Nov 222014
 
Darted seagull.  More and more frequent in the Waldport area. Ken Gagne photo

Darted seagull at old town crab docks, Waldport.
Ken Gagne photo

Over the past few months, more and more seagulls have been seen with darts shot through them in the south county area. Besides being very disturbing, it’s a sign that there is a very sick individual out there who needs to be stopped and undergo mental health therapy.

Animal cruelty is a common component in criminal behavior among children and teens that can evolve into tragic endings. Anyone who may know who is doing this, can do that person and the community a favor, by calling 9-1-1 and talking with an officer.

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Nov 212014
 
Hit car and fence - was chased down by Sheriff's Deputy.  Driver Tazed.

Hit car and fence – was chased down by Sheriff’s Deputy. Driver Tazed.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched Thursday evening to a reported hit and run traffic crash at Ray’s Food Place in Waldport. Witnesses said the suspect vehicle was a red 1996 Chevrolet Blazer and was last seen fleeing the scene. Minutes later, deputies were advised of a second hit and run crash (damage to yard fence) in the 100 block of SW Maple Street involving the same vehicle.

A Sheriff’s Deputy located the vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lane of travel on Highway 101 and followed it as it turned east onto Highway 34. The vehicle had lost its driver’s side front tire and was traveling on the rim. The deputy initiated a stop on the vehicle by activating his overhead emergency lights and siren but the driver refused to yield. The deputy continued to pursue the vehicle until it came to a stop near the intersection of Highway 34 and Spring Street.

The deputy gave verbal commands to the driver of the vehicle to get on the ground. The driver refused and moved toward the deputy ignoring commands to stay where he was. The deputy deployed a Taser which successfully stopped the driver’s movement and kept him contained on the ground until a second deputy arrived on scene. The driver was taken into custody without further incident by the deputies.

An investigation revealed the driver, identified as 36 year old Waldport resident Anthony Joseph Wright, was driving recklessly in the area of Ray’s Food Place and struck a 1997 gold Honda Accord traveling north on Commercial Street causing it to spin into the ditch.

Wright fled the scene and continued west on Highway 34 to SW Maple Street where he left the road crashing into a picket fence and a utility pole before coming to a stop. Wright then backed out of the yard and continued back out onto Highway 101 and continued to Highway 34 driving on only the front rim until coming to a stop where he was taken into custody.

The victim driver in the first crash was transported to PCH in Newport with what were believed to be minor injuries.

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Nov 212014
 

surplus sale

To raise funds for the Waldport High School small engines class and racing program, Lincoln County School District is holding a surplus sale Nov. 21-22 at the Arcadia School in Toledo.

Items to be sold include equipment and supplies from the school building, located at 1811 NE Arcadia Drive. Sale times are 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22.

Daniel Wirick, the shop and technology teacher Waldport High, says his small engines and racing program is buzzing with activity. Plans for a Mow Down racing event in the spring are underway with excited students ready to take on the challenge. The program is looking to grow with after school activities and clubs. The surplus sale will help to fund these programs, giving students with an interest in engineering a place to apply themselves.

For information, call 541-563-3243 or send an email to: Daniel.Wirick@lincoln.k12.or.us

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 Posted by at 5:58 PM
Nov 212014
 

Tom O. and John Craigie LCCC December 6th

Tom O. and John Craigie
LCCC December 6th

John Craigie Keeping "real folk music" alive...

John Craigie
Keeping “real folk music” alive…

LINCOLN CITY – When December comes along, there’s a whole lot of sparkle to deal with. Anxious shopping, ugly sweaters, rich food and carols coming from everywhere – it’s easy to get an overdose of Christmas spirit. The Lincoln City Cultural Center has the pre-holiday inoculation concert you need: funny folk singer John Craigie, playing at the LCCC at 7 pm on Saturday, Dec. 6.

For the past decade, John Craigie has “lived the life romantic” of a continuously touring folk singer, taking his distinctive musical style across the United States, and the world. A singer, songwriter and storyteller, he accompanies himself on guitar and harmonica. He stays true to the essence of folk music, and the traditions of the seminal writers of the past century, with timeless melodies and insightful lyrics, interspersed with witty storytelling, his songs take many poetic turns before bringing his listeners back home. Craigie’s themes range from social commentary to personal empowerment, political satire, and modern love. In Lincoln City, he’ll perform local favorite Tom Owczarzak, also known as “Tom O.”

This concert is part of the center’s Weekender Concert Series, sponsored by the City of Lincoln City and designed to combine beach getaways with a Saturday night live music experience. Lodging packages, complete with ocean views and concert tickets, are available at the Sea Horse Oceanfront Lodging (seahorsemotel.com) and Ocean Terrace Condominiums (oceanterrace.com). Show-only tickets are $14 in advance, available online through the LCCC website (lincolncity-culturalcenter.org) or by calling 541-994-9994. Kids 12 and under will be admitted free.

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Nov 212014
 

Scott Hiatt, 47, Neskowin Acquitted via 2nd hung jury.

Scott Hiatt, 47, Neskowin
Acquitted via 2nd hung jury.


Richard Swanson, Soccer Fan Charity Fundraiser - Hit/Killed on 101 Lincoln City last May 14th

Richard Swanson, Soccer Fan Charity Fundraiser -
Hit/Killed on 101 Lincoln City last May 14th

Motorist Scott Hiatt who hit and killed a Seattle area soccer fan in Lincoln City, on his way to the World Cup last year, has been acquitted in a second jury trial.

Fox 12 News has the story. Click here.

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Nov 212014
 
DLWID photo

DLWID photo

The DLWID revealed at its last meeting a sign that will soon be used as an integral part of a life jacket loaner station at Regatta Park. DLWID Board Director Randy Weldon spearheaded the project and has been working with the City of Lincoln City, the Oregon State Marine Board, and Oregon Correctional Enterprises to produce the sign.

Depicted on the sign is not only good educational information about the use of life jackets, but also how to properly fit them. Board signage explains in both English and Spanish how to effectively fit a life jacket, and reminds everyone that it is the law for every child, age 12 and younger, to wear a life jacket while boating. The station will offer several life jackets across a wide range of sizes (child through adult). The station will be installed this spring at Regatta Grounds Park in Lincoln City on the west side of Devils Lake.

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Nov 212014
 
Not getting any better out there...Steve Power photo

Not getting any better out there…Steve Power photo

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 Posted by at 5:00 PM
Nov 212014
 
KPTV News Graphic

KPTV News Graphic

The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office is saying that an automatic recount of the votes of Measure 92, GMO labeling, appears likely since the current margin between the yes’s and no’s is less than 1%. The no’s are leading by a cat’s whisker.

The overwhelming number of uncounted votes are from Deschutes County – 3,400 out of around 4,000. So when those are counted we’ll find out whether a recount is automatically required under state law.

Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.

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Nov 212014
 
Who can tax it or ban it altogether?

Who can tax it or ban it altogether?

Now that recreational marijuana has been given the green light by the voters to become legal in Oregon, those who want to tax it or even ban it are gearing up to lobby the next legislature to tailor Measure 91 into a form that suits local preferences.

Variations on how marijuana enters or doesn’t enter a community could become quite interesting. Here’s the story in the Oregonian.

Click here.

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 Posted by at 4:25 PM
Nov 212014
 

Power has been knocked out in some areas of Seal Rock.

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