WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Letter to the Editor: VRD’s

Keep vacation rentals out of residential zones 

Preserve our Residential Coast for true residents who live in our communities.

This means (1) no new licenses in Residential zones, (2) the phase out of existing Licenses, allowing investors to recoup losses, (3) nontransferability of a license upon resale, and a (4) city- or county-wide cap, all effective immediately upon passage. If necessary, a moratorium in the interim.

I wonder whether Officials have so much information that they don’t see the forest among the trees. Because I have to deal with nice, but clueless, renters every weekend in the winter and all week in the summer, I have a grassroots feel for the issue.

I don’t like being asked for directions, restaurant recommendations, or to use my phone when they can’t get reception. I don’t like renters taking a shortcut across my yard, asking for an egg, or to jump-start a car. Being a neighborly sort of person, it’s hard to say no. But it grates.

Calling the “Local Contact” about excessive noise after 10 pm or when maximum occupancies are exceeded is not helpful. They do not respond in a timely fashion. They cannot; they do not live on the premises as with a Home Share, a B&B, or a motel.

I don’t like the responsibility of cautioning kids playing on the basalt rocks in my Miroco neighborhood. They do not know about sneaker waves or cold water. They do not know that when you are swept from these rocks it means death, not injury.

In other words, I don’t like nonresident corporate profiteers making money by delegating motel clerk responsibilities to unpaid and unwilling residents like me. What a business model! 

To the City of Newport and Lincoln County: Show Community Volunteers true appreciation. Honor us by preserving our residential neighborhoods and coastal quality of life.

R.L. Hochtritt
Unincorporated Lincoln County

Alsea Falls/Green Peak Falls Trail Hike

Alsea Falls
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Alsea Falls Trail & Green Peak Falls Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Alsea, Oregon, that is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

This is a short, “off the beaten path” area that has two awesome waterfalls, the 20-Foot Alsea Falls and 60-Foot Green Peak Falls. The trail is a short loop that goes through both second growth and old growth timber. If you want to check out salmon jumping up a waterfall this is the place to see it! Alsea Falls Recreation Area is next to the South Fork Alsea River, in a lush coastal forest of red cedars, maples, and Douglas firs. The recreation area has 22 picnic tables, 16 campsites, hiking trails, and an outstanding view of Alsea Falls.

Throughout the spring and summer, visitors find blooming rhododendrons, Oregon grapes, dogwoods, and other wildflowers, as well as numerous wild berries. Trails lead to Alsea Falls and other scenic points along the river. Beavers build in the river, and deer and elk graze in the young areas of the forest. Across the river, the trail continues on to Green Peak Falls. The trail passes through the private campground of McBee Park.

The 60+ Adventure Van will be headed to Alsea Falls on Saturday, May 4. We’ll leave the 60+ Activity Center at 9:00 a.m. and return around 3:00 p.m. Pack a brown bag lunch; we will relax and enjoy our lunch in the picnic area. Put on your hiking shoes, pack energy bars and plenty of water and join us for this fabulous hike. Cost of the trip is $10.00. Seats are reserved when payment is made.

The 60+ Activity Center is located at 20 SE 2nd Street in Newport, or give us a call at 541-265-9617 for more information. To see a full listing of events, classes, and trips, visit our website: www.newportoregon.gov/sc.

Fire alarm on SE 32nd, Newport

11:15am – Fire sprinkler alarm at 45 SE 32nd, Newport.  Newport Fire enroute.

11:18am – Alarms are sounding but no smoke or flames.  No water flow detected.  Three story building is evacuated.

A Musical Affair to Remember May 4th in Lincoln City…

Rocky Blumhagen

MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE, CUSTOM COCKTAILS & TUNES BY ROCKY BLUMHAGEN: ‘AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER’

LINCOLN CITY – On Saturday, May 4, the Lincoln City Cultural Center will be setting sail – dressed up like a classic cruise ship and visiting ports of call around the Mediterranean – to support the arts in our community. It’s the fifth annual Culture, Of Course! Gala, and this year’s theme is “An Affair to Remember.” Tickets for this gala evening, featuring entertainment by cabaret vocalist Rocky Blumhagen, are on sale now at lincolncityculturalcenter.org or by calling 541-994-9994.

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