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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 11-13-06:

AFFORDABLE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. IT’S A STRUGGLE FOR ALL OF US TO BUY & MAINTAIN OUR PRESCRIPTIONS. RECENTLY, 2 LARGE CHAINS ANNOUNCED FOUR DOLLAR PRESCRIPTIONS FOR MANY GENERIC  DRUG PRESCRIPTIONS. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS PROGRAM, AND IS IT ENOUGH OF A SAVINGS TO MAKE YOU SWITCH FROM YOUR PHARMACY TO THEIRS?

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 11-20-06:

THE MID TERM ELECTIONS ARE OVER. ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE ELECTION RESULTS FOR THE NATION, THE COUNTY, AND THE CITY YOU LIVE IN?


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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 11-27-06:

HOW DO YOU THINK ALL OF LINCOLN COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE DOING IN CLEANING UP THE METH PROBLEM?  THIS INCLUDES CITY, COUNTY & STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT.

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 12-04-06:

WITH INTEREST RATES STEADY, THE HOUSING MARKET SLOW AND AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS IN SHORT SUPPLY, ARE YOU THINKING NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY YOUR OWN HOME?
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 12-11-06:

WORK HAS BEGUN IN NEWPORT ON REPLACING TRAFFIC SIGNALS ON HIGHWAY 101 AT 11TH AND 20TH STREETS. OUR QUESTION THIS WEEK: IS THIS A LONG OVERDUE PROJECT, OR A WASTE OF ODOT MONEY
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 01-08-07:

THE SAVE OUR SCHOOLS COMMITTEE (S.O.S.) IN TOLEDO CONTINUES TO PROCEED WITH MEETINGS AND PLANS TO FORM THEIR OWN SCHOOL DISTRICT, SEPARATE FROM LINCOLN COUNTY. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE COMMITTEE AND THEIR PROPOSED PLANS?
MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 12-25-06:

MAKING CONTACT IS TAKING THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS OFF FOR THE HOLIDAYS. MORE QUESTIONS & YOUR RESPONSES STARTING THE WEEK OF JANUARY 8TH. ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY AND HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR

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I believe that erroneous information is being circulated by the SOS
committee. First, there is no plan to close any more Toledo schools.
Second, the school district did NOT close the 2 Toledo schools, that was
the choice made by the community, in response to disteict-wide budget cuts.
Newport chose to crowd their classrooms, while Toledo closed some of theirs
to avoid loosing staff. Toledo schools are making some great progress;
for example, there is a state-of-the-art technology curriculum program
being developed at Toledo High. If SOS gets their new district, there's no
guarantee that these programs will continue OR that they will reopen any
schools. They don't have a plan, even though they have a budget. That's
like saying that they bought our ticket, and want us to get on the train,
but they don't know where it's going.
 
All that said, we are inviting those who want to know more to come to a
meeting on Monday, January 22nd, at 7 p.m. at the Toledo High Media Center
to give SOS and the LCSD a chance to present their plans so parents can
become more educated in this issue and find out how to get involved.
LS, Toledo
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 01-15-07:

THE LINCOLN COUNTY ROAD DEPARTMENT AND LINCOLN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT HAVE LOST SIGNIFICANT MONIES BECAUSE OF THE
Congress' failure to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS HOW THESE AGENCIES CAN MAKE UP THE DOLLAR DIFFERENCE?

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 01-22-07:

THERE ARE SOME COMPANIES THAT REQUIRE RANDOM DRUG TESTS AS A REQUIREMENT OF EMPLOYMENT. SHOULD PEOPLE ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE OR WELFARE BE REQUIRED TO TAKE DRUG TESTS TO CONTINUE THEIR BENEFITS?

     In answer to your question about drug testing of those on public assistance - a whole hearted YES YES YES!
      Of course I also think the elderly should be exempt from that due the large number of medications they are usually on, plus out of respect. Perhaps cut off the drug testing at the social security age.
 
CSW, Newport

     The answer to this question is unequivocally YES!!!! 
     I cannot afford the 318$ that comes out of my paycheck @ 9.25 an hour for my childrens health insurance. I however have no one paying it for me.
AC, Newport
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 01-29-07:
Plans for affordable housing in lincoln county continue, BUT unless current trends change soon, THE working poor in Lincoln County may never be able to rent or buy a home of their own. how would you solve the housing crisis in lincoln county?

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 02-05-07:
CHILD CARE IN LINCOLN COUNTY IS AN ON-GOING PROBLEM. MORE & MORE PARENTS SCRAMBLE FOR QUALITY AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS. IF YOU ARE HAPPY WITH YOUR CHILD CARE, WE’RE ASKING YOU TO SHARE HOW YOU MAKE IT WORK, AND WHO YOU RELY ON.

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 02-12-07:
recent accidents on highway 101 involving PEDESTRIANS & motor vehicles in newport & lincoln CITY PROMPTS this question: isn’t it time for pedestrian crosswalks to be equipped with a flashing light to warn drivers, and make things safer for everyone on the highway?

MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 02-19-07:
LAST WEEK, ONE OF LINCOLN COUNTY ASSISTED LIVING PROVIDERS QUIT ACCEPTING MEDICAID AS PAYMENT FOR SERVICES. THIS DISPLACED 20 SENIORS, AND THEY ARE NOW LOOKING FOR NEW PLACES TO LIVE. OUR QUESTION THIS WEEK: SHOULD ASSISTED LIVING PROVIDERS BE REQUIRED TO ACCEPT ALL TYPES OF PAYMENT?


S.B.
I find it disgusting that these elders are being forced to find a different living situation because of a payment issue.  I personally feel that these assisted living facilities and nursinig homes should be forced to accept what payment they can get.  We sit here and tell the world that we are a great nation; I find a flaw in this statement.  We have some of the worst health care policies, we have lost respect for out elders, and we've stopped caring in general for everyone else and instead have placed that care for the "almighty dollar."  It's time that we start getting our priorities straight and take care of each other.  how can we care for the world, and step in, when we can't/don't even take care of our own. 
 
Sincerely
J.C.

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 02-26-07:
GRAFFITI WAS RECENTLY FOUND AT THE SKATE PARK IN TOLEDO. AUTHORITIES CLOSED THE FACILITY, UNTIL THE PERSON THAT USED THE SPRAY PAINT IS FOUND.    IS THIS THE CORRECT SOLUTION, OR ARE WE TAKING AWAY A RECREATION FOR THE MAJORITY OF TEENS THAT didn’t TAKE PLACE IN THE TAGGING?

Yep, that is throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
Even though the acting Chief is crowing "this is not about punishment" depriving everyone of the use is penalizing every park user.
This military mentality can only backfire. Kids need a place to go, and if not the park, where? And doing what?
Truly a knee jerk reaction from someone who didn't think this out clearly.

DB  Waldport


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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 03-05-07:
THE 30TH ANNUAL NEWPORT SEAFOOD & WINE FESTIVAL IS NOW HISTORY. WITH ALL THE EXTRA PEOPLE IN LINCOLN COUNTY, THE NUMBER OF CALLS TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ALSO WENT UP, BOTH AT THE FESTIVAL SITE, AND AT SITES AWAY FROM THE FESTIVAL. OUR QUESTION THIS WEEK IS: AFTER A GOOD 30 YEAR RUN, ISN’T IT TIME FOR THE NEWPORT CHAMBER TO COME UP WITH ANOTHER TYPE OF FESTIVAL TO GET FOLKS HERE FOR THE WINTER, ONE THAT IF MORE FAMILY AND COMMUNITY FRIENDLY?

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 03-12-07:
THIS WEEK, MAKING CONTACT ASKS FOR YOUR HELP FOR FUTURE QUESTIONS. IF THERE IS SOMETHING IN YOUR COMMUNITY THAT NEEDS A SPOTLIGHT, LET US KNOW. YOUR COMMUNITY PROBLEM OR CONCERN MAY END UP AS A FUTURE MAKING CONTACT QUESTION TOPIC.
 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 3-19-07
 
THE PRICE OF GASOLINE HAS RISEN OVER 20 CENTS PER GALLON
THE PAST FEW YEEKS, WITH SOME GRADES OVER 3 DOLLARS A GALLON.
WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING WITHOUT TO MAKE UP FOR THE SPIRALING
COST OF GAS?

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 03-26-07:

THE TOPIC OF VACATION RENTAL DWELLINGS IN LINCOLN CITY IS HEATING UP AGAIN, WITH STRONG OPINIONS ON EACH SIDE. IF YOU OWN A HOME, NO MATTER WHERE IN LINCOLN COUNTY IT IS, SHOULD YOU BE RESTRICTED TO WHAT YOU DO WITH IT?
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I am a 24/7 in-home care provider for a 90 year old lady who has advanced Alzheimer's Disease.
 
While researching "Alzheimer's units" to place my her in, I have discovered that the quality homes available are only "private pay" while the nursing homes that do accept medicaid, are not prepared for Alzheimer's patients and do not have the necessary staff needed to meet the needs of this challenging disease.
 
Yes, I feel that all assisted living and nursing home facilities should accept medicare/medicaid patients.  The purpose of the homes are to care for those who cannot care for themselves.  Why should they be refused the services needed?  Money is the answer to my question!  At least that is what I have been told many times! 
 
How does that work?  Steak and lobster for private pay and casserole for medicare individuals?  proper help for private pay and a once a day check in for medicaid?
 
Where will all these seniors go?  that is such a sad situation for them.
You can have all the bells and whistles you want over crosswalks, but it won't stop the car / pedestrian accidents.  (Does a red street light stop all cars from crossing an intersection?)  It comes down to awareness and paying attention to the task at hand, by both the pedestrian and vehicle driver.
 
Before I cross at a crosswalk, lighted or not, I make sure that I am seen and the car(s) are stopped before I cross in front of them.  I may have the right-of-way, but I don't want to be DEAD RIGHT.  Forget the lights, police enforcement and stiffer penalties, a lot stiffer, should be handed out to those not yielding to crossing pedestrians.
 
Signs should be posted along the way reminding motorist of the monetary penalties they face for not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks.
 
It does seem that Hwy 101 in the Lincoly City / Newport  is not user friendly; especially Lincoln City.  What do the other coastal cities do?
 
Dennis S. in Lincoln City

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 04-02-07:
YOUR CREDIT REPORT CAN AFFECT MUCH MORE THAN YOUR MORTGAGE RATE, OR THE INTEREST RATE YOU PAY ON YOUR CREDIT CARDS.  IT CAN ALSO AFFECT YOUR CHANCES FOR A NEW JOB.  MORE COMPANIES ARE CHECKING YOUR CREDIT REPORT BEFORE THEY OFFER YOU THE JOB.  WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS?

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 04-09-07:

A BILL AIMED AT REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF JUNK FOOD SOLD IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS WAS APPROVED BY THE OREGON HOUSE TO COMBAT CHILDHOOD OBESITY. DO YOU THINK JUNK FOOD SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT OF OREGON SCHOOL VENDING MACHINES?

Very interesting Topc!!!
Yes, I feel that all the vending machines in the public schools should have the junk food eliminated totally.
They have nothing but candy, sodas, chips,etc... which have no nutritional value. The Sugar, carbs, and Trans fat which are in the vending machine items have no protein in which a child needs to get the proper energy and nutrition.
The raise in Child Obesity is caused by eating junk food. Carbs, sugars create a craving for more and can cause  long term health related problems.My children attend both NMS and NHS and I have concerns about the poor choices they are given to consume during school hours.Vending machines should only be used for bottled water and juices only.
I strongly feel that there should be more fresh fruits and vegetables and a salad bar available for our children in all of the schools.

A.B.


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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 04-23-07:

LAWMAKERS HAVE SCALED DOWN THE PROPOSED NEW BOTTLE BILL FOR OREGON. THE ORIGINAL BILL, PASSED IN 1971 WAS LANDMARK FOR IT’S DAY, BUT NOW, OUR MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK ASKS: ISN’T IT TIME TO PLACE ALL BEVERAGE CONTAINERS UNDER THE BILL, AND RAISE THE DEPOSIT TO 10 CENTS?

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 04-30-07:

RECENTLY, THE OREGON STATE POLICE RESPONDED TO A CAR CRASH ON HIGHWAY 18 IN LINCOLN CITY. DURING THE INVESTIGATION OF THE CRASH, THE OSP TROOPER SAW SEVERAL BEER CANS IN AND AROUND THE VEHICLE OF THE 19 YEAR OLD DRIVER. OUR MAKING CONTACT QUESTION THIS WEEK ASKS: HOW, AS A COMMUNITY, DO WE MAKE YOUNG PEOPLE AND their PARENTS UNDERSTAND UNDERAGE DRINKING IS NOT ONLY WRONG, BUT AGAINST THE LAW?

I think the best way to start making parents/teenagers more aware of this problem is to make them both go thru alcohol classes for 90 days, the same as a person who has  been convicted of a DUII and has to pay the consequences. They have to jump thru so many hoops to get their license back and become a legal member of society
 
I have seen way too many "hands being slapped" and it just gets worse. This needs to be taken seriously. If you are a parent and you think it is no big deal to let your kid drink, you are wrong. You are robbing them of their childhood, and worse, opening the door for them to want to do more than drink. You are creating an alcoholic and what kind of life is that?
 
If they were MADE to go to the classes, and pay a fine and possibly have driving privileges suspended for a year, like they do with those who are of age and are convicted of the crime do, maybe, JUST MAYBE, it will hit home.
 
Thanks for your time and I love your show!!!!

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 05-07-07:

The recent shooting of an employee at tanger mall, along with a 16 year olds threat to a school bus driver have brought the topic of violence to the forefront in lincoln county. our making contact question this week asks what can we do to combat this and other types of violence in our communities?
 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 05-14-07:

Over the past few months, the price of gasoline has hit all time record highs, with lincoln county seeing the 3rd HIGHEST prices in the country.   We all need to conserve.  besides combining trips, and searching for the CHEAPEST fuel you can, what have you done to ease the burden of the high cost of gas & DIESEL?

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 05-21-07:
THE FIRESTORM OVER THIS YEARS LOYALTY DAYS PARADE HAS TAKEN THE FORM OF A PETITION THAT CALLS FOR THE BOYCOTT OF THE CITY OF NEWPORT. OUR QUESTION THIS WEEK IS SIMPLE, DID THE LOYALTY DAYS PARADE CHAIRPERSON MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION IN BANNING VETERANS FOR PEACE TO MARCH IN THE PARADE?

The "Veterans for Peace" bus that was not admitted to the parade is a radical splinter group that was kicked out of the Veterans for Peace Organization. They claim they were invited by the Democratic Party to march in the Parade with them. The Parade application does not list them or their bus on the application, which asks what type of vehicle(s) will be included in your entry. They were also denied to be a separate entry because 2 hours before the parade is to late, there is a deadline for entry.
Remember what Loyalty Days is. It is a weekend to honor the military. We try to do this without getting into politics. You can honor those that have served and are currently serving in the military without getting into the politics of is the war right. Where would they be now if our military hadn't fought in those wars in the past? Would they have the freedoms to do and say what they do now if not for the military? NO they wouldn't!!
-FROM NEWPORT

Had the "Veteran's For Peace" group followed the right procedures to be a part of our Loyalty Days Parade, like the rest of the entries in the parade, they would have been able to participate. I appreciate the way the chairperson handled the situation. Rules are in place for a reason. No group, person, or organization should be given favors just because of what they stand for. If in fact they were invited by the Democratic Party to march with them, the Party should have known better than to let a group "piggy back" on their application. Newport is a small town, with a small parade. Did they think they could slide in without being noticed? I am all for peace, I am all for ending this terrible war we are in, and I support our troops. However, even if I agree with what the "Veteran's for Peace" stand for, they should have followed the rules. Let them try to boycott the City of Newport. The group doesn't sound very peaceful to me.

--from Newport
 
To answer the question directly:  Yes the parade detector made the right decision on not allowing the so called Veterans for peace in to our parade. The Lincoln County Democrat committee is really to blame as they tried to sneak these agitators into their parade spot by inviting them in and not letting the Parade Committee know what they were up to.  A note to the Lincoln county Democrats is don't invite outside agitators into our community to take away from our wonderful LOCAL celebration of LOYALTY TO THIS COUNTRY AND TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. Agitate some where else!!! We can tell the group in not legitimate, when they go away howling like little babies then start calling City Hall, The Chamber of Commerce and selected business in this community and threatening them with some kind of boycott, just because they didn't get their way. Also the Newspaper should get rid of the editor, since she once again decided to print this non story on the front page on the Lincoln City News times  just to smear the character of this community and create this firestorm.
 
Newport citizen

Deadlines are deadlines. No group should be barred if their entry is on time and complete. If one group joins another group they should just represent the group they are joining, not bringing in another message.
 
-newport

Most of the local community supports the volunteers including Patty Louisiana who upheld the parade rules. This is a family event that shows our community loyalty to the military and veterans groups. The code pink and peace activists who came mostly from the valley should not be allowed in the parade. Last year Code Pink had signs with photographs that were offensive to many along the parade route. There are plenty of opportunities for peace activists to demonstrate, just not in the Newport Loyalty Days parade. (I doubt that the Portland parades or the Rose parade would allow this group to march and demonstrate either).
 
-newport

 
I guess I will be the one to deviate.  I feel the Veterans for Peace have the right under the constitution to voice their opinion.  I'm sorry that the excuse was a deadline to deny them entry in the Loyalty Days Parade.  They could have allowed them to march.  Just because it was for peace doesn't mean that they are against the troops.  I'm against this stupid war and I support our troops.  I am a former Desert Storm peacetime veteran.  I served in early 1991 on a US Air Force Base in Washington.  If they would have needed me at that time I would have gladly served no matter if I believed we belonged or not.  Should I be denied an opinion just because I'm a veteran that doesn't believe in this unnecessary war?  Not allowing the veterans for peace to march in the parade is just a right-wing political excuse.  I thought Oregon leaned toward the left.
 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 09-17-07:

OREGON COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS HAD THEIR GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY. SOON, THEY WILL BE VACATING THEIR CITY CENTER NEWPORT OFFICES. MAKING CONTACT ASKS YOU WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MOVE INTO THOSE STOREFRONTS? 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 06-04-07:

child care is becoming INCREASINGLY difficult to find through out the county. family care connection is one resource to find out where you can find child care, or start your own day care business. if you’re having problems finding day care, what can be done to fill the void for this important service?

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 08-20-07:

IF YOU DRIVE THROUGH LINCOLN CITY ON OCCASION, OR ON A DAILY BASIS, YOU KNOW THE PROBLEMS WITH TRAFFIC CONGESTION. MAKING CONTACT ASKS THIS WEEK: IF YOU WERE IN CHARGE, HOW WOULD OU FIX THIS CONSISTENT PROBLEM? 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 06-11-07:

BIO-DIESEL FUEL, AND GASOLINE BLENDED WITH ETHANOL SEEM TO BE THE ALTERNATIVE FUELS OF THE NEAR FUTURE. iF THESE WERE AVAILABLE TODAY, WOULD YOU SWITCH, EVEN IF THEY COST A FEW CENTS MORE PER GALLON?

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 07-02-07:

WHEN SAM CLEMENS PAINTED THE MONA LISA ON A HILLSIDE ON HIS FARM LAST SUMMER, HE CREATED A LOT OF CONVERSATION, AND SOME CONTROVERSY. HIS LATEST PROJECT IS CAUSING CONCERNS BECAUSE IT IS A 140-FOOT LONG PICTURE OF HIS WIFE, LYING NUDE, ON A COUCH. MAKING CONTACT ASKS: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS ROADSIDE ARTWORK?
We have been in total awe of Sam's Clemens paintings.  They are beautiful as well as inspirational.  The Mona Lisa, because of her historical significance and world-wide notoriety, was our favorite.  It was like seeing an old friend in a new and unexpected way.  She was delightful.  The nude has less appeal for us, but we appreciate it for Sam's resolve to exercise his freedom of expression.  With Independence Day here, we applaud his American spirit.  Finally, we think that the orange barriers are absurd.  What other visual experience should now be barricaded off due to the human desire that draws us toward beauty?  The drive down our own breath-taking Oregon coast?  Thank you, Sam Clemens, for the wonder and smiles.  Don't be offended at the barricades, they are only protecting people from themselves.
 
R.S Family
 
I am torn about this I believe that he has chosen to express his freedom of speech on his private property, however, I think we are lucky that he chose to paint this AFTER school was let out for the summer and we all know how dangerous it was last year when the Mona Lisa was there with all the rubber-neckers trying to catch a glimpse as they are driving by at 55 mph. Now that it's a naked lady I believe that there is a greater risk to commuters along that stretch of highway.
 
Chris M.
Newport resident, Siletz worker

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 07-09-07:

THE CITY OF NEWPORT RECENTLY DECIDED TO ABANDON THE IDEA OF AN EVENTS CENTER. OUR QUESTION THIS WEEK ASKS IF YOU THINK THE EVENTS CENTER WAS A GOOD OR BAD IDEA FOR THE CENTRAL COAST.

Ah 500 hundred words are so few!!!!!

 
The recent decision by the City Council/ Urban renewal Agency, to abandon the Convention Center/ Expo center was a bad day for Newport and it's economic future. This idea was generated over 30 years ago and the original idea was to have it placed in South Beach. In the 80's the idea came up again, but because of in-fighting of Hotel owners, who were on the city council at the time the Performing Arts center was built on the site of the then proposed Convention Center location. 
 
Finally in late 90's the chamber of commerce brought the convention center idea back to the table for the Urban renewal and city council to reevaluate. The timing was good as a recession was in full tilt tourism was at an all-time low due to the departure of KEIKO, it could of been and would of been built and operated with no additional taxes levied on Newport citizens while bringing visitors to Newport year around as the Seaside Convention center does for Seaside. It is unfortunate that the finically ailing Aquarium, through its board (which is run by a private non profit group on PUBLIC property) wants all the availability room tax funding from the city for it's operation, then set out to kill the convention center program, so that the funding for the Convention center would be available to the Aquarium it's also to bad that they have been sucessful.
 
The abandonment of the project is a decision that was made by a council that has no leadership, vision, nor guts, to do the right thing, in helping strengthen Newport's year around economy. Newport city council and management, lacks the will and vision to make this a great community and economically sound city in Oregon.



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Making contact for the week 7-16-07:

How can you keep the threat of fire away from your home or business?


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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 07-23-07:

THE SPRAWL OF URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARIES, MORE PEOPLE MOVING THE CENTRAL COAST AND CONTINUED HOUSING & BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION. MAKING CONTACT ASK YOU: HOW CAN CITIES CONTINUE TO KEEP UP WITH THE GROWING NEED FOR FRESH, CLEAN WATER FOR IT’S CITIZENS?

Actually no city in Lincoln County has increased it's urban growth boundary. There have been a few adjustments as Newport just finished but there they traded  poor development land for more developable land. What we see is infill and in the cities and some areas of the county that were designated for housing. Now more to the point how will they meet the water needs of all the projected growth coming our way. Some predict a county population of about 125000 people by 2050.
Lincoln County already has a serious water issue, that is not being taken care of at this point. Lincoln City recently made a deal with Kernville Water district to buy water from them but that only is a short term fix. Seal Rock Water district has NO water rights and is dependent on Toledo for water. Toledo has an ample amount for the time being. Waldport and Yachats are near maximum consumption .
Newport has plenty of water at this time but they need a new water plant so they can meet demand in the summer only. The rest of the time they have adequate facilities. But in the long haul no city is making any effort to secure any future water needs or development. A couple of years ago Newport working with Lincoln city developed a plan the would meet their water needs until the end of the century by building 2 small dams on Rocky Creek ( on Cape Fowelweather) where no salmon have existed for over 45 years due to US 101 blocking passage. This project was expensive but considering the alternatives and the possibility that Newport, Lincoln City, Depot Bay, Kernville Water District, Gleneden Beach Water District, Otter Crest Water district and Seal Rock Water district could all meet their LONG term water needs the cost would of been about equal to development on single sources for each City or Water Districts. but since their have been political changes in LC and Newport no one wants to take up the challenge and will let the problem grow until it can't be ignored and houses and businesses can't be built or expanded. Get used to buying HIGH PRICED WATER if you can get it.

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 07-30-07:

IT’S SUMMER, AND TEENS BEING TEENS, SOMETIMES GET INTO TROUBLE, AND SOMETIMES IT INVOLVES ALCOHOL. CURRENT CONSEQUENCES INCLUDE LOSS OF DRIVING PRIVILEGES FOR A YEAR. OUR MAKING CONTACT QUESTION THIS WEEK ASKS, IS IT TIME TO PENALIZE PARENTS WITH HIGHER INSURANCE RATES & LARGE FINES?

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 08-06-07:

IT'S A FACT:  MANY LINCOLN COUNTY CHILDREN GO TO BED HUNGRY.  THERE ARE SOME PROGRAMS THAT HELP, INCLUDING LINCOLN COUNTY FOOD SHAARE AND THE SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM, BUT IT SEEMS IT ISN'T ALWAYS ENOUGH.  MAKING CONTACT ASKS THIS WEEK:  HOW DO WE FEED THE CHILDREN OF LINCOLN COUNTY?
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 08-13-07:

LAST WEEK, WE ASKED ABOUT FEEDING THE CHILDREN OF LINCOLN COUNTY. SOME LINCOLN COUNTY KIDS ARE ALSO HOMELESS.  MAKING CONTACT ASKS THIS WEEK: HOW DO WE SHELTER THE CHILDREN OF LINCOLN COUNTY?
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 08-20-07:

IF YOU DRIVE THROUGH LINCOLN CITY ON OCCASION, OR, ON A DAILY BASIS, YOU KNOW THE PROBLEMS WITH TRAFFIC CONGESTION.  MAKING CONTACT ASKS THIS WEEK:  IF YOU WERE IN CHARGE, HOW WOULD YOU FIX THIS CONSISTENT PROBLEM?

CARLA FROM LINCOLN CITY SAYS:  BUILD A BYPASS AROUND 101 FOR THROUGH TRAFFIC

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 08-27-07:

THE PROBLEMS WITH STRAIGHTENING HIGHWAY 20 ARE WELL DOCUMENTED. TOO MUCH REMOVAL OF VEGETATION, NOT ENOUGH CONSTRUCTION TO STABILIZE THE HILL SIDES. MAKING CONTACT ASKS: IS IT TIME TO ABANDON THIS PROJECT, OR, PERHAPS RE-THINK THE CURRENT ALIGNMENT? 

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Freedom of expression is a wonderful thing.....a right we all have. I believe the Clemens work is art. The highway department should improve the highway pullouts...perhaps as a "viewpoint". The Mona Lisa was awesome...as would be the Twin Towers, Abe Lincoln, Jesus, Praying Hands and so on. Perhaps the nude of his wife is a bit of a stretch for the average mind to accept but we must admit it is "art" and it is very well done.

 

Thanks for the opportunity to express ourselves.

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 09-10-07:

THIS WEEK MARKS THE 6TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACKS ON NEW YORK, WASHINGTON D.C. & PENNSYLVANIA. MAKING CONTACT ASKS THIS WEEK HOW SAFE DO YOU FEEL IN YOUR HOMETOWN, AND HOW SAFE DO YOU FEEL AS YOU TRAVEL OUT OF YOUR HOMETOWN.


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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 09-17-07:

OREGON COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS HAD THEIR GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY. SOON, THEY WILL BE VACATING THEIR CITY CENTER NEWPORT OFFICES. MAKING CONTACT ASKS YOU WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MOVE INTO THOSE STOREFRONTS?   

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 09-24-07:

Lincoln City's new bus SERVICE is up and running, offering a service that runs the length of the city nine times a day from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All rides cost $1. MAKING CONTACT ASKS THIS WEEK: WILL YOU BE USING THIS MASS TRANSIT TO GET TO WORK, SHOPPING OR SCHOOL?


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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 10-01-07:

SOMETHING BOTHERING YOU IN YOUR HOME TOWN? SOME PROBLEM YOU’D LIKE TO BE ADDRESSED? IT’S AN OPEN WEEK ON MAKING CONTACT, SO IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM OR CONCERN IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, LET US KNOW!

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 10-08-07:

LINCOLN COUNTY FOOD SHARE HAS BEEN IN THE NEWS RECENTLY, AND THE NEWS HASN’T BEEN GOOD. DONATIONS ARE DOWN, AND SO ARE THE FOOD STOCKS IN THE PANTRIES THROUGH OUT LINCOLN COUNTY. MAKING CONTACT ASKS: IS IT TIME TO BRING BACK AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS LIKE “SUPERMARKET SATURDAY” TO BRING DONATIONS BACK TO NORMAL LEVELS?


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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 10-15-07:

WELL, THE VOTERS PAMPHLETS HAVE BEEN MAILED, AND BOTH SIDES HAVE ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST MEASURE 50. THE AIRWAVES ARE FILLED WITH COMMERCIALS AND YOUR MAILBOX IS STUFFED WITH LITERATURE TO PERSUADE YOU TO VOTE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. MAKING CONTACT ASKS THIS WEEK WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MEASURE 50?


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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 10-22-07:

LINCOLN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT RECENTLY GOT IT’S REPORT CARD, AND IT LOOKS REAL GOOD, WITH IMPROVEMENT ALMOST ALL ACROSS THE BOARD. MAKING CONTACT ASKS THIS WEEK, ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT & SCHOOL BOARD AND THE WAY THEY HAVE DONE THEIR JOBS?

 

I think school board members and officials are doing the best they can with what they have to work with. It is a shame the smaller schools, mostly in outlying areas are being shut down. I praise the Siletz Tribe and the Eddyville folks for doing what they did to have their schools. The Toledo situation was a horrible decision...to not have a grade school. Personally I think Newport having 2 grade schools is not cost effective either(it is funny though that two grades schools within a mile of each other are rivals and one is considered "the school to go to" and the other is "the layman's kids school".
 
I think before any major decisions are made....the general public should have public input meetings and have the right to contribute to those decisions.
 

Steve B. Of Toledo
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 10-29-07:

A COUPLE WEEKS AGO, WE ASKED YOU FOR YOUR OPINION ON MEASURE 50. THIS WEEK, MAKING CONTACT ASKS FOR YOUR THOUGHTS ON MEASURE 49.


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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 11-05-07:

THE LINCOLN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS & THE FISHING FLEET IN NEWPORT HAVE AGREED TO WORK TOGETHER IN THE EVENT OF A DISASTER. GOVERNMENT, HOWEVER, CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH. MAKING CONTACT ASKS THIS WEEK HOW PREPARED ARE YOU IF AN EARTHQUAKE, TSUNAMI, OR OTHER NATURAL DISASTER HIT THE CENTRAL COAST?

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 11-12-07:

The broadcast of a meth awareness documentary last month led many Oregonians to pick up the phone and ask for help. METH, AND OTHER DRUGS CONTINUE TO BE A PROBLEM IN LINCOLN COUNTY. WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOUR OPINION ON DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM. mAKING CONTACT ASKS YOU IN YOUR OPINION, WHICH IS A BETTER SOLUTION: JAIL OR TREATMENT?

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 11-19-07:

HUNGER IN LINCOLN COUNTY. IT’S EVERYWHERE. ALSO EVERYWHERE ARE PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS TRYING TO ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEM. WITH FREE MEALS AT LOCAL CHURCHES, FREE SCHOOL LUNCHES, FOOD STAMPS, FOOD SHARE AND OTHER PROGRAMS. MAKING CONTACT ASKS THIS WEEK: SHOULD THERE BE ONE CENTRALIZED LOCATION FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE FOR ALL LINCOLN COUNTY RESIDENTS?
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 11-26-07:

THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES OF LINCOLN COUNTY OFFER A WIDE SELECTION OF PROGRAMS, PUBLICATIONS & TOOLS FOR FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS TO GET THE HELP THEY NEED. IF THE PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTY CAN’T GET THE TREATMENT THEY NEED, WE ALL SUFFER. MAKING CONTACT ASKS THIS WEEK IF YOU THINK D.H.S. IS DOING A GOOD JOB OF TAKING CARE OF PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS.

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 MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 12-03-07:

IT’S DECEMBER, AND YOU MAY BE LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR “KICKER” CHECK COMING FORM THE STATE. yOU OPEN YOUR E-MAIL OR POSTAL MAIL, AND THERE IS AN OFFER FOR YOU TO HAVE THAT CHECK ELECTRONICALLY DEPOSITED FOR YOU, OR MAYBE THAT NOTE SAYS YOU’VE WON THE IRISH SWEEPSTAKES, OR A WINDFALL FROM THE EUROPEAN LOTTERY IS YOURS. THESE AND OTHER SCAMS LOOK TO separate YOUR MONEY FROM YOUR WALLET. MAKING CONTACT ASKS THIS WEEK, HAVE YOU BEEN THE VICTIM OF ONE OF THESE SCAMS, AND IF YOU HAVE, HOW DID YOU RECOVER FROM THE LOSS.

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 12-10-07:

SOCIAL PROGRAMS ARE HARD UP FOR FUNDING IN LINCOLN COUNTY, IF IT WEREN'T FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES, MANY KIDS WOULDN'T EAT AT ALL AND SOME GO WITHOUT FOOD ALL WEEKEND. THERE ARE OVER 400 HOMELESS KIDS IN LINCOLN COUNTY. WITH THIS IN MIND HOW CAN THE CITY OF WALDPORT JUSTIFY SPENDING OVER $3 MILLION TO TEAR OUT A PERFECTLY GOOD SIDEWALK JUST SO THEY CAN PUT ANOTHER ONE IN IT'S PLACE?
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 12-17-07:

DURING THIS WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS, MAKING CONTACT ASKS IS THIS GOING TO BE A MERRY HOLIDAY AT YOUR HOUSE, OR HAS THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN MADE YOU HOLD BACK ON YOUR HOLIDAY SPENDING?

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 12-24-07:

MAKING CONTACT IS TAKING THE NEXT 2 WEEKS OFF. MAKING CONTACT WILL RETURN JANUARY 7TH.

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 01-07-08:

WITH THE NEW YEAR HERE, TRADITIONALLY, MAKING CONTACT ASKS: HAVE YOU MADE ANY NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS? (or have you broken them already)

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 01-14-08:

WITH ALL THE SEVERE WEATHER LATELY, MAKING CONTACT ASKS WOULD YOU PAY EXTRA TO HAVE UTILITIES PLACED UNDERGROUND IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, TO MAKE SURE THE LIGHTS AND THE OTHER PUBLIC UTILITIES STAYED ON AND PROTECTED?

 

Things to consider related to underground services:
 
Most transmission lines, electric or media are overhead, so you could still be out of service.
 
Grade levels can change altering the appropriate depth of the cables perhaps even exposing them.
 
Underground cables can be nicked or damaged by either homeowners or contractors causing failure then or at a later date.
 
Locating faults, digging up and repairing underground equipment failures can be time consuming. Overhead systems can be visually inspected allowing the trouble shooting and repair assessments to be completed more quickly.
 
Costs associated to changing could be from both the utility companies as well as contractors who may have to change equipment at the home or business to bring in the utilities underground.
 
A utility customer could be spared the added problems associated with overhead services to the home where trees in their immediate area came down and pulled services away from the property but underground service can not guarantee uninterrupted services here at the coast where high winds and trees present an on going threat to utility systems.
 
Laura, Lincoln City   


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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 01-28-08:

IT APPEARS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED IT’S TIME TO PUT A LITTLE EXTRA CASH INTO YOUR POCKET, IN THE FORM OF THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE…PERHAPS AS MUCH AS 1200.00 PER TAXPAYER, DEPENDING ON YOUR PARTICULAR STATUS. MAKING CONTACT ASKS: WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH YOUR WINDFALL? 


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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 02-04-08:

with “super tuesday” this week, there seems to be some apathy about oregon, and our contribution to the political process. making contact ASKS this week, would you like to see  vote by mail done away with, and polling places reinstated to possibly increase voter REGISTRATION and interest in us as a state?

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 02-11-08:

MAKING CONTACT ASKS YOU THIS WEEK, IF YOU WERE A LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSON, COUNTY COMMISSIONER, SENATOR, STATE REPRESENTATIVE OR OTHER POWERFUL PERSON, HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE THE PROBLEM OF INCREASED USE OF METH AND OTHER DRUGS IN OUR SOCIETY? 

I have personal experience with the methamphetamines. I have watched my significant other and my own son almost destroy themselves with that drug. They are both in recovery and doing well, no relapses. I do know our American laws that are tougher on the chemicals that they purchase to manufacture the stuff is making it harder to do it in our country. However, the other countries like Mexico don't have the regulations and all the drugs are coming from these locations now. In fact because I saw the lifestyle I know that a lot of the migratory hispanics are the ones that are the new "drug dealers" of this poison.  I would put tougher regulations on those coming into our country. I am not a PREJUDICED person I love all nationalities. I am very intrigued with culture from everywhere, however, we all must look at the fact that the Mexican drug CARTELS are controlling the methamphetamine production and smuggling market these days. We open our doors for them making it easier for them to come here and bring their poison to our country and loved ones. It would be my goal as a Representative of the people of the United States to ensure that "new laws" restricting the migratory immigration of just anyone without proper clearance would be put into vote. It would also be my responsibility to inform the public of this information.  
 
 
 
This weeks question is what to do about the Meth problem.
 
In a word...EFT.   Emotional Freedom Technique
 
In a nutshell...."The cause of all negative emotions is a DISRUPTIONin the body's energy system." This includes all addictive behavior.
 
"If I were Mayor of this City" I would get EFT information out to allthe treatment centers, therapist, schools etc.  Speaking of schools, EFT
can also get rid of depression & suicidal thoughts. Events such as these  could all but be eliminated with this simple & free technique. This  technique can be taught quickly & easily so the individual can use itat home to stop cravings, change mood, shift defeating thoughts etc.
 
more info on EFT & addictions are at the website  http://www.emofree.com  
 
Thank you for the chance to speak out .  Hopefully, SOMEONE will be listening.
 
EFT, truly can and does, save lives!
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 02-18-08:
A series of “listening and learning” forums up and down the Oregon coast this month will seek to gather a wide range of interests and viewpoints surrounding the issue of marine reserves.
 
The forums are intended to engage coastal communities and ocean users, to


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