Second Annual Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival

A symphony of youth!

Free Concerts Friday and Saturday in Newport

Five Oregon high school orchestras will be descending upon Newport for four days of live community youth symphony concerts, creative workshops, clinics to instill a drive for excellence and to inspire our Oregon classical music students to be musicians for a lifetime.

The Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival will take place in Newport on April 19, 20, 21 & 22. Oregon high school orchestras and the special guest the Oregon State University Chamber Strings Ensemble are in Newport for three days of workshops, instructional sessions, mentoring and free public concerts featuring the all the orchestras. Besides the OSU Chamber Strings, the high schools attending include Reynolds (Troutdale), McKay (Salem), McNary (Keizer), Pendleton and Clackamas high schools. 

Friday at 7:30pm at the Performing Arts Center will be the Festival’s opening concert featuring McNary and McKay High school orchestras followed by our special guest the OSU Chamber Strings.

The scene shifts to the Newport Middle School gym Saturday night at 7:30pm with performances by the Pendleton, Reynolds and Clackamas orchestras. The the grand finale will feature all five high school orchestra students coming together with a mass performance featuring the music of Ernest Bloch and Samuel Barber.

Music Directors and workshop leaders are Adam Flatt the long time conductor of the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean and special guest conductor Dr. Blake Richardson, music director and conductor of the Alabama Youth Symphony in Birmingham.

All concerts are free to the public and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information go to the Festival website – The Newport Performing Arts Center is located at 777 West Olive Street. Newport Middle School is located at 825 NE 7th.

The Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival is a very, very unique event for our young high school classical music students from all over Oregon. This came out of a love for classical music and a passion for our youth to embrace it in their musical talent and hearts and has become one of the most original events in the West and indeed the entire country.

The Festival is endorsed by all six major Oregon Symphony Orchestras including the Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Oregon East Symphony, Rogue Valley Symphony, Corvallis-OSU Symphony and our own Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean.

Presenting sponsors for the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival include the News Times, Umpqua Bank, Northwest Natural, Oregon Coast Aquarium and The Standard with special thanks to Patty Olmsted. Foundation support comes from the Randall Charitable Trust, Storms Family Foundation, Ford Family Foundation, Salem Foundation and the Oregon State University School of Arts and Communication. Local sponsors include Chinook Winds Casino Resort, MO’s, Associated Cleaners, PayneWest Insurance and the Lincoln Cultural Coalition.

Letter to the Editor – Russell Baldwin for Circuit Court Judge

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~ VOTE ~ Russell Baldwin for Judge

I am endorsing Russ Baldwin, attorney for
Lincoln County Judge this May 15th! In the 35
years that I have known Russ Baldwin personally,
he has always been polite and respectful towards me.
Those are great attributes for a judge to have.

As my family’s lawyer he maintains a very
professional demeanor, has strong work ethics
as he honors the rule of Law and will go the
distance to resolve legal matters. We need a
judge capable of resolving complex civil
disputes and has the mind that can effectively
bring forth fair and just rulings. Russ Baldwin is a good
listener as he cares about people’s concerns.

I also respect him very much as he is a quality person,
demonstrated by his admission to practice Law in the
United States Supreme Court. Only a handful of
attorneys in Oregon have this professional distinction
as he strives for excellence in his work product and for the
rule of Law being applied fairly for all the people of
Lincoln County.

Lastly, I want the judge I vote for to be able to finish
out their term of office. I want voters to choose someone
who will be accountable to them as well. In 3 yrs. when
Judge Branford is forced to retire by Law the governor will
appoint another political appointee versus someone chosen
by the people of Lincoln County. That matters to me.
I think people should finish what they start as that was
how I was raised. Please VOTE for a positive change!


Vikki Bartels
Lincoln City, OR

Port to Port Clean Up on the Yaquina River on April 21

U Da Man and some of their many supporters who “optimize” the Yaquina River and its tributaries for raising young fish so they can become great big fish and boost the local economy.

Port to Port Clean Up on the Yaquina River on April 21

NEWPORT – The U DA MAN volunteer group along with Oregon SOLVE and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host the second annual Port to Port Yaquina River Clean Up on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Port of Toledo airport boat ramp on the South Bay Road at 9 a.m.

Surface Rescue
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Some volunteers will be shuttled by boat to river bank locations only accessible from the water. Other volunteers will pick up trash along both sides of the river from adjoining roadways. Last year, volunteers collected an estimated 3500 pounds of trash. Volunteers should dress for the weather and bring their own work gloves and lunches.

If you would like to volunteer operation of your boat or plan to work on foot, please RSVP to Barb Dudley (541) 272-7375. This project is sponsored by the Ports of Toledo and Newport, Oregon SOLVE, Dahl Disposal, Englund Marine Supply, and Longview Hills Fishing Club.

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Writing Workshop at the Newport Public Library

Elena Passarello
Writing the Collage Essay
Newport Public Library

Award-winning author Elena Passarello will teach a free workshop called “Writing the Collage Essay” on Wednesday, May 2nd from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Newport Public Library.

A collage essay uses vivid images and quick cuts to tell stories in artfully arranged fragments, rather than in one specific narrative line. Inspired by visual art and film, collage storytelling is an inspiring way to supercharge your writing, and it’s surprisingly easy! Grab your writer’s notebook and join Passarello in this very hands-on, get-out-of-your-chairs workshop, which will outline the basics of reading, responding to, and–most importantly–writing your own nonfiction collages.

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Registration is free but space is limited. Pre-registration required. Contact Susan Moore at, or 503-227-2583 ex 107 to register.

Passarello is the author of two essay collections and the recipient of a Whiting Award for nonfiction. She lives in Corvallis where she teaches in the MFA program at Oregon State University. Her latest book, Animals Strike Curious Poses, is a 2018 Oregon Book Award finalist in creative nonfiction. This program is sponsored by Literary Arts and the Newport Public Library.

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Please pardon our messy website – It’s being renovated is undergoing the first major format overhaul in it’s eight year history. And for that it’ll be a bit messy for possibly the better part of next week as well. But the news will be there and our advertisers will still be visible – two key components.

In the meantime enjoy the news and know that the new look will be worth the wait, without having to cut back on the news in the process.

Dave Morgan

Blessing of the Fleet – Tying up at a dock near you….

Blessing of the Fleet
Saturday, Yaquina Bay
beneath the bridge

Newport Fishermen’s Wives
Blessing Of The Fleet 2018, May 6th
During Loyalty Days
9:00am…………..Survival Suit Races
10:30am…………..USCG Begins Boat Procession, Blessing
1:00pm………….Highliner Competition
1:00pm………NFW’s Host BBQ at Englund Marines Parking Lot
4:00pm………… Memorial

The Newport Fisherman wives will again be sponsoring a strong tradition in Newport’s fishing community called the Blessing of the Fleet. The Blessing of the Fleet is a community ceremony honoring local fishermen and their families. The Blessing is open to any and all who wish to ask blessings on their fishing vessel, charter vessel, pleasure craft, or research vessel.

The Blessing of the Fleet began as an old world Sicilian (Italian) custom emphasizing faith and perseverance – qualities that have long fueled those who go to sea to earn their living. Since the 1950’s Newport’s Blessing of the Fleet has continued the custom of asking for prayers for protection at sea, bountiful catches, and peace of mind for the families at home.

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The Blessing will be on May 6th in conjunction with Newport Loyalty Days and Sea Fair Festival. The Newport Fisherman’s wives are focusing this year’s events on the importance of safety. Fishing is the most dangerous occupation in the United States.

The Fisherman Safety and Survival Training is essential to ensure fisherman can respond to emergencies while at sea and save lives. The survival/immersion suit races highlight the importance of training on vessels. The training is critically important. It becomes second nature having the muscle memory to put on the survival/ immersion suit and the training done on each vessel makes all of the safety and survival equipment familiar for use.

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At 9:00 am the Fisherman’s Wives sponsor Survival Suit races. Teams-of-three put on survival suits while being timed. They enter the bay and swim out to a raft – anchored about 50 feet from the Dock. Participants include local commercial fisherman, active coast guard, and Loyalty days princesses. If you are interested in putting together a team of three, entry forms are available at England and Schiewe Marine Supply stores on the Newport bay front.

The boat parade gets underway at 10:30 am, from the area near the Port’s international terminal. The USCG Search & Rescue Helicopter (if available) and the motor lifeboats of Station Yaquina Bay signal the start of the parade. All vessels will follow the lead vessel of their fishery, or category, from the international terminal heading west, turning just in front of the bridge before heading east to pass in front of the coast guard motor lifeboat, were local ministers will bless each vessel. Also on board the local coast guard vessels will be the Newport Loyalty Days Court. Vessel registration forms are also located at England and Schiewe Marine Supply on the Newport Bay Front.

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NFW’s have added to this special day a BBQ hosted by us at the Englund Marine’s parking lot at 1:00pm. We will be serving food and we will also be having the Highliner Competition at this time . The Newport Fisherman’s wives would like to invite Fishermen and all others to compete in a race involving fishing related tasks, such as crab pot stacking, net mending, coiling, knot tying, among other things. Show off your skills and race to become Newport’s first Highliner with a chance to win $$

We will end the day at 4:00 PM with a Memorial Service at the Fishermen’s Memorial Sanctuary at Yaquina Bay State Park. This service is meant to offer support and encouragement to the families and community while remembering Lincoln County fishermen lost at sea.

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Meet and Greet Event for Judge Candidate Russell Baldwin

EVENT: Meet and Greet the Candidate for Judge, Russ Baldwin, Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 pm in Lincoln City.

Russ Baldwin, attorney, candidate for Circuit Judge, will be speaking at the monthly Lincoln City Democratic Party Meeting at the Lincoln City Community Center located off 101 at 2150 NE Oar Place, Lincoln City, OR 97367

The meeting is open to the public. Please arrive early and bring your questions and any concerns you have regarding the judiciary. There will be a short Q & A following.

Contact: Mary Brandt, coordinator at 541.953.5759

Preserving pollinators! They make the world go round with food to eat…

Busy as a little bumble bee!!
Courtesy photo

Pollinator Restoration Project to hold fundraiser in Yachats

The new local nonprofit group called the Pollinator Restoration Project will hold its first fundraiser on Saturday, April 28, from 11am to 2 pm at the Yachats Commons, Rm. 8. This group of citizen volunteers is working to establish pollinator habitat along Hwy 101 from Newport to the Lane County line, in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Lincoln County.

The fundraiser will be a seed swap and sale, where people can bring seeds they don’t need and take some they’d like to try. Seeds and seedlings of plants that attract and support pollinators will also be available for a donation. There will be a potting table for people who want to immediately
plant their seeds; information on native bees; complimentary refreshments; and raffle prizes including a two-night stay in Portland and a private tour for up to 12 people of the Gerdemann Botanic Garden in Yachats. The sliding scale suggested donation for the event is $5-15.00.

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“Our group wants to plant native shrubs and other plants to provide a habitat corridor for native pollinators along the highway,” said Laren Leland of Yachats. “The former no-spray project along Hwy 101 resulted in a large increase in flowering plants along the roadway in summer, which
stimulated the idea for the Pollinator Corridor.”

Anyone interested in joining the group can attend one of the regular meetings held on the first Saturday of the month at 11 am at the Umpqua Bank \in Waldport.

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