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Albertsons’-Safeway provide food to struggling local school kids…

Generous Safeway and Albertsons shoppers in communities throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are making a substantial impact for local schools – at a time when students need it the most. As part of the Nourishing Neighbors program and the “Help Feed Families During the Crisis” campaign, $450,000 in emergency grant funding is supporting 159 local schools.

In Oregon, there are more than half a million people who do not get enough to eat, and more than 194,000 of them are children. An estimated 1 in 6 kids nationally lived with food insecurity heading into the pandemic, and now it is expected to be closer to 1 in 4 as more households are struggling with declining income or unemployment.

In partnership with GENYOUth, a national nonprofit that creates healthier school communities, Safeway and Albertsons and other contributors are funding grants to supply much-needed resources for meal distribution and delivery. Nationally, more than $10 million has been deployed in emergency funding supporting more than 8,600 schools.

From soft-sided coolers, bags and containers for individual servings, to protective gear for food service sanitation and safety, this equipment will ensure that children continue to receive the nutritious meals they need.

“Our meal program has provided nearly 200,000 meals free of charge to the children in our community over the last 6 months,” said Alex Singer, Nutrition Services Director for Central School District in Independence/Monmouth. “The support from Safeway and Albertsons has shown how communities can rise up and come together to support the needs of children.”

Through donations at the cash register, the Nourishing Neighbors program raises awareness, engages volunteers and raises funds to support innovative and effective programs throughout the country. The program ensures every child in America has access to nutritious food. It is part of the Albertsons Companies Foundation, which has invested over $1 billion in communities nationwide since 2001.

“I truly hope our customers know that when they say yes at the PIN pad, they are helping children in their very neighborhood receive immediate and much needed hunger relief,” said Gineal Davidson, President, Portland Division of Safeway Albertsons.

Amidst the tumultuous and unpredictable year this has been, the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council is sharing positive and inspiring stories like this one as part of their “Thanks4Giving” campaign this week. New stories will be featured on their social media channels every day through Thanksgiving using the hashtag #Thanks4Giving.

About Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council
The Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council (ODNC) works on behalf of all dairy farm families and dairy processors throughout the state of Oregon. Building trust and demand for Oregon dairy products and support for those who make them is accomplished through efforts and involvement in schools, health and wellness, communications and industry development.

About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is a leading food and drug retailer in the United States. The company operates stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Cos. is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2019 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave $225 million in food and financial support. In 2020, Albertsons Cos. made a $53 million commitment to community hunger relief efforts and a $5 million commitment to organizations supporting social justice. These efforts have helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, social justice and programs for people with disabilities and veterans’ outreach.

Contact Info:
Josh Thomas, Sr. Director of Communications, Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council

A growing number of republicans call on President Trump to concede and help with starting the transfer of control to President-elect Joe Biden

In a joint statement, more than 100 former national security officials called on “Republican leaders — especially those in Congress — to publicly demand that President Trump cease his anti-democratic assault on the integrity of the presidential election.”  Here’s the latest from The Washington Post.  Click here.

Here’s more on the story from CNN.  Click here.

Just a “short note” from Laura Furgurson…

Depoe Bay area
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Just a few updates from the Depoe Bay Chamber Chamber of Commerce
· Depoe Bay Community Fund
o Based on a comment in our recent survey, it appears there are some misunderstandings about the COVID grants we awarded a few months ago. I hope this helps clarify the process and outcome.
§ A committee of 5 reviewed all grant applications which resulted in 3 grant awards of $1500 each to local organizations including the Depoe Bay Food Bank, Depoe Bay Winery and Whale’s Tail Charters.
§ We did not require a match for any of these awards, but did offer to run a social media fundraising campaign (via over 6000 followers) for the Food Bank to help leverage their grant award and raise additional matching funds for them. Based on their request, we did a very heavy promotional campaign for the Witches of Depoe Bay event. On Halloween, they collected an historic amount of over $5000 (plus food). I just LOVE our dedicated witches and the generosity of our community. THANK YOU!

§ If you have any questions about the Community Fund or would like to apply, please follow this link and/or give me a call. We are always accepting applications.
· https://discoverdepoebay.org/depoe-bay-grant-application/.
· NEW Chamber Membership Benefits (Due in November)
o Based on results of a recent community survey, we are launching NEW Chamber Member benefits.
o Please see the 1 page attachment highlighting benefits deemed most important via the survey.
o Memberships are now due, so please use this application and payment link. You can use a credit card or request to receive an invoice.
§ https://discoverdepoebay.org/chamber-information/join-the-chamber/
o If you didn’t have a chance to complete our survey, please use this link.
It only takes a few minutes and helps us better understand your needs. THANK YOU!
§ https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L5585YD
· Holiday Events
o The Community Hall is closed indefinitely and we need to keep our community COVID-safe, so unfortunately, the Chamber board decided to cancel the annual holiday dinner that’s typically held in early December.
§ HOWEVER… we will still be having the tree lighting on Saturday November 28th at the whale fountain and harbor at 5:30 pm.
· Unfortunately, we will not be able to serve drinks and snacks as in the past.
· Please wear a mask and physically distance to keep everyone safe and healthy for the holidays.

I know things are still frustrating and uncertain. Please let me know if there is anything we can do to help. Have a very HAPPY Thanksgiving and stay healthy, Laura,

Laura Furgurson
Executive Director
Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce
Cell: 541-815-0400
Website: DiscoverDepoeBay.org

Some thoughts on throttling down the holidays….to stay out of the way of the Covid-19

Samaritan hospital

Spread joy, not COVID-19: Considering a very different holiday season
By Robert J. Turngren, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Samaritan Health Services

It has been a challenging year full of unwelcome changes brought by the coronavirus pandemic. Most of these changes are for the greater good − precautions which limit the spread of the virus. With some changes it is hard to see any silver lining, such as when people have lost work or businesses have struggled or closed, being isolated from family and friends, or worst of all, when loved ones have suffered or passed away. 

After many months of precautions and prevention, we are now facing winter with surging cases of COVID-19 across our region and the nation. We are spending more time indoors, where the virus can spread more easily from person to person. Precautions such as wearing face coverings and physical distancing continue to be of utmost importance. 

Gov. Kate Brown’s recent announcement of a return to stricter precautions across the state is a clear reminder that we need to think carefully about our holiday plans. We encourage our community to embrace alternatives this holiday season. 

One of the main ways the coronavirus is spreading is through household gatherings of extended families and friends. We have some difficult choices to make, but we need to consider the risks of gathering together, continue to observe the precautions and adjust our plans. 

My wife, Nancy, and I have canceled plans to visit extended family – including our six children, three grandchildren and her parents in the Midwest. This is the commitment we made to ensure everyone’s safety despite our strong desire to spend the holidays with family.

Celebrating with members of your own household, or virtually with video platforms like FaceTime or Zoom, poses the lowest risk of spread. We know this is not the same as being there in person, but after the diligence and sacrifice of the past several months, this is not the time to let our guards down. 

If extended families or friends still decide to get together, they should do everything they can to reduce risks as much as possible. Consider the personal risk factors of each person – age, health conditions, occupational exposure – and COVID-19 transmission rates where each will be travelling to or from. Carefully observe all coronavirus precautions, including face coverings, hand washing and physical distancing and avoid crowds, especially indoors. And do not assume that getting a coronavirus test before travelling to a family event is a sure way to know it is safe. The test tells your status at a moment in time and may not tell you if you will be contagious at the time of the gathering.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers guidance and resources for navigating the holiday season, here: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html

We thank you again for everything you have done to help keep our communities safe and limit the spread of coronavirus. We are in this together and with continued diligence and shared sacrifice, we will get through this pandemic together.

Zooming in to fitness with Newport 60+ Activity Center

Newport 60+ Center
Behind Newport City Hall

The Newport 60+ Activity Center is hosting a series to help engage people to bring them in to 2021 with some clearly defined goals.  Please join this fun interactive work session on making plans for yourself. There will be five sessions featuring topics on Fitness, Finances, Family and Friends, Fun and Food. Each zoom session will focus on how to use SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Once clearly defined, you will come up with an action plan of how you’re are going to get there.

Fitness 12/01/2020 Tuesday 1:00pm
Finances 12/08 /2020 Tuesday 1:00pm
Family & Friends 12/15/2020 Tuesday 1:00pm
Fun 12/22/2020 Tuesday 1:00pm
Food 12/29/2020 Tuesday 1:00pm

To register for these virtual series, go online: www.newportoregon.gov/sc and click on the yellow banner “Browse the catalog and register.” Then click on the 60+ activities tab. There you may view a listing of additional virtual programs and presentations.  A zoom link will be provided to those registered prior to the program or class via e-mail. If you have any questions about ZOOM or how to sign up please call the Newport 60+ Activity Center at 541 574 5459.

Port of Newport turning up the juice….

Port of Newport
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South Beach Marina to get electrical overhaul

What was planned to be a gradual replacement of the electrical infrastructure at the South Beach Marina got an extra jolt of energy on Tuesday, when Port of Newport Commissioners gave the nod to completing all of the work in this fiscal year.

The 500-plus slip marina, built in the late 1970s, is supported by nine power load centers that have become dated over time and can no longer support all of the demands created by recreational boaters at the popular facility. Although the Port’s Capital Improvement Plan outlined a three-year strategy and a $600,000 budget for the project, General Manager Paula Miranda proposed a faster completion schedule that could ultimately reduce cost. “The benefits of doing it all at once are time savings for staff, by not having to go through the process three times, and money savings by only mobilizing once,” she explained in her written report.

Users of the South Beach Marina have seen an increase in fees in recent years, partly because of the need for infrastructure improvements like these. “This is also a show of good faith by providing an immediate benefit to users based on recent rate increases,” Miranda added. An added benefit of completing all load centers at the same time is the certainty that all will utilize the same parts, making future maintenance more cost and time efficient, she noted.

Consideration of the accelerated timeline also prompted the recommendation of financing the project internally. Mark Brown, Director of Finance and Business Services, recommended that the Port borrow from its own NOAA capital reserve fund and then formalize a loan repayment program, including interest charges.  Port Commissioners were receptive to the plan, with Commissioner Walter Chuck explaining his support as one for “improving a revenue-creating area of the Port” and Commission President Jim Burke remarking that “it sends a nice message to the folks in South Beach and it is an efficient way to do the project.”

A request for proposals is expected to go out by the end of the week. Director of Operations Aaron Bretz said the work will be staged so the entire marina isn’t out of power at the same time. Like many infrastructure projects, this work will shore up the “behind the scenes” elements of the electrical system without changing the more visible parts, like the pedestals.

Bretz said the Port will likely award bids in January and have the work completed no later than the first week of May. The awarding of the bid will be one last opportunity for the Port Commissioners to weigh in on the project, but unanimous support for the project was indicated at Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Angela Nebel, Staff Writer

Meals on the bus service continues…

In response to the statewide COVID-related 2-week freeze, Lincoln County School District Meals on the Bus service will continue until further notice. Students participating in on-campus activities will continue to receive those meals at the building. Curbside service will continue until winter break through December 18th. Meal boxes containing seven days of meals for winter break will be available for pickup at curbside locations on December 18th. You must pre-register for the winter break meal boxes on the District website at https://lincoln.k12.or.us/resources/family/bus/.

All meal programs are free and, unless mentioned otherwise, are open for participation without signing up to all children ages 1-18 who reside in Lincoln County. Masks are required at all meal pick-up sites, including curbside and Meals on the Bus. Our staff is working hard for your families; please help keep them safe. You can find meal bus stop details on our webpage at https://lincoln.k12.or.us/resources/family/bus/.

Watch these dates for upcoming changes:

November 24th – Meal service will include meals for both November 24th & 25th

November 25th, 26th, & 27th – No service (Fall Break)

December 4th – Friday meal service will now include meals for Saturday & Sunday

December 18th – Pick up for a 7-day winter break meal box. Registration required by December 7th on the LCSD website at https://lincoln.k12.or.us/resources/family/bus/

December 18th – Last day of daily curbside meal service

December 21st to January 1st – No Meal Service (Winter Break)

Please refer to the District website at https://lincoln.k12.or.us/resources/family/bus/ for the most up-to-date meal information and Meals on the Bus routes.

If you have questions, you may contact the Nutrition Services office at (541) 336-2156.

Outdoor fire reported at 5876 Salmon River Highway….

4pm  Firefighters were called to a report of smoke coming from a home at 5876 Salmon River Highway.  Upon arrival firefighters found the tenants were burning carpet remnants.  They were ordered the put out the fire which they did.  Were also told that it was an illegal outdoor burn.

Newport Police keeping an eye out for criminal behavior….

How it Works

The purpose of the Surveillance Camera Registration Program is to provide the community members and businesses with a means to assist the Newport Police Department in preventing and fighting crime, with the help of exterior video surveillance cameras.

home camera

The program allows residents and businesses to register the locations of their exterior video surveillance systems with the Newport Police Department so that when a crime occurs, police will be able to identify the locations of nearby video cameras easily and efficiently.

Through the program, Newport Police personnel will be able to directly contact registrants who are using video surveillance in an area where a crime occurred and request recordings for a specific date and time that may show activities tied to that crime.


To register your exterior video security system, please complete the form below.

Disclaimer and Terms of Use

Working with the Newport community to deter crime and promote public safety is the goal of the program. Accordingly, all camera registrants agree to follow terms and conditions:

  • Participation in the program is voluntary and at no cost to you.
  • Once a year we will reach out to you to determine if the cameras still record and you still live there.
  • Participant’s information will be used by the Newport Police Department only for official purposes. Participant’s personal information that is tied to, or associated with their registration will be kept confidential by the City, except as required by law.
  • The Newport Police Department may ask you to check your recordings for a specific date and time should Officers determine there may be video evidence of a nearby crime.
  • Any footage containing or relate to criminal activity may be collected by the Newport Police Department for use as evidence during any stage of a criminal proceeding.
  • The Newport Police Department will NOT have direct access to your video system.
  • Under no circumstances, will registrants construe they are acting as an agent of or employee of the City of Newport or Newport Police Department.
  • If you wish to withdraw from the program, please contact the Newport Police Department as soon as possible.


If you have any questions, please email Sgt. Mitch France, or call 541.574.3348

Water Rescue at north end of Alsea Bay Bridge

4:28pm  Report of a water rescue being launched near the north end of the Alsea Bay Bridge in Waldport.

4:33pm  Rescuers looking for the victims.

4:34pm  All subjects are crabbing – in waders and seem to be fine.  No rescue required.

Governor Brown: “We’re in shut-down to save lives”

Governor Kate Brown
Pulling out all the stops….

Governor Brown says she’s closely watching Covid-19 infection rates which she hopes will go down since she’s slapped a “stay-indoors” order for all Oregonians – whether from working at home or at a downtown high rise.  Governor Brown, like other major political leaders, says America has not not done nearly enough to formulate an anti-viral strategy  that produces any meaningful progress toward beating the virus.

Here’s the story in The Oregonian.  Click here.


Covid-19 virus growing in Oregon

Covid-19 Virus

Oregon reports 1306 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 812, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported a record high 1306 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 62,175.

All Oregonians can play a role in turning the tide of COVID-19 by wearing face coverings, keep physically distant, and restrict their social gatherings to one other household.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (8), Benton (15), Clackamas (78), Clatsop (9), Columbia (20), Coos (8), Crook (2), Curry (5), Deschutes (60), Douglas (39), Grant (27), Harney (4), Hood River (3), Jackson (84), Jefferson (11), Josephine (18), Klamath (39), Lake (3), Lane (91), Lincoln (7), Linn (27), Malheur (23), Marion (112), Morrow (3), Multnomah (337), Polk (21), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (45), Union (17), Wasco (13), Washington (155), and Yamhill (20).

Oregon’s 809th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old man in Douglas County who tested positive on Nov. 9 and died on Nov. 14 at Bay Area Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 810th COVID-19 death is an 83-year old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Nov. 11 and died on Nov. 18 at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 811th COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old man in Klamath County who tested positive on Nov. 15 and died on Nov. 17 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 812th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old woman in Harney County who tested positive on Nov. 12 and died on Nov. 18 at Harney District Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Traffic Crash in South Lincoln County

12:25am  Report of a traffic crash just south of Yachats at 847 South Highway 101.   Car left the road and plummeted down a steep embankment.  It appears there is no one in the car.  Fire-Rescue teams from Yachats, Waldport and Seal Rock are standing down.  Units from Newport and Lincoln City are also headed back to their stations.  Car owner may live in Siletz.

12:51am  Female walking around the area may be related to the crash.  Investigators are trying to track her down.

Lincoln City – Help pick the next Planning and Community Development Director!

Lincoln City City Hall

City to Host Virtual Public Meet and Greet for New Planning and Community Development Director Candidates

LINCOLN CITY – Tuesday, November 24th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, the City is hosting a virtual public meet and greet for the top three candidates for the new Planning and Community Development Director position.

A majority of the City Council and/or Planning Commission may be in attendance, but will not deliberate as a public body during this event.

Again,, the virtual meet and greet will be Tuesday, November 24th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. The public will be able to watch the meet and greet live on the City’s website at the following link:  CLICK HEREIf you would like an invitation to join the Zoom meeting, please send an email to rchandler@lincolncity.org and in the subject line of the email please write: Zoom link requested for November 24th Virtual Meet and Greet.


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