It’s Spring Break – Don’t make it your last…

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Mar 242017

During this 2017 Spring Break period, 03/24/2017 through 04/09/2017, Newport Police Officers will be focusing traffic enforcement efforts on Distracted Driving-related offenses. Distracted Driving has been identified as one of the “Fatal Five” contributing factors to loss of life in a motor vehicle crash. This traffic safety campaign is an effort to reduce motor vehicle crashes that can result in property damage, injury, and loss of life. We are paying special attention to distracted driving during this time period when there is heavy congestion on our local roadways.

The National Traffic Highway Safety Institute reports that 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2014. Ten percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years of age involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group exhibits the largest proportion of drivers distracted at the time of the crashes.

For more information please visit our website at: or The Newport Police Tip line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856.

 Posted by at 10:04 AM

Weather or Not: Broken Spring

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Mar 242017

Friday, Mar. 24th – Lincoln County

Summary: Cloudy early, afternoon rain yesterday, more rain, breezy overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/45F/35mph/0.40”
Depoe Bay: 54F/42F/32mph/0.43”
Newport: 52F/41F/36mph/0.52”
Waldport: 52F/41F/35mph/0.61”
Yachats: 55F/43F/32mph/0.75”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 2,700’, broken @ 4,800’, overcast @ 5,500’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: S 8 mph/Altimeter: 29.85”

Forecast: While historically we start seeing some longer stretches of dry weather by now, it looks like Spring Break this year is gonna be a soggy one. Showers continue with a chance of thunderstorms today and tonight, high 55F, lo 45F. Tomorrow, there’s a 50-50 chance of showers, mainly in the morning, cooler as the mercury stops at 50F. Outlook is for rain Sunday, showers Monday, rain Tuesday and Wednesday, and showers Thursday. Temps remain just below average with highs of 50F and lows of 45F.

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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps 40-45F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 45F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperature 45F. For the Cascades, expect areas of slush on the highways this morning, 30-35F, the snow level is near the passes at 5,000 feet, lowering to 4,000 feet this afternoon, 3-6 inches of snow possible, carry chains or traction tires.

* Outlook for weekend travelers is wet highways at the lower elevations including the Coast Range; snow showers in the Cascades with several inches of snow in the passes through Sunday night.

* An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are S 10-15 knots gusting 20 this morning with seas 13 feet at 12 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. Weak high pressure will slowly push into local waters tonight and Saturday, which will bring a gradual decline in winds. This will in turn eventually allow seas to subside a few more feet. However, any break in the winds and seas will be relatively short-lived this weekend as another front will push eastward and likely bring more gale force winds Sunday. Seas should climb back into the teens as a result. A weaker frontal storm system appears on tap for Tuesday, and the weather looks to remain relatively active for much of next week. It should be noted there will be several sizable swells coming from different directions with various dominant periods so the sea state will be a bit chaotic. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
03/24 Fri 10:16 AM 7.53 H
03/24 Fri 04:54 PM 0.48 L
03/24 Fri 11:29 PM 7.18 H
03/25 Sat 05:06 AM 2.51 L

In Short: Showers, then continued wet and unsettled.

 Posted by at 7:04 AM

Opinion on Anti Aerial Pesticide ballot issue – Vote YES on Measure 21-177

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Mar 242017

This letter to the editor does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the management of The opinions expressed herein reflect strictly the opinion(s) of the submitter:

From Michael Guerriero, Yachats


In a letter published February 15, the Lincoln County Small Woodlands Association cited protections in current law against pesticide drift, but failed to acknowledge that the forest communities of Triangle Lake, Rockaway Beach, Gold Beach, and others have suffered from pesticide drift resulting from aerial spraying. Aerial spraying is difficult to control and often has unintended consequences on people, wildlife, and water supplies. When there are economically reasonable and healthier alternatives for replanting, why choose to use the most hazardous and expensive method?

The Small Woodlands Association went on to say that manual release of brush (hand cutting) is “dangerous on steep slopes and financially ruinous”. One may ask, how dangerous is it for the timber crews who worked the same slopes? If they are capable of working on the steepest slopes without injury while cutting down trees, clearly they are also capable of planting and clearing those same slopes by hand. Manual release of brush would eliminate the possibility of overspray and keep pesticide residues out of the downstream watersheds on which we all rely.

Scientific research indicates that manual release of brush may also result in a more productive forest. Results of a large-scale experiment, replicated on four areas in the Coast Ranges of Oregon, indicated that, after 6 years, total height, stem diameter, and crown radius of Douglas-fir were greater in areas with a single manual release of brush (hand cutting) than in areas released with glyphosate or fosamine herbicide or a combination manual plus fosamine treatment. The study shows that the single manual release “also represented the best economic return”. (USDA Forest Service, PNW-RP-500 September 1999)

Forest practices and pesticide regulations in our state must change as a result of clear evidence of harmful effects. While, as they stated in their letter, “local foresters have maintained these forests for generations”, they have yet to resolve the major issues of adequate stream protections and changes in communities adjacent to their lands. For many years, attempts at revising our state’s forestry regulation have failed, largely due to corporate influence and resistance. With ballot measure 21-177, our Oregon communities are stepping up with a ban on aerial spraying to help assure our constitutional right to peace, safety, and happiness.

For the complete text of the ordinance which proposes to ban aerial spraying of pesticides in Lincoln County, see Please vote yes on 21-177.

Michael Guerriero
3019 N. E. East Line Rd.
Yachats OR 97498
541 547-5024

 Posted by at 12:31 AM

Otis Man Arrested for Disturbance Involving Firearms – woman blasted with shotgun round debris..

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Mar 242017

Richard Slebioda
Weapons violations

Otis Man
Friday afternoon Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to No. Panther Creek in Otis on a report of a disturbance with shot fired and a woman splattered with mud and debris from a shotgun round fired into the ground near her.

Upon arrival Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies learned that a woman was looking for a friend’s address in the area and encountered a vehicle parked in the roadway. When she stepped out of her vehicle deputies saty she was accosted by Richard Slebioda, age 68, of Otis. Slebioda was armed with a shotgun and was agitated about her wanting to use the roadway and would not let her pass. Slebioda discharged a shotgun into the ground near her resulting in debris from the ground hitting her. The woman retreated back into her vehicle where Slebioda menaced the woman with a handgun. The woman left the area on foot. She was not injured and did not require medical attention.

Slebioda was later located by deputies and was taken into custody without incident and the firearms were seized. He was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, and Recklessly Endangering with a total bail of $80,000.00

 Posted by at 12:17 AM

Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean’s Final Concert of the Spring Season is this Weekend!

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Mar 232017

Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean’s Final Concert of the Spring Season is this Weekend!

The Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean’s upcoming performances are rated R for Romantic, with suggestive elements of wildness, drama, and fantasy. The concerts will also feature a guest artist on piano, one of the finest and most acclaimed pianists of his generation. Indeed, the list of prizes won by Alexander Schimpf is nothing short of astonishing. He won the German Music Competition (2008), the International Beethoven Competition in Vienna (2009), the Cleveland International Piano Competion (2011). And his fame continues to grow worldwide.

Schimpf has performed in recital and as a soloist with orchestras all across Europe, South America, and the USA, from Berlin’s Konzerthaus to New York’s Carnegie Hall. On the Oregon coast, fans of classical music should count themselves very lucky that this rapidly rising star will bring his prodigious skills at the piano to the Alice Silverman Theater at the Performing Arts Center in Newport.

Conducted by maestro Adam Flatt, the Newport Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concerts can be enjoyed on Saturday at 7:30 in the evening, and Sunday, for a matinee at 2:00. Ticket-holders may come early on Saturday evening to hear a pre-concert lecture by Adam Flatt at 6:45. The Sunday afternoon concert will include informal introductions before each piece.

As a special treat, to celebrate the Newport Symphony Orchestra’s final concerts of the 2016-17 season, all guests are invited to stay after each performance for a “Wine Down” reception hosted by Flying
Dutchman Winery. Wine, non alcoholic drinks and food will be served in the newly remodeled Performing Arts Center lobby.

Music for the concerts will include works by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, and Berlioz, four of the towering giants of the Romantic generation of composers. Beginning in the world of magic and fairies with Mendelssohn’s Overture to a Midsummer Night’s Dream, the program will culminate with Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, a psychadelic musical trip filled with wild, dramatic beauty. In between, listeners will delight to hear guest soloist Alexander Schimpf and his dazzling, virtuosic playing on the piano.
Presenting sponsor for the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean is Georgia-Pacific.

 Posted by at 6:05 PM

More thoughts on the anti-pesticide spray initiative on the May ballot

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Mar 232017

Aerial spraying
Oregonian photo

The views expressed in this letter does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of

The following is a letter to the editor:
Juergen Eckstein

An article in a local newspaper describes correctly the position the Commissioners of Lincoln County have taken towards Measure 21-177. How disappointing! They conveniently have repeated the argumentation of the opponents, which are motivated by maximizing profits. Not one word about the real problem.

The Commissioners have stated ”As elected leaders of Lincoln County we have the duty to look out for the people we represent. We acknowledge concerns within our community about the application of aerial pesticides”

These concerns have been voiced for over 30 years and nothing has been done. If the commissioners would have looked into it they would have found out that the word “concerns” actually belittles the vast number of reports of horrific health problems people suffer by being spayed on from the air. Reports have been systematically denied over the years by the chemical and logging industry with the argument ‘lack of scientific proof’.

There is none on either side. For individuals and families, most of the victims, it is impossible to scientifically prove their case due to lack of funds and missing information on what is being sprayed and where and when. For the opposing group it is financially possible to fund comprehensive studies that prove that NO harm is done by their pesticides, but no such studies have been published. What remains is that the spraying of pesticides on helpless residents will continue.

On the other hand there are long elaborations on “direct actions,” implying violence and playing on voters’ emotions. The possibility of direct action is actually greater if nothing is done to stop the problem.

If Measure 21-177 is passed there is no need for direct action, we have an ordinance. This is why Citizens for a Healthy County started the initiative as the most peaceful, legal and non-violent way to stop these practices.

Juergen Eckstein
South Beach

 Posted by at 5:14 PM

Governor Brown gets into thick of things over health care, in Washington DC.

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Mar 232017

Governor Kate Brown takes on Trump cabinet members over America’s health care neeeds.

Amidst the whirling legislative tornado called the successor to Obamacare, Governor Kate Brown met with Health and Human Services Secretary Tim Price, trying to work out a way forward on a medical care bill that has a chance of being passed and signed by the President Trump.

Brown struck a conciliatory tone with Price, saying that medical care must work for Oregonians, as well as for all Americans.

Here’s her news release:

Governor Kate Brown Calls for Health Care Plan that Moves Oregon Forward

(Washington, D.C.) — Governor Kate Brown today met with several officials in Washington D.C. to urge that any changes to health care maintain insurance, jobs, and improve access to affordable care to all Oregonians. Governor Brown met with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Medicaid and Medicare Administrator Seema Verma, Senator Jeff Merkley, Representative Peter Defazio, Representative Greg Walden, Representative Kurt Schrader, and Representative Suzanne Bonamici.

“While there’s been uncertainty throughout the day about whether Congress would pass a bill (and it didn’t), let’s not forget about the uncertainty this is creating for hundreds of thousands of Oregonians who are worried about whether they’ll continue to have health care,” said Governor Kate Brown. “I found common ground with Secretary Price on the flexibility Oregon needs to build on our health care system. But, flexibility is useless without adequate resources.

“While the American Health Care Act is the wrong direction, there are other bipartisan solutions we could work on together. I look forward to helping shape the future of health care, not being subject to mandates from Washington D.C.”

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