Wildland Fire off Crystal Creek Road

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Mar 192019

Fire burning through thick undergrowth off Crystal Creek Road. Toledo Fire Dept. photos

Firefighters say they had the fire pretty well beaten back by late afternoon Tuesday. The fire ate through thick undergrowth and trees. 9.1 acres were burned according to Toledo Fire Captain Greg Musil. Captain Musil said the cause was a tree falling across some power lines, causing sparks to fly and ignite the thick underbrush. He said a nearby house barn were threatened but quick action by firefighters saved them both. However one small outbuilding was burned.

Toledo put out a call for back-up to fight the blaze and fire departments from around the region responded from Central Coast in Waldport to Depoe Bay Fire on the north. Newport also threw their shoulders in to it as did firefighters from Philomatch and Oregon Department of Forestry who is this morning supervising prison inmates as they drown hot spots that are still hiding under the thick underbrush.

A house, barn and one outbuilding saved – one outbuilding burned.

12:30pm Tuesday
A wildland fire is burning west of Eddyville that is threatening a house and a barn at 3775 Crystal Creek Road – on the old bypassed section of Highway 20.

Toledo Firefighters are asking for mutual aid from other fire departments in the area, including Benton County Fire units, to help contain the blaze

Firefighters are still at it on the Crystal Creek Road fire.

Jane Lubchenco goes full circle – Back home at OSU

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Mar 192019

Jane Lubchenco
Back home at OSU

Jane Lubchenco, a world-renowned leader in environmental research and an Oregon State University marine ecologist, will deliver the commencement address at OSU’s 150th graduation ceremony.

“As a university committed to addressing the planet’s most pressing issues, we are thrilled that our graduating students will hear from one of the world’s most prominent environmental scientists,” said Oregon State President Ed Ray. “Jane’s research contributions and leadership at OSU, nationally and globally are profound and long term. It is fitting that she will speak at our 150th commencement ceremony.”

Lubchenco will receive an honorary doctorate degree in ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences as part of OSU’s commencement, which will be held on Saturday, June 15, at Reser Stadium.

Lubchenco is a distinguished university professor at Oregon State and has been instrumental as an advisor to Ray as the university has undertaken its marine studies initiative. A former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, she is one of the world’s most highly cited ecologists with expertise in the ocean, climate change and interactions between the environment and human well-being. She served as an undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere within the Obama administration and later as the State Department’s first science envoy for the ocean.

Last year, Lubchenco received the Vannevar Bush Award from the National Science Board. The award recognizes “exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the nation through public service in science, technology and public policy.” In 2017, she received the National Academy of Sciences’ most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal.

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Lubchenco has co-founded three organizations that train scientists to better communicate and more effectively engage with society: COMPASS, the Leopold Leadership Program and Climate Central.

She is also a MacArthur Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Lubchenco received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Colorado College, a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in ecology from Harvard University. Her academic career as a professor began at Harvard University (1975-77) and continued at Oregon State (1977-2009) until her appointment as NOAA administrator. Upon leaving NOAA, she was the 2013 Haas Distinguished Visitor in Public Service at Stanford University. She then accepted the offer to return to Oregon State as Distinguished University Professor.

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Samaritan PCH: Nutrition series offered to cancer survivors

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Mar 192019

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Nutrition series offered to cancer survivors

The Samaritan Cancer Program is offering a nutrition series for cancer survivors called “That’s My Farmer” which teaches healthy shopping, eating locally and the impact of fresh, wholesome foods
The series offers participants vouchers for fresh produce from the farmers’ market, engaging presentations from registered dietitians with the Samaritan Cancer Program, plus more. Local cancer survivors are welcome, no matter where they received treatment.

Sessions begin July 17 in Newport, and take place at Samaritan-affiliated locations

Newport: Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m., July 17 to Aug. 14 
Center for Health Education (across from Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital)
The cost to enroll is $20 per cancer survivor.

Registration is required, and preference will be given to first-time participants. For more information or to register, contact the Samaritan Cancer Resource Center at CancerResourceCenter@samhealth.org or by calling 541-768-2171 or 541-812-5888.

Oregon unemployment shows slight uptick in February

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Mar 192019

Oregon’s Unemployment Rate 4.4% in February

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in February and 4.3 percent in January. Oregon’s unemployment rate has ranged between 4.0 percent and 4.4 percent since November 2016, with the low of 4.0 percent occurring in May, June, and July 2018. The U.S. unemployment rate declined to 3.8 percent in February from 4.0 percent in January.

Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment changed little in February (-500 jobs), following a revised, large gain of 12,800 jobs in January. Employment in financial activities, government, and construction continued to trend up, while transportation, warehousing and utilities decreased.

Since February 2018, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment increased by 29,500 jobs, or 1.5 percent. This growth rate was in line with the most recent nine months in which annual gains averaged 29,100 jobs. Over the past 12 months, the U.S. expanded at a slightly faster rate of 1.7 percent.

In February, employment in financial activities gained 900 jobs. Over the year, financial activities has added 1,200 jobs, or 1.2 percent. Government expanded by 700 jobs in February and since February 2018, it rose by 4,700 jobs, or 1.6 percent. Construction added 600 jobs in February. Construction led all industries with over??’the-year growth of 4,600 jobs, or 4.4 percent.

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Transportation, warehousing, and utilities was the only major industry experiencing a large employment decline in February. It cut 1,800 jobs for the month, following a gain of 700 in January. Despite the drop in February, the industry grew rapidly in the second half of 2018, and has been the second fastest growing industry in the past 12 months, adding 2,400 jobs, or 3.8 percent in that time.

One component of the transportation industry, couriers and messengers, has expanded rapidly since 2013. Employment jumped 56 percent over that period, and stood at 9,800 jobs in February 2019. UPS and FedEx are included in this industry, which has become more highly seasonal with employment ramping up by 4,100 jobs during October through December 2018, then declining 3,800 jobs by February.

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Warehousing and storage – an industry dominated by warehouses of major national retailers – grew rapidly over the past three years. It employed 9,900 in February, a gain of 2,500 since February 2016.

Old growth timber and much more preserved in Devils Staircase Wilderness

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Mar 192019

Devil’s Staircase
East of Reedsport

With the March 12 signing of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, President Trump authorized designation of the Devils Staircase Wilderness and three Wild and Scenic rivers on the Siuslaw National Forest, along with number of other land conservation actions across the country. These Congressional designations recognize the unique value and wild character of these special places and protect them in perpetuity.

Covering over 30,000 acres, Devils Staircase Wilderness is a remote and rugged pocket of national forest east of Reedsport, OR. Wasson and Franklin creeks, which received two of the river designations, flow through the area on their way to the Umpqua River. The area has no trails nor official access points. The challenging terrain and decades-ago acknowledgement that the area was unsuitable for timber production is why Devils Staircase is one of the few remaining old growth refuges in the Oregon Coast Range. This pristine tract of forest provides outstanding habitat for northern spotted owl, marbled murrelet, and coastal Coho salmon, all federally threatened species, along with other fish and wildlife.

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“The Forest Service long ago recognized the ecological importance this area has in Coast Range,” said Robert Sanchez, Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor. “With the new wilderness and wild and scenic designations, we will continue to manage this area as we have been, with a light touch that promotes the natural processes at work there and with minimal sign of man’s influence.”

The third Wild and Scenic River designation is a portion of the Nestucca River which flows through the north end of the Siuslaw National Forest on the Hebo Ranger District.

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The Wilderness Act of 1964 established a legal definition of wilderness and created a means by which Congress can ensure the wild character of special places will be preserved for future generations. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 established a tool for ensuring rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, or recreational value remain free-flowing, and that protections are in place to preserve the values for which it was designated, for the enjoyment by future generations.

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Where did you come from? Can’t find out?

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Mar 192019

We all came from somewhere…


Do YOU have a family history mystery? A stubborn brick wall that you’ve approached from every angle, but can’t find a way through it. BRING IT, and your laptop and we will put our many, many years of combined knowledge and experience to assist you in discovering some new possible avenues of research to dismantle that WALL! There will also be instruction on how to create “mirror trees” and some overview of Ancestry’s new tools.

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A regular meeting of the Lincoln County Genealogical Society will be held at the Toledo Public Library in the basement on Saturday, April 6 from 10am to noon.

Joan Staton

Weather or Not: Another Warm One

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Mar 192019

3/19/19 Sunshine, some clouds today, warm, high 70-75F, mainly overcast tonight-tomorrow, low 50F, high 55-60F. Outlook: mostly cloudy Thu, rain likely Friday, chance of showers Sat, sunny Sun, rain possible Mon, the thermometer about normal for this time of year as highs reach 55-60F, and lows dip to 40-45F.

Beaches Today:
Surf Height…………..8 to 11 ft.
Weather………………Increasing clouds. Highs near 65.
Wind…………………East to southeast 5 to 15 mph this morning, then becoming south 5 to 10 mph.
Tides (South Beach)…
Low tide….2.0 ft at 05:36 AM PDT.
High tide…9.1 ft at 11:43 AM PDT.
Low tide….-1.0 ft at 06:12 PM PDT.
High tide…8.5 ft at 11:44 PM PDT.
Sunrise – 7:20 AM PDT. Sunset – 7:27 PM PDT.

Four Reasons Your Parents Might Be in Financial Trouble

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Mar 192019

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Four Reasons Your Parents Might Be in Financial Trouble
Provided By: Duane J. Silbernagel, CFP®

As your parents age, they will probably need more help from you. But it may be difficult to provide the help they need, especially if they’re experiencing financial trouble. Money can be a sensitive subject to discuss, but you’ll need to talk to your parents about it in order to get to the root of their problems and come up with a solution. Before you start the conversation, consider the following four scenarios as signs that your parents might be experiencing financial challenges, and how you can make things easier for them.

1. They are dealing with debt

Perhaps your parents have fallen behind on their mortgage or credit card payments. Maybe they’re dealing with the aftermath of a large, unexpected medical bill. Or it could be that years of generously supporting their children and grandchildren have left their finances in shambles.

Whatever the cause, debt among older Americans is a growing trend. In 2010, the average debt for a family in which the head of household was age 75 or older was $30,288. In2016 (most recent data available), that number grew to $36,757.1

2. They are falling for fraud

According to a report by the Federal Trade Commission, older adults have been targeted or disproportionately affected by fraud. Moreover, older adults have reported much higher dollar losses to certain types of fraud than younger consumers.2

Why do scammers target older individuals? There are many explanations for this trend. Some older individuals lack an awareness about major financial issues. Others may be attractive targets for scammers because they have access to retirement account assets or have built up home equity. Additional factors that increase an older adult’s vulnerability to scams include cognitive decline and isolation from family and friends.

3. They aren’t used to managing finances

The loss of a spouse can create many challenges for the survivor, especially if the deceased spouse was in charge of finances. Many widows or widowers might find themselves keeping track of statements, paying bills, budgeting, and handling other financial matters for the first time, which can be a complicated reality to face.

4. They struggle with change

As financial institutions continue to innovate and increase online and mobile access to customer accounts, it can be difficult for older consumers to keep up. For example, some older adults may struggle with accessing their financial information online. Others might get frustrated or confused when financial institutions implement new policies and procedures, especially if they’ve had an account with an institution for decades.

One report described the most common issues that older consumers identified with bank accounts or services. The top three complaints involved account management (47%), deposits and withdrawals (27%), and problems caused by low funds (12%).3

Ways you can help

Regardless of the reasons why your parents might be having money problems, there are steps you can take to help them.
• Set up a meeting with a financial professional. Encourage your parents to meet with a professional to evaluate their financial situation.
• Help them reduce spending. Look for big and small ways that they can scale back on expenses, such as downsizing to a smaller home, cutting cable plans, or canceling unnecessary memberships/subscriptions.
• Have them tested for dementia. If you’ve noticed behavioral or memory changes in one or both of your parents, share your concerns with a medical professional. Cognitive decline can result in difficulty managing finances.
• Lend money (using caution). If you decide to help your parents monetarily, consider paying your parents’ expenses directly rather than giving them cash so you can ensure that their bills are paid on time.
• Help them apply for assistance. The National Council on Aging has a website, BenefitsCheckUp.org, that can help you determine your parents’ eligibility for federal, state, and private benefit programs.
1 Debt of the Elderly and Near Elderly, 1992-2016, Employee Benefit Research Institute, 2018
2 Protecting Older Consumers: 2017-2018, Federal Trade Commission, 2018
3 Monthly Complaint Report, Vol. 23, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, May 2017

When retirees were asked about their overall expenses and spending in retirement, 37% said they were higher than expected, 52% said they were about what they expected, and just 8% said they were lower than expected.

Source: 2018 Retirement Confidence Survey, Employee Benefit Research Institute

I hope you found this beneficial and informational. For more information about me and my services, visit my website:

Thank you for your interest.
Duane Silbernagel is a Financial Advisor in Lincoln City, Oregon offering securities through Waddell & Reed, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. He can be reached at (541) 614-1322 or via email at DSilbernagel@wradvisors.com. 
This article is meant to be general in nature and should not be construed as investment or financial advice related to your personal situation. The article was written by an independent third party, Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. (Copyright 2019) and is provided for informational and educational purposes only. Waddell& Reed is not affiliated with www.newslincolncounty.com website and is not responsible for any other content posted to this website.  (03/19)

Crestview Heights Elementary Art Auction Raises $1,184 for Student Artists

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Mar 182019

Waldport, OR – March 18, 2019 – Candle-lit tables, live piano music, appetizers served by 6th graders, and hallways transformed into gallery displays of student art greeted more than 150 patrons last Thursday night, March 14, 2019, at the 2nd annual Every Child is an Artist event organized by Crestview Heights Elementary school in Waldport. Students had been hard at work to create art in a wide-variety of mediums such as painting, quilting, framing, even furniture was sold with student created decoupage on the surfaces.

Additional art was donated by Yaquina Arts Association, Amy Anderson, Jodie Dalby, Chasati and Kendi Ritchey, Mark C. Adcock and a few artists that wish to be anonymous.

Libba Sager, Principal of the school said, “This was truly a community event.  Not only was the event well attended by parents and community members, many also generously donated items allowing students to use their skills to create their masterpieces.  Many people worked tirelessly to make this event a success and their efforts are greatly appreciated.”

The art teacher, Missy Alberti-Araujo, made sure to let everyone know this was a group effort, “I’d like to give special thanks to a number of volunteers and staff who made this happen! The list includes: Nan Scott, Jennifer Paden, Jayme Kirchem, Jodie Dalby, Lauren Evans, Grayson Schlosser, Bobby Forshee, Joey Godfrey, Sodexo for the meal and kitchen staff Monica, Katie, Laura and Patty, the CVH Boosters…But most of all, the incredible students, some spending much of their lunch recess time or volunteering to stay after school to bring their visions to fruition.”
The total of $1,184 will be given back to support student art throughout the year.

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Yachats Original Arts & Crafts Fair Returns March 23-24

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Mar 182019

This weekend in the artsy coastal village of Yachats, Pacific Northwest artists usher in Spring Break at the 49th annual Yachats Original Arts and Crafts Fair. This Yachats fair features quality arts and crafts produced by more than 70 regional artists and crafters. Media include paintings and prints, furniture, jewelry, woodwork, art glass, stained glass, pottery, mixed media, sculptures, woven textiles, art quilts, carvings, fine art photography, specialty foods and drink, bath products, candles, leatherwork, upcycled arts and crafts, garden art, paper arts, clothing, handcrafted toys, and more. The fair takes place both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm at the Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy 101. Admission is free.

Featured artists this year:

Catherine Hingson of Depoe Bay, Oregon, paints bold, colorful, impressionistic Northwest landscapes. She teaches quarterly watercolor workshops locally and has taught weekly classes at the Oregon Coast Community College. Catherine has been selected for this year’s Art on the Edge Studio Tour in Lincoln City organized by the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Her work is on display in the Pacific Artists’ Co-op Gallery and the Artists’ Studio Association.

Janette Square is an accomplished, internationally recognized intarsia artist who has lived in Yachats, Oregon, since 2015, following many years as a resident of Eugene. Working from a photograph, Janette creates a pattern and then selects the types of woods she will use in a project. Janette says she finds “the natural color and grain of wood to be a perfect medium for creating colorful and realistic pieces based on nature.” She explains that in her process, color and grain selection is the important first step. Then each piece in a project is cut out with a scroll saw, and shaped and sanded utilizing several types of sanding tools. The pieces are then glued together and several coats of clear satin finish are applied to protect and enhance the natural colors of the wood. No stains are used. Janette is a regular contributor to International Scroll Saw Magazine, and Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts.

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Andrea Pellicani of Coos Bay, Oregon, also known as The Green Jeweler, is both an artist and a committed environmentalist. Andrea handcrafts custom rings, necklaces, and earrings using, as she describes, “luscious reclaimed silver and gold…and fair mined gems from small artisan mines in America” to make “gifts you can feel good about giving.” Her work is represented in Harvard University’s Project Zero, Artful Thinking, and her paintings and jewelry have been featured in many exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Asia, South America and the South Pacific.

Robert Bass of Monmouth, Oregon, has been a sculptor, jeweler, and teacher for 40 years. He works with non-ferrous metals primarily, creating free standing and wall hanging sculptures of aquatic themes, including sharks, jellyfish, salmon, and schooling fish, as well as large windblown coastal trees. All his sculptures are hand forged using copper, brass, titanium and niobium with a variety of patinas, including gold, silver plating and airbrush. Robert says, “My sculptures are light and flashy. Most are malleable and may be shaped to the owner’s requirements.”

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Georgia Williams of Florence, Oregon, creates art quilted wall hangings using a variety of mediums all which start with fabric. She embellishes the fabric with thread, fabric paints, and inks or dye. Georgia says she began quilting following her retirement about 10 years ago but quickly discovered “traditional quilting was not my thing.” Art quilting most certainly is.

This fair is sponsored by the Yachats Area Chamber of Commerce. For additional information, please visit the events page at yachats.org.

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Merkley, Wyden Announce $2.5 Million for Offshore Wind Energy Research

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Mar 182019

Offshore Wind Farm
Wikipedia photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced Monday a major, $2.5 million grant for Oregon State University to develop monitoring systems for offshore wind turbines, advancing the renewable energy technology with cutting-edge research.

“If we want to curb climate chaos and remain an economic force in the world, we must invest in research and development for the most cutting-edge energy technology,” said Merkley, who uses his seat on the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee to ensure these types of grant programs are funded. “I’ve climbed to the top of a wind turbine and witnessed their power—not only powering the electric grid with clean energy, but also powering local economies with jobs. This investment in research is good for our planet and good for our communities.”

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“It’s time to kick the carbon habit, and that means promoting innovation in clean, renewable energy,” said Wyden. “Investments like these are exactly what’s needed to transition the United States away from the dirty energy relics of yesteryear.”

“Oregon State University is proud of its faculty research community for contributing significant scientific discovery and innovation toward a renewable energy future,” said Irem Tumer, Oregon State’s interim vice president for research. “Dr. Roberto Albertani and his team will play a key role in utilizing technological innovation to improve understanding of how offshore wind energy systems may interact with the surrounding natural environment.”

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The award is among the $6.2 million in grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy for early stage research and development projects that will reduce environmental compliance costs and environmental impacts of land-based and offshore wind energy. Technologies that reduce the impact to bats, birds and other wildlife can lead to less curtailment when wind turbines have to be shut down.

Oregon State University will design, build, and test an autonomous monitoring system to accurately detect bird and bat collisions with offshore wind turbines. The system will combine microphones and 360-degree cameras with analysis software to detect and verify impacts.

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Vacation Rental Dwelling issue still hanging…

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Mar 182019

Vacation Rental Dwellings
Good source of room tax revenues as well as complaints from the neighbors.

The Newport City Council got an earful from both sides of the Vacation Rental Dwelling issue Monday night. Those who favor opening up the city to VRDs more widely across the city were opposed by those who are primarily permanent residents who don’t want the noise, the trash and parking problems that VRDs frequently cause.

Proposals involve VRD-protected areas of town that have rules and regulations to prevent nuisance issues versus areas of town where VRDs would remain banned. The other proposal is to open up the whole city for VRDs with enhanced strict enforcement of VRDs and dramatically stepped up code enforcement.

Predictably, permanent residents of Newport complain about VRD invasions of their neighborhoods that dramatically lower their quality of life, if not their property values. Then others, mostly VRD owners or property management firms that manage VRDs say, if the city tries to cluster VRDs in areas near commercial or tourism services there might be a flurry of VRD-owner lawsuits even if the changes were made over a five or ten period.

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One VRD owner said their industry brings in a lot of money to Newport and they want that to continue. But another citizen indicated that permanent residents and centers of employment like NOAA and HMSC and normal tourism facilities contribute far more to the community and should not be discounted. And that if the number of VRDs expand, it will only make affordable housing that much harder to find.

Others like Newport resident Lon Brusselback pointed out that the city Planning Commission recommended consolidating VRDs in limited areas near tourism and shopping facilities to give regular neighborhoods a break from the noise and excessive parking created by VRDs. He and others told the council that city planning staff is recommending just the opposite by advocating VRDs be allowed in wider areas of the city, thereby disrupting the quality of life of those living in those neighborhoods.

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The city council acknowledged this “great divide” of opinion and scheduled another city council workshop (no public testimony) for April 1st, 3pm at City Hall. Whatever course changes are produced will be forwarded to a formal city council session for May 6th for possible final decision on where VRDs should be allowed around town.

On another topic, Newport Fire Chief Rob Murphy asked the city council to authorize formal negotiations with their next-door neighbor fire district, the Newport Rural Fire District. The Rural Fire District contracts for fire services with Newport Fire by collecting property taxes levied on their homes and businesses that are outside the Newport City Limits. These contract services have been in effect for years, but the rural district is now interested in consolidating with Newport, and forwarding their tax dollars either to the city or to a whole new fire protection district that would encompass both Newport and the rural areas around it.

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The city council seemed to be taken aback by the idea but none-the-less gave the go-ahead to explore what such a merger might accomplish. No details were discussed – it’s strictly exploratory and may take a couple of years to hammer out the details. Therefore, no immediate changes are contemplated.

The proposed merger mirrors other consolidation efforts between North Lincoln County and the Depoe Bay Fire Districts. That merger could be a couple of years away as well.

Newport Fire Department
Low priority calls wasting NFD’s time and money. A fix is now in place.

And Chief Murphy and the head of PacWest Ambulance got permission from the city council to give relief to the fire department from having to respond to most medical calls around town. Chief Murphy reminded the council that most medical calls automatically trigger the activation of PacWest Ambulance and a city fire truck. And there has been a dramatic increase in the number of calls for helping someone get up off the floor after a fall, inside or outside their homes, or for a simple transport to the hospital.

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Chief Murphy says most calls are a waste of time and money for the fire department which does not get reimbursed for such activations. There’s also instances when a fire truck crew is at a medical call and a real emergency, like a car wreck or a house fire catches them flat-footed, causing a delayed response to the real emergency. But if an ambulance crew really needs extra help from the fire department, Newport Fire-Rescue will respond to the scene.

The council gave their blessing to the “as needed” protocol. Chief Murphy and the manager of PacWest shook hands and committed themselves to the new procedures.

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100% FREE vote by mail in Oregon

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Mar 182019

Governor Kate Brown
Voter Reform

Governor Kate Brown and Congressman Earl Blumenauer are joining with the Bus Project, Latino Network, and other advocates to advocate for voting reforms.

“It’s time to make everyone’s mailbox a “drop-box—at-no-cost” to the voter,” said Governor Brown. “And frankly, the stamp is a functional barrier for voters with disabilities or rural voters who may live far from any drop box.”

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“Once again, Oregon is leading the way on expanding access to the ballots,” said Congressman Blumenauer. “I worked to include some of the Oregon voting model in U.S. House Bill 1, including vote-by-mail, automatic voter registration, and prepaid postage. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate and Governor Brown in ensuring that voting in Oregon is accessible and hassle-free.”

Governor Brown and Rep. Blumenauer will hold a news conference Tuesday, March 19th at 333 SE 2nd Avenue in Portland.

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Weather or Not: One Extreme to Another

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Mar 182019

3/18/19 Sunny today, high near 70F, E winds gusting 25mph, mostly clear tonight-tomorrow, low 45F, high 65-70F. Outlook: chance of rain Wed, overcast/dry Thu, rain likely Fri, some showers Saturday, then showers remain possible on Sun, temperatures cooling to seasonal, with highs 50-55F, lows 40-45F.

Beaches Today:
Surf Height…………..6 to 9 ft.
Weather………………Mostly sunny. Highs around 70.
Wind…………………Southeast 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 20-25 mph.
Tides (South Beach)…
Low tide….2.8 ft at 04:39 AM PDT.
High tide…8.8 ft at 10:45 AM PDT.
Low tide….-0.8 ft at 05:26 PM PDT.
High tide…7.9 ft at 11:03 PM PDT.
Sunrise – 7:22 AM PDT. Sunset – 7:26 PM PDT.