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State agencies offer cuts to re-balance state budget – $378 million in red ink.

State Capitol, Salem

As ordered by Governor Ted Kulongoski, state agencies have produced department budget cuts to trim nearly $380 million from the current state budget. In order to soften the blow to schools, prisons, state police, youth authority, and senior citizens health programs. State offiicals say they will use federal aid and state reserves to fill much of the gap. But some departments will get hammered. It’s all found in this article in the Portland Oregonian:

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/09/oregon_agencies_propose_cuts_i.html

Fighting hunger 30 ways in 30 days…

Hunger Action Month in Lincoln County

Ways to combat hunger: Volunteer. Donate produce from your garden. Skip a meal and donate funds. Read a book about hunger.

Those are just a few of the many ways you can fight hunger through the “30 Ways in 30 Days” campaign during September’s Hunger Action Month.

“We encourage everyone to pledge to make a difference at http://HungerActionMonth.org during this nationwide campaign,” said Nancy Smith, Executive Director of Food Share of Lincoln County. “There are many ways to help. But each of us has our own particular interests and strengths. Are you an advocate? An organizer? A doer? A donor? Choose your primary way to help. Then take the pledge. The community that gets the most pledges will win a truckload of food. Please visit FoodShareLincolnCounty.org for more ways to help fight hunger in our community.” (more…)

Manhunt – Oakridge area

From Oregon State Police:

Update: 10:30pm Oregon 58 is open in both directions. Law enforcement activity in area. Motorists advised not to stop for unknown persons within 20-mile area. UPDATE (more…)

A very mixed bag on the “tax break” issue boiling in the Congress.

As the debate rages over whether America’s wealthy have done anything productive with their ten year long tax breaks, and whether those breaks should be continued, adding to the nation’s growing deficit, Oregon’s congressional delegation is all over the map on the issue. The story is in today’s edition of the Portland Oregonian.

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/09/oregon_congressional_delegatio.html#

A gathering of fans of Oregon Coast writer Bob Welch

Bob Welch, author

Provided by William Andrew of Waldport

Frances Slanger died on October 21, 1944, a victim of a German artillery attack. She was the first American nurse to die in Europe after the D-Day landings in Normandy. She was 31 years old and would be a forgotten heroine if not for the writing efforts of Oregon author Bob Welch.

Bob Welch is something of a part-time local and a full time columnist
for the Eugene Register Guard. Some of you may have met him at local
events or enjoyed his personable pieces about life in Oregon. If you’ve
not had the opportunity to read a book by Bob Welch, now is your chance. (more…)

Iconic “Rockey Horror Picture Show” heads into rehearsals for planned October debut.

Provided by Red Octopus Theater Group

The cast of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show picks up the pace as the production moves into the final phase of rehearsal in preparation for the October 8th opening. Audiences will recognize many familiar faces, but the show also features some newcomers to the Newport stage.

Veterans in the cast include Morgan Locklear as Riff-Raff, Patty Egan as Magenta, Brian Haggerty as both Eddie and Dr. Everett Scott, Jeff Orn as Brad Majors, Bryan Kirsch as the Criminologist and Josh Lawrence as Rocky. Janet is played by Joie Hughes and Columbia by Jessica Moll.

Frank-n-Furter will be played by Jim Erickson. Though relatively new to the theatrical stage, he is no stranger to performance. Jim toured for fifteen years with rock bands out of Las Vegas as the lead singer. For a rock Musical like Rocky horror, Jim’s experience is invaluable. (more…)

Oregon’s Public Employees’ Benefits Board explores ways to keep the benefits fund solvent.

The Oregon organization that manages the state public employees’ retirement fund isn’t winning many new friends these days. The organization, called the Public Employees’ Benefits Board, is aiming toward a middle of the road approach at keeping retirement benefits high, while keeping state government costs as low as possible. The complete story is in Salem’s StatesmanJournal.

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20100915/NEWS/9150432/Public-Employees-Benefit-Board-targets-retiree-health-costs

Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger, today a happy man…

Drilling a pipeline

Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger told his city council Wednesday night that he feels a whole lot better knowing that a pipe boring machine has successfully drilled a new pipe route under the railroad tracks and Butler Bridge Road for a new sewer force main.

Denlinger told the council that the drill emerged very close to where the the new pipe will connect to the plant’s intake portal. He said the next step will be to widen the underground path and then pull a 14″ pipe through the “tunnel” and up to the plant. Denlinger said it should all be done and hooked up by September 24th. He also reported that the sewer reserve fund should be able to handle the full cost of the operation without having to tap other city revenues.

Toledo’s Mayor Cross lowers the boom…

Mayor Rod Cross, middle

Mayor Rod Cross, who has endured frequent loud and disrespectful statements coming from several residents, lowered the boom on them Wednesday night. Prior to opening the meeting to public comments on non-agendized items, Mayor Cross read from a policy sheet about how those comments are limited in time and in their volume and quality of language. He made it clear that the recent emergence of a loud and snarly approach to public comments is over and that anyone violating respectful city council decorum would be either escorted or removed from the room. Backing him up was the town’s acting Police Chief who sat immediately behind each speaker. At one point a town resident, known for his long and involved ramblings, was strongly rebuked by Mayor Cross when he claimed the council breaks the law. “Where’s the evidence!!?” roared Mayor Cross. The man, with a calmer tone, said he has the evidence but added he’ll save it for another time. Another resident who has also been loud in the past sat passively at the microphone, talking in a low tone about a matter that concerned him. When finished he and his wife quickly exited the building.

Cross decided not to seek re-election as mayor even though many folks agree his re-election was his for the asking. Apparently Mayor Cross strongly prefers that between now and the end of his term, city council meetings will be cordial, dignified and devoid of verbal abuse.

Homeless project needs volunteers!

Provided by Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect in need of volunteers

Lincoln County’s 4th Annual Project Homeless Connect is in need of volunteers, according to Lincoln Commission on Children and Families AmeriCorps VISTA’s Lola Jones.

Project Homeless Connect, Thursday October 7 from 10am-3pm , is a one stop shop that allows individuals and families to accomplish in one day what might normally take months in the social service system. Approximately 200 people are expected to attend this year’s Project Homeless Connect, taking advantage of an expected 50 different agencies and organizations offering complimentary goods and services dealing with issues of housing, identification, food security, and health.

Volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities, including escorting homeless clients through the event to ensure their needs are met without overwhelming them. This human to human connection is an integral part of the experience, for both clients and volunteers. Other opportunities to volunteer include event set-up, registration, exit interviews, and meal service.

Those wishing to volunteer should contact Tamara Rosser at TRosser@ocwcog.org or visit homelessinlincolncounty.org and click on Volunteer Opportunities.

Contact:
Lola Jones
Commission on Children and Families
Yaquina View Elementary
Newport, OR
541-265-9883
lcbuildingbridges@gmail.com

Clean out those medicine cabinets!

Provided by Partners Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse

National Drug Take Back Day, Saturday September 25th

Newport Oregon – September 15th 2010- National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday September 25th from 10-2. Remove unused prescription drugs from your medicine cabinets so they don’t fall into the wrong hands.

There are three permanent drug take back sites at the Newport, Toledo and Lincoln City Police Departments. On September 25th there will be a temporary site open in South County at the Sheriff’s sub-station behind Waldport City Hall.

This is an opportunity for the public to safely dispose of un-used medications and bring them to one of the four county drop sites. Doing so helps to keep these drugs out of the hands of teens, or those whom they are not meant for. It also helps to protect the environment as they are not being flushed down the toilet polluting the water supply or contaminating the ground in a landfill. Pet medications are also accepted.

National Drug Take Back Day is supported in Lincoln County by PAADA, Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse. For more information contact Debra Spoelstra at 541.574.7890.

Highway 18 blocked in the Valley

From Oregon State Police

No. Coast: Highway 18 remains closed near Sheridan after a single vehicle crash with a large power pole earlier this afternoon that caused the damaged pole and lines on to the road. The utility company is currently at the scene. A lengthy closure is expected. The detour for westbound traffic is Oregon 18B through Sheridan and the detour for eastbound traffic is Highway 22 to Oregon 99W. Motorists should find an alternative route, avoid the area or expect long delays.

Cleaning up a VFW cemetery with “free” labor

Lincoln County Jail inmate labor in action

Sheriff Dennis Dotson says his department was contacted by a local Veterans of Foreign Wars group that said a cemetery near Siletz was in bad need of a clean up, but that there were no funds to pay for it. Dotson said upon inspection, deputies found the area well visited and in need of a face-lift. Dotson asked for jail inmates to volunteer their labor, which a few of them did. Dotson called up a federal grant to cover the costs of deputy supervision and they cleaned the place up. The project was launched on September 3rd and will continue until the cemetery is back to normal.

Dotson says this is what giving back to the community looks like and he’s happy his department had a hand in it. He said there will be other such inmate labor projects in the future.

Lincoln County teams up with Lincoln City to improve Qwest phone service in north county.

Lincoln County Commission, Wednesday

Lincoln County Commissioners are teaming up with Lincoln City officials again in trying to win upgrades from Qwest to ensure that local phone service is not knocked out so easily during harsh winter storms in north Lincoln County.

Earlier attempts to win such cooperation from Qwest has proved unsuccessful before the Oregon Public Utilities Commission (PUC). County Counsel Wayne Belmont told his commissioners today that he’s hoping the county and Lincoln City will convince the state PUC to re-open the request for greater phone system technical redundancy now that Qwest is trying to merge with another large phone company, Century Link. (more…)

Lincoln County road workers get a 10% pay raise over next two years.

Lincoln County Commission, Wednesday

The Lincoln County Commission Wednesday agreed to give nearly 30 county road department workers pay raises over the next couple of years. According to documents submitted to the commissioners, the workers will get a 4% cost of living boost, coupled with a six percent raise in what are called “step increases” for those workers who qualify for one.

Crestview School gets a warm hand up….


From LC School District

Waldport resident Wil Hart displays a few of the 100 spiral notebooks and 100 pencils he donated to the younger students at Crestview Heights School, which encompasses kindergarten through eighth grade. Pictured with him are Principal Mary Schaer, center, and school secretary Patty Hunter. Hart credits Staples’ manager Jim Palmer, who offered a discounted price for the donated school supplies, and said he hopes others will be inspired to make similar gifts to their local schools. (more…)

Helping the military and former military save on basics.

Because Oregon does not have a military base commissary anywhere in the state for its active military, National Guard or retiree families, the Oregon Military Department has arranged a special commissary weekend for those kinds of folks at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg on September 17th and 18th.

Military families and retirees usually have access to commissaries on base as a matter of their service in the military. Commissaries are wide-spread across the country and throughout the world. The one on September 17th and 18th in Roseburg will be set up at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and will run Friday, September 17th, 9am to 5pm, and on Saturday, the 18th, 9am to 4pm. (more…)

All dressed up and looking for a venue!

Provided by LC School District
Youth, Families Invited to Style/Costume Workshop

Are you in search of ideas for a clever Halloween costume? Or, maybe you plan to try out for the Lincoln County’s Got Talent fund-raiser and want some help with costuming. Perhaps you’re a talented teen who likes to sew or create outfits after visiting local thrift shops.
Whatever your motivation, you can get some helpful guidance at a free Style/Costume Workshop planned for Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Family Literacy and Resource Center in Lincoln City, located at Taft Elementary School, 4040 S.E. High School Drive.
Jeanie Davenport, North County H.E.L.P Advocate, will begin the workshop with a clothing exchange (“New to You Swap”) and then will talk about the benefits of thrift shopping, individual preferences, and developing a personal style.

“Not only do I hope to bring students of all ages and backgrounds into the Family Literacy and Resource Center, but I hope this will help to alleviate any stigma students may feel about not having brand-name or new clothing,” she says. (more…)

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