Sep 252013


Coastal Arts Guild presents Cheri Aldrich at OCCA’s Visual Arts Center

The Coastal Arts Guild (CAG) welcomes Cheri Aldrich to the guild’s October 3rd luncheon, which starts at 11:30 AM in room 202 of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts’ Visual Arts Center in the Nye Beach Turnaround in Newport.

Aldrich has had the urge to create for most of her life. She is self-taught, intuitive and a multi-media artist who is engaged in a wide variety of media and art techniques from jewelry making, basketry, paper arts, clay work, weaving, macramé, felting, book arts, glass fusion.

Themes of nature and love of rich textures are continuing threads in her art. She collects an intriguing assortment of scavenged items while walking in the woods and fields, the mountains and streams and along the beaches, saying, “The item often ‘tells’ me what to do or what it wants.” Having a wide range of interests and a whole storehouse of techniques available to call on makes each of her creations unique.


CAG holds a luncheon on the first Thursday of each month for members and guests. It is always held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center. CAG invites those interested in the arts to attend. For additional information and an invitation to attend CAG’s luncheon, call CAG member Linda Anderson at 541-265-5228 or Bobby Flewellyn at 541-563-8548.

To learn more about the Coastal Arts Guild, a volunteer program to staff OCCA’s Newport Visual Arts Center and serve the local art community, call Carol Deslippe at 541-265-2624, or Mary Peterson at 541-574-8221. The Coastal Arts Guild welcomes new members.


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Sep 252013


On Saturday, October 5th, the public is invited to celebrate the Second Anniversary of Toledo’s Twisted Snout Brewery and the Third Annual Pig Feathers Oktoberfest Celebration all going on at the foot of Main Street, Toledo.

Live music begins at 2:00 pm and will continue until 10:00 pm, featuring Argosy, James and Julz Kasner, Stephen Mullins, and the Moore Bush Project. In addition to Pig Feathers BBQ’s full menu and 13 unique hand-crafted Twisted Snout ales on tap, visitors will enjoy Cajun Steamed Oysters and beer dogs.

Door prizes and fun activities are planned all day long. A special limited edition collectible sticker honoring the event will also be given out all day. All ages are welcome, no cover charge.

For more information, call Becky Miller, 503-504-7289.

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Sep 252013


The Cancer Awareness Ride requires signups at Saturday, 9am, Bike Newport on NW 6th, just west of Highway 101. The 10 mile ride begins 10am. The course runs through Nye Beach, out the Bay Road with rest stop and and turnaround at Sawyer’s Landing, then return to Bike Newport.

The 25 mile run also leaves at 10am. The ride is to Toledo and return to Bike Newport.

All those who participate receive a catered lunch with some nice prizes.

Cost: $25 per rider.

See you there!!


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Sep 252013


Bike Newport ~ Ladies Night Out
Thursday, September 26th, 6-8 PM

Bike Newport is hosting it’s 7th Annual Ladies Night Out Party! This event is free for Ladies and we will have over 20 different vendors present offering massage, beauty, health, wellness, weight loss, fitness classes, services, advice & opportunities to join!

This is a relaxed evening of wine & cheese, fitness, fashion, health, wellness, beauty & fun!

Bring a friend and join us to meet all the local professionals, ask questions, find out about classes, events, health products, watch fashion show with all the newest Yoga styles, take part in a class demo, & win free gifts!

Bike Newport is located at 150 NW 6th St., on corner of 6th & 101 in Newport (541) 265-9917.


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Sep 252013

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Sep 252013

Project Homeless Connect Volunteers still needed!

Project Homeless Connect
Volunteers still needed!


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Provided by Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall and Samaritan House Director Lola Jones

Organizers of the seventh annual Project Homeless Connect say they expect to serve more than 200 homeless individuals at the event, set for Friday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Church of Nazarene, 227 N.W. 12th Street, Newport.

The first Homeless Connect was held in San Francisco in 2004. Since then, it’s been repeated in hundreds of communities across the United States. It was brought to Lincoln County in 2007 to mark the official launch of “At Home in Lincoln County,” the community plan to address homelessness and affordable housing needs. The first event served 125 people; 223 attended last year.

“This is an outstanding community collaboration,” said County Commissioner Bill Hall “We have state, regional, county and city agencies; faith-based programs; and private non-profits, all coming together to offer help to individuals and families in crisis. It’s supported by the generosity of many local individuals and businesses, as well as hundreds of hours of volunteer time.”

The event provides a hot meal, non-perishable food items, tarps, personal care items, socks and underwear, haircuts, legal services, Oregon Health Plan and food stamp enrollment, assistance in obtaining legal I.D., immunizations, urgent dental care, pet care and more. Lincoln County Transit bus service is free throughout the county the entire day.

“The need for these services continues to be great,” said Hall, noting that the Lincoln County School District reported a record number of students meeting the federal definition of homelessness last year—about 1 in ten students lack a “fixed, regular, adequate nighttime residence.”

Although the community response has been outstanding, Hall said, there’s still a need for resources. Volunteers are still very much in demand; the sign up form is available by clicking here. Cash donations will be used to provide additional tangible goods for homeless individuals or legal identification papers. Those donations may be sent to Samaritan House, 715 S.W. Bay Street, Newport, 97365, with “Homeless Connect” in the memo line. Several area churches and Payne West Insurance at 811 N. Coast Highway, Newport, are accepting clothing, personal care items and non-perishable food through the morning of October 3.

Contact Bill Hall, 541-265-4100;
Lola Jones, 541-574-8898

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Sep 252013
Sen. Ron Wyden D-Oregon

Sen. Ron Wyden

Wyden Bill Phases Out the Use of Live Animals in Military Medical Training

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced legislation today to end the use of live animals in combat medical training. The Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act would require the Department of Defense to phase out the use of live animals in medical training, a practice that has been all but eliminated in civilian medical training programs.

A companion bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Hank Johnson (D- Ga.) and Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R- Pa.).

“It’s wrong to kill animals when better training methods exist,” Wyden said. “Today’s technology can provide extremely life-like training simulations that better represent the anatomy of a soldier and more realistically simulate the conditions on the battlefield. The DoD should phase out the use of live animals in favor of more realistic and humane technologies that will provide better overall trauma training.”

“The BEST Practices Act provides a framework for the Department of Defense to phase out its use of animal-based training in favor of superior, human-based simulator technologies that have made great strides in the last decade,” said Rep. Johnson. “Using pigs and goats in live battlefield training is not the best option for our troops, and is inhumane treatment of animals.”

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says that the U.S. Military uses roughly 8,500 live animals every year in combat trauma training courses. The effectiveness of live-animal training has been questioned by civilian trauma centers in the U.S. and most have discontinued the practice. Scientific evidence indicates that simulators are as good, or better at providing doctors with real-world training than using live animals.

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Sep 252013


Lincoln County School District is helping children explore new and very fun educational opportunities with the Oregon Coast Educational Afterschool Network (OCEAN) Project. The goal is to inspire kids to learn, to graduate, and pursue careers they had not previously thought possible.

“I’m thrilled to be working with the school district on this important project,” says Joyce Thompson Graham, who is overseeing the OCEAN Project. “I’ve seen what a difference a solid afterschool program can make. It really does change lives, by giving kids the extra time they need in a more relaxed setting and by offering them projects that expand their notions of learning.”

Beginning Monday, Oct. 14, OCEAN Project will offer 2-1/2 hours of afterschool enrichment programs each school day, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Participants will also receive homework help, tutoring, a hot meal, and transportation home.


All children are welcome to attend, including private school students and home-schooled students. Three 10-week sessions will be offered this school year, with a fee of $100 per session. Financial assistance is available.

The locations and grades served are:

Taft Elementary School (also serving Oceanlake Elementary School), grades 1 through 6.

Neighbors for Kids in Depoe Bay, grades 1 through 8.

Newport Intermediate School (also serving Isaac Newton Magnet School, Newport Prep Academy and Sam Case Primary School), grades 1 through 8.

Siletz Valley Charter School, grades 1 through 8.

Toledo Elementary School (also serving Eddyville Charter School), grades 1 through 6.

A partnership between Crestview Heights School and Seashore Family Literacy, grades 1 through 8.

Site times will vary slightly, but will be roughly 3:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Enrollment begins Sept. 30, with enrollment forms available at the site school offices.

For more information, contact Thompson Graham at 541-272-7630 or by email at


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Sep 252013
Newport Police

Newport Police

A suspected drunk driver came down a very steep SE Fogarty Street last evening, didn’t stop at the bottom-of-the-hill stop sign, kept going, went up and over the sidewalk, through decorative trees and continued through a fence at Port Dock 7, blowing through a stack of crab pots on the other side.

Suspect driver David Day, 36 of Newport, drove away from the scene headed for the driveway to Port Dock 7, found it, and parked his front-end-damaged pickup inside.

Witnesses who saw the whole thing followed Day while calling 9-1-1. Arriving Newport Police established there was a lot of damage to Mr. Day’s pickup and was probably the culprit. They put him through a field sobriety test which police say he failed.

Mr. Day was placed in the back of a patrol car and transported to the county jail where he was booked on suspicion of drunk driving, failing to perform the duties after an accident as well as malicious mischief.

His bail was set at $45,000.


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Sep 252013


Ever since the city council broached the subject of selling off city-owned properties to address the financial strain it’s going through, and which will likely get clearer as the city adjusts to budget trends, the local arts community has been rallying its troops to help ensure that one option is not pursued – the loss of the Visual Arts Center (VAC) atop the Nye Beach turnaround.

Built with city redevelopment funds, a fancy term for local property taxes within a certain area, the VAC, along with the Performing Arts Center, have undeniably been the twin chambers of the heart and soul of the area’s artistic energy and creativity.

However, buildings get old and maintenance costs show no signs of abating on both buildings – the PAC just recently got a new roof. Costly repairs and upgrades are pending for the VAC. Meanwhile the elephant in the room, city sewer and water lines, after decades of neglect, are failing all over town, and are competing for more and more city funds during the worst recession in 85 years. Public Works Director Tim Gross has said clearly and often that the community, with barely 10,000 residents, must invest at least a million dollars a year in sewer and water line replacement if the systems are to continue functioning reliably.

In response, the city council has ordered Community Development Director Derrick Tokos to create a list of all city-owned properties for possible sale. The Visual Arts Center has a high profile because it is located in a high value area with panoramic beach views and easy public access – and could be liquidated quickly.

Over the past five years city councilors across the country have faced the perennial issue of how many programs should the city council extend to the community when they find themselves unable to fund and maintain basic services such as sewer and water. Or adequate police and fire services, for that matter. The national news media is rife with stories about libraries shutting down and recreation programs being parted out to local non-profits and/or local businesses.

It’s against this backdrop that the council will engage Visual Art Center supporters October 7th who will no doubt encourage, if not demand, that city councilors find a way to preserve the VAC. From what individual councilors have been saying over the past week, in response from an uproar from VAC backers, there are no “imminent” plans to dispose of any particular piece of city property but that each one will be carefully evaluated as to the advisability of liquidating any of them. But to be sure, the VAC has been mentioned by councilors as a high profile candidate in that its sale proceeds could fund two years worth of vital sewer and/or water line replacements that many Newport neighborhoods need and whose residents cannot afford proposed substantial increases in sewer and water rates. Of course there are many other scenarios that will be pursued over time including grant funding, municipal loans or property tax overrides. But as Public Works Director Tim Gross has said often, grants are getting harder to come by which puts pressure on the city to float bonds, take out loans both of which must be paid back, or increase property taxes which the voters cannot be relied upon to pass, to say the very least.

On the other side of the accountability line, it should be noted that the executive director of the Lincoln City Cultural Arts Center found the funding for a new roof for their rather large building (the old DeLake School), along with other upgrades by applying for grants from arts-supporting private foundations. The grants funded the entire job except for a small amount that the city council happily handed over to the director with their compliments – and the city still owns the building. In Newport, the recent re-roofing of the Performing Arts Center was funded entirely with city funds via its urban renewal program. The city is also helping to fund a much heralded sound system and acoustic treatment upgrade for the PAC which, when completed, will not be inexpensive either.

In short, there is never an end to philosophical discussions as to which services that cities and counties should provide; at what cost and who pays for them. The October 7th Newport City Council meeting will no doubt to be a lively one.

Note: Clarification in the 2nd to last paragraph. Performing Arts Center booster Mark McConnell has told News Lincoln County that although city funds have been used for the sound system upgrade, those funds are being used as a match, to work in tandem with other funding, that will go toward paying for the $150,000 system. He did not indicate what the total amount will be that the city will be paying into the system. He also indicates that no money has been spent ‘as yet’ for the acoustic upgrades.

In short, it is obvious that city taxpayers are still being requested to continue providing substantial funds for maintenance and upgrades to two very expensive buildings. Whether that is a good or even wise city-wide policy, in light of other major budget pressures and constraints, remains a very important topic of discussion.

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