Jul 212014
 

Canna Medicine on NW 15th east of 101

Canna Medicine
on NW 15th east of 101

It's been a lot longer than March, due to Newport's moratorium

It’s been a lot longer than March, due to Newport’s moratorium

This, That and Other Things On 101 between Lee and Hubert

This, That and Other Things
On 101 between Lee and Hubert

Medical Marijuana coming to Newport August 20th

After some time to analyze the in’s and outs of medical marijuana dispensaries and adding a few regulations that the state did not apply to them, the Newport City Council Monday finally decided to debut dispensaries in Newport beginning August 20th.

The two dispensaries that are being readied for opening are “Canna Medicine” on NW 15th, just west of 101, and “This, That & Other Things” downtown on the west side of 101 between Lee and Hurbert. There could be more. Canna Medicine was ready to open last March but was stopped when the city council enacted a moratorium on the process, saying they needed more time to figure out the best way forward, since the state ruled that there will be legal marijuana dispensaries in Oregon.

The Council decided that the state rules didn’t go far enough. First, the council will require criminal background checks not only on the owners and operators of the dispensaries, but also on everyone who works there. The Council will also require that any intrusion alarm that goes off means the police department is notified – not just the dispensary’s alarm company. The dispensary will also have to give Newport Police access to the same records and surveillance video that state agents get to see. And they’ll have to get a business license with a medical marijuana dispensary endorsement.

In addition, the dispensaries will have to follow state regulations that prohibit any dispensary being closer than 1,000 feet from another dispensary, 1,000 feet from a school and cannot offer non-smoking cannabis products in packaging that might be attractive to children.

Proposed Art Deco LED sign for 101 at Hurbert

Proposed Art Deco LED sign for 101 at Hurbert

Corner of Hubert & 101

Corner of Hubert & 101

Big City Welcome Sign Going Up in Downtown Newport

After nearly four years of talking, money wrangling, politicking and second-guessing as to what should be there, the Newport City Council has given the tentative go ahead to Frank Geltner of the City Center Newport Association and Lorna Davis, Executive Director of the Newport Chamber of Commerce to move ahead on a big welcoming LED electronic sign to face up and down 101 from Hubert and 101.

Not only will the sign greet visitors to Newport, but also will promote local and regional attractions and events coming up, giving many the motivation to stay in Newport a day or two – or five.

The proposed sign has been somewhat controversial in the past, some citizens decrying a bright LED display that they say looks more like Las Vegas than Newport. However supporters say the LED’s brightness can be accurately controlled so that sign messages are quite visible in the daylight but not overwhelmingly bright at night. They’ve also agreed that the sign will shut down every night at a decent hour and not be re-lit until morning.

City Manager Spencer Nebel stressed that the sign is being built with tourism room tax money and that the city will retain ownership of it. However, the chamber of commerce will manage what messages go up on its screens, how often and for how long.

The final go ahead on the project could be given at the second council meeting in August, the 18th, at which Newport citizens will be invited to participate in a public discussion about the sign, its purpose, method and hours of operation, events promoted and other advertising possibilities.

Lincoln County Community Land Trust Home - Lincoln City

Lincoln County Community
Land Trust Home – Lincoln City

Newport Joins Lincoln City and the County in promoting affordable housing

The Newport City Council decided to join with Lincoln City and Lincoln County in forming a full time agency to promote affordable workforce housing in Lincoln County. Although just about every city in the county belongs to the Lincoln County Land Trust only Lincoln City, Newport and the County Commission have contributed serious money to the effort to begin creating affordable housing for working families. Officials from all three entities have long complained that housing prices are simply too high for many workers – even city and county workers due to a scarcity of housing.

Newport became the third entity to promise $30,000 a year to the Lincoln County Land Trust in order to hire a full time executive director who will then begin to do the work that will produce affordable homes. Newport Community Development Director Derrick Tokos told the council that a full time director can begin amassing surplus city and county lands, acquiring and rehabilitating tax foreclosure homes, establishing revolving loan funds, receiving land lease payments, etc.

County Commissioner Bill Hall says housing challenges are a drag on communities, especially when firemen, police officers and other emergency responders can’t afford to live in the communities they work for. The same for the private sector.

But City Councilor Ralph Busby stuck to his guns as he has in the past, by criticizing the idea that $270,000 raised between the three entities is not the best way to invest taxpayer dollars. He said only a fortunate few families are likely to benefit from the program. “You’d be better off just writing them a check for $50,000 and let’em buy their own home,” he said.

“Not so,” said Hall who pointed out that jobs created for housing rehabilitation, putting more valuable property on the tax rolls, acquiring new families with above average spending power and other elements to the local economy means multiple benefits to their communities.

Councilor Dick Beemer who frequently agrees with Busby’s viewpoints on things forcefully asked Hall, “What can we reasonably expect from a our multiple investments? How many houses over the next five years.” Hall quickly answered, “I’d like to see ten homes, maybe more – not all newly constructed but perhaps renovated tax foreclosure dwellings for young families. It also grows the tax base.”

The vote was 6 to 1 in favor, with councilor Busby the lone holdout. Commissioner Hall thanked the council, adding that with Newport joining the Lincoln Land Trust team they can now recruit an executive director who will put various financing, land, existing homes and homes yet to be built, into a plan of action. All three entities are also expected to be very active partners in offering up those ingredients that will help ease the terrible shortage of workforce housing in Lincoln County.

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Jul 212014
 

Sunset at Miroco Barbara Bechmann photo

Sunset at Miroco
Barbara Bechmann photo

Sunset Agate Beach John Harris photo

Sunset Agate Beach
John Harris photo

Sunset at South Beach Julie Sacchetti photo

Sunset at South Beach
Julie Sacchetti photo

Sunset Seal Rock Lisa Evans photo

Sunset Seal Rock
Lisa Evans photo

Sunset Waldport Glen Weaver photo

Sunset Waldport
Glen Weaver photo

End of the day...Alsea Docks Dan Wollin photo

End of the day…Alsea Docks
Dan Wollin photo

Sunset Yachats Afterglow Ken Gagne photo

Sunset Yachats Afterglow
Ken Gagne photo

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 Posted by at 9:34 PM
Jul 212014
 

City Council Headlines

The Newport City Council has set August 20th as the first day of business for local medical marijuana dispensaries within the city. There are two dispensaries that are expected to open – the original dispensary that was kept from opening due to the city’s moratorium on 15th, just west of 101, and a new one, This That and Other Things (Ebay) store, in downtown Newport. That store, owned by Art Hanson, told the council he has a provisional license from the state but expects to be fully licensed in time for the August 20th start date.

The City Council also approved, in concept, a big monument LED sign for 101 and Hurbert, that will flash community events and other information. It is anticipated that it will be run by the Newport Chamber of Commerce and will NOT be flashing late at night or early into the wee hours of the morning.

And the council committed $90,000 to the Lincoln Land Trust which aims to provide a small number of workforce housing opportunities for families. The Land Trust also has $90,000 commitments from the Lincoln County Commission and Lincoln City. Through fundraisers, tax foreclosure sales, donated surplus city and county lands, it’s hoped that over the next five years up to ten new homes, either through rehabilitation or newly built, will be created to help alleviate Lincoln County’s tough housing market which is priced much higher than most locals can afford to buy.

More details on these stories are coming up here on News Lincoln County.

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 Posted by at 8:41 PM
Jul 212014
 
The Oregonian Graphic

The Oregonian Graphic

Oregon’s job growth was pretty soft in June, statewide the jobless rate remained stuck at 6.8%. It improved slightly in Bend, falling from 8.3% in May to 8.1% in June. In lane County, it stayed stuck at 6.8%. Around the Portland metro the jobless rate fell from 6.3 in May to 6.1% in June.

Here on the coast, Lincoln County improved slightly, falling a tenth of a percent in May to June, 7.6% down to 7.5%. Benton County with its high tech industry remained at a healthy 5.3% May to June.

The national jobless rate fell from 6.3% down to 6.1%. But the unemployment rate does not measure those who have given up on finding work and dropped out of the job market, or those who have part-time work and want a full time job. It also does not include qualitative data like what percentage of new jobs are minimum wage versus family wage jobs.

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 Posted by at 4:10 PM
Jul 212014
 

3:37pm Report of a vehicle off Highway 18, twelve miles east of Otis. The vehicle is reported to be off the pavement, over the side and down into a ravine. Unknown if any injuries.

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Jul 212014
 
Daryl Hugulet, 67 Got drunk, killed his dog

Daryl Hugulet, 67
Got drunk, killed his dog, say police.

Early Monday morning Lincoln City Police Department Officer Steven Dodds arrested Daryl Hugulet, age 67, of Lincoln City for 1st Degree Aggravated Animal Abuse – firearm involved.

Sunday evening Lincoln City Police Dispatch received a call of shots fired in the 1800 block of NE 10th street in Lincoln City. The caller also reported hearing a dog yelping after the shots were heard. Officers responded to the area but were unable to locate the source of the shots or the animal.

At about 6:47 a.m. Monday morning LCPD received a call from Hugulets’ neighbor that there was a deceased black Labrador dog in his backyard. Officers responded to the caller’s residence and investigation led to Hugulet’s arrest. It is alleged that Hugulet’s dog got out of his house and Hugulet, who was allegedly intoxicated at the time, shot the dog.

Hugulet was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Animal Abuse in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Recklessly Endangering. Hugulet’s bail was set at $115,000.

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 Posted by at 2:38 PM
Jul 212014
 

dirt bicycle bike newport

Bike Newport is hosting the Trek Factory Demo Truck today from 5:30-7:30PM out at the Wilder Trails at Oregon Coast Community College.

The demo truck is loaded w/ Mountain & Road bikes for people to take out on real world test rides. Free and open to the community to come and ride.

The college is located in South Beach on 40th Street and the bike event will be at the end of the road.

For more information call Daniella @ Bike Newport (541) 265-9917.

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 Posted by at 2:25 PM
Jul 212014
 
Sunday's fatal accident near Cannon Beach off 101

Sunday’s fatal accident near Cannon Beach off 101

Sometime Sunday morning, a car with two young women aboard was headed south on 101, just north of Cannon Beach. For some reason, the car left the road, rolled down a 50 foot embankment and smashed into some trees.

The crash severely injured both both women.

Because the car rolled quite a ways down the embankment, the thick forest hid the wreck from passing motorists. As a result the two women were trapped inside the vehicle for 12 hours. It was at 8:10pm that a passing hitchhiker heard the driver’s cry for help.

Cannon Beach Police Department and Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue arrived first and confirmed one person was deceased and another suffered serious injuries.

According to OSP, their preliminary investigation indicates a 2004 Chevrolet four-door driven by GABRIELA RAYON, 21 of Vancouver, WA was traveling southbound on Highway 101 with a passenger identified as RUTH A. DELGADO, 23, of Los Angeles. For an unconfirmed reason, the car left the roadway and down the embankment where the passenger side struck a tree. The car then came to rest on the ground in heavy brush amongst the trees and was not visible from the roadway.

DELGADO was pronounced deceased at the scene.

RAYON was seriously injured and transported initially by Medix Ambulance Service to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. She was later transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where she is listed in fair condition.

Both occupants were using safety restraints.

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Jul 212014
 

Major natural gas leak at 2121 Oceanview - sewer line installation crew severes large gas line.  Neighborhood evacuated.

Major natural gas leak at 2121 Oceanview – sewer line installation crew severes large gas line. Neighborhood evacuated.

Area cordoned off.  Oceanview Drive blocked.

Area cordoned off. Oceanview Drive blocked.

Emergency personnel warn neighbors to close windows, refrain from smoking or any open flame.

Emergency personnel warn neighbors to close windows, refrain from smoking or any open flame.

Sewer line being installed.  Gas line repaired.

Sewer line being installed. Gas line repaired.

Construction workers working on a new sewer main have accidentally severed a 2-inch natural gas line at 2121 Northwest Oceanview Drive. The area is being evacuated and fire rescue is enroute.

The public is advised to avoid the area. Find alternate ways to get around the area.

Roads in the area are being closed.

Oceanview @ 17th is being blocked northbound

1:15pm Gas leak fixed. Back to normal. Mis-marked locator paint on the pavement is being blamed for the incident. The contractor is installing a new sewer main along Oceanview.

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 Posted by at 11:48 AM
Jul 212014
 

fish people fixxx

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