The state’s next “furlough Friday” is Sept. 17, when about 26,500 state employees are getting another unpaid day off. Friday will be the 7th of 10 furlough days the state enacted during the current two year budget. Each day without pay saves the state about $2,000,000 in personnel costs, according to Department of Administrative Services Director Scott Harra.
Harra apologized for any inconvenience the closures cause to the public, adding “we look forward to restoration of a full work schedule for all state agencies when the economy returns to its normal strength,” Harra said. He offered no prediction exactly when that might be.
State employees who provide essential services in public safety will remain on the job Friday which includes state police, corrections officers and various state hospital workers
Oregon Coast Aquarium Seeks Volunteers
Fall Training Begins October 9th
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering a variety of volunteer opportunities during fall volunteer training. In addition to interpretive volunteer recruitment, the Aquarium is seeking volunteers to work behind the scenes in facility maintenance, in the gift shop, as event coordinators, on the exhibits team and doing clerical work. Enrollment is open for fall volunteer training, which begins October 9th and continues each Saturday through November 20th from 9 am – 5 pm. Volunteers working in positions other than as Interpreters will attend the October 9th date only.
Interpreter training is being offered for those interested in learning more about marine life and the coastal environment. Through a series of lectures and hands-on activities, volunteers learn about the history of the Aquarium, animal care, coastal habitats and animal biology. “It never ceases to amaze me when I witness a volunteer interpreter bringing that lightning bolt of ‘ah-ha’ and wonder to an adult visiting the Aquarium,” said Carmen Morgan, Manager of Volunteer Services. “Kids get excited all the time, and that is great to see, but it is really exciting to see an adult learn something new and have that sense of wonder in their eyes!” Morgan said the training offers people an opportunity to share the Aquarium’s mission of educating the public about the coast and its animals, as well as the efforts to protect and conserve marine habitats. (more…)
Oregon State Troopers have arrested an Alsea man for illegally taking two elk two weeks ago on private land west of Alsea. Troopers claim Adam Schreiber, 28, illegally killed a 7 x 6 bull elk which carries a fine of $15,000.
The charges contend that Schreiber exceed his bag limit for elk. That he illegally hunted on another’s cultivated enclosed land. That he borrowed a big game tag (archery/Elk), and that he illegally possessed a 5 x 5 antler elk skull.
Schreiber was arrested and transported to the Benton County Jail where he was booked on the charges, was cited and then released with orders to return to court at a later date.
Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger says “so far so good” on the town’s repair job on a big underground pipe that carries raw sewage to the plant for processing. The line failed last month from a weakness in the pipe. Leaking sewage was quickly detected and contained. None was reported to have escaped the sewer plant area.
In the meantime, Denlinger hired a pipe tunneling company that is now drilling a route from a spot under the railroad tracks just northwest of the plant slightly uphill to the plant. Denlinger said the boring seems to be going smoothly although “you never know what you’re going to run into at those depths. I just hope we stay lucky.” (more…)
Lincoln County School District Facilities chief Rich Belloni says now that they’re poised to get a $750,000 check from Lincoln City to complete the sale of the old Delake Elementary School, the next step will be to figure out how they want to spend the money. Belloni says normal procedure is to use it for one-shot major maintenance or facility improvements. They’re trying to figure out which one it should be. (more…)
Oregon’s job market continues to bump along the bottom of the worst recession in 80 years. The bad news is that there’s little if any job growth. The good news is that it doesn’t seem to be getting any worse. Here’s a full report from the Oregon Employment Department:
While investigating a multi-car accident on Highway 101 near Yachats recently, officers said that as a car passed by, somebody inside threw a beer bottle at them and then took off.
A deputy jumped in his patrol vehicle and quickly caught up with the car. Once pulled over the deputy quickly ascertained the general demeanor of the occupants and suspected that drug use might be involved. His suspicions were confirmed as he spotted a smoking pipe that was laced with methamphetamine residue.
Driver Pamela Dahl, 47 of Waldport, was subsequently taken into custody for unlawful possession of methamphetamine and was lodged in the county jail on $50,000 bail. The deputy said they’re still trying to figure out who threw the beer bottle, acknowledging that such an act is certainly one way to get their attention in fighting drug abuse in Lincoln County.
Saying they could save over $30,000 in interest, the Lincoln City City Council Monday night agreed to pay off the mortgage on the former Delake School building on South Highway 101 by writing the school district (the former owner) a check for the school’s remaining unpaid balance, $750,000.
The Delake School was transformed in 2006 into a local cultural and arts center, humming with special events and various activities to serve local residents but also as a tourist attraction of its own. It’s run by the Coastal Communities Cultural Center organization that is under contract from the city to act not only as an arts and cultural center, but as an information and referral center for the city. The Cultural Center’s website lists all upcoming events and ongoing programs at LincolnCity-CulturalCenter.org.
What will no doubt further fuel an already hot debate, the Lincoln City City Council voted unanimously Monday night (Mayor Hollingsworth absent) to officially launch what will probably be a long process to annex the 1,200 homes in the Roads End area into the city. City Councilors maintained that it’s time that Roads End residents and property owners become part of the city and to begin paying for the municipal services they already enjoy, but for which they do not pay. Even Roads End water bills, they say, do not reflect the full cost of delivering water to the Roads End area since most of the heavy financial lifting for nine million dollars in water system improvements are being shouldered largely by city taxpayers. Councilors also pointed out that road, police, park, recreation and tourism promotion are paid for by Lincoln City residents which, again, are enjoyed by Roads End residents at virtually no cost. (more…)
Lincoln City City Manager David Hawker told his city council Monday evening that although the city continues to lose a considerable amount of its water to leaky pipes, many of the biggest leaks have been fixed with more targeted in the near future.
Hawker told the council that when Lincoln City was formed in 1965, through the combining of a number of small coastal towns, their far flung, and often cheaply installed, water systems were connected together. And leaks are common among them. He said over time city crews will fix many leaks but that new ones will always spring up. It’s a never ending process. Currently, the city is fixing 20-25 leaks a year. Over the years, as streets are repaved, crews will check for water leaks among the buildings they see (street main connections) and fix any leaks they encounter. (more…)
Three people were arrested over the weekend in a drug related case which started out on Highway 229 between Toledo and Siletz as a traffic stop for speeding. When the deputy tried to pull the black Honda coupe over, the Honda took off at high speed. The deputy said the car turned onto an old logging road and almost immediately got stuck.
During a search of the vehicle, the deputy said he found several prescription Morphine pills under the seat that Kristopher Bergey (left), 41, Toledo, was sitting. He was charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance. Driver Charelle Posey (not pictured), 22, of Lincoln City was arrested and booked into the county jail for Felony Attempt to Elude an officer. (more…)
Saturday, September 18 ~ 7:00 PM
Nye Beach Visual Arts Center
777 NW Beach Drive, Newport OR 97365
Open mic follows
Admission $5.00 | Free to Students
More about Willy Vlautin…
The voice of Willy Vlautin is gruff and raw yet gentle. Listeners lean in, not to miss a word, to hear what happens next. Whether he is reading or singing his written word, the listener recognizes Willy Vlautin’s authentic voice. Vlautin’s stories tell the truth through fiction, behind the life of marginal characters. Vlautin writes potentially grim stories relieved of sentimentality by his spare words that pull you in to the characters and their stories; the voice of a natural storyteller. Whether writing or singing, he brings a wry sense of humor that leavens the nitty gritty as he startles a laugh from his listener. (more…)
Is it the swelling ranks of the baby-boomers, “tough on crime” mandatory sentencing, the economy (no money for beer), the decline in meth labs or is Oregon following the national downward crime rate with a myriad of possible causes? The issue is discussed in today’s Portland Oregonian.
On Saturday, September 18th, there will be an attempt to increase the number of hands clasping their way across the Yaquina Bay Bridge to honor and encourage those who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and for the thousands, besides themselves, who are affected by it.
According to drug counselor Chandler Davis, only six percent of Lincoln County residents suffering drug or alcohol dependency are receiving professional treatment. Davis estimates of those undergoing treatment 60 to 80 percent will live longer, more productive lives. (more…)
Oregon State Police report that the injury count is now up to eight passengers aboard a Raz Transportation tour bus that was headed south on Highway 101 toward Tillamook this afternoon. One minute the bus was fine, the next minute flames were engulfing the passenger area. One passenger, a 71 year old woman, was helicoptered to a Portland trauma center with burns and smoke inhilation. An earlier report that she was injured crawling through a window was incorrect.
OSP says the bus, with a total of 33 aboard, had left Cannon Beach enroute to Cape Mears on 101 for a brief stop before heading to Portland. The driver said about eight miles north of Tillamook he started smelling smoke coming from his dashboard. Suddenly more smoke, then flames. He pulled the bus over to evacuate his passengers. When the bus doors opened, the fire expanded quickly, spreading into the passenger area.
All passengers got out through a rear emergency exit. Eight people were transported to Tillamook General Hospital. The driver was not injured. The OSP says the fire appears to be accidental. The exact cause has yet to be determined.
Critics of Oregon’s public school system are possibly scratching their heads today over the 2010 report from the National College Board for Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores for Oregon students. In all three categories, Reading, Writing and Math, Oregon students scored noticeably above the national average.
The surprising (to some) statistics are included in an article in the Portland Oregonian:
Saturday in Toledo was all about honoring those who died in the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a hijacked plane crash in an empty field in Pennsylvania. Toledo Fire Department volunteers were also holding a big chili feed and fundraiser, raffling off crab and sports fishing trips. Chief Will Ewing said this year’s fundraising goal is to pay for two additional heart defibrillators for fire rescue rigs. They were also raising funds to maintain the new fire station’s rather attractive landscaping and to sock away a few bucks toward the fire department’s annual Christmas Lights display up and down Toledo’s Main Street.
The event was also designed to run family members through an actual smoky fire drill to let them practice their evacuation skills should they ever be confronted with a building fire. Children were also fingerprinted and given DNA kits for their parents to perform. There were displays about illegal drugs and how to identify them. And Samaritan was on hand to remind us that we live in earthquake country and to be prepared in the event of an earthquake.
Live music, hamburgers, hot dogs, multi-crock pots full of boutique chili were also on hand to round out the event. Chief Ewing says they’ll have another fundraiser event just like it next year, 2nd Saturday in September.
A car driven by a Tillamook woman drifted across the center line on Highway 6 Saturday morning, and hit an on-coming pickup head on about nine miles east of Tillamook. Although Charlaine Spring, 57, was wearing her seat belt and her air bag deployed, she was killed.
In the pickup, Mark Koback, 49, from Portland swerved to avoid the collision but was unable to get out of the way of the oncoming Subaru wagon. Koback was transported by ambulance to Tillamook County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Highway 6 was closed for about three and a half hours while the rescue and investigation were completed.
Although the stock market has found new upward momentum following the sluggish dog days of Summer, Oregon remains stuck bouncing along the bottom of the recessionary trough. University of Oregon’s top economist Tim Duy has issued another report card on Oregon’s overall economic performance. Here’s his report to the Economic Forum.
Newport Police report that after a long investigation and looking at a number of drug store robberies around the state, they have arrested a Lincoln City man and booked him into the county jail.
He’s Donald Labar, 21, of Coronado Shores. At 8:30 am this morning, officers surrounded Labar’s residence and served a search warrant. Inside, they found evidence linking Labar to the two Rite Aid robberies, one on March 10th of this year, the second on July 11th. In the first robbery, they claim Labar walked in wearing motorcycle garb, waved a gun at the pharmacist and demanded Oxycontin, received some, then left. In the second robbery, police say Labar walked up to the counter, brandished a gun, and demanded Oxycontin, got more, then fled on foot.
After being detained by police, they say Labar admitted to the robberies, citing his addiction to the very strong pain killer Oxycontin. He’s being held in the county jail on charges of robbery, menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, pointing a firearm at a human being, and unlawful possession of a prescription drug.
Newport Police were assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, LINT, OSP and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.