Oct 282011
 

Thomas Webb

Thomas Webb may very well have known that a grand jury was about to begin the process of putting him behind bars for a long time for allegedly raping a young girl. So, he left Keizer and headed for St. Helens on the Columbia River where he had access to a sailboat. Authorities say he loaded it up with lots of food and water and set sail down the Columbia toward the open sea.

But a Keizer Police detective was on to him. Officer Ben Howden drove up to Vancouver in an effort to catch up with him. There he learned that Webb had departed not long before and was steering a 27-foot sailboat west on the river.

Officer Howden asked Oregon State Police to check for Webb, and his sailboat, west of St. Helens. The bulletin went out over local police frequencies and was picked up by two Oregon Fish and Wildlife Troopers who were already on the river at St. Helens. They headed out to look for the boat with Webb at the wheel.

It didn’t take them long to spot the craft. They pulled along side, identified Webb, and soon had him in handcuffs and sitting down in the back of their boat. The Troopers said his boat appeared to have been equipped for a very long voyage. Instead, Webb got a very short trip to a nearby jail, pending his return to Keizer to face rape and sex abuse charges.

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 Posted by at 5:26 PM
Oct 282011
 


Noah Bird, apprehended by NPD and LCSO officers

Newport Police spotted a man wanted on a state-wide warrant near the Newport Library early Friday afternoon. When the officer tried to detain the man, he took off running north on Nye. Officers say Noah Bird, who has a long criminal record, ran down into a heavily wooded canyon off Third Street, just south of Nye.

Officers, with guns drawn, surrounded the area. Officers went in and found Bird hiding in the brush. He was immediately apprehended. He was cuffed and marched back up to the road where he was placed in the back of a patrol car. He was soon enroute to the county jail where he was expected to be booked for attempt to elude offices. As it turned out, the warrant was a statewide warrant out of Linn County for possession of dangerous drugs. He also had an earlier charge of attempting to elude officers.

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 Posted by at 2:33 PM
Oct 282011
 


Photographs Sought for 2012 Newport Calendar
News Release provided by Lazerquick, Newport

Newport LAZERQUICK is now seeking photographs for its 2012 Newport Calendar. The scenic calendar features memorable images celebrating Newport’s scenery by local photographers.

Landscape format color photographs must have been taken by the submitting photographer. Please limit photos to five. Photos may be emailed in .jpg or .tif format to [email protected] “Remember these are for a calendar,” said Rose Reed, owner of Newport LAZERQUICK. “All images must be of good quality and high resolution and show Newport from a distinct perspective.”

Photographers whose works are selected, will receive 2 copies of the completed calendar. Deadline for submission is October 31. The photographers will retain all copyright privileges to their own photograph and are providing Newport LAZERQUICK a one time use of their photo for the 2012 calendar.

This is the eighth year Lazerquick will publish the calendar. Reed said, “We’re very happy and proud to publish this calendar. They’re great as Christmas gifts. The photographs are printed on acid free cover paper and are works of art. They can be framed after using the calendar. People tell us they love to show their friends and family this beautiful place where we live.”

The Newport 2012 Calendar will sell for $15.00 at LAZERQUICK, 145-C North Coast Highway, Newport 97365 in the JC Center between Jerilyn’s and the Barber Shop at the junction of Highways 101 and 20. The calendar can be ordered by calling 541.265.6425. There are discounts when multiple copies are ordered.

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 Posted by at 2:10 PM
Oct 282011
 

Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City

Story by Diane Rodriquez, Siletz Tribes

The public is invited to join the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians on Nov. 19 as it holds its annual Restoration Pow-Wow at Chinook Winds Casino Resort.

This free event begins with a grand entry at 6 p.m. Siletz cultural displays and American Indian vendors – with jewelry, beadwork and other items for sale – will be available throughout the day.

This is the 34th year the Siletz Tribe has celebrated the signing of Public Law 95-195, which re-established government-to-government relations between the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the federal government. The Siletz Tribe was among the Tribes of Western Oregon that were terminated from federal recognition in August 1954.

In the late 1960s, it became apparent that the only way to preserve and revitalize Tribal culture was for the Siletz Tribe to regain its status as a Tribe recognized by the United States.

In November 1977, after years of intense lobbying, Congress and President Jimmy Carter approved Public Law 95-195, which reinstated recognition of the Siletz as a federal Indian Tribe. The Siletz Tribe was the second in the nation – and the first in Oregon – to achieve restoration.

Dedicated to improving the quality of life of its more than 4,800 members, the Tribe puts strong emphasis on the education, health and social well-being of all its members.

Significant Tribal accomplishments since Restoration include opening the original health clinic in 1991 and a new much larger clinic in 2010; building more than 100 homes and multiple dwellings for Tribal members, including 20 units at Neachesna Village in Lincoln City that opened in 2009 and another eight units that opened earlier this year; completing the Siletz Dance House in 1996; opening the Tenas Illahee Childcare Center in 2003; and opening the Tillicum Fitness Center, a new gymnasium and a new USDA food distribution warehouse, all in Siletz, in 2008.

Through its economic development division, the Siletz Tribal Business Corporation, the Tribe opened the Siletz Gas & Mini-Mart in Siletz in 2003, the Logan Road RV Park in Lincoln City in 2004 and the Hee Hee Illahee RV Resort in Salem in 2006. The Tribe purchased the Imprints printing business in Lincoln City in 2008. It also opened O’Downey’s Irish Pub and Family Dining in Depoe Bay in 2010.

Tribal offices in Portland, Salem and Eugene now are housed in Tribally owned buildings. The Eugene office moved to its current location in 2005, the Salem office did the same in 2006 and the Portland office moved to its current location in 2008.

The Tribe also played a lead role in opening Siletz Valley School in 2003 and the Siletz Valley Early College Academy in 2006.

Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City opened in May 1995. In June 2004, the Siletz Tribe purchased the former Shilo Inn adjacent to the casino and opened Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Chinook Winds Golf Resort opened in April 2005 when the Tribe purchased the former Lakeside Golf and Fitness Center in Lincoln City. The combination of Tribal employees and those at Chinook Winds Casino Resort has allowed the Siletz Tribe to become the largest employer in Lincoln County.

The Siletz Tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $9 million through the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund and other Tribal resources. Chinook Winds has donated nearly $2.3 million in cash and fund-raising items since 1995. It also provides in-kind donations of convention space for various fund-raisers as well as technical support, advertising and manpower for events.

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 Posted by at 1:37 PM
Oct 282011
 

Former Newport Volunteer Firefighter Amanda Murphy has filed a civil rights lawsuit against fire department Captain Jim Salisberry and City Manager Jim Voetberg over the way she was treated when she reported her allegation that she was inappropriately touched by Salisberry during a firefighting training class on October 12, 2009. Murphy’s complaint further alleges that the matter was taken to City Manager Jim Voetberg where Murphy contends the matter was not properly handled. Murphy’s lawsuit cites the city for failure to properly train employees in terms of proper on-the-job behavior, especially with regard to sexual harrassment and first amendment issues and proper proceedures for handling workplace complaints.

Court records show Murphy filed her complaint in Federal District Court in Eugene. Her attorney is Charese Rohny, who specializes in workplace civil rights matters.

Murphy’s case has been set for next March in Eugene District Federal Court in Eugene.

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 Posted by at 11:42 AM
Oct 272011
 

Travis Houx

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is trying to track down this man, Travis Houx, who is wanted for violating his prison parole on a charge of possessing a controlled substance, including methamphetamine. Houx is a white male, 6-2, 260 pounds. Deputies say if you know of Houx’s whereabouts, do not approach or attempt to contact him. Just call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office through Lincom at 541-265-4231, or 911 and tell them what you know.

Your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office thanks you.

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 Posted by at 11:21 PM
Oct 272011
 


New LCSO patrol cars

Sheriff Dennis Dotson has announced the delivery of four new patrol cars to join Lincoln County law enforcement patrols. Gone are the classic Ford Crown Victorias of olde. Ford apparently decided to drop the model. So Sheriff Dotson went shopping and settled on new Dodge Chargers. The admittedly racier and sleeker styled vehicles sport 5.7 liter V-8 engines for, shall we say, “outstanding road performance.” But when it’s not running down bad-guys Sheriff Dotson says the Chargers deactivate to just four cylinders when the car is cruising, coasting or just slowly accelerating. He says a display in the dashboard allows deputies to monitor their fuel consumption which can yield a ten percent increase in fuel economy.

Now. You can’t say you weren’t warned.

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 Posted by at 11:11 PM
Oct 272011
 

Walmart’s new face to Newport
Photo: Brad Taylor

The Walmart in Newport is about to become something other than the small Walmart that it’s been for many years that closes at 10pm. It’ll become a larger Walmart with expanded grocery and larger merchandise areas. It’s new entrance is already lit up and ready to become the way shoppers come and go, day and night, even really late at night since the store is apparently going to be open 24 hours like Walmarts everywhere. That’s what the checkout cashiers are telling shoppers.

The date for the grand unveiling and the new hours – November 5th we’re told.

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 Posted by at 9:47 PM
Oct 272011
 


Newport Senior Center

Breathing is a good thing…but even better when you’re breathing while balanced. At least that sounds like the message offered by the Newport Senior Center and their Breath & Balance program:

“The NSAC announces our free Breath & Balance classes offered on Thursdays and Fridays from 3-4 PM in our Wellness Studio. We will not have class on November 11, Veteran’s Day, or November 24, Thanksgiving. Come and enjoy some relaxing exercise, developed with evidence-based outcomes from the American Arthritis Association. Work at your own pace while meeting others improving their fitness level.

Please call NSAC at 541-265-9617 for registration and additional information.

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 Posted by at 4:24 PM
Oct 272011
 

Friends and neighbors who volunteer at the Yaquina River Museum of Art (YRMA) enjoy an “appreciation of volunteers luncheon”, catered by Sassafras Sue’s, Toledo, in the Old Vicarage House Museum, 140 NE Alder Street in Toledo. The Museum welcomes new volunteers. Please call (541)336-1907 or email [email protected]

Photo starting at bottom left and going around the table: Judy Gibbons, Jorj Bent, Tamara Rosser, Jill Lyon, Gary Dorris, Michael Gibbons, Deborah Trusty, Chris Dorfer, Bonnie Dippold and Maxine Moodie.

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 Posted by at 4:17 PM