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Second Saturday Drum Stroll at Nye Beach is upon us!

Second Saturday Drum Stroll, Nye Beach

Second Saturday Stroll is August 13th in Nye Beach

It’s the second Saturday of the month tomorrow and that means it’s time to stroll on down to Nye Beach for the popular Second Saturday Stroll Drum Jam at Cafe Mundo, and special second Saturday events throughout the historic, oceanfront neighborhood.

The drum jam, featuring the Thunder & Lightness flute and percussion duo and members of the Newport Community Drum Circle ensemble, provides a celebratory beat from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Café Mundo courtyard at 209 NW Coast Street (541-574-8134). Other merchants will be offering” art shows and demonstrations, wine tastings, restaurant specials, and sales starting about 11 a.m. Chalk art and original street banners by local artists decorate the neighborhood, and street performers can often be found along Coast Street and in the area of the Nye Beach Turnaround.

The annual summer celebration sponsored by the Nye Beach Merchants Association concludes with one more Second Saturday Stroll on September 10.

Toledo Wooden Boat Show coming around the bend…

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The 7th annual Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show is coming up on August 20th and 21st on the waterfront in downtown Toledo. A fun and unique activity of the Wooden Boat Show is the Yaquina Run-Off – a non-motorized, people-powered boat race. The Yaquina Run-Off is a gently competitive race scheduled for Saturday, August 20th, starting at 11 AM. The race launches at the Wooden Boat Show site at the Toledo Marina with a 3 mile short course and a 9 mile long course.

Enter the race with your canoe, kayak, row boat or racing shell and enjoy this beautiful course along the Yaquina River. Registration is $20 and includes a 2011 t-shirt. Visit: www.portoftoledo.org for registration information or call 541-336-5207.

Toledo City Hall…going for a “less cluttered” look.

Toledo Fire Dept (top),
Toledo City Hall today (middle),
Toledo City Hall with a cleaner look prior to new landscaping (lower)

A few members of the Toledo Tree Board got a sneak peak at a plan to “de-clutter” the look of Toledo City Hall. The top photo shows the original use of the building as the town’s fire hall. The second photo shows the building as city hall, pretty much as it looks today. Some believe the building’s attractive “art deco” architecture is largely covered up by overpowering landscaping, especially by the Arbor Vitae, which technically is not a tree. It’s a bush. The Tree Board will be asked to review plans for a new “do” for City Hall that will feature landscaping that doesn’t overpower the building. Ideas (not pictured in the lower photo) include planters, flowers and bushes that complement the aesthetic look of the building and which does not require nearly as much maintenance as the current landscaping.

Plans with a more finished look to the transformation will be presented to the Town Tree Board at its next meeting. For more information, call Public Works Director Adam Denlinger at 336-2247, ext. 207.

Art Walk on Labor Day Weekend in Toledo coming up!

Sue Lick, Musician, Author
Toledo Art Walk

The Yaquina River Museum of Art will again sponsor the Toledo 18th Annual Art Walk on Labor Day Weekend September 3, 4, & 5. Eighteen Toledo and invited guest artists will show work in a variety of mores and styles including fine art which includes paintings, drawings and bronze sculpture; crafts of fused glass, weaving & gourds; mosaic art; mixed media sculpture and the Art Walk Founders Show from the Permanent Collection of the Museum at the Toledo Public Library.


Musician Bert Sperling (l), Artist Michael Gibbons (r)

Special attractions this year include live music on the Museum grounds at Legacy Arts Terrace with Sue Lick, local musician and author, who will be playing guitar at the Historic School House and Justice of the Peace buildings daily. For more information about Sue, please go to www.suelick.com. Bert Sperling and Friends will be playing in the Vicarage Garden at Gallery Michael Gibbons. He will be playing western swing music this year to go along with the west and southwest art themes that will be displayed by Michael Gibbons and guest artists Don Prechtel in the Museum and Vel Miller in the Justice of the Peace Studio.

Port of Toledo Commissioners dreaming a little bit out loud…

Boat repair at Port of Toledo

When Toledo Port Commissioners sat down this week with the Toledo City Council to share ideas about the future, the commissioners told the council that their new boat repair operation at Sturgeon Bend is going so well, they’re already thinking about how they might expand it.

Port Manager Bud Shoemake said they have a travel lift and a small dry dock, along with upland areas to work on boats to prevent pollution. But he said they’re already talking about their next big step. And that would be to finance a marine rail system or a larger travel lift or maybe eventually both. Shoemake told the council that the port will be developing a business plan to help them acquire grants or low interest loans to buy the bigger lifts so they can work on bigger boats and grow the boatyard’s job base of local welders, electricians, sheet metal fabricators, hydraulic engineers, mechanics and others who keep the west coast’s fishing fleet in good running order.

Shoemake said it’s usually a good idea to work on fishing and other vessels up and out of the water. That way oils, greases, paint residues or other byproducts of working on boats don’t get into the river. Shoemake said by keeping the Sturgeon Bend Boatyard a green and clean operation, it’ll have a better chance at getting economic development grants and low interest loans to grow the business. He said a number of major boatyards up and down the west coast are having to shut down due to decades of polluting their local waters. Shoemake said Sturgeon Bend will undergo the bit of environmental clean up later this fall and when completed will make the operation increasingly competitive for new customers as other boatyards close down. He added that with the rise in the scale of boat repair operations at the Port of Toledo, other local boat repair businesses should also see an increase in customers since there will be more total boats, large and small, headed for the Yaquina River for what they need to stay safely and productively at sea.

Shoemake said their business plan should be completed by January or February. From there they’ll move forward in considering a financial strategy to begin acquiring the funds to get them the larger boat lifts. Coupled with that will be new storm sewers and wastewater collection systems and improved water service from the city to add a bit more partnership to the enterprise.

Newport Community Drum Circle

Newport Community Drum Circle

We’re four, but you don’t look a day over…
Thanks to all of the longtime members who showed up to drum on August 2. It was especially good to see those of you who have not been able to join us as regularly as in the past!. We still have another drum circle this month and a couple of exciting special events, so there’s still time to use the occasion of our anniversary to get back into the drumming habit if you have not drummed with us for awhile. Some of the faces around the circle have changed as we continue – happily – to add dozens of new members and to grow in stature in the community and we have learned some new rhythms, but the spirit of the drum circle remains the same.

Second Saturday Drum Jam @ Café Mundo
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2:00 – 4:00 PM…
This is the next to the last of this summer’s Second Saturday Drum Jams at Café Mundo (before we return to our winter schedule at the gazebo, in October). Mary-Beth and I have lined up some of our best ensemble players to join the Thunder & Lightness Duo for the performance set. If you would like to sit in, let me know right away, or show up and join in during the open drumming segment. It would be a shame to miss the opportunity to play for the appreciative audiences that we have been attracting at this exciting venue. We start at 2:00 p.m. The open drumming usually starts about 3:00 p.m. and we generally play until a little after 5:00 p.m. — which is a good time to catch an awesome Café Mundo dinner before the big Saturday night rush. (more…)

Whether in the halls of Congress, or in our own front rooms. Conflicts are inevitable. Sheriff Dotson reminds us, conflict can produce good results if handled correct.

Sheriff Dennis Dotson

CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Are people struggling with more conflict these days or does it just seem that way? Whatever the case may be, learning to resolve conflicts can help people, young and old, to break down barriers, become leaders, and even prevent deadly confrontations.

Conflict can be negative; in its ultimate form it can lead to war – but it can also be positive, depending on how it is resolved. For example, it can help get feelings out in the open, help people learn from disagreements, resolve problems, gain someone more respect or enable people to learn that others are willing to stand up for themselves and what they believe in.

In fact, conflict is a natural human process that does not have to lead to violence; conflict resolution and anger management techniques can provide opportunities for people to grow and improve their relationships and the quality of life of those around them despite the inevitable disagreements that arise.

* Note that anger is a normal feeling.
* How we handle our anger and how we deal with other people who are angry can make the difference between managing conflict effectively and having conflict end in violence.
* Be aware of triggers, which are any verbal or nonverbal behaviors that result in anger or other negative emotional reactions that can get in the way of resolving conflicts.
* Triggers are like lightning bolts. When they strike, they can interfere with communication.
* To avoid pulling others’ triggers, pay particular attention to your own behavior, even your body language.
* Note that people already use the strategies to control their anger (for example, walking away from a dangerous situation), and that all they need to do is build on that foundation.
* Point out that, even though we sometimes think of ourselves as being out of control, we often choose to “blow up” in some instances and stay calm in others. For example, there is a difference between how we handle anger with our friends and anger with a relative. To resolve conflict, you must stay calm to communicate.
* The less “hot” the anger, the more you can control it.
* Even though your anger may be legitimate, it usually does not help to show your anger to the other person. Sometimes the other person will take you more seriously if you remain calm and courteous.
* Remember that your goal is to be able to get angry without becoming abusive or violent and to communicate your wants and needs without threatening others.

Your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is committed to reducing incidents of crime and promoting a safe environment for our citizens and visitors to improve their quality of life.

Additional resources regarding conflict resolution can be obtained by contacting Lincoln Community Dispute Resolution at (541) 574-9846.

For more tips and other information, visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net

Lincoln City’s Schooner Creek Road to be closed more than two months for repairs

Schooner Creek Road, just east of city limits

Schooner Creek Road, about a mile east of the Lincoln City city limits, is being shut down for over two months to enable work crews to repair the road that was slumped out due to a nasty slide during last January’s torrential rains. The closure dates are from August 22nd through the end of October.

The slide is not a typical road slump. This one went all the way down to the bedrock, so work crews are not only rebuilding the road, they’re rebuilding what holds up the road. They’ll be dumping rock fill that’ll go down a long way. The nearly million dollar fix is being paid for out of a combination of federal highway and FEMA money. Since the fix is so extensive they’re having to dig out the entire site, fill it in with rock to a depth of thirty feet, then add gravel, then dirt, then rebuild the road on top.

Once that’s complete, the city will relay the big water main that runs from the water treatment plant, along the uphill edge of the road and into town. While the road is being fixed, Lincoln City will have use of it’s brand new “water main bypass” that runs from the water plant down Drift Creek Road, and then into town. So no one should be worried about not having enough water. There will be according to City Manager David Hawker.

So, August 22 through October 31st, Schooner Creek Road will be closed between mile post 1.2 and milepost 1.3 as crews rebuild the road. The detour will be Drift Creek Road.

Myrtle Creek man killed in horrific truck wreck on Hwy 42

Highway 42, east of Myrtle Creek

A terrible accident on Highway 42 just east of Myrtle Creek has taken the life of a Myrtle Creek man. Oregon State Police say David Hoogerhyde, 39 of Myrtle Creek, was driving his twin-trailer chip hauler on Highway 42 Wednesday evening when he took a curve at mile post 23 too wide. The truck and trailers tipped over, slid across the highway into a bridge guard rail, then plummeted over an embankment. The wreck came to rest off the roadway with the semi’s cab completely crushed. Hoogerhyde was cut out from what was left of the cab and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The OSP says they’re trying to determine the exact cause of the accident.

Yachats Fire/Rescue enroute to house fire

9:32am
Yachats Fire/Rescue is enroute to a report of a kitchen fire at a house at 520 Marine Drive, just north of town. Units not yet on scene.

9:34am
Residents tell 9-1-1 they think they have the fire out. Stove top blaze.

9:35am
Fire units on scene. No smoke showing. Investigating.

June was disappointing, but “no double dip recession” on the horizon.

Tim Duy
UO Economist

June was not a good month for Oregon. Jobless claims went up. Even temp job employment went down, along with residential building permits and trucking activity. Still, University of Oregon Economist Tim Duy maintains, “Although it’s not good, it’s not a sign we’re headed into a double dip recession.” The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

Outstanding award for Coast Guardsman having “the right stuff.”

Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Henry has been honored with the Admiral Chester R. Bender Award for Heroism for two harrowing helicopter rescues in 2010.

On March 25, 2010 Henry responded with his helicopter crew to a distress call of four surfers pulled into a small enclave surrounded by steep cliffs and jagged rocks. Pummeled by tumultuous waves and confronting the dangerously panicked surfers, he was deployed into the water to hoist all four individually out of the water to safety despite peril and tremendous physical challenge.

Henry was also being honored for a courageous actions on the evening of July 5, 2010 during a response to a call of four people clinging to a 70-degree cliff, 120-feet above the beach. Deployed for a vertical rescue with blowing debris obscuring his visibility, Henry realized and communicated mid-rescue that his hoist cable had wrapped around the helicopter’s landing gear. Demonstrating unwavering composure, for twenty minutes he bravely hung below the aircraft until he was safely delivered to an airport runway.

The Coast Guard Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1969 that supports projects that enhance the education, welfare and morale of Coast Guard members and their families.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp poses with Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Henry, an aviation survival technician stationed at Group/Air Station North Bend, Ore., who received the Admiral Chester R. Bender Award for Heroism during the Coast Guard Foundation’s 26th Annual Pacific Area awards dinner in San Diego, Aug. 3rd.

Police activity north of Yachats

9:02 pm. One at gunpoint on Trout, just off 101 a short ways north of Yachats proper. Said to be suicidal man. They have him detained. Should bring the search to a close.

Rock n’ Roll and Food to Go!

Moby Dicks presents “Rock for Food” with a special performance by Hookahstew. All proceeds will benefit Food Share of Lincoln County. Food Share is a non-profit organization that is the official food distribution center for Lincoln County Food Pantries that ensure that no one has to go to bed hungry in Lincoln County.

Friday August 19th, get in free with 2 non-perishable food items, or a cash donation. 21 and over only, please.

Moby Dicks, 448 SW Coast Hwy 101 Newport 541-265-7847

Protesters at Highway 101 at 20 in Newport: “Tax reform – make the rich and corporations pay their share!”

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Protestors at this hour are holding signs at the corner of Highways 101 and 20, calling for tax reform so that, in their words, America’s most wealthy and corporations go back to paying their fair share, like they used to.” They’re also dissatisfied with the way the Congress is focusing on debt debates rather than on what will erase the debt; people working, paying taxes, coupled with debt reform.

On the flip side, others claim that if the country keeps taxes low and not impede the rich from making more jobs, America will get back on its feet again.

A new Mason-Dixon Line.

Calling all bridge photos! Calling all bridge photos!!

Yaquina Bay Bridge

COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY SPONSORS YAQUINA BAY BRIDGE PHOTO CONTEST

Do you have photographs of Yaquina Bay Bridge: old or new, black and white or color? The Lincoln County Historical Society is sponsoring a photo contest in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the opening of Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport.

The Historical Society maintains a collection of thousands of photographs and will add the winning photographs to its collection for the public and historians to use for years to come.

“We’re proud of our photo collection, and we receive donations to it regularly. This contest provides an opportunity to get the best photos out there to help tell the story of the bridge and our community,” Loretta Harrison, executive director of the Society, said.

For more information, call 541-265-7509 or e-mail ochceducator@newportnet.com. Rules for the contest follow.

YAQUINA BAY BRIDGE PHOTO CONTEST RULES

The person submitting the photograph must be the photographer and own the rights to the photograph.

The photographer is donating the photograph to the Lincoln County Historical Society and relinquishes all present and future copyright, reproduction, and associated rights to the Society. Photos become the property of the Lincoln County Historical Society and will go into the permanent collection of the Society.

Photos should show aspects of Yaquina Bay Bridge, can be from any time period and can be black and white or color. Prints should be approximately 8” X 10”.

Digitally altered photographs are not eligible.

Judging will be by a committee of artists and photographers and a representative from the Lincoln County Historical Society.

Photos should be submitted in an envelope, protected by a cardboard or mat backing, and should include a sheet with identification of the year of the photo and any other pertinent information, the photographer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail.

Photo entries must be at the Burrows House Museum of the Lincoln County Historical Society by 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 6, 2011. They should be mailed to or dropped off at: Burrows House Museum, 545 SW 9th St., Newport, OR 97365.
(Hours for the Burrows House are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

First place winners will receive a copy of Judy Fleagle’s new book Crossings: McCullough’s Coastal Bridges, a beautiful, four-color, hardbound book, along with a booklet on the Yaquina Bay Bridge with historic photos. Second and third place winners will receive the booklet.

Winners will be notified by phone or e-mail and will be publicized in regional media.

The Lincoln County Historical Society, which administers the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center and the Burrows House and Log Cabin museums, is located at 545 SW Ninth Street in Newport. The museums are free. The Log Cabin Museum is open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Burrows House Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Lincoln County and the Central Oregon Coast.

For information, call 541-265-7509 or visit www.oregoncoasthistory.org.

Bond construction progress update from Lincoln County Schools

School Board Proceeds with Toledo High CM/GC Process,
Awards Turf, Lighting Bids at new Waldport High

The locker room expansion project at Toledo Junior/Senior High School is one step closer to getting under way, with an important procedural step taken during a special meeting of the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors on Aug. 9.

Acting in its capacity as the LCSD Local Contract Review Board, the school board determined that it would be advantageous for the school district to use construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) services for the school improvement project. The board also approved issuing a request for proposal for these services.

The decisions were made following a public hearing and after the board considered reasons to use a CM/GC rather than use the competitive bidding process.

The renovation and expansion work includes approximately 2,200 square feet of new construction adjacent to the exiting gymnasium, the renovation of 3,200 square feet within the existing weight room and storage areas, and new locker room and team room facilities.

The deadline for interested companies to submit their proposals for CM/CG services for the locker room project is Aug. 30. After proposals are reviewed and interviews conducted, the school board will award the CM/GC contract by Sept. 19. Construction is scheduled to begin in October and be completed by March 2012.

Complete information about the Toledo locker room RFP is available online at the school district’s website (www.lincoln.k12.or.us), on the “bond projects” page.

Also at the Aug. 9 special meeting, the school board accepted two bids in connection with the construction of an 82,000-square-foot football/soccer field at the site of the future Waldport High School.

FieldTurf, a company based in Montreal, Canada, will supply and install synthetic turf for $336,200. Three bids had been submitted.
Musco Sports Lighting, based in Oskaloosa, Iowa, will supply and install field lights for $129,850. This quote was obtained through the King County (Wash.) Directors Association, a purchasing cooperative that helps member school districts save time and money as well as comply with legal procurement requirements.

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