State budget deficit could hit a billion or more…

 Daily News  Comments Off on State budget deficit could hit a billion or more…
Aug 172010
 

Those assembling Oregon’s official economic forecast have told Governor Ted Kulongoski that the state’s tax revenue picture continues to worsen. Instead of an earlier projected $577 million bucket of red ink, it’s likely to be nearly twice that. If that happens, the latest federal aid to states for schools and medicaid may do little good other than to put Oregon back to where it was 30 days ago with forecasted teacher layoffs and required reserve spending for medical aid to the poor.

Full story from the Oregonian:

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/08/oregons_state_budget_hole_is_g.html

Intel co-founder Andy Grove warns the U.S. about becoming a victim of its own economic religion, “Free Trade.”

 Daily News  Comments Off on Intel co-founder Andy Grove warns the U.S. about becoming a victim of its own economic religion, “Free Trade.”
Aug 172010
 

As America stumbles through the worst recession in 80 years, and recovery seems glacially slow, Intel co-founder Andy Grove provides a surprisingly clear perspective on what’s systematically wrong with America’s view of itself and its general misunderstanding about the global economy.

This is a “must read” opinion that appeared on the Bloomberg News website. Read it here:


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-01/how-to-make-an-american-job-before-it-s-too-late-andy-grove.html

The Dungeness season ends. Fishemen have nothing to crab about!

 Daily News  Comments Off on The Dungeness season ends. Fishemen have nothing to crab about!
Aug 172010
 

The Dungeness Crab season has just wrapped up an 8 and a half month season with the third biggest haul in recent history – more than $44 million waiting for fishermen on the docks of Oregon Coast communities. Here’s the full story in the Eugene Register Guard:

http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/news/cityregion/25188727-41/guard-register-startstoryhere-writername.csp

Long pick-ups, mini-R/V’s and improperly parked cars along the Bayfront will soon have warning slips under their windshield wipers, and then tickets if they persist.

 Tourism  Comments Off on Long pick-ups, mini-R/V’s and improperly parked cars along the Bayfront will soon have warning slips under their windshield wipers, and then tickets if they persist.
Aug 172010
 

The pick-up is just too long. The BMW driver didn’t pull far enough forward.

The Newport City Council learned Monday night that the Bayfront has a problem now that they’ve widened the sidewalks a little bit on both sides of the street. The actual driving lanes are bare minimum. So when people park long vehicles or improperly parked sedans in the on-street parking spots, cars and pedestrians have a tough time navigating what’s left of the street. In short, it’s dangerous. Margins of error are razor thin for drivers and pedestrians.

City Councilors heard from City Manager Jim Voetberg that there is plenty of parking for longer vehicles in parking lots on the Bayfront as well as on streets that wind down to the Bayfront. The council was told that signs will be put up warning drivers that their vehicle must be parked within the allotted space provided. Those who don’t comply will get a ticket.

Police Chief Mark Miranda said he expects the new rules will be in effect within 30 days.

Seaport CEO says “We’re in Newport to stay.”

 Daily News  Comments Off on Seaport CEO says “We’re in Newport to stay.”
Aug 172010
 

Rob McKinney, Seaport Air CEO

When Newport City Councilor Richard Kilbride asked Seaport Air CEO Rob McKinney point blank “Will you be here after the Connect II subsidy runs out?” McKinney replied politely, “I’ll look you in the eye and tell you I’m confident we will be here after the subsidy ends, but it’ll take a lot of work to get there. Using more creative marketing and a less expensive airplane will help.” Kilbride added, “and dropping the Astoria flight will help some, too, I imagine.” The number of passengers flying to Newport far exceed the number flying to Astoria. Seaport is predicted to drop the Astoria route once the Connect II subsidy money runs out next March.

McKinney said, while briefing the Newport City Council Monday night, since taking over the helm at Seaport Air, he’s put more emphasis on non-traditional marketing like “first flight $49” promotions as well as harnessing the power of Google to target people surfing the internet looking for places to stay and things to do along the central coast. As they do, a Seaport Air ad pops up on the screen to tell them that Newport has scheduled airline service, Seaport Air. Continue reading »

Sometimes mud is easier to drive on than pavement.

 Toledo  Comments Off on Sometimes mud is easier to drive on than pavement.
Aug 162010
 

Driver, left, surveys the damage

A young man returning home to Toledo after an evening of fun “mudding” at his uncle’s field, found driving on pavement a bit more challenging. He told his friends that he was headed home on Yaquina Bay Road, and everything was fine until he was distracted by his radio. Suddenly his right front tire went off the pavement and got caught in a roadside rut. He yanked his steering wheel left but over corrected and his rig went sideways. The car slid downhill for a short distance, and then went up on its right side.

The young man was smartly wearing his seat belt and was uninjured, unlike his car. Friends showed up with a road clogging array of big pick-ups which righted the vehicle. The young driver said with some minor wheel aligning he’ll be back out on his uncle’s field in no time.

Toledo Police gave him a ticket for “failure to maintain a lane.” That may cost the young lad more than the vehicle alignment but less than the cost of fixing the body damage.

Newport City Hall still looking for more GP outfall monitoring technical advisory committee members.

 Daily News  Comments Off on Newport City Hall still looking for more GP outfall monitoring technical advisory committee members.
Aug 162010
 

GP outfall a mile offshore

Newport City Manager Jim Voetberg told his City Council on Monday that they’re still looking for a few more volunteers to sit on the town’s Georgia Pacific (GP) Effluent Outfall Technical Advisory Committee. The committee will work with experts to determine how the outfall monitoring will be conducted and what kinds of effluent signatures and/or pollutants affect sea life in the water and along the beaches of Newport. GP recently signed a franchise agreement with Newport for continued use of a long effluent pipeline from the GP plant in Toledo to Newport, and then to a point about a mile offshore where the effluent is released into the open ocean. The Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) monitors the effluent as it enters the pipe in Toledo and twice a year releases a report on water quality conditions around the effluent outfall, offshore. Another report is due around the first of the year.

The city council has set all committee applicant interviews for September 20th at City Hall, so those with an interest should submit their applications quickly.

Citizens of Newport have grown suspicious of DEQ’s monitoring reports and so have insisted that the city launch its own water quality monitoring in the outfall area, which is a mile offshore straight out from Nye Beach. The city’s monitoring effort will be put out to bid once it gets an official range of data the city council wants collected from areas around the outfall.

New Taft area school homeless advocate announced

 Daily News  Comments Off on New Taft area school homeless advocate announced
Aug 162010
 

Jeanie Davenport, Homeless Outreach Advocate

Public Invited to Open House at Taft Family Resource Center
Provided by Lincoln County School District

Jeanie Davenport, newly hired North County Homeless Outreach Advocate for Lincoln County School District, invites everyone to an open house from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the newly opened Taft Family Literacy and Resource Center.

This will be a great opportunity to meet Davenport, check out the center’s new location (in the portable building next to Taft Elementary School, 4040 S.E. High School Drive, Lincoln City), and to share ideas on how to best serve students and their families in the north area.

Davenport replaces Charla Guiwits, who is now serving the Newport area in the same role. Continue reading »

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

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

 Daily News  Comments Off on OSP Troopers snag sex offender sneaking out the back.
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.