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Newport City Attorney Penelope McCarthy resigns

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Jan 312011

Newport City Attorney Penelope McCarthy is resigning her post effective March 15th. McCarthy was hired as the city’s second full time city attorney in the Summer of 2009.

McCarthy notified the City Council today via e-mail that she will be happy to assist in any transition duties associated with her replacement. She said she was grateful for being allowed to serve the citizens of Newport. She did not indicate what her immediate future holds.

McCarthy was recently named in a lawsuit against the city filed by Human Resources Coordinator Cheryl Ewing. Ewing claimed that she had been discriminated against based on her gender on job related matters however no mention of the lawsuit was made in McCarthy’s resignation e-mail.

McCarthy began her employment as Newport’s city attorney in June of 2009, taking over the reigns from her predecessor Gary Firestone, the first full timer in the job. McCarthy had a base salary of $94,000 per year. Benefits and retirement usually entail an additional 30% outlay on the payroll.

Lincoln City, a town of similar population as Newport, relies on a contract, part time city attorney as does the city of Toledo, a town roughly one-third the size of Newport.

Your car has become a submarine. Now What!!??

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Jan 312011

From Sheriff Dennis Dotson

Several times a year a car ends up in one of Lincoln County’s waterways. Last year, a mother and her three young children found themselves trapped in their submerged car in a local creek. They were fortunate in that they were rescued by passing motorists, but we shouldn’t depend upon the right people being there at the right time to save us. So if you spend much time driving along a river, lake, or other body of water, it’s a good idea to have a plan of what to do in case you find your car sinking or fully submerged in water.

Most cars will stay afloat for a few moments when driven into a deep body of water and remain in an upright position. Usually the weight of the engine causes it to slowly pitch forward and settle underwater nose-down. If you should find yourself in this predicament, the first thing to remember is DON’T PANIC! (No doubt easier said than done when the water is quickly filling the compartment)

The priority for survival is to Get Out of the Vehicle! Immediately and simultaneously, unbuckle your seatbelt and roll down your windows. If they are power windows, this may pose a problem if the water has shorted the electrical circuits. So don’t delay in attempting this action. Continue reading »

An Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society reminder!!

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Jan 302011

The Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society to remind folks of an upcoming afternoon of Baroque music on Saturday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m. in Seal Rock.

Owen Daley, Harpsichord
Tessa Brinckman, Baroque Flute
Margret Gries, Baroque Violin

Program to include selections by:

and others

Tickets for this concert are $25.

The Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society (OCCMS) exists to: bring chamber music back into the home where it began; to enhance cultural education through music in an intimate setting; to support local and oregon musicians or those with close ties to Oregon; and to assist aspiring musicians of all ages.

For reservations, directions and other information, please call 541-764-0278.

A brief taste of near-Summer in Newport Sunday

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Jan 302011

Although most still dressed in their wintery garb, some people donned t-shirts, shorts, colorful dresses and walked their dogs at Don Davis Park in Newport. A summer scene that would be common in late July to early August. But it was on the second to the last day in January with the sun low in the southern sky! Here are some video shots to give you a feel for what you missed if you weren’t there.

Hidden Dangers of Overpopulation – JD Adams

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Jan 292011

Hidden Dangers of Overpopulation
by JD Adams

In the aftermath of the Tucson shootings, the dialogue has shifted to gun
control. Officer-involved shootings are on the rise in Portland, Oregon, and
nationally there has been an alarming increase in assaults of police. While
I write this, police are searching for a suspect in Waldport that is accused
of shooting officer Steven Dobbs during a routine traffic stop. Violence is
escalating in the Middle East, and terrorism is spreading worldwide.
Domestic violence is out of control here in Oregon.

What exactly is going on here?

Some will say it’s the result of the Great Recession and global financial
instability. Others say guns are the problem, or the rise of extremism,
fanaticism, or because the safety net has failed. These all deserve
analytical scrutiny, but in viewing the big picture, they can be considered
as symptoms, not the root problem. Sociologists have been warning us for
decades of the effects of overpopulation.

Continue reading »

Rollover accident at Abbey and 9th

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Jan 292011

Photos courtesy: Brian Claudy
To enlarge photo, double click on it.

A traffic accident at SE Abbey and 9th Saturday ended badly for the owner of this pickup who was helped from his vehicle after it rolled up onto its left side. No one was seriously injured. The lady driver of the other car reportedly drove herself the 100 feet to the hospital, which you can see overlooked the accident. Both were cited.

Free throw dunks help Newport shoot past Philomath

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Jan 292011

(Click image to play video)

When the Newport Cubs pulled into Philomath Friday night, it appeared that their free throw drought was spreading into yet another game. But by the middle of the second half with the Warriors, the drought was broken by a rain of “nuthin’ but net” shooting by the Cubs.

The Cubs varsity team beat Philomath 71-64.
Cubs JV beat Philomath 56-55.
Cubs Varsity girls lost to Philomath 48-30.

State Treasurer complains investigation costing hundreds of times more than the alleged loss.

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Jan 292011

Ted Wheeler, State Treasurer

State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is complaining that an inquiry into two of his top state funds investment advisors over $428 in questionable reimbursements is a giant waste of state money. One hundred thousand dollars in lawyer and other investigative fees thus far and rising.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here:

Traffic Enforcement Blitz! February 7-27! It’s about you and your kids!

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Jan 292011

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will be joining other police agencies throughout Oregon to enforce traffic occupant protection and other traffic related laws during the Three Flags safety belt enforcement blitz scheduled February 7th through February 20th. The enforcement blitz is funded by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Overtime patrols are scheduled through the blitz period with enforcement focused on proper child passenger safety system usage.

Oregon law requirements for Child Restraint:

A child weighing less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat designed for children weighing 40 pounds or less.

A child under one year of age or weighing less than 20 lbs must be restrained in a rear facing child safety seat.

A child weighing more than 40 pounds, but under 8 years of age or less than 4’9” tall, must be restrained in a booster seat that elevates them so the lap/shoulder belts fit correctly across the hips and shoulder area.

Children under 18 years of age are prohibited from riding in the open bed of a pick up truck.

While it is not a law in Oregon, it is strongly recommended that children twelve and under ride in rear seating positions. Research indicates that such rear seating reduces the risk of injury by 37% for that age group.

Additional information regarding child safety seats can be located at the ACTS Oregon web page at

Your sheriff’s office would like to remind you to buckle up- it’s the way to go!