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Another shake-up at Hewlett-Packard; HP Corvallis watching developments very closely.

Very high altitude politics have obviously been playing out as beleaguered Hewlett-Packard has stumbled over the last year trying to figure out what business it wants to be in while its stock value has been cut in half. Today HP is expected to announce a new CEO, a high tech notable who recently ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor of California. Another change at the top in less than a year is unsettling for all HP employees, certainly among those 1,000 or so who are employed at HP’s Corvallis facility.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

ODOT predicts Highway 20 project will see significant construction next year

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An ODOT spokesman says there will be significant construction next year on the very expensive, and design troubled Highway 20 re-alignment west of Eddyville. The project has been stalled for over a year after tall bridge supports started moving, meaning that the ground they were planted in is unstable.

So how do you stop this “mud glacier” from moving? Well, if the Schooner Creek Road experience shines any light on the problem, you dig deep down to the true toe of the “glacier,” dump in lots of rock, and hope for the best. However, neither Granite Construction nor ODOT are willing to foot the extra capital to do it. So for the past year they’ve been arguing over money and which design to go with when the money is found.

However, the Oregonian’s Lori Tobias found ODOT’s local public information officer willing to sound an optimistic note that there is credible hope for a near-term solution. Click here.

Economic development grants now available from Lincoln County

Lincoln County Community and Economic Development Fund Grant Applications Available

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that grant applications are now available for local community and economic development projects. The next deadline for applications is Friday, October 28, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. A total of $125,000 is currently available in this fund.

Applications are accepted from local governments and nonprofit organizations that are recognized by the IRS as non-profit organizations in Lincoln County and are limited to a maximum of $15,000. Projects that have been recently approved include: cultural/community/recreational/health facilities in Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach, Siletz, Toledo, Harlan, Newport, Waldport, and Yachats; port renovations; industry support for fishing and tourism; Habitat for Humanity home build #11; public access computers for OCCC Information Commons; historical society and Yachats Youth Program; marketing on Yaquina Bay; and housing. Feasibility studies and technical assistance for community or economic development projects may also be proposed. Since the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners initiated this program in 2001, over $1,452,830 has been awarded to local governments and community organizations. (more…)

Keeping our children safe…

CHILD ABDUCTION PREVENTION
Provided by LC Sheriff Dennis Dotson

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), every year more than 200,000 children are abducted by family members. An additional 58,000 are taken by non-relatives with primarily sexual motives. However, last year 115 reported abductions represented cases in which strangers abducted and killed children, held them for ransom, or took them with the intention to keep.

Many people have been led to believe that abductions primarily consist of strangers or registered sex offenders (RSOs). This has proven to not be the situation in the past two years. The FBI reports that RSOs are a minimal part of the problem. In 2009, a RSO was the abductor in 2% of child abduction cases. Last year this figure dropped to 1%. FBI records also reveal that 68% of child abduction victims are known by their abductors.

While parents should continue to teach their children not to talk to strangers, children also need to be informed of the following:
* Talk to your child about abductions. It will reduce the risk of their becoming a victim.
* It’s important to reassure your child that abductions are rare and most people are good to children, but they should be cautious and prepared.
* Remind your child to be apprehensive to strangers, but let your child know that even familiar people should not be allowed to intrude their personal space.
* No one should ask your child to keep a secret from you, even a relative or a babysitter.
* Tell your child that if an adult pulls up to them in a car and asks for help or to show them something, they should stand back and be ready to run and yell for help. Adults do not normally ask children for help, they ask other adults for help.
* If a vehicle follows a child, the child should quickly turn around and run in the opposite direction to a place of safety.
* Some common ploys abductors use are to ask a child for help looking for their pet or for directions, offer gifts or candy, threaten them, or even tell them their parents are hurt or that they were sent to pick the child up.
* Your family should develop a secret code word and anyone who is contacting your child should know the code word or your child should be instructed to get away from them.
* If your child is home alone, they should not answer the door or tell anyone on the phone that they are alone.
* If approached by someone who makes the child uncomfortable, the child should immediately run away and make noise, drawing attention to his or her situation. Rather than just screaming, the child should shout something specific such as “stranger – get away from me – leave me alone – this is not my parent – help.”
* It is important that your children know their address and phone number, but be sure that they understand to never share that information with strangers.
* Consider role-playing with your children using scenarios that they could face and what basic safety precautions they should use.
* Ensure that your children understand they can always discuss their concerns with you.

Utilizing these tools can assist in keeping our children safer.
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.

Lincoln City has new first ward City Councilor – Alex Ward

Ward One Lincoln City Council candidate Alex Ward turned out to be the heavy favorite in the race to fill a vacancy on the council caused by the March resignation of Rick Brissette who cited family reasons for stepping down. Ward bested challenger Wes Ryan by a margin of 296 to 195 votes with 38% of registered voters casting ballots. Ward is expected to be sworn in at the next city council meeting as the second Ward One councilor alongside Henry Quandt, the other Ward One councilor. Ward is the president of the Bay Area Merchants Association and owns CICS Employment Services, which is a background checking service for employers. Ward says he thinks that Vacation Rental Dwellings (VRD’s) are a major problem for the town, not only from a “good neighbor” perspective but from it’s negative financial effects on both the motel and restaurant industries. He said he favors a full and open discussion about the issue but is already inclined to seek some kind of limitation on the number of VRD’s allowed within the city and certainly the enforcement of tight regulations concerning their operations. Ward said it’s reasonable that repeat VRD violations would triggers fines for their owners, and if violations continued, a revocation of their VRD permit would be in order.

Another major issue is the impending annexation of the Roads End area, just immediately outside the northern Lincoln City city limits. Ward favors the annexation of the area as a move toward financial equity for Lincoln City taxpayers. Ward says there is plenty of evidence that leads to the conclusion that Roads End property owners are receiving urban level services subsidized by Lincoln City taxpayers. Ward says as a member of the Lincoln City Budget Committee, he is very familiar with the financial burden Roads End places on the city and that it’s time for Roads End to be full paying members of the community they already rely on for necessary services.

Ward won’t get a four year term out of his victory; only a year. He will have to run in his own right a year from November.

Newport Master Gardeners need help with their harvest. Everything grew TOO FAST!!


Yaquina Lighhouse Garden, overflowing with food

Liz Olsen of Lincoln County Master Gardeners has sent out a cry for help for assistance in harvesting their vegetable garden next to the old lighthouse at Yaquina Bay Park just west of the north end of the bridge. Olsen said they have an “urgent need for help” in that warm weather and great soil ripened the veggies far quicker than expected. She apologizes for the terribly short notice but help is greatly need and abundantly appreciated.

Olsen says volunteers should gather Thursday, September 22nd, at the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Garden at 11am and expect to be harvesting furiously for a couple of hours. “Remember,” she says, “many hands make light work!”

The garden is located immediately behind the old lighthouse. Park in the parking lot below, and come up the stairs, and go to the rear of the lighthouse building. Liz Olsen will be the tall brunette with eyes as big as dinner plates frantically wondering if they’ll get it all in, in time!! Much of it will be going to Lincoln County Food Share for needy families.

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