Runaway chip truck takes out two cars. Fortunately injuries were minor in the Wednesday afternoon crash.

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Aug 192010
 

Miraculously, no fatalities.

As you can see, it could have been a lot worse than minor injuries between the three vehicles in the picture series. Oregon State Police say a chip truck driver headed north on Highway 101 near Florence began fish-tailing his rig on some tight curves. Eventually he lost control of his rig and it went over onto its side, slid across the southbound lane and into a scenic pullout where two cars were parked, it’s occupants admiring the view.

For the black car, the view changed dramatically as the truck’s trailer lifted the car onto its side, tilting it to a 45 degree angle, dangling over the side. The trailer continued a bit farther and struck another vehicle. When all vehicles came to a stop, the OSP says truck driver Daniel Vader, 29, jumped out and immediately began helping the driver of the black car out of her vehicle. She was identified as a 19 year old Swiss tourist. She was not injured.

Occupants of the gray car, Travis Wilson and his pregnant wife Sarah, were treated at the scene by responding fire paramedics. Both were were transported to Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence where both were examined and later released.

No word was immediately released on what the OSP thinks caused Vader to lose control of his chip truck.

Toledo public works scrambles to fix major sewer line failure.

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Aug 182010
 

Toledo Sewer Plant springs a big leak.

The Toledo City Council has been warning town residents for months that the town’s water and sewer systems have been living on borrowed time. This week some of the borrowing stopped as a sewer main feeding the town’s treatment plant off Butler Bridge Road failed. It sent raw sewage coming out of a hole in the side of the hill, inside the plant’s fenced area. City Public Works Director Adam Denlinger said they stopped the leak in time before it could become a major problem. But the bigger problem now is to fix it.

Denlinger said the city has hired a contractor to install a new 400 foot line from Butler Bridge Road to the plant. The contractor will have to bore what amounts to a “pipe tunnel” under the railroad tracks and the road. The “micro-boring” device will pull replacement pipe directly behind it all the way to the plant. Denlinger says the cost will probably run $20,000 to $50,000. The city’s sewer system emergency fund will have to be tapped. If the fund doesn’t have enough in it, other city reserves may have to be tapped as well. Continue reading »

Government veteran Ralph Grutzmacher appointed new Toledo City Councilor

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Aug 182010
 


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Brief video statement about his approach to being a city councilor

Retired legal official Ralph Grutzmacher was unanimously appointed by the Toledo City Council Wednesday night to fill the unexpired term of Mary Young who left her seat when she moved outside the city.

Grutzmacher attended the Naval Academy and served many years in the U.S. Navy before launching a second career as a “legislative counsel” for a large county in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. Grutzmacher told the city council during his interview that he and his wife deliberately picked Toledo out of all other communities in Oregon to retire in. He said when the flower baskets went up in the downtown, “that was it. My wife and I decided on Toledo.” Continue reading »

How should Seaport Air better promote itself?

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Aug 182010
 

Newport’s Airline Sustainability Committee Wednesday seemed to agree that Seaport Air must concentrate more on promoting itself along the Oregon Coast than just through it’s inflight magazines and minor print and low budget internet display advertising. Committee members said if Seaport is to have a successful airline after the state subsidies run out next March 15th, it’ll have to find better ways to let Lincoln County residents know the service exists and that it’s a worthwhile service.

A marketing consultant to Newport suggested that Seaport has not been taking it’s marketing responsibilities seriously enough to generate enough interest among Lincoln County residents and business people to fly on it. He suggested that Newport solicit other airlines to come in an provide airline service. That comment drew swift responses from several members that original bidders on the service, like Cape Air, has already indicated that they are not interested in supplying air service due to the condition of the U.S. economy which is not expected to substantially improve for several years. Others said they have been told “you’re lucky to have Seaport. Stay with them.” Continue reading »

Mayor Bill Bain stepping down as mayor – wants to be a City Councilor again.

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Aug 182010
 

Mayor Bill Bain, now City Councilor candidate

Newport Mayor Bill Bain has formally filed to become a city councilor (again) after five years as mayor. Bain told News Lincoln County that there are two excellent candidates who have filed for mayor and that he feels re-applying to the voters to be a city councilor is a good move. Bain was asked whether the episode over the shredding of City Councilor’s Mark McConnell’s evaluation of City Manager Jim Voetberg had anything to do with his decision, Bain said simply “No.” Continue reading »

Schools are back in session September 7th. Beware!

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Aug 182010
 

Newport Police and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to be aware that our children return to school September 7th. And that means school zones will be re-activated now that Summer is drawing to a close (did we even have a Summer??).

School zones are marked by signage indicating a 20 mph speed limit. Some crosswalks that carry a substantial number of children can also be designated a 20 mph speed limit area.

So be very aware of school zones and the speed limits. Local police and sheriff’s deputies will be using their radars to enforce those speed limits. Those who get a ticket will find that they can put a very large hole in any checkbook.

Republican Gubenatorial candidate Chris Dudley issues major policy proposal on cutting state spending.

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Aug 182010
 

In the first of a possible up coming list of major policy proposals on how to cut the state budget, Republican candidate for Governor Chris Dudley says appears to be demanding state employees take major benefits cuts on retirement and health care. The Salem Statesman Journal got ahold of a copy of the ground-breaking policy speech Dudley will give today to the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce:

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20100818/STATE/8180440/1001

Oregon lawmakers and the Governor’s office abuzz with “next step” ideas on the state’s growing budget squeeze.

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Aug 182010
 

To combat a rising tide of red ink, state lawmakers and Governor Kulongoski’s staff are pitching ideas back and forth on how to cope with it. And as you read the Oregonian’s ring-side seat on the debate, everything is getting to be fair game…


http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/08/with_projected_revenues_droppi.html

From new picnic tables to new asphalt in Depoe Bay, the City Council has it covered.

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Aug 172010
 

Depoe Bay City Council Tuesday night (top), Picnic tables ordered for the town (middle/down)

The Depoe City Council has done something about the town’s deteriorating flock of outdoor picnic tables, some of which have been band-aided together for years. The council decided to buy 18 new ones Tuesday night, four of them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The tables will be scattered about the town at various city properties, with six assigned to the Community Hall: one ADA table on the patio, one regular table on the new deck out back, and four in the front of the hall. Another location will be Depoe Bay’s main park down on the harbor, two ADA compliant, two regular. A member of the Parks Commission told NewsLincolnCounty.com the tables should arrive soon and be installed within the next couple of months. He said the new tables have a considerable amount of metal re-inforcement that is not susceptible to ocean salt air.

The city council also approved a $49,000 contract to re-pave the Marine Board parking lot down by the docks.

Toledo house fire spares family, but wipes out their lives.

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Aug 172010
 


Fire destroys home on NW Spruce, Toledo

A family of four was awakened around 2am by the smell of smoke boiling up from the basement area of their home at 1608 NW Spruce. They called the fire department and then tried frantically to squirt hose water on it but to no avail. The fire had spread so quickly and became so advanced that all that firefighters could do was contain the blaze so it didn’t spread to wildlands or other homes by igniting trees.

Fire Chief Will Ewing is investigating the cause. He says he’s sure the blaze started at the east end of the house, above a utility type room. But that’s as far as he says he’s gotten with it.

Cheryl and David Glasscock, their daughter, her two year old baby and an 11 year old grandson (addition) lost everything in the fire. The Red Cross has found temporary shelter for them, but that doesn’t last long. The Glasscock’s desperately need everything adults and an 11 year old boy needs to live. Donations are being accepted for them at Hoovers Pub and Grill at South Beach, on the east side of Highway 101, just south of the light. The best time to drop your donation off at Hoovers is Monday through Friday, from 11 to 4. For more information, call 541-867-3303.

Oregon unemployment stuck at 10.6%. But improvements are emerging.

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Aug 172010
 

The Oregon Department of Employment reports that during the month of July, Oregon added 3,500 construction jobs, 700 business services jobs, and 500 manufacturing jobs. Construction employment has now reached 69,100, well above its low point of 64,000 in February. But as encouraging as those numbers may be, there were 4,000 more construction jobs in July of 2009 than today.

Overall employment in Oregon stands at 1,984,000 in both July of ’09 as well as ’10. During the past year, the number of jobless Oregonians dropped by over 11,000, while the number of those who found jobs grew by 10,789 thus keeping the balance sheet nearly the same. Hence the state’s unemployment rate stuck at around 10.5% for the past nine months. Continue reading »

State budget deficit could hit a billion or more…

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Aug 172010
 

Those assembling Oregon’s official economic forecast have told Governor Ted Kulongoski that the state’s tax revenue picture continues to worsen. Instead of an earlier projected $577 million bucket of red ink, it’s likely to be nearly twice that. If that happens, the latest federal aid to states for schools and medicaid may do little good other than to put Oregon back to where it was 30 days ago with forecasted teacher layoffs and required reserve spending for medical aid to the poor.

Full story from the Oregonian:

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/08/oregons_state_budget_hole_is_g.html

Intel co-founder Andy Grove warns the U.S. about becoming a victim of its own economic religion, “Free Trade.”

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Aug 172010
 

As America stumbles through the worst recession in 80 years, and recovery seems glacially slow, Intel co-founder Andy Grove provides a surprisingly clear perspective on what’s systematically wrong with America’s view of itself and its general misunderstanding about the global economy.

This is a “must read” opinion that appeared on the Bloomberg News website. Read it here:


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-01/how-to-make-an-american-job-before-it-s-too-late-andy-grove.html

The Dungeness season ends. Fishemen have nothing to crab about!

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Aug 172010
 

The Dungeness Crab season has just wrapped up an 8 and a half month season with the third biggest haul in recent history – more than $44 million waiting for fishermen on the docks of Oregon Coast communities. Here’s the full story in the Eugene Register Guard:

http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/news/cityregion/25188727-41/guard-register-startstoryhere-writername.csp

Long pick-ups, mini-R/V’s and improperly parked cars along the Bayfront will soon have warning slips under their windshield wipers, and then tickets if they persist.

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Aug 172010
 

The pick-up is just too long. The BMW driver didn’t pull far enough forward.

The Newport City Council learned Monday night that the Bayfront has a problem now that they’ve widened the sidewalks a little bit on both sides of the street. The actual driving lanes are bare minimum. So when people park long vehicles or improperly parked sedans in the on-street parking spots, cars and pedestrians have a tough time navigating what’s left of the street. In short, it’s dangerous. Margins of error are razor thin for drivers and pedestrians.

City Councilors heard from City Manager Jim Voetberg that there is plenty of parking for longer vehicles in parking lots on the Bayfront as well as on streets that wind down to the Bayfront. The council was told that signs will be put up warning drivers that their vehicle must be parked within the allotted space provided. Those who don’t comply will get a ticket.

Police Chief Mark Miranda said he expects the new rules will be in effect within 30 days.

Seaport CEO says “We’re in Newport to stay.”

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Aug 172010
 

Rob McKinney, Seaport Air CEO

When Newport City Councilor Richard Kilbride asked Seaport Air CEO Rob McKinney point blank “Will you be here after the Connect II subsidy runs out?” McKinney replied politely, “I’ll look you in the eye and tell you I’m confident we will be here after the subsidy ends, but it’ll take a lot of work to get there. Using more creative marketing and a less expensive airplane will help.” Kilbride added, “and dropping the Astoria flight will help some, too, I imagine.” The number of passengers flying to Newport far exceed the number flying to Astoria. Seaport is predicted to drop the Astoria route once the Connect II subsidy money runs out next March.

McKinney said, while briefing the Newport City Council Monday night, since taking over the helm at Seaport Air, he’s put more emphasis on non-traditional marketing like “first flight $49” promotions as well as harnessing the power of Google to target people surfing the internet looking for places to stay and things to do along the central coast. As they do, a Seaport Air ad pops up on the screen to tell them that Newport has scheduled airline service, Seaport Air. Continue reading »

Sometimes mud is easier to drive on than pavement.

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Aug 162010
 

Driver, left, surveys the damage

A young man returning home to Toledo after an evening of fun “mudding” at his uncle’s field, found driving on pavement a bit more challenging. He told his friends that he was headed home on Yaquina Bay Road, and everything was fine until he was distracted by his radio. Suddenly his right front tire went off the pavement and got caught in a roadside rut. He yanked his steering wheel left but over corrected and his rig went sideways. The car slid downhill for a short distance, and then went up on its right side.

The young man was smartly wearing his seat belt and was uninjured, unlike his car. Friends showed up with a road clogging array of big pick-ups which righted the vehicle. The young driver said with some minor wheel aligning he’ll be back out on his uncle’s field in no time.

Toledo Police gave him a ticket for “failure to maintain a lane.” That may cost the young lad more than the vehicle alignment but less than the cost of fixing the body damage.

Newport City Hall still looking for more GP outfall monitoring technical advisory committee members.

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Aug 162010
 

GP outfall a mile offshore

Newport City Manager Jim Voetberg told his City Council on Monday that they’re still looking for a few more volunteers to sit on the town’s Georgia Pacific (GP) Effluent Outfall Technical Advisory Committee. The committee will work with experts to determine how the outfall monitoring will be conducted and what kinds of effluent signatures and/or pollutants affect sea life in the water and along the beaches of Newport. GP recently signed a franchise agreement with Newport for continued use of a long effluent pipeline from the GP plant in Toledo to Newport, and then to a point about a mile offshore where the effluent is released into the open ocean. The Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) monitors the effluent as it enters the pipe in Toledo and twice a year releases a report on water quality conditions around the effluent outfall, offshore. Another report is due around the first of the year.

The city council has set all committee applicant interviews for September 20th at City Hall, so those with an interest should submit their applications quickly.

Citizens of Newport have grown suspicious of DEQ’s monitoring reports and so have insisted that the city launch its own water quality monitoring in the outfall area, which is a mile offshore straight out from Nye Beach. The city’s monitoring effort will be put out to bid once it gets an official range of data the city council wants collected from areas around the outfall.

New Taft area school homeless advocate announced

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Aug 162010
 

Jeanie Davenport, Homeless Outreach Advocate

Public Invited to Open House at Taft Family Resource Center
Provided by Lincoln County School District

Jeanie Davenport, newly hired North County Homeless Outreach Advocate for Lincoln County School District, invites everyone to an open house from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the newly opened Taft Family Literacy and Resource Center.

This will be a great opportunity to meet Davenport, check out the center’s new location (in the portable building next to Taft Elementary School, 4040 S.E. High School Drive, Lincoln City), and to share ideas on how to best serve students and their families in the north area.

Davenport replaces Charla Guiwits, who is now serving the Newport area in the same role. Continue reading »

Highway 101 Siuslaw River Bridge at Florence will be heavily congested again Tuesday, from 6am thru 2:30pm. Avoid area if you can.

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Aug 162010
 

The Siuslaw River Bridge at Florence is back open to two way traffic. There will be no further road surface work tonight. Traffic got backed up so severely they scrubbed this evening’s scheduled work. But they will resume the sealant process tomorrow, 6am to 2pm, with only one lane of travel available and flaggers at both ends. Traffic back-ups are again expected to be severe between 6am and 2:30pm tomorrow. They urge travelers to find another route.

Wednesday’s work schedule has been canceled. They will reschedule that work and any other at a later date. Traffic will be back to normal starting late tomorrow afternoon.