Newport City Council meets with Planning Commission for another review of the proposed “coastal bluff geologic hazard” rules.

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Aug 102010
 

Apparently not much has changed on how the Newport Planning Commission feels about proposed changes on who gets to build a house on a coastal bluff and what regulatory hoops they have to jump through to do it. The commission, meeting with the City Council said again Monday night, that anyone selling a house or a vacant lot on a bluff top should be made to conduct a thorough geologic investigation to determine if the land, especially in an active or high hazard zone, is safe to live on or build on. However, a majority of the commission drew the line on requiring that the seller must file the results of that geologic investigation, along with the fact that the land is in an active or high risk zone with the deed to the property at the county recorder’s office. The commission majority maintained such a requirement is not needed and only raises fear and complications for any buyer or seller. They say there already exists state law that requires full disclosure during any real estate sales transaction. Continue reading »

Lincoln City again temporarily “punts” on adoption tree protection rules.

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Aug 092010
 

Lincoln City

As you can see from the photo, Lincoln City is a city full of trees. But recent incidents of developers taking out too many trees to make way for new residential or commercial buildings, has upset the city council. And for the past few months they’ve been trying to get a tree protection and replacement program adopted. The basic tenant of the new law is, developers should design new buildings with an eye to preserving as many trees as possible. And to pay into a tree planting or parks enhancement fund when a certain number of trees are taken out during construction. Continue reading »

Lincoln City City Council “prepares to prepare” to annex Road’s End area into the city.

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Aug 092010
 

Despite a protest of a number of Road’s End neighbors who don’t want to be annexed into Lincoln City, the City Council Monday night decided to at least explore the process they’ll have to go through to accomplish just that.

City Manager Dave Hawker repeated again Monday night his mantra about why Road’s End should come into the city. His points include the fact that the city has extended city water lines and other improvements to the Road’s End area to the tune of millions of dollars. That earlier improvements were made on a commitment by then-Road’s End property owners that they would annex into Lincoln City no later than 1978. They’re still not in. Continue reading »

A fraction of some long lost sewer bills coming due in Lincoln City

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Aug 092010
 

Lincoln City City Council

A number of residents in the Devil’s Lake area of Lincoln City will soon experiencing what it’s like to pay a sewer bill. While Lincoln City Public Works was out doing work in the area relative to water usage, they discovered a lot of houses in the area that never have shown up on the city’s sewer customer list. And it was determined they never paid a sewer bill. City Manager David Hawker said some probably haven’t paid anything since the 1980’s. He said most of the “slackers” were probably created by building contractors who never turned in the proper paperwork when the houses were built. So when no sewer bill arrived in the mail, no money was paid for flushing the toilets. Continue reading »

Bingo, Books and Pizza! It’s all happening in Toledo!

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Aug 092010
 

The East County HELP Center will hold an open house and “Bingo for Books” Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Toledo Community Learning Center.

“Bingo for Books” will begin at 6 p.m. in the library. A free pizza dinner will be provided. Families in attendance will have the opportunity to play a friendly game of bingo with prizes of children’s and adult books. The public is invited. Continue reading »

Honda falling into a recall mode…

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Aug 092010
 

Honda Accord

Honda has gotten into the recall mode itself with the announcement that their Accords, Civics and Elements of the 2003 and 2004 model years are being recalled to fix an ignition switch problem that allows the key to be released even though the vehicle is not in PARK. Honda reports they have received many letters and other reports of a number of their cars being turned off while still in the DRIVE position, and releasing the key. It’s supposed to hang onto the key until the vehicle is in PARK. Continue reading »

OSP and “Mobile Jail” sweep Florence’s “DuneFest” of DUII’s

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Aug 092010
 

Oregon State Police “Mobile Jail”

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Interagency enforcement efforts paid off during this year’s annual DuneFest 2010 on the southern Oregon coast as Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) deputies reported eleven DUII drivers off the sand and area highways over the weekend.

The extremely popular DuneFest 2010 was held August 4 – 8 in the Winchester Bay area, drawing thousands of sand recreation enthusiasts. Working together to help meet the festival’s slogan – “The Most Fun a Family Can Have” – troopers and deputies targeted intoxicated and other dangerous drivers. DCSO deputies arrested eight DUII drivers off the sand and OSP troopers arrested three more on area highways. Continue reading »

Porthole Players “Side by Side Sondheim” this weekend at Newport PAC!

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Aug 092010
 

Side by Side Pianos, The pianists are accompanying Stephan, Gidget Manucci, and Akia Woods–vocalists for this production. Brian Haggerty is the narrator.

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SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND AT THE NEWPORT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Porthole Player’s production of Side By Side By Sondheim will be performed at the Studio Theater of the Newport Performing Arts Center this coming weekend, and throughout the month of August.

Pianists Ramona Martin and Dr. Mary Lee Scoville provide the musical structure upon which the songs are built. Together they convey the various moods of this musical revue, playing show tunes that are rousing, poignant, witty, and burlesque. Continue reading »

Motorcyclist “down” on Highway 101 at Depoe Bay, after hitting a minivan.

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Aug 092010
 

Depoe Bay fire/rescue is enroute to a report of a motorcyclist who hit a minivan at Highway 101 and Collins Street. The motorcyclist is said to be on the pavement, but is conscious. Collins at Hwy 101 is in the middle of the main downtown strip.

10:32am Motorcyclist is in an ambulance to PCH full lights and siren.

Oregon AG bans “electronic cigarettes.”

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Aug 092010
 

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Attorney General John Kroger today announced agreements with Florida-based Smoking Everywhere, Inc. and its President, Elico Taieb, prohibiting the sale and distribution of its “electronic cigarettes” in Oregon.

“This settlement will help protect our teens from unsafe products,” said Attorney General Kroger.

Electronic cigarettes are nicotine delivery devices designed to simulate the look and experience of a conventional cigarette. Smoking Everywhere’s e-cigarettes include a battery-operated heating element and replaceable plastic cartridge that contains various chemicals, including liquid nicotine. The heating element vaporizes the liquid for inhalation.

Smoking Everywhere did not seek FDA approval prior to releasing its e-cigarettes for distribution. Although no evidence has been offered to support such claims, Smoking Everywhere marketed e-cigarettes as a safe alternative to traditional tobacco products. However, a recent FDA analysis found e-cigarettes contain known carcinogens and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze. Continue reading »