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Update from Rep. Kurt Schrader

From U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader

As the summer season comes to end, I headed back to Washington this week for legislative work after a great recess back home in Oregon. Throughout the summer, I had the opportunity to tour businesses across the Fifth District of Oregon and meet with our great constituents. Some highlights from my summer are below:

I visited the Port of Portland which currently ships over 11 million tons of cargo a year. Soon it will be even more with the addition of Terminal 6, better connecting cargo ships to train and truck services for faster, easier transport.

Every year Lake Oswego Rotary Club partners with Lakewood Center for the Arts to put on their Lobster Feed, together raising over $150,000 for the arts and other local community projects. Thank you for inviting me to speak and the work you do in Lake Oswego!

I had a great day with U.S. Forest Service – Willamette National Forest talking with staff about the work they’re doing on management, recreation, and creating fire adapted landscapes. Thanks for supporting our communities and the forest lands that make this state unique.

The Mid-Willamette Veterans Stand Down provides vital resources to veterans and their families, ensuring that our Veterans can access community resources and receive the benefits they have earned. Thank you, Rosy Macias, Sovah (Serving Our Veterans At Home) and all of their partners, for bringing our community together year after year as you continue our fight to end Veteran homelessness.

The month of September is Suicide Awareness Month and I will be sharing stories on Twitter and Facebook of hope, resources for veterans and what Congress is doing to help. This week alone, I cosponsored four bills aimed at combating veterans suicide and a bill to bring more resources to organizations working to prevent teen suicide.

If you are in need of support call call 1-800-273-8255 for 24/7 for confidential assistance.

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Church fire on Alderwood near Gleneden Beach Loop

Gleneden Beach Christian Church badly damaged by fire Sunday afternoon. Cause under investigation.  Submitted photo by church member.

Update 7pm: A fire badly damaged the Gleneden Beach Christian Church at Alderwood and Gleneden Beach Loop Sunday afternoon.  The fire appeared to have a head start as the flames were large and eventually came through roof.  Firefighters from Depoe Bay, Lincoln City and Newport battled the blaze which wound up doing considerable damage.  Fortunately no one was hurt.  No cause yet officially determined.  Fire investigators will be out Monday to try to track down the source of the fire.

1:52pm – Report of of a church building on fire at Alderwood and Gleneden Beach Loop.  Watch for fire and emergency crews.  A long ladder truck is being summoned from Lincoln City.

1:58pm – Heavy smoke is reported to be blowing out from under the building eaves.

2:00pm – Mutual Aid is also being provided by Newport Fire-Rescue.

2:02pm – Flames now making their way through the roof.

2:44pm – Fire Command is calling for additional backup – going in to “Defensive Mode.”  That usually means the fire got too much of a head start on firefighters and they will now concentrate on protecting adjacent buildings and other properties while pouring a lot of water on the fire, but not going inside because of the fire had already consumed a big part of the building which can mean failing and falling walls and ceilings.

Hey Toledo!

With eyes wide open we build safe and nurturing communities. Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer.

Next Neighborhood Watch in Toledo:
Tuesday, September 17, 5:30pm at the Public Safety and Police Bldg.
Adjacent to JC Thriftway Market, on Business Hwy. 20

Contact:  Deanne Dunlap, (541) 336-1315

Juniper Group Sierra Club September 2019 Newsletter

Welcome All—Members, Transfers, New Members, and Friends

Climate Change is not a problem for multilateralism, Climate Change is a problem for us all. The race is on. It’s a race we can win. It’s a race we must win. ~ UN Secretary-General António Guterres, host of the UN 2019 Climate Action Summit, Sept. 23

408.88ppm = Sept. 11, 2019, atmospheric CO2 concentration at Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii
385.11ppm = Sept. 12, 2009, atmospheric CO2 concentration ten years ago

CALENDAR

— Wednesday, Sept. 18 – Program: Newberry Volcano: Our Backyard Giant
— Friday, Sept. 20 – Global Climate Strike – 4-6pm, Gather at Peace Corner
Wall + Greenwood
— Monday, Sept. 23 – Campaign Finance Reform Forum, 7pm
— Wednesday, Oct. 16 – Program: David Suzuki on Climate: The Future Trajectory
— Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Program: BeaverWorks Oregon

HELP WANTED: Reply juniper.group@oregon.sierraclub.org

— Executive Committee candidate – Fall is election time! (see below)
— Welcoming people on a Program night (third Wednesdays)
— Bring a Snack to Program night ($ reimbursed)
— Program Night – help setup and/or cleanup, speaker ideas
— A/V tech – help us set-up tech connections for program night
— Membership Chair – email us to learn more (listed above)
— Website – updates, content, enhancement
— Political Committee – the importance of 2020 elections cannot be over stated

The focus of our newsletter is often on the Climate Crisis, with a mission to inform readers, to spur activism, and to generate a sense of community among we who care about our Blue Planet: the perfection of Nature, Wildlife, Wildlands, Oceans, old growth Forests, Climate Equity, the Future for loved ones, the immorality of the annihilation of countless species slipping away because they’re unable to adapt to the effuse of fossil fuels and human consumption.

Climate encompasses issues that have called us to be environmentalists. Its hand is gripping everything, from the Earth’s microbiome to megafauna and flora to the stratosphere. Climate trouble is so big, so ungraspable, so tragic we’ve been late to act. Humans have suffered the Bystander Effect, when people hang back because, well, other people hang back, stuck within the status quo (abetted by Fossil Fuel’s corrupt narrative).

With moderate prodding not working, Bill McKibben advises us to speak plainly about Climate. And gratefully, such talk is accelerating. Books and articles on the climate crisis proliferate. The media is getting on board: 250+ news outlets are collaborating in a new global collaboration called Covering Climate Now, to amplify Climate coverage. Signs are that talk is working (aided by Nature’s stinging messenger, extreme weather). According to a new CBS poll, “Americans are waking up.” Two-thirds of Americans say the Climate Crisis must be addressed.

Coming up are several openings for us to “talk.” Get yourself to a Global Climate Strike rally on Sept. 20. Attend the Campaign Finance Reform forum (Bend) on Sept. 28 to get Big Money out of Oregon politics. Comment on Oregon’s 100-Year Water Plan. Join the Political Committee. Eat more vegetables, less meat. Consume less, buy judiciously. Pester Rep. Walden with emails demanding that Congress take action on Climate, gun safety, education, etc. Bring your Talk to neighbors, friends, family. Turn Climate silence into Climate Science.

*Check out the photo-for-thought at the very end of each newsletter.

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Power is starting to come back on South Beach south….and beyond!

Power is being restored to coastal Lincoln County areas that saw coffee pots take a nap starting at 9:17am.  Hopefully everybody will be back up pretty quick.

After a Power Outage

  • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F or higher for two hours or more, especially those that have an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • If food in the freezer is colder than 40° F and has ice crystals on it, it can be refrozen.
  • Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, canned foods and other supplies.

The Earth: The only space ship we’ve got….

Our only home
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SACRIFICE

When I ask myself what am I willing to sacrifice to help save the Earth, the list of possibilities is long. This is because as an average American I consume up to sixteen times more energy and resources than most third world people. In considering my list I can understand the logic of denying that there is even a problem to begin with, or denying that there is anything meaningful an individual can do to make a difference. Why bother? Thinking about it will just give you a headache. So forget it! I think not.

I don’t know exactly what makes me care so much, except that when Ilook into my granddaughters’ eyes I know I have to do something to help clean up the Earth that my generation neglected and abused in so many ways. When I am in the company of people who act in behalf of the Earth my heart opens. Because of them I am given confidence and feel optimistic that humanity will see to the healing of the Earth.

Why do I bother to tell you this, you who are already occupied with your own truths and causes? It’s not that I necessarily want you tobecome an environmental activist like me, although that would bewonderful. It’s because like the rising temperatures and rising sealevels and rising frequencies of terrible storms and fires, I too have to rise up and call out. The Earth is our Mother and we cannot rob her of her resources and life without robbing ourselves as well.

Bill Kucha, Depoe Bay

Come be a part of the Global Children’s Week.
SAVING THE FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN
Friday September 20, 6:30 to 8:30 
at the Hatfield Marine Science Center Auditorium
RALLY to Support the Global Children’s Climate Strike
Saturday September 21  Noontime
Newport City Hall

Major Power Outage along Central Coast, including Coos Bay

Central Lincoln PUD reports:

Sunday, Sept. 15 South Lincoln County 9:17 a.m. Significant outage at this time. We have crews and personnel on the way to find out what’s happened, and to get power flowing again.

Until power is restored, remember, TRAFFIC SIGNALS MAY NOT WORK!  So if you’re driving around anywhere on the Central Coast, CONSIDER EVERY STOP LIGHT A STOP SIGN.

Here’s the latest from Central Lincoln PUD

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