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Showing off youth talent to fight youth homelessness

J’s Ladies
Photo: Courtesy LCSD

Provided by Lincoln County School District

For the third year, youth of Lincoln County are invited to audition for “Lincoln County’s Got Talent!,” a benefit for homeless youth housing. Singers, bands, poets, actors, mimes, dancers, musicians and more… all are welcome!

Students between the ages of 6 and 18 are encouraged to polish their act and prepare for the auditions to be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Five judges will select 20 contestants to return to the PAC for a second audition on Saturday, Dec. 3. From this group, 10 acts will be chosen for the finale performance the evening of Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.

There is no application and no charge. Simply call the Homeless Youth Alliance of Lincoln County at 541-765-4558 for complete information and to register.

Medical Examiner: Cody Myers shot multiple times; head and chest.

Cody Myers, David Pedersen, Holly Grigsby, Jeep, similar to one being sought

Update Thursday afternoon: David Pedersen and Holly Grigsby are no long just “persons of interest,” they are now confirmed suspects in connection with the murder of Cody Myers.

More sickening news came today from the investigation into the murder of Lafayette teen Cody Myers. The medical examiner reports that Cody was shot in the head and chest with multiple gunshots. His body was dumped off a road south of Philomath in the Mary’s Peak area. The exact details of how the body was discovered have not been released other than investigators saying “a citizen found it.”

Meanwhile Cody’s murder remains under investigation as well as the murder of a woman in Everett Washington. David Pedersen’s step-mother was found stabbed to death in her home earlier in the week. Her husband, David’s father, is still missing and presumed to be in grave danger, or worse. He is said to be in very frail health.

Myers left his family’s Lafayette home last Friday bound for Newport to attend the jazz festival that was going on there. He never made it. The circumstances surrounding his encounter with his possible murderers is unknown. All that IS known is that Pederson and his female companion Holly Grigsby were caught by surveillance cameras at a Salem area gas station driving Cody’s car, and that they were later pulled over and arrested by the California Highway Patrol near Marysville, north of Sacramento, on Wednesday while still driving Cody’s car.

Authorities are anxious to find the car that Pedersen and Grigsby allegedly drove away from the Pedersen murder scene in Everett and then south into Oregon. Authorities believe the two ditched the 2010 black Jeep Patriot somewhere in the north or central part of the Willamette Valley. It bears Washington license plate ABZ 7996. On the front bumper there is a U.S. Marine Corp placard plate.

Anyone with any information about Pedersen and Grigsby or the whereabouts of their Jeep Patriot, are asked to call the Oregon State Police Command Center at 800-452-7888, or 9-1-1.

Woven Art at Newport Visual Arts Center

Photo Courtesy City Center Newport

Ulla de Larios, Woven Art
Contact: Sally Houck, OCCA, 541-265-6569, shouck@coastarts.org

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts will feature the weavings of Ulla de Larios in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center from October 7 to
October 29th. Woven Art includes two installations, “Crossings” and “Transparency?” and other pieces completed since de Larios received her MFA in
Textiles from San Francisco Art Institute in 2005. Everyone is invited to an Opening Reception for the Artist on October 7 from 5pm to 7pm.

Ulla de Larios was born in Sweden. “My attachment to fiber art and procedures is at the very core of who I am. I am a knitter, spinner, I crochet, embroider, dye and more. However, my focus lies in weaving, which I learned from my Grandmother in Sweden and which provides me with the most freedom and variety to create.” As an undergraduate, de Larios studied physics and math at Lunds Universitet, but moved to the United States and some years later graduated in 1990 with a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband, has two children and now a grandchild. She travels regularly to a small cottage in Sweden. (more…)

Project Homeless Connect: More homeless families helped this year than last.

More families with children

Project Homeless Connect booster and Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall says, as a sign of the times the project today saw many more families with children seeking help than during last year’s event. Unemployment benefits applications rose again last month, which may have added to the strain so many families are reeling from the prolonged recession and very sluggish recovery. A huge push by Lincoln County residents, government agencies, non-profits, churches and other organizations helped about the same number of homeless this year than last with, again, more families with children.

A full range of job counseling and employment search services, health, dental, housing, legal, clothing, food stamp assistance and unemployment registration services were offered to somewhere around 175 people. The operation was again based at the Church of the Nazarene on NW 12th in Newport. Hall said “It does my heart good to see so many Lincoln County residents and agencies caring for those who have fallen on very hard times through no fault of their own. We even had professionals seeking help because they’ve been laid off for so long that they’ve run out of unemployment benefits and have spent all, or nearly all their savings.”

United Way Update

Provided by United Way
Recap of recent Leadership Breakfast in Gleneden Beach

Along with investment in community resources like 2-1-1-a free referral line connecting people to the help they need, United Way’s annual grants program was discussed. The 2011 funding cycle was completed in June with a volunteer granting committee making awards to six agency programs totaling over $25,000. Local programs receiving funding are: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lincoln County, Centro de Ayuda, Coastal Range Food Bank, Lincoln County Food Share, Operation Snackpacks, and the Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Lincoln County.

United Way recognizes that community support is vital. The annual campaign is actively underway and will continue through the end of December, though donations are accepted year-round. United Way operates on the premise of “one ask on behalf of many,” raising dollars to help more than just one person or one issue. All the money raised in Lincoln County supports Lincoln County service agencies addressing the needs of people living and working in the local community. Anyone interested in more information about how to give to or get involved with United Way should contact Katelyn Hordichok, Area Representative for Lincoln County United Way, at 541-265-5812 or katelyn@unitedwayblc.org.

He learned to write the hard way so YOU don’t have to…

Larry Brooks, Author

Author Larry Brooks to Visit Driftwood
Provided by Driftwood (Lincoln City) Library

For the third presentation in its eighth annual Dark and Stormy Night series, Driftwood Public Library will welcome mystery writer Larry Brooks on Thursday, October 27th at 4:00 p.m.

Born and raised in Portland, Larry Brooks graduated from Portland State University in 1975 with a degree in marketing communications, earned during the off-seasons of an unremarkable five-year career as a professional baseball player. This led to his first published writing: a magazine article on the life of a minor league pitcher. Not keen on a writing career, there came a few business-suit swings and misses: history’s worst stockbroker for the world’s largest brokerage firm, for example, and a stint as the world’s worst personnel manager in a department store. Each abandoned career resulted in another published magazine piece lampooning the experience, and his interest in writing began to emerge as his best, and perhaps last, viable career option.

His first published novel, Darkness Bound, featured a stockbroker who hates stockbrokering. It debuted in 2000, spending three weeks on the USA Today bestseller list. His second novel, Pressure Points, appeared to good reviews in 2001, with comparable sales. His third novel, Serpent’s Dance, was a 2003 release from Signet, also well-reviewed though it sold like parkas in Pakistan, and his fourth, 2004’s Bait and Switch, earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, who also named it their lead Editor’s Choice for that month, and at year-end included it on two of their notable lists: Best Overlooked Books of 2004 and Best Books of 2004 (mass market). Since then he has published Whisper of the Seventh Thunder, an apocalyptic thriller from Sons of Liberty Publishing (2010).

In addition to writing novels, Brooks has also been developing and teaching writing workshops since the mid-1980s. He has been named a Mentor by the Oregon Writer’s Colony and teaches at workshops around the country. His new book, Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing, is based on the popular developmental model upon which he bases his workshops.

Brooks is very happily married to his wife of fourteen years, Laura. They divide their time between homes in Portland and Scottsdale.

This program is sponsored by The Driftwood Library Foundation and by the D’Sands Condominium Motel, who have graciously donated lodging for the author. All programs in the series are free to the public. All of the programs will take place at the library, 801 SW Highway 101 (2nd Floor) in Lincoln City. All inquiries about the programs should be directed to Ken Hobson, 541 996 1242 (kenh@driftwoodlib.org).

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