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
 


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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.

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 »