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Missing Lafayette teen was enroute to Newport Jazz Festival – likely never made it to the coast.

Similar to Myers’ car

The search for a missing 19 year old man from Lafayette has grown to include multiple state and federal law enforcement agencies. Cody Faye Myers of Lafayette was reported missing by family members on Sunday after he failed to return from a trip to Newport.

Myers had planned to attend a jazz festival on Saturday and return that evening according to Yamhill County Sheriff Jack Crabtree. “Cody’s family became alarmed when the normally punctual youth did not return when planned and his cell phone quit receiving calls. Cody’s car was spotted on a Salem gas station surveillance camera being driven by a female with an unidentified male in the passenger seat” Crabtree said. The female was attempting to use a stolen credit card to purchase gasoline and Myers was not in the vehicle. It’s believed he may have come in contact with two murder suspects of the suburban Seattle area who had earlier dumped their car, possibly in the Yamhill County area, a black Jeep Patriot.

Myers vehicle is a white 1999 Plymouth Breeze 4 door (similar to the one in the attached picture) with a sticker bearing the word “Espresso”. It has Oregon license number 025 CCH.

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted in the case by the Newberg-Dundee, Keizer, Salem and Everett Washington Police Departments, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Yamhill County Crime Victims Services Department, Oregon State Police and US Marshall’s Service.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Robert Eubanks at 503 434-7506.

High wind warning for the coast…

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From National Weather Service

..HIGH WIND WATCH UPGRADED TO HIGH WIND WARNING…IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING FOR THE NORTH AND CENTRAL OREGON COASTAL HEADLANDS…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING.

* TIMING: SOUTH WINDS SHOULD INCREASE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING OVER THE BEACHES AND COASTAL HEADLANDS AS A STRONG COLD FRONT APPROACHES THE COAST.

* WINDS: WINDS WILL INCREASE OVER THE BEACHES AND COASTAL HEADLANDS TO 35 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. WINDS IN COASTAL COMMUNITES WILL INCREASE TO 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 45 MPH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.

Newport: NW Hubert and NW Nye Street closures on Friday

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The following streets will be CLOSED for one day only, on Friday, October 7th, 2011, from 7 AM to 5 PM, for paving:
1.
SW Hurbert St., between SW 6th and SW 2nd Streets.
2.
NW Nye St., between NW 6th and NW 9th Streets.
Note that there will be no access or on-street parking on these streets during this time. The streets will be re-opened as soon as possible to minimize the inconvenience to residents and visitors.

Contact Person: Dave White, Streets Division Supervisor
541-574-3366

Pacific Communities Hospital proposes huge hospital upgrades using local property taxes

Pacific Communities Hospital David Bigelow says his health and medical organization is studying the idea of greatly expanding their medical center complex in Newport to include new buildings and the latest diagnostic and treatment equipment so that those who need specialty medical treatment, they won’t have to automatically drive to Corvallis or other Willamette Valley facility to get it.

Bigelow reminded the Newport City Council that the taxpayers of the hospital district own the buildings and grounds; all that Samaritan Health owns is the equipment and hires and manages medical personnel.

Bigelow indicated that a forty million dollar bond, backed by hospital district taxpayers, would build new buildings and other physical improvements to the medical “campus.” However, Bigelow admitted that floating such bonds, which would require higher property taxes to pay them off, would garner little favor with the taxpayers at this time. So he said PCH’s plans are to hold off on such a bond question until sometime in 2013 to give the economy a chance to improve.

Electric car charging stations entrepreneur pitches Newport City Council

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The Newport City Council got an earful Monday night from an electrical car charging entrepreneur who asked the city to partner up with him by establishing attractive and efficient electric car charging stations, one of which Chad Biasi wants to locate on the grounds of Newport City Hall. For the past two years, Biasi has promoted his unique electric car charging stations, with their sweeping styled roofs and security surveillance cameras.

Although the council liked the idea of more electric car charging stations on the coast they pointed out that ODOT is in the middle of doing the very same thing, only their facilities will be far more modest; more like charging boxes than the more elaborate facilities offered by Biasi.

Councilor David Allen raised the issue of city liability if one of Biasi’s charge stations were to be located on the grounds of city hall and something bad happened to a driver or their car. Those questions will be put to the city’s attorney.

The council told Biasi that although his idea sounds very compelling, they will wait a few more weeks to see what ODOT’s electric car charging plans are for the coast, and then have Biasi come back and respond and try to remake his case for a Newport City Hall charging station program.

Newport City Council odds n’ ends…

GP Outfall funds to help improve water quality at Nye Beach

Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross is suggesting that the city allocate some of Georgia Pacific’s ocean outfall franchise fees it pays to the city of Newport and use them to fix major storm water problems in the Nye Beach area. A member of the GP Task Force, Surfrider Foundation’s Charlie Plybon said that it sounds like a win for the ocean and a win for Nye Beach in that Nye Beach suffers high contamination counts on its beaches due to regular sewer flows that should be going to septic tanks but instead are getting into the storm water system instead.

Gross says he would like to hire a storm sewer engineer to track down stormwater problems, not only in the Nye Beach area, but throughout the community, and then devise a plan to fix them and pay for it. City Finance Director David Marshall says the city could probably shoulder the added expense by fixing some accounting and fund management issues.

Bayfront gets a brand new bouncing baby parking district

In a move that can only be described as “stop talking, start doing it,” the Newport City Council Monday night gave its final blessing to creating a funded parking improvement district for the Bayfront. The district will be funded with a business license surcharge among businesses in the district which might raise twenty to twenty-five thousand dollars a year. Those funds would be directed at erecting effective signing, laying down better parking striping, leasing empty land for parking during the heavy tourist months and other tactics including mass transit to fix the Bayfront’s parking dilemma. The council was encouraged by a six thousand dollar cash infusion into the endeavor by Don Mann and his board of Newport Port Commissioners who will be contributing on behalf of commercial fishermen who use the port facilities and who must leave their vehicles while they go to sea. The city council will be telling the Bayfront Parking Committee to begin offering up tactics to spend the money in a way that provides the maximum amount of parking.

Other parking districts exist in the downtown city center and Nye Beach areas.

What’s in a name?

…and the city council ended a long running debate over how Newport should name its streets, especially in honor of “admired or revered” members of the community, either with us, or since departed. It arose over a squabble over whether the road that leads off 101 to the airport, SW 84th, should be re-named in honor of airport booster and Oregon high tech pioneer Norm Winningstad. As it turned out, Winningstad, although deceased, still has active critics involved with the airport who led the charge to keep his name off the street signs leading to the airport.

The city council Monday night agreed to a new policy that gives the city’s planning commission the duty to review such street namings, but that it will remain within the sole right of the council to agree or disagree on any particular name offered up by the commission. In short, the council will have the final say.

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