Mar 072014
Newport Pool Events

Newport Pool Events

Additional Recreational Swims in March at the Newport Pool

Shamrock Swim Monday, March 17th 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Newport Pool. Only $2.00 per person. Gather Leprechaun gold from the pool and turn it in for candy.

Spring Break open recreational swims only $2.00 per person. Offered 1:30-3:00pm Monday, March 24th, Wednesday, March, 26th, and Friday, March 28th.

Swimmers 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult in the water.

For more information contact the Newport Pool at 541.265.7770.


 Posted by at 8:20 PM
Mar 072014
Irish Step Dance Wikipedia photo

Irish Step Dance
Wikipedia photo


Newport, OR – Irish step dancers will leap their way into the hearts of those who appreciate art and culture as they perform in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 15, at the Shilo Inn Resort Hotel in Newport.

The An Daíre Academy of Irish Dance based in Corvallis will entertain guests at the 2nd annual Shamrock Supper hosted by the Celtic Heritage Alliance. Tickets for this event are $35 and include a full evening of entertainment, trivia and traditional Irish supper and whiskey tasting for those who wish to indulge in the Emerald Isle’s finest.

The earliest feis (stepdancing) competition dates back to 1897. The dancing traditions of Ireland have developed in tandem with Irish traditional music as traveling dancing masters taught all over Ireland as late as the early 1900s, however, these early origins generated many forms, such as the “Connemara” and the popular “Munster” which have been formalized by The Gaelic Dancing Commission (Gaelic: An Coimisiún le Rincí), which first met in 1930. Reel, slip jig, hornpipe, and jig are all types of Irish stepdances and are also types of Irish traditional music.

Many theories exist about the unique habit of keeping the hands and upper body stiff. Some believe it had to do with the small of the venues, others believe it had to do with expressions of the culture being forbidden by the government such as playing music, dancing, speaking or storytelling in their native Gaelic tongue. Still others believe it was meant to disguise the fact that dancing was going on should anyone happen to pass by. Whatever the genesis, the pose has become an integral part of the form.

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 Posted by at 7:57 PM
Mar 072014
Failure of "outside" walls on the center's SE & SW sides...

Failure of “outside” walls on the center’s SE & SW sides…

Provided by Niki Price, Executive Director Lincoln City Cultural Center

LINCOLN CITY – It’s been said that the Lincoln City Cultural Center is bursting with activities. But perhaps things went a little too far this week.

On Monday, March 3, the exterior panels on the center’s southeast corner settled and separated more than 4 inches away from the main structure, creating an immediate hazard to the entire south parking lot. After a quick evaluation from Stricker Engineering, which confirmed the danger, crews from Quade Construction removed the unstable wall early Wednesday, March 5. The panels were part of a protective layer installed to protect and insulate. It was made of six panels concrete aggregate over wire mesh, which were attached to wood supports and then to the original brick wall. They were installed at least 30 years ago, when the building was still the Delake Elementary School, probably to stop leaks in the brick on the east side.

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The consulting engineer, Andrew Stricker of Stricker Engineering, estimated that the 30-foot southeast wall weighed about 16,000 pounds. Stricker also recommended that the wall’s identical twin, on the southwest corner, be torn down as as soon as possible. The southwest wall did not pose any immediate threat to the public, but it also showed signs of failure. On Friday it too was torn down.

The historic Delake School is publicly owned, purchased in 2006 by the Lincoln City Urban Renewal Agency. The Coastal Communities Cultural Center leases the property and manages the facility as the Lincoln City Cultural Center. The two entities are working in partnership to ensure public safety while maintaining and improving the landmark building.

As for the next step Ms. Price says they’re letting Lincoln City City Hall handle it since the city owns the building. Price recently hunted down some grant money to replace the building’s roof. But this outer wall issue came up totally by surprise. She says it’s not a support structure of the building, just a weather-proofing layer to keep out water. So it should be pretty straightforward to fix.

Despite all the work going on, Ms. Price says all scheduled entertainment and other events are proceeding as normal. Nothing has been cancelled.

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 Posted by at 6:52 PM
Mar 072014

Surf rescue just paged for Central Coast and Seal Rock Fire Rescue.

Fire rescue is told there are five people aboard an inboard jet boat with a dead battery. They are near the mouth of the river and adrift. Central Coast Fire Rescue has a very powerful and nimble rescue craft that is very capable of such a mission.

 Posted by at 5:43 PM
Mar 072014

Chris Burns Weather

Yet another fast-moving and powerful Pacific weather front will move across the Central Coast and Coast Range on Saturday, causing strong winds and heavy rain.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch, which goes into effect late Saturday afternoon and continues through early Sunday morning. (3:00pm Saturday until 3:00am on Sunday)

* Winds: In coastal communities, south winds 25-35 mph with gusts of 50-60 mph. Near beaches and headlands, 30-40 mph with gusts of 60-70 mph.

* Timing: Beginning mid to late afternoon on Saturday. Winds will begin decreasing a few hours after midnight on Sunday morning.

* Locations include: Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport and Yachats.

* Impacts: The high winds may cause tree damage and result in local power disruptions. Travel may be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

Another 1-2 inches of rain associated with this weather system may cause localized flooding of low spots and roadways. With the ground already saturated from previous heavy rainfall, more landslides are also possible.

We will continue to monitor this approaching storm and provide updates as needed.

 Posted by at 3:48 PM
Mar 072014


The Newport “Fairgrounds” Farmers Market schedule will be interrupted twice in March. No market this Saturday March 8th and no market on March 29th due to Exhibit Hall usage by other organizations. The market will be “Open”: Saturday March 15th and 22nd from 10am to 2pm. Next weekend come and stock up on local farm produce and fresh baked goods!

No Market March 8th and 29th.

The indoor market will be open ever Saturday in April. We move outdoors for summer market at Newport City Hall on May 10th. No market on Loyalty days weekend. For more information visit

 Posted by at 3:43 PM