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As a notable English playwrite once wrote, “Parting is such sweet sorrow,” and so was the scene in front of Newport City Hall this morning as new Sister City friends bid each other ‘Sayounara.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Obama Administration has approved $600 million in emergency funds to help unemployed homeowners nationwide avoid foreclosure. $88 million of that is aimed at Oregon where a number of local homeowner assistance organizations are already trying to help those who face the loss of their home through first or second liens, facilitate short sales and/or deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure and help in paying past due mortgage payments. It’s estimated that over seven thousand Oregon homeowners can be helped by the new program.
The story appears in this morning’s Portland Oregonian.
The federal No Child Left Behind report card on Lincoln County schools for the 2009-10 school year was disappointing. According to the Oregon State Department of Education only 10 of the county’s 16 schools made what is called “adequate yearly progress” in the areas of reading and math. One bright spot is that Taft Elementary finally got off the “Needs Improvement” list. Taft Elementary achieved adequate yearly progress for two years in a row.
The schools that did make adequate yearly progress are schools that have usually made the list. They are Crestview Heights, Eddyville Charter, Isaac Newton Magnet School, Lincoln City Career Tech High, Newport High, Newport Prep, Oceanlake Elementary, Sam Case Elementary, Taft Elementary and Waldport High.
Although mentioned during school district budget talks recently, Schools Superintendent Tom Rinearson has announced that Isaac Newton Magnet School will remain open for the upcoming school year.
Preliminary discussions about how to cut up to $4.5 million from the 2010-11 school year to reflect declining revenues, Isaac Newton was proposed to be closed, with its students to be re-directed to Newport Prep and Newport Intermediate. A predictable hue and cry went up across the community pointing out that Isaac Newton is an excellent school that has outperformed most other intermediate schools in the state. Its students and parents urged the district to take its closure off the table. Rinearson agreed. At least for this year.
The Newport City Council Monday night found itself between past and future ideas about how to bring more parks and open space to the South Beach area of town. The last community consensus on the issue was made prior to the word “NOAA” became an emerging household word, and so City Councilor Patricia Patrick-Joling suggested to the council that they re-open their dialog with South Beach residents about where to go from here.
During their board retreat this past weekend, the Lincoln City School Board got a glimpse of how Superintendent Tom Rinearson is angling the district toward balancing its budget in the face of what he claims will be closer to a $4.5 million dollar revenue reduction before the year’s out.
First, there likely will be up to 12 fewer school days for students from Lincoln City to Waldport. Their added days off will be November 12 and 24. No changes in December. In January, no school on January 3, 10, 24. February, no school February 7 and 28. In March, no school March 28 and 29. In April, no changes. In May, no changes. But in June, strike out June 13, 14, and 15th. These dates are expected to be finalized shortly by the school board.
Meanwhile, teachers have agreed to their own 12 days of furloughed leave. But even at that, Rinearson says it only gets the district $1.2 million toward their cut goal of $4.5 million. He said they will be playing it by ear all year, watching the state’s official economic forecasts, the first coming in late August. He said they’re also not relying on Washington DC for any further bail out money like they got this past year.
Although the books haven’t been closed for hardly a month on the last set of city employee labor negotiations and agreements, City Manager Jim Voetberg told his city council Monday night he’s already planning to sit down with union leaders in an attempt to hammer out a leaner wage and benefit package for next year, namely because city finances will likely be even tighter then.
Again, another video letter home to the parents and friends of Newport’s Sister City delegation visiting the Oregon Coast this week. The girls today went on a Discovery Sea Life Cruise, shopped the Bayfront, visited the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and engaged in some Paper Making sculpture at the Newport Visual Arts Center.
More than forty Relay for Life teams spent Friday night and into Saturday walking and running the track at Newport High, raising money to further the fight against cancer. Although many of the donations have already been tallied up, it’s still not too donate, and help make a difference in efforts to rid the planet of Cancer.
The State Department of Education announced today that seven out of ten Oregon schools have met the test of “adequate yearly progress” (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. That’s roughly 860 out of the Oregon’s 1195 schools. That represents nearly a two percent growth in compliance over the 2008-09 school year. Among elementary schools, 88.6% made AYP, among middle schools there were 44.8% in compliance, and among high schools, 49.7% met AYP standards.
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.
Clifton Dale Selby, 28
In custody thanks to a dead bulb
Question: How do you find a man wanted for drug and weapons violations and for violating his parole?
Answer: Look for a broken tail light or a dead license plate bulb.
Most cops will tell you that sooner or later a criminal suspect will get into a car that has something wrong with the headlights, tail lights, license plate bulb or the driver fails to use his/her turn signals, not to mention speeding or other moving violations.
In this case, Clifton Selby, 28, of Tidewater was driving along Highway 34 at mile post 7 when a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted a car with what was described only as having a “lighting problem.” Once the 1994 Honda was pulled over the deputy said the driver looked extremely nervous.
Again, this video is not intended for regular readers/viewers of News Lincoln County. It’s aimed at the Japanese parents of the middle school girls who arrived in Newport Saturday as Newport’s Sister City delegation, from Mombetsu, Japan. This time, the video chronicles the fun, laughter and good food at Newport’s Big Creek as the girls and Newport residents tried to teach each other how to do each other’s native dances among other customs.