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

The Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society presents:

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Aug 122010
 

The Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society, in collaboration with The Oregon Coast Council For the Arts presents Saturday, September 11th, at 3pm at a secluded Lincoln Beach home, an Oregon Coast Chamber Music Performance of:

Bloch Simchas Tora, for violin and piano
Schumann Three Romances, for violin and piano
Schumann Sonata in A Minor, for violin and piano
Schumann Quartet in E Flat Major
Bloch Prayer

Performed by: Jonathan Dubay violin, Gregory Dubay cello, Charles Noble viola, Cary Lewis piano.

Light refreshments to be provided by the Taft High School culinary department.
For reservations and directions call 541 764-0278. Tickets are $25 each.

The Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society (OCCMS) exists to bring chamber music back into the home where it began. Those who attend these splendid performances help to enhance cultural education through music in an intimate setting; to support local and Oregon musicians or those with close ties to Oregon and to assist aspiring musicians of all ages. Continue reading »

Toledo City Council to pick new city councilor August 18th

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Aug 122010
 

The Toledo City Council will interview four candidates August 18th who have applied to fill the unexpired term of former City Councilor Mary Young. Young resigned her council seat recently because she was moving outside the city limits. Interviews of the four candidates will begin at 5:45pm. Then, during the regular session of the council, which begins usually at 7pm, a candidate will be selected by the councilors.

Read more on the story in the Yaquina Wavelength:

http://yaquinawavelength.com/2010/08/12/council-candidates-interviewed-august-18/

Toledo City Council zeros in on higher development fees.

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Aug 122010
 

Toledo City Council, Thursday evening

During an information work shop Thursday evening, the Toledo City Council drew ever closer to implementing a financial plan that will begin to pay for critically needed upgrades to the city’s water and sewer systems, with streets, stormdrain and parks improvements not far behind. The “System Development Charge” (SDC) for water, sewer, streets and parks will be phased in over a four year period to where the full burden of costs on a new development for those categories will be due and payable by a developer, whether it’s housing, commercial or industrial buildings.

Currently developers pay the city of Toledo an SDC charge of $1,472 for water hook-up, and $1,144 for sewer hook-up. The fees go into a designated fund for water and sewer system maintenance and upgrades. After a recent evaluation of what is a reasonable charge for those hook ups, the city developed what it called a legally defendable rate of $5,243 for water and $3,444 for sewer. Public Works Director Adam Denlinger said although that is quite a jump in price, the extra revenues are sorely needed to ensure that Toledo’s water and sewer systems remain on line. He reminded the council that the city water system is in dire straits from the intakes on the Siletz River clear into town. And sewer upgrades will be costly as well to meet ever more stringent effluent discharge requirements. Continue reading »

Lincoln Co. Fair Report: They’ll have a carnival next year.

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Aug 122010
 

Vanessa Klingensmith (left), Debra Jones (right)

The Lincoln County Fair Board got an earful of information about the recently completed 2010 Lincoln County Fair, sponsored by Town and Country Fair organizer Debra Jones and her “right hand woman” Vanessa Klingensmith of OSU Cooperative Extension.

Jones reported that overall, the fair went well. Attendance was 7,162 fair-goers over the three day run. The most popular events were the mud drags, bull riding and rising country music star Chuck Wicks. Continue reading »

Fire re-erupts at Waldport area mobile home.

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Aug 122010
 

4:22pm Fire out, mopping up.

4:12pm Arriving firefighters report heavy flame and smoke

4:03pm Central Coast firefighters are back enroute to an earlier mobile home fire at 3851 Alsea Highway east of Waldport. Neighbors report that the fire has rekindled and there are flames visible.