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If it’s a street fair full of classic cars, folk music, lots of arts and crafts AND good food, it’s gotta be Toledo August 1st.

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Jul 292010
 

Courtesy: Yaquina Wavelength

The 18th annual Toledo Antique Street Fair and Classic Car Show will be held on Main Street Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Antiques, crafts, food booths and classic cars will fill the Main Street business district. The street will be closed to traffic. Antique vendors from around the region will sell furniture, glassware, pottery, tools, toys, collectibles and more. There will also be many crafts available.

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Preventing our economy from sliding back into the ditch.

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Jul 292010
 

Courtesy: Oregon Center for Public Policy
A Progressive non-partisan non-profit research group based in Portland

Preventing the Economy From Sliding Back Into the Ditch
By Janet Bauer

If the bus you were riding in fell into a ditch, you’d want all hands on deck to push it out, put it back on the road and get it moving again. You’d want everybody pushing until you succeeded, with nobody leaving the job early. The same goes for our collective bus, the nation’s economy.

Unfortunately, just as the economy has begun to show signs of growth, Congress is letting two effective investments in the Recovery Act that have been helping to muscle the economy out of its ditch expire. These are the funds that help states provide Medicaid services and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Continue reading »

Hear about efforts to reclaim Diamond Lake

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Jul 292010
 

Diamond Lake, Oregon

The Central Coast Fly Fishers will meet on 8/12 at 6:00pm to hear Phil
Hager, southern Oregon fly fisher/blogger, present a program based on
his personal experiences on the outstanding rebirth of food sources and
fish in Diamond Lake. Diamond Lake, once overrun with ‘foreign critters’ has since been purged of invasive fish species and is now restocked with native aquatic life.

The meeting will be at the Bayshore Beach Club, 1512 NW Oceania Drive,
Waldport. Information, Alan Canfield, 541-563-6976.

Clean your clubs, grab your tees… It’s time for Booster Bash X

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Jul 292010
 

Friday the 13th will be a lucky day for students at Lincoln County’s high schools and for golfers who want to have fun and help local kids at the same time!

Aug. 13 is the date for the 10th Booster Bash, the annual fund-raising tournament played at Olalla Valley Golf Course in Toledo. Proceeds go to local high school booster clubs to supplement high school athletics and activities, and support kids involved in those activities.

Sponsored by the Newport High School Booster Club, dollars benefit booster clubs throughout Lincoln County School District. Ask your friends and neighbors to support the local kids by hitting the links with you. As an added boost to your local boosters, you can sponsor a hole, and 100% of those dollars will be sent to your home booster club.

Learn more: http://lincoln.k12.or.us/files/Booster%20Bash%20Brochure.pdf

Lincoln County K-12 students to see 6 days cut from their school year which starts Sept. 7.

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Jul 292010
 

When Lincoln County school students begin their new school year September 7th, they’ll get six more holidays than normal. That’s the number of school days the district will have to cut in order to help balance what is still a badly out of kilter 2010-11 school year budget.

Superintendent Tom Rinearson told News Lincoln County that while the kids will be out six days, the teachers will actually be out twelve. They will not have nearly the number of parent conference or in-service training days they’re used to having. Twelve days amounts to a six percent pay cut for the teachers and a 3% reduction in school days for students. The twelve furlough days for teachers was agreed to by the teacher’s union. Continue reading »

Voter petition wrap up.

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Jul 292010
 

Secretary of State Kate Brown has announced the final line up of initiative petitions that qualified for the November ballot. The ones that gathered enough valid voter signatures are:

1. Asking whether 15% of state lottery proceeds should continue to go strictly to parks and
watersheds.
2. Asking whether marijuana dispensaries should be state licensed.
3. Asking whether repeat felony sex offenders and DUII drivers should get minimum sentences.
4. Asking whether a non-tribal casino should be built in Multnomah County. Even if passed this
measure would not move forward because a companion petition to change the state
constitution to allow non-tribal gaming did not gather enough signatures.

Measures that did not gather enough signatures:

1. Asking whether an exception to a constitutional ban on non-tribal gaming should be ok’d.
2. Asking whether legislative redistricting procedures should be changed.

Lincoln County Commissioners approve pay raise for Sheriff’s employees.

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Jul 282010
 

On a unanimous vote the Lincoln County Commission Wednesday approved pay raises for Sheriff’s Department employees of 2% for fiscal 2010-11, 2.5% for 2011-12 and another 2.5% for 2012-13.. The increases are for the rise in the cost of living of around 7% spanning the next three years. County Commissioners said they approved the pay raises out of deference to Sheriff’s Department employees who gave up pay raises last year along with accepting mandatory time off without pay (furloughs) last year. Continue reading »

Annual Oregon Coast Aquarium Fundraiser Coming Up!!

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Jul 282010
 

Celebrate the 2010 Jellyfish Jubilee
The third annual Aquarium fundraiser promises a feast for all of the senses

From: Cindy Hanson, Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is preparing for its annual fundraiser Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 6 – 9 pm. The 3rd annual Jellyfish Jubilee; A Celebration of Food and Wine will fill the Aquarium with the aromas, tastes and sounds of exceptional Northwest cuisine, wines, music and a silent auction benefiting the Aquarium’s exhibits and education programs. The all-inclusive event will also provide an opportunity to see the Aquarium’s new Swampland exhibit, which opened Memorial Day weekend, 2010. Continue reading »

Big swim meet coming up at Newport Pool

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Jul 282010
 

The annual Seahorse Swim Meet, which has been going on for several decades, is once again being held at the Newport Pool August 6,7 and 8. Somewhere around 250 swimmers from Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho typically attend and compete, bringing with them another 600 family members and friends with them. Good news for our local motels, motels and restaurants.

There is no charge to come watch the meet which will be going on Saturday and Sunday from 10am through about 3pm. Competition categories are the free style, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly.

For more information, you can call the pool at 541-265-7770.

Head on accident at Otter Crest Loop and 101 north of Depoe Bay. Highway 101 blocked.

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Jul 282010
 

3:06pm Highway 101 should be re-opening shortly. Traffic still being detoured through Otter Crest Loop.

2:50pm
Traffic is being detoured around the wreck. Tow trucks are removing the heavily damaged vehicles.

2:18pm
Emergency first responders are enroute to a head-on traffic crash on 101 at Otter Crest Loop north. Highway 101 is completely blocked.

Crash is between black Chevy Silverado and silver station wagon. Both heavy front end damage. At least one injury. Being transported to PCH.

Statewide casino gambling fails to make the ballot.

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Jul 282010
 


The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office reports petitioners trying to qualify a non-Indian gambling casino at a former dog track near Portland failed to gather enough voter signatures. To qualify to ask the voters to override their own state constitution against non-Indian gambling they needed nearly 178,000 voters signatures. They gathered 172,000. Continue reading »

Outdated woodstoves must be removed before home is sold effective August 1.

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Jul 282010
 

From Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Oregon’s new woodstove law, designed to protect homebuyers and clear the air of unnecessary wood smoke pollution, takes effect on August 1st. The 2009 Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 102, which was later signed into law by Governor Kulongoski, requires the removal and decommissioning of any uncertified woodstove or insert from a home when it is sold. These uncertified stoves and inserts were manufactured prior to 1986, before emissions certification was required to control smoke from these devices. Residential wood burning is a significant source of air pollution, including fine particulate and air toxics.

For more information about this requirement, please visit http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/burning/woodstoves/heatSmart.htm

9-1-1 Lincom Board ponders one dispatch center, county-wide.

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Jul 282010
 


Typical small community 9-1-1 dispatch module.

In a meeting that was barely 12 hours behind a similar one in Lincoln City, the Lincom 9-1-1 Board has, like the Lincoln City Council, decided to reach out to communities county-wide to see if there is any interest in consolidating Lincoln County’s three 9-1-1 dispatch centers located in Lincoln City, Newport and Toledo.

There has been talk for years among city and county government officials, law enforcement and fire departments about consolidation which could save Lincoln County taxpayers anywhere from an estimated $200,000 to over $1 million dollars a year – up to $350,000 a year for Lincoln City alone depending on how you look at the numbers and how the final dispatch arrangement is set up. Continue reading »

Dredger “Yaquina” just about has’er done…for now.

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Jul 282010
 

“The Yaquina” dredging Yaquina Bay entrance.

The Portland based dredger Yaquina, for over a week, has been dredging the mouth of Yaquina Bay and out the jetty to the river bar. Port of Newport Manager Don Mann says the ship has been removing about ten thousand yards of silt and sand called “infill” from the bay and the entrance. When it’s done the Yaquina will have dredged up over 200,000 yards of bottom material. Continue reading »

Fancy new bike racks arrive at Newport Library

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Jul 282010
 

Newport Library Director Ted Smith with one of two new bike racks.

Newport Library Director Ted Smith proudly unveils one of two new bike racks that he says should bring “some flair” to the front area of the library. He says the library will soon be erecting the new racks near the front entrance and will likely replace one of two older, more standard-looking racks. Smith say staff may do some paint touch-up on one of the old ones so it doesn’t clash aesthetically with the new aluminum bike-shaped racks.

Umpqua Bank doing very well, thank you…

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Jul 272010
 

Umpqua Bank is reporting that they’re doing a lot better coming out of the recession, posting second quarter 2010 earnings of $3.4 million or .03 per diluted common share, compared to a net loss to common shareholders of $1.79 last year for the same period when they lost $107.5 million.

Umpqua Bank has been able to acquire additional assets through the failure of a number of banks in the west including Nevada Security Bank based in Reno, NV, with offices at Lake Tahoe. Umpqua now owns it. The acquisitions helped Umpqua better handle its own loan trouble rate that marginally reduced its assets early in the recession. Today’s provision for loan losses of $29.8 million shows a 29% decrease, and a total net charge off of $26.6 million, a 32% increase on a sequential quarter basis.

Non-covered, non-performing assets ended the quarter at less than 2% of total assets. Total deposits increased $352 million (4%) on a sequential quarter basis and 26% over June of ’09.

Umpqua’s list of recent capital infusing acquisitions around the west include banks in Walnut Creek, CA, Santa Rose, CA, and Reno, NV.