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Lincoln County Schools looking for volunteer tutors for students

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Dec 142017

Students on field trip to HP Electronics in Corvallis
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Newport High School is currently looking for several volunteer AVID Tutors for Semester 2 (February 6-June 14).  Tutors work with students on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays during 2nd (9:17-10:07 am) and/or 3rd (10:12-11:07) periods.  

AVID classes help to prepare students for college and career by teaching students study and organizational skills. GPA and graduation rates for AVID students have been steadily showing results from this important program.

Volunteers are trained to tutor by Socratic methods.  They will work with small groups of high school students under the supervision of a teacher in an AVID classroom during the school day.  Tutors serve as guides to learning through questioning, writing, thinking, and discussing.
Tutors must complete all volunteer requirements and complete the AVID Tutor training. “I liked being an AVID Tutor because I could give the students the help they need and the advice and leadership they may be looking for. It is also a great way to give back to the kids of the community around you.  I wish that I had the same help when I was in middle school and high school.” Jon Hayungs 2016-2017 AVID Tutor

AVID is a program adopted by Newport Middle School, Newport High School, Taft 7-12, Taft Elementary, Waldport High School, and Toledo Jr/Sr High. AVID’s goal is to prepare all students in a school for college, starting with the core elective class and expanding school wide. 

The AVID Elective class targets students in the academic middle, who have the desire to go to college and are capable of completing rigorous curriculum using the will to work hard. Typically, AVID Elective students will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. In the AVID Elective, students are routinely required to enroll in their school’s toughest courses, such as honors or Advanced Placement®

Newport: NE 56th water line break is fixed….

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Dec 142017

The broken water main on NE 56th in Newport has been fixed.

Water customers in the NE 56th Street area are asked to turn their water back on and flush out any brown coloring in their water.

If stopped by law enforcement – Do’s and Don’ts

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Dec 142017

Sheriff Curtis Landers

From Lincoln County Sheriff Curtis Landers

When you are signaled to pull over by law enforcement, you need to understand this can be a very dangerous time. Do not assume that the officer believes you are a law-abiding citizen; officers must be cautious at all times. Follow these recommendations:

* Pull over as far to the right as safely possible.
* Turn on the interior light if the stop occurs at night.
* Place your hands on the steering wheel until the officer can make a safety evaluation of you, your passengers and your car.
* Avoid making any sudden or reaching movements.
* Remain in your vehicle unless advised by the officer to exit your car.
* If you are carrying a weapon, inform the officer about the weapon and its location without reaching for it or handling it.
* Always follow the officer’s instructions.

Stopping at night, especially along a dark stretch of road, can heighten the tension for you and the officer. Officers do not object to a driver proceeding to the nearest well-lit area. Simply acknowledge the officer by turning on your flashers and driving at a reduced speed.

If you are concerned the person stopping you may be impersonating a police officer, contact the non-emergency dispatch line or call 911. Ask the officer for the name of his agency and tell them you are calling the police. A real officer will not object to you verifying his or her identity and the stop location.

If you are asked to exit your car, walk to the rear of your vehicle to the side away from traffic, or as directed by the officer. Use the vehicle as a barrier between you and oncoming cars.

The officer will generally ask for three pieces of information: your driver license, proof of liability insurance, and vehicle registration.

Once the traffic stop is finished, walk carefully back to your vehicle keeping an eye out for traffic. When an opportunity exists, carefully merge back into the flow of traffic.

Being stopped by a police officer is not always an unpleasant experience. Remember that many times only a warning or other beneficial safety information is shared with a driver.

For more information and tips, visit our website at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office — Oregon.

Health Care Warning

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Dec 142017

Health care warning: As health care enrollment ends, beware of nontraditional health plans that are not available on

Complaints are on the rise from Oregonians being lured into purchasing nontraditional health insurance plans.

As the enrollment deadline nears, consumers are encouraged to purchase their health coverage only from a trusted source.

Nontraditional plans typically offer low-cost coverage, but are not available at These plans often lead to high cost of care and a high tax penalty.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services encourages consumers to:
* Beware of cold calls offering low-cost health coverage
* Purchase health insurance only from a trusted source, such as an agent you trust or
* Do not sign any document stating the policy is not subject to Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements

If you believe a low-cost, time-sensitive policy will meet your specific health care needs, follow the steps above, carefully review the exclusions under the policy, and understand your own financial risk.

For more information about ACA-compliant plans available in Oregon, visit

Another water main break in Newport

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Dec 142017

Newport Public Works reports another water main break – this time on NE 56th, just south and east of Newport Cinemas. Public Works reports water service will likely be interrupted for several hours while repairs are made. No word yet on a cause.

Samaritan House Benefit “High Tea” February 3rd

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Dec 132017

Teecia Cornelius, the quilt creator, is shown with Amy Petersen, Newport Operations Manager for TLC/Fibre Credit Union. The tea is being sponsored by Susan Painter and by the Credit Union. Raffle chances will be sold at the Samaritan House benefit tea on Feb. 3, 2018. Purchase tickets for the event at TLC/Fibre Credit Union for $30.00.

Are you looking for a special gift for a person in your life? The Samaritan House Benefit High Tea tickets are on sale at TLC/Fibre credit union. The Tea will be Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Newport Presbyterian Church beginning at 2:00pm. The cost of the ticket is $30.00.

This year’s theme is the Fabulous Fifties. You can expect to see decorations fitting the theme and piano music provided by Jessie Treon. As in the past, there will be silent auction items and a quilt raffle. The food is homemade and includes traditional scones, sandwiches, savories, and desserts. This year’s food starter will be crown jewels. The scones are taking on a new flavor.

Samaritan House has been helping homeless families with children reach independence for over 25 years. Families live in apartments and have a case manager work with them to achieve their goals and to develop skills in parenting, communication, nutrition, budgeting, time management, and housekeeping.

Statewide program to save our youth before they jump the tracks….

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Dec 132017

Cadet Ali Alhejab, gives a before and after picture of his life and the difference the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program has made in his life.

REDMOND – The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) graduated its 54th class on Dec. 13th, at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon. The ceremony drew hundreds of family members, friends and community supporters of the graduating cadets from across the state.

OYCP is a statewide, accredited alternative high school that serves all of Oregon. The program, which is operated by the Oregon Military Department out of Bend, helps students who are struggling in school or have dropped out to recover their credits through a rigorous military style residential program. In addition to academics, the students learn other core strengths such as personal fitness, good citizenship, job skills and self discipline. The students will return home and continue with one year of active mentorship following their graduation.

OYCP is one of 37 nationwide National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Programs and has been recognized as one of the premier programs in the country. The OYCP program is cost-free to cadets and their families and has successfully graduated more than 4,600 cadets since its inception in 1994. The voluntary, 17-and-a-half-month program provides youth who are at risk of not completing their high school education, both male and female, ages 16 to 18, from urban and rural areas of Oregon, with another opportunity to succeed.

Cadets work through a two-phase program, beginning with an intensive five-and-a-half-month residential program during which they develop life-coping skills, perform volunteer community service work and attend academic classes. While in the program, cadets continue their education, develop life skills and create a plan, outlining clear and organized steps to keep them along the path of success following graduation. The second phase of the program consists of one year of mentorship. During this phase, cadets receive encouragement and support as they implement their plans to re-enter their home environments.

Here’s a lot more on OYCP and why it deserves our community support!

Outdoor Fire at Newport Performing Arts Center

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Dec 132017

Arriving Newport Firefighters say a small can of flammable liquids or materials was burning next to a garbage can, fairly far away from the Newport Performing Arts Center. They’re putting out the fire. No major damage.

Ugly Sweaters Help Family Promise!

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Dec 132017

The 17th annual Ugly Sweater Contest sponsored by Bret Lucich will be the holiday event to attend on December 14th at 6pm at Salishan Lodge in the Attic. This event always promises to be lots of fun with an assortment of odd, ugly Christmas sweaters being worn for the occasion. Proceeds for the evening will benefit Family Promise of Lincoln County.

Not only do attendees have the opportunity to hear Bret Lucich in rare form for the holidays, but there will be prizes and raffles during the evening. Find an ugly Christmas sweater or create your own and you might be the lucky one to win the contest! Music, entertainment, laughter and prizes plus lots of holiday spirit will be in the air.

“Bret has again been generous enough to designate Family Promise as the non-profit to benefit from the event.” Stated Elizabeth Reyes, Executive Director of Family Promise. “We couldn’t run our program without help from the community and during the holidays is an important time to support our families. We thank Bret for this opportunity.”

“We all have so much fun at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest that some of us hunt all the rest of the year for our sweaters.” Stated Sue Anderson, President of Family Promise. “And if we all do a little part in helping our families who are homeless, they will get back to independent living.”

Family Promise of Lincoln County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide shelter, meals and comprehensive assistance to homeless and low income families with children in Lincoln County, while they seek to achieve sustainable independent living. This is achieved through a collaborative community effort and based off a proven successful national model that partners with local congregations and social service agencies to provide practical and effective services. For more information about Family Promise of Lincoln County, call 541-614-0964.