Newport City Council seeks assessment money to gauge future of a part of the Bayfront

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Apr 182017

Three phases envisioned by Pacific Seafood. Time frame a “number” of years.

Current condition of the old Hallmark property recently bought by Pacific Seafood. Total rebuild required.

Business, manufacturing or processing incubators could emerge.

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The Newport City Council kicked on the high beams on the future of a section of the Newport Bayfront Monday night. The council decided to ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture for help in ascertaining what kinds of businesses would work involving the old Hallmark fish processing facility, most of which has weathered away. The docks need to be replaced which is a major expense.

But once that’s done it opens up exploration of what that spot at 411 Bay Blvd might produce in terms of jobs and their contributions to the local economy. Specifically:

* What particular sectors or businesses could best be served in Newport based on the possibility for job growth and investment (specifically testing for elements such as maritime or oceanic research technology, value added seafood processing, food technologies such as storage or
packing, tourism supporting activities or technologies)?
* Does demand exist for a business accelerator or incubator center? Could it be successful?
* What are the services that those businesses could use the most?
* On an ongoing basis, what would the cost of supporting such services might be?
* Which partner or partners in addition to Pacific Seafood and the City might have the most
significant impact on this project?
* How should the incubators or business accelerators be managed?
* What are the key roles for any personnel in managing the effort?

The city council voted to file an application with USDA for the grant – Pacific Seafood putting up $28,000 in cash, the city $12,000 in in-kind work. So we’ll see how that works out. Competition is keen for such grants, the council was told.

The City Council inked an agreement with Western Title just south of City Hall to share some of their parking area for overflow vendors and parking during Farmer’s Markets on Saturdays in the lot between City Hall and Western Title. This Saturday is the first Saturday that the Farmer’s Market will be back, just south of City Hall in a very long time. They’ll have lots more room for farm-fresh goodies and other treats, along with arts and crafts displays. Farmer’s Market is BACK HOME!!

Central Lincoln PUD will be bolstering its abilities to provide power to Newport by adding another way to route power to the city. Right now CLPUD serves Newport from their Steenson Road substation off Highway 20 up Steenson. Another route from Siletz to Depoe Bay to Newport. And the third route they’re building is from Steenson to, across Big Creek Reservoir to Agate Beach to Newport. The PUD says it needs toi build the $1.5 million line to add resiliency to their overall power distribution system which, they say, is less than optimal.

The PUD said the power line will cross Big Creek Reservoir at a narrow crossing on the east end. The PUD said they’ll construct a service road up to the cross site – a service road that will be open to bicyclists and hikers in the area. They won’t be locked out of the area. The PUD says they want to get it done this summer. The city council voted to support the routing.

And finally, the city council joined other agencies in urging Oregon’s Congressional Delegation to strenuously fight proposals by the Trump administration that would cut out, altogether, federal Sea Grant funding for NOAA, HMSC, National Marine Fisheries Services and other agencies that not only chart the course of Global Warming in our part of the world, but also the health of fishing resources, both private and commercial. The council appeared to be still stunned at the sweeping destruction of the grant program that has been a primary driver for ocean research, as well as for cuts to the Coast Guard. But several councilors reiterated that the proposed cuts reflect President Trump’s “wish list” for cuts and do not necessarily reflect what changes, if any, will be made on the programs. They noted that it’s the Congress that makes the final decision on what is cut and what is not. But we’ll find out within a few months how the blade falls.

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Weather or Not: A Taxing Forecast

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Apr 182017

Tuesday, Apr. 18th – Lincoln County

Summary: Showers or steady rain and breezy at times yesterday and overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/52F/36mph/0.38”
Depoe Bay: 56F/50F/30mph/0.39”
Newport: 55F/50F/37mph/0.39”
Waldport: 56F/50F/29mph/0.23”
Yachats: 56F/52F/33mph/0.23”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 700’ & 1,200’, overcast @ 1,800’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: S 9 mph/Altimeter: 29.99”

Forecast: On this tax deadline day, projections still show mostly wet weather ahead, taxing our patience even further. Showers ending today with a mixed sky, high around 55F. Increasing clouds and breezy tonight, low 45. Rain returns tomorrow along with gusty southerly winds and the thermometer rising to 55F. Outlook is for showers likely Thursday, dry, sunny and warm Friday as the mercury climbs to 65F or better, then right back to a chance of rain over the weekend and rain likely Monday. Look for near average temps during the extended period, except for Friday.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on the latest conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temp 45F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 50F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperature 45F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice, slush and foggy areas this morning, 30-35F, the snow level is near the passes at 5,000 feet, 2 inches of snow possible today, carry chains or traction tires. * An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are SW 10-15 knots this morning with seas 6-7 feet at 10 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. A Gale Watch is in effect from this evening through tomorrow evening. Low pressure will remain just off the Oregon and North California coast through Wednesday. A front will push into the region late today into tomorrow with gale force winds possible. High pressure will bring a break in the weather later this week. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Possible showers, sunbreaks, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
04/18 Tue 12:10 PM 1.01 L
04/18 Tue 07:06 PM 5.89 H
04/19 Wed 12:18 AM 3.96 L
04/19 Wed 06:10 AM 6.54 H

In Short: Showers ending, mixed sky, rain, a dry/warm break, then unsettled.

 Posted by at 8:07 AM

Newport: Smoke in a building at 419 NW Hyde Street

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Apr 182017

Smoke in a building reported at 419 NW Hyde Street in Newport. Newport Fire & Rescue is enroute to the scene.

Reporting party at 419 NW Hyde said a house just up the street from his is producing smoke. Arriving firefighters say they can’t find any smoke. They’re widening their search.

Fire Chief Rob Murphy said he found the source of the smell – Chowder Bowl Restaurant workers on Beach Street were doing some clean cleaning in and around their facility. All emergency units are returning to base.

 Posted by at 12:45 AM

Siletz Library Plant, Rummage and Bake Sale, April 29th

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Apr 182017

Siletz Public Library
Courtesy photo

Saturday, April 29th

Siletz Library Plant, Rummage & Bake Sale
11 am to 2 pm, Inside the library, 255 SW Gaither
St. in Siletz. Lots of PLANTS for your garden!
The mini-rummage sale of “better things” includes
collectibles. Delicious homemade treats. Siletz Valley
Friends of the Library fundraiser to maintain our landscape.
Contact: Sally at 541-444-2687.

 Posted by at 12:08 AM

More comments on Anti Aerial Spray Measure 21-177 in Lincoln County

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Apr 172017

The following is a letter to the editor from a caring citizen. The views and opinions expressed therein are strictly those of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of owners, staff or advertisers.

Any person, group, committee or organization is invited to submit comments or opinions on Measure 21-177. Please try to contain your comments and/or opinions to 500 words.


Subject: “Legality and Violence,” Measure 21-177

Regarding: the argument that Oregon counties and/or the State of Oregon would face “legal expenses”

1. Go to Google Search and look up “aerial spraying definition” and you will see that the term refers to applying agricultural products using aircraft. In other words, the term is self-explanatory and does not require further qualification. Aerial spraying does NOT refer to hand-held sprayers, such as are used in berry farms and marine maintenance facilities.

2. It’s not clear to me what the opposition’s court case would be… something like a large timber company argueing “We’re suing because you are impeding our means of making a living by not allowing us to spray, using aircraft, pesticides into the air, proven poisons which affect human and livestock health and healthy reproduction!”

There is a preponderance of evidence which supports the fact that aerial spraying is a health hazard.

3. There is world-wide precedent set for legal bans on aerial spraying going back to the 1960’s and even earlier. [See links below]

This has been a long drawn-out battle to protect our land and water from poisoning.

4. There are alternatives to aerial spraying such as:
Mixed planting instead of monoculture [Monoculture example– only one strain of Douglas Fir being replanted in an area, leading to disaster if there is a pest vulnerability in the strain– the whole stand of trees is adversely affected] Mixed planting produces healthier crops or forests. Alternatives also include on-the-ground backpack sprayer application and bio-control such as the application of predator insects (ladybugs, mantis, etc.) Researchers have developed, and are still developing, safer organic compounds to use as pesticides/herbicides, but for some reason, big agrobiz is not suggesting using them in aerial applications.

5. As to the hysteria about imagined violence: The sentence: “’Direct action’ as used by this provision shall mean any activities or actions carried out to directly enforce the rights and prohibitions contained within this law” appears in proposed and passed legislation of the Community Rights type. You will find this exact sentence in the Barrington Community Bill of Rights (see Section 5, part d) which PASSED SUCCESSFULLY on March 8, 2016, making Barrington the ELEVENTH community in New Hampshire to pass a CBR [Community Bill of Rights]. There are over 200 CBR’s in the US. It is yet another example of legal precedent already set, making the argument that “direct action means violence,” seem rather silly.

There are more references below. I could go on and on, but I’m not getting paid to research this. Surely a paralegal can find even more and better references and precedence cases. An ordinary layperson can find lots of evidence which supports VOTE YES ON MEASURE 21-177.

“Perhaps the most important issue aerial spraying raises: Who controls our state’s forest practices and taxation policies– Oregon’s citizens or Wall Street?”

France bans aerial pesticide spraying in overseas territories

If one can kill rats with simple baking soda mixed with peanut butter [yes, that simple] then surely mankind can kill little bitty bugs without spurting poison all over the place with great big hoses. By the way, nobody seems to mention the animals in the forest who can’t evacuate and wait for the REI [Re Entry Interval]… some people eat those deer, elk, and salmon.

Stella Blue


Any person, group, committee or organization is invited to submit comments or opinions on Measure 21-177. Please try to contain your comments and/or opinions to 500 words.

 Posted by at 11:30 PM

Another opinion on 21-177 – Pesticide Aerial Spray Ban Measure on May 16 Ballot

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Apr 172017

The following is a letter to the editor from a caring citizen. The views and opinions expressed therein are strictly those of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of, its staff or advertisers.


I have noticed a trend every time a new piece of legislation comes up that may affect large corporations with vested interests. The first thing you do is divert the truth by picking on the wording of any bill. Then you bring in out-of-state experts that call themselves a coalition to fight the bill.

Once you get the fear factor going then you use local politicians to fight the bill for illogical reasons like “Direct Action” that will cause the world to collapse; and aerial spraying is not clearly enough defined.

Instead at looking at the logic of banning caustic chemicals that are sprayed onto land and people with time bomb effects, we quote experts that call this process safe. Look at any bottle of spray at the store and all the warnings that are listed and then look in the mirror and call these chemicals “safe.” By the way spraying them on ships near water ways is equally as stupid and bringing up the safe application of these chemicals.

Voting to ban aerial spraying is a logical idea especially at the Breezy Oregon Coast that is constantly changing. Having medical experts from Marion County say they have never seen spray affects is also missing the point. The cause and effect with spray is over a period of time. Maybe that is why our county is not doing as well as other counties as it relates to cancer and medical issues. Too many years of spraying water sheds and drinking this pure water??

Jim Harper

 Posted by at 10:27 PM

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes – May 2nd, in Salem

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Apr 172017

Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial – Salem
OSP Photo

Officer Jason Goodding’s name has been added to the memorial.

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The Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Ceremony is a significant event that the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is proud to host each year in partnership with Oregon C.O.P.S. and Oregon’s various statewide law enforcement associations.

The State’s fallen law enforcement officer memorial ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 1 PM at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. We ask that you please place this important date on your calendars and attend this event which honors our fallen.

The memorial honors 183 fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1880s. This includes officers from city, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies who have served as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and parole and probation officers.

The Oregon Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) approved the addition of one officer’s name during the 2017 ceremony. It is the goal of the Board to honor and remember the sacrifices of all of Oregon’s fallen officers and the families they left behind. Below is information on the officer being added.

Sergeant Jason Goodding of the Seaside Police Department will be honored during this year’s state ceremony. His name was recently etched into the Memorial under the watchful eye of law enforcement honor guard members.

Sgt. Goodding was 39 years of age and on patrol with the Seaside Police Department when he was shot and killed on Friday, February 5, 2016, at approximately 9:20 pm in the 300 block of Broadway while taking 55-year-old Phillip Ferry into custody on a warrant tied to an earlier assault on a police officer. Authorities said Ferry fired one shot at Goodding, a 13-year Seaside police veteran. Another officer with Goodding returned fire. Goodding died later Friday at a Clatsop County hospital.

Sgt. Goodding, a thirteen-year veteran of the Seaside Police Department, is survived by his wife and two daughters.

The Governor’s Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice was presented to Sgt. Goodding’s family by Governor Kate Brown during the memorial ceremony on February 12, 2016.

Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding (DPSST# 43017) is the 183rd Oregon law enforcement officer to has died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s.

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Calling all Kindergarten Families!!!

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Apr 172017

Calling all Kindergarten Kids and their families


Do you have a child that will be five years old by September 1st? If so, please RSVP today!

Parents may RSVP online at (English):, or in Spanish:

Parents completing an RSVP will receive a free “Welcome to Kindergarten” bag, which can be picked up at their local elementary school. For those that do not have Internet service, the RSVP can be picked up at their local elementary school.

 Posted by at 1:45 PM

Even Your Finances Need Some Spring Cleaning!!

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Apr 172017

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The arrival of spring often signifies a time of renewal, a reminder to dust off the cobwebs and get rid of the dirt and grime that have built up throughout the winter season. And while most spring cleaning projects are likely focused on your home, you could take this time to evaluate and clean up your personal finances as well.

Examine your budget..and stick with it

A budget is the centerpiece of any good personal financial plan. Start by identifying your income and expenses. Next, add them up and compare the two totals to make sure you are spending less than you earn. If you find that your expenses outweigh your income, you’ll need to make some adjustments to your budget (e.g., reduce discretionary spending).
Keep in mind that in order for your budget to work, you’ll need to stick with it. And while straying from your budget from time to time is to be expected, there are some ways to help make working within your budget a bit easier:
• Make budgeting a part of your daily routine
• Build occasional rewards into your budget
• Evaluate your budget regularly and make changes if necessary
• Use budgeting software/smartphone applications

Evaluate your financial goals

Spring is also a good time to evaluate your financial goals. Take a look at the financial goals you’ve previously set for yourself — both short and long term. Perhaps you wanted to increase your cash reserve or invest more money toward your retirement. Did you accomplish any of your goals? If so, do you have any new goals you now want to pursue? Finally, have your personal or financial circumstances changed recently (e.g., marriage, a child, a job promotion)? If so, would any of these events warrant a reprioritization of some of your existing financial goals?

Review your investments

Now may be a good time to review your investment portfolio to ensure that it is still on target to help you achieve your financial goals. To determine whether your investments are still suitable, you might ask yourself the following questions:
• Has my investment time horizon recently changed?
• Has my tolerance for risk changed?
• Do I have an increased need for liquidity in my investments?
• Does any investment now represent too large (or too small) a part of my portfolio?

All investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal, and there can be no assurance that any investment strategy will be successful.

Try to pay off any accumulated debt

When it comes to personal finances, reducing debt should always be a priority. Whether you have debt from student loans, a mortgage, or credit cards, have a plan in place to pay down your debt load as quickly as possible. The following tips could help you manage your debt:
• Keep track of your credit card balances and be aware of interest rates and hidden fees
• Manage your payments so that you avoid late fees
• Optimize your repayments by paying off high-interest debt first
• Avoid charging more than you can pay off at the end of each billing cycle

Take a look at your credit history

Having good credit is an important part of any sound financial plan, and now is a good time to check your credit history. Review your credit report and check for any inaccuracies. You’ll also want to find out whether you need to take steps to improve your credit history. To establish a good track record with creditors, make sure that you always make your monthly bill payments on time. In addition, you should try to avoid having too many credit inquiries on your report (these are made every time you apply for new credit). You’re entitled to a free copy of your credit report once a year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies. Visit for more information.

Assess tax planning opportunities

The return of the spring season also means that we are approaching the end of tax season. Now is also a good time to assess any tax planning opportunities for the coming year. You can use last year’s tax return as a basis, then make any anticipated adjustments to your income and deductions for the coming year.

Be sure to check your withholding — especially if you owed taxes when you filed your most recent tax return or you were due a large refund. If necessary, adjust the amount of federal or state income tax withheld from your paycheck by filing a new Form W-4 with your employer.

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