Gunshot Wound: Chinook Winds parking lot

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Jul 272016

8:57pm – Gunshot wound in a Chinook Winds parking lot. Law enforcement and paramedics enroute.

8:59pm – Victim is unconscious – not breathing.

9:00pm – Victim has a gunshot wound to the head. The gun he apparently used is still in his hand.

9:01pm – Victim was a reported missing person.

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Toledo City Manager movin’ on…

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Jul 272016
Toledo City Manager Jay Baughman resigns.

Toledo City Manager Jay Baughman resigns.

City of Toledo City Manager, Jay Baughman, resigns.

The City Council will meet on August 3rd to discuss potential interim City Manager appointment and the process the City will use to hire a new permanent city manager. The City completed a city manager recruitment in 2014 and is familiar with the process.

Mayor Billie Jo Smith said “I’m extremely sad that Jay Baughman is leaving us. He has been an exemplary City Manager, and I was looking forward to working with him for many years. I recognize that his decision to move on is the best decision for him, and his family, and we all sincerely wish them well.”

“While we all are saddened by Jay’s decision, Toledo’s City Council now has to look to the process of finding new leadership for our City government.” said Council President Jill Lyon. “But during this period, the Council and other Toledo citizens can be confident that the City will continue to run smoothly. We have a highly professional and dedicated staff who will ensure that work will be completed and City business will continue to move forward.”

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Latest info on Highway 20 road delays/closure periods

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Jul 272016

Highway 20 Project ODOT photo

Highway 20 Project
ODOT photo

Things have gotten a little fluid heading down the home stretch to completing the loooooooong awaited completion of the Highway 20 bypass. At least it’s going to beat it’s rival, the Highway 99 Dundee-Newberg bypass which is still cranking along.

Here’s the link to the latest scoop on 20. Click here.

And while you’re at it here’s a progress report on Newport’s new Aquatic Center, scheduled to be open for splediferous aquatic wonders Christmas Eve. Click here.

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A “Prop” osition they couldn’t refuse…

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Jul 272016
Pasley Prop "Home at last"

Pasley Prop “Home at last”
PMHC photo

After more than two years of brainstorming, planning, fundraising, negotiating, engineering, fabricating and permitting, a solid steel, 14-foot diameter, 7-ton prop is in place at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. It was installed where the old Smuggler’s Cove waterwheel once stood across from Port Dock 5. This unique effort posed a very long check list of challenges, not the least of which was that no one involved had experience installing a 7-ton prop on a stand. 

The ship propeller is from the C.W. Pasley, a World War II era concrete-hulled Liberty Ship purposely sunk in the 1950s to serve as part of the Port of Newport’s International Dock. The prop was salvaged a few years ago when remains of the C.W. Pasley were demolished during a major dock renovation. The Historical Society negotiated the prop’s loan from the Port of Newport, June 2014, to make it a centerpiece of the PMHC streetscape. “This was a unique project – you don’t buy a stand for a seven ton prop complete with instructions off the shelf,” remarked Executive Director Steve Wyatt.  

The ship was named for Sir Charles William Pasley (1780-1861), a British military engineer who wrote several textbooks and experimented with improving concrete. Another concrete-hulled vessel purchased by the port, the Joseph Aspdin, was also named for a Brit who worked to perfect cement. The Aspdin is remembered as “the ship that committed suicide.” It broke loose of its moorings in the dark of night, left Yaquina Bay, went aground, and sank near the north jetty.
In addition to the prop, the Society will also install interpretive signage on the colorful history of these two ships and of the Port of Newport, pavers, landscaping and stairs, all leading up to the Maritime Center. The streetscape/prop undertaking is part of a larger project – renovating the lower floor of the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, which will include the Doerfler Family Theater – a multi-use area complete with a projection system, stage, and seating for over 100. 
The Society was recently awarded a $45,000 challenge grant from The Collins Foundation for this project. It must raise $45,000 more from businesses and individuals before December 1st, this year. Any and all donations are sincerely welcomed and appreciated. If you are interested in helping the Society meet the Collins Challenge and complete this project, contact Executive Director Steve Wyatt at the Lincoln County Historical Society, (541) 265-7509.

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Scheduled night closures not yet needed on Hwy 20 bypass project

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Jul 262016

Highway 20 Project ODOT photo

Highway 20 Project
ODOT photo

Scheduled night closures not yet needed

EDDYVILLE – Construction is moving forward as planned, however, the scheduled overnight road closures for the U.S. 20 Pioneer Mountain-Eddyville Project are not yet needed and have been postponed. As construction progresses, the site conditions will be re-evaluated continually to determine if full overnight closures will be necessary beginning on August 14. Until at least August 14, the road will continue to operate as usual and delays of up to 20 minutes should be anticipated by travelers.

“Given the current operations and soil conditions, it is more efficient to delay the closures. By continuing with current operations, K&E Excavating can work long days at the west end curve, instead of being limited to 10 hours.” said ODOT Project Manager Steve Schultz. “It allows them to work more during daylight, which is safer and more efficient. It also has the added benefit of reducing the impact to the traveling public.”

Work is being done at the west end of the west end curve excavation, which is the furthest distance from the current roadway. As the excavation continues, it will proceed to the east, which will get closer to the existing highway and may result in the need for the overnight closures. Blasting at the site is beginning on Wednesday, July 27, but the first blasts will be done during the 20 minute delays. This is possible because of the small size of the first blasts and the distance from the blast to the existing highway and river at the west end of the excavation.

On Wednesday and Thursday nights this week, July 27 and 28, from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., travelers should expect some lane closures and holds up to 20 minutes for paving at the east end tie-in near Eddyville.

Recognizing that these closures and delays will have a significant impact to the traveling public and local residents, coordination with local businesses, government agencies, and others in the area has been ongoing. People will also be able to find the latest closure schedules and road status on TripCheck or by calling 511.

The project website is at

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Lincoln City: Banning overnight camping on public property and stopping “in street” begging

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Jul 262016

Lincoln City City Hall Archive photo

Lincoln City City Hall
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Some called it penalizing the poor for being broke – while others called it necessary to keep Lincoln City looking like a tourist town rather than a homeless zone.

The first debate among Lincoln City City Councilors Monday evening was whether the city should continue to ban “overnight camping” on city property which includes parks. A number of homeless persons practically begged the council to lift the ban so that those who have no place to park at night, except on public property, can sleep in their vehicles without getting big tickets from the police.

But several business people said Lincoln City is a resort community not a warehouse for people with no permanent residence. And that the town’s image is at stake.

In arguing for keeping the overnight ban on vehicle-sleeping City Attorney Richard Appicello said there are many areas around Lincoln City, beyond the city limits, that are suitable for parking to catch some sleep. But he added there is state law that allows churches to volunteer three parking spots per night EACH to the motorized homeless. However, if churches decide to participate in such a program, they must have available bathrooms and trash service must be provided to the site. Count up the number of churches in Lincoln City and you can probably accommodate quite a few mobile homeless.

The council said it’s something worth looking in to. But they held firm on the no overnight sleeping in city parks, on the street or in public parking lots. They said although there are bathrooms at some sites, they keep them locked up at night to prevent vandalism. They’ll talk more about all this again in a few weeks. Further public comment in WRITTEN form can be given to the city clerk through Noon, August 3rd. A final council decision could come August 8th.

On another front dealing with homelessness, the council was asked to prevent the poor and/or homeless from panhandling from the sidewalk or by standing just off the curb in the right travel lane along Highway 101, or on any city street. Police Chief Keith Killian said it’s a significant problem. Again, some from the business community and surprisingly some from the religious community were also critical of this kind of activity but for different reasons. Chief Killian said it’s unsafe because somebody’s standing within inches of cars and trucks whizzing by and doubly unsafe when a motorist stops at a street corner with a green light to pass a five dollar bill to a homeless person holding a sign. “It endangers the motoring public as well as those panhandling.”

Some businesses again cited the image problem with panhandlers greeting tourists instead of blue skies, a big ocean and sandy beaches. One local church pastor chided anyone who would give money to someone without knowing what it’s going for – and that too often it’s for drugs and/or alcohol. The pastor said too often people give money thinking one thing, but, in fact, their money goes for something entirely different. He said “We just enable people to stay stuck in their addictions and bad life habits. If people want to donate, let them give to the charities that try to help the down-trodden and homeless – something the religious community does every day and gets good results.”

The conversation then turned to allegations that government can’t stop what is, by the U.S. Constitution, “free speech.” “Begging,” said City Attorney Richard Appicello, “is protected free speech.” But he quickly added that the issue isn’t about begging. It’s about standing on the sidewalk, or on the side of a travel lane, holding a sign and disrupting traffic while somebody shoves money out a car window. Such activities are inherently unsafe – not only to the soliciting person with the sign but to the safe flow of traffic and everybody flowing with it.

The council agreed that a proposed ordinance to give this “street disruptive” style of panhandling the boot should be brought back at a future council meeting – but with some minor changes – mainly figuring out the cost of the ticket that would be issued by a police officer who caught a motorist and a panhandler exchanging “property” – read that ‘money.’ The law that the city attorney reviewed was one that has been in effect, and working quite well in Ashland and Medford. Both the panhandler and the person who forked over the money are ticketed. Appicello said that as long as someone in a car pulls off the street without causing a rear-ender, those in the car can pass out as much money as they want. They just can’t do it in the middle of traffic. That proposed city ordinance will also be brought back before the city council on August 8th. And the WRITTEN public comment period will run through Noon on August 3rd. Those comments can be emailed, mailed or dropped off in person at city hall, third floor, north end.

By the way, the solicitation by North Lincoln Firefighters during their annual “Fill the Boot” donation drive are not affected by this prohibition. When firefighters hold their annual fundraiser, there are warning signs and cones set up so when firefighters run around between cars and stash the cash in their boots, everybody knows what’s going on – that it’s a special event for which the Fire District must first get a permit.

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