Juilliard-Trained Violist to Play at Driftwood Public Library

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Jun 232018

On Sunday, July 15th at 3 PM, join Driftwood Public Library and violist Rose Hashimoto in the library’s Distad Reading Room for an interactive exploration of the unique voice of the viola.

In July of 2015, Hashimoto visited DPL with the Evergreen String Quartet, and now returns with a new solo program. The music will span three centuries and feature three living composers, including two Northwest composers. You will hear a searing lament (Alan Hovhaness’ Chahagir), a peaceful reflection on the beauty of nature (Ayumi Okada’s In the Shade of an Acacia Tree), a sparkling and lighthearted viola showpiece (Max Reger’s Suite for Solo Viola in D major), a wacky, tongue-in-cheek exploration of the different sound effects that the viola can produce (Garth Knox’s Viola Spaces), and a groovy, driving piece that transforms the viola into an electric guitar (Kenji Bunch’s The Three Gs). At the centerpiece of the program is one of the most soulful and moving works of music ever written, J. S. Bach’s Chaconne.

Rose Hashimoto was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She began her musical education as a pianist at the age of four, and started playing the viola when she was eight. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Master of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College The New School for Music. Upon her graduation from Mannes, she was the recipient of the George and Elizabeth Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance. As a winner of the Mannes concerto competition, Rose performed the Schnittke Viola Concerto with the Mannes Orchestra. Rose loves performing music in unusual settings, and she is always searching for ways to create concert experiences that are more accessible, informal, and enjoyable for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Driftwood Public Library is located in Lincoln City at 801 SW Highway 101on the second floor, across the street from Burger King and adjacent to McKay’s Market. For more information about this program, please contact Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney at kbrodbeck-kenney@lincolncity.org, or at 541-996-1251.

Keep Families Together Rally at Newport City Hall Saturday

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Jun 232018

Keep Families Together rally at Newport City Hall Saturday.
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A large crowd of coast residents gathered outside Newport City Hall Saturday to strongly protest the treatment of Latin American refugees as they are housed in tent cities around the country while children are snatched from their parents as punishment for daring to seek asylum in the U.S. The Trump administration has clearly admitted that the traumatic separation of children from their families is aimed squarely at sending a message to other Latin American refugees, that if they want to lose their children, and maybe never see them again, just try to get across the U.S.- Mexico border. It has created moral and angry outrage among millions upon millions of Americans who contend that such atrocities should not be attributed to the American people – rather it is the tactics of an angry White House playing to it’s political base that would build “The Wall” if called upon to do it.

Common Sense-Lincoln County – Lincoln County doesn’t have the money to lose.

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Jun 232018

Lincoln County Fairgrounds, Newport
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To all the TAXPAYERS of Lincoln County:

Lincoln County will be hosting three public meetings next week (Yachats, Toledo & Lincoln City) presenting their newest redevelopment plan for the County Fairgrounds. People are encouraged to attend and provide comments. As a member of the Master Plan Vision Committee, I have requested that a fourth public meeting be held in Newport.

Yachats: Tuesday, June 26, 6–8 p.m. in the Yachats Commons
Toledo: Wednesday, June 27, 2-4 p.m. Toledo City Hall (206 N Main Street, Toledo)
Lincoln City: Wednesday, June 27, 6-8 p.m. Lincoln City Hall (801 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City)

CommonSense-LincolnCounty has formed recently. It is a grassroots organization registered with the State of Oregon to give voice to the people who do not agree with wasting tax dollars on a plan to redevelop the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, while supporting a County Fair and 4-H.

We believe this redevelopment plan is a waste of our tax dollars that could, and should, be used for the betterment of Lincoln County projects and/or for issues that are far more important to the local population — such as mental health, affordable workforce housing, infrastructure, etc… all of which are in crisis. The current Fairgrounds redevelopment plan is not needed, is too expensive, and all consultant reports assure that the facility will never pay for itself – at any level of use.

Details about the 2018 Commons Master Planning Process, vision statement, meeting archive, previous public input, audio and more are available online:

Please attend a public meeting in your community and provide your opinion.
If you cannot attend, please submit a letter to the Lincoln County Public Information Officer: clmiller@co.lincoln.or.us

CommonSense-LincolnCounty now has a FB page:

Carla Perry
Newport, Oregon

Toledo City Council kicks the city budget dispute upstairs to Secretary of State, State Attorney General and Oregon State Police

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Jun 232018

Toledo City Hall

The continuing of what might be called a civic civil war between the Toledo City Council and a number of activist citizens, is headed for Salem – to the offices of the Secretary of State, the State Attorney General and a referral to Oregon State Police.

Some townspeople are upset that Will Ewing – the town’s now former fire chief – was fired from his post by City Manager Craig Martin. In city council testimony this week, Mayor Billy Jo Smith said Ewing accessed the city’s main computer system, improperly downloaded a file containing the city’s entire proposed 2018-19 budget and then gave it to former city finance director Polly Chavarria for her review, afterwhich she issued a scathing critique of the way the budget was being handled.

Chavarria testified before the council this week that the budget, in effect, was improperly assembled. However, the city council and City Manager Craig Martin disputed the claim adding that the local Council of Governments, a state agency, along with Martin and a citizens budget committee, carefully crafted the budget which the city council approved this week and is now being delivered to the state so the town can receive state financial aid for roads and other vital utilities. Mayor Smith said the city is enjoying a million dollar surplus that will be put to good use. “The city is financially healthy,” she said.

Meanwhile, acting City Attorney David Robinson indicated the city will be forwarding information to the Secretary of State, the Attorney General and to Oregon State Police dealing with allegations of Ewing’s allegedly improper access to the city’s “under construction” budget, via the city’s central computer system, and sharing it with Chavarria, who had long before left the city. Robinson said until the final budget is formally approved by the city council, it is not for public review. However, public attendance at all meetings of the citizen and council budget committees is welcomed.

But a number of Toledo citizens were not swayed in their belief that former Fire Chief Will Ewing was doing a stellar job as chief and should not have been fired. Those citizens are in the process of mounting a re-call election against Mayor Smith and Councilors Deanne Dunlap and Terry Strom.

Drumming up fun at the Lincoln County Fair

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Jun 232018

Drumming up fun at
Lincoln County Fair

World Rhythm returns to the Lincoln County Fair

Newport’s World Beat Thunder & Lightness Ensemble will celebrate its eighth year of performing at the Lincoln County Fair on Saturday July 7, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, kicking off the Saturday Main Stage music schedule with an expanded version of their high energy multicultural stage show.

Thunder & Lightness combines the dynamic traditional and indigenous rhythms of multiple authentic hand instruments by well-known Coast percussionists Chandler Davis, Skip Floraday, and Rodney Turner with the sharply contrasting sweet harmonies of the Native American wooden flutes played by Osage Nation tribal member Terry Filer.

The global range encompasses their unique multipart arrangements of complex traditional song rhythms from West Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and elsewhere, alongside Filer’s traditional and original compositions on the flutes.

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They’ll be joined for the fair by the Ocean Thunder Ensemble percussion section with regular guest drummers Sandra Surber (on the dununs), Sara Heimlich (djembe), Donna Hill (djembe), Steven Ridley (doumbek), and surprise Special Guests.

In keeping with the fair’s recent tradition of presenting a variety of musical styles and emphasizing local Lincoln County talent, they will be followed Saturday by well-known Lincoln County acts Unplugged, with Steve Mason and Bruce Moore, at 1:00 pm; Donnie MacFarlane, at 2:00 pm; Lisha & The Outlaws, with the irrepressible Lisha Rose, at 4:00 pm; and Green Achers, bringing country back to the fair, at 6:00 pm; along with headliner country-rock singer Briana Renea, from Portland, at 7:45 pm.

The fair dates are July 6, 7 and 8 with local live music, family-oriented attractions, and free admission every day. Full schedule at TheLincolnCountyFair.com.

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Lincoln City: Two people on a raft disappear off the Siletz Bay spit

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Jun 222018

Calm seas off Lincoln City.
Chinook Winds camera

North Lincoln Fire-Rescue is enroute to Siletz Bay off SW 62nd on a report of two people on a green inflatable raft headed out to the Siletz Bay Spit. Now, no one can see them.

Seas are relatively calm.

The two may have been spotted. Possibly back on the beach.

Lincoln City Police are with them just down the beach. Beach command is cancelling responding fire-rescue personnel from Depoe Bay that had been enroute to the scene.

Rescuers on scene say they launched from 51st and got caught in a breeze and were blown to the south, where they managed to pull out of the water. They appear to be okay.

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Driver rolls his car off Big Creek Road, down into the canyon – says he’s okay – just trapped.

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Jun 222018

A driver lost control of his vehicle and left Big Creek Road near the south end. The vehicle rolled off the road, and continued to roll downhill through the blackberry bushes. The driver is trapped in his vehicle and tells 9-1-1 dispatchers he is okay. He just can’t get out of his vehicle.

Newport Fire Chief Rob Murphy says the car has rolled about half way down the hill, which is quite a drop from the roadway.

Big Creek Road is closed at the south and north end near the picnic pavilion.