Mar 052015

Jeremy Monroe Photos

Jeremy Monroe Photos

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Jeremy Monroe, executive director of Freshwaters Illustrated from Corvallis, will join us to talk about the vibrance, diversity, and wonder of freshwater ecosystems. His background in aquatic ecology and story-telling celebrates the beauty and value of freshwater life. Jeremy works with talented visual artists and communicators to share these compelling stories.

Motivationally, Jeremy’s life is one shaped by water… touched by the beautiful life that swims in, crawls through, wades in, or skates on it… inspired by those who work to understand and protect its wonders. Jeremy Monroe founded Freshwaters Illustrated to help create and share imagery and stories that can demonstrate the diversity and shared values of the rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands that run through our landscapes and our lives.

Come hear from expert scientist/artist Jeremy Monroe at the MidCoast Watersheds Council’s Thursday, March 5th at 6:30pm. The meeting is held in the public meeting room of the Central Lincoln PUD building located at 2129 N Coast Hwy in Newport, across from the Safeway complex. Refreshments will be served.

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Mar 042015


Public Invited to Meet Sam Case Principal Candidates

Sam Case Elementary School in Newport will have a new principal to lead students and staff during the coming school year, and parents, students and just plain folks from the community are invited to help with the selection.

We’re all invited to meet the three finalists in the school gymnasium from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11. At this get together, each candidate will have 20 minutes to speak and answer questions. School district officials will gather written feedback from those in the audience filling out a simple form and turning it in at the end of the meeting.

The pool of 29 applicants was narrowed down to 10 who were then interviewed via video/voice online calls. The final three candidates selected for an in-person interview and the public meeting are: Eric Fuchs of McMinnville, Jose-de-Jesus Melendez of Renton, Wash., and Kimberly Seidel of Tillamook.
Fuchs has been an educator for the past 17 years in the Newberg School District, teaching third, fourth and fifth grades at Edwards Elementary School, with certifications in elementary education, English as a Second Language, and reading. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in financial management from Oregon State University, and a master’s degree in elementary education from George Fox University.

Melendez has been an educator for the past 16 years – nine years as a dual immersion elementary classroom teacher and eight years as a building and district administrator. For the past three years, he has been Director of Equity for the Bellevue School District, located east of Seattle. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Eastern Oregon University, a master’s degree in curriculum instruction and bilingual education from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, and an education specialist degree in educational leadership, also from Northwest Nazarene.

Seidel has been an educator for the past 18 years in the Tillamook School District. For 15 of those years, she served as a fifth and sixth grade classroom teacher and Title I math specialist, and for the past four years as Dean of Students/Assistant Principal at East Elementary. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Western Oregon University, administrative license credentials from Concordia University in Portland, and a master’s degree in education, also from Concordia University.

The upcoming change of leadership at Sam Case Elementary School is part of the overall reconfiguration of schools in Newport and Lincoln City for the coming school year. Libba Sager, who has been principal at Sam Case this school year, will transfer to the newly reopening Yaquina View Elementary School this Fall.

 Posted by at 11:36 PM
Mar 042015

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Duane J. Silbernagel Financial Adviser Waddell & Reed

Duane J. Silbernagel
Financial Adviser
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The Small Business Retirement Plan Guide
By: Duane Silbernagel

If you own a business, or are self-employed and haven’t established a retirement plan yet, why wait any longer? In today’s economy, talent can be hard to come by. Establishing a company retirement plan may give your business a leg up in recruiting new talent as well as retaining current talent. As business owners, decisions are based on the absolute raw numbers. Always analyzing such metrics as new customer acquisition costs (what do I have to spend to bring in one client)? As this is measured, one must also be concerned about the cost to maintain the existing customers. If you bring in 5 new customers per day but lose 7 existing customers per day, it’s clear; the business is heading for trouble.

A similar analogy can be used with employees. Bringing on new talent is a challenge – an expensive one at that. The business is taking a risk that this person will learn the internal policies, practices and procedures in a relatively short time frame, and be productive in the near future. However, if your current talent leaves at a more rapid rate than new talent can be brought in to replace them, the business can be in a tough spot.

By putting a retirement plan in place, you’ll give your existing talent an avenue to save for their future and (depending on plan type) potentially an incentive, such as a match or profit-sharing. The options that are available to small business owners seem overwhelming. It turns into a numerical version of alphabet soup: 401(k), 457(f), 403(b), 401(a), 457(b). These codes generally are nothing more than the IRS code section that allows the stated plan. Want to know what is allowed in a 401(k), for example? Check IRS code 401, subsection k.

Each plan has benefits and drawbacks, so the idea is finding one that is most suited to your current situation. Plans can be limited by the number of employees that the business employs, or how much money the business would like to share with the employees. So consider aspects like:

How much money does the business owner wish to save?
How do you want to be able to fund the plan:
Employee contributions only;
Employer contributions only;
What are the tax advantages?
Is there flexibility in the business liability for contributions?
What does one want:
Lower costs?
Easier administration?
How many investment options does one want to allow?
Avenues to save:
Roth option (post-tax money);
Traditional option (pre-tax money).
How many employees do you have?
Do you have employees that you’d like to give some preference to?

When it comes to small businesses there are generally three choices: SEP IRA’s, SIMPLE IRA’s and 401(k)’s. Now, each of these have benefits and drawbacks.

SEP IRA plans allow a business owner to contribute for themselves and for their eligible employees. Business owners can require that an employee be at or over age 21, and have been employed by the company for at least 3 out of the last five years in order to be eligible for the plan. In order to receive a contribution once they have satisfied eligibility to enter the plan, the employee can also be required to have earned at least $600 in order to receive a company contribution for that year. The company contributions to the employees need to be the same percentage of compensation, or a flat dollar amount in which each employee gets the same amount. Yet, the employer is not required to make yearly contributions; they are discretionary each year. The 2015 limit for SEP contributions is 25% of pay or $53,000, whichever is lower.

SIMPLE IRAs are available to employers with less than 100 eligible employees. Employees have the ability to contribute their own salary tax-deferred to the SIMPLE IRA account. The 2015 salary deferral contribution limit is $12,500, with an additional catch-up contribution of up to $3,000 for people age 50 and over to total $15,500. Yet unlike the SEP, the employer must make an annual company contribution. The company contribution options are: 1) a match of the employee salary deferral contributions up to 3%, or 2) contribute 2% to every eligible employee’s accounts (whether or not they are contributing). With the SIMPLE IRA match contribution, the employer may reduce the percentage to 1% or 2% instead of 3% for 2 years in a 5-year period.

The 401(k) is very popular in the business world. These plans generally allow for both Roth and traditional contributions by the employee. Any company match that is provided, but not required, will be subject to a vesting schedule. For 2015 contribution limits on a 401(k) are $18,000 (under age 50) and $24,000 (over age 50). Administration costs of the 401(k) are generally notable.

There are so many factors that plan into every businesses retirement plan. There is no perfect answer. Retirement plans can be changed or adopted as a current retirement plan may no longer suit the needs of the business. As an employer, you play a vital part in aiding your employees in saving for retirement. Now is the time to put a retirement plan into place for you and your employees.
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 Posted by at 11:27 PM
Mar 042015

Just in an update on what some killer whale chasers were up to off the Oregon and Washington coasts the last few weeks. And it comes with a video of a NEW BABY KILLER WHALE!!

He’s the scrumptious academic “nummie” that showed up in our email inbox! Enjoy!

Endangered Southern Resident killer whales spend much of the year in the inland waters of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea but in winter commonly leave on forays along the outer Northwest Coast. Their extended range and winter conditions often make the whales difficult to monitor during this period.

Assisted by satellite tracking, NOAA Fisheries researchers followed the whales for three weeks in February to learn more about their winter behavior, health, feeding and use of coastal habitat. The survey was the most successful so far in allowing consistent observation of the whales and their ecosystem. In late February biologists sighted the third Southern Resident calf born this year. Research findings will help inform recovery actions for this endangered species, including revisions in the critical habitat that NOAA Fisheries designates for the endangered whales.

Here’s some video of the little one –

B-Roll: New Southern Resident Killer Whale Calf, L121 from NOAA Fisheries on Vimeo.

 Posted by at 10:58 PM
Mar 042015

Starfish showing up on the beach at South Beach. Julie Sacchetti photos

Starfish showing up on the beach at South Beach.
Julie Sacchetti photos

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After a near complete die off over the past year or so, we started seeing young starfish re-emerge in diving videos – divers eager to witness the return of starfish to coastal waters

And Julie Sacchetti of South Beach got a couple of pictures of two starfish that showed up on the beach near her home.

More to follow – for sure!! Hopefully to include more definitive information that caused the die off in the first place. Marine scientists suggested it was the one-two punch of some bacteria or virus and increasingly rising ocean water acidity.


 Posted by at 5:05 PM
Mar 042015
Medical Marijuana The Oregonian photo

Medical Marijuana
The Oregonian photo

A less-than-thrilled Depoe Bay City Council Tuesday evening took the first step toward approving medical marijuana dispensaries inside its city limits.

After going back and forth on a number of restrictions that would have functionally banned the dispensaries everywhere within city limits, the council backed off and went with their original idea – not within 1,000 feet of Neighbors for Kids facility on School House Road.

The restriction will now be added to the city’s business license rule book. Final adoption is expected at the next city council meeting.

A long festering problem with an out-of-town property owner has likely been resolved. Patrick Mendenhall, a resident of Houston Texas, who owns a house on Sunset Point overlook the ocean has been told to pull his piling and rope fence back onto his own property. They say Mendenhall put the fence far out from his property lines all around his corner lot home.

City officials say Mendenhall said that while he regrets the error he doesn’t want to move the fence. He even made an offer to the city to buy “the overage.” City officials said no – the public right of way is not for sale and that the survey markers showing where the street ends and his property begins are quite visible. So Mr. Mendenhall has his orders.

 Posted by at 4:12 PM
Mar 042015
Salmon plate should mean salmon enhancement!

Salmon plate should mean salmon enhancement!

Two coastal state lawmakers have introduced a bill to restore the original intent for the Oregon license plate – enhancing habitat for salmon. But according to some, something happened on the way to the rivers and the sea. Some of those funds started winding up in Oregon Watersheds Enhancement Board office operations.

Well, Senator Arnie Roblan and Representative David Gomberg are trying to re-right this appropriative transgression!

They’ve introduced a bill that ensures that extra fees that Oregon drivers pay the DMV to have a Salmon license plate on their car is spent on actual habitat repair and enhancement.

Here’s the details in the Oregonian.

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We also want to make note that we originally named ODFW as the agency fielding the criticism for channeling some license plate revenue to office operations. We have been told it’s not ODFW – it’s OWEB. We regret the error.

 Posted by at 1:43 PM
Mar 042015

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, Mar. 4th – Lincoln County

Summary: The Sun reigned over our area again yesterday engendering persistent unseasonably high temperature readings ranging through the 50s; Lincoln City was the warmest. North-northwest winds blew 10-15 mph from noon to sunset putting a cool twist on the afternoon. Clear skies prevailed during the evening and overnight leaving the door open for Jack Frost to perform his magic early this morning. At daybreak, early risers were scraping Jack’s handiwork from their windshields under a clear sky and light east winds. It’s much colder east of the Cascades with 8F in Meacham being the state’s lowest temperature.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/36F
Depoe Bay: 56F/33F
Newport: 52F/34F
Waldport: 53F/35F
Yachats: 54F/33F

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Forecast: Static, stagnant, still, stationary, silent – pick one. No changes are predicted for the foreseeable future WON SUNNYas mostly sunny days, patchy morning fog and clear nights dominate Central Coast weather over the next several days, maybe a week. The mercury is expected to top out at 55-60F each day and dip to around 40F at night. Winds should remain light throughout the period. Computer models are hinting at a transition to wet weather by next Tuesday or Wednesday, but the jury is still out.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, spots of ice and patchy fog early, then sunny with 55F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light east winds, temps 55-60F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Willamette and Santiam Passes this morning, but bare pavement at Government Camp, temperatures are 20-30F; sunny, light winds, the free air freezing level is at 5,500 feet rising to 6,500 feet.

Surface Rescue

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Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 36”; no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” in the past seven days; 74” less than this date last year; 91% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/4”/closed
Willamette Pass 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/50”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/12”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/32”/carveable hardpack
Timberline 0”/50”/enjoy a great day of riding

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Marine: The breeze is light NE 5-10 knots this morning and seas are negligible, 4 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, WON MARINE WXDepoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Mainly N winds 5-15 knots are predicted from today through Sunday, with a brief interlude of light SE wind 10 knots on Friday. Swells are projected to remain 3-5 feet with periods of 10-12 seconds.

On the Beach… Sunny, light breeze, surf 2 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
03/04 Wed 11:18 AM 8.17 H
03/04 Wed 05:46 PM 0.35 L
03/05 Thu 12:11 AM 7.65 H
03/05 Thu 05:55 AM 1.99 L

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In Short: Mainly clear, patchy fog, light winds, warm days, cool nights, ad infinitum.

 Posted by at 8:07 AM
Mar 032015
Major crime sweep in Newport last week of February.

Major crime sweep in Newport last week of February.

Newport Police, with a lot of help from outside agencies, busted up a large home and car burglary and vehicle theft ring operating in Newport during the month of February.

It started out with Newport stopping a known stolen car on February 20th – the driver later learned to be linked to a small army of thieves and drug pushers.

One by one, house by house, car by car, law enforcement swept Newport area residences and charged 11 addition individuals, mostly in their 20s and 30s, charging them with various crimes from possession and distribution of illegal drugs to possession of stolen property and probation violation – weapons violations, even stolen lab equipment from the Newport Sewer Plant.

Newport Police say much of the crime spree (20 separate crimes) was mostly easy for the criminals due to unlocked cars and other vehicles as well as unlocked apartments and homes. Police say failure to secure your property is obviously a fast way to lose it.

Police say there is likely to be more stolen property yet undiscovered and/or claimed. They say if you’re missing something, make sure you’re not missing more. If you do find that you were a victim of one of the biggest burglary rings to surface in a long time, call Newport Police to see if they’re holding your property as evidence against the 12 individuals now in the Lincoln County Jail.

Those arrested on various charges include Stephanie Wheeler-Davey, Jason Owens, Shane Walls, Tanya Schriver, Shannon Thomas, Jason Gemkow, Chelsey Allen, Gabriel Evans, Erin Swinford, Christopher White, Tyler Milbert, and Joshua Sanders. They were all booked on various charges with bails running between $150,000 to a half million dollars.

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