Last call for a great Porthold Players production!!

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Aug 252010
 

LAST CHANCE TO SEE SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM
Provided by Porthole Players

Porthole Players brings Side By Side By Sondheim, to the Studio Theater of the Newport Performing Arts Center one last weekend. This musical revue features a mix of Stephen Sondheims’s songs, including “Send in the Clowns,” “Comedy Tonight,” “Barcelona,” and “A Boy Like That.” Vocalists Gidget Manucci, Akia Woods, and Stephan are accompanied by Dr. Mary Lee Scoville and Ramona Martin on two pianos. Brian Haggerty is the narrator.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evening and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Cabaret seating with a complimentary beverage is available for $15. Regular seating for adults is $12 and tickets for seniors and students are $10. Advanced reservations are recommended. Tickets are on sale at the Newport Performing Arts Center Box Office by calling 265-ARTS. For more information, check the Porthole Players’ website at www.portholeplayers.org.

D-Beach in Lincoln City has health alert on it…

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Aug 252010
 

From Oregon Health Department
Health advisory issued for water contact at D River State Park Beach.

Higher than normal bacteria levels found Lincoln County beach.

A public health advisory was issued Wednesday due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in
ocean waters at D River State Park Beach in Lincoln County.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and
inland sources such as animal waste from seabirds, pets and livestock, storm water runoff, sewer overflows and failing septic systems. Continue reading »

Fatal accident partially blocks Hwy 20 west of Blodgett

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Aug 252010
 

OSP Photo: Mile Post 37 on Highway 20

If you couldn’t get through from Newport to Corvallis today, here’s what was blocking the road; the underbelly of an empty logging truck that appeared to have been hit head-on my an oncoming SUV. The SUV driver, from Redmond, was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses said it was a horrific accident and which sent the logging truck driver to a Portland trauma center via a med-evac helicopter.

Troopers said those in both vehicles were wearing seat belts. Witnesses at the scene said there was very little left of the SUV. That the SUV driver, Duane Haugen, 57, of Redmond, never had a chance of surviving. Troopers say it appears that the SUV crossed over the center line on a fairly sharp curve and went straight into the logging truck, which was not carrying logs at the time. Driver of the truck, Michael Brown, 57, of Philomath, was helicoptered to a trauma center with serious injuries but none that were considered life threatening.

Highway 20 was completely shut down for several hours after the crash, was opened to one lane then late this afternoon the road was re-opened to normal traffic.

Theft at South Beach Marina interrupted. Both suspects caught, confess to the crime, say police.

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Aug 242010
 

Just after midnight Tuesday morning Port of Newport security discovered a marina office had been broken into, and a cash box stolen. Security called Newport Police. While Newport officers were enroute, the security officer spotted two young men and began talking with them. During the conversation one of the men dropped a cash box, picked it up and tossed it toward the bay. Both ran off. The security guard and Newport Police found the two hiding in a public restroom at the west end of the marina property. Both suspects confessed to the burglary and theft.

The cash box and the money inside were both recovered. Arrested for burglary and theft were Paul Sutton, 18 of Newport, and Brian Ferreira, 22, of Waldport. Both have since posted bail so their mug shots were not available.

Roads End Annexation: $691 more a year in taxes for “average” Roads End property owner.

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Aug 242010
 

The Lincoln City City Council has released a study on the financial impacts to the city and to the “average” Roads End property owner if Roads End is annexed into the city. The study, produced by Economic & Financial Analysis of Vancouver, WA, portrays a very detailed picture of how tax and fee revenues would be jiggled and juggled around in order to bring Roads End into the city’s “financial family.” Everything from tax rates to bonded indebtedness, intergovernmental revenue transfers and enterprise funds are covered to give a “bottom line” financial impact for an “average” Roads End property owner determined to be $249,000 of assessed valuation. Assessed Valuation is NOT a property’s market value, rather a number used for assessing property taxes.

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Florence bridge on Hwy 101 lowered. Traffic back to normal.

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Aug 242010
 

ODOT says they’ve re-lowered the Florence bridge on Hwy 101. A mechanical malfunction forced ODOT to lower the structure by hand (however that’s done!) and traffic now is flowing again. There is considerable back-up at both ends so it may take a while to straighten itself out.

Protecting Lincoln City’s Urban Forest without overburdening developers or landowners.

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Aug 242010
 

(Corrects earlier story version: Resolution to draw up Ordinance)

The Lincoln City City Council has been hashing and rehashing a plan to give developers room to build in the city but not so much freedom that they cut down too many trees and scar hillsides. The city’s new Tree Protection and Removal Resolution the council approved Monday night goes a long way toward finding that balance. Staff will return with a finished ordinance for the council to vote on nest month, and make the tree preservation ordinance a law of the city.

Under the new ordinance, developers will have the right to remove trees from proposed developments only AFTER they get a permit from the city that includes a tree preservation and replacement plan. Trees cannot be removed except during the active phase of development. Projects that involve cutting trees must be guided by a certified arborist whose job it is to keep the developer in strict compliance with the plan. Trees taken must be compensated for either on site or in other areas of the city, such as new open space or landscaping. Continue reading »

Lincoln City City Council edges closer to stopping “stove pipe” houses.

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Aug 242010
 

Lincoln City City Council Monday evening

It’s been a long slog for the Lincoln City City Council but it appears they are getting within striking range of curing a problem that’s been bitterly complained about for a long time. Houses that get built straight up like fat stove pipes, blocking other residents’ views of the ocean. Those who build such homes have gotten around otherwise normal construction rules by artificially building up the grade their home sits on so they can calculate the maximum building height after they build up the base twenty or thirty feet first. The result, blocked views and houses that stick out like visual oddities on hillsides. Continue reading »

In the next natural disaster to hit the coast, Waldport teens will be pitching in to help everyone cope and re-group. And soon other teens from Lincoln City to Yachats will join them!

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Aug 232010
 

Sue Graves, LCSD Safety Coordinator

Sue Graves is helping to lead the charge to involve our local high school students in pitching in to help us recover from the next natural disaster, be it a wildfire, flood, tsunami or earthquake (and then a tsunami).

Graves is the safety coordinator for the Lincoln County School District and has been instrumental in creating and coordinating a high school version of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) which are common among adult volunteers around the country, but which now enlist the help of our high schoolers. Continue reading »

When the world becomes “a bit much,” there are places to go and people to consult that can help you put it all back together in a nice way!

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Aug 232010
 


Nyichang Rinpoche, Tibetan teacher

Provided by Suzette Bell

On August 29th, 2pm, at the Visual Arts Center in Nye Beach, Room 2W on the top floor, there is a great opportunity to welcome Nyichang Rinpoche, a renowned Tibetan teacher, to Newport.

Rinpoche is a member of the last generation to have received the complete monastic education and perform all fundamental religious practices before the invasion of Tibet by China. He has received teachings mainly from the Nyingma lineage, which is the original Buddhist tradition of Tibet, and also from the other three sects, namely the Sakya, Kagyü, and Gelug. His great learning and strict attitude of faithful adherence to tradition are highly valued by the other lamas of his generation. Continue reading »

Lincoln City Police looking for missing teen

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Aug 232010
 

A teen-age boy has been reported missing by his parents and now by Lincoln City Police. Police say Brandon Hardy was visiting a friend’s house late last evening and failed to return to the D Sands Condo-Motel where his parents are staying.

Bandon is described as 16 years of age, 5-10, blonde hair, blue eyes, last seen wearing a grey flannel shirt, blue jeans and grey Converse tennis shoes. Anyone having any information about Brandon’s whereabouts should contact Lincoln City Police at 541-994-3636.

Man wearing only pajama bottoms jumps into Yaquina Bay.

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Aug 232010
 

A man called 9-1-1 late Sunday evening claiming that somebody had stolen his clothes inside a restroom at South Beach. By the time Newport Police arrived on scene the man had run out to the end of a fishing pier next to the bridge. He was wearing only pajama bottoms. While officers tried to talk with the man he grew irritated and jumped into the bay.

Officers yelled at him to stop, but the man refused, holding up under the pier for a while. Officers called the Coast Guard which deployed a boat. They eventually found him swimming toward the Bayfront. They pulled alongside and pulled him aboard.

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Sheriff Dotson on Suicide Prevention

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Aug 232010
 

Sheriff Dennis Dotson

Tip of the Week: Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the act or an instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally. In the United States, tens of thousands of Americans take their own lives every year. These are only the “successful” attempts. This article is about discussing suicide. It may make us uncomfortable, but it can save lives.

Suicide is a tragic permanent act to what is often a temporary problem. Those who actually attempt suicide have lost hope – they no longer believe they can solve their problems or ease their pain and see suicide as their only answer. Continue reading »

Yachats man arrested for marijuana grow at his home.

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Aug 232010
 

Jack Sigler, Yachats


An incident that occurred back in March has finally produced an arrest by Lincoln County’s anti-drug team. A warrant for the arrest for Jack Sigler was issued. Sigler surrendered himself at the county courthouse.

Deputies say they responded to a disturbance at Sigler’s home on West 3rd, Yachats, back in March. Following up on their investigation, they say they discovered 94 marijuana plants growing inside Sigler’s home. Investigators seized the plants and 2.3 pounds of dried marijuana. An indictment lists Sigler’s charges as manufacturing, delivering and possession of marijuana. His bail was listed at $250,000.

When looking both ways, take the time to SEE.

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Aug 232010
 

A family from Clackamas County, on a vacation jaunt to the coast, wound up back home in a Portland hospital instead. Oregon State Police say the driver of this Nissan Pathfinder pulled off Highway 6, 20 miles east of Tilamook Sunday afternoon. When the driver pulled back out onto the road, he did so right into the path of an oncoming Chrysler with four people aboard. The impact spun the Nissan around violently, seriously injuring all three inside. All three were transported to a trauma center in Portland. No one in the Chrysler was injured. The OSP says everyone was wearing their seat belt.

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Child abduction search called off. See update below.

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Aug 222010
 

Monday, 11:17am

Newport Police say they have confirmed that Jessica Carpenter 33, of Newport, and her children have arrived at their intended destination. They say they no longer believe that the children are in any imminent danger. However, Carpenter is in violation of a court order, and that her children must be returned to Newport. Beyond that police say they have nothing further to release.

Carpenter was accused of physically abusing one of her children which prompted legal action which placed the children with a relative. Police say Carpenter learned where the children were, snatched them up and fled to a location out of state.

More “Click It or Ticket” and School Zone patrols hitting the streets of Oregon

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Aug 212010
 

Lincoln City Police Sergeant Jeffrey Winn says Oregon Law Enforcement will be conducting another seat belt “Click It or Ticket” campaign starting August 30th. Officers will be observing driving behaviors of the public and when traffic citations are issued for violations like speeding or aggressive driving behavior, officers will take special note of whether the drivers are using their seat belt. Sergeant Winn says speeding and aggressive driving are the most common causes of traffic accidents and that seat belts save lives in even the most serious of crashes. Continue reading »

Young Colorado teen rescued from Yaquina Head cliff

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Aug 202010
 


(Click image to play video)

What a Colorado teen may have thought was a quick climb up a cliff at the north end of Agate Beach, turned out to be a scary confrontation with possible serious injury, or even death. Fortunately for the youth and his family, he suffered neither, thanks to Lt. Ron Beck and his Newport Fire-Rescue team.