Nov 262014
 
Kindergarten should look more like the first grade at the end of the school year...

All day kindergarten should look more like the first grade at the end of the school year…

Every three years, a select group of 15-year-old students from around the world are tested on their proficiency in math, science and reading. In the latest round of tests administered by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, American students ranked 36th in math, 28th in science and 24th in reading, out of the 65 countries that participated in the test.

America is not looking very “exceptional” when it comes to education.

But there is study out of Minnesota that gives the U.S. a glimmer of hope. And that is, it’s becoming more and more clear that all day kindergarten is now acknowledged as being a major accellerant in academic achievement throughout a child’s education. To Oregon’s credit, it plans to launch all day kindergarten for its children in 2016.

More on the story is found in the Oregonian. Click here.

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 Posted by at 4:29 PM
Nov 262014
 
What a delightful alternative to sticky fingers and three trips to Fred Meyer for more gift wrap!

What a delightful alternative to sticky fingers and three trips to Fred Meyer for more gift wrap!

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 Posted by at 3:53 PM
Nov 262014
 

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The Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce is looking for folks who would like to try their hand at kicking their community service gene into high gear – by becoming a board member of the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Depoe Bay Chamber board members meet twice a month–once as a board, and once for the membership meeting–to conduct the business of the chamber and update and receive thoughts and ideas from chamber members.

Throughout the year, each board member helps organize and conduct chamber events like the Crab Feed and Wooden Boat Show, and the Salmon Bake. Board members are also expected to be reasonably available throughout the month to provide general assistance, answer questions, run errands, etc., as they might be available.

For more information, call the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce at 541-764-3553.

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 Posted by at 3:47 PM
Nov 262014
 

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TCB Patrol Services is once again partnering with the H.E.L.P (Homeless Education & Literacy Project) this holiday season.

During the 2013-2014 school year, 639 students were identified as homeless in the Lincoln County School District. TCB will be collecting new, unwrapped items to help ensure these kids have a brighter holiday season with items they need every day. Kids/teens socks, underwear, jackets and hoodies have all been identified as items that are needed this year. TCB will be accepting these items, 24 hours a day, at our Newport Office located at 437 N.E. 1st Street. You may also contact any of our officers you may see around town.

We will be accepting donations until the 14th of December to allow for the items to be distributed at the annual H.E.L.P holiday parties across the county. This is the season to HELP others, so we ask that you consider making a donation of items mentioned above to H.E.L.P.

For more information on the H.E.L.P program please visit:

http://www.lincoln.k12.or.us/dept_programs/help.php

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Nov 262014
 

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 Posted by at 1:13 PM
Nov 262014
 
Newport Fire "Burn to Learn" exercise

Newport Fire “Burn to Learn” exercise

On December 3rd, 10th and 13th, 2014 firefighters from Newport and neighboring Fire Departments will be burning a derelict home for training purposes. The house is located at 203 NW 10th St. It is being demolished at the request of the owner, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The building is hardly a hose throw just to the east of the front porch of the main Newport Fire Hall.

Beginning at 6pm, on December 3rd and 10th, firefighters will set and extinguish a series of fires inside the home. On December 13th, firefighters will set and extinguish another series of fires and eventually, as the building becomes unsafe to enter, firefighters will allow it to burn to the ground. The fire will be kept under control at all times. Firefighters will extend hoses around the building to ensure that the fire stays confined. The training will be cancelled if the weather becomes too extreme or a significant wind is blowing.

Training exercises such as these are critically important for firefighters. One of the best learning environments is hands-on experience dealing with live fire. Burning building drills allow firefighters to learn the limits of their equipment and tactics in an educational, non-emergency environment. This type of training is what allows firefighters to maintain their high skill levels and effective teamwork for real emergencies where seconds count and there is little room for error.

On December 13th fire fighters will partially block a portion of NW 10th St, between Hwy 101 and Nye St. This is necessary to connect fire hoses to a fire hydrant on the corner of NW10th St. and Hwy 101, and to provide room for fire apparatus. The street closures will begin at 7 am, and and be maintained until around 5 pm, unless they are able to finish sooner. Firefighters welcome the public to watch this valuable training opportunity – from a safe distance of course.

If you have questions about the training exercise, please call Captain Doyle Helmricks, Training Officer at 541-265-9461.

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Nov 262014
 
Coast Guard rescue helo arrives on scene. Dennis Bartoldus photo

Coast Guard rescue helo arrives on scene.
Dennis Bartoldus photo

Lincoln County Counsel Wayne Belmont informed his county commissioners this morning that Federal Judge Michael McShane has put the Coast Guard Helo issue on a very fast track for a decision on whether the helo station at the Newport Airport will be shut down December 15th. Belmont said it’s a very good sign. “I like the position we’re in,” he said.

Judge McShane gave the Coast Guard only until December 5th to respond to the lawsuit/request for preliminary injunction submitted by the Newport Fishermen’s Wives, the City of Newport, the Port of Newport and Lincoln County. Not only that, Judge McShane scheduled a full hearing for December 11th at 1:30pm. Belmont told his commissioners that it’s very possible Judge McShane could approve the injunction at the conclusion of the hearing.

Should Judge McShane approve the injunction, it would take effect immediately. The Coast Guard would then be faced with having to do the mountain of homework they by-passed when they announced the closure back on October 2nd.

During this week’s news conference at Newport City Hall, Attorney Mike Haglund, representing Fishermen’s Wives, Newport, Port of Newport and Lincoln County, said the amount of research and analysis required to deal with legal requirements under Homeland Security and the National Environmental Policy Act could run up to nine months – plenty of time for the congressional delegations of Oregon and South Carolina to restore the Coast Guard’s budget to the point the Newport Helo Base will not be closed – including another facility in South Carolina.

County Commissioner Terry Thompson remarked, “What’s going on here is a basic shift in the Coast Guard’s main mission – going from primarily a search and rescue agency to something else.” It’s not hard to see where Commissioner Thompson was going with his remark – the department that took over the Coast Guard in 2002 has one mission – homeland security. So the ominous question is – has the Department of Homeland Security, completely on its own, without any public review or comment, decided that the Coast Guard will become America’s sea going police rather than an agency with a much broader purpose of providing general public safety. And if that’s the case, all coastal and fishing communities nationwide are basically being told…”You’re on your own.” All done without ANY Congressional, Judicial or Presidential oversight or public hearings.

Thompson added…”This is a very big deal. It goes way beyond Lincoln County.”

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 Posted by at 11:16 AM
Nov 262014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, Nov. 26th – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday was rainy early, foggy later and moderately breezy.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/55F/0.11”
Depoe Bay: 57F/51F/0.08”
Newport: 55F/50F/0.08”
Waldport: 58F/48F/0.05”
Yachats: 58F/51F/0.03”

Forecast: Foggy this morning, a few sunbreaks then increasing clouds with highs around 60F. The next big change occurs late this afternoon into tonight as a storm moves in packing south winds 25-35 mph gusting to around 50 (near high wind WON CLOUDYcriteria so a warning may be issued later today), and a quarter inch of rain is projected. Windy and rainy conditions are expected for Thanksgiving Day with a high again of 60F. Outlook is for another, albeit wetter, front to arrive hot on the heels of the Turkey Day storm bringing an inch or more of rain on Black Friday. By Saturday we begin a transition to colder weather and start feeling some east wind, high 50F, low near freezing. Partly sunny, east-windy and cool on Sunday with the mercury topping out in the mid-40s.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, foggy, breezy and warm with 60-65F. At 8:00am, Highway 20 was partially blocked by a rockslide a mile west of Eddyville. Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog, partly sunny skies and highs of 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is partly sunny with temps near 60F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy; the freezing level is at 11,000 feet.

Outlook for Holiday Travelers… The busiest traffic days of the year are today through Sunday, and it looks like mainly wet pavement and warm conditions everywhere in Northwest Oregon, at least to start with. You can easily get over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house, but getting back later in the weekend is going to be sketchy. Cold air is expected to begin funneling in through the Cascades and Gorge late Friday night with rapidly falling temperatures. Icy patches may develop on Coast Range and Cascade highways. Icy conditions in the Gorge and snow in the Cascades is projected to last from Saturday through Monday. Carry chains or traction tires, and be prepared to use them. By the way, if you plan to drive to or through Portland, ODOT advises that the worst (non-weather related) place to travel in Oregon during the holiday period is on I-5 northbound from the Macadam Avenue exit to the Interstate Bridge (exits 299 to 308); that 10-mile stretch, which would normally take 11 minutes without traffic, will instead take nearly an hour.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 7”, a loss of 6” since yesterday; an overall gain of 1″ during the past seven days.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/2”/Closed
Willamette Pass 0”/6”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/19”/Open, packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/15”/Tubing Hill open Thu-Sun
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/13”/Open Fri-Sun
Timberline 0”/10”/May open Friday

Marine: Light ESE winds near shore this morning, but S 10-15 knots offshore; seas are 6 feet at 12 seconds. As of WON GALE8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this afternoon when it will be upgraded to a Gale Warning. S winds rising through the day reaching 20-25 knots gusting 30 by this afternoon and windwaves building to 7 feet on a 6 foot swell. Tonight, the southerly breeze increases further to 25-30 knots with gusts to 35 and combined rough seas 13 feet at 10 seconds. For tomorrow and tomorrow night, S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 with seas 10-12 feet at 12-14 seconds. Outlook for the commercial crabbing season presoak period beginning on Friday is for W wind 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas 10 feet at 13 seconds. Saturday, N wind 15-20 knots, seas 7 feet. And for Sunday, it looks like a switch to E winds 15-20 knots with seas subsiding to 5 feet.

On the Beach… Fog, sun and clouds, becoming breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
11/26 Wed 08:20 AM 3.33 L
11/26 Wed 02:10 PM 8.75 H
11/26 Wed 09:07 PM -0.74 L
11/27 Thu 04:02 AM 7.66 H

In Short: Fog, mixed sky, windy later, stormy, then colder by weekend.

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 Posted by at 8:07 AM
Nov 252014
 
Lawsuit filed to keep Coast Guard Air Rescue in operations from Newport

Lawsuit filed to keep Coast Guard Air Rescue in operations from Newport

A noted maritime attorney out of Portland today painted a very encouraging picture for those trying to stop the Coast Guard from pulling their air rescue helicopter out of Newport.

Attorney Mike Haglund said under federal law, the policies of the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of Homeland Security, what the guard did by merely announcing a departure date from Newport, without any explanation or going through required procedures, was illegal. Haglund said the guard violated federal statutes dealing with Homeland Security provisions, the National Environmental Policy Act and under its own policies to protect the public.

Haglund said that the request for an injunction against the Coast Guard action at the Newport Airport will take the better part of a week to ten days to play out. He said copies of legal papers requesting the injunction will be forwarded to the U.S. Attorney in Portland. The U.S. Attorney will be compelled to respond promptly and appear in federal court in Eugene during the week of December 7th to answer complaints by those bringing the lawsuit: Newport Fishermen’s Wives, the Port of Newport, the City of Newport, Lincoln County Commission and the North Lincoln Fire Protection District.

Haglund said he feels confident that the court will take very seriously the complaints addressing the criteria for winning an immediate injunction in federal court:
1) That the complaints will likely prove true and prevail on their merits in a trial.
2) That when the Coast Guard was placed under the Department of Homeland Security it’s primary mission of search and rescue was to continue and not be degraded, which it will be if the Newport base closure order stands.
3) That there will be irreparable harm done by the action of the base closure which is well documented in light of what a resultling two hour rescue window will do to people in the cold waters off the Oregon Coast. Rescue missions will often become body retrieval operations.
4) That the loss of human life that such an action will cause overrides the Coast Guard’s desire to save money. Haglund says a clear assessment under the court’s provision of a “balance of hardship” favors keeping the helo base open.

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Haglund went into detail about the provisions of the Federal National Environmental Policy Act and how it will play a big part in courtroom testimony. Haglund said that local, state and federal government agencies, including the Coast Guard, must justify major actions or changes of levels of service to the environment, of which human beings are a part. Haglund said this is not the first time that the Coast Guard has been sued in court for failing to fulfill the requirements of NEPA. Haglund says the Coast Guard Commandant has provided no information, returned no phone calls and made no comments beyond what was included in the short letter to local Lincoln County governments that the Coast Guard is leaving. The only other communication was the postponement of the base closure until December 15th.

Haglund said if ordered by the court to follow NEPA and Homeland Security provisions, the process of investigating everything associated with the base closure would take up to 9 months, which would give the Oregon Congressional Delegation enough time to turn things around, budget-wize, for the Coast Guard so it can no longer justify the closure of the base. The South Carolina Congressional delegation is also trying to stop the Coast Guard from closing a base on their coast.

So, to sum up, everyone is expected to be in federal court in Eugene the week of December 7th. Haglund says Judge Michael McShane knows that the Coast Guard has a self-imposed December 15th deadline to close the helo base, so he expects Judge McShane will waste little time in making a ruling on whether to order the Coast Guard to back off and do it’s homework while the Oregon delegation in Washington continues to do their homework on the federal budget.

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 Posted by at 5:03 PM
Nov 252014
 
American Legion Thanksgiving spread...free!

American Legion Thanksgiving spread…free!

The American Legion, Newport Post 116, will be hosting their Annual FREE Thanksgiving Dinner for any who would like to join us on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th, from 12 Noon to 4 P.M at 424 West Olive in Newport.

We will also be providing home delivery if you are unable to come to the Post to dine with us.  Please call and make your delivery reservation no later than Wednesday, November 26th. Call 541-265-9017.
 
Jerry Flores
Commander

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