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The Coast Guard has released a video of their rescue of two men who got themselves stranded on the side of Archer Mountain in the Columbia Gorge over the weekend. A Coast Guard helicopter from Astoria was summoned due to the technical nature of the rescue, and per usual, the Coast Guard did a superb job of plucking the hikers off the mountain side. Here’s the Coast Guard video which gives a birds-eye view of the lift of one of those rescued. Click here.
ODOT, perhaps getting into the 75th birthday mood with those who love the Yaquina Bay Bridge, is awarding Newport a $150,000 grant to install what many contend are long overdue sidewalks leading outward from the bridge’s north end steps. The grant will also pay for a wide sidewalk under the bridge to connect pedestrians from the top of Naterlin Drive, to the eastern steps, then under the bridge to the western steps and then to a re-aligned intersection on the west side. Public Works project manager Tim Gross says the work should be done in time for the bridge’s 75th birthday party which is being held October 2nd, sponsored by the City Center Association Deco District and the Lincoln County Historical Society. Watch for details coming up on this website and around town.
Lincoln County’s newest food pantry for the needy, or just temporarily so, received either a $1,600 gift from the Newport City Council Monday night, or as much as $1,900. It depends on how things work out after all the building, water and sewer fees are tallied.
Newport Food Pantry Board member Lurlyn Patrick told the council that her non-profit had budgeted only around $800 for city fees when they moved a former portable school building from Yaquina View School to its new location, and new function as a food pantry on the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church on NW 12th. The two operations are completely separate.
The council pondered whether to allocate money from their newly created $10,000 fund to be divided up among local non-profits or make an immediate grant award to the pantry so they can have their scheduled opening on time. The council decided to allocate between $1,600 and $1,900 dollars depending on how the fees were levied by the city community development department. Those fees cannot be waived, they said, because the bulk of them are for system development fees which cannot be waived according to city code. System development fees are levied on new construction as they incrementally consume their fractional capacity of the town’s water and sewer systems.
The Newport Food Pantry is the county’s newest pantry which works in tandem with Food Share of Lincoln County. Food Share imports and collects donated food for distribution from its warehouse on NE 1st Street in Newport. From there it goes to the far flung reaches of Lincoln County at various pantry locations. Newport was the last remaining major population center without a pantry apart from Food Share. Food Share said the Newport Pantry will allow Food Share to concentrate on collection and distribution of food in a more efficient way and food recipients in Newport will have a more convenient “pantry” shopping experience when they come for food.
The Newport Pantry will be fully wheel-chair accessible and offer a wide variety of food as one would experience in a regular grocery store. It’s expected to be open in the very near future as their new facility gets its finishing touches on the installation. Local construction and building suppliers have donated time and materials to the project. Food Pantry officials say they will be thanked and praised loudly and often so the whole community will learn of their good work and donations.
The top pick of fire chief applicants by Newport volunteer firefighters was welcomed as the new fire chief at the city council meeting Monday night. He’s Phil Paige, a longtime fire service veteran who has spent many years in California, most recently with the fire department in Redding, California. He appeared before the Newport City Council with his wife and was given the fire chief’s badge by City Manager Jim Voetberg who welcomed him to his new job.
Paige said he was happy to be in Newport and that he enjoyed the coast sunshine, which drew laughter from the crowd. He was later told it’s beautiful on the coast, even when it rains. He said his first day on the job was fun and that he looks forward to getting to know the troops and the area. Volunteer firefighters said they preferred Paige over the other three candidates mainly because of Paige’s obvious professionalism, friendly, transparent demeanor, and that he’s a “people person.”
The department has suffered what’s been described as unpleasant tension between paid staff and the volunteer force. The department has now had four chief’s in the past six months, largely due to turn-over from retirements and Assistant Chief Rob Murphy having to fill in until Chief Paige’s arrival.
Provided by Oregon State Police
The suspect sought in connection with Saturday morning’s stabbing at a remote camping site in Clatsop County was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) Monday evening. The suspect, SCOTT ROBERT BRANDON, age 26, from southwest Portland, contacted OSP following media reports regarding the investigation and made arrangements to turn himself in.
According to OSP Detective Aaron Jackson, BRANDON was arrested August 1st at the OSP Portland Area Command office and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail for Assault in the Second Degree. Arrangements will be made to transfer BRANDON to Clatsop County pending an appearance in Clatsop County Circuit Court.
Previously released information indicated on July 30th at approximately 8:00 a.m. the suspect, BRANDON, and the 30-year old male victim, Jeremy Daniel Peat from Gresham, were part of a large group of about 50 people camping off Wolf Creek Road about five miles north of Highway 26 in Clatsop County. The suspect and victim became involved in a verbal argument during which the suspect allegedly sprayed the victim’s face with a chemical agent similar to mace. As the victim tried to defend himself, the suspect stabbed the victim once in the abdomen with a knife described as a bayonet.
Others present at the scene overpowered the suspect and disarmed him. The suspect then fled on foot into the woods. A search that evening by troopers and deputies failed to find him.
The victim was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Beaverton by two people at the camp site. OSP was notified by hospital staff and started an investigation led by Detective Jackson. Peat is still being treated at the hospital but his injury is believed non-life threatening.