Apr 162014
 

City Council votes 6-1 for medical marijuana moratorium - a few months, not a full year.

City Council votes 6-1 for medical marijuana moratorium.

Councilor Dorinda Goddard - "The state law is flawed.  We've got to protect ourselves."

Councilor Dorinda Goddard – “The state law is flawed. We’ve got to protect ourselves.”

Robert Beilin Argued against the moratorium

Robert Beilin
Argued against the moratorium

Councilor Brent Berry  Wanted to stop the moratorium, and could have, but didn't.

Councilor Brent Berry
Wanted to stop the moratorium, and could have, but didn’t.

On a 6 to 1 vote, the Depoe Bay City Council enacted a one year moratorium on the establishment of any medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits. The council decided that there are too many holes in state law dealing with the issue and so the council decided o take some time to develop regulations of their own.

Mayor Mattila and several councilors said that the job can be done in far less time than a year. One councilor mentioned perhaps as few as three or four months.

It was also mentioned that a voter referendum to legalize recreational marijuana is on the November ballot and could make cast medical marijuana dispensaries in a different light. Marijuana would be generally available with minimal regulations much like alcohol or tobacco. Marijuana could fall under an Oregon Liquor Control-type commission with taxes paid to the state and some of that revenue shared back to cities and counties as is already done with alcohol and cigarette sales.

Councilor Brent Barry derailed the vote on the first go round by voting no on the moratorium. Because the vote was two votes short of unanimous, the law allowed the council to vote on whether to reconsider – a vote that must be unanimous if it’s to be officially passed during a single council meeting. Councilor Barry said for the sake of “going along” with the majority, he allowed a second vote on the issue. The final vote was a little different. Berry voted no. Everybody else voted yes. Later Berry said he felt ashamed that he agreed to a re-vote. Had he continued his protest, it might have turned out completely different. Deeply disappointed in the discussion and realizing he could have stopped the moratorium, he lambasted the council, got up and left the building.

Councilor Dorinda Goddard said “There are big problems with the state law. We need more time to figure this out.”

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Depoe Bay resident Robert Beilin practically begged the council to not enact the moratorium because there are so many cancer and other serious disease cases in Lincoln County. He said “It’s not right that they have to drive great distances and burn a lot of expensive gas just to buy certified-tested marijuana from the valley.

The council’s second 6 to 1 vote is now binding and in the history books. The council also committed to doing a thorough examination of the issue before the town gets its first marijuana dispensary whether later this year or early next.

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 Posted by at 9:10 AM
Apr 162014
 

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, Apr. 16th – Lincoln County

Summary: A general blend of clouds and sunshine yesterday. Enough solar heating got through to push the mercury up to near 60F in most areas, and northwest winds were 5-10 mph gusting to 15. After sunset, overcast skies became the prevailing feature and by midnight, we started to see some light rainfall. There was measureable precipitation along the northern half of the Central Coast, while Waldport and Yachats were just lightly dampened. Low temps dropped to the mid-40s. At daybreak, there was occasional but barely perceptible drizzle, and winds were out of the south-southeast at 5 mph.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/49F/0.05”
Depoe Bay: 58F/44F/0.03”
Newport: 54F/43F/0.02”
Waldport: 59F/45F/Below 0.01”
Yachats: 52F/46F/Below 0.01”

Forecast: Our current weather is dominated by what meteorologists refer to as a ‘dirty ridge.’ This is a weak and variable ridge of high pressure that is sometimes strong enough to keep incoming moisture at bay, other times not. Today, there’s a chance for some additional light rain to penetrate the ridge with moderate winds and high temps about 55F. Some drizzle is possible tonight, lows around 50F. Tomorrow, the ridge weakens and a stronger front brings in rain for much of the day, high of 55F and light south winds. Outlook is for the high pressure to amplify on Friday giving us a partly cloudy day, followed by rain again on Saturday, mostly cloudy Sunday and varying chances of showers heading into next week. Highs 55F, lows 40-45F and mainly light winds.

Travel: In the Coast Range, temps were around 45F at daybreak; overcast with light rain and highs of 50-60F today. Valley destinations are expecting rain with highs about 60F. For the Cascades, spots of ice this morning, then rain likely. The freezing level is 5,500 feet rising to 7,000 feet tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, no change since yesterday, or 68% of normal.

Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo Closed for Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/106/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/109/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed for Skiing/Tubing Open Sat-Sun
Timberline Lodge 0/146/Machine Groomed

Marine: No surprises this morning; as predicted, the breeze has come around to the SSW at 10 knots and seas are 6 feet. At 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. The SW wind is expected to pick up a little today, 10-15 knots gusting 20, and the swell rises slightly to 7-8 feet with 3 foot wind waves. Conditions should be about the same tonight, but tomorrow a stronger front arrives and SW winds are forecast to build to 15-20 knots gusting 25 with seas in the 7-8 foot range. Outlook is for a brief break in the weather on Friday when the breeze veers to the NNE 5-10 knots with an 8 foot swell. Saturday and Sunday, it’s back to SW weather and winds 5-15 knots. The latest wave models show a large swell arriving on Sunday, 13-15 feet or higher.

On the Beach… Light rain, light wind, surf 5-7 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/16 Wed 07:47 AM -0.62 L
04/16 Wed 02:13 PM 7.19 H
04/16 Wed 07:40 PM 1.92 L
04/17 Thu 01:46 AM 8.72 H

In Short: Drizzle, light wind, rain, then brief clearing.

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Apr 162014
 

Kylie Carver, 11 Depoe Bay's newest (and youngest) Salmon Enhancement Commissioner

Kylie Carver, 11
Depoe Bay’s newest (and youngest) Salmon Enhancement Commissioner

Coho Salmon returning to spawn...

Coho Salmon returning to spawn…

The Depoe Bay City Council may have made history Tuesday night when they unanimously approved 11-year old Depoe Bay resident Kylie Carver to the city Salmon Enhancement Commission. Kylie is now officially Commissioner Kylie Carver who will now sit and make policy with her fellow volunteers with whom she has been serving since she was 3 years old. Back then her father, Paul, who is also on the commission, brought her down to the Coho smolt pens and taught her how to feed the fish, clip their fins and aim them in the right direction to depart the World’s Smallest Harbor and head for the open sea, where they grow big and strong.

Kylie said she’s learned a lot and had great fun working with her dad. And it seemed a natural next step that she sit next him on the commission. So she filed her application with the city! And as fate would have it, she was the only applicant! So until she’s at least 14, she’ll be spending her time not only feeding fish and clipping fins, she’ll be getting a participatory dose of policy making and a little bit of hometown politics that surrounds any city council appointed body. But she can handle it. Just ask her!

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 Posted by at 12:43 AM
Apr 152014
 

Eric Eder Lost at sea

Eric Eder
Fisherman lost at sea

F/V Seeker Courtesy photo

F/V Seeker
Courtesy photo

Makala Osborn Courtesy photo

Makala Osborn
Courtesy photo

Cayden Fitch Forever 18

Cayden Fitch
Forever 18

An community-wide invitation from Newport City Councilor Dean Sawyer

With all we have been through this year we really need a hug, a community hug. With the recent loss of some really great folks in our county let’s get together Wednesday and celebrate the return of the F/V Seeker that had a county resident sadly perish at sea. Let’s all meet on the south jetty and watch as the F/V Seeker returns to Newport at 4pm Wednesday afternoon. Let’s not forget the young lady from tidewater, Makala Osborn and the young man from Lincoln City, Cayden Fitch, who also lost their lives recently. It will be ok if we all just hug, pray, and show our support for the whole community tomorrow.

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 Posted by at 11:55 PM
Apr 152014
 

Our Beaver Creek Road... Kim Carlson

Our Beaver Creek Road…
Kim Carlson

Kim Carlson

Kim Carlson

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 Posted by at 11:20 PM
Apr 152014
 
Lincoln County Parole and Probation Department wants you to know...

Lincoln County Parole and Probation Department wants you to know that Richard Katola has moved from San Bay O Circle in Newport to a farm in Seal Rock.

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Apr 152014
 
Mom and child shop Portland store that promotes "toxic free" products. The Oregonian photo

Mom and child shop Portland store that promotes “toxic free” products.
The Oregonian photo

Environmental boosters and consumer advocates are launching a nationwide protest against what they claim is the wide spread selling of baby and children’s products that contain health threatening toxins. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

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 Posted by at 4:41 PM
Apr 152014
 
Those Danes are soooo trendy... George Pickering photo

Those Danes are soooo trendy…
George Pickering photo

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 Posted by at 4:30 PM
Apr 152014
 
Ken Gagne was headed out to find Qahira Lynn's missing cat...and got a tip from a "deer" friend...

“I think I saw it running down Yachats River Road, then hung a left on Spruce…”

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 Posted by at 3:49 PM
Apr 152014
 
Clyde Hamstreet Cover Oregon's new leader

Clyde Hamstreet
Cover Oregon’s new leader
The Oregonian photo

Three days on the job and the new head honcho for Cover Oregon has fired the organization’s project review consultant and the $600,000 a month fee that came with them. Corporate “fix it guru” Clyde Hamstreet, hired by Governor Kitzhaber to rescue the computer sign-up portion of the operation, fired Deloitte and got down to figuring out whether the state should continue to pursue the system the state is currently trying to make work, or go with a tried and true federal exchange. Should Hamstreet decide to switch to the exchange model, it would trigger a lot of headaches for Oregon medical care providers. It would work out eventually…but not without lots of pain while enroute.

The story is in the Oregonian.Click here.

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And…AND! it appears that Mr. Hamstreet began much of his highly successful career right here in Lincoln County. His website offers this brief review of his time while living in Newport.

Mr. Hamstreet is an Oregon native with long-standing interest in contributing to the state’s unique combination of livability and environmental stewardship, while offering sustainable economic opportunities and fiscal responsibility to its citizens. In furtherance of these goals Mr. Hamstreet has served on the Yaquina Bay Economic Development Foundation, the Lincoln County Planning task force, the Newport City Council (mid-1980s), the Oregon Economic Development Commission, and the Oregon Land Use and Development Commission and a founding Director of the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Hamstreet was also involved in the Yaquina Development Corporation and was President of Newport Seafood.

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Mr. Hamstreet is a Certified Turnaround Professional and has served in leadership positions of the Northwest and National Turnaround Management Associations and the Association of Turnaround Professionals. He has been nominated for turnaround practitioner of the year four times, winning the award in 1994, 2005 and 2011. In 2009 the Northwest Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association honored Mr. Hamstreet “for his dedication and outstanding professional achievements in business restructurings and turnaround” at its 10th Anniversary Cross-Border Conference.

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