Sister City delegation headed home today

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Aug 052010
 


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After climbing to the top of a coastal lighthouse, playing with crawly critters in a tidal pool, dancing with Newport children, and experimenting with Making Paper, the 14 teens from Newport’s sister city of Mombetsu are finally headed back to Japan.

Toledo may be getting a big boost from ODOT on their Main Street to waterfront connection!

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Aug 052010
 

Main Street, Toledo

Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger broke the news to his City Council Wednesday night that the Oregon Department of Transportation has indicated strongly that the city will likely be receiving a $1.5 million dollar grant to complete the town’s Main Street to the Waterfront proposal that’s been slow moving at best. Continue reading »

Samaritan Pacific Health Services is looking to float a big bond to improve medical services at PCH, Newport

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Aug 042010
 

PCH, Newport

The CEO of Samaritan Pacific Health Services told the Toledo City Council Wednesday night that they are exploring putting a $25 million to $50 million bond issue to the voters for the November 2012 ballot.

The reason for the funding request is for Samaritan Pacific Health Services to upgrade several areas of their Newport hospital campus. CEO David Bigelow said they are planning for a large shift in patient numbers and the kind of medical care they are seeking. Basically, less young people seeking pediatric services and more care being sought for aging services from senior citizens. Continue reading »

Lincoln City City Council races slog along toward August 17th filing deadline

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Aug 042010
 

The race for who will sit on the Lincoln City City Council is moving along, somewhat slowly. But with an August 17th deadline looming, the paperwork circulating throughout the city will surely find its way back to city hall as candidates gather their 25 voter signatures of support required to file.

In Ward I, incumbent city councilor Sharon Cannon has picked up her candidate’s packet and is presumably gathering her signatures. Cannon has a challenger, Henry Quandt, a local businessman, who is also out gathering voter signatures. Continue reading »

Depoe Bay begins discussions on future water/sewer upgrades

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Aug 042010
 

Although there is still a deep recession going on, the Depoe Bay City Council is grappling with what they know will come along in the future. More people moving into the area, including Gleneden Beach, and that means more toilets and more people flushing them.

Gleneden Beach historically has sent their wastewater to Depoe Bay for processing and they pay the going rate for doing so. However, engineers say within the near future there will be even more wastewater headed for Depoe Bay, an increase that the current pipes running between the two communities cannot handle. They must be replaced with bigger pipes. Continue reading »

Huge relief at Lincoln County School District Office

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Aug 042010
 

The U.S. Senate this afternoon passed a hotly contested emergency relief bill for the nation’s schools, fire fighters, police and public employees. On a 61-38 vote, with two Republicans crossing over, the Senate passed a massive relief bill that means $274 million dollars for Oregon which is expected to save 1,600 teacher jobs and $156 million to help the state pay its share of Medicaid which helps the poor get medical services.

Although Republican senators voted against it, charging it’s a bail-out for the union friends of the Democrats, moderate Senate Republicans Olympia Snow and Susan Collins of Maine switched over to give the nation’s Kindergarten through 12th grades a more predictable school year in front of them with more teachers to guide them through their education. Continue reading »

Obama Administration sends $88 million to Oregon to help unemployed homeowners avoid foreclosure.

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Aug 042010
 

The Obama Administration has approved $600 million in emergency funds to help unemployed homeowners nationwide avoid foreclosure. $88 million of that is aimed at Oregon where a number of local homeowner assistance organizations are already trying to help those who face the loss of their home through first or second liens, facilitate short sales and/or deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure and help in paying past due mortgage payments. It’s estimated that over seven thousand Oregon homeowners can be helped by the new program.

The story appears in this morning’s Portland Oregonian.
Click here:
http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/08/oregon_gets_federal_money_to_h.html

Another “Video letter” home to Mombetsu for the families of Newport’s Sister City!

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Aug 032010
 


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Mombetsu’s Sister City delegation to Newport had a very full day today, from crafting with agates, to dancing and playing games with young Shakespearian actors. Then more dancing, class time and exploring at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Enjoy. Arigatō!

Six out of 16 Lincoln County School fail Federal AYP standards

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Aug 032010
 

The federal No Child Left Behind report card on Lincoln County schools for the 2009-10 school year was disappointing. According to the Oregon State Department of Education only 10 of the county’s 16 schools made what is called “adequate yearly progress” in the areas of reading and math. One bright spot is that Taft Elementary finally got off the “Needs Improvement” list. Taft Elementary achieved adequate yearly progress for two years in a row.

The schools that did make adequate yearly progress are schools that have usually made the list. They are Crestview Heights, Eddyville Charter, Isaac Newton Magnet School, Lincoln City Career Tech High, Newport High, Newport Prep, Oceanlake Elementary, Sam Case Elementary, Taft Elementary and Waldport High. Continue reading »

Lincoln County Superintendent: “Isaac Newton to remain open this school year”

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Aug 032010
 

Although mentioned during school district budget talks recently, Schools Superintendent Tom Rinearson has announced that Isaac Newton Magnet School will remain open for the upcoming school year.

Preliminary discussions about how to cut up to $4.5 million from the 2010-11 school year to reflect declining revenues, Isaac Newton was proposed to be closed, with its students to be re-directed to Newport Prep and Newport Intermediate. A predictable hue and cry went up across the community pointing out that Isaac Newton is an excellent school that has outperformed most other intermediate schools in the state. Its students and parents urged the district to take its closure off the table. Rinearson agreed. At least for this year. Continue reading »