A reward has increased for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person(s) responsible for the illegal dumping of the remains of 5 antelope carcasses late September in the Marvin Hill area northwest of Sutherlin. Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers from the Roseburg office are leading the investigation.
The initial reward offer of up to $250 by the Oregon Hunter’s Association (OHA) Turn-In-Poacher reward program is now increased to $1,000. OHA is now offering up to $500 and the OHA Ochoco Chapter is also contributing up to $500.
On September 29, 2011, OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers found the carcasses of five antelope on Seneca Timber Company land in the first clear-cut along Marvin Hill Road about one mile south of Highway 138W. Several of the antelope were salvaged and one was left to waste. Troopers also found several items littering the site.
Anyone with information regarding these antelope, including any suspicious people or vehicles seen in the area, is asked to contact Senior Trooper Wayne Merritt or Trooper Jason Stone at (541) 440-3406.
Now that the fury of an intense man-hunt is over and the enormity of the crimes committed have been outlined in some detail, the next step will be to determine where the first court appearance and trial will occur for double (or triple) murder suspects David Pedersen and his female companion Holly Grigsby. Will it be in California where they are being held on being fugitives from justice, weapons charges and for possessing a stolen car? Or will Oregon or Washington put them on trial first for the heinous murders of Pedersen’s step-mother and the son of a Lafayette family?
Robert Tomlinson and 15 Oregon poets exhibit their work in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Art Center beginning on Friday, October 7 with a reading at 4pm and an opening reception from 5pm to 7pm. Oregon Coast Council for the Arts invites everyone to the free reception to meet the artist and poets.
“Pictures & Words, Ekphrastic Poems & the Art” highlights Robert Tomlinson’s drawings from three series completed over the last seven years; “Coda”, “Subjects Not Objects” and “E.” All of the drawings are made with oil stick, pastel, chalk, pencil and acrylic paint on large sheets of archival paper. In his abstract images, there is evidence of a unique vocabulary of shapes that Tomlinson has developed over the years. He refers to these as his own private language, created from the subconscious but inspired by and paying attention to many visual marks easily seen everyday – from the backs of trucks, clouds, water patterns on the street, shapes in a garden and graffiti.
Lincoln County Commissioners this week applied for a federal human services grant that, if awarded, would produce a new multi-story county health and human services center at the southwest corner of the Lincoln County Courthouse parking lot. Currently, county medical and mental health services are split between the 1010 building off South Coast Highway near the north end of the Yaquina Bay Bridge as well as facilities in South Beach. County Commissioner Bill Hall if the county wins the grant award, it would put all county medical and mental health services under one roof rather than having to send patients throughout the south end of Newport, not to mention the large number of construction jobs that would also be created by the grant. It would also put the county on better financial footing because the county would own the facilities outright, rather than having to pay rent. Hall said there are additional benefits from a centralized site; increased efficiency for staff and clients, moving the current South Beach operations out of the tsunami zone, improved program integration, more space and saving rent and lease savings of $120,000 a year.
Hall also said that the county has also applied for a half-million dollar federal grant to renovate the county-owned immunization, maternity case management and mental health services building immediately west of the courthouse, just across Nye. Hall says the current facility needs new furniture, carpets, flooring, heating system repairs and replacements, paint, equipment and energy conserving windows. A half million would go a long way toward accomplishing that. If the county gets the grant, work on the facility would begin around May 1st.
For the third year, youth of Lincoln County are invited to audition for “Lincoln County’s Got Talent!,” a benefit for homeless youth housing. Singers, bands, poets, actors, mimes, dancers, musicians and more… all are welcome!
Students between the ages of 6 and 18 are encouraged to polish their act and prepare for the auditions to be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Five judges will select 20 contestants to return to the PAC for a second audition on Saturday, Dec. 3. From this group, 10 acts will be chosen for the finale performance the evening of Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.
There is no application and no charge. Simply call the Homeless Youth Alliance of Lincoln County at 541-765-4558 for complete information and to register.