Alex Halbersma Felon with Firearm Possession of Meth
Newport Police were alerted to an Harassment complaint in North Newport, the female victim telling 9-1-1 that her boyfriend, Alexander Halbersma, had threatened over the phone to kill her and that he was was enroute to Newport from the Portland area. The victim also advised 9-1-1 that Halbersma carries firearms and body armor with him in his car, which was described as an older blue Ford sedan.
Several hours after receiving the initial call, Newport Police spotted an older blue Mercury Grand Marquis traveling through Newport. Officers were able to positively identify the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle as Halbersma.
Police conducted a high risk vehicle stop at the intersection of North Coast Hwy and NE Avery Street. Halbersma was compliant during the stop and was taken into custody without incident. During a search of Halbersma’s vehicle, an amount of Methamphetamine was located along with a .22 caliber revolver and ammunition.
Halbersma was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.
Cathy Steere LC Clerk-Recorder appointed 2nd VP for OAMC
The Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders (OAMR) recently appointed Cathy Steere, MMC, the City Recorder for City of Lincoln City as the 2019-2020 OAMR Second Vice President. Ms. Steere received the oath of office at the association’s Annual Business Meeting held at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend, Oregon, on September 20th.
Ms. Steere has been an active member of OAMR since March 24, 2005. She has served on numerous committees, including; Conference Committee, Education Committee, Membership Committee, Legislative Committee, Records Management Committee, Professional Growth Committee and Special Projects and Fundraising Committee. She received her Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation in 2008, and the prestigious Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) designation in 2013 from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.
Ms. Steere began working for the City of Lincoln City in 2004. Prior to the City of Lincoln City, she worked for 10 years as the Commission Clerk/Office Manager for the Grand Ronde Gaming Commission. Ms. Steere has many years of legal assistant experience prior to becoming a City Recorder.
OAMR is a professional organization dedicated to promoting governmental relationships and providing educational and training opportunities for over 200 Oregon city recorders statewide.
With the opening of westside duck hunting on Oct. 12, duck, pheasant, chukar, CA quail and forest grouse will be open statewide.
General deer season takes a break for elk
General season Cascade elk opens this Saturday, Oct. 12. The Cascade buck season will close on Oct. 11 and reopen on Oct. 19.
Best bets for weekend fishing
Coho and trout offer some of the best opportunities for weekend fishing.
Fall Chinook is still the heavy hitter in mid-coast fisheries. With the drier weather, most fish are still staging in tidewater and the fishing should be good.
Adult steelhead fishing continues to be good throughout the middle Rogue with spinners and flies bringing in some nice large fish.
Coho passage at Willamette Falls continues to build – these fish are arriving in the Sandy and Clackamas rivers now. Detroit Reservoir has been stocked with over 6,000 trophy trout in the past two weeks, and the cooler fall temperatures have probably put these fish on the bite.
In Chickahominy Reservoir, recent sampling suggests there are plenty of trout available in the 17- to 21-inch range. Fly-fishing in the Blitzen River has been good with anglers catching some nice redbands up to 16-inches.
Fall can offer some of the best trout fishing of the year in Oregon’s hike-in lakes – the mosquitoes are gone, so are many of the hikers, and fish are feeding heavily in preparation for the upcoming winter.
4:20pm – North Lincoln Firefighters are enroute to a report of a natural gas leak at Pacific Winds Condos at 1723 NW Harbor Avenue in Lincoln City. Reports from the scene indicate a strong odor of natural gas.
Lincoln County Commissioners kept up the pace on the federal flood insurance treadmill Wednesday, basically complying with a brand new mandate on what residents can build and what they can’t build on their coast and riverside properties that are at high risk for flooding, or have a history of flooding. However, it’s not quite as strict as it sounds. The details of individual properties can be discussed and agreed to subject to federal regulations.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has laid down the law that anyone who doesn’t fully comply with FEMA regulations runs the risk of not being covered by federal flood insurance. And that’s a big hammer.
Lincoln County Planning Director Onno Husing said the mandate came down earlier this year creating tremendous pressure to take into account thousands of properties and to inform property owners of the rather large task. But they got it done. Husing’s staff said FEMA requirements are strict and that any flood-endangered property owner who doesn’t cooperate with the “new flood maps” will not be federally insured. They’ll have to go with regular private insurance. And that can be a double-edge sword.
Although some private insurance firms may offer a slightly lower insurance premium there is a danger that if there is widespread devastation from a flood, the property owner runs a risk of the insurance company not having the financial reserves to cover everyone’s claims. That’s not likely to happen with FEMA insurance because it’s backed up by the federal government. (Don’t forget who prints U.S. currency.)
Any questions about flood insurance requirements and options can call the Lincoln County Planning Department at 541.265.4192. Lincoln County Commissioners are expected to formally approve the new FEMA Flood Insurance Maps at their October 16th meeting.
Newport City Hall looking for bicycle/pedestrian enthusiasts…
The City of Newport is seeking applications from citizens interested in serving on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. The Committee meets monthly on the second Tuesday, at 5:30 P.M., at City Hall. The committee consists of seven members and all must be residents or business owners in the city.
The committee advises the city council on goals for the city’s bicycle and pedestrian plan and recommends innovative changes – like improvements to routes and pathways so walkers and bikers can conveniently and safely get around town. Also, safe places to secure their bicycles.
Anyone interested in serving on this committee can apply on line at www.NewportOregon.gov using the city’s committee application. Just click on “City;” then on “Committees;” and then on “Application for Committee/Commission.” The completed form can be submitted online. Copies of the form can also be obtained by contacting the City Manager’s Office at 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365, or by calling 541.574.0613.
The application deadline is November 1, 2019. The Pedestrian/Bicycle Committee will interview interested citizens at an upcoming meeting, and forward a recommendation to the City Council for formal appointment.
Proposed OCA Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and new staff work areas. OCA graphic
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is raising $18.2 million for a Capital Campaign to remodel facilities, enhance the learning experience and build a marine rehabilitation center.
The Capital Campaign includes five main projects: a marine rehabilitation center, a children’s nature play area, a renovation of the Aquarium’s entryway and grand hall, a remodel of three indoor galleries and an enhancement of educational programming.
The Aquarium has welcomed 15 million visitors through its doors since 1992, providing people of all ages and backgrounds with a living classroom and a connection to the Oregon coast. But the facility and its programming has not had a major remodel since it’s opening.
“When the Aquarium opened more than twenty-five years ago, it was never built to see the number of people that come through our doors,” said Oregon Coast Aquarium President and CEO, Carrie Lewis. “We welcome more than 420,000 guests each year, and attendance is growing. It’s time to update our exhibits. It’s time to improve the visitor experience. It’s time to provide a true facility for the animal rehabilitation that we do behind the scenes.”
In addition to necessary remodels and renovation, the Aquarium will expand with the construction of a Children’s nature play area and a state-of-the-art, behind-the-scenes veterinary facility for marine wildlife rehabilitation and resident animal medical care.
“As we grow toward our vision of serving as a trusted resource for ocean education and conservation in the Pacific Northwest, it is more important than ever that our facility reflects that,” said Lewis.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is one of three facilities in the Pacific Northwest, and the only in the state of Oregon, authorized to provide critical care to endangered marine wildlife, like sea turtles, northern fur seals and snowy plovers. But unfortunately, the Aquarium only has one building—an old, repurposed warehouse—to do this work.
“The building is quite old and was originally built for retail storage, so we are working to do emergency triage and procedures within a building that is not suited for animal medical care,” said Evonne Mochon-Collura, Curator of Fish and Invertebrates at the Aquarium. “Over the last ten years, we have seen an increasing number of stranded sea turtles. We have had to redirect some of those animals to other places. If we had a larger building that we could devote to rehabilitation, we could actually increase our ability to accept wildlife that is sick or injured and provide care on a much greater scale.”
The marine rehabilitation center will also provide a necessary space for resident animal veterinary procedures and increase capacity for expanded research and learning opportunities with students and partner organizations, including NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Oregon State University, Oregon Coast Community College, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the United States Department of Fish and Wildlife and the International Veterinary Association.
The annual economic impact of the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Oregon is more than $100 million, and the 501(c)3 non-profit organization supports 125 staff and 400 volunteers. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, the Aquarium is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S.
“The Oregon Coast Aquarium is truly a jewel in the state of Oregon,” said Lewis. “This Capital Campaign is so important for our future. Our reach right now is considerable, but when this campaign is complete, we’re going to reach even more. We invite you to join us in continuing the Aquarium’s mission for generations to come.”
A 142nd Fighter Wing F-15 taxis onto the runway for night flying, September 11th, Portland Air National Guard
The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions October 8-10.
Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted as an essential training requirement for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:30 p.m.
About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.
Lincoln County Community and Economic Development Fund Grant Applications Available
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that grant applications are now available for local community and economic development projects. The deadline for applications is Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. A total of $120,000 is currently available in this fund. The Board of Commissioners continues to focus on economic development and the County will seek to allocate two-thirds of the funds to economic development projects with a focus on job creation and/or retention and one-third to community development. The Board of Directors of the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County will review and make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners regarding funding requests. The Board of Commissioners will make the final determination on awards.
Applications are accepted from local governments and nonprofit organizations recognized by the IRS as nonprofit organizations in Lincoln County and are limited to a maximum of $15,000. Projects recently approved include: Oregon Coast Aquarium Capital Campaign, My Sister’s Place Capital Campaign, Lincoln City Warming Shelter First Steps, Lincoln City Cultural Center Plaza and Parking Improvements, Neighbors for Kids Public Outreach & Community Support, Port of Newport Facilities for SSS Rampart Sea Scouts, Newport Symphony Orchestra Timpani, Port of Alsea Boat Launch and Marina Project, SBDC of OCCC County Outreach, RAIN, and the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts Scissor Lift. Since the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners initiated this program in 2001, over $2,397,590 has been awarded to local governments and community organizations.
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners encourages applicants to consider this program after they have sought other sources of funding. The Commissioners also encourage projects that have already raised some backing and need additional assistance for completion or to leverage other sources of financial support.
Lincoln County receives funds from the Oregon Lottery based on the play of video lottery in the county. The Board of Commissioners has elected to use this resource to help with local community and economic development projects through the Grant Program; support the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County and the Small Business Development Center through the Oregon Coast Community College; and provide low interest loans to small businesses through Cascades West Council of Governments.
Applicants are encouraged from every geographical area of Lincoln County. Applications are available online at http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/boc/page/community-and-economic-development-grant or by contacting Kristi Peter, Grants Administrator, at 541-265-4100 or email@example.com.
5:30pm – Report of a tall column of smoke just northwest of Drift Creek Road south of Lincoln City.
5:33pm – Arriving firefighter says it’s a large outdoor burn just off Drift Creek Road, on Hemlock. Three large burn piles. Firefighter on scene says the owner has been instructed to put out the fires.
The Newport City Council Monday evening accepted a settlement from Rogue Brewery for the brewery’s failure to pay room taxes (transient occupancy) on their vacation rental units that are part of their facility on the Bayfront. The city figured they would collect a sizeable amount from Rogue but as it turned out the city, under state law, charge only three years of tax delinquency rather than the amount over the full time period they didn’t pay. Rogue officials have told the council they didn’t know they had to pay the room tax. Rogue agreed to pay $25,000 to the city for the three years they were liable for, and then, to compensate for the other four years not covered, Rogue donated $45,000 for upgrades to the city skate park on NW High Street, just south of 8th.
It appears the city will have to roll up its sleeves to get more electric car charging stations set up around town. So far there are four of them in Newport: two at Newport City Hall, one at the Hallmark Hotel and one at Power Chevrolet. There is another one at Ocean Beaches Glassblowing in Seal Rock. City councilors learned that easily accessible federal grants for charging stations are no longer available so city councilors are wondering if other businesses around town might want to install charger stations with a little help from the city. There are 10 electric car charging stations in the Lincoln City area, so they’ve got quite a head-start on Newport.
And finally City Attorney Steve Rich submitted his resignation to the council citing health reasons. City Manager Spencer Nebel informed the council:
“On behalf of the City Administration, I want to express our great appreciation of Steve’s services over the past five years. Steve was an important stabilizing factor in an organization that had seen regular turnover in City Attorneys, Finance Directors, HR Directors and City Managers in previous years. During his tenure as City Attorney, Steve was always available for all employees to consult with him over legal policy issues impacting the City. We wish Steve and his family well with the challenging health issues that he continues to face.”
The council lauded Steve’s five years of service and sent Steve and his family their best wishes. The city will rely on the Oregon Local Government Law Group to provide city attorney services until a permanent replacement for Steve can be hired.
Lincoln County Community Rights Would Like to Put the Record Straight:
A local news source made several glaring and important errors. First the source claimed that the aerial spray ban has been on hold because the judge issued an injunction, stopping the ordinance from going into effect. This is not true. At the time the ordinance was challenged in May, 2017, there was no injunction issued by Judge Bachart. This means simply that the law has been valid and enforceable for 29 months. The citizens and watersheds of Lincoln County have not been aerially sprayed with pesticides for over two years.
The news source warns us that a Direct Action clause in the ordinance would create a threat to the rule of law if allowed to stand. He has not done his journalistic homework. Immediately upon the filing of the lawsuit by Rex Capri and Wakefield Farms, the Direct Action clause was stricken – in other words, thrown out. Direct action has not been part of the ordinance for the past two years. It is nowhere to be found in Judge Bachart’s clear and well written opinion. It will not appear in any part of an appeal. There is no Pandora’s Box.
For those who would like a clear and concise summary of Judge Bachart’s decision, it is provided by Wayne Belmont, County Counsel for Lincoln County, at the following web address:
http://video.co.lincoln.or.us/Audio_2019/BOCMeeting10-2-2019.mp3 (or Click Here). His comments start at 53:25 from the beginning of the recording of the commissioners’ meeting.
Jan Kenyon, M.D. Newport, Oregon Lincoln County Community Rights Board
Your health is in your hands: Learn the signs of stroke
Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke, and what to do if you think a stroke is happening, at a free seminar on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Center for Health Education, 740 SW Ninth St., Newport.
Presenters include Samaritan stroke care coordinators Carrie Manley, RN, and Sarah Vincent, RN; with Heather Herman, FNP, stroke follow-up care provider of The Corvallis Clinic.
Registration is required. Visit samhealth.org/BeHealthy or call 1-855-873-0647 toll free to register. Refreshments will be provided.
The League of Women Voters of Lincoln County will host coastal legislators, Senator Arnie Roblan and Representative David Gomberg, at their regular monthly meeting, October 17. The event will be held at the Newport Public Library, McEntee Room, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. The public is welcome to attend.
This is a unique opportunity to hear from both Lincoln County State Legislators at the same time and place. Senator Roblan and Representative Gomberg have been asked by league members to broaden the community’s understanding of HB 2020, the “Climate Change” legislation that was presented during the 2019 Legislative Session. They will also summarize the 2019 session in general and address any other items of interest to the audience.
HB 2020, a bill relating to greenhouse gas emissions, would have established a Climate Policy Office, charged with adoption of the Oregon Climate Action Plan. After extensive discussion in legislative committees, the bill passed the House on June 12, with Rep. Gomberg voting “yes.” The bill remained in the Senate Rules Committee on adjournment. It was the subject of very heated debate.
Both Roblan and Gomberg are members of the Oregon Legislative Coastal Caucus, a bicameral and bipartisan group of state legislators who represent communities on the Oregon Coast. The group recently hosted the Oregon Coastal Economic Summit, which brought together hundreds of business leaders, elected officials and other key community stakeholders to learn and find common ground on ways to help coastal and other rural communities around the state thrive.
Senator Roblan represents the 5th Senate District. He previously served 4 terms as Representative for House District 9, including two terms as Co-Speaker. He is a former math teacher and principal of Marshfield High School in Coos Bay. Representative Gomberg was elected in House District 10 in 2012 and is serving his 4th term in the House of Representatives. He is a resident and local business owner in Lincoln City.