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Celebrating NOAA, OCCC’s new aquarium building, and hangin’ out with a lunch mob.

Provided by Newport Chamber of Commerce

NOAA Celebration
Join us in celebration on August 20th and 21st, when the Port of Newport and central coast residents celebrate the official opening of the NOAA MOC-P facility. Newport’s crowning moment will be Saturday, August 20th at 11 a.m. , when members of Oregon’s Congressional delegation, Governor Kitzhaber, NOAA officials, and other state and local officials gather to dedicate the NOAA at South Beach. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, August 20th
11:00 am…………………Dedication
12:00 pm…………………Refreshments
1:00-4:00 pm……………Open House

Sunday, August 21st
11:00 am – 4:00 pm……………Open House

Leadership Lincoln – Now Accepting Applications for 2011-2012
The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon Coast Community College are excited to host a new session of the Leadership Lincoln Program, now in its 20th year. We invite you to become part of a select group of 35 participants for the 2011-2012 class. The goal of this program is to develop leadership and management skills for individuals who have interest and commitment in the future of Lincoln County and to provide networking opportunities that will enhance positive professional and organizational growth. For more information, contact the Chamber office at (541) 265-8801 or email mike@newportchamber.org to sign up today!

OCCC Aquarium Science Building – August 20th
Oregon Coast Community College will hold the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the new OCCC Aquarium Science Building at 400 SE College Way in Newport on Saturday, August 20 at 2pm. (This event will follow the dedication ceremony for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that will be held earlier in the day.) Public tours will be held following the dedication on August 20. The dedication and tours will be free and open to the public.

Young Professionals – Lunch Mob August 11th
The Yo-Pros hold a monthly lunch-mob at a Chamber member restaurant; helping support a local business and also providing a venue for networking. We have recently added a community oriented spin to our lunch mobs and we will focus on a local non-profits at each lunch-mob. Our upcoming lunch-mob will support Bright Horizons. We encourage you to attend, socialize & network amongst your peers. Our next lunch-mob is scheduled for August 11th at noon. We will be dining at Ch’Boogie located at 608 SW Bay Blvd in Newport.

Cascades campground re-opens after storm damage

Before and after the storm at Cascara Campground, SE of Eugune.

Most of the campsites in Cascara campground at Fall Creek State Recreation Site, 27 miles SE of Eugene, will reopen August 12 after downed trees forced its closure this past March.

A severe spring storm brought down some 1,500 trees in two separate areas of the park. State work crews have repaired much of the damage to the east loop, smoothed the roadways and campsites. Of the 47 primitive campsites in the park, 12 tent sites and all six walk-in sites were severely damaged and will remain closed for the rest of the 2011 camping season. The seasonal park will stay open through September 30, and is available first-come first-served. Visitors will have access to the reservoir for swimming, fishing and boating.

While the weather remains warm and dry, recovery work will continue in areas closed to public access. Work crews will return over the winter and spring to replant native vegetation and repair remaining damage to walk-in sites.

For updates, please call 1-800-551-6949 or go online to www.oregonstateparks.org.

Two badly hurt in traffic crash in North Lincoln City

Highway 101 at Hwy 18

Provided by OSP

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon’s single vehicle traffic crash that seriously injured two men on Highway 18 near the Highway 101 junction.

On Monday 2:41 p.m. a 1999 Mazda Protégé driven by DOMINICK A. HINDMAN, age 25, from Lincoln City, was westbound on Highway 18 when it traveled across the eastbound lane and off the highway shoulder. The Mazda crashed head-on into a tree.

DOMINICK HINDMAN and his father in the right front passenger seat, LARRY HINDMAN, age 54, from Otis, were seriously injured. Two boys, ages 9 and 7, were not injured. All occupants were using safety restraints.

DOMINICK HINDMAN was transported by REACH air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. LARRY HINDMAN was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, Pacific West Ambulance, and ODOT.

It had to happen. A real “water closet.”

Photo: Oregon State Marine Board

Some of us are old enough to remember our grandparents referring to the bathroom as a water closet. Well the Oregon State Marine Board has decided to put the concept to work yet again, as we read in this article in the Oregonian. Click here.

Schooner Creek Road reconstruction finally about to begin. To be finished by October 7th!

Schooner Creek Road and waterline bypass just east of town

It’s taken longer than anyone thought it would take, but it’s beginning on September 7th. That’s when all the bids will be in and the contracts awarded so that ODOT can begin rebuilding a 500 foot length of Schooner Creek Road that slumped out during last January’s four day deluge that caused so much damage up and down the coast. In this case Schooner Creek Road slumped down hill ahead of some big surface and ground water movement. The slide came very close to knocking out Lincoln City’s main water delivery pipe that is buried along the uphill side of the road which connects the Drift Creek Water Treatment Plant to intown water transmission lines. It was a lesson quickly learned by City Manager David Hawker and Public Works Director Lila Bradley. They immediately coordinated the installation of a temporary bypass of the still-threatened line to keep water coming into town. Several months later they built an additional water line from the treatment plant, down Drift Creek Road to Highway 101 where it connects into the town’s water system, acting as a back-up water supply line.

Bradley says the re-installation of the Schooner Creek waterline will run about $204,000, 75% of which will be paid by federal disaster funds. The remaining $51,000 will be paid by the city. Since Schooner Creek Road is a county road, Lincoln County Public Works is on the hook for any local match to fix that part of it. Because the slide was so deep, ODOT secured special FEMA funds that will provide about 90% of the cost, estimated to be just under a million dollars. The county reportedly will have to come up with roughly one hundred thousand as local match. The project is so expensive because crews will have to dig down and clean out the slide, then fill it back in with rock thirty feet deep the entire length of the slide. Then they’ll fill the rock in with gravel and dirt. And then on top of that they’ll rebuild the road.

Obviously for the duration of the construction, motorists will have to use Drift Creek Road just to the south, to get in and out of the area. Again, construction begins September 6th and is expected to be finished by October 7th, right before the rainy season.

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