Heavy equipment showed up this week at one of the old car dealership buildings at 101 and SE 1st which will soon make way for a new Walgreens Drug Store. Workers on scene said to an NLC.com reader that WW Construction has launched the preliminary demolition work by tearing out an old tank and other ground work. Another company from Eugene is scheduled to do the actual demolition of the building itself. The entire operation, we’re told, will take a couple of weeks. After that, construction on the new Walgreens would be able to proceed. Construction of the new Walgreens is anticipated to begin within a month.
The closure of 1st Street is anticipated shortly as construction begins.
Lincoln City Councilors have agree to spend up to nearly $45,000 to buy water pipe equipment that can test water mains for leaks. City staff told the council that they know that the system is leaking a lot of water, but that most of those leaks you can’t find by just walking the lines rights of way.
So the council told staff to go ahead with a plan to buy the TV camera operated device so it can be shoved down every water line in the city to determine where the leaks are. Work on the investigation is expected to start shortly.
The Lincoln City City Council was asked Monday night to support the construction of a dog park or parks inside the city limits of Lincoln City. A dog park booster, Chery Johnson, asked the council to endorse the idea of dog parks with an aim to producing maybe two of them in the near future. Johnson said dog parks help get dogs more used to other dogs, get more exercise and get tired more easily which makes them “a more quiet dog,” said Johnson. Johnson added that dog parks allows dog owners to relax and enjoy their animals in a safe, enclosed environment. Johnson added that Newport already has two dog parks and that they’re both working fine.
The council seemed to warm up to the idea but it wasn’t sure where the money to build such a park(s) might come from. They told Johnson that dog lovers in Lincoln City who want dog parks should get together and develop their plans and once having those in their hands, could quite likely convince the city council to move ahead on such an idea.
If you click on the pictures, you can understand why the Lincoln City City Council is anxious to get rid of the long and ugly overhead power lines that hinder the ocean view and beautiful Cascade Head from the D River Wayside in downtown Lincoln City. Urban Renewal Director Kurt Olsen if the council decided to use urban renewal money to underground the lines from North 2nd down to the Pirate Coffee Shop on 101, it would only set the city back about $1.2 million. Olsen said it would still leave a substantial amount of money in urban renewal funds to improve and upgrade properties along Highway 101 through the Nelscott Gap and other areaswhich the council is also eager to get done.
These and other projects being pursued by urban renewal, will be reevaluated by Olsen and other city staff and be returned to the council at a later meeting, possibly on the 23rd of April.
After going through a behind the scenes evaluation of their city manager, the Lincoln City City Council Monday night gave their number one employee good marks in many of his job performance responsibilities but listed some important areas they want him to improve on. Those categories are the quality of his supervision of employees, the way he delegates authority in solving city challenges, the way he communicates with the public, the way he handles risk and liability exposure for the city, and they want to see better leadership from him.
Mayor Dick Anderson said the council will soon be drawing up “an improvement plan” for Hawker to address the above listed areas. He said the city continues to enjoy the benefits of a deeply experienced and skillful city manager in David Hawker. Anderson noted that Hawker, at 12 years as city manager, is now among a group of elite city managers who have enjoyed long time stability on the job. He said the average time in the city manager’s seat anywhere in Oregon is 6 years. Hawker is now at 12 years and shows no sign of slowing down.
Early campaign contributions and expenditure reports are in and the Secretary of State’s office reports that true to his word, democrat Ken Lundie, challenging incumbent Lincoln County County Commissioner Bill Hall, has not accepted campaign contributions from anyone but himself, digging into his own pockets for all of his campaign expenses. Lundie’s contributions/expenditure report shows that he’s provided his campaign with $9,500 with over half of it going up front for political advertising in the Newport News-Times. He also shows $300 for political signs, $200 for sign stakes and $113.99 for a power drill to screw them together. He also shows $150 spent on his candidacy filing fee at the county recorder’s office.
Incumbent Democratic County Commissioner Bill Hall shows $1,691.45 raised from a number of campaign contributors including $250 from Pahl Scharping, $200 from Leigh Evans, and the rest in lesser amounts. Halls expenditures early in his primary race include advertising with KBCH radio for $225, News Lincoln County for $112.50, and his clerk’s office filing fee of $150.
A search warrant was used last week for drug enforcement officers to gain access to a Newport residence that led to the arrest of a mother and the confiscation of her 9 month old son who was placed in protective custody. Officers reported they discovered three grams of heroin in the residence and that the drug was reportedly injected while in the presence of the baby. Kari Davis, 30, was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on charges of possession, manufacturing and delivery of heroin, child neglect and child endangerment, theft and violation of her parole on an earlier conviction. She’s being held without bail.
Later on April 4th, detectives say they tracked down another person of interest related to the case and when they located him in his car they found him in possession of ten grams of heroin. Carl Winslow was lodged in the county jail on charges of possession of heroin, manufacturing and delivery of heroin, child neglect and endangerment and theft. His bail was set at $350,000.
Post Easter debris on the beach
Charles Burke photos
Here’s another example of why once-a-year beach clean-ups don’t “cut it.” It seems that no matter how much we yell and scream and jump up and down about how terrible and thoughtless it is to leave messes on the beach there are always a few who are too “beer’d up” to be responsible.
What we really need to do, as a community, is to target certain holidays or three day weekends when our beaches get full up and go in afterward and clean this kind of stuff up. Shaking our heads (or our fists) won’t change anything. We just need to protect our beaches and hope that whoever does this kind of thing bought enough gas to pay some local road taxes to make up for it. An “adopt a beach” approach might not be bad either.
Steve was headed back to the coast from the valley sunday afternoon and caught some unusual lighting on the coast range as he headed west on 18, just east of Sheridan. The sun was cutting peculiar holes in the clouds giving off localized bright colors and blindingly white snow areas.
Gillian Pack was headed down 101 to Florence when this gull decided to pose in front of the Heceta Head Lighthouse, which, as you can see, has a shroud around it. They’re renovating the old structure and it could take them another year to complete the job. Nice picture Gillian. We appreciate you sharing it with us.
Joyce Grogan and her crew were out crabbing this weekend and were under the watchful eye of this pelican that was obviously looking for an opportunity to grab a pirated bite-full. Stately creature that he is!
LOST: green-cheeked Conure (parrot), Niles, flew away in the Nye Beach area last Wedneday. Niles usually answers to Peachy or The Birdie and he talks–some of his common phrases are “the birdie,” “the star,” “pretty bird,” and “cheepy- choo.”
He’s 8 inches long, green, with blue wings and a long red tail, reward of $300 for his return. (360) 977-6676.
Arriving Newport Fire units at the scene of a fire on North 101 across from Ossie’s Surf Shop (near 50th) have determined it’s an outdoor burn. All other units are cancelled and are returning to station.
Habitat for Humanity’s “ReStore” in Newport, Saturday
A healthy crowd of bargain-hunting shoppers perused the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Newport Saturday as the facility celebrated it’s second year in operation. The ReStore is Habitat’s retail outlet at 133 SE 1st, where donated household construction items can be offered at much reduced prices. And it includes furniture and fixtures.
Habitat for Humanity says they always need more volunteers for the store, but also for helping families build their own homes. Right now they need volunteers to help two families in Waldport to build new residences. If you have construction skills or don’t mind learning some, call 541-264-8585.
Habitat for Humanity also needs volunteers for their about-to-open brand new ReStore facility in Lincoln City. It’s located at 2150 SE Highway 1010, about a half-mile north of Taft. A call for donations has gone out. Donations are accepted by appointment only by calling 541-614-1060. They’re also looking for volunteers to help run the new ReStore at that location. Same number to call. They expect it’ll be open by June 1st.
Businessman Jerome Grant runs for Dist. 10 seat
Provided by Jerome Grant
A Depoe Bay businessman has announced his candidacy for Dist. 10 state representative on the May primary ballot.
Jerome Grant, a Republican, is running for the position vacated by the retirement of Jean Cowan, D-Newport. A resident of Siletz, Grant and his wife, Clary, own and operate Gracie’s Sea Hag Restaurant in Depoe Bay. The business employs an average of 35 people year-round.
A fourth-generation Oregonian, Grant brings a background in commercial fishing and diving to the race, natural resource credentials he feels are important to Dist. 10, which includes Lincoln Co. and portions of Tillamook, Benton, Yamhill and Polk counties.
“During my years as a commercial fisherman, I spent many hours preparing testimony in defense of my industry against unwarranted regulations which kill jobs and economic development,” he said. “From that experience, I came to believe one man or woman can make a difference.”
Grant said Dist. 10 faces inevitable cutbacks to sport and commercial fishing as a result of reckless environmental policies that rebuff Oregon’s successful record of managing its fisheries, the cooperative result of scientists, regulators and fishermen working together. He predicted that job losses would mount across the district’s economy without laws to protect sustainable fishing and farming practices from regulatory shutdowns.
“Many of the fishermen I’ve spoken with have lost heart,” Grant said. “They’re being attacked from all sides by so many extreme environmental interests that they don’t know what’s coming next. They’re just hoping they can wake up and go to work tomorrow.”
Grant holds a B.S. degree in computer science with a minor in economics from Western Oregon University. His public service included terms on the Oregon Developmental Fisheries Board and the Oregon Sea Urchin Commodities Commission, both state-level appointments. He currently is a member of the Depoe Bay Near Shore Action Team, a nine-member committee that monitors marine issues affecting Oregonians.
Grant describes himself as a fiscal conservative and lifelong conservationist, viewpoints that will shape his legislative goal of “sustainable government.” He deplores the loss of any jobs — public or private — and thinks the key to solving state budget and employment problems lies in plain sight.
“Our state is rich in both human and natural resources,” he said. “However, we continue to lead the nation in unemployment, hunger and homelessness. I believe we should use our natural resources in ways that sustain their value and put Oregonians back to work.”
With a daughter in high school, Grant is keenly interested in quality public education and favors more resources for classrooms and teachers. However, he is shocked at the dropout rate — nearly one-third of students in Oregon fail to complete high school, according to state figures — and considers the figure unacceptable. He gives credit to Gov. Kitzhaber for recent school reforms, but said the efforts fall short.
“Lawmakers can play a major role in school reform by cutting red tape and regulations that prevent capable educators and concerned parents from doing what’s best for their own school,” said Grant.
Disappointed in the friction and inability of Congress to get along and get things done, Grant believes it’s up to Oregonians with their history of self-reliance and innovation to solve issues such as joblessness and balancing the state budget during a prolonged economic crisis.
“If elected, I will be a voice for all citizens, including the fishermen, farmers and small businesses who are the economic backbone of the Dist. 10 economy.”
Grant, who faces no opponent on the primary ballot, will visit, in coming months, the cities and towns of the far-flung district. He welcomes invitations to attend meetings as a speaker.
To contact him, call Jerome Grant at 541-270-4846, or visit his web site at www.ElectJeromeGrant.com.
Bill’s stunning photo of a near moon-set reveals more than the beauty of where we (and he) live. It also clearly proves that we’ve had a very wet winter as evidenced in the moon’s reflective sheen off his deck railing. Not only are outside surfaces shiney clean, even the grass squeeks when we walk on it! Talk about a “Winter’s Bath,” LOL!