The Newport City Council was a busy bunch Monday evening. Lots going on. The city council memorialized a dusk to dawn closure on NE Big Creek Road. Only residents have the keys to get through after the sun goes down. Bicycles can wiggle around the closed gate – but no motor vehicles (for people who don’t live up there) are allowed. Those that do know the keypad combination usually live there.
On another matter, everyone knows that the tall outdoor clock on Highway 101 in front of Newport City Hall, was smashed by a vehicle some years back. But there is an emergence of Newport citizens who want to re-build and/or re-design the tall time-keeper. City councilors kicked the idea around but eventually it appeared that there are road alignments through that part of downtown Newport that cannot be guaranteed for the long-term – development patterns. So we’ll have to see how that all shakes out over the next few years.
There are also big changes among local grocery stores that specialize in deli-foods. But a funny thing happened on the way to making customers happy. At the moment when customers buy food from the deli-sections their food is wrapped in single foam or plastic wrap with plastic spoons, forks and knifes. That kind of approach is starting to fade making stores, fast food outlets, and other chomp-and-run outlets being put under extreme pressure because the Earth is filling up with long lasting cheap paper plates, plastic utensils and anything else that comes with bump and run food. Local restaurants like Mo’s in Lincoln City are in the process of making customers not only take home their food, they wind up with durable eating utensils. A lot of northwest grocery stores like Fred Meyer, JC Market and others, are having to start modifying our food industry that is aiming trash away from parks, beaches and overflowing trash barrels. Single use food containers are becoming less and less desirable because they make such a mess.
Despite this past week’s storm-fest with highways and city streets disappearing right in front of everybody, the storms coming off the Gulf of Alaska were fortunately short-lived. They drifted south but then took off across the Pacific northwest and headed for the Great Lakes leaving behind a damp countryside which drained pretty quickly. But if weather forecasters are as smart as they appear, we may be getting run over again by snow blizzards headed to British Columbia clear down into Washington, Oregon and California. Let’s hope that electric motors will continue their acceleration toward an all-electrified transportation industry.