Walking your way to better health…

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May 242016

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No matter if you need relief from arthritis pain or just want the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease Program can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life.

Walk With Ease is a structured group walking program that offers support, information and tools to help participants develop successful exercise routines. This program is free and will be offered in a six-week series beginning June 20th with classes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.

Pre-registration for the Walk With Ease Program is required. For more information about the program and to register, please contact Jennifer Pettit (certified Walk With Ease Leader) at the Lincoln County Extension Service, 541-574-6534, Ext. 57423. Before starting any exercise program, always check with your physician.

 Posted by at 1:02 PM

Oregon invites families to enjoy Free Fishing Weekend

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May 242016
Free fishing weekend coming up!!

Free fishing weekend coming up!! ODFW photo

SALEM, Ore. – Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon is June 4-5, and many events are planned around the state to help families make the most of this opportunity.
During Free Fishing Weekend, fishing licenses, tags and endorsements are not required anywhere in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will make sure there are plenty of fish to catch. During the week leading up to Free Fishing Weekend ODFW will release more than 185,000 trout at 80 locations around the state. Many additional locations were stocked in the preceding weeks, and some of those fish should be available as well.

Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity for families to get out and enjoy a day or two of fishing,” said Rick Hargrave, administrator of ODFW’s Information & Education Division. “Lakes and ponds are fully stocked, a number of rivers are open, and don’t forget about the coast for crabbing and clamming.”

As in years past, ODFW is teaming up with the Oregon State Parks Department to inspire people to explore Oregon’s parks and outdoors by waiving fees and offering such activities as fishing events, nature walks, and specialized outdoor-related workshops. Several state parks will be hosting ODFW Free Fishing Weekend fishing events and waiving park admission and camping fees on “State Parks Day” Saturday, June 4.

The following scheduled Free Fishing Weekend events will take place on Saturday, June 4, unless otherwise noted. At most of these events, fishing gear, bait and instruction will be provided at no charge to participants. Some events will have additional activities for kids.


Alton Baker Canal/Eugene, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Katherine Nordholm, 541-726-3515
Benson State Recreation Area/Columbia Gorge, 9 a.m.-noon, Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser, 503-695-2261
Detroit Reservoir/Hoover Campground, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Isaac Morris, 503-854-3522
Silverton Reservoir, (anglers with disabilities event) 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Skip Bouskill, 503-873-7269.
Silverton Together Fishing Event, Silverton Reservoir, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dawn Olson, 503-873-2681.
St. Louis Ponds/Gervais, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Jeff Fulop, 971-673-6024
Willamette Fish Hatchery/Oakridge 9 a.m.-noon, Tami Edmunds, kids 10 and under, 541-782-2933


Cleawox Lake/Honeyman State Park, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Christine Clapp, 541-265-8306, ext. 253
Coffenbury Lake/Ft. Stevens State Park, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Dane Osis, 503-861-3170
Hebo Lake, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Debbie Hobbs, 503-392-3161
Nedonna Pond/Rockaway, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Brian Johnson, 503-368-6828
Olalla Reservoir/Toledo, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Christine Clapp, 541-265-8306, ext. 253
Trask Hatchery/Tillamook, 8 .am.-3 p.m., James Skaar, 503-842-4090


Cooper Creek, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
Diamond Lake, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
Eel Lake/Tugman State Park, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mike Gray, 541-888-5515
Galesville Reservoir, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Sunday, June 5), Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
Hyatt Lake, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Diana Bauman, 541-772-4970
Lake Marie, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (June 5), Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
Lake Selmac, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Judy Lollich, 541-295-7700
Libby Pond, 8 a.m. – noon, John Weber, 541-247-7605
Elk River Hatchery/Port Orford, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., David Chambers, 541-332-7025, for kids 10 years old and younger
Thissel Pond/Alsea, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., call ODFW’s Alsea Hatchery for assistance, 541-487-7240


Caldera Springs/Deschutes, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tim Foulk, 541-593-1510
Klamath Hatchery/Klamath Falls, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Greg Lipsiea, 541-381-2278
Lake of the Woods/Klamath Falls, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., George Gregory, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery/Camp Sherman, 9 a.m. – noon, Doug Curtis, 541-595-6611


203 Pond/Baker City, 9 a.m. noon, Shannon Archuleta, 541-523-1385
Cutsforth Pond/Heppner, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Bill Duke, 541-276-2344
Marr Pond/Wallowa, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ron Harrod, 541-426-4467
Twin Pond/Ukiah, 7 a.m. – noon, Bill Duke, 541-276-2344
McHaley Pond/Prairie City, 9 a.m. – noon, Emily Davis, 541-777-2831
For those who prefer a little more solitude, there dozens of other lakes, ponds, streams and ocean waters around to explore. Many are listed on ODFW’s website (www.odfw.com) under the Fishing tab, along with additional fishing information, including:

Weekly Recreation Report – Fishing reports updated every week by the state’s fish biologists.
Easy Angling Oregon – Great sports to take the family fishing
Trout stocking schedules and Google-based maps of stocked trout fisheries
Learn to Fish – See ODFW’s acclaimed “learn to fish” video series.

Free Fishing Weekend is always the first full weekend in June. But remember, trout fishing is always free fishing for kids under 12 years old.

 Posted by at 12:08 PM

Lincoln City: Natural Gas line punctured NW Inlet and Jetty

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May 242016
Gas line punctured by work crews at NW Inlet and Jetty.  Gas leak not severe.  Gas company enroute.

Gas line punctured by work crews at NW Inlet and Jetty. Gas leak not severe. Gas company enroute.
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A natural gas line has been punctured near NW Inlet and Jetty. Natural gas is leaking but not a lot, is reported from the scene. Looks like the line was accidentally pulled up by a heavy equipment operator working on a construction project.

No evacuations are necessary according to fire-rescue command. Gas company is enroute to repair the line.

Gas company on scene. They’ve taken over the leak. Fire-rescue can return to quarters.

 Posted by at 9:56 AM

Highway 20 Eddyville area update from ODOT

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May 242016
Highway 20 project entering final phases which includes closures.  Stay current on updates.

Highway 20 project entering final phases which includes closures. Stay current on updates.

Construction Update 5/24/16

Construction on U.S. 20 between Newport and Corvallis is underway. This Construction Update will be a consistent and reliable source for information about scheduled closures and delays near Eddyville (milepost 16).

The road will be open with minimal delays between June 1 and July 15. Expect some delays of up to 20 minutes for equipment moving across the roadway, but the contractor is going to attempt to use very few of the previously anticipated two-hour closures. Whenever a two-hour closure is planned, the exact time will be announced a week in advance on the website schedule.

Ten-hour nighttime complete closures are planned to occur from mid-July through the end of October, five nights a week, Sunday through Thursday. These are necessary because the drilling, blasting and earthwork operations are above and alongside the highway and the contractor needs enough room and time to do this safely. These are currently scheduled to occur from 6:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., but that time may be adjusted, depending on construction safety needs. The current plan is for the road to be completely open on Friday and Saturday nights. The contractor is permitted to close the highway on Saturday nights as well, but will only do so if it is needed due to progress or weather issues.

 Posted by at 9:48 AM

Air ambulance summoned to crash scene at Boiler Bay

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May 242016

Lifeguard Medical Chopper landing at Boiler Bay  to transport crash victim

Lifeguard Medical Chopper landing at Boiler Bay to transport crash victim

Pickup off 101 near Boiler Bay.   Extracated by Depoe Bay Fire-Rescue.  Flown to trauma center.

Pickup off 101 near Boiler Bay. Extracated by Depoe Bay Fire-Rescue. Flown to trauma center.

Report of a blue Mazda that left the road at Boiler Bay and down a 20 foot embankment. 25 year old male driver trapped inside. He finally found his cellphone and called 9-1-1. Emergency responders on scene. They have summoned Lifeguard Med-evac chopper out of Tillamook to the scene.

Driver has been extricated from his vehicle and under care of paramedics. Being transported to Lifeguard Med-evac landing zone.

Lifeguard landing at Boiler Bay State Park – big green area out on the point.

Chopper on the ground. Crash victim being loaded aboard for trip to a trauma center.

Call for citizen pictures. Email to: Dave@NewsLincolnCounty.com

 Posted by at 8:25 AM

Lincoln City City Council…all over the map…talking about everything!

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May 242016
LCPD Jane Johnson, Tammy Williams, Chief Killian and City Manager Ron Chandler

LCPD Jane Johnson, Tammy Williams, Chief Killian and City Manager Ron Chandler
Televised frame grab

Lincoln City Police Chief Keith Killian and City Manager Ron Chandler escorted two city law enforcement employees and hauled them up before the city council Monday night to give them both a good thanking. And boy did they deserve it.

At the recent Lincoln County Law Enforcement Banquet, Lincoln City Police Officer Jayne Johnson (far left) was chosen law enforcement officer of the year for the Lincoln City Police Department for her considerable contributions to major investigations – making sure probable cause information made search warrants rock solid when officers knocked on doors. Chief Killian says she’s also in the process of busting up a child pornography case in the city.

Chief Killian had words of praise also for the Civilian Employee of the Year, Tammy Williams who has been a regular voice of Lincoln City’s REAL #1 radio station – 9-1-1 dispatch, heard on thousands of police and fire scanners throughout the region. This reporter has heard her handle multiple calls between juggling fires, medical calls, high speed chases, domestic violence, all with the grace and composure of a symphonic orchestra conductor. She’s a total pro. But the job is high stress as anyone can imagine. So she shifted over to become an administrative assistant to Chief Killian which includes greeting the public at the police department’s main window. But she still slides in, occasionally, to run 9-1-1 dispatch when needed.

Chief Killian says Williams is also in the process of setting up Lincoln City’s first Citizens’ Academy which seeks to better inform Lincoln City residents on what exactly police officers do on the street, behind the scenes, conducting investigations and following through with the courts. It’ll be a real eye-opener for citizens who will soon be signing up to attend the academy.

Getting more depth on the City Arts Commission

The city council then turned their attention to broadening the quality and outreach of the city’s Arts Commission – whose job it is to ensure that art in all of it’s forms and textures enriches the lives of local residents as well as visitors to Lincoln City.

Visitors and Convention Bureau Marketing Manager Scott Humpert said the commission needs to reach out more to enlist the talents and energies of regional artists to serve on the committee. He said the current arts commission requirements include that artists be selected from pretty close to home. He said he’d like to change that to allow artists living and/or working within 30 miles of Lincoln City to be on the commission – which would include the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Humpert said the city would like to harness some of their tremendous artistic talents – to borrow them to boost the performance of Lincoln City’s Arts Commission strategies – to make art more available and thereby enrich the lives of every day people. The council agreed and instructed City Attorney Richard Appicello to broaden the eligibility criteria for commission eligibility that the council can approve at their June 13th meeting.

An old idea rises from the pages of the past for another go at it

The old idea of establishing a kind of cross between a trolly and a bus, to haul tourists and locals around Lincoln City – especially during the tourist season – came up during Monday night’s city council meeting. Councilor Kip Ward was quick to poo-poo it, reminding everyone that the idea was tried long ago and it flopped miserably. But City Planning Director Richard Townsend said the $12,000 cost to the city, at this point, is to study what kind of “public transit,” mainly for tourists, might look like in Lincoln City – if only to ensure visitors see more of the city than their motel room and the beach.

Councilors admitted that they’d also like to get more cars off of Lincoln City’s summertime jam-packed streets by providing a more organized city-wide perspective on all that Lincoln City has to offer – and that a trolly, or a suitable hybrid, would be worth looking in to. City staff re-iterated that the twelve-grand is just the city’s share for the study. And it may not even require that much money. The vote was 5 to 1 to fill out the grant application to the state for a trolly-type service. Councilor Kip Ward, who voted no, admonished his fellow councilors “You’re all wrong on this one.”

Lincoln City needs more affordable housing and job opportunities
The council learned Monday night that the city has received a grant from the state Land Conservation and Development Department to help it better plan for Oregon’s new rare and endangered species – affordable housing. And the other aspect of being a city – creating new jobs through industrial development. The funds are aimed at hiring a consultant to guide the city through the process of ascertaining what can be done over the next twenty years to fill both needs – places for people to live and jobs for them to go to every day. Community Development Director Richard Townsend said he and his staff have been interviewing four very qualified urban planning and development consulting firms. Townsend said his department will have a recommended winner for the city council to review very shortly.

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Lincoln City Cultural Center gets a 5.5 year break on its rent to the city
When former tourism newspaper publisher Nikki Price agreed to take over operations at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, everyone on the city council prayed every night for her success. The venerable old center had been going through tough times struggling to get enough community buy-in in terms of space rentals, attracting audiences for musical performances, art gallery receptions and general arts and crafts shows. Nikki Price took on the challenge and went in like a ball of fire. Today, several years later, the fire still burns brightly throughout the center.

Niki Price, LCCC Director

Niki Price, LCCC Director

Price has helped to orchestrate major building improvements and repairs, bolstered a veritable kaleidoscope of artistic offerings from music, to sculpture, paintings, mixed-media, lessons, and many special events for the community. And they’re growing.

However, starting from scratch, it has taken Price some time to make the cultural center what it is today. But she wants to do a lot more. But rather than paying rent to the city, she wants to invest in further building up programming and opportunities for the community to not only witness and appreciate great artistic works, but also become involved with it, themselves.

Every city councilor has grown quite proud of Price’s tireless efforts to make the cultural center all it can be for the community and to expand the reach and quality of its programming. And so the council decided to continue to forgive rent payments on the building for the next five and a half years – to see just how far Price can elevate the facilities’ artistic contributions to the Lincoln City area.

However, the council also made it clear that they’re looking for some “bench marks” in the evolution of the facility with a hope that someday Price’s management group can take the building off the city’s hands, completely. They also realize, for the moment, that the city will likely have to continue to shoulder some of the more pricey building maintenance responsibilities in the interim. The council also requested workshop meetings with Price and her board of directors to ensure that over the next five years, Price’s ambitious performance goals are reached. The council said they’d like to have one of those meetings later this summer. Ms. Price was in the audience nodding her head in agreement.

 Posted by at 12:12 AM

Is this any way to watch a sunset?? You Betcha!!

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May 232016

Sunset along South Beach captured by Julie Sacchetti

Sunset along South Beach captured by Julie Sacchetti

Ken Gagne gets a close-up of the retiring ball of fire, floating in the clouds....

Ken Gagne gets a close-up of the retiring ball of fire, floating in the clouds off Yachats

Sunset at Yaquina Head Chris F. Munoz

Sunset at Yaquina Head
Christian Flores Munoz

Then the final salute from some die-hard sun sentimentalists.... Ken Gage

Then the final salute from some die-hard sun sentimentalists….
Ken Gagne

And Bob O'Brien gets the last word on a beautiful Oregon Coast sunset....

And Bob O’Brien gets the last word on a beautiful Oregon Coast sunset….

 Posted by at 10:29 PM

Newport business employees getting a big thank-you from the Chamber!

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May 232016

Omar Hernandez (right) with Newport Chamber Award of Employee of the Year! Chamber photo

Omar Hernandez (right) with Newport Chamber Award of Employee of the Year!
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Omar Hernandez, a server at Georgie’s Beachside Grill, has been named the Newport Employee of the Year by the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber honored Hernandez at their annual hospitality training seminar and tradeshow Know Your Newport on May 18, 2016. Hernandez was nominated for the award after being selected as the February 2016 Employee of the Month by the Chamber’s Hospitality Committee. Other nominees included Phil Ewers—Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, Marci Bidwell—Newport Steak & Seafood, Lisa Glenn—Vacasa Rentals, Musammat Nahar—Hallmark Resort, James Parrish—TCB Management, Brittney Hillman—Lincoln County Sherrif’s Office, and Tammy Flescher—Bank of the West.

Omar Hernandez was nominated for the February Employee of the Month Award by a customer of his who submitted a review of the exceptional service he received while dining at Georgie’s Beachside Grill.

“My wife and I stayed at the Hallmark Resort for an overnight getaway and decided to have dinner at Georgie’s Beachside Grill. It was very busy and our server was Omar. Despite being busy, he was friendly and had an excellent attitude. Omar’s knowledge and suggestions were very helpful and in a room full of people, his attentiveness made us feel like there were only a few people there. Dinner was excellent and Omar made the experience that much better. My wife and I truly had an amazing little getaway. We will definitely be back!” –Ben White.

Hernandez was awarded a $200 cash prize along with the honor of being Newport’s Employee of the Year. The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate each of the 2015-2016 Employee of the Month award recipients. Community members are encouraged to nominate individuals for future Employee of the Month awards by completing a nomination form which can be found online at www.newportchamber.org. Nominated employees should exhibit strong knowledge of the coastal community, reflect positively on the company they represent, and exemplify the qualities of a great employee. For more information on the Chamber’s Hospitality Committee and Employee of the Month nominations please contact Bobbi Price at 541-265-8801 or bobbi@newportchamber.org.

 Posted by at 6:25 PM

Adult Softball in Newport!

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May 232016

Prelude to a home run! Newport Softball sign-ups.

Prelude to a home run!
Newport Softball sign-ups.
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Adult Softball League
Register now at the Recreation Center

Registration is now open for Men’s and Coed Softball at the Newport Recreation Center. Leagues will consist of a regular season plus an end of season tournament.

The registration fee is $475.00 per team. Games will be played on Monday and Wednesday nights. Men’s season will play first starting in mid-June. Coed season will play immediately afterwards starting in July. Game times will range between 6:15pm-8:45pm start times. Men’s registration deadline is June 8th and Coed’s registration deadline is July 13th.

For more information, contact the Recreation Center at 225 S.E. Avery Street or 541-265-7783.

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