Many Newport area women want to make it clear. It’s a woman’s choice!

Source: Many Newport area women want to make it clear. It’s a woman’s choice! | News Lincoln County

Newport area women gather in front of Newport City Hall to protest other states trying to outlaw abortion

Those participating told that the crowd started out at around 100 people, but then the skies opened up and the rain fell in buckets. One woman told us she’d rather get soaked with rain than not stand her ground on reproductive freedom.



CM Hall: Filing for Newport City Council Wednesday Morning at 8am

Source: CM Hall: Filing for Newport City Council Wednesday Morning at 8am – News Lincoln County

I’m running to ensure:
A VITAL Newport.

There are serious challenges our community faces in terms of growth, affordable housing, quality health care access and living-wage jobs. I am committed to working with key stakeholders to develop stable and long-term solutions. I want to see us achieve our collective potential as has been laid out in the Newport 2040 Visioning Plan and continue to grow responsibly. I am invested in seeing our community thrive, economically and socially and be a place people choose to live, work and play. I like to say, Newport: It’s not just for visiting anymore.



I am committed to ensuring that our city’s programs and services represent all of us, including working families, people of color, people with disabilities, and immigrants in our community.


I am inspired by all the good happening in Newport and believe in our limitless potential. I bring experience from my cultural work with individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, and LGBTQ. I have represented public sector workers and helped organize a veterans constituency to use their power and voice. I have also seen how power and privilege can disenfranchise individuals who lack time, money, or information to have a voice in decisions being made. To that end, I’m committed to upgrading Newport’s digital access so as to be mindful of our environmental footprint and to encourage more civic engagement. Let’s brainstorm new ways to make citizen participation more accessible. I pride myself on being accessible and responsive. Reach out anytime by phone, text, FaceTime, email or Facebook.

We can achieve a vision for Newport.

We can achieve a vision that celebrates a livable, artistic and vital Newport. One that ensures Newport’s beauty and that our parks and bike paths remain safe and navigable. One that is mindful of how we recruit, train and retain a diverse workforce across all Newport’s sectors. A vision that supports access to the library and its programming. Improving the city center and vistas by investing in small business development and thinking creatively about where we live, work, and shop. These are just a few of the efforts I care about. The Newport City Council has the opportunity to respond and govern on local issues. The work of the council supports our quality of life and how we, as a community, THRIVE. Stability, civility, positivity, access, and follow-through are strengths I will bring to the City Council.
I’m ready.

I’m ready to run and bring over two decades of community organizing experience, working for non-profit organizations, educational institutions and on campaigns. I’ve worked in coalitions to align shared interests through collaboration and dialogue. My record of leadership and involvement in my community has included fighting for health care access for women, for worker’s rights, and for inclusive non-discrimination laws at the local, state and federal level. I have chaired and served on national and local boards for both my interpreting profession as well as my volunteer pursuits and I understand the municipal governance process. I value community input and the responsibility the city has to be accessible and responsive to constituent concerns.

I hope you will see and feel my optimism for what Newport is already and can continue to grow and become. I am invested. I hope I can count on your support.

CM Hall is a proud native Oregonian and gleefully makes her home in Newport. She has long been a community activist, committed to equity and social justice as well as the belief that we are stronger together than we will ever be apart.

CM believes that it is her work experience as well as her volunteer activities that have prepared her to run and serve the Newport City Council. Professionally, CM manages dual careers in both the field of interpreting grant administration and teaching. She is a nationally-certified sign language interpreter, having earned a Bachelor’s in Interpreting from Western Oregon University and a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in LGBTQ and Gender Studies from Oregon State University.

CM is the Co-Director for the DeafBlind Interpreting National Training and Resource Center interpreter training grant and teaches DeafBlind Culture, Communication & Guiding as well as LGBTQ sociology courses at Western Oregon University. Among her professional accomplishments, CM co-created, to encourage those considering a career in interpreting. She also created and runs an active Facebook group of the same name. CM regularly provides training and workshops on topics related to interpreting and for several years provided ongoing professional development for the sign language interpreters on Guam and Saipan.

CM has worked as a fundraiser and political strategist for nonprofit organizations and campaigns, and also leads social justice-themed and fundraising how-to workshops.

CM has been recognized for her advocacy work by Basic Rights Oregon, Pride Northwest, the Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest, Campus Pride, the Human Rights Campaign, the Oregon Association of the Deaf, the Oregon Deaf & Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and Western Oregon University’s Stonewall Center. CM is proud of these honors as they represent projects and collaborations with many individuals over the years. In 2015, she was invited to present at a TEDx on the topic of linguistic access as a social justice issue. CM is actively involved with Central Coast NOW, Oregon Coast PFLAG, the Central Coast UU Fellowship and The Lemonade Project at the Newport Farmers Market.

In 2017, CM began a three-year term on the Newport Budget Committee and volunteered in the 2017 Newport 2040 Visioning outreach efforts. She is currently a member of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lincoln 2018 class and is one of the founding members of the Diversity Coalition of Lincoln County. She recently proposed a voucher for all Newport residents to visit the Newport Rec & Aquatic Center in an effort to encourage more memberships. This idea was well-received by the Parks Committee and implementation efforts are under way.

It is these experiences, along with CM’s passion and vision, that have prepared her to serve as a member of the Newport City Council.

A plea from Grace Wins to help pump up the level of services to our local homeless….

Source: A plea from Grace Wins to help pump up the level of services to our local homeless…. – News Lincoln County

Excerpts from the article:

We have been so blessed by this community and the donations given financially which is producing supplies and volunteer hours.
Many community members continue to ask what are your daily needs?
Below is a list of things that we need every day.

  • tents
  • tarps
  • sleeping bags
  • individual servings of lunch and breakfast items like
    • frozen waffles
    • breakfast sandwiches
    • burritos
    • pot pies
    • milk
    • juice
    • coffee
    • tea
    • hot chocolate
  • paper products including
    • paper bowls
    • cups
    • plates
  • men’s jeans
  • bras
  • backpacks
  • soft fruit
  • cream
  • sugar
  • flower pots to plant “starts” for the garden
  • potting soil
  • shower passes from the Newport Recreation Center
  • bus tickets
  • financial donations

If any of you in our community can help in meeting these needs it would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at 437 NE 1st Street in Newport – Monday through Thursday from 9am to 4pm or by calling 541-265-1974.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby and 350ooc address climate change

NEWPORT — Environmental advocacy group 350occ and the local Climate Control Lobby will be joining forces to address issues that impact the region.

Source: Newport News Times | 350occ to join with local climate lobby

Carbon tax and revenue distribution on agenda

NEWPORT — Environmental advocacy group 350occ and the local Climate Control Lobby will be joining forces to address issues that impact the region.

“We’re trying to figure out how we can work together to address the issues of climate change as they affect the Oregon coast,” said Martin Desmond, co-organizer for the Newport group of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, in a Thursday, March 29 interview.

The groups are holding an open meeting at the Newport Public Library in the downstairs conference room on April 16 at 6:30 p.m.

CCL is a national organization started in October 2007 to “create the political will for climate solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power,” according to its website. Their big push is for “Carbon Fee and Dividend” legislation, which would tax carbon at $15 a ton and an additional $10 every subsequent year. Revenue would be paid out to citizens as dividends.

The Newport group of CCL organized in January to, among other projects, support that legislation in Oregon.

“That’s probably going to be one of the primary issues CCL and, and more groups, are going to be working on this year,” Desmond said, “getting this set up so that when the session comes back in 2019, it’ll be ready.”

He and a friend did the math and estimate that a $15-per-ton carbon tax would increase the cost of gasoline about by about $0.15 a gallon. In Oregon, the bill was presented during the short legislative session but did not pass.

350occ was started by Bill Kucha about a year ago. At that time his intent was to do the initial organization of the group then step out of the spotlight. Cyndi Karp will be taking over as 350occ chair.

The founding enterprise,, is a network active in 188 countries “building a global climate movement,” states its website. The group’s name stems from the safe limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, 350 parts per million. The name of 350occ applies to the group’s Oregon Central Coast chapter.

Along with working for Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation, 350occ has brought many issues and guest speakers to Lincoln County to discuss things like electric vehicles, divestment, methane and fracked gas, and renewable energy. They endorse The Declaration of Human Rights and Climate Change, “Reaffirming the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelationality of all human rights, the interrelationality of all life on Earth and the dependency of all life on Earth on a healthy biosphere and Earth system integrity,” and are “Convinced that the potential irreversibility of climate change effects gives rise to an urgent need for new forms of state and non-state responsibility, accountability and liability.”

Concerns specific to Lincoln County are ocean acidification and the growing prevalence of wildfires.

“Ocean acidification is going to have a pretty serious impact on the fishing here; it’s going to have unknown impacts through time,” Desmond said. “It’s one of those issues that is quite significantly underestimated. It’s a fundamental impact on micro-organisms in the ocean, which has a significant impact on everything as you go up the food chain.”

As a young man, Desmond worked for the forest service on fire crews. “Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, we’d paint buildings and stuff. Occasionally we’d go fight a fire. Now, with a shorter snowpack season, the forests are drying out more. Fires are getting more often and bigger, for instance the Brookings fire last summer. The severity of forest fires has been increasing, so that’s going to happen here, too.”

He said, “I think 30 or 40 years from now, future generations will realize we’ve go to do more than just change light bulbs in our houses. encourages people to get involved in the Drawdown EcoChallenge, “a 21-day engagement program focused on carbon reduction,” from April 4-25. Find out more at

Contact reporter Joan Brown at 541-265-8571 x211 or


Clean energy jobs is topic of presentation

Lincoln County residents who are interested in making a constructive effort to combat climate change are invited to learn about an ambitious state legislative bill that will cap the amount of greenhouse gases allowed to be emitted in the state of Oregon over the next 35 years.The Newport group of the nationwide Citizens’ Climate Lobby will be sponsoring presentations about the Clean Energy Jobs bill at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Newport Recreation Center, 225 Avery St.

Source: Newport News Times | Clean energy jobs is topic of presentation

Merkley and Schrader to Hold Joint Town Hall in Newport

Congressman Kurt Schrader, center, and Senator Jeff Merkley, to right of Schrader, are pictured with the Newport Fishermen’s Wives.

Congressman Kurt Schrader, center, and Senator Jeff Merkley, to right of Schrader, are pictured with the Newport Fishermen’s Wives.

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Congressman Kurt Schrader will hold a joint town hall in Lincoln County Tuesday, Feb. 17.

They will update constituents on their work in Washington, D.C. and answer questions and invite suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.

“There are huge issues facing Oregonians and the best way for me to effectively advocate for Oregon’s families and businesses is by getting out on the road and holding a town hall in every county, every year to hear directly from Oregonians,” Merkley said. “I invite all residents of Lincoln County to come and discuss what we need to do to strengthen our state and nation.”

“These meetings are a chance for us to visit, talk about what’s been going on in Washington, and find out ways that we can be helpful to you,” Schrader said.

The Town Hall will start at 2 p.m. in room 124 at the Newport Recreation Center, 225 SE Avery St.

In 2008, Merkley pledged to hold town halls in each of Oregon’s 36 counties every year. He upheld his pledge during his first term. Lincoln County will be his 218th town halls as a U.S. Senator.