If you’re driving around tonight along the Oregon Coast, don’t drive so fast or outrun your headlights to where you can’t stop for an occasional downed tree. There’s one that has just fallen onto Highway 101 at milepost 131, near Otter Rock. Caution in the area please while crews clear it out.
Provided by the National Weather Service, Portland
THE NWS HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WARNING WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 4 PM PST THURSDAY. GUSTS TO 70 MPH ARE EXPECTED.
…HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 4 PM PST THURSDAY FOR
THE SOUTH WASHINGTON…AND THE NORTH AND CENTRAL OREGON COASTS…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND
WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 4 PM PST THURSDAY. THE
HIGH WIND WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* WINDS: SOUTH WINDS OF 35 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH WILL
DEVELOP LATE TONIGHT. WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 30 TO 45 MPH WITH
GUSTS TO 65 MPH THURSDAY AFTERNOON. A FEW GUSTS AROUND 70 MPH
CAN BE EXPECTED AT THE COASTAL HEADLANDS.
* TIMING: STRONG WINDS WILL BEGIN ALONG THE CENTRAL OREGON COAST
LATE TONIGHT AND SPREAD NORTH DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS
* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: LINCOLN CITY…NEWPORT…CAPE
FOULWEATHER…YACHATS…FLORENCE…ASTORIA… CANNON BEACH…
TILLAMOOK…NETARTS…PACIFIC CITY… RAYMOND…LONG BEACH…
As News Lincoln County reported to you earlier this week, the Oregon State Fair Board overruled their own staff by awarding Lincoln County their state lottery check as seed money for the upcoming Lincoln County Fair at the fairgrounds in Newport. The official announcement was made to the Lincoln County Fair Board today which quickly applied the funds toward this year’s event and officially announced that there will be a county fair this year, July 8-10.
Town and Country Fair manager Debra Jones was understandably very pleased to hear the news and promised that this year’s Lincoln County Fair will be taken to a new level, complete with a carnival, live entertainment, and animal and many other fun fair exhibits.
The Fair Board and Jones wanted local media at today’s meeting to be sure to announce the fact that the 2011 Lincoln County Fair is “a go” and that the Fair Board is committed to ensuring that there are many county fairs to come, “and then some.”
“And then some” involves what were described as “high level” discussions about developing the county fairgrounds into something more sophisticated and expansive – something akin to an “Expo” or “Regional Event Center.” The Fair Board ordered a letter be sent to the City of Newport indicating that the board is interested in putting down a place marker for discussions on the future of the fairgrounds. They envision an upgraded regional facility with all of the attractions and uses that are common around the country, uses that draw large numbers of visitors who attend wide-ranging events and which bring lucrative economic benefits to their communities. The City of Newport has been creating a rather large bank account dedicated to some kind of “special events or convention center.”
In the meantime, the Fair Board indicated they intend to hire an events center development consultant who will analyze the strengths of Lincoln County and its ability to create such a large facility that contributes substantially to the local economy. “And we want all conceivable participants at the table when we discuss the potential of such a project,” said County Counsel Wayne Belmont.
Newport Mayor Mark McConnell told News Lincoln County he welcomes the Fair Board’s letter and shares the hope that community-wide resources can be blended in a way that improves our local economy. But McConnell says “we need to remind ourselves that Newport’s million dollar fund has a history to it, with implied commitments to honor other viewpoints on a particular way forward for the region.” “However,” he continued, “I welcome broad-based discussions to ensure that Newport’s fund would be leveraged in the best possible way to enlist other funding sources for whatever facility or facilities are eventually agreed upon.”
McConnell said there are formal requests from the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Heritage Maritime Museum for a total of $500,000, roughly half the amount of the fund. He said the stakes are high, but he also agrees that hiring a trend-savvy, knowledgeable consultant is a good idea. But he wants that consultant to give the community not just what it wants to hear, but what it needs to know so the path ahead can be clear and beneficial for the community and region as a whole. And for that he wants to ensure that the city council is on the same page as to how it wants its million dollar fund to be harnessed to maximize those economic benefits, as well as to work with other community leaders who can contribute substantially to that vision. McConnell said “it’s exciting to have substantial seed money to move the community forward but the process has to be smartly vetted to ensure the money is spent wisely.”
While searchers were combing an area off Cummins Ridge Trail south of Yachats, looking for a missing Waldport woman and her dog, her dog appeared about two miles south of the search area. Roscoe appeared well and was taken into protective custody by the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. However, searchers have found no sign of Roscoe’s owner, Margaret Kohler. Kohler told friends last week that she was going out to walk her dog. She never returned. Her car was found parked abandoned off the end of the Cummins Trail Loop.
Anyone with any idea where Margaret Kohler might be should call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 541-265-4231 or 9-1-1. The search efforts have been turned over to the Lane County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue.
From the National Weather Service, Portland.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WARNING NEAR BEACHES AND HEADLANDS… WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST TODAY. A HIGH WIND WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.
* WINDS: SOUTH WINDS 40 TO 50 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 70 MPH THIS MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON AT BEACHES AND HEADLANDS WITH SOUTH WIND OF 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH IN THE COASTAL COMMUNITIES. WINDS WILL DECREASE LATER THIS AFTERNOON AS A COLD FRONT PASSES. SOUTH WIND IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE AGAIN MID THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON REACHING SPEEDS OF 35 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH AT HEADLANDS AND BEACHES… AND SOUTH WIND 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH AT COASTAL COMMUNITIES.
* TIMING: THE PEAK WINDS AT THE BEACHES AND HEADLANDS ARE EXPECTED THIS MORNING AND EARLY THIS AFTERNOON. PEAK WINDS AT THE HEADLANDS AND COASTAL COMMUNITIES THURSDAY WILL BE FROM MID MORNING THROUGH AFTERNOON.
All lanes are open on US 101 at milepost 169, south of Yachats after a semi truck overturned earlier today. ODOT crews will continue to remove debris from the shoulder of the road. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speed and drive with caution through the area.
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Waldport threw a big birthday party for itself on Tuesday. Friends and neighbors gathered from all over Waldport to celebrate the town’s 100th anniversary of being an official Oregon city. From its start as a fishing and timber community to today’s more quiet and relaxed environment cherished by tourists and the retired, Waldport still exudes a picturesque charm and allure that few hamlets possess. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by the Community Center between 3 and 6pm today, here’s a little taste of what it was like to linger and mingle.
Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger laid some tough news on his city council Tuesday night. It wasn’t entirely unexpected. The council, and previous councils, have known for years that the town’s half-century old sewer pipe system leaks like a sieve, and that a lot of storm water is getting into the system which recently came close to taking the whole system down were it not for the heroic efforts of Toledo’s sewer plant operations crew.
Denlinger told his council that home and commercial gutter down-spouts, broken or missing clean-out covers and rotting pipes in the ground are allowing storm water to get into the regular sewer system, dramatically increasing inflow to the sewer plant. And in so doing, it increases the cost of operating the plant in terms of electrical power, chemicals and wear and tear on the pumps.
Denlinger said he’d just received a draft report on Toledo’s stormwater system and what it will take to fix it. After extensive smoke tests and video camera in-pipe inspections, Denlinger figures the town will have to come up with $380,000 to fix the worst problems right away so the town isn’t threatened with another massive storm water threat to the sewer plant.
Once those repairs are made, Denlinger said another $565,000 will have to be spent over the next five years to fix the next worst parts of the system. Slightly beyond that he said another series of fixes will have to be made amounting to $350,000 more. And finally, getting to the rest will run another $140,000. Grand total: Nearly $1.5 million.
Denlinger said although that is an enormous amount of money for a town of around 3,300 souls, it won’t have to shoulder the full cost. In fact, he said, if certain grants come through and the White House launches another infrastructure stimulus package sometime in the next few years, the impact on sewer utility ratepayers may be minimal.
Denlinger said he would be getting the final report on the condition of the town’s sewer collection system and its infiltration problems by the end of the month. From there, Denlinger says, it’s all about targeting which lines must be replaced first, when and with what money.
Provided by Lincoln County Commission on Children and Families
During the week of March 6 – 12, communities nationwide are working to raise awareness of the consequences of problem gambling and the resources available for individuals whose gambling is causing disruption in their lives. Treatment for problem gambling is not only available, but is also effective in improving the lives of problem gamblers and their families. This initiative is also a celebration of the men and women who are overcoming problems associated with their gambling behavior.
The efforts of this week are geared toward creating a society where those affected by problem gambling are able to identify the problem and access professional services that help minimize the consequences of problem gambling. It envisions an environment in which treatment of gambling problems is recognized as a specialized field of expertise and professionals trained to assist problem gamblers are recognized for their unique knowledge, skills and abilities.
A primary focus of this effort is to promote the fact that treatment works and is available in Lincoln County. “In order to make a positive impact in the community, we need to be sure that the individuals and families that are in need of our services know that they are available and know how to access them,” said Lee Pate, Director of The Ken Trueman Recovery Center. The Ken Trueman Recovery Center is located in Newport, Oregon and is a great resource for problem gamblers and their families to receive free treatment and education about problem gambling on a local level.
According to the Oregon Student Wellness Survey we know that gambling starts at an early age and can become an addiction. Among Lincoln County 8th graders, 44.7 percent have reported participating in gambling activities, 21.8 percent bet on games of personal skill, like basketball, video games, etc, 16 percent bet on sports teams, and 14 percent bet on playing cards such as blackjack or Texas hold’em. Gambling is not a game.
If you know someone who has a gambling problem, help is available and free in Oregon for problem gamblers and their families. For confidential help call 1-877-mylimit or go online at 877mylimit.org, they are able to talk to professionals, who are available to help and can answer questions 24 hours a day
Lincoln Commission on Children and Families
351 SE Harney Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
OCCC Library and Kitty Pavlish’s OCCC Poetry Writing Class are proud to co-sponsor a special visit from Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen. Ms Petersen will present poetry readings and discussions at Oregon Coast Community College’s Central Campus in Newport. The presentation will be from 1:00 – 2:30 pm in Room 62 (Lecture Hall) on March 16, 2011.
Paulann Petersen was named to a two-year appointment as Oregon’s sixth Poet Laureate by Governor Ted Kulongoski on April 26, 2010. “Paulann Petersen is the perfect choice to serve as Oregon’s poet laureate,” said Governor Kulongoski. “Her wonderful poetry and her commitment to sharing her craft with the people of Oregon through her teaching and service exemplify the kind
of person that is ideal to serve in this position.”
Petersen was born and raised in Oregon and spent half of her adult life in Klamath Falls. She is a widely published poet, with four collections – The Wild Awake (2002), Blood-Silk (2004), A Bride of Narrow Escape (2006) and Kindle (2008) – and several chapbooks to her credit. Petersen has received several awards, including Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, two Carloyn Kizer Poetry Awards, and Literary Art’s Stewart Holbrook Award for Outstanding Contributions to Oregon’s Literary Life. Her poetry is featured on TriMet public transportation in Portland as part of Poetry in Motion® as well as in many publications.
Petersen is a committed teacher who has taught high school English and led dozens of workshops schools libraries, colleges, and writer’s conferences across Oregonevent The poet laureate position is a collaborative project of the state’s five statewide cultural partners, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and State Historic Preservation Office. The position is funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust and managed by Oregon Humanities. More information on the poet laureate program and history is found at http://www.oregonpoetlaureate.org/. For more information, contact:
Oregon Coast Community College
400 SE College Way
Newport, OR 97366