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Merkley, Wyden Press For Additional Firefighting Funds for Oregon -
Urge Senate to Supply Emergency Funds and Revamp Broken Fire Prevention, Management System

As wildfires spanning nearly 600,000 acres burn across Oregon – with lightning storms predicted for the next 48 hours – Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden led 10 other senators Tuesday in sending a letter to Senate leaders calling for swift passage of President Obama’s emergency supplemental funding request, which would allocate $615 million – accessible immediately – to fight wildfires. The Senators also called for a vote on the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, a bill sponsored by Wyden and Merkley that would fix the broken system of stealing funds from fire prevention programs to fight fires that are already burning.

With persistent droughts, dry forests and new fires starting daily, the West has experienced an especially harsh fire season. Currently there are active fires burning in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, and California. Both Oregon and Washington have declared states of emergency. The administration already estimates that this year’s funding for firefighting will fall far short of the costs.

“We cannot afford to wait another year to fix this urgent problem,” the Senators wrote in the letter. “We urge you to take up the President’s emergency funding request to deal with wildfire funding once and for all.”

The emergency supplemental funding request would grant $615 million, which would be immediately accessible for firefighting efforts in western states through the end of the year.

The cost of fighting wildfires has regularly exceeded the amount appropriated by Congress in past years. To cover this need for additional funds, money must be redirected from mitigation and prevention efforts.

To ensure that fires are treated like other natural disasters and ensure that both firefighting and prevention efforts are adequately funded, the Senators urged passage of Wyden and Merkley’s bipartisan Wildlife Disaster Funding Act, which would create a long-term solution for wildfire budgets.

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Jul 232014
 

Dirk Siedlicki and Bob Keller restore an old cemetery stone in Burns, OR

Dirk Siedlicki and Bob Keller restore an old cemetery stone in Burns, OR

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The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 9 a.m. July 25 at the Hallmark Inn in Newport.

On the same day at 1:00 p.m. the Commission invites you to join them and the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board (OMCB) for a community planning session on a very important topic: The Future of Cemeteries in Oregon.

Both boards have noticed a trend of the increasing difficulty of getting new volunteers step in and help keep up the continuity of non-profit and often rural cemeteries–whether a non-operating pioneer cemetery, or a small operating one. With the high cremation rates in the Northwest, even the for-profit operating cemeteries are facing concerns of increasing operating costs for ongoing maintenance without the same level of new burials and revenue coming in as before. We want to compare notes on these trends and any others identified by the community. And then discuss what roll—if any—the public sector (either of our boards, or other state, county or city) should have in addressing these trends, or, simply in helping if and when a particular cemetery becomes abandoned,

Melisa McDonald of Metro will be facilitating this very special session.

Please call or email Carla to RSVP for the afternoon session ASAP. 971.673.1507 or Carla.Knapp@state.or.us. The OMCB will hold its meeting regular meeting on July 24 at 1:00pm.

Historic cemetery and marker repair workshop to be in Toledo

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will offer a historic cemetery and marker repair workshop July 26 in Toledo. All of the events are free and open to the public. The workshop will be at the Toledo Cemetery near the intersection of Skyline Drive and Arcadia Drive from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The free workshop will address marker assessment, cleaning, leveling and repair.

Participants should bring their own lunch, snacks, water to drink, a stool or folding chair to sit on, gloves to wear, a hat, sunscreen, appropriate clothing as this is a hands on workshop, comfortable shoes, a pen and note pad and camera if they want to take photos during the workshop.

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Jul 232014
 

Kim Carlson

Kim Carlson

Kim Carlson

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Kim Carlson In her native Beaver Creek

Kim Carlson
In her native Beaver Creek

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Jul 232014
 
Sunset on the Bayshore Kerry Terrel

Sunset on the Bayshore
Kerry Terrel

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Jul 222014
 

Kevin Greenwood Newport Port Manager

Kevin Greenwood
Newport Port Manager

International Terminal Dredging deeper to handle deeper draft ships likely in late September/early October. Port of Newport graphic

International Terminal
Dredging deeper to handle bigger ships likely in late September/early October.
Port of Newport graphic

Newport Port Manager Kevin Greenwood says dredging to accommodate larger log ships transporting raw timber to the Orient could be complete in late September or early October.

Greenwood told his port commission Tuesday evening that the National Marine Fisheries Service has completed it’s biological assessment of the magnitude of environmental impact deeper dredging would cause near the new International Terminal in order to handle bigger logging ships.

Greenwood said the assessment is being reviewed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers – the corps doing the actual dredging. Greenwood said those reviews should be complete and permits issued in time for the dredging to begin in the second or third week of September.

But a new wrinkle emerged during those discussions – a wrinkle that could amount to a rather large cost overrun in creating the enhanced aquatic habitat behind the Oregon Coast Aquarium, thereby offsetting the loss next to the terminal. However, further discussions indicated that cost savings connected with the timing and set up for dredging operations could amount to upwards of $300,000, thereby cancelling out those extra expenses.

Stay tuned.

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Meanwhile, as News Lincoln County reported to you last week, Teevin Brothers will not be building their multi-million dollar log export handling yard just east of the terminal this year due to the delay in getting permits for the dredging.

The Teevin Brothers’ team noted in a letter to the port that although there has been a marked slow-down in China’s log purchasing, it has nothing to do with the delay in building their log yard. It’s strictly due to the delay in dredging. They also say it doesn’t weaken their commitment to building the log yard or continuing to be an economic partner with the Port of Newport.

In recent communiques with the port, another log exporting firm, Alcan Timber, said it was setting up a log handling yard on some industrial properties south of Toledo. They said they would be amenable to loading ships half-full to accommodate the currently shallow depths around the terminal. But port officials say Alcan has not recently contacted the port over such matters.

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Jul 222014
 

Kevin Greenwood Newport Port Manager

Kevin Greenwood
Newport Port Manager


Bud Shoemake Toledo Port Manager

Bud Shoemake
Toledo Port Manager

In what could become a seriously enjoyable tradition of managerial pride and boatright expertise, Newport Port Commissioners have challenged their Toledo counterparts to a “Riverside Battle of the Managers” during the Toledo Wooden Boat Show coming up in mid-August.

Newport Port Commissioner David Jincks surprised a Monday night’s port commission meeting with a short, but bold request. He urged his fellow commissioners to “draft” Port Manager Kevin Greenwood to battle Toledo Port Manager Bud Shoemake in a containerboard boat paddling contest as part of Toledo’s Wooden Boat Show coming up August 16th and 17th.

Perhaps sensing that both ports have been making some rather heady economic development moves over the past few years, Jincks decided to “throw down the paddle” and “get it on” with the competition…uh…that is…through their respective chiefs of staff, of course.

Part of the challenge is for the managers to participate in the design and crafting of their own race boat. Georgia Pacific provides the materials, but it’s up to the “genius” of the racers to produce a vessel that’s paddles fast and stays afloat at the same time.

If Shoemake and his commissioners determine that meeting this challenge would achieve a broad commission policy of courageous but friendly one-upsmanship, the two managers would become part of the G-P Containerboard Boat Contest at Toledo Waterfront Park Saturday, August 16th. The starting whistle shrieks precisely at 1pm.

While neither manager may come in first among all the other Containerboard Captains, all that will matter to Greenwood and Shoemake is who wins THEIR race. Under the challenge rule, whichever manager comes in second will have to order pizzas and beverages and deliver them to the winner’s next commission meeting.

“Gentlemen!! Start your boatbuilding!!

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Jul 222014
 
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Newport Residents Embrace Mixed Compostables Program
Provided by Thompson Sanitary

The recently implemented Mixed Compostables service for Newport residents is off to a promising start. Carts were delivered the week of July 7 with the first week of collection starting July 14. Rob Thompson, President of Thompson’s Sanitary Service shared this about the program:

“I’m very pleased with the customer participation of 41% placing their cart out for collection in the first week. That’s a higher percentage than we anticipated.”

With the arrival of the tan-lidded carts, TSS customers can recycle their food waste, yard waste, and food-soiled paper with weekly curbside service.

Not only did 41% of Newport customers participate in the Mixed Compostables program in the first week, but the amount of compostable material in those carts yielded high results as well. In the first week of MC collection, customers diverted an average of 32% of their waste from the landfill in addition to the co-mingle recycling they already put out. That level of diversion from the landfill will more than meet the benchmark recovery goals set forth by the Newport City Council Resolution.

Rob Thompson goes on to say,

“It’s been our experience with recycling programs that they only get better with time. Customers get used to the change and their habits improve as they understand just how easy it is to recycle.” As of press time, the second Monday results were even better than the first week of collection. While it’s early in the program, Thompson’s Sanitary Service is already very optimistic about the success of the program.

For more information or questions, please call Thompsons at 541-265-7249, or visit their website at http://www.thompsonsanitary.com, or click here for the new Waste 101 brochure or check for updates on the Thompson Sanitary Service Facebook page.

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Jul 222014
 

LCCC play Blackbeard

NORTH LINCOLN COUNTY KIDS: YOU CAN BE A STAAARGH! IN “BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE” AUG 4-9

LINCOLN CITY – A swashbuckling new play is headed to the Lincoln City Cultural Center. It’s “Blackbeard the Pirate,” and the directors are looking for young actors to fill up to 60 roles in this Missoula Children’s Theatre production. Auditions are set for 10 am Monday, Aug. 4, and participation is free – yes, free – for all kids attending school in north Lincoln County.

Auditions, which are open to kids entering first through 12th grades, will be held in the auditorium at the LCCC, 540 NE Hwy. 101. All those auditioning should arrive at 10 am sharp and plan to stay until noon. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition.

Among the 60+ roles to be cast are Blackbeard and his crew of bearded Pirates, Sailors of the High Seas, cranky Crabs and Crocodiles, magical Mermaids and Seaweed Creatures, Parrots and even a group of Beach Bums. No advance preparation or theatrical experience is necessary. Assistant directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week, and to take on essential backstage responsibilities.

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Jul 222014
 

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Lincoln City Police Investigators have arrested 27 year old Jeramie Philpot of Lincoln City, in connection with him being shot which occurred on May 24th. Mr. Philpot and Felix Daniel Garcia of Lincoln City had reported that Mr. Philpot was shot in a drive by shooting on the evening of May 24th as they were walking along West Devil’s Lake Road, in Lincoln City. When Officers arrived on scene, they found that Mr. Philpot had been shot in the leg.

After about a 10 day investigation, Lincoln City Police Detectives determined that the report was false and that Mr. Philpot had paid Mr. Garcia to shoot him with the intent of injuring him. The motive for the shooting has not been determined at this time.

On May 29th, 2014, Lincoln City Police arrested Daniel Garcia for Assault 1.

LCPD investigators contacted Mr. Philpot and asked him to come to LCPD. When Mr Philpot arrived, he was arrested for Conspiracy to commit Unlawful use of a weapon, Conspiracy to commit pointing a firearm at another and Conspiracy to Initiating a false report. He was lodged at Lincoln County Jail in Newport.

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Jul 222014
 

Smoke alarm at church at 25th and 101.

8:32am no smoke showing. No fire. Came from kitchen – food cooking.

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