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Women’s Health Center welcomes new OB-GYN

Meghan Moorhead, MD, has joined Women’s Health Center in Lincoln City, located on the campus of Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.

What COVID-19 “High Risk” means for Lincoln County

Oregon Health Authority officials increased Lincoln County's COVID-19 risk level Tuesday, moving it into the high-risk category and with it a new list of rules to follow.

December is now upon us

I truly believe that even in the face of all that this year has thrown at us, that we are fortunate to have family and friends we can count on to help us get through difficult times.

Oregon reports 1,233 COVID-19 cases, 24 new deaths

COVID-19 has claimed 24 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 936, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 1.

The best hunt ever

There’s a reason they call it the Bull’s Bag, an unexpected five-mile coil in the Siletz River that confounds rookie drifters and appears on a map like the scrotum of an elk. It gets worse.

K9 ‘Ghost’ to join Sheriff’s ranks

Lincoln County Sheriff's newest operator is K9 Ghost, a two-year-old German Shepherd who is slated to undergo training and certification to join the team in 2021.

High Wind Warning issued by NWS

National Weather Service Portland has issued a High Wind Warning Tuesday from seven a.m. until three p.m. for the Central Oregon Coast.

City seeks to fill multiple volunteer vacancies

The City of Lincoln City needs to fill over 20 vacancies left by outgoing volunteers for various committees and boards.

“Glaring” distinctions divide Congressional candidates

In the last day of what many voters feel is the critical election of their lives, the hotly-contested race in Oregon’s U.S. 5th District is poised on the glaring differences between two Congressional candidates — gutsy challenger Amy Ryan Courser and her six-term opponent, Kurt Schrader.

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Evacuations in effect for Lincoln City

A level 3 evacuation is in effect for all of Lincoln City from 40th street north. Level 3 means go now.

MYSTERY SOLVED! D.B. Cooper was my friend

He was the soldier who became a skyjacker, the skyjacker who became a priest, and the priest who lived and died in Depoe Bay. He was D.B. Cooper, the most famous fugitive on earth, and he was my friend.

Fire strikes historic Otis Cafe on Independence Day

North Lincoln Fire Rescue units swarmed the Otis Cafe shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday to combat a fully involved fire at the iconic restaurant.

Highway 101 hole prompts ODOT to call in geologists

Oregon Department of Transportation officials have called in geologists Thursday to take core samples of a hole on southbound Highway 101 in Otis.

Lincoln City wildfires update

Lincoln City government issued an update Thursday on wildfires north of the city, saying all evacuation orders are still in effect and residents are not allowed in the area.

An evacuated Lincoln City sits dark and intact

Lincoln City Police were active Wednesday night and were patrolling with spotlights in a town evacuated and once again without power.

russ baldwin

Russ Baldwin is running for circuit judge, answering a call to serve. We need forward thinking candidates to address our most serious problems, like poverty, drug addiction, homelessness, crime, and government accountability. These are complex issues.  Solutions require fresh minds and a willingness to serve, so we support Russ Baldwin.

We have 3 former prosecutors on the bench emphasizing punishment and restitution for crime victims. But our criminal sentencing guidelines have been standardized by the state since 1989. That is what Mr. Baldwin meant when he said the criminal is not as complex as civil law.

We need an honorable and experienced civil rights lawyer on our bench. Victims of crime deserve compassion, sensitivity and protection by enforcement of laws.  Russ Baldwin has that sensitivity and will enforce our laws. If elected, Russ Baldwin will also give similar protection to victims of corporate and governmental abuses.  We know. He has assisted us and others for the last 8 years defending against a fraudulent mortgage and banking system.  Such “civil” bad acts by big banks have been widely reported in the media nearly every week for the last several years.  But our state courts have not been able to keep pace.  No-one has been held accountable.

Homelessness, poverty, addiction and crime all increased in Lincoln County when hundreds of people lost their homes after the 2008 financial meltdown.  Ten years later, our courts are not timely responding to those needs.  Russ Baldwin understands complex litigation, securitization of home loans, mortgage and contract laws, and how a failure to require county recording has contributed to the epidemic of homelessness in our county.   We need him on the bench for fairness and timely justice in these matters.

Most law relates to the civil relationships between private parties, and the non-criminalized relationship between citizens and the state.  For example, Lincoln Case No. 17cv23360 challenges our local ordinance forbidding aerial spraying.  At issue is the purity of our local water, and whether state law allows it to be poisoned through “pre-emption.”  ORS 1.050 required the judge to make a decision within 3 months of submission.  It was submitted on October 9, 2017.  We have waited for 7 months—with no decision.  That is the “black-hole” to which Mr. Baldwin publicly refers when showing that our civil docket is not being timely administered.  How many more months must pass before our local law is either applied or reviewed on appeal?  Pure water is human right, not a convenience.  Ask Flint, MI.

It takes a brilliant legal mind with fortitude to go the distance when serving justice for everyone.  Russ Baldwin knows that human rights matter, and he has protected those rights in court by challenging deep pockets.  That is rare.  He has the stamina and clarity to ask deeper questions of litigants and their attorneys.  Russ Baldwin is ethical and honest, and is not beholden to any one, except to you the voter.

Pamela Staton, Ph.D.
Lauren Schickling
Lisa DeFalco
Yachats, Oregon

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