U of O’s Economic “Guru” says Oregon not necessarily heading for a double dip recession

 Daily News  Comments Off on U of O’s Economic “Guru” says Oregon not necessarily heading for a double dip recession
Aug 052010
 

University of Oregon economist Tom Duy, who issues monthly reports cards on the statewide status of our economic health, said in his latest release that Oregon’s anemic recovery is of substantial concern, but he’s not looking for any window to jump out of either.

Here’s the story in today’s Eugene Register Guard:

http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/business/25127379-41/index-economy-oregon-recession-dip.csp

Another organizational update from Coastal Progressives

 Daily News, Politics  Comments Off on Another organizational update from Coastal Progressives
Aug 052010
 

Provided by: Coastal Progressives
(Totally unedited)

A day both bitter and slightly sweet

On July 29, 2010, a law took effect that targets undocumented people living in Arizona’s communities, SB1070.

We won a significant victory when the courts struck down the most egregious parts of the law. The peoples’ voices always rise before the court’s decisions, so with this sign of progress we will continue fighting the remainder of this unjust law.

The Rural Organizing Project and its Human Dignity Groups have a long history of letting values of human dignity and democracy be our guide through the seas of cultural change. As we celebrate this small victory for basic human decency and prepare ourselves to continue the work of diffusing the wedge of hate in our own communities, let’s take a minute to realign with what we know to be true. Continue reading »

Sister City delegation headed home today

 Daily News  Comments Off on Sister City delegation headed home today
Aug 052010
 


(Click image to play video)

After climbing to the top of a coastal lighthouse, playing with crawly critters in a tidal pool, dancing with Newport children, and experimenting with Making Paper, the 14 teens from Newport’s sister city of Mombetsu are finally headed back to Japan.

Toledo may be getting a big boost from ODOT on their Main Street to waterfront connection!

 Toledo  Comments Off on Toledo may be getting a big boost from ODOT on their Main Street to waterfront connection!
Aug 052010
 

Main Street, Toledo

Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger broke the news to his City Council Wednesday night that the Oregon Department of Transportation has indicated strongly that the city will likely be receiving a $1.5 million dollar grant to complete the town’s Main Street to the Waterfront proposal that’s been slow moving at best. Continue reading »

Samaritan Pacific Health Services is looking to float a big bond to improve medical services at PCH, Newport

 Daily News  Comments Off on Samaritan Pacific Health Services is looking to float a big bond to improve medical services at PCH, Newport
Aug 042010
 

PCH, Newport

The CEO of Samaritan Pacific Health Services told the Toledo City Council Wednesday night that they are exploring putting a $25 million to $50 million bond issue to the voters for the November 2012 ballot.

The reason for the funding request is for Samaritan Pacific Health Services to upgrade several areas of their Newport hospital campus. CEO David Bigelow said they are planning for a large shift in patient numbers and the kind of medical care they are seeking. Basically, less young people seeking pediatric services and more care being sought for aging services from senior citizens. Continue reading »

Lincoln City City Council races slog along toward August 17th filing deadline

 Politics  Comments Off on Lincoln City City Council races slog along toward August 17th filing deadline
Aug 042010
 

The race for who will sit on the Lincoln City City Council is moving along, somewhat slowly. But with an August 17th deadline looming, the paperwork circulating throughout the city will surely find its way back to city hall as candidates gather their 25 voter signatures of support required to file.

In Ward I, incumbent city councilor Sharon Cannon has picked up her candidate’s packet and is presumably gathering her signatures. Cannon has a challenger, Henry Quandt, a local businessman, who is also out gathering voter signatures. Continue reading »

Depoe Bay begins discussions on future water/sewer upgrades

 Public Safety, Tourism  Comments Off on Depoe Bay begins discussions on future water/sewer upgrades
Aug 042010
 

Although there is still a deep recession going on, the Depoe Bay City Council is grappling with what they know will come along in the future. More people moving into the area, including Gleneden Beach, and that means more toilets and more people flushing them.

Gleneden Beach historically has sent their wastewater to Depoe Bay for processing and they pay the going rate for doing so. However, engineers say within the near future there will be even more wastewater headed for Depoe Bay, an increase that the current pipes running between the two communities cannot handle. They must be replaced with bigger pipes. Continue reading »

Huge relief at Lincoln County School District Office

 Daily News  Comments Off on Huge relief at Lincoln County School District Office
Aug 042010
 

The U.S. Senate this afternoon passed a hotly contested emergency relief bill for the nation’s schools, fire fighters, police and public employees. On a 61-38 vote, with two Republicans crossing over, the Senate passed a massive relief bill that means $274 million dollars for Oregon which is expected to save 1,600 teacher jobs and $156 million to help the state pay its share of Medicaid which helps the poor get medical services.

Although Republican senators voted against it, charging it’s a bail-out for the union friends of the Democrats, moderate Senate Republicans Olympia Snow and Susan Collins of Maine switched over to give the nation’s Kindergarten through 12th grades a more predictable school year in front of them with more teachers to guide them through their education. Continue reading »

Obama Administration sends $88 million to Oregon to help unemployed homeowners avoid foreclosure.

 Daily News  Comments Off on Obama Administration sends $88 million to Oregon to help unemployed homeowners avoid foreclosure.
Aug 042010
 

The Obama Administration has approved $600 million in emergency funds to help unemployed homeowners nationwide avoid foreclosure. $88 million of that is aimed at Oregon where a number of local homeowner assistance organizations are already trying to help those who face the loss of their home through first or second liens, facilitate short sales and/or deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure and help in paying past due mortgage payments. It’s estimated that over seven thousand Oregon homeowners can be helped by the new program.

The story appears in this morning’s Portland Oregonian.
Click here:
http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/08/oregon_gets_federal_money_to_h.html