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Celebrating NOAA, OCCC’s new aquarium building, and hangin’ out with a lunch mob.

Provided by Newport Chamber of Commerce

NOAA Celebration
Join us in celebration on August 20th and 21st, when the Port of Newport and central coast residents celebrate the official opening of the NOAA MOC-P facility. Newport’s crowning moment will be Saturday, August 20th at 11 a.m. , when members of Oregon’s Congressional delegation, Governor Kitzhaber, NOAA officials, and other state and local officials gather to dedicate the NOAA at South Beach. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, August 20th
11:00 am…………………Dedication
12:00 pm…………………Refreshments
1:00-4:00 pm……………Open House

Sunday, August 21st
11:00 am – 4:00 pm……………Open House

Leadership Lincoln – Now Accepting Applications for 2011-2012
The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon Coast Community College are excited to host a new session of the Leadership Lincoln Program, now in its 20th year. We invite you to become part of a select group of 35 participants for the 2011-2012 class. The goal of this program is to develop leadership and management skills for individuals who have interest and commitment in the future of Lincoln County and to provide networking opportunities that will enhance positive professional and organizational growth. For more information, contact the Chamber office at (541) 265-8801 or email mike@newportchamber.org to sign up today!

OCCC Aquarium Science Building – August 20th
Oregon Coast Community College will hold the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the new OCCC Aquarium Science Building at 400 SE College Way in Newport on Saturday, August 20 at 2pm. (This event will follow the dedication ceremony for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that will be held earlier in the day.) Public tours will be held following the dedication on August 20. The dedication and tours will be free and open to the public.

Young Professionals – Lunch Mob August 11th
The Yo-Pros hold a monthly lunch-mob at a Chamber member restaurant; helping support a local business and also providing a venue for networking. We have recently added a community oriented spin to our lunch mobs and we will focus on a local non-profits at each lunch-mob. Our upcoming lunch-mob will support Bright Horizons. We encourage you to attend, socialize & network amongst your peers. Our next lunch-mob is scheduled for August 11th at noon. We will be dining at Ch’Boogie located at 608 SW Bay Blvd in Newport.

Cascades campground re-opens after storm damage

Before and after the storm at Cascara Campground, SE of Eugune.

Most of the campsites in Cascara campground at Fall Creek State Recreation Site, 27 miles SE of Eugene, will reopen August 12 after downed trees forced its closure this past March.

A severe spring storm brought down some 1,500 trees in two separate areas of the park. State work crews have repaired much of the damage to the east loop, smoothed the roadways and campsites. Of the 47 primitive campsites in the park, 12 tent sites and all six walk-in sites were severely damaged and will remain closed for the rest of the 2011 camping season. The seasonal park will stay open through September 30, and is available first-come first-served. Visitors will have access to the reservoir for swimming, fishing and boating.

While the weather remains warm and dry, recovery work will continue in areas closed to public access. Work crews will return over the winter and spring to replant native vegetation and repair remaining damage to walk-in sites.

For updates, please call 1-800-551-6949 or go online to www.oregonstateparks.org.

Two badly hurt in traffic crash in North Lincoln City

Highway 101 at Hwy 18

Provided by OSP

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon’s single vehicle traffic crash that seriously injured two men on Highway 18 near the Highway 101 junction.

On Monday 2:41 p.m. a 1999 Mazda Protégé driven by DOMINICK A. HINDMAN, age 25, from Lincoln City, was westbound on Highway 18 when it traveled across the eastbound lane and off the highway shoulder. The Mazda crashed head-on into a tree.

DOMINICK HINDMAN and his father in the right front passenger seat, LARRY HINDMAN, age 54, from Otis, were seriously injured. Two boys, ages 9 and 7, were not injured. All occupants were using safety restraints.

DOMINICK HINDMAN was transported by REACH air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. LARRY HINDMAN was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, Pacific West Ambulance, and ODOT.

Lincoln City’s long and winding road that leads to a way of awarding up to $75,000 annually to worthy non-profits.

Lincoln City City Council

Amid claims that city hall was doling out thousands of dollars in room tax money to local non-profits without proper review, the Lincoln City City Council labored Monday night until they felt they got it right. The council helped developed a system of doling out those funds that should hold up under future scrutiny.

Lincoln City area resident Jim Hoover, a frequent critic of what he calls “city shortcomings,” recently complained that the Visitors and Convention Bureau was awarding city grants to groups putting on local entertainment and cultural events without adequate oversight. Hoover claimed that rules surrounding the grant awards were not being followed in a consistent way. So the council had the VCB’s Sandy Pfaff appear before them, armed with an updated of procedures and protocols that should meet a more stringent test of fairness and clairty as the VCB grant review committee examines applications submitted by local groups who are vying for a part of the city’s annual $75,000 pot to put on tourism related events.

Pfaff and a member of her VCB committee outlined a series of new review criteria, most of which seemed to please the council. Pfaff promised to use clear and objective criteria by which to measure the value and return-on-investment for the city in terms of tourist draw and the number of hotel/motel room nights, restaurant use and other indicators of “visitor benefits” to the town. Mayor Dick Anderson said he also wants to see the way the committee scores local applicants; who are the winners, who are the losers and how they wound up that way. A suggestion that successful applicants be awarded 90% of their grant up-front, and the final 10% awarded only after they turn in all their paperwork, didn’t fly. Pfaff initially disagreed, saying there are many good local groups that don’t have half the costs up front for their events, so a 90% advance would get them up and running. But councilors said the current 50% now and 50% when the event is complete, is the way they want to go. Others called for funding groups that have shown success and grown their events to where they don’t need any more “seed money.” However, Pfaff said some events and their organizers require a little something every year since they don’t always break even, even though their events are popular and are well attended.

City Manager David Hawker said these and other comments gleaned from the councilors will be added to the record and be held over for another council review next month.

It had to happen. A real “water closet.”

Photo: Oregon State Marine Board

Some of us are old enough to remember our grandparents referring to the bathroom as a water closet. Well the Oregon State Marine Board has decided to put the concept to work yet again, as we read in this article in the Oregonian. Click here.

Schooner Creek Road reconstruction finally about to begin. To be finished by October 7th!

Schooner Creek Road and waterline bypass just east of town

It’s taken longer than anyone thought it would take, but it’s beginning on September 7th. That’s when all the bids will be in and the contracts awarded so that ODOT can begin rebuilding a 500 foot length of Schooner Creek Road that slumped out during last January’s four day deluge that caused so much damage up and down the coast. In this case Schooner Creek Road slumped down hill ahead of some big surface and ground water movement. The slide came very close to knocking out Lincoln City’s main water delivery pipe that is buried along the uphill side of the road which connects the Drift Creek Water Treatment Plant to intown water transmission lines. It was a lesson quickly learned by City Manager David Hawker and Public Works Director Lila Bradley. They immediately coordinated the installation of a temporary bypass of the still-threatened line to keep water coming into town. Several months later they built an additional water line from the treatment plant, down Drift Creek Road to Highway 101 where it connects into the town’s water system, acting as a back-up water supply line.

Bradley says the re-installation of the Schooner Creek waterline will run about $204,000, 75% of which will be paid by federal disaster funds. The remaining $51,000 will be paid by the city. Since Schooner Creek Road is a county road, Lincoln County Public Works is on the hook for any local match to fix that part of it. Because the slide was so deep, ODOT secured special FEMA funds that will provide about 90% of the cost, estimated to be just under a million dollars. The county reportedly will have to come up with roughly one hundred thousand as local match. The project is so expensive because crews will have to dig down and clean out the slide, then fill it back in with rock thirty feet deep the entire length of the slide. Then they’ll fill the rock in with gravel and dirt. And then on top of that they’ll rebuild the road.

Obviously for the duration of the construction, motorists will have to use Drift Creek Road just to the south, to get in and out of the area. Again, construction begins September 6th and is expected to be finished by October 7th, right before the rainy season.

Lincoln City takes first stab at limiting risk for home builders along their coastal bluffs

Lincoln City’s eroding coastal bluffs

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.

Quad rider loses control, crashes into Chinook Creek

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.

Lincoln City tries to make vacation plans for tens of thousands of visitors – it’s called their “marketing plan.”

Lincoln City, “A Place to Try New Things!”

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

Logo design contest announced by Central Coast Land Conservancy

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 cclc.perry@gmail.com, 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: cclc.perry@gmail.com, or 541-574-7708.

Roads End residents sound off on annexation issues raised by Lincoln City

Roads End, to be annexed into Lincoln City?

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 Dotson’s “Tip of the Week”: Fingerprinting Services

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/Senator Mark Hatfield has died…

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 Mural about half complete, headed for a September unveiling.

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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.

Two surfers in distress off Salishan Spit


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.

Update 8:24PM

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.

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