Calling All Newport Non-Profits! Help us recruit you more volunteers!

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May 272015

Newport Senior Activity Center

Newport Senior Activity Center

The Newport 60+ Senior Activity Center is pleased to announce that the First Annual Newport Community Volunteer Fair will be held on Tuesday June 16th from 4:30 to 6:00 pm and we’d love to have all community non-profits come down and take part.

The Volunteer Fair is open to all local non-profits. This is a great way to showcase your mission and programs for potential volunteers in the community and to explain how their time would be well spent with you. Volunteer fairs have attracted high school students looking for community service hours as well as adults looking to give back to the community. Due to space restrictions, participation will be limited to 35 organizations. Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Each organization will be allotted a 4-foot table space. Please be sure to note if you need to be near an electrical outlet.

Organizations are welcome to bring posters, pictures, brochures, demonstrations, laptops or any other promotional information. (The 60+ Activity Center has wireless internet access if you need it.) Don’t forget to bring a sign-up sheet for prospective volunteers! If you’d like to participate, please return the application to the 60+ Center. We would like to award a good number of door prizes, so please bring an appropriate item to donate.

Please plan to be at the 60+ no earlier than 3:30 pm and no later than 4:00 pm to set up your table. Bring information on your volunteer opportunities as well as business cards, postcards, bookmarks or brochures to hand out to people who come to the event. Demonstrations and posters are welcome. The 60+ has wireless internet access if needed. Cancellations MUST be received by June 8th 2015, unless there is an emergency. Participation is limited to 35 non-profit organizations. Priority will be given to Newport based organizations. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Please return form to: 60+ Activity Center 20 SE 2nd St. Newport, OR 97365. For more information call 541-265-9617. To have an application emailed to you:

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Weather or Not: Perpetual Pesky Pattern

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May 272015

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, May 27th – Lincoln County

Summary: There was a little less sunshine overall yesterday, but when the Sun did burn through the clouds, skies cleared completely from about 3:00pm until 6:00pm. The mercury climbed to around 60F, though Lincoln City recorded a near-balmy 66F. Northwest winds blew 10-15 mph gusting to 20 or so. The marine overcast returned by sunset and covered us all night; low temps dropped to the low-50s. At daybreak, there was fog along the beach, cloudy skies above and the breeze was light out of the north.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 66F/55F
Depoe Bay: 56F/51F
Newport: 57F/52F
Waldport: 60F/52F
Yachats: 60F/52F

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Forecast: The pesky low pressure pattern that is in charge of our weather these days is still in place albeit moving slowly east. Until, or unless, it dissipates we can expect night and morning low clouds, occasional fog on the beaches and headlands, WON SUN-CLOUDSwith afternoon clearing periods and highs of 55-65F today and tomorrow. Some northwest wind is projected, too, but not as strong as we often have on sunny days. Outlook is for more of the same Friday through Sunday, and then a chance of some shower activity Monday and Tuesday.

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Travel: In the Coast Range today, morning clouds, partly cloudy with 65-75F. Valley destinations are expecting clouds early, sunshine later and a high of 75-80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of showers, partly sunny skies, light west winds, temps around 75F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 35-45F; partly cloudy, slight chance of showers or thunderstorms, the snow level is at 9,000 feet.

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Marine: Seas are a little choppy this morning as two swell trains collide resulting in 5-6 foot pyramids at 7-14 WON MARINE WXseconds; winds are N 5-10 knots. Expect northerlies 10-15 knots occasionally gusting 20 today, tonight and tomorrow with a W swell 5 feet at 14 seconds and a SW swell 3 feet at 18 seconds. Outlook is for N wind 10-15 knots gusting 20 and mixed swells 3-4 feet Friday through Sunday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Cloudy early, sunny later, medium sea breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
05/27 Wed 08:31 AM 5.31 H
05/27 Wed 02:22 PM 1.66 L
05/27 Wed 09:08 PM 7.17 H
05/28 Thu 03:43 AM 1.61 L

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In Short: Fog/overcast, clearing, moderate winds, then mixed sky and dry.

 Posted by at 7:50 AM

Oregon Coast Veterans Association Golf Tournament

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May 272015

Salishan Golf Tourney to get our Vets to the doctor when needed!

Salishan Golf Tourney to get our Vets to the doctor when needed!

Oregon Coast Veterans Association Golf Tournament

The Oregon Coast Veterans Association (OCVA) and American Legion Post 116 in conjunction with Salishan Spa and Golf Resort are proud to announce the Soup Sandwich Tournament Scramble on Sunday, June 14th. This event is a golf tournament fundraiser supporting local veteran transportation to Oregon VA medical facilities.

Lincoln County veterans face significant challenges in their access to VA healthcare. While county veterans continue to utilize the variety of services offered by our VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics and their professional staff, referral services are often required to meet their patient care needs. This usually means a trip to one of several VA Healthcare facilities across the state such as Salem, Portland and even Roseburg.

Between changes in the VA’s travel reimbursement program and volunteer shuttle driver shortages to facilities, OCVA and American Legion Post 116 have partnered with community agencies to develop a local solution to a common problem.

Through collaboration with Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties, OCVA and American Legion Post 116 have developed a pilot transportation alliance to assist our counties veterans in getting to their appointments at these distant facilities. All tournament proceeds will go directly to funding the pilot transportation alliance and prizes are available within a variety of categories.

The tournament will take place on June 14th at Salishan Golf Resort. Check-in will begin at 11:30am and 1st tee-off at 1:00-pm. The deadline for registration is June 1st. Registration is $100 per golfer with the first 100 entries accepted. Applications may be found on Facebook by searching American Legion Post 116- Newport OR, and may also be picked up at the Newport American Legion hall or Lincoln County Veteran Service’s Office. For any questions, please contact (541) 764-3292 or email

 Posted by at 7:41 AM

“Slide” on over to the Lincoln City Cultural Center for the Pacific Trombone Quartet June 6!

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May 272015
Pacific Trombone Quartet Lincoln City Cultural Center

Pacific Trombone Quartet
Lincoln City Cultural Center

LINCOLN CITY – This spring, the Lincoln City Cultural Center has hosted music from Iran, Spain, Ghana and Ireland, and genres ranging from jazz and bluegrass to classical guitar and ragtime piano. And now, as they say, for something completely different: The Pacific Trombone Quartet, featuring four of the finest ‘bone players in the Pacific Northwest, will play a varied and unusual program in a matinee performance, 1 pm on Saturday, June 6.

All the members of the PTQ — Greg Scholl, Lars Campbell, Kenneth Biggs and John Warton — have regular jobs with a variety of symphonies and bands. But they love to get together, and concentrate on the warm, mellow sound of the trombone. They favor transcriptions arranged for four trombones, but they also pull from the worldwide library of compositions written especially for the trombone quartet.

The June 6 program will include, among other selections, the suite from “The Fairy Queen” by Henry Purcell, “Chaconne in D Minor” by Johan Sebastian Bach, “Six Pieces for Trombones” by Vaclav Nelhybel, and “I’m Beginning to See the Light.” Tickets for this 1 pm matinee concert are $13 in advance, available online at or by calling the box office at 541-994-9994. Admission will be $15 at the door.

 Posted by at 7:09 AM

After more than four centuries, Sir Francis Drake returns to region to run in the Newport Marathon May 30th

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May 272015

Bob Ward, Jr Running in Newport Marathon as Sir Francis Drake

Bob Ward, Jr
Running in Newport Marathon as Sir Francis Drake

Ward poised as fearless 16th Century explorer making landfall at Whale Cove, LIncoln County

Ward poised as fearless 16th Century explorer making landfall at Whale Cove, Lincoln County

A 49-year-old man is traveling from London, England, to Oregon to compete in the Newport Marathon on May 30th dressed as Sir Francis Drake. Bob Ward Junior will be running in the costume of the 16th century explorer to raise support for his father’s charity, the Drake in Oregon Society. Bob Ward Senior set up the Society in to uncover evidence that Sir Francis Drake landed at Whale Cove, Lincoln County, in 1579 during his voyage around the world.

Controversy has surrounded the site of Drake’s anchorage because the official log of his voyage was never made public, and there are conflicting accounts of whether he landed in California or Oregon.

Bob Senior has been carrying out research for 30 years after realizing that Whale Cove was the most likely location of Drake’s one-month stay before he and his crew set sail across the Pacific on the way back to England. Drake claimed the landing site for Queen Elizabeth the First, effectively establishing it as the first outpost of the British Empire.

The Drake in Oregon Society is currently funding an investigation in the Salmon River where one of Drake’s ships may have sunk. The Society’s activities have also been highlighted in an exhibition at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum. It will be Bob Junior’s first marathon. He lives in London where he is employed at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Bob Junior decided to run in this year’s Newport Marathon after being challenged by some of his brothers during a family reunion in London last Christmas. Two of his brothers, Alex, 48, and Murphy, 37, will also be taking part in the marathon.

Bob Junior has been training since January, and hopes to complete the marathon in less than five hours. His running outfit is based on the clothes worn by English noblemen during the reign of Queen Elizabeth the First. He said: “I decided to run as Sir Francis Drake to generate support for my father’s non-profit organization, which is carrying out very important research to try to ensure Whale Cove is recognized as a site of outstanding historical significance. “It will be 436 years since Sir Francis Drake stepped ashore in Lincoln County and I hope to capture some of his spirit of adventure when I try to complete my first marathon in Newport.

“The race director for the marathon has told me that I might be the first runner who has competed in fancy dress. I have been wearing the costume and hat during some of my training runs to make sure it is not uncomfortable. I am also growing a beard to try to match Drake’s appearance. “I am expecting the marathon to be very challenging, but it will be worth it if I stimulate the curiosity of spectators about the connection between Sir Francis Drake and Lincoln County. It is more than four centuries since Drake set foot here during his epic voyage around the world, and so recognition of the historical importance of this place as the Lost Harbor is long overdue. “I hope some spectators may even be inspired to read about my father’s work on Drake in Oregon Society website, and perhaps persuaded to donate to it support efforts to discover more evidence about the Lost Harbor.”

“People can sponsor Bob’s run via the web site (click here) See the intro at the bottom of the home page and follow the links to make a donation.”

Bob Ward Senior said: “I am really pleased that Bob wants to make this effort to help us complete our quest for hard evidence of Drake’s visit to Lincoln County, but I am a little worried that the costume may make the difficult task of completing his first marathon even harder. Hopefully people will take the opportunity of sponsoring his run and so help us to re-write this internationally important piece of local history.”

 Posted by at 6:44 AM

State title quest opens for county baseball, softball teams

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May 272015
The Taft High softball team, shown celebrating a home run earlier this season, hopes to do more rejoicing Wednesday following a home game against Clatskanie to open the State championship playoffs.

The Taft High softball team, shown celebrating a home run earlier this season, hopes to do more rejoicing Wednesday following a home game against Clatskanie to open the State championship playoffs.

The 2015 OSAA State championship baseball and softball tournaments will kick off throughout the county Wednesday with Newport and Taft high schools hosting opening-round games in both sports.

The Newport High softball team will host North Valley of Grants Pass at 3 p.m. in Class 4A action at Yaquina Elementary School, while the baseball team will meet Scappoose at 5 p.m. at Frank Wade Memorial Field.
The Taft High baseball team will take on St. Mary’s of Medford and the softball team will play Clatskanie at 4:30 p.m. games.

The Toledo High baseball team will also open State tournament play in the Class 2A/1A ranks with a road game at Dufer.

For complete coverage of the State championship tournaments, go to or click here.

 Posted by at 5:15 AM

The door is creaking shut on mandatory paid sick leave for Oregon workers…

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May 262015
State Capitol Salem

State Capitol

A group of state lawmakers have been trying to craft a bill that would get bi-partisan support for at least five days a year of paid sick leave for Oregon workers. But they can’t get the bill on to the floor of the Senate for an up or down vote. And Senate leadership is not talking to the news media about it.

Political conventional wisdom would indicate that with democratic majorities in both houses the chances would be pretty good that Oregon would become the fourth state in the country to require paid sick days – in this case – just five days a year.

Here’s more from the Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 11:15 PM

So you’re getting ready to go on Medicare, huh? We’ll, sign up to learn about what you’re signing up for….

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May 262015

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The Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG), in partnership with the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program, is holding a Medicare class that will cover the basics of Medicare parts A, B, C, and D.

This class is designed for anyone who will be eligible for Medicare within a few months or is new to Medicare. Current beneficiaries who would like a better understanding of their Medicare benefits and options for changes or additional coverage will also find this class valuable. Spouses and other relatives are welcome to attend.

A SHIBA counselor will present the class, which is sponsored by the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of the OCWCOG.

This class will be held at the Lincoln City Community Center on Wednesday, June 10th from 10:00am – 12:00pm. Reservations are required. Call 541-574-2684 to reserve your seat today.

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It’s Summer Reading Time at Newport Public LIbrary

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May 262015
Newport Public LIbrary Teaching kids the world

Newport Public LIbrary
Teaching kids the world

Summer in Newport means foggy sunshine, outdoor activities, and time for READING! Newport Public Library offers Summer Reading programs for all ages, so everyone can get involved, from babies, to kids and teens, to adults.

Summer Reading sign-ups begin June 1. Programs begin the week of June 15 and are designed to encourage children and teens to make reading a fun priority this summer. “Reading is the most important thing students can do to keep their brains active, engaged and learning over summer vacation, and it’s FUN!” says Rebecca Cohen, Youth Services Librarian.

Research indicates that students who do not read over the summer can lose up to one month of learning, resulting in a learning setback when school begins in the fall. That’s why stocking up on reading materials over the summer is so important. In addition to a variety of materials for children to read and listen to, Newport Public Library offers fun and educational events weekly including storytimes, and programs in Literacy Park.

The Library’s summer program for children ages birth to 5 years include weekly storytimes and a chance to count the hours they are read to. After completing a reading chart, children receive a book bag, temporary tattoo and magnetic picture frame.

“Every Hero has a Story” is for children ages 5 – 12 years. Children set their own goal for how many books they’ll read or listen to this summer. When the goal is reached, the reader receives a free t-shirt sponsored by Umpqua Bank. Summer Reading information will be distributed to every elementary school student in Newport before the end of the school year.

“Unmask” is the summer reading program for teens ages 12 to 18. Teens track their reading to earn raffle tickets for weekly prize drawings. Teen Third Thursday programs will continue throughout the summer with interesting things to do, make and learn. “Unmask” will end on August 21 with a Grand Prize drawing.

Summer reading isn’t just for kids! This summer the Library will be holding a reading rewards program, “Escape the Ordinary” just for grown-ups! Beginning June 1, stop by the library to sign up and get a reading log. For every book (or eBook or audiobook) you read, fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of twelve weekly prize drawings for fantastic literary gift baskets!

For more information about summer reading, contact the Newport Public Library at 541-265-2153 or visit

 Posted by at 9:23 PM