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Community Voices

Newport
Struggling to maintain its livability…

Newport is beautiful, welcoming, and “the friendliest”.  We are so grateful to call Newport home for almost 50 years.  We have seen our community grow and change.  Change is certainly part of life.  Some are good.  Some not so good – nor welcome. 

Short Term Rentals or STRs, are damaging our residential neighborhoods.  Some people might not know about STRs, so they are not aware or understand the harm STRs can cause within our residential communities.  STRs need to be licensed, with regulations and code enforcement.  There needs to be a maximum or cap number of STRs allowed.  Lifestyles and environments vary by area.   Lincoln County is at the blinking yellow light right now.  Are we going to step on the gas to beat the red or are we going to slow down, stop and take action now to do the best for our community.

Owners may have a home on the coast and live some distance and may or may not have a management service to keep the house in order. Therefore problems may occur of which they have no knowledge.  Now the problem belongs to the neighborhood and local code enforcement and becomes quite difficult.  Problems result from irresponsibility of the owner or renter.  These include: too many people in the house, garbage/trash left behind, sewage from overflowing septic systems, parking jams, excessive noise and late night parties to mention a few.  These concerns may occur wherever the STR location.

The bottom line is STRs do not belong in single family residential zones or R1.

There are opportunities for STR’s to be zoned in multi family zones and commercial zones like Nye Beach and the Bay Front.  Tourism is vital to the coastal community but must be well managed.  Newport is glad to welcome visitors while using good, sound, common sense with respect for our community.  This zoning requires standards, license, regulation and code enforcement.  Room tax should be a part of the license which then would pay for the costs associated and a large portion for code enforcement.

Respectfully submitted,

Rhonda Harman

Newport, Or 97365

Sign-making party for Resist & Persist March is Sunday; route announced

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Sign-making party for Resist & Persist March which is Sunday; route announced

NEWPORT—Organizers of the upcoming Resist & Persist: Women’s March of Lincoln County will host a sign-making party Sunday, Jan 14th from noon to 4 pm at Apple Tree, 1605 N. Coast Hwy. The public is invited and encouraged to bring their own supplies.

“The sign-making was a fun event last year,” said Rhonda Harman of Newport, the emcee for the Stronger Together March 2017 which drew nearly 1,700 people.

Gathering for the march will start at Newport City Hall at 11:30 am Saturday, January 20. After introductory remarks, the march will head out at noon to the grandstands at Newport High School. Carpooling is highly recommended. The local group is marching this year to “Resist patriarchy, corruption and oppression and to Persist for democracy, equality and truth.”

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Shirts & hoodies to commemorate the event will be for sale at Canyon Way in Newport and Red Roof Bakery in Gleneden Beach. They may also be available at the day of the march.

Organizers are a coalition of NOW members, members of the Diversity Committee of Lincoln County, PFLAG and the Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee. They stress that anyone interested in preserving our democracy, equality and human rights come join the march.

The march is in solidarity with other women’s marches in cities across the country for similar objectives including the “MeToo” movement. The local group has a facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ ResistPersistMarch

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“Because things don’t look good in Washington…”

Stronger Together March Committee

March committee from left to right: Brenda Wills, Cathy Devereaux, Rhonda Harman, Carolyn Crandall, Rebecca Austen, Trina Kosydar, baby Penelope and Ineka Estabrook.

Local “Stronger Together” March planned in Newport

A local coalition of organizers are planning a march through Newport Jan 21 to protect our civil rights, protect vulnerable communities and protect the earth. The date was picked to coincide and show solidarity with the national Women’s March on Washington and other cities across the country including Portland.
The “Stronger Together” March committee met for the first time Thursday evening (Dec. 8) at the Newport Chamber of Commerce to start planning the event. The march will end with a rally at a local venue with speakers and refreshments. Details to be announced.

Organizers are a coalition of NOW members, members from the newly formed Diversity Committee of Lincoln County, PFLAG, and the Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee. “This march is a way for people to come together in response to the recent election results and show solidarity with all vulnerable people,” said Nancy Campbell Mead, NOW member.

In the month following the election, the membership of the local NOW Chapter has more than doubled, she reported. NOW promotes women’s equality, leads societal change, and works to eliminate discrimination against women and girls. “This march is an expression of these goals. Women have fought for equality for centuries and are fearful that what we have gained will be lost under the new Administration,” said Mead.

“The Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee supports and is participating in this event to bring education and awareness to protect our vulnerable communities, our civil rights and mother earth,” said Carolyn Crandall, chair of the county’s Democratic Central Committee and spokesperson for the March Committee.

Committee members stress that everyone who supports human rights and civil liberties is welcome to come join the march and rally. “We need to stand together in these uncertain times to protect our democracy,” said Nell Austen, one of the organizers.

How to better protect our children from predators

Atonement Lutheran Church, Newport. Across 101 from Safeway.

Atonement Lutheran Church, Newport.
Across 101 from Safeway.

Atonement Lutheran is sponsoring “Darkness to Light-Stewards of Children”. This special opportunity is set for Sunday, September 20th at the church at 12:30pm. Please RSVP to our office at 541.265.2554 or by email to “office@atonementlutheran.com” .

Stewards of Children is a two-hour, video-facilitated, interactive program. It will be presented by the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center. We will learn what we can do to both prevent child sex abuse and how to report it. We will then have trained eyes to be able to help keep our communities’ children safe from harm. There will be no charge but contributions will gladly be accepted. A light lunch of soup and bread will be available after 12:15 pm, downstairs in our Fellowship Hall. The entrance is around back or the north side of the building.

The church is located in Newport at: 2315 N Coast Highway or right next to the Central Lincoln PUD.

Rhonda Harman, Director Family Ministry
Atonement Lutheran Church
2315 N Coast Hwy
Newport, Or 97365-1710
541.265.2554

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