Fire Alarm 3955 Salmon River Highway – River Place

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Jun 192018

River Place
Smoke alarm in “Great Room”
3955 Salmon River Hwy
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Fire Alarm signal from 3955 Salmon River Highway. North Lincoln Fire-Rescue is notified.

Alarm information indicates smoke in “Great Room.”

North Lincoln Fire-Rescue on scene. No smoke showing.

Lincoln City! This message is for you….

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Jun 192018

The Lincoln County Assessor’s Office is conducting a physical reappraisal of all residential properties in areas of Lincoln City over the next year.

Specific areas include North Lincoln City, Devil’s Lake and Neotsu.

County Appraisers will be working in these areas through summer of 2018. They will be driving marked vehicles and carrying Assessor’s Office identification.

Physical reappraisals are routinely conducted to update the Lincoln County assessment records and maintain fair and equitable assessments. The reappraised values in these areas will be reflected on the 2018-19 tax roll which will be mailed in late October 2018. Appraisal and assessment questions may be directed to the appraisal staff at 541-265-4102.

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The Assessor’s Office front counter will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The computer terminal access in the second floor hallway outside the Assessor’s Office will also be available Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Assessor’s Office maps and prior year value information continues to be viewable 24/7 on the Assessors web page at

For more information contact:

Shawn Wylie 541-265-0324
Lincoln County Assessor’s Office

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Smart Advice from the FBI

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Jun 192018

Summer is upon us – and if you are like many foks, this is the best time to get rid of all that extra stuff sitting in your garage. Who couldn’t use a few extra bucks for that summer vacation, right?

You can do it the old fashioned way – sitting outside for hours on end, hoping someone drives up and offers you big money for your cast-offs. Or, you can sell them on the internet with Craigslist and Facebook. Those are great options – if you are smart about how you do business.

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The FBI has some personal examples to share with you. Recently, a man who was defrauded over the internet, posted several items for sale – a bed, a barbeque and a few other things. Usually within the first 24 hours of a new posting he received at least one suspicious inquiry, either by email or text. In many cases, the buyer said he or she needed to have a mover or shipper pick up the item. The seller proposed sending him a larger-than-requested payment by cashier’s check or electronic transfer, with the requirement that the seller use those extra funds to pay the shipper when he arrives to pick up the item.

This is a version of an “overpayment scam.”

Let’s say you get that check and cash it. The shipper takes the item, and eventually the bank figures out the cashier’s check is bogus. The bank is going to come after you for the missing funds and could even pursue criminal charges.

Another trick is an “Electronic transfer” – they’re not necessarily safer.

In cases like this the fraudster proposes making a payment via PayPal or a funds transfer. The “buyer” would have likely ended up asking for personal information – including bank routing numbers – to push the payment through.

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Here are some warning signs to watch for if you are trying to sell online this summer:

Look for out-of-area phone numbers. Many suspicious inquiries come from area codes nowhere near Oregon. It is possible for scammers to spoof phone numbers, of course, so make sure to proceed cautiously even when you receive an inquiry from what looks like a local or nearby phone number.

Look for bad spelling, stilted language, random capitalizations and chunks of text that are obviously cut-and-pasted from your post.

Be suspicious of those who try to justify why they can’t meet you in person. There have been cases in which a fraudster claims to be a cabin steward on a major cruise line which, the “buyer” said, required an electronic payment and a shipping service. Really? Why does someone who works on a cruise ship need a large barbeque?

Next week we will look at some other scams that pop up in virtual garage sales – complete with more tips on safe selling.

If you have been victimized by an online overpayment scam or any other cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at or call your local FBI office.

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Newport City Council – Full Plate – Housing to a New Dam

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Jun 192018

Newport City Council
Monday evening
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From the top…the Newport City Council passed their new fiscal year budget levying a property tax rate of $5.59/thousand of assessed valuation. Same rate as the current year. About $700 a year for a home assessed at $125,000, $1,120 a year for a home assessed at $200,000 – $1,677 for a home assessed at $300,000.

That’s just Newport’s line in your tax bill. If you live within a county-wide district like the school district, it’ll be more. If you live in road district, it’ll be more. Parks and Recreation District, or a Port district, it’ll be more.

And speaking of taxes, the city council seemed interested in keeping a long running tax line on the ballot this November – money to go toward the construction of a highly earthquake-resistant water reservoir dam that just about everyone wants built at the headwaters of Big Creek, on the northeast corner of Newport. City Councilors learned that there’s a levy that’s been on tax rolls for a long time dealing with city utilities which is expiring. City voters may be asked by the City Council to put a new tax on the ballot to take its place to help Newport fund the proposed new dam to replace two old ones on Big Creek that won’t withstand the shaking of a 9 Richter Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake.

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As for the new dam, city officials say it will cost a lot more than Newport taxpayers can afford. So officials are already knocking on the doors of the state legislature for some help. Newport’s water system serves Newport and areas just outside it’s city limits.

City Public Works Director Tim Gross told the council that it’s still not clear whether a cement or a fortified earthen dam would be the best design. He says his department and hired consultants are crunching the numbers and safety elements to eventually determine a design that will the job.

City Councilors urged Newport area residents to do some dining out and general shopping for gifts in the Nye Beach area because the stores down there are having a rough summer, and there’s no sign of a let up. City Public Works Director Tim Gross says they’ve got the parking lot area on the turn-around pretty well torn up. Gross and his workers are replacing a storm water outfall that drains a big part of the western side of town, eventually emptying out onto the beach. Gross told the council that he knows the businesses are suffering but he and his crews can only work on such a project during the summer when it doesn’t rain so much. He said they’ll do their best to get the new facility in the ground and humming by the end of the summer.

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The Council decided to continue to be in concert with Lincoln City and Lincoln County Commissioners in coordinating the construction of affordable housing. Portland affordable housing advocacy group Proud Ground is trying to prepare a number of affordable housing applicants. But Newport wants Proud Ground to get on the stick and get some applicants in homes which isn’t as easy as it sounds – even with all the demand for lower cost housing. Many low income families have to clean up their credit, show good job stability and prove they can pay even a low cost mortgage. But Newport apparently wants to see some quick results – get families into homes – and within six months.

Meanwhile, Lincoln City City Councilors want to give Proud Ground 12 months to show results, taking into account the “prepping” of applicant families. No word yet on what kind of time line the county commissioners are on. The fact that they’re not all tied together on a time line doesn’t threaten the program but it might slow it down in terms of coordination. We’ll just have to see how it turns out.

Many cities and counties around the country are opting for three and four story modular town homes or apartments that cost a fraction, per unit, of what conventionally built homes usually run. As usual, to be continued.

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And the Newport Fire Department got the green light from the City Council to take steps to get the city a firefighting tug-boat type water craft. An earlier attempt failed due to some complicated application issues.

Chief Rob Murphy told the council Monday night that the goal is to get a big federal grant so the city can buy a bayfront fire boat and have it “out on the fire beat” within a year or two. Most of the money would come from federal and state sources. The city says it’ll launch a community donation drive to help the city come up with it’s portion of the purchase. Total price: Just under a million dollars. The city’s share is a quarter of that. So fundraising will be an issue as the firemen’s donation hats are passed around the community. They’ll hit up businesses, including seafood processing companies and tourist related buildings that are on the wet side of Bay Boulevard. Chief Murphy says he’d like to see the new sea-going fire boat plying the waters of Yaquina Bay within a couple of years.

The council made it clear it’s looking forward to having the new fire tug protecting Newport’s waterfronts, but they also don’t want it to be a drag on the city’s budget.

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For internet around the world you need wires – for Ham operators…just a radio

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Jun 182018

Portable Ham Radio Station
Field Day, Toledo

Ham Radio Operators on Field Day operations in Toledo.

Toledo Port Commissioner
Chuck Gertulla is a ham radio operator


Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio.Members of the Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 23-24, 2018 at the Port of Toledo Waterfront Park next to the Toledo Post Office. The Club Members will be on site from 11:00 am Saturday to 11:00 am Sunday; this event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio – sometimes called ham radio- has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations of locations participated in Field Day in 2015.

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“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate.”

Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure. Ham radio can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communication outage. “Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”

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Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as the Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Lincoln County.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office also sponsors the Auxiliary Communications Service Volunteer Group, 70+ Amateur Radio Operators specifically supporting local government emergency response, information brochure attached.

For more information:
Field Day – visit Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club’s web site at or visit
Lincoln County Auxiliary Communications Service Volunteer Group – or call (541) 265-4199

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For those who want to help make a difference in Toldeo…

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Jun 182018


City Council committees assist Toledo’s elected officials by making recommendations for action on various community issues. Toledo City Council is seeking community volunteers for the following positions:

PLANNING COMMISSION: One vacancy exists on the Planning Commission of the City of Toledo as of December 31, 2016. This vacancy is for an unexpired four year term, which will end on December 31, 2018. Applicant must reside within city limits.

PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD: Two vacancies exist on the Public Library Board of the City of Toledo as of July 1, 2017. Both vacancies are for an expired four year term, which ends June 30, 2021. Applicants must live within the City of Toledo to qualify.

Qualified candidates interested in serving on one of the above committees should submit a written application to the office of the City Recorder. After applications are received, candidates will be interviewed by City Council.

Applications are available at Toledo City Hall 206 N. Main Street Toledo, or; click here to download. For more information, please email

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9th Annual Kids Zone Classic – Neighbors For Kids Charity Golf Tournament – July 21st!

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Jun 182018

Hole-in-One bags ya this beauty!

Neighbors For Kids (NFK) is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Kids Zone Classic Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 21st, 2018 at Chinook Winds Golf Resort in Lincoln City. NFK welcomes back University of Oregon Alumni and NFL Hall of Fame player Dan Fouts. Golfers can place a bid if they would like the chance to have Dan Fouts on their foursome, and bids will be accepted until Wednesday, July 18th.

On Friday, July 20th from 5:30-7:00 pm, there will be a Meet & Greet Event at the Chinook Winds Aces Bar & Grill. This is an opportunity to meet Dan Fouts, event sponsors, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. There is a Hole-in-One prize, an exciting chance to win a new car, a 2018 Honda CRV Touring edition, sponsored by Waddell & Reed’s Duane Silbernagel, the car provided by Sunwest Motors.

The event has an 18-hole scramble format and registration begins at 8:00 am, with a shotgun start at 9:00 am. Entry fees are $100 per player or $400 for a foursome. To conclude the day of golf participants will gather for a ceremony that includes a luncheon, team prizes, a raffle drawing and silent auction.
NFK invites all golfers to this fundraising event at Chinook Winds Golf Resort and the proceeds will support activities for local youth who attend the Kids Zone Program in Depoe Bay.

Neighbors For Kids appreciates the generous support from their major sponsors which include North Lincoln Sanitary Services, Samaritan Health Services, River House Inn, Columbia Bank Depoe Bay, Eagle Hydraulics and Chinook Winds Golf Resort. To play golf with Dan Fouts, please e-mail Toby Winn at For more information about sponsorship opportunities, to donate a raffle item or to register to play golf, visit our website at or call Toby at 541-961-7985.

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Sen. Ron Wyden congratulates Co. Commissioner Claire Hall

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Jun 182018

Co. Commissioner Claire Hall and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

To the citizens of Lincoln County

As we celebrate Pride month this June, we honor the incredible accomplishments and the painful struggles of LGBTQ Americans across the country, now and in the past.
Today, I’m thinking of my friend Lincoln County Commissioner Claire Elizabeth Hall. Last week, Claire announced her transition and now identifies as a trans woman.

Claire was born and raised in Portland. Although she was successful in school and extracurricular activities, she felt different, and recalls praying she would wake up as a girl.

For her entire life, she thought that was an impossibility – even after hearing about surgery and others’ experiences, she feared that being 6’1″ meant that she’d never “pass” for a woman. Would she have to live her entire life as “Bill Hall,” never feeling like her true self?

Everything changed in 2017. Claire started taking steps toward embracing her whole self in her outward appearance – painting her nails, piercing her ears, and styling her hair differently. Now, she lives her life as an openly trans woman. I stand with Claire, and all of the trans Americans who face or fear stigma, harassment, and violence every day.

Too often, history is about erasure. Even just a few years ago, Claire’s story would never have been told. This Pride month, I’m committing to lifting up the stories of LGBTQ Americans like Claire. They are part of the foundation of this country, and I’ll never stop fighting to ensure that they have the rights and freedoms that all Americans deserve.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden