Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Tom Rinearson gets an A from the School Board

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Feb 162011
 

Provided by Lincoln County School Board

LCSD Board of Directors
10-11 Evaluation of Superintendent Tom Rinearson
Public Statement

The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors has completed the annual evaluation of Superintendent Tom Rinearson, utilizing the Superintendent Evaluation Form of the Oregon School Boards Association. At the Superintendent’s request, District Office administrators and school principals also rated his performance. The evaluation was based on ten (10) leadership standards, and included the district goals adopted by the Board of Directors. In addition to rating performance indicators for each goal, the evaluation results included many comments and commendations.

The Board commends Superintendent Rinearson on his continued outstanding leadership performance during this year, his seventh with the District. His work with labor relations, and his values and ethics of leadership are exceptional. His leadership style, open communication, and presence in our schools and communities has inspired trust and gained the respect of staff, students, parents, and community members. He has developed an efficient and responsive district organization where decisions are data driven and the focus is on student achievement.

As we face these very trying financial times, we are pleased with the progress made with Superintendent Rinearson at the District’s helm. He is challenging all of us to envision a positive future for the students of Lincoln County. With his leadership, we are confident that this progress will continue, even during these financially challenging times throughout Oregon and beyond.

Newport Chamber Update

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Feb 162011
 

February 16, 2011

Please be reminded…
*Business After Hours
February’s Business After Hours is this Thursday the 17th! OSU Federal Credit Union is hosting this complimentary networking and socializing event. Chamber members and guests are invited to attend from 5:30 to 7:00pm.

*Chamber Luncheon
The February 18th Chamber Luncheon will be held at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn at noon. Please join us for a presentation on “The Celtic Highland Games.”

We hope to see you at both events!

Traffic crash on 101, South Beach

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Feb 162011
 

7:34am
Crash situation handled. No reports of injuries.

7:22am
Fire rescue is enroute to a traffic collision in the northbound lanes of Highway 101 at milepost 146 in the South Beach area. Watch for emergency vehicles. No report on injuries, if any.

Newport hands Philomath another loss, this time worse than before

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Feb 152011
 


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An eruption of three point shots, consistent free throws and stiffened defense put the Newport Cubs ahead of the Philomath Warriors from the get-go. And Cub hoopster Stuart Bartoldus did another acrobatic jam just to make sure the door slammed shut.

Lincoln County Commission Bill Hall to give a financial update on Lincoln County government.

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Feb 152011
 

Commissioner Bill Hall to address Democrats

On February 23, Lincoln County Democrats will host County Commissioner Bill Hall. He will speak on the state of the county, the effort to revive teen court and how an increase in volunteerism could be a huge help in times of public budget problems. A party business meeting will also occur.

All this will start at 7 pm. In the spirit of volunteerism, the Democrats will accept donations for Food Share. They invite allto donate some non-perishable food items.

Central Lincoln PUD is located at 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport (across US 101 from Safeway.) Meetings of the Lincoln County

Democratic Central Committee are free and open to the public. For more information, call Chair Dan Beck at 541-994-4694, or go to the group’s website, www.lcdcc.org.

Monster “King Tides” Wednesday through Friday! Whip out your cameras and take pictures!

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Feb 152011
 

Every early winter, Oregon high tides are higher than usual. These “King Tides,” as they are called, are being documented to help understand what coastal and river communities might experience as sea levels rise in the coming decades. Anyone with a camera is invited to participate in a project to document just how high future tides might get. Picture-takers are encouraged to photograph these high tides, which are predicted to occur February 16-19. Take your pictures and share them with your neighboring shutterbugs to help document the highest rise of tidewater during the January/February 2011 King Tides.

The highest tides that the Mid-Coast Watershed Council is interested in seeing will occur Feb. 16th at 10:14am, Feb. 17th at 11:07am, Feb. 18 at 12:15pm and Feb. 19th, at 12:52p.

Watershed Council spokeswoman Lisa Mulcahy says a gathering of “King Tides” photographers break out their photos and free pizza at the Community Room at the Newport Campus of Oregon Coast Community College, February 22, at 6:30pm. Discussions will ensue as to the cause behind rising sea levels and what, if anything, can be done about it. Or at least how to cope with them. For more info, contact Lisa Mulcahy at YaquinaWatershedCouncil@gmail.com.

Waldport’s new beer, new quilt and a very big birthday!

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Feb 152011
 

Waldport-on-Alsea

In what had to be among the longest awaited swearing-in ceremonies in Waldport’s municipal history, Linda Brown finally raised her right hand last Thursday and was sworn in as the newest city councilor for the town. Elected in early November of last year, Brown didn’t take her seat until February 8th, a three and a half month gap between election night and her first witnessing of the bang of Mayor Woodruff’s gavel. It seems that Councilor Brown had booked a mexican cruise with friends long before she was bitten by the electoral bug. The gap was also aggravated by the fact that the Waldport City Council meets only once a month, so missing one meeting (in January) delayed her inaugural moment by an additional thirty days. But Ms. Brown will easily catch up. She’s no stranger to municipal doings. She is the assistant finance director for the city of Newport.

Elsewhere, the city council received a gift commemorating Waldport’s 100th birthday. A large quilt which will be displayed prominently at the town’s Centennial Birthday Party, March 8th, at the Community Center. Runs 3 to 6pm, so there will be plenty of time for cake, good conversation, live music and reminiscence. And part of the celebration involves The Rogue Brewery which will debut it’s latest addition to its award winning line-up of beers, Alsea Bay Ale. Rogue describes its new Waldport-inspired brew as “A pale ale, saffron in color with a smooth malt balance; a floral aroma with a dry, spicy finish from whole juniper berries.” Honoring Waldport, indeed!

Waldport City Manager Nancy Leonard announced that the city will soon be saving a lot of money on its monthly phone bill. It’s going VOIP, for Voice Over Internet Protocol. It means that Waldport City Hall and other city facilities will be using the internet to connect their telephones to each other and to the outside world. It also means that all Waldport city government numbers will be changing to reflect the switch to VOIP. Leonard told the council it may take a few months to happen, but that the change is on the way.

And Ms. Leonard announced that it you want to pay your city utility bill or traffic fines in a way that doesn’t make you stand in line, you can pay right over the internet. Ms. Leonard says a secure internet page has been created so those owing the city money can pay with a credit or debit card knowing that no one can monitor your keyboard strokes or otherwise obtain your personal information. Just go to the city’s website at www.Waldport.org and follow the directions at the bottom of the home page.

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Oregon AG: Files suit against alleged scam veterans fundraiser.

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Feb 152011
 

Gregory Warnock (OWVA)

LAWSUIT ACCUSES CHARITIES AND FOUNDER OF ILLEGALLY DIVERTING MONEY RAISED TO BENEFIT VETERANS

The Oregon Department of Justice’s lawsuit is against Oregon War Veterans Association, Military Family Support Foundation and their founder, Gregory Warnock

Attorney General John Kroger today announced a lawsuit alleging that the founder of two charities personally kept at least $690,000 of funds raised to help Oregon veterans and improperly used charitable donations to make unreported political contributions.

“The Department of Justice is committed to cracking down on charities that misuse donations raised to benefit veterans, law enforcement and other worthy causes,” said Keith Dubanevich, Chief of Staff and Special Counsel to Attorney General Kroger. “Oregonians deserve absolute assurances that their generous charitable contributions are spent properly.”

The lawsuit was filed today in Marion County Circuit Court against Gregory Warnock and corporations he founded: the Oregon War Veterans Association (OWVA) and Military Family Support Foundation.

The suit alleges that Warnock falsely claimed that Military Family Support had been granted charitable status by the IRS and that donations to it were tax-deductible. In fact, the suit alleges, Military Family Support was little more than a corporate shell that Warnock used to solicit donations that he transferred to himself or entities under his control.

Warnock also allegedly allowed OWVA to make unreported political contributions and represented that donors could claim a charitable tax deduction for contributions intended to be used for political purposes, which is contrary to Oregon’s campaign finance laws, Internal Revenue Service regulations and OWVA’s status as a charitable, public-benefit corporation.

The lawsuit seeks, among other things, an order shutting down OWVA and preventing Warnock from operating charities in the future. Attorney General Kroger also is demanding that Warnock repay amounts he impropertly diverted so the funds can be distributed to charitable organizations that provide assistance to veterans.

The lawsuit is part of Attorney General Kroger’s ongoing initiative to crack down on non-profits and fundraisers that fraudulently claim to help U.S. veterans.

As part of those efforts, the Department of Justice reached an agreement earlier this year permanently barring Community Support, Inc., a fundraising company, from soliciting in Oregon. Community Support solicited on behalf of veterans groups and other charities, but kept at least 80% of donors’ contributions. Last year, DOJ shut down No Veterans Left Behind Association, a group that sold merchandise and solicited cash donations for veterans in front of stores in Oregon, but kept most of the money for themselves. DOJ also permanently enjoined the Florida-based charity The Veterans Fund and its fundraiser, Center Stage Attractions, from soliciting from Oregonians based upon evidence that the organizations made misleading claims about how donations would be used.

In addition, Attorney General Kroger has introduced legislation to crack down on sham charities. Every year, millions of dollars in charitable donations are given to non-profits that spend most of their donations on administrative salaries, telemarketers and overhead costs. To crack down, Attorney General Kroger introduced SB 40, the first bill in the nation to require charities to spend at least 30% of money raised toward their purported charitable cause. If they fail to meet this requirement, donations to them will no longer be tax deductible. SB 40 received its first hearing last week in the Senate Revenue Committee.

It’s gettin’ closer to Seafood & Wine, folks!

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Feb 152011
 


Extended Shuttle Service during Seafood and Wine Festival!

NEWPORT, Oregon – The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce will once again be providing complimentary shuttle bus service during the 34th Annual Seafood & Wine Weekend. Due to street renovations in the South Beach area, limited parking will be available. Visitors to the Festival are encouraged to utilize park and ride areas around the Newport area, and take the shuttles.

Shuttle service has been expanded this year to accommodate additional ridership, with 28 bus stops located around the Newport area. A shuttle map can be downloaded from www.newportchamber.org, or picked up at the Chamber Office. Buses will be operating as follows:

Friday 1:30 pm – 10 pm
Saturday 9:30 am – 7:00 pm (with extended hours from restaurants/hotels 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm)
Sunday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

The extended shuttle service on Saturday, allows visitors time to shop and eat at local restaurants before returning to their lodging. The shuttle buses will run a continuous loop throughout the Festival at approximately 30-40 minute intervals.

Please visit the Chamber’s website www.newportchamber.org for a printable map of the shuttle stops and hours, or call 541-265-8801.

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