Alsea Bay Bridge – Ken Gagne

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Jul 272016
Alsea Bay Bridge feeling a little 'blue' without it's watery friend at low tide... Ken Gagne

Alsea Bay Bridge feeling a little ‘blue’ without it’s watery friend at low tide…
Ken Gagne

 Posted by at 9:58 PM

Gunshot Wound: Chinook Winds parking lot

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Jul 272016

8:57pm – Gunshot wound in a Chinook Winds parking lot. Law enforcement and paramedics enroute.

8:59pm – Victim is unconscious – not breathing.

9:00pm – Victim has a gunshot wound to the head. The gun he apparently used is still in his hand.

9:01pm – Victim was a reported missing person.

 Posted by at 8:59 PM

Toledo City Manager movin’ on…

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Jul 272016
Toledo City Manager Jay Baughman resigns.

Toledo City Manager Jay Baughman resigns.

City of Toledo City Manager, Jay Baughman, resigns.

The City Council will meet on August 3rd to discuss potential interim City Manager appointment and the process the City will use to hire a new permanent city manager. The City completed a city manager recruitment in 2014 and is familiar with the process.

Mayor Billie Jo Smith said “I’m extremely sad that Jay Baughman is leaving us. He has been an exemplary City Manager, and I was looking forward to working with him for many years. I recognize that his decision to move on is the best decision for him, and his family, and we all sincerely wish them well.”

“While we all are saddened by Jay’s decision, Toledo’s City Council now has to look to the process of finding new leadership for our City government.” said Council President Jill Lyon. “But during this period, the Council and other Toledo citizens can be confident that the City will continue to run smoothly. We have a highly professional and dedicated staff who will ensure that work will be completed and City business will continue to move forward.”

 Posted by at 6:19 PM

Latest info on Highway 20 road delays/closure periods

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Jul 272016

Highway 20 Project ODOT photo

Highway 20 Project
ODOT photo

Things have gotten a little fluid heading down the home stretch to completing the loooooooong awaited completion of the Highway 20 bypass. At least it’s going to beat it’s rival, the Highway 99 Dundee-Newberg bypass which is still cranking along.

Here’s the link to the latest scoop on 20. Click here.

And while you’re at it here’s a progress report on Newport’s new Aquatic Center, scheduled to be open for splediferous aquatic wonders Christmas Eve. Click here.

 Posted by at 4:33 PM

A “Prop” osition they couldn’t refuse…

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Jul 272016
Pasley Prop "Home at last"

Pasley Prop “Home at last”
PMHC photo

After more than two years of brainstorming, planning, fundraising, negotiating, engineering, fabricating and permitting, a solid steel, 14-foot diameter, 7-ton prop is in place at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. It was installed where the old Smuggler’s Cove waterwheel once stood across from Port Dock 5. This unique effort posed a very long check list of challenges, not the least of which was that no one involved had experience installing a 7-ton prop on a stand. 

The ship propeller is from the C.W. Pasley, a World War II era concrete-hulled Liberty Ship purposely sunk in the 1950s to serve as part of the Port of Newport’s International Dock. The prop was salvaged a few years ago when remains of the C.W. Pasley were demolished during a major dock renovation. The Historical Society negotiated the prop’s loan from the Port of Newport, June 2014, to make it a centerpiece of the PMHC streetscape. “This was a unique project – you don’t buy a stand for a seven ton prop complete with instructions off the shelf,” remarked Executive Director Steve Wyatt.  

The ship was named for Sir Charles William Pasley (1780-1861), a British military engineer who wrote several textbooks and experimented with improving concrete. Another concrete-hulled vessel purchased by the port, the Joseph Aspdin, was also named for a Brit who worked to perfect cement. The Aspdin is remembered as “the ship that committed suicide.” It broke loose of its moorings in the dark of night, left Yaquina Bay, went aground, and sank near the north jetty.
In addition to the prop, the Society will also install interpretive signage on the colorful history of these two ships and of the Port of Newport, pavers, landscaping and stairs, all leading up to the Maritime Center. The streetscape/prop undertaking is part of a larger project – renovating the lower floor of the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, which will include the Doerfler Family Theater – a multi-use area complete with a projection system, stage, and seating for over 100. 
The Society was recently awarded a $45,000 challenge grant from The Collins Foundation for this project. It must raise $45,000 more from businesses and individuals before December 1st, this year. Any and all donations are sincerely welcomed and appreciated. If you are interested in helping the Society meet the Collins Challenge and complete this project, contact Executive Director Steve Wyatt at the Lincoln County Historical Society, (541) 265-7509.

 Posted by at 3:55 PM

Scheduled night closures not yet needed on Hwy 20 bypass project

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Jul 262016

Highway 20 Project ODOT photo

Highway 20 Project
ODOT photo

Scheduled night closures not yet needed

EDDYVILLE – Construction is moving forward as planned, however, the scheduled overnight road closures for the U.S. 20 Pioneer Mountain-Eddyville Project are not yet needed and have been postponed. As construction progresses, the site conditions will be re-evaluated continually to determine if full overnight closures will be necessary beginning on August 14. Until at least August 14, the road will continue to operate as usual and delays of up to 20 minutes should be anticipated by travelers.

“Given the current operations and soil conditions, it is more efficient to delay the closures. By continuing with current operations, K&E Excavating can work long days at the west end curve, instead of being limited to 10 hours.” said ODOT Project Manager Steve Schultz. “It allows them to work more during daylight, which is safer and more efficient. It also has the added benefit of reducing the impact to the traveling public.”

Work is being done at the west end of the west end curve excavation, which is the furthest distance from the current roadway. As the excavation continues, it will proceed to the east, which will get closer to the existing highway and may result in the need for the overnight closures. Blasting at the site is beginning on Wednesday, July 27, but the first blasts will be done during the 20 minute delays. This is possible because of the small size of the first blasts and the distance from the blast to the existing highway and river at the west end of the excavation.

On Wednesday and Thursday nights this week, July 27 and 28, from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., travelers should expect some lane closures and holds up to 20 minutes for paving at the east end tie-in near Eddyville.

Recognizing that these closures and delays will have a significant impact to the traveling public and local residents, coordination with local businesses, government agencies, and others in the area has been ongoing. People will also be able to find the latest closure schedules and road status on TripCheck or by calling 511.

The project website is at

 Posted by at 7:45 PM