Occupy Newport evolving, like other “Occupy” groups nationwide

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Nov 092011

Occupy Newport meeting
Cafe Mundo, Nye Beach, Wednesday
Brad Taylor Photo

Provided by Occupy Newport

“…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…”

The ‘ends’ that Thomas Jefferson wrote of in the Declaration of Independence were the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We recognize that these rights, once honored, have been co-opted and tainted by the elite and the powerful. These rights are held just out of our grasp, and while we strain and strive to reach them, the corporate powers in America exploit our efforts for their own benefit.

Perhaps you’ve seen us recently, at the intersection of Highways 101 and 20, waving all sorts of signs around and making a bunch of noise. Perhaps your opinion about us is already formed. Maybe you honked and waved in support (we appreciate that). Maybe you stared straight ahead as if there was nothing to see. Maybe you looked around at all the signs and the people and remained ambivalent about our demonstration. Maybe you offered a derisive sneer, a thumbs-down, or a rude hand gesture. Regardless of how you reacted, you knew we were there, and you knew we had something to say.
We’re pretty sure that you are one of us.

We stand opposed to the corruption of our Constitution and Government by the taint of money and power. It is painfully obvious that our country is no longer free, and that our individual voices are mute next to the bullhorn of unbridled capitalism. Are we opposed to success? Are we opposed to earning your keep? Are we opposed to business and enterprise? Absolutely not. Many of us are business owners, or are employed by one. What we oppose is the fact that the influence and power of the wealthiest 1% was borne on the backs of all the rest of us. Are you confused why your shopping cart is full of items made in China while we’re suffering 10% unemployment here at home? Do you work for a company that has issued benefit cuts for the rank-and-file workers and bonuses for the CEOs? Is your bank threatening to kick you out of your house? These are just a few reasons to join us. We welcome everyone, because we are all needed.

We demonstrate every Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM, at the intersection of Highways 101 & 20. General Assembly is 6:00 PM on Wednesdays at the pavilion in Don Davis Park. There we discuss news, workgroup activities, and future actions. We represent people from all walks of life. Liberal, conservative, hippie, hillbilly, employed, unemployed…. we are all part of the 99%.

Visit occupynewport.org for news, information, resources, and links to other Occupy Newport activities on the web. Submitted by Eric Sherman of Newport, Oregon, and other members of Occupy Newport.

Big national emergency alert notification left Oregon in the dust….

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Nov 092011


Oregon was unceremoniously left out of today’s big U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency nationwide broadcast alert. Reports say that the signal was supposed to hit Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland and then ricochet around the state like a runaway cue ball on a billiard table. But when it hit OPB, it fizzled. The story’s in the Oregonian. Click here.

Oregon Rep. Jean Cowan making more “goodbye” rounds…

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Nov 092011

Jean Cowan
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Representative Jean Cowan will be the featured speaker at the Lincoln City Kiwanis meeting tomorrow, Thursday, November 10. Rep. Cowan recently announced her retirement from Oregon politics and has been offering interesting observations about her many years of public service and lessons learned about life while serving the coast and engaging in legislative wrangling in Salem.

Kiwanis meets at the Mist Restaurant at the Surftides Resort on NW Jetty at 12:00 noon. Guests are welcome at the meeting and the buffet lunch is $10.00. Kiwanis is active in supporting children’s issues, including a scholarship program and the Backpack Program for childhood nutrition. Kiwanians are now taking orders for Sees Candy to be delivered in time for Christmas giving. Proceeds from this fundraiser will support the local scholarship program.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden takes a “check-swing” at China

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Nov 092011

Sen. Ron Wyden
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Information provided by Sen. Ron Wyden
Wyden Statement on Commerce Decision to Investigate Surging Solar Panel Imports from China

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), chair of the Senate Finance’s Subcommittee on Trade, Customs and Global Competiveness issued the following statement in response the U.S. Commerce Department’s announcement that it has initiated an investigation into surging solar panel imports from China.

“I welcome the Commerce Department’s decision to launch an investigation into whether or not China is adhering to global trade rules. I don’t want to pre-judge the Department’s independent investigation but the petition filed by the domestic industry in the solar case, and the evidence put forward in the Steelworkers 301 petition and recently uncovered by the USTR, provide ample evidence to suggest that China is not playing by the rules and an investigation is justified.

Free trade does not mean trade free from rules. The global, rules-based trading system is designed to prevent trade wars, because it establishes clear, enforceable standards for all of the world’s participants. Failure to enforce those standards undermines the free trade system.

The solar case asks a simple question: is China playing by the rules? If the answer is yes, no action will be taken. If not, the U.S. is afforded, under World Trade Organization agreements, the right to remedy China’s unfair trade practices by imposing anti-dumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD). The AD/CVD case brought by the domestic solar industry strengthens and legitimizes our global trading system and the rules that make it possible.

Trade remedies aren’t designed to artificially raise the price of goods, rather they are designed to limit a country’s ability to cheat the system by artificially lowering prices. Critics of such remedies must remember that if China is successful at putting its competition out of business, its prices won’t stay low for long.”

Apples and oranges and pears, OH MY!

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Nov 092011

The League of Women Voters of Lincoln County is continuing their annual fundraising event. They are taking orders for 20 pound boxes of Texas red grapefruit, California navel oranges, Washington Fuji apples or Northwest D’Anjou pears. Also available is a Festival of Fruit box which weighs about 22 pounds and contains an assortment of all four fruits.

The grapefruit and oranges are $20.00 a box and the others are $25.00. Orders must be prepaid and will be delivered in early December. Call Maxine Demory at 541-265-7532 or Ruth Kistler at 541-574-8145 to order your fruit. The deadline has been extended, but orders must be received by November 17.

Newport Police: DUII moving van driver damages City Center Motel

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Nov 092011

Top picture: Brad Taylor photo
Picture 2 and 3: Newport Police photos

Newport Police say a Utah man, driving a rental moving truck, towing a big trailer, pulled into the City Center Motel Tuesday night, hit the building and took out a beam and ceiling material of the awning. The motel manager and others reportedly yelled at the driver to stop, but instead Luke Knudson of Salt Lake City backed up, drove through the parking lot, over the grass and back onto to Highway 101 southbound.

Police say a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted the truck parked at another motel in South Beach. Officers approached Knudson and immediately determined he was impaired. However Knudson refused to take a field sobriety test. With that they put him in handcuffs, took him to the Lincoln County Jail and booked him for drunk driving, hit and run and criminal mischief. His bail was set at $80,000.

Fire fighters and water system operators are smiling in Lincoln County

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Nov 082011

Whether it’s higher taxes for improving and expanding water systems or buying new fire equipment and tsunami sirens, Lincoln County taxpayers voted yes Tuesday night. Some margins of of that yes vote were thinner than others, but it appears that all special override issues passed Tuesday evening.

The win margin in the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue District was running around 145 votes out of 2,900 cast, with 99.9% of the votes counted. Their tax override provides for equipment and building maintenance, equipment replacement, four new tsunami warning sirens, and hiring a new fire safety and public education officer. In the Central Coast Fire and Rescue District (Waldport), the margin was very wide, 723 to 277 to pass the tax override. Replacing fire equipment, mainly. Same for Yachats Rural Fire Protection District where the vote was 662 to 146. Again fire equipment the big ticket items.

Two water district tax overrides were passing, running decent margins; the Kernville-Gleneden-LincolnBeach Water District appeared to be on their way to floating a five year local tax override for water system expansion and improvements. The vote margin with 99.9% of the vote counted was 494 yes to 346 no. Down the coast to Seal Rock, their margin appeared to becoming decisive with those supporting system upgrades. The yes vote was running 667 to a no vote of 522. Seal Rock is tied at the hip with their main water wholesaler, the city of Toledo, which has major renovations staring them in the face over the next few years. Seal Rock’s portion of the cost is lower than Toledo’s but it’s still several million dollars.

Lincoln County Clerk Dana Jenkins says the voter turnout appears to be just over 50%.

The latest election results

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Nov 082011

Here’s a direct link to the Lincoln County Elections Office in Newport. It has the latest results. First numbers should come up at around 8:05pm. Keep in mind that to get the latest results you have to not only click on the link provided here, but you must refresh your screen every few minutes. The numbers won’t change on your screen unless you refresh your screen…or simply back out of the elections office and then go back in.

Here’s the link: Click here.

Great American Smokeout – Thursday, November 17th

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Nov 082011

Provided by Casey Miller,
Lincoln County Public Information Officer

The Great American Smokeout is just around the corner – Thursday, November 17. The American Cancer Society has been promoting this program for 36 years. The Great American Smokeout focuses on encouraging smokers to use the day to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk and other chronic health conditions.

In the 1986 Surgeon General’s report it was stated that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Now, more than 25 years later, tobacco use continues to be the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Despite this knowledge and many strong scientific studies that present strong evidence, more than 46 million Americans continue to smoke. The good news is that more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year.

Not only is the smoker exposed to secondhand smoke, so is everyone else who lives or visits the home. This includes family members, guests and any pets. The toll of tobacco use continues to damage family units, homes and relationships. In the US, 15.5 million children are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes every day. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke fall victim to higher incidence of SIDS, premature births, respiratory illnesses, reduced lung growth, ear infections, asthma, hearing loss, sleep apnea, higher rates of days of school missed, earlier onset of what can lead to life-long chronic conditions, and loss of parents to an early death due to the use of tobacco or exposure.

In Lincoln County, 28.7 % of adults smoke. These adults shorten their own life expectancy as well as impact the overall health and life expectancy of those they are closest to. One hundred seventy county residents are expected to die during 2011 of tobacco related diseases.

There are many options today for individuals who want to stop using tobacco: American Lung Association, “Freedom From Smoking” at www.lungusa.org; American Cancer Society, 1-877-YES-QUIT; Nicotine Anonymous, 1-877-879-6422; and Bayshore Family Medicine’s program, “Ditch Tobacco”, 541-614-0482, is the only local tobacco cessation available in Lincoln County. All Lincoln County residents are eligible for services through the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW. If you would like printed tobacco cessation materials, the Tobacco Prevention Education Program may have materials that could assist you, please call 541-265-0465 to request information.

.If you are a smoker, let Thursday, November 17 be the day that you make a plan to quit using tobacco. Even better, let November 17th be your freedom from tobacco day!

Sheriff Dennis Dotson announces bid for re-election

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Nov 082011

Provided by Sheriff Dennis Dotson

Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Dotson has announced that he will seek reelection in 2012. Dotson was appointed Sheriff by the County Commissioners in 2003, and was subsequently elected as Sheriff in 2004. Dotson was reelected by Lincoln County voters in 2008.

Under Dotson’s leadership, the Sheriff’s Office has undergone significant changes and improvements, and has achieved many goals. Innovative technology and training practices were introduced into all divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. Much of this technology and training were focused and coordinated to improve the safety of employees, as well as the delivery of better and more effective services.

Starting in 2005, and for the next four years, the Lincoln County Jail went through three reorganizations. The results were improved efficiency at less cost to taxpayers. Jail space was increased from 128 to 161 beds, with fewer personnel.

Since March of 2009, the incidence of early inmate releases from the Lincoln County Jail has dramatically dropped, to the point where the Jail now typically has available bed space. Few early releases have occurred this year, and overtime costs have been dramatically reduced. “Under Sheriff Dotson’s leadership, the credibility and effectiveness of our entire criminal justice system has been greatly enhanced,” said Rob Bovett, Lincoln County District Attorney.

Changes in the delivery of services from the Patrol, Records/Civil, and Jail Divisions, as well as the Animal Shelter, have resulted in an increased level of customer satisfaction. Sheriff Dotson credits each division commander and their teams for carrying out these impressive accomplishments.
“While there will always be challenges, the members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office are prepared and motivated to meet those challenges and provide the best possible services for the citizens of Lincoln County,” said Sheriff Dotson. “Because we have more plans for the future, I wish to continue to be a part of this bright, exciting, and energetic team.”