Apr 162014
 

11:15pm Wednesday
Report of a chimney fire at a home at 35 North Deer Hill Court. Residents say the top of the chimney is putting out flames that may be igniting the roof.

11:30pm
Arriving fire units seem to have the situation in hand. Other responding engines are told to return to quarters.

Firefighters recommend sweeping chimneys at least every other year, if not every year, depending on the wood you burn. The greener the wood the more often. Buying cheap green wood can come back to bite you with an expensive repair due to fire damage in your chimney if not in your attic if the fire escapes from the chimney due to hot spot build ups in the chimney. Good, long seasoned wood is your best bet. It costs a little more but it won’t burn down your house if you follow standard recommendations on chimney cleaning.

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Apr 162014
 

Fishpeople Seafoods hopes to set up shop with 14 employees in mid-July.

Fishpeople Seafoods hopes to set up shop with 14 employees in mid-July.

Where Fishpeople Seafoods wants to begin preparing gourmet tuna meals bound for Alaska to northern California.

Toledo Port Station One
Where Fishpeople Seafoods wants to begin preparing gourmet tuna meals bound for Alaska to northern California.

Anxious to meet the seasonal surge in tuna landings in Newport this summer, Fishpeople Seafoods, a major northwest seafood preparation company, along with the Port of Toledo, are working quickly on parallel tracks to ensure that two things get done:

1) That the city steps lively to establish rules and regulations for the operation of the seafood preparation facility, and,
2) That the facility is built quickly and be ready to receive a large segment of the Oregon Coast tuna catch that is landed annually in Newport. Instead of that tuna being shipped to Washington state for processing, it will be processed in Toledo by Fishpeople Seafoods who specialize in pre-prepared gourmet seafood meals and who have well established markets throughout the region.

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Port Manager Bud Shoemake says they’re running on a pretty tight schedule but he says they can make it if everybody pulls together in order to create 14 new jobs (to start) with this new endeavor. Shoemake says Fishpeople is a top notch group of folks who are devoted to sustainable world fish stocks and who have a top drawer reputation in the industry.

Shoemake reiterated that all tuna will be gutted and drained in Newport. After they’re trucked to Toledo, all tuna will be kept inside the Port Station One building. NOTHING outside. The building will be air tight with all outside air highly filtered and conditioned before it’s pumped into the work area, which is right next door to the port office. And all air inside will be stringently filtered before being released to the outside.

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Shoemake said the port is extremely sensitive to the neighbors, in that part of Toledo, who were nearly driven off their rockers when Cyclone Marine moved into a building just north of there. Cyclone Marine rained fish slime and stinky contaminated water down their streets and into their storm drains. The city eventually cancelled their business license and forced them to move.

Shoemake says Fishpeople’s operations are quite high tech with all operations INSIDE the air-tight the building. He said it’s going to be a great economic boost for Toledo.

Fishpeople say they need their new operation ready to go by mid-July.

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Apr 162014
 

The old Sam Case School seed starter incubator!

The old Sam Case School seed starter incubator!

New and larger Sam Case greenhouse arrives.

New and larger Sam Case greenhouse arrives.

 Dub Bellinger, MG 2010, decorated war hero and Siletz Tribal member blessing with sage at the new greenhouse at Sam Case.


Dub Bellinger, MG 2010, decorated war hero and Siletz Tribal member blessing with sage at the new greenhouse at Sam Case.

A nine year dream came true recently for a valiant band of Extension Master Gardeners when they witnessed the arrival of the brand new greenhouse for the students of Sam Case Elementary School in Newport.

As you’ve seen on News Lincoln County over the last few years, OSU Extension Master Gardeners meticulously educate young Sam Case Elementary students by gathering them together outside the greenhouse at the northwest corner of the school every spring. There they select seeds and ensconce them in little starter cups and place them inside the greenhouse.

Over the years, that little greenhouse seemed like it was either shrinking with old age or the seedling program was outgrowing it. The vote was to seek funding for a new, and larger, greenhouse.

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And voila! That day finally came. The new greenhouse arrived at the curb on NW 12th! And before you knew it, Dub Bellinger, Master Gardener class of 2010 and a Siletz Tribal Member, was ceremoniously blessing the new “grow place” with smoking sage inside the greenhouse.

Little wonder at the ceremony, because the funds to acquire the greenhouse came largely from the Siletz Tribe Charitable Contribution Fund as well as a grant from the Oregon Master Gardener Association Extension Educator grant fund, with additional support from the Lincoln County Master Gardener Association, Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, Oregon State Parks & Recreation and the Lincoln County School District.

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The new greenhouse didn’t sit idle for long. Soon a wave of elementary school kids swooped down and began planting vegetable seeds in little starter cups and placing them inside the greenhouse. Everything from green beans to squash will be sprouting up very shortly. Then on June 6th, a number of vegetable-loving 2nd grade students will embark on a field trip to the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse at Government Park, overlooking the entrance to Yaquina Bay.

Once there, they’ll transplant the little seedlings into raised garden beds full of yummy rich earth for the little plants to feed on. Harvest time is later in the summer with much of the crop going to Food Share of Lincoln County.

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 Posted by at 9:41 PM
Apr 162014
 
Siletz Valley Library Siletz

Siletz Valley Library
Siletz

The SVFOL’s Fundraiser at the Little Chief on April 6, 2014 was a grand SUCCESS! We raised over $2000.00. We started serving lunch at 11:30 am and continued until 6:00pm. Thank you so much to all the people in the Lincoln County communities who came out and helped to make our Lasagna Dinner such a great sensation! Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make the day so fruitful and a huge big THANK YOU to Rita for the use of the Little Chief Cafe and to TJ for coming in and helping us out! We would like to extend a Thank You to Larissa, Amy’s daughter for making several helpings of lasagna, too, what a girl! We had a great time and again thank you to all the folks who helped us achieve our fundraising goal.

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The funds raised will help pay for a permanent art display. The theme is “baskets”. Our display will hopefully broaden one’s mind on the impact of art and its historical importance. Baskets are more than functional, they are also artistic and they show how art can be three dimensional. Stories can be woven through the artistry of the pieces, thereby creatively preserving a culture or historical event. Traditionally baskets were used for gathering and storing. Our library is not dissimilar to these baskets in that the Siletz Library serves as a vessel for people to gather and store information.

Thank you again to all who came out to our fundraiser!

Audrey Casper, Siletz Valley Friends of the Library, Board Member

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Apr 162014
 

Fisherman Eric Eder Lost in the Bering Sea March 12th

Fisherman Eric Eder
Lost in the Bering Sea
March 12th

F/V Seeker a mile offshore

F/V Seeker a mile offshore

Seeker crossing the Yaquina Bay bar

Seeker crossing the Yaquina Bay bar

F/V Seeker with Coast Guard MLB Victory escort

F/V Seeker with Coast Guard MLB Victory escort

Many on the jetty grieving the loss of Eric Eder.

Many on the jetty grieving the loss of Eric Eder.

F/V Seeker without Eric Eder aboard Ken Gagne photo

F/V Seeker without Eric Eder aboard
Ken Gagne photo

Lone crewman stands at attention toward the crowd.

Lone crewman stands at attention toward the crowd.

F/V Seeker heads under the bridge.

F/V Seeker heads under the bridge.



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Friends and co-workers who knew Eric Eder lined the south jetty Wednesday afternoon to watch the fishing vessel he fell from, while in the Bering Sea, return to Newport, without him.

The vessel appeared a mile offshore shortly after 4pm and slowly made its way to the bar at the tip of the jetties. The Coast Guard Motorlifeboat Victory met the Seeker there and proceeded to escort it the full length of the jetties, under the bridge and back to port. The Seeker decks were barren of any crewmen, but a lone member suddenly emerged and stood at attention as it passed the crowd looking on.

The crew aboard the Seeker the day Eric disappeared had later unloaded their catch at Dutch Harbor and flew home right away. A different crew joined the Seeker for more fishing, also unloaded their catch and then sailed the vessel home to Newport.

Immediately after Eric fell overboard, a Coast Guard search was launched in the air by helo and on the sea by a Coast Guard cutter. They and other fishing boats looked for Eric, all knowing that no one could survive the Bering Sea’s 38 degree temperature for more than a few minutes. After ten hours, the Coast Guard called off their search.

Eric leaves behind a wife and two children who now live in Redmond.

Those assembled along the jetty and on the Yaquina Bay Bridge were also remembering Makala Osborn, 17, of Tidewater and Cayden Fitch, 18, of Lincoln City, both of whom lost their lives several weeks again in traffic accidents.

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Apr 162014
 
Wild Garden exhibit Michael Gibbons

Wild Garden exhibit
Michael Gibbons

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On Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, Toledo artists will open their studios and galleries to the public for special First Weekend shows focusing on Nature’s “Wild Garden.” Featured this month is the work of Michael Gibbons. In cooperation with the Yaquina River Museum of Art, Gibbons will be displaying a portion of a traveling exhibition called “Yaquina,” a collection of oil paintings he made in Nature’s “Wild Garden,” in the nearby estuaries along Yaquina Bay.

Michael Gibbons selected a tiny estuary on the south side of Yaquina Bay and only a few miles from his studio to begin a series of 14 variously shaped small sized painting studies in 1987. Some 40 paintings are now included in this traveling exhibition with a single subject as inspiration. The artist’s Signature Gallery will show four of the paintings from the collection, while several others will be displayed across the street at the Yaquina River Museum of Art’s (YRMA) 1880s School House exhibit space. Gibbons envisions that he will continue to paint in the estuaries and add to the exhibit indefinitely. “Nature’s wild gardens have been and are my primary focus for life.” Complimentary Oregon wine and cheese refreshments will be served. Gallery Michael Gibbons will be open 11-5 Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at 140 NE Alder Street, Toledo. For more information, see www.MichaelGibbons.net or call (541) 336-2797.

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Michael Gibbons

Michael Gibbons

The remainder of the “Yaquina” collection of 25 paintings of the Arnold Creek Estuary and surrounding Bay collection Traveling Exhibition by Michael Gibbons will be showing at YRMA’s exhibit space at 151 NE Alder St. The original 14 paintings (which will all be on display) were shown at the National Art Club in New York City in 2009. This exhibit will be shown through July, 2014. Gibbons was commissioned to complete a large painting (62”x 42”), “Arnold Creek Estuary,” for the dining room of Mahonia Hall, the official Residence of the Governor of Oregon. All other paintings were done in support and as specific subject work in preparation for that commission. Refreshments served by Friends of the Museum. The show will be open from 11-5 pm Saturday and Sunday of First Weekend. Additionally, visitors are welcome during its regular weekly hours from noon to 4:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, see www.michaelgibbons.net/museum or call (541) 336-1907.

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Ivan Kelly

Ivan Kelly

Head first into May with Ivan Kelly’s “Head First,” a 12”x 9” oil vignette of a mountain lion, along with new Rocky Mountain big game oil paintings on display at Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio. The gallery will be open from 11 to 5 on Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday and is located one block above Main Street at 207 East Graham Street, Toledo. For more information, call (541) 336-1124, email info@ivankelly.com, or see www.ivankelly.com.

Becky Miller

Becky Miller

Becky Miller’s oil paintings focus on the “Wild Garden” of the ocean, with paintings of colorful kelp. She is pleased to also have a variety of work on display by Toledo artists Alice Haga, Caroll Loomis, and Karen Fitzgibbon, including colorful fused glass pieces, encaustic paintings, gourds, and mixed media soft sculpture. Enjoy a glass of wine or a glass of Twisted Snout ale 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 Sunday. For more information, call (503) 504-7289, email becky@beckymillerartist.com, or see www.beckymillerartist.com.

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Heather Fortner

Heather Fortner

Heather Fortner of Sea Fern Studio (321 SE 3rd St in the old Mary Harrison School) will celebrate “Wild Garden” with images of wild underwater gardens, both fresh and salt water kinds. She will be demonstrating gyotaku-fish printing with a piranha brought back from her recent nature printing trip to the Amazon River in Peru on both Saturday and Sunday from 11-2.

Rodney Lehrbass

Rodney Lehrbass

Impressions Pacific is featuring a natural edge vessel made of exotic wood (Amboynia) from Africa, turned by Master Woodturner Rodney Lehrbass. Stop by and see Rodney’s assortment of handcrafted art made from exotic and local woods. He has decorative pieces, as well as a collection of bowls made from Myrtlewood, Maple and Walnut, as well as various creations from Oregon Coast driftwood. In addition to the handcrafted wooden items, we also have a large selection of local photography. While you’re looking through our Gallery, you’re welcome to see what we have available for custom picture framing. Our full range of custom picture framing services includes over a thousand corner samples to choose from and excellent quality work at affordable prices. We are also very excited to be hosting our event in our NEW location at the top of Main street, right next door to Gallery Briseño, at 359 N. Main! Refreshments will be served. Our hours for First Weekend are 10-6 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday. Visit us on the web at www.ImpressionsPacific.com or on facebook at www.facebook.com/ImpressionsPacific or call (541) 336-2207.

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

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Apr 162014
 

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Apr 162014
 

Committee Vacancies in Lincoln City!

Committee Vacancies
in Lincoln City!



NOTICE OF VACANCIES FOR VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

The City of Lincoln City is accepting applications for volunteers for the following boards and committees.


APPLICATIONS FOR BUDGET COMMITTEE WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL 5:00 PM ON APRIL 22, 2014

BUDGET COMMITTEE – 2 Vacancies (First Meeting Scheduled for May 5, 2014)
2 – Must be a city resident, and cannot be a member of a Lincoln City Board, Committee or Commission.


APPLICATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FILLED

PARKS BOARD – 2 Vacancies (Meets every 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm, Lincoln City Community Center)
2 – Must be a City Resident

SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE – 1 Vacancy (Meets on 2nd Wednesday of each month from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, Northwest Conference Room, City Hall)
1 – Must be City Resident or reside in the Urban Growth Boundary

TRANSIENT ROOM TAX COMMITTEE – 1 Vacancy (Meets annually and as needed for appeals)
1 – Must be a City Resident

VISITOR AND CONVENTION COMMITTEE – 1 Vacancy (Meets every 2nd Monday of every month, 4:00 pm)
1 – Must be a City Resident and own or manage a lodging business.

Please find our application on the city website at www.lincolncity.org, “Boards and Committees”, and “Committee Member Application”, or contact Cathy Steere, City Recorder at 541-996-1203, or Sherrie Correia at 541-996-2152.

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 Posted by at 1:30 PM
Apr 162014
 

12:11pm
A 12 year old student at Sam Case School in Newport has been injured on the playground. Possible dislocated shoulder. Ambulance is enroute.

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Apr 162014
 

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From Paul Robertson – Devil’s Lake Water Improvement District

The water quality of Devils Lake has made tremendous improvements in the last few days. The Harmful Algal Bloom which turned the lake shades of gray, blue-gray, green, blue-green, and even white only a week ago has crashed throughout much of the lake. Much of the lake you can see right to the bottom with clarity upwards of 8′.

The bloom that we did have was dominated by a type of Anabaena, which was, as of Friday, all but non-existent in the mid lake sample we had analyzed. The improvements are seemingly continuing as the clarity increased from basically 3 feet on Friday to over 8 feet for the entire south half of the lake as reported Monday. The north half of the lake was still blue-green as of last report, so there is still recovery to be had, but the scums have dissipated which shows recovery is happening. Dissolved oxygen has also rebounded considerably, but lags behind in both arms of the lake to the north.

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