Traffic crash near Drift Creek Falls turnout

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Jun 192016

North Lincoln Fire is enroute to a report of a traffic crash near the Drift Creek Falls turnout. Initial reports indicate there’s no one around the crash. It might be an old one.

Possibility of an injury with the crash, but because so much time has elapsed they’re having to track down what happened by reconstructing who was where – and driving what. They’re bringing county sheriff’s deputies into the investigation.

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What Newport would like to tap into….

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Jun 192016

Barge traffic off Newport Ken Gagne

Barge traffic off Newport
Ken Gagne photos

Barge traffic is something Newport is interested in offering with it's new International Terminal

Barge traffic is something Newport is interested in offering with it’s new International Terminal

Part of Newport’s grand plan for its port is to give Willamette Valley farmers more choices on how to get their products to market. And barge traffic is often mentioned as a welcome alternative to regular shipping. Between labor strife in Portland and complex scheduling out of San Francisco and Seattle, many Oregon farms are looking for something more moderately priced and not so vulnerable to unforseen circumstances affecting their products getting to the rest of the country and to Asia.

Part of Newport’s plan is to put a higher speed Highway 20 to work in giving Willamette Valley farmers faster and safer access to ocean shipping. Barge traffic is easy and very efficient. Creating a barge shipping center at the Newport International Terminal remains a major goal of the Newport Port Commission. They’re currently in the process of acquiring major grants as financial leveraging for further federal and state funding.

So photographer Ken Gagne is definitely giving us a quick preview of things to come in a busier and more vibrant International Port of Newport.

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State does lousy job of protecting abused children – hung up on definition of “substantial injury.”

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Jun 192016

Courtesy photo Alicia Quinney

Courtesy photo
Alicia Quinney

It’s another area where Oregon law is almost blind to a horrific hazard to young lives – physical abuse – especially among infants and toddlers. Time and again judges get snagged on what is a reasonable definition of abuse, absent clear language in state law. Yet when clarifying legislation comes up, it never gets passed. A real head shaker. Here’s more in The Oregonian. Click here.

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Barrel to Keg Relay – Race to End Poverty July 16

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Jun 182016

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Barrel to Keg Race July

Barrel to Keg Race
July 16th

The 6th Annual Barrel to Keg Relay – Race to End Poverty is July 16, 2016.
Benefits Community Services Consortium – the Community Action Agency help people overcome poverty in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties.

There is still time to register a running or walking team at

You can also check out our the new Barrel to Keg Gravel and Pavement Bike Ride at, Same great B2K course – July 17 on bikes!

If you don’t have a team, don’t worry – we will help match you with a team.

It takes 80 – 100 volunteers to make this wonderful event happen. Remember it’s for a great cause! Be a volunteer! You may volunteer as an individuals, couples or groups.
Contact or call 541-574-2277

This is a beautiful relay from start to finish with the starting line
at enchanting covered bridge at Harris Bridge Vineyard just west of Philomath,
through back country of the Oregon Coast Range,
along the Yaquina River to the finish by crossing the majestic Yaquina Bay Bridge
and landing at Rogue Ales Brewery at Newport’s South Beach Marina
for the finish line party!

Thanks to our sponsors for the amazing food and beverages provided by Rogue Ales Brewery
and perfectly staged after party by Oregon Coast Event Rentals!

Huge thanks to Siskiyou Insurance in Lincoln City for the set up of our entire 70+ miles of course and surrounding area!

If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact

Potential Volunteers:

Here’s a few areas we can use help with:
· Pre-Race and
o Assembling runners bags (during the week prior to the relay)
o Early packet pick up (Friday, July 15, Corvallis)
· Philomath at the Starting line 6:30 am – 9am on July 16th – the morning of the relay
o Photos (shutterbugs welcome – you don’t need to be a professional)
o traffic control/parking
o participant check-in
· Race Marshalls – assigned to one of the 13 exchange points along the course.
These fun tasks include giving water to runners, sharing any news from the runners with the radio operators and cheering people on!
· Rogue Brewery Finish Line and Party –
o Set up: 12pm – 3pm
o Food Service assistance: 3:30 – 6:00 or 6:00pm – 8:30pm
o Traffic /Parking Assistance 3:30 – 6:00 or 6:00 – 8:30pm
o B2K Information table
o Handing out Finisher Medals 4:00 – 8:00pm
o Floaters – helping with random needs along the way
o Photos (shutterbugs welcome – you do not need to be a professional)
· Post Race
o Wrap up – breaking down tables and chairs and loading equipment, etc 8:00 – 9:00 pm

If you are interested, please call 541-574-2277 or email Thanks!

Thanks to all of you who participated last year, and those of you who already signed up this year! We sure appreciate your help.

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