The District would like to thank its customers for their patience as crews work to complete repairs and restore service to this area.
Repairs complete. Water’s back on. Let the showers begin!
Yaquina River Museum of Art (YRMA) at the Old 1887 School House. 151 NE Alder St. (541) 336-1907 www.YaquinaRiverMuseumOfArt.org Light refreshments served by Friends of the Museum
June 4 & 5 reception from 11:am-5:00pm with open hours Wed.-Sun. Noon to 4:00pm each month. The Museum is readying for the 23rd Annual Art Walk Labor Day Weekend by showing several paintings done by 2015 participants. Laural Buchanan, Bill Shumway, Becky Miller and Susan Bennett all have paintings up at the 1887 School House Exhibit for the month of June. Painters are invited each year to paint in a 4 month period to submit their selections to be juried into the upcoming Plein Air Show show during the Labor Day Art Walk event. Much excitement is generated by the selection of prize winners with awards totaling $2000. for 2016. This year’s Art Walk Corporate Sponsor is Georgia Pacific Toledo and YRMA is most grateful for the support!
TUESDAY JUNE 7 – The Newport Community Drum Circle is now on its summer schedule, drumming twice a month on first and third Tuesdays. The family friendly event is drug and alcohol free, as always. All ages and skill levels welcome, loaner instruments available. 6:00 to 8:00 pm, in the gazebo at Don Davis Park, across from the Performing Arts Center. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-272-4615.
Lincoln County Commons upgrade
Lincoln County Commissioners noted this week that the voters approved funding for an upgrade to the Lincoln County Commons – historically referred to as the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. By passing a 1% boost to hotel and motel room taxes whose facilities lie within the unincorporated areas of the county makes it possible to begin replacing the tired and quite worn out buildings that exist today on the property, just east of Newport High School.
County commissioners engaged in wide ranging discussions that, in the end, produced no small amount of caution before any specific plans are made. It was pointed out that the higher room tax will only get the financial ball rolling with major construction happening five or more years down the road at the earliest. Within that time there will be minor spruce-ups of existing buildings but by no means will they be given major facelifts. Commissioners said they won’t invest money prolonging the usefulness of current facilities too far into the future because, they reminded everyone that the future calls for new facilities. But at the same time, they do want to have the current facilities still accommodate the annual county fair and other regular events for several more years as the whole planning process moves forward.
Commissioners said a great deal more discussion needs to happen before any timeline or progress benchmarks can even be acknowledged. They said they look forward to the expertise of former county public works director Jim Buisman and his take on specific ways to move the project forward. The opening shot on that discussion is likely to occur within the next couple of weeks.
Commissioners select an interim county assessor
With the recent announcement that long time County Assessor Rob Thomas is retiring county commissioners scrambled to figure out what to do next. But it appears the answer was right in front of them – Deputy Assessor Joe Davidson who has been working under Thomas for a number of years. The commissioners were impressed with Davidson’s application for the job and by his responses to their questions about the office.
Commissioners ended up appointing Davidson to fulfill the unexpired term of former Assessor Rob Thomas which ends at the end of the current year. It means that Davidson will have to run for the office in his own right this coming November.
Helping those helping the lower income families of Lincoln County
Noting the improving economy nationwide, as well as here in Lincoln County, county commissioners increased the amount of the annual awarding of grants to various non-profit agencies who do just that.
A total of nearly $170,000 was awarded between a number of groups whose names alone give an idea of the breadth and depth of their service to the financially stressed and low income. Those winning substantial grants included CASA of Lincoln County, Children’s Advocacy Center, Friends of the Newport Senior Activity Center 60+, Habitat for Humanity, Legal Aid, My Sister’s Place, North End Senior Solutions, Olalla Center, Meals on Wheels, Samaritan House, and Samaritan Senior Companion Program, Yachats Youth and Family and the Youth Development Coalition – among others.
East Devils Lake Road (north end) will be closed to through traffic for construction work four days a week, beginning Tuesday, May 31. The road will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Expect the road to be closed from 7am Mondays through 10pm Thursdays until the beginning of July. Residents will have local access on NE East Devils Lake between U.S. 101 and NE Neotsu Drive.
– N.R. Adams
A ballot measure that would take big money out of state and local election won’t happen this November because whoever drew up the ballot measure, for which 118,000 signatures are needed to qualify for the ballot, didn’t know what they were doing. They ran afoul of state rules that say an initiative must be a one subject ballot issue. You can’t two-fer or three-fer on the elements in the initiative.
In the current ballot run-up. the campaign limits initiative not only capped the amount of campaign spending per contributor, interest group or other entity, the way the initiative was written it also contained a requirement that in all races, whether for ballot issues or candidates, the top campaign contributors must be revealed in any political ads run by that candidate or group pushing an initiative.
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