Do your part to shut off the supply of illicit drugs on the street.

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Aug 062010
 

Drug drop box at Newport PD/City Hall

Newport Police wants everyone to know that the fight against illicit drugs, including misused pharmaceuticals, is a community-wide effort. It’s not just up to law enforcement. We all play a role.

And one way we can help is to ensure that any prescription drugs around the house or business, that are surplus or not being used, should immediately be taken to a drop-box like the one pictured here at the Newport Police Department end of City Hall. Other drop boxes have also been placed at police departments in Toledo and Lincoln City. Continue reading »

Infant falls from 2nd story window on NE 36th

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Aug 062010
 

A one year old infant boy fell out of a second story window at the family’s Little Creek apartment this morning. Fire/rescue raced to the scene fearful of the worse but were relieved to learn the baby was scooped up by his parents and appeared to be okay. He was alert with no visible signs of injury.

Arriving paramedics quickly took the baby to PCH where it was to be checked out for any possible internal injuries.

The parents told investigators that the boy was on a table by a window sitting in a booster chair. One minute he was there, the next he was gone. Investigators said the infant probably pushed off with his feet, rolled over and went through the screen. Outside there was evidence the boy hit a barbecue grill on his way down, and was possibly shielded from the impact by his booster seat.

Fire Chief Richard Crook says these kinds of accidents are far more common that generally believed. He said all parents should consider open windows, even on the first floor, as a deadly danger. Especially in the upper floors. He said “treat an open window with a screen as if there is nothing between a child and the ground but open air.” He said “screens are no safety net. An open window is just that, an open window.”

Delays on Hwy 34 next week between Waldport and Corvallis

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Aug 062010
 

Travelers between Waldport and Corvallis next week should budget more time for the trip. ODOT has announced that flaggers and road work will greet motorists from mile post 7 to 14 starting Monday. Crews will be laying down new pavement along those 7 miles of Highway 34.

Motorists should expect delays of up to twenty minutes and then be limited to 25 mph as they are escorted by a pilot car. With that sort of delay, some motorists would probably be advised to use Highway 20 out of Newport if they are on a tight schedule.

Sheriff Dotson: All about Amber Alerts

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Aug 062010
 

Provided by Sheriff Dennis Dotson

On January 13, 1996, nine-year old Amber Hagerman was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas. Since 1997, AMBER Alert programs have played a role in the recovery of nearly 500 children. Last year there were three (3) AMBER Alert activations in Oregon, all of which ended in the safe recovery of a child.

Nationwide, there are 29 regional, 38 local and statewide plans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In November 2002, the State of Oregon announced its implementation of a statewide AMBER Alert Plan. Oregon’s AMBER Alert Plan – America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response – is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies and local broadcasters to send an emergency alert to the public when a child has been abducted and it is believed the child’s life is in danger. Continue reading »

Federal bail-out for schools on the way but Superintendent Rinearson takes a “wait and see” position.

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Aug 052010
 

President Obama is expected to sign a just-passed U.S. Senate bill that provides just over a quarter billion dollars in aid to Oregon schools, medicaid and law enforcement. But how that money filters down to individual school districts is substantially at the discretion of the state legislature. “So there’s lots of unknowns,” according to Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Tom Rinearson. Continue reading »

Major changes coming to South Beach near the bridge

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Aug 052010
 

Now that NOAA’s grand opening and operational launch at South Beach is less than a year away, the City of Newport is getting quite serious about making sure traffic in and out of the area is improved.

Gone will be the patchwork of old streets and byways coming together at odd and puzzling angles. Gone will be the confusion about looking at a bridge you want to drive on but can’t get to. And no longer will people wonder where the Oregon Coast Aquarium is and where to park. Continue reading »

Isaak Glenn 5, found alive and apparently well after being missing for 18 hours north of Florence

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Aug 052010
 

Washburn Park, north of Florence
Provided by Oregon State Police:

A father and son from Cottage Grove found a missing 5-year old boy Thursday afternoon following a near 18 hour search in the area of Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park after the boy was reported missing from the campground.

On the morning of August 5, 2010, Pete Barrell, age 52, and his 14-year old son, Mason, from Cottage Grove noticed a newspaper story about Isaak Benjamin Glenn who was reported missing August 4th by family friends. They reported he disappeared while playing near a campsite which was being prepared for two overnight stays at the campground. Continue reading »

Plane crash at Toledo Airport – minor injuries

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Aug 052010
 

With correction as to ownership of the airport, state instead of Port of Toledo.

Toledo Fire and Police raced today to the Port of Toledo’s small airstrip off of Bay Road on a report that a plane had crashed and that there were two injured people. When fire and police got there they found indeed the passenger in this Cessna 182 had suffered facial cuts and bruises from the plane running off the north end of the runway. The pilot, a gentleman from Roseburg, said he was coming in on some personal business and just didn’t realize how short the airstrip is.

His passenger, who also happened to be his son-in-law, was loaded aboard an ambulance and taken to PCH in Newport for a quick check-out and some wound cleaning. The pilot appeared to be uninjured.

There has been talk in the past of closing the airport since it is only lightly used. The Oregon State Department of Aviation owns the property. However between its light use and proximity to Port of Toledo property and proximity to the river, the airstrip is the object of ongoing speculation about its future use. But since the state has jurisdiction over such airfields, any change in land use could prove problematic. In the event of an earthquake that damaged Newport’s airport, Toledo would be the closest one to allow rapid access to outside-the-area emergency responders as well as an initial source of emergency medical supplies. So, it’s all in the eyes of the beholder as to what’s the highest and best use for any piece of property.

Big family pow wow comin’ up! “Siletz Go!”

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Aug 052010
 

Provided by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Bring Your Family to the Siletz Pow-Wow

Many different Tribal nations will be represented at the annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow on Aug. 13-15, 2010, in Siletz, Ore., held by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. The public is invited to attend this family-friendly event, a tradition for the Siletz people and other American Indians.

All events, except the parade, take place at the Pauline Ricks Memorial Pow-Wow Grounds on Government Hill in Siletz.

“This is a great way for people to experience American Indian culture right here on the Oregon Coast,” said Mona Fisher, cultural education coordinator for the Siletz Tribe. “You can learn about the different styles of pow-wow dancing, see the beautiful regalia up close and even participate yourself in some of the inter-tribal dances.” Continue reading »

Lincoln County School District officials find a silver lining in what some might call a pretty bad report card from the state

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Aug 052010
 

Provided by LCSD,

Each August, school districts in Oregon receive preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports showing how well students met certain statewide standards in academics and attendance during the previous school year, and graduation rates for the two years prior.

Lincoln County School District administrators are pleased that the preliminary AYP report for Lincoln County School District shows continued improvement in many areas, from the 2008-09 school year to the 2009-10 school year; and that cumulative gains over the past five years of reporting confirm that the school district is moving in the right direction. “This report helps us focus on areas that need attention, and highlights areas where we are doing well,” says LCSD Superintendent Tom Rinearson. “It’s an important tool that helps drive our conversations for improvement.” Continue reading »

Study shows that one man’s pork is another man’s vote.

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Aug 052010
 

The Pew Research Insitute has found that although the word pork” can make the hair on the back of most voters’ necks stand on end, it’s mostly because they think that it’s pork when their community or state doesn’t get enough of it. Here’s the quite interesting full article:

http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1686/effect-campaign-on-congressional-vote-earmark-obama-palin-tea-party

U of O’s Economic “Guru” says Oregon not necessarily heading for a double dip recession

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Aug 052010
 

University of Oregon economist Tom Duy, who issues monthly reports cards on the statewide status of our economic health, said in his latest release that Oregon’s anemic recovery is of substantial concern, but he’s not looking for any window to jump out of either.

Here’s the story in today’s Eugene Register Guard:

http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/business/25127379-41/index-economy-oregon-recession-dip.csp

Another organizational update from Coastal Progressives

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Aug 052010
 

Provided by: Coastal Progressives
(Totally unedited)

A day both bitter and slightly sweet

On July 29, 2010, a law took effect that targets undocumented people living in Arizona’s communities, SB1070.

We won a significant victory when the courts struck down the most egregious parts of the law. The peoples’ voices always rise before the court’s decisions, so with this sign of progress we will continue fighting the remainder of this unjust law.

The Rural Organizing Project and its Human Dignity Groups have a long history of letting values of human dignity and democracy be our guide through the seas of cultural change. As we celebrate this small victory for basic human decency and prepare ourselves to continue the work of diffusing the wedge of hate in our own communities, let’s take a minute to realign with what we know to be true. Continue reading »

Sister City delegation headed home today

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Aug 052010
 


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After climbing to the top of a coastal lighthouse, playing with crawly critters in a tidal pool, dancing with Newport children, and experimenting with Making Paper, the 14 teens from Newport’s sister city of Mombetsu are finally headed back to Japan.

Toledo may be getting a big boost from ODOT on their Main Street to waterfront connection!

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Aug 052010
 

Main Street, Toledo

Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger broke the news to his City Council Wednesday night that the Oregon Department of Transportation has indicated strongly that the city will likely be receiving a $1.5 million dollar grant to complete the town’s Main Street to the Waterfront proposal that’s been slow moving at best. Continue reading »

Samaritan Pacific Health Services is looking to float a big bond to improve medical services at PCH, Newport

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Aug 042010
 

PCH, Newport

The CEO of Samaritan Pacific Health Services told the Toledo City Council Wednesday night that they are exploring putting a $25 million to $50 million bond issue to the voters for the November 2012 ballot.

The reason for the funding request is for Samaritan Pacific Health Services to upgrade several areas of their Newport hospital campus. CEO David Bigelow said they are planning for a large shift in patient numbers and the kind of medical care they are seeking. Basically, less young people seeking pediatric services and more care being sought for aging services from senior citizens. Continue reading »

Lincoln City City Council races slog along toward August 17th filing deadline

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Aug 042010
 

The race for who will sit on the Lincoln City City Council is moving along, somewhat slowly. But with an August 17th deadline looming, the paperwork circulating throughout the city will surely find its way back to city hall as candidates gather their 25 voter signatures of support required to file.

In Ward I, incumbent city councilor Sharon Cannon has picked up her candidate’s packet and is presumably gathering her signatures. Cannon has a challenger, Henry Quandt, a local businessman, who is also out gathering voter signatures. Continue reading »

Depoe Bay begins discussions on future water/sewer upgrades

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Aug 042010
 

Although there is still a deep recession going on, the Depoe Bay City Council is grappling with what they know will come along in the future. More people moving into the area, including Gleneden Beach, and that means more toilets and more people flushing them.

Gleneden Beach historically has sent their wastewater to Depoe Bay for processing and they pay the going rate for doing so. However, engineers say within the near future there will be even more wastewater headed for Depoe Bay, an increase that the current pipes running between the two communities cannot handle. They must be replaced with bigger pipes. Continue reading »

Huge relief at Lincoln County School District Office

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Aug 042010
 

The U.S. Senate this afternoon passed a hotly contested emergency relief bill for the nation’s schools, fire fighters, police and public employees. On a 61-38 vote, with two Republicans crossing over, the Senate passed a massive relief bill that means $274 million dollars for Oregon which is expected to save 1,600 teacher jobs and $156 million to help the state pay its share of Medicaid which helps the poor get medical services.

Although Republican senators voted against it, charging it’s a bail-out for the union friends of the Democrats, moderate Senate Republicans Olympia Snow and Susan Collins of Maine switched over to give the nation’s Kindergarten through 12th grades a more predictable school year in front of them with more teachers to guide them through their education. Continue reading »