Highway 101 Siuslaw River Bridge at Florence will be heavily congested again Tuesday, from 6am thru 2:30pm. Avoid area if you can.

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Aug 162010
 

The Siuslaw River Bridge at Florence is back open to two way traffic. There will be no further road surface work tonight. Traffic got backed up so severely they scrubbed this evening’s scheduled work. But they will resume the sealant process tomorrow, 6am to 2pm, with only one lane of travel available and flaggers at both ends. Traffic back-ups are again expected to be severe between 6am and 2:30pm tomorrow. They urge travelers to find another route.

Wednesday’s work schedule has been canceled. They will reschedule that work and any other at a later date. Traffic will be back to normal starting late tomorrow afternoon.

OSP Troopers snag sex offender sneaking out the back.

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Aug 162010
 

Andrew Zamora, Sex Offender

Oregon State Police investigators, trying to track down 23 Oregon sex offenders who had not registered with their local law enforcement agencies, learned that one of them was working at a Depoe Bay restaurant. OSP troopers converged on the restaurant Sunday. Each trooper guarded a separate restaurant exit. When troopers walked in the front door seeking Andrew Zamora, he ducked out a back door, right into the hands of a trooper that quickly slapped on the handcuffs and put Zamora in the back of a police cruiser for transport to the Lincoln County Jail. Zamora was charged not only with failure to register as a sex offender, but also on an arrest warrant for failure to perform per his probation on an earlier conviction.

In all, OSP troopers arrested 17 in Salem, 1 in Stayton, 2 in Aumsville, 2 in Woodburn, and 1 in the Silverton area. Others turned themselves in when it hit the news media that there would be a statewide sweep for non-registered sex offenders. Only one sex offender remains at large and that is Valerie Myers, 34, but they think they know where she might be. Any information on here exact whereabouts be should be given to Trooper Edelbrock at 503-378-3387, ext. 31600.

Oceanlake School Parent Group “Open House” with great food and proceeds to make our kids smarter!

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Aug 162010
 

Mimio White Board

The Oceanlake Elementary School Parents Group are hoping that Frank Napoleon’s Hawaiian teriyaki chicken and picnic potato salad will blend well with everyone’s desire to better educate our kids. The Open House fundraiser at Oceanlake School Cafeteria, September 2nd at 5pm, will help raise money for the purchase of an interactive electronic white board system which will help to more effectively teach our elementary school children. The projected Mimio Interactive White Board System acts just like a computer screen that is fully interactive on white board surfaces. Students (and their teachers) love using them. Continue reading »

You could feel this one coming! Mark McConnell announces his run for Mayor of Newport. Whither Mayor Bill Bain?

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Aug 162010
 

Mark McConnell (left), files for mayor. Mayor Bill Bain (right), remains a “Wild Card.”

The speculation had been rampant for weeks and it’s finally come true. City Councilor Mark McConnell has announced his candidacy for Mayor. McConnell is running on a platform of civility among city councilors, stability in terms of providing “core services” to residents and sustainable financial footing as the economy pulls out of a deep recession.

McConnell has been a long time resident and is in the middle of his third term as city councilor. If elected, McConnell’s seat would be filled by a city council-run application process and a vote on his successor.

In his announcement, McConnell touched on a major topic that has surrounded the council for some time. “Civility.” The council recently attended a “team building” workshop with an organizational consultant. The workshop had a stated goal of establishing better ways for councilors to deliberate among themselves and to negotiate more effectively to meet city challenges and solve long running problems. Since that workshop, dialog among councilors during regular city council meetings has been decidedly calmer and Roberts Rules of Order more closely followed.

McConnell’s announcement for Mayor means we now have two contenders for the top seat on the council. Patricia Patrick Joli’s announced her mayoral campaign some weeks back. Her platform closely resembles McConnell’s in focusing attention on meeting the city’s challenges in a climate of tightening economic constraints. Continue reading »

What’s injuring and killing sea life is really quite close to home

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Aug 162010
 


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A gifted artist is opening peoples’ eyes everyday to a menace of the seas that is maiming and killing sea life by the thousands. Perhaps millions. And the menace is readily available at your local grocery store in great abundance.

Shotgun blasts on NW High, just east of Nye Beach

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Aug 142010
 

502 NW High, Saturday nightBrian Narrance, $500,000 bail

Newport Police responded to a report of shotgun blasts fire on Northwest High Street Saturday night shortly after 10pm. Officers arrived to find a man in the back yard, very intoxicated.

Police told NewsLincolnCounty.com that it appears that Brian Narrance, of Olympia, WA, and his female companion had been quarreling earlier in the evening. At one point Narrance grabbed a shotgun and may have tried to shoot himself. Police say the blast was fired “near him” but apparently did not hit him, nor anyone else. However, they believe four shotgun blasts were fired, three into the air, and one through a neighbor’s fence. There are high rise apartments on a hill directly overhead from the man’s residence.

Police said they arrested Narrance and took him to jail. He was booked on multiple charges of reckless endangerment, pointing a firearm, unlawful use of a firearm, menacing and disorderly conduct. His bail was set at $500,000.

After the Siletz Pow Wow this weekend, head for Toledo next weekend for the Wooden Boat Show!

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Aug 142010
 

Port of Toledo photos

The Port of Toledo is inviting everybody over to Toledo next weekend for their annual Wooden Boat Show. This time the event commemorates the port’s 100th birthday and they’ve really put a lot of work into making it a good one. The Show runs August 20th through the 22nd and is always one of Toledo’s trademark “family friendly” celebrations. Families or individuals can even learn to build their own boat, and do so, right there on the dock!

The show officially kicks off Friday evening at Port Dock 1 with live music, food, and a special Centennial Celebration. Music will be provided by a group from Portland called the “Melody Butchers” who feature classic rock oldies from The Beatles to Tom Petty. There is live music all weekend long from a variety of groups, including one that seems perfectly cast as the boat show’s official band. They call themselves “Unkle Nancy and the Family Jewels” offering a musical repertoire that includes backwoods country and pirate songs along with a generous sprinkling of drunken sing-a-longs, old ragtime, murder stories and love songs. Indeed! Unkle Nancy and the Family Jewels performs Saturday 3:15pm to 4:30pm. Continue reading »

Lincoln County School District closes special Latino preschool

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Aug 142010
 

Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Tom Rinearson announced this week that a six year long preschool program for ‘English language learners’ will no longer be provided. Rinearson said in a news release that the program, “A Step Forward” at Sam Case Elementary, was deemed ineligible for federal funding. He said without those funds, the district can not afford to keep it going.

The program was started in 2004 and averaged 33 preschoolers age 3 to 4 years old. The children were given specialized instruction to enhance their English language skills to help them be better students when they enter kindergarten or first grade. Continue reading »

Debate over consolidating 9-1-1 services off to a bumpy but congenial start.

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Aug 132010
 

City and County officials meeting in Newport Friday

Should Lincoln County shrink their three 9-1-1 emergency dispatch centers down to one central operation? Some say it could save the county and cities a lot of money and actually improve 9-1-1 services. Others aren’t quite so sure.

Waldport Mayor Herman Welch presided over a meeting of city and county officials today to launch what is hoped to be a continuing discussion about the issue with an eye to achieving goals of saving money while improving 9-1-1 services. The current 9-1-1 dispatch centers are based in Lincoln City, Newport and Toledo.

Toledo officials told the gathering that Toledo has just upgraded their dispatch center to a high level of technology and that they are well tied into other centers in the Wilamette Valley. City Manager Michelle Amberg and Mayor Rod Cross said Toledo is, at best, lukewarm to the idea of consolidation because Toledo loves what they have. The dispatchers don’t have a big dispatch work load which allows them to perform other duties in the Toledo Police Department. Continue reading »

Shop in the Valley? Watch those $100 bills!

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Aug 132010
 

Counterfeit $100 bills are popping up more frequently these days in the Valley due to a bogus money manufacturing ring operating in the Eugene area. Police and Secret Service agents say while they’re trying to track them down make sure you don’t accept any $100’s with Abe Lincoln on them!

Read more in the Statesman Journal:

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20100813/UPDATE/100812058