Lincoln City City Council…all over the map…

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May 242016
 
LCPD Jane Johnson, Tammy Williams, Chief Killian and City Manager Ron Chandler

LCPD Jane Johnson, Tammy Williams, Chief Killian and City Manager Ron Chandler
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Lincoln City Police Chief Keith Killian and City Manager Ron Chandler escorted two city law enforcement employees and hauled them up before the city council Monday night to give them both a good thanking. And boy did they deserve it.

At the recent Lincoln County Law Enforcement Banquet, Lincoln City Police Officer Jane Johnson (far left) was chosen law enforcement officer of the year for the Lincoln City Police Department for her considerable contributions to major investigations – making sure probable cause information made search warrants rock solid when officers knocked on doors. Chief Killian says she’s also in the process of busting up a child pornography case in the city.

Chief Killian had words of praise also for the Civilian Employee of the Year, Tammy Williams who has been a regular voice of Lincoln City’s REAL #1 radio station – 9-1-1 dispatch, heard on thousands of police and fire scanners throughout the region. This reporter has heard her handle multiple calls between juggling fires, medical calls, high speed chases, domestic violence, all with the grace and composure of a symphonic orchestra conductor. She’s a total pro. But the job is high stress as anyone can imagine. So she shifted over to become an administrative assistant to Chief Killian which includes greeting the public at the police department’s main window. But she still slides in, occasionally, to run 9-1-1 dispatch when needed.

Chief Killian says Williams is also in the process of setting up Lincoln City’s first Citizens’ Academy which seeks to better inform Lincoln City residents on what exactly police officers do on the street, behind the scenes, conducting investigations and following through with the courts. It’ll be a real eye-opener for citizens who will soon be signing up to attend the academy.

Getting more depth on the City Arts Commission

The city council then turned their attention to broadening the quality and outreach of the city’s Arts Commission – whose job it is to ensure that art in all of it’s forms and textures enriches the lives of local residents as well as visitors to Lincoln City.

Visitors and Convention Bureau Marketing Manager Scott Humpert said the commission needs to reach out more to enlist the talents and energies of regional artists to serve on the committee. He said the current arts commission requirements include that artists be selected from pretty close to home. He said he’d like to change that to allow artists living and/or working within 30 miles of Lincoln City to be on the commission – which would include the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Humpert said the city would like to harness some of their tremendous artistic talents – to borrow them to boost the performance of Lincoln City’s Arts Commission strategies – to make art more available and thereby enrich the lives of every day people. The council agreed and instructed City Attorney Richard Appicello to broaden the eligibility criteria for commission eligibility that the council can approve at their June 13th meeting.

An old idea rises from the pages of the past for another go at it

The old idea of establishing a kind of cross between a trolly and a bus, to haul tourists and locals around Lincoln City – especially during the tourist season – came up during Monday night’s city council meeting. Councilor Kip Ward was quick to poo-poo it, reminding everyone that the idea was tried long ago and it flopped miserably. But City Planning Director Richard Townsend said the $12,000 cost to the city, at this point, is to study what kind of “public transit,” mainly for tourists, might look like in Lincoln City – if only to ensure visitors see more of the city than their motel room and the beach.

Councilors admitted that they’d also like to get more cars off of Lincoln City’s summertime jam-packed streets by providing a more organized city-wide perspective on all that Lincoln City has to offer – and that a trolly, or a suitable hybrid, would be worth looking in to. City staff re-iterated that the twelve-grand is just the city’s share for the study. And it may not even require that much money. The vote was 5 to 1 to fill out the grant application to the state for a trolly-type service. Councilor Kip Ward, who voted no, admonished his fellow councilors “You’re all wrong on this one.”

Lincoln City needs more affordable housing and job opportunities
The council learned Monday night that the city has received a grant from the state Land Conservation and Development Department to help it better plan for Oregon’s new rare and endangered species – affordable housing. And the other aspect of being a city – creating new jobs through industrial development. The funds are aimed at hiring a consultant to guide the city through the process of ascertaining what can be done over the next twenty years to fill both needs – places for people to live and jobs for them to go to every day. Community Development Director Richard Townsend said he and his staff have been interviewing four very qualified urban planning and development consulting firms. Townsend said his department will have a recommended winner for the city council to review very shortly.

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Lincoln City Cultural Center gets a 5.5 year break on its rent to the city
When former tourism newspaper publisher Nikki Price agreed to take over operations at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, everyone on the city council prayed every night for her success. The venerable old center had been going through tough times struggling to get enough community buy-in in terms of space rentals, attracting audiences for musical performances, art gallery receptions and general arts and crafts shows. Nikki Price took on the challenge and went in like a ball of fire. Today, several years later, the fire still burns brightly throughout the center.

Niki Price, LCCC Director

Niki Price, LCCC Director

Price has helped to orchestrate major building improvements and repairs, bolstered a veritable kaleidoscope of artistic offerings from music, to sculpture, paintings, mixed-media, lessons, and many special events for the community. And they’re growing.

However, starting from scratch, it has taken Price some time to make the cultural center what it is today. But she wants to do a lot more. But rather than paying rent to the city, she wants to invest in further building up programming and opportunities for the community to not only witness and appreciate great artistic works, but also become involved with it, themselves.

Every city councilor has grown quite proud of Price’s tireless efforts to make the cultural center all it can be for the community and to expand the reach and quality of its programming. And so the council decided to continue to forgive rent payments on the building for the next five and a half years – to see just how far Price can elevate the facilities’ artistic contributions to the Lincoln City area.

However, the council also made it clear that they’re looking for some “bench marks” in the evolution of the facility with a hope that someday Price’s management group can take the building off the city’s hands, completely. They also realize, for the moment, that the city will likely have to continue to shoulder some of the more pricey building maintenance responsibilities in the interim. The council also requested workshop meetings with Price and her board of directors to ensure that over the next five years, Price’s ambitious performance goals are reached. The council said they’d like to have one of those meetings later this summer. Ms. Price was in the audience nodding her head in agreement.

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Is this any way to watch a sunset?? You Betcha!!

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May 232016
 

Sunset along South Beach captured by Julie Sacchetti

Sunset along South Beach captured by Julie Sacchetti


Ken Gagne gets a close-up of the retiring ball of fire, floating in the clouds....

Ken Gagne gets a close-up of the retiring ball of fire, floating in the clouds off Yachats


Sunset at Yaquina Head Chris F. Munoz

Sunset at Yaquina Head
Christian Flores Munoz

Then the final salute from some die-hard sun sentimentalists.... Ken Gage

Then the final salute from some die-hard sun sentimentalists….
Ken Gage


And Bob O'Brien gets the last word on a beautiful Oregon Coast sunset....

And Bob O’Brien gets the last word on a beautiful Oregon Coast sunset….

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Newport business employees getting a big thank-you from the Chamber!

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May 232016
 

Omar Hernandez (right) with Newport Chamber Award of Employee of the Year! Chamber photo

Omar Hernandez (right) with Newport Chamber Award of Employee of the Year!
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Omar Hernandez, a server at Georgie’s Beachside Grill, has been named the Newport Employee of the Year by the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber honored Hernandez at their annual hospitality training seminar and tradeshow Know Your Newport on May 18, 2016. Hernandez was nominated for the award after being selected as the February 2016 Employee of the Month by the Chamber’s Hospitality Committee. Other nominees included Phil Ewers—Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, Marci Bidwell—Newport Steak & Seafood, Lisa Glenn—Vacasa Rentals, Musammat Nahar—Hallmark Resort, James Parrish—TCB Management, Brittney Hillman—Lincoln County Sherrif’s Office, and Tammy Flescher—Bank of the West.

Omar Hernandez was nominated for the February Employee of the Month Award by a customer of his who submitted a review of the exceptional service he received while dining at Georgie’s Beachside Grill.

“My wife and I stayed at the Hallmark Resort for an overnight getaway and decided to have dinner at Georgie’s Beachside Grill. It was very busy and our server was Omar. Despite being busy, he was friendly and had an excellent attitude. Omar’s knowledge and suggestions were very helpful and in a room full of people, his attentiveness made us feel like there were only a few people there. Dinner was excellent and Omar made the experience that much better. My wife and I truly had an amazing little getaway. We will definitely be back!” –Ben White.

Hernandez was awarded a $200 cash prize along with the honor of being Newport’s Employee of the Year. The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate each of the 2015-2016 Employee of the Month award recipients. Community members are encouraged to nominate individuals for future Employee of the Month awards by completing a nomination form which can be found online at www.newportchamber.org. Nominated employees should exhibit strong knowledge of the coastal community, reflect positively on the company they represent, and exemplify the qualities of a great employee. For more information on the Chamber’s Hospitality Committee and Employee of the Month nominations please contact Bobbi Price at 541-265-8801 or bobbi@newportchamber.org.

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Adult Softball in Newport!

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May 232016
 

Prelude to a home run! Newport Softball sign-ups.

Prelude to a home run!
Newport Softball sign-ups.
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Adult Softball League
Register now at the Recreation Center

Registration is now open for Men’s and Coed Softball at the Newport Recreation Center. Leagues will consist of a regular season plus an end of season tournament.

The registration fee is $475.00 per team. Games will be played on Monday and Wednesday nights. Men’s season will play first starting in mid-June. Coed season will play immediately afterwards starting in July. Game times will range between 6:15pm-8:45pm start times. Men’s registration deadline is June 8th and Coed’s registration deadline is July 13th.

For more information, contact the Recreation Center at 225 S.E. Avery Street or 541-265-7783.

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17th Annual Newport Marathon (and 1/2 Marathon) June 4th!

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May 232016
 

A combined 1,10 runners will take part in the Newport Marathon and Half-Marathon on Saturday with the race starting at Yaquina Bay State Park.

A combined 1,10 runners will take part in the Newport Marathon and Half-Marathon on Saturday with the race starting at Yaquina Bay State Park.

Headed through the Bayfront and points east.

Headed through the Bayfront and points east.

Finishing fast and furiously  - the Newport Marathon is a lead up run to the Boston Marathon.

Finishing fast and furiously – the Newport Marathon is a lead up run to the Boston Marathon.

June 4 is when thousands smother the streets of Newport for Oregon’s largest-yet-unknown sports event: the 17th annual Newport Marathon and Half Marathon. It brings over 1,1000 runners to town and between 3,000 and 4,000 fans, spread over miles of a coastline course that includes the “haunted lighthouse” at Yaquina Bay, through fields, picturesque neighborhoods and along the working fishing village of the Bayfront district.

This year’s event features 700 runners for the full marathon and 350 for the half marathon. There’s also a special category for walkers.

Aside from being a major attraction and sports event, it’s a benefit for the Newport Boosters Club, where proceeds go to the club’s help with sports and other activities at Newport High School. It’s also a nice boost to the local tourism economy when summer hasn’t quite kicked in yet.

Special shuttles will be provided for the crowds to take them to various areas of the race. The road along Yaquina Bay will be closed until 1 p.m. to allow even safer access for spectators. At the finish line – the Yacht Club on the Bayfront – awaits beer, chowder, t-shirts and even a live band for watchers and participants.

Walkers begin at 6 a.m. Runners begin at 7 a.m. at Yaquina Bay State Park. The Half Marathon starts at 7:45 a.m. Awards will be presented at the Yacht Club at approximately 2:30 p.m. following the race.

The course is USATF certified and numerous runners have used it to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Along the route, runners get an eyeful of the town, its beaches, shops, its fishing industry and even an oyster farm. The course is mostly flat, with a few minor inclines along the neighborhoods and to the east of Yaquina Bay.

In the first few years of the run, registration ended up closing within a month or two, with the event reaching its maximum of 1,000 runners. These days, it’s the crowds that keep growing. Organizer Tom Swinford estimates each runner brings about three supporters.

More race information is at http://www.newportmarathon.org . Contact the Newport Chamber for viewing options and places: 541-265-8801. 800-262-7844.

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Help get rid of these back AND front yard bullies!

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May 232016
 
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Scotch Broom Pretty, but also a back and front yard bully.

Scotch Broom
Pretty, but also a back and front yard bully.

Don’t let these bright yellow invasive yellow weeds set up permanent residency in our community! Join us for a day of service and help protect native plants in your state park! Park staff will be looking for volunteers to help cut scotch broom within the day-use area at South Beach State Park on Saturday May 28 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Cutting “broom in bloom” is the best chance at killing the plant without using pesticides or heavy equipment. Staff will provide volunteers with pruners, hand-saws, and gloves, as well as water and refreshments. Make sure to dress for the elements and bring a reusable water bottle!

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How long should we keep financial records?

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May 232016
 

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How long should I keep financial records?
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There’s a fine line between keeping financial records for a reasonable period of time and becoming a pack rat. A general rule of thumb is to keep financial records only as long as necessary. For example, you may want to keep ATM receipts only temporarily, until you’ve reconciled them with your bank statement. But if a document provides legal support and/or is hard to replace, you’ll want to keep it for a longer period or even indefinitely. It’s ultimately up to you to determine which records you should keep on hand and for how long, but here’s a suggested timetable for some common documents.

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*The IRS requires taxpayers to keep records that support income, deductions, and credits shown on their income tax returns until the period of limitations for that return runs out–generally three to seven years, depending on the circumstances. Visit irs.gov or consult your tax professional for information related to your specific situation.

What are some tips for organizing financial records?

Organizing your financial records is a cyclical process rather than a one-time event. You’ll need to set up a system that helps you organize incoming documents and maintain existing files so that you can easily find what you need. Here are a few tips.

Create your system: Where you should keep your records and documents depends on how quickly you want to be able to access them, how long you plan to keep them, and the number and type of records you have. A simple set of labeled folders in a file cabinet may be fine, but electronic storage is another option for certain records if space is tight or if you generally choose to receive and view records online. No matter which storage option(s) you choose, try to keep your records in a central location.

File away: If you receive financial statements through the mail, set up a collection point such as a folder or a basket. Open and read what you receive, and decide whether you can file it or discard it. If you receive statements electronically, pay attention to any notifications you receive. Once you get in a routine, you may find that keeping your records organized takes only a few minutes each week.

Purge routinely: Keeping your financial records in order can be even more challenging than organizing them in the first place. Let the phrase “out with the old, in with the new” be your guide. For example, when you get this year’s auto policy, discard last year’s. When you receive an annual investment statement, discard the monthly or quarterly statements you’ve been keeping. It’s a good idea to do a sweep of your files at least once a year to keep your filing system on track (doing this at the same time each year may be helpful).

Think safety: Don’t just throw hard copies of financial paperwork in the trash. To protect sensitive information, invest in a good quality shredder and destroy any document that contains account numbers, Social Security numbers, or other personal information. If you’re storing your records online, make sure your data is encrypted. Use strong passwords, and back up any records that you store on your computer.

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Toledo Street Market Crankin’ It Back Up!!

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May 232016
 

Toledo Street Market, Thursdays, 10-3, Main Street, Toledo, June-Sept.

Toledo Street Market, Thursdays, 10-3, Main Street, Toledo, June-Sept.

TOLEDO STREET MARKET will be opening June 2nd at the new location on Main St. in downtown Toledo.
Farm fresh goodies and loads of arts and crafts. June - Sept, 10-3 Main Street, Toledo

Farm fresh goodies and loads of arts and crafts.
June – Sept, 10-3
Main Street, Toledo


TOLEDO STREET MARKET will be opening June 2nd at the new location on Main St. in downtown Toledo!

Come meet the new vendors who bring their kaleidoscope of food, arts and crafts and fun for the entire family. Thursdays 10am until 3pm. And there’s always a surprise or two! Some days even more.

Visit their website for more information: ToledoStMarketOregon.com

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Lincoln City: Better beach access coming up at NW 15th and Harbor!

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May 232016
 
Harbor from 14th to 18th and 15th beach access point.

Harbor from 14th to 18th and 15th beach access point.
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NW Harbor Avenue Improvements — NW 14th to NW 18th Street

On Monday (May 23) Devil’s Lake Rock Construction Co. will install forms and pour concrete for the sidewalk on the NW 15th and Harbor Street beach access. The beach access will be closed to vehicles. Pedestrian access to the beach will be allowed. Every attempt will be made to open the beach access for the Memorial Day weekend.

The project will construct over 3,500 linear feet of concrete sidewalks, with ADA compliant curb ramps. All underground work is complete. After the concrete work is complete, the area will be paved and striped. We anticipate the work on this project to be complete by the middle of June.

For further information, contact Ben Bliss, Project Engineer, at 541-921- 9282, or Kevin Mattias, Public Works Technician, at 541- 996-2154.

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