Yachats grapples with invasive plants and ponders whither urban renewal

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Aug 102010
 

Yachats City Councilors this week got an update on the fight against invasive plants that have been growing along the Yachats River. Morning Glories, Reed Canary Grass, Ivy, Clematis, and Japanese Knot Weed are all infiltrating the space between the river’s edge and thirty feet up the bank, a distance the town designates as its official “riparian zone.”

The town recently enacted a new law that forbids anyone attacking the invading plants with anything other than one’s two hands and a “cutting instrument.” No lawnmowers. No Weed whackers. And especially NO chemicals. Some townspeople hint the restrictions give the plants more than a fighting chance. Continue reading »

OCCC Board member Sandra Roumagoux files for Newport City Council

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Aug 102010
 

Oregon Coast Community College Board member Sandra Roumagoux has officially filed for a seat on the Newport City Council. Roumagoux joins five others in seeking a seat on the council, including current Councilor Patricia Patrick-Joling who is running for Mayor.

Roumagoux is an artist and art instructor and is serving her second term on the Oregon Coast Community College board. She also served on the Lincoln County Ambulance Review Committee and the Georgia Pacific Effluent Task Force. Continue reading »

Federal manhunt in Oregon for man connected to missing woman

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Aug 102010
 

Joseph Roberts, wanted by the FBI

Oregon authorities are helping the FBI and other agencies track down a man who is believed connected to the disappearance of a Florida woman missing since July 6th. They say there is a good chance that Joseph Roberts may be camped, hiding out somewhere in Oregon.

The story from the Oregonian:

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2010/08/manhunt_for_transient_wanted_in_florida_womans_disappearance_focuses_on_oregon.html

Musical benefit for Children’s Advocacy Center

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Aug 102010
 

Release provided by Children’s Advocacy Center

Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts return for Endless Summer event

Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts have become one of the most popular bands to play classic Rock and Roll hits from the 50’s and 60’s. They return to the coast on Saturday, August 28 to perform at the Endless Summer event benefiting the Lincoln County Children’s Advocacy Center. Continue reading »

Siletz Tribe awards $388,758 in grants to worthy causes

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Aug 102010
 


Recipients of Siletz Tribe giving program this past quarter

Many coastal non-profits and other community organizations fared pretty well in the latest quarterly giving program offered by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. The total gift giving this past quarter was $388,758, generated largely by the Tribe’s Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Continue reading »

Newport City Council meets with Planning Commission for another review of the proposed “coastal bluff geologic hazard” rules.

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Aug 102010
 

Apparently not much has changed on how the Newport Planning Commission feels about proposed changes on who gets to build a house on a coastal bluff and what regulatory hoops they have to jump through to do it. The commission, meeting with the City Council said again Monday night, that anyone selling a house or a vacant lot on a bluff top should be made to conduct a thorough geologic investigation to determine if the land, especially in an active or high hazard zone, is safe to live on or build on. However, a majority of the commission drew the line on requiring that the seller must file the results of that geologic investigation, along with the fact that the land is in an active or high risk zone with the deed to the property at the county recorder’s office. The commission majority maintained such a requirement is not needed and only raises fear and complications for any buyer or seller. They say there already exists state law that requires full disclosure during any real estate sales transaction. Continue reading »

Lincoln City again temporarily “punts” on adoption tree protection rules.

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Aug 092010
 

Lincoln City

As you can see from the photo, Lincoln City is a city full of trees. But recent incidents of developers taking out too many trees to make way for new residential or commercial buildings, has upset the city council. And for the past few months they’ve been trying to get a tree protection and replacement program adopted. The basic tenant of the new law is, developers should design new buildings with an eye to preserving as many trees as possible. And to pay into a tree planting or parks enhancement fund when a certain number of trees are taken out during construction. Continue reading »

Lincoln City City Council “prepares to prepare” to annex Road’s End area into the city.

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Aug 092010
 

Despite a protest of a number of Road’s End neighbors who don’t want to be annexed into Lincoln City, the City Council Monday night decided to at least explore the process they’ll have to go through to accomplish just that.

City Manager Dave Hawker repeated again Monday night his mantra about why Road’s End should come into the city. His points include the fact that the city has extended city water lines and other improvements to the Road’s End area to the tune of millions of dollars. That earlier improvements were made on a commitment by then-Road’s End property owners that they would annex into Lincoln City no later than 1978. They’re still not in. Continue reading »

A fraction of some long lost sewer bills coming due in Lincoln City

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Aug 092010
 

Lincoln City City Council

A number of residents in the Devil’s Lake area of Lincoln City will soon experiencing what it’s like to pay a sewer bill. While Lincoln City Public Works was out doing work in the area relative to water usage, they discovered a lot of houses in the area that never have shown up on the city’s sewer customer list. And it was determined they never paid a sewer bill. City Manager David Hawker said some probably haven’t paid anything since the 1980’s. He said most of the “slackers” were probably created by building contractors who never turned in the proper paperwork when the houses were built. So when no sewer bill arrived in the mail, no money was paid for flushing the toilets. Continue reading »

Bingo, Books and Pizza! It’s all happening in Toledo!

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Aug 092010
 

The East County HELP Center will hold an open house and “Bingo for Books” Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Toledo Community Learning Center.

“Bingo for Books” will begin at 6 p.m. in the library. A free pizza dinner will be provided. Families in attendance will have the opportunity to play a friendly game of bingo with prizes of children’s and adult books. The public is invited. Continue reading »