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Oregon AG: Osama bin Laden’s death triggering scams all over the internet. Watch out!

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May 032011

The death of Osama bin Laden is undeniably one of the biggest stories of the last decade. Oregon Attorney General John Kroger, however, cautions Oregonians to be careful when searching the internet for footage or news about bin Laden’s death. As seen with the Japan earthquake and tsunami, cybercriminals exploit top stories by creating fake videos, photos, Google ads, and news reports that contain malware and viruses.

Already some highly trafficked blogs have been infiltrated by cybercriminals. For instance, a man who lived near bin Laden’s compound inadvertently “tweeted” the raid. People flocked to his website to read his account of events. Unfortunately, so did cyberthieves and his blog was compromised. Those who visited his site are likely to have unknowingly downloaded viruses or malware onto their computers.

On Facebook there is fake video footage of bin Laden’s death. When opened, the link exposes the user’s personal information to the cybercriminal and downloads malware onto the user’s computer.

Attorney General Kroger offers the following advice to avoid falling victim to cyber-scams:

Be cautious of links from emails, social networking sites, or Google searches. If the URL and the search topic don’t relate in some obvious way it’s best to avoid it.Pop-up ads related to popular internet searches commonly carry malware. Do not be enticed by fake offers of “free” stuff, surveys or contests. Never provide personal information through pop-up ads. If a website redirects you to download software or “codec” in order to view a video, stop. These are signs of a scam. Make sure your computer has up to date anti-virus software. Perform a virus scan on a regular basis.

Scammers and identity thieves pose a significant threat to Oregon consumers. Last year Oregonians reported losing nearly $2 million to scams. The Oregon Department of Justice is committed to protecting Oregon consumers. Anyone who thinks they may have been contacted by a scammer should call the Oregon Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 or go to

Newport City Council Honored Their Finest Monday Night

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May 032011

Officer Thomas Lekas, NPD Employee of the Year

Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda, with the City Council looking on, awarded several officers with professional awards Monday evening. Officer Thomas Lekas was named Police Employee of the Year for his consistent excellent public relations skills along with his professional, knowledgeable, respectful and always helpful demeanor. Officer Lekas is part of the police vehicle maintenance team.

Officer Keith Garrett, Distinguished Service Award

Chief Miranda awarded Officer Keith Garrett a Distinguished Service Award. Officer Garrett, on the evening of January 23rd, was part of a pursuit team trying to catch David Durham who had just earlier shot Lincoln City Police Office Steven Dodds in south Lincoln City. Although Garrett and other officers were being shot at during the pursuit, they stuck with the chase. Officer Garrett provided tactical support as other officers’ vehicles sustained damage from gunfire. When a spike strip just north of Waldport stopped Durham’s SUV, from which he fled, Officer Garrett maintained his composure and took up a tactical position with other officers so that Durham could not return to his vehicle for more guns or ammunition.

Officer Kraig Mitchell, Distinguished Service Award

Officer Kraig Mitchell was also awarded a Distringuished Service Award for his superior performance in pursuit of David Durham that fateful night in January. Officer Mitchell’s vehicle sustained bullet damage from shots being fired by Durham as he sped south on 101 south of Newport. He momentarily pulled over to assess the bullet damage, considered it minor, and was soon back in the chase. After road spikes forced Durham from his vehicle, Officer Mitchell maintained surveillance from the span of the Waldport Bridge to stop northbound traffic on 101 from entering a dangerously volatile area and to help ensure Durham could not backtrack around to his vehicle in an attempt to acquire more guns and bullets.

Sergeant Tony Garbarino, Distinguished Service Award

Sergeant Tony Garbarino was also on duty the night Durham gunned down Officer Steven Dodds. Sergeant Garbarino was another officer who pulled in behind Durham as other officers were forced to check bullet damage to their vehicles, and then resume the chase. Sergeants Garbarino’s patrol car was also hit by gunfire. While dodging bullets Sergeant Garbarino was on his police radio to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy north of Waldport who was laying road spikes across 101 just north of the Waldport Bridge, a tactic that stopped the pursuit quickly. Sergeant Garbarino also took up a tactical position near Durham’s abandoned vehicle to guard against Durham returning to it for more firepower although he had what was believed to be one of the deadliest killing devices in the world, an AK-47 Semi-automatic.

Chief Miranda remarked that Sergeant Garbarino and the other officers that evening displayed profound courage at great personal risk for life and safety and that their diligence, perseverance and devotion to duty are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest professional traditions of the Newport Police Department.

All officers received a standing ovation from the audience and from the Newport City Council.

Meanwhile Lincoln City Police Officer Steven Dodds, who is a Newport resident, continues to make what many consider a miraculous recovery from multiple wounds inflicted by David Durham whom Officer Dodds had pulled over for a traffic stop. Durham has completely dropped off the face of the earth as far as his bank accounts, family and friends are concerned. They say no one has heard from him leading authorities to speculate that he escaped the area and is lying extremely low in a distant location or he drowned that night trying to cross the mouth of an extremely cold Alsea River during a lowering tide. Some believe his heavy weapons pulled him under and his body was swept out to sea.

Sergeant Tod Sarazin, who was unable to attend the award ceremony, was given the Employee of the Quarter Award for his professional service to the department and to the citizens of Newport.

Norm is UP there in his helicopter, looking down with a smile on his face.

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May 022011

Norm Winningstad with his favorite toy.

Under the heading of “if they couldn’t name the airport after Norm Winningstad, the least they could do is put his name on the road that leads up to it.” And that’s what the Newport City Council did Monday night, despite opposition from their planning commission. The commission said there was no prescedent for it even if Winningstad practically put the Newport Airport on the map.

Many Newport locals who knew Norm Winningstad said there’s plenty of presedence for it in the names of Moore, Abbey, Naterlin, Case, Bayley and other town notables who got their names slapped on street signs all over Newport. However, it seems that Mr. Winningstad was a slightly “controversial” character, a borderline swashbuckling high tech entrepreneur that did a lot of good for the electronics industry in Oregon, but some add, a lot that wasn’t so good as far as some investors were concerned. Critics also contended that Winningstad insisted on getting his way about a lot of things which rubbed many people the wrong way.

However there are a number of people in the community who loved the way Norm Winninstant rubbed their organizations…like with money for the arts, music and other cultural activities. For them, Norm Winninstad was a helicoptering, high flying knight in shining armor who they miss terribly. Winninstad supporter Carla Perry told the council that few people have supported the arts anywhere in Oregon like Norm Winningstad. And for that the least the city council should do is to rename SE 84th Street, the one that leads up to the airport from 101, “Winningstad Way.”

Motion made, seconded, and on a 5-2 vote they told Public Works Director Lee Ritzman to notify the proper private and public agencies of the street’s new name and to order new signs.

By the way, two pilots on the council, Dean Sawyer and Dick Beemer, voted no. But the other pilot, Jeff Bertuleit voted yes.

A Million Dollars Up for Grabs! And They’re Circling City Hall.

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May 022011

Small Expo Center, Sandy, Utah

A small exposition center that would accommodate a wide mixture of tourist attracting events and other activities has been kicking around Newport for years. Newport City Hall has a million dollars in the bank toward “something” that would pump up the city’s tourist numbers. Besides an expo center there are those who would like to build a large commercial recreational water park at South Beach. The Oregon Coast Aquarium would like a few hundred thousand to add tourist attracting improvements to their facility, a proven tourist magnet. Others would prefer the city pour some money into the budding Heritage Maritime Museum overlooking Newport’s Bayfront. City Councilor Jeff Bertuleit cautioned, “don’t spread the money around so thin that you don’t get anything important out of it.”

Mayor Mark McConnell commented to his council that the politically influential Newport Lodging Association is concerned about the process by which any of the million dollars will be spent. They want to know how priorities are weighed and who is going to have the final say. McConnell said all that will have to be worked out. He reminded the council that the county has plenty of room for “something” at the fairgrounds. The county has been imagining some sort of an expo center that would accommodate not only the annual Lincoln County Fair but also other major events like the Newport Celtic Games, outdoor and indoor sporting events as well as large convention space that would attract much larger groups than typically now hold their annual meetings in Newport.

Mayor McConnell and the council decided that it’s time to begin moving some or all of that million dollars out of its holding pattern and into the light of public discussion, some of which will be pursued during upcoming city budget discussions.

Newport’s Big Creek Road Repair Up to a Year Away

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May 022011

Big Creek Road, since January 17th

The Newport City Council got the good news and the bad news about the January storm damaged Big Creek Road Monday night. The good news is that FEMA is likely to pay 75% of the city’s cost in repairing the road, complete with toe-in reinforcement down below so that the fill up above won’t slide down as well. The bad news is…it’s likely to be an engineering challenge and may take more than one construction season to get a good engineering estimate and then do it. Total cost: $750,000 or there abouts according to Public Works Director Lee Ritzman.

Lakewood HIlls Neighborhood Association representative Wayne Brunelle told the council that with 31st Street slumped out to one lane, and a frequently busy 36th Street to 101, their area has only 1.5 roads out of their neighborhood in case of an emergency. And they’re not happy about it. They asked the council to lay down a traffic counter on 31st and 36th Streets to determine the number of daily trips on both road to determine if the city ought to do something about their plight.

Ritzman told the council “the data we have on 31st and 36th is pretty old. We will install the counter pretty quick and come back with more current numbers.” Although Brunell strongly hinted that the neighbhood association would like to see 31st repaired, Ritzman distanced himself from the idea citing continued earth movement in the area, although not as bad as in recent years. Ritzman also said he will work with Newport Police on tabulate the number of accidents at 36th and 101 to determine if a stop light might be warranted at that intersection. Obviously ODOT would have to be part of that discussion.

Ritzman said another option that might be to extend Harney Street from town northward into the Lakewood Hills area.

The Council set a June 18th at noon work session to discuss the issue further.

One Vehicle Crash on Highway 20, 13 miles east of Toledo, near Eddyville

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May 022011

3:37pm First responders enroute. Unknown injuries. Reports say a vehicle struck a power pole at Thornton Creek Road, went over an embankment toward, but not in, the water.

3:29pm Mother via cell phone to 9-1-1 says her vehicle has overturned with three young children inside. One is bleeding from the mouth. Another has blood on her hands. Mother released all three from their seat belts. All are out of the car

3:31pm Children have been removed from the vehicle. Ages 4,2 and 1.

Newport Farmer’s Market Begins Saturday, the 7th!

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May 022011

Provided by Newport Farmers’ Market
Newport Farmers Market opening

The 34th Newport Farmers Market will begin this Saturday, May 7th and run thru October 29th, every Saturday from 9 to 1 at the Newport City Hall.

This fun event brings people together to make a great community “buy local” experience. You’ll find locally made handcrafts, art and specialty foods and fresh fruits, vegetables and farm products from Lincoln County farms and growers from surrounding areas.

There will be a Opening Day / Mother’s Day Celebration on May 7th at the market. There will be five drawings throughout the day, the prizes will be donated items from vendors. Its a great way to give a treat to returning customers and aquaint new customers with the great things the Market has to offer!

Every 3rd Saturday through out the season there will be a “Kid’s Corner” at the Market. Children of all ages can make a craft project that they can take home and enjoy.  

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In Lincoln City, their farmers’ market has already kicked off and they’ll be open Sundays, from 9-2, at the DeLake School through October 6th.
In Yachats, their farmers’ market runs Sundays 9-2 from mid-May to mid-October.

Use of Deadly Force Last Week At JC Market Justified – DA Rob Bovett

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May 022011

DA Rob Bovett
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The Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office has determined that the use of deadly physical force by law enforcement on April 24, 2011, was justified. Just after 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2011, Newport Police Officers and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to J. C. Market in Newport on a report of a subject creating a disturbance and brandishing a machete. When confronted, the suspect, Troy Paul Holmes, 22, failed to comply with orders from officers. The suspect posed a continuing serious and immediate threat to the officers. Non-lethal force, namely a taser, was used by Newport Police Officer Thomas Lekas, but was not effective. Mr Holmes continued to refuse to comply with orders from the officers. While brandishing a knife, Mr Holmes then charged at Officer Lekas and was shot twice by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Sorby. At that point, Mr Holmes complied and surrendered a knife and a machete.

Mr Homes was then given immediate first aid by deputies and medical personnel at the scene, and was subsequently transported to the hospital. As of this time, Mr Holmes is listed in fair condition at Oregon Health Sciences University. Following the incident, in accordance with the Lincoln County Deadly Physical Force Plan,
investigators with the Lincoln County Major Crime Team interviewed witnesses, gathered evidence, and reviewed surveillance videos taken at the scene by J. C. Market.

With the assistance of the lead detectives from the Lincoln City Police Department and Oregon State Police, the details of the investigation, as well as the surveillance videos, were reviewed by representatives of the District Attorney’s Office. “The use of deadly physical force during this incident by Deputy Eric Sorby was justified,”
said District Attorney Rob Bovett. “The conduct of Mr Holmes placed Officer Lekas in immediate danger of bodily injury, and Deputy Sorby was left with no choice but to use deadly physical force.”

The conduct of Mr Holmes prior to and leading up to the arrival of officers on the scene on April 24, 2011, is still under investigation. For more information, contact Rob Bovett at or 541-265-4145.

Pacific Power Opens Door to BLUE SKY PROGRAM! Enter Quick!

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May 022011

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Got a bright idea for making Oregon, Washington or California greener? Could you use a little green to help make your renewable energy project a reality? Beginning May 2, 2011, Pacific Power is accepting applications for community-based renewable energy project funding from its Blue Sky renewable energy program.

For 11 years now, Pacific Power’s Blue Sky customers have made a difference by personally supporting renewable energy in the western United States. Since 2006, by participating in the voluntary green pricing program, these customers have also helped fund 39 new community-based renewable energy projects in Oregon, Washington and California. Many of these projects are now completed, generating electricity and providing educational opportunities about the advancement of renewable energy and we’re looking for more.

“We’re honored to be able to offer these funding awards to help support new community-based renewable energy projects in our service area,” said Pat Egan, vice president of customer and community affairs for Pacific Power. “We look forward to seeing this round of applications and selecting projects that demonstrate significant community benefit for our customers.”

To be considered in this competitive application process, interested parties must complete and submit an application form along with supporting materials by 5 p.m. on July 1, 2011. Applications will be accepted beginning May 2.

Renewable energy projects that are eligible for funding awards from Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program may include those that support technologies such as wind, solar, biomass, wave, landfill gas, certified low-impact hydro, pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower and geothermal.

This funding is available for projects in Pacific Power’s service area that are locally owned and have a generating capacity of less than 10 megawatts of electricity. Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2012 and should focus on encouraging renewable energy market transformation. Preference is given to local, community-based projects that develop renewable energy generation, support educational efforts to bring broader understanding of renewable energy development and generation, and/or invest in research and demonstration of new generation technologies.

Funding is not available for off-grid or residential projects, for passive or thermal solar energy projects, or for geothermal heat pump systems. Other restrictions also apply. For detailed criteria on project qualifications and application forms, please go to:

Entries should be thorough, and should be submitted with supporting materials such as photographs, schematics, drawings, cut sheets, narratives, construction bids and financial information; or anything else the applicant considers useful in the project evaluation.

Materials may be submitted by mail, fax or e-mail to:

Pacific Power
Attn: Blue Sky Fund Award
1900 SW 4th Ave. – Plaza
Portland, OR 97201
Fax: 800-754-3114

The amount available for funding awards is limited and varies year to year. In 2010, Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program awarded funds ranging from $20,000 to $63,000 for renewable energy projects in its service area. This funding is made possible thanks to participating Blue Sky customers.