Newport to get heavy pitch to “Ban the Bag” tonight….

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Oct 172011

Newport City Councilors tonight are expected to get a heavy pitch from The Surfrider Association and others to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. Ban supporters contend that plastic bags are clogging up our landfill machinery, our storm drains, it’s killing wildlife on land and sea and is a visual blight on the landscape.

During an earlier Newport City Council session, certain councilors asked The Surfrider Association to see if they could drum up support among townspeople and businesses most affected by such a ban. In response, association members have gathered petitions in support of a plastic bag ban.

The city of Portland triggered a ban on single-use plastic bags over the weekend. A similar “ban the bag” bill, having statewide authority, died during the last legislature under heavy lobbying by the plastic bag industry (none of which exists in Oregon) and certain grocery store interests.

The Newport City Council will take public testimony on the issue during its regular twice a month meeting tonight, which begins at 6pm. No final decision on the request to ban plastic bags will be made tonight. The agenda item says “public hearing” only. A decision may come later. The council will also talk about a proposed revision to the city’s hotel-motel room tax ordinance and the city’s “adopt a park” proposal. The council meets tonight, 6pm, City Hall, at Coast Highway and Avery.

Sea levels going up along with severity of storms…

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Oct 172011

Dr. PeterRuggiero, OSU Dept. of Geosciences

Water risin’ and the wind-a blow’in
Story and photo provided by Coast Watch & Coastal Clilmate Change Adaptation Project

Coastal hazards in an era of climate change will be the subject when Dr. Peter Ruggiero speaks in Newport on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by CoastWatch and the Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition.

Ruggiero’s slide presentation, “The Role of Sea Level Rise and Increased Storminess in Pacific Northwest Coastal Change and Flood Hazards,” addresses the reality that rising seas and stronger storm surges will affect both the natural and the human communities of the Oregon coast. He will discuss the vulnerability of coastal communities in the face of climate change.

Peter Ruggiero received his doctorate in coastal engineering from Oregon State University in 1997. Since that time he has worked for the Washington Department of Ecology, serving as principal investigator in the Southwest Washington Coastal Erosion Study, and for the U.S. Geological Survey, in that agency’s Coastal and Marine Geology Program. Since 2006, he has been an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s Department of Geosciences.

Dr. Ruggiero specializes in studying beach processes, such as erosion, coastal hazards, and large-scale coastal phenomena such as the increasing size of wave heights in the Pacific Northwest. He is now working on developing methodologies for assessing the vulnerability of communities to coastal hazards, particularly in light of a changing and variable climate, the chief subject of his presentation on Oct. 25.

The talk takes place in the Hennings Auditorium in the HMSC Visitor Center, located at 2030 S.E. Marine Drive in Newport’s South Beach area.

For more information about the event, or about Oregon Shores’ climate adaptation project, contact Paris Edwards, volunteer coordinator, at (541) 414-9371, or

Nurses take charge: Mishaps decline

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Oct 172011

School teachers aren’t the only group who wish they’d be allowed some occasional unlimited freedom to do their jobs better. Oregon nurses join those ranks. And there is one report that such efforts are paying off as we see in this report from the Oregonian. Click here.

Rottweiler kills small dog on the beach near Chinook Winds

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Oct 172011

Photos are of animals similar to those involved

Lincoln City Police report that a man walking his Pomeranian dog Sunday, near the beach access at Chinook Winds, suddenly found himself confronted by a very angry Rottweiler. Police say the Rottweiler attacked the Pomeranian and killed it. Police were contacted and a report taken on the incident. Normal procedure is that the case is referred to the Animal Control Officer for investigation and possible action. Under city and county ordinances, all dogs on any beach must be kept on a leash. Lincoln Police Lieutenant Jerry Palmer told that dogs react in ways that their owners sometimes do not anticipate, nor could they anticipate. Hence the requirement that all dogs must be kept on a leash.

Lt. Palmer said that penalties, in this particular case, could include fines all the way up to, and including, confiscation of the Rottweiler and having it euthanized. The investigation is pending.

Support Oregon Coast Community College! The community’s economic health depends on it!!

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Oct 172011

Photo: Courtesy OCCC

Oregon Coast Community College believes that feeding your brain is important – but so is feeding your tummy with great food. That’s why Oregon Coast Community College is holding another Oyster Cloyster fundraiser dinner at the Oregon Coast Aquarium on November 5th. Not only will you experience the grand and wonderful company of friends and new friends over delectable offerings from the sea, the college’s updated cookbook on seafood cuisine will also be available!

So as you savor the wonders of the deep (and perhaps learn a bit about sustainable fisheries), you can do your part to further the economic benefits of a sustainable system of higher education in Lincoln County.

For more information on all this, simply click here.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Active sails into Yaquina Bay – Ties up at NOAA Docks

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Oct 162011

1-Coast Cutter Active at NOAA Docks
2-USCG Cutter Active at sea
3-Interceptive drug runners
4-Transporting prisoners
5-Destroying drug boat

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Active” came into Yaquina Bay Sunday and tied up to the NOAA docks for a short stay over. The USCGC Active is a drug-runner interceptor that patrols the West Coast of the U.S. and Latin America. Photos show the ship’s crew towing in a drug smuggling boat, as well as transporting prisoners to a larger vessel. The last photo is that of a drug boat that was set afire to sink.

The Active recently finished a tour of drug interceptions at sea, confiscating two drug smuggling vessels, 124 pounds of cocaine, arresting eight suspects as well as cooperating in a larger drug sweep of the seas off Latin America that netted another six drug smugglers and an additional 300 pounds of cocaine.

The Active’s home port is Port Angeles, Washington. The crews’ normal tours at sea last up to 55 days. In addition to drug interdiction, the Active monitors fisheries activities, monitors environmental protection issues and actively engages in major search and rescue operations.

Schoolhouse Rock Live! Headed into home stretch!

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Oct 162011

Schoolhouse Rock, Live! Through Oct. 23rd
Photo Courtesy: Mindy Simon

The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever music and lyrics is teaching a whole new generation, through live musical theater, to “Unpack Your Adjectives” and “Do The Circulations!”

Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching, aptly played by Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs as “Just A Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction.”

With its catchy music, dance and dialog, Schoolhouse Rock Live! offers an infectious message, about the fundamentals of living in the U.S. using good, clean and educational fun.

Schoolhouse Rock Live! has been playing to very appreciative audiences since its opening early this month. It runs again today at 2pm, and then again this coming Saturday at 7pm and ends Sunday with its final performance at 2pm.

Friends and Family remember young man “destined for the ministry.”

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Oct 162011

Cody Myers, 19

Family and friends said during a celebration of life and farewell memorial Saturday that Cody Myers, forever 19, was destined to becoming a minister of his Christian faith. Those expectations were cut short during Myers’ visit to Newport’s Jazz Festival at the PAC. It was there that authorities believe murder spree suspects Joey Pedersen and Holly Grigsby lured him away from the festival in order to kill him and take his car, in which they were ultimately captured in northern California.

Remembering Cody Myers at his memorial at Clackamas Community College is revealed in this story in the Statesman-Journal. Click here.

Pedersen’s life of crime: Theft, assault, robbery, murder spree

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Oct 162011

Joey Pedersen, 31, accused with co-defendant Holly Grigsby of murdering four people on an early October murder spree, started his criminal career at age 16, and since then has had just four months of freedom outside juvenile or adult prisons. He’s likely to remain behind bars for the rest of his life, however, long that might be with Oregon, Washington and California all having the death penalty as a form of ultimate punishment.

Here’s a chronology of Pedersen’s life as revealed in a story in the Statesman-Journal. Click here.

Body found on Ocean Shore near Beverly Beach – Asian female

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Oct 162011

Provided by Oregon State Police

October 16th, 8:05 AM

Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln County Medical Examiner, is continuing the investigation into the death of an unidentified female found Saturday morning on a Lincoln County beach near Beverly Beach State Park. There is no evidence at this time that the death is associated with a crime.

According to OSP Sergeant Greg Plummer, on the morning of October 15th the body of an adult Asian female was found by a person walking on the beach about a hundred yards north of Spencer Creek Bridge. OSP troopers responded to the scene to investigate. The deceased had no identification and appeared to have been in the ocean for a few days.

OSP has a lead on a possible identification but nothing more will be released at this time pending further work in conjunction with Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the medical examiner.

Lincoln County authorities say they found the car belonging to a missing Asian woman who was reported by her husband as missing late last week from their Neotsu home, in north Lincoln City. The car was parked at the Otter Rock viewing area off Highway 101 on Cape Foulweather. Beyond a fence, it’s a drop to the water of hundreds of feet. Her husband said she had left home without her prescriptions.