U Da Man Team tackles clean up challenge on the river….

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Apr 252018
 

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U Da Man Yaquina River clean up crew, April 21st!


Thank You Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for providing assistance and moral support!


Last Saturday the U DA MAN (UDM) Fishing Tournament, in conjunction with Oregon SOLVE, performed a second clean up of the Yaquina River from the Port of Newport to the Port of Toledo.

A total of 35 volunteers worked from six boats and on foot to reach areas along an approximate 12 mile stretch of the river. Five volunteer boats shuffled volunteers to areas not accessible from the roadways, while other volunteers on foot worked to clean up the banks adjacent to the roads.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office provided two marine deputies with a boat to act as our safety boat this year and the deputies also shuttled volunteers to locations where more help was needed. An estimated 5000 lbs of trash was collected in about a six hour period.

The UDM group was assisted by volunteers from the Longview Hills Fishing Club, Newport High School Leadership Class, Angell Job Corp, Central Oregon Fly Fishers Club and the Oregon Hunters Association with additional generous support from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Newport’s Thriftway JC Market.

This is a recognized STEP project by ODFW.

UDM would like to thank our sponsors, Dahl Disposal of Toledo, the Ports of Newport and Toledo and Englund Marine and Industrial Supply in Newport.

Concerns over pesticide/herbicide spraying uphill from Newport’s drinking water reservoir

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Apr 252018
 

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Newport Citizens: Your water supply may soon be contaminated with pesticides.

On March 15th, a permit was issued to Hancock Forest Management allowing the backpack spray of herbicides onto land directly over the Newport Reservoir and the creeks that feed it. To be clear, this planned spray is legal. Ordinance 21-177, passed last May, bans only aerial spray of pesticides.

At the April 16th Newport City Council meeting, concerned citizen found that the city has been in negotiations with Hancock to create a Memorandum of Understanding covering many parcels along the Newport watershed. The MOU has not been signed. Yet. The next opportunity for public comment will be at the Newport City Council meeting, May 7th, 6 PM, Newport City Hall.

The actions of the Newport City Council and Hancock Forest Management leave more questions than answers. The March permit declares it is Hancock’s intention to use toxic chemicals. This plan allows drift into residential neighborhoods and run-off into our drinking water.

So, what are the city’s intentions? What is in this memorandum? Where are they in their negotiations? Do we, the citizens, have any real input into what is to happen to our children, elderly, unborn, chemically sensitive and so-far-healthy? Are the real, no-spray alternatives that provide for a healthier eco-system and water quality being considered? We don’t know.

We have a right to transparency when our health is at stake. We have a right to a meaningful voice when it comes to the sanctity of our water. This is not a reality we have to pass on as a legacy to our children. Hancock Timber Management planted older saplings with no spray in a similar situation in Depoe Bay last year.

Coming to the meeting on May 7th will be too late. Please send your comments to the mayor and city council at http://www.newportoregon.gov/common/contacts.asp. Ask for transparency. Ask to be part of the negotiations. Ask that we create a better, safer future.

For more information and updates, go to www.facebook.com/yeson21-177 or www.facebook.com/lccr.

Jan Kenyon Member, Lincoln County Community Rights

Oregon State University wave energy test site reaches licensing milestone

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Apr 252018
 

Culminating five years of work, Oregon State University has submitted a 1,000-page plan that outlines construction and operation details of a wave energy test site off the Oregon coast, along with measures to avoid, minimize and mitigate any potential environmental effects. The project is designed to allow commercial wave energy developers the opportunity to test different technologies for harnessing the untapped energy of ocean waves.

The test site will be located about seven miles west of Seal Rock, which is between Newport and Waldport on the Oregon coast. It will be the first pre-permitted full-scale, utility grid-connected wave energy test site in the United States.

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The test site will be connected with cables to a shoreside facility where electricity generated by the wave energy converters will be “conditioned” and fed onto the local utility distribution system. The ocean test site will accommodate up to 20 wave energy converters with a peak capacity to generate as much as 20 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power about 20,000 homes when operating at full capacity.

After the public comment period is over, Oregon State University will address concerns that are raised and finalize project plans. They then expect to submit a final license application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in late 2018.

The test site project is housed within Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS), an internationally recognized, comprehensive earth system science program which has expertise across coastal oceanography and collaborative research programs that span basic science, engineering, policy and practice.

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Letter to the Editor: Please Vote Yes on Lincoln City’s Fire Department 21-183! – “We always show up for you – please show up for us…”

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Apr 242018
 

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As a volunteer firefighter with North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, I humbly ask for your vote in favor of measure #21-183. We are in need of updated equipment.

Yes, you graciously voted in favor of last year’s bond measure, to hire a full time paid staff. We are grateful for that. It has provided our community with a 24/7 paramedic engine to respond to emergencies within a very quick response time, instead of having to wait for the ambulance to provide a higher level of care.

That being said, our fire department still relies heavily on it’s rapidly declining volunteer base. We are down to 23 volunteers. Volunteers, such as myself, have full time jobs and families. We pull shifts and respond from our homes at all hours of the night. We are dedicated to taking care of our community because our community needs us and has never failed us.

We are asking for your support to be able to safely respond to all calls. Our equipment is outdated (it looks good because we take care of the equipment that our taxpayers provide for us), and the repair shops are finding it ever more difficult to find parts. Our call volume is outrageous, and we want our safety to matter. I, personally, pull 48 hours a week at my fire station. On my own time, with a full time job – not to mention the extensive training that we all do to keep up our certifications. Your North Lincoln Fire-Rescue demands that it’s firefighters are up to the job. That’s how we protect our community. We show up for you, whenever you need help. Please, please, show up for us.

Respectfully,
Samantha Konecny
NLFR Volunteer Firefighter

Newport: Big commercial building fire burning at 730 NE 3rd at Harney – help from surrounding communities pouring in….

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Apr 242018
 

Fire at storage building at 730 NE 3rd. Quick knock down by Newport Fire.

Newport Fire reports that the fire started among some gunpowder stored in the building. Chemical reaction caused a flame and it took off from there. Newport firefighters very vigorously attacked the fire and had it knocked down in about 15 minutes. No reports of injuries.

10:50pm
A large two story commercial building at 730 NE 3rd (across from the Fairgrounds) is fully engulfed in flame. Newport Fire-Rescue is on scene battling the flames and is calling for help from surrounding fire departments including Toledo and Depoe Bay.

11:13pm
Fire is mostly out. Firefighters in mop-up mode. Pick of the Litter that used to have inventory stored in that area says they left the building some time back. FOLCAS/Pick of the Litter is UNAFFECTED by the fire.

Extent of damage not yet reported.

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Siletz Valley School staffer arrested suspicion of sexual abuse of a student

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Apr 242018
 

Joseph Bailor, 58
Siletz Valley School
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Back in January the Lincoln county sheriff’s office was notified of possible inappropriate contact between a staff member and a minor student at the Siletz Valley School in Siletz, OR. During the investigation the staff member was identified as Joseph Patrick Bailor. The investigation revealed inappropriate contact between Joseph Bailor and the female student occurred in a public location inside the Siletz Valley School during normal school hours. Detectives interviewed multiple witnesses and reviewed digital video evidence which resulted in the case being referred to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree.

On April 11, 2018 a misdemeanor warrant was issued for Joseph Bailor regarding this investigation.

Joseph Bailor age 55 has been arrested on misdemeanor charges related to this investigation by the Newport Police Department and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail with a bail of $50,000.

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Governor Brown Statement on Tax Break for Small Businesses

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Apr 242018
 

Governor Kate Brown
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Governor Brown Statement on Tax Break for Small Businesses

Governor Kate Brown released the following statement today after meetings with Democrat and Republican legislative leadership regarding plans to call for a special session to adapt Oregon’s pass-through law to include the smallest businesses, sole proprietorships, in the tax break afforded larger businesses:

“We have an obvious inequity in Oregon’s tax system that is prejudiced against thousands of small Oregon businesses, and a simple change can fix it. I’m simply not willing to let these main street businesses — entrepreneurs, mom and pops, and start-ups — go through another tax year with unfair tax treatment as compared to their larger competitors.

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“An estimated 9,000 sole proprietorships could qualify and use this new opportunity to reinvest more of their profits into their businesses and employees. And with this new economic incentive many more could take advantage of the same tax break that larger businesses already enjoy. We’ve already seen the number of large companies that qualify increase since the pass-through law was first created just five years ago. Nine thousand may seem like a small number to some in Salem, but to these business owners and their employees, it makes a big difference.

“I’m calling for a special session on May 21 to make this change to keep our small businesses growing. Legislative days are already scheduled for this week so it will work for most legislators’ schedules and will keep additional costs to the state to an absolute minimum.

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“It is important to do this now for our smallest businesses — waiting any longer will only cost the businesses themselves more money. If we want these thousands of businesses to qualify for this economic incentive for the 2018 tax year, this has to be done now and cannot wait. Administratively, any tax bill passed in the 2019 regular session would not take effect until October 2019 — long after 2018 taxes are filed.

“It is universally acknowledged that these small businesses are treated unfairly as compared to their competitors in Oregon’s tax system. Because of this I look forward to working with the Legislature to get this addressed now, for the 2018 tax year.”

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Letter to the Editor: Sheriff’s Public Safety measure…

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Apr 242018
 

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I have worked closely with the Lincoln County Sheriff Office for over fifteen years since I formed the Waldport Volunteer Citizens Patrol. This has provided many experiences working with the Sheriff and deputies giving me great respect for what they do for citizens of the county. They often work under difficult conditions brought on by a lack of an adequate number of officers and restricted hours that leave us without coverage at certain times of the night when it’s most needed.

I fully support Measure 21-186 as it will bring us 24 hour coverage, add a drug related crime detective, five additional jail deputies, job skill training for inmates to rehabilitate and educate them while in our jail to reduce recidivism. Everyone in the county will be safer after this measure is passed. Please join me in voting for this important, and possibly life saving measure.

Alan Canfield
Waldport, Oregon
canfield@casco.net