Southeast Toledo landowners Lyle and Diane Mattson got what they wanted Wednesday when the Toledo City Council approved new zoning to allow new home construction on ten acres they recently bought from the Lincoln County School District. It’s located on some moderately steep slopes north of Ammon Road, about a quarter mile east of Sturdevant. The school district decided it didn’t need the land anymore so they sold the property to the Mattsons who say they want to build homes on it someday. As long as the land was owned by the school district, there weren’t any property taxes paid on it. But by virtue of the sale to a private party, and the new zoning placed on it by the city council, the Mattsons are going to be contributing to the city’s property tax rolls that fund police, fire, library, pool, roads, etc. The Mattsons told the council via a letter that they don’t have any immediate plans to begin building houses or roads on the ten acres. But when they do, it will increase taxes on the property even further. The Mattsons live on an adjoining six acre parcel.
When the first proposed location for a first-ever Toledo Dog Park turned out to be too soggy most of the year, Toledo dog lovers started hunting around for a more suitable location where they can enjoy giving their furry friends a healthy romp while socializing with others.
Eventually they got wind that Georgia Pacific might be willing to give the city a long term lease on some land southwest of East Slope Park. It’s pretty overgrown, but there are the beginnings of some open areas that could be expanded. Ten acres would be lot of dog park if they cleared it all. City Councilor Nancy Lynne said GP has offered city use of the land for a dollar a year. She said clearing the land and setting up some sort of doggie structures will take lots of volunteer work, to be sure. But she said if things keep moving along, Toledo may soon be cutting the ribbon on its first-ever park devoted to dogs and their owners.
As possibly an omen for the dog park to be located there, there is already a plastic “poop bag” dispenser right on the bike path that runs by the site.
Embattled U.S. Congressman David Wu has resigned his office effective midnight tonight. It opens the process by which his replacement can be selected. The matter is now in Governor Kitzhaber’s lap. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a Yachats area man for kidnap, reckless endangerment, assault and menacing his girlfriend Tuesday. Deputies say Antonio Mirelez was arguing with his girlfriend at a residence just north of Yachats. As his girlfriend tried to drive off in her red Jeep, Mirelez jumped up on the hood, kicked out the windshield, took over the driver’s seat and drove off with his girlfriend screaming for somebody to call 9-1-1.
The Jeep was seen heading up Blodgett Road, into the mountains. A sheriff’s deputy arrived a short while later and headed up Blodgett but found no sign of them. Meanwhile Mirelez continued arguing with his girlfriend, during which he hit her in the face, according to the victim.
Mirelez eventually drove the woman to a residence in Yachats where they were confronted by law enforcement. Mirelez handcuffed and transported to the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Second Degree Kidnapping, Recklessly Endangering, Fourth Degree Assault and Menacing. His bail was set at $145,000.
Highway 101 at mile post 167 right at the Lane/Lincoln County line is partially blocked. Logging truck rolled, scattered logs. Major cleanup operation going on. No reports of any injuries.
Newport Police have arrested two young males after police say they caught them in the act of burglarizing a home while the owners were away.
Police received a call from a neighbor who said there was a flickering light shining inside the home at 349 NW 14th, and that they should come right away.
Police pulled up to see that the house had been ransacked. Then they heard the sound to running and the noise of somebody diving into some nearby bushes. Officers went to the spot where they believe the rustling noise had come from. There they found two young males, one 18, the other younger, who were acting very nervous. They also had bleeding blackberry bush scratches on their arms. After talking with officers they confessed to burglarizing the home.
The juvenile was taken to juvenile detention. But the 18 year old, Joseph Lusk, of Newport, was taken to the Lincoln County Jail and booked on charges of burglary and theft. Lusks bail was set at $157,000.
Police remind the community that if you plan to be gone from your residence for any period of time, you should enlist the help of trustworthy neighbors who can keep an eye on it until you return. It’s also smart to alert local police or sheriff’s offices that you’ll be gone a certain amount of time and for them to add your residence to their regular patrol duties.
Provided by ODOT
NEWPORT—Mandatory work on several bridges in Lincoln and Tillamook counties will begin next week and will reduce travel to a single lane during construction. However, pedestrians and bicyclists will not lose access to the bridges at any time. ODOT crews will be prepping and sealing the decks of the bridges and will close one lane at a time according to the following schedule:
Little Nestucca River: US 101, milepost 92
Monday, August 8 and Tuesday, August 9—2 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10 and Thursday, August 11—6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ojalla Bridge and Fuller Bridge: OR 229 (Siletz Hwy) — Milepost 20.6 and milepost 23
When: Monday, August 15 and Tuesday, August 16—6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Alsea River Bridge: OR 34, milepost 7
When: Wednesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 18—6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Flaggers will control travel over the bridges during construction. There is no complete bridge closure anticipated but motorists should expect minor delays during times of congestion. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speed and travel with caution through the construction zone. Bicyclists and pedestrians may also experience momentary delays.
Bridge deck sealing is expected to preserve and protect the bridge’s wear surface for the next 15 years.
Provided by Lincoln County School District
2011-2012 REGISTRATION SCHEDULE FOR LINCOLN COUNTY SCHOOLS
All students entering Lincoln County School District schools must register for the 2011-2012 school year. Kindergarten students should bring immunization records and proof-of-age documentation.
WEST AREA SCHOOLS
Newport High School and Newport Preparatory Academy
August 15, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Seniors
August 16, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Juniors
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – All Grades
August 17, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Sophomores
August 18, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Freshmen
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – All Grades
August 19 , 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Seventh and Eighth Grades
Newport Intermediate School and Isaac Newton Magnet School
August 15, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
August 16 , 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
August 17, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
August 18, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
August 19, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sam Case Primary
August 16, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
August 17, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
August 18 , 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
*Spanish Translation will be available all dates and times at Sam Case
SOUTH AREA SCHOOLS
Crestview Heights and Waldport High School
August 16, 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
August 17, 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
August 18, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
EAST AREA SCHOOLS
Toledo Junior/Senior High School
August 17, 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. All Grades
August 18, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. All Grades
August 19, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. All Grades
August 15 , 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. All Grades
August 16 , 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. All Grades
August 17 , 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. All Grades
August 18, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. All Grades
NORTH AREA SCHOOLS
Taft 7-12 High School
August 15, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Seniors
August 16, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Juniors
August 17, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sophomores
August 18, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Freshmen
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. All Grades
August 19 , 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Seventh and Eighth Grades
August 15, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
August 16, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
August 17, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
August 18, 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
August 19 , 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Taft Elementary School
August 15, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
August 16 , 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
August 17, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
August 18, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
August 19, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Two couples and two dogs set out late Tuesday afternoon for a pleasant ocean jaunt up and down Waldport’s Bayshore in their 24 foot cabin cruiser. But suddenly things went sideways for the mariners when their steering broke and the motor quit running.
Boat owner Jim Loop worked on the problems for quite a while, but soon it got dark except for the brilliant overhead starry night sky. One of the women aboard called 9-1-1 on her cell phone to report that they were dead in the water somewhere near “The Jaws” where the Alsea River in Waldport meets the ocean.
Search and rescue units on the beach and in the water raced around the area trying detect any sign of the boat which by then was reported to be drifting dangerously close to the mouth of “The Jaws” due to no power and no steerage. And the caller said the boat was taking waves broadside.
By talking directly to the woman on the phone and then running emergency lights and flashlights at different intervals up and down the Bayshore Beach and asking her which direction they could see them and how far away, rescuers aboard a Central Coast Fire rescue craft were able to dead-reckon the boat’s location. Right about then was when the boat’s owner managed to get a little something out of his motor and was able to get closer in to be seen which was still hard because his navigation lights were still not working. But Central Coast rescuers spotted them, threw them a tow line and soon had them delivered to the Alsea Port Docks. Everyone was fine, right down to the two dogs that were also aboard.
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For a few minutes the town of Siletz thought it was losing a dining icon Tuesday evening as a report came into 9-1-1 that flames could be seen through the windows of the Little Chief Restaurant in downtown Siletz. Siletz fire fighters pulled up and saw the flames and black smoke wafting up through the restaurant’s flue. Partnering up with Toledo firefighters who also responded, Siletz volunteers had the fire out very quickly.
As it turned out, the fire erupted on the grill in the back. Fire investigators said that the owner, earlier in the day, had cleaned the grease filters above the grill. When he finished, Bill Peck said he left a piece of cardboard on the grill surface and then locked up the restaurant and left. But unknown to him, when he was cleaning out the overhead grease filters, something he stood on or his knee hit the grill “on” controls. So by the time he had been gone for a while, the cardboard caught fire, and the flames ignited residual grease in the flue to the outside which was smoking pretty heavily when fire units pulled up outside.
But rather than having to battle ferocious flames from a blazing structure fire, firefighters got inside to learn that the grill’s automatic “hood fire suppression system” had worked like a charm and had kept the fire from spreading beyond the grill. There was no major damage.
However, The Little Chief Restaurant may be closed for a day or two to get an inspection and to get the grill’s fire suppression system re-charged. But it’s quite obvious, the owners dodged a disaster Tuesday evening thanks to that system.