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Looking over Newport’s Investments, slightly higher taxes and enjoying federal funds to keep things on the level…

Newport City Hall

The Newport City Council Monday night looked like an unusual brand of making ends meet thanks to oceans of federal money coming from Washington DC and spreading across the country.  However, over the past three years federal money thrown at the  Covid-19 disaster has been winding down for a while – lowering the number of sick American folks but watching with both eyes on an emerging new virus that’s growing rapidly coming from the Far East, Africa and South America – but it doesn’t kill people quite as quickly, we’re told.  It’s been quite a menace all over the world.  But the rate of viral infections have lowered a bit.  Scientists say the Earth is in for an elongated threat from migrating Covid viruses.  No telling how long it’ll last.

Elsewhere, in and around Seal Rock and Newport, residents and visitors are watching the pandemic decline, slowing down giving Americans some relief.  Medical scientists are also noticing a slow down along the west coast but, again, we never know when another wave of the virus will suddenly start expanding in numbers that nobody can keep up with.

But to change the subject, the cities of Newport and Seal Rock have been refining their methods on making sure that the two cities keep capturing water from rain, rivers and engineered wells to keep things, if not perfect, at least workable.   The word “Certainty” often prevails but with the county’s drought ups and downs, the future looks pretty mixed.

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On a different note, the city of Newport is teaming up with Seal Rock by producing methods to combine their water output so that people can drink water, take baths and make breakfast, lunch or dinner.  There is a noticeable movement up and down Lincoln County to rapidly craft ways to smartly blend the sources of water they’ve got with newly enacted ways to make the best of the water we have, and maybe then some.  A big part of establishing more reliable water is coming from the above-mentioned federal policies to create better ways to transport and store water among the United States.  To be to continued – for sure.

As coastal communities continue to grow politically the tourism industry will continue to change the way it views how all the growth is adding up to what might become a big city.   Oregon land use laws – as they rule and change these days – makes for a veritable push and pull response to local governments with uncertainty about the atmosphere on the coast, if not in the inland resorts of Oregon.  To be sure, the state’s land use laws will struggle to keep Oregon “Oregon.”  But we’ll see how state and local governments wrestle with the choices.  From the looks of things most people and tourists want Oregon to remain pretty much as it’s been over the past two hundred years.  Sounds like a job for those who want to keep Oregon, Oregon.  State centralized land-use control is still with us. But when are state officials and incoming tourists going to find a creative and workable way to play when the state has to keep growing?

On yet another front, Newport City Councilors Monday night made it plain that they’ll be blending  a Newport Fire Station with an Oregon Department of Forestry station “add on” to be located just north of Newport.  With Climate Change, scientists are coming to the point that more and well spaced fire stations is a powerful tool to knock down forest fires before they go wildly out of control.  The two fire stations – one from Newport, the other state built – follows a similar routine among fire stations across America.   Construction starts soon.  

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