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Bill increases tobacco tax, creates tax on e-cigarettes

Governor Kate Brown
Oregonian photo

Governor Brown: House Bill 2270 Will Improve Health and Save Lives
Bill increases tobacco tax, creates tax on e-cigarettes

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown is supporting Oregon House Bill 2270, which raises the cost of tobacco products in Oregon to improve health and stabilize funding for the Oregon Health Plan.

“House Bill 2270 will improve health and save lives,” Governor Brown told the House Revenue Committee. “Tobacco is still the No. 1 preventable cause of disease and death in Oregon. By increasing the cost of tobacco products and e-cigarettes, House Bill 2270 not only provides the funding we need to continue to provide health coverage to Oregonians, it invests in prevention and cessation to improve the health of our communities.”

House Bill 2270 is the third part of Governor Brown’s proposal to provide long-term sustainable funding for the Oregon Health Plan. Governor Brown signed the first two pieces, in House Bill 2010, last month. The fourth component, the Employer Health Care Responsibility Act (House Bill 2269), is a spending requirement on employers who do not contribute a minimum amount toward the health care costs of their employees.

In addition to raising the cigarette tax by $2 per pack, House Bill 2270 for the first time taxes e-cigarettes. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students use e-cigarettes.

House Bill 2270 is estimated to raise $346 million per biennium. While 90 percent of the revenue will go to the Oregon Health Plan, 10 percent will go toward investments in tribes, culturally specific organizations, and state and local public health to expand cessation efforts.

Looking skyward along the Central Coast

Chris Burns is taking a few days off – So here’s what the NWS has to say about our weather!

Today A 20 percent chance of showers before 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Northwest wind 3 to 7 mph.
Tonight Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Light and variable wind.
Saturday Rain, mainly after 10am. High near 55. South wind 5 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday Night Showers, mainly before 9pm. Low around 45. West wind 6 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Sunday Showers likely, mainly after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. West wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Sunday Night Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 44. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Monday Showers High near 54. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Monday Night Showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Tuesday Showers likely, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.
Tuesday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Wednesday A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 58.
Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

Governor Brown Calls on Legislature to Fund Seamless System of Education

Governor Brown and state legislature
The Oregonian photo

Governor lays out need for measurable investments for students,
from pre-school to college

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today applauded the work of the Joint Committee on Student Success in developing a plan to invest in Oregon’s students, families, and educators, but urged the committee to consider the needs of students and adults beyond high school.

“I am concerned about leaving out our students once they graduate from high school,” Governor Brown said. “I am concerned about working adults who are trying to attain more education in order to get a better job, and are not able to afford it.

“Investing $100 million in the Oregon Opportunity Grant would allow us to raise the income limit and serve 16,000 more students. By investing $70 million dollars into community college career-technical education (CTE) programs, we can double the number of certificates and degrees awarded over the next three years.”

Debby Sumida, a student at Chemeketa Community College, also testified in support of additional funding for both CTE programs and financial aid.

“Career Technical Education like the EMS and fire programs are critical to our communities and people like me,” said Sumida, who is enrolled in the paramedics program at the college. “They are very cost effective, and I’m learning from instructors who are genuinely invested in my success as a first responder and growth as a person. That benefits not just me, but our entire community.”

Governor Brown also expressed appreciation for the Committee’s focus on early learning, but emphasized the need to deliver on the commitment to open access to high-quality preschool for 10,000 children and expand supports for families with children under age 3.

“Funding programs for young children and their families provides a tremendous return on our investment,” Governor Brown said. “When children enter kindergarten ready to learn, they are more likely to succeed throughout school — this is especially true for children from low-income families.”

Imagine….Rhythm and the surf…

Drumming at the beach!

Imagine a forest – with drums.

The Newport Community Drum Circle is joining with the Oregon Coast Community Forest Association this weekend to celebrate Earth Day, forests, and drums at Big Creek Park and Newport’s relatively new 80+ acre Forest Park.

The family oriented rhythmical celebration takes place Saturday (April 20) from 1:00 to 3;00 pm, rain or shine, in the covered Big Creek Park picnic pavilion, featuring the Thunder & Lightness Ensemble and a special all-ages Earth Day Drum Circle.

Free admission and light refreshments (or take your own picnic), everyone is welcome to join in, and no musical experience is required. Bring your own drum (and a folding chair if you have one) or borrow one of theirs.

The Oregon Coast Community Forest Association acquired and is restoring Forest Hill, Lincoln County’s 17.5-acre Oregon Coast Community Forest located between Newport and Toledo.The non-profit group also worked with the City of Newport to rezone and rededicate the more than 80 acres of spruce forest, between Big Creek Park and the old swimming pool site near Sam Case Elementary School that was renamed in 2012 as Forest Park.

Big Creek Park is fully accessible and has open grassy areas, parking, playground equipment, picnic tables, two BBQ grills, and extensive hiking trails in the adjacent forest.  2510 NE Big Creek Road, in north Newport. Contact or 541-272-4615 or Don Andre or 541-961-1607.

Assessor’s Office Reappraising areas in and around Lincoln City

Assessor’s Office Reappraising areas in and around Lincoln City

Lincoln County Assessor’s Office will be conducting a physical reappraisal of all residential properties in Lincoln City areas through spring and summer of 2019.

Specific areas include Taft, Nelscott, Drift and Schooner Creek Road, Otis and Rose Lodge. County Appraisers will attempt to visit each property, driving marked County vehicles and carrying Assessor’s Office identification.

Physical reappraisals are routinely conducted to update the Lincoln County assessment records and maintain equitable assessments. Newly reappraised values in these areas will be reflected on the 2019-20 tax statements which will be mailed in late October 2019. Appraisal questions may be directed to Appraisal staff at (541) 265-4102.

The Assessor’s Office is located in room 207 on the second floor of the county courthouse, at 225 West Olive Street in Newport. The front counter is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Property assessment data can also be accessed on the computer terminal in the hallway outside the Assessor’s Office, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Access to Assessor’s Office maps and prior year property and value information continue to be available on the Assessor’s web page

For additional information or questions please contact the Lincoln County Assessor’s Office at:
Phone: (541) 265-4102


A very important research buoy has taken off from its moorage – OSU is trying to track it down!!

OSU has lost this research buoy off the Newport coast. Any idea where it might be?

Oregon State University is missing a pretty value piece of research machinery!! They need help finding it.

What is it? OSU/NOAA oceanographic buoy CB-06 (, formerly located 6 nm off of Cape Arago, measuring ocean chemistry and weather.

What happened? CB-06 parted from its tether and anchor around Saturday April 6. A USCG overflight on April 10 confirmed that the buoy is no longer there.

Why can’t we find it?
It has 3 redundant GPS locators, but none of them are currently functional.

Where will it go? Northward, and hopefully onto an easily-accessible beach (see the NOAA trajectory model, but please note that the ocean might not behave as anticipated)

Is it dangerous? The biggest hazard it poses to the public is as a rolling beach log. Please treat it accordingly. There are no high voltage, chemical, or other hazards associated with it. OSU has the resources to recover it from the beach.

What should I do if I find it? Please contact me, Dale Hubbard at or (541) 230-4035 (phone number is displayed on buoy), or contact an Oregon State Parks ranger at the State Park nearest where the buoy is spotted.

It’s amazing what’s going on “out there.”

The Oregon Department of Human Services has announced several steps to ensure the safety of custodial children and youth in out-of-state facilities and to begin the process of bringing them back to Oregon.

The actions include halting any Oregon youth from being placed at care facilities operated by Acadia, a for-profit provider that operates a Montana facility where concerns were recently raised about care for Oregon children, including injecting children with Benadryl.

Actions specific to Acadia facilities include:

• Department staff traveled to review Oregon youth and children placements at the Acadia facility in Butte, Montana.

• The Department sent a cease-and-desist letter April 4 to Acadia telling the facility to halt any injections of medicine, which are not permitted at similar foster youth facilities in Oregon. The facility immediately complied.

• Oregon on April 3 stopped any Oregon youth from being placed at any Acadia facilities nationwide.

In addition, DHS is taking a variety of steps to ensure the safety of the more than 80 Oregon youth are currently placed in out-of-state facilities. Actions include:

• The Department is doing a comprehensive review of independent third-party contractors, such as mental health professionals, who Oregon hires to monitor foster youth and children in other states. Contractors are required to visit children every 30 days, similar to how Oregon caseworkers check on youth in state.

• The Department’s Office of Developmental Disabilities is working on finding appropriate placements in Oregon for seven youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities who are currently placed out of state.

• The Department launched a Website about out-of-state placements that will be updated regularly and include the names of facilities, locations, accreditation agencies, number of children, ages, and daily payment rates.

The Department on Thursday launched a 60-day planning process to review all out-of-state placements, convene Oregon care providers to find ways to build more specialized care in the state, and focus on the goal of returning all out-of-state foster youth.

“We are working hard every day to make sure they are safe, make sure Oregon staff or third-party contractors check on them, and review how they are being treated,” Jones said

Taking it easy on the Earth and Sky by recycling what needs recycling!

NHS Robotics Club members with some of the materials accepted at their Earth Week e-cycling event

The Newport High School Robotics Club and Thompson’s Sanitary Service are hosting Earth Week Electronics Recycling on Friday and Saturday, April 26th-27th.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days, and will be in the east campus parking lot (towards the athletic field) of Newport High School, 322 NE Eads Street.

With more than 2 billion computers in use worldwide, safe disposal of computer and related equipment (e-wastes) has become a critical concern. It is illegal to dispose of e-wastes in landfills in Oregon because they contain hazardous chemicals like lead, cadmium, mercury and more that can contaminate water supplies. However, most of this waste can be recycled and reused, which is the goal of this event.

Items accepted for recycling (at no charge) include: TVs, computers (monitors, towers, laptops, desktops); computer peripherals (mice, scanners, speakers); camcorders and cameras; MP3 players (iPods, zunes, etc.); printer ink and toner cartridges; cables and power supplies; cellular, corded, and cordless phones. Data security on computers is the donator’s responsibility. Hard drives can be removed and hammered prior to recycling or erased by programs like Killdisk (there’s a free version at

Items not acceptable (they will be refused at the event) are: batteries, DVD and VHS players, game consoles and handheld electronic games, scanners, and fax machines. Many of these items might be donated to local service organizations, if they are in working condition.

This is the 4th time NHS Robotics Club has helped host this event. Over the past 10 years, the club has managed to keep over 70 tons of materials from entering the waste stream, with around ¼ of that being e-waste. The club also partners with Lincoln County to host a surplus office equipment sale every fall. For more information about the event, call Liz Fox at 541-265-9281, x231 or email For more information about Thompson’s Sanitary Service Recycling, contact Aimee Thompson at 541-265-7249 or email

Weather or Not: Travel Troubles

4/11/19 Rain today, up to 1/2″, SSW winds 10-15mph gusting 25, high 50-55F, showers ending overnight, low 45F, partly to mostly sunny tomorrow, high 55F. Outlook: rain Sat, up to 1/2″, showers Sun, rain/showers Mon, showers remain likely on Tue, then a chance of showers Wed, highs 50-55F, lows 45F.

Beaches Today:
Surf Height…………..8 to 11 ft.
Weather………………Cloudy with rain and showers. Highs 50 to 55.
Wind…………………Southwest 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 20 mph, becoming southwest 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph.
Tides (South Beach)…
High tide…7.9 ft at 04:35 AM PDT.
Low tide….0.1 ft at 11:39 AM PDT.
High tide…6.1 ft at 06:31 PM PDT.
Low tide….3.8 ft at 11:29 PM PDT.
Sunrise – 6:37 AM PDT. Sunset – 7:56 PM PDT.

Marine: Depoe Bay Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy ‘DB’ has been relighted. Yaquina Bay Inner Range Rear Light has also been relighted. Meanwhile, Heceta Head light is currently extinguished.

Travel: Highway 34 is still closed due to flooding between Colorado Lake Road and the Willamette River. The Highway 34 bypass is also closed; use an alternate route, like 99W, to get from Corvallis to I-5. A Flood Warning is in effect for the Willamette River from north of Eugene to north of Albany; though this may not directly affect travel on I-5, feeder highways may see some high water. The Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the Cascades through 6:00pm this evening for snow accumulations of 3 to 8 inches expected between 3,500 and 5,000 feet including the highway passes. However, 8 to 16 inches are likely for elevations above 5,000 feet. West to southwest winds of 15 to 25 mph will also continue today. Travel could be very difficult. Be prepared for winter driving conditions.

Kids still in cages and still being held illegally – Sen. Ron Wyden

Sen. Ron Wyden

When it comes to immigration, the Trump administration has stoked fear and bigotry and doubled down on its shameful treatment of children and families.

Kids in cages, and held there indefinitely.

To make matters worse, the administration arrested and deported family members and others who stepped forward to care for unaccompanied migrant children, and give them a safe and loving home. If that sounds like “using child refugees as bait,” then you’re reading it right.

It’s depraved. It’s sickening. And it’s being done in our name.

The safety and welfare of these kids must be the priority – not the Donald Trump/Stephen Miller white nationalist immigration policy, and not scoring political points. That’s why Senator Kamala Harris and I introduced the “Families Not Facilities Act.”

Our legislation would prohibit ICE from using information collected by Health and Human Services to target family members and other caregivers who come forward to care for unaccompanied migrant children.

Our bill also shifts ICE enforcement funds to programs that provide social and legal services and help ensure children and child migrants get the care they need.

Kirstjen Nielsen resigned on Sunday, but all signs point to it’s because she wasn’t extreme enough. Unfortunately, that likely means the mistreatment of children at the border is going to get even worse.

Holding children in detention centers violates everything our country stands for. History will judge us harshly for that assault on humanitarian values.

America needs leaders who will do everything in their power to protect children and place them with families where they feel safe and cared for. I’ll never stop fighting for decency, compassion, and the rule of law, and I will always step up to defend our most vulnerable against Trump’s attacks.


Another evacuation from one of Waldport’s schools due to odor problems

From the Lincoln County School District

Just before 10:00 this morning (4/10/19), the staff at Crestview Heights School noticed a strong smell of diesel in one section of the school (Hall B). In response, we evacuated students over to Waldport High School and called the fire department. The smell dissipated after about 10 minutes.

At about 10:50, Fire Chief Gary Woodson gave the all clear for students and staff to return to Crestview Heights School. Our facilities manager, Tim Kaufman concurred with the Chief’s assessment for students to return to the building.

Fire Chief Gary Woodson believes that the smell originated from the Waldport High School boiler. He said, “Winds were out of the west. As the boiler [at Waldport High] kicked on, and the exterior door at Crestview was open [due to students going to/from recess], it is possible the fumes got in the building.” Chief Woodson said that the fire department checked the school and used their gas meters to determine there was “zero carbon monoxide in Crestview Heights or even around either boiler room.” He also checked the boiler room at Crestview Heights School, and it was not involved in this incident.

Our Superintendent, Karen Gray, also came to the school to assess the situation with the boilers with our Facilities Manager, Tim Kaufman. Our Facilities Manager proceeded to do a check of the boiler at Waldport High and determined it is in good working condition.

By about 11:00, our students and staff were back in the Crestview Heights building. We are proud of our staff and students for quickly following evacuation procedures. We are thankful for Chief Woodson’s quick response. Chief Woodson said, “We’re happy to help wherever we can.”

Superintendent Gray said, “ I am so proud of the way that the students and staff at CVH followed our procedures and quickly evacuated the school to the high school. Both administrations cooperated very well and the students were kept safe while the district and fire department investigated. Our boilers are in good working condition”.

Travel Alert!!

In Corvallis, the OR 34 Corvallis-Lebanon Highway will remain closed through Wednesday evening by flood waters between Colorado Lake Drive and Van Buren (OR 34) at First Street. Travelers should avoid the area and take alternate routes such as OR 99W and U.S. 20. The Bypass is closed at OR 99W.

The road will remain closed until the river levels recede. There is no estimate for the road opening. Once the water recedes, the cleanup and road damage assessment will be done. Expect heavy traffic on alternate routes.

Are our kids going to grow up empowered – or do they lack the support that the Boomers enjoyed?

A new survey by Junior Achievement (JA) and Citizens Bank shows that 63 percent of teens believe they will be financially independent of their parents by the age of 30, meaning that more than a third of teens surveyed do not hold this belief. The survey is being released in conjunction with Financial Literacy Month, which is April.

The survey found that 74 percent believe they will own a car by the time they are 30, with 60 percent believing they will own a home, 44 percent believing they will begin saving for retirement and 43 percent believing they will have paid off student loans. The survey of 1,000 US teens ages 13-18, who are not currently enrolled in college was conducted by Wakefield Research.

“These survey findings show a disconcerting lack of confidence among teens when it comes to achieving financial goals,” said Ryan Deckert, JA President. “With a strong economy, you would think teens would be more optimistic. It just demonstrates the importance of working with young people to help them better understand financial concepts and gain confidence in their ability to manage their financial futures.”

The survey also found that most teens’ top financial goal for the future is getting a full-time job (62%). Other financial goals included graduating from a 4-year college (59%), no longer having to rely on parents or caregivers for money (53%) and saving enough money for a big trip or vacation (41%). In terms of teen top financial concerns for the future, those included paying for college (47%), not being able to afford to live on their own (45%), paying taxes (43%) and finding a fulfilling, well-paying job (40%).

Other findings include:

* Most teens (64%) turn to their parents or caregivers for financial advice, followed by family members (38%), friends (30%) and online resources, such as articles and social media (27%)
* Most teens making money have some sort of bank account (61%), while the rest save their money unbanked, such as in a shoebox, piggybank or other method.
* Among those currently in school, more female respondents (40%) than males (34%) believed they would make less than $35,000 in their first full-time job after high school.
* More teens (22%) earned money in 2019 by working independently, compared to 2018 (16%). Most teens depend on gifts for spending money (64%), while many receive allowances for doing chores (32%).

Here we go…but will we get there?

Sen. Jeff Merkley
Medicare For All bill introduced in the Congress.

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today joined a group of 15 Senators, led by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), to introduce the Medicare for All Act of 2019.

The legislation would expand Medicare so that every American is covered by this high-quality, popular health care plan simply by virtue of being an American.

“Health care should be a right for every single American, not a privilege reserved for the healthy and the wealthy,” said Merkley. “Right now, our health care system is incredibly complex, fragmented, and stressful. Americans could have so much more peace of mind if we had a simple, seamless system where, solely by virtue of living in America, you know that you will get the care you need. We’ve made tremendous strides in expanding access to health care across our nation, but many Americans still are rightfully frustrated by the cost and complexity of our current system. It’s time to simplify health care and lower patients’ costs, and embrace Medicare for All.”

Merkley holds an open town hall in each of Oregon’s counties, every year. By the end of this year, he will have held nearly 400 town halls while in office. In red and blue counties alike, Merkley has heard from Oregonians about the stress and uncertainty families experience in our current health care system, and the appeal of having a simple, seamless health care system that Americans would know is there for them no matter what.

DELAYED: Annual Siletz River Clean Up

Siletz River
Clean up is postponed. River conditions are pretty rough.

DELAYED: Annual Siletz River Clean Up!

The Siletz Watershed Council, MidCoast Watersheds Council, and partners will be delaying the Annual Siletz River Clean Up. April showers and the resulting high river flows we’ve seen are good news for the fish, but not for conducting a clean up as originally scheduled this Saturday, the 13th. We will be delaying the event to ensure it can be run in safe conditions for interested boaters ranging in experience level, so stay tuned for future announcements with the new date.

About the Clean Up:
This is a family-friendly event, with opportunities for trash pickup both by boat and by foot to support the health of this special river system.

With a river length of 67 miles from its’ headwaters in the Coast Range to where it meets the Pacific just south of Lincoln City, the Siletz River Watershed drains a total area of 197,120 acres. The cities of Siletz, Toledo, Newport, and Seal Rock all obtain water from this system. In addition, the river supports vulnerable populations of coho salmon, summer steelhead, and spring chinook, as well as winter steelhead, fall chinook, chum, and cutthroat and rainbow trout, and is a popular recreational fishing destination.
River users from the Central Coast and the Willamette Valley recognize the importance of this watershed. During the 2017 Clean Up, 20 volunteers in four boats collected over 1,000 pounds of garbage from the river and banks. In 2018, the event was delayed a month back from its usual date due to high flows and bad weather. But even with this change in schedule, over 25 volunteers in five boats collected over 1,200 pounds of garbage.

These collections include a range of trash, from smaller items such as plastic bottles and food containers, to larger items like car tires and even car bodies. By working with local boat owners, we are able to remove much more trash—and much larger pieces of trash—than would be possible with just land-based coverage.

Prior to divvying up volunteers into teams, coffee and donuts may be enjoyed in the morning, thanks to donations by Starbucks and JC Thriftway.

After all the hard work is done in the afternoon, a BBQ lunch and raffle takes place. Prizes may include items from: Logsden Store, Siletz Roadhouse, Noel’s Market, Larry’s Old Place, Englund Marine, Newport Marine, Little Chief Restaurant, Harry’s Bait and Tackle, among others.

Other sponsors and supporters include: Siletz Shuttle Service, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Dahl Disposal, SOLVE, City of Siletz, and Local Fishing Guides.

Bring your friends, gloves, waterproof boots, and dress in layers to take part in this long-term effort.
Registration is not required, but preferred, at the following link:

Hope to see you at Hee Hee Illahe Park in Siletz at our rescheduled event!

Weather or Not: Over the Top

4/10/19 Alternating steady rain and showers today-tomorrow, precip totals near 1.5″, WSW winds 10-15mph gusting 25, highs 50-55F, low 45-50F. Outlook: slight chance of showers and some sunshine Fri, rain Sat, showers likely Sun, rain Mon, showers Tue, highs 50-55F, lows 45F. Drying/clearing late next week.

Beaches Today:
Surf Height…………..8 to 11 ft.
Weather………………Cloudy with showers likely. Highs 50 to 55.
Wind…………………Southwest 5 to 10 mph with gusts to 15 mph, becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph.
Tides (South Beach)…
High tide…8.2 ft at 03:49 AM PDT.
Low tide….0.0 ft at 10:41 AM PDT.
High tide…6.3 ft at 05:24 PM PDT.
Low tide….3.4 ft at 10:27 PM PDT.
Sunrise – 6:39 AM PDT. Sunset – 7:55 PM PDT.

Central Coast Precipitation:
Since last Thursday… 4.24”
So far this month… 5.78”
Normal April total… 4.95”
So far this year… 22.56”
Average annual… ~70.00”

Mountain Travel: A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Cascade highways, which is in effect for this afternoon through Thursday afternoon. Snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches expected between 3,500 and 5,000 feet. However, 10 to 20 inches are likely for elevations above 5,000 feet. Snow will be heavy at times later tonight into Thursday morning. West to southwest winds will increase later today, with breezy winds of 15 to 25 mph tonight through Thursday. Wind gusts up to 30 mph at the passes likely, but gusts over 45 mph likely on the higher exposed peaks and ridges, primarily above 6,000 feet. Travel could be very difficult. Be prepared for winter driving conditions. A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow-covered roads, limited visibilities and use caution while driving.

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