Sprucing up the County Commons, hiring a new County Assessor and helping local non-profits to help the community

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May 272016
 
Lincoln County Commissioners Courtesy photo

Lincoln County Commissioners
Courtesy photo

Lincoln County Commons upgrade

Lincoln County Commissioners noted this week that the voters approved funding for an upgrade to the Lincoln County Commons – historically referred to as the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.  By passing a 1% boost to hotel and motel room taxes whose facilities lie within the unincorporated areas of the county makes it possible to begin replacing the tired and quite worn out buildings that exist today on the property, just east of Newport High School.

County commissioners engaged in wide ranging discussions that, in the end, produced no small amount of caution before any specific plans are made.  It was pointed out that the higher room tax will only get the financial ball rolling with major construction happening five or more years down the road at the earliest.  Within that time there will be minor spruce-ups of existing buildings but by no means will they be given major facelifts.  Commissioners said they won’t invest money prolonging the usefulness of current facilities too far into the future because, they reminded everyone that the future calls for new facilities.  But at the same time,  they do want to have the current facilities still accommodate the annual county fair and other regular events for  several more years as the whole planning process moves forward.

Commissioners said a great deal more discussion needs to happen before any timeline or progress benchmarks can even be acknowledged.  They said they look forward to the expertise of former county public works director Jim Buisman and his take on specific ways to move the project forward.  The opening shot on that discussion is likely to occur within the next couple of weeks.

Commissioners select an interim county assessor

Joe Davidson, LC's interim county assessor

Joe Davidson, LC’s interim county assessor

 

With the recent announcement that long time County Assessor Rob Thomas is retiring county commissioners scrambled to figure out what to do next.  But it appears the answer was right in front of them – Deputy Assessor Joe Davidson who has been working under Thomas for a number of years.  The commissioners were impressed with Davidson’s application for the job and by his responses to their questions about the office.

Commissioners ended up appointing Davidson to fulfill the unexpired term of former Assessor Rob Thomas which ends at the end of the current year.  It means that Davidson will have to run for the office in his own right this coming November.

Helping those helping the lower income families of Lincoln County

Noting the improving economy nationwide, as well as here in Lincoln County, county commissioners increased the amount of the annual awarding of grants to various non-profit agencies who do just that.

A total of nearly $170,000 was awarded between a number of groups whose names alone give an idea of the breadth and depth of their service to the financially stressed and low income.  Those winning substantial grants included CASA of Lincoln County, Children’s Advocacy Center, Friends of the Newport Senior Activity Center 60+, Habitat for Humanity, Legal Aid, My Sister’s Place, North End Senior Solutions, Olalla Center, Meals on Wheels, Samaritan House, and Samaritan Senior Companion Program, Yachats Youth and Family and the Youth Development Coalition – among others.

 

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Yachats Beach Scene

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May 262016
 

Yachats Bay Twilight Ken Gagne

Yachats Bay Twilight
Ken Gagne

Sharp eye and a keen sense of balance. Ken Gagne

Sharp eye and a keen sense of balance.
Ken Gagne

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East Devil’s Lake Road turnoff from 101 – closures coming up.

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May 262016
 
E. Devils Lake Road Closures starting May 31.  Upgrade done by July 1.

E. Devils Lake Road Closures starting May 31. Upgrade done by July 1.

East Devils Lake Road (north end) will be closed to through traffic for construction work four days a week, beginning Tuesday, May 31. The road will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Expect the road to be closed from 7am Mondays through 10pm Thursdays until the beginning of July. Residents will have local access on NE East Devils Lake between U.S. 101 and NE Neotsu Drive.

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Navigating Life – Sensum

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May 262016
 

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“Common sense and balance have no political affiliations; they take no sides. They stand on their own. They cannot be pigeon holed. Let’s stop pretending and saying that the fighting is about lack of common sense on the other side.”

– N.R. Adams

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Another set back to limiting campaign donations in Oregon – Somebody didn’t know how to write the ballot measure.

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May 262016
 

State Capitol

State Capitol

Oregon will go a while longer unable to limit the amount of political campaign contributions because somebody didn’t take the time to learn how to properly devise a ballot measure.

A ballot measure that would take big money out of state and local election won’t happen this November because whoever drew up the ballot measure, for which 118,000 signatures are needed to qualify for the ballot, didn’t know what they were doing. They ran afoul of state rules that say an initiative must be a one subject ballot issue. You can’t two-fer or three-fer on the elements in the initiative.

In the current ballot run-up. the campaign limits initiative not only capped the amount of campaign spending per contributor, interest group or other entity, the way the initiative was written it also contained a requirement that in all races, whether for ballot issues or candidates, the top campaign contributors must be revealed in any political ads run by that candidate or group pushing an initiative.

Here’s more from The Oregonian. Click here.

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Siletz Valley Saturday Market – Starting back up June 4!

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May 262016
 

siletz grange farmers marketThe Siletz Valley SATURDAY Market is starting up again on June 4th, hours are 11 am to 3 pm. And is held at the Siletz Valley Grange Hall, 215 NE Gaither Street; Siletz, OR 97380

Larry Hammons is in charge of the market and his number is 541-996-3119.

We are accepting new vendors with market spots at only $5 and market membership is $15.

All market fees support the Siletz Valley Grange and we need a new roof this year so we need your help.

Fresh Produce, plants, arts, crafts, food and many hand made items are at the market, but we need more local products to make your market a success, so bring your goods and join us!

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Waldport Fireworks Fundraiser June 4th, Moose Lodge!

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May 262016
 

Alsea Bay Fireworks 2013

Alsea Bay Fireworks
2013

Alsea Bay Fireworks 2012

Alsea Bay Fireworks
2012
Steve Power photo

June 4th 1st Annual Fireworks Fund Raising Dinner and Auction. To be held at the Waldport Moose Lodge 250 NW John St. Spaghetti Feed and Auction. Dinner from 5-7pm, Auction immediately following. For more info call the Waldport Chamber of Commerce at 541-563-2133.

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Lover’s spat…

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May 252016
 
I don't care how much you flap your wings, I'm not talking to you!!

I don’t care how much you flap your wings, I’m not talking to you!!
Ken Gagne

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Charles Hutton finally behind bars – Whopping Bail!

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May 252016
 

Charles Hutton LCJ photo

Charles Hutton
LCJ photo

The man who momentarily led Toledo Police on a short pursuit up Business 20 through Toledo and then through a construction zone, was finally caught today. He’s in the Lincoln County Jail, held there on $1.6 million bond.

Toledo Police initially tried to pull him over for a traffic violation but Hutton took off up Business 20 and headed for Highway 20 on the back way. The police officer saw the construction area ahead and backed off, but Sutton reportedly blew through it still at high speed, endangering the lives of workers – two of which sustained minor injuries.

But authorities managed to bag him today, charging him with seven counts of endangering the lives of others, reckless driving, hit and run with injury, hit and run causing property damage, attempt to elude police, auto theft and theft. His bail is $1.6 million.

Newport Police provides the rest of the story:

This week a Newport Police Officer responded to a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim claimed that on May 21st Charles Joseph Hutton, age 34 of Newport, made an agreement to make mechanical repairs on her car. He said he would return the
repaired vehicle on May 23rd. Hutton failed to return the vehicle, and the victim reported the car as stolen.

The stolen vehicle was located at SW 7th and SW Alder St. Hutton was seen exiting the vehicle. Officers arrived and contacted Hutton as he was leaving the residence. He was taken into custody without incident. The car was returned to its owner.

Hutton was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Theft 1, and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle in addition to the above charges. Another $100,000 was added to his already $1.6 million bail pertaining to earlier charges.

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