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So you want in on school construction projects and other government contracts…

Any local contractor who wants to learn the in’s and out’s of bidding on government contracts, especially for the ongoing Lincoln County School Bond project are urged to attend a workshop coming up August 30th. Here’s the scoop from the school district:

Lincoln County School District will host a free workshop to help local contractors fully understand what it takes to participate in public works projects, including school improvement projects.

The workshop will be conducted by staff from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the LCSD Bond Facilities Improvement Center, 351 S.E. Harney St. in Newport (the former Yaquina View school building).

Those interested in attending are asked to contact Robyn Myers, LCSD facilities improvement clerk, at 541-265-2298 or by sending an e-mail to: robyn.myers@lincoln.k12.or.us.

Oregon Coast Today co-owner new Executive Director of LC Cultural Center

Lincoln City Cultural Center

Who better to “get the word out” on Lincoln City’s main arts and culture booster group than Niki Price, co-owner of the profoundly popular Oregon Coast Today weekly events magazine. In a surprise move, the LC Cultural Center has hired Price to help lead the financially troubled organization to greater prominence and hopefully better fiscal footing by going with someone who knows a thing or three about promotions and celebrating the Oregon Coast.

The story is in the News Guard. Click here.

A “LIVE ONE” coming up with Writers on the Edge at the VAC!

Lauren Kessler, Author
David Letterman benefactor

Nye Beach Visual Arts Center

Show begins at 7 pm in the second floor meeting room of the Newport Visual Arts Center, located at 777 NW Beach Drive (across from the Nye Beach Turnaround). General admission is $6 at the door, students always admitted free. Light refreshments will be available.

Lauren Kessler is the author of six works of narrative nonfiction, including her newest (summer 2010), My Teenage Werewolf: A Mother, A Daughter, A Journey Through the Thicket of Adolescence. She is also the author of Pacific Northwest Book Award winner Dancing with Rose (published in paperback as Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s), Washington Post bestseller Clever Girl and Los Angeles Times bestseller The Happy Bottom Riding Club – which David Letterman, in fierce competition with Oprah, chose as the first (and only) book for the Dave Letterman Book Club. Kessler appeared twice on his late-night show. She is also the author of Oregon Book Award winner Stubborn Twig, which was chosen as the book for all Oregon to read in honor of the state’s 2009 sesquicentennial.

Oregon’s job situation improves around Portland, still stalled in the rurals. Lincoln Co. rises slightly to 10%.

Oregon’s unemployment rate remained in the mid-9’s in July. Portland slid down to an even 9% while unemployment in the rural areas remained stubbornly high. The details are in the Oregonian. Click here.

Around the state, Lincoln County was at 10% unemployed in July, up slightly from June’s 9.9%. Corvallis was at 6.5% in July, Salem at 9.9%, and Lane County at 9.5%. Portland metro stood at an even 9%. Here’s how the rest of the state came in for the month of July. Click here.

NOAA is here, looking to hire…

No sooner has NOAA held an open house at its new Pacific Marine Headquarters that they’re now advertising for some job openings. Here’s five NOAA openings with one additional that looks to be possibly related to NOAA’s main research mission. Hopefully we’ll see a steady stream of jobs directly with NOAA but also with firms that are sure to co-locate with the growing oceanographic research industry now growing in the Newport area. Good luck!

Able Seaman, WM-9924-01, (DE)
Oregon-Newport
Department Of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
$35,018.00 to $35,770.00
Open: 06/17/11 to 09/15/11
Duties include: Small boat handling; ship maintenance and upkeep; line handling and warping during berthing and departing movement of vessels; and handling of deck equipment and supplies. Serves as a survey and survey-support party member. Stand watches. Performs other mission-related duties as assigned, including duties related to the safety of the vessel and personnel as well as conducting fishing operations.

Program Analyst, GS-0343-13/14
Oregon-Newport
Environmental Protection Agency
$81,823.00 to $136,771.00
Open: 08/15/11 to 09/02/11
At the full performance level, you will:- Serve as an expert and national program manager on the development and implementation of the facilities operations strategy for Office of Research and Development (ORD) labs, centers and offices (L/C/Os); – Serve as the lead in developing facilities operations plans and strategies for ORD to assist L/C/Os in incorporating these into their organizational plans and procedures as part of their research planning initiatives;- Develop and document ORD cross

Program Support Technician (Office Automation), ZS-0303-02 (MAP)
Oregon-Newport
Department Of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
$24,933.00 to $36,384.00
Open: 08/16/11 to 08/25/11
Newport, ORThe individual selected for this position will:- Maintain physical and electronic medical files in accordance with Federal regulations.- Order office supplies.- Support the Health Services Office through customer interaction. – Acknowledge inquiries, recognize customer needs and provide status updates.- Use computer based systems to provide office support.

Program Support Technician (Office Automation), ZS-0303-02 (DE)
Oregon-Newport
Department Of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
$24,933.00 to $36,384.00
Open: 08/16/11 to 08/25/11
Newport, ORThe individual selected for this position will:- Maintain physical and electronic medical files in accordance with Federal regulations.- Order office supplies.- Support the Health Services Office through customer interaction. – Acknowledge inquiries, recognize customer needs and provide status updates.- Use computer based systems to provide office support.

General Engineer (Product Line Manager), ZP-0801-04 (DE)
Oregon-Newport
Department Of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
$57,408.00 to $125,695.00
Open: 08/16/11 to 08/29/11
The individual selected for this position will serve as the Product Line Manager for an assigned class or group of NOAA ships.-Oversees/coordinates and administers the planning and life cycle management of all maintenance, repair and modernization. Utilizes the Computerized Maintenance Management System SAMM to monitor and plan maintenance activities. Incumbent implements innovative methods of resolving continuous and long-standing material deficiencie

General Engineer (Product Line Manager), ZP-0801-04 (MAP)
Oregon-Newport
Department Of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
$57,408.00 to $125,695.00
Open: 08/16/11 to 08/29/11
The individual selected for this position will serve as the Product Line Manager for an assigned class or group of NOAA ships. Oversees/coordinates and administers the planning and life cycle management of all maintenance, repair and modernization. Utilizes the Computerized Maintenance Management System SAMM to monitor and plan maintenance activities. Incumbent implements innovative methods of resolving continuous and long-standing material deficiencies which adversely affect operational

How high is building too high near the water?

Lincoln City

Building new homes, motels or hotels in flood prone areas, or fixing up old ones, especially along Lincoln City’s beachfront property has gotten to be a political hot potato in front of the Lincoln City City Council. Motel owner Gary Ellingson, a city councilor speaking purely as a business owner, told the council, that the height of his property in Nelscott would pose a problem if he ever he had to repair or replace a building. He complained to his fellow city councilors that under a proposed city law, he wouldn’t get to build up as high as the original structure in the Nelscott area. And for that his property values will most certainly fall.

City Attorney Joan Kelsey told the council that there is always the chance of getting a variance in the event of a repair or re-build, but admitted variances would be few and far between.

There are over two hundred such flood prone lots along Lincoln City’s coastline. All but 8 of them are already built on. The recently released new flood zone maps will force new construction to have first floors above the flood level, thereby forcing higher structures. The council acknowledged Ellingsworth’s comments and told staff to see what they can develop between now and the next city council meeting to comply a four foot cap on how much higher buildings can be erected without running afoul of city law. They said they don’t want a law on the city’s books that creates perpetual disagreement among neighbors who don’t want even a slight amount of their ocean view taken out by new or repaired reconstruction.

The council will take the issue up again next month.

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