Newport Chambers Beautification Award for February, goes to LC School District

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Feb 152011
 

FEBRUARY 2011 BEAUTIFICATION AWARD

NEWPORT – The Lincoln County School District is in the enhancement and development business. They define excellence, and promote a quality of education that we can all be proud of. Part of their educational mission includes providing a safe, clean environment where our children can study, learn and grow. To upgrade their aging structures, they crafted a plan to remodel various sites. This had to be done in stages, to accommodate staff and provide the least disruption to class time. During the summer of 2009, windows and brick were replaced at Newport High School. A parallel project occurred during Spring Break, 2010 on the adjacent Newport Preparatory Academy. Last summer, Newport’s Sam Case Elementary building transformed from a shuttered, closed off façade, to a structure featuring large plate glass windows and new siding. At the same time Newport Intermediate School was given a fresh coat of paint and now sports a new sign.

Our School District may be applauded for not only educating our children, but giving them educational sites that are welcoming, and ones they can be proud of.

If you wish to nominate a business for a Beautification Award, you may log on to www.newportchamber.org, or call Bobbi at 541-265-8801.

Newport Police surround Lee Street bungalow, arrest roommate with a rifle.

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Feb 152011
 

Dale Durham, 55

Provided by Newport Police

Newport Police Officers responded Tuesday afternoon to a 911 call at 154 SW Lee Street from Mr. Timothy Spencer, who reported that his roommate, Mr. Dale Durham, was intoxicated and had just discharged a rifle in their residence. Mr. Spencer reported that Mr. Durham was depressed and very angry.

Mr. Spencer reported that at one point Mr. Durham pointed the rifle at him while he was escaping out the front door. Newport Police Officers, along with Oregon State Police and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office, surrounded the residence located at the busy intersection of SW 2nd and SW Lee Streets.

Police Officers called Mr. Durham’s residence, but the phone was disconnected. Officers then used a loud bullhorn to call Mr. Durham from his home. Mr. Durham soon came to the door, walked out of the house, and surrendered without further incident.

A loaded 35 Remington rifle was found on the couch where Mr. Durham was reported to have been sitting when he fired the shot. At this time there is no indication that Mr. Durham is related to David Durham, the suspect in the shooting of Lincoln City Police Officer Steven Dodds.

Mr. Durham was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Reckless Endangering, and Menacing. His bail was set at $380,000.

Anyone with any information to add about the circumstances of the incident should call Officer Jerry Howe, Newport Police, 541-574-3348.

Lincoln City City Council goes “all the way” to better protect its water supply to the town.

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Feb 152011
 

Schooner Creek Road, bypass water pipe

Lincoln City City Councilors Monday night decided to pursue a long-haul solution to the town’s obviously fragile water mains that connect the Lincoln City’s Water Treatment Plant tp all its water customers. Rains over the January 14th weekend dumped 6″ of rain on the area in less than 36 hours, prompting slides and slump outs on many roads along the Central Coast. And one of those roads is Lincoln City’s Schooner Creek Road. The road slumped out, nearly exposing and damaging the town’s main water main that serves the region.

Lincoln City public works crews valiantly installed a temporary by-pass to keep the water flowing. However, the danger of more slides still exist along this particular stretch of Schooner Creek Road. And that has prompted them to buy a lot more pipe. That pipe, in the bottom photo, is stacked alongside the road in case the hill moves enough to take out the temporary bypass. Crews will immediately build a much longer bypass and run the pipe farther south, then westerly, then back up to the road to tie into the main supply pipe.

However, not satisfied with relying on that temporary fix, City Manager David Hawker convinced his council to purchase nearly a quarter million dollars in more pipe, and run it from the town’s water plant, down Drift Creek Road to 101 where it will tie into the city’s other main supply line. City officials say they expect the pipe to arrive very shortly and be laid in the ground over the next couple of months. It’s about a mile and a half of pipe that will follow Drift Creek Road, far away from the Schooner Creek slide and tie in to the town’s water system.

City Councilors say it’s a good time to do a more dramatic big fix because the recession has driven down pipe and labor costs. They say the total bill will be $200,000 cheaper than had they installed it just a couple of years ago. During construction, there will be flaggers on Drift Creek Road, so traffic will continue to flow. Meanwhile, Lincoln County Public Works Director Jim Buisman is trying to land some federal disaster funds to fix the Schooner Creek Road section that threatens its water line. No word yet on when reconstruction of Schooner Creek might get going.

Election to fill vacant seat of LC City Councilor Ed Kuntz

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Feb 142011
 

Remembering Lincoln City City Councilor Ed Kuntz who died last month following surgery.

A black mini-sheet was draped over deceased City Councilor Ed Kuntz’s seat on the Lincoln City Council Monday evening. It sat there the whole meeting, reminding the council and those in the audience and watching the TV broadcast that the community has lost a valued friend, public servant and family man. Kuntz died from complications stemming from artery surgery in his stomach.

A memorial for Ed Kuntz is being held next Monday, February 21st, from 11-3 at the Anchor Inn in Taft. It’s free and anyone who knew Ed or valued his life, his service and his love for his community are cordially invited to drop by and pay their respects.

Last night the city council decided to hold a special election May 17th to find a replacement for Kuntz. Those seeking to fill the unexpired term of Ed Kuntz’s term must live in Ward III, a southern district in the city. His term expires in 2012. For information, call the Lincoln County Recorder’s Office at the county courthouse for all the particulars.

“Man with a weapon” flushed out from house west of Lincoln County Courthouse

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Feb 142011
 

Authorities say they have arrested an armed man who was hold up in a small bungalow, just west of the Lincoln County Courthouse.

Police Chief Mark Miranda said they received a report that there was a highly intoxicated man barricaded inside the small house, and that he was armed.

Authorities surrounded the building and cordoned off a big part of the block the house sits on. At 5:15pm officers were able to apprehend the man and lead him away.

Traffic is back to normal in the area.

Lots of unknowns about NOAA budget and possible effects on their move to Newport

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Feb 142011
 

Congressman Kurt Schrader told the Portland Oregonian last evening that a proposed cut of over $300 million to the budget of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) could affect NOAA’s move from Seattle to Newport in a timely manner. An aide to Schrader told News Lincoln County that Schrader’s statement was more of a warning shot to the media and the Newport community than a specific prediction of impending doom. But he added that such a proposed huge cut to NOAA’s budget must call into question every facet of NOAA’s operations, including their relocation from Seattle to Newport.

News Lincoln County contacted Port of Newport General Manager Don Mann today and he said “While I’m concerned like everybody else, I’m not overly so. There’s a lot of political wrangling that will go on between President Obama and the GOP leadership in the U.S. House.” As for whether such budgetary sword fighting might endanger NOAA’s move to Newport Mann added “We have signed contracts and I feel they’re solid.”

Mann said they were still aiming for a June 1st completion of most of the $40 million dollar “plus” project. He said the headquarters buildings are up and the big ship docks are taking shape. Mann said he will be following the budget talks very closely like most areas of the country that rely on federal aid or federal budget expenditures.

On another budget front, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced that President Obama’s budget for next year continues to fund rural county “in lieu” timber payments which assist local governments with law enforcement and schools. However, Wyden and Merkley pointed out that President Obama’s budget calls for a ten percent cut from previous levels so there will be severe strain on those services if those cuts stand. And, what’s more, Obama does not define where those timber “in lieu” funds will be coming from. A spokesman for Obama said the issue will be negotiated with House GOP leadership which they say continues to target programs vital to many Oregonians.

Undocumented Oregon high school kids seek in-state tuition at local colleges

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Feb 142011
 

A bill is before the Oregon legislature that would stop charging undocumented latino high school students, who graduated from Oregon high schools, more expensive “out of state” tuition. The reason for the bill is that its supporters believe that their families have paid taxes like everyone else and therefore their children should not be discriminated against simply because they were brought here by their parents and never registered as legal aliens.

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Driftwood Library Lincoln City all about poetry…

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Feb 142011
 

Poetry has often been described as cutting corners to the heart and truth about life. Headlines with a punch or with an insightful nudge to the soul. See if any of it surfaces at the following poetry events at Lincoln City’s public library!

Feb. 16 at 7 pm: Open Mic Poetry Reading
March 16 at 7pm: Open Mic Poetry Reading
March 17 at 4pm: Paulanne Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate will read from her work
April 10 at 3pm : poet Clement Starck will read from his work
April 13 at 7pm: Open Mic Poetry Reading
April 16 time tba: intergenerational workshop with poet Jennifer Boyden.
April 17 at 3pm: poet Jennifer Boyden will read from her work
May 18 at 7pm: Open Mic Poetry Reading

Please share this info with anyone who loves poetry. We hope to see and hear from you at as many of these events as you can attend.

Susan J. Jenkins, Library Director
Driftwood Public Library
801 SW Hwy 101, #201
Lincoln City, OR 97367
541-996-1251 voice
541-996-1262 fax
www. driftwoodlib.org

Obama and House GOP budget cuts could postpone NOAA’s move to Newport according to Rep. Kurt Schrader.

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Feb 132011
 

With federal budget cut fever gripping the nation’s capital, some Oregon projects may be on the chopping block which is creating more than just a little concern among Oregon’s congressional delegation. Oregon Coast Congressman Kurt Schrader says he’s worried that a proposed $300 million “plus” cut to NOAA’s budget could throw a monkey wrench into plans to move their Pacific Marine Headquaters from Seattle to Newport.

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Strong winds enroute to Lincoln County, especially headlands and beaches.

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Feb 132011
 


Monday morning will start out the week with a big wind hammering our beaches, headlands and neighborhoods. The Weather Service predicts the winds will arrive overnight and strengthen through 8pm tomorrow evening. Winds to 70 mph are expected for exposed areas with winds averaging 35 to 40 mph elsewhere, with occasional gusts to 60.

Peak winds are expected at around noon on Monday. A second surge of high, potentially damaging winds are expected by Monday afternoon.

As usual, residents and businesses are encouraged to take any loose property inside for their protection and to prevent them from becoming ballistic missiles up and down our streets.

And keep your NOAA weather radio at the ready.