Lincoln County School District Facilities chief Rich Belloni says now that they’re poised to get a $750,000 check from Lincoln City to complete the sale of the old Delake Elementary School, the next step will be to figure out how they want to spend the money. Belloni says normal procedure is to use it for one-shot major maintenance or facility improvements. They’re trying to figure out which one it should be.
Oregon’s job market continues to bump along the bottom of the worst recession in 80 years. The bad news is that there’s little if any job growth. The good news is that it doesn’t seem to be getting any worse. Here’s a full report from the Oregon Employment Department:
While investigating a multi-car accident on Highway 101 near Yachats recently, officers said that as a car passed by, somebody inside threw a beer bottle at them and then took off.
A deputy jumped in his patrol vehicle and quickly caught up with the car. Once pulled over the deputy quickly ascertained the general demeanor of the occupants and suspected that drug use might be involved. His suspicions were confirmed as he spotted a smoking pipe that was laced with methamphetamine residue.
Driver Pamela Dahl, 47 of Waldport, was subsequently taken into custody for unlawful possession of methamphetamine and was lodged in the county jail on $50,000 bail. The deputy said they’re still trying to figure out who threw the beer bottle, acknowledging that such an act is certainly one way to get their attention in fighting drug abuse in Lincoln County.
Saying they could save over $30,000 in interest, the Lincoln City City Council Monday night agreed to pay off the mortgage on the former Delake School building on South Highway 101 by writing the school district (the former owner) a check for the school’s remaining unpaid balance, $750,000.
The Delake School was transformed in 2006 into a local cultural and arts center, humming with special events and various activities to serve local residents but also as a tourist attraction of its own. It’s run by the Coastal Communities Cultural Center organization that is under contract from the city to act not only as an arts and cultural center, but as an information and referral center for the city. The Cultural Center’s website lists all upcoming events and ongoing programs at LincolnCity-CulturalCenter.org.
What will no doubt further fuel an already hot debate, the Lincoln City City Council voted unanimously Monday night (Mayor Hollingsworth absent) to officially launch what will probably be a long process to annex the 1,200 homes in the Roads End area into the city. City Councilors maintained that it’s time that Roads End residents and property owners become part of the city and to begin paying for the municipal services they already enjoy, but for which they do not pay. Even Roads End water bills, they say, do not reflect the full cost of delivering water to the Roads End area since most of the heavy financial lifting for nine million dollars in water system improvements are being shouldered largely by city taxpayers. Councilors also pointed out that road, police, park, recreation and tourism promotion are paid for by Lincoln City residents which, again, are enjoyed by Roads End residents at virtually no cost.
Lincoln City City Manager David Hawker told his city council Monday evening that although the city continues to lose a considerable amount of its water to leaky pipes, many of the biggest leaks have been fixed with more targeted in the near future.
Hawker told the council that when Lincoln City was formed in 1965, through the combining of a number of small coastal towns, their far flung, and often cheaply installed, water systems were connected together. And leaks are common among them. He said over time city crews will fix many leaks but that new ones will always spring up. It’s a never ending process. Currently, the city is fixing 20-25 leaks a year. Over the years, as streets are repaved, crews will check for water leaks among the buildings they see (street main connections) and fix any leaks they encounter.
Three people were arrested over the weekend in a drug related case which started out on Highway 229 between Toledo and Siletz as a traffic stop for speeding. When the deputy tried to pull the black Honda coupe over, the Honda took off at high speed. The deputy said the car turned onto an old logging road and almost immediately got stuck.
During a search of the vehicle, the deputy said he found several prescription Morphine pills under the seat that Kristopher Bergey (left), 41, Toledo, was sitting. He was charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance. Driver Charelle Posey (not pictured), 22, of Lincoln City was arrested and booked into the county jail for Felony Attempt to Elude an officer.
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Saturday, September 18 ~ 7:00 PM
Nye Beach Visual Arts Center
777 NW Beach Drive, Newport OR 97365
Open mic follows
Admission $5.00 | Free to Students
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Is it the swelling ranks of the baby-boomers, “tough on crime” mandatory sentencing, the economy (no money for beer), the decline in meth labs or is Oregon following the national downward crime rate with a myriad of possible causes? The issue is discussed in today’s Portland Oregonian.
On Saturday, September 18th, there will be an attempt to increase the number of hands clasping their way across the Yaquina Bay Bridge to honor and encourage those who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and for the thousands, besides themselves, who are affected by it.
According to drug counselor Chandler Davis, only six percent of Lincoln County residents suffering drug or alcohol dependency are receiving professional treatment. Davis estimates of those undergoing treatment 60 to 80 percent will live longer, more productive lives.