At least 19,000 Oregonians could lose government food assistance under a new federal rule finalized Thursday, December 5.
The rule will restrict states’ ability to allow certain adults to receive benefits for more than three months in a three-year period if they aren’t working or training at least 20 hours a week.
The change in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was approved despite more than 140,000 negative public comments. It is expected to affect 700,000 SNAP recipients nationally once it takes effect in April.
Oregon, like most states, has used waivers to extend benefits for longer than three months to a group of SNAP recipients known as “able-bodied adults without dependents” (ABAWD) if they live in areas with high unemployment and limited job opportunities. This group includes individuals ages 18 through 49 who don’t have disabilities, don’t have children or other dependents and are considered able to work.
In January 2020, Oregon has approved waivers for 31 counties for ABAWD work requirements, which will now expire on March 31, 2020. Federal changes to eligibility requirements for waivers will limit the areas in Oregon that meet the requirements starting April 1, 2020. As a result, this means only six counties may be eligible to receive the waiver.
“SNAP plays a critical role in addressing hunger and food insecurity,” said Fariborz Pakseresht, Department of Human Services director. “SNAP benefits assist Oregonians during difficult times to help make ends meet, in particular those working low-wage or who are between jobs. For those already facing difficult circumstances, this rule exacerbates those circumstances. It also will result in an increased burden on food banks and other community resources to fill the void.”
Areas requesting federal waivers must have unemployment rates at least 20 percent higher than the national rate but not less than 6 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates unemployment rates for people without a high school diploma or GED are often more than double average unemployment rates. Other groups that face additional obstacles when seeking steady employment include agricultural workers, veterans, former foster youth, formerly incarcerated people and rural residents with limited transportation.
Newport Chapter Volunteer Appreciation Holiday Party
Come join the Newport chapter of Surfrider Foundation for their annual Volunteer Appreciation Party on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 6:30-8:00pm. This year’s event will be at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club, 750 SE Bay Blvd. in Newport.
The annual holiday party is a chance to recognize volunteer efforts, renew memberships, win cool raffle prizes, and socialize with the Surfrider family. Music will be provided by Steve Cook. Food and drinks are provided by Wolf Tree Brewery, Oceana Co-op, Rogue Brewery, Panini Bakery, Local Ocean, JC Market, Sorella Nye Beach, Compton Family Wines, Canyon Way, Cliffside Coffee and Sweets and more.
Community members can attend for $15, or join Surfrider for the year for $25. Admission is free for Surfrider members. The money raised will go to support Surfrider’s beach cleanups, water quality testing, and other programs to protect our ocean and beaches.
Lincoln County Workshop on Short Term Rental STR/VRD Dwellings Regulations
Lincoln County will be holding a workshop on regulations for Short Term Rental/Vacation Rental Dwellings on Thursday, December 19 at 6:00 pm in the Lincoln County Commissioners’ Room, Room 108, Lincoln County Courthouse, 225 W. Olive, Newport, Oregon. The County currently licenses and regulates STR’s and VRD’s in the unincorporated areas of the County under Chapter 4 of the Lincoln County Code. This workshop is to update interested parties on work done since the code was last amended to address concerns with certain licensed dwelling units using septic systems; provide additional information and data on short term rentals, including maps prepared by the County; examine best practices used by Oregon counties and other jurisdictions in regulating these dwellings; and hear from the public about additional problems and concerns and any other ideas about how to address those problems and concerns. Additional workshops will be held later to continue these discussions.
Catch our end-of-term workshop – for a song OCCC CHOIR TO PRESENT FINAL CONCERT DEC. 10
Most final exams aren’t necessarily the kind of thing you’d want to attend as an audience member. The final exam for the chorus students at Oregon Coast Community College, however, is a different story. At 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Commons of OCCC’s Central County Campus in Newport, the OCCC Chorus class will perform its final concert for the fall term. The performance is free to attend.
The class has been working on the repertoire for the 11 weeks of the term and will perform under the direction of Dr. Mary Lee Scoville, music instructor. New singers are welcome every term.
The singers will be performing a variety of musical selections, including “Deck The Nutcracker Hall” from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ and arranged by Greg Gilpin; a wonderful arrangement of “Dona Nobis Pacem” by Mary Lynn Lightfoot; a lively piece by Lajos Bardos, “Hey, for the Dancing!,” and “Once Upon a December” from ‘Anastasia,’ Arranged by Audrey Snyder.
Refreshments will be available at the Dec. 10 concert, and the public is invited to come celebrate with the OCCC Chorus Class. Admission is free.
OCCC’s Central County Campus is located at 400 SE College Way in Newport. ‘Catch the Wave,’ the College’s schedule of non-credit community education and small business classes for Winter Term, will be arriving at Lincoln County mailboxes by the day of the concert, and extra copies will be available at OCCC’s locations in Newport, Waldport, and Lincoln City. For more information about the College, visit oregoncoastcc.org or call 541-867-8501.
Samaritan House Family Shelter High Tea Benefit tickets are on sale in time for the holidays. Get tickets ($30.00 each) for the special people in your life for this great February 8, 2020 event at the Newport First Presbyterian Church. Tickets are on sale at JC Market, Newport or you can buy them on line: https://samhousetea.brownpapertickets.com/.
Samaritan House is grateful for the sponsors who help to make this fundraiser a success: Susan Painter, Advantage Realty, Oregon Coast Bank and Western Title.
This year’s theme supports what Samaritan House does for Homeless Families with Children: “A Sheltering Nest”. The talented team of volunteers is using their creativity to make some foods that show off the theme like: mushroom and chocolate nests. You can expect to have a bottomless cup of Earl grey tea with caffeinated and decaf available. The chocolate spice scones, sorbets, sandwiches, savories and desserts will make up the total tea experience.
In addition, a raffle drawing for a quilt (see picture) Made by Teecia Cornelius and quilted by Lisa Taylor will only cost $1.00 per ticket for a chance to win. A silent auction will feature over 25 items, small and large, for any budget. Jessie Treon will fill the air with her Piano selections.
You will learn about the work of Samaritan House from it’s executive director, Lola Jones. She will be showing a testimonial video of a graduate. Space is limited so get your tickets early.
Tickets are now on sale for the Samaritan House High Tea being held on Feb. 8, 2020 at the Newport First Presbyterian Church for $30.00. Shown is the quilt made by Teecia Cornelius and quilted by Lisa Taylor that will be raffled at the High Tea with the theme, “A Sheltering Nest”.
Newport’s Homeless Shelter Guru Traci Flower’s 11 year old child is hosting the second annual homeless Christmas party! They need community members to adopt a homeless person for Christmas! The way it works is they give them a wishlist with three wishes that a client has made and the community member who is adoptinig them can choose from that list what they would like to get them! Grace Wins Haven will also be needing donations for a full Christmas dinner and with all of the yummy festive desserts! Grace Wins Haven is getting the word out because they have about a hundred homeless people on a wishlist still to fill and only a couple of weeks to get it done!!
Please contact Grace Wins Haven, 541-265-1974. They’re located at 437 NE 1st, Newport.
AUTHORS WANTED FOR NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY AUTHOR FAIR
The Newport Public Library invites Lincoln County authors to participate in its 3rd Annual Author Fair. The event will take place on Saturday, January 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the McEntee Meeting Room.
The Library will provide tables and chairs, with two authors per table. Authors will handle their own sales.
To apply, email Supervising Librarian Sheryl Eldridge, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please list the titles of the books you plan to bring, and send your contact information. All authors must reside in Lincoln County.
We will accept up to 20 people, and take names for a waiting list once we reach our limit.
For more questions, please call the Newport Public Library at 541-265-2153 and ask for Ms. Eldridge.
CITY OF NEWPORT ANNOUNCES VACANCY ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE
The City of Newport has a vacancy on its Budget Committee and is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving.
The Budget Committee is comprised of seven citizens at-large and the sitting City Council – a total of 14 members. The Budget Committee meets approximately three times annually and reviews the proposed budget presented by the city’s budget officer, and ultimately approves a recommendation of a budget for City Council review and adoption.
Anyone interested in serving on the Budget Committee should apply using the city’s committee application which is found on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov; click on “City;” then on “Committees;” and then on “Application for Committee/Commission.” The completed form can be submitted electronically. Copies of the committee application form can be obtained by contacting the City Manager’s Office at 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365, or by calling 541.574.0613.
The application deadline is December 31, 2019. City Council plans to interview applicants at its work session of January 6, 2020, and make an appointment at an upcoming City Council meeting.
Saturday, December 14 Sandy Hook Silent Vigil, 5-6pm
Twenty 6 and 7 year old children and 6 adults were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. A candlelight vigil will be held in remembrance at the Don and Ann Davis Park Gazebo, 840 Olive Street, Newport. The names of the 12 girls, 8 boys, and 6 teachers will be read aloud. Bring a candle. Info: email@example.com.
Waldport Middle and High School Builds Community During Three Day Challenge Event Message of Support and Anti-Bullying Program Brought Staff and Students Together
Principal of Waldport Middle and High School, Amy Skirvin, brought the Challenge Day event to her former middle-high school and knew the power of the message and wanted the same for Waldport to help the staff and students solidify a positive community. She explains, “This a very inspiring and powerful program to help students realize we are not alone and there is always someone there to support you. Students empathize with their peers and learn to be kind to each other, pick each other up, and help deflate their ‘balloon’.”
During a site council meeting, she mentioned the program and one of the parents looked into grants and wanted to personally donate to the program if the grant was received. Mrs. Skivin did write and receive the grant from Trust Management Services in the amount of $10,000. Additionally, the parent, DJ Novgrod, paid $5,000, and the Yachats Lions Club donated $1,000. The building budget supported the rest of $3,400 to $5,000 to pay for substitute teachers allowing all the staff and students to benefit from the experience. Rays Food Place donated bottled water for the students and staff.
The presentation was held this week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Co-founders of Challenge Day, Rich and Yvonne were the facilitators for Challenge Day.
Many LCSD administrators, Board Chair Amanda Remund, and Dr. Karen Gray, Superintendent, were also participants. All Waldport Middle and High staff, including Sodexo staff, some parents and community members participated in at least one day. (more…)
11:30am. Report of power lines down on South Drift Creek Road, due east of Cutler City. North Lincoln Fire-Rescue enroute to the scene at Highway 101 and South Drift Creek Road. Watch for emergency vehicles.