Feds To Take Over Cover Oregon

Cover Oregon staff today recommended shutting down Cover Oregon which will likely trigger a special Legislative session adding more expense to the long list of costly failures brought by the project.

The Obama administration is poised to take over Oregon’s broken insurance exchange, according to officials familiar with the decision, who say that it reflects federal officials’ conclusion that several state-run marketplaces may be too dysfunctional to fix.

The story here in the Washington PostWP



http://The Obama administration is poised to take over Oregon’s broken insurance exchange, according to officials familiar with the decision, who say that it reflects federal officials’ conclusion that several state-run marketplaces may be too dysfunctional to fix.

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Donations Needed For Project Homeless Connect

6th---PHC---Poster-JPEGProject Homeless Connect Newport organizers are gearing up for this years event, scheduled for October, and are looking for donations. Organizers of the event however are accepting much needed donations.

Thanks to a grant of $2,000 from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution fund they are able to purchase tents, tarps, sleeping bags along with ID’s and Birth Certificates. All sizes of new socks and underwear for men, women and children are greatly needed. Warm items for winter like gloves, hats and new coats are also needed for the event.

This is the 8th annual Project Homeless Connect held to distribute services to the homeless in Lincoln County. Last year there were 168 people served. Participants received a variety of services such as dental care, shots from Health and Human Services, help with ID and birth certificates, and veterinary services. Continue reading

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Rainer Heads To Alaska

NOAA-Transparent-LogoThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA Ship Rainier, departed from Newport on Monday April 21st headed for Kodiak, Alaska to acquire data as part of an effort to update NOAA’s nautical charting products in support of Southwest Alaska’s large fishing fleet, increasing levels of passenger and commercial vessel traffic.

The 231-ft. NOAA Ship Rainier is one of four hydrographic survey ships in the NOAA fleet that conduct hydrographic surveys in support of the nautical charting mission of NOAA’s National Ocean Service.

Equipped with global positioning system side-scan sonar, multi-beam survey technology, echo sounders, data acquisition and processing computers, and seven survey launches, the ship is one of the most modern and productive survey platforms of its type in the world. 

With a crew of 40, Rainier operates eight to nine months of the year in the coastal waters of Alaska, identifying the location of boulders, wrecks and other hazards to navigation absent from current charts and to verify objects and depths already noted.

Commissioned in 1968, NOAA Ship Rainier has a 45 year history in the NOAA fleet of research ships and aircraft which is now based at the Marine Operations Center- Pacific in Newport, OR. She is operated and managed by commissioned NOAA Corps officers and civilian wage mariners.

NOAA Corps is one of seven uniformed services in the United States whose officers have scientific or engineering backgrounds and develop an important blend of operational, managerial, and technical skills that support the agency’s programs at sea, in the air, in space, and ashore.  

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State Audit Recommends Changes To TANF

STATE SEALOregon prioritized making cash payments to the state’s poorest families during the Great Recession, but as the economy recovers, the state could do more to help move clients toward jobs and self-sufficiency, according to a new audit released by Secretary of State’s office.

“During the recession, the Legislature made the right decision to prioritize financial assistance to families living in poverty,” said Secretary of State Kate Brown. “Now as we pull out of the recession, we need to do everything we can to help the most vulnerable Oregonians participate in Oregon ’s economic recovery.”

Oregon’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program sends monthly cash payments of approximately $500 to about 35,000 Oregon families with children under 18, most headed by single mothers. The clients are among the poorest of the poor, with 96 percent not earning any income at all.

The Department of Human Services runs the Oregon TANF program, which is intended to stabilize families and help parents find work and become more independent. In exchange for cash payments, parents are supposed to participate in job search activities or pursue steps such as mental health or addiction treatment to help them overcome barriers to work.

In response to the recession, the Legislature increased TANF’s overall budget to extend cash payments to more families. But with state revenues declining, the Legislature also cut expenditures for client services in 2011, significantly reducing job training and other options available to parents. Continue reading

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April 24, 2014 · 12:05 pm

Planned Power Outage In Taft Tonight (4/24)

Pacific Power logoAbout 700 customers in the Nelscott area will be without electricity in the early morning hours of Friday, Apr. 25, while Pacific Power crews transfer electrical service to a new line that aligns with the Highway 101 Nelscott Project now underway by Oregon Department of Transportation

The outage is expected to begin at 11 p.m. Apr. 24 and last until 7 a.m., Apr. 25. The area affected is from SW 13th Street south to SW 31st St., including Hwy 101 west to Anchor Ave. Pacific Power customers in the area have been notified individually about the outage. Lodging and restaurant operators are encouraged to make sure their guests are aware of the interruption, as well. Continue reading

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SBDC Presents Law Classes

RichardHuntpalmerThis month, the Oregon Coast Community College Small Business Development Center will deliver a pair of brand-new business law courses to participants throughout Lincoln County. Presented live on the Newport OCCC campus, these two sessions will be simulcast live via two-way video-conference to the Lincoln City campus, allowing people from all over the Central Coast to participate, ask questions and interact with the instructor. The two courses will be led by Richard Huntpalmer, an attorney recently relocated to the Oregon Coast.
The classes will be held on Wednesdays, April 23 and April 30. Both will begin at 6 pm.
Below are the tentative agendas for these two sessions. The instructor, however, plans to tailor course content to the registrants’ needs. A survey is posted at the end of this story at the SBDC’s website, OregonCoastBusiness.com. “Richard hopes everyone who registers for this course will take a few moments to fill out this survey,” said SBDC director Dave Price. “Armed with these questions in advance, he’ll be sure to touch on the issues of most concern for those in the audience.” Continue reading

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