11:53am – Motor vehicle accident on Highway 101 in the Neotsu area. There are injures. Watch for emergency vehicles and flaggers directing traffic.
The Lincoln City Tide Changers group are inviting everyone to join them for an evening on the beach this Saturday, July 30 — with a toasted marshmallow in one hand a beer in the other.
The Business Card Beach Bonfire offers the chance to for early- to mid-career professionals to mingle and network against one of the most stunning backdrops on the Oregon Coast as the sun sets over Siletz Bay.
The event is a re-launch party for the Tide Changers, which was formed as the Lincoln City Young Professionals and operates as a committee of the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce. “We’re here to offer social and networking opportunities to people who are starting out in their careers or who are just new to town,” said Tide Changers Chair Cassie Ruud. “I moved here nine months ago, and know firsthand how tough it can be to meet other young people.”
There will be no trouble meeting people on Saturday, when the group will take to the sands at SW 51st Street in Taft for an evening of music, mingling and — of course — toasting marshmallows. “No beach party is complete without a s’more,” said Tide Changer Eric Johnson. “So bring along a toasting stick and grab yourself a place at the fire. Go ahead and bring a hotdog if you’re feeling adventurous.”
Music will come from the MP3 player of Tide Changer Bill Gibson, who promises an eclectic selection of tunes.
“I promise we won’t spend all night listening to the hits of David Hasselhoff,” Gibson said. “But it would be impossible to keep the Hoff away from a beach party entirely.”
All guests are encouraged to throw a business card into the Welcome Box, with those aged 21 and over rewarded with a free beer from Lincoln City’s own McMenamins Lighthouse Brewpub. And everyone putting a business card in the box will stand a chance at winning one of several gift baskets. Don’t have a business card? You can still get in on the action by filling out a blank one on the night.
The BYOB event will start at 8 pm. For more information, find the Lincoln City Young Professionals on Facebook.
Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupier leaders will go on trial starting September 7th in federal court in Portland. Prosecutors contend that although the action was claimed to be a free speech exercise, when occupiers showed up with guns and threatened anyone who opposed their occupation it was no longer free speech – it was a criminal act.
Here’s an update from The Oregonian. Click here.
The Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences has announced that their commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill, that preserved public access and enjoyment of Oregon’s beaches to be held at Yachats Commons Sunday has been cancelled. The event had featured Oregon Coast author Matt Love.
Like a slug to the gut for all who know and love him as an iconic coastal author, news came quickly through the Portland news media that widely celebrated author Matt Love has been indicted by a Clatsop County Grand Jury on charges of Luring a Minor and Official Misconduct.
A Clatsop County Jail official confirmed to News Lincoln County that Matthew Love was charged and booked into the jail on Friday. Love was released on $25,000 bail. Love’s attorney maintains that what Matt Love is accused of doing never happened.
3:35pm – Report of a car hitting a delivery truck right out in front of the Otis Fire Station. There are minor injuries. Watch for emergency vehicles.
As many renters and home-buyers know, housing prices have risen to head-shaker extremes. What sold for $200,000 ten years ago now goes for $350,000 and up. And rents are just unbelievably high – when you can find one that even comes close to meeting family needs.
A lot of this is happening through no fault of the public. Coming out of the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s, home construction went into a death spiral in the fall of 2008 and is only now beginning to recover. But because construction companies are just getting THEMSELVES rebuilt, housing construction is very slow to even begin to meet today’s demand. Therefore high prices abound.
But it doesn’t have to be that way according to innovative home builder Bill Sagona. Sagona’s Sunshine Network LLC has jumped aboard a movement to veer away from traditional wood frame homes to homes made of steel – homes that can stand the worst wind, hail and rain storms, as well as the storms from underground – earthquakes.
Sagona says Sunshine Network’s homes vary from 360 sq.ft. to thousands of square feet, depending on the design. He claims (and it’s been confirmed by the building code techs at the state and at the county level) that these homes can be built to comply with all state and local building and fire codes and at a third of the cost of regular wood frame dwellings. And there are many of these homes already built, and more being built all across the country. In fact a large multi-family apartment complex is being built right now in Lagrande.
The building blocks of these homes begin with large ocean-going containers that go surplus all the time, all around the world. Anyone can buy them and build their own homes if they’re properly engineered. Few families shopping for a new home possess those skills so that’s where Bill Sagona and his Sunshine Network come in. He, and steel builders just like him, sit down with families and provide them with a wide variety of floor plans – one, two, even three story versions. Whether you’ve got a growing family or you’re interested in a duplex model that can quickly produce investment returns, all homes fully qualify for standard HUD, FHA, VA and regular mortgage financing.
Specifically along the Oregon Coast, these designer steel-frame homes can ride out a large earthquake, like the Cascadia variety, that’s been mentioned so much in the news lately. In the event one strikes in our lifetime, a steel frame “small house” on your property could be your “lifeboat” in the event that your wood frame house doesn’t make it. Not many will. But constructed in your back or side yard, a mini-steel home will very likely survive along with your emergency food, water, and medical supplies needed over a two to three week period – long enough for the outside world to arrive with relief supplies.
A quick look around ‘You Tube’ produces a kaleidoscope of videos of these steel frame homes cropping up all over – some built by do-it-yourselfers – others by contractors like Sunshine Network. Sunshine Network also provides “Tiny Home” versions for buyers who don’t want to take-on a full sized home, preferring the “minimalist” lifestyle. Sagona’s got plans for those as well.
To see the wide variety of these eminently affordable “homes of the future,” take a look at Sunshine Network’s website. www.SunshineNetwork.us or just click here.
10:47am – Fire alarm going off at 1394 Logsden Road.