Tighter gun control advocates are on the move following Umpqua College massacre

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Oct 042015
It's estimated there are enough guns in this country for every man woman and child to have one from the Pacific to the Atlantic - and yet they're still pouring out of munitions factories.

It’s estimated there are enough guns in this country for every man woman and child to have one from the Pacific to the Atlantic – and yet they’re still pouring out of munitions factories.

President Obama remarked this week that the country is getting numb to the relentless number of mass shootings that are popping up across the country. He said something must be done to stem the incidents of what he called preventable violence.

And to be sure, gun control advocates are riding a wave of concern and resolve that something strong and lasting be done to stop the maddness.

Here’s an update from the Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 9:46 AM

Weather or Not: Woolly Bear Winter

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Oct 042015

Chris Burns Weather

Sunday, October 4th – Lincoln County

Summary: You didn’t need a weather station to record yesterday’s conditions. In what may be the last hurrah for a Summer-like weekend, the throngs of visitors who flocked to the Central Coast and its attractions were as good a measuring stick as any. Sunshine ruled the day albeit the mercury topped out at only 60F and the sea breeze ramped-up to 20-25 mph. By sunset, the breeze was quickly fading and some haze developed along the beaches. Fair skies continued overnight, lows were around 50F. Early this morning, blue skies and a warm east wind promised another auspicious day.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 61F/50F
Depoe Bay: 62F/49F
Newport: 61F/45F
Waldport: 60F/50F
Yachats: 59F/51F

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Forecast: Does a late-season warm spell and a profusion of woolly bear caterpillars sporting large orange bands foreshadow a mild winter? Probably. But, predicted above-average temperatures will have more to do with warm El Niño ocean currents woollybearthan fuzzy little moth larvae. In a report issued this morning, the UK Met Office says this year’s El Niño may be the strongest on record. We could easily buy into that statement today and tomorrow with the sunshine, warm east winds and expected high temperatures of 70-75F (past record highs for today are in the 80s). Outlook, however, is for a quick change Tuesday as increasing clouds and fog taint the sky, followed by a chance of rain and/or showers Wednesday through Saturday. The thermometer is projected to remain a bit above normal, highs of 60-65F and lows of 50-55F. Long term forecasts are still indicating a possible coastal wind and rain event next weekend, though details remain sketchy.

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Travel: In the Coast Range, sunny and windy with 75-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine, breezy and a high of 80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, east winds gusting 20-25 mph, temps near 75F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-50F; mostly sunny today, gusty winds, the free air freezing level is 13,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads in all of Northwest Oregon through tonight.

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Marine: NE winds are about 10 knots this morning with lumpy seas 7 feet at 9 seconds. A Small Craft WON SCAAdvisory for winds is in effect until 9:00pm this evening for local waters out past 10 miles. Nearer shore today and tonight, N winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, but farther offshore 15-20 knots gusting 25; swells 4-5 feet with 3-4 foot windwaves. Tomorrow, NE winds 5-15 knots, seas 3 feet. Outlook is for a wind switch to southerlies 10-20 knots Tuesday through Thursday, swells/chop 4-6 feet. A storm may affect our area next weekend. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Sunny, warm, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
10/04 Sun 11:47 AM 3.25 L
10/04 Sun 05:55 PM 7.54 H
10/05 Mon 12:47 AM 0.55 L
10/05 Mon 07:37 AM 6.49 H


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In Short: Clear, warm, then cloudy with fog, rain and showers.

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The Power of the Heart

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Oct 042015
New PCH Health Education Center

New PCH Health Education Center

A screening of the groundbreaking film, The Power of the Heart, will take place on Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:30 pm at The Center for Health Education in Newport, Oregon. Woven into The Power of the Heart are interviews with some of today’s greatest teachers, including Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Eckhart Tolle, Jane Goodall, and Dean Shrock. Following the screening will be an exclusive Q&A with author and co- producer of the film, Baptist de Pape, and Dr. Dean Shrock. These thought leaders offer a truly inspirational guide to accessing the heart’s inexhaustible love and wisdom.

The film has been released in conjunction with the book, The Power of the Heart, which has been translated into 20 languages and distributed in 80 countries. In the book, Dr. Shrock, who is a Yachats, Oregon resident, discusses his work and research that joy, heartfelt communication, and feeling loved and cared for can improve the quality of life and life span of people with cancer.

The film is written and directed by Drew Heriot, the director of The Secret, who shares unforgettable lessons and new discoveries such as revealed by Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., Director of Research for the Institute of HeartMath. He discusses how the human heart noticeably reacts to images seen or yet to be seen, before the mind or body does. “The heart seems to be connected to a type of intuition that is not bound by the limits of time and space. But what is that intuition and how can we learn to tap into more of that?” This is the power of the heart.

The screening location:
The Center for Health Education
740 SW 9th St., Newport, Oregon

All proceeds for this event support The Pacific Communities Health District Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization.

There is a suggested donation of $10. For more information call Dean Shrock at 541-547-3887. 
To learn more about The Power of the Heart, visit: www.thepoweroftheheart.com

 Posted by at 7:21 AM

Rep. David Gomberg files for re-election

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Oct 032015

Rep. David Gomberg D-Central Coast

Rep. David Gomberg
D-Central Coast

Lincoln City small businessman David Gomberg has filed to run again for State Representative in the sprawling 10th House District. The district ranges from the Tillamook city limits to Yachats and inland to Sheridan and Falls City.

“I’m honored and I’m proud to represent this very special part of Oregon. I
committed to frequently visit every corner of our large and diverse district. I’ve made a point to listen. And I worked hard to reflect the values and interests of the people from the Central Coast and Coastal Range.”

Gomberg was first elected in 2012. He quickly emerged as a persistent
advocate for small business, tourism, the environment, education, and older
Oregonians. In his first term, he was the only House member appointed to the
Governor’s Commission on Senior Services and was named Oregon Legislator of
the Year by the Humane Society of the United States for his work on animal

In 2014, Gomberg ran for re-lection. He is a Democrat but was nominated by
the Democrat, Republican, Independent, and Working Families parties. No other House candidate was endorsed by all four parties.

“I was proud to earn the endorsement of Democrats, Republicans, and
Independents in the last election. I sincerely believe that good things
happen when we work together. That’s why I first decided to run for the
State Legislature. That’s why I’m running again. I’m running to continue
working for the kids and families who live in our district, for our seniors,
and for our small businesses.”

In 2015, Gomberg was appointed to co-chair the influential Transportation
and Economic Development subcommittee of the budget-writing Ways and Means
Committee. He was recently elected to a leadership position in the Democratic Caucus, providing an important Coastal perspective to the largely metropolitan panel.

For his advocacy of education, Representative Gomberg was the recipient of
the first “Friend of the College” award from Oregon Coast Community College.

Susan and David Gomberg own Gomberg Kite Productions and Northwest Winds
Kite stores. “I don’t think there are five legislators in Salem that actually own cash registers.” said Gomberg. “That’s gives me a unique perspective which reflects our core economies of fishing, farming, and tourism in our small business district.”

Oregon’s primary election will be held in May, 1016 with the general election following in November. For more information, visit www.ElectGomberg.com

For more information, contact David Gomberg at 541-921-1281 or email

 Posted by at 3:34 PM

Oregon needs to double down on delinquent tax collections

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Oct 032015
Rep. David Gomberg D-Central Coast

Rep. David Gomberg
D-Central Coast

In my own small business, when we need money, before we consider cutting programs, laying off staff, or increasing prices, we look at what is owed to us and how we can better collect it. The State of Oregon should do the same.

I have been talking about unpaid taxes and delinquent debt since I first went to Salem and began to understand the problem. I’m really pleased the question is starting to get more attention. For too long there has been an attitude that we’re doing all we can and can’t do better. But I think we can!

I see this as a matter of good management and basic fairness. Instead of increasing our taxes or creating new fees, the state should collect money already lawfully owed. Those who fail to pay should not be subsidized by those of us who do.

Each year, people report $600 million in taxes owed but fail to send a check or present a payment plan. Outright tax fraud is believed to total about another billion dollars annually. Overall, the total amount of unpaid fees, fines, taxes and restitution now total over $3 billion! And each year that amount goes up as new debt is piled on top of old.

This week Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins released an audit report on efforts to collect these debts. The report concluded, “The state needs a sustained focus to improve collections performance.”

To put this in context improving the collection of annual unpaid taxes by only fifty percent would produce nearly $300 million per year in additional revenue — without raising current taxes, fees and charges. That’s enough to pay for pay for more than 2,000 fully funded teaching positions.

Collection of past due receivables has dropped since 2008. At 2014 debt levels, every increased percentage point in the statewide collection rate would net about $38 million. If Oregon had collected delinquent debt at a 13.5% rate in 2014 – last achieved in 2008 – the state would have brought in nearly $90 million more. Clearly there is real money at stake and a real opportunity for improvement.

The Secretary of State is looking agency-by-agency at how much is owed, what is really collectible, and how we can more effectively catalog or collect it.

Unpaid accounts are owed to more than fifty state agencies. However, about ninety-nine percent of all the outstanding debt is owed to only nine state agencies and the Judicial Branch. More than eighty-eight percent of the debt is owed to just three state entities, the Judicial Branch, the Department of Justice and the Department of Revenue.

Most of the money owed is the result of unpaid taxes, fines, fees, or charges. By far the largest amount is for restitution ordered to crime victims. And many of these debts may be difficult to collect. The debtor may be unemployed and have limited capacity to pay. The debtor may be incarcerated. The debtor may have experienced bankruptcy. A good deal of the total debt has been owed to the State for a long time and is unlikely to ever be collected. So we need to track what I call “real” debt rather than just numbers.

At the same time, we know there are 9,000 businesses that currently get contracts from one agency at the same time they owe money to another agency. That’s unacceptable!

So what can be done?

Oregon can implement some productive collection tools used by other states, resolve tricky legal issues that keep agencies from talking to each other, and precisely measure how well different collection companies perform for us.

Some agencies have made improvements. However, the audit identified four tools the state has considered for years, but not implemented: vendor offset, expanded levies on debtor bank accounts, a state lien registry, and internet posting of debtors.

I was a principle advocate of Senate Bill 55 in the last session. The SOS audit references this new law as an important tool to start cross-matching information and improving collections. I helped add counselors to the Department of Revenue to help people create payment plans. And I inserted a requirement in the ODOT budget that they have to stop hiring firms with outstanding debt to the state.

In the coming February session, we’re discussing ways to improve liens and other tools to recover restitution owed to crime victims. There is lots to be done. But we are making progress.

You pay your taxes and I pay mine. But when some people do not, that means we either need to cut important programs or ask other Oregonians to pay more. I’ll continue working to ensure that all Oregonians pay their fair share.

Warm regards,

Rep. David Gomberg
email: Rep.DavidGomberg@state.or.us I phone: 503-986-1410
address: 900 Court St NE, H-371, Salem, OR, 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/gomberg

 Posted by at 9:32 AM

Weather or Not: They’re Stickin’ to It

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Oct 032015

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, October 3rd – Lincoln County

Summary: The tiniest peeks at the Sun punctuated yesterday’s overcast, the thermometer rose to around 60F and northerly winds gusted a bit past 10 mph. At dusk, light drizzle began and some areas even picked up measurable predication as a couple of showers passed through; Lincoln City recorded a tenth of an inch. Most of the wet stuff was east of our area by early this morning (some Valley and Cascades locations received over a quarter inch of rain). At dawn, there were scattered clouds over the Central Coast and a light east wind.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/52F/0.10”
Depoe Bay: 58F/50F/0.02”
Newport: 61F/46F/~0.01”
Waldport: 60F/52F/0.04”
Yachats: 61F/52F/0.04”

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Forecast: Computer models and meteorologists are sticking to their predictions of a sunny day and near-record high temperatures for tomorrow. The set-up for that event begins today as skies gradually clear and the mercury warms to 65F or better. WON PARTLY CLOUDYClear and chilly tonight (it is Fall after all), lows near 45F. Then sunshine tomorrow with a high of 70-75F and northeast winds gusting 15-20 mph. Outlook is for sunny again Monday but a smidge cooler, highs around 70F, and then increasing clouds and fog Tuesday, followed by a chance of rain/showers Wednesday through Friday; seasonal temps throughout the long term. Some projections are hinting at a possible Pineapple Express rain event shaping up for next weekend but details are uncertain at this point.

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Travel: In the Coast Range, partly sunny with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers, partial clearing and a high of 70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, a slight chance of showers, light east winds, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 40-45F; mostly cloudy today, showers, the snow level is 7,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads in Northwest Oregon tonight through tomorrow night.

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Marine: It’s fairly quiet nearshore, but blowing 15-20 knots with 9 foot seas at 11 seconds this morning offshore WON SCAnear Stonewall Bank. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from this afternoon through tomorrow morning. Northerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25 today and tonight with steep seas 8-9 feet at 10-11 seconds. Tomorrow, NE winds 10-15 knots with swells down to 5 feet at 9 seconds. Outlook is for a NE breeze 5-10 knots Monday, then southerlies 5-15 knots Tuesday and Wednesday; seas 3-4 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

Notices to Mariners… Yaquina River Light 38 is currently extinguished. Also, the OSU Newport Shelf Research Buoy has a misleading signal and its light has been extinguished. And, the Chart 18581 tabulation for Yaquina Bay and River Channel Depths has been updated. Go here for a copy.

On the Beach… Becoming sunny, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
10/03 Sat 10:42 AM 2.73 L
10/03 Sat 04:55 PM 8.13 H
10/03 Sat 11:40 PM 0.07 L
10/04 Sun 06:24 AM 6.66 H


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In Short: Gradual clearing, windy, warming, then cooling with showers.

 Posted by at 7:02 AM

More insights into college shooter

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Oct 022015
Chris Mercer, 26 Killed10, wounded many others.

Chris Mercer, 26
Killed10, wounded many others.

The New York Times has managed to trace the college shooter’s recent movements with his mother in the Los Angeles area and then to Winchester, near Roseburg. Here’s what the Times found out. Here’s a link.


 Posted by at 2:38 PM

Family Promise spreads its wings and love for families

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Oct 022015

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Family Promise Week will be celebrated nationwide in the 192 communities where there is a Family Promise Affiliate. Since 1988, Family Promise has helped more than 600,000 people—men, women and children—with housing, case management and other services. There are 3 affiliates in the State of Oregon: Salem, Hillsboro and Lincoln County.

Started as a local effort to address the crisis of family homelessness, Family Promise works on the principle that the elements to help children and their families, are already in the community. The program brings together, facilities to provide space during the day for case management, houses of worship to provide overnight housing, and most importantly, thousands of volunteers who, by sharing a few hours of their time, enable families to turn their lives around.

Family Promise of Lincoln County, started in 2014, has served 66 people since opening its doors. This represents 20 families including 4 pregnant women and 36 children who have been given the opportunity to get back on their feet. This is done through a partnership with 12 local congregations and organizations and involves approximately 300 volunteers.

Because of the extent of in-kind contributions, Family Promise is able to help families despite a very low budget—while at the same time building community between its volunteers and the families served in the program. In Lincoln County, 80% of families served have moved on to long-term housing. The people they meet and work with during their stay with Family Promise, become their community and support system of the future.

Those families in the program are learning a variety of skills along the way. They have opportunities to gain skills in parenting, budgeting, nutrition and home renting programs. They have worked on menu planning, responsible shopping skills and are also learning to give back to the community. Several members of the families participated in a recent car wash fundraiser for Family Promise and have now started preparing meals once a week to take to the congregational volunteers as a way to say thank you to their weekly hosts.

During Family Promise Week there are a number of activities planned as outreach to the community:

*Monday, October 19th from 4-7pm there will be a Volunteer Training at the Family Promise Day Center. If you have ever been interested in volunteering or would like to hear about the possibilities, please join us at our Day Center at 5030 SE Hwy 101, Lincoln City.

*Wednesday, October 21st we will have a Celebrity Server event called “Guns and Hoses” with a friendly competition between Police Chief, Keith Kilian and Captain Jim Kusz from the North Lincoln Fire Department. The event will be held at the Red Hook restaurant (now called New Mexico) from 5:30-7:30pm. While eating your great meal at our sponsoring restaurant, if the servers do a great job, we ask that you tip them a little extra for Family Promise.

*Friday, October 23rd at Taft 7-12 at 6:30pm there will be a Family Promise Awareness Worship and Prayer night. Please join in for worship, prayer and an offering for the local affiliate.

Family Promise Week will help spread community awareness of the crisis of family homelessness here in Lincoln County. For more information go to the Family Promise website at www.familypromiseoflincolncounty.org or call the Family Promise Day Center at 541-614-0964.

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Already rising: Discussions among lawmakers to again try to toughen gun control laws

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Oct 022015

stolen handgun

Under the heading “He must’ve been nuts to do that,” there is already emerging discussion about enacting tougher gun control laws – at least in Oregon. Despite a general consensus that those with serious emotional and psychological problems shouldn’t be allowed to acquire a gun, there are still perhaps millions of gun supporters who don’t want one more gun-control law put on the books.

Here’s part of that rising discussion in the Oregonian. http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2015/10/president_obama_calls_for_stro.html#incart_river_mobile_home

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