Control Burn on the Oregon Coast: the Case of Cascade Head
Virtually gather with us on Thursday, August 5th at 6:30 PM for MCWC’s monthly community meeting. Our meeting will feature Aaron Groth, who works with OSU Extension Services as the Regional Fire Specialist for the coast. He will be joined by Debbie Pickering, the Oregon Coast Ecologist from The Nature Conservancy, to discuss local fire management practices.
This presentation will cover the use of control burns on the Oregon Coast, with special attention to The Nature Conservancy’s Cascade Head Preserve. It will also provide an overview of ecological objectives and goals for using prescribed fire.
Control burns use at Cascade Head and other sites must be differentiated from catastrophic wildfire, such as the Echo Mountain Fire Complex (September 2020). In addition to his work at OSU Extension services, Aaron is completing a Ph.D. degree program from University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Geography and the Environment in Geography, focused on landscape ecology and management, forest conservation, biogeography, and integrated watershed studies.
Aaron is a former Peace Corps Volunteer, where he worked in the areas of agroforestry and reforestation in the Andes Mountains of Peru during 2006 – 2008. Aaron holds a B.A. degree in History and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. in Geography from the University of Missouri. Aaron also holds graduate certificates in Conservation Biology and Geographic Information Science.
NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL REFERS PROPOSED MEASURES TO THE NOVEMBER BALLOT
NEWPORT – The Newport City Council has referred two proposed tax measures to the November ballot which, if passed, would fund city services. The council voted to refer to the ballot a proposed measure which would increase the gas tax within city limits by 5 cents in addition to another proposed measure that would place a 5-percent tax on prepared foods. If passed, the proposed taxes would be collected by local businesses and the proposed prepared food tax would be used in part to help local restaurants and other establishments to collect the tax.
The proposed measures are part of a series of recommendations by Finance Work Groups over the past three years. The team of community members was tasked with developing a system for projecting the city’s long-range financial condition; identifying options to address the deficit through budget cuts and raising revenue; and developing a five-year financial plan that aims to achieve financial sustainability.
The City of Newport has cut 22 full-time equivalent employees from its budget. The Finance Committee – acknowledging that much of the pressure placed on city services and facilities comes from visitors in the community – looked for ways to close the budget gap. During peak seasons, the city of 10,000 residents supports nearly 30,000 people at any given time.
If passed, the proposed gas tax would raise an estimated $392,000 per year that would be dedicated to street resurfacing and reconstruction projects. The proposed prepared food tax revenue – estimated to be around $2.5 million in the first year – would fund the additions of three police officers, one parking enforcement officer, three firefighters/EMTs, one bi-lingual librarian, a part-time library staff position and maintenance, upgrades to 48 facilities and parks owned and operated by the city and one-time business grants to assist prepared food operators in collecting the proposed new tax.
The largest portion of the proposed tax revenue – a little more than $1 million – would be used to fund the facilities that residents and visitors alike utilize in the city. Those include upgrades, maintenance, roof and window replacement and other work at the Performing Arts Center, Visual Art Center, Recreation Center, 60+ Center and numerous parks and trails, public restrooms, the fire station, City Hall, the airport and other key infrastructure.
The City of Ashland, with about 21,000 residents, and the City of Yachats, with about 765 residents, both have similar prepared food taxes. Ashland has been utilizing this revenue source for nearly 25 years.
Both of the City of Newport’s tax measures will go on the November 2021 ballot. If the proposed measures do not pass, the proposed services would not be provided and taxes would not be increased.
Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer, Bonamici Reintroduce Legislation to Provide Alternatives to Incarceration for Parents and Caregivers to Keep Families Together, and Children Out of Foster Care
The FAMILIES Act is modeled after successful Oregon and Washington state programs aimed at preventing trauma for children and families and proven to reduce getting jailed.
Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici today reintroduced legislation that would create an alternative to incarceration for eligible parents and caregivers and provide them the resources they need so their children can stay safely at home instead of entering the foster care system.
“While families thrive together, the American criminal justice system is tearing too many loved ones apart, leaving irrevocable damage in its wake,” Wyden said. “Pacific Northwesterners know this truth about the carceral state, and that’s why there are successful programs in Oregon and Washington that clearly demonstrate keeping families together helps reduce recidivism rates and rebuild lives. Investing in these kinds of programs nationwide will make communities everywhere safer.”
“Every time a family is separated by incarceration, we risk traumatizing vulnerable children,” said Merkley. “We must do everything we can—including establishing alternative programs for eligible parents and caregivers—to keep families together. Another benefit of programs like these is that they’ve shown to lower rates of recidivism, a crucial step forward to help strengthen the safety and well-being of all of our communities. That’s a win-win, and I’m urging my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join us in bringing this commonsense reform to every community across America.”
“The United States imprisons more of its population than any other country. This mass incarceration destroys lives, families, and communities. We need a criminal justice system that is fair and humane. We need reform, especially when it comes to parents and caregivers,” said Blumenauer. “Ripping families apart does more harm than good. As we try to dismantle the system of mass incarceration, our FAMILIES Act, modeled after Oregon’s successful program, will provide an alternative form of justice that keeps families together.”
“In our criminal justice system, children are often separated from their parents and caregivers,” said Bonamici. “Too many families are dealing with the trauma and long-term damages caused by separation during incarceration, leading to lifelong challenges. For several years, the Family Alternative Sentencing Program in Oregon has reduced recidivism and reliance on the foster care system. This legislation, modeled on the Oregon program, will reduce recidivism while keeping families together and providing them with the support services they need.”
The Finding Alternatives to Mass Incarceration: Lives Improved by Ending Separation Act (FAMILIES Act) would allow federal judges to divert parents and caregivers from incarceration into a comprehensive program that would better serve them, their families and society by offering resources, services and training to meet their unique needs. The legislation is modeled after successful programs in Oregon and Washington that have kept hundreds of families together and been key to reducing recidivism.
The FAMILIES Act establishes a FAMILIES diversion program that includes education, employment services, parenting skills, mental health and substance abuse services. It also addresses basic needs of the individual and their family by connecting them with health care, housing assistance and other potential public benefits.
An eligible individual must be pregnant, a parent of a minor child, a caregiver for a minor child or other minor relative, a caregiver for an individual with disabilities or a caregiver for an elderly family member. When considering eligibility for the FAMILIES program, courts will take into account the individual’s significant parental or caregiver responsibilities, their history of justice involvement, the safety of their family and a family impact statement describing the impact that a prison sentence would have on the family of the defendant. Judges will receive training in implementing the FAMILIES program including training on trauma-informed decision making, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, substance abuse and addiction, and mental health.
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (14), Clackamas (72), Clatsop (13), Columbia (13), Coos (4), Crook (8), Curry (5), Deschutes (35), Douglas (63), Gilliam (1), Grant (1), Harney (2), Hood River (4), Jackson (107), Jefferson (19), Josephine (19), Klamath (18), Lake (2), Lane (92), Lincoln (13), Linn (27), Malheur (9), Marion (112), Morrow (4), Multnomah (74), Polk (24), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (112), Union (19), Wallowa (3), Wasco (9), Washington (98) and Yamhill (30).
Oregon’s 2,839th COVID-19 death is an 87-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive on July 22 and died on July 24 at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
Oregon’s 2,840th COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive on July 12 and died on July 23 at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 2,841st COVID-19 death is a 95-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive on July 16 and died on July 25 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 2,842nd COVID-19 death is a 58-year-old man from Polk County who tested positive on July 15 and died on July 24 at Salem Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
Oregon’s 2,843rd COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive on July 15 and died on July 25 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
OHA does not report the vaccination status of people in our daily update of COVID-19 related deaths. However, statewide data show that people who remain unvaccinated are at much greater risk of infection and severe illness.
In June, 92% of the 7,241 COVID-19 cases and 94% of the 63 COVID-19-associated deaths occurred among unvaccinated Oregonians. On the first Thursday of each month, OHA publishes an update on vaccine breakthrough cases identified in Oregon. The findings shared in our last report, from July 1, indicate that this number remains very small when compared to the more than 2.2 million people who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination series.
5:30pm Report of a major traffic crash at the south end of Lincoln City. A large semi has collided with a mini-van at Highway101 and SE 48th. 9-1-1 dispatch is sending more manpower to the crash.
5:40pm One person is trapped inside the mini-van. Life Flight is on stand-by.
5:48pm Life Flight is headed to Lincoln City High School to transport a badly injured person from the mini-van. The victim will likely be flown to a Portland metro hospital. The young female victim is badly hurt.
5:55pm Life Flight will arrive in about five minutes.
Lincoln County is seeking 2 new member to serve on the Lincoln County Planning Commission.
The Planning Commission plays a key role in the administration of land use planning within the unincorporated areas of Lincoln County. The primary duties of the Commission are to conduct public hearings and help make decisions on local land use applications and permits. The Commission also reviews and makes recommendations on amendments to the comprehensive plan and land use regulations.
The Planning Commission receives staff support from the Lincoln County Department of Planning and Development which is responsible for the administration of land use planning, building inspection, on-site sewage disposal and related land development regulatory programs in the unincorporated areas of the County.
Two positions are open. The County seeks a regular member from the central and north region of the County. Regular members serve four-year terms. Members typically meet twice per month from 7-9pm and usually spend an additional 1-3 hours per month studying materials often in preparation for meetings.
Onno Husing, Lincoln County Director of Planning and Development, said, “Being on the Lincoln County Planning Commission is a great way to serve Lincoln County. The issues that come before the Planning Commission have a big impact on people and on our environment.” Husing added, “I urge people to contact us (541-265-4192) if they are interested. We’ll walk them through how the process works and field questions.”
For more information contact: DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT – (541) 265-4192. Completed applications may be delivered in person/mailed to, Lincoln County Courthouse, 225 W. Olive Street, Room #110, Newport, OR 97365 or emailed firstname.lastname@example.org
Ex -Rep. Mike Nearman Allowed protesters to storm the Capitol Building.
FORMER OREGON STATE REPRESENTATIVE PLEADS GUILTY TO OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT
A member of the Oregon House of Representatives from Eastern Oregon, who let raucus protesters into the State Capitol Building through a back door, has been convicted of official misconduct, banning him from the entire Capitol grounds. Former Oregon State Representative, Michael Nearman pled guilty to the crime of Official Misconduct in the First Degree.
The conviction stems from an incident on December 21st, when Nearman, then a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, intentionally allowed protesters into the Oregon State Capitol at a time when the building was officially closed. Once inside, the protesters, some of whom were armed, fought with law enforcement officers and caused damage to the building.
Nearman’s sentence includes 18 months of bench probation and orders him to perform 80 hours of community service work, pay $2,700.00 in restitution for the damage caused to the building, and bans him from the Oregon State Capitol and its grounds.
Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson stated that, “This plea and sentencing concludes an embarrassing and disgraceful event in our state’s history. I am thankful that no members of law enforcement, or anyone else were seriously injured as a result of Nearman’s irresponsible actions. Additionally, I am grateful to the Oregon State Police for their complete and thorough investigation that led to this conviction.”
Lincoln County Health and Human Services and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office have selected Jessica Palma as their new County Assistant Emergency Manager, effective August 1st. The assistant position is a grant funded position through the Oregon Health Authority for Public Health Emergency Preparedness program and the Office of Oregon Emergency Management for Emergency Management Performance Grants.
Ms. Palma has served the Lincoln County communities for the last 8 years; 6 of those working for Lincoln County Public Health. With a bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education and as a Certified Prevention Specialist, her passion is helping local communities strengthen their health and resiliency. Over the past 18 months Palma served as a critical team member to both the Public Health COVID and Sheriff’s Office Echo Mountain Complex Fire response teams. She looks forward to continuing to serve Lincoln County communities assisting them for preparing, responding to, and recovering from all emergencies.
A strong focus of this position is to liaison with the public health community partners, promote advocacy relationships with those that serve vulnerable populations, continue to build up the Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer program and encourage the promotion of preparedness efforts and development of response plans.
Florence Pourtal, Public Health Director stated, “It is very exciting to have Jessica transfer from our Health and Human Services team; she brings with her the necessary toolbox of public health preparedness skills, resources and a passion for helping communities with preparedness and resiliency planning.”
Jessica Palma, BA Assistant Emergency Manager Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management 225 W. Olive St. Newport, Oregon 97365 email@example.com (541) 265-0657 Office
SBA Reaches New Milestone Awarding $7.5 Billion in Shuttered Venue Operators Grants to over 10,000 Venues
Unique program distributes grants to venues in the nation’s 50 states and several U.S. territories directly impacted by COVID-19
WASHINGTON – Today, theU.S. Small Business Administrationreached a new milestone of successfully awarding over $7.5 billion inShuttered Venue Operators Grants(SVOGs) to more than 10,000 hard-hit live entertainment small businesses, nonprofits, and venues. The SVOG program is designed to assist in getting the nation’s cultural institutions, which are critical to the economy and were among the first to shutter, back on track.
The SBA worked closely with the White House and other federal partners to process SVOG applications faster after the first two weeks of awards did not set the pace needed for this emergency funding. While more work is still needed to help businesses recover from the pandemic, the SBA took swift action to expeditiously process loans for SVOG and get funding into the hands of hard-hit operators.
“After making improvements to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, the SBA is now delivering money quickly, efficiently and fairly to highly-impacted small businesses and venue operators that are critical to America’s cultural fabric and local economies,” SBA Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman said. “When I began my tenure at the SBA, this first-of-its-kind SVOG program was not where I wanted it to be. I’m proud that, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our talented team, we have turned the ship around. America’s small businesses can rest assured that the SBA will continue to work around the clock to provide the relief that is needed to revitalize local economies and build back better from the pandemic and economic crisis.”(more…)
Oregoin Representative David Gomberg Warm Days Mean Farmers Markets and Summer Programs for Kids
I wanted to take some time this week to celebrate our remarkable Farmers and Artisan Markets that grace nearly every community across the district.
Outdoor markets are a showcase for local produce growers, farmers, bakers, wineries, creameries, artisan foods, and one of a kind expertly handcrafted items from handmade knives to handmade soaps. Our farmers offer distinct high-quality produce, meat, cheese, honey, eggs, organic hummus and dips, beautiful healthy plants and so much more. Each is a local small business
Farmers Market Produce
Some markets include a Food Court with a wide variety of hot and cold food options, beverages, and baked delicacies. You can enjoy live music and special entertainment for kids or chat with Master Gardeners! Check web pages to confirm pets are welcome but please remember that they are required to be on a leash at all times.
Supporting your local farmers and artisans strengthens the community! Catch up with friends and neighbors while stocking up on fresh produce. Experience our local coastal flavor and see what makes these great events so special.
Lincoln City Farmers and Crafters Market is held from 9-2, each Sunday on the front lawn of the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Highway 101. Newport Farmer’s Market is across from city hall on the corner of Highway 101 and Angle Street, Saturdays from 9-1. Toledo Waterfront Market is held each Thursday from 10-3. Neskowin Farmer’s Market is open Saturdays from 9-1 at their new location, on the east side of Highway 101 at the corner of Summit Lane across from the Neskowin Beach Wayside. Salishan Specialty Farmers Market & Artisan Faire runs two days, Fridays 11-5 and Saturdays 10-4 in the Salishan Marketplace, 7760 NW Highway 101, Gleneden Beach, three miles south of Lincoln City Siletz Valley Farmers Market on Tuesdays from 2-6 with breakfast and lunch available at the Grange Hall, 162 N Gaither Street. Waldport Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 10-4 in the Community Center Parking lot, at 265 NW Hemlock (Highway 34). Yachats Farmers Market is held on Sundays from 9-2 at West 4th St and Highway 101. Willamina Farmers Market is open on Sundays, 10-2 at Main and B Street in Willamina.
I was grateful to join Senator Jeff Merkley on Thursday and to speak with my friends from the Surfrider Foundation and Environment Oregon at the Oregon Zoo about the urgent need to #BreakFreeFromPlastic.
See my presentation here. My time starts at 13:45.
Oregon’s bottle bill is now celebrating 50 successful years. But we still know that 80% of the trash collected on our beaches is single-use plastics including bottles, bags, and food containers. Across the nation, 20 billion bottles are thrown away each year and more than 30 billion pounds of plastic goes unrecycled. That waste clogs our landfills, clutters our roadways, and soils our open spaces, parks, beaches and waterways. Too much filters back into our food stream. Our senator is now proposing a national bottle bill.
As much of our waste becomes more difficult to sell or re-use, Oregon continues to address recycling challenges. But Oregon is just a small part of a national and global problem. I’m pleased to support Senator Merkley’s effort to take one of Oregon’s good ideas national.
Big thanks to Jeff Merkley, Oceana, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Environment Oregon, and State Rep Janeen Sollman.
For more information, check out this story: https://pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/516534-412676-merkley-states-will-aid-push-for-us-plastics-recycling
Break Free From Plastic Pollution Press Event
The Oregon Legislative Education and Outreach Office has partnered with the Young Leaders Program to provide twenty full scholarships for their student civics and leadership camp. This is an annual residential summer program for secondary students, focused on leadership, civics, and character development that emphasizes college and career readiness. Non-scholarship fees range up to $299 based on household size and income.
The week is an experiential learning simulation for students age 13-17. Participants have the opportunity to run for office, start a business, pass laws or be any number of positions inside of the simulation.
The residential program is being held this August at Aldersgate in Turner. Other than the cost to get to camp and be picked up, room, board, t-shirts and program costs are provided for the entire week. Visit here to learn more.
Students may sign up here. On the application page there is a box that says “I am being sponsored.” Please enter “Representative David Gomberg” to qualify for a scholarship.
Thanks for reading and staying engaged. I’m continuing an aggressive schedule out and around our wonderful district although I may need to ease up next month as I’ve been called for Jury Duty through August. Enjoy these beautiful warm days, be patient with the tourists, reduce water use where you can, and don’t hesitate to reach out if I or my office can be of any help at all.