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Oregon (Toledo) Artist’s painting celebrated at the Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition in SFO Bay Area

OREGON WETLANDS SHOWING IN CALIFORNIA
Provided by Artist Michael Gibbons

Michael Gibbons, artist living and working in Toledo, has received notice that his painting “Wetlands and Cow Parsley”, 12” x 24”, oil, has been juried into the Oil Painters of America (OPA) Western Regional Exhibition opening with a reception for artists on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 4:00 – 7:00pm at the Lee Youngman Galleries, 1316 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, California. Award winners will be announced during the Artist’s Reception. Gibbon’s work was one of 97 paintings selected from over 900 submissions. A preview of the show will be held for the public October 5, 6, & 7 at the gallery. A Collectors and Artist dinner will be held October 7 in the Barrel Room at Cuvaison Winery and reservations may be made at the gallery. Demonstration painting events by artists will be held all three days prior to the opening of the event. Artists in the show will also have the opportunity to paint in pre-arranged vineyard locations of the wine growing area.

Michael Gibbons painted “Wetlands and Cow Parsley” on Whalen Island at the Clay Myers Wildlife Refuge located just north of Pacific City. As a note of interest, Clay Myers, 1927-2004, former Secretary of the State of Oregon, became a close friend of the artist when the two discovered their mutual interest in the town of Tubac through purchase of homes in the area. The artist paints several times a year in the Pacific City location as he finds the natural landscape of great interest and he is grateful to be uninterrupted in his train of thought because of the relative isolation of the spot. The area backs up with tidal waters and is quite marshy. Gibbons finds the juxtaposition of the Coastal Mountain Range and the forested edges incredibly beautiful especially when the wildflowers of summer are blooming in the foreground as in “Wetlands and Cow Parsley”. In 1997 and again in 2002, Michael Gibbons, a Signature Member of the OPA, Chicago, Illinois, won the major Award of Excellence at Oil Painters of America exhibitions.

Fate of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter: It’s in the hands of County Commissioners

All the presentations, campaigning and cross-campaigning is behind them, and now it is in the hands of the three Lincoln County Commissioners to decide who will run the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Will it be the county sheriff’s office or Friends of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, or FOLCAS? The sheriff’s office has been running it since 2009 after a small property tax override was passed by the voters to keep it open pending a final operations plan by the county commission. FOLCAS has been helping with support for pet vaccinations and neutering services.

Over the past year, as the issue has heated up, Sheriff Dennis Dotson contends his office should continue running the shelter because only a public entity can guarantee consistent and accountable animal shelter services. Dotson contends that the animal shelter is too important a county function to be turned over to an “untested non-profit.”

FOLCAS board member Bill Hume counters that non-profits operate thousands of animal shelters nationwide, many in Oregon, and they do it for far less cost to the taxpayers. He said it’s because non-profits can accept tax deductible contributions from the public, from animal welfare foundations and other sources, which government agencies cannot. Hume said although the sheriff’s office has done a commendable job of recruiting volunteers, FOLCAS has, as well. He said their thrift store at the fairgrounds is proof of FOLCAS’s power to empower volunteers and to raise money for animal services.

While Sheriff Dotson says he expects salary ranges and benefit packages for animal shelter workers to continue under his department’s management scenario, it would not under FOLCAS’s plans. FOLCAS spokesman Bill Hume said FOLCAS would continue salaries for animal shelter workers at their present levels but not their benefit packages due to their high cost. However, a benefits package would be offered.

County Commissioners say their dilemma is trying to weigh arguments from both sides while also keeping their eyes on a looming large issue – county employee costs – which are rising very fast, largely due to benefit costs. The Commissioners also asked both sides how either one would cope with the loss of the revenue from the property tax override if the voters said no to its renewal in 2014. Both sides were non-committal but added they would analyze such a situation and report back to the commissioners as soon as possible.

County Commissioners said it will be a difficult decision to pick one side or the other since the issue is emotional, political as well as financial. They say they’ll try to make their decision after further discussions are held October 12th starting at 10:30am in the county commission chambers at the courthouse on east Olive Street. After the discussions, Commission Chair Terry Thompson will say, “I hereby entertain a motion….”

Happy Birthday Yaquina Bay Bridge – 75 years and still connecting us

Happy 75th Birthday!

Here’s the scoop on all the fun surrounding the 75th anniversary of the first crossing of the depression-era construction of the Yaquina Bay Bridge in 1936. Provided by the Lincoln County Historical Society, and the Chamber of Commerce:

The main event weekend, October 1 and 2.

Saturday, October 1 features:

Gallery showings in City Hall and the History Center’s Log Cabin.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. is a panel discussion located in City Hall
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. is a history walk from City Hall to the Bridge

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Sunday, October 2 features:

Sunday afternoon from 12 to 4 p.m. starts under the north side of the bridge between the bayfront and Yaquina Bay State Park. There will be a community picnic with 1930’s-style dress (optional), food, entertainment and formal ceremonies. A bridge walk is scheduled to open the Sunday event with everyone meeting on the south side of the bridge and led by a collection of 1930’s-style cars – all of which ends at the field under the bridge where the main event will occur.

11:45 a.m. Meet on the south side of the bridge for Bridge Walk.
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Bridge Walk begins
12 p.m. Entertainment and picnic begins (bring your own picnic – optional) under north end of bridge
2 p.m. Formal ceremonies
4 p.m. End of event

For more information on the event call Michelle at Instant Replay Sports at 541-265-9202.

Historic Facts About the Yaquina Bay Bridge

The Yaquina Bay Bridge opened for traffic on Labor Day in 1936, and was dedicated on Saturday, October 3, 1936.

Original dedication festivities included a parade and banquet and featured two destroyers, a squadron of seaplanes, the 7th Infantry band, and a company of soldiers from Vancouver barracks.

It was designed by famed architect Conde McCullough, who designed 600 bridges around the world, including many along the Oregon coast. He passed away in 1946 and was for many years a professor at Oregon State University.

The 3,260-foot-long bridge has two 350-foot steel arches, one main 600-foot steel arch, five reinforced concrete arches spanning up to 265 feet, and reinforced concrete deck girder approaches. Construction removed 19,830 cubic yards of earth and consumed 54,000 cubic yards of gravel, 96,191 lineal feet of piling, 28,021 cubic yards of concrete, 2,192,269 pounds of reinforcing steel, and 3,819,051 pounds of structural steel. (Courtesy Oregon State Archives)

Names released in fatal crash Wednesday on Highway 18 east of Lincoln City

Provided by Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon’s single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 18 about eight miles west of Grand Ronde that resulted in the death of an adult male and serious injuries to an adult female. The names of the vehicle occupant’s are being released in this update.

On September 28th, approximately 4:50 p.m. a 1994 Mitsubishi 3000GT driven by JESSE ALAN GASKIN, age 26, from Milwaukie, was eastbound on Highway 18 near milepost 13 negotiating a left curve at a high rate of speed when it traveled off the right shoulder and crashed into a tree. The initial impact split the vehicle in two sections with the front portion coming to rest on the north side of the highway. The passenger compartment and rear section came to rest overturned on its top about 40 feet south of the highway partially submerged in the Salmon River.

An OSP sergeant, who was trying to catch up to the Mitsubishi after noting its speed at 85 mph west of the crash scene, drove upon the scene shortly after it happened. With the help of several other people who stopped, they went down into water and lifted the section of the submerged car. They then saw it was occupied by two people. The passenger, identified as JENNIFER KAYLEEN WILLIS, age 25, from Milwaukie, was conscious, but GASKIN was unconscious.

They removed the seriously injured woman from the car and she was later transported by Pac West Ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City. WILLIS was transferred by REACH air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious injuries. According to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, she is in serious condition Thursday morning.

After removing WILLIS, they continued propping the car up to keep GASKIN out of the water until firefighters from North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and medical personnel arrived. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Both occupants were using safety restraints. GASKIN was driving on a suspended Oregon driver license.

How to safely enjoy The Great Outdoors!

Sheriff Dennis Dotson

Provided by Sheriff Dennis Dotson

TRAVELING AND HIKING IN THE WOODS

Each year thousands of people take to the back roads and hiking trails to enjoy the resources and each year people become lost or injured and they find they are unprepared for the situation. Here are some tips on how we can prepare for our ventures into the back roads and hiking trails.
1. Leave a written and current plan with a family member or friend that includes the following:
A. Departure and return times.
B. Emergency contact information.
C. A map of your intended route.
D. Your medical conditions should you become lost or injured.
2. Become familiar with the area you are hiking by researching maps, calling the US Forest Service, BLM or even the local Chamber of Commerce for information. You can also access information on several mapping sites on the Internet. Know the possible hazards.
3. Be prepared and plan for an emergency. Your vehicle should have the essentials to support you for several days. The same goes for hiking. Most of the people we search for in this county go into the woods or back roads unprepared for the conditions. Carrying a backpack or daypack with essential items can save your life if you get lost or injured while venturing off into the woods or back roads.

Here is a recommended list of articles to include in a pack or in your vehicle even if your hike is just for the day. Aside from the obvious, (food, clothing, & water):

First aid kit
Signaling device, whistle, signal mirror, flares, kem stick lights
Flashlight and extra batteries
Cigarette lighter or water proof matches
Knife
Rope (parachute cord)
Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) device
Cell phone
Space blanket
Small tarp (6’ x 6’) makes a nice shelter and is compact

Let your family or a friend know not to wait before calling for help. Too many times people wait several hours before calling. The sooner we are called the sooner we can organize the men and women who volunteer with your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team. We would rather be called off than have to put our people and your family member at risk by waiting until darkness before making the call for help.

Plan ahead, be safe and enjoy the great outdoors.

For more tips and information, please visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net or visit us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Speeding sports car leaves Highway 18 east of Lincoln City, crash kills one of two inside.

Provided by Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon’s single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 18 about eight miles west of Grand Ronde that resulted in the death of an adult male and serious injuries to an adult female. The names of the vehicle occupant’s are withheld pending confirmation of next of kin.

Preliminary investigation indicates on Wednesday at approximately 4:50 p.m. a 1999 Mitsubishi 3000GT driven by an adult male was eastbound on Highway 18 near milepost 13 negotiating a left curve at a high rate of speed when it traveled off the right shoulder and crashed into a tree. The initial impact split the vehicle in two sections with the front portion coming to rest on the north side of the highway. The passenger compartment and rear section came to rest overturned on its top about 40 feet south of the highway partially submerged in the Salmon River.

An OSP sergeant, who was trying to catch up to the Mitsubishi after noting its speed at 85 mph west of the crash scene, drove upon the scene shortly after it happened. With the help of several other people who stopped, they went down into water where the overturned section. Lifting the vehicle up out of the water, they saw it was occupied by two people. The woman was conscious but the man was unconscious.

They removed the seriously injured woman from the car and she was later transported by Pac West Ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City. She was transferred by REACH air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious injuries.

After removing the woman, they continued propping the car up to keep the man out of the water until firefighters from North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and medical personnel arrived. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Both occupants were using safety restraints.

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