Tall Ship Heaven in Newport!!

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Apr 202018
 

Hawaiian Chieftain
Impressing folks from far and wide down there on the Bayfront in Newport!
NLC reader photo

Lots of smiling faces on the Hawaiian Chieftain as locals and tourists enjoy a ride around Yaqiuina Bay as well as out to sea a short ways.

Not only the Hawaiian Chieftain, but its sister vessel the Lady Washington will be in and out of Newport over the next few months all part of their “Tall Ships” excursions up and down the West Coast. For exact schedules just click here.

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170 members of Congress take aim at EPA Chief Scott Pruitt

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Apr 202018
 

Senator Ron Wyden
D-Oregon


Merkley, Wyden, 170 Members of Congress Introduce Resolution Calling for Pruitt’s Resignation.

Cosponsored by 131 representatives and 39 senators – the most senators ever to sign on a resolution formally calling for a cabinet official’s ouster. Follows repeated abuses of power and ethics violations by EPA’s Pruitt.

From Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley

WASHINGTON – Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that they have joined a group of 170 members of Congress in introducing resolutions in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives formally calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign. The resolution comes in response to Pruitt’s repeated ethics violations, misuse of taxpayer dollars, and actions that fundamentally undermine the mission of the EPA – favoring big polluters at the expense of science, the environment, and the health of children and families.

“Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp, but Scott Pruitt is the swamp,” said Merkley. “Time and time again at the EPA, Pruitt has put polluters’ profits ahead of public health, clean air, and clean water. In addition, the flood of revelations in recent weeks makes it clear that he is consumed by self-aggrandizement and is abusing his position in order to serve himself, not the American people. It’s unacceptable that Scott Pruitt is still in office. This unprecedented congressional opposition to Mr. Pruitt continuing at the EPA makes it perfectly clear: If Pruitt won’t step down, it’s up to President Trump to do what he claims he does best and fire him.”

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“Scott Pruitt’s record of ethical problems, repeated wasting of taxpayer money and assault on environmental protections and public health enforcement adds up to a terrible trifecta, even by the low standards set by the Trump administration,” Wyden said. “Under Trump and Pruitt, EPA seems to stand for Every Possible Abuse. Heading into this Earth Day weekend, it’s long past time for Pruitt to go and for all Americans to once again have an effective and vigilant watchdog over polluters endangering their communities and health.”

A total of 39 senators and 131 representatives joined Merkley and Wyden in introducing the resolution seeking Pruitt’s ouster. The 39 cosponsoring senators represent the highest number of senators in U.S. history to sign on to a resolution formally calling for a cabinet official’s resignation.

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The resolution follows numerous revelations about Pruitt’s ethical violations, widespread conflicts of interest, and repeated misuse of taxpayer dollars for his personal benefit, including:

· The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office determined that the EPA violated federal law by purchasing a $43,000 phone booth for Pruitt’s office – and then hiding that purchase from Congress.

· Pruitt entered into a sweetheart housing deal to rent a Capitol Hill condo from the wife of a lobbyist – paying just $50 a night, and only paying for the nights he slept there.

· Pruitt has racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in bills for luxury travel perks, including booking lavish first class and charter flights to Europe and elsewhere, staying in luxury hotels, and traveling with a huge entourage of staff and security.

· Pruitt has reportedly reassigned or demoted EPA staffers who questioned his spending habits – at the same time that the EPA Inspector General is investigating him for giving unusual pay raises to favored aides.

· Pruitt has deployed EPA enforcement officers to provide round-the-clock security with questionable justification.

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As the lawmakers noted in the resolution, in addition to flouting the ethical standards of his office, Pruitt has done untold damage to the EPA and carried out a long list of actions to benefit his polluter friends – at the expense of the health, safety, and livelihood of American families, including:

· Under Pruitt, the EPA is hemorrhaging staff and experts needed to protect the health and safety of the environment and the American people.

· Pruitt has repeatedly overridden the recommendations of EPA scientists in order to provide relief to industry, like when he reversed the recommendation of his agency’s scientists to ban the use of the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to brain damage in children.

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· Pruitt has delayed the effective date of regulations, eased enforcement of existing regulations, and delayed the implementation of new regulations that are essential to protect public health and combat pollution.

· Pruitt has failed to exercise the enforcement authorities and duties of the EPA, which are needed to investigate and deter pollution violations.

· Pruitt has undermined science at every turn, purging advisory committees of independent scientists and replacing them with mouthpieces for industry.

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Traffic Crash on 101 at NE Highland Drive, Lincoln City

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Apr 192018
 

9:18pm
Report of a single vehicle off 101 and into a ditch near the intersection with NE Highland Drive. No word on injuries or if any traffic lanes are blocked.

9:23pm
First emergency responders on scene say the vehicle is off the roadway and down a 15 foot embankment. Emergency vehicles are blocking the northbound lane as rescuers prepare to extract the driver and anyone else inside the car.

Yachats poised to kick off major affordable housing project

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Apr 192018
 

Fisterra Gardens Townhomes – Affordable Housing project about to start construction.

Submitted by Our Coastal Village, Inc.

On April 30, Our Coastal Village, Inc., a local non-profit developer, will begin construction of 21 affordable-rental units for Yachats working families at 100 Diversity Drive. This follows nearly two years of planning and negotiations with Oregon Housing and Community Services, the City of Yachats, potential tax credit investors, lenders, and donors. Located at 100 – 190 Diversity Drive in Yachats, the Project will provide safe, decent, affordable housing to 21 local working families near their jobs. Completion is expected in May of next year.

All 21 units are set aside for households earning at or under 60% of area median income. Those limits are currently $22,980 for a one-person household, $26,280 for a two-person household, $29,580 for a three-person household, and $32,820 for a four-person household. The Project has preferences for families with children residing in zip code 97498 and for households where at least one person is employed in zip code 97498.

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Fisterra Gardens Townhomes includes six studio units, 3 one-bedroom units, 10 two-bedroom units, and 2 three-bedroom units. Amenities include range, oven, refrigerator, microwave, and washer/dryer in each unit. Five units have garages; 26 surfaces spaces provide the balance of the parking. Outdoor common areas include a covered pavilion with barbecues and picnic tables and nearby lawn area, raised beds for gardening, a storage shed/greenhouse to facilitate gardening and landscaping, and location adjacent to the trailhead of the beautiful Ya’Xaic trail, part of the City of Yachats public trail system.

Rents will be approximately $492 for a studio, $532 for a one-bedroom, $640 for a two- bedroom, and $737 for a three-bedroom. Water-sewer and trash removal are included in the rents. Tenants pay their own electric.

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Our Coastal Village, Inc. has invested over $2,000,000 in the Project, funded mostly by grants from: Lincoln County Economic Development ($10,000); Oregon-based Meyer Memorial Trust ($250,000) and The Collins Foundation ($150,000); and Arizona based The DLW Foundation ($825,000) and The Norton Foundation ($250,000). Investors with ties to the local community purchased OCV’s 30-year, 2.5% Series FGT Project Notes in the aggregate amount of $422,500 to help fund the Project’s construction. Alliant Capital Ltd has committed to invest $2,097,000 in low-income housing tax credit equity.

Oregon Housing and Community Services provided a $797,979 30-year zero interest LIFT loan for the Project. The Legislative Assembly created the LIFT program specifically to fund new housing units in rural communities like Yachats. OHCS also issued short-term tax exempt conduit bonds for construction ($2,175,000) and long-term tax exempt conduit bonds for permanent financing ($850,000). Washington Federal, National Association, will purchase and hold the bonds and administer the construction loan.
The City of Yachats has agreed to allow installment payment of $46,459 in system development fees over 30 years at 3% interest out of a total SDC charge of $98,000.

The general contractor is Meili Construction Company of Eugene.

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A sleepy Yaquina Bay and NOAA docks

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Apr 192018
 

The NOAA sea floor mapping research vessel R/V Rainier probably wishes it was here, rather than in Seattle with a bashed hull and damaged propulsion propeller.

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“A Taste of Kindergarten” Open House

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Apr 192018
 

All Day Kindergarten
Wiki Commons


New Kindergarten Students Invited to Meet Staff in May

NEWPORT, OR — April 18 –New this year, Lincoln County School District elementary schools are hosting a special event just for incoming kindergartners. Each family with a child who will be 5 years of age by September 1st are encouraged to attend. Participants will meet kindergarten teachers, enjoy a “taste” from the school menu, find a bus, explore the playground and connect with many local resources.

“We had a committee develop this event as a way to ease the big transition to being a kindergartener. Our hope is that by attending “A Taste of Kindergarten,” the kids will be less overwhelmed by the building, buses and eating in the cafeteria. They will also get to meet our kindergarten teachers before coming back for registration at the end of summer,” according to Kristin Becker, Principal of Yaquina View Elementary and Taste of Kindergarten committee member.

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Each of the area elementary schools has event(s) planned:

Monday, May 14 or Monday, May 21 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

* Crestview Heights Elementary, 2750 Crestline Drive, Waldport, OR 97394 Phone 541-563-3237
* Toledo Elementary, 600 SE Sturdevant Road, Toledo, OR 97391 Phone 541-336-5121
* Yaquina View Elementary, 351 SE Harney Street, Newport, OR 97365 Phone 541-265-4637

Monday, May 21 from 5:30 PM to 7 PM

* Oceanlake Elementary, 2420 NE 22nd Street, Lincoln City, OR 97367 Phone 541-994-5296

Support for Spanish speaking families will be available at all schools except Crestview Heights. All new kindergarten students who come will receive a “Welcome to LCSD” gift-bag. If a family cannot attend one of these sessions they are welcome to call or visit the school to answer any questions.

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Drumming up Spring with Drummer Chandler…

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Apr 192018
 


Twice a month drum circles resume in Newport

The long-running year-round Newport Community Drum Circle will return on Tuesday, May 1, to its regular twice-monthly summer schedule inside the glass enclosed gazebo at Don Davis Park.

The free, family friendly event (now in its tenth year) will meet every first and third Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm through September. All ages and skill levels are welcome and there are instruments to borrow for those who don’t have their own drum.

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The sessions are drug, alcohol, and smoke free by city ordinance and drum circle policy and are always supervised. Don Davis Park is on the ocean, across Olive Street from the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Drum Circle Coordinator Chandler Davis said the rhythm gathering typically attracts from two to three dozen participants (up to more than 50), including local regulars and many out of town and out of state visitors. Participants range in age from toddlers to nonagenarians and represent every social and economic stratum, he said.

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The Drum Circle also presents performance events and outreach drum circles in school, church, institutional, and private settings and at community festivals, benefits, and gatherings throughout the year. Davis and other members of the group perform regularly in local clubs and music venues. Contact chandler@chandlerdavis.com or 541-272-4615

Being Prepared is Preparing to Still Be….

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Apr 192018
 


Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the American Society of Civil Engineers are coordinating community presentations focusing on what you need to know and how to prepare for distant tsunamis and the Cascadia subduction zone earthquake. The events are open to the public, free of charge, nor RSVP needed. We have also included an update from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) on regional earthquake impacts.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will provide an hour-long documentary focusing on Oregon’s earthquake preparedness and provide an opportunity to meet and talk with the engineers’ involved ASCE project and your local emergency management representatives. The Unprepared video can be previewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3NlCXA6_kE . (Original media release from ASCE is attached.)

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Unprepared – Will we be ready for the megaquake?

Monday, May 7, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Oregon Hatfield Marine Science Center Auditorium
2030 SE Marine Drive
Newport (South Beach)

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Management Division has scheduled four additional presentations in the communities of Siletz, Yachats and Depoe Bay/Gleneden Beach (City of Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo and Waldport were hosted in February, March and April). The presentations are provided to community members to learn about the history of Cascadia, what to expect, and how to prepare for the immediate aftermath of such an event. The presentation can be previewed on our Earthquake Preparedness website location at http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement/page/hazards-earthquake .

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Management Division
Yachats – Commons Building
441 Hwy 101, Yachats, OR 97498
Monday, April 23
2-4pm or 6-8pm

Siletz – Siletz Valley Charter School
245 NW James Franks Ave
Siletz, OR 97380
Thursday, May 10
6-8pm

Gleneden Beach – Fire Station
6445 Gleneden Beach Loop Road
Gleneden Beach, OR 97388
Saturday, May 12
6-8pm

Please check our “What’s Happening Now” page on the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Management Division for current outreach events or activities: http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement/page/whats-happening-now

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NOAA’s R/V Rainier damaged while enroute to Seattle dock

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Apr 192018
 

R/V Rainier dockside in Seattle after scraping the bottom and damaging a propeller.
Steve Ringman, Seattle Times photo

The Seattle Times is reporting that NOAA research vessel Rainier stumbled a bit while navigating its way to its Seattle moorage.

The Seattle-Times reports that the Rainier was proceeding through the Montlake Cut between Lake Union and Lake Washington, when it apparently veered off course a bit, scraped the bottom of the canal and sideswiped a concrete barrier. The Seattle-Times reported one of the ship’s propellers was damaged and that there were visible scrape marks along the hull below the water line. The newspaper said the hull was not breached.

What set of circumstances contributed to the accident is still being investigated.

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