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OLCC’s Statement on Passage of Measure 91

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In response to the voters’ decision to pass Measure 91, Steven Marks, Executive Director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has released the following statement:

“The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will work with other state agencies to implement Measure 91 with a great amount of accountability through a transparent and public process. Implementation of recreational marijuana in Oregon will have an emphasis on bringing Oregon’s marijuana industry into a regulated and licensed marketplace.

From now until January 2016, OLCC will be exploring many policy questions that will require extensive public and stakeholder input. As we move forward, we will focus on preventing marijuana sales to minors, protecting consumers through establishing standards and providing education, as well as supporting law enforcement in their efforts to prevent unlicensed sale and production of marijuana. Continue reading

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Monthly Social Security and SSI Benefits To Increase

moneyMonthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced today.

The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 58 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2015.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2014. The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA tothe increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.  Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $118,500 from $117,000.  Of the estimated 168 million workers who will
pay Social Security taxes in 2015, about 10 million will pay higher taxes
because of the increase in the taxable maximum.

Information about Medicare changes for 2015 is available at
www.Medicare.gov<http://www.medicare.gov/>.

The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated.  To read
more, please visit
www.socialsecurity.gov/cola<http://www.socialsecurity.gov/cola>.

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Test Your Smoke Alarms Before Changing The Batteries.

Smoke alarmSunday, November 2nd marks the end of Daylight Saving Time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

“Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “So, I encourage residents to test their alarms before changing the battery.”

Oregon law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are solely battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery. Because of this technology, the national slogan “Change your clock, Change your battery” may not apply to Oregon residents who have these ionization-only smoke alarms.

Other types of alarms are also being sold with either a 10-year battery or a standard-life battery.

“Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family’s safety from a home fire,” adds Walker. “Also, be sure to replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older.”
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Coast Guard Says Unless They Get Orders Otherwise The Air Station Goes

Newport Fishermen’s Wives President Jennifer Shock-Stevenson delivers more than 18,000 signatures opposing the closure of the Coast Guard’s Newport helicopter facility to Congressman Kurt Schrader and Rear Admiral Richard Gromlich during an Oct. 20 town hall meeting. Schrader plans to deliver the petition to the commandant of the Coast Guard’s desk in Washington D.C. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

Newport Fishermen’s Wives President Jennifer Shock-Stevenson delivers more than 18,000 signatures opposing the closure of the Coast Guard’s Newport helicopter facility to Congressman Kurt Schrader and Rear Admiral Richard Gromlich during an Oct. 20 town hall meeting. Schrader plans to deliver the petition to the commandant of the Coast Guard’s desk in Washington D.C. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

By Kiera Morgan

The Port of Newport, Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and Newport City Council held a town hall meeting Monday night (10/20)  to give local and congressional representatives information on the importance of keeping helicopter air service in Lincoln County. Rear Admiral Richard Gromlich was in attendance to discuss the U.S. Coast Guard’s decision to close its Newport rescue helicopter facility. Ginny Golbrich explained the history of how the Fisherman’s Wives worked to campaign to get the helicopter in Newport because of many deaths that occurred prior.

She said the Coast Guard mission is to do search and rescue and one hour time to respond to someone in the water or stuck on the rocks is a death sentence. State Representative David Gomberg thanked the men and women of the coast guard and said they have his utmost respect for what they do. He added that somewhere along the chain of command those in Washington D.C. have lost sight of the mission and believe that saving money is more important than saving lives. Continue reading

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Ten Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Volunteers Honored.

 

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Ten Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area volunteers were recently presented the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award. The award encourages United States citizens, or lawfully admitted permanent residents, to live a life of service. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and the Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, recognized the efforts of Harry Olund (2,258 hours), Richard and Linda Crooks (2,050 hours each), Fae Kelley (1,907 hours), Bill and Betty Jones (1,809 hours each), Rebecca Field (1,617 hours), Tom Quayle (1,509 hours), Doug Purcell (883 hours) and Chris Burns (836 hours).

“Many of these individuals have given their time to Yaquina Head for more than a decade,” said Salem District Manager Kim Titus. “Together they have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of visitors and have assisted the Bureau of Land Management with many visitor service tasks including lighthouse tours, interpretive center operations and tide pool education.”

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A number of additional Yaquina Head volunteers, including full time “apprentices” – volunteers who serve as rangers-in-training, were also recognized. During the past year, 39 volunteers provided 8,308 hours of service, (valued at $184,000). Continue reading

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Little Libraries In Newport

By Larry Coonrod

LincolnCountyDispatch.Com

Youngsters line up to get a book from the Little Free Library in front of Sam Case Primary School Monday. A project of the Ford Family Leadership Program Central Lincoln County Cohort 3, 11 of the free Little Libraries are planned throughout the county. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

Youngsters line up to get a book from the Little Free Library in front of Sam Case Primary School Monday. A project of the Ford Family Leadership Program Central Lincoln County Cohort 3, 11 of the free Little Libraries are planned throughout the county. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

NEWPORT-Two dozen youngsters anxiously clutched books and fidgeted while waiting patiently for the adults to finish their speeches and cut the ceremonial ribbon so they could be among the first to use the Little Free Library at Sam Case Primary School Monday.

Looking something like an overgrown birdhouse, the Little Free Library in front of the school is the first of 11 planned throughout Lincoln County to provide free books.

Community Problem Solving

Monday’s ribbon cutting marked months of work by about 40 central Lincoln County community members taking part in the Ford Family Leadership Program. Participants spend 48 hours learning leadership skills, conflict resolution, and consensus building. “The goal is to try to enable rural communities to problem solve here locally and go back to the model where people are relying on community based solutions to problems,” said cohort 3 member Sharon Kanareff.

At the end, each cohort group chooses a community project to put their skills to work.  The central Lincoln County Cohort 3 group looked at many ideas before agreeing on the Little Free Libraries. “It dealt with literacy, which is a huge interest to all of us within the county,” said Sheila Stiley. “And second, it was something everybody could really invest in and be part of, from the youth up to the 70-year-olds.” Continue reading

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Connie Hanson Garden Recognized

flowers connie hanson gardenThe Connie Hansen Garden was recently featured in Donald Olson’s book “The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour.” In the book, Olson details 60 of the best gardens in the region and praises the Connie Hansen Garden as one of them.”A self-assured confidence here (at the gardens) tells you this 1-acre site was gardened by someone who knew her plants and, like an artist, wasn’t afraid to experiment with shapes, colors, and juxtapositions.” Olson notes in the passage. “Though the garden is small, its artful design makes it seem much larger, with surprises to be found along its meandering paths and around every corner.” The author also mentions that one of the great things about the gardens is the variety of rare and unusual plants for sale, many varieties of which cannot be found in area nurseries.

IMG_1692University of California botanist Connie Hansen created the Garden during the last two decades of her life.  Before her death in 1993, visitors from around the world came to enjoy her collection of unusual plants and to study the intricacies of her garden design.  Since her death, a cadre of garden angels rescued the garden from sure destruction and have continued voluntarily to develop it further and keep it open free of charge to the public, adding a garden house with open viewing to the garden for meetings, weddings, and other special occasions.

Donald Olson is a travel writer, novelist, and playwright with a longtime interest in gardens and gardening. His travel stories have appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, and other national publications. He is also the author of many travel guides including Frommer’s EasyGuide to Seattle, Portland and the Oregon Coast. The book, which is available now, is published by Timber Press and is quickly becoming a summer best seller. To reserve your copy, visit www.timberpress.com or your nearest book retailer.

For more information on the Connie Hansen Garden, call 541-994-6338 or visit www.conniehansengarden.com.

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