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So you’ve always fancied yourself being a referee…?

From Liam Hughes
Newport Recreation

There will be a free Referee training clinic at the Newport Recreation Center on Thursday November 8th from 7-9pm.
Anyone who would like to referee youth or adult basketball for the Newport Parks and Recreation Department should attend this training.

It is also open to parents, coaches, or anyone else that would like to learn the game from a referee’s perspective.

Lincoln City edges closer to adopting biking and walking plan for the town

We all know that America is filled with people who weigh too much, don’t exercise enough and who use their vehicles to travel 200 feet to the store. But slowly, city and county planners have been making it easier for Americans to envision a different kind of neighborhood, where walking and bicycling are not only possible, but safe and inviting.

Lincoln City planners Monday night debuted their proposed city-wide walking and biking plan to the city council. It was well received and roundly praised at successfully pulling many Lincoln City residents into the process of assessing the walking and biking needs of the city, where they could be constructed and where to go shopping for the money to make it all possible.

Nobody said it was all going to happen soon. They agreed that it’ll be a long slog, especially as the country tries fitfully to pull out of the worst recession in over 80 years. Cities and counties are having trouble enough paying for the things that are “must haves” as opposed to what are nice to have to improve the community’s quality of life which bike and walking paths would be a part of.

However, planners reminded the councilors that there are many no-or-low-cost options to be explored with the city’s own public works department, and certainly with the Oregon Department of Transportation, which has control over Highway 101 – the main transportation corridor through town. They say a few immediate improvements could come from just laying down some paint where appropriate.

To be sure, shared lanes, discreet lanes, sidewalks, pedestrian pathways, all come at a price. And certainly the more pricey ones may take a while to build. But that’s what planners said is so good about the city’s nearly-adopted plan. They say it was formulated after a series community meetings and discussions that examined what’s on the ground now, and what would make sense projecting out five to ten years to connect Lincoln city’s scattered neighborhoods without having to jump in a car. They said funding for these non-automotive ways of getting around will likely come from a number of sources; federal, state, private foundations, local contributors and yes, even taxpayers, if they can be convinced of the value. So having a plan with specific sets of expectations, of what should be put where, will help focus the work of raising the money.

The plan’s comprehensiveness exceeds any one news story’s ability to even scratch the surface. You really should read the plan. But before your eyes glaze over, click on the link at the end of this story and see for yourself how very readable and easy to understand it is. It’s well made so everyone can get a good sense of what’s in the offing and of ways to move it forward. There are detractors who think it’s all a bunch of expensive fluff that the city can’t afford, but if you spend some time with the plan you’ll get your own view of the possibilities. Although the plan was presented to the city council Monday night, the council postponed adoption of it until at least one more public hearing can be held 6pm, Monday, October 22nd, to give more Lincoln City residents a chance to weigh in on the discussions.

At any rate, here’s the plan: Click here.

Toledo Summer Skate Jam

Top, Kevin Kowalski, #2, Joshua Dorsey, #3 Carson Edwards, #4 Carson Edwards
Thomas Miller photos 1,2,4
Ryan Evans photo 3
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If you were in the City of Toledo on Sunday, September 16th, chances are, you may have heard a disturbance in the ordinarily tranquil atmosphere. A rumbling of voices and the echo of music could be heard over the sounds of cheering spectators; The members of the community at the Toledo public skate park were fortunate to witness the 2nd Annual, Toledo Summer Skate Jam, Hosted by Ocean Pulse Skate Shop.

The Toledo Summer Skate Jam, was a time to celebrate fellowship through art in motion. Outside of the skateboarding community, people rarely see the hard work and dedication practiced by most skateboarders. The sheer amount of skill, balance and fearlessness required to perform each maneuver, can only be achieved through routine practice and with support amongst family and peers. The Skate Jam was a flawless presentation of children and young adults, expressing their interpretation of skateboarding, and the strong bonds formed between one another.

Like other artistic productions, feelings of performance anxiety were expressed by many participants, as they battled head to head for Skate Jam glory. Heats that consisted of four to six participants at a time, required control on the board as well as awareness of other skaters. Amid collisions with the concrete and each other, only a single injury, requiring a Band-Aid was reported, and was promptly attended to by the Toledo Police Department.

Before the final heat, local skateboarding Professional, Kevin Kowalski put his talents on display. As Kevin flew high above the heads of even the tallest spectators, one could not help but wonder, how this Seal Rock native looked so comfortable floating high above the concrete below. Kowalski gifted an autographed copy of his very first Pro model skateboard, which was given away as a raffle item, along with other items donated by Ocean Pulse, Vans, Sector 9, Bones, Powell, Dug Fur, Volcom, Lifeblood Skateboards, Benton County Skateboarding Alliance, Dakine, and Pepsi. Thanks to the products donated, Ocean Pulse was able to raise almost three hundred dollars, for the Toledo Food Pantry. Currently, the Lincoln County Food Share can purchase five pounds of food per dollar.

Contest Results
Women
1st Traci Green
2nd Lala Steele
Men
15 and under
1st Phillip Cato
2nd Keona Savage
3rd Jake Winters

16 and up
1st Carson Edwards
2nd Trever Bates
3rd Steve Howell

Best Trick
Carson Edwards

High Wallride Contest
1st Josh Dorsey
2nd Kris Morgan
3rd Steve Howell

Flat Ground Game of S.K.A.T.E.
Winner, Tristan Hays
Runner Up, Shaytan Sullivan

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Newport Recreation Center

Saturday September 22nd Newport Recreation Center will host a Recreation Gear Swap. This event is open to the public from 8:30 to 3 pm. Drop of your gear that you would like to have sold on consignment on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday between 4 and 6 pm. It’s a great way to clear out your attic or garage of gear that you no longer need, and earn some cash! For more information call 541-265-4855.

Yaquina Head Natural Area open free to public Saturday, September 29, 10-4: National Public Lands Day

Yaquina Head Natural Area
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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area will host a day of special events and waive entrance fees on Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in celebration of National Public Lands Day,

A variety of activities will test visitor’s knowledge on topics such as: Why did 19th century Willamette Valley farmers need coastal lighthouses? What marine mammals and birds visit or make Oregon’s rocky shores their home? Solve these mysteries and more at “exploration stations” setup throughout the site. Prizes will be awarded to participants completing all stations.

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and the Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses will also hold an open reception at 3 p.m. to announce winners of the 12th annual photography competition. This year’s theme “Scenes of the Oregon Coast” has brought submissions from amateur photographers from all west coast states and all age groups.

For more information about Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area go to:
http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/yaquina

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