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Keeping abreast of cancer prevention


Did you know that one in eight women will get breast cancer in their lifetime? On Thursday, July 18th, beginning at 2:00 p.m., the Samaritan Cancer Center’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Erin Dunn, will be giving a 45-minute educational presentation on breast health. The goal of this education is to bring attention to how breast cancer screening helps find breast cancer early because finding breast cancer early can save lives!

Samaritan Cancer Centers partner with anyone touched by cancer to provide the support they need to live with strength, determination and hope into the future. The centers offers medical oncology, radiation oncology, chemotherapy, onsite laboratory, lymphedema services, clinical trials, a cancer resource center and more.

If you are interested in attending this special presentation, please register online at If you need assistance, please stop by the office at 20 SE 2nd Street, Newport, or give us a call at 541-265-9617. For a complete list of trips, classes or events, please visit our website at

For those small businesses and individuals who buy their own health insurance…

The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation issued final rate decisions for small businesses and individuals who buy their own health insurance.

Final health insurance rates for the 2020 individual market have been lowered 1 percent on average from the division’s preliminary rate decisions, and 2 percent from the original requests filed by insurance companies in May. The final rates lower 2020 premiums by approximately $44 million from the original requests submitted by health insurance companies.

“Our collaborative rate review process has been key to building a stable health insurance market that enabled us to limit the individual market rate increase to an average of 1.5 percent,” said Insurance Commissioner Andrew Stolfi. “The Oregon Reinsurance Program has also continued to show its value, keeping individual rates 6 percent lower than they would be without the program. We are grateful to the legislature for passing and our stakeholders for supporting the six year extension of this important program.”

The division’s transparent rate review process brings insurance companies, the division, and the public together to review health insurance rates. The collaborative process ensures all data are thoroughly reviewed and considered before rates are charged to consumers.

Several factors, such as medical costs, federal policy changes, the Oregon Reinsurance Program, and federal risk adjustment payments are considered to make sure rates will adequately cover health care costs.

Individual market 
The division issued final decisions for seven companies in the individual market with average rate changes ranging from a 3.2 percent decrease to an 8.9 percent increase, for an average increase of 1.5 percent. Under the decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $436 to $530 a month.

The preliminary rates included reductions for HeathNet and Kaiser. The final decisions include reductions for Bridgespan (2.8 percent increase lowered to 1.4 percent) and Providence (2.1 percent increase down to 0.0 percent rate hold). Regence was the only company to see a rate increase moving from 3.9 percent to 5.5 percent.

The rate changes are company-wide averages based on premiums for plans before financial assistance through Oregon’s Health Insurance Marketplace is taken into account.

All Oregonians who purchase their own insurance are encouraged to apply for assistance through the Marketplace for 2020, even if they did not qualify last year. In 2019, Oregonians who received help with the costs of their health insurance paid on average $140 a month.

Open enrollment for 2020 plans is from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15.

Small group market 
In the small group market, the division issued final decisions for nine companies with average rates ranging from a 2.3 percent decrease to an 11.7 percent increase. Under the decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $321 to $394 a month.

Final rates include reductions from the preliminary decisions for five of the nine small group insurance companies.

See the chart for the full list of final decisions.

Insurance companies have 21 days to request a hearing before the final rates are set for 2020.

More information for each insurance company can be found at A complete premium comparison table for each county based on ages 21, 40, and 60 will be posted online in August.

It’s that time of year again….

Community Invited to Peace Village Closing Circle

Peace Village Newport, a summer day camp for students entering grades 1-6 is finishing its annual program on Friday, July 19 at 2:30 pm. in the Atrium at OCCC. Parents, family and friends are invited to share the Closing Circle where campers will share some of what they have learned, and sing some of the Peace Village songs, led by Rand Bishop, music leader.

The Peace Village curriculum offers students practical skills of conflict resolution, media literacy, and ecology, as well as music, art, and craft activities. A total of 45 students were accepted for the week’s 9 AM to 3:30 PM program and they were divided into three age groups, each with adult and teen leaders.

This five-day Summer Camp for Peacemakers began in Lincoln City in 1996 and now operates programs in many states. The Peace Village program involves teachers and students of many backgrounds and offers students a comprehensive view of the messages and practices of peace from a variety of world traditions and teachers.

For more information, email

Tragic news from Otis…

Otis pick-up driver accidentally rolls over his toddler son, killing him.

Sunday night at about 9:46 PM emergency personnel from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Pacific West Ambulance, and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in Otis regarding a 15-month old toddler struck by a vehicle at the residence. The preliminary investigation has revealed Thomas Bartlett, 51, of Otis, Oregon was backing his 2000 Ford pick-up in the driveway of the residence to park when his 15-month old toddler was stuck by the pick-up.

Lifesaving measures immediately began, and the toddler was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. At approximately 11:50 PM the toddler was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The family is cooperating with the investigation and there does not appear to be any criminal charges pending as a result of this tragic incident.

Health Service Priorities according to Lincoln County Health

Community Health Priorities Selected
You spoke. We listened: Lincoln County Health Department

The Lincoln County Health Department recently conducted a survey throughout the county. We wanted to learn what our community saw as health priorities. This information will help us create our Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), a community-led document that will guide the work of the health department and community partners for the next five years.

From this process, we learned a lot about what is impacting the health of Lincoln County residents. The following three priorities emerged:

• Healthy Lifestyles: this priority focuses on nutrition/food access, physical activity, smoking, and people’s ability to achieve a healthy lifestyle that works for them.
• Mental Health Promotion and Community Resilience: this priority focuses on our communities’ ability to encourage good mental health and support people experiencing poor mental health.
• Substance Abuse Prevention: this priority focuses on the prevention of substance misuse and abuse, as well as support for people living with substance use disorders.
We are excited to focus our work on these priority areas. As a next step in the process, we will be forming community workgroups for each priority area. These groups will:
• Identify opportunities to improve health
• Select goals, strategies, and activities to guide this work
• Support the work by meeting regularly to share knowledge, align activities, and
overcome challenges.

Anyone who lives, works, or learns in Lincoln County is welcome to participate in these workgroups. If you are interested in getting involved, please fill out this short online survey by Friday, August 9th:
If you have any questions, please contact Faire Holliday at

Theater Magic workshop open to kids grades 3-12, starting July22

LINCOLN CITY – Do you know an imaginative child who would thrive in a creative summer workshop? There’s still time to enroll in “Theater Magic: Tales Around the Mediterranean,” a two-week performance workshop that begins July 22 at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. This in-depth educational experience is designed for students entering grades 3-12, and scholarships are available. For more information, call the center at 541-994-9994.

Back by popular demand, the second annual children’s theater workshop will be filled with fun, challenge and rewards for participating students. This year’s original script, written by Julie Fiedler, features a variety of wacky characters derived from folktales from Spain, Portugal and Turkey. Under careful direction by Kaline Klaas, students will build their acting skills by participating in daily theater games and exercises specific to the stories involved. Throughout the two weeks, they will learn to use voice, body language, improvisation and mime skills to develop each character.

There are rich and complex roles for the experienced students and delightful roles for the beginner. Everyone gets a speaking part and rehearsals build on critical thinking and cooperative problem solving, as characters develop and actors form friendships. Students will also be involved in negotiating props and creating set pieces.

Thanks to grant support from the Walter R. Behrens Foundation, registration is $100 for the full two-week experience. Registration forms are available at the Cultural Center or online at Students must enroll for both weeks and be available for the performance on Friday evening. Partial scholarships are available, to request one of these awards contact Julie Fiedler at

The group will meet from 9-11:30 Monday-Friday, July 22-Aug. 2, at the Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City. The workshop culminates in a polished performance on stage at The Lincoln City Cultural Center, set for the evening of Friday, Aug. 2. Tickets for the “Tales From the Mediterranean” performance are on sale now at the LCCC Box Office or online at

Toledo’s new Neighborhood Watch program is meeting on Tuesday, the 16th

Toledo’s new Neighborhood Watch Program is inviting Toledo Citizens to attend a neighborhood watch get-together Tuesday, the 16th, at the new Police Department at the top of the hill Business 20.

The whole idea is to make everyone aware that Neighborhood Watch is an effective anti-crime movement across the country.  When everyone is looking out for each other, everyone is a lot safer in city suburbs as well as in rural communities.  It not only lowers crime, it builds stronger bonds within communities and neighborhoods which can improve a community’s overall quality of life.  

Toledo Neighborhood Watch meets the third Tuesday of the month.  This time it’s July 16th, 5:30pm at the new police station, just downhill from the JC Market.  There is no cost to attend.  Newly appointed Police Chief Michael Pace will play a strong role in instituting and managing the program to enhance Neighborhood Watch participation and neighborhood awareness.

Wallace Kaufman on the dynamics of a deteriorating situation…

Wallace Kaufman


Most of the divorce conflicts I mediate are about money or the value of assets. Typically, the positions or demands made by each spouse have two components—anger and who is entitled to what value.

Anger can be reduced to, “You’re going to pay for how you’ve treated me.” This attack has several engines—the actual or perceived dishonest accounting, misuse of joint funds, betrayal, bullying, and more. At the core is anger at what one and often both spouses see as accumulated injustice. The injustice is beyond emotional repair or forgiveness. Thus, the demand for money compensation—a financial clubbing–is a substitute for other forms of vengeance.

Often the person making the angry demand does not expect the other person to agree. The angry manner in which the demand is presented, often with name calling and four letter words, guarantees a negative response. The price demanded is a way of expressing anger in measurable form.

Some mediators practice what we call “therapeutic mediation.” This aims at helping both parties to come to terms with their anger and other emotions and understanding and accepting how the other spouse became so angry.

A mediator who decides to take this approach should let the parties know in advance, and they should be aware that the process may be very time consuming and may fail. Other mediators might ask the spouses if they think they can achieve any progress by these angry accusations. At times the couple may actually present a good reason to explore the emotions. The mediator’s role then becomes helping them articulate in a way that communicates rather than alienates. Success may make for more productive financial discussion.

Even when one or both spouses want to be fair and generous, they seldom agree on what that means. With good will on both sides, a mediator with experience in finance and valuation can help them arrive at ways to value not only property and financial assets like stocks and bonds, but the mediator can help them agree on the value of labor and time.

When a couple owns real estate, either jointly or in individual names, valuation by a local real estate professional may be necessary. Many Realtors will provide a “market analysis” which is like an appraisal but cannot be called such unless the Realtor is also a qualified appraiser. (I have been both a Realtor and an appraiser, and I seldom find much difference in the estimates of a market analysis and an appraisal. More on that another day.)

What many couples don’t realize, and what an experienced mediator can help them see, is that real property, personal property, financial instruments, and cash are different kinds of assets that can be matched to their different needs. I’ve had cases in which one spouse would finance a buyout of their joint real estate by the other. At other times spousal support payments can be avoided by assigning to the spouse in need interest, rent, or dividend paying assets—bonds, stocks, rental property. Another variant is that one spouse stays in the home for a period of time that both agree has a certain value. Or perhaps when the couple have children or grandchildren, one spouse agrees to contribute a certain amount each year to a 529 college savings plan, especially if the tax deduction is more valuable to that spouse than to the other.

Mediation of family finance in divorce is about creating a conversation that leads to the discovery of options that a couple has not yet imagined. Like most mediation it proceeds through several steps—defining what each person wants, translating wants into needs, generating options that meet those needs, deciding on the best options, and signing an agreement that creates a viable financial future for each.

Wallace Kaufman
PO Box 756
Newport, OR 97365 USA
541 995 4785
cell 541 351 5205

Kayaker gets tossed into the ocean off Depoe Bay

A male kayaker off NE Williams in Depoe Bay is in the water and he can’t get back aboard his kayaka. He’s about 200 yards from shore. The Coast Guard has been alerted. Depoe Bay Fire-Rescue is being called to the scene as well.

Rescuers are pulling up on scene.

Rescuers observing the kayaker says he’s lost his paddle but he’s back in his kayak that will keep him afloat pending the arrival of the Coast Guard. They should be on scene pretty quickly.

Coast Guard has the kayaker in tow. They’re towing the kayaker back in to Depoe Bay Harbor. He appears to be fine.

Wanted: Skilled Case Managers!!

Senior and Disability Services Case Managers, Toledo Office– $22.23 – 24.53/hr (40 hrs/wk) plus excellent benefits.  We are searching for dynamic and skilled case managers.  Successful candidates will conduct service assessments, develop care plans, and coordinate a variety of  community resources to best meet consumer need. Must be able to work independently and handle a high volume of work.  Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills required.  Bachelor degree in social services or related field preferred. A combination of education and experience working in human services will be considered.  Application process and detailed job descriptions available by visiting our website at  . Email OCWCOG Human Resources with questions – . Only applicants selected for interview will be notified.  EOE.

Teaching them early about later-in-life…

Calling all future Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses and Paramedics…

Youth invited to sign up for medical Sam Camp!

Lincoln City – What does it take to be a doctor, nurse or other health care professional working in a hospital or medical clinic? Students can find out at the fun, informative and interactive SamCamp 2019.

SamCamp will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug.13-14, from 8:30 am to 4 pm at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. Designed for students who will be in seventh or eighth grade this coming school year, the camp includes hands-on stations, team building activities, hospital tours, career workshops, CPR training and more.

The cost is $40 per student, which includes snacks and lunch on both days including T-shirt and certificate of completion. Scholarships to participate are available. The deadline for application and payment is Monday, July 29. Applications are available at

For more information, call 541-557-6480 or send an email to

Drumming up more good times and rhythms at Cafe Mundo and Don Davis Park

Outdoor group drumming – Wikipedia photo

It’s still summer and they’re still celebrating in Newport, as the monthly summer-long Ninth Annual Nye Beach Summer Celebration continues this weekend on the big outdoor theater stage in the Courtyard at Café Mundo.

This month’s edition takes place from 12:00 to 3:00 pm, rain or shine, with traditional and indigenous World Beat music by the Thunder & Lightness Ensemble featuring the Newport Drum Circle’s Chandler Davis, Osage tribal member Terry Filer on the Native American flutes, and special musical guests.

The family friendly free event has been described as part concert, part variety show, and part community block party. All ages are welcome, dancers are invited to join the performers on the stage, and there’s light percussion available for those who want to join in (lightly) from the audience.

The show is usually on second Saturdays, but it was delayed to the third Saturday, this month only, so the performers and Café Mundo crew could go to the 50th Anniversary Oregon Country Fair in Veneta last weekend. Davis said, “We always return from Veneta for the July show inspired and invigorated by three days of continuous music and drumming and the magical creative vibe of the Oregon Country Fair!”

Ample outdoor seating and indoor and outdoor menu service are available. Café Mundo is at 209 NW Coast Street in the heart of Newport’s Historic Nye Beach district. Contact Davis directly about the music at 541-272-4615 or; see or call 541-574-8134 for menu information or reservations.












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