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Manufacturers abandon effort to repeal new $1 billion Oregon business tax for education

A group of Oregon industrial companies said this week that they gave up on efforts to repeal a $1 billion a year increase in business taxes, aimed at improving public education and early childhood education.

It means the tax on Oregon sales will very likely go into effect in January, eventually providing an 18% boost in state education spending plus hundreds of millions of dollars for early childhood education.

Here’s more from The Oregonian. Click here.

Homeless animals are now homeless again: The LC Animal Shelter is looking for a new home, itself!

LC Animal Shelter in deep distress. Needs to find other quarters.

It’s been a dreaded fact of life that the Lincoln County Animal Shelter would some day close down due to serious aging of the shelter building. That day has come.

Sheriff’s deputies report that mold levels throughout the Animal Shelter have made the building unfit for animal or human use. Shelter staff are working on a fix – with a slim number of options.

In the meantime, Animal Shelter workers have found temporary quarters for some of the suddenly homeless animals at other shelter facilities. But officials say they’re still able to provide some shelter services out of a large emergency trailer parked in front of the shelter, across from the fairgrounds.

If you and/or your family would like to help the shelter in its hour of need just call Laura Braxling – she’s the Director of the Shelter. Laura can be reached at 541-265-0725. Or you can email her at: LBraxling@co.lincoln.or.us

No longer just “a man’s world…”

Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA Launches 42 New Badges to Mobilize Girls to Change the World

By exploring topics like high adventure in the outdoors, coding, space science, and more, girls take control of their own leadership experiences.

July 16, 2019—Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) today reveals 42 new badges exclusively for girls in grades K–12 that allow them to make their own choices about how they want to experience and influence the world. The badges enhance the organization’s existing girl-led programming, offering girls everything from adventuring in the snow or mountains to learning how to use coding to solve problems they care about. Girl Scout programming has long promoted independent decision making, which helps girls develop agency, challenge themselves to move beyond their comfort zones, and build confidence in their leadership abilities.

Among the 42 new offerings are Outdoor High Adventure badges that feature, for the first time in Girl Scouts’ history, two distinct activity options, letting girls choose how they want to earn each badge. Giving girls choices is important for developing their sense of self, their own voice, and gender equality—research from the World Bank Group shows that increasing women’s agency and decision-making abilities is key to improving their lives, communities, and the world. And research shows that Girl Scouts are more likely than other girls to take an active role in decision making (80% vs. 51%).

In addition to existing badge offerings, girls in grades 6–12 can now pursue:

Nine Cybersecurity badges, through which girls learn about the inner workings of computer technology and cybersecurity and apply concepts of safety and protection to the technology they use every day. Activities range from decrypting and encrypting messages, to learning proper protection methods for devices, to exploring real-world hacking scenarios (funded by Palo Alto Networks).

Three Space Science badges, through which girls explore topics such as the universe and their place in it, properties of light, and inspiring careers in space science (funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute).

Think Like a Citizen Scientist, a Girl Scout Leadership Journey during which girls participate in interactive activities to practice observation techniques; collect data; and share their findings with real-world scientists through an online network. As with all of Girl Scouts’ Leadership Journeys, girls use their newly honed skills to take action on a community issue of their choosing (funded by Johnson & Johnson and The Coca-Cola Foundation).

To prepare girls in grades 6–12 to pursue computer science careers, Girl Scouts will launch the organization’s first Cyber Challenge events in select areas this fall. At these events, which will take place October 19, girls will learn crucial cybersecurity skills by completing challenges such as running traceroutes and identifying phishing schemes (funded by Raytheon).
The new programming for girls in grades K–12 includes:

12 Outdoor High Adventure badges, designed for girls to explore nature and experience exciting outdoor adventures like backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, and tree climbing—giving them the confidence to support one another, take healthy risks, and spend dedicated time in nature. These are the first Girl Scout badges that members can earn by choosing one of two self-directed paths (funded by The North Face).

18 Coding for Good badges, which not only teach girls the basics of coding but also detail how every stage of the coding process provides girls with opportunities to use their skills for good. Girls will learn about algorithms through age-appropriate, creative activities, such as coding positive memes to spread a message about a cause they care about, designing a digital game to educate people about an issue, and developing an app to promote healthy habits. Every Coding for Good badge includes a plugged-in and unplugged version, so that all girls can learn the foundations of coding, regardless of their access to technology (funded by AT&T and Dell Technologies).

“Girl Scouts has ignited the power and potential of girls for over a century, and we are committed to ensuring that today’s girls are the future of American leadership,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “Girl Scouts is where girls can explore new subjects, discover their passions, learn to take smart risks, and become their best, most confident selves—whether they want to become a NASA astronaut, an entrepreneur, a rock climber, a coder, or a cybersecurity agent.”

GSUSA works with top organizations in fields that interest today’s girls. Combined with Girl Scouts’ expertise in girl leadership, these organizations and specialists advise and weigh in on content to provide the most cutting-edge programming available to girls. Content collaborators include codeSpark, the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), SciStarter, and Vidcode. In true girl-led fashion, girls also tested the new offerings.

At Girl Scouts she’ll discover who she is, what she’s passionate about, and what she wants to achieve—both today and in the future. Join or volunteer at www.girlscouts.org/join.

Governor Kate Brown Signs Zero-Emissions Vehicles Target into Law


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown signed a new zero-emissions vehicles target into law yesterday, bringing Oregon one significant step forward towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.

“With the passage of Senate Bill 1044, Oregon is helping lead the nation on how to transition to a cleaner, modern transportation system,” Gov. Brown said. “When zero-emission vehicles are widely used and charging stations are easily accessible to all, we can support economic development and the environment at the same time.”

A significant and increasing share of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions are from the transportation sector, with a majority coming from cars and trucks. SB 1044 will help drive down these emissions by setting goals, linked to Oregon’s greenhouse gas reduction goals, for the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in the state.

ZEVs have no tailpipe emissions and run on cleaner fuel sources like electricity or renewable hydrogen. If the bill’s goals are met, ZEVs would become the dominant cars on the road. One measure of success is that 90 percent of all new vehicles sold in Oregon and 50 percent of all registered vehicles in Oregon would be ZEVs by 2035.

The legislation also requires the Oregon Department of Energy to monitor ZEV adoption and, if the state is not on target, recommend strategies to the Legislature to spur ZEV adoption. Potential strategies could include policies to develop more infrastructure (such as electric vehicle charging and hydrogen fueling stations) and increasing public awareness about ZEVs and their benefits.

SB 1044 requires that all light-duty vehicles owned or leased by the state of Oregon be ZEVs by 2029, and gives schools the option to use an existing funding source to purchase electric buses and charging stations.

Portland General Electric, Oregon Environmental Council, Climate Solutions, Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Northwest Energy Coalition, Pacific Power, and Idaho Power worked with chief sponsors Senator Lee Beyer and Representative Jeff Reardon to promote the bill, supported by a coalition of other environmental, labor, and customer advocacy groups, and city mayors.

ZEVs offer several benefits for consumers, including similar or lower costs than comparable combustion-engine vehicles due to state and federal tax incentives; about $850 savings in fuel costs annually, and more in reduced maintenance costs.

Most ZEVs built today can drive between 150 and 240 miles on a single charge, and are supported by hundreds of fast-charging stations throughout the state.

Have You Checked Your Withholding Lately?

Duane Silbernagel, CFP
Financial Planner

Have you checked your tax withholding lately?
Provided By: Duane J. Silbernagel, CFP®

If you were unpleasantly surprised by the amount of tax you owed or the amount of your tax refund when you filed your 2018 tax return, it may be time to check your withholding.

It may also be time if there are changes in your life or financial situation that affect your tax liability. For example, have you recently married, divorced, had a child, purchased a new home, changed jobs, or had a change in the amount of your taxable income not subject to withholding (e.g., capital gains)?

You can generally change the amount of federal tax you have withheld from your paycheck by giving a new Form W-4 to your employer. You can use a number of worksheets for the Form W-4 or the IRS Withholding Calculator (available at irs.gov ) to help you plan your tax withholding strategy.

If changes reduce the number of allowances you are permitted to claim or your marital status changes from married to single, you must give your employer a new Form W-4 within 10 days. You can generally submit a new Form W-4 whenever you wish to change your withholding allowances for any other reason.

In general, you can claim various withholding allowances on the Form W-4 based on your tax filing status and the tax credits, itemized deductions (or any additional standard deduction for age or blindness), and adjustments to income that you expect to claim. You might increase the tax withheld or claim fewer allowances if you have a large amount of nonwage income. (If you have a significant amount of nonwage income, you might also consider making estimated tax payments using IRS Form 1040-ES.) The amount withheld can also be adjusted to reflect that you have more than one job at a time and whether you and your spouse both work. You might reduce the amount of tax withheld by increasing the amount of allowances you claim (to the extent permissible) on the Form W-4.

You can claim exemption from withholding for the current year if: (1) for the prior year, you were entitled to a refund of all federal income tax withheld because you had no tax liability; and (2) for the current year, you expect a refund of all federal income tax withheld because you expect to have no tax liability.

Do I need to pay estimated tax?

Taxpayers are required to pay most of their tax obligation during the year by having tax withheld from their paychecks or pension payments, or by making estimated tax payments. Estimated tax is the primary method used to pay tax on income that isn’t subject to withholding. This typically includes income from self-employment, interest, dividends, and gain from the sale of assets. Estimated tax is used to pay both income tax and self-employment tax, as well as other taxes reported on your income tax return.

Generally, you must pay federal estimated tax for the current year if: (1) you expect to owe at least $1,000 in tax for the current year, and (2) you expect your tax withholding and refundable tax credits to be less than the smaller of (a) 90% of the tax on your tax return for the current year, or (b) 100% of the tax on your tax return for the previous year (your tax return for the previous year must cover 12 months).

There are special rules for farmers, fishermen, and certain high-income taxpayers. If at least two-thirds of your gross income is from farming or fishing, you can substitute 66-2/3% for 90% in general rule (2)(a) above. If your adjusted gross income for the previous year was more than $150,000 ($75,000 if you were married and filed a separate return for that year), you must substitute 110% for 100% in general rule (2)(b) above.

If all of your income is subject to withholding, you probably don’t need to pay estimated tax. If you have taxes withheld by an employer, you may be able to avoid having to make estimated tax payments, even on your nonwage income, by increasing the amount withheld from your paycheck.

You can use Form 1040-ES and its worksheets to figure your estimated tax. They can help you determine the amount you should pay for the year through withholding and estimated tax payments to avoid paying a penalty. The year is divided into four payment periods. After you have determined your total estimated tax for the year, you then determine how much you should pay by the due date of each payment period to avoid a penalty for that period. If you don’t pay enough during any payment period, you may owe a penalty even if you are due a refund when you file your tax return.

Withholding and estimated tax payments may also be required for state and local taxes.

I hope you found this beneficial and informational. For more information about me and my services, visit my website:
www.duane.wrfa.com

Thank you for your interest.

Duane Silbernagel is a Financial Advisor in Lincoln City, Oregon offering securities through Waddell & Reed, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. He can be reached at (541) 614-1322 or via email at DSilbernagel@wradvisors.com.
This article is meant to be general in nature and should not be construed as investment or financial advice related to your personal situation. The article was written by an independent third party, Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. (Copyright 2019) and is provided for informational and educational purposes only. Waddell& Reed is not affiliated with www.newslincolncounty.com website and is not responsible for any other content posted to this website.  (07/19)

Keeping abreast of cancer prevention

BREAST HEALTH EDUCATION AND EARLY DETECTION/CANCER PREVENTION PRESENTATION

Did you know that one in eight women will get breast cancer in their lifetime? On Thursday, July 18th, beginning at 2:00 p.m., the Samaritan Cancer Center’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Erin Dunn, will be giving a 45-minute educational presentation on breast health. The goal of this education is to bring attention to how breast cancer screening helps find breast cancer early because finding breast cancer early can save lives!

Samaritan Cancer Centers partner with anyone touched by cancer to provide the support they need to live with strength, determination and hope into the future. The centers offers medical oncology, radiation oncology, chemotherapy, onsite laboratory, lymphedema services, clinical trials, a cancer resource center and more.

If you are interested in attending this special presentation, please register online at https://newportoregon.gov/dept/par/sc/. If you need assistance, please stop by the office at 20 SE 2nd Street, Newport, or give us a call at 541-265-9617. For a complete list of trips, classes or events, please visit our website at www.newportoregon.gov/sc.

For those small businesses and individuals who buy their own health insurance…

The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation issued final rate decisions for small businesses and individuals who buy their own health insurance.

Final health insurance rates for the 2020 individual market have been lowered 1 percent on average from the division’s preliminary rate decisions, and 2 percent from the original requests filed by insurance companies in May. The final rates lower 2020 premiums by approximately $44 million from the original requests submitted by health insurance companies.

“Our collaborative rate review process has been key to building a stable health insurance market that enabled us to limit the individual market rate increase to an average of 1.5 percent,” said Insurance Commissioner Andrew Stolfi. “The Oregon Reinsurance Program has also continued to show its value, keeping individual rates 6 percent lower than they would be without the program. We are grateful to the legislature for passing and our stakeholders for supporting the six year extension of this important program.”

The division’s transparent rate review process brings insurance companies, the division, and the public together to review health insurance rates. The collaborative process ensures all data are thoroughly reviewed and considered before rates are charged to consumers.

Several factors, such as medical costs, federal policy changes, the Oregon Reinsurance Program, and federal risk adjustment payments are considered to make sure rates will adequately cover health care costs.

Individual market 
The division issued final decisions for seven companies in the individual market with average rate changes ranging from a 3.2 percent decrease to an 8.9 percent increase, for an average increase of 1.5 percent. Under the decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $436 to $530 a month.

The preliminary rates included reductions for HeathNet and Kaiser. The final decisions include reductions for Bridgespan (2.8 percent increase lowered to 1.4 percent) and Providence (2.1 percent increase down to 0.0 percent rate hold). Regence was the only company to see a rate increase moving from 3.9 percent to 5.5 percent.

The rate changes are company-wide averages based on premiums for plans before financial assistance through Oregon’s Health Insurance Marketplace is taken into account.

All Oregonians who purchase their own insurance are encouraged to apply for assistance through the Marketplace for 2020, even if they did not qualify last year. In 2019, Oregonians who received help with the costs of their health insurance paid on average $140 a month.

Open enrollment for 2020 plans is from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15.

Small group market 
In the small group market, the division issued final decisions for nine companies with average rates ranging from a 2.3 percent decrease to an 11.7 percent increase. Under the decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $321 to $394 a month.

Final rates include reductions from the preliminary decisions for five of the nine small group insurance companies.

See the chart for the full list of final decisions.

Insurance companies have 21 days to request a hearing before the final rates are set for 2020.

More information for each insurance company can be found at oregonhealthrates.org. A complete premium comparison table for each county based on ages 21, 40, and 60 will be posted online in August.

It’s that time of year again….

Community Invited to Peace Village Closing Circle

Peace Village Newport, a summer day camp for students entering grades 1-6 is finishing its annual program on Friday, July 19 at 2:30 pm. in the Atrium at OCCC. Parents, family and friends are invited to share the Closing Circle where campers will share some of what they have learned, and sing some of the Peace Village songs, led by Rand Bishop, music leader.

The Peace Village curriculum offers students practical skills of conflict resolution, media literacy, and ecology, as well as music, art, and craft activities. A total of 45 students were accepted for the week’s 9 AM to 3:30 PM program and they were divided into three age groups, each with adult and teen leaders.

This five-day Summer Camp for Peacemakers began in Lincoln City in 1996 and now operates programs in many states. The Peace Village program involves teachers and students of many backgrounds and offers students a comprehensive view of the messages and practices of peace from a variety of world traditions and teachers.

For more information, email peacevillagenewport@gmail.com

Tragic news from Otis…

Otis pick-up driver accidentally rolls over his toddler son, killing him.

Sunday night at about 9:46 PM emergency personnel from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Pacific West Ambulance, and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in Otis regarding a 15-month old toddler struck by a vehicle at the residence. The preliminary investigation has revealed Thomas Bartlett, 51, of Otis, Oregon was backing his 2000 Ford pick-up in the driveway of the residence to park when his 15-month old toddler was stuck by the pick-up.

Lifesaving measures immediately began, and the toddler was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. At approximately 11:50 PM the toddler was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The family is cooperating with the investigation and there does not appear to be any criminal charges pending as a result of this tragic incident.

Health Service Priorities according to Lincoln County Health

Community Health Priorities Selected
You spoke. We listened: Lincoln County Health Department

The Lincoln County Health Department recently conducted a survey throughout the county. We wanted to learn what our community saw as health priorities. This information will help us create our Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), a community-led document that will guide the work of the health department and community partners for the next five years.

From this process, we learned a lot about what is impacting the health of Lincoln County residents. The following three priorities emerged:

• Healthy Lifestyles: this priority focuses on nutrition/food access, physical activity, smoking, and people’s ability to achieve a healthy lifestyle that works for them.
• Mental Health Promotion and Community Resilience: this priority focuses on our communities’ ability to encourage good mental health and support people experiencing poor mental health.
• Substance Abuse Prevention: this priority focuses on the prevention of substance misuse and abuse, as well as support for people living with substance use disorders.
We are excited to focus our work on these priority areas. As a next step in the process, we will be forming community workgroups for each priority area. These groups will:
• Identify opportunities to improve health
• Select goals, strategies, and activities to guide this work
• Support the work by meeting regularly to share knowledge, align activities, and
overcome challenges.

Anyone who lives, works, or learns in Lincoln County is welcome to participate in these workgroups. If you are interested in getting involved, please fill out this short online survey by Friday, August 9th: bit.ly/LincolnCHIP2019
If you have any questions, please contact Faire Holliday at fholliday@co.lincoln.or.us.

Theater Magic workshop open to kids grades 3-12, starting July22

LINCOLN CITY – Do you know an imaginative child who would thrive in a creative summer workshop? There’s still time to enroll in “Theater Magic: Tales Around the Mediterranean,” a two-week performance workshop that begins July 22 at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. This in-depth educational experience is designed for students entering grades 3-12, and scholarships are available. For more information, call the center at 541-994-9994.

Back by popular demand, the second annual children’s theater workshop will be filled with fun, challenge and rewards for participating students. This year’s original script, written by Julie Fiedler, features a variety of wacky characters derived from folktales from Spain, Portugal and Turkey. Under careful direction by Kaline Klaas, students will build their acting skills by participating in daily theater games and exercises specific to the stories involved. Throughout the two weeks, they will learn to use voice, body language, improvisation and mime skills to develop each character.

There are rich and complex roles for the experienced students and delightful roles for the beginner. Everyone gets a speaking part and rehearsals build on critical thinking and cooperative problem solving, as characters develop and actors form friendships. Students will also be involved in negotiating props and creating set pieces.

Thanks to grant support from the Walter R. Behrens Foundation, registration is $100 for the full two-week experience. Registration forms are available at the Cultural Center or online at lincolncity-culturalcenter.org. Students must enroll for both weeks and be available for the performance on Friday evening. Partial scholarships are available, to request one of these awards contact Julie Fiedler at sjsschoollc@gmail.com.

The group will meet from 9-11:30 Monday-Friday, July 22-Aug. 2, at the Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City. The workshop culminates in a polished performance on stage at The Lincoln City Cultural Center, set for the evening of Friday, Aug. 2. Tickets for the “Tales From the Mediterranean” performance are on sale now at the LCCC Box Office or online at lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.

Toledo’s new Neighborhood Watch program is meeting on Tuesday, the 16th

Toledo’s new Neighborhood Watch Program is inviting Toledo Citizens to attend a neighborhood watch get-together Tuesday, the 16th, at the new Police Department at the top of the hill Business 20.

The whole idea is to make everyone aware that Neighborhood Watch is an effective anti-crime movement across the country.  When everyone is looking out for each other, everyone is a lot safer in city suburbs as well as in rural communities.  It not only lowers crime, it builds stronger bonds within communities and neighborhoods which can improve a community’s overall quality of life.  

Toledo Neighborhood Watch meets the third Tuesday of the month.  This time it’s July 16th, 5:30pm at the new police station, just downhill from the JC Market.  There is no cost to attend.  Newly appointed Police Chief Michael Pace will play a strong role in instituting and managing the program to enhance Neighborhood Watch participation and neighborhood awareness.

 

 

 

 

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