In a bold move to provide a large boost to Oregon’s minimum wage, Senate democrats quickly passed a new minimum wage bill out of committee and onto the floor for debate and eventual vote.
If eventually signed into law, and Governor Brown said she would, the minimum wage in the Portland Metro would be $14.75 an hour, in Lane and Deschutes Counties it would rise to $13.50 and hour and $12.50 everywhere else. The minimum wage in Oregon is currently $9.25 an hour, two dollars higher than the federal minimum wage.
Here’s more on the story in The Oregonian. Click here.
Another Oregonian article gives more background in the democrats engaging in a maximum battle with republicans over a higher minimum wage. Click here.
(Newport, Oregon) – The Hatfield Marine Science Center holds its 15th annual Fossil Fest on Saturday, February 13, making it a full day of fossil fun from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
This event features information on where to find fossils and fossil displays from Lincoln County by Kent Gibson. The North American Research Group provides hands-on activities and fossil displays for the entire family. Bring in your own specimens for identification help.
One of the highlights is a presentation on the wooly mammoth bones found at OSU’s campus in Corvallis. Time is be announced.
At 11:30 in the Hennings Auditorium, Guy DiTorrice will feature the paleo exploits of Oregon Coast’s fossil pioneer Doug Emlong. DiTorrice will highlight from the archival research conducted on the specimens that he donated to the National Museum of Natural History.
At 1:30 Dr. William Orr will present: “Lagerstatten” which is the German word for storage places referring to fossil sites that are world class for their quality or quantity of superbly preserved fossils. Dr. Orr will specifically address some half dozen of the hundreds of such sites including some from overseas as well as others here in the U.S. As with previous years, Bill will identify fossils that are brought in and will also sign and sell copies of his recently published “Geology of Oregon” as well as “Oregon Fossils.”
The event is free with suggested donations. Hatfield Marine Science Center is at 2030 SE Marine Science Drive. (541) 867-0226. http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/.
Many promising students find it difficult to continue their education because of rising college costs and a student-loan debt that is now greater than our national credit card liability. With that in mind, the Lincoln County Master Gardeners have raised enough money through plant sales, donations and other projects to award a $1,000 annual scholarship to a qualified Lincoln County resident.
An important goal of the Lincoln County Master Gardeners Association is to help educate and support the gardening public. Providing an annual scholarship for a deserving student is one way to further the group’s educational objectives.
This newly created scholarship will be awarded in May for the 2016-17 school year. Scholarship applications may be obtained through local high school guidance offices or the Lincoln County Foundation (www.lincf.org), and must be submitted by April 3, 2016. The scholarship may be renewed each year as long as funding is available and the scholarship student maintains a high grade point average and a focused curriculum.
The Lincoln County Master Gardener Association is dedicated to educating and supporting effective and environmentally responsible horticultural techniques. Students applying for the Master Gardener Scholarship should be planning a college major that relates to the LCMGA mission. However, there are many valuable fields in higher education that would qualify for this financial assistance. To find out more about Master Gardening in Lincoln county, visit their website at extension.oregonstate.edu/lincoln.
The Lincoln County Master Gardeners Association is delighted to be able to offer this scholarship opportunity and encourages high school seniors, current under graduates and Lincoln County residents seeking a college education to apply.
No water service for several hours today for some customers in South Beach between 50th and 62nd on Highway 101.
The Newport Public Works Department announces water service disruption for several hours today, February 5th. Customers between 50th and 62nd on US Highway 101 will be without water for several hours. Crews are working on the water main issue, and will complete repairs as soon as possible.
The FBI is warning Oregonians to be on alert for a phone scam that shows up on your caller ID as an FBI telephone number. In a number of of recent incidents, a caller claims that person answering the phone has an unpaid ticket or otherwise owes money. The caller claims the person will be arrested if a fine is not paid.
The originating telephone number used by the scammer is “spoofed” — meaning that it appears as if the call is being made from one of the FBI’s Oregon offices.
The FBI reminds the public that the FBI does not call private citizens requesting money. There are a number of ways people with criminal intentions can obtain your name, phone number, or e-mail address. The FBI reminds you to limit the information you freely provide online, including on social media sites. Phone scammers typically use fear, intimidation, and threats to get a victim to send money.
There have also been reports that residents in Lincoln County have been getting calls from a Jamaica area code telling whoever answers the phone that they’ve won a lot of money in a lottery but to claim it they have to fork over some of the income taxes associated with such a large win. It’s one of the oldest scams in the book.
To protect against fraud:
* Never give out personal information to someone you did not initiate contact with.
* Before signing up for a contest or e-mail distribution list, make sure the business has a policy not to share your information or sell it to a third party.
* Be leery of anyone you did not initiate contact with who asks for payment using a third party such as MoneyGram or GreenDot prepaid cards.
* Scammers count on your lack of knowledge, so take the time to educate yourself about any offer you receive.
Individuals receiving such calls or needing to report any Internet related crime can file a complaint through the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.
This is how you start the birthing of a new hospital in Lincoln City. You get a group of hospital district board members together with the Chief Executive Officer of the current hospital and sign the deal that gets the ball rolling.
Hospital District Board Chair Terry Buggenhagen helped lead the charge in transferring the current hospital with it’s buildings and grounds over to Samaritan Health represented by CEO Dr. Lesley Ogden. In exchange, Samaritan Health will build a completely new hospital while keeping the old one open until the new one is ready for business.
Dr. Ogden told News Lincoln County that the design of the hospital will reflect a very lengthy and thorough assessment of local medical needs as well as wellness programs the new hospital must offer. And as the picture on all that gets clearer, those needs will determine the ultimate specific design of the hospital. The assessment process and hospital design will take upwards of 18 months to complete. Then they’ll begin construction.
Dr. Ogden has reported in the past that part of the assessment will acknowledge the aging Baby Boomer group moving into and through their elderly years with all the medical care issues common for that age group. Many are retiring to the coast so the hospital needs to be ready for that. Also acknowledging the high number of tourists visiting the coast throughout the year, many of them in the form of young and not so young families. They too will need occasional general medical care.
Also on the horizon are opportunities to provide specialty medical services that can be provided through partnerships between Newport’s new soon-to-be-built hospital. The partnership will allow the pooling of resources and general practice doctors as well as specialists which will help the two hospitals provide specialty care on the coast so patients won’t have to drive to the valley for treatment.
Dr. Ogden also revealed that the hospital design will also reflect enhanced flexibility in the way the hospital can concentrate a number of services in any given area. In so doing, patients won’t have to go from building to building for related services – they’ll likely be within an already established given area. Dr. Ogden says this pertains especially to imaging services like MRIs, CAT scans and X-rays.
Dr. Ogden also reports that the hospital will be doing a lot of information outreach to the community to keep everyone informed on where things are during the months leading up to construction and finally the grand opening of North Lincoln County’s new hospital. They’ll be focusing especially on the hospital’s website which will be kept up to date with progress on construction but also on general hospital services still provided by the current hospital. Their public relations office will be a very busy place over the next two years – and then beyond as information continues to be disseminated on health care services, as well as wellness promotion for not only the north part of Lincoln County, but also in cooperation with Newport’s new hospital being built just 22 miles south on Highway 101.
Lincoln City Councilor Dick Anderson Files to Run for Oregon Senate District 5
Central Coast District Includes Coos Bay, Lincoln City, Newport
Lincoln City, Ore. – Former Lincoln City Mayor and current Lincoln City Councilor Dick Anderson filed on Thursday to represent Senate District 5 in the Oregon Senate, encompassing the Central Coast communities of Coos Bay, Reedsport, Florence, Newport, Lincoln City, and parts of Tillamook.
“I’ve spent the last decade listening to and working alongside my neighbors on the coast to improve the quality of life in our community,” explained Anderson. “The Central Coast needs a bold leader who will work across the aisle to grow an economy that provides good jobs for local families.”
Anderson was elected to the Lincoln City Council in 2009 before winning his race for Lincoln City Mayor in 2010. After his service as Mayor he was appointed to serve another term on the City Council, where he currently channels his passion for serving his community. Dick was honored to be named Lincoln City Man of the Year in 2014. Anderson has focused his service to Lincoln County on strengthening education, increasing affordable housing, making highways safer and improving access to medical services and facilities for Coastal residents.
“Salem is out of touch with the challenges and opportunities we face daily on the Oregon Coast,” said Anderson. “Elected officials talk about creating jobs and prioritizing education, but take actions that threaten our coastal economy and consistently underfund education. The Oregon Coast deserves a Senator willing stand up to Portland special interests and face these challenges head-on.”
Dick and his wife Sue live in Lincoln City. They have been married 46 years and enjoy their family of two children and five grandchildren. For more information about Dick and his campaign, visit www.dickandersonfororegon.com or find him on Facebook at facebook.com/dickandersonfororegon.
Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, North Lincoln Health District complete asset transaction
Lincoln City: An important step toward building a new hospital in Lincoln City was taken this week when property transaction between Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital (SNLH), Samaritan Health Services (SHS) and the North Lincoln Health District (NLHD) were completed.
This action formalizes the intent outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed last September by each of the three entities. In the MOU, the health district agreed to transfer ownership of its hospital facilities and real properties to Samaritan. In turn, Samaritan agreed to construct a new hospital on the existing campus.
“I am thrilled that the property transaction is completed so we can now begin planning and designing our new hospital campus,” said SNLH Chief Executive Officer Lesley Ogden, MD. “Our goal is not only to have a hospital that offers flexible and efficient work space for staff and comfortable surroundings for patients, but to also create a hospital campus that seamlessly integrates outpatient and inpatient services.”
NLHD Board Chairman Terry Buggenhagen agreed that the closing is a pivotal moment.
“This transaction provides a path for Samaritan to design and construct a new hospital on the current campus,” Buggenhagen said. “We are confident that Samaritan can provide a new hospital with appropriate services respecting the needs of the community, advances in technology and medicine, and efficiency developments in design and operation. The new facility will also help our community recruit and retain high-quality physicians and other health professionals.”
The North Lincoln Health District was formed in 1967, with its primary responsibility being the ownership and operation of the local hospital. Its seven-member board is publicly elected and is responsible for the collection of property taxes that help support the hospital’s ongoing operation.
In 2001, the health district entered into a 30-year affiliation agreement with Samaritan Health Services in which the district continued to own the hospital and adjacent properties and Samaritan assumed responsibility for day-to-day operation of the hospital and related physician and outpatient clinics.
“The health district has been, and will continue to be, a valued partner in Samaritan’s ongoing mission of enhancing community and individual health,” Ogden said. “We also will be turning to our community members for their involvement, with ideas, feedback and philanthropic support. Our hope is that we can work together to create a beautiful new facility to serve the needs of our community for decades to come.”
Next steps in the process include arranging financing, searching for the best build/design firm to bring the vision to reality, assessing space needs, researching innovative ideas for campus use and extensive planning.
“It’s very important that we invest enough time in planning for all aspects of this project before we even think about breaking ground,” Ogden said. “We will take our time to do it right so we can be confident that every possibility has been considered.”
Ogden anticipates that planning will continue through 2016 and into early 2017.
An important component in planning is community outreach, she added. A web page is being developed on the hospital’s website: samhealth.org/LincolnCity. It will be dedicated to providing news, updates, announcements about community meetings and more. In addition, Samaritan staff will work closely with the selected architect/builder to provide regular and meaningful updates and plan interactions with the Lincoln City and north Lincoln County communities.