Jul 292014


Head to Bay Trail project moving forward

Lincoln City City Councilors Monday night took the first big step in adding a substantial addition to the Head to Bay Trail – by signing funding, design and construction understandings with ODOT and the federal government, which are funding the lion’s share of the project.

The project, which weighs in at nearly $900,000 (with the city contributing $125,000) will see a major boardwalk addition to West Devils Lake Road north of 22nd as well as curb and sidewalk improvements along 22nd past Oceanlake Elementary and the 7th Day Adventist School. An expensive bridge across a creek north of there was abandoned due to enormous cost. So a boardwalk along the west side of Devils Lake Road – no pedestrian bridge.

The project is a slow-mover. The city council Monday night agreed to sign the inter-agency agreement. There’s another agreement later for design, and another agreement well after that for construction. The Head to Bay Trail improvements through that part of Lincoln City are expected to be complete by spring of 2017.

North Lincoln Sanitary President Tina French

North Lincoln Sanitary President Tina French

Lincoln City area garbage pickup rates rising 1%

North Lincoln Sanitary President Tina French asked for, and received from the city council, an overall 1% increase in trash pickup rates for their service area. French reported that trash and garbage volumes have been growing as the national and local economies have grown – recyclables included. French said North Lincoln Sanitary has received inquiries about starting a composting program as Newport and surrounding areas have started, but she said they have no plans to launch such a program, but quickly added that they’re willing to talk about it.

City Manager David Hawker surprised the room by bolding stating his opposition to a composting program in that he says compostables delivered to the composting operation next to the Coffin Butte Landfill is not capturing the methane gas that is given off as the composting materials cure. That means methane from the operation is drifting up into the atmosphere producing far worse effects than equal volumes of emissions from cars, trucks and fossil fuel power plants that spew carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.

Preparing for the retirement of City Manager David Hawker

The city council selected four members among themselves to spearhead the effort to find a replacement for retiring City Manager David Hawker. Hawker gave his official notice of retiring from his post at the end of the year. But he qualified that by stating he would stay on as “interim” city manager until a replacement for him is found. But he was very clear there is a limit to how long he’ll stay on in that capacity. Hawker told the council that he hopes that they quickly begin their search by hiring a competent search firm that will find far more qualified applicants than just running ads in the usual places.

Hawker said that over 20 years ago the mere announcement of a city manager opening would evoke a flood of applicants – many of them quite qualified. “Not so today,” he said. “Out of 20 you may get 1 or 2 if you’re lucky.”

Hawker went on to admonish the council that although there will be criticism from some corners of the community that spending upwards of $50,000 for search and recruitment services is a waste of taxpayer dollars, fifty thousand is a wise investment in a position that can eventually pencil out to a million dollars. Hawker said that an advertisement for the job will mostly attract those who are either about to be fired or who aren’t working. An effective managerial search firm will know who is where, what they’re doing, how well they’re doing it, and whether Lincoln City might be able to entice them away. Hawker said it’s a much better way to attract truly qualified applicants

The council appeared to agree with Hawker’s view of the challenge. Hawker suggested that he be allowed to review various managerial recruitment firms and recommend to the council who he considers to be the top contenders. On a parallel course, a subcommittee of the council will be holding public meetings to discuss the qualities, talents and skillsets they want in a new city manager. Those elements will thereby help guide the recruitment firm in their search for candidates.

Once a strong list of candidates is assembled, the council will interview them, conduct several meet and greets with city staff and the public, all to get a sense of who would be the best fit for the city. If a new city manager is selected, Hawker said it would likely be someone who is already working. And if that’s the case, he would not expect such a person to just abandon his or her old job. He or she would want to help the council there find and transition a new city manager. So it could take a month or so after that to actually see her or him on the job in Lincoln City.

And all this could take a while. But again, Hawker said he doesn’t want it to take “too long.”

The council decided that members of the council review committee should be those who will remain on the council after the first of the year – Roger Sprague, Wes Ryan, Chester Noreikis and Mayor Dick Anderson – even though Anderson’s term expires at the end of the year and who may become a county commissioner shortly after the first of the new year.

So the process is in place and the search is on to replace Mr. Hawker.

Council buys another piece of “workforce housing.”

In a move that carries with it the prospect of temporary housing for newly hired high ranking city employees while they look for permanent housing, the city council agreed to buy a home at 1132 SW 9th, which borders the south side of city hall. But Hawker also hinted that the homes along that stretch of SW 9th may face an uncertain future in that city hall will be more and more challenged to provide more parking for those who work or use services at city hall, including the library.

The city council agreed to pay a price negotiated with the homeowner – $110,000. The money will come from a fund that does not affect funding levels for police, fire or other vital city services.

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Jul 282014
Yaquina Head Lighthouse Monday evening Ken Gagne photo

Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Monday evening
Ken Gagne photo

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Jul 282014

5:45pm Newport Fire Rescue is attempting to rescue a man off NW 57th who has reportedly been stranded on a rock just offshore. Due to some extenuating circumstances Newport Police has been called to the scene to “maintain control” of the situation.

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Jul 282014
William Stafford Poet

William Stafford

“An Evening in the Park!”
Once again the Toledo Public Library will present “An Evening in the Park!” This event celebrates poetry and music and will be held (weather permitting) outside on the lawn of our awesome amphitheater here at the library at 173 NE 7th Street in Toledo. However, rain or shine we will be enjoying the folk ballads of local favorite Frank Jones on Friday, August 1 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm interspersed with poetry readings of favorite William Stafford poems and original work. If you would like to share your original family-appropriate poetry, we’d love to hear it. Participants are invited to pack a “brown bag supper,” grab a blanket to spread on the grass, and bring the whole family. If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Trusty, Director Toledo Public Library at 541-336-3132 or librarydirector@cityoftoledo.org.

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Jul 282014

Golden Hinde Sir Francis Drake's flag ship

Golden Hinde
Sir Francis Drake’s flag ship

Bob Ward Historical Researcher The Oregonian photo

Bob Ward
Historical Researcher
The Oregonian photo

An historian super sleuth has turned to the fundraising internet site “Kickstarter” to raise funds to prove that 16th Century English Explorer Sir Frances Drake made first landfall in Oregon – not California as currently believed.

Bob Ward, President of the non-profit “Drake in Oregon” group has released a very understandable historical accounting of how early historians got Drake’s first sailing trip around the world all wrong! And that they did it deliberately by order of the Queen of England. The history books say Drake’s first landfall in the new Americas was in California. Ward is preparing to prove otherwise – that Drake actually threw out his first anchor in Whale Cove, just south of Depoe Bay. And although Ward has spent many years gathering evidence to prove it, he’s seeking funds to seal the proof and re-write history – that the fraud was perpetrated by the then Queen of England who ordered her staff to falsify Drake’s route so as to keep Spain away from where England was looking for the so-called Northwest Passage – the one which supposedly would let sailors navigate back to England across the top of what was later to be the United States.

Ward’s presentation below, which seeks Kickstarter.com funding, outlines Drake’s journey and why historians succumbed to the deliberate fraud perpetrated by the Queen..

Here’s Bob. Click here.

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Jul 282014

Boat Fire on Devils Lake

Boat Fire on Devils Lake 1510 Lake Street
Randy Weldon photo

Boat Fire at scene

Boat Fire at 1510 Lake Drive, Sunday

1:56pm Boat fire at the dock behind 1510 Lake Drive. North Lincoln Fire-Rescue is enroute.

2:05pm Arriving firefighters say it’s an active fire. Hydrant right at the street.

2:07pm Getting water on the fire.

2:11pm Asking assistance from the Coast Guard for debris/hazardous materials containment in the lake.

2:12pm Fire Command says the fire is knocked down.

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Jul 282014

Broken down camper…welcome to summer…they’re getting it removed.

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Jul 282014

Cristina Simpson Lincoln Co. Schools, Newport, HELP Center, Golden Pom Pom Award

Cristina Simpson
Lincoln Co. Schools, Newport,
HELP Center, Golden Pom Pom Award

Jim Hacker, Assn't Mgr Bi Mart, Most Supportive Company

Jim Hacker, Assn’t Mgr
Bi Mart, Most Supportive Company

Annual awards showcase commitment to the community & United Way
Provided by United Way

July 28 – United Way recognizes several Lincoln County companies and individuals for their community involvement and commitment to Lincoln County during the 2013-2014 campaign year.

“Lincoln County is fortunate to have so many people and companies with deep roots and a strong commitment to making their communities a better place,” said Jennifer Moore, United Way Executive Director. “We’re pleased to recognize them for the great work they do,” she added.

Three individuals were honored for their work on behalf of others. Cristina Simpson, advocate at Lincoln County Schools Newport HELP Center, was given the “Golden Pom-Pom Award,” for her advocacy for programs that advance community welfare. “Cristina is a tireless champion of children and their education,” said Alan Searle, Lincoln County Director of United Way. “She inspires, encourages and motivates others so things move beyond talk toward getting done. I value her unparalleled zeal for cheering people on, even when the going gets tough,” Searle said.

Sharon Kanareff, Public Affairs Mgr, GP Toledo, Most Involved Workplace, and Alan Searle, United Way

Sharon Kanareff, Public Affairs Mgr, GP Toledo, Most Involved Workplace,
and Alan Searle, United Way

Ralph Grutzmacher, Mayor of Toledo, was given the Golden Glove Award, for his work engaging volunteers. Grutzmacher “was a key to gathering volunteers for a 2013 United Way Day of Caring at Flowerree Community Center in Toledo, and has been a tireless advocate for food security issues in Lincoln County,” Alan Searle said. “The Golden Glove Award is always given to someone who rolls up his or her sleeves to work, but also gets many others to answer the call,” he added.

Lola Jones, Samaritan House, Megaphone Award Alan Searle and Eric Mullen, United Way

Lola Jones, Samaritan House, Megaphone Award
Alan Searle and Eric Mullen, United Way

The recipient of the Golden Megaphone Award was Lola Jones, Executive Director of Samaritan House in Newport. “Lola exemplifies this award, because it is given to someone who displays a tireless drive to give voice to local issues and instigate change in the local community. She is a worker, a volunteer, and advocate for many causes, and a friend to many people of all walks of life,” Searle said.

Several employers were singled out for exceptional service to United Way, including Bi-Mart of Lincoln City, which again in 2013 had 100% employee participation. US Bank of Newport was recognized as the Most Supportive Company, not only for its strong employee participation, but also for volunteer participation and corporate support. Two awards were given for the most improved workplace campaign, one to the employees of Lincoln County and the other to the employees at GP-Toledo. “More than three-quarters of the donations made to United Way come to us through our workplace and corporate partners,” Searle said. “We appreciate how easy these companies make it for their employees to support the causes they care about.”

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Jul 282014

nuclear kitz

Governor Kitzhaber Applauds Plan to Bring 100 High-Wage Jobs to Corvallis
Story provided by Governor Kitzhaber’s Office

(Corvallis, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber visited NuScale Power in Corvallis on Friday to learn about an innovative approach to nuclear power and how the company plans to bring more than 100 jobs to Oregon. NuScale Power was recently awarded a $217 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop small modular reactor technology. The company intends to use the money to fund a rapid expansion in the Corvallis area.

“I was here about three years ago and it’s been fascinating to see the sort of evolution of this,” Governor Kitzhaber said about a past visit to NuScale Power. “It’s very impressive on two levels. One it’s had a huge economic impact on the community, and secondly, this technology has matured at exactly the right time to potentially be a very significant factor in a low-carbon strategy.”

During the tour, Governor Kitzhaber visited NuScale Power’s control room simulator to learn how safety is incorporated into the company’s technology. Instructors gave a demonstration of how a NuScale reactor would be able to withstand a situation similar to the one that struck the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011.

The U.S. Department of Energy has designated NuScale Power as an awardee under the program for “Cost-Shared Development of Innovative Small Modular Reactor Designs.”

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Jul 282014

newport most wanted ii

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