Banner-rama up and down 101 through Yachats…coming soon!!

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Apr 242017

Lamp post banners to be hung up and down Highway 101 in Yachats

Photographer Ken Gagne captured this quick snap of one of the artistic banners that will soon adorn newly installed lamp posts through Yachats as part of the highway improvements through town. Gagne says the banner of the mermaid was created by Martina Olson, with many more by other artists to follow over the next month or so.

 Posted by at 11:11 PM

…more on Measure 21-177…aerial spraying of pesticides…

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Apr 242017

The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of News Lincoln County, its staff and advertisers. The views of the writer are strictly his/her own.

To the Editor:

A Red Herring is something intended to divert attention from the real problem or matter at hand; a misleading clue.

This letter is to the fishing community in Lincoln County and to everyone whose business and livelihood depends, directly or indirectly, on a healthy fisheries industry.
For example: seafood processing on the Bayfront, seafood restaurants, seafood markets, boat maintenance and supply, tourism as relates to sport fishing, fishing charter boats and many other businesses on the Bayfront and at the South Beach marina.

Fishing and crabbing are valued contributors to Lincoln County’s economy and an indelible part of the county’s heritage. Thanks to everyone who contributes to this vital and important industry. What I have to say has a direct effect on your livelihood.

Concern has been generated by the false rumor that Measure 21-177, when passed, will result in fishing boat owners being unable to paint the hulls of their boats via spraying. This false rumor is but one part of the tactics and propaganda generated by the “public relations” firms headquartered far from Lincoln County and hired by the Coalition to Defeat Measure 21-177. This propaganda is indirectly paid for by the poison manufacturers (Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow Chemical) who will benefit most from continuing the status quo. The purpose of this propaganda is to manipulate you by “pushing your buttons” with specious arguments intended to alarm you, to divert your attention from the real matter at hand and, most importantly, to vote against your own best interests.

The primary matter at hand is the negative effect of spraying poisons from aircraft.

Whatever poisons are sprayed from aircraft into the atmosphere inevitably settle on land, on plants, people, wildlife, or on water. Whatever poisons settle on land,
plants or water inexorably find their way into the oceans.

Whatever poisons or other toxic contaminants find their way into the oceans also find their way into the bodies of the fish, shellfish, and other marine creatures on which the fishing industry depends. Any substance that degrades the marine environment and contaminates the creatures on which your livelihood depends should be of grave concern to everyone involved,directly or indirectly, in the fishing industry.

Let’s think this through.

Why should you care?

What will happen to the fishing industry in Lincoln County when seafood brought to port for sale tests positive for any of the poisons sprayed from aircraft?

You can’t sell your catch.
Your livelihood disappears overnight.
Your boats are worthless.
All the businesses that depend on a healthy, vibrant fishing industry collapse.

Do yourselves a favor. Vote in your own best interests. Vote YES on Measure 21-177.
Spread the word.

John Colman-Pinning


Vote Yes on 21-177

My name is Sandy Schindler, just a citizen of Lincoln County and a drinker of water from the Depoe Bay Water District. I’m not a farmer, scientist or chemical engineer, but I don’t think it takes that to figure out aerial spraying a chemical brew all over our forests and clear cuts to kill pests and weeds might eventually get washed down the water sheds right into our reservoirs. The very place where that glass of water you may have drank today came from.

Think too of all the animals and fish in the wrong place at the wrong time that will get sprayed. Maybe a deer that some hunter may take home and eat. Some fish that a fisherman brings home for dinner. Who knows what long term effects those chemicals could have on us. My Mother once told me that if you can’t pronounce the name of the chemicals in a can of food, don’t eat it. The names of these chemicals fall into that category and I for one don’t want to take a chance for myself or my family. The timber industry has gotten along for many, many years without the use of helicopters to spray this toxic brew over the landscape. I don’t think it would hurt them to keep doing things the way they always have.

If you follow the money, you will see huge corporations putting thousands of dollars into defeating this measure. That always tells me a lot – who wants it defeated. Sure they are just looking at their bottom line which is what big corporations do and the bottom line here is that aerial spraying is the cheapest approach to accomplish their goals. Our problem is the cheapest way for them means potential health risks for all of us.

I see many people trying to defeat this measure through scare tactics, but if you read the measure closely I for one don’t see that it is there. The other big argument against the measure is the potential loss of jobs and hurting the economy if they are not allowed to aerial spray. Can’t quite correlate all of that since there were jobs and an economy before aerial spraying. Seems like they are pretty much thinking about themselves and not the good of the community. One could also say what good are those jobs they talk about, or for that matter even the economy, if you and your family or your children end up sick, or worse, simply by drinking a glass of our water.

I therefore ask everyone to read Measure 21-177 closely. After you do, think about those helicopters spraying chemicals over our forests and water sheds and please consider a YES vote on this measure.

Sandy Schindler
Depoe Bay, Oregon

=================================================================================== cordially invites any and all citizens to share their views and opinions on Measure 21-177. Email them to:

 Posted by at 9:21 PM

Get your last minute 2-cents in on Newport’s future!!

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Apr 242017

Carla Perry
Newport Vision 2040

I am a member of the City of Newport’s Vision 2040 Advisory Committee. I had been chairperson of the Vision 2040 Task Force that got this whole process started. I am really Carla Perry, sending out this message.

The City is gathering input from children, teenagers, and young adults, as well as the rest of us on what we’d like the Greater Newport area to have going for it 25 years from now. If we know where we’re heading, we’ll have a better chance of getting there.

If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to fill out an on-line survey. Most of the information already gathered indicates residents appreciate the beautiful surrounding of nature, our small town feel, maritime industries, arts presence, and distinct neighborhoods. What is now needed are your comments about the challenges you see regarding housing, health care, transportation, employment, infrastructure, etc…

We’re hoping to capture last minute ideas from people who have not yet provided input.
Go to

There are 7 broad categories:

Choose any one category and answer 4 questions.
(To see an explanation of focus areas and sub topics, go to:

If you’d like to provide answers for more than one category, just return to the main page, click a second (or third, or fourth) category, and answer the 4 questions with the new category in mind.

The City of Newport has committed to using the results of this Visioning process when setting City goals and developing the City budget, so your voice needs to be heard.

If you know others — especially young others — who would be inclined to share their thoughts, please forward this email on to them. I’d love to get the opinions of elementary, middle, and high school students.

If you have questions about this project, contact Rachel Cotton, assistant planner for the City of Newport: or 541-574-3341.

Thank you so much for your time.
Most sincerely,
-Carla Perry
If we know where we’re heading, we’ll have a better chance of getting there.

 Posted by at 6:09 PM

Traffic crash: Otter Crest Loop and Otter Crest Drive

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Apr 242017

Report of a traffic crash on Otter Crest Loop and Otter Crest Drive. No word yet on injuries.

Crashed vehicle is a green pickup with a camper. Witness says the vehicle went into a rock wall and looks totaled. Driver is older white male. No word yet on extent of injuries.

Driver is trapped in the vehicle. He will need extrication. Driver told arriving firefighters that he’s hurting from a body strain on his seat belt.

Otter Crest Loops is closed due to the wreck.

 Posted by at 5:47 PM

They’re signing them up for Head Start for the upcoming school year!!

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Apr 242017

Apply Now at CSC Lincoln County Head Start for the 2017-2018 School Year!

Lincoln County, OR…CSC Lincoln County Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year at their Newport, Toledo, and Lincoln City locations. Apply now to increase your child’s likelihood of enrollment – spots are filling quickly!

Head Start provides a free preschool education to children ages three to five years old. Children must be three years old as of the first of September, and 3-year-old and 4-year old children are eligible to apply.

CSC Lincoln County Head Start will be offering one full day (7-hour), full-year (through June) class at each location, and two half-day classes in Newport and Lincoln City, with one half-day class in Toledo.

Applications can be picked up outside of all three Lincoln County Head Start locations. Spanish and English applications are available. Applications must be fully completed when submitted (directions are included). A Head Start staff member will conduct an application interview with you at the time you turn in your application. They are also available to answer any questions you may have about the application.

Head Start is a “family affair,” with parents and guardians fully participating in all aspects of the program and their children’s education. Children succeed at the very start of learning, and that beginning helps them build on success in the future. Families learn the importance of supporting their children’s education. Join our family!
Below are the CSC Lincoln County Head Start locations and contact information:

Newport Head Start
253 NE 1st Street
Newport, OR 97365

Toledo Head Start
845 NW “A” Street
Toledo, OR 97391

Lincoln City Head Start
2130 SE Lee Street
Lincoln City, OR 97367

 Posted by at 4:53 PM

More discussion about Measure 21-177

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Apr 242017

The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of News Lincoln County, its staff and advertisers.

Hi, my name is Loren and I have a farm southeast of Lincoln City in the Schooner Creek watershed area, also a part of the Drift Creek watershed area depending on where you want to start. The big issue for me is that I was married to a younger, beautiful woman, a picture of health and an athlete, and she got directly sprayed by a helicopter with herbicides and right after that started having upper respiratory problems and continued with those upper respiratory problems for years to come. Prior to that she had no health issues like that at all. They just kept increasing in frequency until finally it became lung cancer. At the age of 44, she died of that lung cancer that spread to her bones, brain and lymph also. So that impacted my life and the lives of my three children.

Now my daughter is due in August and they live on the same piece of property and they are logging again and if the herbicides are sprayed there, I have grave concerns for what’s going to happen. What I’m saying, to give somebody a handful of poison and they die, and you give them half that and they still die, and you give them half of that and they get sick, and you keep going half and half and half until “Oh, we don’t see anything wrong.” Well at the molecular level there’s all kinds of things happening that are beyond anybody’s comprehension. Not only her, but the poor bees, they don’t know where property lines are and animals go into those areas. It’s all interconnected.

What I feel is why take a chance, why take a risk, for a dollar? Recalibrate your thinking, recalibrate how you want to approach things. Take into account the collateral damage that could happen. They logged for years and they didn’t use pesticides. Like I said, the timberland will come back. The herbicide just doesn’t magically disappear. The affect it has initially on anything it touches is to kill it and by whatever means it is killing, it can also have that affect on subsequent other plants, and/or species or animals. And someday, long after you and I are gone, somebody is going to look back and see how barbaric this is.

Loren Wand- Lincoln County sustainable farmer/
landscape consultant and project manager

====================================================================== urges any and all citizens of Lincoln County to contribute to the dialog over Measure 21-177 on the May 16th ballot. Simply email your views and/or opinions to:

 Posted by at 4:44 PM

Seal Rock man charged with menacing using a powerful handgun

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Apr 242017

Brian Lighthill, 19, Seal Rock
LCJ photo

Sunday evening Newport Police Officers were dispatched to the Nye Beach Turnaround on a report of a man pointing a firearm at another. The caller stated that, during an argument with Brian Lighthill, 19, of Seal Rock, brandished a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the victims.

One of the victims and Lighthill had been engaged in a heated, verbal exchange that turned physical. As the victim got into a vehicle to leave, Lighthill retrieved a semi-automatic handgun from his vehicle and pointed it at the victim; a second victim was inside the vehicle. Both victims were in fear of their lives, and felt Lighthill was going to shoot them. Lighthill made menacing comments to the victims inside the vehicle. He tapped the barrel of the firearm on the windshield as he pointed it at the victims.

The victims managed to leave the area and call police. Lighthill fled the area in his vehicle. He was stopped by Newport Police Officers about three blocks away. Officers found a loaded .45 caliber handgun concealed in Lighthill’s center console. It was determined at the scene that Lighthill had consumed alcohol, and was driving impaired.

Lighthill was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he consented to a breath analysis, which he did not pass.

Lighthill was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the following charges: DUII; two counts of Menacing; two counts of Pointing a Firearm at Another; Unlawful Possession of Firearm; and Minor in Possession Alcohol. His bail was set at $75,000.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856.

 Posted by at 10:02 AM

Life renewing itself – or what is Spring for??

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Apr 242017

Upriver at Nancy Komer’s farm. Goslings have been popping out like M&M’s. Ken Gagne

All those freshly born little goslings and mom’s sitting on the last egg! Somebody’s sleepin’ in down there!

 Posted by at 8:37 AM

Weather or Not: What Month Is This, Anyway?

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Apr 242017

Monday, Apr. 24th – Lincoln County

Summary: Showers and windy yesterday, fairly heavy rain, breezy overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/47F/22mph/1.20”
Depoe Bay: 52F/45F/27mph/0.99”
Newport: 52F/46F/32mph/0.88”
Waldport: 52F/46F/32mph/0.93”
Yachats: 52F/48F/36mph/1.17”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 800’, overcast @ 1,600’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: SSW 20 mph G24/Altimeter: 29.67”

Forecast: We’re already 2 inches above normal rainfall for April, and there’s still a week to go. Along with the cooler than average temperatures at lower elevations and snow predicted for the Cascade passes, it’s difficult to tell what month it really is. Not much relief headed this way, either, with rain turning to showers today, sou’westers gusting 25-30 mph, and a high about 50F. A chance of showers lingers tonight, low 45F. Rain returns tomorrow, moderate southerly winds and the mercury rises into the low-50s. Outlook is for rain/showers continuing Wednesday through Friday, then an outlier for the weekend with partly to mostly sunny skies and temps warming to near seasonal as highs reach 55-60F and lows dip to 45F or so.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on the latest conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temp 45F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 45F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperatures 40-45F. For the Cascades, highways have slush and packed snow this morning, 30-35F, the snow level is 4,500 feet, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for 6-10 inches of snow possible in the passes today, carry chains or traction tires. * An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are SW 15-20 knots gusting 25 this morning with rough seas 11 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until 4:00pm this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through 5:00pm this afternoon. A fairly strong low and front will move ashore near Cascade Head today. Another front moves across local waters tomorrow. Active weather continues through the week with breezy conditions and seas 7-10 feet * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Showers, windy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
04/24 Mon 11:40 AM 7.53 H
04/24 Mon 05:36 PM 0.53 L
04/24 Mon 11:59 PM 8.55 H
04/25 Tue 06:13 AM -0.31 L

In Short: Showers, breezy, then cool, wet and windy, dry for the weekend.

 Posted by at 8:01 AM