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Oregon Ducks beat USC 53-32

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Oct 302010

Oregon Ducks pulled out to a large half-time lead only to make several serious mistakes that gave the USC Trojans opportunities for two quick scores to actually pull ahead at one point. But the Ducks came back with their trademark quick running game, chewing up the Trojans and the clock to finish the battle, Oregon 53, USC 32.

The Ducks are rated number two in the country according to a BCS computer ranking program, but number one in the eyes of human beings with knowledge of the game. For the remainder of the season Oregon plays University of Washington on November 6th in Eugene, University of California November 13th at Berkeley, then University of Arizona on November 26th at Eugene. Then it’s the Oregon Civil War when the Ducks play the OSU Beavers at Corvallis December 4th.

Salmon advocates reject federal plan to strengthen salmon runs. File appeal in federal court.

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Oct 302010

The very long running debate between those who claim they have the high ground in the academic battle over how best to bolster salmon runs on the Columbia River have once again squared off in court. On one side they want to barge juvenile fish around the dams. The other side says that’s not nearly enough and that science proves their point. They claim adequate dam spill is the answer to bolster runs of threatened and endangered salmon species. The story is in the Salem Statesman Journal:

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FREE computer classes! Who doesn’t need some of those!

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Oct 292010

Provided by Newport Library

The Newport Public Library will offer the following computer classes during the month of November.

Beginning Excel will be taught Friday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 9 at 9:00 a.m. This class teaches the basics of using a spreadsheet, including creating and adding columns and rows.

On Friday, November 12 at 10:00 a.m., a class on Making Holiday Cards with Publisher will be offered.

Two classes will be taught on Friday, November 19. At 9:00 a.m., Introduction to Computers will give students an basic overview of how to use a PC. Intermediate Excel will be offered at 10:00 a.m., and will cover how to balance a checkbook, use multiple worksheets, and create charts.

Intermediate Excel will also be taught on Tuesday, November 23, at 9:00 a.m.
Beginning Internet will be taught on Friday, December 3 at 9:00 a.m. The class shows how to use a web browser, click on links, and perform Internet searches. At 10:00 a.m. Beginning Word will be offered. This class covers changing font type and size, creating bullet lists, and learning how to cut and paste.

All classes are free and last one hour. Registration is required. For more information, please call (541)265-2153 or check the library website,

A movie to make you yearn for the “Olde Days” of Wall Street.

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Oct 292010

Provided by Newport Library


“Being There” will be shown Tuesday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. The film, a 1979 adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s novella, stars Peter Sellers as Chance, a guileless, middle-aged man who has spent most of his life as a live-in gardener. When Eve Rand (Shirley MacLaine) hits him with her car, she and her tycoon husband, Ben (Melvyn Douglas), take Chance into their home. His simple observations are interpreted as pearls of wisdom, and he rises to a position of fame and power at the top of Washington society, which he doesn’t understand or care about in the least. Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Sellers was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The screenplay won the 1981 BAFTA Best Screenplay Award and the 1980 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium.

This movie will be shown at no charge in the McEntee Meeting Room of the library. For more information, call the library at 265-2153 or check its website at

Celebrate Newport PD Volunteers, today at 12n at the Shiloh Inn

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Oct 292010

From Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda

The Newport Police Department will be presenting a program on Police Vounteers at Chamber lunch, noon at the Shilo Inn on Elizabeth Street, just south of West Olive.

The Newport Police Department is inviting the community to participate in a special event!
Join us for the Newport Chamber of Commerce Lunch, noon at the Shilo Hotel.
The Police Department will be presenting a program on the Newport Police Volunteers who perform so many valuable functions for Newport Police, all of whom add substantially to our community’s quality of life. What they do saves Newport taxpayers an enormous amount of money. For that, and their good service, all Newport Police Department Volunteers deserve our praise and our hearty thanks.

Join us today at noon, at the Shilo!

Badly disturbed and heavily armed man forced from RV home on Alsea Highway by OSP SWAT

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Oct 292010

The Oregon State Police SWAT team converged on an Alsea Highway RV Park shortly after dark Thursday night with an aim to extract a mentally disturbed man from his motor home. Reports say the man had earlier walked up to the manager’s office at the Chinook RV Park, and with a shotgun in his hand, banged on the door yelling something about being subjected to three years of a magnetic hypnotic force, and he wanted it stopped.

The manager locked the door, called 9-1-1, and retreated to a back area where she hid out until Sheriff’s deputies and OSP troopers could arrive. The man walked back to his RV and went inside. After failed attempts to negotiate with the man due to his deteriorated mental state and being armed with a shotgun and a 44 caliber magnum, officers decided the job of dealing with him would be best left to a SWAT Team. Deputies and troopers then proceeded to evacuate the entire Chinook RV Park.

The Oregon State Police SWAT Team was called in. They took about an hour of preparation and planning, and then went in with team members safely inside their SWAT truck, a black monstrous mobile fortress.

Immediately a SWAT team member used one of the truck’s loudspeakers to try to get the man to come out. He didn’t. A short time later SWAT members fired two specialized rounds into the RV, taking out two windows; one forward, one back. The man still didn’t come out. So they deployed tear gas, right outside the shattered windows. That did it. The man opened a side door and came down the steps. The SWAT team cuffed him up, and he was taken into custody. No injuries. Text book ending.

The man is expected to be given a psychological examination with an eye to determining whether he was, in fact, off his meds. He was booked on charges of menacing with a firearm, unlawful use of a firearm and disorderly conduct. He was being held in lieu of $75,000.

It is’s policy not to reveal the name of mentally disturbed people out of deference to their condition and for the sake of their families.

Highway 34, which had been closed for approximately two hours during the SWAT action, was re-opened shortly before 11:30pm.

Newport City Council ponders money strategy for new water plant and north end water tank.

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Oct 292010

At a special meeting of the Newport City Council Thursday night, it was reported that in 2009, when the city’s water planning task force settled on a water supply expansion plan, it didn’t have all the facts on how they were going to do it. After the voters approved $16 million in bonds to fund the plant and a north-end water tank, it was later discovered that the project would be more expensive than they thought.

The reasons for the missed call were offered by Public Works Director Lee Ritzman and City Manager Jim Voetberg. They were:

* Not enough space for water treatment equipment.
* Poor soils, in a flood plain, and water service interruptions.
* No provisions for water pre-treatment or for adding chemicals.
* The size of the clearwell was too small.
* No process for removing bad odor and taste from water.
* Plant did not meet seismic, ADA, OSHA, or energy codes.
* Poor traffic controls for chemical delivery trucks.
* Found out an expensive retaining wall would be required
* Water intake apparatus was deteriorated
* Bridge to water intake apparatus may no longer be safe.
* Raw water pipe material needs replacing.

The report also described project cut-backs that will lower the cost of the water plant by one million dollars. But a scaled-back water plant and the north-end tank will still come in well above the $16 million bond the voters approved. Continue reading »

Chimney Fire at SE 35th and Ferry Slip

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Oct 282010

Chimney Fire, SE 35th at Ferry Slip

A passing motorist on Highway 101 said flames could be seen shooting up from behind Hoover’s Bar on south 101 in South Beach. Fire units raced to the scene, pulling up to find that the fire had been coming from a chimney vent atop a home on SE 35th near Ferry Slip.

Occupants of the home had gone outside, and armed with a garden hose sprayed the chimney vent, and the roof area around it. Arriving fire units investigated the chimney and the wood stove to find that the fire was pretty well knocked down. One firefighter climbed onto the roof and gave the all clear, with an advisement that the homeowner needs to clean the chimney of creosote build-up.

Fire Chief Rick Crook said if wood is a home’s primary source of heat, the chimney probably needs cleaning every two or three months. He says renting a chimney sweep brush and shining a flashlight down from the top to see that it’s all clean is the way to go. However, if you’re not adept at navigating roofs, you can always hire a chimney sweep to get it done.

Crook also advises to burn hot burning wood like pine if you want to avoid creosote build up. But Crook adds that even with pine there will be eventual creosote build up in the chimney.

Scary author coming to Lincoln City Driftwood Library!

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Oct 282010

Provided by Driftwood Library

Award-Winning Horror Writer to Visit Driftwood

Driftwood Public Library is very pleased to welcome horror writer
Laird Barron on Friday, November 19th at 6:30 p.m. Laird is the
author of two critically acclaimed collections of short stories, The
Imago Sequence & Other Stories (winner of the 2007 Shirley Jackson
Award) and Occultation and is currently working on his first novel,
The Croning, scheduled to be published next year. His work has been
hailed by critics as comparable to that of Richard Matheson, Harlan
Ellison and, most often, H.P. Lovecraft. In a starred review of
Occultation, Publisher’s Weekly wrote “Writing with a poet’s eye for
detail and a folklorist’s understanding of mythos, Barron lives up to
his reputation for elegant, subtle, and nightmare-inducing tales…”
and Booklist (in another starred review) wrote “In every tale,
everything heard and unheard, seen and unseen becomes creepier and
creepier. The protagonists try to escape by drinking, drugging,
fighting… even fleeing. Yet it’s doubtful any of their gorgeously
scary stories has much of a sequel.” Continue reading »

State AG John Kroger orders round-up of worst deadbeat dads and moms.

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Oct 282010

John Kroger, Oregon Attorney General


Provided by John Kroger, Oregon Attorney General

Arrests in the Portland area and a new website are part of an effort to raise awareness about the importance of child support collection in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Justice led an effort to arrest delinquent parents who were judged able to pay to highlight Child Support Awareness Month.

Arrested were: Jacob S. Parker, who owes $17,346 in back child support; Jacob V. Aalberg, who owes $16,056; Christopher T. Elliot, who owes $30,856; Tammie J. Anderson owes $12,983; and Arne H. Karlson, who owes $7,288.

Wednesday’s arrest sweep was conducted by the Department of Justice, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Portland Police Bureau. The sweep targeted 15 parents in Multnomah County who are the subject of arrest warrants issued by a judge because they failed to appear in court to explain their refusal to pay court-ordered child support. All of the arrestees face maximum sentences of up to six months in jail plus full payment of their overdue obligations to their children.

The Division of Child Support is incredibly efficient; for every $1 it receives from the Oregon Legislature, it collects $38 for parents who are raising their kids. Continue reading »