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FREE Medicare Seminar/Information meeting

Free Medicare Seminar, October 11th, Offered by OCWCOG and SHIBA

Are you confused about Medicare? Please join us for a two-hour “ABC’s of Medicare” Seminar on Friday, October 11th at 10:00 am. Our experienced Medicare Counselors can make Medicare easier for you to understand. This is being held at the Samaritan Center for Health Education in Newport. Please call to register at 541-574-2684. We have private appointments available also. Let us know how we can help!

This is a free, impartial seminar covering all aspects of Medicare including Parts A and B, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D), and Medicare Supplements (Medigaps). This seminar is open to anyone with an interest in Medicare and will be conducted by a certified SHIBA volunteer. There is no charge for the seminar and no products will be sold or promoted. SHIBA is a non-profit, volunteer-based program sponsored by RSVP of Lincoln County.

This presentation will benefit anyone who is eligible for Medicare within a few months or is new to Medicare; current beneficiaries who would like to better understand Medicare benefits and options; and spouses and other relatives of Medicare eligible clients.

The seminar is sponsored by OCWCOG and SHIBA. It will be held at the Samaritan Center for Health Education, 740 SW 9th Street, Newport on Friday, October 11th, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

This is an informational opportunity offered at no cost to community members. Follow-up one-on-one counseling appointments will be available.

Reservations may be made by calling 541-574-2684 but are not required. Drop-ins are welcome.

Newport Public Library to be closed all day Friday, the 18th

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Closed Friday the 18th


The Newport Public Library will be closed on Friday, October 18, for a Staff In-Service Day.  We will be exchanging ideas with staff, strengthening collaborating between Lincoln County libraries and Tillamook, and focusing on staff development and strategic planning.
For more information, please visit www.newportlibrary.org or call 541-265-2153.

Drilling near the Newport main water tanks October 9 & 10

Forest Park – Drilling Activity near the City Main Tanks October 9th-10th.

The City of Newport Public Works Department advises that there will be drilling activity near the City of Newport’s main water supply tanks in Forest Park. Please proceed with caution when on trails at the top of the hill.

This geo-technical investigation drilling activity is for the construction of the main tank replacement project.

Thank you for your patience.

Port of Newport refinancing bonds – Could yield $3,000,000 in savings over time…

Port of Newport

The Port of Newport is currently in the process of refinancing bonds originally issued for the construction of the NOAA facility in 2010 and the reconstruction of the International Terminal in 2011. The bond refinancing will yield financial benefits for both the Port and Port District taxpayers, according to officials. “We have been actively looking for measures that can bring money to the Port’s coffers with the intent of building our reserves for future projects,” said Paula Miranda, General Manager. “We want to create a pool of funds that can be used when opportunities are presented that require match.”

Miranda added, “Like most ports, the Port of Newport pursues grants to assist with major construction/rehab needs at its facilities, but those grants often require match money. “As much as people think of grants as free, the truth is they come with obligations and they require Port investment – sometimes as much as 50 percent.”

At the Port’s regular meeting in August, the Port Commission voted to engage bond counsel to prepare the necessary documents. At the September regular meeting, Port Manager Miranda was authorized to work with the bond counsel and the Special Districts Association of Oregon financial advisor to move the process forward, including reviewing proposals and selecting the bank or financial institution that can best lower the debt. “We believe this will also lower what taxpayers pay for the general obligation bond that relates to the International Terminal,” Miranda said.

The specific details on all of this won’t be known until an institution is selected. While it is uncertain how much revenue the Port stands to gain from the refinancing, financial advisors have suggested to Miranda that “we are probably looking at somewhere around $300,000 per year. That would be at least three million dollars over the lifetime of the NOAA bond,” she explained. Closing on the refinancing is not expected to occur until sometime in November.

Power restored in the Yachats area…

Yachats Power Outage area…

2:pm – Power Outage map from CLPUD. All of Yachats, upriver from Yachats, and south of Yachats.

2:11pm – Power restored to Yachats. CLPUD said it was nothing serious…just a tripped circuit.

Flavored Vaping Products Banned in Oregon

Sales of flavored vaping products now illegal in Oregon…

In response to emerging severe lung illnesses in Oregon and across the nation, Governor Kate Brown has signed an executive order directing the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to take immediate action to  to ban the sale of all flavored vaping, including e- cigarette, products in Oregon for 180 days.

This temporary ban of flavored vaping products is a response to the sudden emergence of severe lung illnesses related to vaping. On September 26, the Oregon Health Authority issued a public health warning advising all Oregonians to stop vaping immediately following Oregon’s second confirmed death related to vaping. In Oregon to date there have been 8 severe lung illnesses linked to vaping.

As of October 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 1,080 lung injury cases and 18 deaths associated with vaping across the United States. These illnesses and deaths have been linked to vaping products that contain THC or nicotine. Out of 578 patients, 78% reported using THC products and 58% reported using nicotine products. There is no one product or chemical linked to the illnesses and deaths yet.

Young people are particularly at risk for vaping-related illnesses and deaths. The CDC reports that 37% of cases are under the age of 21 years old and over 80% of cases are under the age of 35 years old. Flavored vaping products are particularly appealing for adolescents and have been indicated as one of the drivers of the youth vaping epidemic.

In addition to Oregon’s temporary ban on flavored vaping products, the executive order directs OHA and OLCC to:

• Develop rules to increase provider reporting of severe lung illnesses related to vaping;

  • Develop plans to provide consumer warnings and ingredient disclosure for vaping products;
  • Reduce barriers to tobacco and nicotine cessation supports and services;
  • Develop legislative proposal future protections to reduce vaping-related illnesses anddeaths.People who vape or smoke are urged to quit. These resources are available for free quit support:
  • For tobacco/nicotine:o 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), www.quitnow.net/Oregon o Español: 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335356-92),https://www.quitnow.net/oregonsp/.
  • For youth vaping/e-cigarette:

o Text “DITCHJUUL” to 88709, www.thisisquitting.com • For cannabis/THC quit support:

o 1-800-662-HELP

Oregon is one of only 10 states that does not require a license to sell tobacco, nicotine, or non- THC vaping products (the sale of THC products requires a license through OLCC). Locally, Lincoln County is proposing an ordinance to prevent youth access to tobacco and nicotine products. In 2018, over 50% of 11th graders in Lincoln County said it would be easy to access cigarette or e-cigarettes. Lincoln County has one of the highest smoking rates in the state. Ninety percent of long-term smokers start before the age of 18, according to the CDC.

A tobacco retail license in Lincoln County would make it easier to track where tobacco and nicotine sales occur, to provide education to retailers, to ensure compliance with state and federal laws, and, ultimately, prevent more youth to becoming addicted to nicotine.

If you have any questions or concerns about Lincoln County’s proposed Tobacco Retail License, please contact Aimee Snyder at asnyder@co.lincoln.or.us.

 

Help Save the Heritage Apple Tree at Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

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We are clearing blackberries to create a path to the heritage apple trees at the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse garden. Come join us and be part of saving these wonderful trees. Bring gloves, and a garden hoe or rake if you can. Refreshments provided.

Location: Garden at the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, Newport
Date: Oct 19 Saturday
Time: 1-4 pm

Get a preview look at No. Lincoln Hospital’s New Medical Center, Friday, October 18

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Tour new hospital at North Lincoln Hospital Foundation Business After Hours event

North Lincoln Hospital Foundation, at 3010 NE 28th, Lincoln City, is hosting a Business After Hours on Friday, October 18, from 5:30 to 7pm, in conjunction with the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce. All are welcome to attend.

Business After Hours events provide an opportunity to enjoy appetizers and beverages while socializing with others in a business setting. An additional feature of the foundation’s BAH is a tour of the new Samaritan hospital building, which is just two months away from completion.

Reservations are required for the hospital tour and space is limited. Call 541-557-6434 to reserve a spot. Those taking the tour must wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and long sleeves, and are asked to arrive by 3:45pm.

“For the past year, people have seen the new hospital building rising on the grounds right next to our existing hospital. Now, we are excited to show off the interior of this wonderful new building,” said Cathy Sandoval, foundation executive director. “The new hospital is being built in stages, so our visitors will see some areas that look nearly ready to receive patients and other areas that are in the earlier stages of construction.” Even if you are not able to take the tour, the new hospital floor plan and design features will be showcased at the BAH.

The North Lincoln Hospital Foundation is located at 3010 NE 28th St. in Lincoln City.

Fire Alarm Depoe Bay

7:43pm – Depoe Bay Firefighters are enroute to a fire alarm going off at 6520 “A” Street in Depoe Bay. 

Community Rights Group to Appeal Court Ruling Favoring Aerial Herbicide/Pesticide Spraying

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From Lincoln County Community Rights:  Rio Davidson, Lincoln County Community Rights

In May 2017, Lincoln County, Oregon, voters adopted the Freedom from Aerial Sprayed Pesticides ordinance. The first-in-the-state law recognizes residents’ rights to clean air, water, and soil, their right to local community self-governance, and the Rights of Nature to exist, flourish, and evolve.

Soon after, timber industry interests sued the county to overturn the ordinance, arguing the county had no authority to pass it and that the law “adversely affected” them.

The law stood for over two years, successfully preventing the aerial application of pesticides—a toxic but common practice of the local timber industry.

On September 23, county circuit court Judge Sheryl Bachart upheld an existing law that limits the powers of local governments to override those the state permits. The judge ruled that the pesticide ban exceeded the authority of Lincoln County because the Oregon Pesticide Control Act disallows local pesticide ordinances, rules, and regulations.

The judge wrote:

“Oregon does not recognize an independent right of local community self-government that is fundamental, inherent, inalienable, and constitutional.”

“In a choice between unconstitutional state law that protects corporate profits over the health and safety of communities, the judge chose to protect corporate profits,” said Rio Davidson of Lincoln County Community Rights, the group behind the initiative.

Petitioners are seeking state constitutional change to establish a right to self-government that empowers local communities to expand the state’s protections for civil, human and ecosystem rights—as the Lincoln County Freedom from Aerial Sprayed Pesticides seeks to do.

“Though this decision will be appealed on the grounds of denying the exercise of the right of local self-government, it also serves as positive energy to move the amendment forward so ultimately people, not corporations, decide the fate of their communities,” said Nancy Ward, coordinator for the Oregon Community Rights Network.

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) assisted Lincoln County Community Rights in drafting the law and representing them as an intervenor in the case. CELDF also sought to represent the Siletz River watershed’s interests in the case. The judge denied intervention.

Appeals will be filed by Lincoln County Community Rights and the Siletz River watershed. At the time of this press release it is not known if Lincoln County will appeal the decision.

Editor’s Note:  Timber companies and their contract aerial spraying operators contend they comply with all federal and state rules and regulations related to aerial spraying.  They contend they operate strictly within the parameters of those regulations.  The U.S. Forest Service says they don’t do aerial spraying on federal forest lands but adds that the Bureau of Land Management along with state agencies do conduct aerial spraying.

 

About CELDF — Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) is building a movement for Community Rights and the Rights of Nature to advance democratic, economic, social, and environmental rights –building upward from the grassroots to the state, federal, and international level.

Always leave room for a reasonable doubt…at David Ogden Stiers Theatre

You Must Leave Room for Doubt
Doubt: A Parable – winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play – comes to the Newport Performing Arts Center
 
NEWPORT, OR – Red Octopus Theatre Company is pleased to present John Patrick Shanley’s incredible drama – “Doubt: A Parable” – live on stage November 1-17 in the David Ogden Stiers Theatre at the Newport Performing Arts Center.
 
It’s 1964 and beloved pastor Father Flynn is doing good works within his flock and his community. When Sister Aloysius – the impervious and powerful principal of the local Catholic school – begins to suspect that Flynn has become just a bit too friendly with a troubled young student, she enlists the help of younger, naïve Sister James to report on his behavior.
 
Variety called the play “A gripping story of suspicion” while NY Newsday characterized the piece as “Blunt yet subtle, manipulative but full of empathy for all sides, the play is set in 1964 but could not be more timely…passionate, exquisite, important and engrossing.”
 
“I love the juicy dialogue,” notes director Bonnie Ross, “And I love the questions this play asks. I love the multiple never-best answers, and I love that the story is about certainty as much as it is about doubt. How can we become so certain and still be so wrong? How do we live with doubt? How can we be convinced of anything? Doubt is the germ that leads us to pause and ask ourselves ‘Wait a minute…why?’ All the great thoughts and great thinkers start with that question.”
 
The production features Nathan Bush as Father Flynn, Linda Capshaw as Sister Aloysius, Autumn Green as Sister James, and Meagan Amos as Mrs. Muller. The show is stage managed by Barbara Berge with sets designed by Ernie Brown. Lighting is provided by Ron Miller and Jed Hansen, sound by Justin Gleeson and Dean Seanor, and Laura Matthews is House Manager.
 
Doubt: A Parable runs Friday, November 1st through Sunday, November 17th– Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00pm, and Sundays (November 10th and 17th) at 2:00pm. There is also one Thursday performance – on November 14th at 7:00pm*. Tickets are $22 ($16 for Students/Seniors, $20 for OCCA Members) and are available in person at the Newport Performing Arts Center box office (777 W. Olive Street, Newport, Oregon), by phone (541-265-ARTS), or online** at www.coastarts.org.

For more information about this production, or about Red Octopus Theatre Company, visit www.OctopusOnStage.com.
 
* On Thursday, November 14th, all seats are just $15 at the door with a donation of two cans of food for Food Share of Lincoln County. Please note that this offer is available at the door on the night of the show only, and subject to seat availability. This offer does not apply to tickets purchased in advance.

 

 

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