Oregon AG issues ballot title to ban sale of assault weapons

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May 242018

Semi-automatic rifle

Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has released a certified ballot title for an initiative to ban the sale of high-capacity magazines and a broad range of semiautomatic pistols, rifles and shotguns.

The initiative also would require most existing owners of these weapons to pass criminal background checks and register with the state in order to keep them. Failure to do so would be a Class B felony.

Those seeking the ban plan to have the issue on this year’s November ballot.

Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.

Razor clamming now open from the Yachats River south to the Umpqua River

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May 242018

Clammin’ up a storm!
Yachats to Umpqua River!
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Razor clamming now open from the Yachats River south to the Umpqua River

SALEM – The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce the reopening of razor clamming from the mouth of the Yachats River to the north jetty of the Umpqua River as domoic acid levels have dropped below the closure limit.

This opening means razor clamming is now open from the Columbia River to Cape Arago, which is located south of Coos Bay.

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The harvesting of razor clams remains closed for elevated levels of domoic acid toxin from Cape Arago to the California border. This includes all beaches and all bays.

ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins every other week, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range.

For more information please call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures webpage.

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Calling all pie lovers!!!

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May 242018

Yum! Yum!
All for a great cause!!!


The 17th Annual Memorial Weekend Pie & Ice Cream Social on Saturday, May 26, produced by The Yachats Ladies Club, will be at the Yachats Ladies Clubhouse, 286 W 3rd Street at the corner of Pontiac St., in Yachats. The pie will be served from 11 a.m. until it is gone. Come early for best selection. This is the first of the 3 pie socials per summer season produced by the Club. The next Pie & Ice Cream Social will be on Wednesday, July 4.


What’s better than heavenly home made pie? Be amazed at the wide selection of pies all made by club members including varieties of apple, berry, peach and cherry. There will be other fruit pies and many cream pies including lemon meringue, key lime and cherry cream cheese pie will be available as well Shoo Fly pie. Come early for the best selection. Slices are a generous 6th of a pie and are $4 each. Huge brownies are $3. Add ice cream for just $1 more. Coffee and tea are $1. To go boxes are available so take some home for later.

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The beautiful Scholarship Quilt will be on display and raffle tickets will be available for sale.

The Yachats Ladies Club is an active service club for women of Lincoln County who enjoy creating events that raise funds for community non profit groups. For more information about joining in the fun and becoming a member, please call President Huck Huckins, at 541-547-5425.

The Yachats Ladies Club Annual Memorial Weekend Pie & Ice Cream Social is Saturday, May 26, from 11 a.m. until the pie is gone, at the Yachats Ladies Clubhouse at 286 W 3rd Street, Yachats. For more information please call 541-547-5425.

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Toledo Lady Boomers Advance to Quarterfinals on Road to State Championship

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May 242018

We Won!!!!!!

Such a joy to pile on!!!

Continuing to make history, the Toledo Lady Boomers Softball team defeated Butte Falls yesterday in the first round of the State playoffs. Led by their pitcher, Senior Mikayla Retherford, the Boomers defeated the Butte Falls Athletics 5-0. Sophomore Kaycie Otis hit an in-the-park home run – not on errors but on the sheer strength and placement of her hit and her unmatched running speed. Every member of the squad contributed to the victory with steadfast defense and no errors. Toledo is the only 2A team from Lincoln County still standing on the road to the championship as the Waldport Irish and Siletz Warriors were both eliminated during games yesterday.

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The Toledo Boomers host Bonanza Friday May 25th beginning at 3:30 PM. As the number one seed in all Oregon 2A schools, all playoff games leading up to the championship are played on the Toledo home field. If they advance tomorrow they will play in the semifinals on Tuesday, May 29th, at home. OSAA does require admission to the playoff games – $6 for adults and $4 for kids. Come out and support these girls and be a part of Toledo Boomer history!

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The Wizard in Oz at Newport Performing Arts Center

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May 242018

Pacific Dance Ensemble (PDE) presents an original adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s timeless story “The Wonderful Wizard in Oz”, at the Newport Performing Arts Center, May 25-27. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7PM, Sunday matinees begin at 2 PM.

PDE Director Nancy Mittleman has over 35 years of dance and theater expertise. Her teaching and choreographic style incorporates ballet, modern, jazz and various ethnic forms of dance. With a background in anthropology, music, art and science, she weaves these various elements into her work. Mittleman has danced, choreographed and acted for companies on both east and west coasts. In 1990 she received the Oregon Dance Association Honor Award. Mittleman has studied with Martha Graham, founded an exchange program with the Toshitsuna Ensemble from Tokyo, Japan, and worked with Senegalese Master Drummer Mamadou Thioub.

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Pacific Dance Ensemble performs 2-4 programs a year which always include, Family Classics, a yearly spring performance, focusing on dance interpretations of literary classics. This performance features 100 dancers of all ages from throughout Lincoln County. Treat yourself and your family to a unique and delightful trip to Oz.

Newport performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive Street, Newport, OR 97365 541-265-ARTS [2787]

Domestic disturbance triggers gunfire

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May 242018

Christopher Lowes 31,
Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Firearm, and Recklessly Endangering
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From Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

On May 23rd at about 2:00 AM Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 300 block of Vista Terrace in Depoe Bay to a report of a disturbance involving a gun and bullet being fired inside the residence. Deputies were able to contact the caller outside the home and determined there was an argument over property inside the home between the caller and a family member – Christopher A. Lowes, age 31 of Depoe Bay. During the argument Lowes produced a small caliber handgun, a struggle ensued over the firearm and it discharged. The caller was able to flee the residence and wait for police outside.

Deputies called Lowes outside where he was taken into custody without incident. Lowes was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he is being held on charges of Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Firearm, and Recklessly Endangering with a bail set at $80,000.00.

No one was injured.

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Safety Town teams up with Santa’s Village in Toledo

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May 242018

The town of Toledo is launching a new program to help keep children safe and more aware of the world around them. The program is called Safety Town – created over a half-century ago in Cleveland, Ohio – after a child on his way to school was accidentally struck and killed by a passing car.

The program teaches safety lessons about fire, being a safe pedestrian, how motor vehicles travel about town, poisons, drugs, open water and guns.

The kick-off event for Safety Town is Saturday, June 2nd, from 3 to 5pm at Toledo Head Start, 845 NW A Street.

The program is offering a FREE BBQ for all to enjoy. There will be a raffle for boys and girls bikes which were graciously donated by Santa’s Workshop as well as local public safety vehicles for all the kids and families to get a close look at and learn about. Lastly a cruise around the block on the Yaquina mini train.

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Summer Theater Workshop in Lincoln City June 18-29

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May 242018

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LINCOLN CITY – Fun, challenge and rewards await local students, as the Lincoln City Cultural Center unveils a new two-week summer performance workshop. Called “It’s a Tricky World,” this opportunity is open to youth entering 3rd through 10th grades, and will begin on Monday, June 18, at the LCCC. Pre-registration is required; forms can be picked up at the LCCC or downloaded from its website, lincolncityculturalcenter.org.

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The students will work with an original script featuring multi-cultural tricksters such as Anansi, Coyote and Monkey. Under the direction of Kaline Klaas and Julie Fiedler, the students will participate in daily theater games and exercises to build acting skills and develop character using voice, body language and mime.

“There are rich and complex roles for the experienced students and delightful roles for the beginner,” said Klaas. “Everyone gets a speaking part and rehearsals build on critical thinking and cooperative problem solving, as characters develop and actors form friendships.”

Students will also be involved in building props, set pieces and costumes. The workshop will culminate on Friday, June 29, with a polished performance on stage at the LCCC, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.

Workshop hours will be 9 am to 11:30 am Monday through Friday at the LCCC, 540 NE Hwy. 101, Lincoln City. Students must enroll for both weeks, and be available for the performance on the evening of June 29. The registration fee for the two-week morning camp is $50 per student. To register, pick up a form at the LCCC, fill it out and return with payment (cash, checks or credit cards) to the Information Center. Or, pay online at lincolncityculturalcenter.org (click the “Buy Tickets” button) and bring your completed form with you on June 18.

Scholarships are available; to learn more call Niki Price, 541-994-9994.

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Young man shot by neighbor needs our help…

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May 232018

Jose Gaeta
One of Tuesday night’s shooting victims in Newport. His wife and children have lost the breadwinner for a while.

An argument with a neighbor who resorted to gunfire has put two Newport men in the hospital. One of them has a family he still needs to take care of. But now, they need to take care of him and allow recovery from his THREE gunshot wounds.

A Go Fund Me account has been set on behalf of shooting victim Jose Gaeta who was shot in each leg and in one foot Tuesday evening. Jose has a long recovery ahead of him. Time that he won’t be working, putting tremendous financial pressure on him and his family.

If you can find your way to offer a little or a lot, please do so. Here’s the link to the Gaeta family’s Go Fund Me account set up by his friends. Just Click here.

IN ADDITION! US Bank in Newport has also set up a donation account for those who would like to help Jose and his family. You can donate to the US Bank account by stopping by their branch at 400 EAST Olive in Newport.

UPDATE: US Bank does not offer online donating. You must go in to one of their branches.

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