Apr 072015

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Children are naturally interested, naturally!

Children are naturally interested, naturally!

Join the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon for an open house April 11th, 10am-4pm. It’s FREE! FREE! FREE!

Get behind-the-scenes to experience the research, education and and discoveries of marine sciences that makes this marine laboratory unique in the Pacific Northwest.

MEET scientists! Come LEARN what’s new on the Oregon Coast’s most dynamic Marine Science campus.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by email to the HMSC Director’s Office or by phone, 541-867-0234.

Admission is FREE! No tickets required. Donations appreciated.

Volunteers NEEDED! Please sign up for a two-hour shift as a greeter or guide – parent/child teams welcome.

 Posted by at 1:12 PM
Apr 072015
Commons photo

Commons photo

American children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. It’s a widespread war against our children that we have the power to stop, and understanding the issue is the first step. Just how bad is the issue of child abuse in the United States?

Every year more than 3 million police reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children.

The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – between four and seven children every day DIE from child abuse and neglect.

A report of a child abuse is made every ten seconds. And that’s just the ones that are reported.

Prevalence as reported by participants in landmark CDC/Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences study:

Category Prevalence (%)
Physical Abuse 28.3
Sexual Abuse 20.7
Emotional Abuse 10.6
Physical Neglect 9.9
Emotional Neglect 14.8

In 2012, state agencies reported an estimated 686,000 victims of child maltreatment.
This would pack 10 modern football stadiums.

Mental Health Disorders, Addictions, & Related Issues
* Risk for intimate partner violence (Domestic Violence)
* Alcoholism and alcohol abuse
* Illicit drug abuse
* Smoking & drinking at an early age
* Depression
* Suicide attempts

Now – a message from the Child Advocacy Center of Lincoln County

April is National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Lincoln County a better place for children and families.

Children’s Advocacy Center offers a place of help, hope and healing to children and families who are known or suspected to be victims of abuse.

In honor of National Child Abuse Awareness Prevention month, Dr. Ronald Davidson, Advocacy Executive Director will present a Proclamation to Lincoln County Commissioners on April 8 at their monthly meeting. Blue and silver pinwheels will be planted on the Courthouse lawn symbolizing a unified effort throughout the country to protect vulnerable children, strengthen families and prioritize child abuse prevention.

April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children, everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build and promote protective factors in every interaction with children and families is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.

For more information about the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County please contact the center at 541-574-0841

 Posted by at 9:38 AM
Apr 072015

Van that ran stop sign, hit oncoming car, then slammed into the house at 612 NE Benton

Van that ran stop sign, hit oncoming car, then slammed into the house at 612 NE Benton

Car that collided with the van.

Car that collided with the van.

Damage to interior wall of child's bedroom - nearly got the bed - with  a 6 year old in it.

Damage to interior wall of child’s bedroom – nearly got the bed – with a 6 year old in it.
Courtesy photo

From Newport Police –

At about 8:35 p.m., Newport Police Officers responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of NE Benton and NE 6th Streets. One of the vehicles had crashed into a house in the 600 Block of NE Benton Street.

During their investigation, Officers learned that Matea Pablo-Lucas, age 35 of Newport, was driving a 1998 Chevrolet cargo van north on NE Benton Street. She failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with NE 6th Street, and collided with a 2003 Honda Civic driven eastbound on NE 6th Street by Jesus Fernandez-Galicia, age 21 of Newport. After the collision Pablo-Lucas’ van veered off the roadway and through the yard of 612 NE Benton Street, hitting the house.

The owners of the house had just put their two children to bed. Their 6 year-old child’s bedroom took the full impact of the van’s collision with the house, just a few feet from the child’s bed. Both interior and exterior walls were damaged.

No one was injured in the crash. An ambulance was summoned to transport Pablo-Lucas to Good Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, following a complaint of discomfort. She was later cited on six counts of Recklessly Endangering, Reckless Driving, No Driver’s License with her, and Criminal Mischief. Driver of the sedan was cited for No Driver’s License.


Original report of the story Monday evening

8:35pm- Report of a car into a house at 612 NE Benton Street. Emergency responders are enroute.

8:37pm- Reports from the scene indicate there is someone in the car crying. There was a child in the bedroom at the time of the crash but is said to be okay. Not injured.

8:40pm- Reports say two other vehicles were also involved with the crash.

8:43pm- Newport Fire Rescue reports there are no injuries.

Call for photos: Email to: Dave@NewsLincolnCounty.com

 Posted by at 9:08 AM
Apr 072015

Chris Burns Weather

Tuesday, Apr. 7th – Lincoln County

Summary: We had a full day with the entire mix of predicted conditions tossed in. Sunshine got the ball rolling yesterday, but clouds slowly filled in through the morning hours and it started raining around 2:00pm. Precipitation totals were a quarter of an inch or less, with Depoe Bay receiving slightly more. Northeast winds blew 10-15 mph and the mercury rose into the 50s. The rainfall was fairly steady until late evening, followed by a calm and cloudy break, with another shot of wet stuff early this morning. Temps dipped to the low-40s. At dawn, it was mostly cloudy with patchy fog and a light easterly breeze.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/44F/0.17”
Depoe Bay: 52F/42F/0.26”
Newport: 50F/41F/0.23”
Waldport: 57F/42F/0.16”
Yachats: 51F/45F/0.18”

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Forecast: The mood-swinging weather pattern continues today with alternating periods of showers, clouds, sunshine, variable winds and the thermometer reaching 50-55F. We should be lifted by an increasingly stable mindset tonight and WON SUN-RAINtomorrow as the chance of showers drops to slight and more clearing is anticipated. Outlook is for a cheery and mostly sunny Thursday, highs 55-60F. Another attitude adjustment will be necessary sometime Friday as a depression arrives, triggering clouds and a chance of rain. Then steady rain is likely Friday night, followed by showers on Saturday, a chance of showers Sunday, and a slight chance of rain Monday. It could be breezy at times, too, but mainly northwest, not southwest, winds are expected. Temperatures should remain seasonal with lows of 40-45F and highs of 50-55F.

Travel: The use of drilling equipment will result in lane restrictions on Highway 20 between Toledo and Eddyville (Mileposts 16.1-16.4) today and tomorrow from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Flaggers will control traffic with delays no longer than 20 minutes. In the Coast Range today, rain likely, with 45-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, steadier rain from Salem south, and highs of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light north winds, temps near 60F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow at Willamette Pass, spots of ice on Santiam Pass and bare pavement with snow flurries at Government Camp, temperatures are about 30F; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through 3:00am tomorrow morning for snow on the highway passes with accumulations of 4-9 inches total, the snow level is 4,000-4,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.

Surface Rescue

Call or email George today!

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 42”; a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall gain of 14” in the past seven days; 87” less than this date last year; 88% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Mt. Bachelor 3”/47”/fresh powder
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/32”/hardpack and granular
Timberline 0”/63”/the hill looks amazing

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Marine: Seas are 5-6 feet at 8 seconds this morning with NE winds 10-15 knots. The breeze backs to E 5-10 knots WON MARINE WXgusting 15 today along with seas 4 feet at 10 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, NW winds 10 knots gusting 15 and swells 4 feet at 9 seconds. Outlook is for light easterlies 5-10 knots and 3 foot swells on Thursday, SW winds rising to 15-20 knots Friday, swells 8 feet, and W winds 15-20 Saturday with swells building to 13 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Chance of showers, sunbreaks, light breeze, surf 2-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
04/07 Tue 08:55 AM 0.07 L
04/07 Tue 03:21 PM 6.74 H
04/07 Tue 08:45 PM 2.37 L
04/08 Wed 02:51 AM 8.06 H


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In Short: Chance of showers, clearing and drying, then rain again.

 Posted by at 8:00 AM
Apr 072015

Chris Burns - Fishing

Week of April 2nd

In the Creel: We start eyeballing salmon this time of year, and they’re already coming in. Both commercial and recreational ocean seasons opened on Wednesday with reports of some decent-sized Chinook being landed already. Bottom fishing is still in the red-hot zone, and ocean crabbing has picked up over the last week. Meanwhile, the Fat Lady is singing for winter steelhead, and some rivers are now closed to all fishing until cutthroat trout season opens next month. So, how about a little surf fishing? Perch are on the bite in spring and maybe it’s time to enjoy the beach while picking up dinner in the bargain. As we approach April 15th, just keep in mind that fishing has created more liars than taxes.

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Call now: 541-968-5811 or email Smith.and.Loya@gmail.com

Salmon River: The river is closed to all fishing effective April 1st. The river will reopen May 23rd for the cutthroat trout season.

Siletz River/Bay: Steelhead fishing is slow to fair. Fish are being caught in most sections depending on river conditions. This time of year tends to produce a good percent of native fish and/or post-spawn fish. Typical steelhead tactics apply such as side drifting, bobbers and jig/bait, or casting spoons or spinners.

Yaquina River/Bay: The river is closed to all fishing effective April 1st and will reopen on May 23rd with the cutthroat trout season opener.

Alsea River/Bay: The winter steelhead fishery is slow and will remain so for the rest of the season. Native fish tend to be prevalent this time of year. Casting lures, bobbers and jig/bait or drifting beads along the bottom can be effective techniques.

Central Coast Reservoirs and Lakes: The rainbow trout stocking program is in full swing and most water bodies have been stocked recently or will be again soon. They’ll be stocked multiple times until early June. Be sure to check out the 2015 stocking schedule here.

Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
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 Posted by at 6:40 AM
Apr 072015
Newport City Hall

Newport City Hall

Big new electronic sign proposed for Harney and Highway 20

Part of the new exuberance for a “revitalized” Lincoln County Fair is to erect a new sign at Harney and Highway 20 to indicate, with a readerboard, that one must “turn here” to drive to the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Newport “Idea Man” Frank Geltner is heading up a group that works with those trying to revitalize the fairgrounds and come up with ways to improve the use of the fairgrounds, or “Lincoln County Commons,” which was a term he used during the council meeting.

When it’s not recycling messages about the fair or other local events coming up, it was suggested that local groups, both non-profit and for-profit might be given access to the sign, for a fee of course. The council told Geltner to return with a little clearer picture of what the art of the possible might be with such a sign. It was indicated that having something ready for the council to look at during the council’s next meeting might be a good thing.

No smoking in Newport City Parks and Sports Fields

After reviewing a long list of well traveled-over comments about why non-smokers shouldn’t further restrict the rights of smokers, the council voted unanimously to ban all smoking, including the use of nicotine vapor devices, in all city parks. Smoking is already banned at major city recreation facilities like the Recreation Center, the Municipal Swimming Pool, City Hall, etc.

The no smoking ban dictates that if somebody wants to take a smoke with their family while at a city park, they’ll have to walk to a sidewalk outside the park itself to do it. Park parking lots are also areas where it’s okay to smoke. But again, not in the park activity areas. Signage will also be erected at all city parks. Enforcement is expected to be mainly from peer pressure – as when somebody lights up, someone points to a sign that declares “no smoking” in the park. The city council said they hope that peer pressure will do a good job of keeping Newport parks, smoke free. It was also pointed out that there is no inherent “right to smoke” – but that they do have a right to take their smoking somewhere else. It was also mentioned that in areas where young children gather, those children figure that any and all activities in a park are legal, right and proper – so when someone shows up with a cigarette, they automatically assume that it’s acceptable behavior. It sends a wrong message to our children.

The council voted unanimously to instruct city staff to develop the exact language of a smoking ban in all city parks and return to the next council meeting for a possible first reading of the new “no smoking in city parks” ordinance. So by May sometime the no smoking ban will likely take effect.

Stiffening and strengthening Newport's main fire station.

Stiffening and strengthening Newport’s main fire station.

Putting some muscle in Newport’s main fire station on 10th.

The council got some great news that the state has granted nearly $1.5 million to fortify, strengthen and stiffen Newport’s main fire station. The station was built many years ago atop a mountain of fill dirt that brought the edge of a canyon up to ground level with the top of a hill.

The strengthening of the building will ensure that in the event of a major earthquake the fire crews won’t have to first take hours to dig out their fire and rescue rigs from the rubble of their own headquarters before they can begin responding to calls for help. The grant requires no local match money from the city, so the council was happy to hear that part of it, especially. Construction is expected to get underway later this year or early next year, with completion by the end of 2016.

Every town needs a long-term vision and Newport City Councilors aim to get one put together in the near future!

Newport City Councilors decided Monday night that the town needs a future vision of itself – one that that provides a set of filters and assumptions about what Newport’s future ought to look like. Pumping up and diversifying Newport’s economy is a part of it, but so is liveability. There are many, many components. Community visioning, said City Manager Spencer Nebel, is catching on nationwide.

The council decided to put together a “first impressions” team to begin the conversation about a vision for Newport – that it shall be made up of one city councilor, a member from the Chamber of Commerce, one from the Port of Newport, one from the Newport Planning Commission and two at-large citizens. Their job is to tackle the beginnings of the process which will be presented to the city council by mid-July with the findings behind their recommendation about a visioning process. Once the city adopts the recommendation then the hard work begins. Outreach to the community so the vision is widely shared and supported. But even when completed, the visioning template will be more of a living document – filled with good ideas and policies but also be ready for major shifts in direction if intelligent alternatives come along or emerge out of the blue.

Local Nye Beach Writer Carla Perry admonished the council to not make the visioning process too “top down.” She said it’s vital that younger people who will be living this “envisioned future” get their two-cents in as well as from those who have been around a while.

FAST Response Coast Guard patrol cutters.  Two up for grabs on the Oregon Coast.

FAST Response Coast Guard patrol cutters. Two up for grabs on the Oregon Coast.

Making the Coast Guard feel welcomed to place their latest patrol cutters in Newport

Port of Newport General Manager Kevin Greenwood stopped by to pick up a letter of endorsement from the city council – endorsement of the Coast Guard homeporting two of its new $73 million dollar Fast Fast Response Cutters. The Coast Guard is currently using cutters that are 110 feet long. The new ones that might homeport in Newport run around 150 feet and are much more heavily armed.

It’s been said that the Port of Newport may not have the room to accommodate such large craft based on the user plans that spawned port expansions in the first place. The Coast Guard will pick either Newport or Astoria to homeport the craft. They come with a crew of 24 each. So two crews at 24, plus a little extra for administration they’re talking nearly 70 full time jobs.

However, the stickler is that Newport’s housing shortage may enter the picture. Also whether NOAA, as the primary tenant at the Port of Newport, would be able to find room for two large ships and still continue on with their own scientific expeditions if all the berth space gets used up. There has been talk of the port having to add a couple of piers to accommodate the Coast Guard, but those piers aren’t cheap. The Coast Guard is already saying they’re not bringing with them any housing assistance for their crews so that may be a looming storm cloud on the horizon as well.

It was also brought up that Newport’s commercial fishing fleet is not too happy about the proposal. They reason that the Coast Guard has become more aggressive at boarding fishing boats, asking for papers while they inspects vessels, all of which takes up a lot of time – time away from fishing – and time away from fishing costs a lot of money. Another thing they’re complaining about is the security “clear zone” around each of these new large scale fast response cutters. As the cutters move about their patrol areas and come across fishermen, the fishermen have to drop what they’re doing, pull up their nets and get out of the way lest they be arrested or fined for winding up too close to these large new cutters. Fishermen just aren’t comfortable with them.

Still, City Manager Spencer Nebel strongly urged the council to allow him to draft a final letter of support for the two ships to homeport in Newport. Port Manager Kevin Greenwood has also been gathering letters of support. Greenwood also remarked that if Newport does acquire the shiny new craft it would bode well for the Coast Guard to maintain their helo rescue base at the Newport Airport. Greenwood suggested that with the further concentration of Coast Guard assets in Newport, it would seem only natural that they would keep the helicopter rescue nearby – a point made repeatedly by fishermen and their families about wanting the helo base to stay put right where it is.

The decision as to which port the two cutters will be assigned to, Newport or Astoria, will likely come later this year. But they wouldn’t actually be homeported until 2020. So there’s plenty of time to flesh it out.

 Posted by at 2:03 AM
Apr 062015

Senate President Peter Courtney explains why a $7.25 education allocation is optimal - at the moment.

Senate President Peter Courtney explains why a $7.25 education allocation is optimal – at the moment.

Bend Republican Senator Tim Knopp contends the education bill doesn't go far enough- Democrats say to increase education bill more would hurt law enforcement and human services.

Bend Republican Senator Tim Knopp contends the education bill doesn’t go far enough- Democrats say to increase education bill more would hurt law enforcement and human services.

The Oregon Senate Monday sent a $7.25 billion dollar education budget that pays for full time all day kindergarten – said to be the boost that all children need so they can get more out of their first three grades of schooling. Those who are ready to read and to perform basic arithmetic by first grade simply do better in later years than students who aren’t.

Republicans opposed the largely democratic schools funding plan claiming it didn’t go far enough. Democrats agreed but reminded the Republicans that the state doesn’t have unlimited money and that even higher funding for education would strip budget funds for law enforcement, prisons and human services. Democrats reminded Republicans that if there’s more money left at the end of the legislative session, 40% would go to pumping up the education budget even higher.

Here’s more from The Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 10:33 PM
Apr 062015
The Newport softball team is among the favorites to challenge for a team title in 2015 thanks to two sturdy starting pitchers, great hitting throughout the lineup and solid defense, Coach Mark Schiewe said.

The Newport softball team is among the favorites to challenge for a team title in 2015 thanks to two sturdy starting pitchers, great hitting throughout the lineup and solid defense, Coach Mark Schiewe said.

Highly regarded Newport baseball and softball teams open league play Tuesday.
The No. 3-ranked Newport softball team, down from the top spot after losing for the first time this season to Lincoln City’s Taft High on Saturday, will join its 15th-rated baseball team Tuesday in opening the Oregon West Conference season in Stayton.
For the complete run-down read all about it at SportsLincolnCounty.com or simply click here.

 Posted by at 9:41 PM