Federal bail-out for schools on the way but Superintendent Rinearson takes a “wait and see” position.

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Aug 052010
 

President Obama is expected to sign a just-passed U.S. Senate bill that provides just over a quarter billion dollars in aid to Oregon schools, medicaid and law enforcement. But how that money filters down to individual school districts is substantially at the discretion of the state legislature. “So there’s lots of unknowns,” according to Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Tom Rinearson. Continue reading »

Major changes coming to South Beach near the bridge

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Aug 052010
 

Now that NOAA’s grand opening and operational launch at South Beach is less than a year away, the City of Newport is getting quite serious about making sure traffic in and out of the area is improved.

Gone will be the patchwork of old streets and byways coming together at odd and puzzling angles. Gone will be the confusion about looking at a bridge you want to drive on but can’t get to. And no longer will people wonder where the Oregon Coast Aquarium is and where to park. Continue reading »

Isaak Glenn 5, found alive and apparently well after being missing for 18 hours north of Florence

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Aug 052010
 

Washburn Park, north of Florence
Provided by Oregon State Police:

A father and son from Cottage Grove found a missing 5-year old boy Thursday afternoon following a near 18 hour search in the area of Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park after the boy was reported missing from the campground.

On the morning of August 5, 2010, Pete Barrell, age 52, and his 14-year old son, Mason, from Cottage Grove noticed a newspaper story about Isaak Benjamin Glenn who was reported missing August 4th by family friends. They reported he disappeared while playing near a campsite which was being prepared for two overnight stays at the campground. Continue reading »

Plane crash at Toledo Airport – minor injuries

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Aug 052010
 

With correction as to ownership of the airport, state instead of Port of Toledo.

Toledo Fire and Police raced today to the Port of Toledo’s small airstrip off of Bay Road on a report that a plane had crashed and that there were two injured people. When fire and police got there they found indeed the passenger in this Cessna 182 had suffered facial cuts and bruises from the plane running off the north end of the runway. The pilot, a gentleman from Roseburg, said he was coming in on some personal business and just didn’t realize how short the airstrip is.

His passenger, who also happened to be his son-in-law, was loaded aboard an ambulance and taken to PCH in Newport for a quick check-out and some wound cleaning. The pilot appeared to be uninjured.

There has been talk in the past of closing the airport since it is only lightly used. The Oregon State Department of Aviation owns the property. However between its light use and proximity to Port of Toledo property and proximity to the river, the airstrip is the object of ongoing speculation about its future use. But since the state has jurisdiction over such airfields, any change in land use could prove problematic. In the event of an earthquake that damaged Newport’s airport, Toledo would be the closest one to allow rapid access to outside-the-area emergency responders as well as an initial source of emergency medical supplies. So, it’s all in the eyes of the beholder as to what’s the highest and best use for any piece of property.

Big family pow wow comin’ up! “Siletz Go!”

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Aug 052010
 

Provided by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Bring Your Family to the Siletz Pow-Wow

Many different Tribal nations will be represented at the annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow on Aug. 13-15, 2010, in Siletz, Ore., held by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. The public is invited to attend this family-friendly event, a tradition for the Siletz people and other American Indians.

All events, except the parade, take place at the Pauline Ricks Memorial Pow-Wow Grounds on Government Hill in Siletz.

“This is a great way for people to experience American Indian culture right here on the Oregon Coast,” said Mona Fisher, cultural education coordinator for the Siletz Tribe. “You can learn about the different styles of pow-wow dancing, see the beautiful regalia up close and even participate yourself in some of the inter-tribal dances.” Continue reading »

Lincoln County School District officials find a silver lining in what some might call a pretty bad report card from the state

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Aug 052010
 

Provided by LCSD,

Each August, school districts in Oregon receive preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports showing how well students met certain statewide standards in academics and attendance during the previous school year, and graduation rates for the two years prior.

Lincoln County School District administrators are pleased that the preliminary AYP report for Lincoln County School District shows continued improvement in many areas, from the 2008-09 school year to the 2009-10 school year; and that cumulative gains over the past five years of reporting confirm that the school district is moving in the right direction. “This report helps us focus on areas that need attention, and highlights areas where we are doing well,” says LCSD Superintendent Tom Rinearson. “It’s an important tool that helps drive our conversations for improvement.” Continue reading »

Study shows that one man’s pork is another man’s vote.

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Aug 052010
 

The Pew Research Insitute has found that although the word pork” can make the hair on the back of most voters’ necks stand on end, it’s mostly because they think that it’s pork when their community or state doesn’t get enough of it. Here’s the quite interesting full article:

http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1686/effect-campaign-on-congressional-vote-earmark-obama-palin-tea-party

U of O’s Economic “Guru” says Oregon not necessarily heading for a double dip recession

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Aug 052010
 

University of Oregon economist Tom Duy, who issues monthly reports cards on the statewide status of our economic health, said in his latest release that Oregon’s anemic recovery is of substantial concern, but he’s not looking for any window to jump out of either.

Here’s the story in today’s Eugene Register Guard:

http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/business/25127379-41/index-economy-oregon-recession-dip.csp

Another organizational update from Coastal Progressives

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Aug 052010
 

Provided by: Coastal Progressives
(Totally unedited)

A day both bitter and slightly sweet

On July 29, 2010, a law took effect that targets undocumented people living in Arizona’s communities, SB1070.

We won a significant victory when the courts struck down the most egregious parts of the law. The peoples’ voices always rise before the court’s decisions, so with this sign of progress we will continue fighting the remainder of this unjust law.

The Rural Organizing Project and its Human Dignity Groups have a long history of letting values of human dignity and democracy be our guide through the seas of cultural change. As we celebrate this small victory for basic human decency and prepare ourselves to continue the work of diffusing the wedge of hate in our own communities, let’s take a minute to realign with what we know to be true. Continue reading »