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Newport woman loses life in crash

Car on Highway 20 suddenly left the road and rolled down a hill four miles east of Newport

Tuesday afternoon at noon Oregon State Police (OSP) and emergency personnel responded to a report of of a vehicle crash on US Highway 20 near milepost 4. Once on scene, it was determined the driver,  Linda C. Dodson, age 68, from Newport, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed Dodson was driving a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder East on US Hwy 20 four miles east of Newport. A witness reported seeing the Pathfinder start to swerve and then it veered off the road from the south shoulder. The Pathfinder went down an embankment, struck a tree, and rolled onto the passenger side of the vehicle.

Dodson was pronounced deceased at the scene. Dodson was traveling with her dog “Lucy.” Lucy was rescued from the wreck and transported to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Lucy was transported to a local veterinarian where she was evaluated and released. Friends of Dodson retrieved Lucy to care for her.

During the course of the investigation, a separate non-injury crash occurred near the crash site and was considered a secondary crash. The second crash occurred when vehicles were slowing down for the fatal crash and one vehicle rear-ended another.  

Toledo Fire Department, Oregon Department of Transportation, Toledo Police Department, and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department assisted OSP. The highway was blocked or partially blocked for seven hours.

Dune Buggy drivers…play safe and polite out there….

Near Reedsport
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Upcoming public check point at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area to be relocated to 10 mile OHV Route

Reedsport, OR – The previously scheduled OHV public check point at Umpqua Riding Area will now be held at 10 mile OHV Route from 11am – 1pm.

Forest Service officials are reminding riders that the purpose of the checkpoints is to verify compliance with existing OHV regulations. Forest Protection Officers and Law Enforcement Officers will be issuing citations for OHV users who do not comply with sound limits and other off-road regulations such as use of safety flags, OHV permit stickers and OHV safety education cards.

The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (ODNRA) is managed for multiple recreational uses, both motorized and non-motorized. Due to its unique topography, varied recreational uses and proximity to residential areas, currently a 93 decibel sound limit is applied to all OHVs within the ODNRA.

For more information about regulations at the ODNRA, visit https://go.usa.gov/xPk3H or call the ODNRA Visitor center at 541-271-6000. For information regarding State of Oregon off-highway vehicle regulations, visit https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/ATV/Pages/index.aspx.

Traffic Alert: Highway 20 four miles east of Newport

U.S. 20 Corvallis-Newport Highway is blocked by a serious crash at milepost 4, two miles west of Toledo. The eastbound lanes are closed. Traffic is being flagged through the area and there is a long backup. The road is expected to be blocked for several hours for crash investigation and cleanup. Travelers are advised to take alternate routes or delay travel. Check TripCheck.com or call 2-1-1 for current road conditions.

Senator Ron Wyden winds up a long overdue pitch

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Proposing bold changes to the U.S. tax system…

From Oregon Senator Ron Wyden
America has two tax codes: one for workers who pay taxes out of every paycheck and one for the ultra-wealthy who cheat the system to pay what they want, when they want and sometimes nothing at all. In fact, the average family worth more than $100 million has never paid taxes on more than half of their wealth.
Our broken tax code allows millionaires and billionaires to use largely untaxed assets to build their wealth even more without ever paying what they owe. Working families, on the other hand, struggle to save after paying their mortgage, buying groceries or making their student loan payments. By letting the rich play by a different set of rules, the deck is stacked against working families.
I have a plan to change that. My proposal would create one tax code by treating wealth the same as wages. The wealthiest Americans would finally have to pay their fair share and pay it on time while the middle class would see no increase in their taxes.
The extra revenue created by making the wealthy pay what they owe would be invested into Social Security to safeguard these critical hard-earned benefits for future generations. By simply requiring the most fortunate to pay taxes on income generated by their wealth – just like cops, nurses and factory workers already do – we would generate enough revenue to protect Social Security for decades to come. Over the past 30 years, Social Security has been robbed of more than $1 trillion due to growing income inequality, but creating a fair tax code would combat that trend.
It’s time to treat wealth like wages and safeguard Social Security for generations to come, and my plan is the way to do it.

Sincerely,
Sen. Ron Wyden

Yard Burning begins again Thursday, September 19th

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Keep an eye on it…burning season begins again Thursday, September 19th.
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Yard Debris Burning resumes in Lincoln County effective Thursday, September 19

The Lincoln County Fire Defense Board, and the nine fire protection agencies are opening burn season Thursday, September 19, 2019. With our recent rain and forecasted precipitation, the risk of fire spread has decreased and is expected to remain at a low level.

This summer’s weather was not as dry as the previous 2 summers. This kept fuel moisture levels higher and moderated fire danger throughout our region. We thank the public for adhering to the burn regulations this summer. Their cooperation, along with the quick response of all of our Lincoln County firefighters helped keep wildfires to a minimum.

Many Lincoln County fire agencies require a permit to burn yard debris (also known as open burning. We encourage the public to contact their local fire agency for specific regulations regarding burning of yard debris. Below is contact information for all Lincoln County Fire Agencies:

North Lincoln Fire & Rescue           Depoe Bay Fire District                  Newport Fire 
Dept./N.R.F.P.D

541-996-2233                                     541-764-2202                                   
541-265-9461

Seal Rock Fire District                     Central OR Coast Fire Dist.           Yachats Rural 
Fire Prot. Dist.

541-563-4441                                     541-563-3121                                   
541-547-3266

Siletz Valley Fire District                  Toledo Fire Dept./E.L.C.R.F.P.D    Oregon Dept. of 
Forestry (Toledo Unit)

541-444-2043                                     541-336-3311                                   
541-336-2273

Chief Robert Murphy
Fire Chief, Newport Fire Department, Lincoln County Fire Defense Board Chief 
r.murphy@newportoregon.gov, 245 NW 10TH ST, NEWPORT OR 97365 – (541)-265-9461 – FAX (541) 265-9463

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