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The Drum Beat: Newport Community Drum Circle

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Feb 202011

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Support your local drum circle: The non-profit Rhythm Connections Therapeutic Drum Circles and the county’s three community drum circles, combined, presented more 100 free public drum events in Lincoln County during 2010! — the DRUM beat.

Next Regular Newport Drum Circle
SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2:00 – 4:00 PM…
in the gazebo at Don Davis Park, foot of Olive Street, in Newport.
(Regular schedule– every first and third, Tuesday, 6 to 8:00 p.m. — resumes April 5!)

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“Summer” Schedule Resumes in April…
We will return to our regular twice-monthly schedule at the gazebo in April, meeting every first and third Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We will likely suspend scheduled Second Saturday sessions at the park again this year (too many other competing weekend activities in the spring and summer), but continue to meet informally for “street drumming” in the Nye Beach business district for Nye Beach Second Saturday Stroll – which, I believe, resumes officially (we have been keeping the tradition alive by ourselves all winter) on April 9.

Another Record Falls!
We had well over 50 drummers and watchers over the course of two hours at the February 12 drum circle. Fifty people– an all time record for the Don Davis Park drum circle — in the middle of February! Thanks to everyone who showed up and helped turn a potential mob into a coordinated rhythm phenomenon which is still emanating astounding positive energy in all directions (many complimentary comments via email and facebook). This summer is going to be awesome! Continue reading »

Editorial: Tough decision ahead for Lincoln County’s Animal Shelter

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Feb 202011

Lincoln County Animal Shelter

We received a compelling letter to the editor the other day, from Ivan Haste (see story comments) that makes a strong case for the Sheriff’s Office to continue to run the county animal shelter. The writer points out that the current set-up has a paid staff of five with 55 volunteers, a partnership with the local Humane Society and other Oregon animal rescue groups.

The writer goes on to say that last year, they had a dog “save” rate of 94%, 78% for cats, both of which are far above the national average, he claimed. The writer also points out that due partly to the county’s aggressive enforcement of pet licensing, 187 lost animals were reunited with their owners last year.

The writer suggests that if Friends of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter (FOLCAS) wants to become more involved with the shelter’s operations they should step-up their own fundraising and volunteering for the facility. Having FOLCAS take over the shelter, as they have applied to the county to do, is not the way to go, according to the writer.

Now changing gears, FOLCAS’s revamped business plan is being reviewed by the county commissioners. And thus far commissioners like what they see. The FOLCAS plan is said to resemble a tried-and-true model that is used nationwide that produces the desired results of pet care, adoption, spay/neuter, fundraising and grant acquisition. And FOLCAS already runs a profitable thrift store that is already raising money for the shelter. Again, commissioners are looking for a better bet that shelter expenses can be permanently taken off the county’s expense sheets. Continue reading »

Bicycle crash SW 9th and Hurbert, victim suffers head gash, no ambulance…

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Feb 192011

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What happens when you crash your bike, hit your head on the pavement, start to bleed and there’s no ambulance in town to take you to the hospital? In Newport that happened today at 4pm as all other ambulances were out on medical calls or transports to valley hospitals. So regular fire rescue emergency responders had to respond and take care of the injured man until an ambulance could get to the the crash scene at SW 9th and Hurbert. Within a minute or two the victim was surrounded by two fire trucks, two police cars, a Hummer and a pickup, filled with skilled first aiders. Because of a head injury and the fact the victim was out cold for a time, they didn’t want to transport him to PCH in any make-shift arrangement like in a patrol car or the back seat of a fire truck. So they tended to his head wound and checked the rest of his body for any other obvious signs of trauma. They kept talking to him to keep him conscious, checked his pulse and other vitals and kept him warm. A warming winter sun beat down on him the whole time.

Eventually, an ambulance arrived from Lincoln City that had raced to Newport with red lights and sirens blaring. Within a few minutes the victim was inside PCH’s emergency room getting the care he needed.

Describing the life of the first white woman to live on Yaquina Bay.

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Feb 192011

Lincoln County Museum Educator Diane Disse gave a vivid picture Saturday to a packed Carriage House of what it was like to be the first white woman to live on Yaquina Bay in the mid-1800’s. Mary Bensell was her name, but it took her two marriages to get that last part. Disse also said it took a lot of courage to get her through the rough and tumble days of an emerging Newport and Oysterville, just upstream.

Disse said Mary Bensell is one of the more celebrated figures of early Yaquina Bay in that she sailed by steamer from Ohio to an overland passage across Nicaraugua and then steaming north in another ship along the western seaboard of North America. Mary had just recently married a former civil war soldier who wanted to seek his fortune in the west. And with Clark Sturdevant, she left her farming family in central Illinois, and headed for the Yaquina River oyster beds of the Oregon Territory. Records show that Mary cooked and performed domestic chores for her husband as well as for other men who worked in the oyster beds and local lumber mills.

Disse said although much is well documented about the life and times of Mary Bensell, there are gaps between some of that information. So to fill those gaps Disse admitted, “I made stuff up.” Disse has a firm grasp of Yaquina Bay history because she is the museum educator, the community’s docent to the past. So she sprinkled into her book various activities and behaviors that a woman married to an oyster worker might have exhibited and experienced.

But one thing is for sure. Legal documents clearly reveal that Mary was not a happily married woman. In fact she faced what many women endured back then and certainly endure today- domestic violence. Disse read from Mary’s divorce decree that described what she suffered at the cruel hands of her angry husband. But through the divorce decree, Mary was given a second chance at love, and she took it – with Royal Bensell. Bensell was described as modest, mild mannered and a very good writer. He was also described as a confident and forward looking gentleman with a knack for steam ships which he came to own and operate. Disse said Royal so loved his wife Mary that he named one of his steam ships after her; the Mary Hall, Mary’s maiden name. The couple wasn’t able to bear children so they adopted a son. Little is known of the lad or of his fate.

Mary and Royal Bensell went on to build one of the first homes on Newport’s Bayfront. And if you want to know how their story played out, you’ll just have to read the book; “The Edge,” by Diane Disse. It’s available through, or by contacting Diane Disse, 2510 SW Dune Avenue, Lincoln City, OR 97367.

Auto Crash at Otter Rock Junction of 101 @ Foulweather

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Feb 192011

3:30pm. No injuries.

Emergency responders are enroute to a report of a traffic crash into a guard rail at the Otter Rock Junction with Highway 101. People are out of the car and standing around. Unknown if injuries. Crash is blocking the junction.

Rear ender on 101 south of Seal Rock ties up traffic for a time Saturday.

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Feb 192011

An all too often rear-ender accident on Highway 101 this afternoon injured no one but it slowed down traffic in the area for about a half hour. Seal Rock fire fighters arrived on scene to find that a pickup had rammed the back of a minivan as they were both headed south at mile post 153.

Oregon State Police say the driver of the van was looking for a street to turn off onto, and thought he had found it. So he turned on his blinker. But he changed his mind. So he turned off his blinker and began accelerating again southbound. But the driver of the pickup took it for granted the van was going to make the turn and so accelerate as it to go around him.

The pick up rammed the back of the van, causing much more damage to the pickup than the van. Troopers were working out the details on who was going to get cited.

Troopers say the lesson is to never put yourself in a position that you can’t cope with if the driver in front of you changes his or her mind.

Senator Merkley on plan to fund federal government through September

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Feb 192011

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PORTLAND, OR – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement on the House of Representatives-passed resolution to fund government operations through September:

“When I travel across Oregon, everywhere I go, the top priority is job creation. With one in ten Oregonians still out of work, we need to make smart investments in our communities so businesses can get their feet under them and hire more people.

“Unfortunately, that priority seems to have gotten lost in the bill that passed the House. Instead of focusing on creating jobs, this bill slashes investments and pursues ideological battles that have nothing to do with improving the employment outlook.

“Dramatically cutting workforce training, clean energy development, and investments in transportation will damage manufacturing and increase unemployment. Moreover, such counterproductive strategies will jeopardize our competitiveness with other nations.

“In addition, the House bill is full of radical political vendettas, such as attacking clean air and water protections and women’s health services; these attacks have no place in a budget bill.

“I am particularly troubled that even a simple study which is part of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, has been put on the chopping block. This is a clear effort to torpedo the years of work by farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and tribes throughout the region. I will work with my colleagues in the Congressional delegation to protect the efforts of the Klamath Basin stakeholders. Continue reading »

Oregon’s current budget year requires no more dipping into reserves: “It’s stable” say lawmakers.

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Feb 192011

In yet another sign of good economic news Oregon lawmakers have agreed at the committee level that Oregon’s tax and fee revenue picture is now stable enough to get the state to the end of the fiscal year without dipping any further into reserves. House Democrats and Republicans agree that economic forecasts show that the state’s fiscal situation will not get any worse, thereby enabling the closing of the current biennium books without much trouble.

The story is in today’s Oregonian. Click here

Good news: Oregon’s economy improving. Bad news: Economy is improving painfully slow.

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Feb 182011

The term “bouncing along the bottom” was heard reverberating around a building in Eugene this week, as the state’s top economists and business leaders gathered in Eugene for the annual Oregon Economic Forecast. What they heard was that a double-dip recession has all but faded, but also that Oregon’s recovery from the worst recession in 80 years will be very slow, with many categories of job never coming back.

More on the story from the Eugene Register Guard: Click here

FEMA federal disaster funds are flowing to Lincoln and other coastal counties.

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Feb 182011


Big Creek Road north of Newport Pool (top)
Schooner Creek Rd, east of Taft (bottom)

Federal disaster aid to Lincoln and other coastal counties hit hard by a nasty series of storms January 13-21, is on its way. Federal Emergency Management Agency funds are enroute to Salem where they’ll be divided among six coastal counties that suffered landslides, mudslides, road and highway damage and other problems when the area received over six inches of rain over one 36 hour period. In Newport, Big Creek Road slumped out. In Yachats, Yachats River Road is threatened by a slide that erupted that weekend. Schooner Creek Road broke up and gave way just a mile east of Taft and still threatens the water supply for all of Lincoln City. Lincoln County Public Works Director Jim Buisman said most of the damage is to county roads that are critically important to neighbors who live in more remote areas of the county. Other counties covered by the FEMA disaster declaration include Clackamas, Clatsop,Crook, Douglas and Tillamook counties.

FEMA pays 75% of the cost to repair everything. The rest must come from local government budgets.