Dump Hunger with Food Share and Road and Driveway

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Dec 082010
 

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12/07/10 3rd Annual Fill-A-Dump-Truck for Food Share

Cedar Creek Quarries and Road & Driveway Company will be sponsoring the 3rd Annual Fill-A-Dump-Truck for the Lincoln County Food Share this holiday season on Saturday December 18th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the corner of Highway 101 and Highway 20 in the JC Market parking lot.

The community is encouraged to donate any non-perishable food items or monetary donations at the drop off location, just look for the big red dump truck. This event has yielded over 9,000 lbs of food items in the last two years and we invite you to help us reach our goal of 5,000+ lbs this year. Help make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season and come see us at the 3rd Annual Fill-A-Dump-Truck for Food Share next weekend.

Emergency crews enroute to “car in the water” on Hwy 229, MP 1

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Dec 082010
 

Reports say emergency crews are enroute to a report of a car off the road, off Highway 229 mile post one. A witness driving by said the car is in the water with it’s windows down. No sign of anyone around. Car in the Siletz River a mile east of Highway 101, south of Lincoln City.

1:45pm
Car is a green Audi. Reported stolen this morning.

2pm
Confirmed, no one in the vehicle.

Dungeness crab wins “Sustainable” certification

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Dec 082010
 

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December 8, 2010… An historically productive Oregon fishery has achieved an even higher level of status, which should translate into stronger sales regionally, domestically, and internationally. The Oregon Dungeness crab industry is now certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), globally recognizing the nearly $45 million fishery as a well-managed resource, a distinction that is expected to increase sales to environmentally-conscious consumers.

“For a long time, we’ve viewed Dungeness crab as a shining star among our important Oregon fisheries, but now the industry has achieved a milestone the rest of the world can appreciate, ” says Katy Coba, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. “Oregon is a leader in sustainable resource management. This MSC certification is just the latest example of our status.”

ODA oversees Oregon commodity commissions. The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission did the work of documenting the fishery as well-managed. The certification allows Oregon Dungeness crab to be sold as a sustainable premium product.

“We feel good because the certification simply substantiates what we and a lot of other people have known all along,” says Nick Furman, executive director of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission. “This is a well-managed, sustainably-harvested, environmentally-neutral fishery that just happens to also produce a wonderful gourmet product.”

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Lincoln County Fair plans moving ahead despite funding disagreement with the Oregon Fairs Commission

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Dec 082010
 

Updated Wednesday 2:15pm

Lincoln County Commissioners Wednesday expressed visible consternation over the Oregon Fairs Commission (OFC) denying Lincoln County its annual “seed money” from the state toward next summer’s Lincoln County Fair based in Newport.

Lincoln County received a letter from the OFC stating that their inspectors, that toured last summer’s Lincoln County Fair had issues with reported attendance figures and exhibitor information that were part of the county’s official report to the OFC as it relates to next summer’s fair funding from the state. Contract fair producer Debra Jones said the inspectors showed up for only a very short time and then left. She and Lincoln County Counsel Wayne Belmont contend it’s hard to get a feel for fair attendance with such a cursory walk-through. The OFC report also complained of a lack of adequate promotion and advertising but Jones pointed out that they took out many ads in the local newspapers, on the radio and in other publications. Jones said one OFC inspector suggested putting banners across Highways 101 and 20 but she said, “that’s ODOT’s call and they don’t allow highway banners crossing over state highways.”

Belmont said Lincoln County’s performance report to the Oregon Fairs Commission was complete, in sufficient detail, in full compliance with OFC requirements and state statutes and was filed on time. Belmont said the OFC’s funding denial was a complete surprise to him. Belmont said the denial of funds appears to him to be arbitrary. He received direction from the Lincoln County Commission Wednesday to file an appeal of the Oregon Fairs Commission’s ruling. He predicted it will be filed by the end of the week, “and I expect we will prevail,” Belmont said. The amount of the OFC grant was around $40,000.

This afternoon News Lincoln County was told by Oregon Fairs Commission chief John McCulley that the denial of funds stemmed from several deficiencies in the county’s report to the OFC. McCulley said there was no clear description or tracking of how state fair funds were specifically used in the running of the Lincoln County Fair. He added that the the county’s report did not accurately outline the number of observed exhibits, exhibitors or estimates of attendance by state fair staffers who toured the fair. McCulley also reported his staffers determined that participation by local residents as fair exhibitors was unacceptably low. County Counsel Wayne Belmont responded to McCulley’s assertions by repeating that the county’s report was properly prepared with valid information. But Belmont said that “references to whether there were enough local residents participating as exhibitors or whether state staffers could count attendees better than our own is totally outside the evaluation criteria specified in guidelines as to how reports are to be prepared. We stand behind our counts.”

McCulley did acknowledge that the Lincoln County Fair had been on a downhill slide for a number of years and that there were continuous disagreements among fair organizers that many claimed contributed to that decline. The old fair board was eventually disbanded, a blue ribbon committee was formed, and from that a new fair board was appointed by the county commission. But after all that was done, it was April, long past the point that plans for the 2010 Lincoln County Fair should have been in place, exhibitors booked, entertainment locked in and a carnival under contract. At the time, fair organizer Debra Jones said creating a county fair from the ground up was going to take a huge amount of work in a very short amount of time. But she promised that she and her Town and Country Fair and Rodeo Association, in partnership with Oregon State University Extension Office and 4-H, would do the best they could.

In the meantime, Jones tells News Lincoln County that she’s deep into preparing for next summer’s fair at the LC Fairgrounds in Newport. She says she has already booked a carnival as part of the list of attractions. Many fair-goers last summer expressed disappointment that there was no carnival. Jones said the decision to even have a fair came in early spring, so all carnival vendors were already booked for the season. But this year, she said, “Newport’s on the list, and we’ll have one!”

Jones said they have already booked another Bull-O-Rama event, motor sports competition and adds that the county’s 4-H Horse Fair will partially coincide with this summer’s fair. She says there are other entertainment events she’s working on along with recruiting many vendors and exhibitors.

But while Jones and her team continues to create the 2011 Lincoln County Fair, County Counsel Wayne Belmont is concerned about the $40,000 that the state is withholding. He told News Lincoln County that the money is vital to the success of the fair and that not having it could have a major impact on the future of any Lincoln County Fair program. He said again he expects to prevail on the county’s appeal. He said the appeal is first to the Director of the Department of Agriculture. From there it could go to court. But all that takes time. And time is precious when having to plan nearly a year ahead for an event like a county fair.

Progressives Update

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Dec 082010
 

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Announcements for December 8, 2010

[Ed. note:Last week our server, RiseUp, reported that a “spamhaus block” had been placed on their site, and they had been unable to get it removed until last Tuesday, leaving them with a huge backlog of undelivered mail. Consequently, although I had gotten the CoastNet announcements out by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, many of the announcements were outdated before you got them on Friday.
RiseUp is a great international volunteer service providing free listservs to nonprofit organizations. Let’s hope they do not continue to have interference with their efforts to provide good service.
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Responding to crisis with our feet on the ground
In times of crisis and media hype, clarity can be hard to find. How do we stay grounded when the news is so chaotic? Yet it is in the midst of crisis that we need to shake off the chaos and emerge in our communities as clear-eyed guides.
When I heard about the recent sting operation against Mohamed Osman Mohamud for trying to plan a bombing in Portland, I worked hard to see with those clear eyes. I started wondering, is Mohamud a dangerous sleeper cell terrorist waiting for the opportunity to strike? Or is he a misguided youth who happens to also be Somali and who fell into a bad FBI entrapment plan? What is right and wrong when it comes to our families’ security? Or our civil rights?
If the world gives you lemons, make lemonade. Awful events like these are opportunities to practice courage, clarity and unity. These are the things we need to nurture our democracy back to life. Continue reading »

Depoe Bay’s good safety record means more money in city employee pockets.

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Dec 082010
 

Depoe Bay City Council

Depoe Bay City Recorder Pury Murray gave a happy report to her city council Tuesday evening, that the city’s safety record was so good, their insurance company gave them a discount. About a thousand dollars worth. Murray said she’d like to divide the money up among Depoe Bay’s 12 city employees.

The council received the official canvass of the November 2nd general election. Since there was no candidate listed for Position Six on the council, the council was prepared to seat the top vote-getting write-in candidate Seth “Zeke” Olsen. However, upon contacting Mr. Olsen, he revealed that he was not a resident of Depoe Bay. Whereupon the council dropped their interest in Mr. Olsen and declared the seat vacant. They will take up the matter after the first of the year after the new council and new mayor are sworn in. The council is expected to ask for applications, interview those who respond and pick one to fill the vacancy.

Outgoing Mayor Jim White told the council and those in the audience that he’s enjoyed his years as mayor. He said he is most proud of the way the Depoe Bay Planning Commission and the City Council have learned to work as a team while meeting the needs of Depoe Bay citizens and business people. He’s also glad that he kept enough pressure on ODOT and the governor’s office in order to get Depoe Bay three new crosswalks on Highway 101. One at the town’s post office, one at Collins, and the third one at Clark. White said “it took me three years of constant phone calls and reminding everyone that we needed crosswalks.” He said ODOT finally put ’em in. Continue reading »

Toledo group brainstorms with LC Schools Superintendent Tom Rinearson over Mary Harrison School.

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Dec 072010
 

At long last they shoved in an axe handle to stop the rumor mill in Toledo about Mary Harrison Elementary School. And what’s going to happen to it.

A group of Toledo residents and Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Tom Rinearson sat down to talk about possible options for the old school which now provides storage for old records and other minor functions. Resident Sandy Blackman and Brenda Brown, a member of the Lincoln County School Board, put forth the idea that the old facility might be re-dedicated as a Toledo public asset. Some asked what the school district would take for the old building and various figures were batted around. But in the end Rinearson asserted, “Put down $50,000 in an escrow fund and we can talk more seriously.” No one pulled out their check book. Rinearson told NewsLincolnCounty.com that if the district can’t make a few bucks on such a transaction, he would try to make sure the district didn’t lose any money either.

The group came up with ideas like turning Mary Harrison into a high school culinary arts or other form of economic incubator for Toledo. Other suggestions included children’s after school care, student learning center, etc. Continue reading »

Oregon takes huge step toward better stewardship of its coastal waters.

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Dec 072010
 

A two day meeting in Newport has just concluded with what may be an historic step forward to better understanding Oregon’s territorial waters which reach out three miles. It’s full of fish, marine mammals, marine habitat, sea-going commercial and sports fishers, recreationists and everyday folks who rely on the ocean’s good health.

During the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) meeting, the health of Oregon’s territorial ocean as well as the economic health of those who fish and who otherwise enjoy it, were debated for hours. They also debated the relationship of Oregonians, especially those living along coast, to the sea and how it affects traditional as well as evolving contemporary culture. But front-and-center were concerns about the establishment of what are called Marine Reserves, and MarineProtection Areas that are proposed up and down the Oregon Coast from near Garibaldi on the north to Port Orford on the south. These areas just offshore are targeted to become real-live scientific laboratories to determine the health of Oregon’s near-shore ocean and the effects human interaction has had on it. However, under an executive order from the governor, none of the marine reserves, individually or as a group are allowed to cause “significant economic or social impacts.” Continue reading »

Newport City Council approves $110,000 to fix Performing Arts Center roof.

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Dec 072010
 

The Newport City Council Monday night decided to spend the last tax proceeds from the north Urban Renewal District to fix the roof of the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC). A report to the council indicated that the PAC’s roof has leaked off and on for a number of years and that occasional patch jobs are no longer working. Water intrusion, said the report, is causing internal damage necessitating a new roof.

The council said, in approving the roof expenditure, that any money left over would be spent on repairing the PAC’s parking area to the east.

Former Portland armored car driver and family indicted for staging $3 million theft.

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Dec 072010
 

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PORTLAND, OR—Archie Cabello, age 64, together with his wife Marian Cabello, age 58, and their son, Vincent Cabello, age 39, all of Portland, were charged last week by a federal grand jury in a 51 count indictment with conspiracy to steal and possess bank money, false statements in credit card applications, filing a false tax return, and money laundering. Continue reading »