bill through the House this spring. Senator McConnell should take it up without delay.”

“All Americans deserve a fair opportunity to pursue the American dream,” said Senator Collins. “Throughout my Senate service, I have worked to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans, from leading the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ to advocating for the passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act. It is time we ensure that all people are judged on their talents and abilities, and have full access to the services they need and the opportunities they seek. This bill marks the beginning of that process, and I urge my colleagues to join me as we take steps to build bipartisan consensus around the Equality Act.”

“It is just wrong that in a majority of states, LGBTQ Americans are not fully protected from being fired, evicted from their home, or denied services because of who they are or who they love. It is time to end this kind of discrimination because LGBTQ Americans should have the freedom of full equality,” said Senator Baldwin. “Every American deserves the freedom and opportunity to dream the same dreams, chase the same ambitions, and have the same shot at success. We have an opportunity to pass the Equality Act in the House this year and this will be an historic step forward but we can’t mistake progress for victory. That will only come when we bring about the change we need in Washington to get the job done on full equality for every LGBTQ American across our country.”

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“We cannot profess to be a nation of liberty and justice for all when our fellow Americans are discriminated against simply because of who they are and who they love,” Senator Booker said. “The Equality Act fixes this injustice by clarifying that federal civil rights law protects LGBT Americans. Every single LGBT American who has ever been made to feel like they don’t belong, who has ever been bullied, abused, or discriminated against because of who they are and who they love should know that, in the halls of Congress and in the highest levels of the federal government, we see you, we hear you, we love you.”

“LGBTQ rights across the country are under attack. Just last night, the Trump administration approved a new cruel, discriminatory and hateful ban on transgender service members, President Trump has rolled back LGBTQ rights in our schools, in the workplace, and in adoption under the guise of ‘religious liberty.’ This is absolutely unacceptable, and we cannot let up the fight for equality for all,” said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. “The Equality Act my colleagues and I are introducing today would ensure that millions more Americans enjoy the full protection of the law and are not discriminated against when it comes to employment, housing and other public accommodations. We have to keep speaking out and standing up for the civil rights of every American in order for equality to prevail.”

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Despite major advances in equality for LGBTQ Americans, including nationwide marriage equality, the majority of states still do not have explicit LGBTQ non-discrimination protection laws.

The Equality Act of 2019 would ensure full federal non-discrimination equality by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to other protected classes, such as race or religion, in existing federal laws.

“Whether in the heart of Oregon or on the coast of Florida, whether at home or at work, LGBTQ people deserve equal protections under the law,” said Nancy Haque, Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon. “We’re excited to see our congresspeople take up the call of LGBTQ equality.”

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The bill would explicitly ban discrimination in a host of areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, jury service, access to credit, and federal funding.

The bill would also add protections against sex discrimination in parts of anti-discrimination laws where these protections had not been included previously, including in public accommodations and federal funding.

The bill’s leaders reaffirmed their strong commitment to preserving existing civil rights protections, including pulling the bill from the floor if necessary to protect the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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News Lincoln County: A message to our business community…

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Mar 132019
 

First off, we want to thank each and every reader for putting their faith and trust in NewsLincolnCounty.com. We are Lincoln County’s #1 source of local news in terms of the shear number of readers and how often readers turn to NewsLincolnCounty.com to learn what’s going on in Lincoln County and outside the county. For our staff and our many contributors, it’s a labor of love and commitment because we know that the strength of our community depends on all of us – it’s not a spectator sport.

And because it’s not a spectator sport we’re reaching out to Lincoln County’s business community to join our family of advertisers who enjoy tremendous daily, if not hourly exposure to our 40,000+ readers. By the way, that’s many times the readers of competing local news outlets throughout Lincoln County and beyond.

So, it’s to our local business community that we invite you to see just how inexpensive it is to advertise on NewsLincolnCounty.com. We beat all our competitors hands-down. And we can do that because internet-based news is the least costly method of relaying news to the greatest number of people in any community. The internet is faster, more resilient, more updateable and enjoys far more readership participation than all other media combined. And our internet advertising rates give local businesses the absolute lowest rate per impression than any other media, hands down! And with rotating-screen ads, there’s nothing like the relentless consistency of internet advertising.

So the next time you ponder where your precious advertising dollars should go, give us a call at NewsLincolnCounty.com at 541.351.1408. Or email: News@NewsLincoln County.com. It will amaze you how much farther your ad dollars with go with NewsLincolnCounty.com.

Dave Morgan
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Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital ranks in top third of U.S. hospitals

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Mar 132019
 


(Lincoln City – Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital (SNLH) now ranks in the top third of U.S. hospitals for overall quality and is rated at the top for patient experience, according to recently updated data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
On a five-star scale, SNLH is now rated four-star for overall hospital quality and five-star for the patient experience.

“For the past several years, we have had a focused quality improvement program in place to help our hospital staff provide the highest level of care and compassion to every patient coming through our doors,” said Lesley Ogden, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital (SNLH). “Patients are noticing these improvements and CMS has confirmed it, through a variety of important quality measures.”

At SNLH, Theresa Via, director of Quality Resources, has guided teams of employees and a patient and family advisory council as they work together to enhance quality and the patient experience.

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“This success comes from an accumulation of work over the last five years, with many people providing great ideas on how to make our hospital experience more exceptional,” Via said. “Not only do we have great ideas, we have implemented them across the board. By doing this, we have seen incremental increases in all areas of patient satisfaction over this time.”

Via said SNLH’s top strengths are in the areas of: Communication with Nurses, Response of Hospital Staff, Communication with Doctors, Discharge Information, Communication about Pain and Communication about Medications.

In the latest release of data, 7.9 percent of U.S. hospitals achieved the highest five-star rating for overall quality, 29.2 percent of hospitals earned the four-star rating, 34.0 percent of hospitals are rated three-star, 21.5 percent have two-star ratings, and 7.6 percent of U.S. hospitals have just one-star. About 18 percent of U.S. hospitals do not report enough measures to be eligible for an overall rating.

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The hospital quality rating is based on a variety of mandated reportable measures through the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program, and the patient experience rating is based on random patient surveys through the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey, also known as HCAHPS. The information is publicly released online at medicare.gov/HospitalCompare.