Janet Commiskey says this is what happens when a trampoline gets caught in a wind storm. This shot, taken in Siletz, shows that the trampoline’s bounce fabric acted like a sail when the wind got a hold of it.
Sandra Kittel sent us this photo of what the streets look like in Toledo. She says this stretch of pavement is right up the street from the CCCDC at Arcadia School. She says the roads are full of branches, leaves and twigs which make the streets very slippery to drive on.
Here’s an update on the kind of day Toledo Public Works has had, as told by Public Works Director Adam Denlinger:
Public Works operators have been responding to power failures since early this morning. Several satellite pumping stations were running on standby power this morning. Both the water and wastewater treatment facilities lost power in the night and automatically transferred to standby power. Power was restored to most of the system before noon today. Crews will be monitoring pumping stations throughout the week to insure that the systems continue to operate without disruption.
Crews have been responding to localized flooding, downed trees and debris in the roadway throughout the day. Due to the high volume of leaves on the ground many drain inlets are plugged and require continued maintenance .
City Manager Michelle Amberg says it appears that Toledo will be able to continue to provide basic police services to the Siletz area if a recent tentative agreement between Toledo and the tribes is agreed to.
The Siletz Tribes decided earlier this year that they could no longer afford to keep paying the same amount for police services due to recession-caused pressures on their tribal budgets. Toledo’s initial response was “but we have a contract!” Amberg said the tribes cutting their contribution in mid-course would cause damage to Toledo’s police force due to the nature of the partnership between Toledo and the tribes.
But after several negotiating sessions, Amberg says it appears that the tribe will reduce their cuts to a point where Toledo won’t have to lay-off two officers – it’ll be just one. Under the tentative agreement, Amberg told NewsLincolnCounty.com that patrol services in Siletz will be cut back from 120 hours a week to 80 – a thirty percent reduction. However, she added, “We’re still evaluating the situation.” She said she hopes to have a new deal with the tribes formalized very shortly.
Police services in the Siletz area have always been a difficult issue. Siletz is an official city, same as Newport or Toledo. However, its tax base is seen as insufficient to provide full city services. In the past, it has relied on the generosity of “others,” which has included the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, whose tribal headquarters are based in Siletz. Without that generosity Siletz would have to rely on standard rural-type Lincoln County Sheriff’s patrols which, by their nature, stretch sheriff’s deputies thin over wide geographical areas. However, as Sheriff Dennis Dotson said recently, any community can contract with the sheriff’s office for increased patrols if they provide sufficient funds to justify adding a deputy or two to their area. The city of Waldport contracts with the sheriff’s office for enhanced patrols.
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Siletz Cell Phone Tower, final assembly
Top of Government Hill, Siletz
Photos Courtesy Dean Sawyer
Tribal Emergency Management Planner
Many predicted that after the Siletz Warriors won their 1A Statewide Basketball Championship last year, other good things would immediately start happening to their small river town. And it came true! A local personal jet aircraft manufacturer started selling more airplanes, and the Siletz Tribe decided to erect the area’s first cell phone tower! No longer will everyone have to find those elusive “hot spots” along Main Street in order to call the outside world. All of Siletz and surrounding countryside will soon be one big hot spot. It will be a welcome addition for police officers and others who sometimes have to rely on their cell phones due to occasional spotty police and fire radio coverage.
The photo shows the final section of tower being placed on top which hold the actual cell phone antennas that will receive and transmit cell phone calls throughout the area. AT&T customers are expected to be the first beneficiaries, with Verizon and Sprint following soon after.
The annual Nesika Illahee Pow Wow continues on Sunday with a noon Grand Entry. Here’s what it looked like as the dance competition heated up right after the inter-tribal dance that kicked off the fun Saturday afternoon. The pow-wow was dedicated to the memory of former Oregon U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield who died last week following a long illness. Hatfield was remembered for helping to pass federal legislation that created reservation land for the Confederation of Siletz Tribes, and later the legal right to proceed with the creation of an Indian Casino in Lincoln City. Tribal Council Vice Chair Bud Lane told the gathering that Mark Hatfield will always be remembered as a great friend of the Siletz Tribes.
The Nesika Illahee Pow Wow is in full bloom in Siletz with beautiful dancing, wonderful drumming and Native American singing. Lots of arts and crafts and terrific Native American style food too. Saturday, the Nesika Illahee Pow Wow Parade runs through town starting at 10 am. Following that, there is a Grand Entry at the Pow Wow grounds at 1pm and 7pm. Sunday the Grand Entry at 12n, with colorful competitive dancing after that.