Hands Across Yaquina Bridge for Wellbriety (in the rain)…but all participants were “Dry.”

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Sep 182010
 

Upwards of 150 people joined hands, spanning about 1/3 of the Yaquina Bay Bridge stood in a light rain Saturday morning to celebrate those who have kicked alcohol and drug addiction, and who have found that life is best lived sober. They call it “Wellbriety.”

It was the second year in a row that a group of Wellbriety celebrants gathered on the bridge, hand in hand, looking forward to the day that their participants will be enough to span the entire bridge from Government Park to South Beach.

After the demonstration on the bridge, they walked back to the bridge’s north end, got into their cars and headed for Yaquina View School where their celebration of Wellbriety continues with live music, free hamburgers and hotdogs and a variety of homemade desserts. All are welcome to attend.

Those who have and alcohol or drug addiction problem can begin their own personal journey to Wellbriety by calling 541-265-4179.

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Newport Airline Task Force preparing for the day that “Seaport will fly away.”

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Sep 172010
 

A somewhat resigned and mildly cynical Newport Airline Task Force on Friday began preparing themselves for when Newport begins anew trying to establish scheduled airline service to the town.

Several members said they believe that when state funds that subsidize Seaport flights to and from Portland expire next March, Seaport will cease their Newport operations. Airport Manager Gene Cossey and Newport City Councilor Patricia Patrick-Joling and others agreed that it appears that Seaport Air was only in it for the subsidy period, despite repeated statements to the contrary by Seaport CEO Rob McKinney. Continue reading »

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Search for fugitive carjack robbery suspect called off. OSP issues stern warning to the public.

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Sep 172010
 


James Powers, 47, wanted man

From Oregon State Police:

State and local police have discontinued Friday’s search efforts east of Oakridge for JAMES PATRICK POWERS, age 47, who is a suspect in a Deschutes County-area robbery, kidnap and car theft that happened September 16th in the Cultus Lake area. POWERS fled from the stolen vehicle into the woods along Highway 58 about seven miles east of Oakridge armed with a firearm. State, county and local police have been searching for POWERS around-the-clock since Thursday afternoon. During the last two days, OSP troopers and Deschutes County deputies were assisted by a Lane County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) helicopter and canine units from LCSO, Eugene Police Department, and Springfield Police Department. Continue reading »

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Court lowers the boom on chronic domestic abuser.

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Sep 172010
 


A Newport area man with a history of domestic violence has been sent to prison for over four years with no early release. Uriah Stitt, 31, will also have to be on strict probation for three years after that to help ensure he doesn’t re-offend.

Authorities say back in August they were called to a report of domestic violence in the 4000 block of Yaquina Bay Road, after which Stitt was arrested for assault, strangulation and interfering with the filing of a police report. During Stitt’s booking into the jail, it was learned that Stitt was on probation on a prior conviction of domestic violence on a different victim. Stitt was then put on a no bail hold while the district attorney’s office and a grand jury launched a deeper inquiry.

What they found was that Stitt had been abusing women for a long time. The Grand Jury filed a long list of charges that included felony assault, coercion, menacing, strangulation, harassment and interfering with the filing of a police report. Stitt was put on trial in Lincoln County’s special Domestic Violence Court and was found guilty on that list of charges.

The judge sentenced Stitt to four years and two months in prison, followed by three years of strict supervised probation. Authorities say Stitt will serve every day of his sentence because he was denied admission to any program that could have shortened his prison stay. Prosecutor Drew Moore of the DA’s office said “This case is a great example of Lincoln County’s swift and effective response to domestic violence as well as to show how vitally important it is to have specialized courts to handle these difficult and volatile cases.”

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Drum Circle and a whole lot more here…

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Sep 172010
 

Newport Community Drum Circle NEXT WEEK

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 6:00 – 8:00 PM…
in the gazebo at Don Davis Park, foot of Olive Street, in Newport.

DRUMMING FOR PEACE

At the request of the Interfaith Community for Peace and Justice, the Tuesday, September 21 drum circle is dedicated to an ecumenical, non-denominational call for peace in observance of the United Nations International Day of Prayers for Peace. A representative of the organization will read a brief dedication and the drum circle will follow its usual course, but with an emphasis on including Middle Eastern, African, Latin, and other traditional world rhythms to represent the common stake that people of all cultures have in peace and human dignity. Since the park is the site of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial it seems fitting that the call for peace also recognize the sacrifice of those who died trying to achieve it. You are invited to bring short poems or other brief readings and any songs or drummable rhythms that represent peace to you. Continue reading »

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Lincoln County Commissioners: “We’ve got to stop these revolving doors!”

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Sep 162010
 

Lincoln County Commissioners, along with law enforcement, the District Attorney and the Courts are getting tired of seeing many jail inmates being repeatedly re-arrested for minor crimes and being recycled through the criminal justice system. And so commissioners are making a minor investment in a program to prevent some of those folks from repeatedly coming through the doors at the Sheriff’s Office and the Courthouse. Continue reading »

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Hallmark Fisheries of Charleston recalls crab meat products

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Sep 162010
 

Hallmark Fisheries, Charleston

A major fish processing facility in Charleston, near Coos Bay, has recalled several varieties of crab meat products. Hallmark Fisheries says crab meat sold under the brands of Hallmark, Peacock, Quality Ocean International and Yaquina Bay, are being recalled because the product may be contaminated with an organism that is sometimes fatal to young children, the medically vulnerable and the elderly. The crab meat comes in five pound cans, one pound vacuum packs, one pound plastic tubs and eight ounce plastic tubs. The product has been sold in Oregon, Washington, California and Nevada, mostly to food service companies.

For more re-call information contact Hallmark by phone 541-888-3253.

State agencies offer cuts to re-balance state budget – $378 million in red ink.

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Sep 162010
 

State Capitol, Salem

As ordered by Governor Ted Kulongoski, state agencies have produced department budget cuts to trim nearly $380 million from the current state budget. In order to soften the blow to schools, prisons, state police, youth authority, and senior citizens health programs. State offiicals say they will use federal aid and state reserves to fill much of the gap. But some departments will get hammered. It’s all found in this article in the Portland Oregonian:

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/09/oregon_agencies_propose_cuts_i.html

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Fighting hunger 30 ways in 30 days…

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Sep 162010
 

Hunger Action Month in Lincoln County

Ways to combat hunger: Volunteer. Donate produce from your garden. Skip a meal and donate funds. Read a book about hunger.

Those are just a few of the many ways you can fight hunger through the “30 Ways in 30 Days” campaign during September’s Hunger Action Month.

“We encourage everyone to pledge to make a difference at http://HungerActionMonth.org during this nationwide campaign,” said Nancy Smith, Executive Director of Food Share of Lincoln County. “There are many ways to help. But each of us has our own particular interests and strengths. Are you an advocate? An organizer? A doer? A donor? Choose your primary way to help. Then take the pledge. The community that gets the most pledges will win a truckload of food. Please visit FoodShareLincolnCounty.org for more ways to help fight hunger in our community.” Continue reading »

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