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Newport Parks: Herbicides only as “last resort,” 75% of city labor talks settled and shutting down Eads Street on school days.

Newport Herbicide Policy Review

Newport parks maintenance employees will use herbicides only when manual or alternative methods of weed killing aren’t feasible or practical. And when they do use herbicides, they’ll put up warning signs before, during and after any spraying. They’ll also try to avoid using it where kids play. That’s the gist of the new policies that will be presented to the Newport City Council Monday for it’s consideration.

A list of federal and state approved herbicides include Roundup, Garland 4, Speed Zone, Weed and Feed and Dimension 270-G. Parks and Recreation Department Director Jim Protiva said any area to be sprayed will have warning signs put up well in advance of any spraying. The date of the spraying will be clearly indicated along with the herbicide to be used or has been used. He said all herbicide handling and application requirements will be met when herbicides applied to any city park lands or other city properties. The policy applies ONLY to city property.

The issue is being brought up at the council’s work session Monday which begins at 12 noon in the city hall conference room just north of the main entrance.

During the council’s regular meeting Monday night councilors will be given the opportunity to review a tentative labor agreement between city administration and city union workers in the police and public works departments. Employees of both departments have voted in the affirmative to accept the city’s offer for step increases but no cost of living hikes. Also in the tentative agreement is that the city pays 90% of the health insurance premiums on behalf of the workers. The same wage and package increase is also being offered to all city workers who don’t belong to a union. Step increases are 3.5% for public works employees, and range from 3.6% to 4.5% for police officers. A one time payment of $600 is to be issued to workers who are at the top of their pay range, effective January of next year. Again, the same is offered to non-union city workers who are at the top of their pay range.

A memo from City Finance Director David Marshall also contains a note that negotiations with the paid staff at the fire department have not yet settled with the city, although progress is being made, albeit, slowly. In the meantime, the firefighters have received a step increase of 3.5% effective last July 1st.

And the school district is asking the city to shut down vehicular traffic on Eads Street, between 3rd and 4th, which is the crosswalk area between Newport High and its Prep Academy. A trial closure period late during the final days of the last school year proved very popular with students. Community support far out weighed what few complaints were lodged. School officials say there are frequent near-misses during the school year as students try to cross Eads between the schools. Newport High Principal Jon Nagel says two students have been hit in the crosswalks, though neither was injured. But he adds, “Closing Eads Street greatly increases the safety of our students at Newport HIgh/Newport Prep Academy without serious consequences for the surrounding neighborhood. It’s just a matter of time before a student is seriously hurt cross the street.” If the council agrees to the closure, it would be for school days only, and from 7am to 5pm. The city will erect street signs stating the closure on school days 7am-5pm, and the school district will provide school district staff and the road barriers which they will erect and remove at the designated times.

Newport City Council to discuss banning plastic “get it to the car” shopping bags

The Newport City Council Monday will talk more about picking up where the last state legislature bailed out in dealing with a major world wide pollution problem – plastic shopping bags. They cause litter, fill up landfills, clog up recycling machinery and float in the oceans causing harm to wildlife on both sides of the water line.

The Surfrider Association broached the subject with the council a few weeks ago, vowing to return with a bigger pitch in an effort to convince the council to get Newport in the “ban the bag” list which already has Portland at the top here in Oregon. Other cities that have already banned single use shopping bags include San Francisco, Los Angeles, all of Italy, and all of China, according to Surfrider’s report to the council. Other countries are doing it too, they say.

Surfrider will remind the council that plastic bags keep the U.S. even further addicted to oil, since the bags are made from oil. The last time Surfrider pitched the council on a bag ban councilors seemed open to the idea. We’ll see how far they take it during Monday’s discussions. It’ll be debated at the council’s work session which starts at City Hall at Noon.

Another “must read” clarifier of what’s hiding in plain sight.

Remember when we partied like it was Nineteen-Ninety-Nine? We all thought that a new century would produce new opportunities for national and world advancement catapulted forward by a technological dream machine! By 2005 it looked like this dream of a hyper-consumptive tomorrow was well on its way! But then came the crash of every pot and pan falling out of the kitchen cupboard.

The U.S. has been trying to recover, but, in fact, it’s been mostly just bumping along the bottom of the deepest recession in 80 years with little hope of improvement while the Congress brawls like drunken college students in a frat house. And what’s just as bad, those who are lucky enough to have a job find themselves on a treadmill that seems to be speeding up ever faster for the same or even less pay!

Here’s how a column in the LA Times brings it all into focus. Click here.

Motorcyclist thrown hard onto the pavement after rear-ending a van in Newport

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A motorcycle rider on a bike with California plates rear-ended a van as they both headed northbound on Highway 101 Saturday evening. Newport Police reported that the motorcyclist came up behind the van too closely. The van driver said he slowed to begin looking for hotels or motels when suddenly he felt a jolt to his vehicle. Behind him, the motorcyclist had hit the van’s rear bumper, knocking the motorcycle over and the rider to the pavement. The cycle rider was talkative with fire paramedics who soon had him loaded aboard an ambulance for the one and a half block ride to PCH.

Newport Police said the motorcyclist was likely to be cited for following too closely.

Nesika Illahee Pow Wow Saturday. One more day to go!

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The annual Nesika Illahee Pow Wow continues on Sunday with a noon Grand Entry. Here’s what it looked like as the dance competition heated up right after the inter-tribal dance that kicked off the fun Saturday afternoon. The pow-wow was dedicated to the memory of former Oregon U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield who died last week following a long illness. Hatfield was remembered for helping to pass federal legislation that created reservation land for the Confederation of Siletz Tribes, and later the legal right to proceed with the creation of an Indian Casino in Lincoln City. Tribal Council Vice Chair Bud Lane told the gathering that Mark Hatfield will always be remembered as a great friend of the Siletz Tribes.

Texas driver busted in Newport for failing to exchange information after accident, DUII

Barry Richards

Newport police were dispatched Saturday afternoon to an accident on Hwy 101 at the south end of the Yaquina Bay Bridge. The caller indicated that one of the drivers was refusing to exchange any information with the other driver. Prior to officers arriving, the uncooperative driver fled the scene, heading north bound on Hwy 101. He was stopped on Hwy 101 near SW 10th St and identified as Barry Leon Richards of Freemont, Texas. Richards was displaying indicators of being impaired, failed sobriety tests and was initially arrested for DUII. When the victims were contacted, Newport officers learned that the victims had been struck from the rear by Richards vehicle while they were stopped at a stop sign. Richards had stopped after the accident in the parking lot of the South Beach Grocery, refused to identify himself or provide any insurance information. He walked into the store, purchased another large can of beer, got into his vehicle and drove away. The occupants of the other involved vehicle were not injured.

Richards was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on charges of DUII, Reckless Driving, two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Hit and Run. Richards was found to have a suspended drivers license in several states, including Oregon. In addition to the criminal charges, Richards was issued citations for Driving While Suspended, Driving Uninsured and Breath Test Refusal.

Public invited to hear speakers developing Climate Adaption Projects

PUBLIC INVITED TO HEAR SPEAKERS FROM COMMUNITY CLIMATE ADAPTATION PROJECTS

Representatives from community planning groups in Neskowin and Port Orford will visit Newport on Aug. 17th to talk about their experiences with recent community-based, planning processes that addressed climate change impacts. Several representatives from the Neskowin Coastal Hazards Committee, including former forest scientist and local resident Pete Owston, will discuss the processes and outcomes of planning efforts to address the severe beach erosion that currently poses as a hazard to the community and threatens its future. The committee created a county-wide policy document that lays the ground work for community-based planning for the short and long term in Tillamook County.

Representatives from the Port Orford Community Climate Change Project, including David Holman, Chair of the Port Orford and Curry County Planning Commissions, will speak about a joint effort involving the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team, local citizens, scientists from Oregon State University, and the Sea Grant program. The groups met over several months to discuss potential impacts of climate change to the Port Orford area, and made efforts to collaboratively consider what the community might want to do to address challenges.

The Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition has launched a special pilot project in Lincoln County to explore the challenges of adaptation to climate change. The Aug. 17 meeting marks the third in a year-long series of meetings with Lincoln County citizens to initiate planning efforts with potential climate change impacts in mind. Core citizen teams have begun to develop to take on the planning challenge. Teams have been organized for the county as a whole, and for the communities of Newport and Yachats. More volunteers are needed; there is still plenty of time for interested Lincoln County residents to join one of the core teams.

The Aug. 17 event was organized to enable interested Lincoln County residents to learn about how neighboring communities are approaching climate change adaption through various planning efforts and decision-making processes.

The event, sponsored by the Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, takes place 7 p.m. at Oregon Coast Community College’s lecture hall (Room 62). It is free and open to the public. The college is located at 400 S.E. College Way in Newport.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Paris Edwards, (541) 414-9371 or paris@oregonshores.org.

Date and Time: Wednesday, August 17th @ 7:00pm
Location: OCCC Newport Lecture Hall (Rm 62), The OCCC is located at 400 SE College Way, Newport, OR 9736

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Nesika Illahee Pow Wow in Siletz this weekend!

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The Nesika Illahee Pow Wow is in full bloom in Siletz with beautiful dancing, wonderful drumming and Native American singing. Lots of arts and crafts and terrific Native American style food too. Saturday, the Nesika Illahee Pow Wow Parade runs through town starting at 10 am. Following that, there is a Grand Entry at the Pow Wow grounds at 1pm and 7pm. Sunday the Grand Entry at 12n, with colorful competitive dancing after that.

More Oregon strawberries recalled due to E coli

Ron Spada Farms of Portland is recalling approximately 4,800 flats of strawberries sold between June 11 – August 1 because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7). E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheatic illness often accompanied with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some victims can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death. One elderly woman in Washington County is said to have died as the result of kidney failure brought on by eating tainted strawberries.

Strawberries (Shuksan, Benton, Hoods) were distributed to these stores and roadside/farm stands to be resold to the consumer:

• Shelly Burns: 2318 SE 302nd Ave Troutdale Oregon

• Tim Rice: Skyline Blvd and Cornell Blvd in the empty lot, Portland Oregon

• The Barn: 5211 NE 148th Airport way Portland, Oregon

• The Fruit Stop: 146 W Columbia Hwy, Troutdale Oregon

• Gresham Farmers Market: 3rd and Miller in downtown Gresham

• Growers Outlet: 16145 NE Glisan , Gresham Oregon

• Florentine Salazar: 4640 SW Hillsboro Hwy Hillsboro, Oregon

All strawberries were sold in green flats that said Fresh Oregon Berries. Strawberries may have also been purchased in smaller quantities.

Spada Farms purchased fresh strawberries from Jaquith Strawberry Farm in Washington County which have been identified as the source of a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases with illness onsets during July 10 to 29, 2011.

As of Friday, Aug. 12, there have been 14 confirmed cases of illness caused by a single strain of E. coli. They are in residents of Clackamas, Clatsop, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill counties.

Of the cases, 73 percent are female. Ages among all the cases ranged from 4 to 85 years. Seven cases have been hospitalized, two had hemolytic uremic syndrome and one elderly Washington County woman has died.

Strawberries from this farm are no longer being sold. Health officials are urging consumers who have purchased berries from the farm to throw them out. Strawberries that have been frozen or made into uncooked jam are of particular concern.

Consumers with questions may contact the Ron Spada company at 503-539-5396.

Explosive device found under ODOT Loader in Coos County

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Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing the investigation into the discovery of a suspicious improvised explosive device found Friday morning underneath an ODOT loader parked at their property along Highway 242. The object was rendered safe by OSP Explosives Unit.

According to OSP Lieutenant Steve Smartt, at approximately 10:23 am OSP was contacted regarding a suspicious object found underneath an ODOT loader at an ODOT sand shed along Highway 242 near milepost 5 in Coos County. An OSP trooper responded to the scene and confirmed the discovery.

Two OSP explosive techs responded from the Central Point area and rendered the object safe. The object was similar to a small pipe bomb. OSP explosive techs cleared the scene at 2:24 pm.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call OSP Coos Bay Area Command at 541-888-2677.

Small fire at Tide Pool Pub, Depoe Bay

Tide Pool Pub, Depoe Bay

Smoke was spotted Friday afternoon coming up from behind the Tide Pool Pub at the north end of Depoe Bay. One witness saw flames emanating from a garage in the rear portion of the property. Depoe Bay Fire/Rescue pulled up within a couple of minutes and had water on it very quickly. Firefighters chased the last of the fire up into the attic. Soon it was out as well.

As for a cause, fire fighters say it’s “undetermined.” They’re still looking at the evidence and talking to people. Damage was moderate and has not disrupted the Tide Pool Pub’s business. They’re still very open for business.

Medford area man accused of murdering his wife and their four children makes first court appearance

Jordan Criado

A Jackson County man accused of killing his wife and four children by stabbing them and then setting fire to their home made his first court appearance in circuit court. Jordan Criado sat motionless beside his attorney and stared at the floor through the entire proceeding which could lead to the death penalty for him, or life in prison without any chance of parole.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

Animal Lover wins EOTM nod from Chamber!

Kim Rampley and Friend
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Kim Rampley rings the Chamber’s Bell!

For most of us, once we arrive at work, we are dealing with creatures of a two-legged persuasion. For Kim Rampley, receptionist for Animal Medical Care, that may not always be the case. Many of the visitors to her reception area have four legs, a furry body, and a wet nose. Kim’s primary role at work is to be the “face” of Animal Medical Care. She efficiently checks in clients, often several at once, while at the same time, answers the telephone and provides support to the staff at the clinic. Kim is compassionate in her dealings with owners, whose “best friend” needs veterinary care, and makes certain that both owner and pet are reassured and prepared for their visit with the doctors. Her co-workers agree that she is an irreplaceable asset to the office, and that her problem-solving skills, good sense of humor and attention to detail are all characteristics that make their job much easier. No task is too great or too small; Kim will lend a hand wherever needed. Says her boss, “Kim is the definition of a complete employee…” which is why Kim Rampley has been named Employee of the Month for August.

If you wish to nominate an employee who exhibits characteristics that include Quality of Service, Friendliness, Role Model or Knowledge of the Area, download a form at www.newportchamber.org or send an email to Bobbi, (bobbi@newportchamber.org).

Annual Nisika Illahee Pow Wow, August 12-14, Siletz! Everyone is welcome!

The Siletz Confederated Tribes are celebrating their annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Pauline Ricks Memorial Pow Wow Grounds, atop Government Hill in Siletz. It is an annual opportunity for Siletz tribal members to celebrate their past, their traditions and to honor their elders of today and those who have gone before. All people are warmly invited to come and witness the spectacle and pageantry of Siletz Tribal dance, singing and spiritual renewal.

It is by far one of the most colorful and photogenic events in the region, but those with cameras are cautioned to pay close attention to the tribal announcers as they designate specific ceremonies or dances when photos are NOT allowed. On occasion, an eagle feather may fall from a head dress or regalia whereupon all photography shall cease immediately until the feather is recovered. Again, pay very close attention to the announcer.

The celebration begins with the crowning of the 2011-2012 Siletz Royalty on Friday evening at 6 pm. At 7 pm the first Grand Entry will begin with a beautiful array of all styles of dancing including traditional male and female, fancy, feather, shawl, grass, jingle, Golden Age and children.

The public is invited to join in a very large inter-tribal dance which immediately follows the Grand Entry.

Saturday at 10 am, the Nisika Illahee Pow Wow Parade moves through downtown Siletz. The parade features Siletz Tribal royalty, drummers, dancers, horses and riders, vintage cars and floats. The parade is followed by another Grand Entry at 1 pm at the Pow Wow grounds.

Youth and teen dance competitions takes place in the afternoon. More competition dancing continues after 7 pm.

More than 60 vendors on the pow-wow grounds will offer a colorful kaleidoscope of food and Native American arts and crafts and jewelry. A free shuttle (your best bet) will run from various parking lots in Siletz to the pow-wow grounds. Watch for signs for pick-up points.

Admission is free to the pow pow. But they require no drugs or alcohol be in anyone’s possession.

Here’s a schedule of events:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12TH:
Memorial/Giveaways – Noon – 6 p.m. (Contact Nick Sixkiller)
Presentation of Crowns – 6 p.m.
Grand Entry – 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13TH:

Parade – 10 a.m.
Grand Entry – 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14TH:
Grand Entry – Noon

For more information onthe Nisika Illahee Pow Wow, click here.

Getting a big charge, driving around Portland

Charging station

Are you thinking about the savings and the good green feelings you get when you drive an electric car? Well, you’ll be able to take that highly nuanced sense of well-being out for a spin if you stop by a big electric car charging station exhibition going on in Portland next Tuesday. There are plans to have electric charging stations up and down I-5 through the Willamette Valley, as well as along coastal Highway 101 eventually. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

Second Saturday Drum Stroll at Nye Beach is upon us!

Second Saturday Drum Stroll, Nye Beach

Second Saturday Stroll is August 13th in Nye Beach

It’s the second Saturday of the month tomorrow and that means it’s time to stroll on down to Nye Beach for the popular Second Saturday Stroll Drum Jam at Cafe Mundo, and special second Saturday events throughout the historic, oceanfront neighborhood.

The drum jam, featuring the Thunder & Lightness flute and percussion duo and members of the Newport Community Drum Circle ensemble, provides a celebratory beat from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Café Mundo courtyard at 209 NW Coast Street (541-574-8134). Other merchants will be offering” art shows and demonstrations, wine tastings, restaurant specials, and sales starting about 11 a.m. Chalk art and original street banners by local artists decorate the neighborhood, and street performers can often be found along Coast Street and in the area of the Nye Beach Turnaround.

The annual summer celebration sponsored by the Nye Beach Merchants Association concludes with one more Second Saturday Stroll on September 10.

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