OSP and “Mobile Jail” sweep Florence’s “DuneFest” of DUII’s

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Aug 092010

Oregon State Police “Mobile Jail”

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Interagency enforcement efforts paid off during this year’s annual DuneFest 2010 on the southern Oregon coast as Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) deputies reported eleven DUII drivers off the sand and area highways over the weekend.

The extremely popular DuneFest 2010 was held August 4 – 8 in the Winchester Bay area, drawing thousands of sand recreation enthusiasts. Working together to help meet the festival’s slogan – “The Most Fun a Family Can Have” – troopers and deputies targeted intoxicated and other dangerous drivers. DCSO deputies arrested eight DUII drivers off the sand and OSP troopers arrested three more on area highways. Continue reading »

Porthole Players “Side by Side Sondheim” this weekend at Newport PAC!

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Aug 092010

Side by Side Pianos, The pianists are accompanying Stephan, Gidget Manucci, and Akia Woods–vocalists for this production. Brian Haggerty is the narrator.

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Porthole Player’s production of Side By Side By Sondheim will be performed at the Studio Theater of the Newport Performing Arts Center this coming weekend, and throughout the month of August.

Pianists Ramona Martin and Dr. Mary Lee Scoville provide the musical structure upon which the songs are built. Together they convey the various moods of this musical revue, playing show tunes that are rousing, poignant, witty, and burlesque. Continue reading »

Motorcyclist “down” on Highway 101 at Depoe Bay, after hitting a minivan.

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Aug 092010

Depoe Bay fire/rescue is enroute to a report of a motorcyclist who hit a minivan at Highway 101 and Collins Street. The motorcyclist is said to be on the pavement, but is conscious. Collins at Hwy 101 is in the middle of the main downtown strip.

10:32am Motorcyclist is in an ambulance to PCH full lights and siren.

Oregon AG bans “electronic cigarettes.”

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Aug 092010

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Attorney General John Kroger today announced agreements with Florida-based Smoking Everywhere, Inc. and its President, Elico Taieb, prohibiting the sale and distribution of its “electronic cigarettes” in Oregon.

“This settlement will help protect our teens from unsafe products,” said Attorney General Kroger.

Electronic cigarettes are nicotine delivery devices designed to simulate the look and experience of a conventional cigarette. Smoking Everywhere’s e-cigarettes include a battery-operated heating element and replaceable plastic cartridge that contains various chemicals, including liquid nicotine. The heating element vaporizes the liquid for inhalation.

Smoking Everywhere did not seek FDA approval prior to releasing its e-cigarettes for distribution. Although no evidence has been offered to support such claims, Smoking Everywhere marketed e-cigarettes as a safe alternative to traditional tobacco products. However, a recent FDA analysis found e-cigarettes contain known carcinogens and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze. Continue reading »

Eagles “dive bombing” murre nests at Yaquina Head

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Aug 092010

American Bald Eagle

Oregon State University researchers are watching something offshore from the lighthouse at Yaquina Head that has taken them by surprise. Now that Bald Eagles have been brought back from the brink of extinction, researchers say the eagles are rewarding their well wishers by “dive bombing” flocks of murre seabirds which is jeopardizing their nesting areas on the rocks offshore.

Here’s the article in the Eugene Register Guard:


State Rep. Jean Cowan holding “Town Hall” meeting Aug. 10

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Aug 082010

State Rep. Jean Cowan
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NEWPORT – State Rep. Jean Cowan (D-Newport) will host a town hall on Tuesday, Aug. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Waldport Community/Senior Center (265 Hemlock St., Waldport).

Cowan will provide an update on seniors and veterans issues, where she focused much of her work during the 2009 Legislative Session. In addition, she will address the ongoing efforts to balance the state budget.

Cowan is serving in her second term as State Representative for House District 10 on the Central Oregon Coast Jan 12. Cowan serves as Chair of the House Committee on Veterans & Emergency Services and on the Joint Committee on Ways & Means. She also serves on the Governor’s Commission for Senior Services, Governor’s Homeland Security Council, and Task Force for Women Veterans Health Care. Cowan served as a Lincoln County Commissioner, 1993-2004. She also served as Mayor and a City Councilor in Elgin, Ore.

For more information: 503-986-1990

Siletz Pow Wow coming up next weekend, August 13-15

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Aug 072010

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Many different Tribal nations will be represented at the annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow on Aug. 13-15 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 intertribal dances.”

The celebration will start with the crowning of the 2010-2011 Siletz Royalty on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. All dance styles will enter the arena at 7 p.m. during the first Grand Entry. Dances in which the public can participate that are non-competitive will follow the Grand Entry.

A parade winds through downtown Siletz at 10 a.m. on Aug. 14. This hometown event includes Tribal royalty, drummers, dancers, equestrian units, vintage cars and floats.

Pre-registration is available by accessing a registration form on the Tribe’s website – www.ctsi.nsn.us; picking one up at the Siletz Tribal administration building, 201 SE Swan Ave. in Siletz; or by contacting Mona Fisher at 541-444-1230 or 800-922-1399, ext. 1230. Registration also is available the morning of the parade at 8 a.m. at the Tribal administration building. If you are not registered by 9 a.m., you cannot take part in the judging, which starts at 9 a.m. You can, however, still participate in the parade.

The parade is followed by a Grand Entry at 1 p.m. Competition dancing for youth and teens takes place in the afternoon. Competition dancing continues after the 7 p.m. Grand Entry with Golden Age and adult categories and the finals for youth and teens.

On Aug. 15, the final day of the powwow, a Grand Entry takes place at noon. This session will end with awards for the Golden Age, adult, teen and youth category winners. Prizes range from $25 to $500.

A variety of food, Native arts and crafts and jewelry will be offered for sale by more than 50 vendors on the powwow grounds.
“Our vendors will have lots of American Indian-made items,” said Nick Sixkiller, pow-wow emcee and education specialist for the Siletz Tribe. “You’ll see beadwork, clothing, art and tons of delicious food, all for sale by many families who supplement their income with sales at various pow-wows throughout the powwow trail.”

A free shuttle will be available from various parking lots in Siletz to the powwow on Government Hill. Signs will be posted. Parking is extremely limited at the pow-wow grounds, which makes the shuttle the best way to get there. This alcohol- and drug-free event is
free. Listen carefully to the pow-wow announcer, who will tell you when you can and when you should not take photos. The announcer also will explain the significance of the events taking place in the dance arena throughout the pow-wow.

Pow-Wow Schedule
Aug. 13
6 p.m. – Royalty Crowning
7 p.m. – Grand Entry

Aug. 14
10 a.m. – Parade
1 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Grand Entry

Aug. 15
Noon – Grand Entry

Read more about Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow August 13-15, 2010 on the central Oregon Coast by ouroregoncoast.com

Targeted crosswalk enforcement coming up in Lincoln City. And the tickets aren’t cheap!

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Aug 072010

Lincoln City Police are putting a state pedestrian safety grant to work this month to let drivers know that during the heavy tourist months, the number of pedestrians that cross Highway 101 rises dramatically and that traffic must stop for them both in marked and unmarked crosswalks. Those that don’t stop are subject to expensive traffic tickets. Continue reading »

SeaPort Air gets serious about advertising flights to Newport

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Aug 072010

Seaport Air landing in Portland

SeaPort Air Marketing Coodinator Claire James told the Newport Sustainability Task Force this week that SeaPort is intensifying its advertising for flights between Portland and Newport. James said a lot of SeaPort’s planned advertising budget will go more toward on-line travel industry websites and social networking platforms. She said SeaPort already works closely with on-line travel company Expedia and is continuing to negotiate with Travelocity and Orbitz. They are also in discussions with data-search engines Kayak.com, TripAdvisor.com, Fly.com and TravelZoo.com. She added SeaPort is also considering investing in what are called “interstitial ads” that pop up while a person is doing a Google-type search on a computer. Continue reading »