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Oregon’s jobless rate rises slightly

Oregon, like the rest of the country, continues to bump along slightly above the bottom of the recession. The latest unemployment rate showed largely “unchanged” but perhaps ever so slightly worse than the previous month. We were at 9.5% in July, compared to 9.4% in June. The story and a bit of economic analysis in this story in the Statesman Journal. Click here.

Learning how to help others live with chronic health conditions – at NO Charge!

Lincoln County Health and Human Services announces that a FREE Living Well with Chronic Conditions “Train the Trainer” workshop to benefit individuals living with a chronic or ongoing health condition in Lincoln County. The Train the Trainer workshop will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 22, 23, 29 and 30, 9-4:00 pm. The training will be held at Lincoln County Health and Human Services, 51 SW Lee St., Newport. Again, the program is free.

This Stanford program and research study showed improved self-management skills and quality of life for people living with ongoing health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, emphysema, fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, heart conditions, high blood pressure, Multiple Sclerosis, and other chronic conditions. The program requires participants and leaders meet for two and a half hours, once a week for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries, and hospitals. This FREE program provides techniques and tools for participants to incorporate as they learn to create self-management plans for coping with chronic symptoms, frustrations and fatigue.

Did we mention that this workshop is FREE to all participants? However, pre-registration is required, space is limited and will fill up quickly! To register, or for additional information, call Ann Way, MS, Coordinator, 541-265-0465, Lincoln County Health and Human Services.

The Living Well with Chronic Condition program is sponsored by Samaritan Health System, Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments and Lincoln County Health and Human Services.

Help “Fiesty’s” owners find him. He’s gone missing!

Fiesty is missing in Newport!

Please help Fiesty’s “staff” find him. He is missing from his usual haunts at Dolphin Realty on SW 7th in Newport. Fiesty is a ten year old short hair Russian Blue, all grey, no markings.

If you’ve see Fiesty or know where he might be please call Dolphin Realty at 541-265-6638, or 800-365-6638.

OMG! Siletz is getting cell phone service!

A brand new tower much like the one in the picture, will give the city of Siletz and surrounding areas something they’ve longed for for years. CELLPHONE SERVICE!

After long negotiations between the Siletz Tribes and AT&T, with the Bureau of Indian Affairs playing a role, AT&T has agreed to build a new 250′ cell phone tower atop Government Hill, near the water tank, overlooking Siletz. The coverage area of AT&T’s signal should reach way out Logsden Road to the east, and up and down Highway 229 for quite a ways north and south of town.

Officials say once the tower is up, other cell phone providers are expected to attach their own cellphone transmission and receiving antennas to the tower. It’s being reported that the tower should be built within the next six weeks, with sign-on for cell service shortly after that. For the moment it serves AT&T customers only, but typically Verizon and Sprint follow soon-after.

The Siletz Warriors basketball team took state last year, the town recently became home to the manufacturing of personalized jet aircraft, and now the town is getting cellphone service. Siletz is on a roll!

Newport all but eliminating herbicide use on public property

More pulling and yanking and less of this stuff

After being deluged with anti-herbicide e-mails and conversations with city residents, the Newport City Council has gotten the message that chemical herbicides have darn few friends in Newport. After reading a city parks and recreation committee report that disparaged chemicals but ultimately was judged too soft on them, the council decided to send the report back for some tightening up. For one thing it appeared that the council wants the prime directive to be, “no chemicals on city property,” UNLESS specifically authorized by either the city manager or the parks and recreation director. And they better have a good excuse!

Critics contend there are mountains of studies that show a clear and present danger to seniors and children especially who are exposed to herbicides. They say a public agency should exhaust every alternative before using chemical attacks, but even then, the community might rather just live with the problem out of concern for public health. However, City Parks and Recreation Director Jim Protiva reminded the council that some invasive plants pose allergic and asthmatic reactions in some people, which is a significant health threat. Protiva also reminded the council that relying strictly on labor or mechanical removal is not without its problems, not the least of which are costs.

The council told Protiva to rework the committee’s recommendations and report back when he’s finished so the council can have another go at it. They reiterated that the directive should be “no chemicals in Newport” unless specifically authorized with a clear and public explanation as to why. Again, the chemical ban pertains to city parks, rights of way and other city properties, like around city hall and other public buildings within Newport city limits.

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