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.
An investigation by the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team led to the arrest of two Grants Pass-area residents on marijuana-related charges.
On September 22, 2010, RADE team members, assisted by Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and Oregon State Police troopers, served a narcotics search warrant at 4480 Williams Highway. Subsequent search of the property led to the seizure of multiple items of evidentiary value including:
* 327 marijuana plants (53 mature plants and 274 starter plants) and processed marijuana
* Over $12,300 cash
* Packaging material, electronic scales, and police scanner
* Seven firearms including 4 handguns, a shotgun, and two rifles one of which is an AR-15 assault rifle (more…)
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Letter to the community by Jon Zagel, Principal, Newport High/Newport Prep Academy
Recently, a Newport parent called into a talk radio show airing out of Portland. She expressed concerns about volleyball and football being offered to our seventh and eighth graders while we are facing budget cuts and crowded classrooms. It’s important that I clarify this matter. I also must give a sincere and overdue “thank you” to those who are making sports possible for our younger students this year.
The cost of providing fall athletics to our seventh and eighth grade students is being underwritten by an extremely generous donation from the Newport Booster Club, whose mission is to support athletics at Newport schools. Coaching salaries, officials’ fees, and transportation to and from games total $13,400. Participating athletes pay $50 each, or $3,000. The total donation from the Boosters is $10,400. Without this donation, we would not have had fall sports at Newport Prep Academy this year. (more…)