Preventing and treating gambling addictions

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Mar 082011

Provided by Lincoln County Commission on Children and Families

During the week of March 6 – 12, communities nationwide are working to raise awareness of the consequences of problem gambling and the resources available for individuals whose gambling is causing disruption in their lives. Treatment for problem gambling is not only available, but is also effective in improving the lives of problem gamblers and their families. This initiative is also a celebration of the men and women who are overcoming problems associated with their gambling behavior.

The efforts of this week are geared toward creating a society where those affected by problem gambling are able to identify the problem and access professional services that help minimize the consequences of problem gambling. It envisions an environment in which treatment of gambling problems is recognized as a specialized field of expertise and professionals trained to assist problem gamblers are recognized for their unique knowledge, skills and abilities.

A primary focus of this effort is to promote the fact that treatment works and is available in Lincoln County. “In order to make a positive impact in the community, we need to be sure that the individuals and families that are in need of our services know that they are available and know how to access them,” said Lee Pate, Director of The Ken Trueman Recovery Center. The Ken Trueman Recovery Center is located in Newport, Oregon and is a great resource for problem gamblers and their families to receive free treatment and education about problem gambling on a local level.

According to the Oregon Student Wellness Survey we know that gambling starts at an early age and can become an addiction. Among Lincoln County 8th graders, 44.7 percent have reported participating in gambling activities, 21.8 percent bet on games of personal skill, like basketball, video games, etc, 16 percent bet on sports teams, and 14 percent bet on playing cards such as blackjack or Texas hold’em. Gambling is not a game.

If you know someone who has a gambling problem, help is available and free in Oregon for problem gamblers and their families. For confidential help call 1-877-mylimit or go online at, they are able to talk to professionals, who are available to help and can answer questions 24 hours a day

Lincoln Commission on Children and Families
Prevention Coordinator
351 SE Harney Street
Newport, Oregon 97365

Oregon’s Poet Laureate to visit OCCC next week

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Mar 082011

Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate

OCCC Library and Kitty Pavlish’s OCCC Poetry Writing Class are proud to co-sponsor a special visit from Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen. Ms Petersen will present poetry readings and discussions at Oregon Coast Community College’s Central Campus in Newport. The presentation will be from 1:00 – 2:30 pm in Room 62 (Lecture Hall) on March 16, 2011.

Paulann Petersen was named to a two-year appointment as Oregon’s sixth Poet Laureate by Governor Ted Kulongoski on April 26, 2010. “Paulann Petersen is the perfect choice to serve as Oregon’s poet laureate,” said Governor Kulongoski. “Her wonderful poetry and her commitment to sharing her craft with the people of Oregon through her teaching and service exemplify the kind
of person that is ideal to serve in this position.”

Petersen was born and raised in Oregon and spent half of her adult life in Klamath Falls. She is a widely published poet, with four collections – The Wild Awake (2002), Blood-Silk (2004), A Bride of Narrow Escape (2006) and Kindle (2008) – and several chapbooks to her credit. Petersen has received several awards, including Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, two Carloyn Kizer Poetry Awards, and Literary Art’s Stewart Holbrook Award for Outstanding Contributions to Oregon’s Literary Life. Her poetry is featured on TriMet public transportation in Portland as part of Poetry in Motion® as well as in many publications.

Petersen is a committed teacher who has taught high school English and led dozens of workshops schools libraries, colleges, and writer’s conferences across Oregonevent The poet laureate position is a collaborative project of the state’s five statewide cultural partners, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and State Historic Preservation Office. The position is funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust and managed by Oregon Humanities. More information on the poet laureate program and history is found at For more information, contact:

Kitty Pavlish
Oregon Coast Community College
400 SE College Way
Newport, OR 97366

Oregon Coast Community College’s “Free Choral Concerts”

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Mar 082011

Provided by Oregon Coast Community College

Oregon Coast Community College’s Winter Term 2011 music students will present two free public performances on Tuesday, March 15 at 12:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Commons Area of the College’s Central County Campus, located at 400 SE College Way in Newport.

The Winter Term Chorus Class, under the direction of instructor, Dr. Mary Lee Scoville, will perform several seasonal selections and other works.  “Now that we have a wonderful facility for classes and performances”, says Dr. Scoville, “interest in chorus and music has grown. It’s incredible to see students with many varying levels of musical experience come together in this setting and learn to make music.”  

Choral selections will include a number or pieces from several genres, including Baroque, folk and pop. In addition to the choral performances, several Winter Term guitar and piano students will perform a variety of solo pieces. 

The concerts will feature the use of one of two new pianos purchased with funds from two private donors and a grant received from the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. 

Transient arrested after firing gun at Agate Beach Wayside State Park

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Mar 082011

Thomas Contri, Theft

Newport Police Officers responded to information from a local citizen that a male subject living in a transient camp was armed with a handgun and was shooting it indiscriminately. The caller reported that the male had been shooting the handgun on the beach in the area of the Agate Beach Wayside State Park.

Officers checked the area and located Benjamin Thomas Contri, formerly of Tennessee, living in a tent on the beach near Agate Beach Wayside State Park. During a search of Contri and his belongings, officers located a loaded 9mm handgun, ammunition, and extra magazines for the weapon. Investigation revealed that the handgun had been reported stolen from a vehicle in Westport, Washington on February 16th.

The weapon was seized and Contri was taken into custody. Two other witnesses were interviewed by the officers, who indicated Contri had been living on the beach for several days, and had been randomly firing the weapon from his campsite.
Contri was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on a charge of Theft I. His bail was set at $50,000.

Public Invited to “Talk Tough” trauma intervention training

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Mar 082011

Provided by Lincoln County School District

Anyone in the community interested in learning how to prevent unnecessary injuries and deaths to our youth through the simple use of helmets and seat belts is invited to a free and informative training, “Trauma Teams Talk Tough,” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, in Newport.

Lincoln County School District Nurse Julie Turner, RN, MSN, has presented the Talk Tough program to local high school students over the past few years. The vividly detailed program leaves a memorable impression on teens, Turner says, and undoubtedly has saved countless lives since its inception.

The workshop will be presented by trauma staff from Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Those who attend will gain the skills and knowledge to plan and implement safety belt school presentations and diversion classes. Everyone is welcome, especially medical, emergency services, police and fire personnel.

The training is hosted by Lincoln County School District and Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. Although the workshop is free, registration is required by calling the LCSD Nurse’s Office at 541-574-5831.

Attacking storm drain issues in Newport

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Mar 082011

A resident of Agate Beach got up and asked the Newport City Council Monday night to do something about storm drain problems in Agate Beach, similar to complaints that residents and business owners in Nye Beach have lodged in the past. She was told that the city needs to address storm drain problems city-wide, not just in one area, which, if fixed, would export their storm water problems onto some other part of town or nearby neighborhood.

Once a city wide storm drain plan is created, Public Works Director Lee Ritzman said the city can fix the problem in a more comprehensive manner. Funding, however, remains a sticky issue. The city has a community-wide storm water fee plan on the books, but in the current anti-tax mood of the community, it has not been implemented. Other revenue sources could include re-activating the north side urban renewal district, assessments on individual commercial and residential properties based on square footage of hard surfaces like roofs, parking lots and outbuilding, possibly per lot fees, the gamut.

Ritzman said he will talk with City Manager Jim Voetberg on how the city can enlist public input in order to better evaluate all the variables that could create solutions to Newport’s storm water problem.

Newport Chamber update

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Mar 082011

Newport’s 3rd Annual Restaurant Week: March 21st -27th!

The community is invited to celebrate its love for food ranging from fine dining to fast food! Participating restaurants will feature special menus, promotions, and discounts. Diners will have the opportunity to sample new restaurants they haven’t yet experienced, and explore exciting new dishes at their old favorites. Please visit www.newportchamber.orgfor participating restaurants and menus.

Calling All Yo-Pros: March 12th

Please join your fellow Young Professionals and help lend a hand to the Great Oregon Coast Potluck Cook-Off for Project Homeless Connect. The Yo-Pros will be assisting Habitat for Humanity with the preparation of a main dish, Crab-Stuffed ChickenBreast. Food preparation will take place at the Presbyterian Church at 10am on March 12th. Please call the Chamber office is you have any questions (541) 265-8801.

Calling All Yo-Pros: March 16th Lunch Mob

All Young Professionals are invited to attend the March 16th ‘Lunch Mob’ at Savory Cafe at 12 noon. Come network and socialize while enjoying a delicious lunch!

Big new water park idea for Newport back in the news

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Mar 082011

Those pushing to build a tourist-oriented water park at South Beach applied Monday night to the Newport City Council for money to hold a 10 mile “fun run” to benefit a proposed water park for the the town.

The idea got a chilly reception from the council. City Councilor Sandra Roumagoux said she wanted the backers of building a new municipal pool to align with those wanting to build a more expensive and more tourist-driven water park at South Beach. Roumagoux also called on the South Beach project’s leaders to provide their business plan and source of funding.

The matter was tabled pending further information.

It’s official: Seaport Air off state/federal subsidies March 12th, but will continue air service Newport to Portland.

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Mar 082011

The Newport City Council Monday signed a new agreement with Seaport Air that will give the airline low cost use of Newport Airport as the airline continues to provide commercial airline service to Portland. The agreement acknowledges the March 12th end of federal and state subsidies to Seaport which has been testing the market to determine if enough passengers would use the service to make it profitable.

Provisions of the agreement acknowledge that Seaport Air will conduct flights 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, with early morning flights to Portland as part of their regular schedule. Seaport will also be selling discounted advanced tickets. Mayor Mark McConnell says the community’s lodging industry will be asked to provide free overnight motel/hotel rooms for Seaport pilots who “deadhead” in Newport five nights a week. In return, Seaport would provide the hotel/motel free air tickets to whoever they please. McConnell says Seaport indicated it would provide air service to Portland at least until Fall.

Newport Fire Department Update

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Mar 072011

The Newport City Council Monday night tried to smooth out some of the difficulties their fire department has had recently with its volunteers. Part of the cloudy atmosphere at the fire hall reportedly has been caused by a less than clear description of exactly who manages the fire department, especially for firefighting training. The clouding of this and other issues has been partially blamed on two documents; the fire department operating rules and procedures and the operating rules and procedures of the Newport Volunteer Fire Department Association. Both documents are very old and at worst conflict, and at the least talk past each other. That’s because evolving labor law, OSHA and other work place regulations that have developed over the decades make both documents hard to reconcile as it relates to who determines proper policy.

One specific bone of contention pertains to allegations of volunteer malfeasance or negligence. The city’s latest proposal for liability insurance coverage of those sorts of things is questionable, according to City Councilor David Allen. He wants it clarified. Other unresolved issues emanating from the same documents remain up in the air and are the subject of continuing differences of opinion between paid staff and volunteers.

What to do?

It was suggested Monday night that the city resolve all these matters before a new fire chief is hired. But City Councilor Dick Beemer stated flatly “to do such a thing would be a mistake. If you wait until after final decisions have been made and then hire a new fire chief, he might have issues with some or all of it.” The council agreed. This puts the onus on City Manager Jim Voetberg to recruit a new fire chief as soon as possible. Assistant Chief Toby Cole, serving at interim chief, has made it clear he will be retiring effective June 30th but would prefer to retire sooner if possible.

In the meantime both Cole and Volunteer Firefighters’ Association President Meredith Savage both told the city council that despite a certain amount of contentiousness, there remains an unquestioned firefighter loyalty to the fire department and to the citizens of Newport and that response times and dedication to duty remains strong.