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Gun-itis is making the rounds…nationwide and in Lincoln County

On July 5t, at approximately 3:15 PM, deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a reported menacing in the 3500 block of Yaquina Bay Rd near Newport.  Deputies located the vehicle near the intersection of East Olive and Northeast Fogarty Streets in Newport, where they initiated a traffic stop.  Due to the reported involvement of a firearm, additional Sheriff’s Office and Newport Police responders temporarily blocked the eastbound lane of East Olive Street. 

An investigation revealed the driver, 36-year-old Eddyville resident Clint Richard Corwin, passed the caller in unlawfully and was driving in an aggressive manner.  Corwin then pulled off the road, brandished a firearm, and pointed it in the direction of the caller. Firearms were recovered from the vehicle.

Corwin was taken into custody without incident and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

Corwin’s 36-year-old passenger, Melody Lorraine Lanier, also of Eddyville, was issued a citation and released for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

The Newport Police Department and Oregon State Police assisted in this investigation.

Why Add More? asks Michele Riley…

Why add more? 

When there is so much chaos in this world, why add more? Why add to an already difficult place to navigate with so many pitfalls and hidden dangers?  Case in point, our housing crisis. Not only in Oregon is this an issue but across our country. And there are some solutions to be had here. An easy one is to stop selling single-family homes to investors. Big or small investors. Big investors are reaping huge profits by buying up whole neighborhoods or blocks of homes and then renting them out long term to the very people who tried to purchase these homes (in some cases) and were outbid by the big investing corporation. Imagine that, you pay someone else to rent the property you wanted to purchase and get equity in. What a huge slap in the face! 

In Lincoln County we have our own version of this with the short-term rental property owners. Some are mom and pop owners with one property and others are more like corporate or large investors with many properties owned by a single owner or corporate ownership. Much of this is difficult to track since there are LLC’s with names but no faces to attach to the corporate entity.  

We need to stop investors from buying up Lincoln County. We need to keep housing for people to live in, not vacation in for a night or a weekend. Lincoln County has, and historically has had, plenty of motel/hotel lodging for our vacationing tourists.  Turning residential neighborhoods in the unincorporated areas into mini-motels does not keep our residents housed. In fact it does just the opposite, it helps un-house our neighbors and creates chaos for people who cannot find housing anywhere at any price. 

The pandemic was very, very good to outside investors. They were able to gobble up lots of profits at a time when most Americans (and most of Lincoln County) was struggling to put food on the table, to find baby formula and toilet paper. A vacation was a luxury far too dear to even think of. But the vacationers came, they came in droves and the STR owners made bank. The neighbors of those STR properties paid with sleepless nights, lots of trash and the people who could have bought those homes paid by having long commutes to their jobs in Lincoln County while the vacationers partied on– oblivious to the chaos they were causing. 

So what to do? 

Well, Lincoln County voters voted overwhelmingly in favor of ballot measure 21-203 and it would be law but for a group of STR owners and managers. They don’t like the way Lincoln County residents voted in favor of peaceful, quiet neighborhoods and against their profits. So in a nutshell: they sued the County. They want profits over people. Privatization of profits and socialization of costs. We pay the costs and they make the profit.  

If this sounds unjust to you, it should. The majority spoke and the minority are stopping our votes from counting in our own home County! Most of the plaintiffs, surprise to no one, do not live in Lincoln County!

Sour grapes, poor sports, sore losers, you bet. 

And with money to burn too. So they can keep suing and claiming they are harmed financially when they have raked in record profits during a time when most people are scrambling just to get by. Look at the food pantries and the increase in demand there. The gas prices are over $5 a gallon and yet the tourists are flocking here. And they are driving Land Rovers, Teslas, BMWs with plates from Texas, California, New York, Mississippi, North Dakota, Massachusetts and British Columbia. They are obviously not feeling the effects of the pandemic, inflation or the potential recession to come. But we who live here are.  

We feel it in the grocery store as we buy the same things and pay much, much more for them, if we can even find them! I have gone to about six stores in search of the rare” facial tissue.” Kleenexus countenansus. Good luck. You would think it was a rare artifact from a time long ago. And I am in a small household, only two people, what must it be like for a large family? I cannot imagine. 

The pain we feel could be lessened by stopping STRs from claiming more houses and taking them out of the ownership of full time residents, like ballot measure 21-203 would do.  

On a happy note, a big thank you to Yachats City Council for voting down a mini-STR-motel in their city. Thank you for standing up for your residents. We need more people like you who are brave enough to stand up to the for-profit bullying that has grabbed Lincoln County and the country by the throat. People are much, much more important than profits. You saw the potential for more chaos and said “no,” thank you. A vibrant, alive and thriving community needs housing, it needs doctors, nurses, restaurants, parks, gas stations, grocery stores with stocked shelves, teachers, as well as elected officials who listen to their constituents and stand up to the bullies who threaten to sue if they don’t get their way. 

We are fighting for you Lincoln County voters, we are.  Michele Riley, one small part of 15neighborhoods. 

P.S. I found some facial tissues last week! Hope you can too, I only bought one box!

Michele Riley, Unincorporated Depoe Bay

Fire Alarm/Evacuation at Best Western Agate Beach Inn

Best Western
Agate Beach
Newport

9:25pm  Visitors to Newport got a an up-front view of what was thought to be a fire at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn, at 3019 North Coast Highway. 

9:32pm  Firefighters are checking things out.  Doesn’t sound serious.  Awaiting details.

9:36pm  Sounds like it turned out to be some goof-ball pulling the handles on the fire alarm boxes.  NO FIRE.

A resident gives a general sweep of what it’s like to live in Depoe Bay….

Depoe Bay Harbor
Cecille Kennedy

Michele Riley, Unincorporated Depoe Bay

Why add more when there is so much chaos in this world, why add more? Why add to an already difficult place to navigate with so many pitfalls and hidden dangers? 

Case in point, our housing crisis. Not only in Oregon is this an issue but across our country. And there are some solutions to be had here. An easy one is to stop selling single-family homes to investors. Big or small investors. Big investors are reaping huge profits by buying up whole neighborhoods or blocks of homes and then renting them out long term to the very people who tried to purchase these homes (in some cases) and were outbid by the big investing corporation. Imagine that, you pay someone else to rent the property you wanted to purchase and get equity in. What a huge slap in the face! 

In Lincoln County we have our own version of this with the short-term rental property owners. Some are mom and pop owners with one property and others are more like corporate or large investors with many properties owned by a single owner or corporate ownership. Much of this is difficult to track since there are LLC’s with names but no faces to attach to the corporate entity.  

We need to stop investors from buying up Lincoln County. We need to keep housing for people to live in, not vacation in for a night or a weekend. Lincoln County has, and historically has had, plenty of motel/hotel lodging for our vacationing tourists.  Turning residential neighborhoods in the unincorporated areas into mini-motels does not keep our residents housed. In fact it does just the opposite, it helps un-house our neighbors and creates chaos for people who cannot find housing anywhere at any price. 

The pandemic was very, very good to outside investors. They were able to gobble up lots of profits at a time when most Americans (and most of Lincoln County) was struggling to put food on the table, to find baby formula and toilet paper. A vacation was a luxury far too dear to even think of. But the vacationers came, they came in droves and the STR owners made bank. The neighbors of those STR properties paid with sleepless nights, lots of trash and the people who could have bought those homes paid by having long commutes to their jobs in Lincoln County while the vacationers partied on– oblivious to the chaos they were causing. 

So what to do? 

Well, Lincoln County voters voted overwhelmingly in favor of ballot measure 21-203 and it would be law but for a group of STR owners and managers. They don’t like the way Lincoln County residents voted in favor of peaceful, quiet neighborhoods and against their profits. So in a nutshell: they sued the County. They want profits over people. Privatization of profits and socialization of costs. We pay the costs and they make the profit.  

If this sounds unjust to you, it should. The majority spoke and the minority are stopping our votes from counting in our own home County! Most of the plaintiffs, surprise to no one, do not live in Lincoln County! 

Sour grapes, poor sports, sore losers, you bet. 

And with money to burn too. So they can keep suing and claiming they are harmed financially when they have raked in record profits during a time when most people are scrambling just to get by. Look at the food pantries and the increase in demand there. The gas prices are over $5 a gallon and yet the tourists are flocking here. And they are driving Land Rovers, Teslas, BMWs with plates from Texas, California, New York, Mississippi, North Dakota, Massachusetts and British Columbia. They are obviously not feeling the effects of the pandemic, inflation or the potential recession to come. But we who live here are.  

We feel it in the grocery store as we buy the same things and pay much, much more for them, if we can even find them! I have gone to about six stores in search of the rare” facial tissue.” Kleenexus countenansus. Good luck. You would think it was a rare artifact from a time long ago. And I am in a small household, only two people, what must it be like for a large family? I cannot imagine. 

The pain we feel could be lessened by stopping STRs from claiming more houses and taking them out of the ownership of full time residents, like ballot measure 21-203 would do.  

On a happy note, a big thank you to Yachats City Council for voting down a mini-STR-motel in their city. Thank you for standing up for your residents. We need more people like you who are brave enough to stand up to the for-profit bullying that has grabbed Lincoln County and the country by the throat. People are much, much more important than profits. You saw the potential for more chaos and said “no,” thank you. 

A vibrant, alive and thriving community needs housing, it needs doctors, nurses, restaurants, parks, gas stations, grocery stores with stocked shelves, teachers, as well as elected officials who listen to their constituents and stand up to the bullies who threaten to sue if they don’t get their way. 

We are fighting for you Lincoln County voters, we are. Michele Riley, one small part of 15neighborhoods. 

P.S. I found some facial tissues last week! Hope you can too, I only bought one box.

2022 Newport Public Library Summer Music Series

Newport Library

The 2022 Newport Public Library Summer Music Series will feature Paul Schuytema on Wednesday, July 13 from 12 pm till 1 pm. The concert will take place behind the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street in Literacy Park.

Paul Schuytema plays old-time Depression-era acoustic blues in the mono-bass style. He plays a cedar-top acoustic guitar and a National single-cone resonator. Paul plays in standard tuning, Open G (also called Spanish tuning) and Open D tunings. He covers old-school artists such as Son House, Robert Johnson, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Elmore James.

Bring chairs, blankets, and the whole family to enjoy an afternoon of music, community, and fun. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the concert will relocate indoors to the Newport Public Library’s McEntee Meeting Room.

The 2022 Newport Public Library Music Series is free, open to the public and held on various dates and times throughout the summer beginning in July. This program is proudly sponsored by the Newport Public Library Foundation and City of Newport. For more information, please visit www.newportlibrary.org<http://www.newportlibrary.org/> or call 541-265-2153.

 

2022 Newport Public Library Summer Music Series

Newport Library, 35 NW Nye – Literacy Park

The 2022 Newport Public Library Summer Music Series will feature Linda Yapp and the Lemon Drops on Wednesday, July 20 from 11-11:30 am. The concert will take place behind the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street in Literacy Park.

Linda Yapp, is a Children’s Singer/Songwriter from the Oregon Coast, where she owned and operated a Montessori School and is also known throughout the Pacific Northwest as the Singing Lemon Drop Fairy, her 25-year persona at the Oregon Country Fair. Linda Yapp will be accompanied by the Lemon Drops from the Nye Beach Montessori School.

Bring chairs, blankets, and the whole family to enjoy an afternoon of music, community, and fun. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the concert will relocate indoors to the Newport Public Library’s McEntee Meeting Room.

The 2022 Newport Public Library Music Series is free, open to the public and held on various dates and times throughout the summer beginning in July. This program is proudly sponsored by the Newport Public Library Foundation and City of Newport. For more information, please visit www.newportlibrary.org<http://www.newportlibrary.org/> or call 541-265-2153.

 

Planned Parenthood: Offering local methods to keep families manageable….

PLANNED PARENTHOOD
If you or someone you know is pregnant and seeking an abortion, go to AbortionFinder.org now to learn about your options.

 It’s been almost two weeks since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and took away the right of millions of people to control our bodies and futures.

A lot has happened since the decision:

In many states where “trigger” laws were already on the books, like Arkansas and Missouri, abortion bans have already gone into effect. In others, like Kentucky and Utah, Planned Parenthood and other organizations have filed lawsuits to block bans. And in still other states, like Nevada, New York, and California, lawmakers are moving swiftly to protect access to abortion in a post-Roe world.

As the care gap for people seeking abortion widens even more, the fallout has been swift and devastating.

You can help patients currently seeking abortion, those who are navigating this new landscape where getting an abortion means facing more barriers than ever before.

Make an emergency gift right now. Your donation will support patients seeking abortion access at Planned Parenthood health centers and will help provide other critical resources.(1)

Make an impact in your community today, David. Your gift will be shared between your local Planned Parenthood affiliate and direct patient access initiatives such as the PPFA Emergency Access Fund, a fund that helps support patients traveling to obtain an abortion.

Now more than ever, people are counting on Planne Parenthood — and we’re counting on you. Give now and help us reach our goal of 1,000 donors in just 72 hours.

Grateful to work alongside you in this essential fight.

— Planned Parenthood

P.S. We asked Planned Parenthood’s legal experts some of the most urgent questions we’re hearing from supporters about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Here’s what you need to know.

1 Your gift will be shared between your local Planned Parenthood affiliate and direct patient access initiatives such as the PPFA Emergency Access Fund, a fund that helps support patients traveling to obtain an abortion.

A powerful new tool to help diagnose and treat patients who have cancer or other diseases

– Beginning later this month, PET/CT diagnostic imaging offered by Samaritan Health Services will be expanded in Lincoln County. This will provide increased access to a powerful tool that physicians can use to help diagnose and treat patients who have cancer or other diseases.

For the past several years, patients at the coast could receive these services a few days a month at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital only. With the expansion of mobile PET/CT services, this important service will also be offered at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital and the days of service at the Lincoln City hospital will be increased.

“This state-of-the-art imaging technology provides our patients’ health care team with the information needed for a fast, accurate diagnosis,” said Jennifer Miller, director of Diagnostic Imaging at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. “By having two locations in Lincoln County, we can significantly increase access to this important service while also alleviating some of the stress associated with traveling outside of your own community for medical testing.”

With the addition of PET/CT services in Newport, Samaritan Health Services now offers this latest in diagnostic imaging technology at all five of its hospitals – in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Lincoln City and Newport.

 

 

 

The unique capability of a PET/CT scan is its ability to detect the spread of disease or illness in the brain and body and provide physicians with potentially life-saving information.

“Medical imaging technology continues to evolve. Using mobile PET/CT units ensures that our physicians have the tools they need to serve our community,” Miller said.

Today’s PET/CT scanners incorporate the best elements of computed tomography (CT) and the latest techniques for metabolic analysis, positron emission tomography (PET), into a single unit. The PET/CT process can determine the metabolic activity of tumor cells. The combined anatomical and metabolic images greatly assist radiologists and oncologists in selecting the best treatment for each patient.

For more information, call 541-574-4710 or visit samhealth.org/Imaging.

Newport Parks and Recreation needs your love for Newport

CITY OF NEWPORT
ANNOUNCES VACANCY ON THE
PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The City of Newport is seeking applications from residents interested in serving on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the City Council concerning parks, recreation center, recreation programs, and swimming pool. Recommendations may include the acquisition, development, use, operation, and disposition of parks, facilities, rules, regulations, programming, and periodically updating the city’s tree plan. This Committee meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Interested persons can apply online at https://www.newportoregon.gov/citygov/comm/vacancies.asp. Paper copies of the committee application form can also be obtained by contacting Erik Glover, at p.hawker@newportoregon.gov, or by telephone at 541.574.0613. The application deadline is July 22, 2022.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee will interview interested volunteers at an upcoming meeting, and forward a recommendation to the Mayor for formal appointment at a subsequent City Council meeting.

Christmas in July

Christmas in July

The Newport 60+ Activity Center is pleased to announce the addition of another fun art class to its repertoire. Instructor Ann Tebo would like to invite you to a one-time “Christmas in July” class to create a cute reindeer from cork, pipe cleaners, and other assorted art supplies.

Don’t be afraid to explore your creativity in this fun class and create your own masterpiece!

The class will be held in the Education Center on Friday, July 15, 2022, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Class size is limited to 10 participants, so register now! Supplies will be provided by the instructor, but she is asking that participants bring a glue gun if they have one.

To register for this class, go online to: www.newportoregon.gov/sc and click on the banner “Browse the catalog and register.” In the catalog you may view a listing of additional classes, trips, events, and educational presentations. For additional information, call the office at 541-265-9617, or stop by at 20 SE 2nd Street, Newport, OR. Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NewportSeniorActivityCenter.

And now a word from Rep. David Gomberg

Rep. David Gomberg
D-Lincoln County

Wildfire Season – Wildfire Readiness

Rep. David Gomberg, D-Lincoln City

After weeks of rain and unseasonably cold weather many Oregonians are likely enjoying feeling the sun on their faces and wearing something other than a raincoat.

The weather change, that’s come just in time for the official start of summer, has also delayed this year’s fire season but officials with the Oregon Department of Forestry say they are not expecting that to last much longer. As I suggested at a recent Wildfire Town Hall, the spring moisture has your lawn growing faster. Grass in our woodlands is growing too and by late summer, it will be dry and dangerous.

Two years ago, more acres in Oregon were on fire over the Labor Day Weekend than during the entire ten-year period we know as the Tillamook Burn. And the difference, in addition to size, is that recent fires consumed homes as well as trees.

The fires pushed the Legislature to pass Senate Bill 762, a sweeping 2021 wildfire preparedness and mitigation bill. Among other provisions, it requires utilities to have their wildfire preparedness plans approved by the Public Utility Commission, including plans for preemptive blackouts. A foundational piece of that preparedness for is leveraging new technology to more accurately assess risks across their systems.

To get the bill over the finish line, lawmakers eliminated the definition of wildland-urban interface, or WUI, and instead directed the Board of Forestry to set the parameters based on “national best practices.

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Pumping up knowledge, passion and professional experience!

NEWPORT SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
20 SE 2nd St, Newport
541-265-9617
www.newportoregon.gov/sc

LET’S TALK BUSINESS

Thinking of starting a small business?  You’re not alone!  Encore entrepreneurs over the age of 55 are one of the fastest growing groups of business owners. Your knowledge, passion, life and professional experience can help you turn your hobby into a business, share your skills, flex your entrepreneurial muscles, and diversify your income in retirement.

Join us at the Newport 60+ Activity Center on Tuesday, July 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m., for an informative workshop entitled, “Let’s Talk Business.” Bring your ideas for starting a small business, and learn about the steps to a successful startup. Discover the risks for older entrepreneurs, and find out what assistance is available from your local Small Business Development Center.

Workshop leader, Wendy Ludwig, is a Small Business Adviser at the Small Business Development Center at Oregon Coast Community College, where the mission is to create joy and wealth in Lincoln County by helping start, grow, and retain profitable businesses. She holds a degree in accounting from Linfield College, and CPA designations in Oregon and California.   

Before relocating to the Oregon coast in 2017, Wendy worked as a CPA and finance executive in the San Francisco Bay Area, initially in public accounting, and then in tax management at large companies in several different industries. She studied taxation and financial planning with graduate level courses at Golden Gate University and UC Berkeley.

Wendy volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in Lincoln County who have experienced abuse or neglect. She enjoys walking her dog, hiking and kayaking, travel, cooking, and playing the piano.

To register for this great workshop, go online to www.newportoregon.gov/sc and click on the banner “Browse the catalog and register”. In the catalog, you may view a listing of additional trips, hikes, events, classes, and educational presentations. For additional information, call the office at 541-265-9617, or stop by at 20 SE 2nd Street, Newport. OR. Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NewportSeniorActivityCenter

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