It may be winter but it’s that “other” time of year!! Soil amendments Sale!

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Jan 012016
 

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It’s time to order your soil amendments – feed the microbes, fungi and other members of the soil micro-herd, who will in turn help feed your plants.
Order with us in January to get bulk pricing and save on freight charges. We’ll group your order with those of other local farmers and gardeners so we all share in the savings. On March 5, everybody will meet up to get their items and enjoy the day. Proceeds help support Ten Rivers Food Web.

Here’s how it works:

Order online or by mail January 1st-31st, 2016. To order by mail, contact soilamendmentsale@gmail.com and we’ll send you an order form.
Pick up your items March 5, 2016, 9am to 1pm, at Vitality Farm, 7205 Cutler Lane, Corvallis. Check in at the organizer’s table when you arrive. Muscular people will be there to help you with the hefting.

If you can, please volunteer to help us make it all happen.

For more information, email soilamendmentsale@gmail.com

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Waldport: House fire 2400 block of E. Alsea Highway – problem with the stove.

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9:14pm
House fire in the 2400 block of E. Alsea Highway. Central Coast Fire Rescue is enroute.

9:17pm
House is at milepost 2.4

9:17pm
Bayshore Station is supplying a water tender – enroute to scene.

9:25pm
Water on the fire

9:27pm
Sheriff’s deputies summoned to the scene to get residents out of the house.
They’re not leaving.

9:39pm
Residents are now fighting the firefighters. Sheriff’s deputies are asked to step it up – come in Code 3. (Lights and Sirens).

10:12pm
Red Cross says they’re providing emergency shelter for two adults and several dogs.

Cause of the fire involved the kitchen stove – a problem with it. Both occupants are quite elderly.

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Siletz may vote this May on getting upgraded police protection

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Siletz City Hall

Siletz City Hall


Lincoln County Counsel Wayne Belmont announced this week that after studying the situation closely for a while, there seems to be an agreement among elected officials at the county and in the city of Siletz, that Siletz needs more police protection. And that a stretched-thin county sheriff’s office just can’t guarantee frequent enough patrols through the community due to other calls in other parts of the region. They just don’t have the manpower.

So to get that manpower, the voters of Siletz may be asked to approve a property tax override on the May ballot to raise the funds to add some deputies to the sheriff’s deputy roster. No word yet on what the property tax override rate might be. There was some talk of consolidating a law enforcement special district with the Siletz Valley Fire District but it doesn’t seem to be something that can be set up between now and May’s election. So technically, things are still a little bit up in the air. Further discussions are likely at the next few county commission meetings.

Siletz is a small town about nine miles north of Highway 20 with some notable law enforcement issues. Drugs are a big problem along with domestic violence.

So we’ll see if anything on the subject gets organized enough to make it on the May ballot in Siletz.

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County Commissioners adopt “tentative regulations” for retail marijuana

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Lincoln County Commissioners this week adopted regulations on how retail marijuana will be grown, processed and sold in the unincorporated areas of the county. That’s all the lands in the county outside all city limits. So that’s outside the city limits of Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Toledo, Siletz, Newport, Waldport and Yachats. All the cities have their own rules.

The county rules are similar to the city rules but the one major difference is where in the county retail marijuana can be grown outside. Permissible zones that allow marijuana growing are in typical farming areas – Agriculture Conservation and Timber Conservation and a little bit of Industrial at South Beach.

The stickler on farm lands is that anyone who wants to grow marijuana outside must have at least a 20 acre parcel and the plants cannot be grown within 500 feet of a neighboring residence – to compensate for any odors. There was a lot of debate whether it ought to be a greater distance, like 1000 feet, but it was pointed out that a side on a square 20 acre parcel is about 1,000 feet so Commissioner Terry Thompson said he’d go along with a 500 foot buffer. Commission Chair Doug Hunt wanted 1,000 feet – Commissioner Hall settled for 500 and that’s how the vote went – 2-1 for the 500 foot buffer. Planning Director Onno Husing said the regulations may hold steady for a time, but if the next legislative session produces changes, those changes will have to be reconciled at the county and city level. So this isn’t likely to be the last bite of the apple.

Applications for retail marijuana growing, processing and sales opens January 4th. Until all the regulations are finalized, medical marijuana dispensaries will continue to sell both medical and retail marijuana until sometime later in the year when the OLCC and OHA agencies separate out retail from medical. There is no small amount of speculation that the medical marijuana dispensaries will switch over to retail by the end of the year. Medical marijuana card holders would then simply buy their tax free cannabis from a retailer.

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Whatcha gonna do with that old Christmas Tree? Chip it for Charity!!!

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Jan 012016
 
Christmas Tree Mulching Atonement Lutheran Church Across from Safeway in Newport

Christmas Tree Mulching
Atonement Lutheran Church
Across from Safeway in Newport

Volunteers Recycling Christmas Trees This Saturday to Raise Funds for Needy

Central Lincoln volunteers will be disposing of Christmas trees by shredding them in a high-speed chipper this Saturday at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport, across 101 from Safeway. The annual event, dubbed “Chipping for Charity,” seeks donations for Community Services Consortium’s heating assistance program for low-income families and seniors.

“I think of it as win-win-win,” said event organizer, Bob Cusick, the Central Lincoln PUD’s Fleet Coordinator. “We turn folks’ Christmas trees into mulch for local gardeners, the owners of the mulched trees make tax-deductible donations to Community Services Consortium which helps people in need pay for heat, and Central Lincoln gives donors a free energy-efficient light bulb so they save money on their electricity bills as well. Some families bring their children to come and watch— seeing a Christmas tree reduced to mulch in just a few seconds amazes and delights most children. I love seeing the looks on their faces—it’s lot of fun.”

Anyone with or without a Christmas tree to dispose of is welcome to contribute. In winter months, many local residents struggle to pay rent, for food, and for heat when jobs become tough to find, and layoffs or reduced hours are common.

Volunteers will be accepting trees and donations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday only— January 2nd— at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport, 2315 N. Highway 101, across from the Safeway Shopping Center.

Contributions to the energy assistance program for those in need may also be mailed to Community Services Consortium at 120 Northeast Avery Street, Newport, OR 97365. Please mark checks “For energy assistance.”

The Central Lincoln People’s Utility District is Oregon’s fourth-largest electric utility, serving some 700 square miles and approximately 55,000 people in portions of Coos, Douglas, Lane, and Lincoln counties. Central Lincoln is not-for-profit, and is publicly-owned, meaning it was created by voters to serve the public.

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