Oct 202014
Barbara Left City Councilor and write-in candidate for mayor...

Barbara Left
City Councilor and write-in candidate for mayor…

Hi All –
The agenda for Tuesday is straightforward–the usual monthly items, a few City “housekeeping” actions, one grant opportunity and validating Kathy Wyatt’s election to Council. The complete agenda is attached.

Thank you to those who attended the last meeting. We hope you can join us this week. Your opinion matters to us and your presence informs our deliberations. Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting…

Be safe and enjoy today,
Barb Leff

Tuesday evening's city council agenda...

Tuesday evening’s city council agenda…

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 Posted by at 11:36 PM
Oct 202014

community rights meeting

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 Posted by at 11:25 PM
Oct 202014

A pedestrian walking in the drive through lane at Burger King slipped and fell shortly before 9pm and remains on the ground with what he describes as severe neck pain.

Ambulance and fire rescue are enroute.

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 Posted by at 8:57 PM
Oct 202014

Coast Guard Helo Town Hall Meeting OCCC, Newport Craig Putman photos

Coast Guard Helo
Town Hall Meeting
OCCC, Newport
Craig Putman photos

Estimated 250-300 people attended Town Hall Meeting

Estimated 250-300 people attended Town Hall Meeting
To the person – opposed to the closure of the Newport Coast Guard Air Rescue Station

One by one, whether from organizations or speaking only for themselves, residents continued to demand Monday night during a Town Hall Meeting at Oregon Coast Community College that the Coast Guard radically change course on their plans for the Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Base in Newport. They said firmly and consistently, “DON’T CLOSE IT.” Many predicted that deaths will rise and the coastal economy will suffer if the Coast Guard pulls out, leaving only two choppers, one in Astoria, the other in Coos Bay, to respond to emergencies along the chronically storm-tossed central coast.

The biggest factor is cold ocean temperatures which can kill in a matter of minutes. Despite the Coast’s Guard’s boasting of upgraded locational electronics and advances in survival suits, most of those who go overboard or find themselves in the water from a sinking, they have neither. Especially civilian charter fishing boats as one charter boat capsized this past summer off Depoe Bay throwing five people in the water, one nearly dying of hypothermia. And that was with the Newport Coast Guard chopper getting on scene in a matter of minutes…not in a little under an hour as will be the case if the Newport base is closed.

The Coast Guard Admiral from Seattle told the crowd that he has standing orders to close the base. And if those orders hold, he will do it.

Fishermen’s Wives produced a petition asking the Coast Guard to reconsider, signed by over 18,000 people. “And they’re still coming in,” said one Fishermen’s Wives member. Even a contingent of tree fallers who work deep in the woods testified that when a logger gets hurt hours from any hospital, the Coast Guard swoops in and saves lives that otherwise would be lost.

Local fire-rescue departments, including Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Seal Rock and others, strongly urged the Coast Guard to examine the facts and those facts will compel them to withdraw the closure order. Many in the crowd said that the Coast Guardsmen themselves, who bravely work to save lives, are still near and dear to the hearts of all coastal residents – that their anger is not not directed at those who do the heavy lifting. It’s the brass, they say, in Washington DC who have no clue what life is like on the coast of the Pacific Northwest and that they ought to do a little homework before they move to close the base. If they close the base, many believe the Coast Guard will be signing death warrants on fathers, sons, husbands, wives, grandfathers and grandmothers who make their living on the sea as well as unwary visitors to the coast from Portland and other inland cities, those seeking wholesome recreation – not a quick death while on vacation.

The Coast Guard Admiral and others commented that the Oregon Congressional Delegation is negotiating with top Coast Guard officials in Washington, so far centering on postponing the closure until the Coast Guard can develop other strategies for cutting costs, if that is, in truth, what’s really needed. Others, both inside and outside the town hall meetings have complained that there always seems to be money for millions upon millions of dollars for pet projects back home for congressmen and senators yet in this case, in matters of life and death, the government is choosing death for commercial and recreation fishermen, pleasure boaters, and anyone who visits the Oregon Coast. Some have noted the cruel irony in that the Coast Guard plans to withdraw their helicopter during the first week of the crabbing season just as crabbers begin sailing off into what can quickly become howling gales and mountainous seas – the deadliest time of year. Without the helo, they will be largely out there on their own.

The Admiral noted that the town hall meeting was being video taped so higher-ups in Washington can see the see the magnitude of the turn-out by those opposed to the closure.

So…we’re back to waiting to see what the Oregon Congressional Delegation can come up with.

Nothing has change.

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 Posted by at 7:50 PM
Oct 202014
More storms headed out way this week...

More storms headed out way this week…
Lisa Olsen photo

The view from Boiler Bay this evening…

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 Posted by at 7:31 PM
Oct 202014
First wave of food donations on North Lincoln Fire-Rescue's annual holiday food drive.

First wave of food donations on North Lincoln Fire-Rescue’s annual holiday food drive.

North Lincoln Fire and Rescue started early this year for holiday food drive and collected food bags this past weekend. Those living in the north county area who would like to donate, just drop off your bag(s) of non-perishable items to the Oceanlake Fire station at 2525 NW Highway 101, on the corner of 25th and 101 on the ocean side of 101.

For further information just call 541-996-2233.

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 Posted by at 7:22 PM
Oct 202014
William McGinnis Auto theft and burglary

William McGinnis
Auto theft and burglary

A vehicle that had been stolen early Monday morning was spotted a short while later on Laurel Street in Gleneden Beach. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies tracked it down, finding the 2013 Chevrolet pickup unoccupied at the location. Deputies then received a report of a vehicle theft from a garage nearby on Neptune Ave in Gleneden Beach. The victim reported that her vehicle, a 2005 Ford Expedition, had been stolen from inside her garage.

Correctly assessing the situation, oifficers got on the phone to Newport Police who quickly spotted the stolen Ford Expedition in the McDonald’s parking lot in Newport. Inside was William McGinnis. Not knowing exactly what they had, Newport Police, Sheriff’s Deputies and Oregon State Police pulled what’s called a full felony traffic stop – guns drawn with very loud orders for McGinnis to step out of the car with his hands up and then lay face down on the ground. McGinnis was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on two counts of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, one count of Burglary in the Second Degree, Unlawful Entry Into a Motor Vehicle, and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. McGinnis’ bail was set at $172,500.

Maurice Gardner Assault

Maurice Gardner

Also this morning, a Lincoln City Police Officer patrolling the area of NW Logan Road encountered an injured male crawling across the pavement. The injured male was identified as 52-year-old, Kenneth Gaffka. Gaffka had suffered serious injuries to his head and face.

Gaffka’s campsite, located behind the Lighthouse Square Dollar Tree, was identified as the crime scene. Gaffka reported being assaulted by another transient male.

Witnesses and evidence at the Dollar Tree, Rite Aid, and Lincoln Plaza Shell gas station helped the Lincoln City Police Department identify the assailant as 42-year-old Maurice Gardner. Meanwhile, Gaffka was initially transported to North Lincoln Hospital where his injuries were so severe that he was transferred to a Portland trauma unit.

Meanwhile, Gaffka’s alleged assailant was spotted about an hour later by Lincoln City Police Department at the south end of Lincoln City. Gardner was stopped and was soon cuffed and placed in the back seat of a police car enroute to the Lincoln County Jail where he was booked for Assault in the 2nd Degree.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Lincoln City Police Officer Mike Blakely or Sgt. Brian Eskridge, at (541) 994-3636.

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 Posted by at 4:58 PM
Oct 202014
Coast Guard  chiefs to attend Newport Town Hall meeting tonight, 5:30pm, Oregon Coast Community College - Newport

Coast Guard chiefs to attend Newport Town Hall meeting tonight, 5:30pm, Oregon Coast Community College – Newport

The Commandant for the Coast Guard in the Pacific Northwest is expected to get an earful this evening when another Newport area Town Hall meeting kicks off at 5:30pm

The meeting, being held at the Newport Campus of Oregon Coast Community College, is expected to draw an overflow crowd of residents that are angry at just the thought of the Coast Guard closing down their rescue helicopter facility at the Newport Airport. Although they agree that enhanced navigational and emergency radio beacons greatly reduce search times for helos overhead, the time it takes for the Coast Guard to fly from North Bend or near Astoria is long enough that they’d be looking for bodies rather than survivors. Ocean temperatures off the central coast are cold – not like Miami Florida or the east coast or Gulf of Mexico which are fed by a warm southerly flow. The waters off Oregon can and do kill within 15 to 20 minutes.

The commanding Admiral of Coast Guard-Northwest is flying down from Seattle to try to explain what many contend is the unexplanable – that the Coast Guard would all but abandon their mission along the Oregon Coast just to save a tiny portion of the Coast Guard budget.

Those attending are urged to be civil and not create a huge background noise of sideline conversations.

Congressman Kurt Schrader will be moderating the meeting with State Senator Arnie Roblan and State Representative David Gomberg on hand as well.

It will be packed so arrive no later than around 5pm for a decent parking place and a seat where you can see and hear what is going on.

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 Posted by at 3:06 PM
Oct 202014

Report of a vehicle on Highway 28 that left the road headed eastbound, and ran up an embankment. Occupants still in the car.

Driver of the vehicle managed to free the vehicle and continue their journey. No injuries.

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 Posted by at 1:30 PM
Oct 202014

Occupation: Lincoln County Commissioner, Position 3
Seeking Re-election

Occupational Background:
Commercial Fisherman, 40+ years; Three-term Oregon State Representative; Three-term Lincoln County Commissioner.

Educational Background: Newport High School (9th Grade); South Salem High School (High School Diploma, 12th Grade); University of Missouri(Sophomore); Oregon State University (Senior, B.S. Degree)

Prior Governmental Experience:
* State Representative (1995- 2001); Vice-Chair House Natural Resources Committee; House Education Committee; 1996-1997 House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, House Education Committee: 1998-1999 House Agricultural and Forestry Committee, House Committee on Human Resources and Education; Ways & Means, Natural Resources; Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force; General Government Committee; House Committee on Species Restoration and Stream Recovery; House Business and Consumer Affairs Committee;
* Governor’s Task Force on Marine Reserve;
* Member of Cascade Head and Cape Perpetua Community Teams on Marine Reserves;
* North Coast Commissioner Representative to Ocean Policy Advisory Committee;
* Interim Joint Committee on Salmon and Stream Enhancement;
* Speakers Council on Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse;
* Interim Committee on Trade and Economic Development;
* Board of Directors for Oregon Fishermen’s Undersea Cable Committee;
* Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Budget Review Committee; * Member of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Oregon Renewable Energy Task Force;
* Territorial Sea Planning Committee;
* Chairman of Coastal Marine Experiment Station.

Community Service:
* Newport Middle School Track and Field Volunteer;
* Member, Newport Chamber of Commerce;
* Oregon Coast Cultural Coalition past member.

* Transportation: “I look forward to continuing the fight for transportation dollars to improve our county roads.”
* Solid Support for Seniors: “I will continue to fight to protect the rights of our county’s senior citizens, to ensure strong community service programs that will protect their quality of life.”

* Strong Economy: “Lincoln County needs living wage jobs, now more than ever, and I will continue to work to secure state and federal funds to stimulate jobs.”
“I will continue to bring people to the same table, to work together on tough issues, in order to find solutions to Lincoln County’s problems.”
* New jobs from the sea with greater access to the ocean for testing wave energy devices, farming methane hydrade from the ocean floor, scientific research to track ocean trends and effects on commercial and recreational fishing,
* Construction of a Newport Campus of Oregon State University with emphasis on oceanographic research.
* Promote greater cooperation and coordination of commercial and recreation fishing interests up and down the Oregon Coast. Better cooperation will ensure better fishery management and reduce ocean use conflicts between fishing, research and alternative wave and wind energy proposals coming up, off the Oregon Coast.
* Support the OMSI family retreat facility at South Beach to get Oregon’s young students as well exposed to and interested in ocean marine education and research.
* Support and promote the expansion of year round agriculture on the coast using greenhouses, hoop houses and other alternative methods of raising food during the cooler,rainy months. Promote local fresh fruits and vegetables with our growing farmer’s markets up and down the county. Locally grown and distributed food is a good thing.
* Create greater equity among Lincoln County communities so that wage differences are reduced. Help north county to bring up their average wage levels to something closer what we see in the Newport area. One method would be to begin promoting businesses that cater to the large number of retirees who are migrating to the coast and bringing with them a considerable amount of wealth – wealth that should be spent in Lincoln County. We need more senior and upper scale services so that these new well-off neighbors don’t have to leave the area for boutique shopping, high echelon gourmet restaurants, stimulating educational, social and other unique events which produce a higher quality of life in one of the most beautiful areas of Oregon.
* Keep our Newport-based Coast Guard Air Rescue helicopter. It is absolutely imperative that we keep Newport properly equipped to protect visitors to our coast as well as the men and women who go to sea for their livelihood – commercial and charter boat fishing as well as a huge flotilla of individual recreational boaters and fishers. In the event of a life-threatening incident, the uniquely cold and rough ocean conditions off the Oregon Coast require quick emergency response – within ten to 20 minutes. Any delay beyond that is not a rescue. It’s a body retrieval operation. We must retain Newport’s Coast Guard Air Rescue facility.

I would sincerely appreciate your vote.

Terry Thompson
Lincoln County Commissioner, Position 3

Mayor of Lincoln City
Candidate: Lincoln County Commissioner, Position 3

Occupation: Retired
Occupational Background: 35 years of management in the financial services industry. Budget management and analysis in both public and private sectors.

Educational Background: Pacific University Oregon, graduated, BA; University of Washington, graduated, Certificate, Executive Graduate Management Program; Duke University, graduated, Certificate, Executive Graduate Management Program; Leader- ship Lincoln, 2010, graduated.

Prior Governmental Experience: Mayor, 4 years, City Councilor, 2 years, Planning Commission, Budget Committee.

Lincoln County citizens can expect Dick Anderson to listen with an open mind to their issues and assist them in finding practical solutions. It has been over 20 years in North County and over 30 years in South County that someone has been elected County Commissioner. It is time to spread the representation to all corners of the County. Dick Anderson will face Lincoln County issues with a fresh outlook and enthusiasm.

Dick Anderson is an active member of:
* Cascade West Area Commission on Transportation Mid-Willamette Valley Area * Commission on Transportation Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association
* Siletz Tribal Charity Contribution Fund Board
* Buy-Local Lincoln County
* Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce
* Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce
* Lincoln City Cultural Center
* North Lincoln Historical Museum
* The Junior Golf Program in Lincoln City for 5 years

Dick Anderson has chaired numerous non-profit boards and professional associations including serving as a past board member of the Lincoln County Community Development Corp. Dick Anderson has training in dispute resolution which assists him with relationship building and finding common ground.

Dick Anderson and his wife, Sue, chose to move to Lincoln County, drawn by the community, the charm and the lifestyle.

Dick Anderson is committed to:
Fiscally Responsible County Government.
Family wage jobs.
Healthcare facilities that support quality of life
Relationships that work: state, cities, Tribe, businesses and others

Highways, our economic lifeline to the Valley; freight, tourists and commerce

Dick Anderson would be honored if you would allow him to represent you as a full time Lincoln County Commissioner. Thank you.

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