Wyden criticizes Trump’s dismissal of pre-existing conditions in Trump’s new health care proposal…

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Oct 122018

Sen. Ron Wyden
Denounces “Junk Health Care” policies…

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, Friday attacked President Trump’s medical care plan that, Wyden claims would not fully fund, or not fund at all, Americans who have pre-existing medical conditions. “What’s being proposed by President Trump is just junk insurance,” Wyden told his colleagues in the Senate.

“These junk insurance plans the Trump administration has revived represent all the worst industry tricks and abuses. They punish Americans when they’re actually in need of health care,” Wyden said. “Junk plans are a scam on people with pre-existing conditions like heart disease, cancer, or mental health illness. They exist to prey on older Americans, on women, on the less fortunate. Democrats in Congress are going to stand up for Americans with pre-existing conditions, and I would hope my colleagues on the other side would join us. One thing is clear — the Trump administration will not.”

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Yesterday, Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., filed a discharge petition that will force a Senate vote on her resolution to overturn the Trump Administration’s expansion of junk insurance plans that can deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and don’t have to provide essential health services like prescription drugs, emergency room visits and maternity care.

Wyden also voiced his opposition to Chad Readler, nominee for a seat on the Sixth Circuit court of appeals currently being considered by the Judiciary Committee, who serves in the Trump Justice Department and wrote the legal argument advocating for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s pre-existing condition protections.

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Yachats Village Mushroom Fest!!

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Oct 122018

Lactarius Deliciosus
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Event: Yachats Village Mushroom Fest, Oct 19-21
Contact: Beverly Wilson, info@Yachats.org, 541-961-3121
Yachats Area Chamber of Commerce, POB 728, Yachats, OR 97498-0728


The central Oregon coast town of Yachats is inviting all fun-guys and fun-gals to its 19th annual Village Mushroom Fest. The festival opens Friday night, October 19th, with a Fun-guys Welcome Bash, then offers a full weekend of cultivated culinary and wild forest mushrooms dishes, culinary markets, and an extraordinary opportunity to learn about mushrooms.

An impressive team of educators joins this festival annually to provide a variety of talks, workshops, guided walks, demonstrations, and book signings, and a large display of mushrooms staffed by 3 mycological societies.

You’ll also find indoor and outdoor markets featuring fresh & dried, wild, and exotic cultivated culinary mushrooms, as well as mushroom tools, books, and themed items at village shops and galleries.

A mushroom focussed citizen science Bioblitz is scheduled on Saturday at Cape Perpetua. This festival is sponsored by the Yachats Area Chamber of Commerce. For the full weekend’s schedule, visit the events page of the Yachats chamber’s website, yachats.org. FMI email info@yachats.org or call 541-547-3530.

Newport: Water Rescue off the South Jetty to Yaquina Bay

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Oct 122018

Sailboat on the rocks on the inside of the South Jetty. Skipper not injured.
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Water rescue call from the South Jetty at the entrance to Yaquina Bay. Newport Fire Rescue is enroute.

A 20′ sailboat is crashing in to the rocks. Single male aboard wearing life jacket. The boat is doing loops, according to 9-1-1 dispatch. Coast Guard is being advised.

Newport Fire-Rescue says the boat will need a tow into Yaquina Bay.

Depoe Bay: Home fire alarm at 529 SW Pointe Avenue

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Oct 122018

Lincoln County 9-1-1 is sending Depoe Bay firefighters to 529 SW Pointe Avenue on a report of a fire alarm sounding at a home there.

First arriving Depoe Bay fire units report they’re on scene and there is no smoke showing. Investigating.

False alarm. Returning to base.