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 »

Shotgun blasts on NW High, just east of Nye Beach

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Aug 142010
 

502 NW High, Saturday nightBrian Narrance, $500,000 bail

Newport Police responded to a report of shotgun blasts fire on Northwest High Street Saturday night shortly after 10pm. Officers arrived to find a man in the back yard, very intoxicated.

Police told NewsLincolnCounty.com that it appears that Brian Narrance, of Olympia, WA, and his female companion had been quarreling earlier in the evening. At one point Narrance grabbed a shotgun and may have tried to shoot himself. Police say the blast was fired “near him” but apparently did not hit him, nor anyone else. However, they believe four shotgun blasts were fired, three into the air, and one through a neighbor’s fence. There are high rise apartments on a hill directly overhead from the man’s residence.

Police said they arrested Narrance and took him to jail. He was booked on multiple charges of reckless endangerment, pointing a firearm, unlawful use of a firearm, menacing and disorderly conduct. His bail was set at $500,000.

Lincoln County School District closes special Latino preschool

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Aug 142010
 

Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Tom Rinearson announced this week that a six year long preschool program for ‘English language learners’ will no longer be provided. Rinearson said in a news release that the program, “A Step Forward” at Sam Case Elementary, was deemed ineligible for federal funding. He said without those funds, the district can not afford to keep it going.

The program was started in 2004 and averaged 33 preschoolers age 3 to 4 years old. The children were given specialized instruction to enhance their English language skills to help them be better students when they enter kindergarten or first grade. Continue reading »

Debate over consolidating 9-1-1 services off to a bumpy but congenial start.

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Aug 132010
 

City and County officials meeting in Newport Friday

Should Lincoln County shrink their three 9-1-1 emergency dispatch centers down to one central operation? Some say it could save the county and cities a lot of money and actually improve 9-1-1 services. Others aren’t quite so sure.

Waldport Mayor Herman Welch presided over a meeting of city and county officials today to launch what is hoped to be a continuing discussion about the issue with an eye to achieving goals of saving money while improving 9-1-1 services. The current 9-1-1 dispatch centers are based in Lincoln City, Newport and Toledo.

Toledo officials told the gathering that Toledo has just upgraded their dispatch center to a high level of technology and that they are well tied into other centers in the Wilamette Valley. City Manager Michelle Amberg and Mayor Rod Cross said Toledo is, at best, lukewarm to the idea of consolidation because Toledo loves what they have. The dispatchers don’t have a big dispatch work load which allows them to perform other duties in the Toledo Police Department. Continue reading »

Shop in the Valley? Watch those $100 bills!

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Aug 132010
 

Counterfeit $100 bills are popping up more frequently these days in the Valley due to a bogus money manufacturing ring operating in the Eugene area. Police and Secret Service agents say while they’re trying to track them down make sure you don’t accept any $100’s with Abe Lincoln on them!

Read more in the Statesman Journal:

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20100813/UPDATE/100812058

LC City Council and County Commmissioners: Road’s End belongs inside the city limits and Devil’s Lake needs cleaning up.

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Aug 112010
 

Homes on septics surround Devil’s Lake

At a joint meeting of the Lincoln City City Council and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Wednesday it appeared that both government bodies agreed on a couple of things. That the Road’s End area just north of Lincoln City should annex into the city, and that those living around Devil’s Lake, also just outside the city limits, should pay for septic tank inspections to see if particular homes are polluting the lake. Continue reading »

Jackson Co. deputies shoot, kill guard at Mexican cartel marijuana grove near Sams Valley

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Aug 112010
 

When a Jackson County Sheriff’s SWAT team approached a discovered Mexican cartel marijuana grove just north of Sam’s Valley early this morning, it didn’t take long for one of the cartel’s armed guards to emerge.

When the latino male came out of the brush holding a loaded shotgun two SWAT team members instantly opened fire on him. He fell to the ground mortally wounded, dying despite medical aid given by a SWAT medic. Another latino male was seen running away. SWAT members pursued him but lost him in the brush. They said it was unknown if he was also armed. Continue reading »

Oregon House Speaker Dave Hunt: Federal aid to schools/medicaid/police is welcome. But it’s no permanent fix.

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Aug 112010
 

Provided by Oregon House Speaker Dave Hunt:

“Oregonians will get back some of the taxes we pay to the federal government in the form of $270 million for our schools and to assist our struggling families. That’s good news for Oregon as our economy continues to feel the effects of the global recession.

“These funds won’t solve all of our budget challenges. Even with this $270 million in federal funds, we are making nearly $300 million in cuts to state services and programs. These new federal dollars – dollars Oregonians sent to the federal government and will now get back – will help keep those core services intact, but will not eliminate the need for cuts.

“With an August 26 revenue forecast coming, we are analyzing the bill Congress passed today to determine the restrictions and requirements that could impact our ability to use these dollars to protect critical services. Once we have the forecast, we hope to be able to use these federal funds to mitigate the worst of the cuts to critical health care services and our schools. Continue reading »