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Proposed housing development gets a “cool shoulder” from the LC City Council and Lincoln County gets a big green light from Governor Brown!!

Logan Road
Lincoln City

The Lincoln City City Council Monday evening went round and round with a developer who wants to build an 80 unit housing development on Logan Road.  The developer said he wants to build the complex on just over 11 acres of empty land off Logan Road near the south end.  The units would be built with about ten lower priced units included to help with lower cost housing in the area.

The developer said it would be a very attractive development which would eventually become a higher echelon place for folks to own or perhaps to rent.

After the describing the basic layout the city council immediately raised the issue about traffic congestion at the south end of Logan Road. They pointed out how horrendous during the early hours of the Echo Mountain Fire that the blaze was heading straight for the north Lincoln City area. And it was moving fast forcing Logan Road residents to get in their cars and get out of there. But they got all backed up along a very crowded Logan Road and nothing was moving…for three hours because no one could get on Highway 101 and head south to safety.

Back to the housing development issue… Many Logan Road citizens wrote a stack of letters to the city council demanding that the 80 unit housing development not be built because it would only add to the already serious traffic congestion at the south end of Logan Road as it nears its intersection with Highway 101.  No escape.

The developer and his engineer tried to describe their housing project as “workable” but the council remained skeptical due to the overwhelming list of reasons why the housing project should not be built – at least not there.

The city council agreed that there needs to be more insight into whether such a large development should be allowed to be built in an already “boxed in” area that’s hard to escape from – whether fleeing from a tsunami or a wildfire. The issue returns again in October for more deliberations. But the owner of the 11 acre parcel seemed to see the writing on the wall and sounded like he might be having second thoughts about it. We’ll see how it turns out during a scheduled city council meeting on October 26th.

Covid-19 Virus Update

The council then learned that Lincoln County has earned its Phase II stripes with Governor Brown who approved the county entering Phase II status in terms of the local economy. Phase II conditions take effect Tuesday, September 29th, to allow more stores to open, including bars, gyms, restaurants and entertainment venues all, of course, still requiring masks and social distancing. But IT IS PROGRESS! The Lincoln County Covid-19 infection rate has been falling despite rising infections in many parts of the country. So, to be sure, nothing is for sure.

The fall season forecast is predicting a resurgence of the Covid-19. On top of that, the regular flu virus will eventually be coming along for the ride. Get your flu shot early. We’re all going to need it. A vaccine for Covid-19 will likely be available mid-winter but strictly for use in hospital environments among nurses and doctors and other medical technicians. Vaccines for the rest of us may not be ready for distribution until late Spring/early Summer.  So we’ve still got a long way to go.

Remember to wash your hands every chance you get, always wear your face mask and when you’re out and about keep a distance of AT LEAST six feet between you and anyone else.

County Commissioners definitely in the clean-up, temp-housing and rebuild phase…

Lincoln County Commissioners have launched a recovery program for many residents burned out of their homes due to the Echo Mountain wildfire.  Following a devastating conflagration as houses burned to the ground, the wildfire disrupted everything from waterlines to septic and regular sewer service systems.  Complete recovery will probably be going on for the next three to four years throughout the region.

Commissioners noted that not only will local workers will be part of the team but insurance companies and a number of reconstruction contractors and new home builders will be spread over the entire burn area – and it’s a big one.  The county has a large list of services that are emerging – some private sector, some local public services and non-profit groups that are eager to help families rebuild.  Financial help is expected from federal, state and even local governments.  It’s going to be a complicated experience to navigate but there is a huge array of assistance that touches all aspects of the “rebuilding process.” The county’s website is chock full of options and information for those who need assistance with any and all challenges that face families who want to rebuild.  Here’s a good place to start.  Just CLICK HERE.

The county commissioners are happy to report that Lincoln County government’s efforts to ramp up Covid-19 testing has been paying off.  Infection rates are moderating and in some ways declining.  Keep your fingers crossed, wear your face masks and wash your hands early and often.  Lincoln County residents have been doing just that and because of their disciplined behavior Governor Kate Brown has given Lincoln County the green light to raise the county to Phase II of the pandemic.  It means Lincoln County’s economy is going to ramp up noticeably – stores, gyms, restaurants, shopping outlets and others will once again be open for business.  But facemasks and proper distancing will be strictly enforced.  If we all don’t cooperate, Lincoln County’s Phase II recovery rating may go back down again.  All for one and one for all.  We’ve got to live by it.

County Commissioners and a myriad of other city, county and state officials will be watching everything very carefully because although an anti-Covid-19 vaccine may be available around Christmas or just beyond, there will only be enough vaccine for medical staff so they can continue to save lives.  Vaccine for the rest of us may not be available until late Spring or early Summer.  So be vigilant in the way you travel, shop and work.  Wear your mask, wash your hands often and maintain AT LEAST a six foot distance between you and your fellow humans.  All three precautions can and do save lives. 

Sitka Center Artist-in-Residence Show and Tell

Sitka Center Artist-in-Residence Show and Tell

OTIS, OR – For the next few months, a talented group of artists and scientists will be residing among the trees and wildlife to deeply explore their work as Artists and Scientists-in-Residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Join us for the Resident Show & Tell – 4pm on Thursday, October 8 2020 as our Fall residents share what they will be working on!

Tucked in the forest near Cascade Head, the Sitka Center is an ideal location for artists and scientists to withdraw from the distraction of daily life, find the solitude needed to push through their creative boundaries and chase their artistic pursuits and immerse themselves in natural study and reflection. Sitka Center is proud to host residents in varied stages of their journeys, from Oregon and abroad.

The Resident Show & Tell is an opportunity for the community to learn about the work done by these accomplished artists and scientists. This event is free and open to the public via zoom! Join the Sitka community virtually as we enjoy brief presentations of Residents’ work as they begin their residencies. The October 8nd Resident Show & Tell features:

  • AthenaCopenhaverisawriter,editor,sciencecommunicator,andcertifiedclimateinterpreter. Athena’s novel manuscript Deep Shade won the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature from Ashland Creek Press. Artist and researcher
  • NinaEldercreatesprojectsthatrevealhumanity’sdependenceonandinterruptionofthenatural world.
  • PhilHouseisarapartistbythenameofHailingProudlyfromthesouthsideofChicago.Philhopesto write songs that inspire people to see the best of themselves, their neighbor and the entire world around them.
  • KirstinValdezQuadeistheauthorofNightattheFiestas,whichwontheJohnLeonardPrizefromthe National Book Critics Circle, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation.
  • SamanthaWall,originallyfromSeoul,SouthKorea,isanartistworkinginPortland,Oregon.Wall immigrated to the United States as a child and comes from a multiracial background. Operating from within this framework, her drawings embody the experience of navigating transcultural identity. Samantha is the first of three residents participating in our Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency for 2020/2021.
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