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Oregon Coast Corvettes raises a cool grand for Lincoln County Special Olympics


Oregon Coast Corvettes and Special Olympics

The Oregon Coast Corvettes Club raised $1,000 for Lincoln County Special Olympics during the Loyalty Days Weekend. The Corvettes were in the parade as well as conducted a “Cruise In” at Gold Motors on North Coast Highway the morning and afternoon of the parade. It was the club’s “Lucky 13th” event traditionally held at Gold Motors. Oregon Coast Corvettes President Neal Glaske says the club received donations and forwarded proceeds from a barbecue lunch held at the dealership to Special Olympics of Lincoln County. Glaske says Oregon Coast Corvettes is a non-profit group that is very active in raising money for charity groups in the region.

Newport man sues Lincoln County contending his rights were violated when he was banned from continuously protesting his father’s “forced retirement” from his county job.

Lincoln County Commissioners (top), Courthouse (bottom)

A Newport man who vigorously protested what he claimed was his father’s forced retirement and who was later jailed twice for his methods of protesting, has filed suit in Federal Court in Eugene, contending his civil rights were violated and that he was wrongly arrested and maliciously prosecuted.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

Lane County makes most counties look wealthy…

Come July 1st, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and others will see budget cuts so severe that the Sheriff and DA both contend that public safety will be substantially compromised. The sheriff’s office will chop 75% of its patrol deputies, leaving the unincorporated areas of the county, including those just outside the cities of Eugene and Springfield, largely devoid of law enforcement except under the most dire circumstances. And although both cities would expect to fill in some of the gaps right outside their own borders via “mutual aid,” it would not even constitute a band-aid approach to law enforcement, according to the Sheriff and District Attorney.

Lane County is among many Oregon counties that have seen federal timber receipts plunge due to the recession with little prospect anytime soon that those revenues would return. Historically due to those timber receipts, Lane County property owners have paid substantially lower property taxes than those living in neighboring counties to the north, east and west.

A tale of budgetary woe is outlined in this article in the Eugene Register Guard. Click here.

Spring, Summer, and Fall Newport Farmers Market is BACK!


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The Newport Saturday Farmers Market is back. The Newport Saturday Farmers Market kicked off the season yesterday to big crowds and lots of happy faces. The Newport Farmers Market has been running for decades and is the second longest running farmers market in Oregon. The Newport Farmers Market features local growers, both organic and more traditional appearing on the south lawn of Newport City Hall and on Avery Street every Saturday through October 29th.

Being the middle of May, the farmers market is offering early produce which includes peas, lettuce, greens, radishes, potatoes, and, as always, herbs. New products anticipated throughout the season includes eggs from ducks – not just chickens, wool, henna body illustrations, extensive arts and crafts and fruit smoothies blended through bicycle pedal power as well as baked fish munchies. There are scrumptious pastries, breads, kettle corn, pizza, superb gourmet coffee, crepes, veggie burgers and soups and dips. The farmers market is also a good source for getting your home’s exterior looking more like summer with perennial flowers, bedding plants and other shrubs that give a more full look to enhance your home’s “curb appeal.” Even tai chi demonstrations for Baby Boomers!

In addition to cash and credit cards, the farmers market now accepts the Oregon Trail EBT cards (food stamps). Those who would like to help stretch Oregon Trail EBT card buying power can stop by the big farmers market lemonade stand and buy a lemonade. Profits are plowed right back into matching funds that enhances the buying power of those with Oregon Trail cards. The market also accepts WIC and Senior Farm Direct Nutrition Program checks.

Ye Merrie Greenwood at Glastonbury Faire – Toledo, Today May 13


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Toledo welcomes Ye Merrie Greenwood at Glastonbury Faire, Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13th from 10 am to 5 pm at the Port of Toledo at NW 1st and A street. Admission is $6 for Adults and Children $4.

Ye Merrie Greenwood Players brings the world of Elizabethan England to Toledo. Celebrating the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, the players and friends create an English village market faire. Entertainment includes Renaissance song and dance, English madrigals, gypsy dancers, and knights in armour in martial combat. Merchants offering period clothing, jewelry and other artifacts common to the times are present. A variety of food pertaining to the period is offered in its modern format.

Great entertainment for the whole family dressed up like a history lesson. Make a day of it!

Beautiful end to a beautiful day in Waldport…


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Randy Johnson Photo

It was a beautiful day on the coast today with Newport hitting the low 70’s for a time Saturday afternoon. The thermometer hit 85 in Toledo, and the valley just baked from what we heard. Wonderful day for the Newport Farmers Market, the Quilt Show in Toledo and the Renaissance Faire going on in Toledo as well.

Randy Johnson’s photo sort of ties a ribbon on it all with this very nice combination of what Waldport’s logo might look like…it’s bridge and the beautiful tree-surrounded Alsea Bay flowing to the sea.

Praise for letter carriers picking up donated food for food banks!

Residents of Otis were big givers in the Post Office’s food drive today (May 12). I’m a rural carrier who moved here from Hawai’i last July, so this is my first food drive in Oregon. I picked up more food this morning just on half my route than the total I gathered in 3 years on routes in Big Island suburbs — some of them pretty ritzy! The food bank people, who were at the post office picking up when I arrived, told me that the Postal Service is responsible for the biggest restocking of the food bank each year!

Thanks for your generosity, everyone!

Support your Postal Service and make someone happy — mail a letter!

Vicki Dunaway

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Another incredible photo by Terry Smith – Eagle vs. Seagull over Murre.


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Once again, photographer Terry Smith is in the right place at exactly the right time to capture the drama of nature in the raw; in this case a seagull going after a juvenile eagle that has just raided a sea bird colony, snatching up a Murre. The seagull apparently thinks he can cause the eagle to let go of its prey, giving the seagull a chance of an easy meal. Amazing picture. Simply amazing.

Storyteller J.D. Adams on a tale of when a meteorite fell on Oregon


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The Puzzle of the Pallasite Meteorites
By J. D. Adams

As the story goes, the Port Orford Meteorite lies unclaimed in the southern Oregon Coast Range, in the same general area as the Lost Soldier Gold Mine. The meteorite is a type known to be infused with gemstone, and would be worth millions of dollars. The legend endures because of enigmatic artifacts from the past, like the talismans of Neahkahnie Mountain or the huge gold nuggets of the Blue Bucket Mine.

The story begins with Dr. John Evans, a trained medical doctor who took part in a survey of the Midwest in 1848, in which his discovery of fossil remains earned him international acclaim. The current dogma concerning the Port Orford Meteorite would have you believe that Dr. Evans was ill-trained and unprofessional. The following passage attests to the forthright character of Dr. Evans, from an article written by Erwin F. Lange, American Philosophical Society, Volume 103, Number 3.

In addition to his scientific duties, Dr. Evans had almost exclusive control of the business department of Dr. Owen’s survey, which of itself involved an immense deal of labor. The satisfactory manner in which he discharged these onerous duties, often in the midst of disheartening privations and even danger, commanded the highest esteem and confidence of Dr. Owen and his associates, while his goodness of heart, uniform courtesy, and self-sacrificing disposition, secured to him their warmest friendship. (more…)

Spring-Summer-Fall Farmer’s Market Starts This Weekend!!

The Newport Farmer’s Market kicks off Saturday morning at 9am on the south lawn of Newport City Hall and onto Avery Street. It’s a springtime tradition around Newport and surrounding areas as the first more common kinds of produce are brought to market. The winter farmers market just finished up a few weeks ago after a successful first run. And they’ll kick back in when the Spring-Summer-Fall Farmers Market takes a break. But in the meantime help support our local growers and do yourself a favor by eating locally produced and home grown fresh food at the Newport Farmers Market. At 9 am the fun begins.

And…by the way…

Did you know you can use your federal food benefits at the Newport Farmers’ Market? Adults and families who are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP formerly foodstamps) can use their Oregon Trail card at the farmers’ market to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, plant starts, meat, dairy and bread. Through Ten Rivers Food Web’s That’s My Farmer SNAP Incentive Program, people who spend at least $6 of their SNAP benefits at the market get an extra $6 in market tokens redeemable for fresh foods.

Hunger is a huge issue in the area. In Lincoln County, over 9,000 people rely on SNAP each month bringing in an estimated $15 million into the local economy annually. 33% of children are on SNAP, far outpacing the national average. The “That’s My Farmer” SNAP Incentive Program helps put more fresh fruits and vegetables on family tables and puts more money into the hands of local producers.

Ten Rivers Food Web piloted the SNAP incentive program at the Newport Farmers’ Market last year and saw the number of SNAP transactions double over the previous year. SNAP clients there spent almost $5,000 of their benefits on local food. To keep funding this program the Lemonade Project at the Newport Farmers’ Market sells lemonade with proceeds funding the SNAP incentive. Stop by and buy some freshly squeezed lemonade or volunteer your time selling lemonade. The Newport Farmers’ Market starts this Saturday, May 12th from 9am to 1pm located off of Hwy 101, one block South of Hwy 20.

Questions? Contact Katy at katy@tenriversfoodweb.org or call 541-602-7278

Sure looks like summer…where’s the warm to go with it?

Photographer Christian Flores got just the right angle on the sun and a breaking wave Friday evening to give us a summery looking photo here on the Oregon Coast. But as warm as the sun looked, a steady 30 mph northerly wind and temperatures in the low 50’s didn’t make it feel like summer. But we’ll wait for it. But if it’s not here by mid-weekend, we’re going inland to Moonshine Park and head for the creek and lie flat our backs on a hot rock. Humanity cannot live on cold humidity alone!

Lincoln County Schools: Property taxes are up, but federal (anti-recession) aid is gone. So now there is talk of a property tax override eventually to keep schools from slipping.

BUDGET MESSAGE
From Superintendant of Schools Tom Rinearson

This is probably the most frustrating budget I have proposed to the Budget Committee since I have been the Superintendent of Lincoln County School District. I think this frustration is because I feel we are sooo close to turning a lot of corners that will make us an even better place for students… I can see it; I can taste it.

As the state legislature continues to underfund K-12 education and the federal government’s attempt to help us out through the use of ARRA funds has come to an end, we are still in a position where we need to reduce. As you know, the District has, for over a decade, been reducing services to students, increasing class size and reducing the number of days students and employees work. When an organization needs to reduce because there is not enough revenue to cover programs and services, there are really only three choices; 1) reduce the number of employees; 2) reduce the number of days employees work; and 3) spend cash. This proposed budget does all three. We have run out of the ARRA (federal anti-recession money) money, thus causing us to reduce employees in some of our federal programs. We can no longer increase class size, so I am proposing the Board close schools for 10 days and spend $1.2 million in cash/reserves. Fortunately we had set aside some money to help with the increased cost of the contractual retirement incentive.

There are some positive notes however. Our student population is beginning to stabilize after more than 15 years of decline. With the new economic development happening in the county the future looks brighter for family wage jobs. We have wonderful partnerships in our communities and with the Chalkboard project. These partnerships have the potential of bringing millions of dollars into the school District over the next 1-4 years. We also have perfect timing with the number of teachers retiring and most other districts in a layoff mode… we are replacing our good teachers with the cream of the crop that is out there… which is exciting. We need to keep a steady focus and get through what I hope to be the final episode of dwindling resources.

The 2012-13 budget for Lincoln County School District has been prepared in accordance with the laws of the State of Oregon and the Program Budget Manual designed by the Oregon Department of Education. For your convenience and
understanding we have included explanations in the proposed budget.

School Structures:
I have attached comparisons, by school that reflect 2011-12 programming vs. 2012-2013 programming.

Resources, Expenditures, and Transfers:
The proposed budget has resources in the General 100 Fund of $44,668,673. This is compared to $44,396,795 for the 2011-12 budget, an increase of $271,878, including the influx of reserve funds.

Budget year 2013-2014:
Our overall employee costs (all employees, not just teachers) are still rising at a higher rate than our revenue, however we have worked with our employee groups to minimize this impact. While the revenue projections for the next biennium show around a 14% increase for K-12, I am skeptical based on past history. Historically the picture always looks brighter at this point in the legislative process, however, it seems to dwindle away as we get closer to the actual legislative budgeting process. Furthermore, the impact of our PERS bond as well as the increased PERS rates will add pressure to the expenditure side of the budget, especially with the poor returns PERS made in 2011.

The unfunded liabilities of the early retirement components of employee contracts and the sick leave banks will also continue to stress the system. Given this reality and barring major changes in revenue or expenditure practices, we will probably continue to see a depletion of services we can deliver to students and our communities… These are the biggest long range impacts facing the LCSD Board. We will need to do one or more of three things: raise more revenue, reduce costs or a combination of both. It may be time in the near future to entertain the thought of a Local Option (trying to get the voters to approve a property tax override-increase to fund public schools).

Respectfully submitted,
Tom Rinearson, Budget Officer

Oregon Coast Aquarium: Calling All Divers!!


Swimming with the sharks!

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering a unique opportunity for divers to participate in a new pilot guest dive program this summer. The first dive is scheduled Sunday, May 27, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. The program includes a chance to dive with Aquarium sharks and other fishes under the supervision of Aquarium dive guides. There will be more dives scheduled during the summer with dates and details available on the Aquarium website.

The Guest Dive Experience includes:
§ A dive in 26 foot deep Halibut Flats Exhibit surrounded by rockfish, halibut, skates and sturgeon
§ A dive to the observation ledge of the Open Sea exhibit with dozens of sharks, including Broadnose Sevengill sharks, that are up to 10 feet in length
§ Aquarium Admission Entry Pass
§ A full cylinder of air
§ Weights as needed
§ Fish identification training session
§ A behind the scenes tour of Passages of the Deep
§ A photograph

“The opportunity to immerse our visitors in the exhibits with our animals is absolutely magic,” said Vallorie Hodges, Aquarium Dive Safety Officer and coordinator of the event. “Few other experiences compare with being in the water with huge halibut, ling cod, bat rays and hundreds of other fish. Seeing sharks from the inside the tunnel is amazing, but having them swim past you just a few feet away is thrilling!” Hodges said coming face to face with a gentle giant sturgeon is awe-inspiring.

Divers will also get a chance to explore the simulated shipwreck in the Halibut Flats exhibit, swim through the kelp and become a part of the Aquarium dive show as visitors in the tunnel watch them and take photos. “It’s really a very special moment,” said Hodges. “This is the feeling we want our guest divers to have, that each of us can make a difference when we become inspired to cherish and conserve this blue planet. The more connected we become with the marine ecosystem, the more we are compelled to protect it.”

The cost of the program is $139 per person for Aquarium members or $149 for non-members.

To participate in the guest diving program, divers must hold and present at check-in a valid SCUBA Certification card from a recognized agency and have no medical contraindications to SCUBA diving. Participants will need to provide their own dive gear except cylinder and weights.

Additional dive dates will be scheduled over summer, and reservations are required. Private or semi-private sessions may also be scheduled upon request.

For additional program dates, information and reservations, visit www.divetheaquarium.org, email Diana.hollingshead@aquarium.org or call Eugene Skin Divers Supply at (541) 342-3451.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. For more information, visit the Aquarium’s Web site at www.aquarium.org or call (541) 867-FISH.

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