Newport Police say that two cars got in each other’s way at the Seatowne Center and 101 Friday. One car hit the other and rode up as if it was about to drive right over the top of it.
Police say it pays to look before your turn and try to judge oncoming traffic. No one was seriously hurt. But the cars were rather banged up. The car on the bottom was freed when the car on top was pulled up and off of the car on the bottom. My how gravity does strange things.
After watching the percentage of bottles and cans being returned for deposits drop noticeably starting in 2012 and continuing through 2015, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which has been urged to raise the deposit per can/bottle amount for a long time, has finally decided to raise it to ten cents. So starting April 1st of next year, returnable cans and bottles are 10-cents. No fooling. It was two years in a row that redemption rates fell below 80%, which, in the law, triggers an increase in the redemption rate.
According to the OLCC only 64.5 percent of consumers are returning their empty bottles and cans to redemption centers, lower than the 68 percent rate tallied in 2014. Here’s the precipitous slide in return rates that triggered the 10-cent refund.
2012: 70.95% Return rate
2013: 70.97% Return rate
2014: 68.26% Return rate
2015: 64.45 Return rate
With the rate going to 10-cents it’ll be interesting to see what happens to the recycling rate. It’s first major rate increase since the inception of the bottle bill in the Fall of 1972.
Photographer Ken Gagne just loves the Yaquina Bay Bridge. He says any time he drives over it or admires it’s graceful lines from the sides, it just puts him right in church.
AUGUST 2016 EVENTS…for everyone’s Calendar of Events
TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 — NEWPORT COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE — 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., in the gazebo at Don Davis Park, across from the Performing Arts Center. Free and family friendly, all ages and skill levels. No experience needed. Bring a drum or borrow one of theirs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-272-4615.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 — SIXTH ANNUAL NYE BEACH SECOND SATURDAY SUMMER CELEBRATION — Noon-3:00 p.m. rain or shine, Café Mundo Courtyard, 209 NW Coast St., Newport. Free summer-long family friendly block party features traditional and indigenous world beat rhythm and Native American flutes by Thunder & Lightness Ensemble, OCEAN THUNDER drummers, special guests. Contact email@example.com or 541-272-4615
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 — NEWPORT COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE — 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., in the gazebo at Don Davis Park, across from the Performing Arts Center. Free and family friendly, all ages and skill levels. No experience needed. Bring a drum or borrow one of theirs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-272-4615.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17 — Traditional Harvest Rhythms at the Lighthouse Gardens — 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Chandler Davis and members of the Newport Drum Circle help celebrate the harvesting of the community garden at the lighthouse in Yaquina Bay State Park and recognize Lincoln County Master Gardener Week with African and other indigenous harvest rhythms. The harvest will be donated to Lincoln County Food Share; the public is invited to participate in both the drumming and the harvest. Contact email@example.com or 541-272-4615.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 — Thunder & Lightness at the Fair — 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Main Stage, New Lincoln County Fair, Fairgrounds, Newport. Traditional and indigenous World Beat music returns with the Thunder & Lightness flute and drum ensemble and OCEAN THUNDER drummers. firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-272-4615.
The 21st Annual North Lincoln Hospital Foundation Charity Golf Scramble is set for Sunday, Aug. 21, at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 17.
All tournament proceeds are dedicated to the Samaritan Early Learning Center, which recognizes the importance of providing a strong foundation to children in their early years.
The scramble format encourages golfers of any ability to enjoy a fun afternoon on a beautiful course surrounded by old-growth timber with bay and ocean views.
Mixed foursomes and individuals are welcome to register. The tournament begins at 11:30 a.m. with registration and a box lunch followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Participants can expect plenty of contests throughout the day including men’s and women’s long drive, longest putt and team low gross and low net. At the conclusion of the tournament guests are invited to relax and enjoy dinner followed by the awards ceremony and grand raffle.
Businesses and individuals are invited to join the tournament sponsors — including Duane Silbernagel, financial advisor with Waddell & Reed; The Killers Pest Elimination; and Gerding Builders, LLC — in this worthwhile cause for north Lincoln County families and children.
Early registration is encouraged as space is limited for this popular annual event. The cost is $150 per player, or $600 for a team of four, and includes green fees, golf cart, box lunch, awards dinner and contests.
For sponsorship information or to register, contact the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation office at 541-996-7102 or register online at samhealth.org/NLHFGolf
Learn to Use MyChart Patient Portal at Free Seminar
Being an informed member of your health care team is an important part of staying healthy. Online patient portals offered by many health care organizations, including Samaritan Health Services, can be helpful tools–if you take advantage of all the features.
Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital is hosting a seminar on the MyChart patient portal Thursday, Aug. 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Health Professions Education Center. At this free seminar, participants will learn how to use the easy and secure MyChart patient portal to make appointments, see test results, reach their health goals and more. If you are a Samaritan patient, or even if you have tests done at a Samaritan hospital laboratory, you can benefit from knowing how to use MyChart.
Among the topics to be covered at the seminar are:
* Signing up for MyChart
* Sending a message to your doctor
* Requesting an appointment or a medication refill
* E-Visits (electronic visits for minor issues)
* Viewing test results and visit summaries, including physician notes
* Paying your bill
* Setting up proxy access to allow someone else to have access to your MyChart or being able to access a child’s account
This same seminar will be offered in Newport, at the Center for Health Education, 740 SW Ninth St., Thursday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Registration is required and space is limited. To register, visit SamHealth.org/BeHealthy or call 1-855-873-0647.
The Lincoln City City Council next Monday will be reviewing a proposed city law that outlaws panhandling which occurs largely at street corners with stop lights.
Panhandlers hold a sign – someone in a car holds out a dollar bill – the panhandler goes into the street to get it – then returns to his sign. Sometimes the transaction is within the red light cycle, sometimes not, which holds up traffic.
The law being proposed to the council says it’s illegal for the panhandler to beg from the sidewalk in a way that distracts drivers, even if the light is green, or on stretches of city streets without stop signs or signal lights. The new law also snares those in their cars when they give the panhandler money. And the fines could be pretty hefty.
The rationale behind making such panhandling illegal is found in the argument that panhandlers are a disruption to attentive driving by holding up signs on the sidewalk to deliberately distract drivers which is an act that threatens the safety of the motoring public.
The ordinance is a close copy of an ordinance from adopted by the Ashland City Council.
The Lincoln City City Council will also consider an ordinance the seeks to tighten the city’s ban on using public parking lots, streets or other rights of way for overnight camping/sleeping. Homeless people who have taken their case to the city council have argued there is no law against being homeless and so there shouldn’t be a ban on a homeless person getting some shut eye in a parked car anywhere in town that’s public property.
Those opposed to “public camping” claims that Lincoln City lives or dies by tourism and that widespread overnight “camping/sleeping” in public parking lots, along streets or other public areas would seriously damage the city’s reputation for being a clean and uncluttered place for vacations or just a weekend getaway.