Apr 222014
Toledo Library

Toledo Library

New programs aplenty are blossoming at the Toledo Public Library. If you visit us on Wednesday mornings, you are likely to find our Preschool Story Time bursting to the brim with parents, grandparents, and preschoolers happily taking advantage of our new Very Ready Reading Program published through Upstart a leading supplier of library promotional materials and reading incentives. Designed by early childhood experts this “learn while having fun” program was adopted by the library as strategy for getting youngsters on track for reading. Each Story Time contains loads of fun songs, rhymes, crafts, and, of course, books, books, books. Everyone is invited to bring your preschooler and join the fun.

Why is it that when we get older, people stop reading to us? Take a trip back to that special experience with our newest staff member Tonia Storm. She will help you “Stay in the Hobbit of Reading” this summer as she reads The Hobbit aloud on week days at 3 pm.  She will read for about a half hour each session, taking her listeners into a time “Between the Dawn of Færies and the Dominion of Men.”
Finally, don’t forget our Teen Book Club that meets on Thursdays at 7pm. We just started “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. The book is set in the dystopian Chicago of the future, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue-Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives.  Come join the fun at 7 pm Thursdays at the library.

If you have any questions about these programs, please contact Deborah Trusty, Director Toledo Public Library at 541-336-3132 or librarydirector@cityoftoledo.org.

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 Posted by at 12:27 PM
Apr 222014

Pick up jumps the curb, hits pedestrian, proceeds on to hit a tree

Pick up jumps the curb, hits pedestrian, proceeds on to hit a tree

Older female trapped between pick up and tree. Suffers broken arm and other injuries.

Female adult trapped between pick up and tree.
Suffers broken arm and other injuries.

Information from Newport Police:

Newport Police Officers and medical personnel were dispatched Sunday afternoon to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash. The crash occurred in the 900 block of NE Eads Street.

The investigation revealed that Elsy Garcia-Carrillo, age 17 of Newport, was driving a 2007 Toyota Tundra pickup and was stopped at the stop sign located at NE 9th and NE Eads Streets. Garcia-Carrillo was pulling away from her stopped position preparing to drive north on NE Eads Street when she began turning too far to the right. She attempted to correct her over-steering by applying the brakes. In her panic, Garcia-Corrillo mistakenly pressed on the accelerator, launching her vehicle over the curb and across the sidewalk, slamming into a tree. Abby Gove, age 26 of Newport, was walking south on the sidewalk when she was struck by Garcia-Corrillo’s vehicle, and pinned between the vehicle and the tree. Gove received major injuries to her left arm; she was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, and later flown by REACH Ambulance to Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

Garcia-Corrillo and her passenger were not injured. The crash is still under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Officer Tom Lekas at 541-574-3348.

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 Posted by at 8:15 AM
Apr 222014

Report of a small tree falling onto the eastbound lane of Highway 20 about 2 miles east of Newport. Heads up!! County road crew is headed there to check it out.

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 Posted by at 8:15 AM
Apr 222014

Chris Burns Weather

Tuesday, Apr. 22nd – Lincoln County

Summary: Dawdling albeit steady degradation characterized yesterday’s weather as we started off in sunshine and ended in rain. Precipitation amounts were substantial for this time of year at a quarter to half an inch, depending on where the heaviest showers chose to dump their load. Northwest winds blew 15-20 mph with a peak gust of 25 at Depoe Bay. High temps were 55-60F. Overcast skies and occasional showers followed us into darkness, with a low near 45F. After the cold front passed about 3:00am this morning, the cloud cover began breaking up and the last light rain shower fell around 6:00am. At daybreak, a mixed sky with sunshine and a light west wind greeted early risers.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/47F/0.52”
Depoe Bay: 59F/43F/0.23”
Newport: 55F/43F/0.27”
Waldport: 59F/45F/0.51”
Yachats: 57F/45F/0.50”

Forecast: Rain until further notice. Some quantity of precipitation is in the forecast every day for the next week. After a brief sunny break early today, showers become likely again this afternoon along with southwest winds building to 10-15 mph gusting to 30 or so and a high in the low-50s. A hefty and fairly powerful weather system is expected to begin moving onto the Central Coast tonight with steady rain and southwest winds of 15-20 mph gusting to 35, low temps about 45F. Tomorrow and tomorrow night the main portion of the storm arrives packing southwest winds 25-35 mph gusting as high as 50. Rainfall through the period could top 2 inches. Outlook is for showers and breezy on Thursday, showers Friday and Saturday, rain likely Saturday night and Sunday, and a chance of showers for Monday. Highs 55F, lows 45F throughout the period. The only light at the end of the tunnel is in the long range projections which now show a drying period beginning next Tuesday.

Travel: In the Coast Range, sunshine and showers today with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and temps of 55F. For the Cascades, there’s slush and packed snow on highway passes this morning with more snow on the way; an additional 2 inches possible today, 2-5 inches tonight and another 1-3 inches tomorrow. The freezing level is at 3,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 113”, a loss of 3” since yesterday, or 68% of normal.

Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo Closed for Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 3/101/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 1/109/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed for Season
Timberline Lodge 4/147/Machine Groomed

Marine: Seas have leveled off at 10 feet and winds are out of the WNW at 10-15 knots this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at 1:00pm this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas has been issued for this afternoon through Wednesday morning. Today, winds backing from NW to W then to SW and rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by this afternoon, wave heights subsiding to 8 feet. Rough conditions tonight with an 11 foot swell and 4 foot wind waves along with a SW breeze of 20-25 knots gusting to 30. Even snottier tomorrow as the S wind rises to 25-30 knots gusting 35 and combined choppy seas top 13 feet. Outlook is for more stormy weather on Thursday as southerlies of 25 knots gusting 35 continue with a mixed lumpy swell of 9-10 feet and 6 foot wind waves. A break on Friday as the breeze drops to W 5-10 knots and seas hover around 10 feet. More fronts with SW winds 20-25 knots and seas in the teens are expected over the weekend.

On the Beach… Mixed sky, showers, becoming breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/22 Tue 01:04 PM -0.1 L
04/22 Tue 07:59 PM 6.78 H
04/23 Wed 01:36 AM 2.68 L
04/23 Wed 07:26 AM 6.97 H

In Short: Sun and showers, then rainy and windy.

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 Posted by at 8:08 AM
Apr 222014
Portland to Vancouver Bridge Some day they'll build a new one....

Portland to Vancouver Bridge
Some day they’ll build a new one….

Bayshore resident and amateur photographer “CD” is taking a little sabbatical from the coast but agreed to send us some pictures along her journey. This photo of the Portland to Vancouver Bridge shows that no matter how many times you see a photo or video of something, somebody comes along and finds a new one to record. In CD’s photo you get a truer view of just how long this old structure really is. The southbound travel bridge was built in 1917, the northbound travel bridge in 1958. And politicians on both sides of the river are still squabbling over whether light rail should be a part of a much needed new bridge. Thus far, the disagreement has paralyzed its construction which grows more expensive by the year.

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 Posted by at 7:46 AM
Apr 222014
Newport Airport How many chefs in the kitchen does it need?

Newport Airport
How many chefs in the kitchen does it need?

It’s been a rocky road of sorts for the Newport City Council and its airport over the past few years. Personalities, differing strategies for growth, management challenges, and a kiss and goodbye attempt at scheduled airline service has left the city feeling a bit used and abused.

One continuing problem has been maintaining a full Airport Advisory Committee. They’re always a bit short on membership. Monday night the city council again talked about that challenge. Under discussion was the the idea of adding another member that lives outside the city. That rankled at least one or two councilors who pointedly asked “why give more political and decision-making power to those who, by virtue of living outside the city, don’t pay property taxes to support the airport?”

Then City Manager Spencer Nebel suggested that the committee be expanded to 7 members, up from five. A couple of councilors remarked that they’re having enough trouble amassing a three member quorum at most meetings – why would anyone want to make it harder by requiring four or five?

But Nebel stuck to his guns by suggesting that a broader spectrum of the community should perhaps be sitting on the committee – people who own sizable businesses who could better promote the use of the airport. Further suggestions, though not specifically offered by Nebel might include specialty tourism flights. Maybe an out of the area charter service or someone related to marine science and/or equipment delivery and repair or maintenance. The idea that pleasure oriented private pilots, like the ones that are on the committee now, are fine, but maybe it’s time for the city to spread it’s wings a bit and broaden the membership so they’re not always short of members showing up for meetings.

Although there was a few winced faces, the motion was made to expand the Airport Advisory Committee to seven. The vote tally was unanimous to go with Nebel’s request.

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 Posted by at 12:37 AM
Apr 222014
Three different urban renewal boundaries - which is best?

Three different urban renewal boundaries – which is best?

Newport City Councilors Monday night took another step toward creating a new urban renewal district for the city – stretching from the bridge on the south to as far north as Agate Beach. The council hopes that by establishing another urban renewal district it will raise the value of properties within the district to where enough tax revenues can be raised to begin replacing old and failing sewer and water lines running up and down Highways 101 and 20 and laterals off to the east and west.

Many of these lines are in a state of extreme decay, some having been in the ground for up to 75 years. Previous taxpayers and city councils, they say, simply didn’t “pay it forward” for future generations so that they could confidently run water in their kitchens and gardens as well as flush their toilets. Public Works Director Tim Gross has often estimated the cost of repair and replacement of these lines running millions of dollars every year clear off into the future. But can urban renewal work well enough so the city doesn’t have to raise water and sewer rates that could very well force many low income residents, especially senior citizens, out of their homes?

That’s one of the questions the council will be grappling with over the next year as it evaluates a comprehensive study by consultants EcoNorthwest, a well known professional firm on matters dealing with taxation and urban development. EcoNorthwest has offered several approaches to creating a revenue-generating urban renewal district with varying district boundaries, estimated tax yields, the number of property value-raising projects, etc. The council will be guided through their evaluations by Community Development Director Derrick Tokos, City Manager Spencer Nebel, City Attorney Rob Connell and Public Works Director Tim Gross, among others, as each analyzes a number of variables, some of which are highly fluid.

Another important issue is how much tax revenue taxing authorities like the city, the county, cooperative extension, county library district and others will suffer as future tax revenue increases go mostly to paying off the debt the city takes on in order to put in those sewer and water lines, attractive streetscapes, possible utility undergroundings and so on. The losses to those districts are caused by not receiving the added taxes the properties produce by virtue of all the improvements in and around them. The added tax revenues they produce are instead plowed back into the urban renewal district to pay off the debt the city incurred putting in those improvements.

School districts are also affected but not as much because the state steps in and makes up the difference based on a minimum guarantee of funding for each child in the schools.
But when all the debt is paid off, the entire urban renewal district once again re-joins the tax rolls at full value. That dramatically increases the amount of property taxes that go to all the districts that were getting no more tax revenues than what they got before the district was set up.

Now that the city council has endorsed the idea of the district it will be further “shopped around” to other affected taxing entities to get their cooperation. The pitch is “to forego small increases in taxable assessed valuation now, in order to get considerably more in the future, due to faster rising property values due to the urban renewal improvements.”

Again, a final plan and list of improvement projects will take shape over the next nine months to a year.

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 Posted by at 12:17 AM
Apr 212014

OSP Trooper Bryan Fitch Traveling a long, long come back road.

OSP Trooper Bryan Fitch
Traveling a long, long come back road.

Cayden Fitch, 18 Perished in the crash. Memorial is being planned.

Cayden Fitch, 18
Perished in the crash.
Memorial is being planned.

Reports among family members as revealed on their Facebook pages, Oregon State Trooper Bryan Fitch has been released from the hospital in Salem, and is convalescing at home with his parents in Dallas for the week. Doctors want Bryan to stay close to the hospital and his doctors if any complications arise. If all goes well he’s expected to be back with his family in Lincoln City in about a week.

Meanwhile Bryan’s family is planning the memorial for Cayden Fitch, their 18 year old son who died in the horrible head-on crash the evening of April 4th, just a few miles west of Dallas. The exact time and date of the memorial will be revealed later this week. The family requests prayers and supportive energy for everyone.

More details as they become available.

Meanwhile donations to the Fitch family for costs outside of their medical insurance can be made at any US Bank under the title Fitch Family Fund.

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 Posted by at 11:04 PM
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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 Posted by at 9:45 PM
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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 Posted by at 9:17 PM