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Newport Eads Street Barrier Times Clarified

As many of our readers know, the Lincoln County School District, in cooperation with the city of Newport, has erected large street closure barriers on Eads Street in Newport in front of Newport High School during school hours. However, in an effort to keep the Monday through Friday closure to an acceptable minimum amount of time, the negotiations somehow created some confusion. So, the earlier start time of 8am is now 7:30am. The barriers will be removed on closure days at 4pm as previously agreed between the city and the school district.

The barriers were requested by Newport High School administration as a safety issue, citing one fatality (a teacher) over the years and a few close calls. Detour streets include NW Harney to the east and Coos and Douglas to the west. The barriers will be up on school days only.

Watchful neighbor and quick 9-1-1 call bags a suspected burglar with drugs

Jesse Beecher, 30, Drugs/Theft

A neighbor on in Seal Rock reported seeing a man she did not recognize, climbing through the window of a residence in the 1200 block of NW Park View, with a crowbar in his hands. The neighbor quickly called 9-1-1 and reported that the man then left the residence and drove away while deputies were still en route. However, she was able to provide a good description of the vehicle, including the license plate.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies David Hawley and Cliff Sites located and stopped the vehicle on Highway 101 near the Newport Airport and identified the driver as Jesse William Beecher, age 30, of Florence. An investigation revealed that Beecher was at the Park View Street address and did not have permission to be there.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies found a bag of methamphetamine along with a methamphetamine pipe in Beecher’s pocket.

Beecher was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and theft and was lodged in the Lincoln County jail with a bail of $50,000. Beecher’s passenger, Lacy Rene Coles, age 27 of Florence, was cited and released for Possession of Methamphetamine. Additional charges are still pending.

Big Beach and Riverside Clean Up this Saturday!

Clean up a lake, river or beach on Saturday, September 17th, and send the love downstream!
(News Release from SOLV)

Volunteer for the SOLV Beach & Riverside Cleanup on September 17th to pick up trash and enhance watershed health at over 100 sites across Oregon before the fall rains wash litter downhill into storm drains, waterways and out to sea. By preventing trash from reaching the ocean, you are sending a gift of clean water, healthy people, and abundant wildlife downstream. To participate, click here.

Message from Surfrider Foundation: Come out for the fall Oregon Beach and Riverside Cleanup this Saturday. We will have captains at Otter Rock/Devils punchbowl, Beverly beach, Agate Wayside, Nye Beach, South Beach, Ona Beach and more.

The forecast for the weekend on the coast is for isolated showers, light breeze, with highs in the low 60’s, so bring your rain gear “just in case” the forecast is correct.

Coast Guard rescues two after vessel sinks 60 miles west of Coos Bay

Photo Courtesy USCG

The Coast Guard rescued two people and their dog after their vessel sank approximately 60 miles west of Coos Bay this past weekend.

Group North Bend received a call from the 34-foot wooden-hulled fishing vessel Maro at approximately 11 p.m., Friday, stating they were rapidly taking on water due to a split plank in the hull.

Air Station North Bend launched an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew at approximately 11:20 p.m., and Air Station Astoria, Ore., launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew at approximately 11:40 p.m.

Both crews arrived on scene after midnight to find the vessel had sank approximately 60 miles west of Coos Bay. Both people on board had abandoned ship with their dog and were floating in a life raft.

The Dolphin crew lowered a rescue swimmer and hoisted both people and their dog to the helicopter.

They were transported to Air Station North Bend.

No injuries were reported.

Snowy Plover winging its way back from the brink?

Photo Courtesy USFWS

A tiny shorebird common to the Oregon Coast and as well as California, is showing signs of emerging from what some biologists feared was irreversible extinction. The Snowy Plover appears to be benefiting from efforts of wildlife biologists who have focused on keeping people away from the birds’ fragile nests.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

Trying to get the democracy we need and deserve

Jeff Golden at Driftwood Public Library

In honor of Constitution week beginning Sept. 18th, The American Association of University Women, Lincoln City Branch will be presenting the discussion, “Of the People or For the People: Getting the Government We Deserve, by scholar Jeff Golden on Monday, Sept 19th.

This is a FREE discussion about political discourse and the quality of Public life. This event is part of the statewide Conversations Project: A New Chautauqua.

The focus of “Of the People or For the People” by Golden, former host of Jefferson Public Radio’s Jefferson Exchange, is “that there are no real leaders anymore.” “What we most need (some say) are people of our Founding Fathers’ caliber, or another Abe Lincoln or Franklin Roosevelt to step forward with the courage and wisdom necessary to solve our daunting problems.” An opposing point of view holds that in a state or country with free, open elections, people get the government they deserve. Does the current failure of governance and politics have more to do with a crisis of leadership or a crisis of citizenship?

It’s all at Lincoln City’s Driftwood Public Library in the city hall building, 6:30pm, September 18th. For more information call 541-921-5115.

Food awards through “Women, Infants and Children” now has openings in Lincoln County

Courtesy photo

Lincoln County Health and Human Services currently has 60 openings available for WIC a special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children.

Two Walk-in WIC Clinics are available in September (No appointment needed.)

Saturday, Sept 17, 2011, 9:30 am – 4 pm at the School Based Health Center, Waldport High School
Saturday, Sept 24, 2011, 9:30 am – 4 pm at the Siletz Community Health Clinic in Siletz

This nutrition education program helps families identify healthy nutrition choices that work for them. WIC staff can provide answers nutrition questions, provide breastfeeding help and breast pumps for moms who need them, help getting other services, information on how to feed children, prenatal care, and much more.

The WIC program also provides vouchers to buy foods that helps keep people healthy and strong such as: milk, cheese, eggs, dried beans or peas, fruits and vegetables, baby food, fruit juice, peanut butter, cereal, whole wheat bread, corn tortillas or brown rice and canned tuna. The program includes extra foods for moms who are breastfeeding (who don’t get formula from WIC) and infant formula for moms who are not breastfeeding.

People are eligible if they meet all of the following: (1) live in Oregon, (2) are a pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding woman, (3) an infant or a child under 5 years old (fathers, grandparents, foster parents or other guardians may apply for WIC for their children,) (6) have a nutritional need and (7) have a household income that is less than or equal to the guidelines below:

Household sizes that are eligible: person of 1 cannot have a paycheck that averages above $1,675 per month. Families of two people cannot make over $2,268 a month. Families of three $2,857 a month. families of four cannot make more than $3,446. A family of five cannot exceed $4,035 and a family of six cannot exceed $4,624.

Call the Lincoln County Health and Human Services WIC program at 541-265-4163 to make an appointment at the Newport or Lincoln City office. Staff will explain what to bring to the appointment. At the appointment, WIC staff will: review health history, evaluate diet, determine eligibility, answer questions about nutrition, help people find more services, provide vouchers to buy healthy foods and work with people to help them reach their nutrition goals.

Women who are on WIC eat a healthier diet, have healthier babies and receive early prenatal care.
Infants born to WIC mothers weigh more and have improved growth and development rates. Children on WIC eat foods with more iron and vitamin C, and visit their doctors regularly.

Come to a Walk-in WIC Clinic in September (No appointment needed.)

Saturday, Sept 17, 2011, 9:30 am – 4 pm at the School Based Health Center, Waldport High School
Saturday, Sept 24, 2011, 9:30 am – 4 pm at the Siletz Community Health Clinic in Siletz

WIC Vouchers are Acceptable at These Locations

Farmers Markets in Newport & Lincoln City, Rite Aid Newport & Lincoln City, Rays, Waldport & Yachats, Price N Pride, Lincoln City and Noels Market, Siletz, Safeway in both Newport and Lincoln City, Lincoln Beach Sentry in Depoe Bay, Kennys IGA in Lincoln City, JC Market in Newport, JC Thriftway in Toledo, Fred Meyer in Newport, Walgreens in Lincoln City, Rain Forest Mushroom Company in Eddyville, Pioneer Mountain Farms in Toledo, Blue Heron Farm in Waldport and The Salad Farm in Scio.

For more information on media release contact:

Amanda Claxton
WIC Coordinator
Health & Human Services
Phone:541-265-0402
AClaxton@co.lincoln.or.us

Big food drive for our hungry fellow citizens in Lincoln County

Photo Courtesy of Food Share of Lincoln County

The 4th Annual Lincoln County Hauler’s food drive is running September 19th through the 22nd. Wherever you live–Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Siletz, Toledo–leave a bag of non-perishable food donations on top of your trash cart on your pick-up day, and Lincoln County trash haulers will pick up your donation and transport the food to Food Share. It’s the time of year when shelves are almost bare! So help the trash haulers help Food Share to TRASH HUNGER in Lincoln County!

Don’t forget…
Be Jeweled is collecting donations of jewelry for their 2012 Be Jeweled Sale! Donations of jewelry can be dropped off at all Oregon Coast Bank branches, Newport Chamber of Commerce, Nye Cottage Beads, Newport Adult Activity Center, Lincoln City Cultural Center, Hair Love, and Food Share. Or call Sue Wilson at 541-574-7898 to arrange a pick-up.

Clatsop County students injured in school bus crash near Warrenton

Six students in a Warrenton School District bus were injured, one seriously, when its driver pulled out from a stop sign at Perkins Road and Highway 101. The bus was instantly hit by an oncoming pickup, driven by a Gearhart man who was also injured.

Oregon State Police say bus driver Sabrina Rainey of Astoria had stopped the bus for a stop sign at Perkins and 101. Then she pulled out to cross 101 but was hit by a pick-up which bashed in the left front end of the bus. Student Serena Goniwicha, 16 was seriously injured and was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Pick-up driver John Cook, 64 of Gearhart, was also seriously injured and was taken to Emanuel Medical Center as well. Bus driver Sabrina Rainey was not injured. A seventh student aboard the bus was not injured and was picked up at the accident scene by her mother.

The OSP says thus far no citations have been issued, but add that the investigation is not over.

Reducing the pain of arthritis comes on friendly wheels…

Photo courtesy Daniella Crowder

Those trying to reduce the pain of arthritis are peddling into Newport this evening and calling all Newportians to get a bone density check by stopping by the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The test is not only fun because it’s at the Aquarium, but also because it’s free!

Daniella Crowder and the gang at the Bike Newport Shop says the “Peoples Coast Classic Ride for Arthritis” is stopping in Newport on their long road quest to raise money toward the cure of the very painful, and quality of life robbing disease. Tonight at 6:30, the Aquarium opens their doors as a bone density test is given free of charge to all comers. Participants will learn about how they can reduce their chances of getting arthritis, and what can be done to reduce its symptoms.

Bike Newport co-owner Daniella Crowder says that last year’s People’s Coast Classic stopped in Newport, but conducted just a rest layover for part of the day. But Crowder says this time, the Classic has decided to spend the entire day getting to know the area to see the special place it really is. The tomorrow, Tuesday, at 11:30am, Mayor Mark McConnell, himself an avid bicyclist, will attend a special luncheon sponsored by Bike Newport at Don Davis Park, which will honor the People’s Coastal Classic which spends much time raising money toward better medical treatement for arthritis, if not an eventual cure.

Some who talk the talk and walk the walk while others break out in a fast run…

Jerilyn Guiss (R) and Elise Jordan (L) partnering on upcoming joint support of “Project Homeless”

A Newport area business has, for a long time, been proving that you don’t have to be a big business or industrial giant to make important contributions to the health and betterment of the community. Jerilyn and Company has been donating a percentage of specific proceeds of their retail sales operations to a number of what can only be called vital services that government has been less and less able to provide; help for the homeless, medical emergencies, distressed children, fighting alcohol and drug abuse, and many, many more.

Since October of last year Jerilyn Guiss of Jerilyn and Company has raised $4,434 by setting aside a certain part of their hair care sales to a number of community boosting organizations, including:

October – Animal Medical Foundation – $325,
November – Children’s Advocacy Center – $380
December – Food Share – $414
January – Samaritan House – $406
February – PCHF – Women’s Cancer Fund – $416
March – OCCA – $385
April – Newport Public Library – $340
May – CASA – $340
June – My Sisters Place – $375
July – PAADA – $390
August – Red Cross – $409

In September, 5% of all retail sales of their salon hair product line are be being contributed to Project Homeless Connect which is an event to serve the needs of our coastal homeless on October 6th at the Newport Church of the Nazarene on 12th Street, just west of Highway 101.

Jeriyln Guiss said her company’s giving campaign was created in a moment of deep gratitude to her friends, employees and the community. One day she came in and announced, “What local groups and organizations do you admire that we ought to be supporting in their mission?” From that day forward in October of last year, Jerilyn and Company has been donating proceeds from their salon hair care product sales to those who try to make Lincoln County the best it can be.

Their next donation will be to “Project Homeless Connect” which will be helping over 100 homeless individuals at their upcoming October 6th event at the Church of the Nazarene where the homeless find work, get badly needed health care and dental work, avoid hunger and substance abuse and if “hooked,” how to get help. There is a need for more volunteers with the event, so for those who would like to be an “advocate” for a homeless person or family as they are introduced to the many services that will be part of the event, call Elise Jordan, the Vista/Homeless Connect coordinator at 541-265-9883.

Fatal Wrong Way Driver on I-5 Identified

This past weekend OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received a report of a vehicle driving northbound in the southbound lanes at milepost 219 about three miles north of Exit 216 and nine miles south of the Highway 34 interchange (Exit 228). Trooper Hunter was the only trooper on duty in the Albany area and responded south from milepost 238.

Two minutes later at 9:15 p.m., OSP was notified of a head-on collision in the southbound lanes near milepost 221. Shortly after emergency responders arrived on scene it was confirmed the wrong way driver, MONTY ROBERT FLOYD UPSHAW, age 71, from Tillamook, was deceased.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by UPSHAW was northbound in the southbound lanes when it sideswiped a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by KAILANI K. BROWN, age 31, from Springfield, then collided head-on with a 2005 Chevrolet pickup driven by OSIEL MILLAN FIGUEROA, age 35, from Coos Bay.

BROWN was not injured.

The pickup contained five occupants. The driver and three passengers received non-life threatening injuries and were transported to hospitals in Albany and Corvallis for treatment. The injured passengers were identified as MARGARITO MILLAN FIGUEROA, age 42; LORETO GARCIA ROJAS, age 32; and, CARMELA ESTRADA FLORES, age 34. A 2-year old male child passenger had no reported injury. All pickup occupants are from Coos Bay.

OSP is asking anyone with information regarding where the victim was prior to the traffic crash to please contact Trooper Casey Hunter at (541) 967-2026 ext. 4250.

OSP troopers from Albany and Springfield were assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Lebanon Police Department, Lebanon Fire Department, Halsey Fire Department, and ODOT. Southbound traffic was routed onto the shoulder until all lanes were opened at 1:20 a.m.

Cotter said alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in this crash.

Wrong way drivers present an obvious danger to all motorists on our highways. The most recent available crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates wrong way drivers are involved in 1.5% of all fatal crashes nationally.

Wrong way drivers usually drive in the inside lane or inside shoulder, believing they are actually on a two-lane highway. Most common types of wrong way driver involved crashes are head-on or sideswipe crashes.

The following information and safety tips are offered related to wrong way drivers.

Who is the wrong way driver?
* Intoxicated driver
* Older drivers who easily get confused
* Intentional drivers (example – trying to avoid traffic jams / congestion caused by crashes)
* Inattentive drivers who mistake an off ramp for an on ramp

Safety Tips:
* Watch far ahead for signs of a possible wrong way driver, looking for signs similar to pending problems or developing emergency situations such as other traffic braking or swerving to avoid something, or the obvious – headlights coming in the opposite direction.
* Caution against driving long periods in the inside lane on freeways, especially on curves.

Missing Depoe Bay man found deceased

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has reported that missing Depoe Bay man Nicholas Stocker has been found deceased in the woods near Fogarty Creek State Park. Few details are available at the current time, but there were evidently no signs of criminal involvement in the death.

City of Newport takes note of Court of Appeals prohibition of local governments taxing real estate income.

When a political entity like a city or county charges a property management firm more for a business license because they manage a lot of properties, does that constitute an illegal tax? A circuit court judge in Portland said no. But the State Court of Appeals Friday overruled the lower court by declaring that such a tax escalator based on “income levels” of a real estate firm is not legal and ordered the city of Portland to refund the illegal “overage.”

How this latest ruling might affect Newport’s business license ordinance as applied to local property management firms like Dolphin Realty, Yaquina Bay Properties and Mishey Real Estate remains unclear. The city’s attorney and others will be studying the ruling with an eye to seeing if the city of Portland appeals the case to the State Supreme Court.

But in the meantime, the ruling caught the eye of Newport Finance Director David Marshall who immediately conferred with city officials and announced that the city will drop it’s “business license surcharge” on the property management firms while it revamps its entire business license ordinance. Marshall also said the ruling will certainly add to the discussions with the firms and the city attorney when they meet for a workshop on the issue at city hall September 19th. Dolphin Realty, Yaquina Bay Properties, and Mishey Real Estate have protested the graduated business license fee based on the number of housing or commercial properties they manage, which they view as constituting a graduated tax based on income.

The Newport property management firms contend that they should be subject to no more than the same flat rate business license fee as any other business, with a slight surcharge indexed for the number of employees. They have protested vehemently an additional escalator that was imposed by the city for the number of residential and commercial units they manage on behalf of their client property owners which they claim is at the heart of Friday’s State Court of Appeals ruling. One school of thought suggests that any property that is income property is, in fact, a business, and so should be subject to a business license fee (or tax as some call it), and that it should be paid by the property owner not the property manager.

We’ll see what they all come up with at their September 19th workshop at city hall.

Power line down and arcing in Depoe Bay

A power line is down and arcing in the 5400 block of El Mirador Way in Depoe Bay. Emergency first responders are enroute. It’s been a very windy day on the coast. No word of any widespread power outage.

Fire destroys motor home fire; plus damages Coast Auto Sales building

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Mike Ellebrecht’s photo shows extent of smoke. Click to enlarge.

Fire broke out inside motor home Friday afternoon that was parked behind Coast Auto Sales, just south of Burger King in Newport, on Highway 101. The blaze consumed the motor home, tires, and damaged other vehicles parked near it to the rear of the business. The work area where cars are repaired was heavily damaged as well.

An employee of the business said the motor home had just been cleaned in preparation for sales when the fire erupted and spread quickly. The west wall of the business as well as numerous tires went up in flame as well. Numerous loud booms, from exploding tires, was heard throughout the area. At one point fire fighters were in retreat after they grew low on water and the fire had spread to an area containing a propane tank. It did not explode.

No injuries. Cause of the fire was determined to be dry wood and natural materials being ignited by hot slag from grinding. The Newport Fire Department reminds everyone to maintain a fire watch for at least an hour after doing any work that can generate slag or sparks, according to Assistant Fire Chief Rob Murphy. The business was the site of another vehicle fire that erupted earlier this year during a welding job on a gas tank. The SUV on top of a car transport trailer was destroyed, as well as a car on the lower level.

Newport firefighters were assisted by firefighters from Seal Rock and Toledo in battling today’s blaze.

Toledo Pool going to be closed longer than anticipated – parts…

Due to delays in getting parts to make repairs to the Toledo Pool, the pool will not re-open until September 26th. However, if the parts come in sooner than that, Aquatic/Recreation Manager Joe Andrews says they’ll open sooner.

Andrews said the repair issue was revealed after they drained the pool for routine maintenance. When the repairs are complete and the pool reopens, Andrews said operating costs of the pool should be lower over the next few years.

So, again, the Toledo Pool will be closed until September 26th. It could reopen slightly sooner if the parts come in sooner rather than later.

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