This school year, Lincoln County School District and its food service provider, Sodexo, are offering more locally produced foods in its school cafeterias. The goal is to support the local economy while reminding children that their food doesn’t just appear in the grocery store and on their plates – it’s grown in the soil, plucked from trees, and harvested from the sea.
“Newport is a commercial fishing port and our inland areas support a variety of small farms, so it makes sense that we look closer to home for some of our food supplies,” said Steve Kappler, Sodexo food service director.
Sodexo has begun offering local seafood products three times a month at the 11 Lincoln County schools it serves. The frequency will increase if there is a good demand for it. Pacific Shrimp, the seafood processing plant located on Yaquina Bay in Newport, has provided fresh frozen bay shrimp and Dover sole. Mo’s Restaurants is providing clam chowder once a month. Other local food suppliers are being considered, but it’s necessary that they consistently deliver a large enough quantity to feed thousands of students and school employees at a time – an average of 1,370 meals served during breakfast and 2,268 meals during lunch. (more…)
Newport Airport officials say they heard a pilot’s cry for help at around 5pm Thursday, saying he was northbound into the Newport area with engine trouble. When asked if he was headed into Newport, the pilot confirmed “yes.”
Newport Police and Fire units converged at the airport. When the plane failed to show up, they fanned out across a wide area to search. Two small private aircraft also joined in the search. After about a half hour there was no sign of any downed aircraft and the search was terminated.
Airport Manager Gene Cossey said had the plane crashed an emergency locator radio transmission signal would have gone off to alert emergency rescue agencies that there had been a crash. But no ELT signal was detected.
Cossey says Newport’s airport radio frequency is the same as Florence and a few other airports in the area so it could have been a case of mistaken location on the part of the pilot. Cossey said they’ll be checking other airports to determine whether a pilot with engine problems landed at some other facility.
As the state budget day of reckoning draws closer and closer, those in charge of analyzing education funding are thinking more and more outside the box. New ideas like privatizing certain school functions and new curriculum and teacher training are looming larger on the horizon. Less of a top down set of rules…more like bottom up use of new approaches that are working. An opening-shot type story from the Portland Oregonian:
Seaport Air is welcoming everyone to their open house today at the Newport Airport from 12 to 4pm. They’ll be showing off the latest addition to their air fleet, the Cessna Caravan 208, which is less costly to fly than their traditional Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. Seaport Air reports the Cessna 208 will be replacing the PC-12 on many flights in order to bring Seaport’s air service costs down into a range that they hope will make their daily flights to Portland self-sustaining, or nearly so.
Visitors to today’s open house will be treated to tours of the new aircraft along with snacks and refreshments including wine for those 21 or older.
Depoe Bay fire units are enroute to a report of a brush fire that has reportedly broken out behind the Lincoln Beach Apartments, at 4475 No. Highway 101. Caller to 9-1-1 reported smoke coming up from behind the apartments, just north of Depoe Bay.