Oct 302014
Toledo City Council  File photo

Toledo City Council
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The Toledo City Council has decided to tax both medical and recreational marijuana at a rate of 3% on both. The tax on recreational would depend on whether Measure 91 passes next Tuesday night at the polls.

City Attorney Wes Chadwick said the legal theory put forth by the Oregon League of Cities is that if cities have the sales tax on recreational marijuana before the voter initiative takes effect in December, then the tax would be grandfathered in despite the fact Measure 91 provides that the state alone will have taxing authority on recreational marijuana. All over Oregon, cities are enacting a sales tax on recreational marijuana thinking Measure 91 will pass. The vote in favor of taxing recreational marijuana was 4 to 3 in favor; Mayor Grutzmacher and Councilors Lyon, Dunaway and Baxter. Those against taxing recreational marijuana were Johnson, Strom and Kauman.

Toledo councilors also passed a 3% sales tax on medical marijuana as well despite spirited disagreement from a medical marijuana dispensary operator and those who are waiting to re-open their’s – the argument being that marijuana is a medicine like any other and so should not be taxed like any other. They and a few medical marijuana patients also cited financial hardship already in purchasing medical marijuana without the added tax. They also predicted that the added tax would hurt sales within Toledo since other cities in Lincoln County have decided not to tax medical marijuana. The vote in favor of taxing marijuana was among Mayor Gruzmacher and Councilors Lyon, Dunaway, and Baxter. Those opposed to taxing medical marijuana were Councilors Johnson, Kaufman and Strom. Councilor Dunaway said his vote for taxing marijuana rises out of a desire to simply have a placeholder ordinance in effect prior to the enactment of Measure 91, if it passes. His comments about voting for taxing medical marijuana seemed more couched in terms of perhaps not really wanting to tax medical marijuana but voting for it simply as a precautionary endorsement pending the outcome of how the state legislature decides the issue.

Looking at other Lincoln County cities, Newport, Lincoln City and Yachats have have decided to tax recreational marijuana but not medical marijuana. Waldport is likely to pass a tax on recreational marijuana at their special city council meeting coming up Monday afternoon.

Lincoln County County Counsel Wayne Belmont has said several times that a lot of this is very much up in the air because the legislature will have a great deal to say early next year about these taxation issues, both medical and recreational will play out. And whether any lawsuits are produced by the outcome is quite unpredictable. Waldport City Manager Kerry Kemp said a great deal of the Waldport’s City Council’s opinion centers more around the idea that local taxes are local taxes and should not be infringed upon by state government. So although there may be some interest in taxing marijuana, an important element in the decision is to reflect the council’s concern about cities exercising their options under the state’s constitutional provisions of home rule.

Watch out for kids Friday night!!!

Watch out for kids Friday night!!!

And the council learned that Main Street will be closed on Halloween, October 31st, from 3:30 to 5:30pm to allow Main Street merchants to set up their Downtown Toledo Trick or Treat Street for the kids, who arrive at 4pm to enjoy the candied dreams of children everywhere. The trick or treaters will be scaring everyone up and down the sidewalks through 5pm. Just Main Street will be closed. No side streets will close except as they cross Main. Barricades will be clearly placed.

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Oct 302014

Chris Burns - Fishing

Week of October 30th

In the Creel: Things are winding down. The seasons for ocean Chinook and nearshore halibut, and river cutthroat trout, all close at midnight Friday, October 31st. But that still leaves some nice wild Coho and Chinook fishing available in the rivers and bays, with the catch rates of both species improving over the past week. In the bays, fishing is fair to good and crabbing remains decent. Clammers are facing a bum situation; all minus tides occur near sunset or overnight for the remainder of 2014. Next on the horizon will be winter steelhead for sport fishermen and crab season for the commercial fleet. So, keep casting forward.

Salmon River: Fall Chinook fishing is fair with anglers catching kings in upper tidewater and through the mainstem up to the deadline. Many fish are in spawning condition this time of year. Casting lures or floating bait under a bobber can be effective. Cutthroat trout fishing is fair through the mainstem but the season ends at midnight on Friday, October 31st.

Siletz River/Bay: Fall Chinook fishing is fair to good. Anglers are having success from middle to upper tidewater and all through the river below the deadline at Illahee Park. Recent rains have pushed a lot of fish out of tidewater for their migration to the spawning grounds. The wild Coho fishery has slowed down but anglers can still catch bright fish in tidewater up to the deadline. Summer steelhead fishing is slow in the upper river above Moonshine Park. The cutthroat trout fishery has slowed down and the season closes at midnight Friday, October 31st.

Yaquina River/Bay: Fall Chinook fishing is slow to fair with anglers having the best results in the middle to upper areas of tidewater. Recent rains have pushed many fish upriver and into the spawning grounds but new bright fish should be around over the next couple weeks. The wild Coho salmon fishery has slowed down a bit as recent rains have pushed many fish upriver towards the spawning grounds. Bright fish can still be caught from Sawyers Landing up through tidewater. Cutthroat trout fishing is slow to fair with the season scheduled to close at midnight Friday, October 31st.

Alsea River/Bay: The fall Chinook fishery is producing fair to good results with anglers having the best success in the river above tidewater either from a drift boat or bank fishing. Recent rains have moved a lot of fish up river towards the spawning grounds. Fishing above tidewater should be productive through the weekend. The wild Coho salmon fishery is producing fair to good results with the best action in the river above tidewater. The fishery is expected to remain productive through the weekend. Like other rivers, cutthroat trout season is over for the Alsea on Friday at midnight.

Central Coast Lakes: Rainbow trout fishing has picked up since water temperatures have dropped a little. However, Big Creek Reservoirs have not been stocked since June and there are no current restocking dates listed by ODFW, so the number of fish available may be limited.

Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
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Oct 302014
Check the battery this weekend!

Check the battery this weekend!

From the Oregon State Fire Marshall

Sunday, November 2nd marks the end of Daylight Saving Time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

“Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “So, I encourage residents to test their alarms before changing the battery.”

Oregon law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are solely battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery. Because of this technology, the national slogan “Change your clock, Change your battery” may not apply to Oregon residents who have these ionization-only smoke alarms.

Other types of alarms are also being sold with either a 10-year battery or a standard-life battery.

“Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family’s safety from a home fire,” adds Walker. “Also, be sure to replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older.”

To test your alarm properly we recommend you:
1) Push the test button to be sure the battery is working.
2) When replacing batteries, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct battery to use.
3) Always retest alarms after installing new batteries
4) Replace any alarm that fails to operate after installing a new battery.
5) Inspect your alarms to determine if they are 10 years old or older, and replace any smoke alarm 10 years old or older. Look for a date on the back of the alarm. If there is no date, your alarm is more than 10 years old and should be replaced.
6) Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on regularly cleaning your alarms of dust and cobwebs.

Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival. Additional safety tips:
* Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.
* Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
* Use the smoke alarm’s hush feature to silence nuisance alarms.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members.

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire department or visit


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Oct 302014
During the hunting season this is the best defense - stay alert -blend in - and do a 10 second quarter mile.

During the hunting season this is the best defense – stay alert -blend in – and do a 10 second quarter mile.
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Oct 302014
Student Scholarship Fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday 5-8pm. Bring the family - invest in our kids!

Yachats Lions Hall
Student Scholarship Fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday 5-8pm.
Bring the family – invest in our kids!

The Yachats Lions Club is holding their First Annual Student Scholarship fundraiser at the Lions Club Hall this Saturday evening. Runs 5-8pm at the hall on 4th, just a bit west of 101.

It’s a big family affair for mom, dad and the kids. Up to five at the table for $25. Otherwise $10 a head.

We all know that a high school diploma gets you mostly a lifetime career at your local fast food drive-thru – SO! – Invest in our kids and in their future economy. Scholarships in the past have gone for a lot of nursing, forestry and other practical occupations. Stop by with your family, friends and maybe a few in-laws and chow down at the Yachats Lions Club 1st Annual Student Scholarship Fundraiser at the Lions Hall, on 4th, just a little west of 101 this Saturday, from 5-8pm.

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Oct 302014
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Oct 302014
This year's calendar cover

This year’s calendar cover

Photographs Sought for 11th Annual 2015 Newport Calendar

Newport LAZERQUICK is now seeking photographs for its 2015 Newport Calendar. The scenic calendar features memorable and unique images celebrating Newport’s scenery and personality as captured by local photographers.

Landscape format color photographs must have been taken by the submitting photographer. Please limit to five photos. “Remember these are for a calendar,” said Reed. “All images must be of good quality and high resolution and show Newport from a distinct perspective.”

Photos may be submitted in .jpg or .tif format on a cd, emailed to print@lazerrose.com or uploaded to our ftp site. Include your name, email, phone or way to contact you. If you have a caption, please include. Here’s the link. Click here.

Photographers whose work is selected will receive 2 copies of the completed calendar. Deadline for submission is October 31st. The photographers will retain all copyright privileges to their own photograph and are providing Newport LAZERQUICK a one time use of their photo for the 2015 calendar.

This is the eleventh year Lazerquick will publish the calendar. Reed said, “We’re very happy and proud to publish this calendar. They’re popular as gifts. The photographs are printed on acid free cover paper and are works of art. They can be framed after using the calendar. People tell us they love to show their friends and family this beautiful place where we live.”

There are two versions available, one with local events that are scheduled and the other without.

The calendar will be ready for purchase November 28 and will sell for $15.00 at LAZERQUICK, 145-C North Coast Highway, Newport 97365, in the JC Center at the junction of Highways 101 and 20. The calendar can be ordered by calling 541.265.6425 or online. There is a $5.00 shipping charge if necessary to mail.

Rose Reed
145-C North Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365

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Oct 302014

Chris Burns Weather

Thursday, October 30th – Lincoln County

Summary: Clouds controlled the sky for most of yesterday, though tossed-in were some puny sunbreaks and a couple of showers around midday. Easterly winds blew lightly 5-10 mph, high temps breached 60F and rainfall was about a tenth of an inch. The broken overcast filled in completely just after sunset and rain showers returned before midnight. Overnight featured a few clearing periods and mainly dry conditions, but more rain started falling about 5:00am. At daybreak, lows were warm in the upper-50s, it was overcast, calm and a light drizzle was keeping the ground wet.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 63F/58F/0.05”
Depoe Bay: 61F/57F/0.10”
Newport: 61F/55F/0.08”
Waldport: 63F/57F/0.14”
Yachats: 63F/58F/0.06”

Forecast: The next round of regular ol’ rain is expected to develop today and last through tonight. Precipitation amounts could be near an inch, but it doesn’t appear there’ll be much wind with this system. Highs today around 60F and lows WON RAINtonight in the low-50s. Tomorrow, we switch over to showers for most of the day with cooler unstable air; the mercury may struggle to hit 55F, and conditions will be ripe for a chance of thunderstorms. We’re still looking (hoping) for a dry weather window for Trick-or-Treaters tomorrow evening, but projections are sticking to a 50-50 chance of showers and possible thunderstorms. It’s all in the timing. If today’s system moves through quickly enough, there is an equal 50-50 chance that the showers will dissipate by sunset. Outlook is for relatively dry on Saturday and Sunday, maybe even a few sunbreaks; the mercury should top out in the 50s, but nighttime lows could dip into the mid-40s. Another storm is predicted to affect the Central Coast Sunday night through early Wednesday. Long term models show a possible dry and partly cloudy stretch late next week.

Halloween Night… Showers likely, possible thunderstorms, calm and a First Quarter Moon.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain and 60F. Valley destinations are expecting rain with highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, rain; the snow level is 8,000 feet. Snow is possible down to the Cascade highway passes (especially Santiam and Willamette) Friday night through Sunday. ODOT is advising motorists to carry chains or traction tires regardless of conditions over Santiam Pass on Highway 20. Oregon’s Chain Law allows the use of studded tires beginning this Saturday, November 1st.

Marine: Breeze and seas are down this morning with 10-15 knots or so of SE wind and swells 5 feet at 6 seconds. As of WON SCA8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until this evening. S winds increasing to 15-20 knots gusting 25 today and a 6 foot swell topped by 4 foot windwaves. Tonight, look for SE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with a westerly swell around 5 feet. The breeze should be down to SW 5-10 knots tomorrow, but seas build to 9 feet at 14 seconds. Outlook is for a NW wind on Saturday, 5-10 knots, and seas about 8 feet. Moderate southerlies 10-20 knots are predicted for Sunday and Monday with seas rising to 10-12 feet.

Notices to Mariners…
* The Alsea Bay Bridge downriver southern red light is out.
* The dredge Karen and assist vessel Bar Boy will be working in Depoe Bay Harbor through November 3rd, 6:00am-6:00pm daily. They monitor VHF Channels 8 and 16.

On the Beach… Rain, light breeze, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
10/30 Thu 11:41 AM 3.50 L
10/30 Thu 05:27 PM 7.50 H
10/31 Fri 12:26 AM 0.26 L
10/31 Fri 07:25 AM 7.20 H

In Short: Rain, light wind, then showers.

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Oct 292014

On November 1 and 2, Toledo artists invite the public to join them in their studios and galleries as they explore the theme “Joyful.” This month’s featured artist is Impressions Pacific.

Impressions Pacific invites the public to come see all of the new local artists represented in the gallery. Featured works include fantastic pottery, glassware, woodcraft, paintings, jewelry, and photography, as well as handcrafted Christmas ornaments.

Angela Lehrbass Impressions Pacific

Angela Lehrbass
Impressions Pacific

This month the gallery is especially focused on the photography of Angela Lehrbass, and particularly her photograph “Good Morning”. Impressions Pacific also has a newly completed portrait studio and a full service frame shop. During First Weekend, enjoy refreshments, lots to see, and a woodturning demonstration all weekend by Master Woodturner, Rodney Lehrbasss. The gallery and shop are located at 333 N. Main St., between “Gallery Briseño” and “Clayworks,” and will be open from 10-6 on Saturday, and 11-5 on Sunday. Visit them on the web at www.ImpressionsPacific.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ImpressionsPacific, or call (541) 336-2207.

Scarves Paulette Visceglia

Paulette Visceglia

The Yaquina River Museum of Art this month is featuring the artist Paulette Visceglia and her award winning silk scarves in the YRMA Gift Shop. Paulette lived in Newport for several years and was a major volunteer in the arts. She now lives with her husband Joe Visceglia in Pennsylvania and sends her scarves to the Musuem. A raffle for jewelry by Sondra Humphrey and gently used art books, Rick Bartow CDs and artist’s cards and mugs round out the interesting array of treasures to be found at the Old School House, which is open noon to 5:00 Saturday and Sunday during First Weekend. The Museum is located in the1887 School House Exhibit & Office space at 151 NE Alder St. and is open from noon to 4:00 pm every Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call (541) 336-1907, email yrmaoffice@qwestoffice.net, or see www.YaquinaRiverMuseumofArt.org.

House on the Hill Michael Gibbons

House on the Hill
Michael Gibbons

Michael Gibbons continues to draw a literal line between art and nature in his First Weekend feature painting “House on a Hill.” This large 36×48″ oil painting, done on location along the Yaquina Bay between Newport and Toledo, emphasizes a difficult perspective while showing the exceptional beauty of the yellow dotted flowering hillside. The architectural feature (the house) becomes an integral part of the landscape as Gibbons, Landscape Award winner of Allied Artists of America, New York for the Advancement of American Art, continues to explore in his work. The public is invited to see “House on a Hill” at the artist’s Signature Gallery in the Uptown Arts District, 140 NE Alder Street, Toledo during First Weekend from 11 to 5 both days, as well as Wednesday through Sunday weekly. Complimentary Oregon wines and cheese are offered in the gallery and the artist looks forward to talking with visitors. Please see his website for more available paintings and prints, cards, and art mugs; www.michaelgibbons.net ; email michaelgibbonsart@charter.net; call (541) 336-2797.

Sea Otters Ivan Kelly

Sea Otters
Ivan Kelly

A depiction of one of the many wonders of nature, joyfully romping and feasting in the sea, “Sea Otter,” 8 x 16″ oil will be on exhibit at the Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery, along with several other landscape and wildlife oil paintings by self-taught Irish painter Ivan Kelly. Light refreshments will be served. The gallery will be open from 11 to 5 on Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday and is located at 207 East Graham Street, Toledo. For more information, call (541) 336-1124, email info@ivankelly.com, or see www.ivankelly.com.

Square Knot Becky Miller

Square Knot
Becky Miller

Becky Miller will be showing her oils, watercolors, and prints of kelp, and will be featuring “Square Knot,” a 24×24” joyful exploration of bull kelp in rich blues and greens in oil, along with other newly completed works that have not been shown before. Throughout the weekend she will be working on her newest creations and will be available to talk color theory and technique with anyone who is interested. She is joined by the other members of B*A*C*K (a group of Toledo artists that is made up of Becky Miller, Alice Haga, Caroll Loomis, and Karen Fitzgibbon), who are showing a variety of work including colorful fused glass pieces, encaustic paintings, and mixed media soft sculpture. Enjoy a glass of wine 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 noon to 5 Sunday. For more information, call (503) 504-7289, email becky@beckymillerartist.com, or see www.beckymillerartist.com or www.facebook.com/Becky Miller, Artist.

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

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Oct 292014

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