Apr 192015

Bill Hall's new book, McCallandia

Bill Hall’s new book, McCallandia

Bill Hall Co. Commissioner and Author

Bill Hall
Co. Commissioner
and Author

On Sunday, April 26th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, author Bill Hall will be on hand at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center to give a talk and sign copies of his new book, “McCallandia.”

McCallandia is a novel of alternative history based on the premise that Tom McCall became Richard Nixon’s successor as President of the United States. Readers will see history change when McCall brings his candor and environmental ethic to Washington. In addition to the very memorable McCall, McCallandia features a cast of outsized supporting personalities: Richard Nixon, Hunter S. Thompson, John Lennon, Ken Kesey, Steve Prefontaine and many others.

Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall is the author of McCallandia, which is based on 40 years of admiration for Tom McCall and was the product of extensive research and numerous interviews. An Oregon native, Hall spent many years in journalism before making the transition to elective office. He was a volunteer in McCall’s 1978 comeback campaign and met the former governor several times.

Admission to this event is free for members, and $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served. The book is available for purchase at both Lincoln County Historical Society Museums. For more information, call (541) 265-7509.

 Posted by at 1:32 AM
Apr 192015
Taft High junior Alroy Zacarias helped lead Taft High to a 6-0 shutout win over Amity by combining with senior Grant Prins, who left after five innings with a no-hitter still intact.

Taft High junior Alroy Zacarias helped lead Taft High to a 6-0 shutout win over Amity by combining with senior Grant Prins, who left after five innings with a no-hitter still intact.

Taft High’s Grant Prins went five hitless shutout innings and Alroy Zacarias stepped in to complete a pitching gem Saturday for a 6-0 West Valley League baseball victory at Amity.

“Grant threw strikes and had a no-hitter going, but was just getting his pitch count up there a little bit,” Taft Coach Dustin Hankins said, “so we had Alroy come in there and shut her down. I was really pleased with the way they threw today.”

The Tigers, who improved to 11-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play, made the most of five hits, including two from Zacarias, and three Amity errors in a makeup game that was postponed earlier in the week due to wet playing conditions. The Tigers scored three times in the top of the first inning and three more runs in the third. “We came out and scored in the first inning and that kind of set the tone for the whole game,” Hankins said.

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 Posted by at 1:22 AM
Apr 182015
Governor Kate Brown  1st State of the State Address Sentinel Hotel, Portland

Governor Kate Brown
1st State of the State Address
Sentinel Hotel, Portland

It was nearly two months to the day that former Secretary of State Kate Brown took over the job of being Governor of Oregon. Two months to the day and already she was delivering her first State of the State speech of where Oregon has been, where it is today, and what she predicts for the state’s immediate future.

She ticked three of them right off the top. Ethics reform, the redefinition of what “First Partner” is and isn’t, and making sure every state agency honors “timely” transparency when requested to make copies of official documents and records of what went into them – right down to the emails.

And she went on to outline her passion to help middle class Oregon families get back on their feet – which is much more than just celebrating Oregon’s 5.4% unemployment rate. She indicated she knows the difference between having a good job that you’re qualified for versus having to take a “temporary, low paying job” that seems to drag on far too long.

Here’s Governor Brown’s State of the State Address as delivered Friday evening at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland.


Greetings. Many thanks to President Kervin for that kind introduction, and to the Portland City Club and OPB for this opportunity to share with you the state of our great State.

As of tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., I will have been in office for exactly two months.

A lot has happened in sixty days, although considering the controversy I inherited, a lot needed to happen, and quickly.

A fresh start for the people of Oregon was an important first step for me as Governor. So I immediately replaced several key staff positions and created a new one, the first senior policy advisor dedicated to ethics and public records.

Three state and federal investigations of the former Governor and First Lady were already underway when I arrived on February 18th; two more were initiated shortly thereafter. My office is cooperating fully, which includes responding to a huge backlog of public records requests and a federal subpoena that requires legal review of more than one million documents.

Certainly, there is – and will continue to be – plenty of work to be done to resolve unanswered questions about the previous administration; work that will require the undivided attention of several members of my staff and, no doubt, the media, for months to come.

In the meantime, I am taking action to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again. I have identified three main areas of concern:

One: Our public records law needs a thoughtful and informed overhaul.

Two: The role and expectations of First Partner as a public official need to be clear and reflect modern-day relationships.

And three, we must strengthen ethics laws to ensure transparency and accountability among public officials at all levels of government.

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 Posted by at 9:16 PM
Apr 182015

Recorders Wiki Commons photo

Wiki Commons photo

Winds and Waves faculty to perform recorder music in Lincoln City

Four internationally known recorder players will perform at St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church in Lincoln City on Friday, April 24, at 8:00 p.m.

Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, Cléa Galhano, and Rotem Gilbert will give virtuoso performances of music for recorder from renaissance times to the present day. Berlin, Blaker, and others have treated concert-goers from Lincoln County and beyond to superb recorder playing every year since 1999.

This year the group will offer a program entitled “Chiaroscuro: Dark vs. Light in Music,” with recorder solos, duos, trios, and quartets from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.

The four musicians are faculty at the annual Winds and Waves recorder workshop at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Blaker and Berlin live and teach in the Bay Area of California. Galhano, originally from Brazil, lives and teaches in St. Paul, Minnesota. Gilbert, a native of Israel, teaches at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. She is the 2015 recorder artist-in-residence at the Sitka Center.

All have studied and performed extensively in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. They regularly teach and conduct workshops and have recorded for several CD labels.

St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church is located at 1226 SW 13th Street, on the Coast Highway in Lincoln City. Tickets for Friday’s concert are $15 for adults and $5 for youth 18 and under, and may be purchased at the door. For advance tickets or more information, call the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology at (541) 994-5485, or visit

The Winds and Waves recorder workshop is in its seventeenth year. It was founded by the Oregon Coast Recorder Society, a chapter of the American Recorder Society, and is now a regular program of the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

 Posted by at 6:32 PM
Apr 182015

Grace MacDougall, 19 Needs a kidney transplant SOON!

Grace Waluck, 19
Needs a kidney transplant SOON!

Grace Waluck and father Craig MacDougall (works at Newport DMV)

Grace Waluck and father Craig MacDougall (works at Newport DMV)

A plea from Grace’s parents:

In the past year and a half we learned that Grace had Chronic Kidney Disease due to VUR (Vesicouritureal Reflux) and Neurogenic Bladder. Talk about an adventure no one wants to go through!

As we have traveled down this path, searching for solutions, Grace’s kidney function has continued to decline. It has become evident that the only way for Grace to live is to have a kidney transplant.

Let me tell you about Grace! Grace is 19 years old. She is a student at the University of Arizona, studying business. The first week of her freshman year Grace spent in the hospital with acute renal failure. But Grace is something special, and a week in hospital didn’t hold her back. Despite everything being against her; in spite of having been in hospital when she should have been in class; even with all of the follow-up doctor appointments with Nephrologists and Urologists and regular practitioners, that repeatedly took her out of her classes, Grace still achieved a 4.0 in her first semester in school and made the dean’s list. Where Grace has a will, nothing in the world will stop her! She has a piece of board in her room, here at home, with all of her hopes and dreams written down. She is the most goal-oriented teenager I have ever met. She continues her schooling, knowing that she will soon have to take a break for transplant surgery. Yet she is still doing a phenomenal job.

Grace is the kind of girl who turns heads, and turns hearts. She is smart and pretty and even frustrating at times, but her laugh is infectious and her smile is entrancing. She is impossible not to love and she has so very much to bring to this world!

Grace will have to have a kidney transplant in order to survive. Her kidney function, as of the date of this writing is 22%, and she loses a percentage point about every month. At around 20% she goes into ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) and will go on the transplant list.

Obviously, a live donor is best. So we are trying to raise money to help pay the out of pocket costs for potential donors to be tested, and for the actual donor who may actually lose wages and have expenses as a result of their life saving gift. We also need money to pay Grace’s medical expenses which will be lifelong – surgery, follow up treatments, medications, and who knows what else.

If we raise more money than we need, all of the rest of it will go to the American Kidney Fund.

We are asking for your help! Please donate to Grace’s Go Fund Me account by clicking here.

We also need to mention there is a BOSS FM Radio show with Grace in early July, the Newport Cafe Eat-in-Fundraiser in July and the Newport American Legion Spaghetti feed and auction on July 25th from noon to 5pm. Dates and times for the other two are pending. Stay tuned and we’ll have the information as soon as it’s available.

Please and Thank you!

Danielle Waluck, Grace’s Mom.
Craig MacDougall, Grace’s Dad.

 Posted by at 5:29 PM
Apr 182015
Rep. Knute Buehler R-Bend

Rep. Knute Buehler

A bill by Central Oregon Rep. Knute Buehler to allow women quick access to birth control without a doctor’s prescription was derailed Friday in the state legislature and sent to a work group with Buehler leading it.

Buehler has pointed to California as already having a similar provision and the fact that national reproductive health care organizations fully endorse the move as giving women better access to birth control thereby avoiding any unintended pregnancies and the high costs of pregnancy care.

Buehler said he expects to re-introduce a similar bill in the 2016 legislative session.

 Posted by at 2:42 PM
Apr 182015
Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Little Leaguers take over fields in North County baseball

Lincoln City Youth League baseball action resumes Saturday at 9 a.m. at Kirtsis Park with competition at all levels all day long on all three fields of play.
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 Posted by at 2:15 PM
Apr 182015

Fire aftermath at 437 NE 32nd.  Shows fire department's expert work at saving what was possible to be saved - especially with high winds.

Fire aftermath at 437 NE 32nd. Shows fire department’s expert work at saving what was possible to be saved – especially with high winds.

437 NE 32nd, Newport Ed McVea photo

437 NE 32nd, Newport
Ed McVea photo

Pacific Homes Beach Club Fire

Pacific Beach Club Fire
Jackie Meeds photo

Pacific Beach Club neighborhood...

Pacific Beach Club neighborhood…
Maggie McAfee photo

An unattended pot of boiling cooking oil flashed to flame late this afternoon at a home in Pacific Homes Beach Club off NE 32nd in Newport, and soon the whole modular home became a fireball.

An elderly couple, at 437 NE 32nd, was in another part of the home when a smoke alarm alerted them that there was a fire somewhere in the house. They walked in to the kitchen and saw the boiling oil fire igniting the kitchen cabinets. Both tried to put the fire out but by then it was too much for them. They grabbed the two dogs, called for the cat and immediately called the Newport Fire Department.

The fire department pulled up within a few minutes but the fire had gotten too much of a head start to save the home – not only the home but the attached garage.

Fire Chief Rob Murphy said his firefighters then turned their attention to the next door neighbors. Since their garage was attached to the garage of the burning home, it was already showing signs of igniting. Despite valiant efforts to save it the neighbor’s garage was also lost – but not the neighbor’s home. Firefighters managed to save it despite huge flames and intense heat.

After most of the fire was knocked down, firefighters cut their way into the neighbor’s outside wall that was exposed to the heat and flame to make sure the fire didn’t get inside the wall. Chief Murphy said they didn’t find any.

Chief Murphy said the couple were not injured and their two dogs are fine too. However, there were some anxious moments about the fate of their cat. A firefighter soon came around from the back of what was left of the home holding a sopping wet but quite-alive feline.

Chief Murphy said the moral of the story is that nothing should be left on a stove without somebody there to watch it – especially cooking oil. The lady of the house, he said, did not know that she had left the pot of oil on the burner.

Chief Murphy advises the public to also have the appropriate fire extinguisher for the kitchen at the ready in case something goes wrong. He said the homeowner appeared to have the right extinguisher but that the fire had already grown so large the woman just couldn’t keep up.

The one home and both garages, including their contents, were lost. But everybody got out okay. Both the fire victims and the neighbors have family in the area to take care of them until everything is sorted out.

 Posted by at 1:50 PM