Former Newport Police Sergeant Dean Sawyer files for City Council

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Aug 192010
 

Dean Sawyer (left) with son

Retired Newport Police Sergeant Dean Sawyer today filed for a seat on the Newport City Council. Sawyer, in law enforcement for over thirty years, says a big part of the reason he’s running is that so many citizens have encouraged him to run.

Intel building a multi-billion dollar R&D twin in Hillsboro?

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Aug 192010
 

Sky’s the limit at Intel

Portland is buzzing about what appears to be a secret that nobody can keep to themselves. And that is, computer chip maker Intel is about to more than double its manufacturing facilities at Hillsboro and may soon be hiring thousands of new workers. Here’s the story in the Oregonian:

http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2010/08/intels_new_fab.html

Albany man busted for drugs, endangering children.

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Aug 192010
 

Craig Snyder, 32, Albany

An Albany man was arrested this week on multiple charges after he was involved in a traffic accident near Yachats. Lincoln County deputies say that Craig Snyder, 32, of Albany was driving along 101 when the accident occurred. They say when they pulled up they noticed that Snyder was in possession of meth and that his girlfriend, Aleesha Wells, 27, of Albany had meth visible in her purse. In the back seat were four young children. None were hurt.

Deputies say they arrested Snyder on an outstanding warrant, possession of meth, and endangering the welfare of the four children. He was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he’s being held in lieu of $77,500. Wells was cited at the scene but not arrested. Her children were turned over to relatives.

Stranded beachgoer below Worldmark Depoe Bay

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Aug 192010
 

The Coast Guard and Depoe Bay Fire/Rescue are enroute to a report of a man on the beach or rocks, directly below Worldmark Resort, Depoe Bay.

They say they reporting party is watching the man through her binoculars and cannot tell if the man might have slid down the cliff to get to the water’s edge or if he crawled down. Authorities are not taking any chances. They will ascertain if the man has a viable exit route to dry land. If not he’ll likely be evacuated.

Friday another “unpaid holiday” for most state offices.

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Aug 192010
 

Friday, August 20th, is another unpaid holiday for over 26,000 state workers. Friday is the 6th of 10 work furlough days that are helping the state reduce the ocean of red ink that none the less seems to rise by the day. Most state agencies will be closed except for law enforcement and state prisons. No DMV services will be available on Friday. Offices open per normal on Monday.

Reports say that for every statewide furlough day, it saves the state treasury two million dollars. So the total savings throughout the two year run is $20 million. It’s estimated that the state budget is now somewhere around one billion dollars, which is 1,000 million. So the work furlough days saving $20 million looks like a tiny drop in the bucket.

How to live better despite a chronic medical condition.

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Aug 192010
 

Only two more Living Well with Chronic Conditions classes will be offered between now and the end of 2010. Lincoln County Health and Human Services announces that classes will benefit individuals living with a chronic or ongoing health condition and those individuals who care for others living with chronic conditions.

“Living Well with Chronic Conditions” is a six-week series of classes aimed to empower those who live with a chronic disease or ongoing illness. Two workshop series have been scheduled: Gleneden Beach on Friday mornings at the Unity by the Sea Church beginning Friday, September 3 through October 8, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon for six weeks. Classes will be held Tuesday evenings in Newport at Atonement Lutheran Church, beginning September 7th every Tuesday for six weeks, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Continue reading »

Runaway chip truck takes out two cars. Fortunately injuries were minor in the Wednesday afternoon crash.

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Aug 192010
 

Miraculously, no fatalities.

As you can see, it could have been a lot worse than minor injuries between the three vehicles in the picture series. Oregon State Police say a chip truck driver headed north on Highway 101 near Florence began fish-tailing his rig on some tight curves. Eventually he lost control of his rig and it went over onto its side, slid across the southbound lane and into a scenic pullout where two cars were parked, it’s occupants admiring the view.

For the black car, the view changed dramatically as the truck’s trailer lifted the car onto its side, tilting it to a 45 degree angle, dangling over the side. The trailer continued a bit farther and struck another vehicle. When all vehicles came to a stop, the OSP says truck driver Daniel Vader, 29, jumped out and immediately began helping the driver of the black car out of her vehicle. She was identified as a 19 year old Swiss tourist. She was not injured.

Occupants of the gray car, Travis Wilson and his pregnant wife Sarah, were treated at the scene by responding fire paramedics. Both were were transported to Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence where both were examined and later released.

No word was immediately released on what the OSP thinks caused Vader to lose control of his chip truck.

Government veteran Ralph Grutzmacher appointed new Toledo City Councilor

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Aug 182010
 


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Brief video statement about his approach to being a city councilor

Retired legal official Ralph Grutzmacher was unanimously appointed by the Toledo City Council Wednesday night to fill the unexpired term of Mary Young who left her seat when she moved outside the city.

Grutzmacher attended the Naval Academy and served many years in the U.S. Navy before launching a second career as a “legislative counsel” for a large county in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. Grutzmacher told the city council during his interview that he and his wife deliberately picked Toledo out of all other communities in Oregon to retire in. He said when the flower baskets went up in the downtown, “that was it. My wife and I decided on Toledo.” Continue reading »

Mayor Bill Bain stepping down as mayor – wants to be a City Councilor again.

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Aug 182010
 

Mayor Bill Bain, now City Councilor candidate

Newport Mayor Bill Bain has formally filed to become a city councilor (again) after five years as mayor. Bain told News Lincoln County that there are two excellent candidates who have filed for mayor and that he feels re-applying to the voters to be a city councilor is a good move. Bain was asked whether the episode over the shredding of City Councilor’s Mark McConnell’s evaluation of City Manager Jim Voetberg had anything to do with his decision, Bain said simply “No.” Continue reading »

From new picnic tables to new asphalt in Depoe Bay, the City Council has it covered.

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Aug 172010
 

Depoe Bay City Council Tuesday night (top), Picnic tables ordered for the town (middle/down)

The Depoe City Council has done something about the town’s deteriorating flock of outdoor picnic tables, some of which have been band-aided together for years. The council decided to buy 18 new ones Tuesday night, four of them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The tables will be scattered about the town at various city properties, with six assigned to the Community Hall: one ADA table on the patio, one regular table on the new deck out back, and four in the front of the hall. Another location will be Depoe Bay’s main park down on the harbor, two ADA compliant, two regular. A member of the Parks Commission told NewsLincolnCounty.com the tables should arrive soon and be installed within the next couple of months. He said the new tables have a considerable amount of metal re-inforcement that is not susceptible to ocean salt air.

The city council also approved a $49,000 contract to re-pave the Marine Board parking lot down by the docks.

Toledo house fire spares family, but wipes out their lives.

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Aug 172010
 


Fire destroys home on NW Spruce, Toledo

A family of four was awakened around 2am by the smell of smoke boiling up from the basement area of their home at 1608 NW Spruce. They called the fire department and then tried frantically to squirt hose water on it but to no avail. The fire had spread so quickly and became so advanced that all that firefighters could do was contain the blaze so it didn’t spread to wildlands or other homes by igniting trees.

Fire Chief Will Ewing is investigating the cause. He says he’s sure the blaze started at the east end of the house, above a utility type room. But that’s as far as he says he’s gotten with it.

Cheryl and David Glasscock, their daughter, her two year old baby and an 11 year old grandson (addition) lost everything in the fire. The Red Cross has found temporary shelter for them, but that doesn’t last long. The Glasscock’s desperately need everything adults and an 11 year old boy needs to live. Donations are being accepted for them at Hoovers Pub and Grill at South Beach, on the east side of Highway 101, just south of the light. The best time to drop your donation off at Hoovers is Monday through Friday, from 11 to 4. For more information, call 541-867-3303.

State budget deficit could hit a billion or more…

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Aug 172010
 

Those assembling Oregon’s official economic forecast have told Governor Ted Kulongoski that the state’s tax revenue picture continues to worsen. Instead of an earlier projected $577 million bucket of red ink, it’s likely to be nearly twice that. If that happens, the latest federal aid to states for schools and medicaid may do little good other than to put Oregon back to where it was 30 days ago with forecasted teacher layoffs and required reserve spending for medical aid to the poor.

Full story from the Oregonian:

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/08/oregons_state_budget_hole_is_g.html

Intel co-founder Andy Grove warns the U.S. about becoming a victim of its own economic religion, “Free Trade.”

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Aug 172010
 

As America stumbles through the worst recession in 80 years, and recovery seems glacially slow, Intel co-founder Andy Grove provides a surprisingly clear perspective on what’s systematically wrong with America’s view of itself and its general misunderstanding about the global economy.

This is a “must read” opinion that appeared on the Bloomberg News website. Read it here:


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-01/how-to-make-an-american-job-before-it-s-too-late-andy-grove.html

The Dungeness season ends. Fishemen have nothing to crab about!

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Aug 172010
 

The Dungeness Crab season has just wrapped up an 8 and a half month season with the third biggest haul in recent history – more than $44 million waiting for fishermen on the docks of Oregon Coast communities. Here’s the full story in the Eugene Register Guard:

http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/news/cityregion/25188727-41/guard-register-startstoryhere-writername.csp

Seaport CEO says “We’re in Newport to stay.”

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Aug 172010
 

Rob McKinney, Seaport Air CEO

When Newport City Councilor Richard Kilbride asked Seaport Air CEO Rob McKinney point blank “Will you be here after the Connect II subsidy runs out?” McKinney replied politely, “I’ll look you in the eye and tell you I’m confident we will be here after the subsidy ends, but it’ll take a lot of work to get there. Using more creative marketing and a less expensive airplane will help.” Kilbride added, “and dropping the Astoria flight will help some, too, I imagine.” The number of passengers flying to Newport far exceed the number flying to Astoria. Seaport is predicted to drop the Astoria route once the Connect II subsidy money runs out next March.

McKinney said, while briefing the Newport City Council Monday night, since taking over the helm at Seaport Air, he’s put more emphasis on non-traditional marketing like “first flight $49” promotions as well as harnessing the power of Google to target people surfing the internet looking for places to stay and things to do along the central coast. As they do, a Seaport Air ad pops up on the screen to tell them that Newport has scheduled airline service, Seaport Air. Continue reading »

Newport City Hall still looking for more GP outfall monitoring technical advisory committee members.

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Aug 162010
 

GP outfall a mile offshore

Newport City Manager Jim Voetberg told his City Council on Monday that they’re still looking for a few more volunteers to sit on the town’s Georgia Pacific (GP) Effluent Outfall Technical Advisory Committee. The committee will work with experts to determine how the outfall monitoring will be conducted and what kinds of effluent signatures and/or pollutants affect sea life in the water and along the beaches of Newport. GP recently signed a franchise agreement with Newport for continued use of a long effluent pipeline from the GP plant in Toledo to Newport, and then to a point about a mile offshore where the effluent is released into the open ocean. The Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) monitors the effluent as it enters the pipe in Toledo and twice a year releases a report on water quality conditions around the effluent outfall, offshore. Another report is due around the first of the year.

The city council has set all committee applicant interviews for September 20th at City Hall, so those with an interest should submit their applications quickly.

Citizens of Newport have grown suspicious of DEQ’s monitoring reports and so have insisted that the city launch its own water quality monitoring in the outfall area, which is a mile offshore straight out from Nye Beach. The city’s monitoring effort will be put out to bid once it gets an official range of data the city council wants collected from areas around the outfall.

New Taft area school homeless advocate announced

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Aug 162010
 

Jeanie Davenport, Homeless Outreach Advocate

Public Invited to Open House at Taft Family Resource Center
Provided by Lincoln County School District

Jeanie Davenport, newly hired North County Homeless Outreach Advocate for Lincoln County School District, invites everyone to an open house from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the newly opened Taft Family Literacy and Resource Center.

This will be a great opportunity to meet Davenport, check out the center’s new location (in the portable building next to Taft Elementary School, 4040 S.E. High School Drive, Lincoln City), and to share ideas on how to best serve students and their families in the north area.

Davenport replaces Charla Guiwits, who is now serving the Newport area in the same role. Continue reading »

OSP Troopers snag sex offender sneaking out the back.

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Aug 162010
 

Andrew Zamora, Sex Offender

Oregon State Police investigators, trying to track down 23 Oregon sex offenders who had not registered with their local law enforcement agencies, learned that one of them was working at a Depoe Bay restaurant. OSP troopers converged on the restaurant Sunday. Each trooper guarded a separate restaurant exit. When troopers walked in the front door seeking Andrew Zamora, he ducked out a back door, right into the hands of a trooper that quickly slapped on the handcuffs and put Zamora in the back of a police cruiser for transport to the Lincoln County Jail. Zamora was charged not only with failure to register as a sex offender, but also on an arrest warrant for failure to perform per his probation on an earlier conviction.

In all, OSP troopers arrested 17 in Salem, 1 in Stayton, 2 in Aumsville, 2 in Woodburn, and 1 in the Silverton area. Others turned themselves in when it hit the news media that there would be a statewide sweep for non-registered sex offenders. Only one sex offender remains at large and that is Valerie Myers, 34, but they think they know where she might be. Any information on here exact whereabouts be should be given to Trooper Edelbrock at 503-378-3387, ext. 31600.

Oceanlake School Parent Group “Open House” with great food and proceeds to make our kids smarter!

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Aug 162010
 

Mimio White Board

The Oceanlake Elementary School Parents Group are hoping that Frank Napoleon’s Hawaiian teriyaki chicken and picnic potato salad will blend well with everyone’s desire to better educate our kids. The Open House fundraiser at Oceanlake School Cafeteria, September 2nd at 5pm, will help raise money for the purchase of an interactive electronic white board system which will help to more effectively teach our elementary school children. The projected Mimio Interactive White Board System acts just like a computer screen that is fully interactive on white board surfaces. Students (and their teachers) love using them. Continue reading »

You could feel this one coming! Mark McConnell announces his run for Mayor of Newport. Whither Mayor Bill Bain?

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Aug 162010
 

Mark McConnell (left), files for mayor. Mayor Bill Bain (right), remains a “Wild Card.”

The speculation had been rampant for weeks and it’s finally come true. City Councilor Mark McConnell has announced his candidacy for Mayor. McConnell is running on a platform of civility among city councilors, stability in terms of providing “core services” to residents and sustainable financial footing as the economy pulls out of a deep recession.

McConnell has been a long time resident and is in the middle of his third term as city councilor. If elected, McConnell’s seat would be filled by a city council-run application process and a vote on his successor.

In his announcement, McConnell touched on a major topic that has surrounded the council for some time. “Civility.” The council recently attended a “team building” workshop with an organizational consultant. The workshop had a stated goal of establishing better ways for councilors to deliberate among themselves and to negotiate more effectively to meet city challenges and solve long running problems. Since that workshop, dialog among councilors during regular city council meetings has been decidedly calmer and Roberts Rules of Order more closely followed.

McConnell’s announcement for Mayor means we now have two contenders for the top seat on the council. Patricia Patrick Joli’s announced her mayoral campaign some weeks back. Her platform closely resembles McConnell’s in focusing attention on meeting the city’s challenges in a climate of tightening economic constraints. Continue reading »