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It had to happen sometime….Book Bingo for kids!

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The libraries in Lincoln City, Newport and Waldport Dream Big, READ! this week by playing Book Bingo on Wednesday, July 25. All children and families are invited to attend one of these free programs.

Wednesday, July 25, Book Bingo will be played at Waldport Public Library (10 a.m.), Newport Public Library (1 p.m.), and Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City (6:30 p.m.).

“Book Bingo is something we did every summer for many years,” says Rebecca Cohen, Children’s Librarian at Newport Library. “But by 2008 we had so many children attending our summer programs that we could no longer fit inside the library’s McEntee meeting room. When the Newport Rotary Club built Literacy Park, we had room for all the children but I couldn’t figure out how to play bingo in the outdoor amphitheater. Fortunately, I don’t work alone and my esteemed colleague, Jan Eastman, figured out how to use stamps for bingo instead of beans or chips. So, finally, we are back in the Book Bingo business!”

Book Bingo is played using the covers of children’s books instead of numbers in the columns headed R E A D S. When a child has a bingo, they get to select a book from among the many that have been donated to the library throughout the year.

For more information about this week’s program or other summer reading presentations, please contact your local library.

Lincoln City approves big street overlay plan

Street problems around Lincoln City

There’s a whole lotta pavin’ goin’ on in Lincoln City this summer and fall. The council got a report from it’s public works department that laid out an ambitious plan to fix a lot of streets that have been long overdue for some rehabilitation. They include NW 14th, SE Jetty, NE 14th, NW 19th, NE 26th, NW 17th, NE 31st and NE Yachat Avenue, and NE Lake Drive storm drain improvements. Sum total, a half a million dollars.

Stretches of these streets will get a new, smooth 2″ overtopping of what’s already in place which will not only make driving on them enjoyable again, but it’ll ensure the city doesn’t let maintenance go so long that the street itself fails from prolonged neglect.

NW 14th Street from Highway 101 west to NW Harbor Avenue, SE Jetty Avenue from SE 9th north SE 3rd, NE 14th from 101 east to NE Port Avenue, NW 19th, from 101 west to NW Harbor, NE 26th from WDLR east to NE Lake Drive, NW 17th from 101 west to NW Harbor Avenue and NE 31st and NE Yachat Avenue.

While the council approved the street overlay schedule, they would not approve planned street improvements next year for NW Harbor at NW 15th; the council turned a collective thumbs down on it. City Councilors contend the project will leave streets way too narrow. The council said it wanted a complete redo based on better design elements that will make the area safely driveable. Staff said they’d kick it back to the design consultant (Portland) and see what they can come up with.

Lincoln City Ward One City Councilor Alex Ward: “I’m too busy with my growing business to stay on the council.”


Alex Ward, not running

Lincoln City Ward One City Councilor Alex Ward announced to the city council Monday night that he will not seek to hold on to his seat on the council. Ward told the council that he has a problem that prevents him from seeking a full term in his own right, but that the problem is a “good” one. He said that his business is growing so fast that he needs to devote full time to it, and then some. He said he’s enjoyed his time on the council and that he will miss it, but his business and personal life must come first.

Ward said he was announcing his leaving the council to give those who have considered public service, and who live in Ward One (north Lincoln City), a chance to serve on the council. Ward is serving out the remainder of another city councilor’s term who also resigned early, Rick Brissette. The term ends December 31st of this year.

Two other city councilors have announced that they will seek re-election, Ward 3 Councilor Roger Sprague and Ward 2 Councilor Chester Noreikis. Sprague has already circulated and turned in his nomination petition, signed by at least 25 registered voters, thereby placing his name on the November ballot. Noreikis has picked up a petition to circulate to garner his own 25 voter signatures to also place his name on the ballot.

Deadline to turn in nomination petitions and other candidacy paperwork to the Lincoln City Clerk Recorder’s Office is Tuesday, August 21st, 5pm.

Casinos in every Oregon city and town? You never know. The measure qualified for this November’s ballot.

A group trying to push the first non-Native American casino in Oregon has finally turned in enough voter signatures to qualify the measure on the November ballot. If approved, it would remove a state ban on casinos except on Native American reservations or property owned by them.

The last time the group tried to get such a measure passed, it was soundly defeated. But they’re back again.
The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

Salvage operations begin on F/V Two Mikes that capsized off Newport’s north jetty Sunday night

The Fishing Vessel Two Mikes, out of Ilwaco, WA, ran aground on the north side of Newport’s north jetty late Sunday night. Shoved against the rocks by the waves, the boat’s bow was sliced open by a rock and the vessel immediately began taking on water, very fast. Both the captain and his crewman jumped to safety onto the jetty. A few waves later the boat separated from the jetty and sank in 15-20 feet of water where it’s been lashed back and forth by the waves ever since.

Both Captain Todd Holt and his crewman Shane Lague were escorted off the jetty at around 1am this morning. They were checked out at PCH and were found to be cold, but otherwise okay. Captain Holt told the Coast Guard that the cause of the accidental beaching on the jetty may have been caused by a faulty radar unit. He said they visually spotted the white beacon that flashes at the tip of the south jetty. He said the radar seemed to indicate that they were already in the channel between the south and north jetties. But they weren’t. So as they approached from the north they pulled a hard steer to port, which headed them straight into the rocks of the north jetty. Both Holt and Lague escaped but they lost their two dogs. Captain Holt said they had left Ilwaco Sunday morning at 5am, traveled all day down the coast and arrived off Newport shortly after 11pm.

In the meantime, diesel fuel has been leaking from the vessel. Although it is dissipating very rapidly, a sheen has been spotted drifting seaward from the wreck straight out to sea. As a precautionary action, the Coast Guard has placed a spill capture boom across part of the Yaquina Bay entrance. They say they have not spotted diesel inside the bay but that could change when the tide starts coming in this afternoon. However, the Coast Guard says it is unlikely that any contamination would make it as far upriver as the oyster beds on the Yaquina River.

The Coast Guard reports that their Portland Command is working with a salvage company that is already mobilizing to off-load what diesel may be still aboard the F/V Two Mikes. After that they’ll get busy salvaging the boat itself.

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