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Oregon Congressman: Cut wasteful subsidies to corporate farms, help farming families

A bill in Congress that would reduce farm subsidies to large agricultural corporations in an era of their soaring income would be partially redirected to family to medium sized farms that really need them. Congressman Earl Blumenauer says such changes are way overdue but adds that the Congress may finally be in a position to do just that because shifting farm assistance toward smaller farms would help lower the nation’s deficit. The story’s in the Oregonian. Click here.

Private aircraft collide over Willamette River, east of Newberg. One dead, two survive.

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So. of Willamette River, West of Champoeg State Park
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Two small aircraft collided near the Willamette River and the city of Newberg Tuesday afternoon. One plane went down immediately, killing the pilot. The other plane glided in for a landing in a farmer’s field just west of Champoeg State Park, just across the river from NE Wilsonville Road. It landed flat either without its gear down or its gear ripped away on first impact with the soft dirt. Two people climbed out unhurt. Looking at the photo closely it appears the twin engine aircraft may have had its entire nose section sheared off in the collision with the other craft.

The other plane crashed off Northeast Wilsonville road on the river’s north side, just north of Champoeg Park. The Willamette river runs between the two crash sites. A water search was underway for any sign of life or bodies in the river.

Local pilots say that stretch of the Willamette River, east of Newberg, is a very popular airway in that it follows the river through some very beautiful countryside. One pilot said that somedays it seems like it’s a conga line of aircraft following the river.

More information is now available as revealed in the Oregonian. Click here.

Another Halloween “Must Visit!”…

The Lincoln County Early Intervention Program for children is holding a Halloween event at Yaquina View School, Monday, Oct. 31, from 4-7pm!

it’s a NO COST Halloween Festival to provide a safe and fun Halloween experience for children up to eight years of age. Those providing educational programs for young children will be providing fun activities in the gymnasium and trick-or-treating at the hallway doors! This will be their first Halloween Festival and they say they’d like to make it an annual event!!

One advantage, of course, is that by bringing your children to Yaquina View School Halloween night, it’s guaranteed not to rain on your children!!

For more information, call Kristy Kinane at 541-574-2240, ext 127.

Update on Depoe Bay shooting

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the 100 block of Sunnyview Lane in Depoe Bay Monday evening on a reported accidental shooting. Kenneth Ames, 45, called 911 to report that he had accidentally shot his wife, Lovena Terry, 47, with a 22 caliber pistol. Lovena Terry, who was still conscious and talking, also talked to the dispatcher and confirmed it was an accident.

She was transported by ambulance to the hospital and later by Reach helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Sheriff’s deputies report she’s receiving treatment for a non-life threatening wound.

Deputies have concluded that Mr. Ames was drunk at the time of the shooting and that the firing of the gun was accidental. However, the investigation continues to determine if any criminal charges are in order under the heading of reckless endangerment, possession of a fire arm while intoxicated, pointing a gun at another human being, etc. That decision lies with the District Attorney’s Office.

Occupy Newport update

Occupy Newport organizers say the next protest is scheduled for Wednesday, the 26th from 4-6pm at the intersection of Highways 101 and 20.

They ask participants to “please honor the local businesses by not parking in the JC Market parking lot. Please park across the street in the empty lot next to the old car dealership building.”

Following the protest at 6pm, occupy participants are invited to an “Occupy Congress” which will be held at Don Davis Park, at the foot of Olive Street in Nye Beach. There will be discussions about the country’s political and economic conditions and what can be done to improve both.

Occupy Newport also has a Facebook Page.

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