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Helping children with disabilities….

“Give us a day…we’ll give you all we’ve got!”

Attention all parents and caregivers of children with disabilities! On February 22, you’re invited to FACT Oregon’s Regional Learning Summit in Newport, sponsored by Oregon Able Savings Plan, The Autzen Foundation, The Ford Foundation, OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation, and Spirit Mountain Community Fund!

Take part in a day jam-packed with informative trainings, local community resources, and opportunities to meet families in your community. This day is for you!

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn:

Advocacy tips for navigating special education, the IEP process and healthy team dynamics, learning the lingo and acronyms (IEP, FBA, AT, LRE…oh MY!)
What to know about Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE)
Transitions…to kindergarten, middle school, high school, and adulthood
…and why “Charting your Vision for the Future” using your child’s strengths and a One Page Profile is critical to success!

There will be training sessions delivered in Spanish as well as Spanish language interpretation support provided for other sessions. Other language support is available as requested!*

Check out the full agenda in English and en Español!

Lunch and refreshments are provided!

Date/Location: February 22, 2020 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM!
Center for Health Education, Rooms A & B (740 SW 9th St, Newport, OR 97365)
Registration fee: FREE to parents and caregivers of children with disabilities,
$50 for educators/professionals (CEU credit through the Oregon Dept. of Ed)

Registro en español:

*Requests for language support other than Spanish are needed 3 days prior to event.

Questions? Call (503) 786-6082 or email

Samaritan hospitals earn top star ratings for quality care

New PCH hospital

Samaritan Health Services is celebrating its first affiliated hospital to be awarded five out of five stars by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
While Samaritan Albany General Hospital obtained the top five-star rating, the other Samaritan-affiliated hospitals also did very well. Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital improved its rating from three to four stars; Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital retained their four-star ratings from 2019; and Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital retained its three-star rating.
The CMS five-star rating system for hospitals is based on performance in seven categories:
* Mortality
* Safety of care
* Readmissions
* Patient experience
* Effectiveness of care
* Timeliness of care
* Efficient use of medical imaging

Within these categories, all five Samaritan-affiliated hospitals exceeded the national average in readmissions. Samaritan Albany, Samaritan Lebanon, Good Samaritan and Samaritan North Lincoln exceeded in patient experience, Samaritan Albany and Good Samaritan exceeded in safety of care and Samaritan Albany, Samaritan Lebanon and Samaritan Pacific exceeded in timeliness of care.

“Providing high-quality care to our patients is our highest priority and I am very proud of our entire Samaritan team for these recent star designations. These outstanding results reflect the sustained, focused effort we are making to strengthen our performance in ways that are visible to the public and that compare favorably to hospitals in Oregon and nationwide,” said Doug Boysen, president and CEO of Samaritan Health Services.

Of the 4,586 hospitals rated by CMS, 9% currently hold five-star ratings, 25% hold four stars, 24% hold three stars, 15% hold two stars and 5% hold one star.

“It’s an honor to be rated in the top 9% of all hospitals across the nation,” said Dan Keteri, CEO of Samaritan Albany General Hospital. “This rating is a testament to the excellent patient care that our staff provides every day. I’m proud of our team and the pride they exhibit with every patient.”

Support the Taft High Senior Grad Night Party: Luau, Raffle, Silent Auction at Taft 7-12 on March 1

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The parents of the Taft High School Class of 2020 cordially invite their community to a luau, filled with delicious Hawaiian food, live music and entertainment, on Sunday, March 1, in the Commons at Taft 7-12. The event will also include a silent auction, raffle drawing and door prizes, as the Taft Senior Parents work to raise money for the annual drug- and alcohol-free grad night party. Doors will open at 4:30 pm.

Luau tickets are $20 each, and include a full plate of Hawaiian food made by Oceans Apart Catering. Dinner will be served at 5 pm, with live music from 5 to 5:45 pm, and the larger show from 6 to 6:45. Hawaiian music, with guitar, steel guitar, drums and vocals, will be played by Michael Dane and friends, along with guest hula dancers and drummers. There will also be a fun and delicious dessert dash featuring a wide variety of tasty treats, sponsored by My Petite Sweet and other donors.

The Taft Senior Parent Group is a registered nonprofit organization, formed to present the Grad Night Party for each class of graduating Tigers. The board and membership changes each year, as each new group of seniors heads toward the finish line. The parents create a supervised, all-night event that provides the graduating seniors an opportunity to celebrate with their classmates one last time in a safe and sober environment. Communities that provide this type of Grad Night event have virtually eliminated alcohol- and drug-related injuries on graduation night.

In addition to the luau, the senior parents are also offering another way for community members to contribute to the cause: the Grad Night Fundraiser Raffles. There are three, with all drawings set for March 1. You can win a $500 gift certificate from Meredith Lodging, with tickets just $20 each. Or, try your luck in the raffle drawing for a Stihl Chainsaw MS250 — those tickets are $10 each. Can’t decide? Try the 50/50 general raffle, with tickets $2 each or three for $5. The winner will receive half of the cash proceeds, or one of several other valuable prizes.

The Senior Parents are making it easy to contribute to this effort: luau and raffle tickets are available online at or from any member of the Senior Parent Group. For details, contact Niki Price at 541-921-2006.

Local group teaming up with others around the world…..

Global Warming continues unabated…
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The February meeting of the Waldport Climate Crisis Planning group will feature a discussion of the 2018 Lincoln County resolution to establish a public-private partnership in which Lincoln County participates in information sharing, supports forums for discussion of alternatives and innovations, and provides residents, stakeholders and all interested parties opportunities to review and give input on climate legislation and policy choices by local decision-makers. Martin Desmond, one of the authors of the resolution, will lead the discussion.

Desmond will also report on work toward a comprehensive adaptation and mitigation action plan for the county, based on local planning, and Linda Carskadon will explain the duties and training of CERT (Citizens’ Emergency Response Team) volunteers.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Seashore Family Literacy Center in Waldport. Doors will be open at 6 p.m. for welcome and a song by Bill Kucha, founder and chair of 350.Oregon Central Coast, who will moderate the discussion.

These planning meetings are sponsored by Citizens Climate Lobby, 350.Oregon Central Coast, and Senitila McKinley. The Seashore Family Literacy Center is located at the east end of the parking area behind the (now closed) Umpqua Bank building. From Highway 34, turn north at the intersection of Spring Street and Alder, across from the Fire Station, then right into the former parking lot. The Center is located in the DaNoble House, at the far east end of the lot.

For more information, contact Bill Kucha, 541 765 2451

Wyden blasts republican tax breaks for the already wealthy…

Wyden Statement: Trump Administration’s FY 2021 Budget with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin…

Sen. Ron Wyden
“Trump’s at it again – more tax breaks for the already wealthy!!”

This administration’s budget is built on policies that pillage working families to pay for brand new windfalls for corporations and the wealthy. That harmful agenda has been on clear display over the last few weeks in two events I want to address.

First, it recently came to light that the Trump administration – acting on their own – found a way to milk the 2017 tax law to create more than $100 billion in shiny new corporate tax loopholes.

Understand that these are not the same huge loopholes I and others warned about back in 2017 when the bill was written. These are the product of tricky regulatory maneuvering – some of which looks to me like it goes beyond the Treasury’s legal authority. The bottom line, it sure looks like corporate special interests are going to make off with new loopholes worth $100 billion in addition to their outlandish share of the original $2 trillion Trump tax law.

Senator Brown and I want to stop this fleecing of American taxpayers. Today we’re introducing legislation that will start closing these loopholes and fixing this new source of unfairness.

When people say the tax code is rigged and the Trump administration has made it worse, what I’ve described is a textbook case of what they’re talking about.

Not long after the news of these new tax loopholes broke, the president went to Davos. During an interview he was asked whether during a second term he would cut programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. He said, yes he would. He called it “actually the easiest of all things.”

So here you’ve got a perfect snapshot of this administration’s policies robbing working families to pay off special interests and those at the top. The president says that shredding the safety net is a piece of cake.

He’s talking about Medicaid, a program that pays for two out of three nursing home beds in America, a country where growing old is expensive and families run out of money to pay for long-term care. He’s talking about Medicare, without which millions of seniors would have no hope of getting high-quality health care or affordable prescription drugs. He’s talking about Social Security, which keeps American workers from retiring into deprivation and desperation.

The Trump budget cuts those programs by more than $1.5 trillion combined. That might sit just fine with the ballroom crowd at Mar a Lago, but it’s a terrifying prospect for the millions and millions of Americans who every month are walking an economic tightrope, are counting on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to be around today and in the future.

Add it up, and the picture is clear: The Trump administration will tune out the needs of middle-class families, but gives the world to any corporate lobbyist who comes calling at the Treasury Department.

You see it in Secretary Mnuchin’s stewardship. You see it in the budget. You see it in the president’s own words.

Oceanscape Network relaunched at Oregon Coast Aquarium….

The Oregon Coast Aquarium announces the relaunch of Oceanscape Network, the largest online marine and natural history education provider in the state of Oregon. Connecting youth and educators to nature and conservation topics, is a free educational resource that facilitates the teen user’s personal exploration of the natural world through a dynamic online community.

Exclusively showcasing original content, the website connects students to scientists and researchers sharing first-person accounts of their work at sea, around Oregon and in a variety of ecosystems. In partnership with several prestigious agencies and organizations, like Schmidt Ocean Institute and WhaleTimes, Inc, leaders in the natural sciences take curious youth on exciting journeys without ever leaving home.

Originally created in 2014 with a regional focus, the Aquarium’s Oceanscape developers came to realize that people from all over the United States and abroad were visiting the site. In the years since its launch, both the use of online learning and youth awareness of environmental issues has evolved, inspiring a relaunch of Oceanscape Network.

“We now have a much greater emphasis on getting young people involved in outdoor education and having a voice on topics that protect the ocean and other ecosystems,” explained Marsh Myers, Aquarium Manager of Online Experiences. “We recognize that this audience is very connected to technology. It makes sense to reach them where they are,” he added.

With regularly expanded and updated content, the website’s “voice” is driven largely by teen interests. From focus groups to guide the design, to the development of youth correspondents working both behind and in front of the camera, this is a unique program that empowers youth to help create content for a teen audience.

The Oceanscape relaunch also gave developers an opportunity to revamp the subject matter aimed at educators. Guided by the Aquarium’s teacher programs manager, Sara Shaw Roberts, the site offers Coast Connections, a variety of modules focused on carefully researched conservation topics that teachers can use to energize existing lesson plans.

The Virtual Exploration program found on the Oceanscape Network is particularly unique, allowing website users to join a scheduled exploration or view archived adventures. From exploring underwater volcanoes to swimming with manta rays, these visually stunning opportunities are both thrilling and informative. All are guided by topic-specific experts who bring real-life science to the online audience.

While the Oceanscape Network’s primary goal is to use the Aquarium’s high standards to deliver a distance learning program that connects youth with real-life scientists and explorers, adults will be equally fascinated by the site’s content. Exploring the website is the best way to learn about the vast offerings for students and educators. For more information, please visit

Free Classical concert at 1st Presbyterian Church, Saturday, 7pm

Free Concert Saturday
1st Presbyterian Church

University of Oregon Music Professors and Grad Student Quartet Perform in Free Concert Saturday at First Presbyterian Church.

University of Oregon Music Professors Hal Grossman and Fritz Gearhart, along with their graduate student Jacquot String Quartet, will be in a classical music performance Saturday at 7:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church in the second of three free Winter Concerts sponsored by the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival. Special guest performers will be the Sprague High School String Quartet of Salem.

The University of Oregon music department professors, violinists Grossman and Gearhart, will perform Sonata in E minor for 2 violins, Op. 3 #5 by Jean- Marie Leclair. Professor Fritz Gearhart has performed for audiences from coast to coast. He has appeared in major halls around the country including the Kennedy Center.

Professor Hal Grossman has been enthusiastically acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for his “vibrant tone” and “superb technique”. Both Gearhart and Grossman are on the faculty of the University of Oregon’s School of Music as well as the annual Redfish Chamber Music Festival held in Port Orford in late July. The Jacquot String Quartet graduate music students Nathan Lowman, Caleb Haymes, Adam Fishburn and Titus Young. (more…)

Calling North County Democrats….and Democrat Wanna-be’s…..

North County Democrats invitation….

The February meeting of the Lincoln City Democratic Club By-the-Sea, an affiliate of the Lincoln County Democrats, will be held on Thursday, February 20 from 6-7:30 at the Lincoln City Community Center, 2150 NE Oar Place. All Democrats from Depoe Bay to Otis are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Mary Davis

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