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Help local haulers and PCHD Foundation “Can Cancer”

Lincoln County Haulers are working together in partnership with local hospital foundations, to help give Lincoln County patients help in their fight against cancer. Lavender donation envelopes will be arriving in October garbage billing statements that can be used to make tax-deductible donations to help cover non-medical living expenses for Lincoln County residents fighting all forms of this dread disease.

“This program started in Bend, Oregon and raised over $31,000 last year,” said Rob Thompson, of Thompson’s Sanitary, a driving force behind the local Can Cancer campaign. “If everyone in Lincoln County donated just a little, we would have enough money to significantly ease the financial burden of those battling cancer.”

Dahl Disposal, North Lincoln Sanitary, and Thompson’s Sanitary are the Lincoln County Haulers joining in the effort. Together they have covered all the expenses of this local appeal so that 100 percent of the donations go directly to the patient and their families. Patients can receive up to $250 for non-medical expenses related to their care and treatment, such as fuel, travel, utilities, and food.

“This program helps to fill the void between what a patient can pay and what their insurance will cover,” said Rebecca Fransham, social worker in the Samaritan Pacific Health Services (SPHS) Outpatient Treatment Center. “Fighting Cancer takes incredible emotional strength and financial resources. Providing this gift can significantly contribute to a patient’s healing.”

Residents can make a tax-deductible donation by using the lavender envelope to send a check or credit card donation or log onto to www.samhealth.org/pchdf or www.samhealth.org/nlhf to make an on-line donation through one of the hospital foundations. The Can Cancer fund is managed by the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation in Newport and by North Lincoln Hospital Foundation in Lincoln City.

For more information, contact Pacific Communities Health District Foundation (541) 574-1810 or North Lincoln Hospital Foundation at (541) 996-7102.

Humane Society raids Circus World pet store in Newport (Updated)


Animals removed from Circus World by State Humane Society investigators
1164 SW Coast Highway, Newport

Oregon Humane Society investigators Wednesday served a search warrant on the Circus World pet store at 1164 Southwest Coast Highway. Once inside and taking note of the animals’ living conditions, they removed every animal from the store including 11 puppies, dozens of birds, 60-70 mice and rats and 30 reptiles. They left the fish. The fish were later picked up and taken to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

All the animals are being transported to the Oregon Humane Society Hospital in Portland where they will be evaluated and cared for. They are considered evidence in an animal neglect allegation. THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION.

Once examined by humane society veterinarians, a determination will be made whether formal charges should be brought against the owner(s) of the store. That decision will be made by Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett.

The Humane Society says complaints about the animals living in substandard conditions at Circus World had been coming in since last April. If convicted of animal neglect or other charges, the owner(s) of Circus World Pet Store could be barred from owning a pet store for at least five years.

Volunteer, get a beer! No questions asked.

Newport City Hall

A friendly mug raising message from the Surfrider Foundation:

A Beer for your Volunteer Hour
Ocean Friendly Garden Work Party Friday 6-8pm, Newport City Hall (south side)

Join us this Friday, September 9 from 6-8pm to learn more about our Ocean Friendly Rain Garden project at Newport City Hall and get your hands a little dirty! Come volunteer with us from 6-7 for a little garden maintenance and then join us for a BEER ON US and social hour at Bier One from 7-8!

Volunteers can email beth_hawkyard@peacemail.com to learn more or just show up with a pair of work gloves at the south lawn (where the farmer’s market is held) to join us for an hour of quick and dirty maintenance and education on the garden. Volunteer participants will receive more information and literature on our ocean friendly gardening program and a ticket for a complimentary pint at the Bier One social following. We hope to see you there!

It may get easier soon to get a parking space on the Bayfront, especially in the Summer.

Newport’s Bayfront

It may soon be easier for locals and tourists alike to find a place to park along Newport’s Bayfront. And a lot of those new parking spaces will be accessible to everybody, including commercial fishermen and those who work on the waterfront.

Under a new Bayfront parking district plan, business license surcharges for businesses along Bay Boulevard will go into an account that will amass up to twenty thousand dollars a year. Those funds will help create more parking through better signage, striping, and leasing of private and commercial properties to hold more vehicles during the summer months especially.

Port of Newport General Manager Don Mann told the council the port will chip in $6,000 a year on behalf of commercial fishermen who sometimes have to park their vehicles a long away because there isn’t any parking close to the docks.

A number of fishermen have told the Newport City Council in the past that commercial fishing contributes many times the money to the local economy than Bayfront tourism, and yet fishermen have to fight tooth and nail for a place to park while they’re out at sea. Councilors are hoping that the Bayfront parking district will reduce those tensions by providing more parking. Newport Community Development Director Derrick Tokos said once an interagency agreement is inked between the port and the city, the district could be enacted within sixty days.

Final Chapter on SeaPort in Newport? It sure looks like it…

SeaPort Air

The Newport City Council Tuesday appeared to be resigned to just let SeaPort Air fade off into the blue like a bad memory as they decided not to try to collect over $600 in back rent that councilors claim SeaPort owes. They say SeaPort just up and left. It didn’t give the previously agreed to 30 day notice which would have cancelled the debt. SeaPort disagrees claiming that by stating in a letter that “we may leave by July 15th” is the same as ‘we will leave July 15th.’ The council said “may” doesn’t mean “shall” or “will.”

City Councilor David Allen said it’s possible the city could get it’s $600 by taking SeaPort to small claims court. He said, “All you have to do is fill out a half page piece of paper, walk across 101 to the courthouse and get a judgement from the court.” Others on the council, however, weren’t biting, not that Councilor Allen was expecting them to. Mayor McConnell said it was time to move on but that if anyone calls Newport wanting information or A recommendation on behalf of SeaPort, the city will tell them of the black eye the airline gave the city despite the city bending over backwards with big cost breaks for SeaPort’s operations at Newport Airport, give away prices for office and terminal space and cheap gas for its planes.

Meanwhile, a Boise International Airport official told NewsLincolnCounty.com that SeaPort’s brand new flight schedules in and out of Boise and Idaho Falls, with connector flights to Pendleton and Seattle seem to be working for them.

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