Newport Port Manager Kevin Greenwood says dredging to accommodate larger log ships transporting raw timber to the Orient could be complete in late September or early October.
Greenwood told his port commission Tuesday evening that the National Marine Fisheries Service has completed it’s biological assessment of the magnitude of environmental impact deeper dredging would cause near the new International Terminal in order to handle bigger logging ships.
Greenwood said the assessment is being reviewed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers – the corps doing the actual dredging. Greenwood said those reviews should be complete and permits issued in time for the dredging to begin in the second or third week of September.
But a new wrinkle emerged during those discussions – a wrinkle that could amount to a rather large cost overrun in creating the enhanced aquatic habitat behind the Oregon Coast Aquarium, thereby offsetting the loss next to the terminal. However, further discussions indicated that cost savings connected with the timing and set up for dredging operations could amount to upwards of $300,000, thereby cancelling out those extra expenses.
Meanwhile, as News Lincoln County reported to you last week, Teevin Brothers will not be building their multi-million dollar log export handling yard just east of the terminal this year due to the delay in getting permits for the dredging.
The Teevin Brothers’ team noted in a letter to the port that although there has been a marked slow-down in China’s log purchasing, it has nothing to do with the delay in building their log yard. It’s strictly due to the delay in dredging. They also say it doesn’t weaken their commitment to building the log yard or continuing to be an economic partner with the Port of Newport.
In recent communiques with the port, another log exporting firm, Alcan Timber, said it was setting up a log handling yard on some industrial properties south of Toledo. They said they would be amenable to loading ships half-full to accommodate the currently shallow depths around the terminal. But port officials say Alcan has not recently contacted the port over such matters.Share on Facebook
In what could become a seriously enjoyable tradition of managerial pride and boatright expertise, Newport Port Commissioners have challenged their Toledo counterparts to a “Riverside Battle of the Managers” during the Toledo Wooden Boat Show coming up in mid-August.
Newport Port Commissioner David Jincks surprised a Monday night’s port commission meeting with a short, but bold request. He urged his fellow commissioners to “draft” Port Manager Kevin Greenwood to battle Toledo Port Manager Bud Shoemake in a containerboard boat paddling contest as part of Toledo’s Wooden Boat Show coming up August 16th and 17th.
Perhaps sensing that both ports have been making some rather heady economic development moves over the past few years, Jincks decided to “throw down the paddle” and “get it on” with the competition…uh…that is…through their respective chiefs of staff, of course.
Part of the challenge is for the managers to participate in the design and crafting of their own race boat. Georgia Pacific provides the materials, but it’s up to the “genius” of the racers to produce a vessel that’s paddles fast and stays afloat at the same time.
If Shoemake and his commissioners determine that meeting this challenge would achieve a broad commission policy of courageous but friendly one-upsmanship, the two managers would become part of the G-P Containerboard Boat Contest at Toledo Waterfront Park Saturday, August 16th. The starting whistle shrieks precisely at 1pm.
While neither manager may come in first among all the other Containerboard Captains, all that will matter to Greenwood and Shoemake is who wins THEIR race. Under the challenge rule, whichever manager comes in second will have to order pizzas and beverages and deliver them to the winner’s next commission meeting.
“Gentlemen!! Start your boatbuilding!!Share on Facebook
Newport Residents Embrace Mixed Compostables Program
Provided by Thompson Sanitary
The recently implemented Mixed Compostables service for Newport residents is off to a promising start. Carts were delivered the week of July 7 with the first week of collection starting July 14. Rob Thompson, President of Thompson’s Sanitary Service shared this about the program:
“I’m very pleased with the customer participation of 41% placing their cart out for collection in the first week. That’s a higher percentage than we anticipated.”
With the arrival of the tan-lidded carts, TSS customers can recycle their food waste, yard waste, and food-soiled paper with weekly curbside service.
Not only did 41% of Newport customers participate in the Mixed Compostables program in the first week, but the amount of compostable material in those carts yielded high results as well. In the first week of MC collection, customers diverted an average of 32% of their waste from the landfill in addition to the co-mingle recycling they already put out. That level of diversion from the landfill will more than meet the benchmark recovery goals set forth by the Newport City Council Resolution.
Rob Thompson goes on to say,
“It’s been our experience with recycling programs that they only get better with time. Customers get used to the change and their habits improve as they understand just how easy it is to recycle.” As of press time, the second Monday results were even better than the first week of collection. While it’s early in the program, Thompson’s Sanitary Service is already very optimistic about the success of the program.
For more information or questions, please call Thompsons at 541-265-7249, or visit their website at http://www.thompsonsanitary.com, or click here for the new Waste 101 brochure or check for updates on the Thompson Sanitary Service Facebook page.Share on Facebook
NORTH LINCOLN COUNTY KIDS: YOU CAN BE A STAAARGH! IN “BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE” AUG 4-9
LINCOLN CITY – A swashbuckling new play is headed to the Lincoln City Cultural Center. It’s “Blackbeard the Pirate,” and the directors are looking for young actors to fill up to 60 roles in this Missoula Children’s Theatre production. Auditions are set for 10 am Monday, Aug. 4, and participation is free – yes, free – for all kids attending school in north Lincoln County.
Auditions, which are open to kids entering first through 12th grades, will be held in the auditorium at the LCCC, 540 NE Hwy. 101. All those auditioning should arrive at 10 am sharp and plan to stay until noon. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition.
Among the 60+ roles to be cast are Blackbeard and his crew of bearded Pirates, Sailors of the High Seas, cranky Crabs and Crocodiles, magical Mermaids and Seaweed Creatures, Parrots and even a group of Beach Bums. No advance preparation or theatrical experience is necessary. Assistant directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week, and to take on essential backstage responsibilities.
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Lincoln City Police Investigators have arrested 27 year old Jeramie Philpot of Lincoln City, in connection with him being shot which occurred on May 24th. Mr. Philpot and Felix Daniel Garcia of Lincoln City had reported that Mr. Philpot was shot in a drive by shooting on the evening of May 24th as they were walking along West Devil’s Lake Road, in Lincoln City. When Officers arrived on scene, they found that Mr. Philpot had been shot in the leg.
After about a 10 day investigation, Lincoln City Police Detectives determined that the report was false and that Mr. Philpot had paid Mr. Garcia to shoot him with the intent of injuring him. The motive for the shooting has not been determined at this time.
On May 29th, 2014, Lincoln City Police arrested Daniel Garcia for Assault 1.
LCPD investigators contacted Mr. Philpot and asked him to come to LCPD. When Mr Philpot arrived, he was arrested for Conspiracy to commit Unlawful use of a weapon, Conspiracy to commit pointing a firearm at another and Conspiracy to Initiating a false report. He was lodged at Lincoln County Jail in Newport.Share on Facebook
Tuesday, July 22nd – Lincoln County
Summary: What was probably the last mostly sunny day for a while gave us high temperatures of 65-70F yesterday; it was warmest in the north, coolest in the south. Northerly winds blew at 10-15 mph through the afternoon hours and no precipitation was recorded. On the heels of another photogenic sunset, clouds began moving in. Overnight was a mix of scattered clouds and complete overcast with low temps in the mid-50s. This morning, while it was raining in the Valley and Cascades, it was dry here, mostly cloudy and the wind was light out of the south.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 70F/55F
Depoe Bay: 67F/53F
Forecast: The weather map is a mess today. Several minor low pressure systems offshore are arguing and a clear winner is yet to be determined. In any case, conditions will be different over the next couple of days. More clouds, but some sun, varying chances of rain and light wind are all on the chart. Best guess for today is mostly cloudy with sunbreaks, scattered showers and highs about 65F. Tonight, look for a few showers, light southerly winds and a low of 55F. Tomorrow is where it gets tricky. Current forecast models show everything from a 60% chance of showers to a 100% chance of regular old rain, cooler with a high about 60F and light southwest winds. Outlook is for a clearing and drying trend when the weather map returns to a seasonal layout beginning Thursday and running through the weekend. Sunny days, partly cloudy nights, moderate northwest winds, highs of 65-70F and lows of 55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny, scattered showers and 65-75F. Valley destinations will have partly sunny skies and showers with highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, showers, possible thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet.
Marine: Conditions remain tranquil this morning with a S wind less than 5 knots and seas of 4 feet at 9 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Variable winds 5 knots today with a W swell of 3 feet. Tonight, SW wind 5 knots gusting to 15 after midnight and a 2-3 foot chop. A southerly breeze is expected tomorrow at 10-15 knots gusting 20 along with 3 foot windwaves and a 4 foot swell. Outlook is for NW wind 5-10 knots, swells 4 feet on Thursday. Friday and Saturday we go back to a typical Summer scenario with N winds 20-25 knots and steep seas 5-7 feet.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, chance of showers, light breeze, surf 3-4 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/22 Tue 10:46 AM 6.01 H
07/22 Tue 03:35 PM 3.24 L
07/22 Tue 09:50 PM 8.49 H
07/23 Wed 04:58 AM -0.14 L
In Short: Mostly cloudy, light winds, rain, then clearing.Share on Facebook
Medical Marijuana coming to Newport August 20th
After some time to analyze the in’s and outs of medical marijuana dispensaries and adding a few regulations that the state did not apply to them, the Newport City Council Monday finally decided to debut dispensaries in Newport beginning August 20th.
The two dispensaries that are being readied for opening are “Canna Medicine” on NW 15th, just west of 101, and “This, That & Other Things” downtown on the west side of 101 between Lee and Hurbert. There could be more. Canna Medicine was ready to open last March but was stopped when the city council enacted a moratorium on the process, saying they needed more time to figure out the best way forward, since the state ruled that there will be legal marijuana dispensaries in Oregon.
The Council decided that the state rules didn’t go far enough. First, the council will require criminal background checks not only on the owners and operators of the dispensaries, but also on everyone who works there. The Council will also require that any intrusion alarm that goes off means the police department is notified – not just the dispensary’s alarm company. The dispensary will also have to give Newport Police access to the same records and surveillance video that state agents get to see. And they’ll have to get a business license with a medical marijuana dispensary endorsement.
In addition, the dispensaries will have to follow state regulations that prohibit any dispensary being closer than 1,000 feet from another dispensary, 1,000 feet from a school and cannot offer non-smoking cannabis medicinals in packaging that might be attractive to children.
Big City Welcome Sign Going Up in Downtown Newport
After nearly four years of talking, money wrangling, politicking and second-guessing as to what should be there, the Newport City Council has given the tentative go ahead to Frank Geltner of the City Center Newport Association and Lorna Davis, Executive Director of the Newport Chamber of Commerce to move ahead on a big welcoming LED electronic sign to face up and down 101 from Hubert and 101.
Not only will the sign greet visitors to Newport, but also will promote local and regional attractions and events coming up, giving many the motivation to stay in Newport a day or two – or five.
The proposed sign has been somewhat controversial in the past, some citizens decrying a bright LED display that they say looks more like Las Vegas than Newport. However supporters say the LED’s brightness can be accurately controlled so that sign messages are quite visible in the daylight but not overwhelmingly bright at night. They’ve also agreed that the sign will shut down every night at a decent hour and not be re-lit until morning.
City Manager Spencer Nebel stressed that the sign is being built with tourism room tax money and that the city will retain ownership of it. However, a third party, other than government, is expected to manage what is put on the sign, how it’s written and for how long of a run. The Chamber of Commerce is one of those entities taking a look at perhaps running the site.
The final go ahead on the project could be given at the second council meeting in August, the 18th, at which Newport citizens will be invited to participate in a public discussion about the sign, its purpose, method and hours of operation, events promoted and other advertising possibilities.
Newport Joins Lincoln City and the County in promoting affordable housing
The Newport City Council decided to join with Lincoln City and Lincoln County in forming a full time agency to promote affordable workforce housing in Lincoln County. Although just about every city in the county belongs to the Lincoln County Land Trust only Lincoln City, Newport and the County Commission have contributed serious money to the effort to begin creating affordable housing for working families. Officials from all three entities have long complained that housing prices are simply too high for many workers – even city and county workers due to a scarcity of housing.
Newport became the third entity to promise $30,000 a year to the Lincoln County Land Trust in order to hire a full time executive director who will then begin to do the work that will produce affordable homes. Newport Community Development Director Derrick Tokos told the council that a full time director can begin amassing surplus city and county lands, acquiring and rehabilitating tax foreclosure homes, establishing revolving loan funds, receiving land lease payments, etc.
County Commissioner Bill Hall says housing challenges are a drag on communities, especially when firemen, police officers and other emergency responders can’t afford to live in the communities they work for. The same for the private sector.
But City Councilor Ralph Busby stuck to his guns as he has in the past, by criticizing the idea that $270,000 raised between the three entities is not the best way to invest taxpayer dollars. He said only a fortunate few families are likely to benefit from the program. “You’d be better off just writing them a check for $50,000 and let’em buy their own home,” he said.
“Not so,” said Hall who pointed out that jobs created for housing rehabilitation, putting more valuable property on the tax rolls, acquiring new families with above average spending power and other elements to the local economy means multiple benefits to their communities.
Councilor Dick Beemer who frequently agrees with Busby’s viewpoints on things forcefully asked Hall, “What can we reasonably expect from a our multiple investments? How many houses over the next five years.” Hall quickly answered, “I’d like to see ten homes, maybe more – not all newly constructed but perhaps renovated tax foreclosure dwellings for young families. It also grows the tax base.”
The vote was 6 to 1 in favor, with councilor Busby the lone holdout. Commissioner Hall thanked the council, adding that with Newport joining the Lincoln Land Trust team they can now recruit an executive director who will put various financing, land, existing homes and homes yet to be built, into a plan of action. All three entities are also expected to be very active partners in offering up those ingredients that will help ease the terrible shortage of workforce housing in Lincoln County.Share on Facebook