Aug 202014
Lincoln County Democrats Aug. 27, 7pm Oregon Coast Community College, Lincoln City Campus

Lincoln County Democrats
Aug. 27, 7pm
Oregon Coast Community College, Lincoln City Campus

Next Meeting: Wednesday, August 27, 7 PM, OCCC North Campus

Lincoln County Democrats will meet August 27th to discuss ballot measures that will before the voters in November 2014 ballot. They will also determine what positions, if any, the organization will take on the measures. Lincoln County Democrats will meet Wednesday, August 27th, 7pm at OCCC North Campus. Residents of Lincoln City are especially encouraged to attend.

Coffee and a light snack will be provided. OCCC North campus is located at 3788 SE High School Drive, Lincoln City. Turn inland (East) off US Highway 101 at the Lincoln City 6 theater. The college will be on the left, before you reach Taft High School.

Meetings of the Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee are free and open to the public. For more information, call Chair BillieJo Smith at 336-9578.


Regular meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Central Lincoln PUD located at 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport (across US 101 from Safeway.)

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According to a just released economic outlook on Lincoln County, the county has emerged from the prolonged recession better than previous ones thanks to more diverse sources of income coming into the county. Those sources are primarily what are called transfers – retirees and investors who have moved to Lincoln County and brought their personal wealth with them or their retirement checks and both are spending them here.

But to be sure, The Research Group LLC out of Corvallis says income from other sources have certainly helped as well over the past 10 years. Income from commercial fishing is up 37% in those ten years. Timber income up 38% (mostly in terms of logging), 50% higher for farming, 18% from tourism and 47% higher from marine science employment – Hatfield Marine Science Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration providing the one-two punch-up on local income.

According to the Research Group, the community with the highest income is Newport with an average family income of just over $47,000 a year. Lincoln City’s average family income is far less at just under $30,000 attesting to the huge market they field from Portland and Seattle area tourists, but of course they require only service level jobs that don’t pay family wages, for the most part.

The poorest part of the county is around Siletz with 22.5% at or below the poverty level. The community with the lowest rate of poverty is Yachats, at 2%. County average is 11%.

The Research Group reports however, that Lincoln County’s labor force has been shrinking since about 2008 as young families seek employment away from the coast. And that has brought the county’s unemployment rate down as a result. Of the new jobs created in the post-recession era, trade and food processing have shown strong growth. However, construction and health care employment has dropped. Income from timber has also been down but retail and service income has been up and small business and technology-related employment have also produced wage hikes. Professional service employment has been on the rise along with computer programing and computer science engineering. And more and more women are working outside the home to help their families cope with the aftermath of the 2008 Wall Street Crash-induced recession.

Trends in Lincoln County’s fishing industry, according to the report, show an upward tick in processing more fish in Oregon rather than shipping them off to Washington or California for processing. The recent addition of Fishpeople’s new Tuna processing facility in Toledo came with a five fold multiplier in benefits to the local economy than if the fish were simply landed here and sent elsewhere for processing. Fishpeople have indicated a strong desire to expand their facilities in Toledo, all with family wage jobs.

Dungeness Crab harvesting continues healthy with more processing of the crab locally as well as aboard processor ships at sea with a significant amount of benefit accruing to the Lincoln County economy, according to the report.

But as for salmon, The Research Group indicates that salmon harvesting has been in overall decline due to a number of factors: Ocean conditions, river, stream and estuary degradation from human impacts (not the least of which is logging) and more demands from various groups for more access to the harvest.

As for agriculture in Lincoln County, it’s on the upswing but occupies only a very thin slice of Lincoln County’s economic pie. However with the growth of farmer’s markets throughout the region, that slice is widening.

The timber industry contributes substantially to the economy but that contribution has been in decline in recent years due to less and less cutting on state and federal lands, leaving the private sector to shoulder most of production. And that amount is expected to increase in the near future because the trees that were replanted after the big “cut off” in the 1960′s and 70′s are now getting to be harvesting age. And that is igniting interest from log exporting companies like AlCan and Teevin Brothers who expect to begin major log export operations next year at Newport’s recently revamped International Terminal. But the Research Group cautions that the benefit to Lincoln County will be largely from logging and any employment enjoyed on the docks as the logs are shipped overseas. They say there are too few lumber mill operations left along coast to even begin talking about processing lumber. What mills remain in the region are mainly in the Willamette Valley and Portland which usually offer high tech automated processing which smaller mills cannot effectively compete against. They also require a lot less labor.

As for Tourism, The Research Group says it remains a vital component to Lincoln County’s economy and will continue to show slow steady growth. However, it remains a relatively low wage industry and is not a year round player in the economy. One bright spot on the tourism horizon however is the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s plans to create a marine science visitor’s center at South Beach near the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The OMSI campus will offer year round marine science excursions for families and their children who will no doubt take in a great deal of the area’s endless culinary, shopping and outdoor scenic opportunities. And besides OMSI, Oregon State University is planning to build a 500 student Newport Campus for those who want to get a jump on a career in marine science or natural resource management occupations.

In the area of manufacturing, The Research Group said there have been burgeoning manufacturing excursions into plastic wedge making, plastic water tank making, computer hardware and software development and of course every artistic creation under the sun or in the fog. And Georgia Pacific continues to make recycled paper into more recycled paper products. The Group says the coast gives more opportunity to discharge treated paper product effluent into the ocean than generating lumber products.

The Research Group took strong note of the growth of marine science activities in Newport and off the coast. The Hatfield Marine Science Center has been working closely with the recently added NOAA MOC-P headquarters at South Beach as well as with NOAA staff already ensconced at HMSC.

And again, the addition of more retiring baby boomers and other investors are contributing handsomely to the Lincoln County economy. However, as time marches on there are no expectations that such a substantial contribution will continue very far into the future as any population bulge moves through the timeline.

So, what’s trending?

The Research Group predicts the economic benefits of commercial fishing will rise due to the rapid growth of China and of their already well established love of seafood. Although there may not be substantially higher catches of salmon or albacore tuna, the prices that will be paid will add greatly to the value of what harvest there is, and it will likely continue in a sea-saw manner. It just seems to be the nature of the beast – like this year’s salmon harvest is nothing short of spectacular with top dollar being paid at the dock and soon by an increasing number of fish processing facilities certainly in Toledo and possibly in Newport – something beyond just be-heading, gutting and bleeding.

The trend for agriculture is up, but up from a small base with only marginal influence on the county’s overall economy.

Timber, says The Research Group, will continue to contribute to Lincoln County economy, but mainly by logging and log exports. Timber’s contribution to the local economy has hovered around 6% of the county’s total income but has been growing substantially lately due to demand for logs overseas.

Tourism is trending upward, providing roughly 8% of the county’s income. But the Group says it is vital that tourists who drive on local roads and access Lincoln County sewer and water systems are captured in the local taxing system to ensure that expensive infrastructure remains strong into the future and whose funding burden doesn’t fall just on local taxpayers.

And also trending upward are those retirees and investors who have been moving to the coast in droves – so much so that their contribution to the local economy is very, very substantial.

In conclusion, The Research Group recommends the county closely examine opportunities to expand marine research and other scientific and computer science avenues. The Group says those elements are already very powerfully influencing the local economy and have the capacity to do even more.

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Caller to 9-1-1 says there is a very strong smell of natural gas in the neighborhood around 5311 No. Park Place. North Lincoln Fire to investigate. Northwest Natural likely to be involved somewhere along the way.

Police want the natural gas company to hurry up and get down there. Dispatch says they were called some time ago. Should be there any time.

Fire Rescue personnel grew nervous at the potency of the natural gas smell so they shut the gas off to the dwelling. They said a connection to the house had corroded and was leaking. Northwest Natural still not on scene. Fire Department will stick around until they get there.

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Pacific Power is being summoned to a power pole spewing sparks from a transformer in the 300 block of South 101 in Lincoln City.

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For starters, pretend you're a horse!

For starters, pretend you’re a horse!

And run cross country!

And run cross country!

Crawl through Lots & Lots of mud!

Crawl through Lots & Lots of mud!

You gotta like mud!

You gotta like mud!

Climb over tall stuff!

Climb over tall stuff!

And leap over more mud...

And leap over more mud…

And remain standing at the finish line!

And remain standing at the finish line!

Mud, a wild running course full of obstacles and pirates will be the center of a riotous second annual event in Newport with the Buccaneer Rampage Mud Obstacle Race on Saturday, August 23, at the Newport Municipal Airport. It’s the second event now, expected to double in participation from last year’s healthy debut of nearly 200 athletes, and it is the first of its kind on the Oregon coast.

Newport Parks and Recreation puts on the event, which is drawing runners from all over the state. Dressed as pirates, runners rampage through mounds of mud and kooky surprise obstacles.

The emphasis is on fun and laughs, said Mike Cavanaugh, Sports Coordinator for Newport Parks and Recreation. The course will feature a number of challenging obstacles that will be spread over muddy steep terrain, including wall climbs, mud crawls, and running in between.

“We will have a lot of obstacles back from last year such as the mud pit crawl, mud keel jumps, walking the plank and the infamous wall,” Cavanaugh said. “The wall is exactly what one would picture: a 10-foot-high obstacle made of solid wood.”

To go with the race theme, every athlete must walk the plank and plunge into a pit of water to reach the finish line.

Obstacles are set up to challenge racers’ strengths, agility and processing skills. Each participant must figure out their own way around them. Some use strength, some use teamwork and others use speed and quickness. There’s no wrong way to complete the course.

However, be forewarned! A number of “surprise obstacles” will show up this year.

Spectating is easy and it’s fun to watch to the runners get caked in mud, said Cavanaugh. Onlookers can move around and watch competitors deal with the challenges. There will be a DJ playing music, food vendors and a beer garden throughout the day. Prizes will be given to the best male and female pirate costume.

The 2nd annual Buccaneer Rampage Mud Obstacle Race begins at 11 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m.

Event pre-registration is $30 until August 21. Day of registration is $45 and closes ten minutes prior to the race. All participants will receive an event t-shirt and medal for crossing the finish line.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the youth scholarship program at the Newport Recreation Center. These funds allow children from low income households the opportunity to participate in a number of fantastic recreation programs.

Newport Parks and Recreation is also in need of volunteers for this event. If you’d like to help, please email or call 541-574-5453.

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Chihuly Bridge of Glass Tacoma, WA Senior Trip 8-22 thru 8-24 $258 round trip.

Chihuly Bridge of Glass
Tacoma, WA
Senior Trip 8-22 thru 8-24
$258 round trip.

Newport 60+ Center to visit Chihuly Bridge of Glass

The Newport 60+ Center is on the road again to Washington for a fun filled two night trip. Our first visit will be to the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, which is in Tacoma Washington.

A partnership between the Museum of Glass, legendary Studio Glass pioneer Dale Chihuly and the city of Tacoma resulted in the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot-long pedestrian overpass that links the Museum to downtown Tacoma and its cultural corridor. Three distinct installations comprise the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. 

Furthest from the Museum is the Seaform Pavilion, a ceiling made of 2,364 objects from Chihuly’s Seaform and Persian series. Placed on top of a fifty-by-twenty-foot plate-glass ceiling, the forms are suspended in midair and make dramatic use of natural light. As visitors walk under this pavilion, they experience a seemingly underwater world of glass shapes and forms a few feet above their heads.

Marking the center of the bridge are the Crystal Towers, which rise forty feet above the bridge deck and serve as beacons of light for the bridge and city. Illuminated from below, the forms glow at night. The 63 large crystals in each tower are made from Polyvitro, a polyurethane material developed to withstand the elements. The Crystal Tower elements are raw, brutal forms, monumental and bold, that appear as if cut from mountain peaks or taken from frozen alpine lakes.

Closest to the Museum is the Venetian Wall, an eighty-foot installation displaying 109 sculptures from three of Chihuly’s series: Venetians, Ikebana, and Putti. The Venetians are exuberant sculptures with origins in Venetian Art Deco glass. Ikebana are quiet pieces, created in the spirit of traditional Japanese floral arrangements. Putti were popular figures in European art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and represent Cupid, the Roman god of love. The Venetian Wall is a collection of some of the largest blown-glass works executed in the history of the medium.

We will also pay a visit to Mt. St. Helens at Hoffstadt Bluffs.
The trip is scheduled to leave Friday, August 22nd at 8:30 am and return Sunday August 24th. The cost is 258.00. Please call well in advance to reserve your seat at 541 265-9617. The center is located at 20 SE 2nd St. to sign up in person.

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Pants Sale - all $2.00 Wednesday thru Sunday August 20-24! Pick of the Litter Thrift Store On 3rd, east of the high school!

Pants Sale – all $2.00
Wednesday thru Sunday
August 20-24!
Pick of the Litter Thrift Store
On 3rd, east of Newport High School!

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The Cormorant is not amused...

The Cormorant is not amused…
Ken Gagne

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Aug 192014

Port of Newport

Port of Newport

Port of Toledo

Port of Toledo

Waldport - Port of Alsea

Waldport – Port of Alsea

Provided by the port managers of Newport, Toledo and Alsea Bay

By Kevin Greenwood, Port of Newport; Bud Shoemake, Port of Toledo; and Maggie Rivers, Port of Alsea

Oregon’s Legislature has a chance to create living-wage work in many of our jobs-starved rural communities.

The opening comes via President Barack Obama’s recent signing of the Water Resources Development Act. The new law capitalizes on inspired congressional leadership by Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio and Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.

The federal offer is easily described: Up to 10 percent of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund’s almost $1.8 billion a year could be set aside for gravely needed dredging of federally authorized channels at small and subsistence ports. That potentially translates to millions of dollars to Oregon’s coastal communities. The current dredging taking place in Yaquina Bay is funded in part through the release of the Trust’s small port set-aside.

However, well-dredged federal channels don’t guarantee that ports are equipped to be competitive. In order to be competitive ports must have well-functioning roads, heavy equipment, sewers, storm water, wharfs, docks, piers, and electrical facilities – that generally fall to the ports themselves.

There are plenty of reasons why targeted contributions from the Legislature and ports make political, social, and business sense. One in six jobs in Oregon are directly or indirectly tied to cargo, recreation, industrial, commercial or other activity at our ports. This makes Oregon one of our nation’s most trade-dependent states, according to the Brookings Institute.  Additionally, jobs related to exports pay 20-40 percent more than average pay for similar jobs with domestic markets.

Oregon’s trade-related employment grew 7.5 times faster than total employment, and its exports grew 34 percent faster than state gross domestic product since 2002, according to a Business Roundtable report. Moreover, Lincoln County’s three ports contribute to all of these activities.

The dividends from investments in our ports are realized statewide — to schools, local government service providers and the state’s General Fund — judging by data from a recent study commissioned by Business Oregon and the Oregon Public Ports Association.  For example, Oregon’s 15 coastal ports — with 15,250 direct, indirect, and induced jobs, gross sales of $1.9 billion-plus and local/state tax revenue payments of $88 million — are adapting to new realities as their historic reliance on forest and fishing industries dwindles.

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