Sign of the Times – An update from the Toledo Chamber & Downtown Assn.

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Jul 152017

Welcome signs at both ends of town about to go back up….

Norm Halsey with Ebb Tide Arts in Toledo – who created the signs more than 15 years ago – has thoroughly cleaned, repainted and sealed them. They are in storage until summer vacation schedules allow the working team to return the signs to their posts at the eastern and western approaches to Toledo on U.S. 20. We expect the signs to be reposted sometime next week.

The electrical wiring underground work at the west end sign location is complete. Travis Turner with Travis Electric in Toledo will work on the lighting at both sign locations after they have been reposted. The goal is to have the entire project – reposting, electrical, etc. – finished by the Toledo Summer Festival, July 27-30.

The sign restoration project is led by the Toledo Downtown Association and the Toledo Chamber of Commerce and is aided by a $10,000 grant from Lincoln County. The City of Toledo, Port of Toledo and Central Lincoln PUD are the other public partners on the project. Numerous local non-profit, business and civic groups also have endorsed it.

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Motorcycle vs. Vehicle crash on Highway 101 mile post 130

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Jul 152017

Motorcycle vs. Vehicle crash on Highway 101 milepost 130 just south of Depoe Bay. Reported to be non-injury, but the wreck has closed both north and southbound lanes.

Highway back open.

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Motorhome into a ditch on Highway 18, five miles east of Otis

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Jul 152017

R/V demolished hitting a pole on Hwy 18, five miles east of Otis. One injury.
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Report of a motorhome off Salmon River Highway into a ditch about five miles east of Otis. Unknown if there are any injuries.

Male in the R/V suffered a head wound.

Motorhome has been severely damaged. A power pole has also been damaged and will fall if the motorhome is moved according to arriving North Lincoln Fire-Rescue.

Male driver of the motorhome got himself out of the wreckage, walked across the highway and is now being attended to by paramedics.

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Reports now say that the pole appears to be a telephone pole, with no power on it. Pacific Power says they’ll respond anyway. 45 minutes away.

North Lincoln County Fire Command says they have enough personnel on scene – all others can return to base.

Toledo Market moves for one week to The Pavilion behind the Post Office – Then back downtown.

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Jul 152017

Toledo Street Market moving temporarily to The Pavilion behind the Post Office.

From the Toledo Market

We are moving this week to allow repairs on city hall. You will find us down on the grassy field right at the river, called the Pavilion, which is behind the post office. Same hours 10 am to 3 pm Thursday, July 20. One week only. We’ll be back downtown on Thursday the 27th.

A Message to Our Central Coast Business Community

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Jul 152017

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Lincoln County School Board Report

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Jul 142017

The Lincoln County School Board, like any other government services provider, is always on the look-out for funds to build new buildings, improve the buildings they already have and other education-related facilities from Lincoln City to Waldport to Toledo.

The schools’ construction excise tax was enacted by the state legislature several years ago as a way to generate revenue for those capital improvements. Last January the board approved raising the construction excise tax rate for the first time in nine years to $1.07 per square foot for new residential construction, and 53-cents per square foot for non-residential construction.

The state Department of Revenue allows rates to increase, indexed for inflation. School officials recommended increasing the rate gradually each year to eventually reach the rate allowed by the state. For fiscal year 2017/18, the recommendation is an increase of seven cents for residential construction, and three cents for non-residential, raising the rate to $1.14 per square foot for new residential construction and 56-cents per square foot for non-residential construction. Again, this pertains ONLY to new construction.

A resolution to formally adopt the higher rates will be presented for the Board’s consideration at their August board meeting.

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Then another reminder about the upcoming Solar Eclipse August 21st – Secondary Education Principal Jon Zagel reported he has been planning with various local governmental and emergency services entities. Zagel says about 100,000 people are expected to visit the Oregon coast for the eclipse. As for Lincoln County Schools they’ll all be closed the day of the eclipse, and there will be no athletic practices that day.

It was announced that the school board will meet in a work session Tuesday, July 18 beginning at 1:00 p.m. After the work session is adjourned the board will convene as the Local Contract Review Board to hold a public hearing and consider a Request for Proposals for seismic work at Newport High and Sam Case Elementary, two schools fairly close to each other. Earthquake strengthening will be discussed and a bid will be eventually awarded for the work at the two schools which will be used for shelters by residents who are displaced by the earthquake. The much anticipated Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake has occurred along the northwest coast of the U.S. every 250 to 350 years on average. It’s been 317 years since the last one in early 1700.

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The board will also focus on communication, goals, and a discussion on a superintendent succession plan. Interim Superintendent Tom Rinearson has agreed to steer a steady course for the district until a permanent replacement can be found. Rinearson retired a few years ago after many years at the helm but graciously came to the rescue of the board when former Superintendent Steve Boynton decided to resign after some school parents complained that a girls sports team, celebrating a championship win, was given a pool party at Boynton’s home that they felt was inappropriate. An investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office found no illicit or even suggestive behavior involving the young women, and many adults at the party said nothing inappropriate went on. But due to public discomfort with the story Boynton felt compelled to resign, and he did.

Rinearson has agreed to stay on as interim superintendent until the end of the school year next June.

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In other school board items…Superintendent Rinearson congratulated the Newport High “Finnovators” Robotics team for their 14th place showing out of 40 teams in international competition. The eight-member team, mentored by Liz Fox, traveled to the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) competition in Long Beach, CA. Their ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) can use a scoop to pick up sediment and can turn 360 degrees- under water.

Superintendent Rinearson thanked several very generous local businesses for their very substantial contributions to the turf field under construction at Newport Middle School. Central Coast Excavating (Vern Wiles and Bob Farrington) donated $10,000 in cash to the effort. Vern Wiles also donated $3,000 in trucking services for the project, and Road & Driveway (Rob Wienert) donated asphalt and labor for the track that will go around the field. Sincere thanks to all!

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Superintendent Rinearson reported that Waldport High School saw a large increase in the number of students taking Career Technical Education courses. The school now has four offerings: Tourism/Hospitality; Fire and Emergency Services; Manufacturing and Fabrication; and Commercial Art.

Superintendent Rinearson congratulated the Newport High International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma candidates, all eight of whom earned the IB diploma. In six of eight areas tested, NHS students exceeded average scores compared to IB test takers around the world.

And finally, Superintendent Rinearson reminded the board that the district will use online registration for the coming year. The registration system will open on August 7th; labs will also be offered at schools – dates and locations are listed on the District website at or just click here.

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Governor Brown into the “Lion’s Den” to protect Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

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Jul 142017

Cascade Siskiyou National Monument
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In what most Oregonians would agree is a reckless, irresponsible act, the Trump Administration has fingered a whole slew of U.S. National Monuments around the country to be “de-certified,” thereby opening them up for development, including mining. The reaction around the state has been overwhelming – Oregonians don’t want our state’s national monuments to be obliterated. And Governor Brown is going to meet with Trump’s Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to tell him face-to-face that Oregon doesn’t want digging and gouging and river-fouling by mining or any other intrusive use and spoil these national treasures.

Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here

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Just when you thought it was safe to start reading the front page again….

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Jul 142017

Cylvia Hayes and her fiancee former governor John Kitzhaber.
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They may have been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing but former Governor John Kitzhaber and his seemingly forever fiancee Cylvia Hayes are once again back in the soup. This time the soup is the launch of a new civil investigation by the Oregon Ethics Commission, penalties for which are far less serious than for any criminal conviction.

So get used to the John And Cyl show on the front pages for a while. Here’s more in The Oregonian. Click here.

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