May 092012

Network: Lincoln and South Tillamook Counties
Provided by Coastal Progressives,
A member group of the Rural Organizing Project * Advancing democracy in rural Oregon

Announcements for May 9th

Rural Caucus and Strategy Session 2012 this weekend!

Bringing together leaders in the rural human dignity movement
Location: Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) Hall, 300 Young St., Woodburn. In addition to our day-long Caucus, ROPers are invited to attend an evening celebration, and activities on Friday and Sunday of Caucus weekend. Make sure to indicate on your registration the days that you’ll join us! On Friday, May 11, Farmworker tour with Ramon Ramirez of PCUN (2-5 p.m.): Woodburn is rich with movement history. This tour will take you from the PCUN farmworkers hall, to the Radio Movimiento community radio station, to learning about the struggle to obtain farmworker housing with dignity.

From 6-8:30 p.m., Viernes Comunitario: Every other Friday, PCUN members and community gather at PCUN to discuss a topic relevant to the community. In May, they’ll open their doors to us in this grassroots event. We’ll start with the film Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, a film that “encompasses a broad cross section of issues—from restoration of land grants, to farmworkers’ rights, to enhanced education, to voting and political rights”. After the film we will engage into an open discussion looking at the links with our struggles of today.

On Saturday, MaY 12: – CAUCUS DAY!
Rural Caucus and Strategy Session (8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.): Our chance to look back on our last year–what we have accomplished, what has changed in our political climate–and we strategize for the year to come. Join us for strategy sessions on Occupy Rural Oregon, creating Welcoming Communities, saving Rural Post Offices, election planning and more. There will be time to share strategies across communities and skills to build our organizing impact. Our Caucus keynote this year will feature a dialogue between ROP Founder Marcy Westerling and PCUN President Ramon Ramirez.

Celebration (5:30 p.m.-bedtime): We have a lot to celebrate from the past year. Join us for a delicious vegetarian Mexican dinner, music, and dancing to Latin rhythms, hosted by our friends at PCUN. This is a party that you won’t want to miss!

On Sunday, May 13: Occupy Breakfast (8:30-10 a.m.). Join rural Occupiers from across the state in a conversation about how we can support each other, build rural power, and what unified tactics and strategies could look like.

CAPACES work party (10:30 a.m.-1p.m.): The CAPACES Leadership Institute (CLI) is scheduled to open in the summer of this year. CLI is an enormous achievement of our friends in the mid-Valley farmworkers movement. We’ll spend the morning getting our hands dirty, and helping bring the Institute one step closer to Inauguration Day. Learn more about the CLI here:

For more information and to register, check the Rural organizing Project website at, call 503-543-8417, or email

Important public meeting re: Devils Lake
Please attend an important public meeting on May 10th at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln City Council Chambers, 801 SW Hwy 101. Whether you live on its shores, or just enjoy all that it has to offer, Devils Lake needs your help. The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board is holding a public meeting on whether to permanently remove the D River Dam. The dam causes lake bank erosion, impedes passage of threatened coho salmon and contributes to the impairment of water quality. We urge you to attend this meeting and show your support for removal of the dam. For more information about this issue, please click here to review the D River Dam Fact Sheet Notices from the Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council.

SDCWC office has moved. Our office has moved to 801 SW Hwy 101, next to Price and Pride in the Lincoln City Hall Building. Please stop by for a visit. Our phone number has not changed: (541) 996-3161.

New SDCWC website
Please visit our new and improved website at, designed by our dedicated board member, Joanne Daschel.

–Sent from
PFLAG announcements
Welcome to Out Oregon Coast!
We are a social group for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gender communities on the Central Oregon Coast. We are just getting this group started, so please feel free to let us know what events you’d like to see happening in Lincoln County, from Yachats to Newport to Lincoln City.
Our first gathering was a Lesbian Coffee Hour on May 8 at The Coffee House on the Bayfront. The second one will be OUT at Mundo, which is open mic night at Cafe Mundo on May 31 at 7 p.m. Join us to help kick off LGBT social events around the county.
We invite you to join our email list so we can let you know when and where the events are happening. To add your email, go to You can also follow us on Facebook –just search for Out Oregon Coast. We’re looking forward to seeing you!
Marriage Equality Town Hall
Basic Rights Oregon and PFLAG OCC are hosting a Town Hall at St. Stephen’s Church, SW 9th and Hurbert in Newport, on Wed., May 23. Refreshments and social time starts at 6 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:30. Join us for an update on plans to build support across the state and to win marriage equality in Oregon.
See you at Saturday Market
We’ll be there on the opening day of Newport’s Saturday Market this Saturday, May 12!–and hope to see you on the second Saturday of each month. We’ve got a few openings for table staffers, especially for the 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. shifts. Respond to this email to let us know which month you would like to volunteer.
–Jeanne St.John, Chair PFLAG Oregon Central Coast
Newport Senior Activities Center announcements:
Foreign Movie Night tonight
Newport Senior Activities Center (NSAC) is offering Foreign Movie Night, Wednesday, May 9, featuring The Lives of Others. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. “The film is a little dark and gritty” says Terry Nussdorfer, the film host; “however, it ends on a good note.” The film takes place in the year 1984 in East Berlin and is about an agent of the secret police who is conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover and finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
Also, on Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m., the NSAC is featuring a film named, Fitzcarraldo that Nussdorfer promises has great special features, with Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald playing a starring role. The movie is about a determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle.
Nussdorfer states that both of these films are worth seeing. Please call NSAC at 541-265-9617 for registration and additional information, or come by at 20 S.E. 2nd Street, and visit our website,
Lunch and Learn Spring Conclusion
The very popular and diverse offerings of Lunch and Learn, coordinated by Clyde Kelley for the Newport Senior Activity Center, will conclude its program for the summer on May 14. Dr. Ralph Breitenstein, of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, will be speaking about how Oregon is protecting its ports from marine invaders. Bring your sack lunch and join us from 12:45-1:45 p.m. in our Education Center downstairs in the Newport Senior Activity Center.
We really appreciate this program, the diversity of speakers, and the consistent participation every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month by those attending. Clyde and all the speakers give of their time, knowledge, and expertise to help this be an on-going activity at the NSAC. Look for Clyde’s next Lunch and Learn schedule for the fall of 2012 at the NSAC.
The NSAC is offering other speakers from time-to-time for Lunch and Learn during the spring and summer months, so look for our next Lunch and Learn, to be announced.
Please call 541-265-9617 for more information,
“Walk with Ease”
Newport Senior Activity Center is offering the Arthritis Foundation program, “Walk with Ease,” beginning Monday, May 14. This six-week program of walking, designed for better health, improved fitness, and less pain, is instructed and led by Ann Way, Living Well Coordinator for Lincoln County Health and Human Services. The classes are at 5:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays at the NSAC, 20 S.E. 2nd St. in Newport, and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at the former Yaquina View Elementary School at 351 SE Harney St. in Newport.
Pre-registration is required, and class size is limited, so please call 541-265-9617 for more information and to sign up for helping get yourself into better shape while learning skills for improved overall wellness through this gentle exercise program.
Please call NSAC at 541-265-9617 for registration and additional information, or come by at 20 S.E. 2nd Street, and visit our website,
Tidal Marsh Restoration
On Thursday, May 17, Roy Lowe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, presents “Tidal Marsh Restoration on Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.” Over the past decade the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its many partners have pursued the goal of restoring the diked pastures of theNi-les’tun Unit of Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge to the historic salt marsh habitat that occurred there more than 100 years ago. Following tens of years of planning and three years of construction, the 418-acre tidal marsh restoration was completed in September 2011. This project is the largest tidal marsh restoration in Oregon to date and doubled the amount of tidal salt marsh habitat within the Coquille Estuary. This restoration will improve estuarine health, productivity, and restore habitats, directly benefiting a wide array of fish, wildlife and invertebrate populations, including anadromous fish that spawn in freshwater but spend part of their lives in the ocean, waterfowl and shorebirds.
This Yaquina Birders and Naturalists meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Education Wing Room 30/32 in the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center. Please use the staff entrance (NOT the entrance to the Visitor’s Center), follow the signs, and park near the Library. Cost: free. Everyone is welcome! For more information, call 541-265-2965.
–Range Bayer, for Yaquina Birders and Naturalists,
Pruning workshop offered
The Lincoln County Master Gardeners (501(c)3 ) is having a pruning workshop for it’s members, and the public is invited. Vern, from Buena Vista Arbor Care, will be providing this pruning demonstration at the OCCC South Beach campus in the community room on May 17. The workshop will start at 1 p.m., finishing up with the indoor portion about 3 p.m. Then we’ll go outdoors for some hands-on pruning experience, so bring your pruning shears.
–Sonja Lovas 914-552-0242 (cell)
Highway roadside spray season begins
It’s that time again. ODOT is set to begin their District 4 highway spraying in the valley as of the week of May 7. The projected schedule with two spray trucks will begin with daytime spraying this week, then switch to night time spraying as of the week of May 14. The tentative route:
Jefferson Hwy
Hwy 228
Hwy 226
I-5, Century Drive and Airport Rd
Hwy 99E
Hwy 99W
Fish back Hwy
Kings Valley Hwy 223
Hwy 180
Hwy 34 from Lebanon to Waldport and Lobster Hwy
Hwy 101 Newport to Lincoln City (end of section)
Hwy 18
Hwy 22
Hwy 229
Hwy 20 Newport – Corvallis – Albany – Sweet Home
This plan “may be modified at any time, due to unforeseen changes in equipment, weather, and staffing. For timely updates on ODOT’s planned highway spray locations, contact Kit Sugrue to be put on her mailing list:
An Evening with Elizabeth Eslami
On Saturday, May 19, the 3rd Saturday in May, the Nye Beach Visual Arts Center Show begins at at 7 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Newport Visual Arts Center, located at 777 NW Beach Drive (across from the Nye Beach Turnaround). General admission is $6 at the door, students always admitted free. Light refreshments will be available.
Elizabeth Eslami is the author of the novel Bone Worship (Pegasus), about the complex relationship between an Iranian father and his Iranian-American daughter. Her essays, short stories, and travel writing have appeared in numerous publications, including The Millions, Fifty-Two Stories, Matador, and The Literary Review, and she is a regular contributor to The Nervous Breakdown. Her work will be featured in the forthcoming anthologies: Not in My Father’s House: An Anthology of Fiction By Iranian American Writers and Movie-Schooled: Writers on the Influence of Cinema. She’s currently at work on a collection of short stories and a second novel. You can visit her website at
The Writers’ Series open mic will take place following intermission. Audience members are encouraged to read, sing, or recite original work for up to five minutes. Open mic slots are available to the first 10 writers who sign up. No pre-registration required.
Greetings from Burnt Woods,
We’re looking to spread the word about BURNTWOODSSTOCK ~ The Family Friendliest three-day Music/Camping Festival (July 27-28 and 29) up and down our beautiful coast. Is this something you can help us with? 🙂
BurntWoodsStock is partnering with the Lincoln County Homeless Youth Alliance , donating $5 of every ticket sold to the Alliance. BWS is also partnering with the Newport Food Pantry and Salvation Army, donating 10% of the net proceeds from our merchandise sales to these organizations.
Peace, –Julz, Singer~Songwriters and Hosts of: BURNTWOODSSTOCK

A last Epistle to the Ecotopians
Ernest Callenbach (Ecotopia) died last month. This unpublished article was on his computer:
Epistle to the Ecotopians: Last Words to an America in Decline
–contributed by Fran Recht
Discarded railroad ties a topic of the Yaquina Basin-wide get-together tomorrow
Please join us for a basin-wide get-together to talk about railroad creosote ties. The MidCoast Watersheds Council (MCWC) invites community members to come together for a Yaquina Basin gathering on Thursday May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Eddyville Community Church. Help beautify your communities by identifying piles of discarded railroad (creosote) ties in between Nashville and Toledo. Also, learn more about the salmon habitat restoration work going on in your local creeks.
Bring the location (an address or obvious landmark) of any remaining piles of creosote ties you know about so MCWC can continue to help in facilitating their removal.
For more information or to report the location of discarded creosote ties, contact Lisa Mulcahy, Yaquina Basin Planning Team Coordinator at 541-264-0572 or
Training sessions offered for volunteer beached bird survey
Anyone interested in being a “citizen scientist” and helping to monitor the health of the ocean and its seabird populations is invited to a training session for the COASST beached bird survey. The free public event takes place on Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. in Room 30/32 of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 S.E. Marine Science Dr. in Newport.
The training session is co-sponsored by COASST (the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, based at the University of Washington) and the CoastWatch program of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition.
The Newport session will be led by Charlie Wright, COASST’s seabird data verifier. His primary role with the organization is to examine thousands of volunteer-submitted beached bird photos to assure the accuracy of the reports. He has done bird-related field work in New Hampshire and Idaho, and worked with seabirds, raptors, and songbirds in the Gulf of Alaska.
During the full-day training session, those attending will hear about how COASST started, learn how to use the custom Beached Birds field guide, and try out new identification skills. This event is free and open to the public; volunteers do not need to be experienced with birds. New participants who commit to survey a specific beach (about 3/4 mile) each month pay a $20 deposit on supplies and materials. Training activities take place indoors, and include a break for lunch–pack your own or plan to buy lunch nearby.
RSVP to or (206) 221-6893 if you plan to attend.
Man can find meaning in life, short and perilous as it is, only through devoting himself to society.
–Albert Einstein

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