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Toledo is big on Valentines!

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Everyone is big on Valentines Day, including Toledo City Hall where everybody says their favorite Valentine is the town of Toledo itself. That’s why they’ve hung big Valentines Hearts up and down Main Street!

The Street Valentine project was started by a group of community volunteers, the Toledo Hometown Committee, in 2002. The number of valentines has been growing every year, and now number 54. Sweethearts and others (sometimes including parents, grandparents and churches) pay a $35 subscription yearly to have their names displayed on the hearts in February. Some couples include their anniversary year. The proceeds of the project are used for community beautification projects. The construction and installation is done by volunteers from the Hometown Committee and the Toledo Main Street Design Committee.

Thank you Celeste Mathews of the City of Toledo for the information!

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The Valentines Hearts along Main Street! Anyone getting a shot of how pretty they are??

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Oregon Senate Environment Committee: Three new marine reserves off the central coast

Cascade Head
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The Oregon Senate Committee on the Environment has voted unanimously to send a marine reserves bill to the Senate floor for a vote. It would authorize reserves and less-restrictive marine protected areas at Cape Falcon, south of Cannon Beach; at Cascade Head, near Lincoln City; and at Cape Perpetua, near Yachats.

If approved, the new reserves would join two smaller reserves: Redfish Rocks, near Port Orford, and Otter Rocks, near Depoe Bay. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

Oregon Lawmakers: Cut, cut, cut, but where and how deep?

A bill that would flatten administrative overhead in state government departments is running into a rock wall that doesn’t want to crumble easily. It seems to work in some areas, but not others. It’s a one-size fits all employee reduction plan can’t pass a reality test of “who can stay and who can’t go” based on work loads. The story is in the Statesman-Journal. Click here.

Japanese Tsunami debris enroute to Oregon – But ETA is unknown.

Sendai, Japan, scraped clean by the tsunami
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The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting that debris from last year’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami could drift up on west coast shores anytime, but it will likely be in small pieces. Whole houses, dislodged from their foundations in the city of Sendai, Japan, won’t suddenly arrive in one piece, caught on the sands of Cannon Beach. NOAA says what we’ll see are small pieces of debris like building materials, fish netting, buoys and pieces of buoyant materials.

However, Oregonian reporter Lori Tobias says 2013 looks to be a more likely the year that Oregon will see as much debris as will come ashore. Tobias says she was told that a lot of the debris may circle back western toward the Hawaiian Islands in a vortex around the area.

Here’s Loris report in the Oregonian. Click here.

Bald Eagle surveying Waldport

Wendy Rush was out in her back yard this afternoon and happened to have her camera with her, so when she looked up and saw this magnificent creature she snapped it fast. A Beautiful sight on a beautiful day. Thanks Wendy for sharing this incredible sight!!!

Toledo Police Chief becoming Major General in the National Guard – duty assignment So. Korea

Soon to be Major General David Enyeart

Information from Oregon National Guard

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. David Enyeart will be promoted to the rank of Major General, during a ceremony at 3:00 p.m. on Feb. 6 in Salem.

The ceremony is scheduled to be held at the Anderson Readiness Center on the drill floor, located at 3225 State Street in Salem, Ore. Members of the public and the media are invited to attend.

Following his promotion, Enyeart will begin his new position as Chief of Staff, United States Forces Korea.

“I am honored but also very humbled with this promotion to Major General,” said Enyeart, “I am looking forward to the challenges and learning experience with this new position in United Forces Korea.”

Enyeart began his career in the U.S. Army in 1978. He received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant through Officer Candidate School in June 1985 and joined the Oregon National Guard as a Mortar Platoon Leader. During his three decade career he has had three overseas deployments, two to Afghanistan and one to Sarajevo.

His military career includes commands ranging from unit level to Brigade level and then to Assistant Adjutant General (Army), Oregon National Guard, and Commander/Senior Military Representative, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Headquarters /Sarejevo.

Enyeart recently returned from Sarajevo, Bosnia where he served with military and governmental agencies assisting in their entry into NATO.

Family, friends, and members of the media are invited to attend the promotion ceremony which marks, Enyeart‚s more than 33 years of service to the military.

General David Enyeart, who is also Toledo’s Police Chief, told that he will be leaving for a tour of his new duty assignment February 8th through March 13th. He said he will remain in regular contact with his officers still patrolling the streets of Toledo on the other side of the world via video Skype, phone and e-mail. As was the case in his last tour in Bosnia, General Enyeart said Toledo Police Sgt Michael Helton will fill in in his absence. Gen. Enyeart said there will be several cross-Pacific trips he will be making in the year ahead as his Korean Command duties unfold.

Good News! They found the water leak! Bad News! South Beach: They’ve shut off your water pipe under the bay! Start conserving NOW!!

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South Beach residents and businesses must start conserving water like never before starting NOW! South Beach gets its water through a pipe under the bay. Unfortunately that pipe was damaged during the recent storms. Its leaking about 600,000 gallons a day and it’s going to take a week to fix it. That is the word from Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross. He said they will have a little clearer picture tomorrow after they get the pipe fixed.

Gross said South Beach has water storage tanks, but it won’t take long to run them dry if everyone uses their normal amount of water every day. So, city officials are warning South Beach residents that if they want their South Beach storage tanks to last, they MUST cut back on water use. The pipe fix will be done tomorrow. But it’ll take them a week to flush, chlorinate and test the pipe before they can put city water back in it. And that could take until NEXT friday, according to Gross.

The city is asking that South Beach residents and businesses make every effort to conserve water and to delay any production or operation that may use large quantities of water until the under-the-bay pipe is brought back on line. Both the Oregon Coast Acquarium and Rogue Brewery use a lot of water every day. Conserving water for them will require some careful analysis and strategies.

The city’s water service area to South Beach stretches to SW 62nd. Everyone south of there is not affected. They’re on the Seal Rock water system.

Residents should have a three day emergency kit including a supply of water for everyone in the family. Roughly three gallons of water a day per person. City water will be available at the City Shops at NE 3rd Street. Be sure you bring your own water containers. Make sure to bring home enough water to flush your toilets. The sewer system will be working fine, but it takes water to flush toilets. Military type showers may be in order: Water on. Water off. Lather up. Water rinse. Grab towel.

For more information on all this, call 541-574-3369.

Don’t make Newport High School Girls Crabby! Buy a ticket!!

Big Crab Feed Friday night! 4:30pm to 7pm. Get your tickets NOW!!

Newport High School Girls are meandering through the community selling tickets for a Big Crab Benefit Dinner at the high school multi-purpose room tomorrow evening. The tickets will help support Newport High’s Girls School Softball program. Dinner is served Friday afternoon/evening from 4:30pm through 7pm. A ticket for a whole crab dinner is 12-bucks, 8-bucks for half-a-crab. Your crab dinner includes chowder, salad, bread, dessert, and a beverage. SUCH A DEAL TO HELP GIRLS SOFTBALL AT NEWPORT HIGH!!

To get your ticket contact Brycann Mickey at 541-574-0131.

Husband stabber going to prison, again…

Shari Lynn Martin, back to prison

A Rose Lodge woman is going back to prison for seven and a half years for stabbing her husband at their Highway 18 home last year. Shari Lynn Martin was sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison but the second half of the prison term was for assault, which the judge allowed her to serve concurrently with the attempted murder conviction.

Lincoln County authorities were called to Martin’s home last March after Martin stabbed her husband with a pair of scissors as a result of a domestic dispute during which Martin claimed she was acting in self-defense. It was the same alibi that Martin gave a court in Idaho nearly 20 years ago when she was sent to prison for stabbing her then husband Frank Storholt to death.

Lincoln City’s Public Library (Driftwood) is hosting design contest

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Driftwood Public Library will be using new library cards this spring, and they need the community’s help in coming up with artwork for the new cards.

Because of the upcoming restructuring of the relationship between the libraries in Tillamook and Lincoln Counties, the cards the library is now using will be obsolete once those changes are in place. Driftwood is holding a contest in which patrons may submit artwork to be used on the new cards.

All Driftwood patrons currently residing in North Lincoln County (from Depoe Bay to the Tillamook county line) are eligible and may enter according to one of two age categories: “12-and-Under” or “Over 12”. The contest will run through February 22nd and contest rules and forms can be picked up at the library or from their website at . Any questions about the contest may be addressed to the Circulation Supervisor, Ken Hobson, at 541-996-1242 or

Obituary: James Adrian Thielen (February 13,1922 – February 1, 2012)

James Adrian Thielen (February 13, 1922- February 1, 2012)
Provided by his family

James Thielen was the son of Leo Matthias and Emily Frances Thielen. He was born in Portland, Oregon. James attended Columbia Prep then joined the army in 1946. He trained at Fort Lewis, Vancouver. James served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Upon discharge from the Army he earned a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Portland and took graduate studies at Denver University. He was recalled to the Army as a Company Commander for the Korean Emergency and sent to France soon after his marriage. After James’ discharge from the service, he returned to Portland, where he worked in corporate Real Estate as an associate to Robert S. Newell, MAI. Jim and Shirley purchased their home in Seal Rock, 40+ years ago, after retirement, James made his permanent home in Seal Rock, Oregon with his wife Shirley.

He enjoyed bird watching, writing poetry, playing Bridge, golf, bowling, and taking road trips. He had an amazing voice, he loved singing with Shirley, and his kids. His singalongs with the family are historic. Dad took great pride in his prowess to teach his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren the skill of playing any kind of cards and winning, of course. Irish Lord was his favorite stretch of beach, which he named, just down the street from where he lived. Jim was a Silver Master at Contract Bridge. He played Bridge as often as possible up until November when his declining health forced him to quit. He was a published poet and member of TUESDAY, a Central Coast writing group. He is survived by his spouse, Shirley, of 60 years, his 7 children and their spouses; Heidi and Rob Ware of Seal Rock, David and Katy Thielen of Tigard, Patti and Craig Page of Fort Worth, Tx, Philip and Wendy Thielen of Portland, Or, Sheila and Reid Garber of Astoria, Greg and Kelsie Thielen, of Florence,Or and Jake and Tara Thielen of Portland, 15 grandchildren and 6 great grand children. He will be fondly remembered by his many relatives, friends, bridge players, and fellow poets for being a giant man with a kind heart full of wit and humor.

You are welcome to attend a celebration of his life at his home on Feb 19th from 2pm -4pm.

An Aubade

Strange, at first, to wake and find you pressed to me,
feel my quick pulse waltz to the beat of your heart,
in the black west, a red moon, bloodied by coming sun,
dies beyond a phosphorescent shimmer of surf;

You stir to secrets whispered by the sand,
a sudden start when an Oyster-catcher cries,
your fingers touch my face and you subside;
sleep, then, until our bodies meet the tide.

Arrangements being entrusted to Bateman Funeral Home.

Toledo City Councilors unsure how to replace Mayor Lyons

Toledo City Councilors Wednesday night faced three options on how to replace recently resigned Mayor Monica Lyons. She stepped down for health reasons.

The council, by their charter, can appoint a new mayor from among their fellow councilors, or from a member of the public who steps forward and offers their services. They can also decide to simply get along with one less member of the council until a new mayor is elected this November, since that’s when Mayor Lyons’ term expires.

City Manager Michelle Amberg said there was support for appointing a member of the public, a member of the council and an appetite for simply waiting for the November election. Amberg said the appointment of a member of the public was criticized because it would put someone in the center seat who likely would have little knowledge about the complicated challenges facing the city. She said there was considerable support for appointing a current member of the city council. And there was some support for just waiting for the November election. Currently City Council President Ralph Grutzmacher is running the council meetings.

Unable to reach consensus, Amberg said the council decided to bring the matter up again at the next city council meeting set for February 15th.

Future of Lincoln County 9-1-1 services still “up in the air”

Atop Cape Foulweather

Talks between Lincoln County law enforcement, fire districts and others continued this week down a painfully frustrating road spanning the last two to three years as they’ve tried to figure out what to do about Lincom 9-1-1. Unhappy member agencies have pondered either upgrading Lincom to state-of-the-art technology or contracting with Willamette Valley Communications (WVC) based in Salem which already has it in place.

This week Lincom member law enforcement, fire department and ambulance services tried again to get some forward movement on a solution. Law enforcement and the fire districts continue to strongly favor replacing Lincoln County’s “Lincom” service by contracting with the Salem Police Department’s Willamette Valley Communications (WVC) which has been dispatching for 17 police, fire and medical agencies in Marion and Polk counties for the past 20 years.

WVC supporters say that 9-1-1 dispatching services have grown more detailed, technically complicated and more reliable since Lincom first hit the airwaves many years ago and that the costs of bringing Lincom up to date for such a small population would be far too costly for Lincoln County’s cash-strapped cities and agencies. What’s worse, Lincom only dispatches for Newport Police, the county Sheriff’s Office, an ambulance company and the U.S. Forest Service. Both Toledo and Lincoln City have their own 9-1-1 dispatch centers and they have expressed outright opposition to merging with Lincom even if it saved everybody money. Both Toledo and Lincoln City use computer aided dispatch and records management services provided by, none other than, WVC. Both cities have held onto the dispatchers themselves who are electronically tied to WVC.

Our sympathy to our readers whose eyes may be fogging over at this point. Many people say “who cares who dispatches a cop or fire truck? I just want to know that they’re on their way and my taxes won’t go up to keep’em coming.”

That’s exactly the issue. Taxes. Some have suggested that only a brand new county-wide 9-1-1 taxing district could fund the considerable expense of bringing Lincom (and the other two 9-1-1 centers) up to date and continue to pay the dispatchers a family wage. And that means higher taxes for all property owners in the county. Those opposed to going with WVC, which have been largely the dispatchers themselves and those who don’t want outsiders from a distant county being in charge of responding to local cries for help, contend that the “prospective savings” by contracting with WVC are not as big as WVC supporters claim they are.

WVC supporters point to a “conceptual offer” from WVC that would suggest that the cost for 9-1-1 dispatching for Lincom agencies could be cut over time by 30 to 40%. However, even WVC supporters are demanding that such a statement be backed up with specific details and guarantees that the savings are real. This past week Lincom member agencies told WVC to provide the numbers on paper that could be expected to appear on a contract for services.

Other observations.

It’s been reported that the state is exploring and holding discussions about a new state-wide dispatching system that eliminates the costly duplication of 9-1-1 services, especially in the rural areas like Lincoln County. A recently produced comprehensive study of Oregon’s 9-1-1 needs indicates there could be 9 regional dispatch centers around the state, with Lincoln County being assigned to a regional 9-1-1 center based in Astoria. No final decisions have been made on any of this; state officials are simply going over the study and thinking out loud. No time lines have been set on any of it according to state officials. However they say the report will be given to the state legislature to begin reviewing it during the current short session. At the moment there is no state law that mandates or even provides for consolidation of 9-1-1 services around the state although many have done so, the most recent occurring in the Medford area.

So, the discussion in Lincoln County could be described as exploring options in “in-between times.” One option offered by County Commissioner Don Lindly would be to tie Lincom agencies into their fellow agencies that are dispatched by Toledo and Lincoln City but only at the level of the Records Management and their Computer Aided Dispatch screens in their emergency vehicles. WVC provides those services already to Toledo and Lincoln City. That way every police and sheriffs car could communicate with every other police car in the county. Same for fire rescue and ambulance. But how much money would that save on equipment or other labor driven tasks? Lindly said he doesn’t know but it could buy the county enough time to see whether the state’s long range plans are on the near horizon or are farther out.

Another option is to explore creating that county-wide 9-1-1 taxing district, mentioned above, which would support 9-1-1 services from a county-wide revenue base. But of course that would mean going to the voters asking for a substantial tax increase which just about everyone admits would get a brutal thumping at the polls.

Other options include limping along with what Newport, the county and most fire districts now have and hopefully buy a little time to try to sell the idea of a consolidation among the three 9-1-1 systems using the revenues at hand. Toledo thus far has been “very” uninterested in the idea saying they’re fine just the way they are. Lincoln City officials have been luke warm interested but have made it clear that their interest would not be with Lincom as it is, especially technologically. Lincoln City officials are still smarting from the fact that Lincoln City was completely cut off from the outside world after a huge Pacific wind storm knocked out the town’s power and telephone service which isolated the community for a number of days. However, with phone company CenturyLink now installing fiber optic cable between Newport and Lincoln City, as back a up link for 9-1-1 and other vital data services, it might motivate Lincoln City to come to the table. A group of Lincoln City citizens have argued for a long time that Lincoln City taxpayers are needlessly funding their own 9-1-1 center at a cost of $750,000 a year, when a big portion of that fund could be used for other pressing city needs.

Another element in the debate is that WVC dispatchers live in the valley and know very little about the coastal environment and where things are. However, those favoring contracting with WVC point out that “on the ground” knowledge is in the heads of patrolling officers and responding fire/rescuers. They know the lay of the land and usually only need an address or name of a building and they can get there straight-away. They also say that some dispatchers know more about the community than other dispatchers and so you get the luck of the draw depending on which dispatcher is on duty when there is a tricky location to find. And lastly they point out that incoming calls have GPS and address numbers flashed on the dispatchers’ screen so it takes a lot of guess work out of where to send first responders. There are also varieties of community mapping that are available to dispatchers so they are able to see close-up satellite pictures of where the caller is calling from, orientation and configuration of buildings, natural obstacles, etc.

At any rate, back to what’s in front of us right now. The Lincom member agencies asked Lincoln County County Counsel Wayne Belmont to report back to Lincom members with a firm understanding of the true costs involved if Lincom was to be disbanded and its member agencies contract with Willamette Valley Communications. They’re supposed to go over those figures at their next meeting February 15th.

Stay tuned.

The sun’s out!! Time to talk SWIMMING!

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A message from the folks at the Newport Municipal Pool


The City of Newport Swimming Pool is now taking registrations for youth group swimming lessons levels I-IV. There are two blocks of eight 30 minute classes offered at $48.00 per block. Block One: February 27th –March 1st and March 5th – 8th. Block Two: March 12th – 15th and March 19th – 22nd. All lessons are held Monday through Thursday evenings 5-5:30 p.m. Participants must be a minimum of 4 years of age. Registration is to be done in person at the pool.

Private lessons are also available. Call the pool for additional information at 541-265-7770.

Lincoln County School Bond Update: Newport High students moving into new digs…

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Freshly waxed floors glistened in the newly constructed classrooms at Newport High School on Thursday as students and teachers excitedly entered their new learning environment. What once had been the location of aging portable buildings, accessed by outside walkways, is now beautifully designed learning spaces with improved functionality and security. “We are incredibly impressed with our new classrooms. It will make the task of teaching and learning so much improved for our teachers and students. I am certain that everyone will feel a renewed sense of pride in their school,” said Principal Jon Zagel. “We are so grateful to the community for supporting our schools and helping to make these new classrooms possible.”

The three new classrooms, new band/choir room, and new drafting room are connected directly to the existing school building by brightly lit interior hallways. Five teachers (and their students) have moved into the new area, allowing three other teachers who had been sharing classroom space to settle into their own rooms.

Language arts teacher Nina Fairfield had been located in a portable building. When the portable was removed, she and her students were relocated to a small choir room inside the school’s multipurpose room/cafeteria. She is now at home in one of the three new classrooms. One feature of her room: it is adjacent to a smaller room for yearbook students; a wall of windows between the two rooms will allow her to supervise both spaces.
Moving from classrooms in the main school building, language arts teacher Kirk Tice and special education teacher Cynthia Kress are settled into the other two new classrooms. One feature of Kress’s room is a separate office for staff and three “cubbies” for students to help them focus on learning without external distraction. All three classrooms feature exterior windows to allow maximum outside light, ample cabinetry and workspace, and interactive white board technology.

Teacher Michael Jakobsson’s drafting classroom had been located in a portable building. When the portable was demolished his class moved into the former art room on the west campus of Newport High School. Now, his new drafting classroom is located next to the existing woodshop, with a wall of windows between the two, allowing him to supervise both spaces.

Music teacher John Bringetto had been teaching band and choir in a crowded, low-ceiling room located on the second floor of the high school’s west campus. Now, his spacious band/choir room offers room for an office, a music practice room, and ample storage for instruments, marching band uniforms, and more.

Existing girls and boys restrooms located down the hall from the new classrooms were stripped down and remodeled with new wall tile, floor tiles, and fixtures.

The 9,700-square-foot expansion at Newport High was funded through the $63 million general obligation bond measure approved by voters in May 2011. Funds from the bond can be used only for capital improvements.

Other bond-funded projects completed to date include:

New classroom and commons, and courtyard remodeled at Newport Preparatory Academy.
New football field, baseball field and track at the site of the new Waldport High School.
New playground at Crestview Heights School.
New baseball field at Taft 7-12 High School.
New block retaining wall between football field and parking lot at Toledo Jr./Sr. High.
Energy efficient windows installed on north side of Oceanlake Elementary.
Parking lot and sidewalk expanded at Oceanlake Elementary.
Parking lot lowered to main entry level at Toledo Jr./Sr. High School.
Land improvement at corner of Sturdevant Road and driveway entrance to Toledo Jr./Sr. High.
Softball field upgraded at Newport, Taft, Toledo and Waldport high schools.
Football field upgraded at Newport and Toledo high schools.
Track upgraded at Taft and Toledo high schools.
In addition, classroom expansion projects are well under way at Oceanlake Elementary and Toledo Elementary, as is a locker room/weight room expansion at Toledo Jr./Sr. High.

Another episode of: HOSE DOWN HUNGER! appearing at the Newport Safeway parking lot this Saturday!

Newport Food Pantry Manager Kathrine Myers tells us:

The wonderful members of the Newport Volunteer Fire Department are once again hosting Hose Down Hunger in the Newport Safeway parking lot on Saturday, Feburary 4, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. so please stop by and drop off nonperishable food items. They would love to meet you and show off their truck.

Shelf stable proteins like tuna and peanut butter are always needed. Soups, cereal, canned fruits, canned and dry beans, and ready to eat meals are all items we have trouble keeping on the shelves because of high demand. We love to see new foods come in as well so feel free to surprise us. We distributed 5,000 pounds of food last week so the shelves are looking a bit bare.

If you can’t drop food off at the Hose Down Hunger event on February 4, we have collection containers at many convenient locations around town. Click the “donate” link on our website at for a list of locations.

Of course, we also need and greatly appreciate financial support. Please see our flyer at for more information.

Thank you to everyone for your outstanding generosity

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