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Newport Symphony SummerFest

July 4 Concert Opens Newport Symphony Orchestra’s SummerFest

The Newport Symphony Orchestra opens its annual SummerFest on Wednesday, July 4 with a concert featuring patriotic music, movie themes, and music inspired by American landscapes and early folk songs. The concert begins at 4:00 PM and will be held in the Newport High School auditorium on 322 NE Eads Street in Newport. NSO Music Director Adam Flatt will conduct this free performance. SummerFest 2012 will continue on Friday, July 6 with “MidSummer Mozart” and on Saturday, July 7 with an NSO performance with David Ogden Stiers preceded by a family music event.

Among the works to be performed on July 4 are March of 1941, written for Steven Spielberg’s film “1941” by John Williams. Other music inspired by films includes Medley of Movie Marches, arranged by Henry Mancini and James Horner’s Titanic Medley. Ellington! features a medley of the Duke’s best known melodies including “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).” Robert Lowden’s Armed Forces Salute has become a hallmark of the NSO’s July 4 concert and will be included in this year’s performance. Men and women who have served in any branch of the armed services have traditionally been invited to stand and represent their service’s theme song during the performance of this piece.

The July 4 concert is free and is sponsored by Mo’s, Oregon Coast Bank, Rogue Ales, Pepsi, Jeannette Hofer, and Bill and JoAnn Barton.

SummerFest continues on Friday, July 6 with “MidSummer Mozart,” a concert highlighting works by Mozart including Serenata Notturna, Divertimento for Strings, and Symphony No 29 in A Major. Scott King, principal French Hornist for the Newport Symphony, will perform Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4. This concert starts at 7:30 PM and will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Newport, 227 NE 12th Street.

SummerFest concludes on Saturday, July 7 at the Presbyterian Church in Newport with an NSO concert preceded by a family music event. Pre-concert family activities begin at 1:30 PM and will include food, an instrument “petting zoo” and NSO trombonist Ryan Chaney performing computer music. Kathy Follett, violin teacher and NSO musician will conduct coastal youth musicians in an ensemble. The NSO concert will begin at 3:00 PM. NSO Music Director Adam Flatt will conduct Mozart’s Divertimento for Strings and The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens, a favorite among audiences of all ages. Associate Conductor and actor David Ogden Stiers will narrate Carnival.

Tickets for the Summerfest concerts on July 6 and 7 are $20 each or $35 for both events and may be purchased at the Presbyterian Church 30 minutes prior to each event. Admission for students to all events is free. Tickets may also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center in Newport in person or by calling the box office at 541-265-2787.

Oregon Coast Aquarium: World Oceans Day

View of Otter Rock from Foulweather

Provided by Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will celebrate World Oceans Day Tuesday, June 8, with activities and information about ocean conservation. This year’s theme, Youth: the Next Wave for Change, encourages people to reach out to youth in the community to inspire stewardship of our oceans. On World Oceans Day, people around the planet celebrate and honor the body of water that links all of us, for its beauty and bounty. The Ocean Project and The World Ocean Network have promoted and coordinated the growing global celebration since 2002.

The oceans are essential to food security and the health and survival of all life, power our climate and are a critical part of the biosphere. The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will offer a day of ocean inspired games and activities with Dr. Seuss’s legendary One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, including;
· World Oceans Day activities for kids
· FREE Dr. Seuss surprises (while supplies last)
· Information about how to be a steward of our seas and oceans
· An inspirational day for the entire family
· Animal keeper talks
· Dive presentations

The world’s ocean:
· Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
· Helps feed us
· Regulates our climate
· Cleans the water we drink
· Offers us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines
· Provides limitless inspiration!

World Oceans Day encourages people to:
·Change perspective – encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it for present and the future generations.
·Learn – discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.
·Change our ways – we are all linked to, and through, the ocean! By taking care of your backyard, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making small modifications to your everyday habits will greatly benefit our blue planet.

Celebrate – whether you live inland or on the coast we are all connected to the ocean; take the time to think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organize or participate in activities that celebrate our world ocean.

UPDATE: Nye Beach home leaking raw sewage – City orders repairs. Repairs made! See photos below!

A house/apartment that has twice been notified of raw sewage flowing into the street is back at it at 16 NW Brook. A sign has been placed at the source of the leak warning of the health hazard. Since the storm drain carries the sewage to the storm drain outfall at Nye Beach, health warning signs have been placed on the beach as well. Public Works Director Tim Gross says he finally got a return phone call from the owner in Portland who has granted right-of-entry to the property to make repairs. Gross said he was prepared to get a court ordered right-of-entry to fix it anyway.

Gross said the repairs will be made by the end of the day, thereby fixing the problem. Gross said there are a number of other similar problems in the city that they’re working on. Gross said the last thing he wanted to see was raw sewage warning signs on Nye Beach with 2,000 visitors in town for the Newport Marathon.

City crews and a plumber got to work on the problem soonafter 3pm and found the problem quickly. Hope you were already done with dinner. First photo from Charlie Plybon of Surfrider, the close up of the broken pipe was courtesy of Public Works Director Tim Gross.

Update: Tillamook County rape/sexual assault suspect living and working in Depoe Bay


Hamaraj Singh

Tillamook County Circuit Court has released information on the “house arrest” in Depoe Bay of a foreign national who has been charged with 24 counts of rape and 52 counts of sexual assault allegedly involving employees of his family-owned Center Market in Tillamook.

A Tillamook County judge originally levied a $1.3 million bail on Singh, but later reduced it to $100,000, ten percent of which Singh posted. A condition of his release, the court said, was that he live with a family member at her Depoe Bay residence, 436 Williams Steet, Depoe Bay, and that he be confined there under house arrest except while working at the family’s business in Depoe Bay, Depoe Bay Center Market at 466 No. 101, just south of Sunset Street.

We publish this information because it is part of the court’s public record and we have received a number of phone calls and emails from those expressing concern for public safety.

Large SWAT action south of Yachats – One civilian dead

The Lane County Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team (IDFIT) is investigating a fatal shooting involving members of the Oregon State Police (OSP) SWAT team during an incident along the Oregon Coast south of Yachats in northwest Lane County. The investigation is being led by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Lane County District Attorney’s Office, and investigators assigned to IDFIT.

Preliminary information authorized for release by the Lane County District Attorney’s Office indicates on May 31, 2012 at approximately 11:59 p.m. the OSP SWAT team was assisting the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office as part of an ongoing investigation into a mid-May violent assault in Yachats. OSP SWAT troopers were conducting surveillance on a remote residence along Tenmile Creek Road about 7 miles east of Highway 101 when troopers encountered a male armed with a rifle outside the residence.

Three OSP SWAT team members fired at least one round each, fatally injuring the male. The OSP troopers were not injured.

After the shooting, an adult male and adult female inside the residence surrendered several hours later to officers and were transported from the scene. The adult male was subsequently taken into custody by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office related to their investigation and is being transported to their jail. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will release information regarding their investigation at a later time.

Per protocol in Lane County under Senate Bill 111, IDFIT is activated to conduct investigations into deadly force incidents. IDFIT is comprised of members from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Eugene Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Florence Police Department, Cottage Grove Police Department, Oregon State Police, and Lane County District Attorney’s Office.

The three OSP troopers will be placed on paid administrative leave, a standard procedure in officer-involved shootings, while the investigation is completed.

The names of the deceased male, the two other people detained from the residence, and the involved troopers are not being released at this time.

Lincoln County fails in bid for $5 million grant for new conslidated human services center


County Health, Nye Street Facility

Lincoln County got some disappointing news this week. The county had applied to the federal government for a $5 million grant to establish a new, consolidated health and human services building on a section of parking lot across from the post office. The county learned this week that while their project scored in the 90% range of need and justification, the competition was fierce. So, no money this round.

But County Commissioner Bill Hall told News Lincoln County that Lincoln County’s costly and unavoidably less than efficient scattering of buildings cannot go on struggling to meet the needs of county residents. He said they have the Nye Building complex, the 10-10 building, and two other buildings at South Beach. He said needs are rising very fast for human and health services during this, the worst recession in eighty years. He said the county, therefore cannot drop its quest to find a solution.

And for that Hall says the county will continue to apply for grants, seek any and all partners including matching funding streams, whatever it takes, to keep hope and the county’s commitment alive to eventually build a new centralized health and human services headquarters on the courthouse grounds.

Gunshot wound victim at Highway 101, mile post 173, south of Yachats

12:01am Friday
Fire/Rescue paramedics are enroute to a report of a man who has suffered a gunshot wound while in the mountains just east of Cape Perpetua. Circumstances of the wounding are unknown, however law enforcement is enroute to a meet-up place on 101, mile post 173 which is about 8 miles into Lane County at the Rock Creek Campground.

12:08am
Newport’s Samaritan PCH reports they have no surgeons on duty, so if the victim requires surgery he should be sent south to Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence for medical treatment.

Hopefully we’ll have more in the morning. SEE ABOVE STORY ON SWAT ACTION.

Toledo police officer tangles with a wiley “well known town figure.”

Toledo PD and LCSO

It started out with some folks near the Siletz Library and Post Office becoming concerned about the safety of a “well known town figure” who they said was becoming a threat to herself and others. Witnesses said some of them tried to calm the lady down but to no avail. They described her as having a history of mental challenges, among other things.

A Toledo Police Officer arrived on scene who also tried to calm the woman down but got nowhere as well. Soon he was hand to hand with her. Several local citizens jumped in to help and between the three or four now involved, managed to get her to the ground.

Next came trying to load her into the Toledo Police cruiser. But for that they needed more muscle power than they had on hand, so the officer called for help, and for it to get to Siletz, FAST! They did. And soon the woman was in the back of a Lincoln County Sheriff’s vehicle enroute to the Lincoln County Jail.

All in a night’s work on a warm spring night in Siletz.

Josephine County (Grants Pass) begins disassembling its Sheriff’s Department.

Josephine County Gil Gilbertson
The Oregonian photo

True to his word, Josephine County Gil Gilbertson began releasing convicted felons from his jail this week, laying off 90% of of his deputies and gave advice to women who have restraining orders against violent men…”move to a county that can protect you because we can’t.”

Despite paying a property tax rate that is the lowest in the state (20% of the state average), Josephine County voters turned down a tax increase that would still have put them well below the state average. The Oregonian reports that Sheriff Gilbertson complains that he did his best to warn the citizens that things were dire, “but they didn’t believe us. So now we’re sunk. I’ve got three deputies on the street for the whole county, 24/7.”

Read on, click here.

Suspect charged with multiple counts of rape/sex abuse released on bail, working at Depoe Bay market

Depoe Bay residents may be asking themselves what did the town do to get such treatment?

A Tillamook County newspaper says one of their Circuit Court judges has lowered the bail on a man accused of 24 counts of rape, 52 counts of sexual abuse and 5 counts of sodomy, allegedly inflicted on female workers at the Tillamook Center Market where he was the manager. His name is Hamraj Singh.

The judge reduced Singh’s $1.3 million dollar bail down to $100,000 which he made (10% security) and was then turned over to the custody of a woman who runs a market in Depoe Bay where he will be working until his case is tried and if convicted, sentenced. Singh is not to be out of the lady’s sight except at work. He will be staying at her home under house arrest.

The Tillamook Headllight Herald has this incredible story on its front page this week. Click here.

Newport: High speed rollover accident on Oceanview sends driver to hospital

A woman driving northbound on Oceanview Drive early Thursday evening lost control of her Saturn station wagon, went off the curve in front of the Little Creek Cove, careened back across both lanes, slammed into the western embankment, upended and then began rolling northbound in the southbound lane. One witness said she heard the accident and it sounded like the woman was way over the speed limit.

The woman was still in the driver’s seat when police and fire rescue units arrived. She was stabilized in her seat and gently pulled out and loaded onto a gurney and then put inside a Pac West Ambulance. She was transported to PCH with what were believed to be minor injuries.

An investigating officer said he was enroute to the hospital to continue his investigation to ascertain if there might have been something else involved besides speed.

Traffic was blocked for the better part of an hour until the wreck could be cleared.

Pictures
1. Oceanview where car stopped rolling
2. Farther south, went off right shoulder
3. Back across, hit embankment
4. Car flipped and rolled
5. Car lands on wheels
6. Driver enroute ot PCH
7. Her license plate

Man jumps to his death from north end of Yaquina Bay Bridge

An early morning walker, navigating the newly installed trail underneath the north end of the Yaquina Bay Bridge discovered the body of a man who is believed to have jumped to his death sometime shortly after 6am Thursday. Police are calling it a suicide. Newport Police say his body was found on the rocks directly under the north end of span, adjacent to the hiking trail.

Police say they have identified the man and are contacting his family which live outside the area. They said no name will be given due to their concern for the safety and sanctity of his property until his family can come out and handle the last of his affairs.

Newport Senior Center: A Gift of Cross-Stitch Art


Courtesy Newport Senior Center
Story provided by Senior Center Staff

Newport Senior Activity Center recently received, thanks to the gracious donation of Margaret Janis of Newport, a donation of counted cross-stitch art, entitled “The Quilting Party”, part of an “Amish Series”. It took 9 months to complete by this self-taught artist.

Margaret has been cross-stitching since the 70’s, enjoying over 30 years experience in this renowned art form, with 20 completed pieces to date. Margaret also shares her Scrabble skills here at the center and can be found helping others get the most from the game.

Come by and check out all the activities, art, events, and volunteer, too, at your Newport Senior Activity Center, located at 20 S.E. 2nd Street, Newport, or give us a call at 541-265-9617, or check out our website www.newportoregon.gov/sc

Fatal rollover ATV accident up behind 6435 Logsden Road Thursday afternoon


Home of James and Sharon Smith, Logsden Road

A long time Logsden area man died Thursday afternoon after his ATV crashed up the hill behind his home at 6425 Logsden Road, about a half mile west of the Logsden Store. It was mentioned that James Smith was in an area where there was some tree falling work going on. A sheriff’s report indicates that Smith was aboard an ATV that was pulling a felled tree behind it when it rolled, pinning him under the ATV. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

A family member told NewsLincolnCounty.com that James Smith loved hunting and fishing, and that he had been married to his wife Sharon for over a half century. They have three grown children. Smith, 76, had been retired from Georgia Pacific in Toledo for many years and so was able to help his wife on the rural Logsden mail route.

Memorial Services are pending.

Sen. Wyden calls on Forest Service to upgrade fleet of firefighting air tankers…


Wikipedia photo

Information provided by Sen.Ron Wyden

With another forest fire season about to start, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is calling on the U.S. Forest Service to add more planes to its air tanker fleet and consider using other types of aircraft in fighting wildland fires.

“Despite the magnitude and destructiveness of recent forest fires, the agency most responsible for fighting them – the Forest Service – has allowed the air tanker fleet to atrophy,” Wyden said during a visit Thursday to Butler Aircraft in Madras, Oregon, which has planes used to fight fires.

In 2006, the Forest Service had 44 large air tankers in their fleet. Today, it has just 11 under contract, many of which are old.

Wyden, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands, has joined other senators in asking for a General Accounting Office review that will ensure an independent look at the Forest Service’s actions to date and its plans to modernize their fleet.

Despite the Forest Service’s announced plans to update the fleet, Wyden said he and other Senators continue to have concerns about whether the agency will have the appropriate number and mix of aircraft needed soon enough .

“In short, the agency needs a sense of urgency,” he said. “It has known for a long time that the fleet needed to be updated, yet it has been unable to come up with anything other than a short-term strategy and recommendations for unaffordable options.”

Wyden also said the Forest Service has also failed to give serious consideration to the availability of Very Large Air Tankers, including converted 747s with 20,000 gallon tanks.

All this comes at a time when the nature of forest fires is changing with longer fire seasons and more severe fires. From 2000 to 2008, at least 10 states had fires of record-breaking size.

Walking the high school boards…


Over 400 Lincoln County Seniors to Receive Diplomas

In coming days, approximately 400 seniors from Lincoln County School District’s seven high schools will be awarded diplomas. Graduation ceremonies will take place:

Eddyville Charter School: 7 p.m. Friday, June 1.
Lincoln City Career Tech High School: 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 8.
Siletz Valley Early College Academy: 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9.
Waldport High School: 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9.

Taft 7-12 High School in Lincoln City: 2:12 p.m. Saturday, June 9 (the unusual time is in honor of the Class of 2012).
Toledo Junior/Senior High School: 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9.
Newport High School: 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9.

Newport Pantry Update

Summer is coming. For most, it simply means better weather and more time at the beach. For many in Newport, vacations from school spell worry about empty cupboards as children who are able to eat free breakfasts and lunches at school will now rely on parents for all three meals of the day. Grandparents on fixed incomes wonder how to feed their teenaged grandchildren who are coming to visit for a week or two. Unfortunately, for food pantries, summer also means a decline in donations as people are busy taking vacations and spending time with children. Combined with the federal budget cuts that have affected supplies from the USDA, it makes providing enough staples such as canned meats, peanut butter, cereal, boxed meals, and fresh vegetables on the shelves. It would be so helpful if, while shopping at Walmart, you could purchase just one or two extra cans to drop in one of the barrels we have near the exit doors. Or, bring any extra fresh produce from your gardens right to the pantry.

Food donations can be dropped off here at the pantry Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM, and Saturday morning until noon. If the pantry location and hours aren’t convenient for you, many wonderful organizations and businesses keep our food collection containers on site. For a complete list, please go to http://newportfoodpantry.org and click on the donate link. For those who enjoy helping us purchase food and pay our regular monthly expenses, we have added a PayPal link for your convenience. You do not have to be a member to utilize the service. Every donation, large or small, helps us feed the 2,300 Newport residents who have registered to receive assistance from the pantry.

With Extreme Gratitude,
Katherine Myers
Newport Food Pantry
541-270-0842
kmyers@newportfoodpantry.org
www.newportfoodpantry.org
www.facebook.com/NewportPantry

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