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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!

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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:

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2010/08/feds_may_cut_columbia_basin_ha.html

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.

Big family pow wow comin’ up! “Siletz Go!”

Provided by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Bring Your Family to the Siletz Pow-Wow

Many different Tribal nations will be represented at the annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow on Aug. 13-15, 2010, 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 inter-tribal dances.” (more…)

Lincoln County School District officials find a silver lining in what some might call a pretty bad report card from the state

Provided by LCSD,

Each August, school districts in Oregon receive preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports showing how well students met certain statewide standards in academics and attendance during the previous school year, and graduation rates for the two years prior.

Lincoln County School District administrators are pleased that the preliminary AYP report for Lincoln County School District shows continued improvement in many areas, from the 2008-09 school year to the 2009-10 school year; and that cumulative gains over the past five years of reporting confirm that the school district is moving in the right direction. “This report helps us focus on areas that need attention, and highlights areas where we are doing well,” says LCSD Superintendent Tom Rinearson. “It’s an important tool that helps drive our conversations for improvement.” (more…)

U of O’s Economic “Guru” says Oregon not necessarily heading for a double dip recession

University of Oregon economist Tom Duy, who issues monthly reports cards on the statewide status of our economic health, said in his latest release that Oregon’s anemic recovery is of substantial concern, but he’s not looking for any window to jump out of either.

Here’s the story in today’s Eugene Register Guard:

http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/business/25127379-41/index-economy-oregon-recession-dip.csp

Another organizational update from Coastal Progressives

Provided by: Coastal Progressives
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A day both bitter and slightly sweet

On July 29, 2010, a law took effect that targets undocumented people living in Arizona’s communities, SB1070.

We won a significant victory when the courts struck down the most egregious parts of the law. The peoples’ voices always rise before the court’s decisions, so with this sign of progress we will continue fighting the remainder of this unjust law.

The Rural Organizing Project and its Human Dignity Groups have a long history of letting values of human dignity and democracy be our guide through the seas of cultural change. As we celebrate this small victory for basic human decency and prepare ourselves to continue the work of diffusing the wedge of hate in our own communities, let’s take a minute to realign with what we know to be true. (more…)

Sister City delegation headed home today


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After climbing to the top of a coastal lighthouse, playing with crawly critters in a tidal pool, dancing with Newport children, and experimenting with Making Paper, the 14 teens from Newport’s sister city of Mombetsu are finally headed back to Japan.

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