A red vehicle and an Oceanview Assisted Living bus have collided in front of 345 SW Coast.
Search and Rescue teams from Lincoln, Benton, and Lane counties are continuing to search stretches of Drift Creek, south of Toledo and north of Alsea Bay for any sign of two males in a canoe that set out for a quick jaunt down Drift Creek yesterday. They failed to show up at their planned pick-up point last evening. The two had planned to navigate up to 20 miles of the creek before pulling out near Bayview Road near Waldport. The Coast Guard has assisted in the search with one of their large helicopters. They are in the air right now (3:27pm) over the search area. The terrain is extremely rugged with views from logging roads down into the creekshed very obscured by thick undergrowth. Search teams say continued favorable weather will aid in their search and make it more likely that the two men could still be alive.
Search crews report that there are many downed trees in the area, lying across the creek from last month’s wind storms. Crews say it raises concerns that the two could have collided with one of the trees and overturned their craft. Search crews report that water levels in Drift Creek are much higher than normal as Winter snows and high groundwater fill Oregon’s coastal rivers and streams.
Linn and Benton County Search and Rescue teams have joined up as one team to search for two missing canoeists who left the Toledo area yesterday on a Drift Creek run down to where it joins the Alsea River. Lane County Search and Rescue is just now coming on scene. Law enforcement is discouraging help in that the terrain is very rough – steep dropoffs and unstable soils. Family members and friends have been discouraged from going out on their own to look.
As a matter of course, Search and Rescue teams need to focus on who they’re looking for and not be sidetracked if others, not equipped or experienced enough to search, gets into trouble themselves. The terrain up there is as tough as it gets in Oregon.
Search and Rescue personnel are trying to find two overdue canoeists who set out on Drift Creek, up Thousand Line Road yesterday, south of Toledo. They were supposed to work their way toward the Alsea River and meet their pick-up party there but didn’t show last evening. Authorities say it’s a 20 mile run on the creek and water levels are very high, much higher than normal. They add that there are many downed trees along the creek which pose a danger to anyone on the water, like if they’re swept under a fallen tree and get trapped underneath.
Lane and Benton County Search and Rescue are expected to join the search this morning. Authorities say the terrain is very steep and as they hike along the upper road, they can’t always see the creek below. So they’re doing a lot of hill climbing. The Coast Guard was expected to launch a helicopter and search the area from the air.
LCCC COFFEE CONCERT SET FOR MAY 20
LINCOLN CITY – The next LCCC Coffee Concert, set for Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m. at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, will feature original guitar music by Perry Gerber.
These casual matinee concerts come with a tasty dessert and fresh coffee, provided by Paul Mistretta of Strung Out on Beads and Coffee. It’s all included in the admission price, $10 at the door.
Perry Gerber is a local recording artist with 38 years of performance history on the Oregon Coast. Gerber performs locally with “The Ocean,” band on the internet as Rockstar “Shadez Rhapsody.” He’s well known as a bass player and backup singer, but he’s recently has found his own voice and his own style of songwriting. His first CD “ I Dare You To Love Me” was entirely self-produced, written and recorded on a one-of-a-kind Tom Dollar acoustic guitar (built in Lincoln City) and some of the tracks were even recorded at Gerber Tire and Service Center. His new CD, called “In My Secondlife” is in the works, with the new songs set for the program on May 20, at the cultural center.
The Lincoln City Cultural Center offers performances, fine arts, art classes and visitor information inside the historic Delake School building at 540 NE Hwy. 101. This month’s event calendar includes a new “fourth Thursday” Delake Dance Night on May 24, “Reservation Radio” with Rick Bartow on May 25, and an acoustic jam with Wild Hog in the Woods on Sunday, May 27.
For tickets and information, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.
The sun was warm, the mud was just perfect, and the trails were full of competitive mountain bikers from California, Washington and Oregon, all helping to ensure that low income family children have access to youth sports programs in Newport.
It was the reincarnation of a mountain bike race, and today a fundraiser, launched years ago by Ben Eder who was lost at sea on a fishing boat. Today Ben was honored by the newly reconstituted Coast Hills Classic organization made up of the City of Newport Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Bike Newport and the Newport News-Times along with many others.
The course wound throughout 11 miles of mountain and heavy forested terrain from Oregon Coast Community College, south to the Newport Airport and back. The professional riders did a lap in just over an hour. Some non-professionals took more than twice as long. But they all had fun. Even the two riders who collided near the end of the course, one ending up with a destroyed front wheel that’ll set him back a few hundred bucks.
Ben Eder’s mother, Michele Eder, received an artistic work in the family’s honor depicting the re-creation of the Coast Hills Classic. Eder told News Lincoln County that her son Ben started it back in 1997 when he and best friend Dave Campbell who were students at Newport High School. They created a mountain bike club and established the first course in the South Beach area. This weekend’s event was made possible through the generous involvement of land owner Will Emery as well as Warren and Rita Jordan. Michele said the rebirth of the Coast Hills Classic honors her son’s memory, and will become a magnet for young people wanting to master the skills of mountain bike racing and to compete effectively in such events throughout their lives. She called today’s event “simply fantastic.” She said her son was “up there looking down, smiling at what was happening in his name and memory.”
Bike Newport owners Daniella and Elliott Crowder helped sponsor the Coast Hills Classic, getting on the phone to over 100 bike shops in Oregon, bombarding regional bicycling Facebook networks and other social media to make sure that everyone who loves competitive mountain biking, knew the event was coming up and to invite them over to the coast. Daniella told News Lincoln County that ticket sales, contributions from the News-Times and generous support from Exergy Development Group and Team Exergy cycling team made the prize money extraordinarily attractive, especially for an inaugural event.
Proceeds from the Coast Hills Classic will go exclusively for City of Newport scholarships for Newport youth whose families cannot afford to enroll their children in the extensive youth recreation programs at the city recreation center. City Recreation coordinator Liam Hughes, who donated endless hours to the Classic, said cost should never deny a young child the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of healthy recreation whether it’s basketball, track, indoor soccer or any other sport.
Hughes said the turn out for this year’s Classic exceeded his expectations by quite a lot. He said entrants were very pleased with the quality and variety of challenges of the course as well as the prize money. He said they were surprised at the size of the purse, especially for an event that hadn’t been run in many years.
Hughes said the top winners among the 150 entrants were, in the Men’s Category, 1st place Roth Brody of Lake Oswego, 2nd place James Ceccorulli of Portland, and 3rd place went to Shawn Rader of Hillsboro. Among the Women’s Category, Sue Butler took 1st place, Karen DeWolfe of Corvallis was 2nd, and Megan Chinburg from Portland placed 3rd overall.
Hughes and other Classic organizers said that the event helped to fill a lot of hotel and motel rooms over the weekend, including many restaurants and watering holes. They estimated the total inflow of visitors to Newport from 500 to 1,000 out-of-towners.
Hughes and Bike Newport’s Elliott and Daniella Crowder say there will definitely be another Coast Hills Classic next year although they’re going to have to wait to find out what the date will be. All sanctioned mountain bike racing events are scheduled by the Oregon Racing Bike Association which coordinates all forms of bicycle competition throughout Oregon.
Oregon Coast photogapher Steve Power’s brother, who lives near New York City, took a stunning picture of the final flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise on its way to the Aircraft Carrier Intrepid Museum, anchored in New York where it will be on display from here on. Mike Power got the perfect shot of the Enterprise atop a 747 that did a symbolic fly-by of the new World Trade Center now under construction in New York. Very powerful and complex imagery in one photograph.
According to NASA, the Enterprise never flew on an actual mission to space, but was used in a number of experiments related to the flight of its sister ships. The Discovery flew of Washington, DC on the back of the same NASA 747 pictured here and will be displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in the nation’s capital. The Space Shuttle Endeavor will be permanently housed at a site in Los Angeles, and the Space Shuttle Atlantis will be permanently on display at the Florida Kennedy Space Center.
Officers on scene investigating.
Law enforcement are enroute to a report of a man with a handgun that menaced another person. Caller said the gun appeared to be a magnum. Caller also sounds very intoxicated.
Law enforcement and Yachats Fire/Rescue are on scene with a brown vehicle off Highway 101 at Trout Street that has left the road. Appears to be non-injury. But the vehicle was reported earlier to be unstable on the road. DUII is suspected.
Firefighters and other first responders are enroute to a report of a loud bang and then thick, black smoke somewhere off Seal Rock Street, on Cross.
Turned out to be a backyard yard debris fire.
A CALL FOR PHOTOS! THE MOON, PLEASE, and how it lights up the sky, trees and waters of the Central Coast!
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Another one of photographer Steve Power’s absolute gems of a picture. The new moon! Enjoy!
Moon Over Toledo, Sarah Gayle
Full moon by Adam Bailey
Full moon over South Beach Newport, Derek Helt. Verrrrrry nice, Derek! Thanks for sharing. You’ve got a heck of a camera. It shows.
Bob Ledbetter tells us he went out playing with the moon last night in Waldport, like so many photographers. He said this is what he came home with. Nice! Very nice!
Neysa Zuckammer was out, dancing with the moon as well. Snapped this glimpse of it as it rose over Longview Hills, in the north area of Newport.
This is a superb shot taken by Jerry Gibson last evening during the close pass of the Moon around the Earth. Jerry said he took it from his living room! Looks better than anything on TV, that’s for sure. Thanks Jerry for sharing!!
Pictures from Julia Stolvoort who got an early evening framing of the moon before it got too high in the sky. Nicely done Julia. Thank you for sharing your great catches!!
Brad Taylor videoed the Loyalty Day Parade and offers us a brief set of highlights.
A super moon is lighting up the Bayfront in Newport like it was still sunset. This photo from Sierra Beal!
Forensic Mystery Master Aaron Elkins to Visit Driftwood
Looking for someone to blame because you can no longer turn on the TV without encountering CSI New York, or CSI Chatanooga or CSI Kuala Lumpur? Look no further. Aaron Elkins started it all back in 1982.
To kick off Driftwood Public Library’s 2012 Adult Summer Reading Club, writer Aaron Elkins, a master of the mystery genre, will be visiting the library on Sunday, June 10th at 3:00 p.m.
Elkins is the creator of the modern forensic mystery, having pioneered the genre in 1982 with Fellowship of Fear, which introduced the Skeleton Detective, Gideon Oliver. The series is still going strong in 2012 after 16 books.
Elkin’s father was a machinist; his mother was a homemaker. Elkins graduated from Hunter College (Manhattan) in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts, after which he studied at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, earned masters of arts degrees at the University of Arizona (1960) and California State University (Los Angeles) (1962), and, finally, received a doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in 1976 from the University of California at Berkeley.
Elkins had a multi-year career as a government employee, consultant, lecturer, and teacher in the fields of business, psychology, and anthropology.
Among his awards are a best-novel Edgar (Old Bones) and a Nero Award (Old Scores, also nominated for an Agatha Award). He and his wife Charlotte hold a jointly-awarded Agatha for their short story “Nice Gorilla”. Aaron’s books have been translated into a major ABC-TV series with Louis Gossett, Jr. in the title role (Gideon Oliver ) and have been published in over a dozen languages.
In addition to his forensic novels, Elkins writes a second series featuring art curator-sleuth Chris Norgren, and he and Charlotte have collaborated on five mysteries featuring female golfer Lee Olfsted. In addition, Aaron is the author of Loot, a massively-researched, critically acclaimed novel dealing with modern-day consequences of Nazi art plunder, Turncoat, and most recently, 2011’s The Worst Thing.
Elkins speaks often at professional conferences, has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times’ travel magazine, has written for Smithsonian magazine, and is the author of several short stories and numerous articles on the craft of writing.
Aaron and Charlotte live on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. He keeps his hand in the forensic game by serving as the forensic anthropologist for the Clallam County Cold Case Task Force.
Following Aaron’s presentation, anyone interested (over the age of 17) may sign up to take part in this year’s Adult Summer Reading Club. Details will be available at sign up, or by contacting Ken Hobson at the library.
Elkins’ appearance at Driftwood is a free event and open to anyone who wishes to attend. It is being generously sponsored by The Friends of Driftwood Public Library and by The Looking Glass Inn. Any questions may be directed to Ken Hobson by phone (541-996-1242) or via e-mail (email@example.com). Driftwood Public Library is located on the 2nd floor of Lincoln City’s City Hall building at 801 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City, adjacent to the Price and Pride grocery store.
When someone runs for public office, they are asking the public to trust them to serve honorably and to uphold the laws and local ordinances of the community they serve. So it was with some interest that we have noted that candidate for Lincoln County Commissioner Ken Lundie appears to be, shall we say, challenged in both capacities.
For one, he earlier portrayed his prior political experience in California (from where he moved a short time ago) as being a “county commissioner.” We learned that he was not a county commissioner in the Oregon sense of the word, but a county HARBOR commissioner in San Mateo County, California. San Mateo County Harbor Commissioners have legal jurisdiction strictly over a set of recreational and commercial fishing docks, not the county as a whole. In light of this very important distinction, we questioned him about about his use of the term “county commissioner” to describe himself. He told us that “I hadn’t thought of it that way. Thanks for bringing it up.”
However, as his campaign progressed, Mr. Lundie continued to call himself a former “county commissioner,” even referring to himself as such in the official voters pamphlet. We find that troubling. Any and all statements made by those in whom we place our civic trust should be clearly transparent and not communicate in terms that are easily susceptible to public confusion or suspicion about what our civic leaders are telling us.
Secondly, Mr. Lundie has shown what can easily be seen as not complying with laws governing the placement of political campaign signs, one very large one at the corner of old SW 8th and 101 in Newport. ODOT tells News Lincoln County that Mr. Lundie’s truck, full of political campaign signs, is parked in ODOT’s, and therefore the public’s, right of way. This violates a prohibition of political campaign signs under state rules. In addition, the City of Newport requires a permit to place any privately owned signs in a public right of way and, if granted, to pay a fee for that permit. The Newport Community Development Department says Mr. Lundie has not applied for such a permit. Yet his truck remains parked there as of May 5th..
ODOT has also indicated that quite a few of Mr. Lundie’s campaign signs are illegally placed in public rights of way near Waldport on Highway 101 just north of the bridge, in Newport just north of Walmart on 101, and at the intersection of 101 and Lighthouse Drive, among others. Mr. Lundie also has a campaign sign just outside ODOT’s right of way but inside the boundary of Ona Beach State Park. That also breaks the rules.
Here is a statement issued by ODOT concerning campaign signs on its right of way.
“The biggest concern with signs along a highway is safety. Signs can obstruct views and create distractions for motorists.
With primary elections coming up in May, a proliferation of signs takes on increased scrutiny. If a political sign is in the ODOT right of way, we will remove it immediately if it’s a safety concern. If it does not pose an immediate safety concern, we’ll contact the campaign and ask for the sign’s removal. If the sign is not removed promptly, we’ll remove it. We always store signs confiscated from the ODOT right of way for 30 days at the District Headquarters. If the signs are not retrieved by then, we’ll destroy them.
Signs are prohibited on trees, utility poles, fence posts and natural features within the highway right of way. They are also prohibited within view of a designated scenic area.
In addition to signs in the ODOT right of way, there are rules affecting temporary political signs placed on private property visible from state highways.
–New signs are limited to 12 square feet.
–No flashing or intermittent lights, animated or moving parts are allowed.
–Signs must not imitate an official highway sign or device.
–Signs are not allowed in scenic corridors.”
Now, there may be those who might say, “What’s the big deal? It’s only campaign signs!? Everybody violates those rules.” Our position is, rules, thoughtfully created and officially enacted, are rules that should be obeyed. And as any police officer will tell you, ignorance of the law is no excuse. No one would suggest that we open up our road sides to placards and signs and clutter up our views of our beautiful state and coastline…totally apart from the danger of distracted drivers as referred to above by ODOT’s rules on signs in public rights of way. And we certainly expect our elected officials, and those who seek elected public office, to show respect for all laws and to comply with them.
Those in public office, and those who run for public office, must be clear in the way they express who they are, and be compliant with all rules and laws on the books. Those who don’t meet that test should be held accountable.
Last two photos from OSP
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Two SUV’s collided head-on Saturday morning on Highway 20 about a half mile east of Newport, some 400 feet east of the “Welcome to Newport” sign. It was on a gentle curve that the two vehicles smashed into each other, one of them being punched up onto and then straddling a guard rail. Firefighters quickly stabilized the vehicles.
First responders soon determined that four people were injured, two of them critically. They were transported by Reach helicopter to regional medical centers in Corvallis and Portland.
Highway 20 was closed down completely, and all eastbound traffic was rerouted to the Bay Road between Newport and Toledo.
Oregon State Police say that the dark colored Land Rover was headed westbound on 20, driven by Samantha Ferris, 16 of Newport, when it sideswiped one car and and then smashed head-on into a Honda Pilot with three aboard. Two in the Honda, identified as Robert “Therron” Kraft, 46 of Toledo and Shannon Monroe, 42, of Toledo, were helicoptered to trauma centers. The third, Michael Barker, 29 of Toledo, was taken to PCH with non-life threatening injuries.
Ferris was transported to Pacific Communities Hospital with minor injuries. She was later released and cited by Oregon State Police to appear for drunk driving, reckless driving and three counts of assault in the second degree.
Troopers say all occupants were wearing seat belts and air bags deployed in both vehicles.
Medical update from friends: Therron Kraft, 46, the driver, nine hours of surgery for very serious injuries. Shannon Monroe, 42, was kept overnight for observation and Michael Barker, 29, was treated for a head laceration and later released. Friends say Therron Kraft will recover from his injuries.
Photographer Christian Flores was hangin’ out at the beach around sunset in Newport Friday evening because he noticed the clouds were breaking up on the horizon meaning he might get a nice sunset in his camera. And his patience paid off with a beautiful sunset shot. Thank you for sharing, Christian!
Waldport High School Drama will be performing “My Three Angels” Saturday night at 7pm and Monday night at 7pm. It’s the story of a hapless businessman trying to make a go of a small store right outside a french prison in French Guinea. The businessman is losing money which upsets his cousin who bankrolled it. The man’s wife is scared to death that they live so close to a prison and their daughter has learned that her boyfriend has decided to get married to another woman.
Enter three escaped inmates who were sitting on the roof, overhearing all of it. In a nearly incomprehensible transformation of heart and sympathy, the three inmates get involved with the man and his daughter and find a simple straightforward solution to both their problems. It’s not pretty, but it sure is creative.
My Three Angels is playing in the old middle school gym. Admission is $4 for students, $6 for adults.
My Three Angels was written by Samuel and Bella Spewack, Directed by Dominic Scharp.
Directed by Dominic Scharp
Casey Chesshir as Joseph
Mick Mugnai as Jules
Mitch Price as Alfred
Conner J Grant-Grierson as Felix Ducotel
Michaela Stallard as Emilie Ducotel
Allyssa Richard as Marie-Louise Ducotel
Willis Mullen as Henri Trochard
Philip Hawkins as Paul
Charlotte Clerico as Mme. Parole
Ernest Smith as Lieutenant
Governor John Kitzhaber sat down with the Portland news media today to go over details of what was accomplished in Washington DC this week, as Oregon was given a pile of federal revenue to launch Oregon’s more preventative and patient centered care for Medicaid recipients which the governor claims is a lot less expensive way to administer medical care. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.
Rose Lodge area woman who wrecked car in a river with kids fails probation: Sent to prison for 18 months.
The woman who wrecked her car near Rose Lodge in 2009, sending it into a Widow Creek upside with her kids in it, has failed her probation and has been sentenced to 18 months in state prison. Her husband will care for the children who survived the ordeal. Amber Gandy was found to be highly intoxicated behind the wheel.
Amber Gandy recently failed drug tests showing she had used marijuana and a prescription pain killer without a prescription. She was immediately re-jailed and later stood before the judge and got the year and a half in prison with no chance of early release.
Those who discovered Gandy’s car in the river just happened to be driving along that lonely stretch of road 12 miles east of Lincoln City in November of 2009. A passenger in a another car noticed wheel marks in the grass and mud that led over and down the embankment. They stopped, backed up and spotted Gandy’s jeep upside down in the cold rushing creek below. They and others managed to pull Gandy and two of her children from the car. But on the bank Gandy started yelling that there was another child inside. Rescuers dove under the water again to find her half-year old son still strapped to his car seat. When they finally pulled him out, he was not breathing. But as with cold water and young children, they can be underwater a long time and still survive, as did her son. But not until being helicoptered to a trauma center in Portland. The child was eventually released and was reported by doctors to be just fine and that he would lead a normal life.