Newport to Lincoln County Fair: “You’re too loud!”

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Sep 082010

Lincoln County Fair Mud Drags

It didn’t take long for the Lincoln County Fair to get the attention of its surrounding Newport neighborhood in July. Between the loud announcer’s voice inviting fairgoers to this event and that, especially the mud drags competition, Newport City Hall got a number of phone calls from residents who claimed the peaceful enjoyment of their homes was being interrupted by the fair.

A meeting between the Newport City Council, Chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Bill Hall, along with county Public Works Director Jim Buisman was held just prior to last night’s city council meeting to begin airing out the issue. Hall said he understood that the fair is a noisemaker but it should not be at the expense of the neighbors. He said they would look into the city’s noise ordinance to ensure they comply with it.

Plans for mud drags are likely in the works for next year’s fair along with more live entertainment and the addition of a full blown carnival, which fairgoers said they missed from this past fair. Hall told that “they’re working on solutions.”

 Posted by at 2:31 PM

Another “Dark and Stormy Night” at Lincoln City’s Driftwood Library

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Sep 082010

Provided by Driftwood Library, Lincoln City

After a hiatus during its renovation last year, Driftwood Public
Library is pleased to announce that it will be presenting the 7th
year of its Dark and Stormy Night Mystery Series this October. A
different mystery author will visit the library each Thursday
afternoon in October (and the first Thursday in November) at 4:00
p.m. to speak to readers about their work. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 2:13 PM

Crash and run suspect caught in Depoe Bay

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Sep 082010

Rodney Baker, 53

On September 7, 2010 at about 8:12pm, Newport Police Department was dispatched to a report of a hit and run traffic crash involving a pedestrian at the intersection of San-Bay-O Circle and Highway 101 in Newport, Oregon. A witness reported the vehicle left the scene northbound and provided a description of the suspect’s vehicle. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Gulbranson located the vehicle in the area of mile post 127 in Depoe Bay. Deputy Gulbranson attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle but the suspect failed to stop. After a brief pursuit the driver was taken into custody without further incident. The Oregon State Police responded to the scene to assist.

The suspect was identified as Rodney Jefferson Baker, age 53 of Depoe Bay. It was also discovered that Baker’s driver license was criminally suspended. Baker was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail for Attempt to Elude (Felony) and Driving While Suspended (Misdemeanor). His bail was set at $65,000.

The pedestrian did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

 Posted by at 1:52 PM

Highway 97 and I-5 full of drug smugglers

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Sep 082010

Oscar Cruz, 29, carrying 104 lbs marijuana

Highway 97 running up the east side of Oregon from California to Oregon is fast becoming the state’s main conduit for marijuana and other illicit drugs. Over the labor day weekend a watchful Oregon State Trooper spotted a northbound Ford Explorer meandering back and forth across the center line, 8 miles south of Klamath Falls. When the trooper pulled Oscar Cruz, 29, of Yakima Washington over he discovered Cruz was carrying over one hundred pounds of marijuana in the cargo area. Street value: over $250,000.

Cruz was booked into the Klamath County Jail on charges of drug trafficking and manufacture of marijuana. Troopers say Highway 97 is also a favorite route for smugglers delivering methamphetamine and cocaine.

Another OSP Trooper stopped a Ford Expedition over the weekend on I-5 south of Rice Hill. When the trooper spotted over 100 pounds of marijuana aboard, the driver took off running. The trooper was faster. The man was booked into the local county jail for drug smuggling.

Another trooper stopped a GMC picking with California plates for a speed violation on northbound I-5 in the Medford area. In this case, again, more than one hundred pounds of marijuana was concealed under a blanket of the pick-up’s back seat. Another $250,000 payload. Two men from Washington and one from California were arrested.

 Posted by at 1:21 PM

John Kitzhaber comes out swinging. Dudley responds with a right hook.

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Sep 082010

The fine art of re-engineering Oregon’s fiscal machinery to deliver vital services while transforming others to expand sustainability is now in full regalia on the gubernatorial campaign stage. But as expected, the gloves have come off. It’s heating up. And the first salvos are in the Oregonian.

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If you’re in the mood for REAL seafood…

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Sep 082010

Sea Star Enterprise- F/V Ocean Lady “M” Port dock 5 or 7

Sea Star Enterprise has been in business for 20 years and takes pride in selling “Hook & Line” caught, fresh bled and iced Albacore Tuna @ $2.50/lb with a $4.00 fee per fish filleting. Along with Albacore Tuna they sell Chinook Salmon and other seasonal fish and crab when available at market price. Smaller quantities of fresh frozen vacuum packed product are available as well. For your next BBQ with out of town guests, contact Doug @ (541) 961-3334 or Murielle @ (541) 961-1246 to get your fresh got fish right off the docks.

 Posted by at 8:17 AM

Newport City Council grapples with “vacation water rates”

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Sep 082010

A number of Newport residents have their homes’ water shut off for short periods of time while they travel about for business or pleasure. That way they don’t have to pay a water bill while their gone.

However, as Public Works Director Lee Ritzman told the Newport City Council Tuesday night, it costs the city money to send somebody out to turn the water off, and then back on when the resident returns. Ritzman says there is also the sticky issue of what a water bill actually represents. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 1:42 AM