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Newport Police Chief wants 45 mph on Highway 20 extended another half-mile east of town.

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Nov 012010

Police Chief Mark Miranda

Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda is asking for Newport City Council support in his request of ODOT to extend the 45 mph speed limit from just east of John Moore Road out another half-mile. Chief Miranda says the intersection at Moore and 20 is problematic in that traffic coming down the hill tends to be driving too fast in order to gradually slow down to Newport’s 30 mph zone, just west of the intersection. Miranda also says that traffic going up the hill to the east has to accelerate too quickly in order to meet the 55 mph zone just east of town. Therefore, by extending the 45 mph zone a half-mile farther to the east, it will give motorists a more convenient, if not an easier way, to comply as well as smoothing out their speeds as they depart from and arrive in Newport.

We’ll see if Chief Miranda can get ODOT’s ear.

Changes to the Commenting System

 Daily News  Comments Off on Changes to the Commenting System
Nov 012010

Greetings, News Lincoln County readers.  I’m not someone whose name comes up all that often hereabouts, but I work with Dave to try and help keep things on the server side of the site running relatively smoothly.  And when things hiccup or need a little tweak, I step up to take a look at what I can do to help.  Unfortunately, this morning I received a call from Dave regarding some abuse of the relatively open system that allowed for people to make comments.  A comment was submitted to the system by an individual pretending to speak for Dave, which we hope readers will understand is a significant “no-no” against the rules of discourse. As a matter of site security, I am investigating the tracks left behind by the culprit and conducting a security sweep of the site.

As a result of this attempted misappropriation of Dave’s identity, we are simply going to ask readers to create accounts on the website in order to comment on articles they wish to post about. We won’t send you any junk mail, sell your email address, hand out your email address, or any such shenanigans.  We just want people – Dave included – to have a little more security in knowing that when you post here today, you won’t see someone posting tomorrow pretending to be you.  On the right hand side of the page, you should see a menu labeled “Meta” where you can register for, or log into your account with the site. The process is quick and easy, and should only take a few moments of your time. Both Dave and myself hope that this small inconvenience will not decrease the number of valuable comments put forth by many members of the community.

Coast Aquarium and Maritime Museum ask for tall tourism dollars

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Nov 012010

New Sea Lion Viewing Area

Heritage Maritime Museum

The Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Heritage Maritime Museum have both applied for some major grants from the Newport City Council. The Aquarium is seeking $375,000 in local hotel/motel room tax dollars to build an expanded Seal and Sea Lion viewing area. The Aquarium says their goal is to increase tourist enjoyment for those who spend time looking through the viewing windows of the current exhibit and delight in the antics of the seals and sea lions as they are being fed. The Aquarium adds that such an addition to the facility would invite visitors to linger longer and perhaps stay an extra night due to the extra time involved with the new visitor viewing area.

The Heritage Maritime Museum is seeking $200,000 in hotel/motel room tax dollars to make further improvements to the Museum. They would put the money to work erecting a retaining wall in the upper parking area, upgrade heating systems, plumbing and electrical, put new windows on the south side of the building along with new siding, and repaint the building along with new landscaping. The Museum’s application states that the improvements would allow greater use by the community for cultural and entertainment events, workshops and temporary exhibits.

The Newport City Council meets tonight, 6pm, at City Hall.

Structure Fire in Nelscott area of Lincoln City

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Nov 012010

You couldn’t tell it from the street, but the interior and rear portion of this bungalow-type vacation home was gutted by a fire Monday morning. A friend of the owner, who lives across the street from the house at 3232 SW Beach, looked out his window to see smoke rising from the rear. He called North Lincoln County FD which was on scene within a couple of minutes, their south Lincoln City station less than five blocks away.

Fire fighters found the rear of the home fully ablaze. It appeared that the fire that may have started from the center-out. The owners of the house live in Portland and were not staying in it at the time. The neighbor said they never rent it.

There was extensive fire and smoke damage to the back area of the home and heavy smoke damage throughout the rest of the structure. Fire fighters say they’re not yet sure what caused it.

As you can see from the photos, firefighters acted swiftly to knock down the blaze. Although the distance between the homes along that section of Southwest Beach is small indeed, fire fighters did a superb job of protecting them on either side from the flames. However, a neighbor’s fence to the northwest was damaged by the heat of the fire.

What’s the true cost of alcohol? British survey: ” A Lot”

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Nov 012010

A British based research firm has broken the boundaries of conventional approaches to ascertaining the threat that “drugs” have on society. In this story from CNN, they say flat-out that alcohol should be at the top of the list for overall harm to society. Maybe not in physiological terms, but in its costs to taxpayers.

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Naterlin Drive, a slick, slippery hazard.

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Nov 012010

Naterlin Drive Monday morning

Newport Public Works personnel were out this morning cleaning up an oily mess left by a truck that was leaking hydraulic fluid. The truck came off the west end of Bay Boulevard, and headed up Naterlin, leaking as it went. No one’s confessed to the deed. Sand has been laid down on the street. It’s turned to a muddy glop that is absorbing the fluid.

Anyone who might know who did this or may have seen anything, is encouraged to call Newport Police.

Holiday Tips for Shoppers and Salespeople

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Nov 012010

Sheriff Dennis Dotson

Provided by Sheriff Dennis Dotson

Your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office offers the following holiday shopping safety tips as the season is fast approaching. We have also included some tips for sales personnel who are likely to see more counterfeit money this time of year.

Be alert and aware. Be attentive to your surroundings at all times.
Don’t carry more cash or valuables than is necessary. Be discreet so that you don’t attract attention. Take extra precautions with your wallet or purse. Carry your purse with the opening flap next to your body and with the strap hung over your shoulder.
Allow for darkness. It gets dark early this time of year, so be sure to factor this into shopping plans.

Instruct children on holiday safety measures. Know where your children are at all times. Before going shopping, decide where to meet if you and your children should become separated.

Always lock your car doors and remember where you park. Be sure to put valuables out of sight (i.e. packages, purses, mobile phones, CDs, etc.). Place them in the trunk or take them with you. This includes portable GPS units. Never hide spare keys in or on your car. These hiding places are easily discovered. If you need spare keys, keep them in your wallet or purse.

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Early Trick-or-Treaters in downtown Newport

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Oct 312010

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Above, Newport City Manager Jim Voetberg and his wife Kim, both in costume, greet Trick or Treaters on the south steps of Newport City Hall. Trick or treating was going on city wide from the Bayfront to City Center to Nye Beach. A big candy haul for coastal kids and prizes for those who hit all the stores and got lucky at the end!

Siletz 3rd Annual Art Show and Sale still hummin’ along…

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Oct 312010

Provided by Cultural Activities of the Siletz Valley Friends of the Library

The third annual Siletz Art Show and Sale is still going on at the Siletz Public Library, at 255 S. Gaither St. The variety of art pieces by local artists of varying ages may be viewed during library hours which are: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. A final “sale and celebration” with refreshments will be held at 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 6. Art pieces may be purchased at any time this week, but will be available to take away at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

A raffle of donated art pieces is also taking place, with winners announced during the celebration. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The raffle prizes include a hand blown glass piece by Siletz artist Donald Carlson, various paintings donated by Dorothy Slaughter, and a beaded bracelet made by Blythe Jorgensen.

There is no admission charge to the final sale and celebration and 15% of the profits from sales will go to the Cultural Activities Committee of the Siletz Valley Friends of the Library, which is the sponsor of the art show.

For more information, call Lynn Whitlow at 444-2484 or Alice McCain at 444-1277.

Last Pew Research Poll: The GOP will retake control of the House of Representatives

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Oct 312010

The gold standard of national surveys, Pew Research, has concluded that based on up to the minute polling, the Republican Party will retake control of the House of Representatives, thereby sending House Speaker Nancy Pelosi back to her normal seat among all other members of Congress.

The latest polling trends show that Republican voters are more actively motivated to vote than Democrats and that the coveted Independent vote is leaning Republican. Among many conservatives the thought is that the Democrats had two years to turn the country around and didn’t. Among liberals the thought is that the recession is so severe that a quick fix was never possible and that the Democrats’ stimulus package was not big enough. Conservatives contend the stimulus was wrong to implement in the first place and only added to the deficit.

Here’s the full survey results. Click below: