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O, Coos County Paper of Record Like a letter j?om home I I  r I I Volume 131 Number 51 Wednesday, December 19, 2012 / 50 cents _ -  -- _ WinnerofMcKay's 'Tis The Season 3 minute shopping spree Mary Owens of Coquille The home of Greta Horn, 1081 N. Knott St. in Coquille. Photo by Thomas Konomos Coos County residents get ready for the Holidays and one way to do that is to decorate homes with bright lites and sea- sonal scenes. If you are in the Coquile valley, the Chamber is holding a Christmas Lighting Contest. All entries deserve a drive by. Entrants are; Mark and Cheryl Cranford at 1730 N. Dog- wood, Jeff and Amanda Taylor at 664 N. Elliott St., Mike and Debbi Brugnoli at 94367 Rink Creek Lane, Tanner and Angela Holycross, 1237 Private Dr., Norman and Joyce Kluchesky at 925 E. 14th St.,Greta Horn at 1081 N. Knott St (pictured) and Carol Claybum, 1615 N. Hemlock. There is a catagory for businesses and the entrants are Frazier's Bakery, Coquille Martial Arts, Steve Tucker Appli- ance and Inspired Ink. And don't miss the 26th annual Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park. Visit Thanksgiving thru New Year's Eve - 4:00 - 9:30 PM every night (including Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve. Walk-thru Display - All abil- ities accessible. Open Garden House with hot cider, punch, coffee and cookies! In Final Days, Parry and Messerle Consider Spending $102,000 on Data Storage System bid, and provides no detailed plan for off-site storage which is critical for main- taining the County's records in the event of an on-site dis- aster at the County Court House. Phil Thompson of Coos Bay asked Commissioner's Parry and Messerle why they were in such a rush to make the spending decision regard- ing the storage system when the matter had been a long standing problem in which waiting a few more weeks would make little difference. Thompson also asked Parry and Messerle why they did Mary Owens with store manager, Joe Nichols McKay's Market arid Western Family Products held a drawing at Mckay's in Coquille. The winner was Mary Owens of Coquille. Mary.won a 3 minute shopping spree:-Thwinner could load her shopp]ng cart with any of the Western Family Products in the store. Mary was able to fill her cart with $155. worth of merchandise. ii:i Legislature Passes Special In a meeting held at the !:: Nike Tax Bill, Sen. Owen Building in Coquilleon Thursday, December 13, I i Kruse Votes "No" camappinted CommissionerSparry and Fred  i OOO: CO !* The special session of the Oregon Legislative Assem- Messerle are one step closer TC bly called by Governor John Kitzhaber last week to ap- in their push to purchase a prove a tax break for Beaverton based economic giant controversial new data stor- Nike passed with little formal opposition, age system for Coos County. ||| The tax break, which was proposed by Governor Cam Parry, who did not Kitzhaber after Nike promised to create a minimum of 500 new jobs in Oregon, likely in the Portland Metro- politan area, if they were guaranteed special tax breaks not allowed for any other business in the state of Ore- gon. Supporters of the bill claimed that the bill needed to be passed now or Oregon would risk losing Nike's pro- posed expansion and a potential of 12,000 new jobs in Oregon by 2020. Critics labeled the bill, House Bill 4200, as a rushed special tax break for a politically connected corporation which donates generously to the campaigns of legisla- tors in both political parties. Nike also donated $22,500 to Governor Kitzhaber's campaign for governor in 2010. Critics also note that the legislation as passed gives Nike tax breaks, without mandating the company to create a single job or provide living wages. The bill was also criticized as being a method of redirecting tax money from rural counties for services like public safety, infrastructure, and healthcare services to provide tax breaks to a Portland metro area based corporation. Kruse, who along with other regional legislators re- ceived campaign contributions from Nike, explained his reasoning in opposing House Bill 4200 in a newsletter e-mailed to constituents across his large southwestern Oregon senate district. He explained that he supported a tax break for Nike. However, Kruse opposed creating a special exemption for a single business. Kruse believes that all businesses should receive the generous exemp- tions being provided to Nike. On the Nike bill, Kruse concluded his thoughts, "Our policies should be about helping our businesses to succeed. It should be the re- sponsibility of the Governor and the Legislature to do what is right, not what is politically expedient..." seek election to a full term on the Board of Commis- sioners, and Fred Messerle ............. who was defeated in his campaign for a full term, are in their final days in office as Commissioners-elect John Sweet and Melissa Cribbins will replace them on January 7. However, with limited time left on the job, the appointed Commissioners are making a push to spend $102,000 on a new data storage system to be utilized by the County's Infro- mation Technology department despite criticism from mem- bers of the public, and opposition from County Commissioner Robert "Bob" Main. Main was re-elected by the voters of Coos County to a second four year term on the Board of Commissioners last month. Commissioner Main was not present at the meeting be- cause he had a long scheduled family obligation for that day. Commissioners Parry and Messerle refused Main's request that the meeting be scheduled for another day so that he could attend. During the sparsely attended meeting which began nearly half an hour late due to the tardy arrival of the County's In- formation Technology staff, Commissioners Parry and Messerle listened as the poor condition of the County's data storage system currently in place was described. County staff described storage as being at 95% capacity and in critical need of replacement. Their proposal was to lease service over a five year period at the expense of $102,000 to dramatically increase available digital storage capacity for the county. The proposal was not put to public not trust the incoming Board of Commissioners to make a decision on the matter after they are sworn in on January 7.. Thompson's question was not answered. Commissioner Main, though unable to attend the meeting in person, provided written comment on the proposal which was entered into the official record. Main outlined his oppo- sition to the $102,000 proposal explaining that there was no: public bid conducted regarding the potential expenditure and that there were no provisions in the proposal for off-site stor- age of county data. Commissioners Parry and Messerle did not offer any par- ticular rebuttal to Main's written comments, but County Counsel Josh Soper stated that while there was not a tradi- tional public bidding process conducted regarding the pro- posed expenditure, that the County was not in violation of :S the law. "" Commissioner-elect John Sweet was at the meeting, but ": offered no comment. .. Commissioners Parry and Messerle decided to avoid '. " making a final decision on the matter at the hearing. The two lame duck Commissioners instead decided to schedule " meeting for January 3 at a time to be announced at the Owen Building in Coquille. The public is encouraged to attend the hearing. O tg I'M M -,,4- @, o Distribution Points Page 2 www.thesentinelepaper.com I li i I Ill I I Main office 61E. First Street Classified advertising FREE Coquille, OR 97423 541-396-3191 to subscribers fax 541-396-3624 I II