12 year old boy swimming off South Beach State Park – can’t get back in.

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Jun 242016
 

11:45am
Twelve year old boy swimming off South Beach State Park is off a ways in the water and can’t get back to the beach. Newport Fire Rescue and the Coast Guard are headed for the scene…directly seaward of a sign that says “60B.”

11:51am
Sounds like a witness swam out and grabbed the boy. They have both made their way back to shore.

11:52am
Confirmed that both are back on the beach. Both okay.

 Posted by at 11:50 AM

Seal Rock: Car off the road at Quail Street and 101

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Jun 242016
 

7:35am
Report of a car with two aboard off Highway 101 at Quail Street, not Seal Rock Street. Car is off the road and over an embankment. The driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel. Fire-Rescue is enroute to the scene.

7:42am
Found vehicle off the road, on its side in the bushes at 101 and Quail. One occupant. Appears to be non-injury. Cancelling ambulance.

 Posted by at 7:36 AM

What’s Your Story?

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Jun 232016
 

Newport Library NW Nye and W. 3rd

Newport Library
NW Nye and W. 3rd


STORYTELLING STARTER WORKSHOP

What’s Your Story?
The Newport Public Library invites people to register for a free Storytelling Workshop on July 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Join the founders of Portland Story Theater, Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy, for a lively, interactive two-hour workshop on the contemporary art of personal storytelling. Their approach teaches participants to trust the story and speak extemporaneously from the heart. You’ll get a chance to learn about story structure, the power of presence, the differences between writing and telling, and how to find the story that you need to tell.

Lawrence Howard is a master at crafting engaging stories that often have listeners on the edge of their seats. He draws from his rich repertoire of adventure, personal, and mythic tales to create narrative programs for people from all walks of life. Lawrence is best known as the creator of the Armchair Adventurer series, which include riveting stories about Antarctic explorers Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, Roald Amundsen, and Robert Falcon Scott. He coaches individuals and conducts workshops in storytelling throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Lynne Duddy is a narrative artist who creates captivating stories that draw listeners into the realm of real life. She draws from her rich repertoire of personal experience to create narrative programs for people from all walks of life. She coaches individuals and conducts workshops in storytelling throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Participation in this workshop is limited to the first 25 who sign up. You can come into the library or call (541) 265-2153 to register. For more information, check the library’s website at www.newportlibrary.org.

 Posted by at 11:23 PM

Climbers rescued off Monkey Face last evening

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Jun 232016
 

High density polyethylene pipe Commons photo

High density polyethylene pipe
Commons photo


Late Wednesday afternoon, California rock-climber Cordero Chavez reported to 9-1-1 Dispatch he and his climbing partner, Tyler Coleman, had climbed to the summit of the popular rock formation at Smith Rock State Park named “Monkey Face.” They were fine at the top. They just didn’t have the rope to get down.

Chavez and Coleman had chosen the wrong route to descend, leaving not enough rope to get to the bottom. Chavez was still near the summit of Monkey Face, but Coleman was nearly halfway down the approximate 450′ rock face, unable to ascend or descend further. Both subjects reported themselves as uninjured, but needing assistance in safely completing their descent.

As it turned out eleven Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit Volunteers had been training at Smith Rock State Park and were just finishing with their training when the call came in. They were joined by five additional search and rescue volunteers and three regular sheriff’s deputies to begin the rescue mission. Redmond Fire Department also responded and assisted in ferrying personnel across the Crooked River on the northwest side of the park, closest to Monkey Face.

Four search and rescue volunteers climbed to the summit of Monkey Face and were assisted by additional volunteers at the base in pulling additional ropes and rescue equipment to the top. Chavez was contacted and further secured. One volunteer was then lowered to Coleman’s location. Utilizing two ropes, Coleman was then transferred onto the rescue ropes and the two were then lowered the rest of the way down the rock, reaching the bottom at about midnight. Chavez was then assisted in rappelling off of the proper side of Monkey Face.

Coleman and Chavez were not injured and did not require further medical assistance. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind those recreating, whether it be at Smith Rock State Park or in the backcountry, to research and pre-plan your chosen location to minimize risk.

In short, know EXACTLY what you’re doing, EXACTLY where you’re going, EXACTLY how you’re going to get there and EXACTLY how you will return safely to the ground.

 Posted by at 2:50 PM

Smoke at Highway 20 and SE Moore Drive

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Jun 232016
 

1:09pm
Smoke reported at the intersection of Highway 20 and Moore. Fire Department is sending an engine but has a hunch it’s smoke coming from the Road and Driveway asphalt plant just north of 20.

1:16pm
It’s not Road and Driveway. It’s coming from a backyard burn at a home on 1st.
Letting the burn complete itself – then not do any more.

 Posted by at 1:11 PM

4th of July Safety Tips from Sheriff Landers

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Jun 232016
 

Sheriff Curtis Landers Lincoln County

Sheriff Curtis Landers
Lincoln County


The Fourth of July is quickly approaching which means fireworks and celebration. Here are some important tips to remember to ensure a safe holiday celebration.

It is extremely important to know the difference between legal consumer fireworks and dangerous explosive devices. Illegal items in Oregon include firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, bombs, rockets, wheels, colored fires, fountains, mines, serpents or any other article of similar construction or any article containing any explosive or inflammable compound.

Any tablets or other device containing any explosive substances or inflammable compound are also not legal in Oregon without a permit. Items such as M-80s, M-100s and blockbusters are not fireworks, they are federally banned explosives. They can cause serious injury or even death. Stay away from anything that isn’t clearly labeled with the name of the item, the manufacturer’s name and instructions for proper use.

All fireworks are prohibited in all state parks and on ocean beaches.

Possession of illegal fireworks in Oregon is a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or six months in jail. If you are aware of anyone selling such devices, contact your local law enforcement agency.

Fireworks are not toys. NEVER give fireworks to young children. Close, adult supervision of all fireworks activities is mandatory. Even sparklers can be unsafe if used improperly.

Read and follow all warnings and instructions on fireworks. Be sure that people maintain a safe distance from where fireworks are ignited. Never light and throw any fireworks. Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves, and flammable materials. Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.

Sheriff Landers and members of the Sheriff’s Office want you to enjoy a safe and fun Fourth of July.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

 Posted by at 10:05 AM

Depoe Bay City Council goes for the 3% tax on retail marijuana

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Jun 232016
 

Depoe Bay asking its voters to consider putting 3% tax on retail marijuana.

Depoe Bay asking its voters to consider putting 3% tax on retail marijuana.


By a four to one vote, the Depoe Bay City Council instructed Depoe Bay Clerk Recorder Pury Murray to prepare a ballot initiative for this Fall that asks the voters for permission to place a 3% sales tax on the sale of retail marijuana at outlets within the Depoe Bay city limits. (Medical marijuana is not affected by this move.)

Cities and counties all over Oregon are pondering the same choice. Lone council dissenter Councilor Jo Fisher-Brown said the taxpayers are already hit with a tax on a myriad of other projects without adding new ones.

But councilors said Depoe Bay has no property tax and has to rely on tourism room tax funds for most of their financial requirements. So this November, Depoe Bay voters will be giving a thumbs up or down on a local sales tax of 3% on marijuana sold at retail outlets or at medical marijuana dispensaries that offer retail/recreational marijuana.

So the tax bump is up to the voters just like the rest of Oregon.

The Depoe Bay City Council also awarded a contract to dredge North Creek Reservoir where some of the city’s water supply comes from. Over the years, the lake bottom fills up with sediment – much of it from nearby clear-cut logging.

The contract was awarded to Road & Driveway of Newport. They’re expected
to get the project under way fairly quickly and take a couple of months to complete.

And the city council decided to provide more porta-potties in the harbor.

 Posted by at 1:42 AM