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Mourning the loss of a police officers during the onslaught of the U.S. Capitol

Governor Kate Brown Orders Flags Lowered to Half-Staff to Honor the Fallen United States Capitol Police Officers

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff until sunset, January 13, 2021 to honor two fallen United States Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood.

“Violence answers nothing, solves nothing, and offers nothing. Last week, we saw attacks on our democracy, the Constitution, and the American people. This is not who we are. Dan and I send our condolences to the families of Officer Sicknick and Officer Liebengood as they mourn and grieve. We remember their dedication and determination, their service, and sacrifice.”

The full Presidential Proclamation is available at the White House’s website.

More financial help for hammered local businesses

Release Date: January 11,2021

Release Number: 21-05

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SBA Re-Opens PPP to Community Financial Institutions First

Community Financial Institutions get dedicated access

starting today

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal today at 9 am ET. SBA is continuing its dedicated commitment to underserved small businesses and to addressing potential access to capital barriers by initially granting PPP access exclusively to community financial institutions (CFIs) that typically serve these concerns.

When the PPP loan portal re-opened today, it initially accepted First Draw PPP loan applications from participating CFIs, which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs) and Microloan Intermediaries. These lenders made up approximately 10% of all PPP participating lenders in 2020. A First Draw PPP loan is for those borrowers who have yet to receive a PPP loan before the program closed in August 2020.

On Jan. 13, 2021, participating CFIs may begin submitting application information to SBA for Second Draw PPP loans. A Second Draw PPP loan is for certain eligible borrowers that previously received a PPP loan, generally have 300 employees or less, and has suffered a 25% reduction in gross receipts. At least $15 billion is set aside for additional PPP lending by CFIs.

A few days later, additional lenders will be able to submit First and Second draw PPP loan applications. SBA will continue to provide updates on systems operations during the week of Jan. 11, 2021. Additionally, SBA plans to dedicate specific times to process and assist the smallest PPP lenders with loan applications from eligible small businesses.

The opening of the SBA loan system is designed to efficiently and effectively implement the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act and to ensure increased access to the PPP for minority-, underserved-, veteran- and women-owned small business concerns. SBA also is calling upon its lending partners to redouble their efforts to assist eligible borrowers in underserved and disadvantaged communities.

Updated PPP Lender forms, guidance, and resources are available at www.sba.gov/ppp.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

Where were their parents???

On Monday, January 11th at approximately 1:09AM, Seaside Police responded to a report of a firearm being discharged on the beach near the turnaround. Officers located two juvenile males who were in possession of a pistol. A third juvenile male was located nearby in a parked vehicle, who was also found to be in possession of a pistol.

All three juveniles were arrested on charges related to unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful use of a firearm, reckless endangering another person, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.

Names of the arrested juveniles are not being released. Their ages are 14, 15 and 16 years old.  All three do not live in Clatsop County.  The Clatsop County Juvenile Department made arrangements and later transported the three juveniles to a juvenile detention facility.

Seaside Police would like to thank those witnesses in the area who reported the incident and who spoke with the responding officers. Additional response assistance was provided by the Cannon Beach Police Department. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Sergeant Shauna Stelson with the Seaside Police Department. Sgt. Stelsoncan be reached at (503) 738-631

Rep. David Gomberg: Back to Salem – Lots of work to do….

2021 Session Opens Monday

Hello Friends,

I was writing my weekly newsletter Wednesday afternoon when disturbing news erupted. An angry mob had descended on our nation’s capital.

They disrespected our laws and our police. They disrespected our institutions. They disrespected the legitimate results of the Electoral College and our popular vote. They disgraced our sense of American values and dignity.

Last week I spoke about the challenge in these difficult times to know who to trust and what to believe. Seldom do we all always agree. I cherish our traditions of free speech and peaceful protest. But when protest devolves into threats, violence, and property destruction, whether in our urban centers, our state capitols, or in the halls of Congress, we are all lessened.

Late last night, I was harkened by the words of one of our Republican leaders. “The states have spoken. The Courts have spoken. The voters have spoken.” And I was reminded of the words of another Republican, Abraham Lincoln, who observed on his second inauguration, “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

The hospitality industry has been particularly hard hit in 2020.


Sitka Center Artist-in-Residence Show & Tell

Tamara Jennings
Program Manager
Sitka Center for Art & Ecology 56605 Sitka Drive, Otis OR 97368 Tamarajennings@sitkacenter.org 541.994.5485

Sitka Center Artist-in-Residence Show and Tell

OTIS, OR – Jan 4, 2021 – For the next few months, a talented group of artists and scientists will be residing amongst the trees and wildlife to deeply explore their work as Artists and Scientists-in-Residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Join us for the Resident Show & Tell – 4pm on Thursday, January 21st, 2021 as our Spring residents share what they will be working on!

Located on Cascade Head on the Oregon Coast just north of Lincoln City, the Sitka Center is an ideal location for artists and scientists to withdraw from the distraction of daily life, find the solitude needed to push through their creative boundaries and chase their artistic pursuits and immerse themselves in natural study and reflection. Sitka Center is proud to host residents from around the world in various stages of their journeys.

The Resident Show & Tell is an opportunity for the community to learn about the work done by these accomplished artists and scientists. This event is free and open virtually to the public via Zoom. The January 21st Resident Show & Tell includes:

  • Ayla Gizlice is a Turkish-American artist who works primarily in mixed media sculpture and installation. She often works with materials found and collected from her local environment and is interested in the ecological proposition that this labor poses.
  • Danielle Klebes has exhibited at notable galleries and museums across the United States and in Canada. Her current body of work explores and disrupts ideas of social expectations and gender norms by presenting queer bodies in utopic settings.
  • EmilyJaneDavisisanAssistantProfessorandExtensionSpecialistintheDepartmentofForest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University, Associate Director of the Ecosystem Workforce Program, and Vice Chair of the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition. She is a social scientist who analyzes natural resource collaboration, wildfire, public lands policy, and rural community development.
  • JanetMorrisonisProfessorofBiologyatTheCollegeofNewJersey(TCNJ),wheresheconducts plant ecology research with undergraduate students, teaches ecology and botany courses, and has served as Department Chair and in many other leadership roles. Janet’s scientific research program aims to understand how interactions between species drive the structure of ecological communities, particularly within human-transformed, urbanizing landscapes.
  • PaulBourdeauisamarineecologistandassociateprofessoratHumboldtStateUniversity.Pauland his students study how coastal marine organisms interact with their environment and respond to changing environmental conditions, particularly those brought about by human activities. Their approach combines field observations, manipulative laboratory and field experiments, and quantitative syntheses of published research.About the Sitka Center for Art and EcologyThrough workshops, residencies and events the Sitka Center provides time and space for place based reflection, inquiry and creation at the intersection of art and ecology. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit located on Cascade Head in the Salmon River estuary north of Lincoln City, Sitka offers a place where visual artists, writers, natural scientists, musicians and interdisciplinary creatives of all abilities and backgrounds come to nourish their curiosity and creativity. 2021 marks Sitka’s 51st year of offering art-and nature-inspired workshops, residencies and public events on the Oregon Coast.

For more details visit www.sitkacenter.org. 541-994-5485 Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, 56605 Sitka Drive, Otis, OR 97368.


For the Next few months, artists and scientists will live on Cascade Head and delve into their work as Artists and Scientists-in-Residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Join us via Zoom for the Resident Show & Tell – 4pm on Thursday, January 21st, 2021 as residents share what they will be working on!

Sitka Center Resident Show & Tell

www.sitkacenter.org/events to register

Left to right clockwise: Ayla Gizlice, Danielle Klebes, Emily Jane Davis, Janet Morrison and Paul Bordeau

Covid-19 Update from Governor Brown

The virus is cleaning our clock….

Governor Kate Brown Provides Updates on COVID-19 in Oregon

OHA is making progress towards goal of 12,000 vaccinations per day, National Guard to provide vaccination support

Correction: Governor Brown has activated Oregon National Guard members to support vaccination efforts, beginning with the Salem Health vaccination event at the state fairgrounds. However those members are being called up on orders and processed this weekend, and are expected to begin in their support role in Salem by Tuesday. This will not impact Salem Health’s operations, which will be administering vaccines as planned this weekend.    

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown held a press conference today to update Oregonians on the status of COVID-19 vaccinations in Oregon, as well as school reopening plans. The Governor was joined by Patrick Allen, Director of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education, and Dr. Dean Sidelinger, State Epidemiologist.   


“OHA is working with health care providers, pharmacies, and local public health partners to make steady progress toward achieving our goal of 12,000 vaccines administered per day,” said Governor Brown. “We continue to look at how we can use every tool we have to swiftly vaccinate Oregonians, and in that spirit, I am deploying the National Guard to provide vaccination support, starting this weekend with Salem Health’s vaccination event at the state fairgrounds. These partnerships will help us achieve the critical mass of community immunity we need. 

“On the education front, at the start of the new year, Oregon’s COVID-19 health metrics for returning to in-person instruction became advisory, empowering local school districts and communities to make decisions regarding in-person instruction that best meet the needs of their families and students. All Oregon schools will still be required to adhere to health and safety measures in order to open any in-person instruction, and they must continue to work in close consultation with their local public health authority.”

More information on vaccines is available at covidvaccine.oregon.gov.

A copy of the Governor’s remarks is available here.

A recording of today’s live-streamed press conference is available here.

An HD recording of today’s press conference for members of the media is available here. Please note, the video starts at the 35:26 mark.


“A Segment of Art” Exhibit to Open at the Newport Visual Arts Center

Curry County artist Dan Gray to showcase award-winning wood sculptures – Winter “Art to Go” Kits Available through the Newport Visual Arts Center, 541-265-6569, twebb@coastarts.org

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “A Segment of Art” exhibit from January 16 through March 20 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. “A Segment of Art” will feature award-winning wood sculptures by Brookings-based artists Dan Gray. The COVAS Showcase features artists from the Oregon coast, rotating through the coast’s seven coastal counties, and Gray will be representing Curry County. The COVAS Showcase will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon to 4pm, COVID-19 safety guidelines permitting, as well as online at www.coastarts.org.

Dan Gray’s turned wood artworks, which he describes as “segmented sculptures,” have won multiple awards and have been displayed in numerous galleries on the West Coast. Many of his sculptures are inspired by his proximity to the Pacific Ocean, as well as his love of travel. One of his signature pieces, “Nautilus, Station 5,” was featured in Wood Magazine. Gray’s wood sculptures have been described as amazing in their intricate detail. Working with oak, alder, mahogany, purple heart, myrtle, and woods, his sculptures contain anywhere from several hundred to several thousand individual wood pieces.

Dan Gray is a proudly self-proclaimed self-taught artist. “In truth, I never knew I was an artist until late in my life. That fact that I was always creating, I simply took that for granted as part of who I was,” Gray says. “My creativity was out of necessity. To repair something that was broken. To build something needed.”

Though Dan Gray has always worked with wood, he did not always realize wood as an art medium. Fifteen years ago, on a whim, Gray purchased a wood lathe. “From that first moment, when I turned a small piece of wood into a bowl, I was lost,” he says. “Nothing has ever captured me before in the way of that first small bowl.”

Gray has displayed his art in galleries in Vancouver, WA, and in Brookings, and he is currently displaying in Juniper Sky Fine Art Gallery at the Kayenta Art Villiage in Ivins, UT, and well as The Turquoise Turtle Gallery at the artist colony in Tubac, AZ. In addition to creating his segmented wood sculptures, Gray is also a writer and has published two novels and a collection of short stories.

To sign up for event notifications, community members should join the Friends of the VAC e-Newsletter by visiting https://coastarts.org/visual-arts-center/newsletter/.

I was snookered by VRD’s being placed on both sides of my home….

Robin Hochtrtt says “I was Snookered.”

My neighborhood is a member of the 15neighborhoods Coalition. We are gathering Petition signatures for a Short Term Rental (STR) Ballot Measure for residential neighborhoods. Go to www.15neighborhoods.com to download a petition signature sheet, sign and date (2 places), and send it to P.O. Box 390, Depoe Bay. All registered Lincoln County voters can sign.

I was unfamiliar with Short Term Vacation Rental (STR/VRD) business until January 18, 2018, when I found myself sandwiched between two short-term rentals – each licensed for 11 people. 

My initial response was “These houses must have huge septic tanks” because so many renters were there. Through research, I learned that the County had no septic records for these houses. These two VRD’s were built in the 1940s, with various additions added over the years.  Before 1971, septic permits were not required. My house was built in 1999. The state Department of Environmental Quality requires that I contract with an inspector for two inspections annually who then sends an annual Report to DEQ.

Living next to an VRD is very inconvenient. Picking up garbage or calling a (not really) Local Contact to pick up garbage was tiresome but necessary to keep the rats and raccoons at bay. Having 20+ people show up for parties and being told it was OK so long as only 11 people spend the night was unsettling. 

Along the way, I also learned that the Maximum Occupancy Limits were unenforceable anyway because the Sheriff would not enter the premises without a warrant to count heads. Assuming permission was granted, and more renters than licensed were present, it was up to the renters to decide who had to leave (and probably return after the Sheriff left. No record was kept because citations are not issued.  

What if they are also violating the noise prohibition after 10 pm? This is not a VRD-specific law. It applies to everyone living in the unincorporated areas of the County. They’d be told to pipe down. If they did, there would be no citation even if the Sheriff observed it. This is only a misdemeanor in Lincoln County – not worth the time if the citation is appealed, and the Deputy would have to appear as a witness. This is true of parking as well – another violation that applies Countywide. 

The Property Manager and the Investor suffer NO CONSEQUENCES. The “cost” of VRD management is passed on to the neighbors (1) as the “first responders” to call in a complaint and (2) pay taxes so the Sheriff can add deputies and administrative staff to process applications and respond to complaints.

Then I learned that I lived in Lincoln County’s most restrictive Residential Zone (R-1-A). This Residential Zone is so restrictive that not even Bed and Breakfast Inns are allowed. I told County Counsel about this only to learn that “short term rentals” were a residential use according to the Oregon Supreme Court and allowed in Residential Zones. 

I was snookered. This is not true now and was not true when Lincoln County adopted its VRD regulations in 2016, according to my attorney.

By now, I started paying more attention to the long term housing shortage problem. I heard that housing was not affordable and increasingly unavailable at any price. I heard from a government official that more STR business licenses were issued than new construction permits in 2018-2019. It felt like many problems were interrelated and that the vacation home industry was the nexus.

The Goal of 15neighborhoods is to restrict and eventually phase-out STRs only from our Residential neighborhoods over five years. STRs are useful, but should have been licensed only in the County’s Tourist/Commercial Zones. 

Our website includes Tabs for Community Response, Research and Resources, How to File a Complaint with the County, and FAQs. Behind the Tab “Views from the Steering Committee” are thoughtful essays, such as:

Want a Problem You Can Fix on May 18?

Commissioners: Who is Your Constituent?

Short Term Vacation Renting is an Extractive Industry

Are Rural Neighborhoods the STR Industry’s First Responders?

​Why 15neighborhoods started an Electronic Petition Drive during a Pandemic

​Violations without Consequences

The Newly Unhoused: Short and Long Term Solutions

Short-term rentals: Compliance and Enforcement

Growth and Climate Refugees

County Crumbles Under the Weight of Too Much Growth and Not Enough Careful Planning

Time to Revise our Thinking about Emergency STR Evacuation Planning in Residential Neighborhoods

Check us out. Send us questions and comments through “Contact Us” on the website, 15Neighborhoods.com

Robin Hochtritt
Unincorporated Lincoln County


Mary’s Peak Group up and around…

Mary’s Peak
In mid-winter…

January 10, 2021 

Here are our activities in the next 2 weeks

The Marys Peak Group Executive Committee will be meeting January 12th via Zoom from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  All MPG members are welcome to attend.  Contact MarysPeakGroup@Oregon.Sierraclub.org

to get the login information.  This will be the last meeting of the 2020 excom which will wrap up old business and accept the results of our last election. The 2021 excom will then take over to elect officers and plan the year ahead.

Once the Marys Peak Group is allowed to resume offering and conducting outings by the National Office of the Sierra Club and by Governor Brown’s phase-in levels, would you in the meantime be Interested in Becoming a Leader for Sierra Club Outings?

If you enjoy sharing Oregon’s incredible outdoors with others, then we hope you will become an outing leader for the Marys Peak Group (MPG), the local group of the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, Having new leaders is critical to MPG’s goal of getting people out into Oregon’s outdoors. We’d love to have you!  Doing so will add to the number and variety of hikes and outings we offer.

Having a love of the outdoors is the essential characteristic of an MPG leader. The purpose of MPG’s outings is to share parts of Oregon that you have discovered and enjoy. A background or interest in any of the natural sciences is a wonderful plus but not necessary.

What are the Advantages of Becoming an Outing Leader?

  • Provides an incentive or motivation for you to find new trails in Oregon
  • Opportunities to share those or your favorite trails with others
  • Sharing your pleasure & joy will help get people out enjoying nature
  • Meeting and interacting with other lovers & enjoyers of the outdoors
  • Chances of learning new insights from participants on your trips
  • Strengthens your organizational skills

Ken Fitschen, Assistant Chair, Jules Moritz, Outings Chair, and Robert Verhoogen, Chair Emeritus, will make the process as smooth as possible. Contact one of them via e-mail if you are interested in finding out more about becoming an outing leader:

– Ken Fitschen’s e-mail = kenfits@comcast.net

– Jules Moritz’s e-mail = mpg.outings.chair@gmail.com

– Robert Verhoogen’s e-mail = rverhoogen@mac.com


Announcements… (1 new) 

1)  Per OSU Research Forests – 


218A NE Alsea Controlled Elk Hunt Active through January 31st on the Dunn Forest

The 218A NE Alsea Controlled Elk Hunt is occurring on the Dunn Forest throughout the month of January.  This is a very small hunt, as only 11 people were granted permission through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. These hunters were sent a permission letter in the mail, granting them access to the Dunn Forest for walk-in hunting.  Hunters may use a rifle or bow, and are hunting for antlerless elk (cows).

You may or may not see hunters while you are out on the Dunn Forest over the next month.  Here are some tips from the USDA Forest Service on hunting safety for hunters and other recreators.

Here is a map of the area where hunting is allowed, for your reference.

NOTE:  There will NOT be any Peak View mailings UNLESS there is new information to report from OSU Forestry, the Sierra Club National office, or the Governor’s Office about the opening up of recreation areas, or from our Executive Committee.

1) Newcomers to MPG outing events, please view the new GENERAL OUTING POLICY on our MPG website by clicking on copying and pasting   <http://oregon2.sierraclub.org/marys-peak/outings >  and then clicking on < Get Outdoors/Outings and Policies > before pre-registering for or attending an outing. 

2) Carpooling: Given the changing gas prices when car-pooling, take a 

moment to ask the leader for the suggested reimbursement rate per passenger per hour of driving for the outing. 

3) Contacting Marys Peak Group:  Marys Peak Group contact information is obtainable at  https://oregon2.sierraclub.org/marys-peak/contact Listed are the Executive Committee members and the Administrative and Program Coordinators.

4) Facebook: Marys Peak Group – Sierra Club is on Facebook.  Check out MPG’s Facebook page to view pictures of past hikes and events, and learn about upcoming opportunities.  Post pictures from hikes and outings you participate in! Copy and paste the address https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marys-Peak-Group-Sierra-Club/159377960779

5) Minutes of the MPG Executive Committee can be viewed at the aforementioned website by clicking on the About Us/Ex Comm Meeting Minutes tab or by clicking on https://oregon2.sierraclub.org/marys-peak/minutes  for the minutes of the virtual meeting.

The Peak View

Marys Peak Group – Sierra Club

P.O Box 863, Corvallis, OR 97339


Toledo Library gets a nice grant from the Keane Family Fund!

Toledo Public Library Receives Surprise Grant of $10,000

The Toledo Public Library is pleased to announce the receipt of a $10,000 grant from the Keane Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. The unanticipated award is granted to assist in the upgrade of technology and equipment for our community meeting room. We look forward to offering our small community state of the art technology. We anticipate meeting the needs of those who require access to presentations from remote locations, such as The Lincoln County Genealogical Society, the local RAIN program, and entrepreneurs who need robust meeting spaces for partners and employees located around the county, nation, or the world. This was a delightful and encouraging gift during the Holiday Season.

Trauma injury at South Beach State Park

1:03pm – Newport Fire-Rescue are headed for South Beach State Park on a report of someone who has suffered a traumatic injury.  No specifics as yet.

1:07pm  Reports from the scene is that a woman was in the surf and got hit by a wave causing injury.

Traffic Collision on Highway 20 just east of Newport

9:47pm. Report of a traffic collision on Highway 50 at SE Norman Street immediately east of Newport. Watch for emergency responders.  There are a number of people involved.  None seem to be seriously injured.  Truck pulling a trailer is involved.

9:55pm. Westbound lane is blocked.  Watch for traffic congestion.


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