Governor John Kitzhaber has cancelled his trip to the Newport area this week. Kitzhaber’s news media office said the Governor is, instead, having to fly to Washington DC for meetings. News Lincoln County was told that he’ll be having discussions with the Obama administration on the hot topic of Medicaid waivers for states that are setting up hybrid medical insurance programs which seek to bring down health care costs while increasing coverage for those who have little or no insurance.
The Governor was to have signed a state Marine Reserves Bill designating three marine reserves off the central coast as well as attend a groundbreaking for Rogue Brewery’s expansion at South Beach. The spokesman said the Governor regrets the quick change of plans but that he’ll try to reschedule his visit to the coast as soon as possible.