Bill Hall, County Commissioner
Carol Hall (left), filing for husband Bill
With wife Carol delivering the candidacy paperwork to the Lincoln County Clerk’s Office, Bill Hall has filed for re-election to the Lincoln County Commission. Hall recently took a tumble on some slippery ground along the Bay Road and broke his leg rather severely. He’s home recuperating from surgery and will have his mobility rather restricted for the next few months.
Hall told News Lincoln County that he’s filing for a third term because while the job of Lincoln County Commissioner is very challenging and demanding, it’s the most satisfying job he’s ever enjoyed in his life. He said “I enjoy working with good people both in and outside of county government, and I want to keep going.”
Hall said that major county accomplishments over his first two terms include the creation of Drug and Mental Health Courts, the construction of special government assisted housing that is frequently the one element that gets people off the street, providing a good roof over the heads of their families and helping them find employment, thereby turning them into productive taxpayers. Other accomplishments he’s proud of includes the establishing of 211, the assistance “go to” phone number that links people in emergency situations with the services they desperately need. Also, the preservation of at least base level social and psychological services for those who can’t afford to pay but whose needs are great. Hall also pointed to the creation of a Veterans Clinic in Newport (the first of its kind in the country) so veterans don’t have to drive to Roseburg, Salem or Portland for routine medical services. Hall says he’s also proud of the county’s role in providing regularly scheduled transit service between the coast and Corvallis and points north.
Hall says he doesn’t expect his re-election to be a shoe-in. He says he expects rival candidates will throw their hat into the ring between now and next Tuesday at 6pm, the deadline for filing for the May 15th election.
The Coast Guard quickly took control of a situation last Sunday that could have spelled disaster for the northern and central coasts of Oregon. The Coast Guard responded quickly to a report that the 648-foot, car carrier Morning Spruce had lost engine power 12 miles southwest of the Columbia River bar, leaving the vessel adrift in 12-foot seas. The vessel was carrying over a half-million gallons of heavy oil, diesel and lube oil. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port issued an order directing the owner of the Morning Spruce to immediately hire tow vessels to tow the ship back into safe harbor.
Engine power was restored around 3:30 p.m. Sunday and the Coast Guard monitored the progress of the vessel, escorted by the tug Kokua, as it cleared the Columbia River bar. The Kokua and Morning Spruce were joined by another tug, the Vancouver, for the transit to Portland.
Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland conducted an inspection of the Morning Spruce Tuesday, revealing numerous safety hazards, resulting in the detention of the vessel at the port. The safety hazards included excessive oil in machinery spaces, inadequate patches made on the vessel’s fire-main piping, heavy hydraulic oil leaks and inadequate fire control boundaries. The control action will remain in effect until the violations are corrected and verified through follow up inspections, according to a Coast Guard news release.
In an historic moment in Salem, Governor John Kitzhaber has signed legislation that begins to reorganize health care in Oregon around the principle of preserving health, rather than ignoring sickness and paying higher costs down the road. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.
The Oregon Legislature was supposed to be adjourned by now, but it doesn’t look like that might happen for another day or two. That’s left some important legislation hanging, including education funding. The story’s in the Oregonian. Click here.
Kyle Wallace: LCJ photo
High speed pursuit ends in Newport, 15th near Nye
Toledo Police say that an older model SUV bumped a young pedestrian on the side of a road in Siletz Thursday evening, then failed to stop to asertain any injuries or render aid. The white SUV headed south on Highway 229. It was soon spotted by a Toledo Police officer near the intersection of 229 and Highway 20. When the officer tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver took off westbound on Highway 20 at high speed.
The Toledo officer radioed ahead to Newport that he was in pursuit at speeds of up to 90 miles an hour and that they would likely be entering Newport very soon. Newport officers put out road spikes in two locations but the SUV driver managed to dodge both of them. The chase wound around town and ended on NW 15th near Nye when the SUV hit a utility pole. Police officers say both occupants of the SUV jumped out and ran off into the darkness.
A short while later, Kyle Wallace, who was believed to be the driver, was captured. He was transported to PCH suffering pain from the impact of hitting the pole. The other person in the vehicle, identified as a 17 year old with a May birthday coming up, is not wanted by police. They say after a search of the vehicle, and a more detailed accounting of what happened, they say it doesn’t appear that the passenger committed any crime and therefore is not wanted by police.