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 MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 1/2/17

 
CRAB FISHERMEN UP AND DOWN THE OREGON COAST ARE CURRENTLY ON STRIKE. THE FISHERMEN AND PROCESSORS ARE NOT ABLE TO AGREE ON A PRICE. THE OPENING OF THE SOUTH COAST OFFERED $3 A POUND. NOW THAT THE REST OF THE COAST IS OPEN THE PROCESSORS SAY THEY WILL ONLY PAY $2.75. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THAT THE PRICE SHOULD REMAIN THE SAME AS WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY OFFERED. 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 1/9/17
 
THERE WAS ANOTHER DEATH SOUTH OF YACHATS WHERE SOMEONE WAS SWEPT OFF THE ROCKS AT THORS WELL. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING MORE FREQUENTLY. THERE ARE SIGNS POSTED BUT THEY ARE OFTEN IGNORED. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THERE SHOULD BE STRICTER PENALTIES FOR IGNORING SAFETY SIGNS. 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 1/16/17
 
THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS WE HAVE SEEN SOME VERY COLD TEMPERATURES ON THE COAST AND WILLAMETTE VALLEY. THIS WEEK IS CALLING FOR MORE RAIN AND WIND. THIS CAN CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS AND POSSIBLE POWER OUTAGES. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU ARE PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER DRIVING. 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 1/23/17
 
LINCOLN COUNTY AND THE STATE ARE IN THE HEART OF FLU SEASON. THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL REPORTS OF THE FLU THIS YEAR, WHICH CAN BE MINIMIZED OR ELIMINATED WITH A FLU SHOT. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK GETTING A FLU SHOT IS HELPFUL IN KEEPING YOU FROM GETTING SICK.
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 1/30/17
 
LINCOLN COUNTY IS IN A HOMELESS CRISES. MANY MINIMUM WAGE FAMILIES ARE HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING. THE LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS ALSO CAUSING A PROBLEM FOR MUNICIPALITIES, HOSPITALS AND THE SCHOOLS TO RECRUIT EMPLOYEES. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THAT TINY HOUSES ARE A SOLUTION. 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 2/6/17
 
MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE INSURANCE COVERAGE THROUGH THE OREGON HEALTH PLAN OR HAVE COVERAGE THROUGH HEALTH CARE DOT GOV ARE UNSURE OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THEIR INSURANCE UNDER THE NEW ADMINISTRATION. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SHOULD CONTINUE.
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 2/13/17
 
WE HAVE SEEN HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID IN CRAB AND SHELLFISH THIS LAST YEAR. THIS HAS CAUSED THE CRAB FISHERY TO START LATE AND HAS AFFECTED THE RECREATIONAL CRABBING AND CLAMMING. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THE PROBLEM OF DOMOIC ACID IS GOING TO CONTINUE CAUSING PROBLEMS THROUGHOUT THIS YEAR.
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 2/20/17
 
THE HEAVY RAINFALL WE HAD IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY IT CAUSED SEWAGE OVERFLOWS IN NEWPORT AND LINCOLN CITY. THIS CAUSED RAW SEWAGE TO GO IN THE STREAMS AND ON BEACHES OUT TO THE OCEAN. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK ENOUGH IS BEING DONE TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM BACTERIA ON THE BEACHES.  
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 2/27/17
 
THE WINTER STORMS BRING IN A LOT OF DEBRIS TO OUR BEACHES. WE HAVE EXPERIENCED SOME VERY HIGH TIDES THIS WINTER. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK MORE EFFORTS NEED TO BE MADE TO KEEP THE BEACHES CLEAN DURING THE STORMY WINTER MONTHS
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 3/6/17
 
MANY NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS RELY ON VOLUNTEERS. IT HAS ALSO BEEN SHOWN TO BE A GREAT WAY FOR SENIORS TO STAY ACTIVE AND YOUNG PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED IN THEIR COMMUNITY. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK VOLUNTEER HOURS SHOULD BE MANDATORY FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED AND ARE ON STATE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 3/13/17
 
THE LINCOLN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS IDENTIFIED CLOSE TO 800 STUDENTS AS HOMELESS. THESE ARE STUDENTS WHO ARE COUCH SURFING, LIVING IN MOTELS AND SOME ARE UNACCOMPANIED MINORS. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK SHOULD BE DONE TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF HOMELESS YOUTH IN LINCOLN COUNTY. 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 3/20/17
 
MANY FOLKS WILL BE HEADING TO THE BEACHES AND OUR COASTAL AREA FOR SPRING BREAK. MANY FROM OUT OF THE AREA MAY NOT KNOW HOW DANGEROUS THE ROCKY AREAS ARE CLOSE TO THE OCEAN. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO BRING AWARENESS OF SNEAKER WAVES AND OCEAN AND BEACH SAFETY. 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 3/27/17
 
THE BUDGET BEING PROPOSED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLS FOR A 17% CUT TO THE NOAA BUDGET. THIS WOULD MEAN THE ELIMINATION OF THE SEA GRANT PROGRAM. IN LINCOLN COUNTY THAT WOULD MEAN SEVERAL GOOD PAYING FAMILY WAGE JOBS WOULD BE ELIMINATED. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THESE CUTS WOULD BE DETRIMENTAL TO OUR COASTAL AREA.  
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 4/3/17
 
STARTING IN THE SPRING AS THE WEATHER STARTS TO CHANGE WE SEE AN INCREASE IN PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE TRAFFIC. POLICE AGENCIES RECEIVE GRANTS FOR PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS FOR DRIVERS. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THERE SHOULD ALSO BE AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS SET UP FOR PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS.  
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 4/10/17
 
THE "KEEP OUR POOL OPEN" COMMITTEE IN TOLEDO IS ENCOURAGING PASSAGE OF A BALLOT MEASURE THAT WOULD ESTABLISH FUNDING FOR THE POOL. WITH THE POOL NOW OPEN IN NEWPORT MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK HAVING A TOLEDO POOL IS NECESSARY.
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 4/17/17
 
MEASURE 21-177 ADDRESSES THE CONCERNS MADE BY MANY WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SPRAYING OF PESTICIDES AND IT'S AFFECTS ON HEALTH. HOWEVER THOSE OPPOSED TO THE MEASURE SAY IT IS NOT WRITTEN WELL AND WILL COST JOBS. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THIS IS A GOOD SOLUTION TO THE PESTICIDE SPRAY PROBLEMS.  
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 4/24/17
 
APRIL HAS BEEN DETERMINED AS DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH. ACCORDING TO EXPERTS THERE ARE MORE CRASHES INVOLVING DISTRACTED DRIVING AND CELL PHONE USE. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK CAMERAS SHOULD BE SET UP THAT PHOTOGRAPH DRIVERS AND IF USING THEIR CELL PHONE SHOULD RECEIVE A TICKET IN THE MAIL.
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 5/1/17
 
IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY PLANNERS SAY YOU SHOULD HAVE FOOD, SHELTER AND WATER TO LAST AT A MINIMUM OF TWO WEEKS. IT IS ALSO BENEFICIAL TO HAVE A GENERATOR IF YOU CAN. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN ALSO INCLUDES STORING FUEL FOR YOUR CAR OR GENERATOR.
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 5/8/17
 
THE DEPOE BAY FIRE DISTRICT IS HOLDING MONTHLY INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS REGARDING THE SOLAR ECLIPSE SCHEDULED TO HIT THE COAST IN AUGUST. IT IS PREDICTED THERE WILL BE UP TO ONE MILLION PEOPLE HERE ON THE COAST FOR THE EVENT. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU ARE PREPARED TO DEAL WITH THE TRAFFIC AND INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE HERE THAT WEEKEND.
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 5/15/17

IT HAS BEEN SHOWN THAT THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM MENTAL ILLNESS AND DRUG ADDITION THAT ARE IN THE LINCOLN COUNTY JAIL. THE COUNTY IS INVOLVED WITH THE STEPPING UP PROGRAM TO HELP. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK ENOUGH IS BEING DONE TO HELP TREAT PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS TO KEEP THEM OUT OF JAIL.

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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 5/22/17
 

IN LINCOLN COUNTY CITIZENS NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR JUST ABOUT ANYTHING. DURING THE WINTER AND EARLY SPRING HEAVY RAINS CAN CAUSE DAMAGE AND DURING THE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CREATE FIRE DANGER. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE PREPARED TO HANDLE ANY EMERGENCY ANY TIME OF YEAR.
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 5/29/17
 
THE LINCOLN COUNTY AREA IS WORKING ON ECONOMIC GROWTH AND ADDING ADDITIONAL JOBS. IT IS DIFFICULT FOR EMPLOYERS TO KEEP PEOPLE THEY HIRE BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF HOUSING. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THE CITIES AND COUNTY SHOULD BE DOING MORE TO ENCOURAGE DEVELOPMENT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING. 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 6/12/17

MEASURE 21-177 PASSED BY VOTERS BY A NARROW MARGIN. THOSE WHO WERE AGAINST THE MEASURE FEARED THE WAY IT WAS WRITTEN WOULD HAVE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES FOR LINCOLN COUNTY BUSINESSES AND LOCAL FARMERS. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THAT IS TRUE?
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 6/19/17

THE LINCOLN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT APPROACHED THE NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL ABOUT PURCHASING THE OLD POOL BUILDING. THEY HAVE SAID THEY WILL KEEP FOREST PARK OPEN AND ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF THE SALE?
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 6/26/17
 
THE PORT OF NEWPORT HAS BEEN WORKING TO SECURE A SHIPPING AREA FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW. THE PORT NEEDS THE INCOME THIS WILL PROVIDE TO PAY OFF THE LOANS THEY INCURRED GETTING THE NEW DOCK CONSTRUCTED. THIS WOULD MEAN MORE SHIPS AT THE TERMINAL DOCK. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THE DOCK SHOULD BE EXCLUSIVELY FOR FISHERMEN? 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 7/3/17
 
THE LEGISLATURE RECENTLY APPROVED A BILL THAT WILL ALLOW FOR THE TAKE OF ROADKILL OF DEER OR ELK. THIS LAW WILL NOT GO INTO AFFECT UNTIL 2019. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THAT PEOPLE WILL PURPOSELY HIT AN ANIMAL IN ORDER TO TAKE IT HOME FOR FOOD OR FOR THE ANTLERS.
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 7/10/17
 
CITIZENS WHO HAVE RECENTLY ATTENDED TOWN HALL MEETINGS HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE FEDERAL HEALTH CARE PLANS. IF APPROVED THE PLAN WOULD INCREASE HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR LOW INCOME AND SENIOR CITIZENS. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU WOULD BE AFFECTED BY CHANGES TO THE FEDERAL HEALTH CARE PLAN.
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 7/17/17
 
THE COUNTY IS CONSIDERING CHANGES TO THEIR SMOKING ORDINANCES. IF APPROVED THE BAN WOULD INCLUDE SMOKELESS TOBACCO AND NO SMOKING IN COUNTY PARKS. IT WOULD ALSO REMOVE DESIGNATED SMOKING AREAS. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THIS IS TOO MUCH REGULATION OF PEOPLE WHO SMOKE. 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 7/24/17
 
THIS IS PROVING TO BE A VERY BUSY SUMMER ON THE COAST WITH LOTS OF FOLKS ON THE ROADS. AS TRAFFIC INCREASES AND WITH THE UPCOMING ECLIPSE MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU PLAN ON ADJUSTING YOUR DRIVING SCHEDULE
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 7/31/17
 
THE PORT OF NEWPORT IS GOING THROUGH SOME CHANGES. THE MIDWATER TRAWLERS HAVE SAID THEY NEED ACCESS TO THE TERMINAL YEAR ROUND, HOWEVER THAT DOESN'T LEAVE MUCH SPACE FOR OTHER USERS, SUCH AS SHIPPING, WAVE ENERGY VESSELS OR CRUISE SHIPS. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THAT THE PORT SHOULD BE USED FOR FISHING ONLY

     
In response to SHOULD THE PORT BE USED FOR FISHING ONLY by Newport’s fishing fleet, Heather Munro Mann for Midwater Trawlers Coop, Seafood Processors?
 
 
Peter Bregman wrote:
 
I purchased 200 acres near Waldport in 2004. Upon retiring from my former profession of finance and investment and needing to learn more about growing timber, I joined the Lincoln County Small Woodland Association (OSWA) and then was elected Chairman in 2013.
 
In 2013, our association began working with the Port of Newport and Teevin Brothers to help re-establish a Log Export International Terminal. The Port, the timber growers and Teevin Brothers invested a lot of time and expense, winning a US Dept Transportation $2 million grant to make that a reality.
 
Not having such a facility in place has cost the local timber growers needed revenue, losing opportunities for a more competitive market and incurring substantial transportation costs to haul logs much further up or down the road. This was and continues to be lost revenue to them and to the Port in meeting their financial obligations as well as lost employment opportunities for the residents of Lincoln County. It's been an uphill battle, and even though the Port had accommodated a log export terminal in the past, local neighbors objected to the newly rejuvnated International Terminal, and now the Midwater Trawlers Cooperative demands primary use of the facility year round.
 
The Port Board of Commissioners went through the expense of having the Beckett Group review all of the plans, and after having the opportunity to review that report, I fully concur with the groups' analysis. Having been in the investment market for 40 years, I know and I am sure you know that to prosper, we must diversify our investments with income coming from different sources. 
Multiple terminal operations will add to the diversity of our community investments. Because the  Commissioners are elected to see that these operations are successful, diversity should be a key objective.
 
The timber market, a sustainable one, is the oldest; plans for improving the port are in place, the companies involved are reputable; and the loan package available is very favorable, but the loan has an expiration date at the end of September. Neither we nor the Port Commission want to miss that deadline. The International Terminal's success depends on their leadership. To make it work, they must bring all the various groups needing to use the terminal together.
 
My advice to the Newport Port Board of Commissioners is to unite, focus on your goals, work out the details, and follow the course of your plan. Success will come from positive action, not inaction.
 
We should be glad that this decision can be made on a local level, rather than in Salem or Washington.
 
Thank you for the opportunity for allowing me to bring the OSWA view of the situation to your attention,
   Peter Bregman

 

Dear Making Contact:

I would like to make pitch for the International Terminal to include timber shipping in it's plans.   Lincoln County has an opportunity to utilize a $2million loan for development, but this expires in September.  In 2014, Our family LLC tried shipping logs up to the Port of Longview to capture the Asian market, a market that promises to help balance the US trade deficit.  However, the per load haul costs were $700, and in the end, changed our market plans.  I would have loved to support the county and personally benefit at the same time.  

 
Toledo, Newport and Lincoln County has an asset that could contribute substantially to the economy, an asset that promises regular jobs with benefits, improved taxes for schools and social development.  There is room in this asset for a multitude of uses.  The Trawlers Cooperative lists $33 million in value of goods landed at the port in 2015.  By comparison, a 10 acre harvest generated $350,000 in raw timber, much of which could have passed through the port.  54% of Lincoln county is in coniferous forest (over 6 million acres, that is a lot of timber and money!), the majority of this is privately owned.   Developed wisely, this port could be an environmentally friendly shipping channel for many markets, and potentially, a draw for generations to come.  
 
Sincerely
 
Tom Newton
Silverton, OR 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 8/7/17
 
WE ARE EXPERIENCING ANOTHER WARM SUMMER HERE ON THE COAST WITH TEMPERATURES RANGING IN THE MID TO UPPER 60'S. THIS MEANS THAT FOREST FUELS ARE DRYING OUT CREATING THE POTENTIAL FOR FIRE DANGER. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU PLANNED AHEAD AND CREATED A DEFENSIBLE SPACE AROUND YOUR HOME.  
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 MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 8/14/17
 
NEXT MONDAY IS THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE. THE COAST HAS ALREADY SEEN HEAVY TRAFFIC VOLUMES DUE TO THE HEAT IN THE VALLEY. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU ARE PREPARED FOR THE UPCOMING ECLIPSE AND INCREASE IN TRAFFIC AND PEOPLE HERE ON THE COAST.  
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 8/21/17
 
AS WE APPROACH THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND WE WILL SEE ANOTHER BURST OF PEOPLE VISITING THE BEACH FROM OUT OF THE AREA. SOME OF THESE VISITORS MAY NOT BE AWARE OF POTENTIAL HAZARDS THAT CAN HAPPEN AT THE BEACH. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU SAW SOMEONE DOING SOMETHING UNSAFE, LIKE PLAYING ON A BEACH LOG IF YOU WOULD WARN THEM OF THE DANGERS.
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 8/28/17
 
THERE WERE MANY ON THE COAST WHO ENJOYED THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE. THE AREA DID NOT GET THE AMOUNT OF VISITORS ALL AT ONE TIME AS WAS PREDICTED. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THE ECLIPSE WAS A GOOD EXPERIENCE FOR BUSINESSES IN LINCOLN COUNTY?
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 9/4/17
 
THE PORT OF NEWPORT SINCE THE ELECTION OF NEW COMMISSIONERS HAS GONE THROUGH A LOT OF CHANGES. THE PORT MANAGER HAS LEFT, AND THEY HAVE SAID NO TO AGREEMENTS OFFERED TO BRING BACK SHIPPING, SAYING THE FINANCING WASN'T RIGHT. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU AGREE WITH THE CURRENT DIRECTION THE PORT IS TAKING.
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 9/11/17
 
THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASE IN TRAFFIC CRASHES LATELY ON HWY 20 BETWEEN EDDYVILLE AND BURNT WOODS THAT HAVE RESULTED IN LOST LIVES. THESE WERE CAUSED BY DRIVERS CROSSING THE CENTERLINE AND CRASHING INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK ODOT NEEDS TO INSTALL CONCRETE BARRIERS IN THIS AREA TO HELP.
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 9/18/17
 
THERE HAVE BEEN MANY FIRES ACROSS OREGON THIS SUMMER. SMOKE ADVISORIES HAVE BEEN ISSUED FROM THE VALLEY TO THE COAST. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK ENOUGH WAS DONE TO PROTECT THOSE WHO HAVE HEALTH ISSUES FROM THE INCREASE IN SMOKE AND POOR AIR QUALITY. 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 9/25/17
 
HOMELESSNESS IS AN ISSUE THAT IS FACED THROUGHOUT OREGON. THERE ARE MANY NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE WORKING TO HELP THE HOMELESS. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THAT THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT CITIES SHOULD ALSO BE INVOLVED WITH?
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 10/2/17
 
THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF CONTROVERSY REGARDING GUN LAWS. SOME ARE UNHAPPY WITH THE RECENTLY PASSED MEASURE 719, WHICH COULD REMOVE GUNS FROM THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DETERMINED BY THE COURTS TO BE OF EXTREME RISK OF HURTING OTHERS OR THEMSELVES. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THIS ISSUE SHOULD GO TO A VOTE OF THE PEOPLE.
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 10/9/17
 
THIS WEEK KICKS OFF FIRE PREVENTION AWARENESS WEEK. TALKING WITH YOUR FAMILY ABOUT A FIRE AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN IS IMPORTANT. THIS YEARS THEME IS "EVERY SECOND COUNTS HAVE TWO WAYS OUT" MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE A FIRE AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN WITH YOUR FAMILY.
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 10/16/17
 
PANHANDLING HAS BECOME A REAL ISSUE IN MANY CITIES THROUGHOUT OREGON. PEOPLE ARE SEEN WITH SIGNS AT OVERPASSES AND TURNOFFS AND AT STOPLIGHTS. SOME CITIES HAVE PASSED ORDINANCES THAT PREVENT GIVING MONEY FROM A VEHICLE. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK ENOUGH IS BEING DONE TO CURB PANHANDLING. 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 10/30/17
 
NOW IS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN HEALTH OFFICIALS RECOMMEND GETTING FLU SHOTS. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY TO HELP PREVENT THEM FROM GETTING SICK. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU PLAN ON GETTING A FLU SHOT. 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 11/6/17
 
CITIES ARE SEEING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE OUT ON STREET CORNERS PANHANDLING. HOWEVER IT HAS BEEN SHOWN THAT ALL OF THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT HOMELESS. MOST HOMELESS FAMILIES ARE ACTUALLY WORKING POOR WHO CAN'T AFFORD HOUSING. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO CREATE WORKFORCE HOUSING. 
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 11/13/17
 
THERE ARE SOME WHO HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT LARGE MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATIONS, THAT ARE ALLOWED AS AN AGRICULTURAL CROP THAT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED NEXT TO RESIDENTIAL AREAS. NEIGHBORS HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT THE SMELL AND INCREASE IN TRAFFIC. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK LARGE MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATIONS SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS.
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MAKING CONTACT QUESTION FOR THE WEEK OF 11/20/17
 
MAJOR METROPOLITAN CITIES ARE NOTICING AN INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF HOMELESS WORKING FAMILIES. LACK OF HOUSING MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR EMPLOYERS TO KEEP WORKERS. MAKING CONTACT WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU THINK CITIES ARE DOING ENOUGH TO ENCOURAGE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR WORKING FAMILIES. 
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