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rating (continued from front page), Whitty said that because cash were less than originally anticipat- of the bonds could have been short- more savings on interest costs. decreasing the term would have unnecessarily heavy burden upon the ,ers. bond rating and sale is good news taxpayers, interest received on state held in county bank accounts is also to be a windfall. In 1997, the state the first grant of just over $4 million of the pipeline. In 1999, the in an addition, $20 million. Since that county has earned more than $1.5 mil- have been so much better when you were getting, for awhile, about $95,000 said. "Now it's down to $22,000." said the decline is due to falling inter- of the bond rating and sale came as contracted to build the gas pipeline, was equipment onto the old Georgia Pacific in preparation to begin construction on pipeline. no date has been set to begin construe- breaking ceremony has been tenta- for July 11. Mastec was award- contract earlier this month of $23.3'million. The bid was $4.3 mil- than the next lowest bid. Coos County Commissioner Nikki Whitty (photo above) says that this rating upgrade for Coos County is like getting straight A's on a report card. The total projected cost of the pipeline is $43,034,445 including $601,998 in environmen- tal costs and $746,500 to secure right-of-way along the route. increase approvect The city will secure loans for nearly and is expected to receive grant about $500,000. Interest on the 40- according to consultant Steve Major, about 4.5 percent. the city has charged each business even though some used the same serv- to another business. However, a of commercial users adopted ear- month will make the determination easi- new definition defines a business, which re:venue PALKE ...... Control Coramissio Coos, Curry, Lincoln, and counties and their 29 cities received a $145,107 from the Oregon Liquor May 2003 statewide rev- revenue is generated by distilled spir- 238 liquor stores, taxes on malt bever- wine, license fees, and fines for liquor total distribution was $10.85 mil- May, including $5.75 million to the state fiand. April's' total distribution was $8.5 mil- revenue allocatio is set by law with 10 Counties, 20 percent to cities, 56 percent to fund, and 14 percent for the state's sharing account. state Department of Education population Oregon's 239 cities received a combined permit (continued from front page) will receive a separate water and sewer bill, as any commercial enterprise that has its own lock- able entrance to the location. Two entities sharing space with only one lockable entrance will receive only one bill for water and sewer. The new rates will be reflected on September's water/sewer bills. In addition to water and sewer rates, the city council adopted new fees for parking violations. Those parking overtime will now be subject to a $10 fine. The fine increased by $5. from liquor sales a split decision by County Planning to deny a conditional pet sanctuary in the area, Tracy Brooks' neigh- a lawsuit against her. opened the Pet Lodge and Sanctuary on 40- 1and without the.permit. expected to be in court JUne 24 to answer the y asked for July 22. said the lawsuit seeks Plus unspecified emo- She is already of the Planning decision to the a rescue shel- ,tew home search, for all UnWanted pets. An infor- booth and fund-raising planned in conjunc- Fourth of July festivi- sidewalk total of $2.05 million and the 36 counties got $1.03 million. The city revenue sharing account netted $1.4 million. Half the taxes collected on wine and malt beverages, $554,541 went to the state Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services for drug and alcohol prevention, intervention and treatment activ- ities. The other half was counted as general revenue. The Oregon Wine Advisory Board received $15,838 from an allocation of 2 cents from the tax on wine made or imported here. The fund is used for research and promotion of Oregon wine. The OLCC collects privilege taxes of $2.60 a 3 I-gallon barrel for malt beverages, 67 cents a gallon for table wine, and 77 cents a gallon for dessert wine. In May, each county and city received the fol- lowing: Coos-population 62,650 total of $18,371 Bandon, $2,496; Coos Bay, $13,587; Coquille, $3,653; Lakeside, $1,235; Myrtle Point, $2,140; North Bend, $8,333; Powers, $635; Curry-population 21,250 total of $6,231 Brookings, $5,015; Gold Beach,$1,679. Recycling in Coquille On the first Saturday of each month, Wadsworth Garbage Disposal collects recycling materials at the former Georgia Pacific site on Hwy. 42 in Coquille from 10 2 p.m. Items must be properly sort- ed and cleaned. Glass: bottles and jars only; no broken glass, Pyrex, opaque lass, china or window glass; no lids or rings. Milk and water jugs: rinse and flatten (no lids), Aluminum/tin cans: remove labels and rinse cans (please keep aluminum and tin separated). Newspaper: pack into brown paper sacks. Magazines: must be slick or glossy paper. Corrugated card- board: flatten and bundle; place next to recycling bin. Oil and batteries are accept- ed. For more information, call Wadsworth Garbage Disposal at 396-3086 of Bandon and the City of Bandon will jointly apply sidewalk grant to improve the walking course along and the Boat Basin in Old Town. The grant, from the Management Program will be combined $73,000 from the city's Urban Renewal Agency and the Coos Curry Douglas Regional Investment Board. will be raised through a Port brick sale. THE SENTINEL -- WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2003 -- A3 No-call registry discourages unwanted telemarketing BY CRISTIANNE HOLMEN Sentinel Staff Consumers can finally do something about annoying tele- marketing calls. The Federal Trade Commission now has regis- tration for their national do-nor call list available on their website. Phone sign-up for thc registry will be phased in over an eight week period beginning with the West Coast, and should be avail- able across the nation by the end of August. The registry will be available to telemarketing businesses beginning in September, and at least once every 90 days they will be required to check the list to- determine who does not wish to bc solicited. Violators will be inquired about, something ffon\\;a subject to fines'up,to $11,000 per company within the past fhr violation. Consumers' names will months.Other calls, such as l'rg remain on the registry for five charities and on behalf of politi- years, unless they change their . cians are also exempt. phone number, at which time renewal would be necessary. The government says it will begin enlbrcing the do-not-call list in October. Registered con- sumers should begin to receive fewer calls approximately three months after registration, although there are some excep- tions to the new guidelines. If a consumer has done business with a company over the past 18 months, that company may still solicit them for business. Consumers may alsobe contacted if thcy have applied for, or Telemarketers are vehement- ly opposed to the Rule, claiming that it is an unlawful restrictior of free speech. One marketing asso- ciation has even sued the FTC on these grounds. The registry will cost approximately $16 million dollars in it's first year, and:i financed by tees coilectcd from telemarketing companies. ,. Online registration is flee, and can be done now by going to the FTC website at www.t'lc.gtv. Information specific to Oreg,n may be found at Our 'dear' neighbors .... ;1 I Drivers in Coquille should be mindful of deer in the area. This deer, along with a spike, was spotted Saturday morning strolling on North Irving Street. , i;$ .... ,ql , . ,, r +,. Landmark settlement over Zoladex Marketihg Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers and the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units ("NAMFCU") today announced an agreement in principle with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP (Zeneca) to pay $24.9 million to the State Medicaid Programs for damages caused by Zeneca's marketing practices for its drug Zoladex, used for the treatment of prostate cancer. As part of the settlement, the State of Oregon will recover $184,100 in restitution and penalties for its Medicaid Program. The agreement in principle involves all 50 states plus the DistricL of Columbia. As part of the federal settlement, Zeneca will pay the federal government $266 million in Medicare damages, as well as a substantial criminal fine. Upon finalization of all settlements, Zeneca's total restitu- tion, fines and penalties to the federal government and the State Medicaid Programs will be $354.9 mil- lion. Allocation of the damages and penalties between gheck Cash Emergency? SEE US! We Give You Cash! ~ Easy To Qualify ~ Check Cashing Payday Loans WE NOW HAVE CAR TITLE LOANS Need Extra Cash? Own A Car?iWe Can Help! "Make ANYDAY your Payday!" Good Steady Job Valid Phone Bank Account We Welcome SSI/Soc. Sec. 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