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Telephone scam lurking around Newport/Lincoln County

A warning from LC Sheriff’s Office

Several people in Lincoln County, including employees at the Lincoln County Courthouse, have reported receiving unsolicited phone calls from the TLC Credit Union stating that their TLC debit card has been de-activated and solicit information via touch tone to correct the issue.

The TLC Credit Union was contacted and reported that the phone calls are not from them – they are machine generated scam calls being made to random phone numbers in the area. The scam has been reported to the Department of Justice.

If you receive this, or any, phone call or e-mail requesting personal or financial information do not provide any information. Businesses do not operate in this fashion. If you are contacted by a business requesting contact, never reply with the contact information provided by the solicitation. Locate the contact information of the business through trusted sources of information.

Mark Meister, Patrol Sergeant
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
225 W. Olive St.
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone: 541-265-0684
Fax: 541-265-4917
mmeister@co.lincoln.or.us

Lincoln County Fire Departments begin talks of how to collaborate to increase service and lower costs.

North Lincoln Fire District HQ

The worst recession in over 80 years is causing a lot of people to think about better and/or less costly ways of doing business. And that includes Lincoln County’s fire departments. The far-flung departments, with mile and miles of twisty country roads between them, usually start out on a fire call all by themselves, oftentimes wondering if they will have enough manpower or equipment to handle what they’re racing to. Most of the time they’ve got enough, but sometimes they don’t and so they quickly call for mutual assistance from other nearby departments to jump in and help. (more…)

Join the Siletz Tribe for their “Run to the Rogue”

Provided by: Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians

You are invited to join Siletz Tribal members and friends on Sept. 9-11 for the 16th Annual Run to the Rogue.

This event is a 234-mile relay run/walk in memory of the Siletz Tribal ancestors who were forcibly removed from their homeland in Rogue River Country in the mid-1800s and marched north to Siletz to the confinements of the Coast Reservation. This annual relay run is the closest Tribal members can come to their ancestors’ experience on the forced journey from their homeland.

The run begins in Siletz on Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. at the Siletz Tribal Community Center and ends Sept. 11 at Oak Flat on the Rogue River.

Please keep the following in mind:

• Volunteers are needed for this three-day event to run, walk or help out with camp setup, cleanup, cooking and other areas.
• Youth can participate but need a designated adult committed to traveling and camping with the youth.
• Camping sites, meals and runners’ support and refreshments are provided along the route.
• An orientation session will be held Sept. 9 at 8 a.m. at the Tribal Community Center in Siletz.

If you wish to participate or would like more information, please call 800-922-1399 or 541 444-2532, ext. 1373 or 1290.

Fly Fishers settle their major issues by “taking it outside…”

The Central Coast Fly Fishers will meet Thursday, 9/9, to hear Master Caster and FFF Certified Fly Casting instructor, Dwight Klemin discuss and illustrate “A Casting Stroke For All Occasions.” Prior to the meeting, Klem will meet with members in the parking area to demonstrate his casting excellence. On Saturday, 9/11 an all day casting clinic will be provided with group and individual instruction. Meetings are held at Bayshore Beach Club in Waldport. Information: Alan Canfield, 541-563-6976.

Another “Hands Across Yaquina Bridge” event coming up September 18th!

Yaquina Bay Bridge

Last year they made it about a third of the way across the Yaquina Bridge. This year they’d like to make it at least half-way. And by that they mean a lot of recovering and recovered drug and alcohol dependent people will join hands in their annual “Hands Across the Bridge” celebration of their new lives. The event will also encourage others to make a commitment to themselves and to those who love them to begin rescuing their lives from the destruction of addiction to drugs and alcohol. (more…)

Toledo City Councilors dive into the low income home renovation business.

Toledo City Council, Wednesday night

The Toledo City Council, taking the lead from the Lincoln County Land Trust, has decided to get into the low income home reclamation business. The city will be using just over $40,000 in federal housing (HUD) money as a revolving fund. The Lincoln County Land Trust, a non-profit group, will target old “fixer-uppers” in Toledo and begin the process to buy them. The trust will bring some money to the table and so will Toledo with it’s revolving fund. Together they will buy the houses, renovate them, and then sell them (not the land, it’s the trust’s growing asset collateral) to low income families. The sale price of the houses will exceed the investment made by Toledo and the Land Trust. Both the trust and the city will thereby get their money back with Toledo’s revolving fund ready again to be reinvested. (more…)

Toledo’s broken sewer main to be fixed by end of the month.

The Toledo City Council swallowed hard Wednesday night as they wrote a check for nearly $100,000 to fix a broken sewer main that ruptured nearly two weeks ago inside the town’s sewer plant off Butler Bridge Road. The council also heaped praise on the city’s public works crew who has kept the damaged pipe from spilling anymore raw sewage that flows through the pipe. They also praised Public Works Director Adam Denlinger for being committed to a permanent fix rather than a cheap patch job.

The sewer line that ruptured, in green on the left, did so inside the boundaries of the plant near the white box in the picture. Denlinger says the contractor they’re hiring will drill a new pipe route, in yellow, from the road median, under the railroad tracks, up the hill and come out near where the old pipe ruptured. They will tie in a new line, brought along by the bore drill. They will then abandon and seal off the old pipe which Denlinger says has always been a problem since sewage always pools in it when pressures are down. He says that pooling ate through the pipe over the sixty years it has been used. (more…)

Heard of 9-1-1? Well here comes 2-1-1, probably in December.

We all know what 9-1-1 is. It’s the number you call in an emergency. Well, 2-1-1 is sort of the same thing, except its to connect the caller with all manner of assistance of a minor-to-medium emergency, like medical help, referrals to psychological services, counseling, and other “human services.” It’s in partnership with United Way which is the funding arm for so many of those kinds of services.

The Lincoln County Commission was told Wednesday that the Lincoln County version of 2-1-1 is in the formative stages and may be ready for a “live” launch sometime in December. (more…)

A big expansion to Lincoln County Transit coming in 2012.

Lincoln County Transit “On the Grow”

It’s a ways out, but Lincoln County Transit will be providing public transit between Newport, Lincoln City, Corvallis and with rider options to continue on to Salem too, every day of the week, starting in mid-2012. It means that Lincoln County Transit runs will more than double its reach to Corvallis. With those integrated routes, riders will be able make a big loop from Lincoln City to Newport, then to Corvallis, then to Salem, and then back to Lincoln City. (more…)

Coastal Progressives Update

Provided by Coastal Progressives, Unedited:

Network: Lincoln and South Tillamook Counties
Provided by Coastal Progressives,
A member group of the Rural Organizing Project *
Advancing democracy in rural Oregon

Announcements for September 1, 2010 (more…)

10 year old rape case lands Newport man in jail.

Donald Crabb, Jr., 50

The Lincoln County Grand Jury has handed down indictments of rape and sexual abuse against Donald Crabb, Jr, 50 of Newport stemming from allegations made by two young women who claim Crabb raped and abused them ten years ago. Their stories prompted the grand jury to issue 87 charges for the time period in which the crimes allegedly occurred.

A minor traffic violation prompted a traffic stop on Crabb who came up “wanted” on the officer’s computer screen. He was taken into custody and lodged in the county jail on charges of Rape, Sexual Abuse, and Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor.

Crabb is being held in the county jail in lieu of $1.5 million bail. Authorities ask that anyone who may have information related to this case to call Newport Police Detective Brent Gainer at 541-574-3348.l

Naked man causes evacuation of Waldport hotel

Demetrius Distefano, 38

At around midnight last night, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a report of a naked male adult wandering around the Waldport Beach Resort Hotel trying to get inside several guest rooms.

Senior Sheriff’s Deputy Lance Cummings located the subject on the second floor of the hotel after the suspect had pulled at least two fire alarm boxes. With the fire alarm blaring, several guests evacuated their rooms. The fire department arrived minutes later.

While investigating the incident, deputies discovered that two fire alarm boxes were not only pulled, they were ripped off the wall in a hallway. Deputies also found telephone wires that were pulled out of an access panel. They also came across a flooded guest room caused by water being left running in the bathtub.

The subject, identified as 38 year old Demetrius Distefano from Frendale, CA, was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for Criminal Mischief II and Disorderly Conduct I. His bail was set at $30,000.00.

School District launches “Homeruns for the Homeless”

Batter up at Homeruns for the Homeless
Provided by Lincoln County Schools

It’s batter up at Homeruns for the Homeless! The Lincoln County School District will sponsor a home run derby at the Yaquina View field September 11 from 12 noon to 2:30pm. Proceeds will benefit the students of the Homeless Education Literacy Project (HELP) – a program of Lincoln County School District.

HELP advocates are trying to break down school-related barriers that face homeless students by providing them with resources and materials needed to succeed academically and emotionally. (more…)

Drum Circle Rumblings…

Newport Community Drum Circle
Provided by Chandler Davis

The drum circle at the park on August 17 had several waves of participants, 60 or more people overall, with great rhythms and a tuba. (You have not drumcircled until you have drumcircled with a tuba!) … The event at Oceanview Senior Living on Friday afternoon went over great with 16 to 20 people participating in the drumming and an audience of close to a hundred people…BURNTWOODSTOCK II (“Three days of peace and music down on Kasner’s farm”) was the most amazing event I have ever attended in Lincoln County: three days of non-stop live music with every local musician or band you’ve heard of and a bunch that you haven’t. I did a Saturday afternoon drum circle that drew as many as 75 participants. The hosts estimated 500 to 600 people — a tenfold increase over BURNTWOODSTOCK I. The music continued into the wee hours and most folks – old and young; bikers, families, kids, and dogs — camped out together in the open fields. By the end of the weekend the whole gathering felt more like a family than a crowd. The Kasners vowed the event will continue every year (last weekend in August, weekend before Labor Day) “until we die.” Mark your calendar. (more…)

Serious single car accident on bad curve at Ona Beach Tuesday night.

Car demolished on Ona Beach curve, 9:30pm Tuesday

A rain-slick Highway 101 got the best of a driver who an OSP trooper said was driving too fast for conditions. The northbound car was just entering the hard curve to the east when the driver lost control and slid head-on into the guard rail. The trooper said the car kept sliding down hill, coming to rest partially on the pavement and up against the guard rail. Several people were in the car. None of them was hurt seriously thanks to their seat belts, according to the trooper. The vehicle’s air bags also deployed

Troopers say the first rain after a dry spell can make highway surfaces very slick. They say grit, dust, dirt and engine oil droplets accumulate on the surface so when it rains, it acts like a layer of a lubricant that causes vehicles to spontaneously lose traction, as this driver found out the hard way Tuesday night.

Give blood. People need it to survive.


American Red Cross
Support your local Blood Drives

Friday, Sept. 03, 2010 Chinook Winds Casino 1777 NW 44th Lincoln City, Or. 97367, 1:00 pm 6:00 pm 541-996-5825

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, Bayside at South Beach, 411 SE 35th St. South Beach, Or. 97366 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm 541-867-7400

Please Donate!
For Questions Please Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543)

Red Cross classes announced

Newport: August 23, 2010 –

The Willamette Chapter of the American Red Cross offers a wide variety of Health & Safety training for youth, adults, healthcare providers and instructors. Below is a list of upcoming classes and associated fees. All courses are offered at your local American Red Cross Office at 308 SW Coast Highway Newport, Oregon (unless otherwise noted*). All course fees cover the cost of materials and maintenance of Red Cross equipment and facilities. Registration and pre-payment is required for all classes. The American Red Cross reserves the right to cancel any classes that do not have six or more students enrolled. To register or for more info; please contact the Red Cross by calling 541-272-3037 or 1-800-991-9515, visit the office located at 308 SW Coast Highway Newport, Oregon, or log online to www.redcross-salem.org
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Yes, she walked away from it unhurt.

This is a picture of what Oregon State Troopers found at 7:09 this morning on Interstate 205 southbound mile post 4. The woman had lost control of her vehicle, traveled from the left lane across the southbound lanes, off the highway’s right shoulder and slid in among some trees.

She walked away unscathed. The Oregon State Police say this kind of accident is exactly what troopers point to when they say it’s critically important to wear your seat belt. Troopers and other law enforcement are on a seat belt enforcement campaign through September 12th and they’re looking especially closely to see if we’re wearing our seat belts, with special emphasis on whether kids are properly buckled or seated in.

ODOT figures show special enforcement of seat belt and kids’ seat laws is working. They say traffic fatalities were down 7% in 2009, and there were 7 fewer child fatalities and 30 fewer child passenger injuries than in 2008.

Lincoln County welcomes new teachers.

School District Welcomes 29 New Teachers, Licensed Staff

“Work hard and play hard, but always remember to keep balance in your life.”
This was one bit of advice offered by Lincoln County School District Superintendent Tom Rinearson to 29 teachers and staff members during a four-day orientation held at the end of August in Newport. (more…)

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