Apr 222013
 
Adam Denlinger leaving Toledo - takes top post in Seal Rock Water District

Adam Denlinger leaving Toledo – takes top post in Seal Rock Water District

Public Works Director Adam Denlinger, much admired and respected in the way he’s guided Toledo’s water and sewer system reconstruction, has resigned his post effective 5pm, May 21st, saying it was a difficult decision but he is accepting an offer to become the next General Manager of the Seal Rock Water District. Denlinger said he will ensure that there is a smooth transition for the successor to his job.

Here is Denlinger’s letter of resignation:

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Apr 222013
 
Toledo Street Market begins June 6th

Toledo Street Market begins June 6th

Come join the fun this Saturday April 27, at 1 PM in Toledo!

The Toledo Street Market is holding a fundraiser for matching Snap benefits and expenses. When needy families use their SNAP Cards, the market will be able to add-on extra fresh fruits and vegetables at no extra charge.

The market is hosting a Tupperware Bingo party at the Toledo AWPPU Union Hall 138 NW 1st Street, Saturday, April 27th at 1pm. There will be lots of fun, food, Bingo, and silent auction. Cost is $1.00 for your Bingo Card or 6 cards for $5.00. Your contact: Carol Boysun 541-336-2064.

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Apr 172013
 
Toledo turns to Ford SUV for speed and capacity to get suspects to LCJ

Toledo turns to Ford SUV for speed and capacity to get suspects to LCJ

Toledo City Councilors Wednesday night agreed with Police Chief David Enyeart that it’s time to beging replacing the city’s aging fleet of law enforcement vehicles. Wednesday night they approved the purchase of a Ford Explorer SUV pursuit vehicle that will not only add speed to patrols but also the capacity to ensure that those arrested on criminal calls and traffic stops will be transported directly to the Lincoln County Jail. No need for back up vehicles.

Purchase price around $42,000. The price was already in the city’s budget. No surprises or impacts to other funds.

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Apr 092013
 
Toledo starting to go Ford Interceptor SUV for their fleet

Toledo starting to go Ford Interceptor SUV for their fleet

Toledo’s City Councilors got their first look at a new type of Toledo Police Patrol Car that Chief David Enyeart says would best fit the city’s needs. Chief Enyeart said the department’s patrol cars are getting “up there” in mileage – police car mileage – and it’s time to rotate in some beefier and more useable vehicles.

He told the council the Ford Police Interceptor Explorer has more room, more power, better handling and better storage for the increased amount of weaponry that is typical in leading edge law enforcement operations. He said there are too many occasions that an officer in a regular patrol car must call on the department’s larger SUV to transport a prisoner to the Lincoln County Jail. By changing over to the Ford Police Interceptors that shouldn’t happen again. He said the newer vehicles also have better gas mileage, both around town and on the highway. He said Lincoln City and Newport police departments report they’re very pleased the with Ford Interceptor SUV’s they’ve acquired.

Enyeart was given tentative approval by the council to purchase the $42,000+ vehicle. Enyeart will bring the issue back to the council at their next meeting for their formal blessing of the purchase.

The council also showed some interest in helping the Lincoln County Land Trust develop an affordable program for Toledo. A land trust spokesman said there are at least four properties in town that are either bare lots or run down homes that councilors said they were fearful would fall into the hands of someone who would simply rent them out rather than improve them or start from scratch. The trust spokesman said the trust would like to step in, buy the land (after the fire department burns down the house as a training exercise) and then help a lower income family find the financing to build a very energy efficient three bedroom, two bath home. List price in the low 100’s. The trust representative said it would like the city to help fund the project to the tune of around $6,500 which raised the eyebrows of Mayor Ralph Grutzmacher. He said he wasn’t too keen on using taxpayer dollars to subsidize new housing when many residents are just barely making it as it is.

The trust employee said they’re making affordable housing available again and that there is a lot of value in that. There are also rules that limit the value of the house to go up just 2% a year as a “firewall” of sorts against those who would buy the house, then try to flip it on the open market for a lot more money. Plus the trust forever owns the land under it. The council said although they like the idea of the land trust, they’d like to study the arrangement more closely and take it up at a later city council meeting.

Toledo Public Words Director Adam Denlinger addresses the council on future water projects

Toledo Public Words Director Adam Denlinger addresses the council on future water projects

The council also got a report from Public Works Director Adam Denlinger who told them that the town is getting closer and closer to beginning some major (and majorly expensive) upgrades to the city water system. Denlinger said construction on phase I of the new booster pump and a 1.9 million gallon water tank are expected to be under construction by early July, with completion by October or November of 2014. Phase II involves upgrading the city’s intake on the Siletz River – using a two screen system for enhanced reliability. Also the delivery and distribution system, especially as pertaining to new water access to the Sturdevant Road area, including to the high school. Denlinger said he hopes construction on that part of the water upgrade will be complete and running by June of 2015. Denlinger said he would be back before the council soon to give them the final word on everything and request their permission to proceed.

Which brought up the issue of money to pay for all this. City Manager Michelle Amberg said the community already knows that their annual water rates will rise every year at 1.5% in order to pay for water system construction bonds that were recently floated. The council said it would be better if Toledo residents also knew what was coming up on sewer rates. They asked Denlinger to help develop an annual sewer rate increase so that residents can begin budgeting for that as well. Councilor Jill Lyon emphasized that she still wants council reviews every year – not willing to go solely on a pre-determined rate. The council agreed.

The root of the problem is that Toledo’s water and sewer systems were ignored for so many decades that the entire system today needs replacing. It’s been said that former city councils and townspeople never got serious about consistently “paying it forward” so today’s residents have been left with a lot of heavy lifting to make sure their water is safe to drink and that their sewer system isn’t fouling the environment.

And finally, with the hour getting late, the council tried to tackle the thorny issue of city business licenses – especially for vendors who show up at various special events during the year, like the Wooden Boat Show, Main Street events, Farmer’s Market and Summer Festival. City Manager Michelle Amberg reported to the council that there are a lot of out-of-town businesses who show up as repeat vendors during these events, many of whom don’t pay a business license fee to the city.

The council tried to come up with a plan to ensure that all vendors have a Toledo business license or at least pay a fee to the city to be a vendor in that it’s only fair that they pay something toward what makes doing business in Toledo as straight-forward and as profitable as it can be. But the council couldn’t seem to agree on how that should all come together.

A few councilors, Terri Strom, Alma Baxter and Michele Johnson said Toledo should be very careful that Toledo is not judged by out-of-towners as “nickel and diming” businesses unjustifiably. The one line that stuck to the ceiling was “I wouldn’t want to pay a substantial amount for a temporary business license just because I want to sell jam on Main Street.” One suggestion that seemed to gain traction was the idea of an event organizer including a business license fee into the vendor application and fee schedule. However, Councilor Terry Strom that at least one special event program could fall by the wayside if that happened.

The council was getting a little more fatigued by that point and decided to explore the issue at a later city council meeting.

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Apr 052013
 

Injured crash victim extracted from his pickup.

Injured crash victim extracted from his pickup.

Second vehicle that hit the rear of the white pickup

Second vehicle that hit the rear of the white pickup

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A large pickup rammed into the back of a smaller white one on eastbound Highway 20 just east of Toledo Friday afternoon. One person went to the hospital.

Witnesses say a third eastbound vehicle was turning left ahead of the two pickups. As the white pickup came up on the turning SUV, it went around on the right shoulder. Witnesses say after the SUV turned the second pickup came up from behind and hit the just-starting-to-accelerate white pickup. The impact launched a steel tool box in the white pickup up into the air, colliding with the dark pickup. Some debris also hit the rear window of the SUV which was exiting the pavement onto a private driveway.

The white pickup was punched about 150 feet ahead of the point of impact, off the road and into a tree. The older male driver was transported by Pac West Ambulance to PCH in Newport

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Apr 032013
 

Toledo Art Walk & First Weekend

Toledo Art Walk & First Weekend

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Becky Miller Studio to Feature Oil Paintings by Eddyville Middle School Students

Contact: Becky Miller, (503) 504-7289

On Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7, Becky Miller Studio is pleased to invite the public to enjoy a show of paintings by middle school students from Eddyville Charter School. Becky was one of several volunteer teachers brought in by the school to teach mini-courses in their areas of expertise.

The Artist in Residence program, which is funded by the school itself, was designed to provide more elective opportunities to the middle school students, aged 10-13. Each quarter has been split in half, and volunteers have committed to teaching 4.5-week courses 2-3 days per week. Becky participated in three of these sessions, which gave dozens of the students an opportunity to learn how to paint in oils.

Many other courses have been offered, such as Dog Obedience (taught by Tammy Boysun), Digital Photography (by Amanda Murphy and George Weaver), Forestry (by Starker Forests), Plant Identification (by Robert Taylor), Drawing (by Krista Eddy), Marine Biology and Quest (by volunteers from the Hatfield Marine Science Center), Archery (by Dick Wasson), Engineering and Remote Operated Vehicles (by Sean Bedell), and Computers (Debby Rariden). Most of the experts that were brought in to teach are from Lincoln County.

The students have responded with enthusiasm. According to Lisa Otis, who has coordinated the program, “They get very excited on the days when the upcoming courses are revealed and they get the opportunity to choose between multiple classes. Middle School students tend to be very active and like to be busy, so this program works well for them.” The school has also been pleased with the quality of instruction that has resulted from the program. “I have been amazed at the level of‘teachers’ we’ve had!” says Lisa. “The students have responded and it seems that many of them have found a new interest or hobby because of these classes.”

The volunteers have also been enthusiastic about the program. Most have offered to help again next year if the program continues.“To watch some of these children gain confidence, relax into self-expression, try so hard to make something beautiful and succeed at it, be funny, blossom, and find something they are innately good at doing has been a magical experience for me,” says Becky. “I am very proud of the work they have done.”

The Eddyville Middle School Student Art Show will be open from 11 am to 5 pm both days. Becky Miller Studio is located at 167 NE 1st Streetin Toledo. Refreshments will be served. For more information, see www.ToledoArts.info or www.BeckyMillerArtist.com.

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Mar 292013
 

Coast Rep. David Gomberg Addressing Newport Chamber of Commerce Friday at Shilo Inn

Coast Rep. David Gomberg
Addressing Newport Chamber of Commerce Friday at Shilo Inn

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Addressing the Friday luncheon of the Newport Chamber of Commerce Friday, Coast Rep. David Gomberg said one of the biggest issues facing the legislature is getting more funding for K-12 Education. He said the critical question is, where is the money going to come from? At the moment, he said the target seems to be the Public Employment Retirement System by removing out of state income tax supplement payments to retirees who don’t pay personal income tax in the state they live, limiting cost of living allowances based on the size of one’s retirement check and others. And of course, raising taxes.

Gomberg said robbing Peter to pay Paul on K-12 funding is not the way to go. He told chamber members there are many Oregonians who haven’t paid state income taxes in years. There are also back taxes owed, still on the books and tax credits and incentives being given to green energy generators, some of whom are receiving excessive benefits – these and more totaling over a billion dollars that are still on the table. He said the Oregon Department of Justice should sue the Wall Street banks and investment houses who defrauded Oregon’s retirement accounts out of $150 million in connection with the Wall Street crash. “We ought to go after that money before we hit up PERS retirees and the taxpayers,” Gomberg said.

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Gomberg said Oregon’s commercial and recreation fishing industries were recently abused in Salem when the staff of the Land Conservation and Development Commission, after three years of public hearings and recommendations on where to put wave energy machines, surprised everyone by insisting another area be added to the fishing grounds withdrawal list without conferring with anyone – an area of Pacific City in the Netarts area. Gomberg said the move was unexpected and flies in the face of all the hard work completed up and down the coast by the fishing industry, wave energy interests and local government leaders constructing the now complete Territorial Sea Plan.

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Gomberg said he has a few bills that he’s introduced which include requiring that any salmon sold in Oregon should be labeled whether it’s natural salmon versus genetically modified salmon (GMO). Another bill – local brewers like Rogue Ale should be able to retail sell their beer in more than just one other location. Gomberg said it should be at least five. Another bill – setting aside funds to ensure that when the Research Vessel Oceanus is retired that marine scientists can have a replacement craft; not only for the Hatfield Marine Science Center but for other scientific agencies and institutions to use. And finally, a bill that will create a new Oregon license plate that features the Oregon Coast. Continue reading »

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Mar 202013
 

Newer cracks uphill from originals - closest to old fire hall

Newer cracks uphill from originals – closest to old fire hall

Business 20 cracks original lower area

Business 20 cracks original lower area

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Toe (bottom) of the hill appears stressed

Toe (bottom) of the hill appears stressed

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The Toledo City Council Wednesday night approved a modified approach to fixing Business Highway 20 between the JC Market and the old fire hall. The slumping in the roadway first appeared last year and was limited to the northbound lane just as the road begins bending to the east. But since then, another set of cracks and slumps have appeared just north of the original cracks, cutting across both north and southbound lanes. “A hill on the move,” according to Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger.

Denlinger told his city council that what was originally thought was a $115,000 road settling repair job may eventually grow into a $400,000 repair project. Whatever the amount, Toledo’s share of the cost is 10.2% of the final tally. City councilors said at an earlier workshop on the issue that the road is too important to be abandoned or treated as a second rate throughway. Denlinger said it means the council is “all in” for the proper fix.

That fix is to be determined after a detailed analysis of the hillside which overlooks at least one house. The house, according to Denlinger, is facing the toe (bottom) of the hill which appears to be under a substantial amount of stress. He says a lot of water may be moving through the hill as the groundwater drains downhill. He said a geologic engineering analysis will reveal what’s going on, which will then determine what the fix is.

The timeline for all this, says Denlinger, is still a little foggy, but the worst case scenario is for the study to be conducted through next winter to gauge water movement through the hillside and its effects on earth movement. However, Denlinger said there may be enough rain storms still left in Mother Nature for this year to where they might be able to get sufficient data to determine a fix this Summer. So a lot is still up in the air.

The council told Denlinger to work with ODOT engineers in determining the best way forward.

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Mar 172013
 

Toledo Food Pantry 5K Run Saturday, Toledo Waterfront

Toledo Food Pantry 5K Run
Saturday, Toledo Waterfront
Over 100 runners!

...and they're off on a three mile run...around the port, up A street, east on 11th, east on Burgess, south on Business 20, south on Main and back around to the north and then south to the waterfront.

…and they’re off on a three mile run…around the port, up A street, east on 11th, east on Burgess, south on Business 20, south on Main and back around to the north and then south to the waterfront.

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Heading down Main Street

Heading down Main Street

Still coming down Main...

Still coming down Main…

End of Main, headed back to the port via Butler Bridge Road

End of Main, headed back to the port via Butler Bridge Road

It was blustery, rainy and it was cold – a typical late Winter day Saturday on the coast. But to the delight and surprise of the Toledo Food Pantry, more than a hundred runners showed up to pay an entry fee to raise money to help feed Toledo’s hungry families. And there’s a lot of them; 156 families a month according to a pantry official. Funding and surplus food have been shrinking while the need for food has been rising. With unemployment checks running out, many families are desperate. So the Toledo Food Pantry, like so many others, are having to turn to their individual communities to find creative ways for residents to chip in and help fill the gap. And from the looks of the pantry’s Shamrock 5K Run, good and generous hearts abound in and around Toledo – each and every one making a big difference.

At the end of the event, sponsors provided food, drink, commemorative shirts and other accessories courtesy of Food Share, Oregon Coast Bank, Bank of the West, Pig Feathers Barbecue/Twisted Snout, Mo’s Restaurants, Yaquina Bay Oysters, Pepsi distributor Bigfoot Beverages, Toledo Rotary, Copeland Lumber, Port of Toledo and the trash was handled by Dahl. Shirts for the runners from Advertee’s. Other sponsors helped as well. They even had live music for the finishers provided by the James and Julz Kasner Band.

We’re all going to be seeing more of these kinds of fundraisers on behalf of our local food pantries because Federal surplus food supplies have been cut IN HALF and other assistance agencies have had their budgets cut as well, absolutely requiring each community pull together to help ensure that no family in their area goes to bed hungry.

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Mar 152013
 
First Weekend in Toledo, April 6 & 7 "The Vickarage" Michael Gibbons Galleries

First Weekend in Toledo, April 6 & 7
“The Vicarage”
Michael Gibbons Galleries

On April 6 and 7, the Toledo arts community is “Going Green.” The artists located in the Uptown Arts District one block above Main Street have special shows planned for the weekend, each with their own interpretation of the theme.

The Yaquina River Museum of Art will be showing a select number of paintings from the Musuem Permanent Collection. The YRMA was founded in 2002 by Michael and Judith Gibbons with the express purpose to leave a legacy of art to the community. The mission of the Musuem includes creation and preservation of an exhibition environment and focus on works of art generated by and about the land and people of the Yaquina River watershed region. To that end, much of the Permanent Collection has been generated from artists who have worked, temporarily lived or passed through this area. Many artists from the Toledo community are represented in the Collection.

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Yaquina River Museum of Art Artist Michael Gibbons

Yaquina River Museum of Art
Artist Michael Gibbons

The YRMA is always seeking art and the volunteer curator, Michael Gibbons, welcomes a conversation with anyone interested in exploring the possibility. Volunteers are most welcome for the open days. Please contact Rosa Decembrini, Office Manager. Museum hours are Wed.-Sun. noon-4 pm. Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Musuem, which will be open from 11 to 5 each day of First Weekend and is open noon to 4:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday. The School House (Circa 1887) Exhibit and Office space is located at 151 NE Alder Street in the Uptown Arts District. For more information, call (541) 336-1907 or email [email protected]

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Gallery Michael Gibbons is featuring “Quiet Refuge,” a 15″x18″ oil painting that was painted en plein air (in the big air) in Lake Oswego, OR. A public garden now turned private beckoned to artist Michael Gibbons and others to catch “Spring” through their art, much as we look for a change of season in April every year.

"Quiet Refuge" Michael Gibbons

“Quiet Refuge”
Michael Gibbons

The “greening” of the landscape is a particularly joyous time for Gibbons, as he loves nothing better than being outside to capture the changing colors on panel and canvas. The multiple award-winning artist’s work is collected nationally and many paintings are shown in his gallery. Look for his work in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, December 2012, Page 98 in the feature article entitled “Oregon’s Art: As Diverse as its Landscape.” Join the artist for Oregon wine and cheese each day of First Weekend Art. Gallery Michael Gibbons is located at the 1926 Vicarage, 140 NE Alder Street, and will be open from 11-5 Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (541) 336-2797 or email [email protected] or see www.MichaelGibbons.net.

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"Young Curiosity" Ivan Kelly

“Miss Curiosity
Summer Doe”
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Ivan Kelly grew up in the green rolling hills and valleys of County Antrim, Ireland, and consequently loves painting the landscape and its animals in a classical realism style that captures the true character and ambience in each animal in their natural landscape. This particular fine Spring day, as he was capturing the estuary landscape on his easel on the outskirts of Toledo, a young doe quietly came out to watch. Thus was borne new subject matter for his canvas, “Miss Curiosity, Summer Doe.” Ivan was awarded “Signature Member” status in the National Maritime Art Exhibition of American Society of Marine Artists, which will be featuring his Oregon sand dune painting at Coos Bay Art Museum during its National Exhibit of Maritime Art, March 22nd. Join Ivan during First Weekend where new wildlife and harbor oil paintings will be featured Saturday, April 6th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and April 7th, 12:30 – 5:00 pm at Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio. 207 East Graham Street, Toledo. One block above Main Street. For more information, call (541) 336-1124 or see www.IvanKelly.com and email: [email protected]

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Produced by one of artist Becky Miller's young students in Eddyville

Produced by one of artist Becky Miller’s middle school students in Eddyville

As part of this month’s “Going Green” theme, Becky Miller Studio will be celebrating the nurturing of budding creativity. Becky has been teaching oil painting to middle school students at Eddyville Charter School since mid-December under a special artists-in-residence program that also brought in many other members of the community to teach courses such as geocaching, canine obedience, digital photography, marine science, engineering, aerobics, archery, plant identification, and more. As part of this enrichment program, Becky is hosting a show of her students’ paintings in her studio this month. The 10-13 year olds’ work is primarily comprised of wildlife paintings. All of the children are first-time oil painters. Refreshments will be served. Becky Miller Studio is located in Toledo’s Arts District at 167 NE 1st St. For more information, call (503) 504-7289 or see www.BeckyMillerArtist.com

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