Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall has returned from Washington, D.C., where he was one of thirty-three elected county officials from the state to attend the annual Legislative Conference of the National Association of Counties (NACo). Hall is second vice president of the Oregon Association of Counties (AOC). “It was a great opportunity to learn, network, and meet with members of the Oregon Congressional delegation and their staffs,” said Hall. “I had one perfectly timed opportunity on Wednesday (Feb. 25), when I was part of a group that spoke with Rep. Peter DeFazio right before he went into a hearing on the Coast Guard budget.”
DeFazio is the ranking member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, putting him in a key position to influence the Coast Guard’s spending priorities. Hall said he was able to alert DeFazio and a member of his staff of the data about the Newport Coast Guard Helicopter’s record of lifesaving effectiveness recently compiled by the Surfrider Foundation. DeFazio asked for a copy of the information to take into the hearing. “He promised our group that he would work to get specific language in the bill protecting the Newport helicopter, or, failing that, a provision directing that the Coast Guard’s lifesaving mission not be compromised by budgetary issues.”
Hall and other commissioners spent three days in committee meetings and workshops, as well as hearing from speakers, including U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who began his public career at the county level, told the group that counties are “the most important and least appreciated form of government” in the country. Hall has applied for membership on NACo’s committee on Military and Veterans Affairs. Currently, Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel is the only Oregon representative on that panel. “Commissioner McKeel will leave office at the end of next year, and I think it’s important Oregon continue to have a voice on that group.”
The Look-Out on Cape Foulweather in Lincoln County is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1937, it is improbably perched on a knobby promontory on the jagged south flank of Cape Foulweather, 453 feet above the Pacific Ocean. This secondary headland is commonly known as Otter Crest, a name also appropriated by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for the adjacent State Scenic Viewpoint.
The Look-Out was built and operated by Wilbur “Buck” and Anna Badley. The business began briefly as the Foulweather Coffee Shop, but soon shifted into a very successful gift shop when the Badleys realized people were most interested in purchasing souvenirs of their visit to the coast. Upon the completion of the Roosevelt Coast Military Highway (U.S. 101) in 1932 and associated bridges in 1936, tourists could more easily travel and visit sites along the Pacific Ocean. The Look-Out is an excellent example of an isolated entrepreneurial venture along the central coast that capitalized on the public investment based upon the urging and support of the citizens of Oregon. Continue reading
By Kiera Morgan
While healthy eating can be a challenge for kids and parents, elementary school students in Lincoln County School District at Oceanlake, Taft Elementary, Sam Case, Toledo Elementary, Siletz Valley Charter School and Crestview Elementary will use their creativity and culinary skills to make healthy, after-school snacks in Sodexo’s 2015 Future Chefs Challenge. The national initiative, which is in its fifth year, was created to get students thinking about making healthy food choices while also encouraging them to get active and creative in the kitchen.
Lincoln County Elementary School students are joining over 2,500 other students representing over 1,000 Sodexo-served school sites in 29 states nationally in this educational challenge taking place in March. The theme for this year’s competition is After School Healthy Snacks. To compete, students will prepare the snack on their own, supervised by kitchen staff. All necessary ingredients and supplies will be provided by Sodexo. To kick off the competition, students were invited to submit recipes, and three finalists from each school were selected for the cook-off.
The finalists will prepare their recipes in front of a panel of judges, who will vote on them based on several categories. All finalists will receive a chef’s coat and hat. The winning student from each participating district will be considered for regional finalist awards, and the selected regional finalists will vie to become one of five national finalists competing for the public’s vote on a special Future Chefs YouTube channel.
Maj. Gen. David Enyeart, Oregon Army National Guard and Chief of Police in Toledo, Oregon, is promoted to the rank of Major General during a promotion ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon, Feb. 6, 2012. (courtesy photo)
Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. David Enyeart is scheduled to retire from more than 30 years of military service in a ceremony on Sunday at the Anderson Readiness Center. He is also the Chief of Police in Toledo. In his most recent position, Enyeart served as the Chief of Staff of U.S. Forces Korea, where he was responsible for directing, planning, coordinating and integrating actions of the Joint Staff while directly supporting national objectives to maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula in order to deflect potential attackers. Enyeart began his career in the U.S. Army in 1978.
He received his commission as a second lieutenant through Officer Candidate School in June 1985 and joined the Oregon Army National Guard as a mortar platoon leader. Over the course of more than three decades, Enyeart served on three overseas deployments; two in Afghanistan and one in Sarajevo, Bosnia. His military career includes commands ranging from unit level to brigade level before becoming the Assistant Adjutant General – Army for the Oregon National Guard. In Sarajevo, Enyeart served with military and governmental agencies assisting in their entry into NATO.
Splashdata has announced its annual list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet – thus making them the “Worst Passwords” that will expose anybody to being hacked or having their identities stolen.
In its fourth annual report, compiled from more than 3.3 million leaked passwords during the year, “123456”and “password” continue to hold the top two spots that they have held each year since the first list in 2011.
Other passwords in the top 10 include “qwerty,” “dragon,” and “football.”
As in past years’ lists, simple numerical passwords remain common, with nine of the top 25 passwords on the 2014 list comprised of numbers only.
Passwords appearing for the first time on SplashData’s list include “696969” and “batman.”
While Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, “iloveyou” is one of the nine passwords from 2013 to fall off the 2014 list.
According to SplashData, the passwords evaluated for the 2014 list were mostly held by users in North America and Western Europe. In 2014, millions of passwords from Russian accounts were also leaked, but these passwords were not included in the analysis.
SplashData’s list of frequently used passwords shows that many people continue to put themselves at risk by using weak, easily guessable passwords.
There is a lot of confusion about “service animals”. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as “a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.”
Oregon law defines “Service Animal” as an “Assistance Animal”. “A dog or other animal designated by administrative rule that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual.” No other animal has been designated by Oregon Administrative Rule at this time. Comfort, companion, emotional support, therapy animals, and/or trained pets are NOT Service Animals.
Service or Assistance animals may be of any type or breed of dog and need not be certified by any governmental agency or service group. Some service animals, such as guide dogs, may be readily identifiable, but many don’t have a distinctive symbol, harness, or collar.
It’s important to understand that service animals are not pets and may be trained by an individual or organization to assist individuals with disabilities. People should not attempt to pet the animal or offer any food items. Continue reading
National Average Drops for more than 100 Days
Oregon, National Averages at Lowest Prices since May 2009
“The national average for regular unleaded has fallen for a record 103 days while Oregon’s average has declined for 42 days in a row. For the week, the national average dips another eight cents to $2.19 a gallon. Oregon’s average skids a dime to $2.45 a gallon. Both averages are at their lowest prices in five and a half years,” says AAA Oregon/Idaho Public Affairs Director Marie Dodds. “AAA estimates households saved an average of $115 on gasoline in 2014 compared to 2013 due to plunging pump prices. Overall, Americans saved about $14 billion on gasoline in 2014 compared to the previous year.”
The annual average price of gasoline in 2014 was $3.34 per gallon nationally, which is 15 cents less than 2013’s annual average of $3.49 per gallon. Oregon’s 2014 average price was $3.56, seven cents less than 2013’s annual average of $3.63 a gallon.
The national average has fallen every day since September 25 for a total of $1.16 per gallon. Today’s price is $1.51 (approximately 41 percent) less than the 2014 peak of $3.70 per gallon on April 28. The Oregon average has fallen every day since November 25, adding up to a 61-cent drop and is $1.54 (about 39 percent) less than the 2014 peak of $3.98 reached on July 3.
Pump prices may drop another 10 cents per gallon during the next two weeks as retail prices catch up with the steep declines in the cost of crude oil. Barring any significant fluctuations in the price of crude oil, AAA predicts the national average is likely to remain below $3 per gallon in 2015, although prices may see seasonal increases this spring and summer. Gas prices typically rise about 30 to 50 cents per gallon during the spring refinery maintenance season due to decreased production and tighter supplies. During this period, it is possible that some regions, particularly the Northeast and West Coast, could see average prices rise back above $3 per gallon. Similarly, gas prices may rise in the summer due to strong demand as Americans take road trips.