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Newport City Manager: We need to work out next year’s employee labor costs starting now.

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Aug 022010
 

Jim Voetberg, Newport City Manager

Although the books haven’t been closed for hardly a month on the last set of city employee labor negotiations and agreements, City Manager Jim Voetberg told his city council Monday night he’s already planning to sit down with union leaders in an attempt to hammer out a leaner wage and benefit package for next year, namely because city finances will likely be even tighter then. Continue reading »

Mombetsu’s Sister City delegation dances into Newport City Hall

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Aug 022010
 


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Again, another video letter home to the parents and friends of Newport’s Sister City delegation visiting the Oregon Coast this week. The girls today went on a Discovery Sea Life Cruise, shopped the Bayfront, visited the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and engaged in some Paper Making sculpture at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Continue reading »

Still not too late to donate to Newport’s Relay for Life

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Aug 022010
 


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More than forty Relay for Life teams spent Friday night and into Saturday walking and running the track at Newport High, raising money to further the fight against cancer. Although many of the donations have already been tallied up, it’s still not too donate, and help make a difference in efforts to rid the planet of Cancer.

Latest report card on Oregon schools: 7 out of 10 achieve “adequate yearly progress under No Child Left Behind

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Aug 022010
 


Newport Intermediate/Isaac Newton Magnet School

The State Department of Education announced today that seven out of ten Oregon schools have met the test of “adequate yearly progress” (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. That’s roughly 860 out of the Oregon’s 1195 schools. That represents nearly a two percent growth in compliance over the 2008-09 school year. Among elementary schools, 88.6% made AYP, among middle schools there were 44.8% in compliance, and among high schools, 49.7% met AYP standards. Continue reading »

Sheriff Dotson on how Amber Alerts are officially activated

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Aug 022010
 

AMBER ALERT
Provided by Sheriff Dennis Dotson

On January 13, 1996, nine-year old Amber Hagerman was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas. Since 1997, AMBER Alert programs have played a role in the recovery of nearly 500 children. Last year there were three (3) AMBER Alert activations in Oregon, all of which ended in the safe recovery of a child.

Nationwide, there are 29 regional, 38 local and statewide plans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In November 2002, the State of Oregon announced its implementation of a statewide AMBER Alert Plan. Oregon’s AMBER Alert Plan – America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response – is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies and local broadcasters to send an emergency alert to the public when a child has been abducted and it is believed the child’s life is in danger. Continue reading »

They all turn up, one way or another…

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Aug 022010
 

Clifton Dale Selby, 28
In custody thanks to a dead bulb

Question: How do you find a man wanted for drug and weapons violations and for violating his parole?

Answer: Look for a broken tail light or a dead license plate bulb.

Most cops will tell you that sooner or later a criminal suspect will get into a car that has something wrong with the headlights, tail lights, license plate bulb or the driver fails to use his/her turn signals, not to mention speeding or other moving violations.

In this case, Clifton Selby, 28, of Tidewater was driving along Highway 34 at mile post 7 when a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted a car with what was described only as having a “lighting problem.” Once the 1994 Honda was pulled over the deputy said the driver looked extremely nervous. Continue reading »

Another video gift to the parents of Mombetsu’s Sister City delegation to Newport.

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Aug 012010
 


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Again, this video is not intended for regular readers/viewers of News Lincoln County. It’s aimed at the Japanese parents of the middle school girls who arrived in Newport Saturday as Newport’s Sister City delegation, from Mombetsu, Japan. This time, the video chronicles the fun, laughter and good food at Newport’s Big Creek as the girls and Newport residents tried to teach each other how to do each other’s native dances among other customs.

National “Night Out” comes to Toledo August 3rd!!

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Jul 312010
 

Provided by Toledo Police:

On August 3rd, 2010, from 7 – 9 pm, Toledo Police Department will be hosting National Night Out BBQ in the library parking lot. National Night out is a National Event that brings neighbors, community, and law enforcement together to heighten awareness of crime and drug activity, generate support and participate in anti-crime campaigns, strengthen neighborhood and police partnerships, and send a message to criminals that our community is organized and is fighting back!

If you cannot make it to the Toledo Public Library for the BBQ, you can still participate in National Night Out by having block parties, flashlight walks, BBQ’s, or visit your local law enforcement agency.

This year the Toledo Police Department is celebrating National Night Out by providing free hot dogs, a special guest appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog between 7:30-8 pm, and we will be providing free Child ID Kits.

So help us celebrate National Night Out by coming by the Toledo Public Library and meeting your neighborhood police officers, grabbing a hot dog, get a free Child ID kit, and shake a paw with McGruff!

A video gift from Newport, Oregon to Mombetsu, Japan!

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Jul 312010
 


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This raw, unedited video is intended for viewing primarily by parents in Mombetsu, Japan whose middle school children are visiting Newport, Oregon, under our Sister City program. The young Japanese girls arrived today in Newport, with their chaperones, and were introduced to their “host families” who will take care of them while they are here. They have a very full agenda over the next four days.

Toledo firefighters roll on a report of a fire in a downtown business building.

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Jul 312010
 

A slow pipe leak sparked a fire in the basement of a business building in the 200 block of South Main Street in Toledo Saturday afternoon.

The call came in on a smell of smoke…operators of the Sassafras Sue’s Restaurant telling 9-1-1 that they could smell something like electrical wires burning. Fire units raced to the scene and found that the owner had grabbed a fire extinguisher and got into the bottom floor storage area, saw the flames and doused them pronto. Toledo firefighters pulled up and made sure the fire was out and then set about clearing the area of smoke.

An investigation revealed that the source of the fire was the hot water heater. Fire fighters say there is a leaky pipe above the hot water heat that was dropping water on top of it. The water found its way down the side and shorted electrical wires going into the heater. Sparks flew onto an old sock lying near the heater and it caught fire.

Moral of the story is make sure that any hot water heater has plenty of clear space around it and is free of anything that might cause it to malfunction. In this case, a leaky pipe.

Seattle area doctor gets rude awakening!

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Jul 302010
 

Sailboat runs aground at NW 68th near Newport

A doctor from suburban Seattle said he fell asleep cruising the Oregon Coast yesterday, and woke up this morning to his boat keeling over on a beach off NW 68th Street, just north of the Yaquina Lighthouse.

Oregon State Police and Newport Fire Department personnel found the 38 foot sailboat resting on its starboard side with a retired doctor inside. He told his rescuers he had been trapped inside the boat for several hours, but only moments before rescuers got there he managed to get to the outside. He was taken to PCH for treatment of hypothermia. The sailor, whose name was not immediately released, said he was retired and that he lived on his sailboat.

Oregon State Police and the City of Newport were discussing options on how to remove the boat.

Convicted sexual predator on children sentenced in Lincoln County Circuit Court to decades in prison.

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Jul 302010
 

Former Waldport foster parent Kirk Garrison, 48, has been sentenced to prison for nearly 45 years after his conviction of sexually abusing children who were under his foster care a number of years ago including two children he and his wife had legally adopted through foster care. Garrison’s wife claimed she had no knowledge of her husband’s behavior. She was not prosecuted.

Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett told News Lincoln County that what made the case so heinous was the fact that Garrison sexually preyed on children who had been taken from their natural homes, some of whom had already been the victims of sexual abuse. Continue reading »

Richard Kilbride files for re-election to Newport City Council. Mayor Bain takes out filing papers but claims he’s still on the fence.

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Jul 302010
 


Richard Kilbride, Mayor Bill Bain

Newport City Councilor Richard Kilbride has filed for another term as a city councilor. Kilbride’s contribution on the council is in no small way of being the math instructor of the bunch. Kilbride frequently reminds his fellow councilors what things cost and therefore how things have to change in order to keep the city in the black. Continue reading »

Admitted book thief arrested

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Jul 302010
 

From Newport Police:

Arrested: Michael L. Partain, 33, Newport

Details: Officers were dispatched to the report of a theft at the Newport Public Library. The officer learned that children playing in Literacy Park, behind the library found 30 or so books dumped in the brush. The area where the books were located is one frequented by homeless persons. Although no persons were there at the time, officers did locate personal information for Mr. Partain mixed in with the books. The next day, while conducting follow-up on the case the officer located Mr. Partain in the park. Upon being questioned about the books, Mr. Partain admitted that ten of the books had been checked out but had not been returned. He said that because of overdue books and the resulting charges, he could not check any more out, which is why he stole about 20 of the books.

Mr. Partain was taken into custody for Misdemeanor Theft (2) and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail. The books were returned to the library.

Get Ready Newport! The Mombetsu delegation is on their way!

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Jul 302010
 

Mombetsu Delegation to Newport

A group of Newport Sister City middle school girls are enroute to Newport from Mombetsu, Japan. They should arrive tomorrow, and will be given a warm welcome by city officials. The middle schoolers will be escorted on a five day whirlwind tour of several beach barbecues, a boat ride, a visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, an appearance before the Newport City Council Monday evening and a dedication to the memory of Newport officials who founded the sister city linkage in 1966. Continue reading »

Get those toxins out of your house! FREE!!

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Jul 302010
 

Got any bug, weed, rat or other killing chemicals lying around your house? How about old oil based paints you’ll never use. Maybe solvents, acids, reactives or any other icky cleaning supplies??

Well, get ’em out of your house, FREE!!

Thompson Sanitary Services is offering to take those ‘nasties’ off your hands for free Saturday morning starting at 10am at their facility on NE Avery. It’s a once a year event so don’t pass it up. The household hazardous waste event runs 10 to 3 at Thompson’s facility at 7450 NE Avery (north of Highway 20). 265-4171 for more information.

It’s a county-wide event. One location only.

A change has come to LincolnCountyToday.com

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Jul 302010
 

Some of you readers have already noticed. We’ve changed our name. We are now officially “News Lincoln County.” On the web, NewsLincolnCounty.com.

Why the change?

Well, for one, LincolnCountyToday.com was a wee bit too close to the name of another publication here on the Oregon Coast, a publication we admire and respect for what they do and how they do it. Oregon Coast Today. (We weren’t aware of OCT before we moved here.) Dave and Nikki Rice have been “full out and full in” with their excellent publication that covers what’s fun on the coast in a creative, lively way.

That’s one reason.

Another reason is that we want to be known by our name for what we do. THE NEWS. Readers who have been shopping the site for local news and information know that’s exactly what we provide. Wide ranging. Well written. And with a sense of what the news means and how events and decisions fit into a longer range view of the community.

As of last week, those who go to LincolnCountyToday.com as a major news source are automatically switched to the new site, NewsLincolnCounty, without having to do anything different. And it will remain this way for the foreseeable future. But for those who want to have the correct name in their “Bookmarks” or “Favorites” just make NewsLincolnCounty.com a “Bookmark or Favorite.”

Simple as that.

Now back to the news of the day….

E-mail scammers at it again! With a vengeance…

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Jul 302010
 

It appears that e-mail scammers are targeting families of our military men and women overseas, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq. If you’ve already got blood pressure problems, don’t read this.
For those brave enough click here.