Apr 212014
 

Newport City Council Monday evening

Newport City Council
Monday evening

Katherine Rickbone OCCA Director pitches heavy to keep VAC where it is - shows substantial benefits to the community.

Katherine Rickbone
OCCA Director pitches heavy to keep VAC where it is – shows substantial benefits to the community.

Visual Arts Center Nye Beach turnaround

Visual Arts Center
Nye Beach turnaround

In a report to the Newport City Council Monday night, Oregon Coast Council for the Arts Executive Director Katherine Rickbone implored the council to acknowledge the large economic and cultural benefit the Visual Arts Center (VAC) gives to the community and thereby justifies their request that the council should leave the VAC right where it is – that they shouldn’t sell it.

The council has said repeatedly of late that the VAC is not for sale. But the council does want the OCCA to raise more money for the VAC and the Performing Arts Center’s maintenance and repairs so that city subsidies can be lowered. The council has said repeatedly that the city faces huge costs for replacing failing sewer and water distribution lines, street maintenance, water reservoir improvements and the list goes on and on.

But Rickbone claimed that working in tandem, the VAC and the PAC bring a 700% return on the city’s investment in terms of performance and tourist magnetism that the two properties exude.

Rickbone’s report was one of a number of progress reports the OCCA agreed to give the council as both sides explore more ways to raise money for repair and upkeep, especially of the VAC, which is in for some high dollar renovations in the near future. The VAC is a 30+ year old structure that has withstood the onslaughts of thirty windy and wet Oregon Coast winters which have all taken their toll.

Rickbone will be back before too long with another progress report on how the community can keep the VAC in place and intact but with less direct support from the city.

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Apr 212014
 
Gay couples file for marriage certificates in Multnomah County

Gay couples file for marriage certificates in Multnomah County

Another court fight is brewing over the attempt to repeal a state constitutional provision, passed by the voters, that recognizes only man-woman marriages. Saying that the state provision is clearly against the U.S. Constitution based on its discriminatory nature, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said she would not defend the measure since the federal government has already decided that such bans violate civil rights.

The story is in The Oregonian. Click here.

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Apr 212014
 

Men's Softball coming up in Newport...

Men’s Softball coming up in Newport…

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Adult Softball League
Register now at the Newport Recreation Center

Register now through May 17th at the Newport Recreation Center for Men’s and Coed Softball League. The league will consist of a regular season, plus an end of season tournament. The registration fee is $475.00 per team. League games will be played on Tuesday or Thursday nights. The season will run June till August/September. Game times will range between 6:15pm – 8:45pm start times. First games will start tentatively the first week of June.

The Recreation Center is located at 225 S.E. Avery Street. Please contact the Recreation Center at 541-265-7783 for more information.

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Apr 212014
 

 

Liz Martin Children's Advocacy Center Development Director

Liz Martin
Children’s Advocacy Center
Development Director

 

Children’s Advocacy Center Appoints Development Coordinator

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County Board of Directors and Executive Director, Pam Salisbury are pleased to announce the appointment of Liz Martin, as Development Coordinator for the agency.

In her new role as Development Director, Liz will be responsible for developing and coordinating a comprehensive development program that includes fundraising, building donor relationships and recognition, and enhancement of outreach for the Center.

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A third generation resident of Lincoln County, Liz brings a wealth of knowledge and involvement in our community. Her passion for helping children is evident in her dedication and volunteer work in the community. She is currently a board member of the Lincoln County School District and Neighbors for Kids. As a school district board member, she is site council parent representative at all schools in the district west area and is also involved with the ASPIRE Mentoring Program at Newport High School. She serves on the Lincoln County Workforce Investment Board, and is a member of Altrusa International of Yaquina Bay.

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“I am so excited about this new opportunity to make a difference in our community. The Children’s Advocacy Center is providing needed services for child victims of abuse, as well as training adults in our County in how we can prevent abuse from happening,” she said.

“My determination and dedication has led the way for others in the community to understand they too can make a difference. I look forward to meeting new people and joining with others in making Lincoln County a better and safer place for our children.”

Liz Martin can be reached at 541-574-0841 or by email lmartin@outreach.com.

Learn more about the Children’s Advocacy Center at www.childrensadvocacycenter.net.

 

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 Posted by at 4:57 PM
Apr 212014
 

 

Student scores to partially determine teacher proficiency scorings

Student scores to partially determine teacher proficiency scorings

Oregon has been under the gun by the U.S. Department of Education to include state student test scores as part of teacher performance rankings, something the state has resisted.  But this time Oregon may have given a bit of ground in that regard by agreeing to blending in test scores with other teacher evaluation criteria.  The story is in The Oregonian.  Click here.

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 Posted by at 2:54 PM
Apr 212014
 
Oregonian graphic

Oregonian graphic

 

Oregon’s unemployment rate rose slightly in March while across the U.S. is stayed stuck at 6.7% Oregon’s rate rose from 6.8 to 6.9%. A year ago Oregon’s jobless rate was at 8%. Lincoln County’s rate in March rose to 7%, up from 6.8% in February.

Around the state, the Portland metro stayed flat at 6.4% despite adding over 20,000 jobs recently. Experts blame part of the stagnation in the jobless RATE due to more discouraged job hunters that had earlier given up re-entering the market.  In the Salem area, same thing, 7.1% for both months.  Eugene, up slightly to 7.0%.  Benton county up .2% to 5.5%.  Medford was flat at 8.6% in March.  Bend was up slightly to 8.5%.

Nationally, Oregon sat at 6.9% unemployment compared to the national average of 6.7%, a .1% difference this year compared to 8% last year, .5% higher than at this time last year.

Again, Lincoln County in March sat at 7.5%, Tillamook at 6.5%, Benton 5.5%, Clatsop at 6.2%, Yamhill 6.9%, Coos County at 9.1%.

 

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 Posted by at 2:18 PM
Apr 212014
 

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From KYAQ-FM

KYAQ, 91.7 FM, Local Public Radio for Lincoln County to offer special EARTH DAY programming.

Tune in to KYAQ, 91.7fm on EARTH DAY, (Tuesday, April 22) for a day of programming focusing on the environment. You’ll hear talks from some of the greatest voices about environmental issues like Bill McKibben, Sandra Steingraber, Paul Ehrlich, Vandana Shiva, Paul Cienfuegos and many more.

This amazing collection of talks deals with many aspects of environmental distress and activism and is drawn from a collection made available by Alternative Radio and David Barsamian.

Tune in all day, EARTH DAY.

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If you enjoy hearing this programming on Central Coast airwaves, please demonstrate your support by clicking the “Donate” button on any page of the KYAQ website.

Contact KYAQ at comments@kyaq.org

Bridget Wolfe, Chairperson
Board of Directors
Firebare
Building KYAQ 91.7FM. Local Public Radio for the Oregon Central Coast
541-336-2284
P.O. Box 1664
Newport, OR 97365

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 Posted by at 1:35 PM
Apr 212014
 
Kit O’Carra Newport Police Department 169 SW Coast Highway Newport, Oregon 97365 Phone: 541-574-3348 Fax: 541-574-0643

Kit O’Carra
Newport Police Department
169 SW Coast Highway
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone: 541-574-3348
Fax: 541-574-0643

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 Posted by at 12:19 PM
Apr 212014
 

Juvenile Bald Eagle practicing landing on a fish in Yachats Bay. Ken Gagne photo

Juvenile Bald Eagle practicing landing on a fish in Yachats Bay.
Ken Gagne photos

Mom:   "Lower wing angle!"... "Glide with full flaps,"..."Up your air speed!"..."Bring your gear down lower"..."OMG son you're  gonna starve to death if you keep doin' that!"

Mom: “Lower wing angle!”… “Glide with full flaps,”…”Up your air speed!”…”Bring your gear down lower”…”OMG son you’re gonna starve to death if you keep doin’ that!”

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 Posted by at 12:04 PM
Apr 212014
 
Medical Marijuana Courtesy photo

Medical Marijuana
Courtesy photo

Over 100 Oregon cities, not counting counties, have passed moratoriums on the sale of medical marijuana within their political boundaries. Among them are several cities in Jackson County, Medford included, that have passed local ordinances that ban such sales period – despite state law that allows such sales across the state starting in May of next year. (Lawyers, start your engines!)

More on the latest developments from The Oregonian. Click here.

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