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Vehicle fire SW 148th

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Oct 182018


Report of a vehicle fire south of Newport on SW 148th. Arriving firefighters say a pickup is fully engulfed in flames. One firefighter reported there is a fire hydrant close by.

Highway 101 is reported to be blocked for the time being.

Local Candidates Forum Tuesday, Oct. 23, Atonemennt Lutheran Church, Newport

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Oct 182018

The League of Women Voters of Lincoln County (LWVLC) will host a Candidates’ Forum in Newport on Tuesday, October 23rd at the Atonement Lutheran Community Room. Attendees are invited to arrive at 6:30 pm for a half hour “meet and greet” session with the participating candidates.
The formal program will begin at 7:00 pm and will feature the candidates for Lincoln County State Representative, County Commissioner (position 1), County Treasurer, County Clerk, Newport Mayor, Newport City Council and PUD Director Section 1.

State Representative candidates for the House District 10 are Incumbent David Gomberg and Thomas Donahue. The individuals seeking the County Commissioner Position 1 seat include incumbent Doug Hunt and challenger Virginia (Jenny) Demaris. County Clerk Dana Jenkins is unopposed in his reelection bid, while County Treasurer Jayne Welch is being challenged by Rob McAfee.

The two individuals seeking the Newport Mayoral seat are Dietmar Goebel and Dean Sawyer. Vying for the three at large council positions are contenders: David Allen, CM Hall, Jason Nehmer and Ryan Parker.
Those seeking the position of PUD Director Subdivision 1 are Ronald Benfield and Paul Davies, both of Newport.

As is usual for such events facilitated by LWVLC, candidate presentations will be timed and an opportunity will be provided for audience members to submit written questions. The evening will be moderated by League member, Jean Cowan. She is a former elected official and experienced forum moderator.

LWVLC is committed to voter education and invites all interested Lincoln County electors to come and hear from those seeking election to these important positions.

Halloween at the Oregon Coast Aquarium!

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Oct 182018

“Pssst!! Mr. Pumpkin, where’s your candle?”

From Oregon Coast Aquarium:

The weather is cooling, leaves are changing and the animals at the Aquarium are gourding, we mean gorging, on pumpkins for some enrichment fun. But there’s one more reason to fall for this time of year: Trick or Treat Street at the Oregon Coast Aquarium!

Trick or Treat Street will take place on Saturday, October 27, from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. co-hosted by the OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program. Mock storefronts arranged in a looping “street” feature local businesses handing out treats to all kids who enter. The event provides a safe and dry environment for children 12 and under to go trick or treating.

Trick or Treat Street is free with the donation of two cans of people or pet food per entry, all of which goes toward the Food Share of Lincoln County. We hope to surpass last year’s donation of 2,400 lbs. of non-perishable food items.

Nancy Mitchell, Executive Director for Food Share of Lincoln County, explained that the “event brings a welcome boost to our shelf stable food supply, especially following the summer months when food donations tend to fall flat. For those in our community continually facing increased living expenses, access to a food program can allow individuals to free up household income to pay their utility bill, auto insurance, or for much needed medicine. Trick or Treat Street is a prime example of how community-led efforts help families and individuals stay afloat.”

The Aquarium will close some exhibits at 4:00 p.m. on October 27 in preparation for Trick or Treat Street and re-open at 6:00 p.m. We will resume our normal winter hours on October 28, opening at 10:00 a.m. and closing at 5:00 p.m.

This year there will be 18 storefronts to pass out candy. Thank you Cobblestone Pizza, Lincoln Animal Shelter, Fred Meyer, Us Market, JC Market, Mini Pet Mart, Power Ford, Pro Build, Roby’s Furniture, Safeway, Shangri-La, Subway, Advantage Real Estate, Ocean Tire Factory, Oregon Parks and Recreation and Walmart for participation in this event.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium creates unique and engaging experiences that connect you to the Oregon Coast and inspire ocean conservation. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, this 501(c)3 non-profit organization is ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR. www.aquarium.org, 541-867-3474. Follow us on Facebook.com/OregonCoastAquarium, or Twitter.com/OrCoastAquarium for the latest updates.

Making Newport as welcoming as it can be!

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Oct 182018

Yaquina Bay Bridge
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The City of Newport is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on the Destination Newport Committee. The Destination Newport Committee meets monthly at City Hall, and is charged with advising the City Council regarding the preparation of the tourism advertising budget funded by the city’s room tax. The Committee also makes recommendations regarding the placement of advertising, the hiring of advertising consultants, and all other matters relating to advertising the city as a tourist destination. There are currently two vacancies. One vacancy is required to be filled by the owner or operator of a retail establishment and one vacancy is required to be filled by an owner or manager of a hotel or motel.

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Anyone interested in serving on this committee should apply using the city’s committee application that is found on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov; click on “City;” then on “Committees;” and then on “Application for Committee/Commission.”

The completed form can be submitted electronically. Copies of the committee application form can also be obtained by contacting the City Manager’s Office at 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365, or by calling 541.574.0613.

The Destination Newport Committee will interview interested applicants and forward a recommendation to the Mayor for formal appointment at a City Council meeting.

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Lincoln County Veterans Service’s Ribbon Cutting & Open House!

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Oct 182018

New Veterans Service Office on SE Bay Blvd.
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The Lincoln County Veteran Service Office (VSO) will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate its new location and expansion of services. The VSO will begin hosting a variety of new services within the new location throughout its regularly scheduled work week such as employment and housing assistance in an effort to better consolidate veteran-specific programs in Lincoln County.

The public is encouraged to come and view the new facility as well as meet the new staff and agency partners that will be working at the site: 1231 SE Bay Blvd. Ste. A, Newport, OR 97365

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Due to limited space, a by-invitation ribbon cutting will be held at 11:00 AM on November 1st, 2018, however, an open house will commence at 12:00 PM. Cake and refreshments will be provided.

This expansion was made possible by Oregon House Bill 2891 and the Lincoln County VSO would like to thank everyone who made it possible.

Devin Whitaker
Lincoln County Veteran Services
1231 SE Bay Blvd. Ste. A
Newport, OR 97365
(Above the Air Gas Store)

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LC Police Chief Jerry Palmer swears in “new” officer Molly Wehrley

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Oct 182018

Chief Jerry Palmer with police recruit Molly Wehrley – sworn in at this week’s city council meeting.

At a ceremony in the Lincoln City Council Chambers on October 16th, former LCPD Evidence Tech Molly Wehrley was sworn in and became Officer Molly Wehrley.

Officer Wehrley spent almost a year with LCPD agency processing Evidence and Property, before deciding it was time to pursue her ultimate goal of becoming an officer. She developed an interest in Law Enforcement while participating as a Scout in her high school Police Explorer program where she was able to spend a lot time with officers as they made traffic stops, investigated crimes, and patrolled. This interaction with the public and the use of evidence to determine the truth drew her to a career in Law Enforcement, and prompted her to complete her certification in the Law Enforcement Specialist program from Tillamook Bay Community College in the spring of 2017.

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Officer Wehrley is pleased to join the ranks of those before her who “toe the line and stand between order and chaos.” She is the kind of person who can jump in during a crisis and assist in any way necessary to help the vulnerable. As an officer, she aspires to continue the department’s efforts to reach out to the youth and community members in a positive way. She is honored for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Lincoln City in this new capacity.

Congratulations, Officer Wehrley!

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Please – No outside burning says ODF

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Oct 182018

An urgent message from Oregon Department of Forestry

·Fire season is still in effect. Open burning is illegal on lands protected by ODF without a permit.
·Do not burn in these dry conditions, it’s not safe for you or your neighbors.
·If you burned earlier this fall, check the ashes of your pile and ensure the coals are dead out!
·Very dry, dangerous “East Winds” are in the forecast the rest of the week. These conditions present some of Lincoln County’s highest wildfire potential and are often underestimated.
·Any property damage caused plus full cost of suppression is what each person takes responsibility for each time he or she uses fire or causes a fire.
·Always check with your local fire department or the Oregon Department of Forestry for burning restrictions in effect at the time you want to burn and where you want to burn before burning. We can alert people to unsafe conditions and hopefully prevent fires from escaping.

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Grace Wins Shelter gearing up for winter!!

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Oct 172018

Grace Wins Haven needs donations of food and other supplies for the coming stormy winter…

From the Director of Grace Wins Haven shelter in Newport:

Grace Wins Haven shelter is having a volunteer training session Thursday evening at 6pm for the shelter’s resource center as well as for the Lincoln County Hazardous Weather Shelter. The meeting will be held at Grace Wins Haven, 438 NE 1st in Newport. With winter coming and the resource center being open they are going to need lots of extra hands.

Grace Wins Haven is in dire need of food supplies. They really need a lot of frozen and canned microwaveable or toaster oven foods for both breakfast and dinner along with milk, juice, coffee, creamer, sugar, tents tarps, sleeping bags and backpacks.

And here’s something special. Next Monday or Tuesday the homeless are launching a large litter clean up as a gift to the community for all their help and giving to Grace Wins Haven. They will hit the streets at 10 am and pick up trash all day.

Fantasy of Trees & Angels Holiday Ball at Chinook Winds in Lincoln City

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Oct 172018

Chinook Winds Hotel Casino
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Chinook Winds Fantasy of the Trees (Last year)

20th Annual Fantasy of Trees & Angels Holiday Ball set for November 28th – December 1 at Chinook Winds Casino Resort
Lincoln City, OR, October 18, 2018 – Angels Anonymous will present the 20th annual Fantasy of Trees November 28 through December 1 and the Angel’s Ball December 1 at Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Legendary Rock and Roll Band, Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts, will be returning as the featured entertainment. This, the largest fundraiser of the year for Angels Anonymous, a local non-profit charitable organization, has become a seasonal favorite for many to welcome in the Holidays.
A variety of beautiful trees decorated and sponsored by local businesses and individuals, who not only spend hours decorating the trees but several hundred dollars in decorations on each tree as well, will be on display at this year’s Festival of Trees. Take one of these extravagantly decorated theme trees created with overflowing imagination home to brighten your holiday festivities. Themes change each and every year, but you can count on more than one that will be delightfully perfect for your home or business.

Decorating of the Christmas trees by sponsors will take place Sunday and Monday, November 25 & 26 from 10 am to 9 pm. The public is invited to the free viewing of the trees beginning Wednesday, November 28, from noon to 6pm, Thursday November 29 and Friday, November 30, from noon to 8pm, and Saturday, December 1, from 10am to 3pm. St. Nick himself will make an appearance from 4-6pm Friday, November 30th! Bring the whole family to view this wonderland of the Christmas Season featuring exceptional trees decorated beyond imagination.

The Angels Ball begins Saturday, December 1 from 4:30pm to 11:00pm. It’s a night to dress up in your festive best for an elegant evening on the town. Put on your dancing shoes and join the party with Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts who will be performing a two hour unforgettable rock and roll extravaganza. The auctioning of the Christmas Trees, special items and wreaths will take place during the Angels Ball.

Tickets, priced at $75, include passed hors d’ oeuvres, plated dinner with choice of entrée upon ticket purchase, live entertainment, dancing, and the auction of the Christmas Trees. They can be purchased at the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce located at 4039 NW Logan Road (call 541-994-3070) or Angels Anonymous at 503-489-8743. It’s a great idea for your office party with the proceeds going to charity! Seating is limited for this event which is not only considered by many as the most enjoyable event of the Holiday Season, but one that celebrates the true meaning of Christmas – providing means to help those who are in need.

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Angels Anonymous, a 501C-3 non-profit foundation, provides immediate and basic assistance to those in need in the greater north Lincoln County area. The program helps those who have exhausted every other avenue of assistance to meet immediate and basic short-term needs. It may be the young mother left to fend for herself with no money to feed her children, an elderly man who has had his heat turned off in the dead of winter, or a family needing rent paid due to unexpected job loss, illness or accident. We strive to keep families in their homes. It’s an anonymous helping hand extended to residents of north Lincoln County. In 2017 Angels Anonymous dispersed over $55,000 providing immediate and basic needs to 48 families.

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