Support the NHS Marching and Jazz Bands Today!

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May 232015
 

NHS marching Band

Help the Newport High School Marching Band raise funds for their trip to the 2015 Rose Festival Starlight Parade in Portland by getting your car washed. Today, May 23rd, band members are holding a car wash at Sunwest Honda, 1030 North Coast Highway, in Newport from 10:00am-3:00pm.

jazz champs

In addition to the Marching Band representing the Central Coast in the Starlight Parade on the night of May 30th, the Oregon West Conference Champion Newport High School Jazz Band (pictured above) will also be in Portland for an appearance at the Rose Festival City Fair in Tom McCall Waterfront Park on Sunday, May 31st. Your generous car wash donations will benefit both performances.

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Weather or Not: Careful What You Wish For

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May 232015
 

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, May 23rd – Lincoln County

Summary: Right-click, copy and paste Thursday’s summary. You’re done.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/49F/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 57F/48F/0.03”
Newport: 54F/44F/0.04”
Waldport: 56F/47F/0.02”
Yachats: 57F/48F/0.03”

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Forecast: During the past week or so, we’ve been faced with unsettled, showery conditions. So, naturally, hopes were high that the weather would settle down. Okay, it did, but unfortunately, it settled on the current regimen of stagnant WON SUNBREAKSconditions now expected to last all weekend and into next week. Mostly cloudy skies and occasional drizzle are predicted through Memorial Day, albeit sunbreaks are certainly feasible and highly welcome. The thermometer ranges from 50F lows to 60F highs and northwest winds will probably remain light. Outlook is for the dominance of marine clouds to extend into midweek at least before any significant clearing takes place.

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Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy drizzle, possible showers, cloudy with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting a slight chance of showers early, then mostly cloudy and highs of 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for cloudy skies, a chance of showers, west winds gusting 20 mph, temps 60-65F. For the Cascades, there’s fog, drizzle and wet pavement this morning, temperatures are right at 40F; cloudy, a slight chance of showers, the snow level is 8,000 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers at all elevations is possible damp highways tonight, then dry roads tomorrow through Monday night; the free air freezing level rises to 11,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 4”; a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 16” in the past seven days; 88” less than this date last year; 97% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

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Marine: Winds are N 5-10 knots this morning with seas 5 feet at 9 seconds. For today, tonight and tomorrow, expect a WON MARINE WXNW breeze 5-10 knots occasionally gusting 15 with swells 4 feet at 8 seconds. Outlook is for very little change in this pattern Monday through Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Mainly cloudy, drizzle, light breeze, surf 4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
05/23 Sat 10:55 AM -0.13 L
05/23 Sat 05:48 PM 6.86 H
05/23 Sat 11:19 PM 3.24 L
05/24 Sun 05:04 AM 6.65 H

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In Short: Mostly overcast, drizzle, light winds, then mixed sky and dry.

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No Native American public school mascots in Oregon – Including Siletz Valley School

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May 222015
 
Siletz Valley School Warriors no more after July 1, 2017

Siletz Valley School
Warriors no more after July 1, 2017

When students at Siletz Valley School climb the steps at the school bell in the fall of 2017, the “Warriors” sign out front will be notably absent. The Oregon Board of Education, after months of back and forth deliberations decided Friday that the use of Native American terms for school mascots and sports teams is degrading, demeaning and the source of unwarranted shame, if not identity theft of a people already struggling from the lingering social, political and economic wounds from being conquered, displaced and discriminated against.

And because Siletz Valley School is a public school, not just a charter school, it too will have to give up it’s “Warrior” mascot/nickname as of July 1, 2017.

Here’s more on the story found in the Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 5:55 PM

Tuesday night’s echo on vacation rentals in Lincoln City

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May 222015
 
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The echo of Tuesday night’s election results for vacation rentals (VRDs) in Lincoln City is starting to finally fade among single family home neighborhoods. The repeal of a few city regulations dealing with parking and landscaping, as well as expedited review of VRD applications in 30 days or less and the settlement offer of 180 nights for existing VRDs not in compliance, are now off the books.

What is left is the city’s attempt to create zones where VRDs are allowed, period. The council is trying to establish such areas in the northwest, northeast and southwest parts of Lincoln City. There may be more pockets besides those. They’re still working on it.

But what it leaves hanging out there, are many more VRDs that are being operated on the basis that they can be used as part-time vacation rentals when their owners are off traveling or vacationing themselves. But the maximum number of rental nights a year allowed is not well defined. It comes under the heading of “accessory use,” a use that is “incidental and subordinate” to the house’s primary use – that is – somebody’s permanent residence. One can imagine trying to have enough “VRD cops” patrolling the streets enforcing whatever standard the council comes up with. One thing that makes it even more convoluted is that under city law, city officials are not allowed to see the guest list. It’s called “confidential private information.” So how can the city figure out which VRD operators are obeying the rules about what’s “incidental and subordinate” use and who aren’t. And what about those who reach “the limit” but keep right on renting it out anyway and don’t report it?

It begs the question of enforcement. How will they catch those who are running illegal VRDs, which, by the way, takes business away from other VRD owners who are obeying the law?

It was said many times over the past three or so years by city officials that “The city doesn’t have the manpower to run around and be neighborhood cops. We rely on the basic honesty of the public.” That reasoning might not fly anymore. Since having greater VRD enforcement is caused by the presence of the VRD industry itself, might the city consider charging higher fees for a VRD license that would help pay for a greater portion of those enforcement costs. The city would still shoulder some of those costs because, after all, the city is collecting a sizable sum in room taxes from those vacation rentals, even from those who are not full time VRDs.

The months ahead will be quite revealing, to say the least.

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West Coast Shipping Strife Now Over – ILWU votes 80% yes for 5 year contract

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May 222015
 
Port of Portland Still lost a lot of business

Port of Portland
Still lost a lot of business

After over a year of bitter labor strife, enforcement actions and court battles, the International Longshoremen’s Workers Union has ratified a new contract with shipping interests up and down the west coast. Although the accord is welcomed, the Port of Portland is still facing a vastly reduced amount of business using its facilities after two major shipping consortia pulled out in frustration stemming from what was described as work slow downs and stoppages by the union.

Here’s more from the Oregonian. Click here.

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Education for the 21st Century – We need some…

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May 222015
 
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The internet and broadcast television is literally choked with millions of voices all prescribing ways to get America out of the doldrums and back into being a true world leader. Or at the least, save its own skin in what is becoming a world economy that requires skill levels and competitiveness that America seems to have less and less of.

Here’s some thoughts on how to get there. Click here.

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Taft’s McCardell crowned West Valley League Player of the Year

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May 222015
 
 Taft senior left-hander Katie McCardell has joined teammates BillyAnn Stempel, Wednesday Lewis, Kelsey Wilkinson, Charli Haft and Sunny McCall as West Valley League first-team softball selections.


Taft senior left-hander Katie McCardell has joined teammates BillyAnn Stempel, Wednesday Lewis, Kelsey Wilkinson, Charli Haft and Sunny McCall as West Valley League first-team softball selections.

Taft High pitcher Katie McCardell was named West Valley League Player of the Year and five teammates joined her on the conference’s first-team softball squad in a vote of league coaches.

Meanwhile, Taft senior catcher Pete Lahti and freshman outfielder Caleb King made the league’s first team in baseball.

For compete coverage, go to SportsLincolnCounty.com or click here.

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