Lincoln City city councilors took their first look at what may prove to be a controversial land use tool that seeks to lower the risk for home construction along highly erosion-prone coastal bluffs. The state has provided cities and counties up and down the Oregon Coast with highly accurate aerial maps that show where active bluff erosion is going on right now, where it’s likely to occur next over the next few decades and where it might take a little longer.
Unlike Newport’s rather wide swaths of risky coastal bluffs and active foredunes, Lincoln City’s hazard zones are very narrow – so narrow that most unbuilt lots have all three risk zones across them; high, moderate and low, from Cutler City clear up to the north end of town. For that reason planning staff told the council that just about every buildable lot will require a geologic engineering survey to determine whether it’s safe to build and how a home might be configured. The proposed rules will also address issues like whether a home, or hotel/motel for that matter, can be rebuilt after wind, storm or fire damage. Usually, if the damage is less than 50%, rebuilding is allowed. But if the damage is over 50% it could be another story. But staff doesn’t have that particular criteria worked out just yet.
Geologic surveys usually run about five thousand dollars. Only state licensed geologic engineers can do them. Survey results guide the city on whether to issue a building permit or how a home should be built on any particular bluff. Minimum set-backs from the edge of any bluff is currently proposed to be twenty feet, but it could be more if the specific building lot erosion rate is higher than three to four inches a year. The bottom two pictures show construction very close to a retaining wall. In this case the owner fortified the toe of the bluff which should buy him more time. So under current codes, the city required only an 11-foot setback.
Some among the council had a few issues with the new regulations but they’ll have more time to learn about it during an upcoming public hearing at their September 12th city council meeting. Planning staff says the state is closely monitoring progress among cities and counties as they grapple with geologic hazards. The Newport City Council endured many months of contentious haggling between property owners, real estate industry professionals and land use planners and just recently finished updating their geologic hazard component to their master plan. Lincoln City planning staff said they learned a lot by watching Newport’s wrestling with the issue and that, they say, should shorten Lincoln City’s adoption process of an equally suitable new set of coastal bluff development rules that will win state Land Development and Conservation approval.
Lincoln City paramedics are enroute to a location on Chinook Creek, Lincoln City, on a report of a juvenile male who lost control of his rig, ran it off the bank of Chinook Creek, and crashed it. He is said to be bleeding from his arm and shoulder.
A deeply troubling story in the LA Times suggests that the U.S. has been too hard hit by the recession to remain a viable growth market for even American companies. So guess what? Some are moving operations to countries that do have growth. Click here.
Lincoln City has a lot going for it to attract tourists but it can do a lot more. It just needs to beat the drums more loudly. That’s the short and the long of the Lincoln City Tourist Marketing Plan being offered by Visitors and Convention Bureau Executive Director Sandra Pfaff. Her report will be delivered Monday evening to the city council.
Pfaff offers a summary of the basics about Lincoln City’s tourism industry. She says the busiest time of the year for Lincoln City tourism is July through September when 41% of all tourist visitors move through. Next is April through June at 22%. Next, January through March at 21% and lastly October through December at 16%.
Pfaff says hotel/motel/VRD lodging numbers were probably around 2% higher in 2010 compared to 2009. She said lodging prices are stuck at what they were in 2007. She reports that 57% of Americans are cutting back vacation plans, and that no real growth in tourism can be expected for the next three years, due largely to the faltering economy, high unemployment and gas prices.
Pfaff says most Lincoln City visitors are from within a five hour drive from Tri-Cities, Seattle, Boise, Portland and the Willamette Valley. She says 66% of overnight stays are by Oregonians, and 54% of those are from Portland.
Pfaff reports that trends show that tourists are traveling more in groups, they’re eating out less and they’re shopping less. More of them are preferring Vacation Rental Dwelling rentals rather than standard hotels and motels, both of which are feeling an income pinch. Pfaff adds that there are more people coming over just for the day. They’re not spending the night.
Conventions and Business Meetings remain soft, due partly to limited facilities in Lincoln City. There is also limited transportation to and from Portland which has the nearest regional airport. She said it makes locations closer to Portland more attractive for small to medium sized business and convention events.
Pfaff says “The Beach” remains Lincoln City’s primary attraction, followed by shopping, outdoor recreation, gaming, dining in fine restaurants, arts and cultural events, museums and historic sites. Pfaff singles out “arts and culture” tourists as especially valuable since they comprise 23% of all visitors. She says 53% of them stay longer, and spend 35% more money than other tourists, on average.
Pfaff reports that Lincoln City has unique advantages in that it offers value priced vacation get-aways, customer service quality is high and is reasonably accessible to a number of population centers, including Seattle, Boise, and Portland. Weaknesses in Lincoln City’s visitor draw is that it lacks indoor venues that can handle crowds of 500 to 15,000. It’s also short of indoor meeting facilities.
But despite those shortcomings, Pfaff says Lincoln City can do a lot better job of promoting itself. She said too much energy expended through anger blaming others rather than concentrating on cooperating. She says the cities of Bend and Newport do a better job of branding themselves which sets themselves apart from other tourist-dependent communities.
Among VCB’s goals for luring more tourists to Lincoln City, Pfaff says they’ll be promoting what more tourists want to experience; vacations that teach something, something tourists can take home with them other than pretty pictures. She said such special events as “Ready-Set-Cook” and “Learning Feast” are good examples of that. But also she points out that Lincoln City needs an events center for a lot of this to play out.
And finally, Pfaff says Lincoln City must ensure that it remains a “diversity friendly” town so that latinos, asians, anglos and blacks feel comfortable walking around. She said they’ll also be targeting married women with no children whose annual household income exceeds $70,000, gays, lesbians, transgenders, green travelers, along with small business and association meetings and retreats.
The full marketing report is available on line at OregonCoast.org
CCLC Board member Charles Woodbridge on estuary tour
Provided by CCLC Coordinator, Carla Perry
The Central Coast Land Conservancy, a certified non-profit agency, is offering a cash prize of $100 for the design of a logo that captures the organization’s mission and the spirit of the Central Oregon Coast. The contest is open to everyone - professionals and amateurs. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2011. There is no entry fee.
The mission of the Central Coast Land Conservancy is to hold and manage for the benefit of the public, in perpetuity, lands that constitute the natural heritage of Tillamook, Lincoln, and western Lane counties. Its purpose is to maintain, restore, and enhance the land for the benefit of all residents and visitors to this area.
Logo designs can be submitted by email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org, or sent to the Central Coast Land Conservancy, P.O. Box 1344, Depoe Bay, OR 97341. Electronic files should be jpegs with 300 dpi resolution. Hardcopy submissions should be mailed flat (no folds) in an appropriate-sized envelope. Submissions should include the artist’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. The design should be appropriate for use on letterhead, brochures, cards, website, T-shirts and other media.
By entering the Central Coast Land Conservancy Logo Design Contest, the artist is certifying that his or her logo design is original and was created specifically for this contest. The winner must agree to exclusive use of the logo by the Central Coast Land Conservancy. CCLC reserves the right to not award prize money if no design is selected.
Please contact Carla Perry if you have questions: email@example.com, or 541-574-7708.
Lincoln City officials have received 22.4% of the surveys they mailed to Roads End property owners, asking about their priorities in the event they are annexed into the city. The long running debate has turned sometimes quite contentious before the city council as residents claim like the way things are, or as others have characterized it, “getting high quality city services as lower county costs.” Roads End is immediately outside the city’s northern city limit and thereby have been enjoying city grade services while paying lower property taxes than those living inside the city limits. Many Roads End residents believe they already provide plenty of tax revenues to the city other than property taxes, and point to the fact they pay twice as much for water as in-city residents.
A survey was mailed out by the city to Roads End property owners asking them how they feel about city services like water, police, street maintenance, zoning protections and Vacation Rental Dwelling regulations. Of the 22% who returned the surveys 81% said having a permanent supply of water was important, having more comprehensive police protection was cited by 73% as important, a fifty percent reduction in their waters bills came in at 82%, street maintenance at 79%, protective land use zoning at 74% and regulating vacation rental dwellings was cited by 58% of respondents as important.
City Manager David Hawker will tell his city council tonight that there was a separate direct mail campaign to the entire area launched by a group of people who oppose annexation. Hawker said the rate of survey return indicates that it was effective to some extent and that it’s unfortunate that so many potential respondents chose not to fill out the surveys. Hawker wrote in his report:
“This is truly unfortunate, as the City may well annex Roads End in the not too distant future, and the more we know about the wishes of the residents and owners, the better we can serve them. While some services are automatic (like police protection and half the utility bill), others are based on decisions yet to be made. This would include how much to invest in street maintenance, and when to begin consideration of city rather than county zoning. Some aspects of the VRD issue may well be decided for Roads End in advance of annexation.”
The city council will take up the matter Monday evening, 6pm, at Lincoln City City Hall, 3rd floor.
Sheriff Dennis Dotson, Lincoln County
Your Sheriff’s Office provides non-criminal fingerprinting services to the public. Citizens sometimes need to have their fingerprints taken for purposes of employment, license applications, expunging records, etc.
When can you have your fingerprints taken?
We provide fingerprinting services to the public on Wednesday mornings 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., all day Thursdays 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Friday mornings 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. We are closed on holidays and no appointments are necessary.
Where can you get your fingerprints taken?
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, 225 W. Olive Street, Room 203, Newport, OR 97365 Phone (541) 265-4912
How much will it cost you for fingerprinting?
$25.00 for the first two cards. $5.00 for each additional card for the same individual for the same fingerprint request purpose. A cash discount of $5.00 is applied when paying with US Currency (cash), making the fee $20. No cash discount is offered for the additional cards.
What do you need to bring with you?
The person being fingerprinted must bring a current and valid official photo identification (such as drivers license, DMV official ID, or passport) and a second piece of identification, both with a signature along with payment in the form of cash, check or money order.
Bring any correspondence, forms, fingerprint cards and envelopes you received from the employer or other agency requesting the fingerprints. DO NOT FILL OUT ANY INFORMATION ON THE FINGERPRINT CARD, regardless of your instructions. We have a Livescan machine and will print your name and other information on the card along with your fingerprints. If you were not provided a fingerprint card, we can provide one.
What happens to your fingerprints?
In most cases you will take the completed fingerprints with you, sometimes in a sealed envelop, if required. You are responsible for routing the fingerprint cards to the appropriate agencies following the instructions you received from the agency requiring your fingerprints.
Questions: Please call our Records Department at (541) 265-4912 during normal business hours.
For more tips and other information, visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net
Former Governor and U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield, dead at 89
Former Oregon Governor and U.S. Senator, and a frequent critic of the size of the U.S. Military has died in Portland following a long illness. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.
Senator Jeff Merkley’s statement at passing of former Senator Hatfield:
Merkley Statement on the Passing of Senator Mark Hatfield
Portland – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement on the passing of former Governor and Senator Mark O. Hatfield of Oregon.
“I am deeply saddened to hear about Senator Hatfield’s death. “Senator Hatfield took courageous positions of conscience — from opposing the Vietnam War to advocating for the abolition of the death penalty – in the face of substantial political opposition. He inspired many to public service, encouraging them to work to do what is right rather than what is convenient or popular.
“Senator Hatfield played an enormous role in making Oregon what it is today. His hands were at work in the development of so many institutions we treasure as Oregonians, from the Oregon Health and Sciences University, to the Mark Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, to the Opal Creek Wilderness, to name just a few. He should also be remembered, in this age of bitter partisanship, for his bipartisan and gracious diplomacy.
I have greatly admired Senator Hatfield since I had the chance to be one of the hundreds of interns he hosted over his decades of public service. Tonight, a great man has passed from among us and we will miss him greatly. Mary and I will be holding his wife and partner Antoinette and his family in our prayers.
Sen. Jeff Merkley
Statement from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden:
“Oregon has lost a great son. The United States Senate has lost of one of its former giants. The nation has lost a man who represented honesty and decency. And I have lost a very good friend.
Senator Hatfield was a colleague and friend to many who still serve in the United States Senate and he was a hero to a generation of Oregonians who came to admire him for his independence and principles. We will remember him as someone who was universally respected and whose word was his bond.
Senator Hatfield was never one to be driven by party affiliation or ideological litmus tests. He was religious but not intolerant. Idealistic but not naïve. A politician but not partisan. He was willing to stand alone, but never one to grandstand.
I know that all Oregonians join me in offering condolences to his wife, Antoinette, and his four children, Elizabeth, Mark Jr., Theresa and Visko.”
Waldport’s Centennial Anniversary Mural, commissioned by the City of Waldport and the Port of Alsea Bay, is about half complete with its grand unveiling set for late-August, early September. Mural Artist Casey McEneny, an art teacher at Newport High School, says he’s painting seven days a week to get the project done on time.
The city and port commissioned the work and chose McEneny out of a field of five finalists, all of whom were very accomplished artists, some from out of state. The judges said that McEneny was selected because of his artistic talents and the fact he was a Waldport High graduate. He was also chosen for his active role in arts promotion, especially among local youth, and his deeply nuanced understanding of coastal Native American cultures and their historic contributions to Waldport’s evolution as a community all of which the port and the city wanted expressed in the mural. The mural is to be hung in two panels that will make the mural 10 feet high by 48 feet long and will be affixed to the south wall of the Waldport Samaritan Clinic downtown on Highway 101.
The Port of Alsea continues to accept donations to pay for the mural. Those interested in contributing should do so to the Port of Alsea and include “Mural Project” on the contribution. Contributions can be dropped off at the Port office at 365 NE Port Street, Waldport or they can be mailed to: Port of Alsea, P.O. Box 1060, Waldport, OR, 97394.
Port Manager Maggie Rivers, as well as the Port’s Board of Commissioners welcome Waldport’s Centennial Anniversary Mural as a great artistic and cultural addition to the City of Waldport and to the region. They hope this beautiful creation will be just the first in a series of murals depicting local history and folklore that can be enjoyed by area residents and visitors to Waldport and the Alsea Bay region.
Depoe Bay and North Lincoln Fire/Rescue are enroute to the jaws area of the Salishan Spit for two surfers who may have been taken offshore by a nasty rip current. They put in at SW 51st Street Lincoln City but a witness saw them taken out to sea toward the end of Salishan Spit. Coast Guard enroute from Depoe Bay.
Surfers have been rescued. They are cold but otherwise okay. A sheriff’s deputy transported both surfers back to their beach camp on SW 51st in Lincoln City.
“Holiday Wedding,” Upper Left, “Dresden Plate,” Anna Roberts of Lincoln Sew and Vac, Upper Right, “Ocean Waves,” Lower Right, “Mini Dutchman’s Puzzle”, Lower Left Click on photos to enlarge!
Provided by Casey Miller, Ocean 18
The Oregon Coast Quilters Guild – 21st Annual Quilts by the Sea Quilt Show
For ease of viewing, quilts were divided in 15 categories based on size and construction techniques. Entrants selected the category that best represented their own items. Entry numbers were presented on different colored tags to help individuals move easily from section to section.
Best of Show (Medium Pieced 2nd Party) (418), “A Holiday Wedding” Constructed by Dolores Thomas. Quilted by Jennifer Reinhart. Pattern/Designer: Quilter Magazine. Comments: “I had never made a wedding ring quilt. When i got the holiday issue of the Quilter Magazine I was taken by this Christmas rendition. After putting it off for almost five years, I knew it was time to just do it. My daughter’s beautiful quilting has made this a true family treasure.”
First Place (Art Quilts – An original design, a creative interpretation, something different. Not made from a published pattern.) (809)
“Ocean Waves” Quilted by Karen Donobedian. Original design based on a photo by Dr. Robert Schroder, NOAA. “Since I love turtles I had several turtle pictures that I received permission to use in designing a quilt. Janet Fogg taught me how to design the turtle to be primarily pieced. I was obsessed with finishing the quilt., it took several months to piece and then several more to quilt.”
First Place (Large/medium hand quilted) (1029), “Dresden Plate” Hand quilted by Mary Lou Mate. Pattern/Designer Mary Lou Mate. “I started this quilt about 14 years ago and worked on it while I was traveling for work, including on ships. It has gone many miles and been in many countries. The nice thing about doing applique by hand and hand quilting is that it is portable!”
First Place (miniature) (708), “Mini Dutchman’s Puzzle” Quilted by Mechelle Johnson.
For more information contact Jane Szabo: QuiltShow@oregoncoastalquilters.org.
The Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild was founded in February 1991 to promote fellowship among quilters; to promote knowledge and appreciation of quilts and quilt making through educational programs and meetings; and to sponsor and support quilting activities.
Yachats Psychic Fair, The Commons, through Sunday at 5pm.
By Vivian Mills, Waldport Reporter
At a time of economic and political upheaval, Yachats offers peace in the eye of the storm. It is the 15th annual Holistic Health, Psychic and Crafts Fair being held at the Yachats Commons through Sunday.
The message is simple: “Create a pleasant present by healing ourselves, healing our planet…together”.
The Fair is sponsored by the Chuckling Cherubs Ministry whose stated purpose is to provide information to the public “for the purpose of elevating the human spirit and helping humanity remember their connection to the Divine.”
At The Commons you will find 70 exhibitors, 20 educational seminars, and lots of helpful, smiling faces. Admission is free, though donations are gratefully accepted. Parking is also free.
Some unique experiences include a sacred space called C.A.R.L.A. which stands for Clarity, Awareness, Relaxing, Loving Atmosphere.
True to any Psychic Fair, you will find all manner of bodywork, Reiki, energy healings, aura photos, herbal remedies, various types of divination and psychic readings. This is the largest Fair of this kind on the Oregon Coast. It continues until seven pm Saturday night and on Sunday 9am-5pm.
The Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition has launched a pilot project in Lincoln County that will explore a grassroots approach to long-range planning for climate change impacts. The eventual goal of the Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project is to develop community-based plans for the entire coastal region. But for this first year, Oregon Shores is seeking the help of Lincoln County citizens in laying the groundwork.
At a public meeting Aug. 17, 7 p.m. at the Oregon Coast Community College’s Newport branch (Room 62—the lecture hall), the project will host speakers from two community efforts at climate change planning that have already taken place, in Neskowin and Port Orford. Those potentially interested in participating in the Oregon Shores project are invited to attend the free event and learn more.
Funded in part by grants from the Meyer Memorial Trust and Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the project is aimed at bolstering the resilience of both natural and human communities in the face of probable climate change impacts. From rising sea levels and increased erosion, to changes in estuaries and potential loss of marshes, to intensified droughts and flooding, climate change will re-shape the Oregon coast and threaten infrastructure. The goal of the Oregon Shores project is long-range, adaptive planning, enabling us to respond thoughtfully to these challenges.
It is implicit in this project that climate change driven by global warming due to our emission of carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse gases” is an inescapable reality, a conviction shared by 97% of scientists in relevant fields. However, adaptive planning doesn’t require assumptions about the pace and intensity of these changes. Rather, it is the development of a method for the community to respond flexibly over decades as knowledge increases and the effects of climate change become apparent.
The project enabled us to bring aboard a volunteer coordinator, Paris Edwards, who is now working actively to organize “core teams” of citizen planners (one team will work county-wide, while others will focus on the Newport and Yachats-south county areas). The core teams will help Oregon Shores organize a broader constituency for adaptive planning, assist in reviewing educational materials and collaborate with Oregon Shores staff and board members in developing adaptive plans.
While the core teams have already begun meeting, more volunteers are welcome and needed. In addition to the core teams, interested county residents are sought for a larger network we are organizing, which ideally will include all citizens concerned about climate change and willing to be part of the search for constructive responses. Regular updates on the project will be found on the “Climate Action” page of our website, www.oregonshores.org. Contact Paris Edwards at (541) 414-9371, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have been meeting with city and county officials to brief them on the project. This first pilot project year is exploratory, not adversarial. One goal of the project is to develop collaborative relationships with local government. By the end of this first year, sample plans will have been drafted. These won’t be definitive. Rather, they will be the starting point for the next round of activity in following years, as the core teams lead a community discussion based on specific planning choices. Eventually, a final proposal will be honed and offered to local government decision-makers. At that point, if the project succeeds, a broad grassroots network of well-informed citizens will be in place to push for far-sighted steps to plan for adaptation to climate change effects.
If all goes well, even as Lincoln County’s citizen planners refine a proposal and build grassroots support, the project will begin the process anew in other coastal counties.
Climate change will re-shape the Oregon coast—and for that matter the planet. Even if we were to stop using fossil fuels and adding greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere tomorrow, significant changes are already on their way. With the Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project, Oregon Shores hopes to begin developing a broad constituency for intelligent, creative responses to this vast challenge.
With more accusations of “Robo-signing” foreclosure documents, the Bank of America has come under legal fire again, this time in Washington State, where the attorney general contends not all is on the “up and up” with the bank, its foreclosure subsidiary and those who struggle to save their homes while trying to re-negotiate their mortgages. The story’s in the Oregonian. Click here.
Provided by Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association (OCZMA)
The commercial and recreational fisheries are an important part of the Oregon coast’s economy and culture. Each year, OCZMA documents the economic contribution of the fisheries in a partnership with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.
OCZMA works closely with different sectors of Oregon’s fishing industry on a range of issues: hatcheries, the groundfish fleet buy-back program, Seafood Oregon/Brand Oregon marketing, and ocean resources management policies that directly affect Oregon’s fishing industry.
State legislators and members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation, along with their staffs, rely heavily on research and data OCZMA provides. “OCZMA doesn’t favor one sector of the fisheries over another” says OCZMA Director Onno Husing. “For the good of coastal communities, we want everyone involved in the seafood industry to thrive.”
Narrated by Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall, OCZMA’s video documentary, “Oregon’s Ocean Fisheries – A Conservation Story,” is an educational video about the historic transition to sustainability in our commercial and recreational ocean fisheries. It was produced and directed by Onno Husing, Director of the OCZMA in collaborative partnership with Pacific Media Productions based in Newport.
For more information, go online at oczma.org.
This online video was prepared and uploaded by Lincoln County Public Information Officer, Casey Miller.
Cafe Mundo, Newport’s Place for Poetry
SW Coast at SW 2nd.
Oregon Coast poets, John Baker, Lon Brusselback and Catherine Rickbone will feature their powers of wit, rhyme and insight during what they are calling a “Poetry Party,” Tuesday, August 16th, at Café Mundo in Nye Beach. Mayor Mark McConnell will serve as emcee for the evening.
Baker’s “Popcorn Palace,” Brusselback’s new book of poetry “Red Shirts,” and, Rickbone’s new chapbook, “Labyrinth Dance” will spark engaging discussions about personal relationships, life’s lessons and growing old wisely. The poets will animate their poetic prowess in a sort of “poetry dance” as they compare each others’ life observations, moods and musings, offering the audience full measure of their meaning along with subtle (or not so subtle) intellectual and emotional breakthroughs. This sure-to-be fun poetic performance commences promptly at 7pm.
The event is free and open to the public and all are welcome. Works by John Baker, Lon Bursselback and Catherine Rickbone will be available for sale.