OSP Troopers snag sex offender sneaking out the back.

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Aug 162010
 

Andrew Zamora, Sex Offender

Oregon State Police investigators, trying to track down 23 Oregon sex offenders who had not registered with their local law enforcement agencies, learned that one of them was working at a Depoe Bay restaurant. OSP troopers converged on the restaurant Sunday. Each trooper guarded a separate restaurant exit. When troopers walked in the front door seeking Andrew Zamora, he ducked out a back door, right into the hands of a trooper that quickly slapped on the handcuffs and put Zamora in the back of a police cruiser for transport to the Lincoln County Jail. Zamora was charged not only with failure to register as a sex offender, but also on an arrest warrant for failure to perform per his probation on an earlier conviction.

In all, OSP troopers arrested 17 in Salem, 1 in Stayton, 2 in Aumsville, 2 in Woodburn, and 1 in the Silverton area. Others turned themselves in when it hit the news media that there would be a statewide sweep for non-registered sex offenders. Only one sex offender remains at large and that is Valerie Myers, 34, but they think they know where she might be. Any information on here exact whereabouts be should be given to Trooper Edelbrock at 503-378-3387, ext. 31600.

Oceanlake School Parent Group “Open House” with great food and proceeds to make our kids smarter!

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Aug 162010
 

Mimio White Board

The Oceanlake Elementary School Parents Group are hoping that Frank Napoleon’s Hawaiian teriyaki chicken and picnic potato salad will blend well with everyone’s desire to better educate our kids. The Open House fundraiser at Oceanlake School Cafeteria, September 2nd at 5pm, will help raise money for the purchase of an interactive electronic white board system which will help to more effectively teach our elementary school children. The projected Mimio Interactive White Board System acts just like a computer screen that is fully interactive on white board surfaces. Students (and their teachers) love using them. Continue reading »

You could feel this one coming! Mark McConnell announces his run for Mayor of Newport. Whither Mayor Bill Bain?

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Aug 162010
 

Mark McConnell (left), files for mayor. Mayor Bill Bain (right), remains a “Wild Card.”

The speculation had been rampant for weeks and it’s finally come true. City Councilor Mark McConnell has announced his candidacy for Mayor. McConnell is running on a platform of civility among city councilors, stability in terms of providing “core services” to residents and sustainable financial footing as the economy pulls out of a deep recession.

McConnell has been a long time resident and is in the middle of his third term as city councilor. If elected, McConnell’s seat would be filled by a city council-run application process and a vote on his successor.

In his announcement, McConnell touched on a major topic that has surrounded the council for some time. “Civility.” The council recently attended a “team building” workshop with an organizational consultant. The workshop had a stated goal of establishing better ways for councilors to deliberate among themselves and to negotiate more effectively to meet city challenges and solve long running problems. Since that workshop, dialog among councilors during regular city council meetings has been decidedly calmer and Roberts Rules of Order more closely followed.

McConnell’s announcement for Mayor means we now have two contenders for the top seat on the council. Patricia Patrick Joli’s announced her mayoral campaign some weeks back. Her platform closely resembles McConnell’s in focusing attention on meeting the city’s challenges in a climate of tightening economic constraints. Continue reading »

What’s injuring and killing sea life is really quite close to home

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Aug 162010
 


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A gifted artist is opening peoples’ eyes everyday to a menace of the seas that is maiming and killing sea life by the thousands. Perhaps millions. And the menace is readily available at your local grocery store in great abundance.

Shotgun blasts on NW High, just east of Nye Beach

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Aug 142010
 

502 NW High, Saturday nightBrian Narrance, $500,000 bail

Newport Police responded to a report of shotgun blasts fire on Northwest High Street Saturday night shortly after 10pm. Officers arrived to find a man in the back yard, very intoxicated.

Police told NewsLincolnCounty.com that it appears that Brian Narrance, of Olympia, WA, and his female companion had been quarreling earlier in the evening. At one point Narrance grabbed a shotgun and may have tried to shoot himself. Police say the blast was fired “near him” but apparently did not hit him, nor anyone else. However, they believe four shotgun blasts were fired, three into the air, and one through a neighbor’s fence. There are high rise apartments on a hill directly overhead from the man’s residence.

Police said they arrested Narrance and took him to jail. He was booked on multiple charges of reckless endangerment, pointing a firearm, unlawful use of a firearm, menacing and disorderly conduct. His bail was set at $500,000.

After the Siletz Pow Wow this weekend, head for Toledo next weekend for the Wooden Boat Show!

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Aug 142010
 

Port of Toledo photos

The Port of Toledo is inviting everybody over to Toledo next weekend for their annual Wooden Boat Show. This time the event commemorates the port’s 100th birthday and they’ve really put a lot of work into making it a good one. The Show runs August 20th through the 22nd and is always one of Toledo’s trademark “family friendly” celebrations. Families or individuals can even learn to build their own boat, and do so, right there on the dock!

The show officially kicks off Friday evening at Port Dock 1 with live music, food, and a special Centennial Celebration. Music will be provided by a group from Portland called the “Melody Butchers” who feature classic rock oldies from The Beatles to Tom Petty. There is live music all weekend long from a variety of groups, including one that seems perfectly cast as the boat show’s official band. They call themselves “Unkle Nancy and the Family Jewels” offering a musical repertoire that includes backwoods country and pirate songs along with a generous sprinkling of drunken sing-a-longs, old ragtime, murder stories and love songs. Indeed! Unkle Nancy and the Family Jewels performs Saturday 3:15pm to 4:30pm. Continue reading »

Lincoln County School District closes special Latino preschool

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Aug 142010
 

Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Tom Rinearson announced this week that a six year long preschool program for ‘English language learners’ will no longer be provided. Rinearson said in a news release that the program, “A Step Forward” at Sam Case Elementary, was deemed ineligible for federal funding. He said without those funds, the district can not afford to keep it going.

The program was started in 2004 and averaged 33 preschoolers age 3 to 4 years old. The children were given specialized instruction to enhance their English language skills to help them be better students when they enter kindergarten or first grade. Continue reading »

Debate over consolidating 9-1-1 services off to a bumpy but congenial start.

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Aug 132010
 

City and County officials meeting in Newport Friday

Should Lincoln County shrink their three 9-1-1 emergency dispatch centers down to one central operation? Some say it could save the county and cities a lot of money and actually improve 9-1-1 services. Others aren’t quite so sure.

Waldport Mayor Herman Welch presided over a meeting of city and county officials today to launch what is hoped to be a continuing discussion about the issue with an eye to achieving goals of saving money while improving 9-1-1 services. The current 9-1-1 dispatch centers are based in Lincoln City, Newport and Toledo.

Toledo officials told the gathering that Toledo has just upgraded their dispatch center to a high level of technology and that they are well tied into other centers in the Wilamette Valley. City Manager Michelle Amberg and Mayor Rod Cross said Toledo is, at best, lukewarm to the idea of consolidation because Toledo loves what they have. The dispatchers don’t have a big dispatch work load which allows them to perform other duties in the Toledo Police Department. Continue reading »

Shop in the Valley? Watch those $100 bills!

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Aug 132010
 

Counterfeit $100 bills are popping up more frequently these days in the Valley due to a bogus money manufacturing ring operating in the Eugene area. Police and Secret Service agents say while they’re trying to track them down make sure you don’t accept any $100’s with Abe Lincoln on them!

Read more in the Statesman Journal:

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20100813/UPDATE/100812058

The Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society presents:

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Aug 122010
 

The Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society, in collaboration with The Oregon Coast Council For the Arts presents Saturday, September 11th, at 3pm at a secluded Lincoln Beach home, an Oregon Coast Chamber Music Performance of:

Bloch Simchas Tora, for violin and piano
Schumann Three Romances, for violin and piano
Schumann Sonata in A Minor, for violin and piano
Schumann Quartet in E Flat Major
Bloch Prayer

Performed by: Jonathan Dubay violin, Gregory Dubay cello, Charles Noble viola, Cary Lewis piano.

Light refreshments to be provided by the Taft High School culinary department.
For reservations and directions call 541 764-0278. Tickets are $25 each.

The Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society (OCCMS) exists to bring chamber music back into the home where it began. Those who attend these splendid performances help to enhance cultural education through music in an intimate setting; to support local and Oregon musicians or those with close ties to Oregon and to assist aspiring musicians of all ages. Continue reading »

Toledo City Council to pick new city councilor August 18th

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Aug 122010
 

The Toledo City Council will interview four candidates August 18th who have applied to fill the unexpired term of former City Councilor Mary Young. Young resigned her council seat recently because she was moving outside the city limits. Interviews of the four candidates will begin at 5:45pm. Then, during the regular session of the council, which begins usually at 7pm, a candidate will be selected by the councilors.

Read more on the story in the Yaquina Wavelength:

http://yaquinawavelength.com/2010/08/12/council-candidates-interviewed-august-18/

Toledo City Council zeros in on higher development fees.

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Aug 122010
 

Toledo City Council, Thursday evening

During an information work shop Thursday evening, the Toledo City Council drew ever closer to implementing a financial plan that will begin to pay for critically needed upgrades to the city’s water and sewer systems, with streets, stormdrain and parks improvements not far behind. The “System Development Charge” (SDC) for water, sewer, streets and parks will be phased in over a four year period to where the full burden of costs on a new development for those categories will be due and payable by a developer, whether it’s housing, commercial or industrial buildings.

Currently developers pay the city of Toledo an SDC charge of $1,472 for water hook-up, and $1,144 for sewer hook-up. The fees go into a designated fund for water and sewer system maintenance and upgrades. After a recent evaluation of what is a reasonable charge for those hook ups, the city developed what it called a legally defendable rate of $5,243 for water and $3,444 for sewer. Public Works Director Adam Denlinger said although that is quite a jump in price, the extra revenues are sorely needed to ensure that Toledo’s water and sewer systems remain on line. He reminded the council that the city water system is in dire straits from the intakes on the Siletz River clear into town. And sewer upgrades will be costly as well to meet ever more stringent effluent discharge requirements. Continue reading »

Lincoln Co. Fair Report: They’ll have a carnival next year.

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Aug 122010
 

Vanessa Klingensmith (left), Debra Jones (right)

The Lincoln County Fair Board got an earful of information about the recently completed 2010 Lincoln County Fair, sponsored by Town and Country Fair organizer Debra Jones and her “right hand woman” Vanessa Klingensmith of OSU Cooperative Extension.

Jones reported that overall, the fair went well. Attendance was 7,162 fair-goers over the three day run. The most popular events were the mud drags, bull riding and rising country music star Chuck Wicks. Continue reading »

Fire re-erupts at Waldport area mobile home.

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Aug 122010
 

4:22pm Fire out, mopping up.

4:12pm Arriving firefighters report heavy flame and smoke

4:03pm Central Coast firefighters are back enroute to an earlier mobile home fire at 3851 Alsea Highway east of Waldport. Neighbors report that the fire has rekindled and there are flames visible.

Double-wide mobile home east of Waldport destroyed

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Aug 122010
 

A fast moving mobile home fire gutted a double-wide at the Drift Creek R/V Park on Alsea Highway a few miles east of Waldport Wednesday afternoon. Central Coast firefighters pulled up to see flames shooting sixty feet in the air, singeing a tall evergreen directly above. Firefighters wasted no time in knocking the flames down. But as fast as they were getting water on the fire, the home had already been damaged beyond repair at that point.

Owner of the home, who neighbors described as a disabled man in his 50’s, was out taking a walk at the time. He had no pets. The Red Cross was expected to find him temporary shelter while he works with his insurance company.

Central Coast Fire District Chief Derek Clawson said they’re not yet sure what caused the fire. They will “read” the burn pattern inside the home and determine a probable location where the fire started. Then they will talk to the owner about what he was doing just prior to his walk.

No injuries. Another mobile home only 10-15 feet away was not damaged thanks to quick action by firefighters.

LC City Council and County Commmissioners: Road’s End belongs inside the city limits and Devil’s Lake needs cleaning up.

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Aug 112010
 

Homes on septics surround Devil’s Lake

At a joint meeting of the Lincoln City City Council and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Wednesday it appeared that both government bodies agreed on a couple of things. That the Road’s End area just north of Lincoln City should annex into the city, and that those living around Devil’s Lake, also just outside the city limits, should pay for septic tank inspections to see if particular homes are polluting the lake. Continue reading »

Jackson Co. deputies shoot, kill guard at Mexican cartel marijuana grove near Sams Valley

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Aug 112010
 

When a Jackson County Sheriff’s SWAT team approached a discovered Mexican cartel marijuana grove just north of Sam’s Valley early this morning, it didn’t take long for one of the cartel’s armed guards to emerge.

When the latino male came out of the brush holding a loaded shotgun two SWAT team members instantly opened fire on him. He fell to the ground mortally wounded, dying despite medical aid given by a SWAT medic. Another latino male was seen running away. SWAT members pursued him but lost him in the brush. They said it was unknown if he was also armed. Continue reading »

Oregon House Speaker Dave Hunt: Federal aid to schools/medicaid/police is welcome. But it’s no permanent fix.

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Aug 112010
 

Provided by Oregon House Speaker Dave Hunt:

“Oregonians will get back some of the taxes we pay to the federal government in the form of $270 million for our schools and to assist our struggling families. That’s good news for Oregon as our economy continues to feel the effects of the global recession.

“These funds won’t solve all of our budget challenges. Even with this $270 million in federal funds, we are making nearly $300 million in cuts to state services and programs. These new federal dollars – dollars Oregonians sent to the federal government and will now get back – will help keep those core services intact, but will not eliminate the need for cuts.

“With an August 26 revenue forecast coming, we are analyzing the bill Congress passed today to determine the restrictions and requirements that could impact our ability to use these dollars to protect critical services. Once we have the forecast, we hope to be able to use these federal funds to mitigate the worst of the cuts to critical health care services and our schools. Continue reading »