More debate about Measure 21-177

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Apr 222017

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Read the ballot measure and pay attention to the submission in the voter’s pamphlet by the Lincoln County Commissioners and the Lincoln County Sheriff. Do your research before marking your ballot!

I attended the presentation last Friday by Thomas Linzey, attorney for Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) and author of 21-177. At the end of his speech was a question and answer period by the audience that revealed the truths about 21-177. Unfortunately, the proponents have edited the video to remove the incriminating facts about the falsehoods of measure 21-177.

1. Mr. Linzey notes during his speech that the main focus of the measure is to give rights to the eco-system; meaning rights to rocks, trees, weeds, air, water, etc.

What does this mean? Voting yes means that if ANY PERSON feels that you are disturbing a rock, cutting a tree to build your home, using Terminix for insect infestation, or using your wood stove to keep warm in the winter and it places smoke in the air – you are disturbing the eco-system and they have the right to take WHATEVER action they deem appropriate to stop you (vigilantism). As Sheriff Landers states, the Sheriff’s Office cannot help you, even if harm is inflicted, as the rights now belong to the activists.

2. Secondary the measure says voting yes will ban “aerial spray”. The measure does not state “helicopters” or “planes”!

What does this mean? The definition of “aerial spray” is intentionally vague and written purposely to allow flexibility on the part of the activists. During the question and answer session at the end of the speech, Thomas Linzey was asked by a proponent to address the definition to assist her with an explanation to her dad who was opposed to the measure, and for other opponents questioning the definition. Linzey’s response was, “Talk to Rio about it.” (Rio is a proponent). The definition is apparently “up to Rio”!! This paves the path for lawsuits to begin. IT IS PURPOSELY VAGUELY WRITTEN TO ENCOURAGE LAWSUITS TO WHICH LINZEY LINES HIS POCKETS! Linzey stated at the presentation the measure had been reviewed by multiple attorneys and there is nothing wrong with the way it is written. In fact, Linzey refers to it as “the bomb” of all measures.

3. In addition, the measure gives rights to citizens to take “whatever action is necessary” if they feel that any citizen is disturbing any aspect of the eco-system.

What does this mean? Linzey said to the proponents that this means they will need to be the ones standing in front of the helicopter to stop it, and “take whatever means necessary” to enforce the rights of the eco-system.

Please do your research folks. Don’t fall for the inaccurate and misleading information being circulated by the proponents. Read the ballot measure and Google Thomas Linzey and CELDF. This measure affects EVERY citizen of Lincoln County! Do the right thing – –

VOTE NO ON 21-177
Cathy Steere
Lincoln County property owner

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 Posted by at 10:23 PM

Earth Day in Newport….

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Apr 222017

Science gathering Saturday near Hatfield Marine Science Center

Amazing that we still have to “stick up” for science. What century are we in?

…a real head-shaker that we have to do this…

Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and further the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 200 countries to build environmental awareness.

More than one billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

The importance of science is the central idea that animates all activities this year on Earth Day’s 47th anniversary, April 22.

 Posted by at 8:50 PM

More on 21-177

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Apr 222017

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Dear Editor and Citizens of Lincoln County:

About 155 years ago, my ancestors crossed the prairies with a covered wagon train headed for green pastures and forests of Tidewater, Oregon seeking a better life for their families.

They crossed prairies where farmers’ crops and livelihoods were destroyed by black waves of locusts. Pesticides were unknown weapons against insects that destroyed hardworking farmers’ crops. Later, at Land Grant Universities like OSU, extensive experimentation found safe means to combat the insects and other enemies of farmers’ and foresters’ crops. This increased productivity, helping ensure a healthy economy in Lincoln County, while keeping people, animals, and environment safe.

Education and regulation made aerial and ground application of pesticides and herbicides both effective and safe, with no harmful effects upon the environment, people, animals, soil and water. Educated voters read these stringent regulations enforced by Department of Forestry and USDA on pages 98-101 of Oregon’s Forest Protection Laws, Revised Second Edition. In aerial spraying, less spray is used. Weather, wind direction and velocity are all measured carefully, both in air and on the ground, assuring spray remains in specified parameters.

Voting NO on Measure 21-177 protects both our environment from harmful pests and those producing safe foods and managing healthy forestlands. A NO vote preserves jobs of those employed by these businesses, marketplaces, and others whose livelihoods are dependent on small, independent, responsible owners, helping keep our county’s economy stable and healthy.

Annabelle Morgan, Beaverton, OR with Forest and Farmland in Lincoln Co.


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 Posted by at 6:17 PM

Roll-Up at the Rodeway. No serious injuries.

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Apr 222017

NO serious injuries. That’s the good news.

Not sure exactly how this happened but nobody was seriously injured from what we gather. Just fortunate there was nobody on the sidewalk at the time.

 Posted by at 9:09 AM

Weather or Not: Back to Normal

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Apr 222017

Saturday, Apr. 22nd – Lincoln County

Summary: Mostly sunny, warm yesterday, cloudy overnight, rain this morning.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 71F/47F/18mph/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 69F/43F/25mph/0.01”
Newport: 72F/45F/32mph/0.01”
Waldport: 70F/43F/22mph/0.04”
Yachats: 69F/43F/26mph/0.03”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 3,700’, overcast @ 4,400’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: S 10 mph G16/Altimeter: 29.84”

Forecast: On the heels of the warmest day so far in 2017, we’re slipping right back into the familiar pattern that has dominated Central Coast weather since last Fall. Some light rain early today followed by a chance of showers and sunbreaks this afternoon, southerly winds gusting 30-35 mph and much cooler than yesterday as the mercury stops at 55F or so. Showers tonight and tomorrow, low 45-50F, high 50-55F. Outlook is for substantial rain Monday and Tuesday, 2 inches possible, then showery Wednesday through Friday. The thermometer is expected to remain below seasonal averages for the entire week ahead.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on the latest conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps 45-50F. Willamette Valley roads are mixed wet and dry, thermometer readings near 50F. The Columbia River Gorge has bare pavement, temperatures 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways are dry this morning, 35-45F, the snow level is 7,500 feet.

* Outlook for weekend travelers is wet highways at the lower elevations; snow possible in the Cascades tonight through tomorrow night as the snow level drops to near the passes, accumulations up to 2 inches, carry chains or traction tires.

* An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are SSE 10-15 knots gusting 25 this morning with seas 3-4 feet at 13 seconds. Small Craft Advisories for winds and seas are in effect through this evening. Offshore winds will switch to south this morning as a front moves across local waters. An active weather pattern is expected through most of next week with several fronts generating small craft advisory winds and seas 8-10 feet. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Light rain, windy, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
04/22 Sat 09:46 AM 6.77 H
04/22 Sat 04:05 PM 0.70 L
04/22 Sat 10:41 PM 7.43 H
04/23 Sun 04:40 AM 1.61 L

In Short: Rain/showers, breezy, cool, then wet and sometimes windy.

 Posted by at 7:56 AM

What politician(s) resemble this beast?

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Apr 212017

A sea-going _____________.
Fill in the blank. We’ll see who trumps who.
Send politician names to
Ken Gagne

 Posted by at 7:36 PM