At a joint meeting of the Lincoln City City Council and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Wednesday it appeared that both government bodies agreed on a couple of things. That the Road’s End area just north of Lincoln City should annex into the city, and that those living around Devil’s Lake, also just outside the city limits, should pay for septic tank inspections to see if particular homes are polluting the lake.
When a Jackson County Sheriff’s SWAT team approached a discovered Mexican cartel marijuana grove just north of Sam’s Valley early this morning, it didn’t take long for one of the cartel’s armed guards to emerge.
When the latino male came out of the brush holding a loaded shotgun two SWAT team members instantly opened fire on him. He fell to the ground mortally wounded, dying despite medical aid given by a SWAT medic. Another latino male was seen running away. SWAT members pursued him but lost him in the brush. They said it was unknown if he was also armed.
Provided by Oregon House Speaker Dave Hunt:
“Oregonians will get back some of the taxes we pay to the federal government in the form of $270 million for our schools and to assist our struggling families. That’s good news for Oregon as our economy continues to feel the effects of the global recession.
“These funds won’t solve all of our budget challenges. Even with this $270 million in federal funds, we are making nearly $300 million in cuts to state services and programs. These new federal dollars – dollars Oregonians sent to the federal government and will now get back – will help keep those core services intact, but will not eliminate the need for cuts.
“With an August 26 revenue forecast coming, we are analyzing the bill Congress passed today to determine the restrictions and requirements that could impact our ability to use these dollars to protect critical services. Once we have the forecast, we hope to be able to use these federal funds to mitigate the worst of the cuts to critical health care services and our schools.
Debate rages as to the effects of illegal immigrants on the American economy. The Pew Research Center now looks at the effects of their children born in this country. Click the link below for the full story.
Yachats City Councilors this week got an update on the fight against invasive plants that have been growing along the Yachats River. Morning Glories, Reed Canary Grass, Ivy, Clematis, and Japanese Knot Weed are all infiltrating the space between the river’s edge and thirty feet up the bank, a distance the town designates as its official “riparian zone.”
The town recently enacted a new law that forbids anyone attacking the invading plants with anything other than one’s two hands and a “cutting instrument.” No lawnmowers. No Weed whackers. And especially NO chemicals. Some townspeople hint the restrictions give the plants more than a fighting chance.
Oregon Coast Community College Board member Sandra Roumagoux has officially filed for a seat on the Newport City Council. Roumagoux joins five others in seeking a seat on the council, including current Councilor Patricia Patrick-Joling who is running for Mayor.
Roumagoux is an artist and art instructor and is serving her second term on the Oregon Coast Community College board. She also served on the Lincoln County Ambulance Review Committee and the Georgia Pacific Effluent Task Force.
Oregon authorities are helping the FBI and other agencies track down a man who is believed connected to the disappearance of a Florida woman missing since July 6th. They say there is a good chance that Joseph Roberts may be camped, hiding out somewhere in Oregon.
The story from the Oregonian:
Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts have become one of the most popular bands to play classic Rock and Roll hits from the 50’s and 60’s. They return to the coast on Saturday, August 28 to perform at the Endless Summer event benefiting the Lincoln County Children’s Advocacy Center.
Many coastal non-profits and other community organizations fared pretty well in the latest quarterly giving program offered by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. The total gift giving this past quarter was $388,758, generated largely by the Tribe’s Chinook Winds Casino Resort.
Apparently not much has changed on how the Newport Planning Commission feels about proposed changes on who gets to build a house on a coastal bluff and what regulatory hoops they have to jump through to do it. The commission, meeting with the City Council said again Monday night, that anyone selling a house or a vacant lot on a bluff top should be made to conduct a thorough geologic investigation to determine if the land, especially in an active or high hazard zone, is safe to live on or build on. However, a majority of the commission drew the line on requiring that the seller must file the results of that geologic investigation, along with the fact that the land is in an active or high risk zone with the deed to the property at the county recorder’s office. The commission majority maintained such a requirement is not needed and only raises fear and complications for any buyer or seller. They say there already exists state law that requires full disclosure during any real estate sales transaction.
As you can see from the photo, Lincoln City is a city full of trees. But recent incidents of developers taking out too many trees to make way for new residential or commercial buildings, has upset the city council. And for the past few months they’ve been trying to get a tree protection and replacement program adopted. The basic tenant of the new law is, developers should design new buildings with an eye to preserving as many trees as possible. And to pay into a tree planting or parks enhancement fund when a certain number of trees are taken out during construction.
Despite a protest of a number of Road’s End neighbors who don’t want to be annexed into Lincoln City, the City Council Monday night decided to at least explore the process they’ll have to go through to accomplish just that.
City Manager Dave Hawker repeated again Monday night his mantra about why Road’s End should come into the city. His points include the fact that the city has extended city water lines and other improvements to the Road’s End area to the tune of millions of dollars. That earlier improvements were made on a commitment by then-Road’s End property owners that they would annex into Lincoln City no later than 1978. They’re still not in.
A number of residents in the Devil’s Lake area of Lincoln City will soon experiencing what it’s like to pay a sewer bill. While Lincoln City Public Works was out doing work in the area relative to water usage, they discovered a lot of houses in the area that never have shown up on the city’s sewer customer list. And it was determined they never paid a sewer bill. City Manager David Hawker said some probably haven’t paid anything since the 1980’s. He said most of the “slackers” were probably created by building contractors who never turned in the proper paperwork when the houses were built. So when no sewer bill arrived in the mail, no money was paid for flushing the toilets.
The East County HELP Center will hold an open house and “Bingo for Books” Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Toledo Community Learning Center.
“Bingo for Books” will begin at 6 p.m. in the library. A free pizza dinner will be provided. Families in attendance will have the opportunity to play a friendly game of bingo with prizes of children’s and adult books. The public is invited.
Honda has gotten into the recall mode itself with the announcement that their Accords, Civics and Elements of the 2003 and 2004 model years are being recalled to fix an ignition switch problem that allows the key to be released even though the vehicle is not in PARK. Honda reports they have received many letters and other reports of a number of their cars being turned off while still in the DRIVE position, and releasing the key. It’s supposed to hang onto the key until the vehicle is in PARK.
Oregon State Police “Mobile Jail”
Provided by Oregon State Police
Interagency enforcement efforts paid off during this year’s annual DuneFest 2010 on the southern Oregon coast as Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) deputies reported eleven DUII drivers off the sand and area highways over the weekend.
The extremely popular DuneFest 2010 was held August 4 – 8 in the Winchester Bay area, drawing thousands of sand recreation enthusiasts. Working together to help meet the festival’s slogan – “The Most Fun a Family Can Have” – troopers and deputies targeted intoxicated and other dangerous drivers. DCSO deputies arrested eight DUII drivers off the sand and OSP troopers arrested three more on area highways.
Release provided by Port Hole Players
SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND AT THE NEWPORT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Porthole Player’s production of Side By Side By Sondheim will be performed at the Studio Theater of the Newport Performing Arts Center this coming weekend, and throughout the month of August.
Pianists Ramona Martin and Dr. Mary Lee Scoville provide the musical structure upon which the songs are built. Together they convey the various moods of this musical revue, playing show tunes that are rousing, poignant, witty, and burlesque.
Depoe Bay fire/rescue is enroute to a report of a motorcyclist who hit a minivan at Highway 101 and Collins Street. The motorcyclist is said to be on the pavement, but is conscious. Collins at Hwy 101 is in the middle of the main downtown strip.
10:32am Motorcyclist is in an ambulance to PCH full lights and siren.
Provided by Oregon Attorney General’s Office
Attorney General John Kroger today announced agreements with Florida-based Smoking Everywhere, Inc. and its President, Elico Taieb, prohibiting the sale and distribution of its “electronic cigarettes” in Oregon.
“This settlement will help protect our teens from unsafe products,” said Attorney General Kroger.
Electronic cigarettes are nicotine delivery devices designed to simulate the look and experience of a conventional cigarette. Smoking Everywhere’s e-cigarettes include a battery-operated heating element and replaceable plastic cartridge that contains various chemicals, including liquid nicotine. The heating element vaporizes the liquid for inhalation.
Smoking Everywhere did not seek FDA approval prior to releasing its e-cigarettes for distribution. Although no evidence has been offered to support such claims, Smoking Everywhere marketed e-cigarettes as a safe alternative to traditional tobacco products. However, a recent FDA analysis found e-cigarettes contain known carcinogens and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze.
Oregon State University researchers are watching something offshore from the lighthouse at Yaquina Head that has taken them by surprise. Now that Bald Eagles have been brought back from the brink of extinction, researchers say the eagles are rewarding their well wishers by “dive bombing” flocks of murre seabirds which is jeopardizing their nesting areas on the rocks offshore.
Here’s the article in the Eugene Register Guard: