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Newport Chamber Update


Newport Chamber of Commerce

May 29, 2012

A Party To Remember
In collaboration with the release of Matt Love’s new book, Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel, Mo’s will host a special storytelling event and book signing. Join us for “A Party To Remember,” Tuesday June 12, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. at Mo’s Annex On Newport’s Historic Bayfront. Matt Love will be on hand to sign books and record stories for a possible expanded second edition. He’ll showcase some of his movie memorabilia and hold a trivia contest with special prizes for the winners. Paul Newman’s favorite Mo’s dish and beverage will be provided.

The Celts Return To The Oregon Coast!
The 2nd Annual Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games is coming up on June 8, 9 & 10. Join us for the festivities beginning with our “Friday Fringe” events happening all over town starting with a Sand Castle Contest & Kilted Run on Nye Beach, a Whiskey Tasting Seminar at Stone Crest Cellars B&B, an Irish Ceili Dance at Newport Rec Center, and sunset bonfire at Nye Beach. The County Fairgrounds come alive on Saturday & Sunday with live Celtic musicians and dancers, and authentic arts, crafts, and food vendors. It’s great fun for adults, kids and dogs! Visit www.newportcelticfestival.com

Discover Newport
Are you a Newport restaurant, attraction, or shopping business? If you are, be sure to entice visitors to your location by listing a special deal on Discover Newport’s website. The Specials and Promotions page is the most visited page by visitors planning a trip to Newport. For your chance at this great exposure contact Bobbi@newportchamber.org. You can have your area attraction business highlighted in this section just in time for our summer visitors at no cost to you.

Get Steamed!
Join us at Western Title & Escrow Co. on Friday, June 15th (4:00 – 7:00 p.m.) as we take a bite out of cancer during our 4th Annual Clams Against Cancer fundraiser. Several local restaurants have partnered with Western Title to provide their guests with samples of the best chowder around. Complimentary bread, crackers and beverages are provided along with the all-you-can-eat clam chowder selections. Silent auction items will be displayed, and 100% of the evening’s proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Tickets are $12/adults; $5/children. Help us help others as they battle this disease! For more information call Western Title, at 541-265-2288.

Savory Cafe & Pizzeria To Feed The Masses
Once again this year, Savory Cafe will feed the entire Newport High and Newport Intermediate School’s students and staff on June 6th. In celebration of the Senior’s last day of School and the hard work the students and teachers have put forth this year, Savory, along with many other community partners including Pepsi and the News Times, will be serving up food to well over 1,000 people. If you would like to contribute time or support, contact Mike at (541) 574-9365.

Dine Out
Mark your calendars! Flashbacks Fountain and Grill, now in a new Newport location, will host Dine Out for Samaritan House Wednesday, June 6th. The completely remodeled interior transports you back to the 50’s and 60’s while enjoying lunch or dinner from a jam-packed menu. Flashbacks will donate 10% of the days proceeds to Samaritan House Homeless family Shelter.

On Oregon roads and highways during the Memorial Day Weekend…

From Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday night’s single vehicle rollover crash that seriously injured an Otis-area man along North Bank Road near Otis. The investigation indicates alcohol is a possible contributing factor.

According to Trooper Brian Tucker, on May 28, 2012 at approximately 9:00 p.m. a 1999 Subaru Legacy station wagon driven by JEREMY J. ALLEN, age 35, from Otis, was westbound on North Bank Road near milepost 2 when it lost control negotiating a left curve. The vehicle traveled off the roadway, rolling at least once before coming to rest against a tree on the north side of North Bank Road.

ALLEN was initially transported by PACWEST Ambulance to North Lincoln Samaritan Hospital in Lincoln City with serious injuries. He was later transferred by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for continued treatment. He was using safety restraints.

OSP Newport Area Command office is continuing the investigation. North Lincoln Fire & Rescue assisted OSP at the scene.

Preliminary tally for the 2012 Memorial Day holiday weekend period indicates fewer statewide traffic fatalities in comparison to last year’s holiday weekend. This year’s Memorial Day holiday reporting period began at 6:00 p.m., May 25, and concluded May 28 at 11:59 p.m.

According to ODOT’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, three people died in 3 separate fatal traffic crashes in Oregon during this year’s reporting period. In comparison to the previous three Memorial Day holiday periods, 4 people died during the 2011 Memorial Day holiday weekend; six people died during the 2010 Memorial Day holiday period; and, five people died during the 2009 holiday period.

Before this year’s holiday weekend, 259 people have died since 1970 in Oregon traffic crashes during the Memorial Day holiday period; an average of more than 6 fatalities per reporting period. The highest number of Oregon traffic fatalities during this holiday period happened in 1979 when 13 people died.

A brief review of Oregon’s confirmed fatal crashes during this year’s holiday period:

* On Saturday, May 26, at approximately 12:01 a.m. a 51-year old La Pine-area woman pedestrian was struck by a pickup on Highway 97 near La Pine. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is the lead investigating agency.
* On Saturday, May 26, at approximately 11:00 p.m. a 54-year old man died after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding a bicycle along East 30th Avenue near Forest Boulevard in Lane County. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is the lead investigating agency.
* On Monday, May 28, at approximately 12:30 p.m. a 53-year old Pendleton-area woman died after the motorcycle she was operating was struck head-on by a pickup on Highway 7 near milepost 40 in Baker County. A second female motorcyclist was critically injured. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Baker City Area Command office are the lead investigating agency.

Preliminary OSP enforcement statistics for this year’s Memorial Day holiday period noted troopers arrested 61 DUII drivers, down from 88 DUII arrests last year. OSP offices reporting three or more DUII arrests were:

* Portland Area Command office – 10 DUII arrests
* Springfield Area Command office – 10 DUII arrests
* Bend Area Command office – 6 DUII arrests
* Albany Area Command office – 5 DUII arrests
* Coos Bay Area Command office – 5 DUII arrests
* Salem Area Command office – 4 DUII arrests
* Roseburg Area Command office – 4 DUII arrests
* St. Helens Work Site office – 3 DUII arrests
* Astoria Area Command office – 3 DUII arrests

Increased patrols and participation in traffic safety enforcement campaigns by OSP, county sheriff offices and city police departments will continue through June 3rd as part of the ongoing national “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

More state layoffs: Mostly middle managers getting pink slips this friday


State Capitol, Salem

A call for trimming the ranks of mid-level managers in state government is being heeded in Salem as a number of them will be given their walking papers this friday. Reports say, most of them have already been notified. Their salaries will be tossed back into the state budget to help make up for a $28 million hole created by the lingering worst economic crash in over 80 years. One of the hardest hit departments will be the prison system. The story is in the Statesman-Journal. Click here.

Rollover accident off Siletz Highway

10:30pm
Emergency responders are enroute to a report of a vehicle that came speeding down a logging road past 28028 Siletz Highway, left the road and rolled over into a tree. No word on extent of injuries or how many were in the vehicle.

10:37pm
First responders say they have found the car about a quarter mile up the logging road from Siletz Highway (half-way between Toledo and Siletz). They believe the subject took off into the brush, running from the accident. A nearby resident earlier said they could hear the car horn honking and an attempt by the driver to restart the car.

10:41pm
They have caught up with the driver. The vehicle is registered to Donald Thompson of Toledo. Trying to establish if he is the driver.

Fleet of Flowers – Depoe Bay, Monday, 11am, Depoe Bay Harbor

The 67th Annual Fleet of Flowers gets underway Monday, Memorial Day, inside the harbor. It’s a day that Depoe Bay honors the memory and sacrifice of America’s armed forces veterans who have lost their lives in wars aimed at protecting and preserving American freedoms.

After official ceremonies are wrapped up dockside, boats adorned with flowers from bow to stern will motor out into the bay and cast their flowers upon the waters in silent tribute to those veterans, and two others; two fishermen who lost their lives many years ago trying to help another fisherman in distress off the coast.

Full details of Fleet of Flowers can be seen by clicking here.

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