Apr 162014
Wild Garden exhibit Michael Gibbons

Wild Garden exhibit
Michael Gibbons

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On Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, Toledo artists will open their studios and galleries to the public for special First Weekend shows focusing on Nature’s “Wild Garden.” Featured this month is the work of Michael Gibbons. In cooperation with the Yaquina River Museum of Art, Gibbons will be displaying a portion of a traveling exhibition called “Yaquina,” a collection of oil paintings he made in Nature’s “Wild Garden,” in the nearby estuaries along Yaquina Bay.

Michael Gibbons selected a tiny estuary on the south side of Yaquina Bay and only a few miles from his studio to begin a series of 14 variously shaped small sized painting studies in 1987. Some 40 paintings are now included in this traveling exhibition with a single subject as inspiration. The artist’s Signature Gallery will show four of the paintings from the collection, while several others will be displayed across the street at the Yaquina River Museum of Art’s (YRMA) 1880s School House exhibit space. Gibbons envisions that he will continue to paint in the estuaries and add to the exhibit indefinitely. “Nature’s wild gardens have been and are my primary focus for life.” Complimentary Oregon wine and cheese refreshments will be served. Gallery Michael Gibbons will be open 11-5 Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at 140 NE Alder Street, Toledo. For more information, see www.MichaelGibbons.net or call (541) 336-2797.

Michael Gibbons

Michael Gibbons

The remainder of the “Yaquina” collection of 25 paintings of the Arnold Creek Estuary and surrounding Bay collection Traveling Exhibition by Michael Gibbons will be showing at YRMA’s exhibit space at 151 NE Alder St. The original 14 paintings (which will all be on display) were shown at the National Art Club in New York City in 2009. This exhibit will be shown through July, 2014. Gibbons was commissioned to complete a large painting (62”x 42”), “Arnold Creek Estuary,” for the dining room of Mahonia Hall, the official Residence of the Governor of Oregon. All other paintings were done in support and as specific subject work in preparation for that commission. Refreshments served by Friends of the Museum. The show will be open from 11-5 pm Saturday and Sunday of First Weekend. Additionally, visitors are welcome during its regular weekly hours from noon to 4:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, see www.michaelgibbons.net/museum or call (541) 336-1907.

Ivan Kelly

Ivan Kelly

Head first into May with Ivan Kelly’s “Head First,” a 12”x 9” oil vignette of a mountain lion, along with new Rocky Mountain big game oil paintings on display at Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio. The gallery will be open from 11 to 5 on Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday and is located one block above Main Street at 207 East Graham Street, Toledo. For more information, call (541) 336-1124, email info@ivankelly.com, or see www.ivankelly.com.

Becky Miller

Becky Miller

Becky Miller’s oil paintings focus on the “Wild Garden” of the ocean, with paintings of colorful kelp. She is pleased to also have a variety of work on display by Toledo artists Alice Haga, Caroll Loomis, and Karen Fitzgibbon, including colorful fused glass pieces, encaustic paintings, gourds, and mixed media soft sculpture. Enjoy a glass of wine or a glass of Twisted Snout ale and visit with the artist. Becky Miller Studio is located at 167 NE 1st Street, half a block above Main St. and will be open from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (503) 504-7289, email becky@beckymillerartist.com, or see www.beckymillerartist.com.

Heather Fortner

Heather Fortner

Heather Fortner of Sea Fern Studio (321 SE 3rd St in the old Mary Harrison School) will celebrate “Wild Garden” with images of wild underwater gardens, both fresh and salt water kinds. She will be demonstrating gyotaku-fish printing with a piranha brought back from her recent nature printing trip to the Amazon River in Peru on both Saturday and Sunday from 11-2.

Rodney Lehrbass

Rodney Lehrbass

Impressions Pacific is featuring a natural edge vessel made of exotic wood (Amboynia) from Africa, turned by Master Woodturner Rodney Lehrbass. Stop by and see Rodney’s assortment of handcrafted art made from exotic and local woods. He has decorative pieces, as well as a collection of bowls made from Myrtlewood, Maple and Walnut, as well as various creations from Oregon Coast driftwood. In addition to the handcrafted wooden items, we also have a large selection of local photography. While you’re looking through our Gallery, you’re welcome to see what we have available for custom picture framing. Our full range of custom picture framing services includes over a thousand corner samples to choose from and excellent quality work at affordable prices. We are also very excited to be hosting our event in our NEW location at the top of Main street, right next door to Gallery Briseño, at 359 N. Main! Refreshments will be served. Our hours for First Weekend are 10-6 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday. Visit us on the web at www.ImpressionsPacific.com or on facebook at www.facebook.com/ImpressionsPacific or call (541) 336-2207.

For more information on First Weekend and art events throughout Toledo, see www.ToledoArts.info.

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Apr 162014

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Apr 162014

Committee Vacancies in Lincoln City!

Committee Vacancies
in Lincoln City!


The City of Lincoln City is accepting applications for volunteers for the following boards and committees.


BUDGET COMMITTEE – 2 Vacancies (First Meeting Scheduled for May 5, 2014)
2 – Must be a city resident, and cannot be a member of a Lincoln City Board, Committee or Commission.


PARKS BOARD – 2 Vacancies (Meets every 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm, Lincoln City Community Center)
2 – Must be a City Resident

SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE – 1 Vacancy (Meets on 2nd Wednesday of each month from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, Northwest Conference Room, City Hall)
1 – Must be City Resident or reside in the Urban Growth Boundary

TRANSIENT ROOM TAX COMMITTEE – 1 Vacancy (Meets annually and as needed for appeals)
1 – Must be a City Resident

VISITOR AND CONVENTION COMMITTEE – 1 Vacancy (Meets every 2nd Monday of every month, 4:00 pm)
1 – Must be a City Resident and own or manage a lodging business.

Please find our application on the city website at www.lincolncity.org, “Boards and Committees”, and “Committee Member Application”, or contact Cathy Steere, City Recorder at 541-996-1203, or Sherrie Correia at 541-996-2152.

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Apr 162014

A 12 year old student at Sam Case School in Newport has been injured on the playground. Possible dislocated shoulder. Ambulance is enroute.

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Apr 162014

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From Paul Robertson – Devil’s Lake Water Improvement District

The water quality of Devils Lake has made tremendous improvements in the last few days. The Harmful Algal Bloom which turned the lake shades of gray, blue-gray, green, blue-green, and even white only a week ago has crashed throughout much of the lake. Much of the lake you can see right to the bottom with clarity upwards of 8′.

The bloom that we did have was dominated by a type of Anabaena, which was, as of Friday, all but non-existent in the mid lake sample we had analyzed. The improvements are seemingly continuing as the clarity increased from basically 3 feet on Friday to over 8 feet for the entire south half of the lake as reported Monday. The north half of the lake was still blue-green as of last report, so there is still recovery to be had, but the scums have dissipated which shows recovery is happening. Dissolved oxygen has also rebounded considerably, but lags behind in both arms of the lake to the north.

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Apr 162014
Josephine County One of many O&C Counties hammered by timber harvest declines. The Oregonian photo

Josephine County
One of many O&C Counties hammered by timber harvest declines.
The Oregonian photo

From Senator Ron Wyden’s Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Peter DeFazio, Greg Walden, and Suzanne Bonamici welcomed the Bureau of Land Management announcement that it has sent $39.6 million to Oregon’s 18 O&C counties under the Secure Rural Schools program. In all, 33 Oregon counties will receive a total of $107 million in timber payments for the 2013 fiscal year. The program will distribute a $329 million to more than 700 counties across the United States.

“These payments mean more teachers in schools, patrols on the street and asphalt on the road, which is why I used every lever at my disposal to extend this lifeline for another year,” Wyden said. “I will continue to work until there are more jobs in the woods, and a long-term solution that gets Oregon’s counties off of the roller coaster of county payments.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley: “We must ensure that Oregon’s rural communities have the resources they need to provide for their schools, roads, and public safety,” said Merkley. “Today’s payments will make a big difference in communities across our state, but they are no substitute for a long-term plan to grow our rural economy. I am working with Senator Wyden and other members of our delegation to increase and improve national forest management to support rural Oregon and create more jobs in the woods.”

Rep. Peter DeFazio: “This is good news for cash-strapped counties that are struggling to pay for vital county services like law enforcement and jail beds—and we are glad these critical payments are finally reaching the O&C counties, some of which are on the brink of insolvency. But we need a long-term solution. That’s why the Oregon Delegation continues to work together to bridge the gap between the House-passed O&C plan and the Senate proposal, and ultimately find a bipartisan, bicameral solution that creates family-wage jobs, ensures the health of federal forests, and provides funding certainty for our rural counties.”

Rep. Greg Walden: “This short-term relief will help Oregon’s struggling rural communities provide essential local services like law enforcement, schools, and roads. But it’s not sustainable. Our people need jobs, and our counties need certainty. It’s past time that we change federal forest policy to make it work for Oregon’s rural communities.”-

The Oregon delegation successfully extended the Secure Rural Schools program last year as part of a bill to transition the federal government out of the helium business. Sen Wyden co-authored the original SRS program in 2000. Since then, the program has brought $2.8 billion to Oregon counties devastated by declining timber harvests.

The U.S. Forest Service released more than $68 million in timber payments earlier this month: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/securepayments/projectedpayments.

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Apr 162014
Hidden Lake near Waldport CD photo

Hidden Lake near Waldport
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Apr 162014

Depoe Bay:  One large vacation rental community in the name of economic development?

Depoe Bay: One large vacation rental community in the name of economic development?

Michael Keifer - EDC Committee. Vacation rentals could enhance city revenues and spark economic growth.

Michael Keifer – EDC Committee.
Vacation rentals could enhance city revenues and spark economic growth.

Bruce Silver - opposed. "Southwest Pointe neighbors would scream if vacation rentals approved."

Bruce Silver – opposed.
“Southwest Pointe neighbors would scream if vacation rentals approved.”

John O'Brien - opposes noise, lack of parking, insufficient law enforcement.

John O’Brien – opposes
noise, lack of parking, insufficient law enforcement.

Depoe Bay City councilors got an earful Tuesday night on a proposal to expand vacation rentals in all areas of Depoe Bay supposedly to “increase economic development” in the town. Based on the number of residents who showed up to give their opinion, the proposal is already developing heavy headwinds. They see it as an invasion of their otherwise pleasant and enjoyable neighborhoods – the reason why they live in Depoe Bay.

However, City Economic Development Committee member Michael Kiefert said with proper controls enforced by vacation property management businesses, problems could be kept to a minimum. He also said that tax revenues from expanded vacation rentals could help shoulder the cost of city code enforcement, require performance bonds for compliance, and make vacation rentals subject to being a conditional use – which comes with legal strings attached as to how they’re operated.

However, opposition to expanded vacation rentals came swiftly and was resolute. Residents said vacation rentals are often owned by out-of-town owners who don’t properly screen their customers and have no idea that their customers are throwing noisy all-night parties, making noise in the street, leaving garbage strewn about or in overstuffed garbage cans that are caught by the wind, letting their dogs run, etc. Critics also pointed out that Depoe Bay does not have a property tax dedicated to city government and that Depoe Bay’s only law enforcement is on a contract basis with the sheriff’s office that, more than likely, can’t begin to enforce adequate compliance by tenants of vacation rentals. Others said the revenues, through room tax or licensing fees would probably not cover the cost of city hired code enforcement officers. Others pointed to Lincoln City’s experience with vacation rentals, something they termed “a giant mess” which has yet to be resolved.

There was also references made to a proposed big new housing subdivision in north Depoe Bay that could be used as an experiment – turn it into a guinea pig to see if vacation rentals could operate and still be good neighbors.

Councilor Zeke Olsen reminded everyone that Depoe Bay needs more revenue for roads, sewer/water system improvements, and the like. But a member of the audience admonished the council that whatever fees or revenues expanded vacation rentals might produce would be eaten up by simply licensing and regulating them. There would be little if anything left over for infrastructure.

The council’s final take on the discussion appeared to be to closely examine the issue but go slow and involve the public at every step.

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Apr 162014

City Council votes 6-1 for medical marijuana moratorium - a few months, not a full year.

City Council votes 6-1 for medical marijuana moratorium.

Councilor Dorinda Goddard - "The state law is flawed.  We've got to protect ourselves."

Councilor Dorinda Goddard – “The state law is flawed. We’ve got to protect ourselves.”

Robert Beilin Argued against the moratorium

Robert Beilin
Argued against the moratorium

Councilor Brent Berry  Wanted to stop the moratorium, and could have, but didn't.

Councilor Brent Berry
Wanted to stop the moratorium, and could have, but didn’t.

On a 6 to 1 vote, the Depoe Bay City Council enacted a one year moratorium on the establishment of any medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits. The council decided that there are too many holes in state law dealing with the issue and so the council decided o take some time to develop regulations of their own.

Mayor Mattila and several councilors said that the job can be done in far less time than a year. One councilor mentioned perhaps as few as three or four months.

It was also mentioned that a voter referendum to legalize recreational marijuana is on the November ballot and could make cast medical marijuana dispensaries in a different light. Marijuana would be generally available with minimal regulations much like alcohol or tobacco. Marijuana could fall under an Oregon Liquor Control-type commission with taxes paid to the state and some of that revenue shared back to cities and counties as is already done with alcohol and cigarette sales.

Councilor Brent Barry derailed the vote on the first go round by voting no on the moratorium. Because the vote was two votes short of unanimous, the law allowed the council to vote on whether to reconsider – a vote that must be unanimous if it’s to be officially passed during a single council meeting. Councilor Barry said for the sake of “going along” with the majority, he allowed a second vote on the issue. The final vote was a little different. Berry voted no. Everybody else voted yes. Later Berry said he felt ashamed that he agreed to a re-vote. Had he continued his protest, it might have turned out completely different. Deeply disappointed in the discussion and realizing he could have stopped the moratorium, he lambasted the council, got up and left the building.

Councilor Dorinda Goddard said “There are big problems with the state law. We need more time to figure this out.”

Depoe Bay resident Robert Beilin practically begged the council to not enact the moratorium because there are so many cancer and other serious disease cases in Lincoln County. He said “It’s not right that they have to drive great distances and burn a lot of expensive gas just to buy certified-tested marijuana from the valley.

The council’s second 6 to 1 vote is now binding and in the history books. The council also committed to doing a thorough examination of the issue before the town gets its first marijuana dispensary whether later this year or early next.

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Apr 162014

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, Apr. 16th – Lincoln County

Summary: A general blend of clouds and sunshine yesterday. Enough solar heating got through to push the mercury up to near 60F in most areas, and northwest winds were 5-10 mph gusting to 15. After sunset, overcast skies became the prevailing feature and by midnight, we started to see some light rainfall. There was measureable precipitation along the northern half of the Central Coast, while Waldport and Yachats were just lightly dampened. Low temps dropped to the mid-40s. At daybreak, there was occasional but barely perceptible drizzle, and winds were out of the south-southeast at 5 mph.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/49F/0.05”
Depoe Bay: 58F/44F/0.03”
Newport: 54F/43F/0.02”
Waldport: 59F/45F/Below 0.01”
Yachats: 52F/46F/Below 0.01”

Forecast: Our current weather is dominated by what meteorologists refer to as a ‘dirty ridge.’ This is a weak and variable ridge of high pressure that is sometimes strong enough to keep incoming moisture at bay, other times not. Today, there’s a chance for some additional light rain to penetrate the ridge with moderate winds and high temps about 55F. Some drizzle is possible tonight, lows around 50F. Tomorrow, the ridge weakens and a stronger front brings in rain for much of the day, high of 55F and light south winds. Outlook is for the high pressure to amplify on Friday giving us a partly cloudy day, followed by rain again on Saturday, mostly cloudy Sunday and varying chances of showers heading into next week. Highs 55F, lows 40-45F and mainly light winds.

Travel: In the Coast Range, temps were around 45F at daybreak; overcast with light rain and highs of 50-60F today. Valley destinations are expecting rain with highs about 60F. For the Cascades, spots of ice this morning, then rain likely. The freezing level is 5,500 feet rising to 7,000 feet tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, no change since yesterday, or 68% of normal.

Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo Closed for Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/106/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/109/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed for Skiing/Tubing Open Sat-Sun
Timberline Lodge 0/146/Machine Groomed

Marine: No surprises this morning; as predicted, the breeze has come around to the SSW at 10 knots and seas are 6 feet. At 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. The SW wind is expected to pick up a little today, 10-15 knots gusting 20, and the swell rises slightly to 7-8 feet with 3 foot wind waves. Conditions should be about the same tonight, but tomorrow a stronger front arrives and SW winds are forecast to build to 15-20 knots gusting 25 with seas in the 7-8 foot range. Outlook is for a brief break in the weather on Friday when the breeze veers to the NNE 5-10 knots with an 8 foot swell. Saturday and Sunday, it’s back to SW weather and winds 5-15 knots. The latest wave models show a large swell arriving on Sunday, 13-15 feet or higher.

On the Beach… Light rain, light wind, surf 5-7 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/16 Wed 07:47 AM -0.62 L
04/16 Wed 02:13 PM 7.19 H
04/16 Wed 07:40 PM 1.92 L
04/17 Thu 01:46 AM 8.72 H

In Short: Drizzle, light wind, rain, then brief clearing.

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