Vernonia woman gets court to tell foreclosing bank “Back Off.”

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Jun 302011

A Columbia County woman, who was about to lose her home through foreclosure, has convinced a State Circuit Court judge to order the foreclosing bank to back off at least until they can prove who owns the house and that all legal recordings of the deed and mortgage information is properly filed at the county level. It’s another in a growing chorus of questioning whether banks who buy foreclosed homes from other financial institutions can claim they own the property simply because they possess “interbank paperwork.”

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

Oregon legislature sends upgraded Oregon Health Care System bill to Governor Kitzhaber.

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Jun 292011

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SALEM – The Oregon Senate approved landmark legislation this evening that creates a new approach to health care, improving the way Oregon serves the state’s 600,000 Medicaid beneficiaries while also cutting costs.

“By coordinating physical health care with mental health, addiction services, and oral health, this bill will save money, save lives, and redirect the state’s focus to smart, preventative care,” said Senator Alan Bates (D-Medford), a practicing family physician of 35 years who helped lead the transformation movement from its inception. “This transformation will keep more Oregonians out of costly emergency room visits for chronic conditions and allow patients to receive better, more comprehensive care.”

HB 3650 is the blueprint for a new delivery system of locally accountable coordinated care organizations (CCOs). The CCOs will be responsible for managing fixed global budgets to provide health care to individuals within each CCO’s area. The CCO criteria that will be established include:

· Provide choice, independence, and dignity;
· Provide assistance in navigating the health care delivery system and accessing community and social supports;
· Provide services that are geographically located as close as possible to where their members reside; and
· Provide a choice of providers within the CCO’s network, including specialty providers.

“This approach will save taxpayer dollars while providing greater comprehensive and preventative care for low-income and elderly Oregonians,” said Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham). “This is a major step toward addressing the spiraling costs of health care that have put tremendous pressure on all other public services.” These health care reforms are a major piece of closing Oregon’s $3.5 billion budget gap for the biennium.

The Legislature will closely monitor the transformation effort and, if it works as anticipated, it could be a model for reducing costs and improve care beyond the Medicaid system. The bill now goes to the Governor.

Over 15 years of “dodge ball” driving is coming to an end on NE 31st. They’re finally fixing it!

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Jun 292011

NE 31st as it’s been the last 15+ years.

After 15 years of one lane travel over what was once a two lane road from 101 to Harney, NE 31st will once again be a two lane road into the Lakewood Hills residential area in northeast Newport. It was over 15 years ago, during one of the area’s notoriously long downpours, that stormwater runoff “mounded” underground and pushed a 150′ section of NE 31st downhill toward a ravine. The city eventually re-routed uphill stormwater down a ditch which took ground water pressure off the roadway. City and Road and Driveway engineers say the pavement hasn’t moved substantially since.

City projects chief Tim Gross said he had some money left over from this year’s road budget and figured since Road and Driveway was just up the highway giving Cape Foulweather a new coat of asphalt, why not let them fix NE 31st on their way back home in Newport? Road and Driveway said ‘sure,’ and so it’s getting fixed.

Road and Driveway will tear out the old slumped asphalt and slide debris and fill it with strong, compacted gravel. Then they’ll repave the south side lane, the one heading east. A Road and Driveway engineer said the area looks pretty stable but that the new lane might need a touch up every now and then because “nothing stays still in Oregon.”

Work will begin on the fix Thursday morning at around 5am. They say they should be finished with the fill-and-repave within 12 hours.

So a Happy Independence Day gift from the city to those who have had to navigate a traffic game that could be characterized as a combination of dodge ball and chicken. No longer will vehicles approaching from opposite ends have to gauge speeds and street position before venturing out and across the only one lane available. During Thursday’s road repair, motorists should use NE 36th to the north to connect to 101.

By 6pm Thursday NE 31st will once again become just an ordinary two lane road.

Really smart and agile dogs return to Newport!

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Jun 292011

Willamette Agility Group (WAG) is hosting their eighth annual dog agility trial in Newport again this summer. The trial will be held at the Newport Middle/Intermediate School soccer field (825 NE 7th St), Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 8, 9, & 10, 2011. On Friday, competition will begin at 6:30 pm, on Saturday and Sunday, it will be from 8 am – 4 pm. There is no admission fee for spectators. A portion of the proceeds from competitor’s entry fees will go to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.

Vendors with dog-related merchandise are welcome to display their wares. In past years, over 200 dogs of all types and sizes participated, and more are expected to enter this year.

Dog agility is the fastest growing dog sport in America. It is a competition in which a dog runs through a timed obstacle course under the guidance of the handler. Agility training strengthens the bond between dog and handler, and provides fun and exercise for both. Dogs race against the clock as they jump hurdles, scale ramps, burst through tunnels, traverse a see-saw, and weave through a line of poles. With scoring based on faults similar to equestrian show jumping, dog agility has become an exciting and entertaining spectator event.

For additional information call Jean McCrae at 541-265-9895.

Boomer Bash! Raising funds to heal sick and injured animals.

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Jun 292011

Cubby, on the mend.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter cares for nearly 1,000 lost, seized, and owner-surrendered animals each year. Many of these animals arrive sick and injured; others are seized from abusive or neglectful owners; and others have untreated medical issues that require expensive diagnosis and treatments to determine, and hopefully restore, their quality of life.

In order to care for these animals in need, the Shelter created the Medical Trust Fund in 2004 to help provide veterinary care for sick, injured and abused orphaned animals. The funds are used for dental procedures, to repair broken bones, to test and treat infections, to care for chronic skin problems, to perform eye surgeries, and to heal many other conditions.

Animals like Captain Jack who had an infected eye removed, Cubby Shasta whose broken leg was reset, and Tripod who is now getting around on three legs, are all grateful to have been fixed up and part of new families.

As the Lincoln County Animal Shelter’s veterinary needs expanded, staff and volunteers started the “Boomer Bash” to raise money for, and promote awareness of, the Medical Trust Fund. Named after Boomer, long-time resident shelter cat and greeter extraordinaire, all proceeds from the event go directly towards saving and improving the lives of the animals under the Shelter’s care.

The Lincoln County Animal Shelter is proud to host the 6th Annual Boomer Bash on Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club, 750 SE Bay Blvd in Newport. A fun event for the whole family, the Boomer Bash is the premier fund-raising event for the shelter.

For a suggested donation of $10, attendees will enjoy decadent desserts, a silent auction, wonderful music, and will help give animals a second chance at life.

To contribute or for more information, please call 541-265-6610.

Sheriff and Lincoln County Commissioners honor Tidewater “life saver.”

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Jun 292011

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Mary Hendrix, Peter Carlich, Sheriff Dennis Dotson

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Casey Miller, PIO


On April 13, 2011 at approximately 7:00 a.m., Tidewater, Oregon resident Mary Hendrix was driving her car on E. Canal Creek Rd. along the Alsea River between Waldport and Tidewater. Her vehicle unexpectedly left the roadway and rolled down the riverbank and into the cold and deep water of the Alsea River.

While this was occurring, local resident Peter Carlich was in his home when he heard a noise. Mr. Carlich and his wife are accustomed to hearing trees fall and then roll down the embankment into the river, but this sound was different. Rather than noise from a rolling tree, he heard scraping which drew his attention. Out of the corner of his eye he observed a blue object rolling down the embankment approximately 100 yards away.

He looked closer to see that it was a car and immediately called 911. Mr. Carlich then proceeded to his boat which was moored at his dock. Fortunately the boat’s motor was mounted on the boat so he was able to proceed out to the rapidly sinking car.

Mrs. Hendrix was attempting to escape from her sinking vehicle as Mr. Carlich reached her and pulled her from her car to safety. Mrs. Hendrix was treated and released from a local hospital.

During the June 29 Board of Commissioner’s meeting in Newport, Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Dotson presented Mr. Carlich with the Sheriff’s Office Life Saving Award in recognition of his efforts.

Marsala makes first court appearance, faces charges of Assault Causing Death

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Jun 292011

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Joseph Marsala as he appeared in a jail corridor camera during his initial court appearance Wednesday.

Joseph Marsala, 17, faced a Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge and a deputy district attorney Wednesday to face charges that he murdered Darrin Dow at his Lincoln City home June 25th.

The complaint file by District Attorney Rob Bovett filed the charges with the court claiming that Marsala, of Milwaukie, hit Dow over the head with a “garden tool” and that he stabbed Dow twice in the neck and twice in the stomach. Charges also include Marsala stealing Dow’s Cadillac Escalade and wallet which contained credit cards and cash.

Bovett said earlier that Dow had transported Marsala and another teen from a location in Portland to his home in Lincoln City, and that after the murder, the teens rode back to Portland in Dow’s vehicle, dumping it at SE 18th and SE Davis.

During today’s first court appearance Marsala simply answered in the affirmative that the paperwork in front of him had his name spelled correctly. And that was about it. Marsala will reappear in court no later than July 5th at 4:30pm. DA Bovett has referred the case to the Lincoln County Grand Jury for review and formal indictment if they so decide. If the Grand Jury indicts Marsala quickly, Marsala may appear in court before July 5th.

His bail was set at $2 million.

Bob Line, Siletz Valley School Principal, former VP at Newport High, dies of a heart attack in Central Oregon

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Jun 292011

Bob Line

Reports say that Bob Line, the immediate past Principal of Siletz Valley School passed away today from a heart attack. Unconfirmed reports indicate that he was in the midst of a racketball game at Eagle Crest Resort near Redmon when he collapsed on the court.

Line was the former Vice Principal of Newport High.

Line reportedly had just been hired as the new head football coach at Waldport High School as something to do to keep him busy during his retirement.

Friends and admirers of Bob Line are posting their sorrow and love for Bob on this Facebook page: Click here.

Sen. Merkley: July 4th should be when America declares its independence from foreign oil and all the military entanglements that go with it.

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Jun 292011

Sen. Jeff Merkley

Senators Offer Measure to Free America from Overseas Oil
In Advance of Independence Day, Merkley, Carper, Tom Udall, and Bennet Introduce Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act

Washington, D.C. – Just days before Independence Day, U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (OR), Tom Carper (DE), Tom Udall (NM), and Michael Bennet (CO) introduced legislation to eliminate our dependence on overseas oil, strengthen national security, and create jobs.

The Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act of 2011 will set into law the goal of achieving independence from overseas oil in the next 20 years and provides a specific plan for achieving it. By committing America to developing a robust clean energy economy, the legislation would create new jobs while eliminating the national security vulnerability posed by dependence on oil from overseas.

“As we celebrate our nation’s independence, our economic fate is firmly in the hands of others: dictators in oil-rich countries, Wall Street speculators, and oil company executives all of whom influence how much we pay at the pump every day,” said Merkley. “We can continue to send a billion dollars a day overseas and be at the mercy of gas price spikes, or we can invest that money right here at home creating red, white, and blue American jobs. It is time to declare our independence from overseas oil.”

“I am proud to join Senators Merkley, Bennet and Tom Udall in introducing this much needed legislation that sets an ambitious, but attainable, goal of eliminating all oil imports from outside of North America by 2030,” said Sen. Carper. “This bill provides a comprehensive strategy to reduce our unhealthy oil consumption by improving energy efficiency and increasing the use of clean, renewable energy sources. The legislation also takes important steps forward to increase vehicle efficiency standards and provide Americans with a practical alternative to using their cars, trucks, and vans for every trip. This will save families money at the pump and reduce traffic congestion as well as harmful air pollution.”

“Enacting this bill would help America take control of its energy future by ending our dangerous dependence on foreign oil, which puts our economic, environmental and national security at risk,” Udall said. “Global oil supplies are struggling to keep up with demand, so combining a suite of solutions including fuel efficiency, advanced biofuels and natural gas vehicles is both a national security and economic necessity.”

“In all of my town halls across Colorado, one thing everyone can agree on is the need to break our dependence on overseas oil,” said Bennet. “By committing America to developing a robust clean energy economy, the bill would create jobs while eliminating the national security and economic vulnerability posed by dependence on overseas oil. We have outlined a plan to break our dependence on overseas oil in a way that promotes Colorado’s energy sources and creates Colorado jobs.”

“The veterans of Operation Free are proud to stand with Senators Merkley, Carper, Udall, and Bennet in the fight for American energy independence,” said Michael Breen, Vice President of the Truman National Security Project. “In Iraq and Afghanistan, we saw firsthand that America’s addiction to oil costs dollars and lives. In Afghanistan, a single gallon of gasoline costs the American taxpayer $400, but that doesn’t even begin to measure the price – one in every 24 fuel convoys ends in an American casualty. Meanwhile, our most dangerous enemies continue to be funded by oil money. It’s time to stop putting oil dollars into the hands of extremists, and to start investing in a clean energy economy here at home. The Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act is the right choice for our security.”

To eliminate the nation’s reliance on foreign imports from non-North American countries in 20 years, the bill includes steps to ramp up deployment of electric vehicles, increase travel options and improve infrastructure, make gasoline engines more efficient, develop alternative transportation fuels and reduce the use of oil to heat buildings.

The Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act also would create a National Council on Energy Security to ensure a sustained focus on reducing the use of oil. The Council, housed in the White House, would be charged with making recommendations to the President and Congress to ensure America has a focused strategic plan for energy independence and with aligning the actions of various federal agencies.

This year, more than two-thirds of America’s oil imports will come from nations that too often do not share our goals or values. This dependence on overseas oil costs our nation a billion dollars per day that could be used here at home. Instead, the United States could be investing in home-grown American clean energy and reduce pollution in our air and water. Continue reading »

If “Mount NOAA” looks a little smaller, you’re right, it is!

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Jun 282011

“Mount NOAA”

Referred to as “Mount NOAA,” bay dredgings that made way for construction of the new NOAA Pacific Marine Headquarters, has been described by some as an eyesore on an otherwise beautiful bay. But others say it’s the sign of progress that will properly shrink from view as local and regional contractors haul the dredgings away for use in local construction projects. How long that might take was the subject of a brief discussion before the Newport Port Authority Tuesday night.

Port Manager Don Mann indicated that about 20% of the “mountain” has been already hauled away by a private contractor. Mann said he’s got a number of additional local contractors who are seriously interested in acquiring large quantities of sandy dredgings for projects they’re working on as well. When asked if there was a deadline for the complete removal of the mountain, Mann said “No, but we’re working as fast as we can to get rid it.” He added that by this time next year, or thereabouts, most of the pile could very well be gone.

In other port business, the board appointed Joann Barton as the Port Commission President effective July 1st. Soon-to-be-former Port President Ginny Goblirsch was elected Vice President. Commissioner Don Mathews was appointed Port Commission Treasurer, Commissioner Dean Fleck was voted Secretary of the commission and David Jincks as Assistant Secretary.

Port Commissioners thanked Goblirsch for her tireless efforts to monitor and verify that things were going as well as they seemed to be going with the NOAA project and for her efforts to involve everyone in the process. Goblirsch said it was time that she backed off “just a little” and let the Port move forward with all the benefits of a very successful NOAA project and soon-to-be grand opening to the public in late August.

Port Manager Don Mann and Day CPM chief Joshua Dodson gave an update on the International Terminal project. They’re nearing the end of the first phase of installing a new pier structure on the bay side of the property and removing the USS Paisley which is just about thoroughly gutted. It’s no longer needed as a pier support under-story. According to a work session discussion earlier in the day, the point was made that the Port of Newport and others must now concentrate on acquiring sufficient funds to complete the terminal which is slated for heavier ocean going maintenance, shipping and other activities. Mann said he’s receiving very serious inquiries from major shipping companies who want to know when the terminal will be complete because they want to start using it. Shipping logs is a common theme he’s hearing. A long list of funding sources are being explored, according to a report submitted to the port commission by Mann.