The moral issues raised by climate change and humanity’s role in altering the environment for future generations will be the subject of a free public lecture in Newport on May 30.
Allen Thompson of the Oregon State University Department of Philosophy will speak on “Climate Adaptation, Transformation, & Human Development” at 7:30 p.m. in the Guin Library at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The event is sponsored by the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, as part of the group’s Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project.
Dr. Thompson, an assistant professor of philosophy, specializes in ethics and environmental philosophy. His recent work has focused on how conceptions of human “natural goodness” relate to our moral responsibility for managing ecosystems under conditions of global climate change. He co-edited and contributed to the just-published book Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change (MIT Press), and was a guest on National Public Radio’s “Philosophy Talk.” The episode, entitled “The Moral Costs of Climate Change,” was taped at OSU and will air this summer. He is currently co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics.
“The Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project has sponsored many talks during the past year on the science and planning issues raised by human-caused climate change,” says Phillip Johnson, Oregon Shores’ executive director. “On this occasion, we’ll step back and consider the broader question of how we should feel compelled to respond as human beings in a period of history when our actions may be profoundly altering the environment that future generations will experience.”
The climate project seeks to develop grassroots support for citizen-based plans for responding to climate change impacts such as sea level rise and increased flooding and erosion. It is currently nearing the end of a first pilot year in Lincoln County.
For more information about the event or the Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project, contact Paris Edwards, Oregon Shores’ volunteer coordinator, (541) 414-9371, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Power out and around at around dusk, catching a motionless Blue Heron surveying his tide pool supermarket for dinner. Steve said the heron stood absolutely still for his 1.5 second shutter speed. It certainly worked because only the water appears a bit motion-prone in the shot.
Whale, Sea Life and Shark Museum
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Carrie Newell knew since she was 7 years old she wanted to be a marine biologist. Today, she teaches marine biology at Lane Community College, conducts whale watching tours and this weekend opened Depoe Bay’s new Whale, Sea Life and Shark Museum in downtown Depoe Bay, just south of the bridge.
Her new museum opened its doors Saturday to the public who learned about specific species of whales, sharks, seabirds, seals, sea lions, crustaceans and other critters of the deep. Large, well lit displays tantalize the eye as well as the mind with clearly written information about what you’re looking at and how it fits into the grand scheme of our world’s oceans. Especially right off our Oregon Coast.
Owner Carrie Newell, caught in photo #4 (in black) smiling at the camera, said it was an outgrowth of her successful whale watching business which always produces more customer questions about the sea than she has the opportunity to answer. So, the museum is her way of answering those questions. Visitors can wander about, drinking in the sights and ambiance of the ocean, which in one case emanate from a flat screen in the museum’s Sea Life Theater. Various DVD’s are featured that cover specific aspects of the open sea. Some are even for sale along with informational books Carrie has authored about whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, sea otters, seabirds and shorebirds.
Admission to the museum is $5 for adults, $3 for kids. The museum is open seven days a week from 9am-5pm and is managed by retired state park ranger Morris Grover, a well known whale watching educator in Depoe Bay.
Carrie Newell also runs a busy whale watching and research operation from Dock 3 inside the Depoe Bay Harbor using a fleet of quick and nimble Zodiacs as well as a sailing craft. For more information visit her website at OregonWhales.com
Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) is pleased to announce that the Claire Daly Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 at the Newport Performing Arts Center’s Studio Theatre. The quartet’s performance, one of several stops on a West Coast tour sponsored by North Coast Brewing Company, is a fundraiser for the ninth annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party (formerly Jazz at Newport), which is slated for Oct. 5-7, 2012.
Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $5 for students, and are available from the Newport Performing Arts Center box office, at 777 W. Olive Street in Newport. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performance time.
The quartet will perform the compositions of the legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. Pianist Steve Hudson, bassist Mary Ann McSweeney, and drummer Peter Grant join baritone saxophonist and flutist Daly in the quartet. The West Coast tour, with stops in Vancouver, B.C, Seattle, Eureka, Mendocino, and Santa Cruz, leads up to the quartet’s recording of a new recording, “Baritone Monk,” in New York City on June 18.
Farmers Market Lemonade Project
Toledo Mayor Ralph Grutzmacher and others volunteering
Information from Chloe Rico, Community Food Organizer
With the start of the Newport Farmers’ Market season, comes the continuation of the Lemonade Project. The market is looking for volunteers to help at The Lemonade Project booth on Saturdays during the farmers market to squeeze and sell lemonade. It’s a really fun time getting to know the farmers market customers. Come and volunteer one Saturday!
The proceeds from the lemonade go toward boosting the buying power of those on SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), to where they can take home more fresh fruits and vegetables for their meals. The Newport Food Pantry recently announced that nearly 25% of the population of Newport is signed up for food. So there’s a lot of hungry people out there. Money raised at the lemonade stand ensures each SNAP shopper at the farmers market receives an additional six dollars toward purchases which helps them stretch their food dollars while adding healthy fruits, vegetables and local foods to their diets.
To sign up to volunteer for this worthwhile activity call 541-867-8672.
A local grass roots group is trying to create more momentum for Oregon’s Health Plan. There is a meeting coming up at Newport’s Visual Arts Center in Nye Beach to enlist support for a wider, more visible display of support for Oregon’s pioneering efforts to bring down the cost of medical care while improving medical outcomes. The following is from Dr. Jerry Robbins and coastal progressive Joanne Cvar
The purpose of this Health Care for All coalition is to ensure that the efforts for improved delivery of medical services undertaken by the newly forming Coordinated Care Organizations will be made available to all residents of the state, regardless of ability to pay. Vermont has done this. Oregon can too.
The effort to bring affordable universal health care to Oregon as a public good and a human right will require grassroots organizing and information-sharing. Mike Huntington, MD, president of the Health Care for All coalition and a founder of the Mad as Hell Doctors, will join Jerry Robbins, a local internist, and Lincoln County health care advocates on Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room of the Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive in Newport, to discuss organizing a chapter to advance these efforts in our community.
According to Dr. Huntington, health care in the US costs twice as much per capita as that of other industrialized countries: we overuse expensive high-tech medical procedures, we do not demand that our governments bargain for price with the health care industry, and we tolerate a 10-30% administrative overhead to accommodate the private insurance industry. There is little incentive for profit-motivated firms to invest in disadvantaged or underemployed Americans. 30% of Oregonians are uninsured or under-insured. Every two months 8,000 Americans (one in Lincoln County) die because they can’t afford health insurance. Annually 80,000 Americans go bankrupt (72 in Lincoln County) because of profit incentives that make health care either unavailable or too expensive.
Please join your neighbors at the Health Care for All-Oregon organizational meeting on June 7 to help heal our broken medical system, to tell your story, and to work to make our community and our nation a better, healthier place for everyone.
China’s biggest solar panel manufacturing company, smarting from a 31% tariff slapped on chinese solar panels imported into the U.S. due to allegations of illegal product “dumping,” has decided to explore opening a plant in Oregon to get around the tariff. Solar panel outfits already in Oregon reacted by saying, “Bring it on.”
It wasn’t bad enough that Toledo has suffered repeated storm water and sewer line breaks, threats to its water intake pipe on the siletz River and a leaky water tank atop the hill, now comes the next threat to the city budget. Business Highway 20, not long after a new pavement overlay, has developed cracks, and the pavement looks like it’s settling or slumping, or both. And anyone who has recently driven through there knows it’s not just another little bump in the road.
Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger says initially ODOT (it’s a state road) figured a grinding and a resurfacing of the road would run about $115,000 with the city chipping in $11,500 as it’s share. But on second look that repair option may not be enough. Denlinger says it may require completely rebuilding the subsurface for the repair to last. And that could run $300,000 to $500,000. ODOT said they’d come up with the money but the city still has to pay 10% of it which would run $30,000 to $50,000.
Denlinger said ODOT will have to move fast in order to fix the road before the end of the summer. Denlinger added ODOT will inform the city council ASAP as to the best way to proceed. The council’s next scheduled meeting is June 12th. However Mayor Grutzmacher can call for a special meeting if necessary.
In the meantime public works is allowing traffic to use the east side lane without restrictions. However, the bumps can sneak up on you if you’re not ready. Both hands on the wheel is strongly advised.
The Kiwanis Club of Lincoln City is pleased to announce 2011-2012 graduating seniors scholarship winners for the Lincoln City area:
Taft High School: Alyssa Adams, Gavin Flynn and Erin Helms.
Career Tech High School: Rebecca Beatty.
Seventh Day Adventist: Mikyla Cho.
All will receive $500 scholarships in recognition of their outstanding academic performance.
These awards are made possible by the work of the Kiwanis Club, and community support from Palace Inn and Suites, Lucky Dog Grooming, Cruise Inn, and individual donors Suzanne Totten, Rita Warton, Dee Bitterman, Linda and Roger Sprague, Dick Wasson, Charlotte Lehto, and Cindy Cottam.
The awards will be presented at the Kiwanis meeting on May 31, and announced at the Taft Award Night and Career Tech Award Night.
9-1-1 outage early Wednesday morning
12:01 am – 4:00 am
Lincoln County Emergency Services Manager Jenny Demaris says 9-1-1 service to north Lincoln County, outside the city limits of Lincoln City, will be down starting at 12:01 am Wednesday morning through 4:00 am Wednesday morning while technicians upgrade
the 9-1-1 system. Residents in the unincorporated areas of north Lincoln County can report an emergency by dialing Lincoln City dispatch at 541-994-3636.
Telephone prefixes 994, 996 and 557, outside the city limits of Lincoln City, are affected. Cell phone 9-1-1 service is also expected to be interrupted during the four hours between midnight and 4am Wednesday morning.
Again, during that time, all emergencies should be directed to Lincoln City Police at 541-994-3636.
Monsanto and other chemical companies who process fruit and vegetable seeds claim their genetically modified versions of what we used to call “regular ole” fruits and vegetables say the new versions are more resistant to things that threaten crop yields, like drought, bugs and other plant “traumas.” The companies swear up and down the foods are completely safe and are ensuring better yields and higher incomes for farmers.
But a distrusting public is fighting back with tactics ranging from getting federal and state governments to require labeling that states “this (fill in the blank) food contains genetically modified ingredients. Others want the altered foods banned from store shelves altogether.
An update on the national debate is covered in the Oregonian. Click here.
Newport Senior Activity Center is offering the Arthritis Foundation program, “Walk with Ease”. There is still time to participate in this excellent 6 week program of walking, designed for better health, improved fitness, and less pain.
It is instructed and led by Ann Way, Living Well Coordinator for Lincoln County Health & Human Services. The classes are at 5:30 PM, Mondays and Wednesdays at the Newport Senior Activity Center at 20 S.E. 2nd St., and Thursdays at 5:30 at the former Yaquina View Elementary School at 351 SE Harney St.
Pre-registration is required, and class size is limited, so please call 541-265-9617 to sign-up for helping get yourself into better shape, while learning skills for improved overall wellness through this gentle exercise program.
Please call the NSAC at 541-265-9617 for registration and additional information, come by and see us at 20 S.E. 2nd St., or check out our website at www.NeportOregon.Gov.SC or just click here.
A reminder that a big youth surfer contest is coming up June 16th at Otter Rock/Devil’s Punchbowl State Park. All surfers 18 and under are invited to compete. All surfers must have a parent or guardian with them to fill out a waiver form. Pre-registration deadline is June 14th. Only fifty slots available so register early on line by clicking here.
Surfrider says they also need volunteers for the event. So if you’d like to help by volunteering, email to: Vince.Pappalardo@hp.com
Okay, okay…nobody likes to talk about it but school district Safety Coordinator Sue Graves told the Lincoln County Commission this week that sooner or later the Oregon Coast is going to get hit with a one-two punch. Punch One: An 8 to 9 Richter (or higher) earthquake as the North Pacific plate slides under the North American plate. Damage will be substantial. But a similar earthquake last year in Japan was survivable. Just ask the millions who did survive. What many didn’t survive was Punch Two: A Tsunami, that may range in size from 35 feet or higher. The one in Japan was estimated from 21 feet to 125 feet, depending on the topography. And Graves says the Northwest is currently in an interval of time when a Cascadia earthquake could happen. Geologists say it’s a 10 to 15% chance every year.
Graves said rather than dreading a catastophe, we ought to be planning for it so we can ensure the survival of as many people as possible, starting with our school children. In Taft, to be exact where much of the area is in a tsunami zone. Graves says we learned a lot from the Japan earthquake last year in that it was plain that people who did manage to survive the shaking and tsunami were isolated for a while. Many pitched tents and built fires that people gathered around. There were runs on food stores. Water was no longer available in many areas.
Graves says should the “big one” hit the northwest during a school day, students will be channeled up hill to a predetermined gathering area. There, they will find shelter provided by 52 portable garage-like canopy enclosures. There will be twenty-four 55 gallon barrels of drinking water, 1,300 bottles of bottled water, 1,300 water purifying drinking straws, and 1,300 sets of high calorie survival food bars.
In addition, Graves told the commissioners, that there will be 1,300 rain ponchos and 1,300 mylar blankets. And the steel storage container it was all stored in will ensure it all stayed safe and ready to use if and when that fateful day comes.
Total cost for 1,300 students, teachers and support staff to protect the children, $33,292. Graves was asking the county commissioners to chip in like other entities she’s approached. The commissioners gave her $2,500. She says she’s gotten commitments from Lincoln City, the Bay Area Merchants Association (Taft), and other entities which also includes State Farm Insurance which she says is very interested in her project.
Graves emphasized that surviving means lasting long enough for help to arrive on the coast. She predicted it could take weeks for help to arrive due to buckled roads and destroyed bridges. She said although help would eventually arrive, the Willamette Valley too would have beeen hit almost as hard as the coast. And that could cause even further delays.
Again, having enough food and water along with minimum sheltering for people for what may be a prolonged period, will be critical. Graves said every community in Lincoln County should be planning ahead and stockpiling what is believed to be sufficient emergency supplies, stored in higher elevation areas that survivors can get to on foot. Investing in these supplies and contingencies is no different, she says, than investing in other aspects of public safety and health.
Anyone who knows Sue Graves also knows that her campaign for donations is throwing down the gauntlet to the rest of the county and all of its communities to chip in and create their own survival kits for all who will desperately need them when the big one comes. And come it will. We just don’t know when. But, she says, we can be prepared when it does.
There you have it. Sue Graves has opened the door to a rational approach to do something about what we can’t change, but which could ensure the survival of most everyone who lives through the Big One.
Central Oregon Coast Roller Derby wants your ART SKILLS for our LOGO CONTEST!
The Davey Jones’ Blockers are in need of a new team logo. We want our community to design it and the winner will receive $100 cash prize! Support your local roller derby by entering this contest; it’s easy! A $5 entry fee must be submitted with your logo, full name, phone number, and email to:
PO Box 307
South Beach, OR 97366
All logos must focus on the team name “Davey Jones’ Blockers” and all entries must be post-marked by June 16th.
We want your creative skills to design the new logo to be unveiled to the community. And remember, ALL AGES are WELCOME!!!! The winner and logo will be announced not to long after June 20th. All proceeds will be donated to My Sisters’ Place which is a private non profit organization providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and dating abuse.
The Central Oregon Coast Roller Derby league is a non profit organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for women from all walks of life to challenge, strengthen, and empower themselves physically and mentally through the sisterhood of flat track roller derby. We support our community through entertainment and funding other local non profit causes that benefit women and children.
Two Blodgett, Oregon brothers arrested February 2012 related to two elk poaching incidents in Lincoln County have been sentenced in Lincoln County Circuit Court. The arrest stems from an investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers with the assistance of Benton County Sheriff’s Office. A reward totally $3,000 was paid to an anonymous person who provided critical information helping lead to an arrest and conviction.
MITCHELL PAUL PRINDEL, age 23, and TONY McLAIN PRINDEL, age 24, both from Blodgett, were arrested February 3, 2012. The first case started November 3, 2011 after a hunter found the remains of a 5-point bull elk on Starker Forest Stutz Tree Farm in the Burnt Woods area. Two days later a dead cow elk was found in the same area. The cow elk was covered with brush and a large portion left to waste. OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers determined both poaching incidents were related.
Senior Trooper Doug Canfield and Senior Trooper Ryan Kehr, with the assistance of Benton County Forest Deputy Brent Iverson, identified the two brothers as suspects. The two men subsequently pled guilty and were sentenced May 21, 2012 on the following charges:
MITCHELL PRINDEL pled guilty to Unlawful Take of Elk to wit: Closed Season (2 counts) and Waste of a Game Mammal (2 counts). He was sentenced to:
* $2,458 fine
* $6,000 restitution (jointly with other defendant)
* 3 year hunting license suspension
* 5 years probation
* 135 days in jail
TONY PRINDEL pled guilty to Aiding in a Wildlife Offense to wit: Unlawful Take of Elk (2 counts) and one count of Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. He was sentenced to:
* $2,212 fine
* $6,000 restitution (jointly with other defendant)
* 3 year hunting license suspension
* 5 years probation
* 120 days in jail
The reward was comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunter’s Association and $2,500 from The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.
Newport Senior Activities Center Announces Laughter Yoga with Nancy
Newport Senior Activities Center is offering free laughter yoga classes, instructed by trained and licensed laughter yoga instructor, Nancy Wilkinson, a graduate of Dr. Kataria’s School of Laughter Yoga. Classes begin Thursday, May 31, at 2-3 PM, downstairs in the Wellness Studio at the Newport Senior Activity Center.
Come and have fun while refreshing yourself on the benefits of laughter, including stress relief, “internal jogging” for the organs, and healing, while breathing and stretching with light exercise. Laughter is the best medicine, so come and learn more, have fun, remember it’s contagious and we can laugh even when we don’t feel like it. Wear comfortable clothes.
Please call your Newport Senior Activity Center to sign up, at 541-265-9617, or come by at 20 S.E. 2nd St., and visit our website www.newportoregon.gov/sc for more information at your NSAC.
VINTAGE CARS WANTED FOR CARAVAN
CELEBRATING 100th ANNIVERSARY OF CAR TRIP
(Story and photo provided by LC Historical Society)
If you own a vintage car, you’re invited to participate in a car caravan from Newport to Lincoln City at 9 a.m. Friday, July 20. The caravan is part of a week-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first automobile trip from Newport’s Bayfront to Siletz Bay in north Lincoln County. Four men, called the Pathfinders, took the 46-mile round-trip, which required about 23 hours plus ingenuity and numerous tools. The goal of the trip was to promote the need for better roads to increase business and tourism as part of the Commercial Club’s good roads program. The Commercial Club was a forerunner of the Chamber of Commerce.
The celebration begins with the opening of the exhibit “Cars: Motoring the Coast” at the Burrows House Museum of the Lincoln County Historical Society at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14. It will be followed by a talk at 2 p.m. by Jim Stembridge, author of Pathfinder, The First Automobile Trip from Newport to Siletz Bay, Oregon July, 1912, which is available in the museum bookstores for $2.95.
The kickoff for the Friday, July 20 events will be at 9 a.m. on Newport’s historic Bayfront in front of Bayscapes Gallery and Coffeehouse, which will provide free coffee and pastries. Newport Mayor Mark McConnell and County Commissioner Bill Hall will read proclamations declaring Pathfinder Days. The car caravan will leave about 9:30 and will follow some of the original route. It will stop about 11:30 at Fogarty Creek for an interpretive performance and will continue on to Roadhouse 101 where Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson will read a proclamation. Participants can purchase discounted lunches at Roadhouse 101. All day on Friday cruises by Marine Discovery Tours will be buy one, get one free.
Events for Saturday, July 21, include an 11 a.m. showing of American Graffiti at the Bijou Theatre; a 1 p.m. talk by Stembridge at North Lincoln County Historical Museum, which also will feature a related exhibit, “Roads to the Future.” The Bijou Theatre will have a special movie. A party to conclude the celebration will be held at 4 p.m. in the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center of the Lincoln County Historical Society, 333 SE Bay Blvd. Free refreshments and entertainment by The Ocean, a trio of two guitars and a drum, will play at the event. Dancing is encouraged.
Primary sponsors of the event are the Lincoln County Historical Society and the North Lincoln County Historical Museum. Other donors and sponsors include: Bay Area Merchants Association, Bayscapes Gallery & Coffeehouse, Bijou Theatre, George Collins, Perry Gerber, Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau, Marine Discovery Tours, Newport News Times, Oil Can Henry, Power Automotive, Roadhouse 101, and Jim Stembridge.
Yesterday, during a two-hour shift, an average of eleven pounds of food per minute left the pantry with hungry Newport neighbors and friends. Thanks to Stamp Out Hunger, we are still able to replenish most of the shelves with a nice variety. But we are once again getting very low on tuna and other canned meats. The canned fruit, including pineapple and pumpkin, is almost gone. We are completely out of low-sodium soups and tomato products, so important for many of our seniors. And it’s never too early to start bringing in that chard and kale from your gardens. Fresh vegetables fly out the door faster than we can put them out.
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.
Editor’s note: 2,300 registered persons is 23% of Newport’s population.