A truce in the Spotted Owl conflict?

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Sep 102010
 

There are two in northern California and one in southwest Washington. They’re called “safe harbor” agreements that allow timberland owners to thin their forests even though spotted owls live on their property. One timber owner in western Lane County is in the process of creating the first “safe harbor” agreement in Oregon. The story is in this morning’s Oregonian:

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2010/09/federal_program_gives_spotted.html

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Caller to 9-1-1: Domestic disturbance, then gun shots. Officers find very different scene.

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Sep 092010
 

11:00pm.
Officers on scene report it was completely different than it was described by 9-1-1 caller. The residents were burning trash and some old paint cans went off like gunshots. No crime, no domestic problems, just a barrel burn up Immonen Road about five miles east of 101.

9:35pm.
A number of Lincoln County based officers are approaching a home off Immonen Road, up the Siletz River from Highway 101. An Ambulance and some officers are staged at the gravel pit at the top of the hill. Neighbors called 9-1-1 to say they heard arguing coming from a trailer home that has a for sale sign on the road. The caller said they could also hear shots fired coming from the direction of the trailer.

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An actress whose performance was definitely for ‘the birds’ now offers a classic revue for ‘the cats.’

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Sep 092010
 

An actress who who preferred the beach to the Bates Motel will be in Lincoln City this weekend to offer a rare treat for the ‘well heeled’ to be parted from some of their money to dine with one of Alfred Hitchcock’s notorious ‘femme fatales.’

The squealing and screeching dive-bombing details can only be found in the pages of the Portland Oregonian.

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2010/09/tippi_hedren_will_show_the_birds_in_lincoln_city_to_help_her_cats.html

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There’s nothing like a “banned book” to peak your interest…

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Sep 092010
 

BANNED BOOK DISCUSSION AT NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Newport Public Library will host a panel discussion with readings from banned and challenged books on September 29 at 7:00 p.m. Banned Books Week, which is recognized September 25 to October 2 this year, highlights the benefits of free and open access to information, while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Every year the American Library Association publishes a list of the most frequently challenged books for the previous year. The top ten books for last year were:

1. “TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
2. “And Tango Makes Three” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
3. “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
4. “To Kill A Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee
5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
6. “Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger
7. “My Sister’s Keeper,” by Jodi Picoult
8. “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things,” by Carolyn Mackler
9. “The Color Purple,” Alice Walker
10. “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier

This is the third year the Newport Public Library has offered this discussion program. Panelists at this year’s event are Sharon Beardsley, English instructor at Oregon Coast Community College; Carla Perry, author, publisher, and founder of the Nye Beach Writer’s Series and Writers’ on the Edge; Niki Price, writer and editor of Oregon Coast Today; Catherine Rickbone, Executive Director of Oregon Coast Council for the Arts; Ted Smith, Director of the Newport Public Library; and Joaquin Varo, Certified Medical Assistant-Medical Translator with Centro de Ayuda.

Admission to the program is free of charge. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.newportlibrary.org or cal 541-265-2153.

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Depoe Bay City Hall wants to close for part of the lunch hour.

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Sep 092010
 

Depoe Bay citizens are urged to attend City Council’s September 21 meeting to offer comment on a proposal to close City Hall during all or part of the lunch hour.

“Two imperatives are driving this discussion,” Mayor White said, “the first is assuring the safety of city staff at all times and the second is being available to citizens who can only come to City Hall during their lunch hour.”

The proposal to close during lunch hour arose as the result of an incident during which an angry person was threatening to the staff. Closing during lunch would assure that there is always more than one person in the office. In addition to public comment, city staff is keeping a record of the number of citizens who request service at City Hall between noon and 2:00 pm.

The City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening, September 21, 7:00 pm, at City Hall, 570 Shell Avenue, Depoe Bay.

For more information, contact Depoe Bay City Hall, 8:00 am—5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, 541-765-2361.

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Shipwrecks and Mariners of Fortune

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Sep 092010
 

SHIPWRECK EXHIBIT OPENS WITH TALK
BY DENNIS POWERS ON TALES OF SEVEN SEAS

Provided by LC Historical Society

Dennis Powers, noted author, will speak at the Carriage House of the Lincoln County Historical Society at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 for the opening of the exhibit, “Rough Waters: Shipwrecks on Oregon’s Coast.” Powers will focus on his new book, “Tales of the Seven Seas: The Escapades of Captain Dynamite Johnny O’Brien.” O’Brien, a colorful sea captain, narrowly missed being eaten by cannibals; fought off Chinese pirates with cannon fire; dined with the royal family of Hawaii; and shipped with the villainous Robert O’Malley, prototype for Jack London’s “Sea Wolf.” He also encountered a shipwreck at Coos Bay. Continue reading »

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Sheriff Dotson swears in new deputy

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Sep 092010
 

Sheriff Dennis Dotson, right, congratulates the newest addition to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy James Strom. Strom was hired earlier this Summer and will be assigned to the county jail team. Strom will also attend the corrections academy in Salem.

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Publishers Clearing House fined $3.5 million for allegedly “misleading” Oregonians and others on prizes.

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Sep 092010
 

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger says Oregon will be sharing some of the $3.5 million in settlement funds that have been levied against national prize-machine Publishers Clearing House (PCH) for resolving allegations that it mislead the public in its advertising campaign which portrays average Americans winning millions of dollars for participating in their sweepstakes.

Kroger, along with allegations from attorneys general across the country, claimed that Publisher’s Clearing House did not effectively inform contestants that they did not need to make any purchase to enhance their chances of winning. That their chances were the same with or without subscribing to any number of PCH featured publications.

In announcing the settlement, in which PCH denied any wrongdoing, Kroger said “This settlement insures that Publishers Clearing House plays by the rules and does not exploit Oregonians.” PCH has agreed to hire an ombudsman to review contestant mailings to insure compliance with the settlement.

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Employers’ workers compensation insurances rate to stay flat for upcoming work year

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Sep 092010
 

Although it’s generally good news for employers when workers compensation premiums decline year to year as they have since 2003, they are expected to be unchanged come January 1st.
The story is in today’s Portland Oregonian…


http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2010/09/workers_comp_insurance_costs_t.html

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Kitchen fire in Depoe Bay caught in time…

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Sep 082010
 

Depoe Bay fire fighters Wednesday afternoon caught a kitchen fire just in time to save the house it started in. Fire Dept. Lt. Dennis Knudsen told NewsLincolnCounty.com that the resident was returning to her home at Division and Rush and saw smoke coming out of a kitchen window. She quickly ran inside armed with a garden hose. They say she tried to knock down the fire that had broken out on her stove top. Arriving fire fighters rushed in and finished the job. Continue reading »

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