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Page 6 The Coquille Valley Sentinel August 26, 2009 Army Corps of Engineers seeks LNG Comments SUMMER TAX TIPS: Last chance to receive Energy i TOP TEN TIPS FOR Assistance funds t The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Portland District is TAXPAYERS DEDUCTING Local families may still apply for seeking comments on an application by the Pacific ! Connector Gas Pipeline L.P. and the international Port of CASUALTY AND THEFT utility assistance through Sept. 30 I Coos Bay to conduct work in United States waters. LOSSES Oregon Coast Community Action is urging local families 1 The applicants propose to construct an access channel struggling with high utility bills to take advantage of the ' and boat slip on the North Spit in North Bend, Ore., an Taxpayers who find themselves the victim of a natural final weeks to apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance onshore liquid natural gas import and storage terminal on disaster or theft this summer should know the rules for Program. On Sept. 30, the current energy "season" will be the bay side of the North Spit, and a 234-mile natural gas deducting their casualty losses next year when they file closed and funding will no longer be available to those in pipeline and associated infrastructure in Coos, Douglas, their federal tax return. Generally, you may deduct losses to need in our community. Jackson and Klamath counties, your home, household items and vehicles on your federal Anyone struggling with high utility bills, that may quail- Public Notice NWP-2007-855/2008-592, available on the income tax return, fy for the LIEAP program and who have not currently District's Regulatory Branch Web site at Here are ten things the IRS wants you to know about received assistance payments or crisis funds, should to con- http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/op/g/public.asp , describes deducting casualty or theft losses, tact Oregon Coast Community Action as soon as possible. the proposal in detail. ORCCA staff are available to discuss energy assistance, cri- The District can issue or deny a permit only for those 1. You may not deduct casualty and theft losses covered by sis payments and eligibility information. project-related activities that fall under the U.S. Army insurance unless you file a timely claim for reimbursement. Those who have received a shut offnotice should contact Corps of Engineers' jurisdiction under Section 10 of the You must reduce your loss by the amount of the reimburse- Community Action for immediate assistance: Rivers and Harbors Act, Section 404 of the Clean Water ment. Coos Bay office (541) 888-1574 Act, and Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research 2. A casualty does not include normal wear and tear or pro- Brookings office (541) 469-3155 and Sanctuaries Act. gressive deterioration from age or termite damage. Many working families may qualify for energy assistance That jurisdiction includes work affecting navigable 3. The damage must be caused by a sudden, unexpected or funds if their income falls below the eligibility standards waters; discharge of dredged or fill material into rivers, unusual event like a car accident, fire, earthquake, flood or required by the state of Oregon. For example, a family of streams and wetlands; and transport of dredged material for vandalism, four with an income of $3,241 or less per month qualifies the purpose of dumping it into ocean waters. 4. If your property is not completely destroyed or if it is for assistance paying for utility bills, propane or the costs of The Corps' jurisdiction does not include other aspects of personal-use property, the amount of your casualty or theft any energy needed to heat a home. Also, families with the project such as air quality, noise, visual resources, relia- loss is the lesser of the adjusted basis of your property, or income that does not meet the current eligibility standards bility and safety unless it could be demonstrated that signif- the decrease in fair market value of your property as a result but may be struggling with high housing and heating costs leant cumulative impacts to the aquatic environment could of the casualty or theft, reduced by any insurance or other could also qualify for assistance. occur based on those aspects, reimbursement you receive or expect to receive. To apply for assistance with utility bills, community The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a 5. If business or income-producing property, such as rental members should bring: proof of identification, their most Final Environmental Impact Statement in May 2009, stating property, is completely destroyed, the amount of your loss recent utility bill, Social Security cards for everyone living the project would have limited adverse environmental is your adjusted basis in the property minus any salvage in their home, and 90 days proof of income for all house- impacts, value, and minus any insurance or other reimbursement you hold members. Families that are eligible for energy assis- Erik Petersen, chief of Portland District's Regulatory receive or expect to receive, tance or crisis payments will receive help as quickly as pos- Branch, said, "Our project managers will use data from 6. To claim a casualty or theft loss, you must complete sible. FERC's EIS to evaluate the probable impacts of the propos- Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts, and attach it to your "There are many more people facing hunger, there are el, but will also collect and analyze other information, return. Generally, you may claim casualty or theft loss of many more people seeking help with housing or electric including public comments, that directly addresses our own personal use property only if you itemize deductions on bills - and we are doing our best to make sure they stay fed, evaluation criteria." Form 1040, Schedule A. However, you can deduct a 2008 housed and warm," said Mary Schoen-Clark, CEO of District Regulatory project managers evaluate the impact or 2009 net disaster loss from a federally-declared disaster Oregon Coast Community Action. "Everyone in our corn- of proposed activities versus their benefits using even if you do not itemize your deductions, munity can be part of the solution during these troubled Environmental Protection Agency guidelines and Marine 7. If the property was held by you for personal use, you economic times, each donation and every volunteer makes a Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act criteria as appro- must further reduce your loss by $100. This $100 reduction difference in the lives of our neighbors." priate, for losses of personal-use property applies to each casualty The Energy Services Division of Community Action, The District is seeking comments from the public; feder- or theft event that occurred during the year other than 2009. which is partially funded by the Federal Low Income el, state and local agencies; Indian Tribes; and other inter- For 2009, individuals must reduce their casualty and theft Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), Oregon Housing & ested parties describing the potential impacts of this propos- losses for personal-use property by $500 instead of $100. Community Services, Pacific Power, and utility vendors in al on the factors mentioned above. This $500 reduction for losses of personal-use property Coos & Curry counties, provides assistance and education "General sentiments like, 'I like this proposal' or 'This is applies to each casualty or theft event. to families in Coos and Curry counties. a bad idea' do not improve our analysis," said Petersen. 8. The total of all your casualty and theft losses of personal- Oregon Coast Community Action provides a variety of "The best way to participate in this process is to submit use property usually must be further reduced by 10 percent services that house, feed, warm and educate vulnerable fam- detailed and specific written comments that describe how of your adjusted gross income. The 10 percent AGI limita- ilies on the South Coast. For more information, visit proposal will impact one or more specific factors related tion does not apply to net disaster losses resulting from fed- www.orcca.us or call 888-1574. to the aquatic environment." erally declared disasters in 2008 and 2009. Comments should be mailed to: 9. In figuring your loss, do not consider the loss of future U.S. Army Corps of Engineers profits or income due to the casualty. Ms. AnitaAndazola 10. Casualty losses are normally deductible only in the year Stained Glass Glasses North Bend Field Office the casualty occurred. But if you have a deductible loss 2201 N. Broadway Suite C from a federally declared disaster you can choose to deduct Stained Glass Classes will be starting on: North Bend, Oregon 97249-2372 that loss on your tax return for the previous year. If you August 24th, Monday evenings 6 p.m to 9 p.m. have already filed your return for the preceding year, you August 28th, Friday mornings 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Comments may also be emailed to can claim the loss on the previous year tax return by filing 7 week classes held at the Coquille Valley Art Center, anita.m.andazola@usace.army.mil. Please include the abbre- an amended return. 10144 Highway 42 in Coquille. Members $66 and Non- viation "LNG" in the subject line members $78. For more information or to enroll call Cheryl at 572-2302 or the Art Center at 396-3294. If interested contact the Coquille Valley Art Center at 396-3294 or stop by the center. Volunteers Needed at VA Roseburg for the Care VA Roseburg Healthcare System is seeking as many as 20 volunteers for the VA Hospice/Palliative Care program. A special Hospice volunteer training program will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the VA Campus locat- ed at 913 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd. Class dates are September 21, 28 and October 5,13,19,26, and November 2. Individuals wishing to sign up for the VA Roseburg Healthcare System's Hospice Volunteer Training Program, or have general questions regarding Hospice, please contact Fran Smith at (541)-440-1000 extension 44495, or Estella Woody at extension 44432 Coquille Women's Club Picnic The Coquille Women's Club is starting offthe 2009-2010 year with a picnic at LaVerne Park on Tuesday, September 8th. All women in the area are invited to join the picnic. Please call Philippa at 396-2629 for further information. A varied calendar has been prepared for the long-time organization to learn more about what is going on in the area: the new downtown art education center, the plans at the old city hall, a visit with a master gardener, a visit to the Bandon Museum, etc. The Women's Club helps many of the local organizations and schools. We donate school supplies and provide money for a high school senior for incidentals, Kind News for the 3rd grade classes, a half-day of free swim at the pool, dona- tions to the Coquille Museum, CASA, the food bank, the summer reading program at the library, and many other worthy causes in the community. To raise money we hold a white-elephant auction with friends and family. Because we no longer belong to the National Federation of Women's Clubs we have dues of only $15 per year. Any woman in the area is welcome to attend our meet- ings. Please call either Philippa or Carol (396-6040) for information. All meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings usually begin at 1 p.m. unless we are going somewhere and need to gather earlier. 55 E. First St. Coquille, OR 97423 Nancy' Welsh 541-396-5516 nancy.walsh@c21 bestrealty.com Open, airy, custom bolit In 11193, 3 full baths, 3 bedrooms, sun room, laundry facilities on main level, kitchen custom amenities, great room, hard. wood flooring, pantry, heat pump, vec system on both levels, wrap around deck, large attached shop, Feels private with wooded beckyzrd, green. house, circular drive. Located on cul.de-iac II1 neighborhood of attractive homesl $285,000 "Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance." - Will Durant 1 I 1 I 4 Family Food Educators Offer Upcoming August Workshop - Pickles, Sauerkraut, and Flavored Vinegars Let's get Pickled! The Coos County OSU Extension Service Family Food Educator (FFE) volunteers will be conducting a community workshop on Saturday, August 29th. Come get PICKLED at our preservation class on making pickles, sauerkraut and flavored vinegars. This workshop will be held in the Coos County Extension office in Myrtle Point from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bring a small, decorative jar for vinegar so you can take home a sample, Pre-registration is encouraged and class size is limited. A $7 fee is collected to pay for printed materials and class supplies. For more information on the dates and times of our October workshops on Tuna Canning and Gifts From the Kitchen, please contact the Coos County OSU Extension Office, 541-572-5263 or 1-800-730-4978. 1 you think education is expensive, --Attributed to both Andy Mclntyre and Derek Bok