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Keep your eyes on your fireworks – It’s dry, dry, dry…

Happy 4th of July, 2020!
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Everybody should be on their best behavior heading into the 4th of July festivities which start in a little over a week.  Fireworks are especially dangerous this year due to the deep drought we’ve been enduring over the last couple of months. 

Walport has announced that City Hall will be basically guiding the volume and frequency of fireworks going off with their own fireworks display.  Other cities like Newport and Lincoln City will follow suit.  The big threat is kids setting off their own fireworks – hopefully under the guidance of their parents.  The ground, the brush, the trees are all pretty much parched and….AND!  there’s only so many local firefighters to go around.  There will be an effort for temporary roadside signage to remind motorists and other visitors that the Oregon Coast is a tinder-dry box ready, willing and able to go off like a bomb.  So DON’T LIGHT THOSE FIREWORKS if there’s dry tinder around it.  In fact, since the woods are so dry DON’T LIGHT OFF ANY FIREWORKS.

Lincoln County Planning Director Ono Husing presented to the Board of Supervisors Monday that building fees – fees that help create new construction will have rise roughly 5%.  Husing told the County Commission that building fees haven’t budged an inch in years and that it’s time to get caught up on the fee schedule.  Husing was advised by the Commissioners that they’d like to see a new schedule of fees for new construction next week during the next County Commission meeting.

The commissioners then turned their attention toward Lincoln County residents in hopes that they ALL can be convinced to get their Covid-19 shots into their arms so they can walk around feeling safe and secure.  Lincoln County has been pretty aggressive getting shots-in-arms going into the summer months – Lincoln County reporting that 70% of Lincoln County’s population are pretty well covered.  But there are other areas of Oregon and western U.S. where “alleged grownups” are still militantly avoiding any vaccinations.

 

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