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.
A young Lincoln City mother and her toddler were surprised by a neighbor’s knock on her door yelling at her to get out of the house – that smoke was coming out of her attic vents. The woman grabbed her daughter and purse and headed for the street. Shortly thereafter, North Lincoln Fire/Rescue units pulled up in front of the house at SW Harbor and SW 65th. They quickly got into the attic and found smoldering electrical wiring. They took care of the wiring and checked for any possible fire extension elsewhere in the attic. They found none. Firefighters say there are many old homes along the Oregon Coast whose wiring has gotten moldy over the years and therefore has become a fire hazard. They say if your home is an older “senior dwelling” it wouldn’t hurt to check your wiring, especially any strung through the attic, just to be sure.
The phones at Lincom 9-1-1 were ringing off the hook this evening at 9:40 with reports of very loud explosions emanating from the vicinity of NW 55th. Calls came in from throughout the area that explosions were occurring and were clearly heard all the way south to the Coast Guard Lighthouse at Government Park.
Police are on scene investigating. They say it’s a large party.
A Washington state man was pinned between two SUV’s at Willers Motel at Case and 101 in Newport this evening. A witness said she saw a white SUV rolling backwards in the parking lot with a man behind it shoving hard, trying to stop it before it hit another car. But the SUV kept rolling and pinned the man to another vehicle. She said the victim wiggled free but fell to the ground. Assistant Fire Chief Rob Murphy happened to be in the area, heard the call and was on scene in seconds. He helped to keep the victim properly positioned until paramedics could arrive. Upon their arrival, paramedics and fire/rescue got the man onto a gurney for a very short ride to PCH, just a block and a half away. The victim was alert and talking the entire time but obviously in a lot of pain.
Newport Police said it appears that the vehicle’s transmission may have malfunctioned, allowing the vehicle to roll backward although in gear. No apparent damage was done to the other vehicle.
Port of Toledo Commissioners apparently got tired of waiting for one of their tenants to pay back rent. The port has decided to sue them. At one point there was talk about laying claim to some of the value of a new yachat that Pacific Expedition Yachts was building in an adjoining building, a craft which they eventually moved outside. Then one day the company hauled the project off to Astoria where they have their own facilities. Port officials said they moved it without paying the back rent. Hence, the lawsuit.
The port is suing for back rent and damage to the building.
Port Station One, Toledo
On a more positive note, the port has finally moved into their new offices at “Port Station One,” the old Toledo fire station at the top of Business Highway 20. The port bought the old fire hall from the city and has since renovated it and has subleased part of it to a provocative new approach to community-supported arts.
There are going to be four Sports Camps offered this summer in conjunction with the City of Toledo. Registration forms are available at the Toledo Swimming Pool, and they should be returned to the pool. Checks should be made out to City of Toledo. For registration questions please contact Joe Andrews at 541-336-3181 or by email at email@example.com.
Boomer Football Skills Camp:
Aug 8-11 (M-W 10a-12p, Th. 11-1) at Memorial Field
Boomer Football Skills camp is for those athletes who wish to learn more about not only their position, but teamwork as well. Positions to be covered are QB, RB, WR, TE, LB, DE and DB. Players will have individual work, but the emphasis will be on team play on both sides of the ball. Please wear cleats and athletic attire.
Boomer Football Kids Camp
Aug 15-18, 3-5 pm at Memorial Field
Camp shirt will be given out at end of camp. Basic Skills and Fundamentals of Football will be taught by the High School staff and selected HS players.
Boomer Football HS Conditioning Camp
Aug 15-18, 5-7 pm at Memorial Field
Camp shirt will be given out at end of camp
Basic Skills and Fundamentals of Football will be taught by the High School staff with an emphasis on conditioning.
Grades 3-6: 4:00p to 5:30p
Grades 7-12: 5:30p to 7:30p
For more information about the Volleyball Camp contact Janet Johnson at 541-867-4226
City of Toledo, Oregon
Colleges and universities across the country are bulging at the seams for a good reason. It’s the old saying about “The old world is gone but the new one hasn’t been born quite yet.” That’s why so many Americans are taking time out from their unemployment or normal routines to return to school to learn higher end job skills or get totally re-trained for up and coming new industries and services. And Oregon Coast Community College is doing its part to help local residents be better prepared for the new world of employment emerging all around us and the country.
Here is a list of classes being offered at Oregon Coast Community College for the Fall Semester. Click here!
Registration for returning students and for non-credit classes begins on September 12. Registration for new students begins on September 15. Classes begin on September 26.
Prospective students should
*take the college placement test at the Central County Campus (Newport) or North County Campus (Lincoln City). Placement
test information can be found at www.oregoncoastcc.org/html/assessment_placement.html
*make a new student orientation/advising appointment. How to schedule an appointment can be found online.
*check the class schedule at http://sharknet2.occc.cc.or.us/Schedule/.
*register for classes online (advising required) at the times listed above. Log in at
For projected dates of future online schedules, please refer to OCCC’s academic calendars at the following link: http://oregoncoastcc.org//html/academic_calendar.html.
OCCC now has a revised Facebook page. It is a work in progress. If you haven’t done so already, please “friend” Oregon Coast Community College. We hope to include timely updates on what is going on at OCCC.. There will be several references to the OCCC web page: www.oregoncoastcc.org
For additional information, contact OCCC at 541 867-8501 (Central County Campus) or 541 996-4919 (North County Campus).
Gaston, OR artist Lynne Taylor to speak at Coastal Arts Guild Luncheon, Thursday, September 1st.
The first Thursday of each month, the Guild holds a luncheon for members and guests at the Visual Arts Center from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM and invites Lincoln County residents interested in the arts to attend.
Always fascinated by the beauty of nature, science and spirituality, Lynne initially chose the science path, studying biology at the University of Buffalo and at Binghamton University graduate school, receiving a Biology and Teaching Master’s Degree. Eventually, wanting to be more available to her growing son, she changed her career to the artistic path. She continued to be inspired by the mysteries of the natural world, and by integrating science with spirituality, and she reflects these ideas in her paintings. Lynne often creates paintings based on an insight, a mental picture from a visioning meditation, a scientific conjecture, or a dream. She has also been working on a series involving her Celtic ancestry, using Celtic symbols and the rose, her birth flower.
Each painting has the goal of giving the viewer a new way to look at the universe, either from a tiny corner, or an expanded vision. Uniqueness is essential. Her collection includes Celtic Rose heritage paintings, paintings that are incorporations of science, spirituality and ancient history, dream image spiritual pieces, environmental statements, and the integration of all peoples: a vision
for world peace.
When the endangered spotted owl came along and caused huge reductions in forest harvesting back in the 1990’s, it left a lot of trees standing doing what trees do best; sucking in carbon dioxide and putting out oxygen. A recent survey finds that this imbalance in harvesting has worked better than anyone thought in getting the state’s carbon footprint reduced by nearly 50%. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.
Back-2-School Resources Available for Newport Kids
Newport youth and their families are invited to a FREE Back-2-School Barbecue and School Supply Giveaway!
Tuesday, Aug. 23, 11 AM to 2 PM & 4 PM to 7 PM
Yaquina View School Gymnasium, 351 SE Harney St. in Newport
This free, family fun event will provide back-to-school resources for Newport school-aged youth in need. There will be food, clothing, and hygiene items. Kids can play games while their parents visit the information tables.
Families unable to attend may call the Salvation Army office at 541-265-6814 to reserve school supplies.
Four drug trade related suspects have been arrested at two northeast Mill Street addresses near downtown Waldport. Seized in the raid by LINT detectives was 20 grams of methamphetamine packaged for sale, marijuana, a loaded handgun and other evidence. Detectives also recovered property taken in three recent burglaries.
Detectives also found a surveillance system that had been set up at the residence, including blasting caps, detonation cord, and metal containers suspected of being fashioned to hold a bomb. The Oregon State Police bomb squad was dispatched to the scene to ensure officers knew what they had and determine whether it was a threat to investigators. The explosive components were removed.
Lodged in the Lincoln County Jail was Rachael Moore, 41, (top left photo). She was booked for unlawful possession, distribution and manufacture of methamphetamine, parole violation, and felon in possession of a firearm.
Lonnie Larson, 21, (top middle photo) a fugitive from justice out of Washington state. He was booked into the county jail on a parole violation.
Larry Larson, 47, (top right photo) theft and receiving stolen property.
Raymond Petrick, 51, (bottom photo) possession of meth and possession of a destructive device.
The Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team is comprised of agents from Newport Police, Lincoln County Sheriff, Lincoln City Police, Oregon State Police, and Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.
Bill Sizemore pleads guilty to three felony counts of Oregon Personal Income Tax Evasion
Oregon Attorney General John Kroger today announced the guilty plea and sentencing of Bill Sizemore on felony tax evasion charges. Sizemore was indicted by a grand jury in October of 2009 for failing to file state income tax returns for 2006, 2007 and 2008.
“Everybody has to pay their taxes,” said Attorney General Kroger. “There are no exceptions.”
William Lee Sizemore (DOB: 6/2/51) pleaded guilty this afternoon before Judge Claudia Burton in Marion County Circuit Court to three counts of Oregon Personal Income Tax Evasion, a Class C Felony. Sizemore received a presumptive sentence under Oregon Sentencing Guidelines of 36 months of supervised probation. As part of his probation, Sizemore must immediately serve 30 days in Marion County Jail and will not be eligible for early release.
Under a plea agreement, Sizemore must also adhere to a number of additional probationary terms. Specifically, he must:
· Complete 100 hours of community service following his release from jail;
· Repay the state for his court-appointed attorney’s fees;
· Adhere to a battery of conditions that mandate expedient compliance and candor with the Oregon Department of Revenue;
· Within 120 days, file tax returns for the years 2006, 2007 and 2008;
· File all future income tax returns on time;
· Comply with all laws, including tax laws; and
· Complete his three-year probationary term without any violations, in which case the Department of Justice will make a good faith consideration as to whether his convictions should be converted to misdemeanors. This is a routine provision in plea agreements offered to all eligible defendants.
Evidence in support of the charges against Bill Sizemore was uncovered during a civil lawsuit against several entities that he controlled. That lawsuit established that Sizemore set up a sham charity to hide political contributions to various ballot measure campaigns with which he was associated. As a result of that case, Sizemore was banned from managing any charity pursuant to a 2009 court order.
Although SeaPort Air pulled the plug on their airline service to Newport recently, the final chapter in their relationship with Newport is apparently not not quite ended. City councilors this week, citing what they believed was inadequate legal notice of SeaPort’s intent to discontinue air service, now claim that SeaPort owes the city around $600 in unpaid space rent at the Newport Airport. The council declared that because a contractual thirty day notice was not received by the city, SeaPort therefore owes unused rental space even though the rental fees were waived for a time in Newport’s attempt to help reduce SeaPort’s financial losses during the early summer months. Newport Airport Manager Gene Cossey was instructed by the council to write SeaPort Air a letter to that effect, demanding the $600 they claim SeaPort owes.
Phone calls to SeaPort air by NewsLincolnCounty.com were not immediately returned.
In the meantime, NewsLincolnCounty.com has learned that SeaPort Air has initiated brand new air service to Boise, Idaho, with side runs to Idaho Falls, ID and to Pendleton, OR. SeaPort also has a flight from Pendleton to Portland and from there to Seattle.
An elderly Waldport man was lucky to come out of a nasty wreck Thursday morning with hardly a scratch on him. Authorities say the man was headed west into Waldport on Highway 34 when he failed to properly negotiate a curve. He straightened it out causing his car to drift off the shoulder and down a steep embankment toward the Alsea River floodplain. The man was lifted into an awaiting gurney and then hauled back up the 30 feet to the pavement where he was loaded aboard an ambulance for a ride to the hospital to get checked out. Those at the scene said that the man looked so good that he had to have been wearing his seat belt based upon how far the car was off the road and down over the side.
Eads @ NE 1st, bottom photo, car salesman driver of black car
Click to enlarge photos
A cars salesman was arrested Thursday afternoon after the car he was “demonstrating” to a prospective buyer, slammed into a van containing two senior citizens who had just pulled out from the stop sign at Eads and NE 1st. Due to the high rate of speed the salesman’s Pontiac G6 was doing, and the fact that the senior citizen driver would not have seen the oncoming car until the very last split second, police cited the speeding driver. Several victims were transported to the hospital with neck and other minor injuries.
Newport officers got statements that indicated that the Pontiac car was going “very fast” and that as it entered the intersection at Eads and NE 1st, it swerved without braking, hitting the van, spinning it clockwize, coming to rest to where it was nearly facing the opposite direction of original travel. The Pontiac came to rest against the opposite side of the street on Eads.
Driver of the Pontiac complained of neck pain and was checked out by paramedics. He was then taken into custody by Newport police officers and transported to the county jail on charges of reckless driving, reckless endangering others and for driving on a suspended license.