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
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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 »

Obama Administration sends $88 million to Oregon to help unemployed homeowners avoid foreclosure.

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Aug 042010
 

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.
Click here:
http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/08/oregon_gets_federal_money_to_h.html

Another “Video letter” home to Mombetsu for the families of Newport’s Sister City!

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Aug 032010
 


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Mombetsu’s Sister City delegation to Newport had a very full day today, from crafting with agates, to dancing and playing games with young Shakespearian actors. Then more dancing, class time and exploring at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Enjoy. Arigatō!

Six out of 16 Lincoln County School fail Federal AYP standards

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Aug 032010
 

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. Continue reading »

Lincoln County Superintendent: “Isaac Newton to remain open this school year”

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Aug 032010
 

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. Continue reading »

South Beach residents to be asked about park/open space issues

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Aug 032010
 

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. Continue reading »

Further analysis shows potentially 12 fewer school days this coming year in Lincoln County

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Aug 022010
 

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.

Newport City Manager: We need to work out next year’s employee labor costs starting now.

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Aug 022010
 

Jim Voetberg, Newport City Manager

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. Continue reading »

Mombetsu’s Sister City delegation dances into Newport City Hall

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Aug 022010
 


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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. Continue reading »