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Many Newport area women want to make it clear. It’s a woman’s choice!

Newport area women gather in front of Newport City Hall to protest other states trying to outlaw abortion




Those participating told NewsLincolnCounty.com that the crowd started out at around 100 people, but then the skies opened up and the rain fell in buckets. One woman told us she’d rather get soaked with rain than not stand her ground on reproductive freedom.

It’s the 2nd Annual Teak Lady Sail Along!

Teak Lady Sail
Headed upriver to Newport

Teak Lady Sail beween Newport and Toledo
Port of Toledo photos

2nd Annual Teak Lady Sail

The Port of Toledo’s fleet of Teak Ladies will be sailing up the Yaquina River on Saturday, May 25th. This is the second year that volunteers and friends of the Port of Toledo will sail the three sister vessels from Newport to Toledo. Each of these beautiful 17-foot sail boats have been donated to the Port by their previous owners for use in the Toledo Community Boathouse program. Any and all boats are welcome to join in the procession.

The Teak Ladies will arrive at Port of Newport’s Commercial Dock 3 late in the afternoon on Thursday, May 23rd and will be on display until their departure Saturday, May 25 at 12:00pm. The boats will sail upriver to their home dock at the Port of Toledo’s marina, providing many opportunities to view the boats from the Bay Road.

The Teak Ladies are maintained and sailed by members of the Teak Lady Society, a group of volunteers working under the leadership of David West and local boatwright Rick Johnson. Johnson and West have just completed repairs on Ma Zu and given her a fresh coat of varnish and paint. They were assisted by Toledo High School vocational student, Jacob Rogers.

The Teak Lady sloop was designed by Fenton Kelkenny of San Francisco and modeled after larger yachts. The A. King Slipway in Hong Kong was commissioned to build the boats between the years of 1939 and 1958. They were built of hand sawn teak and feature custom carved tillers, carved name plates, and hand crafted brass ventilators. In the 1940’s the Teak Ladies had their own sailing class in San Francisco Bay.

These three boats have been donated to the Port of Toledo for use by the Toledo Community Boathouse. In 2009, Jim and Carolyn Hitchman of Waldport, Oregon donated Ma Zu to the Port. Ma Zu was built in 1958 and is also known as Teak Lady #21. In 2011, Robert and Claire McDonald of Spokane, WA donated Che Hon, built in 1939, also known as Teak Lady 11. The most recent addition to the fleet is donated by David West, and is the prototype Teak Lady, named Yuan Mun built in 1937. West found Yuan Mun in San Francisco when researching the history of the Teak Ladies.

For more information about the Teak Lady Society visit: https://www.teakladysociety.org/. All three of the boats will also be on display at the Port of Toledo’s Annual Wooden Boat Show on August 17 and 18, 2019.

For more information about the Teak Lady Sail or the Wooden Boat Show please contact the Port’s office at 541-336-5207 or email info@portoftoledo.org

Surf Rescue at Beverly Beach, north of Newport

2:10pm. Report of a boat in distress off Beverly Beach.  Fire-Rescue is enroute.  Coast Guard is enroute.

2:16pm – Two boats are just outside the surf line.

2:18pm – It’s Coast Guard training exercise.  All fire-rescue units returning to base.

Open Forum at May Democrats Meeting in Newport

Open Forum at May Democratic Meeting in Newport

From the Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee

This month, after a brief business meeting, we get a report on our “Trivia Night” fundraiser and hear from our delegates to the State Democratic Party meeting in Prineville. After that, a guest speaker from Surfrider will give us an update on Newport’s bag ban and the State initiative.

Afterwards, there will be an opportunity for attendees to make observations and express their concerns about the current state of affairs in our troubled country. As a local party, one of our main functions is to give a voice to our grassroots members and to send their messages on to elected officials at the state and national levels.

The Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 22, in the Fellowship Hall at Atonement Lutheran Church, 2315 North Coast Highway, Newport, OR 97365. The meeting is from 6-9 PM.

As always, there will be snacks, convivial company, and witty repartee. All are welcome! We are the blue wave!

Lincoln City Councilors and volunteer citizens put the cherry on the budget cupcake….

Lincoln City City Council & Citizen Budget Committee members…

The Lincoln City City Council Monday night sprinkled a little more money on the city’s 2019-2020 fiscal year budget. A lot of the big items had already been pretty well hashed out by the council, although there may be some late minute adjustments.

Budget additions included pumping up a fund to help Lincoln City Police get rid of more abandoned or broken down cars that materialize on city streets and other public rights of way – something around $10,000 to help the police get the job done. Additional funds for emergency preparedness were also allocated. Then some heavy lifting to acquire a new street sweeper rang the cash register at $280,000. But the budget committee backed off a bit when they learned the cost of a new “Hydro-Excavator” truck. The vehicle will not be purchased for $240,000 – but rather it’ll be a lease-to-own arrangement. Such a vehicle can handle heavy storm water damage, debris and other issues surrounding flooding.

Then the budget committee turned their attention to how to spend about $350,000 from marijuana sales taxes. The budget committee decided that spending $55,000 to pay for sports player fees is a good start while the rest would go toward park improvements city-wide.

Other proceeds from the city’s marijuana tax revenues could pay for an innovative park restroom, very popular in Portland – hence the name “Portland Loo.”

Funds for outdoor “Neighborhood Watch” signs were allocated – $3,500.

Items that were turned down included “Facility Purchase for Workforce Housing,” and a thumbs down for a Cottage Cluster Development – the reason being that the city already owns land that such a development can be built on.

A sidewalk project on Oar Avenue bit the dust. Meanwhile, immediate plans to fund a local “activist” fund which conceivably could include anti-Climate Change efforts was informally endorsed. But a wide range of other “causes” could also be included.

The committee agreed to put $28,000 into a county wide effort to coordinate municipal water systems up and down the coast with a proviso that until they understand the details of the plan, which involves Newport, they’re going to withhold payment until they know exactly how the $28,000 will be spent. Committee members strongly support Lincoln City joining the rest of the other Central Coast communities but they want to get a clearer idea about how the money will be spent.

The city council is expected to ratify, or slightly modify the budget committee’s budget preferences at a future meeting

Board of Realtors announce this year’s scholarship winners

The Lincoln County Board of Realtors is proud to announce that we have chosen our annual $5,000 scholarship winner AND we had enough funds to add a second scholarship at $2,500! Our recipients are scored blindly (no names, gender, or other identifying information) on merit and accomplishments alone, and the ability to communicate their needs and life goals. Our recipients are both amazing young students and highly deserving. They are:
Sonya Cutler of Newport High School, $5,000 winner

Wyatt Schrock of Waldport High School, $2,500 winner
Congratulations Sonya and Wyatt, we are thrilled to be able to offer two awards this year!

Scholarship Expanded for Next Year:
The Lincoln County Board of Realtors Scholarship is open to all graduating seniors in Lincoln County, and we are also excited to announce that next year in 2020, we are inviting Nestucca High School in Tillamook County to participate as well!

Scholarship Collaboration:
Lincoln County Board of Realtors and the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation team up together to award two scholarships to one graduating, college bound student, who is pursuing a degree in the medical field. The Lincoln County Board of Realtors proposed the match up three years ago for a possible collaboration. The criteria added is only that the winning scholarship recipient wishes to chose medicine or a related field as their degree.

Progress report on Waldport Schools’ boiler/heating carbon monoxide problem

 

Boiler problems at Crestview Elementary School – forced evacuations, February 2019
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1. Community Meeting.  On Tuesday night, May 14th, at 5 pm at the Seashore Family Literacy Center, we had a community meeting in which Oregon OSHA, Lincoln County Public Health, Proctor and Sales (boiler person), the Lincoln City School District and Parent Group shared results of testing and work moving forward. The results are that there were insignificant levels of carbon monoxide being put out by the boiler on or off and the other elements tested for were the same.

The Lincoln County Health Department shared how many other ways in which people could be exposed to CO and what that meant. We learned that people’s bodies produce CO on their own and that there is ambient CO in our air. A Health Department Toxicologist told us that according to the Center for Disease Control that a confirmed case of CO exposure was above 5%. That’s the same information we read and also the same range as the Oregon Poison Control Center. People asked questions and the panel stayed after to answer more questions. The meeting was facilitated by Kira Higgs and was productive. Three people (two that attended the community meeting and one that did not) shared their complaints with the board afterward at the board meeting held at CVH.

2. Parent Group. The Parent Group also shared their work at the Community Meeting and the new G2 study they have independently commissioned. Hopefully, they will get results of their study before school gets out. It starts on May 24 and goes through May 29. The District had gifted the group $5000 for the study and increased that amount to $8700 in order to try to meet the specs of the new study. The environmental engineering company G2 out of Lake Oswego was selected by the Group and they will be testing for 5 days, two of those days with the boiler on over the weekend. The District is working with the group to make sure that the boiler gets on and off well.

3. Boiler. According to Greg English, the boiler expert from Proctor and Sales, who was on the meeting panel, “The boilers at the high school and Crestview Heights are no different than hundreds of other boilers burning oil throughout the State of Oregon.  They commonly operate in schools, hospitals, commercial buildings and processing facilities. All of the safety controls that are required by building codes in the State of Oregon for hot water boilers exist on all three boilers and all are fully operational. The boilers are completely safe and meet all the current code requirements in the State of Oregon.

Speculation about the boiler maintenance records was raised and this is how I would answer that: The maintenance department is required by law to have certain State required inspections and to post and keep state law required certificates on the boilers. These have been maintained for many years. They only have records of fixing the boilers when the boilers need fixing. We don’t keep regular maintenance records on any other machines we use and don’t have special records for boiler maintenance. We keep the work orders when we need to fix them. We have maintained all the records on the CVH/WHS boilers since the Jan 26 incident. We have a running record, as Tim Kaufman said at the meeting. We will now be tuning the exhaust stacks monthly with a machine we own and changing the filters monthly as well, keeping a running record of this maintenance.”

4. Meeting with Samaritan Hospital. The Superintendent, Student Support Services Director and Secondary Teaching and Learning Administrator attended a meeting with the Samaritan Hospital CEO on Tuesday, May 14. I have asked the CEO to provide information for the district to send to our District officials and parents from that meeting, so I can share it with everyone. We ended our meeting by promising each other to become better partners in communicating. I was very encouraged. More to come soon.

Next are the results from the Parent Group study that the district will review carefully. We will have completed five studies (PBS, SAIF, OSHA, Health Department, and G2, plus Fire Department) and will have done all we can do to find anything wrong with our boilers and school environment. Should there be negative results from the G2 study, the parents will share that with us and we will address any recommended actions and keep everyone posted. We are grateful to the Parent Group for their hard work and diligence.

Thank you very much,

Doctor Karen Gray,
Superintendent of Schools

House Fire on Trout Place, south of Taft

House Fire on Trout Place Between Lincoln City and Depoe Bay

Home appears severely damaged.

UPDATE from Depoe Bay Fire: The Depoe Bay Fire District was dispatched to a reported structure fire at a home in Gleneden Beach on May 19th just before noon. After receiving multiple reports via 911, mutual aid resources from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Newport Fire were dispatched along with crews from Depoe Bay Fire.

On arrival personnel found the attached garage of one residence fully engulfed in flames and burning its way into the house. The flames and radiant heat were also spreading to an adjacent home under construction. Crews immediately went to work to protect the adjacent structure.

The garage of the primary house involved was a total loss, with extensive damage extending into the upstairs and downstairs. A boat and pickup truck were also destroyed during the firefight.

Meanwhile, damage to the next-door structure appeared to be cosmetic only. Dollar loss estimates are still to be calculated.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Lincoln County Fire Investigation Team. However, a preliminary investigation revealed the blaze originated in the garage. Residents in both homes were able to evacuate without injury. The fire was under control within 20 minutes, but crews completed extensive mop-up which lasted well over three hours.

 

Electric and gas utilities were disconnected to multiple homes in the neighborhood as a result of the fire. Utility companies worked through the night to restore services to those affected.

Red Cross resources were on scene to help the victims secure lodging accommodations and support.

The investigation is expected to be completed sometime this week.

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12noon – House fire on Trout Place just west of Highway 101 south of Taft has been extinguished. Firefighters put the fire out and are now checking for hot spots.

Otter Rock and Roll is coming ashore June 15th. Time to sign up!!

* Otter Rock and Roll is June 15. It’s Time to Sign Up.
* Parents: Go to http://otterrockandroll.com/ to get your kids signed up before the heats are full.
* Volunteers: Go to the same website to see how you can help at the event.

Come join the Newport Chapter of Surfrider and the local surf community at the Otter Rock and Roll Surf Contest at Otter Rock-Devil’s Punch Bowl Sate Park. In the spirit of International Surfing Day it’s an 18 and under surf contest to welcome in summer.

This 11th annual event has something for kids of all ages. Divisions include girls and boys in three different age groups, kids with parents, and Best Beginner, where we provide board, wetsuit, and one-on-one coaching for kids new to surfing. Also on the agenda is a beach cleanup.

This is a fun family event promoting stewardship of our oceans, waves, and beaches. Registration is open. Sign up and get more info at http://otterrockandroll.com/ . This is a big event and we always need volunteer help. Sign up at the same website.

Be there on June 15, and bring your stoke.

Big thanks to this year’s sponsors: Eon Graphics, Mo’s, Windermere Realty, Reef, Quicksilver, Dakine, Hyperflex, Xcel, Cascade Solar, Rainbow Sandals,and Columbia Sportswear

Local Surf Shops: Lincoln City Surf, Moment, Ossies, Pura Vida, and Zugh

Surfboard Makers: LeBoss, Murdy, Ocean Pulse, and Russo

Spring Rummage Sale at St. Augustine Catholic Church – Lincoln City

St. Augustine Catholic Church, Lincoln City

The Spring Rummage Sale at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Lincoln City will be held August Thursday, Friday and Saturday – May 24, 25 and 26.. Hours are 10 am. to 4 pm Friday and Saturday, and 10 am. to 2 pm. Sunday.

The sale with be held at the church 1139 NW Highway 101, in he social hall. Event coordinator Betty Winter said, “We will have lots of clothing, kitchen items, bedding, holiday decorations, children’s toys, books, decorative items and collectibles.”

Proceeds from rummage sale will go towards landscaping church ground along Highway 101.

Senator Merkley holding Town Hall Meeting in Tillamook – a lot of ground to cover…

Sen. Jeff Merkley, Town Hall Meeting
                       Tillimook, May 25

Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley will hold a town hall meeting in Tillamook Saturday, May 25, 2pm

He will update constituents on his work in Washington, D.C., and answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.

“In our ‘We the People’ democracy, town hall meetings are an essential tool for me to hear from Oregonians and represent their interests back in D.C.,” Merkley said.  “I invite everyone to come and discuss what we need to do to strengthen our state and our nation.” 

Tillamook County Town Hall, Saturday, May 25,  2 p.m., Port of Tillamook Bay, Officer’s Mess Hall, 6825 Officer Row Road, Tillamook.

 

How to Recover from a Mid-Life Financial Crisis

Duane J. Silbernagel
Financial Advisor
Waddell & Reed
541-614-1322

How to Recover from a Mid-Life Financial Crisis
Provided By: Duane J. Silbernagel, CFP®

A financial crisis can be scary at any age, but this is especially true when you’re in your 40s or 50s. Perhaps you’re way behind on saving for retirement or have too much debt from unnecessary spending. Or maybe an unexpected challenge, such as a job loss, illness, or break from the workforce for caregiving responsibilities, took a direct hit on your finances.

Regardless of how you got to this point, it’s important to develop a strategy that will help you re-establish financial stability.

Regain control

Start by accepting the reality of your situation. This may be easier said than done when you’d rather avoid the anxiety, stress, and guilt that you may feel when you have money issues. It’s okay to feel these negative emotions as part of the recovery process. They are likely to pass with time as you come up with a plan to regain control.

Review your spending

Another step is to create a budget to help establish a positive cash flow. If you’re spending more money than you earn, you’ll
need to cut back on your discretionary spending immediately. If you’ve made cuts and your monthly income still isn’t enough, you’ll need to figure out a way to cut your fixed expenses or increase your income.

Reduce your debt

It’s likely that debt is one of the reasons why you’re facing a financial crisis. One survey found that people between the ages of 45 and 54 reported the highest amounts of debt overall, totaling $134,600.1

To reduce your overall debt, identify the amount and interest rate for each obligation you have. Then tackle it by paying off the debt with the highest interest rate first, then the next highest, and so on.

You might also consider restructuring your debt. This involves negotiating new repayment terms with creditors so you can meet your monthly expenses and pay off your debts within a reasonable amount of time. If you can’t afford to hire a professional credit counselor to help you manage or restructure your debt, check with your local Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) office or another nonprofit credit counseling service to receive assistance at low or no cost.  You should also consider other options, such as seeking part-time work for extra income or liquidating assets, that can help you pay off debt more quickly.

Rebuild your funds

Chances are you’ve drained your emergency savings fund. If so, you’ll need to build it back up. Otherwise, you’ll risk racking up credit card debt or dipping into your retirement savings when the next crisis hits.

It’s okay to start small. Set aside a percentage of your paycheck each pay period to go into your cash reserve. Continue adding money after reaching your goal.

Revisit your financial relationships

In order to prevent another financial crisis, what changes will you need to make to your current financial relationships? Consider the following.

• Career. Do you need to increase your income with a second or a part-time job? Is there room for growth in your current career, or should you consider additional education or training to help boost your earnings?

• Home. Do you currently live in an expensive location? Does it make sense to downsize your home or move to a lower-cost area?

• Family. If you’re financially supporting adult children, can you reduce or discontinue it? Similarly, if you support your elderly parents, can your adult sibling(s) share the financial burden of care?

• Habits. Do you overspend to reward yourself? Are you an emotional shopper? Do you buy things you actually want, or are you just trying to keep up with the Joneses?

• Health. Can you make a lifestyle change to improve your health to help avoid future issues and potentially reduce medical costs? Some of these changes will require careful research (e.g., moving or changing careers), whereas others can be easier to implement (e.g., avoiding shopping sprees or reducing aid to adult children).

Reassess your finances periodically

As you get back on the right financial track, it’s critical to monitor your progress. Failure to do so in the past might have contributed to your crisis, so make it a habit to periodically review your finances. You might benefit from working with a financial professional who can help you stay on track with your financial goals as your situation changes.

2016 Survey of Consumer Finances, Federal Reserve Board (most recent data available)

Only 48% of workers ages 45 to 54 are confident that they will have enough money to last throughout their retirement.

Source: 2018 Retirement Confidence Survey, Employee Benefit Research Institute

I hope you found this beneficial and informational. For more information about me and my services, visit my website:
www.duane.wrfa.com
Thank you for your interest.

Duane Silbernagel is a Financial Advisor in Lincoln City, Oregon offering securities through Waddell & Reed, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. He can be reached at (541) 614-1322 or via email at DSilbernagel@wradvisors.com. 
This article is meant to be general in nature and should not be construed as investment or financial advice related to your personal situation. The article was written by an independent third party, Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. (Copyright 2019) and is provided for informational and educational purposes only. Waddell& Reed is not affiliated with www.newslincolncounty.com website and is not responsible for any other content posted to this website.  (05/19)

Mother of Skipper of the doomed Mary B II paints a different picture of her son than others gave

Wreckage of the Mary B II
Just north of the north jetty
Greg Henton photo

As the Coast Guard tries to get to the bottom of why the ill-fated fishing vessel Mary B II was obliterated by high seas just outside the Newport Jaws recently, there are differing opinions as to the command philosophy of the captain who was among the dead that washed ashore that fateful night.

Central Coast news reporter Lori Tobias has the story as published in The Oregonian. Click here, and here.

Avoid Nightmares: Take a tip from an Australian doctor….

Guns turned in last year to Newport Police. And there is still plenty more out there…
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America’s tortured love affair with guns was put into an interesting perspective this week in an article in the Washington Post that deserves serious consideration by leaders and citizens of the so-called “Free World.” We seem to have a long list of these “freedoms,” but where we do NOT have “freedom-from” is gun violence.  The article is well worth reading.  Click here.

South Beach Accused Arsonist arrested – Attempted Murder

Derrick Jasper, accused arsonist, Attempted Murder
Bail: $500,000

Earlier this month Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an address in South Beach to investigate a suspicious fire at a residence. When Deputies arrived, they observed what appeared to be an incendiary device placed against the residence. Deputies requested resources from the Lincoln County Fire Investigation Team. Investigators developed a suspect based on evidence identified at the crime scene.

Detectives from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s residence. Items found were consistent with the device used to start the fire.

Derrick Jasper of South Beach was arrested on the following charges:

Attempted Aggravated Murder, two counts Attempted Murder, Arson in the first degree, Arson in the second degree, Unlawful Manufacture of a Destructive Device, and Possession of Destructive Device. No motive for the alleged arson was immediately released.

Jasper was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on $500,000 bail.

 

 

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