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Letters to the Editor – Vote for Marcia Buckley

Facts:
  1. Marcia Buckley is vastly more qualified and experienced than her opponent.
   2. The Governor appointed Marcia over her opponent after consulting with many Lincoln  County attorneys, the Oregon State Police, who did an extensive background check, and the Lincoln County Judges. Marcia Buckley was deemed the most qualified and deserving.
  3. Amanda Benjamin was appointed as a referee and approves as a pro tem Judge by the Oregon Supreme Court (not Lincoln county voters) as the hand-picked choice of Judges Branford and Bachart.
  4. Referee Benjamin will remain a sitting referee when Judge Buckley is elected. In other words, retain Judge Buckley and we get to keep both! Elect Referee Benjamin and we lose the more qualified Judge Buckley.
  5. Judge Branford will be subject to mandatory retirement before the end of his present term.  He wants Buckley out so he can hand pick another judge. In other words, its personal for Branford because the Governor didn’t pick his choice.
  6. It’s an attempt at “judge stacking” right here in Lincoln County.
  7. Lincoln County deserves a judge with long-time community ties, civil law experience as well as criminal, and a demonstrated record of service to the law and this community.
Retain Judge Marcia Buckley.
Jeff Ouderkirk
Newport, Oregon
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The views and opinions from the above are strictly those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the staff and management of NewsLincolnCounty.com. Election endorsements of candidates are welcome and can be e-mailed to News@NewsLincolnCounty.com.

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Judge Marcia Buckley

Please vote to retain Judge Marcia Buckley for Lincoln County Circuit Court.
I don’t get political. This is the first time that I have endorsed a local candidate. One would think that a judicial position would be ho hum, but there is a time when ya just gotta share your opinion. 
In this time of the Covid 19 it has been hard for local candidates to meet and greet the public. So I would like you to know that Judge Marcia Buckley is my clear choice to retain her position as Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge. Do your homework, watch the candidate forums, read the voters pamphlet.
The 27 years of legal experience Judge Buckley brings is beyond compare. With many years at the District Attorney’s office and in private practice, Judge Buckley is exactly what Lincoln County deserves on our Circuit Court Bench.
I have known Judge Buckley for many years and she is the real deal, honest, fair, hard-working and giving. 
Vote to Retain Judge Marcia Buckley.
Stephanie Staab Linn
Newport, Oregon
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The views and opinions from the above are strictly those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the staff and management of NewsLincolnCounty.com. Election endorsements of candidates are welcome and can be e-mailed to News@NewsLincolnCounty.com.

Letter to the Editor: Judge Marcia Buckley

To the editor, News Lincoln County

Mark Collson’s letter of October 17 does a disservice to his candidate, Judge Marcia Buckley’s opponent, by tossing out partial facts and personal attacks about me. Governor Brown did not appoint Judge Buckley “against the recommendation of every elected judge in Lincoln County.” Indeed, retired Judge Robert Huckleberry, elected for more than four terms by Lincoln County voters, strongly supports retaining Judge Buckley. She also has support from judges outside Lincoln County, which is a bonus for our county and speaks well of her abilities.

While I was the only member of the governor’s advisory committee currently living in Lincoln County, another member, Brent Barton, grew up in Newport. He has a longer and deeper awareness of Lincoln County issues than I. Although he currently lives in Portland, he maintains an office here with his father, Bill Barton, a prominent Newport attorney.

The committee also included a former judge and several attorney advisers to the Governor, most of whom were involved in multiple judicial selections throughout the state. The committee reviewed notebooks of information, including letters of recommendation and extensive police background checks, about each candidate. The committee also conducted personal interviews with each applicant. I wrote a letter in support of Judge Buckley’s candidacy before I was selected for the committee; I pointed out the fact of that letter to the committee when I was asked to serve. Other than Judge Buckley, I did not know the names of the candidates before I was selected to join the advisory committee. I did my best to view each candidate objectively.

Both Judge Buckley and her opponent charged sexual abuse cases when they were prosecutors. In her role as chief deputy district attorney, Judge Buckley chaired the sexual abuse response team for the office. I have been on the opposite side of Judge Buckley when she was a practicing attorney. As a criminal defense lawyer with a state-wide practice of over 47 years, I have opposed in court and but also have friendships out of court with many prosecutors. One of my closest friends is a former United States attorney. Indeed, there once was a time when the ability to be friends with a colleague “across the aisle” was a valued attribute.

Many of the courthouse insiders supporting Judge Buckley’s opponent are friends, employees and relatives of Mr. Collson’s good friend, Judge Thomas Branford. Judge Branford expressed his support of Amanda Benjamin [whom he personally appointed to her current referee/pro tem position] to the governor’s committee, and it was considered, along with all the materials submitted by all the candidates.

Judge Branford has been trying hard to defeat Judge Buckley. As presiding judge, he assigns cases to the other judges. He has systematically declined to assign criminal cases to Judge Buckley, thereby allowing her opponent to claim that “she alone” has been handling criminal cases since January. Judge Buckley, however, has applied her considerable energies to resolving the backlog of civil and family law cases [some older than half a decade] which Judge Branford allowed to languish over the years.
The hostility to Judge Buckley puzzles me and demeans the office. If Ms. Benjamin is doing the excellent job her supporters claim [I have not appeared in front of her, so I have no personal experience with her ability], then she will be well suited to apply for the position next year when Judge Branford retires. As more than one writer about this election has pointed out, retaining Judge Buckley and keeping her opponent as the referee/pro-tem judge will ensure that both candidates remain on the bench, a “win/win” situation for Lincoln County.

SUSAN ELIZABETH REESE
Attorney at Law

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Sen. WydenTakes to Senate Floor to Pass Additional Unemployment Benefits

Senator Ron Wyden
D-Oregon

Mr. President, in a few minutes I’m going to offer a unanimous consent request on legislation extending enhanced unemployment insurance.

But first, let’s have a quick check-in with the economic reality in America: only half the jobs lost earlier this year have come back; it’s likely the other half will never come back, many jobs having been lost forever.

Permanent layoffs are stacking up. Right now, 25 million Americans are receiving unemployment insurance. Their insurance payments were slashed when Republicans let enhanced unemployment insurance expire at the end of July.

And week after week, the numbers of people filing new claims for unemployment insurance is still higher than any single week during the Great Recession. (more…)

Smoke in the area of Highway 18, milepost 2

12:55pm  Report of smoke in the area of Highway 18 around mileposts 2.  North Lincoln Fire-Rescue is enroute.  They should be on it pretty quick.

12:58pm  There are reports of controlled burns in the area, but LCFD is combing the area checking it out anyway.

Three vehicle pile-up on Salmon River Highway

11am  Report of a three vehicle wreck on Salmon River Highway at North Bear Creek Road well east of Otis.  One lane is blocked.  Watch for traffic controls.  Fluids have been spilled onto the pavement.

11:07am  Call now to summon medics to the scene.   One person injured.

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor,
Is the Oregon Senate Republican Leadership Fund trying to buy your vote?

According to followthemoney.org, in 2016 the Republican Leadership Fund gave Dick Anderson’s campaign for state senate $677,680.61. He lost anyway. This year’s totals aren’t in yet, but I’ll bet they are similar considering how desperate they are to hoodwink the public and how many TV ads I’ve seen. He asks if we think we’re doing better or worse than 4 years ago. The answer is worse, but not because of our state legislature. It is in direct relationship to the Republicans in Washington, D.C. You think Anderson will be working for us or them?

Melissa Cribbins, running for Oregon State Senate District 5 is the person we need in Salem working to protect all of us. She was raised and still lives here on the Oregon coast. She knows the hardworking people she will be representing and as a small business owner, she knows the challenges they face every day. The Oregon Senate Democratic Campaign Committee has donated $55,543.56 to her campaign: One 12th of what the Republicans gave Anderson in 2016 for his ads and billboards. Melissa is running on her record, not her bank account.

Anderson made his living in the financial services industry in California, Idaho, Oregon and who knows where else?
The Republicans seem to constantly ask, “How can we get as much money as possible for ourselves and convince the majority of voters that we are working for them?” Here’s an example: Trickledown economics. They try to convince us that if you give money to the rich it will trickle down to us. This has been disproven over and over and they still think we will believe it is a good idea. Or how about this one: Let’s give the rich another tax break. Tell the voters the Republicans cut taxes and all the Democrats want to do is raise them. Does money come back into the economy when the wealthy pay their taxes? No. They write laws to give themselves loopholes. Do those loopholes work for you? Trump paid $750 in taxes due to loopholes. How much did you pay?

Don’t let another seemingly nice guy quietly pick your pocket. All the while he will tell you he is working for us. Don’t be fooled. The Republicans smile, pat you on the back, tell you what you want to hear and work directly against your best interests.

Melissa Cribbins is the smart choice. Vote for health care, a healthy environment in which to raise a family, workers and small business owners like Melissa herself. Vote for long term solutions to education, jobs, and homelessness.

Heather Haugland
Lincoln City, OR

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The views and opinions of the above citizen do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of NewsLincolnCounty.com, its staff and management. The views of the writer are strictly their own. Those who would like to submit views and opinions on this election should send them to: Letter to the Editor, News@NewsLincolnCounty.com.

The interruption of Covid-19 vaccine testing has been lifted. Problem had nothing to do with the vaccine.

Covid-19 Virus vaccine testing to resume next week….

As the world awaits the development of an effective vaccine to fight the Corona-19 virus, it was announced Friday that the interruption of vaccine testing was caused by an unrelated burp in the process that had nothing to do with vaccine.  It means that it’s again FULL SPEED AHEAD with the testing.

Here’s the story.  Click here.

Surf Rescue underway off 744 SW Elizabeth Street, Newport

7:15pm  Report of someone distressed in the waters off the Elizabeth Inn at 744 SW Elizabeth Street.

7:17pm  Several people on scene grabbed the man and the man fought them off and returned to the water.  The man is believed to be highly intoxicated.

7:20pm  The man is fighting with people.  Police and Fire Rescue are enroute to the scene.

7:33pm  The missing man is climbing the stairs at the north end of the Hallmark.

7:38pm  Search and Rescue personnel have returned to the bluff over the beach and are preparing to return to quarters.

Local Candidates via Zoom!

Every time an election comes around, our mailboxes fill to overflowing with colorful advertisements plastered with empty slogans.  And the Voter’s Pamphlet isn’t any more informative than those mass-mailers, is it? Sure, each candidate promises to “fight” for all the right things, but don’t those all sound alike? Don’t you wish for the chance to ask the politicians your own questions? Don’t you want the opportunity to hear from the candidates directly instead of just reading advertising copy?

Well, we have now created a chance to do just that, with our Local Candidates’ Forum via Zoom, coming this Sunday October 25, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The Disability Without Abuse Project is generously hosting this forum for us. The Project has been invited to challenge our local candidates on disabilities issues, but this forum is for you. So join us and ask about whatever issues are most on your mind. Even if you have already voted, this is your opportunity to bring your candidates into the conversation.

www.disabilitywithoutabuse.com invited all of the candidates for the targeted positions. When two candidates accepted, there will be a debate. When only one candidate accepted, the forum for the open position will be in a town hall format. (And for candidates who have not accepted – it’s not too late to change your mind!)

The Debates:

for State Representative, 10th District:
DAVID GOMBERG and MAX SHERMAN

The Town Halls:

State Senator, 5th District: MELISSA CRIBBINS

Judge of the Circuit Court, 17th District, Position 2: AMANDA BENJAMIN

Lincoln County Commissioner, Position 2: CLAIRE HALL

 

Here’s how you can ATTEND and PARTICIPATE:

Click on the event at Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87296805058

Meeting ID: 872 9680 5058

For a personal invitation with full instructions, you can request an invitation to the forum by emailing: votersoflincolncounty@gmail.com


You can also send in your questions ahead of time, either to that email address or by posting them at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/realquestions

Or you can enter them into “chat” while the live forum is going on.

More insight in to who’s running for government office in Lincoln County (and beyond)

David Allen
Newport, OR

Judicial candidate voting guide

Over the past month, my mailbox has been filled with campaign literature.  The judicial race in Lincoln County has been a main source of that.  Both candidates for this position list numerous endorsements.  Letters in support of each candidate have been constant as well.  The statement for each candidate in the state voters’ pamphlet provides additional information, but there isn’t sufficient space to go into much detail on judicial and other experience.
To better inform voters on judicial races, the Oregon State Bar publishes a judicial candidate voting guide.  To learn more about the two candidates in the judicial race in Lincoln County, open the following link and scroll down to 17th District (Lincoln County), Position 2:
And thank you to the two candidates for providing responses in the 2020 judicial voting guide.
David N. Allen
Newport

Traffic Crash on Salmon River Highway

5:55pm – Report of a traffic crash at 5284 Salmon River Highway.  One vehicle pulled into the fire station in Otis.  The other vehicle, a pickup involved in the crash, drove off with a bumper barely holding on to the truck chassis.  Oregon State Police is looking for him.

More emergency federal help in the Otis/Echo Mountain area

FEMA Rental Assistance May Be A Valuable Housing Solution for Oregon Wildfire Survivors

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon residents displaced from their homes by wildfires and straight-line winds beginning Sept. 7 may find FEMA rental assistance an important way to move their recovery forward.

FEMA rental assistance provides survivors a grant to pay for somewhere to live while they work on permanent housing plans such as repairing or rebuilding their home. Options include renting an apartment, house, or recreational vehicle that can keep survivors near their jobs, schools, homes, and places of worship.

Funds can be used for security deposits, rent and the cost of essential utilities such as electricity, gas, and water. They may not be used for to pay for cable or Internet.

Survivors who live in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn or Marion county, should follow these steps if their home is uninhabitable and they need financial help to find a place to stay:

  • File an insurance claim. If insured, survivors should check with their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance agent about additional living expenses coverage, often referred to as ALE, as part of their policy that may assist in relocating to a temporary residence.
  • Apply for FEMA assistance. Survivors who have homeowner’s insurance should submit their settlement documents to FEMA for review to determine their eligibility status. If their policy does not include ALE, or if they exhaust this coverage and their home remains uninhabitable, they may be eligible for rental assistance from FEMA.

Apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov, by downloading the FEMA app or by calling the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. PDT, seven days a week. Those who use a Relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their assigned number for that service.

For the deaf and hard of hearing information regarding FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program is available in both Closed Caption and American Sign Language, visit bit.ly/3dMmu2Z

At any time applicants with disabilities who may require a reasonable accommodation can ask FEMA staff directly or submit their accommodation request via email to FEMA’s Office of Civil Rights at FEMA-CivilRightsOffice@fema.dhs.gov or by calling FEMA’s Civil Rights Resource Line at 833-285-7448.

A FEMA inspector will contact applicants by phone to ask questions about the type and extent of damage. It may be necessary for FEMA to perform a remote inspection if an applicant reported they are not able to safely live in their home.

“Zoom” into community discussions….

Every time an election comes around, our mailboxes fill to overflowing with colorful advertisements plastered with empty slogans.  And the Voter’s Pamphlet isn’t any more informative than those mass-mailers, is it? Sure, each candidate promises to “fight” for all the right things, but don’t those all sound alike? Don’t you wish for the chance to ask the politicians your own questions? Don’t you want the opportunity to hear from the candidates directly instead of just reading advertising copy?

Well, we have now created a chance to do just that, with our Local Candidates’ Forum via Zoom, coming this Sunday October 25, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The Disability Without Abuse Project is generously hosting this forum for us. The Project has been invited to challenge our local candidates on disabilities issues, but this forum is for you. So join us and ask about whatever issues are most on your mind. Even if you have already voted, this is your opportunity to bring your candidates into the conversation.

www.disabilitywithoutabuse.com invited all of the candidates for the targeted positions. When two candidates accepted, there will be a debate. When only one candidate accepted, the forum for the open position will be in a town hall format. (And for candidates who have not accepted – it’s not too late to change your mind!)

The Debates:

for State Representative, 10th District:
DAVID GOMBERG and MAX SHERMAN

The Town Halls:

State Senator, 5th District: MELISSA CRIBBENS

Judge of the Circuit Court, 17th District, Position 2: AMANDA BENJAMIN

Lincoln County Commissioner, Position 2: CLAIRE HALL

 

Here’s how you can ATTEND and PARTICIPATE:

Click on the event at : Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87296805058
Meeting ID: 872 9680 5058

For a personal invitation with full instructions, you can request an invitation to the forum by emailing: votersoflincolncounty@gmail.com

You can also send in your questions ahead of time, either to that email address or by posting them at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/realquestions

Or you can enter them into “chat” while the live forum is going on.

Letter to the Editor – Dick Anderson for State Senate

“I voted for Dick Anderson, a good guy — good for the state.

I have the utmost respect for Dick Anderson. He has been an active participant in the Lincoln City and Lincoln County communities. He doesn’t sit back waiting for someone else to solve a problem. Dick has a common sense approach to dealing with challenges. He tackled tough issues as mayor of Lincoln City—vacation rental dwelling and Roads End annexation. He volunteers when he sees the need and doesn’t wait for someone else to do it.

Salem needs more of this kind of thinking.  Dick will stand up for the issues that affect the coast. He won’t abandon us and he will show up to tackle the tough issues.

I’ve voted for Dick Anderson to represent me in the Senate, I encourage you to do the same. 

Georgia Newton

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The views and opinions expressed in the above are strictly those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of NewsLincolnCounty.com.  For those who would like to introduce a candidate for office in Salem just email your views and opinions to:  Letter to the Editor at News@NewsLincolnCounty.com.

Healthy soils produce healthy crops…

Wyden Introduces Legislation to Improve Soil Health, Crop Resilience and Address the Climate Crisis

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced legislation to help address the climate crisis by encouraging farming practices that improve soil health and crop resilience and lower the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

“In 2020 alone, the climate crisis has delivered devastating wildfires, severe droughts and floods that decimated crops and with them the livelihoods of countless family farmers in Oregon and nationwide,” Wyden said. “Tackling the climate crisis head on through smart farming practices is a must and a significant victory for both farmers and the environment.”

The Healthy Soils Healthy Climate Act builds on a 2018 Farm Bill provision authored by Wyden by creating a permanent soil health program through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program would provide $100 million to producers who adopt practices designed to improve soil health through increasing carbon levels in soil. By promoting farming practices that capture carbon in soil, producers will improve soil health and crop resilience, while lowering the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

The bill establishes protocols for measuring soil organic carbon levels before and after these practices begin in order to determine which farming practices store the most carbon. This is critical because there is a significant need for more science and data to determine which conservation methods are most effective at storing carbon in the soil to improve soil health. 

The Healthy Soils Healthy Climate Act will also establish a Soil Health and Carbon Science Research Program at Agriculture Research Stations that would provide grants to land-grant colleges and universities to conduct research relating to soil health and carbon science and conduct research relating to soil health and carbon science at Agriculture Research Stations of the Department of Agriculture.

Oregon Counties Watch List – Keepin’ an eye on the prize….

Governor Kate Brown
Keeping a close eye on the Covid-19 virus

Governor Kate Brown Announces Updates to the County Watch List

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced that Multnomah County has been added to the County Watch List. This addition comes after Multnomah County was removed from the Watch List on August 28. The county remains in Phase 1 of reopening, and it remains grouped with Clackamas and Washington Counties for future reopening decisions. Of these three counties, only Multnomah is on the Watch List at this time.

“Today marks the second time a county has been added back to the Watch List, as well as our state’s highest reported case count since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Brown. “This is a sobering reminder that we cannot let down our guard. We must continue to be vigilant in protecting ourselves, our families, and our neighbors from the spread of this disease.

“With cold and flu season upon us—as well as the holidaysI am urging all Oregonians to continue following the advice and guidance of our medical experts. This means continually practicing physical distancing, wearing face coverings, washing your hands often, and staying home when sick. Unfortunately, this also means limiting travel and family and social get-togethers.”

Counties are placed on the Watch List when COVID-19 is spreading quickly and public health officials cannot trace that spread to specific sources—creating a potentially dangerous dynamic. Specific markers of this rapid community spread include when there is a sporadic case rate of 50 or more per 100,000 people in the last two weeks and the county has had more than five sporadic cases in the last two weeks (sporadic cases are those that cannot be traced to a source; they indicate community spread). Counties remain on the Watch List for a minimum of three weeks and until their sporadic case rates drop below these thresholds.

The County Watch List allows the state to prioritize resources and assistance to counties that are seeing the broadest spread of COVID-19. When a county is placed on the Watch List, the Oregon Health Authority increases monitoring and communication, and deploys additional technical assistance and resources, such as epidemiological support, case investigation, and contact tracing help.

The complete County Watch List now includes the following five counties: Benton, Clatsop, Malheur, Multnomah, and Umatilla. 

Traffic crash in north Newport at 101 and NE 71st

6:40pm  Report of a traffic crash on Highway 101 just north of Newport at 101 and NE 71st.  Vehicle occupants are out of the wreckage and are denying medical evalulation.

6:41pm  Single occupants in both cars.  Both are out.  Still denying medical evaluation.

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