Molly doesn’t care how many outfielders the “Yachats Seagulls” have…

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Sep 272016
 
Molly fielding the ball on Yachats Bay... Ken Gagne photo

Molly fielding the ball on Yachats Bay…
Ken Gagne photo

Ken Gagne’s lab “Molly” doesn’t care how many outfielders the “Yachats Seagulls” throw at her, she’s going to return that ball back to Ken at the plate so he can launch it again…

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Big Creek Pump Station Again…

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Sep 272016
 

Newport City Hall

Newport City Hall


Due to mechanical failure, the Big Creek Wastewater Pump Station, located on Big Creek east of the Agate Beach Wayside on Oceanview Drive, was observed overflowing into Big Creek beginning approximately 10:46 a.m. today, Tuesday the 27th and stopped overflowing at approximately 12:17 p.m. this afternoon.

It is estimated that approximately 2,500 gallons of wastewater was discharged to Big Creek. Both regular pumps are no longer functional and the station is operating on a temporary electric pump, which plugged this morning causing the overflow. It will take approximately 1 week for one of the regular pumps to be returned to service. The City has ordered a larger quiet-pack diesel pump that will replace the temporary electric pump tomorrow, providing more capacity and reliability. This station is currently being replaced with a new station scheduled to be online in November.

Signs warning of the sewage overflows are posted at the affected areas and sampling is being conducted to determine when the water is safe for contact. Contact with water contaminated with bacteria can increase the risk of disease. Please avoid contact with these waterbodies until further notice.

The City has had continued equipment and capacity problems with the sewer pump stations located at Big Creek, Schooner Creek, and NW 48th Street. Because these three pump stations pump from one to the other, a failure at one often creates a failure at the upstream stations.

In 2010 the City began a program to replace these three pumps stations, associated force mains, and gravity sewer pipes. This program, estimated to cost $9 million, began in 2014 with the construction of the force main for the Big Creek Pump Station. The construction on the Big Creek Pump Station began in the fall of 2015 and is currently under construction. Construction on the Big Creek and Schooner Creek Pump Stations is estimated to begin in the fall of 2017.

Please contact the City of Newport Public Works at 541-574-3366 with any questions.

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Barbara Leff Holding Community Get-Together Oct. 12 at the Community Hall.

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Sep 272016
 
Barbara Leff Running for Mayor of Depoe Bay

Barbara Leff
Running for Mayor of Depoe Bay

…and now a word from former Depoe Bay City Councilor Barbara who is now running for Mayor…

Hello to my fellow Depoe Bay Residents,

As you probably know, I am running for Mayor of our wonderful city and I’d like to know what you want me to work on for the next two years.

If you would like that opportunity, please join me for light refreshments Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 6:30 pm at the Community Hall in Depoe Bay.

I’ll be there to listen to you and to learn what is important to you in the coming year. You may RSVP by return email.

Thank you and I hope to see you on October 12, 6:30 pm at the Depoe Bay Community Hall.

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How to get a good night’s sleep…or day’s sleep if you work nights!

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Sep 272016
 

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Learn How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

(Newport, Oregon — Sept. 23 , 2016) – Learn the fundamentals of getting a good night’s sleep at the next meeting of Dream On, a support group offered through Samaritan Pacific Sleep Lab.

Dream On is open to anyone experiencing problems with sleep. The next group meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 5:30 p.m., at the Center for Health Education, 740 SW Ninth St. in Newport. Walk-ins are welcome.

Michael Stout, Director of Samaritan Pacific Sleep Lab, will lead the session. Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital chef and dietary manager Ken Krenzler will prepare refreshments.

For more information, call 541-574-4944 or email mstout@samhealth.org.

 Posted by at 9:22 AM

OPERA FEST 2016 ON ITS WAY TO THE LCCC

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Sep 272016
 
Lincoln City Cultural Center

Lincoln City Cultural Center

LINCOLN CITY – On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Lincoln City Cultural Center will play host to some of the most beautiful songs in the canon of musical theatre and opera: from “Carmen” to “Cosi Fan Tutti” and from “Rigoletto” to “The Mikado.” These selections will be performed live, in their original languages, by the astounding voices of the Cascadia Concert Opera. Showtime is 7 pm, and admission is by donation.

The artists of the CCO are calling this program “Opera Fest 2016,” and they’re performing it at six different venues in western Oregon this fall. It will feature Nathalie Fortin on piano, and will be led by artistic directors Vincent Centeno and Bereniece Jones-Centeno.

The ensemble performing in Lincoln City will be made up of: Bernie Robe, Brennan Guillory, Caroline Charlton, Evan Mitchell, Jocelyn Clair Thomas, Lois Stark, Phoebe Gildea, Rebecca Sacks, and Zachary Lenox.

Among the highlights: “It Ain’t Necessarily So” (“Porgy & Bess”), “Three Little Maids From School” (“The Mikado”), “Lonely House” (Andrew Weill’s “Street Scene”), and quintets from “The Magic Flute” and “Carmen.” They’ve also promised “Deh Vieni non Tardar” and “La Vendetta,” both from “The Marriage of Figaro,” and one of the most famous songs in all of opera, “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot.” You may find new favorites, as well, after hearing “Hello, Hello, Oh Margaret” from “The Telephone,” or “Alto’s Lament” by the modern composer Zina Goldrich and lyricist Marcy Heisler.

Cascadia Concert Opera is a non-profit based in Eugene dedicated to engaging communities through the vibrant musical storytelling of opera. Each year they present opera in the early fall and tour numerous cities throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The Lincoln City performance of Opera Fest 2016 will begin at 7 pm on Saturday, Oct. 1. The doors to the LCCC auditorium, at 540 NE Hwy. 101, will open at 6:30 pm. Northwest beers and wines, and a selection of sodas, cookies and Mountain Man nuts will be sold at the volunteer-run concession table, with all proceeds going to the LCCC.

 Posted by at 9:18 AM

Mayor Williams Apologizes To His Fellow Lincoln City Councilors and To City Residents

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Sep 272016
 

Don Williams Mayor of Lincoln City

Don Williams
Mayor of Lincoln City


Mayor Don Williams was given the choice Monday night by his fellow city councilors of possibly facing further action by the council to discipline him or just go ahead and apologize to the council over the contents of what’s been dubbed “The Poppe Report” which was never released to the public but which may have contained allegations of violations of council rules as revealed in the contents of the investigation. The investigation was conducted by a private investigator, who is also an attorney, for a prestigious Eugene law firm. It was never publicly revealed what those violations entailed.

When faced with the possibility of continued efforts by the council to discipline him, Mayor Williams decided to accept the council’s offer. Councilor Chester Noreikis made the motion that the city council would take no further action on the issue upon Mayor Williams making his apology. And with that, Mayor Williams proceeded to issue an official apology to the council and to the citizens of Lincoln City.

Mayor Williams, reading from a prepared statement said:

“To the people of Lincoln City:
With the council’s decision to proceed no further with the Poppe Investigation, I am grateful to put this issue behind us so we can proceed with the duties we’ve all been elected to do.

I wish to apologize to the council, city staff and to the people of Lincoln City. I realize that certain actions of mine possibly violated the rules of the city council.

In the interest of moving the city forward, I ask all parties to be open to starting a new spirit of cooperation. Please join me in making Lincoln City a shining example of how good a city can be when we all work together.”

And with that Mayor Williams adjourned the city council meeting.

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Lincoln County Weekly Real Estate Report – Tammy Gagne, Broker

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Sep 262016
 

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LINCOLN COUNTY REAL ESTATE
Weekly Market Report
Data provided by Lincoln County Board of Realtors
Prepared by Tammy Gagne – Advantage Real Estate
9/19/2016 to  9/26/2016

RESIDENTIAL UNITS
FOR SALE                                                  1101
SALES PENDING                                      302
SOLD – September 19 to September 26     26
2016 YEAR TO DATE SOLD                    888
2015 YEAR TO DATE  SOLD                   898

LOTS AND LAND
FOR SALE                                                   684
SALES PENDING                                         41
SOLD –September 19 to September 26         8
2016 YEAR TO DATE SOLD                    169
2015 YEAR TO DATE SOLD                    184

Year to date sales continue to fall behind last years numbers , however the pending sales are unusually large at this time. Due to the very long waiting period many escrows are taking over 60 days to close. When the pending sales close, then we will be will over the number of closed sales of last year. Interest rates continue to remain very low.

MORTGAGE RATES
Today’s Best-Execution Rates
30YR FIXED – 3.5%
FHA/VA – 3.25%
15 YEAR FIXED – 2.75%
5 YEAR ARMS –  2.75% – 3.25% depending on the lender

Tammy Gagne is a licensed Realtor in the State of Oregon License #870600040

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Many county inmates with mental problems don’t belong in expensive jails…

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Sep 262016
 

Lincoln County Jail

Lincoln County Jail


From Lincoln County Commissioners

At their October 5 meeting, the Lincoln County commissioners will consider joining the national “Stepping Up” initiative, designed to reduce the number of inmates with mental illness held in jails estimated to be up to two million nationwide.

“It’s a challenge in Lincoln County,” says Commissioner Bill Hall. “According to our jail staff, typically 30 percent of those in our jail have been treated for mental health issues and about 10 percent have a serious and persistent mental illness.”

According to “Stepping Up,” a partnership of the National Association of Counties, the Council of State Governments and the American Psychiatric Association, keeping mentally ill people in jail, especially those who are often arrested for minor crimes, is very costly. In addition, their incarceration does not improve public safety, and does not offer them the help and treatment they need.

 Bill Hall County Commissioner

Bill Hall
County Commissioner


Since the initiative was launched in the spring of 2015, more than 300 counties have signed on to date, including nine in Oregon. “We’ve already got some important pieces of a better solution in place,” said Hall, “including a jail inmate counselor, a Mental Health Court, and the coming launch of mental health mobile crisis services in the county. But there’s a lot more that can be done.”

The proposal comes to the Board of Commissioners with support from the county’s Mental Health Advisory Committee, Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, Samaritan Health Services and the Lincoln County School District. “It’s good to see broad recognition of how widespread the impact of this problem is on the community,” Hall said.

Commissioner Hall said there’s no guarantee that participation in Stepping Up will bring added resources to the county, but he’s hopeful, pointing out that mental health reform has become a high priority issue in both Salem and Washington, D.C. “Lawmakers at the state and federal levels see what we’ve been doing isn’t working,” Hall said. “People in just one segment of this population, are costing the state an average of $64,000 a year. The director of the Oregon Health Authority has acknowledged “We could provide someone with housing, treatment and supportive services for far less than that.”

More information about the initiative is available at www.stepuptogether.org

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