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Another Lincoln County visitor to Washington DC finds stunning Rick Bartow sculpture outside Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian


Photos Courtesy: Rob Bovett, LC District Attorney

Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett is visiting Washington DC this week, and stopped off to see the recently placed twin carved poles produced by Newport Native American artist Rick Bartow. His twenty foot sculptures, adorned with animals and other symbols of Native American animism, stand guard outside as well as welcome visitors to the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian opposite the Washington Monument overlooking the National Mall on Jefferson Avenue.

Bartow’s skyward-reaching sculpture is entitled “We Were Always Here,” a Native American prayer of physical and spiritual rootedness in a land of immigrants. His work was ordered and commissioned by the staff of the Smithsonian Institution which, in the eyes of many, is an honor of many lifetimes, confirming the timelessness of his work.

Bartow,left, with mother Mable Mekemson, and Newport Mayor Mark McConnell in honoring Bartow’s contribution to the Smithsonian Institution Museum of the American Indian.

KYAQ Radio to Host Forums on County-Wide Ballot Measures

Provided by Alan Searle
KYAQ Radio/Yaquina Wavelength

KYAQ community radio will host two forums spotlighting the three county-wide measures on the November ballot. Representatives of groups supporting the measures have been invited to present information about the proposals and answer audience questions.

The forums will take place Wednesday, October 10, at Central Lincoln PUD in Newport, beginning at 7 p.m.; and on Thursday, October 11, at the Floweree Community Center (old Mary Harrison School building) in Toledo, also at 7 p.m.

Measure 21-144 proposes a five-year property tax levy at a rate of 35 cents per assessed valuation to support children’s programs and services. The measure would raise approximately $2.5 million a year for early childhood education and childcare; child abuse prevention and intervention; and outside-of-school child development. Representatives of the Children’s Trust of Lincoln County will be presenters.

A second tax measure, 21-147, would establish an animal services district to fund operation of the county Animal Shelter and pay for the three Animal Services officers with the Sheriff’s Office. If approved by voters, the remaining two years of the 11 cents per thousand levy approved in 2009 would be cancelled and replaced by the permanent tax rate. Speakers from the Board of County Commissioners and Central Coast Humane Society will share this presentation.

County voters are also being asked whether the County Commissioners should send messages on their behalf to Congress and the Oregon Legislature to support a constitutional amendment overturning the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United Case that invalidated limits on corporate and union spending in political campaigns. A representative of Occupy Newport will present on Measure 21-146.

The forums will be moderated by Alan Searle, volunteer project manager.

KYAQ has secured a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission to place a community radio station serving Lincoln County on the air at 91.7 on the FM dial. The organization’s board of directors is now developing operating and funding plans and recruiting volunteers to help staff the station. More information is available at www.kyaq.org

Newport: City Council planning to get rid of unsightly power poles along Highway 101 north of Highway 20

Highway 101 through Newport from Case Street to near Fred Meyer
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Newport City Councilors Monday voted to start the process of getting rid of unsightly overhead power, telephone and cable tv lines on Highway 101 from Highway 20 up to 25th. The city earlier undergrounded overhead utility lines on 101 from Highway 20 south to the bridge.

The first four pictures on the side shows the south of Highway 20 stretch to the bridge. No overhead lines. The next six down the page is what 101 looks like today from Highway 20 north to 25th.

Councilors were reminded there is a franchise fee fund with a half million dollars in it with the money earmarked specifically for undergrounding utilities. Trouble is, it will likely cost considerably more than that to underground utility lines clear up to 25th, according to one estimate. City Finance Director David Marshall said the city could simply borrow the remainder at today’s low interest rates, and pay the loan off with the continued franchise fee revenues – paying it off in less than ten years based on that income. Franchise fees are levied against the power, gas, cable and telephone companies who usually pass on the costs to their customers.

The council told city staff to contact the Central Lincoln People’s Utility District to ascertain the cost of the undergrounding of lines on both sides of 101 for the mile-plus distance. Also, they’ll need to establish an operating agreement between the city and the PUD for getting the work done. Marshall offered an estimate of the time it would take to complete the project – two years, but that’s after coming up with a design for the project. Marshall says he and Public Works Director Tim Gross will get together with the PUD and figure out what the next steps will be to get overhead lines off the main drag through Newport.

Occupy Newport back on the streets – Election and Advisory Vote on Corporate Personhood

Occupy Newport, Monday Afternoon
Highway 101 @ 20

A small but spirited group of Newport Occupiers stood on all four corners of Highways 101 and 20 Monday, urging motorists passing by to take their money out of big national banks and put it into small community banks. Occupiers blame the large banks for contributing to the crash of the economy back in 2008.

Others carried signs decrying the huge profits that insurance companies are making at the expense of those who are getting inadequate medical care when they get it at all. An estimated 45 million Americans go without medical care due to the cost.

Others carried signs demanding that money be removed from American politics, while others support a U.S. Constitutional amendment that reverses a recent Supreme Court decision declaring that corporations are people, and therefore have the power to spend as much as they want on election races around the country.

Occupier organizer Rio Davidson said that as the country winds down to election day November 6th, Newport Occupiers will remind motorists and those passing by on the sidewalk what they feel is at stake for the country and the local community.

Occupy Newport has their own advisory question on the ballot asking the voters of Lincoln County if they would support a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court ruling on corporate personhood and to remove private money from national and regional elections. Davidson said they’ll be demonstrating at Highway 101 and 20 as well as going door-to-door in the county, seeking to educate and encourage a yes vote on the measure.

A few driving by yelled at the demonstrators, using obscenities that can’t be printed here. General hostilities toward occupiers seemed to indicate that America is overrun with lazy bums who just need to go back to work and that the answer to the country’s economic malaise is for the Democrats, and President Obama in particular, to get out of the way of the job creators and allow the economy to recover.

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