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Sitka Center Show & Tell

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Jan 122018

Sitka Center
Just north of Lincoln City

For the next few months, artists and scientists will explore Cascade Head and delve into their work as Artists and Scientists-in-Residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Meet our newly arrived Spring residents as they introduce themselves at the Resident Show & Tell – 6pm on Wednesday, January 24th.

Tucked in the forest near Cascade Head, the Sitka Center is an ideal location for artists and scientists to withdraw from the distraction of daily life, find the solitude needed to push through their creative boundaries and chase their artistic pursuits and immerse themselves in natural study and reflection. Sitka Center is proud to host residents in varied stages of their journeys, from Oregon and abroad.

The Resident Show & Tell is an opportunity for the community to learn about the work done by these accomplished artists and scientists. Light refreshments and presentations begin at 6pm in Boyden Studio. This event is free and open to the public! Join the Sitka community as we enjoy brief presentations of residents’ work as they start their residencies.

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The January 24 Resident Show & Tell includes: Bailey Arend, a visual artist who explores relationships between body, action, material and environment; Kate MacDowell, a ceramic artist whose hand built porcelain sculptures respond to environmental threats and their consequences, revealing the rifts and frictions between man and nature; Allison Hutchcraft, a poet and teacher whose inspirations include the dodo bird, insomnia and lampshades; Jim Hockenhull, a multimedia artist and musician interested in melding the raw, rough energy and poetic simplicity of traditional music with the sonic richness of more developed forms; and Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley, an artist making mixed media paintings inspired by science, Art Nouveau & Deco, nostalgia, kitsch, childhood experiences, Asian Art, fairy tales, psychedelia and the amazing and bizarre wonders of nature.

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Central Coast Ceasefire of Oregon – Buying back guns to get them off the street…

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Jan 122018

Central Coast Ceasefire Oregon is exchanging Gift Cards for unwanted, working guns in a “ No Questions Asked” Buy Back on February 3rd from 10 am-2 pm at the Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Hwy, Police Department Entrance (northeast side).

Firearms must be unloaded and in working order. They should be transported in the trunk of your car or comparably secured in your pickup truck. The Newport Police Department will determine whether the firearm is in working order. Weapons are removed from circulation and melted down. Antique or unique weapons will be donated by the NPD to an appropriate historical museum. Central Coast Ceasefire Oregon is providing Fred Meyer, Safeway, Thriftway Gift, and Arctic Circle Gift Cards in the amount of $150 (assault or assault-like rifle), $100 (handgun), $50 (long guns, such as a rifle or shotgun). Although multiple guns can be turn in to be melted down, Gift Cards are only available for three firearms.

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Since 1994, Ceasefire Oregon has conducted turn-ins, collecting almost 10,000 firearms. When does a gun become “unwanted” and why would someone voluntarily give up a gun? Young, curious children are at your home. Someone in your family, friend or neighbor is suffering from depression. The firearm cannot be properly stored. You inherited the gun. You no longer hunt. An earlier occupant of the house left the gun. Regardless of the reason to ensure the gun is out of circulation bring it to the Newport Police Department on February 3rd, 10am – 2pm.

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Weather or Not: Weekend Treat

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Jan 122018

Friday, Jan. 12th – Lincoln County

Summary: Windy, rain and showers yesterday; breezy, showers overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 55F/51F/42mph/0.62”/3.82”
Depoe Bay: 54F/49F/45mph/0.70”/3.31”
Newport: 52F/48F/52mph/0.61”/3.70”
Waldport: 54F/50F/35mph/0.58”/2.93”
Yachats: 54F/50F/50mph/0.56”/3.12”
* Since last dry day, January 3rd

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 700’, overcast @ 1,600’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: WSW 11 mph/Altimeter: 30.36”

Forecast: Conditions will slowly improve over the next 24 hours before we’re treated to some very nice weather for the weekend. A few showers linger in the area today, moderate southerly winds, high in the low-50s. Mostly cloudy tonight, low 45F. Tomorrow, mostly sunny, a light easterly breeze, high 55-60F. Outlook is for mostly sunny and warm Sunday, then back into the flow as it becomes wet and sometimes windy Monday through Thursday. After the weekend, the mercury falls back to seasonal levels – highs about 50F, lows near 45F.

wxon-twitterThroughout the stormy season, use Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to get updated regional travel info and immediate notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings affecting the Central Coast. Just follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are mainly wet, temps around 45F. Willamette Valley roads are mixed wet/dry, thermometer readings 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 50-55F, light south winds. For the Cascades, highways are mainly wet, some spots of ice, 32-35F, the snow level is near the passes at 4,500 feet with 1-2 inches of snow possible today, carry chains or traction tires.

* Outlook for holiday weekend travelers at all elevations is for mainly dry highways tonight through Sunday night, then wet pavement Monday and Monday night.

* Get up-to-the-minute Northwest highway weather at Real-Time Roads. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck for the latest traffic conditions including delays and hazards.

Marine: Winds are SSW 10-15 knots this morning with steep seas 13-14 feet at 13 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tonight. Expect seas generally below 15 feet by late morning with a slow decline through tonight. The next front arrives late Sunday and Monday for another round of advisory strength winds and building seas, which is the start of a fairly active pattern with the potential for several rounds of high-end advisory to gale force winds and seas building to around 20 feet. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 8-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
01/12 Fri 8:40 AM 8.72 H
01/12 Fri 3:50 PM 0.65 L
01/12 Fri 10:28 PM 6.41 H
01/13 Sat 3:12 AM 3.78 L

In Short: Chance of showers, clearing and warmer, then wet and windy.

Depoe Bay: Boat Fire On Dock 3

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Jan 112018

Report of a boat on fire on Dock 3. The Wheelhouse is on fire.

Fire is knocked down.

There is evidence that there are people living on the vessel. No word if anyone was home. Doesn’t sound like it.

Nobody was home. The Coast Guard says the car associated with the boat is not in the parking lot. Firefighters say the boat is rather low in the water. Coast Guard asked to help with a pump if necessary.

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TCB Security praised for improving the atmosphere of the Newport Library

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Jan 112018

Newport Public Library

The Newport Library is similar to other libraries across the country – they have become a “refuge of last resort” for many homeless Americans down on their luck. Libraries are one of those public institutions who don’t “card” you as you walk in. Especially when it’s windy, rainy, cold or all three. But sometimes homeless visitors exhibit behavior problems that disrupt the atmosphere of libraries – homeless people falling asleep in chairs or couches intended for library patrons and children. Public intoxication is also a problem along with occasional bad attitudes. Being homeless on the street isn’t easy for anyone.

But libraries are starting to push back on the situation in that libraries were never designed to be a drop-in center for the homeless, although some libraries in larger cities have given it the good old college try.

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Enter the Newport Library. The library wound up contracting with TCB Security, based in South Beach, to help the library maintain not only good order in and around the building but also the decorum of the facility. Below is a short description of what library staff says are improvements to the experience of both library staff and patrons.

From Monday’s Newport City Council agenda, under “City Manager Reports.”

*Council Update on Library Contract with TCB Security.

TCB security staff began working at the Library on October 16, 2017. Almost immediately
their presence was felt. They were able to quickly stop growing groups of smokers from
smoking on library property. Their regular patrols have almost completely ended the use of
alcohol and other drugs inside and outside the library.

People who use the library as a place to sleep are quickly and kindly reminded that sleeping is not allowed in the library. Library staff have been thanked numerous times by patrons for the “new” atmosphere and we’ve had many people begin using the library again after leaving because they felt it was unsafe. TCB security officers are approachable and quite a few patrons stop to chat with them each day.

Spencer Nebel
City Manager
City of Newport

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Former food service janitor at Newport High jailed for stealing cash/property from the school – Also for burglarizing Taft High

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Jan 112018

Jacob Hineline, 36
Former food service janitor
LCJ photo

A former Newport High School food service worker is in the Lincoln County Jail on charges that he burglarized Newport and Taft High Schools after-hours.

School staff reported that someone had unlawfully entered Newport High during the night and stolen numerous items including cash. A review of surveillance footage confirmed a male suspect had entered the school around 12:19 am. The suspect went through several areas of the school and appeared to be using a key to gain access to locked areas.

The suspect then exited the school with various items including an undisclosed amount of cash from the schools concession stand.

After reviewing surveillance video, school employees positively identified the suspect as Jacob Allen Hineline, a former janitorial employee with Sodexo.

On January 10th, Newport Police investigators, assisted by Toledo Police, located Hineline at a Toledo residence. Hineline was taken into custody without incident.

Investigators learned Hineline gained access to the school by using a master key he was issued as part of his employment with Sodexo.

Some of the stolen items were recovered at the time of arrest, including a master key that Hineline used to enter the school. Investigators are working with school officials to continue identifying property that was stolen during the burglary.

The investigation also confirmed Hineline was also responsible for a burglary at Taft High School, committed at Taft High School Monday morning at approximately 12:15am.

Hineline is lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the charges of Burglary II, Trespass II, and Theft I, related to the Newport High School burglary and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs.

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Lincoln City Police Department also charged Hineline with Burglary II, Trespass II, and Theft I, related to a Taft High School burglary.

The Newport Police Department encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity they witness, as it may assist law enforcement. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856. If you have any information regarding this case, contact Detective Leake with the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348.

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The final word on the new HMSC Marine Studies Building

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Jan 112018

From OSU President Ed Ray:

Oregon State University President Ed Ray today confirmed that the university’s new Marine Studies Building will be built at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

This decision follows more than a year’s work and scientific evaluation by an oversight committee that Ray created in October 2016 to monitor the design, engineering and eventual construction of this new building and related student housing to be built on higher ground in Newport.

Ray said “I am confident that the results of this oversight, analysis and significant public engagement will result in a safer and more resilient Marine Studies Building and overall HMSC campus.”

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“By constructing the Marine Studies Building at HMSC with a vertical evacuation component, Oregon State University will provide for greater safety for the Yaquina Bay community and all of those who visit, work and study at the Hatfield Marine Science Center,” Ray said. “At the same time, the building will serve as an Oregon, national and global model for safety and resilience within coastal communities.”

The oversight committee conducted four meetings, in addition to a public forum on the Corvallis campus in May 2017. An independent, technical peer review panel made up of internationally acclaimed engineers advised the committee. Oversight participants included liaisons from the Associated Student Body of Oregon State University, the colleges of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and HMSC. Scott Ashford, dean of Oregon State’s College of Engineering, chaired the committee, which reported to Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser.

OSU will engage with the city of Newport, Lincoln County and community partners to further plan and expand natural disaster preparations, including for horizontal evacuation systems to nearby Safe Haven Hill. OSU will also conduct oversight review of planning for the construction of student housing.

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Ray noted that the oversight committee and its liaisons, the technical peer review committee and the many stakeholders on all sides of this issue made significant contributions to this evaluation and thanked them for their service.

Ray originally announced his decision to locate the Marine Studies Building at HMSC in August 2016. At that time, he committed that the university would undertake the following steps before construction of the Marine Studies Building and student housing began:

* The buildings will be designed, engineered and constructed to survive a magnitude 9.0 earthquake.
* The Marine Studies Building will be constructed to survive an associated tsunami resulting from a catastrophic natural event, such as a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.
* The Marine Studies Building will be repairable following an L-level tsunami.
* The Marine Studies Building will serve as a safe and accessible vertical evacuation site in the event of an XXL tsunami.
* The HMSC campus will be served by a preferred horizontal evacuation site.
* All work associated with building construction and operation would be carried out transparently and with full information to stakeholders.
* The project will be built on time and on budget.

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Oregon’s Marine Reserves – What’s “down there” and why it needs protection….

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Jan 112018

Looking north from Ecola Point
Statman photo

Take a Dip Below the Surface into Oregon’s Marine Reserves!

Join the Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation for our first Chapter Meeting of 2018 to learn more about research in Oregon’s Marine Reserves. The meeting is on Thursday, January 11th from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Newport Visual Arts Center, Room 205.

Oregon has five unique state-managed Marine Reserves. The goals of these specially protected areas are to conserve marine life and habitats, encourage research, and minimize negative impacts on local communities.

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has a robust ecological monitoring program to characterize each reserve and monitor changes over time, using a variety of research tools.
Ashley Knight will talk about these research projects and share some of the interesting things that have been seen in the Marine Reserves in the first five years of implementation. Her presentation is packed with underwater photos and videos.

Ashley is a Science Integration Fellow tasked with facilitating research opportunities between Oregon State University (OSU) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (ODFW) Marine Reserves Program. Throughout her 2-year fellowship she she is leading field work, connecting researchers at OSU to managers at ODFW, and also integrating marine reserve science efforts throughout the West Coast.

For more information on the Newport Chapter, including a list of volunteer opportunities, visit

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