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Oregon developer and philanthopist John Gray dies at 93

John Gray, forever 93

Portland developer and philanthropist John D. Gray, known for creating several prominent Northwest resorts, including Salishan in Lincoln County, and redeveloping Southwest Portland’s John’s Landing district, died Friday in Portland. He was 93. He leaves behind many descendents including daughter Janet Webster of Newport.

The story is in the Portland Oregonian. Click here.

Reminder for Newport candlelight vigil for victims of domestic violence

A reminder that today, Friday, there will be a candlelight vigil for the victims of domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. A gathering of those urging the end to all domestic violence will will occur today at 4:45pm in front of JC Market at Highway 101 and Highway 20 in Newport.

It is sponsored by My Sister’s Place, a refuge for domestic violence victims.

Campaign Statement by David Gomberg, candidate for Oregon House of Representatives, District 10

Statement of David Gomberg, Democratic and Independent nominee for the Oregon House of Representative, District 10

Dear Neighbors,

No one was more surprised than me when the phone rang last November and legislative leadership asked me to run. My wife Susan’s immediate response? “They must have asked a lot of other people first!”

We took ten days to talk. How would this affect our lives? Our marriage? Our business?? And we also talked about what is at stake. We love the coast. There is beauty here, a rich environment, and a wealth of opportunity. For many, life is good. But it isn’t good for everyone. Young families and seniors on fixed incomes struggle. Unemployment is higher than necessary.
There are challenges to our schools, problems with health care, and unmet economic potential.

I’ve spent 25 years building a business in Lincoln County. I’ve been active in economic issues, tourism, and protecting our beaches. But years ago, I worked in Salem at the Capitol and in government as an administrative law judge. I moved to the Coast to run the Chamber of Commerce. I know how government works.

Susan’s conclusion? “You can use your abilities and a lifetime of experience to try and make things better. You can step up – or you can let them call someone else…’

When you wife tells you to “step up” the conversation is over.

My priorities are education, job creation, seniors, and health care. These are broad issues but there are finite and specific programs which can help address each.

I’m a small business guy in a small business district. By that I mean that most people here either work for or retired from smaller businesses in tourism, farming, fishing, dairy, forestry or health care.

The decisions I make will each be tempered by my small business experience. How will businesses and employees of businesses like mine be affected? How will communities like mine be affected? How will families like mine be affected?? (more…)

Toledo man jailed after police manhunt catches up with him in Siletz


Joel Swenson

Toledo resident Joel Swenson, arrested this week on an array of charges relating to domestic violence.

Toledo Police say the incidents involved Swenson assaulting his girlfriend in September, which landed him in jail for felony assault. He was later released from jail with an order to stay away from her. Then, in early October he allegedly re-confronted his girlfriend at her relatives’ home. He then left. A short while later a report came in that he had assaulted the mother of his children at their home.

These actions prompted a manhunt which led police to a house in Siletz on Takelma Court. Police surrounded the home and proceeded to attempt to arrest Swenson. Police say he tried to escape through a backroom window, but upon seeing the officers outside, he got back in the house where police quickly took him into custody.

Swenson was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was booked for domestic violence assault, recklessly endangering another, menacing, harrassment and for contempt of court. He’s being held on $25,000 bail.

Newport Celtic Festival officially recognized by Oregon Cultural Trust

From Jill Lyon, Communications Director
Celtic Heritage Alliance, Inc.

NEWPORT, OR – Founded in July 2001 by the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Cultural Trust provides funding for Oregon’s cultural community to support organizations which sustain, develop, and participate in arts, heritage and humanities and sees these types of activities as an investment which creates vibrant communities by strengthening the economy, improving education and bettering quality of life.

Each of the Trust’s 1,300 members throughout Oregon must be a qualifying 501(c) 3 organization registered with the IRS and its non-profit status with the State of Oregon is verified. Additionally, their bylaws are reviewed and their mission and goals must have “culture” at their core, which may be rooted in the arts, heritage, history, historic preservation or the humanities.

The Celtic Heritage Alliance is proud to announce that it joins 17 fellow Lincoln County non-profit organizations as newly accepted members of the Oregon Cultural Trust and it continues to work to fulfill its mission.

That mission is to “promote and preserve Celtic culture and heritage through creation and development of Celtic cultural events, activities, and programs which facilitate education, workshops, musical performances and traditional competitions which include athletics, music and dance.”

Another example of such a program will be the hosting of CHA’s second Irish House Concert event “Harvest by the Sea” to be held November 3, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church in Newport featuring the talented musicians, Elizabeth Nicholson and Bob Soper of “Stringed Migration” of Portland.

For more information about the Celtic Heritage Alliance or to purchase advanced tickets online, please visit www.newportcelticfestival.com

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