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Update on student meals from Lincoln County School District

Meals Update:
·        You may have noticed some extra fruit and vegetables in your meals like avocados, snap peas, and sweet peppers. This is being brought to you by the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Program. We hope you enjoy these extra items.
·        Due to circumstances beyond our control, meals for Saturday and Sunday will be suspended from the Meals On The Bus program until further notice. Covid-19 and the fires, not only locally but also in Washington and California, have affected some of our suppliers and we are unable to obtain the quality and quantity of food needed for weekend meal service.
·       Please continue to participate in the Monday – Friday meals. We have planned accordingly and are prepared to feed your youth during the week. We will add weekend meals back as soon as we are able.
·        Remember to check our webpage www.lincoln.k12.or.us for your bus stop location and time for meal service as updated operational times will be released later this week. If you are having trouble finding your stop or have questions, please contact Transportation at (541) 336-5101.

Frequently asked questions:
Can I leave my on-line class to pick up meals from the bus if my stop is not at the lunch time on my school schedule?
Yes, teachers know to be flexible. Please turn your camera off while eating.
What if I need meal accommodations or have questions about the menu?
Contact Nutrition Services at (541) 336-2156
Thank you:

Jamie Nicholson, CNP Manager, and the rest of the meals service team wish to express, “A heartfelt thank you to everyone for your support of the Meals On The Bus program, we have already served over 36,000 meals in just over a week! This program not only helps fight food insecurities for Lincoln County youth, but also helps keep our partners of over 40 Nutrition Service staff and over 100 Transportation staff working. Supporting this program supports Lincoln County.”
LCSD is an equal opportunity provider.

From Governor Kate Brown – Lincoln County is finally moving up the chain…

Lincoln County Moving to Phase 2 of Reopening, Effective September 29

(Salem, OR) — Lincoln County will move to Phase 2 of reopening effective Tuesday, September 29. The county applied for Phase 2 in late August, and, after conversations with the Oregon Health Authority, agreed to remain in Phase 1 into September to ensure the county’s COVID-19 metrics had, in fact, stabilized.

“The people of Lincoln County and county leadership should be commended for pulling together after the COVID-19 workplace outbreak they experienced in June,” said Governor Brown. “They are an example of what we can all accomplish by working together to contain this disease.”

In the last two weeks, Lincoln County has had only 2 new cases of COVID-19 per week, for an average of 0.29 cases per day. The county’s positivity rate is below 2%––down from nearly 8% in the first week of August.

Fundraiser for Local Guatemalan families impacted by Covid-19 update:

Acompanar Fundraiser and other help for the needy…
We have been providing cash and food along with detergent, toothpaste, soap, etc to our families for 6 months and hope to continue through the month of November. Some of our families have told us they no longer need our help and thank us for being there for them. But, we also are receiving requests from new families who have been unable to recover with only part time employment. 
With the generous support of the community we have distributed over $43,820 cash plus food, etc.to our Guatemalan families.  And, during the last month we received notification that the Acompañar fundraiser has been approved for two grants which will help us to continue our efforts well into November. 
We want  to thank Yachats Community Presbyterian Church and their treasure, Nan Scott, for their support as our fiscal sponsor. Their participation has allowed us to apply for grants and use their website for online donations.
We continue to thank all of the volunteers who have helped to provide food and cash to our families each week. A particular thank you goes out to Pastor Angel at the First Baptist Church. He has set up a little “mini food pantry” in a building on the church property. Each week he greets our families, with his gentle ways, and provides the food and cash to them. This effort could not have been successful without his continued contribution of time and generosity.
During these times of divisiveness and chaos our little project is a reminder of the goodness in this world. Local efforts by caring individuals are happening in so many communities in this country.  Sometimes that reality is lost in the troubling news each day.
Donations continues to be appreciated. There is no overhead in our project so all donations go directly to the Guatemalan families.
Checks payable to YCPC (Yachats Community Presbyterian Church) with “Acompañar donation” in the memo line.
Mail to:  Acompañar at PO Box 755, Waldport, OR. 97394 
Thank you so much to all of you who have supported this project.
Ginger Gouveia

Smoke in a structure….

5:50pm  Newport Firefighters are enroute to a report of smoke in a structure at 225 SW 30th.  Firefighters are enroute.

5:56pm  NFD coming on scene.  Sees smoke.

6:15pm   Warming fire.  They’re putting it out.

Senator Wyden’s comments on the selection of Amy Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court

Sen. Ron Wyden
D-Oregon

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement in response to the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have made it clear they will pull out all the stops to jam through another right-wing Supreme Court nominee – even if that means breaking their own rule pertaining to election-year appointments. If you don’t trust Donald Trump and Senate Republicans with your health care, you shouldn’t trust them with filling this Supreme Court seat. Here’s the bottom line: every senator who votes for this nominee is voting to strip away quality, affordable health care – and protections for pre-existing conditions – from hundreds of thousands of Oregonians and millions of Americans.”

Senators Wyden and Merkley brace for possibly more violence in Portland

Senator’s Wyden and Merkley

Wyden, Merkley: “White nationalist hate groups, with their racist rants and glorification of violence, have no place in our hometown or anywhere else in America.”

Portland – U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today issued the following joint statement about the planned gathering in Portland by the “Proud Boys” and other extremist right-wing groups:

“White nationalist hate groups, with their racist rants and glorification of violence, have no place in our hometown or anywhere else in America.

We will always defend the First Amendment right of peaceful demonstrations in Portland and everywhere, no matter how odious we find their views, but reject violence with equal passion in any form and any quarter.

These extremist right-wing groups planning to descend on Portland boast a message of white supremacy and have a history of inciting violence.  We are proud to stand with our fellow Portlanders working as a community to respond peacefully in the face of this deliberate provocation by racists.”

Lincoln County achieves Stage 2 Status on limited re-opening the county

Governor Kate Brown
Grants Stage II Status for Lincoln Co.

To: Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Kaety Jacobson, Chair, 225 West Olive Street, Room 110 Newport, Oregon 97365

From:  Governor Kate Brown

Chair Jacobson,

Thank you for the effort you, your residents, and your public health system have put into containing the spread of COVID-19 in Lincoln County. As mentioned in my August 20th letter, we’ve been in discussions regarding a mutually agreed upon date for the safe reopening in Lincoln County. I am pleased to inform you that your county continues to meet the required pre-requisites and may enter Phase 2, on September 29th.

I want to acknowledge Lincoln County local public health, community partners, contact tracers and residents who all came together to decrease the transmission of COVID-19 in your county. 

Over the past two weeks (September 6-19), Lincoln County has had a total of 4 cases.  This is a case rate of 8.3 per 100,000 people. The county has reported an average of 0.29 cases per day over the past two weeks. Over the past 2 MMWR weeks, 75% of cases could not be traced to a known source.  There are no notable recent outbreaks. 

As we all know by now, reopening does not come without risks.  With every restriction lifted we know transmission of the virus has the potential to increase. The Oregon Health Authority will be monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in your county, and throughout the state, and will be ready to work with you if any concerns arise.  Thank you for all of your hard work and vigilance on behalf of all Oregonians.

Sincerely, Governor Kate Brown

 

An endorsement for Judge Marcia Buckley

JOIN ME IN VOTING FOR JUDGE MARCIA BUCKLEY NOVEMBER THIRD

I was stunned to read a letter published in the NewsTimes: The writer, who moved to Oregon from New York City, has brought with her politics of hate and divisiveness. Shame! Shame! Shame!

But Judge Marcia Buckley is well known in our community, having lived here for 27 years. She is a native born Oregonian, educated in Oregon and married after moving to Lincoln County, choosing to raise her family here.

Judge Buckley has broad legal experience, serving as Deputy District Attorney for 5 years and as Chief Deputy District Attorney for 4 years. She has served as a lawyer with her own private practice in Newport for 18 years. She has been active in our schools and numerous community activities.

We know Judge Marcia Buckly.  We know her high ethical standards, strong work ethic, intellect and compassion for others.  When asked why she wanted to serve as Judge, she replied, “I want my Court to be a place where people feel safe, respected and can have their legal controversies resolved.”  Since being sworn in as Circuit Court Judge she has kept that promise. She does not leave her office until all of the day’s work is completed.

Every judge serving in Lincoln County for the past generation has been appointed by a Governor. After extensive vetting by the Governor’s office and the State Police, Governor Brown appointed Judge Marcia Buckley to the Lincoln County Circuit Court.  Consider Judge Buckley’s depth of experience, qualifications and community knowledge that she brings to our legal system. She deserves our vote. Reject the politics of fear and mudslinging, and join me in voting to retain Judge Marcia Buckley in the seat to which she was appointed.  

Braulio Escobar, Newport

Maybe top corporations are finally admitting that global warming IS a hazard to our future…

Coal burning plant generating electricity
Wikipedia

General Electric, will no longer build coal fired plants, admitting that coal is harming the Earth’s atmosphere.

The company announced this week that GE will stop building coal plants so it can focus on renewable energy and other types of power generation. It’s a drastic reversal for a company that was making big bets on coal’s future just five years ago.  Read the story in Barrons by Clicking Here!

Echo Mountain Fire Update – FEMA remains operational in Lincoln City

News Release from Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Community Services agencies wrapped up the Multi-Agency Resource Coordination Center on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. Representatives from FEMA were on site all 3 days to assist citizens with filing a financial assistance claim due to either the Echo Mountain Fire and/or the straight line wind event.

Attendee turnout was very positive for the 3 day event:

Tuesday – 72 households served
Wednesday – 97 households served
Thursday – 76 households served
At the conclusion of the local MARC FEMA representatives will be relocating to the Lincoln City Community Center to co-locate with the American Red Cross to continue assisting community members with filing claims and answering questions.

Lincoln City Community Center
2150 NE Oar Place
8am – 6pm – Friday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Sept. 27.

Other FEMA representatives are in affected Lincoln County neighborhoods validating damage assessments once they are received and processed for review. If you have filed a claim they may also try to reach you by phone to follow-up with additional questions after their initial damage assessment. If you were impacted by the Oregon Wildfires community members are encouraged to to register with FEMA as quickly as possible either in person, via telpehone or using their on-line application!

Individual Assistance – FEMA
Website: DisasterAssistance.gov/ela
Phone: 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or
TY 1-800-462-7585 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. PDT, seven days a week.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
Public Information Call Center – 541-265-0621
www.co.lincoln.or.us/echomountainfire
Echo Mountain Fire Financial Assistance webpage – https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement/page/disaster-financial-assistance

Letter to the Editor…judicial race…

Lincoln County Deputy District Attorney supports Pro-Tem Judge Amanda Benjamin

As a Lincoln County Deputy District Attorney, I appear in front of Pro-Tem Judge, Amanda Benjamin, on a daily basis. Without hesitation, Judge Benjamin is perfect in the role. She’s knowledgeable, fair, and even tempered. What the general public doesn’t see is how wise Judge Benjamin is with her use of the resources of Lincoln County and the State of Oregon. There’s only so much to go around, especially in this economy. EVERY decision a judge makes uses resources provided by taxpayers. Should someone be on supervised probation? Should someone be in jail? Should someone receive counseling? Should someone receive treatment? Should someone be hospitalized? The list is endless, but the amount of resources available is not.

As a Lincoln County Deputy DA I appear in front of Judge Benjamin consistently, I am able to see how thoughtful she is in her methodology applied to each person who appears in front of her. She is meticulous and intuitive in her approach. She wants to know as much about the defendant as possible. If this is a repeat offender, what didn’t work last time? Why didn’t it work? What could be done differently this time? What is the defendant receptive to? What resources would best be utilized to correct the behavior?

Every judge should be fair, tough on crime and sympathetic of victims. Judge Benjamin has those qualities. Equally as important, she understands the vast responsibility given to her as a judge to be a wise steward of the public’s money. Accordingly, she has my vote.

Michael Thornicroft
Lincoln County Deputy District Attorney
Newport

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