The U.S. Secretary of Education was in Oregon today saying that he’s still a big believer in charter schools and that he still ties teacher performance to the academic performance of their students. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.
Oregon state regulators are proposing to approve a large wave energy farm that is expected to take up thirty acres of ocean surface about 2 and a half miles off Reedsport. Already the commercial and charter fishing community is lining up against the proposal saying it could alter whale and salmon migration and interfere with traditional fishing areas off the coast.
Lincoln County Commissioners are trying to chart a different course for the county’s animal shelter. Today they asked County Counsel Wayne Belmont to explore creating a special taxing district to provide animal shelter services for Lincoln County. A special five year property tax override aimed at supporting the shelter was passed in 2009 so the county has some time to come up with a “middle of the road” plan that doesn’t pit one side against the other as to what the management model should be. Sheriff Dennis Dotson has contended that the non-profit Friends of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter (FOLCAS) doesn’t have the experience or the transparency of a public agency, while FOLCAS claims that animal shelters nationwide are run by non-profits and at far lower cost to the taxpayers than those run strictly with higher paid public employees.
Discussions before the Board of Commissioners wound their way through a number of variations of several management themes including a special district with the commissioners acting as the board of directors, but with a strong advisory or oversight committee. The revenues from such a tax 35% to pay for the Sheriff’s Animal Control Officer operations, and 65% for the Animal Shelter itself. Animal Control Officers are often called to respond to serious criminal investigations (especially drug houses) where guard dogs are usually a part of the situation; not something non-profit employees would want to have anything to do with.
Belmont told NewsLincolnCounty.com that he will try to have something for county commissioners to review within a month. Again, all this appears headed for the voters who will have the final say on any special district consideration.
Newport Fishermen’s Wives have come through for the “just opened” Newport Food Pantry. Here you see some of the members along with Wives Treasurer Connie Kennedy handing over a $600+ check to Pantry Manager Kathy Myers and her Guy Friday (and husband) Jim Myers. Also pictured is Wives Secretary Bekki Wagner and Wives member Deanne Barnhard with her daughter Ali.
The gift followed another successful annual Newport Wild Seafood Weekend and Great Newport Wild Seafood Cook-Off held last month at Newport’s Port Dock 7. A portion of the proceeds were designated to help the pantry with their ongoing mission to help feed hungry people in Newport, which has become a growing concern as the recession has dragged on. The pantry was created as a partnership with Lincoln County Food Share to more efficiently distribute food to the needy. The pantry is located to the rear of of the First Presbyterian Church at 227 NE 12th in Newport.
Although Food Share provides a great deal of food to the pantry, as it does to pantries county-wide, supplies are limited. So Food Pantry Manager Kathy Myers says there is always a very large need for food donations from the public at large. And, of course money donations as well, no matter how large, no matter how small. The pantry has a simple, straight-forward website that everyone can check out at www.NewportFoodPantry.org
A Newport area man with an already lengthy list of sexual crimes charged against him is back in the Lincoln County Jail for more. Ian Williams, 21, has been arrested on additional charges in connection with a 15 year old runaway girl. His current bail is $1.75 million.
* Two counts of third degree Rape
* Two counts of Sexual Abuse
* Two counts of Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor
* Four counts of Displaying a Child with Sexual Conduct
His jail booking docket shows a longer list of sexual crimes he has been charged with and for which he already has court dates. Under one docket he faces:
* One count of first degree Rape
* One count of second degree Rape
* One count of Sexual Abuse
* On count of first degree Sexual Penetration with a foreign object
* One count of second degree Sexual Penetration with a foreign object
Then another docket:
* Three counts of first degree Rape
* One count of Strangulation
* One count of Sexual Abuse
* One count of Burglary
* One count of first degree Sexual Abuse
* Two counts of second degree Sexual Abuse
* Two counts of third degree Sexual Abuse
* One count of Stalking a Minor