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Oregon AG bans “electronic cigarettes.”

Provided by Oregon Attorney General’s Office

Attorney General John Kroger today announced agreements with Florida-based Smoking Everywhere, Inc. and its President, Elico Taieb, prohibiting the sale and distribution of its “electronic cigarettes” in Oregon.

“This settlement will help protect our teens from unsafe products,” said Attorney General Kroger.

Electronic cigarettes are nicotine delivery devices designed to simulate the look and experience of a conventional cigarette. Smoking Everywhere’s e-cigarettes include a battery-operated heating element and replaceable plastic cartridge that contains various chemicals, including liquid nicotine. The heating element vaporizes the liquid for inhalation.

Smoking Everywhere did not seek FDA approval prior to releasing its e-cigarettes for distribution. Although no evidence has been offered to support such claims, Smoking Everywhere marketed e-cigarettes as a safe alternative to traditional tobacco products. However, a recent FDA analysis found e-cigarettes contain known carcinogens and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze. (more…)

Eagles “dive bombing” murre nests at Yaquina Head

American Bald Eagle

Oregon State University researchers are watching something offshore from the lighthouse at Yaquina Head that has taken them by surprise. Now that Bald Eagles have been brought back from the brink of extinction, researchers say the eagles are rewarding their well wishers by “dive bombing” flocks of murre seabirds which is jeopardizing their nesting areas on the rocks offshore.

Here’s the article in the Eugene Register Guard:

State Rep. Jean Cowan holding “Town Hall” meeting Aug. 10

State Rep. Jean Cowan
Release provided by office of Rep. Jean Cowan

NEWPORT – State Rep. Jean Cowan (D-Newport) will host a town hall on Tuesday, Aug. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Waldport Community/Senior Center (265 Hemlock St., Waldport).

Cowan will provide an update on seniors and veterans issues, where she focused much of her work during the 2009 Legislative Session. In addition, she will address the ongoing efforts to balance the state budget.

Cowan is serving in her second term as State Representative for House District 10 on the Central Oregon Coast Jan 12. Cowan serves as Chair of the House Committee on Veterans & Emergency Services and on the Joint Committee on Ways & Means. She also serves on the Governor’s Commission for Senior Services, Governor’s Homeland Security Council, and Task Force for Women Veterans Health Care. Cowan served as a Lincoln County Commissioner, 1993-2004. She also served as Mayor and a City Councilor in Elgin, Ore.

For more information: 503-986-1990

Siletz Pow Wow coming up next weekend, August 13-15

Provided by Siletz Tribal Public Information Office

Many different Tribal nations will be represented at the annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow on Aug. 13-15 in Siletz, Ore., held by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. The public is invited to attend this family-friendly event, a tradition for the Siletz people and other American Indians.

All events, except the parade, take place at the Pauline Ricks Memorial Pow-Wow Grounds on Government Hill in Siletz. “This is a great way for people to experience American Indian culture right here on the Oregon Coast,” said Mona Fisher, cultural education coordinator for the Siletz Tribe. “You can learn about the different styles of pow-wow dancing, see the beautiful regalia up close and even participate yourself in some of the intertribal dances.”

The celebration will start with the crowning of the 2010-2011 Siletz Royalty on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. All dance styles will enter the arena at 7 p.m. during the first Grand Entry. Dances in which the public can participate that are non-competitive will follow the Grand Entry.

A parade winds through downtown Siletz at 10 a.m. on Aug. 14. This hometown event includes Tribal royalty, drummers, dancers, equestrian units, vintage cars and floats.

Pre-registration is available by accessing a registration form on the Tribe’s website –; picking one up at the Siletz Tribal administration building, 201 SE Swan Ave. in Siletz; or by contacting Mona Fisher at 541-444-1230 or 800-922-1399, ext. 1230. Registration also is available the morning of the parade at 8 a.m. at the Tribal administration building. If you are not registered by 9 a.m., you cannot take part in the judging, which starts at 9 a.m. You can, however, still participate in the parade.

The parade is followed by a Grand Entry at 1 p.m. Competition dancing for youth and teens takes place in the afternoon. Competition dancing continues after the 7 p.m. Grand Entry with Golden Age and adult categories and the finals for youth and teens.

On Aug. 15, the final day of the powwow, a Grand Entry takes place at noon. This session will end with awards for the Golden Age, adult, teen and youth category winners. Prizes range from $25 to $500.

A variety of food, Native arts and crafts and jewelry will be offered for sale by more than 50 vendors on the powwow grounds.
“Our vendors will have lots of American Indian-made items,” said Nick Sixkiller, pow-wow emcee and education specialist for the Siletz Tribe. “You’ll see beadwork, clothing, art and tons of delicious food, all for sale by many families who supplement their income with sales at various pow-wows throughout the powwow trail.”

A free shuttle will be available from various parking lots in Siletz to the powwow on Government Hill. Signs will be posted. Parking is extremely limited at the pow-wow grounds, which makes the shuttle the best way to get there. This alcohol- and drug-free event is
free. Listen carefully to the pow-wow announcer, who will tell you when you can and when you should not take photos. The announcer also will explain the significance of the events taking place in the dance arena throughout the pow-wow.

Pow-Wow Schedule
Aug. 13
6 p.m. – Royalty Crowning
7 p.m. – Grand Entry

Aug. 14
10 a.m. – Parade
1 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Grand Entry

Aug. 15
Noon – Grand Entry

Read more about Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow August 13-15, 2010 on the central Oregon Coast by

SeaPort Air gets serious about advertising flights to Newport

Seaport Air landing in Portland

SeaPort Air Marketing Coodinator Claire James told the Newport Sustainability Task Force this week that SeaPort is intensifying its advertising for flights between Portland and Newport. James said a lot of SeaPort’s planned advertising budget will go more toward on-line travel industry websites and social networking platforms. She said SeaPort already works closely with on-line travel company Expedia and is continuing to negotiate with Travelocity and Orbitz. They are also in discussions with data-search engines,, and She added SeaPort is also considering investing in what are called “interstitial ads” that pop up while a person is doing a Google-type search on a computer. (more…)

Report of a fire at South Beach Holiday Inn Express a bit overstated

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There was yelling inside the Holiday Inn Express at South Beach last night, yelling that there was a fire. Soon guests were running from their rooms and into the chilly night air. The hotel manager called 9-1-1.

But the fire fighters didn’t find what they were expecting.

Seal Rock’s Kevin Kowalski takes 3rd at ESPN X-Games Skatepark Competition

Here’s a sample of his skateboard mastery!


Unheard: Kevin Kowalski from Bacon Skateboards on Vimeo.

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Kevin is on tour of the country showing off his extreme talent for skateboarding, much of which he perfected right here in Newport at the skatepark off NW 8th & High. He’s also been a frequent flyer on the cliff remains of Jump Off Joe. Local boy who stuck with it and hit it big at the X-Games in late July in Los Angeles. He took 3rd IN THE WORLD in the skatepark competition.

Truce between Toledo’s Cyclone Marine and its neighbors holding, for now.

A meeting between neighbors in the Highway 20 and Ridge Drive area and Cyclone Marine was conducted this week by city officials in an effort to resolve a long running feud. Neighbors complain that Cyclone Marine has been a loud, smelly neighbor that has made living in the area a terrible ordeal, and they want the city to do something about it. (more…)

Federal fish regulators ponder slashing production of hatchery salmon on the Columbia River to give wild salmon a chance to get ahead

The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued its long awaited series of options on how to give wild salmon a leg up on survival by cutting back the production of their hatchery competitors.
Here’s the link to the Oregonian article on what’s at stake:

Do your part to shut off the supply of illicit drugs on the street.

Drug drop box at Newport PD/City Hall

Newport Police wants everyone to know that the fight against illicit drugs, including misused pharmaceuticals, is a community-wide effort. It’s not just up to law enforcement. We all play a role.

And one way we can help is to ensure that any prescription drugs around the house or business, that are surplus or not being used, should immediately be taken to a drop-box like the one pictured here at the Newport Police Department end of City Hall. Other drop boxes have also been placed at police departments in Toledo and Lincoln City. (more…)

Infant falls from 2nd story window on NE 36th

A one year old infant boy fell out of a second story window at the family’s Little Creek apartment this morning. Fire/rescue raced to the scene fearful of the worse but were relieved to learn the baby was scooped up by his parents and appeared to be okay. He was alert with no visible signs of injury.

Arriving paramedics quickly took the baby to PCH where it was to be checked out for any possible internal injuries.

The parents told investigators that the boy was on a table by a window sitting in a booster chair. One minute he was there, the next he was gone. Investigators said the infant probably pushed off with his feet, rolled over and went through the screen. Outside there was evidence the boy hit a barbecue grill on his way down, and was possibly shielded from the impact by his booster seat.

Fire Chief Richard Crook says these kinds of accidents are far more common that generally believed. He said all parents should consider open windows, even on the first floor, as a deadly danger. Especially in the upper floors. He said “treat an open window with a screen as if there is nothing between a child and the ground but open air.” He said “screens are no safety net. An open window is just that, an open window.”

Delays on Hwy 34 next week between Waldport and Corvallis

Travelers between Waldport and Corvallis next week should budget more time for the trip. ODOT has announced that flaggers and road work will greet motorists from mile post 7 to 14 starting Monday. Crews will be laying down new pavement along those 7 miles of Highway 34.

Motorists should expect delays of up to twenty minutes and then be limited to 25 mph as they are escorted by a pilot car. With that sort of delay, some motorists would probably be advised to use Highway 20 out of Newport if they are on a tight schedule.

Sheriff Dotson: All about Amber Alerts

Provided by Sheriff Dennis Dotson

On January 13, 1996, nine-year old Amber Hagerman was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas. Since 1997, AMBER Alert programs have played a role in the recovery of nearly 500 children. Last year there were three (3) AMBER Alert activations in Oregon, all of which ended in the safe recovery of a child.

Nationwide, there are 29 regional, 38 local and statewide plans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In November 2002, the State of Oregon announced its implementation of a statewide AMBER Alert Plan. Oregon’s AMBER Alert Plan – America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response – is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies and local broadcasters to send an emergency alert to the public when a child has been abducted and it is believed the child’s life is in danger. (more…)

Federal bail-out for schools on the way but Superintendent Rinearson takes a “wait and see” position.

President Obama is expected to sign a just-passed U.S. Senate bill that provides just over a quarter billion dollars in aid to Oregon schools, medicaid and law enforcement. But how that money filters down to individual school districts is substantially at the discretion of the state legislature. “So there’s lots of unknowns,” according to Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Tom Rinearson. (more…)

Major changes coming to South Beach near the bridge

Now that NOAA’s grand opening and operational launch at South Beach is less than a year away, the City of Newport is getting quite serious about making sure traffic in and out of the area is improved.

Gone will be the patchwork of old streets and byways coming together at odd and puzzling angles. Gone will be the confusion about looking at a bridge you want to drive on but can’t get to. And no longer will people wonder where the Oregon Coast Aquarium is and where to park. (more…)

Isaak Glenn 5, found alive and apparently well after being missing for 18 hours north of Florence

Washburn Park, north of Florence
Provided by Oregon State Police:

A father and son from Cottage Grove found a missing 5-year old boy Thursday afternoon following a near 18 hour search in the area of Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park after the boy was reported missing from the campground.

On the morning of August 5, 2010, Pete Barrell, age 52, and his 14-year old son, Mason, from Cottage Grove noticed a newspaper story about Isaak Benjamin Glenn who was reported missing August 4th by family friends. They reported he disappeared while playing near a campsite which was being prepared for two overnight stays at the campground. (more…)

Plane crash at Toledo Airport – minor injuries

With correction as to ownership of the airport, state instead of Port of Toledo.

Toledo Fire and Police raced today to the Port of Toledo’s small airstrip off of Bay Road on a report that a plane had crashed and that there were two injured people. When fire and police got there they found indeed the passenger in this Cessna 182 had suffered facial cuts and bruises from the plane running off the north end of the runway. The pilot, a gentleman from Roseburg, said he was coming in on some personal business and just didn’t realize how short the airstrip is.

His passenger, who also happened to be his son-in-law, was loaded aboard an ambulance and taken to PCH in Newport for a quick check-out and some wound cleaning. The pilot appeared to be uninjured.

There has been talk in the past of closing the airport since it is only lightly used. The Oregon State Department of Aviation owns the property. However between its light use and proximity to Port of Toledo property and proximity to the river, the airstrip is the object of ongoing speculation about its future use. But since the state has jurisdiction over such airfields, any change in land use could prove problematic. In the event of an earthquake that damaged Newport’s airport, Toledo would be the closest one to allow rapid access to outside-the-area emergency responders as well as an initial source of emergency medical supplies. So, it’s all in the eyes of the beholder as to what’s the highest and best use for any piece of property.

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