Uh, God…did you forget something?

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Jun 102016
 
God was busy making another beauty when the phone rang.  It was Yachats City Hall reminding him to renew his business license. "I'll be right down" he boomed leaving the rainbow unfinished.

God was busy making another beauty when the phone rang. It was Yachats City Hall reminding him to renew his business license to practice public art. “I’ll be right down” he boomed, leaving the rainbow temporarily unfinished.
Ken Gagne photo

 Posted by at 6:18 PM

Celebrating the life of Randy Reid of Toledo

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Jun 102016
 

Randy Reid

Randy Reid


Randy Lynn Reid, 59, of Toledo, Oregon passed peacefully on April 24th at his home with his family, from mesothelioma cancer.

He was born December 10th, 1956 to Maizie and Mark Reid in Portland, Oregon. He attended several grade schools in the Portland and Estacada area before moving to Toledo in 7th grade. He graduated from Toledo High School in 1975. After graduation he joined the US Navy, so he could see the world. After basic training in San Diego he was assigned to the aircraft carrier Midway, stationed in Japan for 2 years.

Randy ended his Navy career back in San Diego assigned to the Dixon, where he worked in the LAG shop. He returned home to Toledo in 1979 where he worked for West Coast Drywall, Georgia Pacific Plywood, Spiro Landscaping and Lincoln County School District where he was a custodian for 28 years, seeing the 2nd generation of students come through.

Randy was the night custodian at Newport High School, before transferring to Toledo Middle School as a Head Custodian when it was the newest school in the district, then transferred to Sam Case Elementary School in Newport before ending his career back in Toledo at Toledo Jr/Sr High School where he himself had graduated from. When moving from the middle grade levels, he wasn’t sure he liked the idea of the little kids, but soon he was making ketchup faces on the hamburgers during lunch, delighting everyone. He took great pride in his schools, keeping them clean, safe, and making them the best learning environment possible.

He married Morag Park in July of 1985 at their home in Toledo. He took pride in his property making it not only beautiful, but functional so he could care for it without effort. Being able to mow around things became his calling. Over the years he and Morag were able to add fruit trees, berries, hops, raised beds, greenhouses, and chickens. His greatest hobby and passion was home brewing beer. He would research all beer styles and was able to taste all the nuances of each flavor so it fit the category he was looking for. He was an AHA judge during homebrew competitions and won many awards/medals for his brew. Anyone who came over would be treated to a cold brew and no one was required to finish a beer they didn’t like, there was always another choice. He never missed a chance to do a little teaching on the chemistry of home brewing. He was also the president of the local homebrew club, The Good Heathens.

Radny’s children were his joy. Two girls, Hailey and Alissa, made him King of the Castle. They traveled every summer, camping their way around the state of Oregon, Nevada, California and even made their way camping to Canada. Always on the search for interesting beers and his other great interest, rocks.

Randy will be missed by his surviving family, wife Morag, daughters Hailey and Alissa Reid of Toledo his sister Linda Brown of Elk City, and many extended family members.

A celebration of life/open house will be Saturday, June 18th at Toledo Jr/Sr High School in the commons, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Regular brew club meeting time) A guest book will be available along with your opportunity to give his family your best memory of him. You are encouraged to wear your favorite beer shirt in his honor.

 Posted by at 5:19 PM

Veteran City Councilor Roger Sprague resigns his seat – cites health reasons

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Jun 102016
 

Councilors  (L-R) Wes Ryan, Roger Sprague and Chester Noreikis given oath of office in 2014.

Councilors (L-R) Wes Ryan, Roger Sprague and Chester Noreikis given oath of office in 2014.


Roger Sprague has turned in his city computer - he's done.

Roger Sprague has turned in his city computer – he’s done.


Long time Lincoln City City Councilor Roger Sprague has resigned his post and turned in his city computer. Sprague told News Lincoln County that due to health reasons it’s now important to experience less stress, eat more healthy and enjoy life more.

Sprague has served as a Lincoln City City Councilor off and on over a 36 year time span. He said he’s seen a lot of issues come and go – most of them solved, some that are reoccurring and will hopefully be solved in the future.

Among his proudest achievements was helping to solve the city’s big sewer and water dilemma in the 1980s – a solution that also cost him his seat on the council through a recall by citizens who were angry that water and sewer rates were raised quite substantially. Sprague said “It was all about arithmetic. We needed to invest in the system to keep the faucets flowing and the toilets flushing.”

Another issue on the “plus” side for Roger Sprague was being a part of a council that shepherded the Roads End area into the city, proper. It took a while, but it came down to upgrading water and sewer services and the fact that Roads End property owners were technically benefiting from city services via police, library, community center and all the rest without having to pay a fair level of taxes for them.

And one more accomplishment Sprague remains quite proud of was the city’s acquisition of “The Villages” development area north of Highway 101 and east of Logan Road. The private development went financially upside down at the beginning of the Great Recession and the owner never recovered. So he sold the whole thing to the city. Then City Manager David Hawker was only too happy to get some prime real estate for the city for future housing at below fire sale prices. Sprague says he expects great things after the city finalizes its plans and lines up developers that can get the job done. The plans call for everything from affordable housing to mcmansions and trails and parks to go with them.

As for what’s left to be done, Sprague says finding a workable solution for the Vacation Rental controversy would be his number one issue. He said the city must find a way to allow VRDs to continue contributing to Lincoln City’s economy. “We’re a tourist town. That’s why people flock here – to have a great time!” he said. “But it cannot be allowed to diminish or destroy the quality of neighborhoods for those who live here year-round. But I think the city can figure it out. And stepped up code enforcement will help make it happen.”

Sprague says he’ll miss his role as a community leader on the council but, in no way, does it mean he will step back from community service. He is still a very active member of his church which does considerable public outreach as well as a being a member of a local non-profit that helps clothe and feed the homeless.

The city council has the option of finding a replacement for former councilor Roger Sprague who would serve until the end of the year, and along the way decide if he or she would like to run for the seat in their own right this fall. For more information on all this contact City Clerk-Recorder Cathy Steere at 541-996-1203.

 Posted by at 11:55 AM

Low level lead found in 1 Yaquina View School drinking faucet

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Jun 102016
 

Yaquina View School Newport 1 drinking fountain of concern, but very low lead level - Room 31 in the school.

Yaquina View School
Newport
1 drinking fountain of concern, but very low lead level – Room 31 in the school.


In response to elevated levels of lead being discovered in some schools around Oregon, Lincoln County School District proactively sampled water at all of our schools.

Between May 12th and June 1st, at least 6 samples were taken from each of our schools to test for lead and copper. We contracted with the Analytical Lab Group in Eugene to examine the samples. One faucet at Yaquina View School came back with a lead level of concern. We learned of this on June 8th at 5:00 p.m. when we were notified by email with the lab results.

The lead level in school drinking water for which the EPA requires action is either .015 or .020 mg/liter – there are conflicting reports on this number. We are working with the Oregon Health Authority for guidance. The sample from Room 31 showed a level of .0192. While this number represents a very small level of lead, we are taking it seriously.

On the morning of June 9th, we immediately sent our Plumber to Yaquina View to disable that particular faucet. We also immediately notified district office administrators, the school principal, school nurse and the Lincoln County Environmental Health. We arranged to meet with the school’s staff at the end of the school day. We arranged for portable water dispensers to be delivered to the school to be used for these last few days of school. Any untested drinking water faucets in Yaquina View School will be tested as soon as possible.

In addition, due to a higher than usual number of student illnesses at Yaquina View in the last few weeks, as a precaution, we also had a Bacteria Test (which measures for E-Coli and Coliform in the water) performed at all of our schools. All of those tests came back normal – none of these bacteria were detected in any of the tests. School officials also say that the recent outbreak of Norovirus is not, in any way, connected to issues involving lead.

 Posted by at 11:09 AM

Mixed scenes along the coast this evening….

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Jun 092016
 

Typical Oregon Coast - Rain, Fog and Sunshine all at the same time. Bob O'Brien Photo

Typical Oregon Coast – Rain, Fog and Sunshine all at the same time.
Bob O’Brien Photo


Bald Eagle riding a sunbeam at sunset! Don and Kathy Thayer photo

Bald Eagle riding a sunbeam at sunset!
Don and Kathy Thayer photo


Sunset on the Bayshore Kerry Terrel

Sunset on the Bayshore
Kerry Terrel


Magnificent Sunset at Yaquina Head Chris Flores-Munoz

Magnificent Sunset at Yaquina Head
Chris Flores-Munoz

 Posted by at 9:45 PM

Possible Jumper’s body found under the Yaquina Bay Bridge

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Jun 092016
 

6:12pm
Body of a possible jumper has been found under the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Fire Rescue is being called out, along with the Coast Guard. The body is closer to the north end of the bridge – the part highest off the water.

6:17pm
Coast Guard has picked up the person in the water. It’s a male.

6:20pm
One report indicated that they’re performing CPR.

6:25pm
Victim has been declared deceased.

 Posted by at 6:16 PM