By Kiera Morgan
The Newport City council repealed the temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensary facilities. The council approved business license endorsement standards for such facilities to operate in the city. House Bill 3460 allowed for the establishment of local governments to put moratoriums in place for medical marijuana dispensaries until local rules and controls where established. The City council forwarded the matter to the Planning Commission to determine whether the city should adopt local standards. The Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt standards regulating the conditions under which a facility may dispense medical marijuana. Council asked the Business License Task Force to consider the Planning Commission recommendations.
City manager Spencer Nebel noted that the state already has extensive regulations on medical marijuana facilities. The passed Ordinance amends the code as it relates to business licenses to create a special endorsement for medical marijuana dispensaries. In addition to dispensaries meeting the Oregon Health Authority requirements to receive a State license, local applicants will need to provide to the city proof of State registration, criminal background checks from personal responsible for the facility and for employees of the facility. It also establishes that the city will have the same access to any and all video surveillance records and recordings as required by the Oregon Health Authority for their oversight of licensed facilities.
A bridge repair project will reduce available lanes on the US 101: Kernville Bridge, less than 1.5 miles south of Lincoln City (MP 120). Beginning Monday, July 21, 2014 and continuing for approximately three weeks, the bridge will be reduced to one lane of travel in each direction Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The restriction is necessary to allow crews to replace the expansion joints on the bridge.
Electronic message boards will be positioned in advance of the bridge to inform motorists. Construction cones and barrels will direct traffic to the available lanes. This bridge is a four lane bridge and the project will still allow a full lane of travel in each direction. Therefore, the project is not expected to result in a significant delay to motorists and bicyclists. However, during construction, traffic flow will be monitored closely to ensure that this project, in combination with another project currently underway on US 101 in Lincoln City, doesn’t negatively impact traffic in unintended ways.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are reopening the entire Oregon Coast to recreational and commercial mussel harvesting. Shellfish samples taken along the coast indicate levels of paralytic shellfish toxins or PSTs have dropped below the alert level. The entire coast, from the mouth of the Columbia River to the California border, was closed to mussel harvesting June 20 following two partial closures that began May 30. With the reopening, the entire Oregon Coast is now open to all recreational and commercial shellfish harvesting with the exception of the Clatsop Beaches, which are closed to all razor clam harvesting until September 30 for conservation purposes. The conservation closure extends from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head.
The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give. Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.
In addition, the Independence Day holiday falling on Friday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors did not host drives because people took vacations either over the long weekend or for the entire week. In an average summer week, about 4,400 Red Cross blood drives are scheduled, compared to Independence Day week when only 3,450 drives occurred.
“Hospital patients continue to need lifesaving blood this summer, and they’re relying on the generosity of volunteer donors to give them hope in the days and weeks ahead,” said Jeff Allen, CEO for the Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region. “Please, consider giving the gift of life. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need – and you never know when it could be your loved one needing blood.” Continue reading
The word “tuna” conjures images of a canned pantry staple, delicate sashimi over rice, or locally, fish and chips. Tuna is an important part of many peoples’ diets, but few consider the fish behind the food. The Oregon Coast Aquarium will help visitors take a bite into the story behind this keystone creature during Tuna Fisheries Day on Wednesday, July 23.
The Aquarium will create an environment of tuna-related discovery for guests of all ages to connect with these migratory fish that can swim as fast as 40 miles per hour. Interactive activities, including tuna sample tastings and learning to tie knots like commercial fishermen, will engage all five senses as visitors explore the world of tuna fish and sustainable seafood.
Youngsters will be able to connect with these formidable fish through age-appropriate interactive activities including pretending to be tuna and tuna fishermen, creating artwork related to tuna fish and even touching a real tuna in its original fish form. Continue reading