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A 21st century house is not a home without solar panels…

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Apr 032011

Provided by John Lavrakas

Have you ever wondered whether you can put renewable energy devices into your own home, or in your community, saving money and reducing your carbon footprint? Now you can find out. Come to the Miniature Solar and Wind Renewable Energy Fair to be held at the Oregon Coast Community College Community Room on Wednesday, April 13, 4:00 – 6:30 PM. This fair will offer a hands-on opportunity to learn about two forms of renewable energy available to put into their own homes. What makes this fair special is the presence of a renewable energy trailer, — the “Watt Wagon”, which has on it solar panels and an actual wind turbine power generator. The Watt Wagon is a small trailer designed for live demonstrations of how well renewable wind and solar energy can work here in Lincoln County. Several speakers will discuss renewable wind and solar energy and how to go about setting it up in your community or your own home.

The fair will be hosted by the Lincoln County Technology Solutions Alliance, in cooperation with Lincoln County Sustainability and Solid Waste and the Small Business Development Center. Mark Saelens, Manager of the Lincoln County Solid Waste Management District, will conduct the demonstrations and is coordinating all the activities. Other topics include talks on the Community Wind Tour From Newport to Grayland, WA, Oregon feed-in tariffs, and PUD purchase of renewable energy.
There will also be a networking hour during which you can enjoy some provided refreshments while asking questions or simply enjoying a conversation with those that have interests similar to your own. Continue reading »

Oregon authorities seeks public’s help in finding missing Canadian couple

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Apr 032011

Albert & Rita Chretien, missing

Provided by OSP

The Penticton RCMP assisted by the “E” Division Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into the disappearance of a Penticton couple after their family reported them missing March 31st. Law enforcement agencies in the western United States are assisting RCMP with the release of their information to area media and providing any needed help to locate the couple.

RCMP investigators obtained store security video footage from Baker City, Oregon confirming ALBERT CHRETIEN, age 59, and his wife, RITA CHRETIEN, age 56, made a gas purchase Saturday, March 19, 2011, at local Shell gas station/convenience store (Still images from the video are provided with this release). Investigators also confirmed that ALBERT and RITA CHRETIEN crossed into Washington via Oroville on March 19 at approximately 7:05 a.m. They stopped in Baker City where the gas purchase was made at 2:45 p.m. while they were on a business trip enroute to Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple did not arrive at their destination.

“To date, the couples banking activities and cell phone usage have been nil. The Penticton RCMP is liaising with several U.S. police agencies in order to forward the information state side in attempts to locate the couple,” said RCMP Corporal Dan Moskaluk.

The couple’s children grew concerned after the pair did not return from their trip to Las Vegas as planned. The couple was scheduled to return last week between Monday and Wednesday. Family members are very concerned and note that their parents failing to show for the planned attendance at a trade show and convention is out of the ordinary, adding that the couple are local business owner operators which has had a direct effect and concern to many others including the small staff they employ.

ALBERT and RITA CHRETIEN were traveling in their two-tone tan colored 2000 Chevy Astro van displaying British Columbia license plates 212-CAV. A more detailed vehicle description is provided below in this news release. (Note: the photograph provided with this release is of a similar looking van)

The RCMP and U.S. State and county agencies are now concentrating their investigative efforts in the Baker City and Oregon State area, the last known whereabouts of the Canadian couple. Continue reading »

Dundee kite surfer dies Saturday at Cutler Beach, Lincoln City.

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Apr 032011

Authorities have identified the kite surfer who died Saturday afternoon at Cutler Beach. They say he was Steven Johnson, 62, of Dundee, a town near Newberg.

Witnesses told Lincoln City Police that they watched Johnson assemble his kite surfing equipment in preparation for what was expected to be a fun afternoon for him and for spectators on the beach. But moments later they turned around and saw he was floating face down in the water, with the wind blowing him back toward shore. They pulled him up onto the beach and called 9-1-1. Within a very short time CPR was being administered, reportedly by a friend, which was continued by a paramedic even as Johnson was loaded aboard an ambulance and transported to North Lincoln Hospital. He was pronounced deceased a short time later.

It is not yet known whether some medical condition may have caused his death, but according to friends, they were told at the hospital that Johnson probably died of a heart attack.

Volunteer Firefighters: Getting harder to come by…

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Apr 022011

Volunteer fire departments across Oregon are finding it harder and harder to get new recruits to fill the ranks of some who are becoming “old timers” and no longer able to lift heavy hose, carry air packs and axe-whack their way through flames and collapsing walls. Those that would take their place are getting fewer and far between.

Even the Newport Fire Department is feeling the strain as they are always have the call out for volunteers to fight house fires, respond to certain medical calls, traffic crashes and beach, river and forest rescues.

More on the story from the Oregonian. Click Here

Body found on jetty near Astoria. Body had been in the water “for a while.”

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Apr 022011

A badly decomposed human body has been found on the sand south of Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria. No identification of the body has yet been made.

Oregon State Police say a person walking along the beach spotted the partial remains at around 8:30 am Saturday morning and called 9-1-1. Clatsop County Sheriff’s Deputies, OSP and the local medical examiner retrieved the remains and took them to a lab to determine if any DNA information might be matched up with that of known missing persons. They said they cannot yet determine if the remains are male or female.

Several people are presumed drowned along the Oregon Coast over the past six months, including David Durham, the man who shot Lincoln City Police Officer Steve Dodds. Durham was last known to be near the “Jaws” of the Alsea River where it runs into the ocean at Waldport. Another man was missing from a boating accident in the same area last September. Others have gone missing on other stretches of the coast.

Advantage Real Estate: Economy shows signs of consistent improvement – time to invest in a home or investment real estate.

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Apr 022011

Provided by Advantage Real Estate:

April is here and we have completed the first quarter of 2011. Looking at the chart below, Active listings, New Listings and Sold Listings are very similar to the first three months of 2010. This is typically the listing time of the year in Lincoln County and we should see inventories rise as summer approaches. Sales are focused mostly in the $100,000 to $400,000 range. The Average Sales price is $243,805 and the Median Sales price is $200,000 for the month ending March 30, 2011.

The economy appears to be improving and, along with that, home and property prices should stabilize. We at Advantage Real Estate feel this one of those rare opportunities, in economic cycles, to get excellent value in a home or a real estate investment.

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Fires just south of downtown Depoe Bay

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Apr 022011

Traffic back to normal. Power company repairing lines.

Depoe Bay electrical power line fires are on west side of 101. Fires are out but hot power lines are still on the ground. One lane of southbound traffic on 101 is closed.

Reports say a fire is burning near the Depoe Bay downtown fire department. A power line is said to be down and has ignited materials on the ground. Another report is that there are several fires burning in the area. Not confirmed. Fire fighters are right there and we expect to hear further details shortly.

Windsurfer dies at Cutler Beach, Lincoln City

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Apr 022011

Lincoln City Police report that a windsurfer was pulled up onto Cutler Beach, Lincoln City Saturday afternoon shortly before 3pm. He was not conscious and not breathing. CPR was quickly administered and the man was rushed by ambulance to North Lincoln Hospital. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Not much information is yet available other than the victim was in his 50’s and that his residence is in the Willamette Valley.

Entertaining poetry reading at the Newport Senior Center

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Apr 012011

A note from poet John Lavrakas:

Come feel the joy one receives in sharing poetry with friends.

The Newport Senior Center is having a community poetry reading Tuesday April 12 at 2 pm. The session will be conducted by Lefteris (Lefty) Lavrakas, PhD who invites those attending to bring their best loved poems and read them aloud. For those who don’t have their own poems to read, he has a number of poetry books that are rife with engaging, amusing, and insightful poems.

These poetry readings are held at the Senior Center every month on the second Tuesday at 2 pm. The Senior Center is located at 20 SE 2nd Street in Newport.