Aug 202014
 
Putting issues above party loyalty in the primaries...

Putting issues above party loyalty in the primaries…

 

Oregon’s Measure 90 on the November ballot is predictably drawing political fire from both the Democratic and Republican parties.  Both contend that by running a non-partisan popularity contest in the primary it could  produce two top candidates from the same party for the general election.

That’s precisely the motivation of those supporting the “top two” primary vote-getters who would get to face each other in November.  The other motivation for Measure 90 is the tendency for liberal or conservative candidates to go radically so in the primary and then veer back toward the “middle of the road” for the general.  The “top two” in the primary approach prevents the confusion as to what each candidate stands for.

But both parties and a few independent parties as well, decry that “early outing” tactic, claiming  that the change would strip voters of their right to vote for their party’s choice.  Supporters of Measure 90 contend that a party’s choice can still be made known through the news media and via political advertising.

More on the story from The Oregonian.  Click here.

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Aug 202014
 
Seagull waving the Sun goodbye for the night...

Seagull waving the Sun goodbye for the night…

Bird riot at sundown! Kerry Terrel photos

Bird riot at sundown!
Kerry Terrel photos

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Aug 202014
 
Sea spray looks like woman in a ball gown Ken Gagne photos

Sea spray looks like woman in a ball gown
Ken Gagne photos

Mama wave and baby wave watching the sunset

Mama wave and her dog watching the sunset

Looks like an intricate ice sculpture.

Looks like an intricate ice sculpture.

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 Posted by at 9:16 PM
Aug 202014
 

A big dredge is deepening the ship channel that feeds the International Terminal.

A big dredge is deepening the ship channel that feeds the International Terminal.

The crane scoops up sediment from the river bottom and dumps it into a deep barge which takes it off shore for disposal.

The crane scoops up sediment from the river bottom and dumps it into a deep barge which takes it off shore for disposal.

After dumping it's load of sediment, the barge returns to the dredge site upriver off the terminal.

After dumping it’s load of sediment, the barge returns to the dredge site upriver off the terminal.

The barge holds a lot of river mud.

The barge holds a lot of river mud.

Folks all week long have been asking what is going on with that big barge passing up and down the jaws. Well, that’s a contractor under the Army Corps of Engineers that is dredging the Yaquina River Ship Channel. The channel is dredged every so often to maintain a margin of safety for large ships that will soon be picking up logs and taking them half-way around the world to ports in Asia.

The dredge itself operates from a separate barge and is deepening the channel so the large ships can come up as far as the International Terminal then hang a hard left and pull alongside the terminal dock.

However, the very final part of the dredge request- the part that gets a ship from the center of the river to the dock may not be done until around the first of November, per the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. ODFW officials say the area around the International Terminal is teeming with young crab, salmon smolts and all kinds of food they’re eating in preparation for them to head out to sea and grow. ODFW wants that new life undisturbed between now and then because it’s part of the natural food chain flow in that part of the river.

But trouble is, if the dredging has to be interrupted, it means that when they re-start in November the dredging operation will have to stop dumping the spoils offshore and start dumping them onshore at special locations. And that on-shore deposition will cost taxpayers another $200,000 to $300,000 more than if they were allowed to keep dredging and keep depositing the spoils off the coast. So quite obviously the Port of Newport is not altogether pleased at the prospect and are seeking permission to keep going so it’ll all be done more quickly and at less cost.

So, stay tuned.

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 Posted by at 8:58 PM
Aug 202014
 

Shangri-La Pizza Party, Wayne Brunelle, Teresa, Tracy, Tom Matteson, Kim, Angela, Sharon Suhr, Alex, Paula

We have a volunteer group from Shangri-La that comes out on a regular basis
picking up flowers on the graves so that the groundskeeper can do the
mowing. This saves him lots of time. They have also done some weeding in
our scattering garden as well. We rewarded them this past tuesday with what
we called Shangri-La Volunteer Appreciation day and served them pizza and
beverages for their hard work. This was a complete surprise to the group.
Only the director knew we had this planned.

Pictured in the photo are Wayne Brunelle, VP of the Eureka Cemetery Board of
Directors, Teresa, Tracy Mitchell, Shangri-La group director, Tom Matteson,
groundskeeper of Eureka Cemetery, Kim, Angela, Sharon Suhr, Manager Eureka
Cemetery, Alex, and Paula.

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Aug 202014
 

For starters, pretend you're a horse!

For starters, pretend you’re a horse!

And run cross country!

And run cross country!

Crawl through Lots & Lots of mud!

Crawl through Lots & Lots of mud!

You gotta like mud!

You gotta like mud!

Climb over tall stuff!

Climb over tall stuff!

And leap over more mud...

And leap over more mud…

And remain standing at the finish line!

And remain standing at the finish line!

Danielle, JIm and Dave invite you to come get muddy!

Danielle, Jim and Dave invite you to come get muddy!

Buccaneer Rampage Mud & Obstacle Race – Saturday August 23rd

Newport Parks and Recreation will be hosting the 2nd annual Buccaneer Rampage Mud Obstacle Race. This race is unique because it is the first of its kind on the Central Oregon Coast. “This race is designed to be fun and challenging while appealing to a wide range of participants. It’s not a typical 5K race,” says Mike Cavanaugh, Sports Coordinator for Newport Parks and Recreation. “It will be more of an adventure for everyone participating. We encourage both individuals and teams to register for the event.”

This year’s Buccaneer Rampage begins at 11am, Saturday, August 23rd at Newport Municipal Airport and runs until 4pm. Participants must be 15 years of age and over. Event pre-registration is $35 until August 21st. Day of registration is $45 and closes ten minutes prior to the race. “If you don’t want to race, come out and cheer the racers on,” says Cavanaugh. “Spectating is free and it’s fun to watch everyone get dirty!”

There will be a DJ playing music, food vendors and a beer garden throughout the day. Prizes will be given to the best male and female pirate costume!

All proceeds from the event will go towards the youth scholarship program at the Newport Recreation Center. These funds allow children from economically disadvantaged households the opportunity to participate in a number of fantastic recreation programs.

For additional information, please visit www.BuccaneerRampage.com or contact Newport Parks and Recreation at 541-265-7783.

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Aug 202014
 
Newport City Hall

Newport City Hall

The City of Newport is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on the Destination Newport Committee. The Destination Newport Committee meets monthly at City Hall, and is charged with advising the City Council regarding the preparation of the advertising budget funded by the city’s room tax.

The Committee also makes recommendations regarding the placement of advertising, the hiring of advertising consultants, and all other matters relating to advertising the city as a tourist destination. There is currently one vacancy that must be filled by the owner or manager of a lodging establishment within the city.

Anyone interested in serving on this committee should apply using the city’s committee application which is found on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov; click on “City;” then on “Committees;” and then on “Application for Committee/Commission.” The completed form can be submitted electronically. Copies of the committee application form can also be obtained by contacting the City Manager’s Office at 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365, or by calling 541.574.0613.

The Destination Newport Committee will interview interested volunteers and forward a recommendation to the City Council for formal appoi

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 Posted by at 5:55 PM
Aug 202014
 

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School District Expands Communications to Facebook, Twitter

Lincoln County School District is expanding its communications program to include a presence on Facebook and Twitter. The goal is to encourage real time, two-way communication between the school district and its students, families, and the overall community.

“These social media tools are great ways to share information and to help us build relationships with everyone connected to our schools,” says Mary Jo Kerlin, LCSD communications coordinator. “It’s about portable, timely, and two-way communication. It will allow us to reach more of who we serve very quickly, and will give our families and community members another opportunity to interact with school officials.”

Along with Facebook and Twitter, the school district will continue its existing communications program, which includes news releases distributed to local and regional news media; district and school websites; district and school newsletters; email messaging; a 24-hour information line; and automated phone messages.

Some schools and teachers already use Facebook or Twitter to reach their students and families, but this is the first district-wide effort.
“Of course, one-to-one conversation is often the best way to communicate,” Kerlin says. “We strongly encourage anyone with questions, comments or concerns to call or email their child’s teacher or principal directly. Or, they may send an email to questions@lincoln.k12.or.us.”

To access the Twitter account, go online to Twitter.com, sign in or sign up, then search for LincolnCoSchoolDist@LCSD_Oregon.

For the Facebook page, go to Facebook.com, sign in or sign up, then search for Lincoln County School District – Oregon.

Kerlin cautions that there are several Lincoln County School Districts across the country, so be sure you find the correct and current pages.

For more information, you may contact her at maryjo.kerlin@lincoln.k12.or.us or by phone at 541-265-4412.

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Aug 202014
 
Behind the clinic at A St. and Business Highway 20

Behind the clinic at A St. and Business Highway 20
Tracy Johnston photo

It’s been getting rather dry out there the farther you get from the coast. A carelessly tossed cigarette is believed to be the cause of a bark dust and grass fire outside the Samaritan Clinic in Toledo this afternoon.

Toledo Fire was called to the scene and found some Les Schwab employees fighting the fire with fire extinguishers. Firefighters finished the job for them. Chief Will Ewing said there were some pretty flame lengths there for a few minutes. Scared a few folks too.

Chief Ewing noted that we’ve had a pretty dry summer so the fire danger is quite real and we’re not even into September yet. He said watch where those cigarette butts go. Put them out by grinding them into a hard surface and then find a safe place to throw them away.

As always, big fires always start out as little fires. So be careful and use common sense.

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 Posted by at 5:32 PM
Aug 202014
 
Food Backpacks for Lincoln County kids

Food Backpacks for Lincoln County kids

From Backpacks for Kids- North County

Did you know that 72% of students in North Lincoln County schools come to school hungry? Did you know that 72% of the students are on a free or reduced lunch while at school? Did you know that all students may have free breakfast? Did you know that volunteers pack backpacks with food each week so that, on average, 366 students have a little extra food over the weekend? Did you know that you can help these children who range in grade from kindergarten to high school?

If you are reading this, you know that hunger blocks all else. We are asking for your help to continue feeding our students. Please, for the future generation, consider volunteering and/or donating to the food Backpack Program at backpacksforkids.org or Business for Excellence in Youth, PO Box 843, Neotsu, OR 97367 for shoes, clothing, and school supplies.

Meanwhile in Central and Southern Lincoln County:

We supplement food donations through purchasing from stores in Newport. Thanks to our many sponsors and regular donors, we are able to keep up with the great demand.

Confederated Tribes of Siletz
Associated Cleaning Services
Lida Lee & Lee Ann Prchal
Bay City Cruisers
Associated Cleaning Services
NOAA Officers Family Association
Concerned Friends

We love donations of any non perishable food items. Tuna, peanut butter, canned meals like chili and stew, canned fruits, shelf stable milks, and hot and cold cereals are always at a premium.

Food donations can be dropped off 24 hours per day at the Newport Fire Department. We also have food collection containers at the following locations:

Sam Case School
Habitat for Humanity Restore
Elizabeth Street Inn
South Beach Christian Fellowship
Nazarene Church
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Atonement Lutheran
Newport Foursquare
First Baptist Church (1st Sunday of the month)
First Presbyterian Church (1st Sunday of the month).
Of course, we gladly accept donations right at the Newport Food Pantry, 227 NE 12th Street, on the northeast corner of the First Presbyterian Church campus.

If your church, business, or civic organization would like to host a drive or collect food on a regular basis, give me a call at 541-270-0842 and we’ll arrange to get food collection containers to you.

Monetary donations can be mailed to

Newport Food Pantry (Write Operation Snackpacks in the memo)
PO Box 1415
Newport, OR 97365
Or, use our PayPal link and specify “Operation Snackpacks”

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