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.
The bus sustained major fire damage.
Despite the slings and arrows aimed at Oregon public education, it appears they’re doing at least a few things right…
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.
Eugene jury convicts former leader of terrorist group formerly based in Ashland of secretly funneling money to Chechen terrorists rebels.
The former leader of a muslim terrorist group has been found guilty by a Eugene federal jury of secretly exporting $150,000 in U.S. funds to a religious extremist group in Chechnya where they are used to fund death squads that have killed thousands of Russian soldiers.
The jury heard testimony in federal court that Pirouz Sedaghaty, 52, the former leader of Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, formerly based in Ashland, had filed false IRS tax returns in order to hide the money. Both the U.S. Chapter of Al-Haramain and its parent organization in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia have been listed as global terrorist organizations by the U.S. government. The Riyadh-based organization was disbanded in 2005 by the Saudi government. (more…)
The Yaquina Bay Bridge was clogged with traffic for a time this afternoon from a nasty rear-ender that occurred in the northbound lane near the center of the span. It was around 2:25 pm that a car slammed into the back of a pick up that had stopped for stalled traffic ahead of him. The car, with a young couple with an infant aboard, was heavily damaged although no one inside was hurt. An elderly couple in the pick up were not injured. All were believed to have been wearing their seat belts. The young driver of the car was expected to be cited for failure to exercise due care.
Federal authorities have wrapped a long running investigation into an eastern Oregon drug ring that distributed methamphetamine and marijuana. The U.S. Attorneys Office in Portland named Carolos Barrigan, 31, of Hermiston at the ring leader that oversaw the growing of marijuana (23,000 plants) and the manufacturing of meth throughout the area, and up into Washington in the Pasco area.
Six others who worked for Barrigan were also arrested and convicted on similar charges. All are expected to receive long prison sentences. Search warrants produced a cache of firearms, including semi-automatic weapons, drug sales and distribution records, and cell phones. So Barrigan’s drug ring/network is now known to federal agents with more arrests yet to come.
There are two in northern California and one in southwest Washington. They’re called “safe harbor” agreements that allow timberland owners to thin their forests even though spotted owls live on their property. One timber owner in western Lane County is in the process of creating the first “safe harbor” agreement in Oregon. The story is in this morning’s Oregonian:
Officers on scene report it was completely different than it was described by 9-1-1 caller. The residents were burning trash and some old paint cans went off like gunshots. No crime, no domestic problems, just a barrel burn up Immonen Road about five miles east of 101.
A number of Lincoln County based officers are approaching a home off Immonen Road, up the Siletz River from Highway 101. An Ambulance and some officers are staged at the gravel pit at the top of the hill. Neighbors called 9-1-1 to say they heard arguing coming from a trailer home that has a for sale sign on the road. The caller said they could also hear shots fired coming from the direction of the trailer.
An actress whose performance was definitely for ‘the birds’ now offers a classic revue for ‘the cats.’
An actress who who preferred the beach to the Bates Motel will be in Lincoln City this weekend to offer a rare treat for the ‘well heeled’ to be parted from some of their money to dine with one of Alfred Hitchcock’s notorious ‘femme fatales.’
The squealing and screeching dive-bombing details can only be found in the pages of the Portland Oregonian.
BANNED BOOK DISCUSSION AT NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Newport Public Library will host a panel discussion with readings from banned and challenged books on September 29 at 7:00 p.m. Banned Books Week, which is recognized September 25 to October 2 this year, highlights the benefits of free and open access to information, while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Every year the American Library Association publishes a list of the most frequently challenged books for the previous year. The top ten books for last year were:
1. “TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
2. “And Tango Makes Three” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
3. “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
4. “To Kill A Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee
5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
6. “Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger
7. “My Sister’s Keeper,” by Jodi Picoult
8. “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things,” by Carolyn Mackler
9. “The Color Purple,” Alice Walker
10. “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
This is the third year the Newport Public Library has offered this discussion program. Panelists at this year’s event are Sharon Beardsley, English instructor at Oregon Coast Community College; Carla Perry, author, publisher, and founder of the Nye Beach Writer’s Series and Writers’ on the Edge; Niki Price, writer and editor of Oregon Coast Today; Catherine Rickbone, Executive Director of Oregon Coast Council for the Arts; Ted Smith, Director of the Newport Public Library; and Joaquin Varo, Certified Medical Assistant-Medical Translator with Centro de Ayuda.
Admission to the program is free of charge. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.newportlibrary.org or cal 541-265-2153.
Depoe Bay citizens are urged to attend City Council’s September 21 meeting to offer comment on a proposal to close City Hall during all or part of the lunch hour.
“Two imperatives are driving this discussion,” Mayor White said, “the first is assuring the safety of city staff at all times and the second is being available to citizens who can only come to City Hall during their lunch hour.”
The proposal to close during lunch hour arose as the result of an incident during which an angry person was threatening to the staff. Closing during lunch would assure that there is always more than one person in the office. In addition to public comment, city staff is keeping a record of the number of citizens who request service at City Hall between noon and 2:00 pm.
The City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening, September 21, 7:00 pm, at City Hall, 570 Shell Avenue, Depoe Bay.
For more information, contact Depoe Bay City Hall, 8:00 am—5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, 541-765-2361.
SHIPWRECK EXHIBIT OPENS WITH TALK
BY DENNIS POWERS ON TALES OF SEVEN SEAS
Provided by LC Historical Society
Dennis Powers, noted author, will speak at the Carriage House of the Lincoln County Historical Society at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 for the opening of the exhibit, “Rough Waters: Shipwrecks on Oregon’s Coast.” Powers will focus on his new book, “Tales of the Seven Seas: The Escapades of Captain Dynamite Johnny O’Brien.” O’Brien, a colorful sea captain, narrowly missed being eaten by cannibals; fought off Chinese pirates with cannon fire; dined with the royal family of Hawaii; and shipped with the villainous Robert O’Malley, prototype for Jack London’s “Sea Wolf.” He also encountered a shipwreck at Coos Bay. (more…)
Sheriff Dennis Dotson, right, congratulates the newest addition to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy James Strom. Strom was hired earlier this Summer and will be assigned to the county jail team. Strom will also attend the corrections academy in Salem.
Publishers Clearing House fined $3.5 million for allegedly “misleading” Oregonians and others on prizes.
Oregon Attorney General John Kroger says Oregon will be sharing some of the $3.5 million in settlement funds that have been levied against national prize-machine Publishers Clearing House (PCH) for resolving allegations that it mislead the public in its advertising campaign which portrays average Americans winning millions of dollars for participating in their sweepstakes.
Kroger, along with allegations from attorneys general across the country, claimed that Publisher’s Clearing House did not effectively inform contestants that they did not need to make any purchase to enhance their chances of winning. That their chances were the same with or without subscribing to any number of PCH featured publications.
In announcing the settlement, in which PCH denied any wrongdoing, Kroger said “This settlement insures that Publishers Clearing House plays by the rules and does not exploit Oregonians.” PCH has agreed to hire an ombudsman to review contestant mailings to insure compliance with the settlement.
Although it’s generally good news for employers when workers compensation premiums decline year to year as they have since 2003, they are expected to be unchanged come January 1st.
The story is in today’s Portland Oregonian…