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A “Thank You” to Lincoln City Project Homeless Connect Volunteers

Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall and Lincoln County Commission on Children and Families Director Barbara Dougherty want to thank all the volunteers who helped to make last week’s Project Homeless Connect in Lincoln City such a success. Nearly one hundred homeless people were given ways to freshen up, enjoy a hot meal, get clothing, personal hygiene items, minor dental care, pet care and many more services which included employment and social security assistance, help in getting their birth certificates, officially recognized identification among other things.

The next Project Homeless Connect in Lincoln County is set for October in Newport.

Oregon Coast Community College celebrates 25 years of creating worthwhile futures

Oregon Coast Community College celebrated 25 years of helping residents of all ages get the most out of life. Whether it’s personal enrichment, a career change, a first career, or just gaining credits toward transferring to a four year college or university, Oregon Coast Community College is ready to help.

During today’s 25th birthday party at the Newport College, there were special events, special historical oratory, great food, wonderful music, both inside and out. A silent auction, raffle prizes, special tours of science classes dealing with botany, biology, and aquarium sciences. Acting OCCC President Bruce Koicke said Aquarium Science graduates are having little trouble finding work. He says the growth of aquariums like Oregon Coast Aquarium, in the U.S.and around the world, are looking for those who understand about fish habitat and other aquatic sciences to help provide the visiting public the proper education about the marine environment that covers the vast majority of the Earth.

Koicke said the college will continue to offer personal enrichment courses, most of which don’t carry college credit, but which draws the community into the college so that as many people as possible learn first hand the value of higher education and how affordably priced it is at OCCC.

Koicke says they’re especially proud of their nursing program and their initial offerings of law enforcement classes as well as many others that transfer directly into other Oregon four year colleges and universities. Koicke also reminds residents that attending a local community college is far less costly than going straight into a regular college or university.

Newport Home and Garden Show continues Sunday 12-5

Good crowds all day Saturday as residents from throughout the Newport area convened at the Newport Recreation Center to catch the last home improvement technologies. How to green and color up the outside as well.

It’s the Newport Home and Garden Show that started Friday and runs through Sunday, 12-5. You’ll see everything from homes for sale to everything you might want to accessorize them with. Cookery for the kitchen, pruning tools for the yard and garden, hiring a landscaper, outdoor and indoor decorations, making your garage more organized, landscaping with small bodies of water, plants of every shape and color, you name it, they’ve probably got it at the Newport Home and Garden Show. Raffle prizes as well.

The first annual Newport Home and Garden show continues Sunday, from noon to 5pm.

Beer and Dogs…a winning marketing plan for a fundraiser for coast charities at Rogue Ales!

Rogue Ales, South Beach

Rogue Ales did their annual Brewers Memorial Fest at Rogue Ales Saturday…which lasts through Sunday. Lots of beer tasting (of course) but also lots of dogs. Rogue does it in honor of their beer brewmaster’s dog, Brewer who passed away seven years ago. It’s a big get together in Brewer’s honor while raising funds for charities up and down the Central Coast. It’s even a chance to pay somebody to wash your dog for you!

In addition to raffle prizes, vendors, and lots of world class beer tasting, folks got to enjoy the Rogue Ales Doggy Olympics competition. It’s a run-through-the-cones-with-your-dog sort of thing…to see who can do it fastest. Winners get prizes, among which is….yeah…of course…the product of the house. The stuff what “ales” ya. One competition this afternoon was won by Winston, who lives in Portland with his master Rebecca. They did the short course in 9.5 seconds.(Last picture) Even through diving through the finish hoop together a dog and it’s master only managed to come in second. The one in the pink shirt.

They also conducted a doggie dress up party with prizes for the nicest costume. Tonight, more beer tasting, vendor shopping, doggie contests and live dance music. The Brewers Fest at Rogue Ale continues through 10pm tonight and they do it all over again Sunday, Noon to 4.

Small mobile home fire off 58th, Newport


Fire at travel trailer home off north 58th Street, Newport

A small mobile home caught fire Saturday afternoon off North 58th Steet. The mother and her young son got out in time. No injuries.

The woman told fire fighters that she smelled smoke then saw flames which triggered support from her next door neighbors who got at least one fire extinguisher and a garden hose on the fire. When fire fighters pulled up they ran a small line quickly into the trailer and finished off the blaze. It was traced to an electrical short in a back area closet.

Since the trailer is no longer with power, the fire department declared it uninhabitable. The Red Cross is arranging emergency shelter for the mother, son and also the father who was not on scene at the time.

A lesson worth learning for American lumber suppliers

A northwest lumber milling operation has mastered the old Yogi Berra saying about “You’d be amazed by what you can see by looking.” By looking and seeing exactly what it takes to garner a corner of the Japanese Tsunami rebuild market has them shipping finished lumber to Japan, instead of just raw logs.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

Embarcadero Marina – Certified Clean (and green) Marina!

Embarcadero Staff receiving Clean Marina Certificate from State Marine Board

Embarcadero’s marina has been given a very high report card from the Oregon State Marine Board. Embarcadero officials posed for the cameras Friday upon being awarded a certificate that their marina is a “Certified Clean Marina,” in that it is environmentally friendly and likely to stay that way based on rules of operations being posted throughout the marina – like how to prevent oil spills or fuel leaks, how to ensure on-boat sewage is properly handled and transferred to the marina’s wastewater system. The Embaradero’s new signage also instructs marina boaters how to guard against being unwitting carriers of invasive species like milfoil weed and the oglalla mollusk.

The marine board also provided the marina with what are called “spill kits,” so if any boater accidentally discharges oil or fuel to the waters in the marina, they can whip out the oil and fuel-soaking pads and mini floating booms to contain it quickly.

Other provisions in the green check-list include that the marina ensures that all boats moored there are properly equipped with working bilge pumps, that there is no leakage from sources of fuel oil into a boat’s bilge area, use heavy-duty grade extension cords between the dock and boats, that they use appropriate type batteries in their engine section, and have appropriate life-jackets and other safety equipment on board as required by the Coast Guard.

State Marine Board Clean Marina Coordinator Rachel Bullene says the program is voluntary but those who receive “clean” certification it sends a signal to the community and to those who use a facility that they’re in a community that values clean water and environmentally friendly businesses. In addition, Bullene says clean marinas routinely receives detailed information and tools in order to eliminate or reduce pollutants such as oil, paint, cleaning chemicals, sewage, fish waste and trash.

Embarcadero Marina Dockmaster Nancy France said they have been working to qualify for the “Clean Marina” designation by the marine board for quite a while. She says “It puts the Embarcadero Resort on record with the state and the community of Newport that we are doing our part to keep Yaquina Bay free of pollution and invasive species, while adding to the safey and well being of our resort clientele.”

Bullene says adding the Embarcadero Resort to the list of “clean marinas” brings the number in Oregon up to 53 out of approximately 200 that could qualify. Bullene says “There are another 23 marinas who have pledged to work toward their own certification which says a lot about how much marinas care aboutthe quality of our waterways and their customers who moor their boats at their facilities.”

Port of Toledo – makin’ more progress…

They’re not quite finished building it, but they’re getting closer. That’s what Port of Toledo Manager Bud Shoemake told News Lincoln County this week as they look forward to fully completing the Toledo Waterfront Park by summer’s end.

Shoemake says the restrooms and performance buildings are pretty much done. “There’s some landscaping work still left to do, along with getting the new transient docks installed and a number of artistic scultures to erect and secure,” said Shoemake, “but other than that we’re just about finished with the construction. Ran us a little over $200,000 for the whole thing only because we provided most of the labor from regular port personnel.”

Shoemake also reports that the port expects to have a new business plan for the Sturgeon Bend Boat Yard sometime in late summer/early fall that would move plans forward to buy a large travel-lift to enable the boat yard to handle much larger boats. With the new lift Shoemake says the Sturgeon Bend boatyard will be able to handle 95% of all fishing boats that port in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California. So their service reach will be greatly extended.

Shoemake says they’re also trying to help the Siletz community to improve boat launching capabilities at Mill and Illehee Parks.

Tall Ships to do battle today 2-5pm in Yaquina Bay

Steve Power went down to the Bayfront and shot himself a fine pic of a photo of one of the tall ships that are in town for the week. They’re having boat tours Fri,Sat,Sun this weekend and next with live cannon fire between the two vessels as they perform a carefully choreographed sea battle in the middle of the bay. Then 2pm onward Saturday and Sunday, then next Friday, Saturday and Sunday they’ll have the same schedule. Perfect visit for locals and out of towners.

A new home for News Lincoln County!

We’d like to apologize for any oddities that readers may have noticed over the last several hours of Friday afternoon and evening. Due to some difficult problems encountered on our previous web hosting company, we’ve gone ahead and relocated the site to a new hosting provider. Unfortunately, the transition has not been a particularly simple or clean one due to some astronomically bad timing.

However, we feel that the worst is behind us. There may be a few areas of the site that require some tweaks and adjustments. First, we hope our new web host will be capable of providing faster, and more stable service than the one we had worked with previously. Second, the new hosting provider offers a wide variety of ways for us to seek out further opportunities to make the site faster and more responsive than before.

We’d like to reassure our readers that we are trying to recover as much as possible from the previous hosting provider. We believe all the text from news posts and comments, as well as user accounts, should be back where they belong. Some images – particularly those from articles posted in 2011 – may be missing, but we hope to return most, if not all of those to the site as soon as they can be copied from our old host.

Joshua Johnston
(Website Administrator, News Lincoln County)

Living United! Volunteers needed!!

Call for volunteers…..we need you!
United Way’s 2nd annual “Day of Caring” is all about encouraging volunteerism to provide the much needed labor so projects can be completed for local non-profit agencies that might not otherwise get done. Friday, May 25th is our Day of Caring in LINCOLN CITY, and we’ve adopted a community project at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. They need help getting inventory/supplies organized and deep cleaning the floors. We’re still looking for 4 volunteers to help from 8:30am-11:30am! Lunch and special shirts will be provided.

Contact Katelyn Hordichok ASAP to get signed up and submit a volunteer application! katelyn@unitedwayblc.org or 541-265-5812.

County Commission to interview Don Lindly’s replacement June 4th

County Commission Chairman Don Lindly retires June 1st. By law, the Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee (Lindly is a democrat) will conduct candidate interviews and forward the names of three to five persons it deems suitable for the job to the remaining two commissioners, Bill Hall and Terry Thompson. The Central Committee will conduct their interviews starting at 7pm, May 23rd, at the Central Lincoln PUD public room on north Coast Highway.

Then, on Monday, June 4th, at 1:30pm, Lincoln County Commissioners Terry Thompson and Bill Hall will re-interview those candidates and discuss their observations. The interview session is open to the public and to the news media, however no public testimony, comments or questions will be allowed. Commissioners Hall and Thompson may wait until the next weekly county commission meeting to announce their choice.

Whoever succeeds Don Lindly on the commission will serve out the remainder of his term which ends midnight, December 31, 2014. It means that if the replacement wants to earn the seat in their own right, they’ll have to run for election in the November General Election in 2014 and win.

Another “Project Homeless Connect” in the history books…

Project Homeless Connect, Lincoln City, Thursday
Photos by Casey Miller, Lincoln County PIO
Clothing picture: Linda Roy, LC Chamber and Rosie Sufficool, Consultant
Stirring the chili: Brad Taylor, News Reporter

Project Homeless Connect figured they served nearly 100 homeless persons today at their services outreach operation that was held at the St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church in Lincoln City. The doors opened at 10am and ran until 3pm, offering food, clothing, shoes, toiletries, dental services, employment referrals, leads on cheap places to live, getting birth certificate information, official ID, and lots more.

Many were appreciative of the community’s efforts to reach out to the them, whose numbers are growing by the day as more homes are foreclosed on those who have no jobs and no hope of even renting shelter that’s even half-way decent for themselves or their families. They especially appreciated the abundance of food for them to partake at the church.

Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson stopped by during the noon hour to see how things were going and he said he was very impressed that the operation was so well organized, especially among the agencies and specialty services that were on hand to help the homeless. “It was going very smoothly,” Anderson said. “I especially admired the volunteers who guided the homeless among the various service providers. They did it with such kindness and caring. They were just wonderful.”

Lincoln County Commissioner and homeless advocate Bill Hall was also on hand watching what he called a very smooth running operation where the needs of the homeless were quickly determined and then fulfilled in short order. He said he was very impressed with the efficiency in the way everything worked so well in the space provided by St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church. He said he looks forward to the next Project Homeless Connect coming up in mid-October in Newport at the Newport Church of the Nazarene on NW 12th.

Sen. Wyden praises ruling that Chinese are cheating on solar panel pricing


Sen. Ron Wyden

“I know there will be a temptation to portray today’s ruling as a win for U.S. Solar Manufacturers and a loss for Chinese producers, but the impact of Commerce’s decision to enforce U.S. Trade laws goes far beyond a dispute over solar panels. Free trade does not mean trade free from rules and today’s decision is a win for the integrity of the global, rules-based trading system. That system has propelled economic growth in the U.S. and around the world by rewarding those who compete on the basis of producing the best products at the best prices. And that system has prevented trade wars that once ravaged world economies. A victory for that system is a victory for American workers and all others who don’t need to cheat to compete.”

Merkley Applauds US Postal Service Decision to Keep Oregon Mail Processing Centers Open

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

From U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

WASHINGTON, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after learning that the U.S. Postal Service is planning to keep all Oregon Mail Processing Centers Open for the next year.

“This is more good news for Oregon. Closing processing centers in Oregon would have damaged overnight delivery and degraded services that small businesses and families rely upon. I am pleased that Oregon is safe in this round of closures but I encourage the U.S. Postal Service to continue working with communities and looking for solutions that will work for the public. And I urge the House of Representatives to pass the Senate postal reform bill that would help establish delivery standards and keep our rural post offices open.”

Oregon School Board: No more Native American Mascot Names for Oregon public schools – Reaction from Siletz Tribes


2011 State 1A Basketball Champs Siletz Warriors and picture of their school mascot/logo below.

The Oregon School Board today voted 5-1 to order the end of public schools in Oregon using Native American names, symbols, logos or mascots in their school name. The vote came after hours of back and forth testimony, nearly a thousand letters and long discussions with the public. In the end, the board ruled that despite deep respect for Native American cultures and their rich and varied histories, the slogans and mascots must go lest Native American school children suffer low self esteem and are robbed of their true identity since not every student is a Native American yet they claim the name; a form of psychological identity theft. The state school board said any Oregon public school that uses a Native American name or symbols like Redskins, Indians, Chiefs, or Braves will have to pick something else to be known by within five years.

In the case of a name like the Siletz Warriors, the school board ruled that Siletzcan keep the name “Warriors” since the term warriors can be applied to any culture – but they’ll have to drop the logo of the chief with a full headdress,

There is more detail in this information notice sent this afternoon from the Oregon State Board of Education to all publicly funded schools in the state:

(Salem, Ore.) – The Oregon State Board of Education today voted 5-1 to adopt a rule prohibiting Oregon public schools from using Native American names, symbols, or images as school mascots. Schools have until July 1, 2017 to comply. Key in this decision was research which showed that exposure to Native American mascots had a negative impact on the self-esteem and self-image of Native American children.

“The concept of Native American mascots being hurtful and racist was not new to me,” said board member Serilda Summers-McGee. “However the testimony we received from students, members of the Native American community, and researchers regarding the impact of Native American mascots on student learning and self esteem was extremely illuminating. The role of the Board of Education is to create an environment in which all students can learn and thrive; it was imperative that we pass this rule and resolution to remove the use of Native American mascots in our public schools.”

Researcher Stephanie Fryberg told board members at their April meeting that the use of Native Americans as mascots devalues and limits individual identity, even when these mascots are designed with the best intentions and are considered to be “honoring” and “respectful.”

“I do not believe any of our schools with Native American mascots intended to be disrespectful,” said Superintendent Susan Castillo. “However, intent is not enough. We need to focus on what the impact is on our kids. Our role as educators needs to be to create a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for all of our students-an environment which honors them for who they are as individuals with a rich and varied cultural history. We can no longer accept these stereotypical images for the sake of tradition-not when they are hurting our kids.”

The board held over eight hours of public testimony on the topic and received over 700 pieces of written testimony.

More than 100 organizations have endorsed the discontinuation of Native American mascots nationally, including the National Indian Education Association, the Oregon Indian Education Association, the Society of Indian Psychologists, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, the Oregon ACLU, and the US Commission of Civil Rights.

“Unfortunately, for many of our Native American youth, the decision seems to be between being a mascot and being invisible,” said State Board Chair Brenda Frank, a member of the Klamath Tribes. “It is our job to ensure that those aren’t the only choices. This ban is an important step in removing harmful stereotypes from our schools. However, we also have to ensure that we are teaching all of our students not only about Native American history but also about contemporary Native culture. It is all about the students and them feeling comfortable in their schools and communities.”

Oregon’s ban prohibits using a name, symbol, or image that depicts or refers to an American Indian Tribe, individual, custom, or tradition that is used by a public school as a mascot, nickname, logo, letterhead, or team name. Prohibited names include, “Redskins,” “Savages,” “Indians,” “Indianettes,” “Chiefs,” “Chieftains,” and “Braves.” Schools may continue to use the name “Warriors” as long as it is not combined with a symbol or image that depicts or refers to an American Indian Tribe, individual, custom, or tradition.

The following is a response from the Siletz Tribes to the action taken by the Oregon School Board

Statement by the Siletz Tribe on the State Board of Education’s
Decision to Ban Native Mascots

We are very disappointed by the State of Oregon Board of Education’s decision to ban the use of Native American mascots by all Oregon schools. In addition, we are equally disappointed that the Tribe’s recommendation to allow Native mascots to be used by our Tribal community schools when approved by their local Tribe was not given consideration.

It is the opinion of the Siletz Tribe that this ban does nothing to address the real issues of racism nor does it address the issue of the low self-esteem of Native students attending public schools. For the Siletz Tribal community, this action has a negative impact on our students and our community. We will be forced once again to succumb to the misguided intentions of people who have no knowledge of Indian communities.

In March, the Siletz Tribe passed a resolution on Native American Logos and Mascots, recommending to the Board of Education that it “recognize the authority of the Tribes of Oregon to approve the use of Native American mascots and logos in their community schools.”

The resolution went on to say that, “Other schools in the State of Oregon who wish to establish or maintain a Native American logo and mascot be required to promote cultural studies that combat stereotypes, teach students the value of cultural symbols and portray the true history of the people of their local Tribal community, so that they promote pride in and respect for a Native American logo and mascot.”

Unfortunately, these recommendations have been ignored and Siletz Valley School, located in the Tribe’s historical homelands and called the Warriors from the beginning, will have to change its Indian chief mascot.

Brewers Memorial Ale Festival this weekend at Rogue Ales, in South Beach


Brewers Ale Fest at Rogue this weekend

Despite a ton of stuff going on around the Central Coast YOU CAN’T MISS THIS!! It’sthe 6th annual Brewers Ale Fest at Rogue Ales at South Beach. It’s all about raising funds for charities up and down the coast that really need help during these trying economic times. And of course, the Brewers Ale Fest means bring your dog. Yup, bring your dog! The Fest is partially in celebrating and commemorating the life of Brewer, the beloved faithful companion to master Rogue Brewer John Maier. Brewer passed away on May 20th, 2006. And some hearty dog walkers are making the treck from Coeur d’Alene Idaho with their dogs and plan to arrive just in time for the Friday night festivities. So watch for that!

The Fest gets going Friday night at South Beach Rogue and runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with lots of fun, doggy games, phenomenal beer. celebrity doggy look alive contests, live music and 50 microbrews to sample. For more on it, clickhere!!

Newport: Fire damages portable bathroom at Sam Case School

Newport Police say they and the Fire Department were called to a report of a burning portable bathroom at Sam Case School at 2:30am this morning. When they pulled up, the bathroom was ablaze. Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.

Firefighters are calling the fire suspicious. If anyone knows anything about this incident, please call Police Officer Haynes at 541-574-3348.

Oregon Coast Recorder Society (the musical ones) 20th Anniversary Concert in Newport

Recorder concert celebrates 20th anniversary
Oregon Coast Recorder Society to perform Sunday, June 3

The Oregon Coast Recorder Society will offer a program of diverse music on Sunday, June 3 at 3:00 p.m. on the second floor of Newport’s Visual Art Center.

The concert will feature music of celebration from medieval, renaissance, baroque, and contemporary times: dance music from Africa and Europe, a piece written especially for the birthday of an OCRS member, and a rousing arrangement of Hava Nagila. More sober pieces will be played in between, and the finale will be a composition from 1993 entitled “Many Happy Returns,” with a time signature of 17/8!

For Sunday’s concert, OCRS musicians will play recorders, violas da gamba, gemshorns, a guitar, a string bass, and percussion. Sunday’s audience will have an opportunity after the concert to take a closer look at the instruments and talk with players, and refreshments will be served. OCRS concerts are free and open to the public.

Newport’s Visual Art Center is located at 777 NW Beach Drive, on the Nye Beach turnaround. For further information, please call (541) 961-1228 or visit www.coastrecorder.org.

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