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Boy swept away downstream – rescued by people who happened to be there…
Today around 3:00 p.m., 4 strangers leapt into action after a 4 year old boy was swept down river at the North Fork County Park reaction area in east Marion County. The boy who was standing with his father and siblings next to the water’s edge, ended up in the river after his father looked away for only a few moments. The water quickly took the boy from the upper pool through the rapids and into the lower pool.
That’s when two men Jason McDade and Christian Lozano jumped into action pulling the boy from the water. On the beach a certified nursing assistant Kelda Klukis and a registered nurse Maryela Lozano began CPR the boy’s lifeless body. When paramedics arrived the boy was again breathing and he was transported to Santiam Hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery. The child was not wearing a life vest at the time of the accident.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind all of our visitors and residents that recreating in open water can be dangerous so please wear a life vest, especially in or around moving water. We would also like to thank all of the rescuers who worked together to save a young boys life.
Daily NewsComments Off on Governor Kate Brown Tours Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Urging Interior Secretary to Protect Public Lands
Cascade Siskiyou National Monument BLM photo
Medford — Governor Kate Brown today toured the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and met with Interior Secretary Zinke to urge the federal administration to protect Oregon’s federal public lands. Governor Brown also met with local leaders and elected officials who are concerned the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument designation may be scaled back or eliminated.
“The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument represents some of the most iconic and important public lands in Oregon,” said Governor Brown. “Oregon’s public lands are the basis of our economy and an inspiration to our communities, and we will fight to keep our public lands in public hands.
“We have a long tradition of environmental stewardship, and Oregonians worked collaboratively for decades to preserve the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument lands. I urge the federal administration to take to heart the voices of Oregonians who’ve made it clear that the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument should remain protected.”
Daily NewsComments Off on Rep. David Gomberg’s final report on the last state legislative session
Rep. David Gomberg D-Otis
From Coast Rep. David Gomberg
Honoring Our Veterans and Students
Last Monday, the Oregon House passed a historic Department of Veterans Affairs budget, funding programs for our veterans at over three times the current level. I was both honored and proud to present this measure which was the result of five months of work in my Ways and Means subcommittee.
Honoring Our Commitment to Veterans
In November (2016), Oregon voters approved Measure 96 by a margin of over 80%. That proposal added lottery funds to veteran programs and was expected to generate about $18 million on top of the current-service-level $10 million budget. But at the start of the session, facing a $1.6 billion shortfall, the total was reduced from $28 to $18 million.
Oregon veterans were frustrated by this, and so was I. I met with several veterans groups the first week of session and vowed to do all I could to fulfill voters’ promise to our servicemen and women.
We write budgets with the money we have, not the money we want. And that means that increasing funds for one program requires decreasing it for others. From day one, I and my fellow co-chair, Sen. Betsy Johnson, poured over budget details looking for savings and also negotiated with legislative leadership to allocate more money to our accounts.
In the end, we allocated $18.7 million from lottery funds and $7.5 million in general funds directly to the Department of Veterans Affairs. An additional $2.5 million in general funds was committed to construction projects at two veterans homes, and $2.5 million was added to the Health Authority budget for veteran-specific mental health care. By my count that totals $31.2 million for veterans, all told.
Last week Senator Johnson teared up when she made the final motion for committee passage. And as it passed, a hearing room full of veterans stood and applauded. It was a good day!
Monday on the House floor, the debate sadly devolved into partisan divisions over spending strategy. Some argued that ODVA should have received all the funding directly. I replied that results are what matter. I argued that mental health and housing were critical needs no matter which budget “pocket” the money comes out of. Fortunately, the budget was approved by a wide, bi-partisan majority.
Click on video to view my opening and closing remarks for the veterans budget.
Seven in ten Oregon vets are not connected to the VA system which gives them access to the benefits and support they earned through service to our country. This new budget doubles the number of local Veteran Service Officers, who work valiantly to connect veterans with those benefits. It also increases campus programs for vets seeking education and new opportunities. And It provides funding for suicide prevention and mental health supports. It increases housing programs and improves veteran homes.
We are all grateful to those who have served. This budget fulfills our commitment to keeping faith with the voters and with our Oregon veterans.
Honoring Our Commitment to Students
On Tuesday, the House took up the 2017 commitment to Oregon schools.
There can be no question that K-12 education is the highest priority for the Legislature. In my first term we increased funding by over $1 billion. Last session, we added $700 million more. And this year’s budget provides another increase for a total of $8.2 billion—another $800 million increase.
Before the vote, I contacted superintendents at my five different school districts in Tillamook, Lincoln, Yamhill, and Polk counties. I asked how this budget would affect local schools and our local students.
One superintendent told me plainly that the budget was an embarrassment and that I should be ashamed to vote for it. One thanked me and said they had planned for less. The other three responded that they could “hold the line” with this funding level, but that larger classes and fewer teaching days would likely result without systemic changes in the near future.
I remain frustrated. Our school year lags three weeks behind the national average for teaching days. That means after 12 years, our kids graduate with a full year less time in the classroom than other American students.
The result is more student absenteeism, lower test scores, and a disappointing graduation rate. Moreover, students often graduate unprepared for life after high school. That affects our economy, the ability of local businesses to find qualified employees, and the overall strength and cohesiveness of our communities.
Dramatic improvement in our support for education, local colleges, and our universities will require substantial changes in how the state collects and spends tax dollars, long-term cost reductions, and a systemic reevaluation of our tax structure.
Tax reform was considered at the last election and throughout this session with no consensus for changes. That discussion will continue. I expect to some see cost-containment proposals approved before adjournment. They include my own efforts to better collect debt owed to the state and find efficiencies across government.
For the next two years, our schools will limp on. But I believe we need to do better than limp. Our state needs to work together and find a better path to a strong educational foundation for all Oregon students.
Thank you for taking the time to read a little about what has been happening in Salem. The 2017 session is rushing to a close. If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to be in contact.
Rep. David Gomberg
PS – In my last newsletter I talked about small business and the need to support them more. I also talked about the small business tax break approved in 2013.
I’ve now learned that one of the statistics I was given by the Revenue Committee for that discussion was in error. Lincoln County in fact, receives more than $2000 total. Wednesday I took the unusual step of standing up and apologizing to the House for my mistake. I apologize to all of you as well.
I continue to believe that we can do more for small business. But in this era of fake news and false statistics, we need to debate with real numbers.
Daily NewsComments Off on Altrusa fundraiser coming up…
Altrusa International of Yaquina Bay is dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Lincoln County through literacy, social and health services, and educational opportunities. We rely on the generosity of our volunteers to organize fundraisers and assist in achieving our mission. For example:
Our next big fundraising event is the annual yard sale on Saturday, August 12th in the Western Title parking lot at 255 SW Coast Hwy, Newport. It’s a huge event each year and all proceeds stay right here in Lincoln County!
The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund has generously donated thousands of dollars to our efforts each year. Once again this year, they helped facilitate the distribution of over 3,000 dental kits to all K thru 6 students in Lincoln County including the charter schools. We are so appreciative of their contributions.
There’s always something fun going on at Altrusa. If you’d like to attend a meeting and get to know us, feel free to email or call Karen Apland, firstname.lastname@example.org/408-612-6339 or like us on Facebook.
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Daily NewsComments Off on City of Toledo Water Quality Report Now Available Online
Each year, the City of Toledo provides water customers with the annual water quality report (also known as the consumer confidence report). The report informs customers how the water quality compares to federal and state drinking water standards. It provides details on the water source and the quality of the drinking water, and it is required by the Oregon Health Administration.
In 2016, the City of Toledo tested and detected contaminants which were well below allowable levels and no health based violations were reported.
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In an effort to be more economically and environmentally responsible, the 2016 annual report will not be printed and mailed to each household. However, the report can be viewed online at: www.cityoftoledo.org/documents/PW/ccr 2016.pdf
Customers can receive a printed version by visiting Toledo City Hall at 206 N Main Street or Toledo Public Library at 173 NW 7th Street in Toledo. Customers can also request a copy by contacting the Public Works Office at 541-336-2247 ext. 2130 or by mailing a request for the report to City Hall, PO Box 220, Toledo OR 97391.
For questions about the report or for more information on how the City of Toledo maintains the safety of the drinking water, contact the Water Treatment Plant at 541-336-2610.
Daily NewsComments Off on Learn about “Corvallis to the Sea Trail”
Corvallis to the Sea Trail Oregonian photo
Corvallis to the Sea Trail Oregonian photo
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Corvallis to the Sea Trail Presentation
The Newport 60+ Activity Center is inviting hikers and walkers of all ages to join us on Saturday, July 29th, at 10:30 am for a presentation about a hiking, equestrian and mountain biking trail from Corvallis to the Pacific Ocean.
Imagine a trail, linking the Willamette Valley and the Pacific Ocean. Envision traveling at the pace of the early settlers for an afternoon, a day, a weekend or a week, through the Oregon Coast Range, rich with history, geology, rural life and a haven for wildflowers, lush forests and wildlife.
A journey such as this could become a reality with the Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail. The idea is to create a system of connecting trails, all with public access, about 50 miles as the crow flies. With a few exceptions, this route will be available all year round. There are deep forests and open vistas, and a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers.
Call the 60+ Activity Center at 541-265-9617 or stop by the office at 20 SW 2nd Street in Newport to sign up for this free presentation. For a complete listing of trips, events, presentations and classes go to: www.newportoregon.gov/sc