New Driver License Design; Saturday Deadline for Health Insurance; Christmas Wrapping at Roby’s; A Waste Free Holiday?

New Driver License Design

The next time you renew your Oregon driver license or identification card you may see a new design with new security features. DMV is rolling out a new card design starting this winter and early 2019.  Your current driver license or ID card will remain valid until its expiration date, so you do not need to replace your card before that date. You also do not need to replace your card when you move within Oregon – you can file your new address online at  This is the first major upgrade to the card technology in Oregon since 2003. In addition to the new look and security features, the new card will provide a vertical layout for provisional driver license holders – drivers younger than 21 years old. This will make it easier to identify minors where age restrictions apply, such as the purchase of alcohol.  The new card will hold the same information as the current card, including name, address, issuance date and expiration date, as well as a small duplicate “ghost” image of the person’s photo. Driver license and ID card fees will remain the same with the new card.

Saturday Deadline for Health Insurance

If you need health insurance, this Saturday is the last day you can register through  if you are not covered by health insurance through your employer you can shop through the states website.  If you do not register by Saturday you will have to wait until November of 2019 to register unless or experience an event that would qualify you for registration like the birth of a child, marriage, loss of a job.

Christmas Wrapping at Roby’s

If you dread wrapping those Christmas presents or you just aren’t very good at it, Hope Sneddon will be wrapping presents at Roby’s Furniture and appliances over the next 2 Saturdays as a way to fund her ½ marathon run in the Crohn’s and Cloitis Foundation Team Challenge in Austin, Texas.  Sneddon was diagnosed with the disease 6 years ago and has had to under go two major surgeries and several minor ones.  The 28 year old  hopes to bring awareness to the disease and is always willing to talk about it as well as raising money for research and one day hopefully a cure.  Crohns is an inflammatory bowel disease that will often require surgery to remove damage areas of intestines and left untreated can be fatal.

A Waste Free Holiday?

The Lane County Master recyclers program is promoting a waste free holiday.  According to the national Environmental Education Foundation Americans annual discard 38 thousand miles of ribbon, 11 billion dollars worth of packing material and 15 million used Christmas trees.  Kelly Bell with Lane County says gifts of time, experience or service are great ways to celebrate the holidays:  Like recording an interview with a grandparent or elder and capturing family history and precious memories for future generations.  More ideas are available at