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Newport K-6 Science Fair, Thurs. May 10, 4:30-7:30 PM
The public is invited to attend the annual Newport Schools K-6 SCIENCE FAIR, which will take place on Thursday, May 10th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center. Projects from 27 Sam Case Primary and Newport Intermediate School classrooms will be on display alongside special scientist-led activity stations and the Visitor Center’s many hands-on interactive exhibits.
This year’s Science Fair involves more than 800 public school students in Kindergarten to 6th grade, and 40 science mentors from the community.
For the past several weeks, students at Sam Case Primary and Newport Intermediate School have been conducting experiments, gathering data, and compiling results, and they are now ready to share their scientific findings with the community. Come find out what factors help objects float or fly, what plants need to grow, and amazing discoveries about magnets, plankton, ROVs, and much, much more!
Professional scientists from the community have been serving as “science mentors” in classrooms, volunteering their time to help students with their projects. This unique partnership gives students a chance to learn from and be inspired by local adults working in science fields, and it gives the mentors an opportunity to share their love for science with the next generation. The Newport Schools Science Fair received financial support from the NIS/Sam Case Boosters.
Hatfield Marine Science Center is located at 2030 SE Marine Science Drive in South Beach. There is no charge for admission; bring your whole family!
Newport Senior Activity Center Announces “Walk with Ease”
Info provided by NSAC
Newport Senior Activity Center is offering the Arthritis Foundation program, “Walk with Ease”, beginning Monday, May 14th. This 6 week program of walking, designed for better health, improved fitness, and less pain, 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, www.NewportOregon.gov/sc
They say it’ll be perfect Quilt Weather in Toledo this Mother’s Day weekend. Sunny and 73 degrees!
It looks like the sun is going to be shining brightly in Toledo for Quilt Quest MMXII on Saturday. This annual event is back just in time for Mother’s Day with lots of fun activity for those who are itchin’ to be stitchin’. Among the many activities that day, visitors can purchase raffle tickets for the first ever Toledo Flower Basket Quilt (picture) designed and created to honor Toledo’s Flower Basket Program which was established by former mayor Sharon Branstiter to bring a splash of spring to the sidewalks throughout the summer. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and are available at the Quilter’s Cottage at 333 N. Main Street in Toledo. The quilt is a collaborative effort, designed by Monica Lyons, assembled by Linda Anderson, and quilted by Julie Rockwell. For those that would like to reproduce the quilt, Lyons is working with a professional pattern writer to produce a pattern that features the hanging flower design. Anyone who’s ever seen the baskets marvels at their beauty. Thanks to Main Street Program Coordinator & Planning Assistant. Allen Stewart, those who want to know more about the Toledo Flower Basket Program can get information at http://toledoflowerbaskets.blogspot.com. A donation to the effort can also be made through the website.
Lyons estimates that 275+ quilts will be on display all over town on Saturday with fifty of them on sale at Toledo’s new retail shop The Bee Hive at 207 E Bus. Hwy 20 from $35 and up. For twenty of those quilts, 100% of the proceeds and for the other thirty another 25% of the proceeds will go to charity. Additionally, during the day, Quilt Documentation by members of the Coastal Quilters Guild will take place at the Toledo History Center, 208 S. Main. Quilt documentation is a preservation process that provides a written record of the age, pattern, known history and photographs of quilts. So, mark your calendars to spend Saturday, May 12 from 10 am to 4 pm at Quilt Quest MMXII. It will make a nice outing for Mother’s Day, and remember the day promises to be warm and sunny (forecast 73°) in Toledo!
For more information, contact Monica Lyon creator of the event and owner of Quilter’s Cottage in Toledo at 541-336-2877. Toledo is located 7 miles east of Newport on Highway 20 just inland from the central Oregon Coast.
CD RELEASE CONCERT FOR JAZZ PIANIST BEVERLY RITZ
Story from Lincoln City Cultural Center
LINCOLN CITY – Jazz composer/pianist Beverly Ritz, whose music is heard on NPR and on jazz radio shows across the Northwest (including Sunday Morning Jazz on KYTE in Newport), will be giving her third solo concert at the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19. This is a CD Release celebration for Ritz’s ninth album, “Buddy and Me.” She will be performing jazz classics and her elegant original material from this 2012 recording. Just in time for spring, many of the songs have themes about animals and nature.
Ritz’s music has been endorsed by pianist Jessica Williams, jazz critic Scott Yanow, and jazz disc jockey Al Evans. Scott Yanow says, “Her accessible and haunting style will appeal to many listeners. She has the potential to become a household name.” He describes her music as “picturesque, like poetry without words.”
This year Beverly has received two significant honors. She was asked to be a member of the VIP Piano Club based in Portland. Also, she was asked to give a 90-minute interview May 29th on www.coffeetalkjazzradio.com. She has performed at the Newport Performing Arts Center, at the Inn at Otter Crest, and at Kathy Parsons’ house party in Florence, as well as jazz venues statewide. To learn more about Beverly Ritz and her music, check out www.ritzymusic.com. “Buddy and Me” and other CDs by Ritz will be available for purchase and personal autographing at the concert.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, on sale now by calling 541-994-9994, or by dropping by the center, inside the historic brick Delake School building at NE Sixth St. and Hwy. 101. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with a no-host beer and wine bar staffed by LCCC volunteers. For tickets and information, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.
The Lincoln City Cultural Center offers performances, fine arts, art classes and visitor information inside the Delake School at 540 NE Hwy. 101. Other upcoming events include a Coffee Concert featuring Perry Gerber on May 15 and the center’s first-ever concert with Rick Bartow (“Reservation Radio”) on May 25.
Photographer Amanda Murphy of Ebenbild Photography gave us this early morning wake-up photo, taken looking south from Yaquina Head. Almost looks like windward Big Island in Hawaii, so many hues of blue. Thank you for sharing, Amanda!
Lincoln County’s Bully Prevention Project and PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians & Gays) want to help buy your ticket to see this important documentary about the effects of bullying on children, families, and communities. Showing for one week only (May 11-17) at the Bijou Theatre in Lincoln City, this film will help raise awareness and commitment by students, staff, families, and community leaders. The film is rated PG-13 and will be shown daily this weekend at 2, 4:30, and 7:30 PM. Beginning Monday, May 14th, the show will run at 4:30 and 7:30.
Coupons for $1 off will be widely distributed by PFLAG Oregon Central Coast, or you may make your own coupon reading, “PFLAG SENT ME TO SEE BULLY”. The first 250 coupons will be honored.
Coupons for $1 off at the concession stand will be sent home with all students at Newport Intermediate and Isaac Newton Middle Schools who can name the four anti-bullying rules as part of the school’s Bully Prevention Program. NIS family involvement money will also be used to charter a bus for the 11:00 am showing on May 11th and the 7:30 p.m. showing on May 17th. Call the school for more details. (more…)
Residents of an area south of Nye Beach along Elizabeth Street heard a loud boom at around 12:35am and then the power went out. Emergency crews are enroute to see what happened. Looking for a transformer, possibly, with blown breakers.
Police say power is out from Neff to Abbey Street along Highway 101 to the west.
Pud has just arrived on scene of a open circuit across from the Elizabeth Street Inn.
Oregon Coast Aquarium (OCA) is celebrating the arrival of the newest member of its sea going family; Sea Otter #564. It’s a cute little male whose mother was eaten by a shark off Morro Bay off the central California coast. The pup was wounded in the attack. It was transported to the Monterey Bay Aquarium where it was rehabilitated. Efforts to isolate the otter pup to allow it to return to the wild were foiled when it was determined that the pup was too old to be nursed by a surrogate mother program at the facility. So, it went up for adoption. And the Oregon Coast Aquarium was the successful adopter.
The pup arrived at the OCA in late February and has been undergoing training. The pup has been introduced to its new family of otters, all three of them. They’ve been getting along very well, according to OCA’s Cindy Hanson who adds that the other otters are showing by example, how to forage for food, groom, dive and crack clams.
OCA Curator of Mammals Ken Lytwyn said “We’re very excited to have this new otter joining us at the aquarium. He’s one that would not have made it out in the wild and I’d like to thank everyone who made his transport here possible. Lytwyn said the pup was challenging to train because he had no human contact before his arrival at the Aquarium. “He’s got a very outgoing personality which becomes more expressive by the day. He enjoys interacting with the mammal staff and playing with the toys that we’ve given him.” Lytwyn said the aquarium is lucky to have him and looks forward to him growing up with the rest of the male sea otters named Aialik, Judge and Mojo. They too could not be released to the wild.
Hanson said the aquarium has called on the community to help name this newest addition to their sea otter exhibit. If anyone would like to offer a name for this little pup, submit it to the aquarium’s Facebook page, under OregonCoastAquarium.
OCA officials say sea otters play a critical role in the marine ecosystem as a “keystone species.” They promote a healthy kelp forest that, in turn, supports thousands of organisms. Sea otters are also an indicator or sentinel species. They are dying of diseases that have land-based connections. Since humans and sea otters eat many of the same seafood items, high rates of sea otter disease may be a warning for both human and marine ecosystem health.
Canoe that overturned in Drift Creek stranding two men
Correction: Lincoln County Search and Rescue remained in the search area throughout the multi-day operation.
Waldport area men were rescued yesterday near the southern end of the Drift Creek Wilderness after a canoe trip down Drift Creek ended a little early. They had put in off 1000 Line Road south of Toledo Sunday morning, planning on having someone meet them 20 miles downstream near Waldport, at Bayview and Drift Creek.
James Jone’s wife said she got nervous when they failed to show up at the meet-up site, so she called 9-1-1. The call prompted a large response by local search and rescue teams from Lincoln, Benton, Linn and Lane Counties. They searched late Sunday night and into Monday. A Coast Guard Helicopter flew two sortis. They came up with nothing. Central Coast and Seal Rock Fire, Toledo Fire and Corvallis Mountain Rescue also took part.
Then Lane County Search and Rescue began searching Drift Creek from the south, putting in at May Road. It wasn’t long before they found Jones and his co-worker Eric Inglis. They were in good shape. They said their canoe got smashed against some rocks, forcing them to bail out and walk to the creek bank. They said they spent the night on the bank, then got moving again Monday morning, walking several miles downstream toward Waldport. That’s when search and rescue personnel found them.
Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Dotson and Search and Rescue Sergeant Adam Shanks congratulated and expressed their appreciation for the quick response and tireless efforts to find the two canoeists.
Despite long, strenuous hours in the wilds of the Drift Creek wilderness, Lincoln County Search and Rescue personnel remained on the scene throughout the night and all the next day.
Oregon State Police, the Coast Guard, Central Coast, Seal Rock and Toledo Fire and Rescue along with Corvallis Mountain Rescue also took part in the search for the two men.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS – Gardening help needed at the Seashore Family Literacy Center in Waldport on Friday, the 11th
United Way’s 2nd Annual “Day of Caring” is coming to Waldport on Friday, May 11th and a few more volunteers are needed to work in the garden. This is the third of FOUR “Day of Caring” events in Lincoln County to promote volunteerism.
Roll up your sleeves alongside other community members and come have fun in the garden outside while supporting Seashore Family Literacy. The work timeframe is scheduled from 8:30am-11:30am.
Contact Katelyn Hordichok at email@example.com or 541-265-5812 for a volunteer application.
Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross told his city council and a packed city council chambers Monday night, that Newport’s water and sewer lines are in bad shape; they’re failing all the time. Gross said most distribution pipes installed 50 to 75 years ago are, today, literally rotting underground to the point that when there is a break, he has trouble coupling replacement segments to the old pipes because they’re either too brittle or like mush.
Gross outlined various methods of financing the reconstruction of Newport’s underground pipes. But in the end, he appeared to settle on one alternative that would soften the financial burden to city taxpayers by quite a lot – over 5 years. His plan is this: Rate hikes for water and sewer by 15% the first year, 15% the second, 10% the third year, 10% the fourth year, and 8% the fifth. If the council goes for the plan, Gross said the city could avoid throwing good money after bad .
Gross estimates that over the next five years, the average combined water and sewer bill for a typical Newport home could rise from today’s $70 month to a little more than twice that. Gross said the city must get ahead of it’s repair operations dilemma by replacing at least a mile and a half of pipe every year. He said it comes out to $3.0 million a year to replace enough pipe to stay ahead of the current failure rate for sewer and water.
Some in the audience decried the increases, calling on the council to take $3.0 million a year from the city’s general fund and put it into the sewer and water funds. Gross and the council both said that the city doesn’t have enough in the general fund to maintain the city and completely rebuild the town’s water and sewer infrastructure. “We just don’t have the money,” said Gross, adding that the last few generations of Newport residents did not set aside monies to replace the system. “They didn’t pay it forward,” Gross said, “and so now we have to pay for all those years of neglect.” He said he would like the council to consider an 8% increase for water and 8% for sewer going into effect July 1st, and then ratchet it up from there in future years. Gross said he’d prefer to minimize the use of loans which can greatly increase the cost of the project.
The council endorsed that idea, admitting that it’s a race against time to replace the town’s sewer and water lines before things get so bad that even band aids won’t work. The council also expressed an interest in setting up a fund to help low income seniors pay the higher rate. Gross said he would soon be back before the council with more answers.
Walgreens, artist drawing
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LED sign, Wikipedia
The Newport City Council was told by a number of residents Monday night they think that alernating electronic LED signage should not be allowed in all commercial and industrial zones in the city. They claimed that the signs are too bright and too distractive for motorists – a safety hazard.
However, a Walgreens spokesman said the signs are more efficient that regular signs with manual lettering. They can be programmed not only for sales but also for community announcements for school, youth sports, law enforcement, just to name a few.
City councilors said they appreciated the arguments and then told staff to work closely with Walgreens to come up with an LED sign format the town could live with – like no “in your face” type bright signs, but allowing screen changes every five minutes. Some thought that interval is too long. One changing LED sign in Newport that is already operating is a credit union on North 101. Their sign changes every five seconds, A few on the council also suggested that all outdoor LED signs be turned off at the end of the business day, however it remains to be seen whether that suggestion makes it through the re-review process.
The council told staff to provide them with a final version of the ordinance, which would include both industrial and commercially zoned property throughout the city.
Correction: Yachats Fire District is also joining WVCC by a recent vote of their board. It’s Siletz Fire that’s not quite on board yet or may delay joining in.
Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda and Fire Chief Phil Paige told the Newport City Council Monday night that the transition is going smoothly as Lincoln County’s 9-1-1 dispatching service, LINCOM, will end July 1st, and the Salem dispatch center takes over.
The Salem center, called Willamette Valley Communications Center (WVCC), will hire any LINCOM employee who can move to the valley and join their team which already serves 17 emergency agencies in the North Willamette Valley. Chief Miranda outlined the financials to the council reporting that Newport’s cost for 9-1-1 coverage will rise a little bit in 2012-13, but will be far less than what was being proposed by LINCOM which needs a lot of money to upgrade their dispatching system. “In the long run,” Miranda said, “Newport will save substantially over the years while enjoying superior dispatching performance, due mainly to higher quality and ever upgrading dispatching equipment, both at the WVCC 9-1-1 center and in the emergency services vehicles they dispatch. Miranda also said that having a bigger dispatching staff means greater flexibility that can track the ebb and flow of emergency calls every day and night of the year.
It remains unclear whether Lincoln City and Toledo will eventually make the move themselves to WVCC. However, both have expressed an interest in looking into it. Toledo and Lincoln City pay hundreds of thousands of dollar a year to have their own, local 9-1-1 centers. However, they, like all other 9-1-1 centers, operate on state pass-through money that is forecasted to be withdrawn from local communities as the state directs those funds to create nine new regional 9-1-1 centers to serve the whole state.
Thus far, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Newport Police and all fire protection districts have signed up to join WVCC, except for North Lincoln Fire Rescue, Lincoln City Police, Toledo Police and Fire and Siletz. Siletz Fire Chief Dave Lapof says they have a board meeting next week that may indicate whether it’ll be WVCC or perhaps joining the Toledo dispatch center. Lincoln City has always maintained an interest in a regional system as long as there is a back up system connecting the city to a regional dispatch center. A powerful Pacific storm slammed ashore some years back that cut Lincoln City off from the rest of the world and it’s made the town’s commitment to its own 9-1-1 center tough to break. However, many argue that when the inevitable “big one” hits, the earthquake will be powerful enough to knock out power, wire and fiber optic linkages between the coast and the valley so few if any communities here or there will have regular 9-1-1 service. Maintaining the capacity to call for help will depend on how good of an emergency services back up system is ready to move into place to get the job done, with considerable cooperation with local ham radio operators.
Again, the switch over from LINCOM to WVCC is expected to occur July 1st.
Holly Grigsby, accused of helping her boyfriend Joey Pedersen kill four people, one of them in Lincoln County, will not face the death penalty in Washington where the first two murders occurred. Pedersen recently pled guilty to murdering his parents at their Everett area home and, for that, received a life sentence with no chance of parole.
The Snohomish County District Attorney said Grigsby was pretty much under the psychological control of Pedersen who he described as a hardened criminal, having spent most of his life locked up in prison. The pair allegedly “befriended” Cody Myers, of Lafayette, while enjoying the Newport Jazz Festival in early October of last year.
The two canoeists are rescued and with Search and Rescue. They are motoring out of the wildnerness.
Search and Rescue crews, high in the wildnerness between Toledo and Alsea Bay have found the two overdue canoeists. Initial reports say they are alive and rescue operations are underway to retrieve them. The mountainsides are extremely steep and trecherous. Search and Rescue communications indicates it will be challenging.
The two canoeists left on a canoe trip yesterday on a float down Drift Creek through a dense coastal wilderness. Water levels are extremely high and there are fallen trees from last month’s heavy wind storms laying in or across the creek that would make for very treacherous navigating.
Moments ago Search and Rescue told someone with a rescue boat that the boat is not needed, adding that they have found something else on site they can use.
Writers on the Edge presents Iranian-American novelist Elizabeth Eslami on Saturday, May 19 at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Eslami is the author of the acclaimed debut novel Bone Worship. A story of the relationship between an American daughter and her Iranian father, Bone Worship takes readers to a “world of animals, tame and wild, of human deeds strange, loving and cruel.”
Eslami’s essays, short stories, and travel writing have appeared in numerous publications, including The Millions, The Nervous Breakdown, Matador, and The Literary Review, and her work will be featured in the forthcoming anthologies Not in My Father’s House: An Anthology of Fiction By Iranian American Writers and Writing Off Script: Writers on the Influence of Cinema. Her story collection, The Hibernarium, was a finalist for the 2011 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.
The program begins at 7pm, with an open mic for local writers following Eslami’s presentation. General admission is $6; students are admitted free. For more information, visit www.writersontheedge.org.