Kids Zone offers fun days in April!
Neighbors For Kids is pleased to announce Kids Zone will be open on two upcoming non-school days, April 25 & 26! Fun activities include nature walks, bird-themed arts and crafts, building bird feeders and exploring the science behind bird wings and flight.
Each afternoon kids will go on field trips to Lincoln City Cultural Center to take part in the Annual Bird Show. They will have a chance to tour the art exhibit, meet local artists and be inspired to create their own masterpieces!
Kids Zone will be open daily from 8:00-5:30. Kids ages 3-18 are welcome to attend the program one day or both days. Healthy meals will be served each day. Parents are required to provide their own transportation. For more information, please call 541-765-8990 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kids Zone site is located at 634 SE Highway 101 in Depoe Bay.
Dear Newport City Council And Mayor Sawyer:
My gratitude goes to you guys for making the earth better by getting it clean and healthy. My class also thanks you for doing this too. The plastic bag ban has been part of our goal for the whole year, now we have finally done it!
It’s important to me because I care about animals and they’re part of this plastic impact. Our class will stick to this subject for the rest of the year. Maybe even some of us, including me, will keep it for our whole lives.
I have learned how good it feels when you know we’re helping to save the earth. I have done what no one thought could be done by a 5th grader. Thanks to you guys that happened.
So I just wanted to thank you.
Through my speaking and essays, I have banned plastic bags with your help so this is a very big thank you cause you guys deserve it so very much. I’m glad i was partnered with you for this term. Hopefully we meet and figure out other problems later on in life or in the next year or two. Maybe I will even be on the city council with you guys!
Madison Smallwood, 11
Mrs.Schroeders class 2018-2019
The Newport Library is still selling some of the late David Ogden Stiers’ collection of music CDs. The library says there’s still plenty available from the collection from the lifelong actor’s musical favorites.David Ogden Stiers, actor-conductor and philanthropist, known for portraying Dr. Charles Emerson Winchster III during the long running M*A*S*H TV series, died last year and left hundreds of CDs to the Newport Library – most of them never opened. Sunday they went on sale for $0.50 each. Most are from classical music composers, but the collection includes a good number of jazz, movie scores, light opera, and modern discs and some classic radio and comedy like the Goon Show, Stan Friedman, Tom Lehrer, and more. So stop by the Newport Library and take home a little bit of David’s musical preferences.
Washed Ashore Presents “Art to Save the Sea.”
Artists and community organizers gather to reclaim the future and ignite powerful social change in consumer and visitor behavior.
Everyone who has seen Washed Ashore’s stunning pieces of public art made from reclaimed marine debris has wondered “How’d they do that?”
May 17th 5:30pm -7:30pm Eden Hall in Gleneden Beach and May 16th 5:30pm – 7:30pm Yachats Commons Building in Yachats. Come see the traveling 7 foot long by 5 ft high traveling art piece Bella the Angelfish on a Reef.
Search Eventbright “Art To Save The Sea” for additional events in Seaside, Bay City and Brookings. Attendees of these gatherings will learn the process behind these masterpieces and see a visual presentation by John Tannous, Executive Director of Washed Ashore which explains everything.
Over the next two years several large pieces of public art will be created and sighted in various communities on the Central and Northern Oregon Coast. Communities interested in securing such a piece of public art should attend and inquire about the siting process.
After learning about the unique process Washed Ashore has championed, interested artists and community organizers can apply for a multi-week artist residency in Bandon to dive deeper into their process and support the creation of future pieces of public art from marine debris.
Some scholarships and living stipends are available by the generous support of the Oregon Coast Visitors Association and Travel Oregon.
Entire Event Schedule & RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-to-save-the-sea-discover-washed-ashore-and-do-more-tickets-60037658252
May 16th 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Yachats) Yachats Commons Building 441 Hwy 101 N, Yachats, OR 97498
End of an Era
Julie Massinger and her partner, Cris Torp, purchased The Wood Gallery from Kelly Barker in 2008. Kelly, a local artist, had established the gallery in 1979 and brought it to high regard in the minds of local residents, and as a “destination gallery” for visitors by the time of the Julie’s and Cris’ purchase.
Wishing to maintain these high standards—but to give the old lady some new life!–, Julie and Cris rolled up their sleeves, cleaned, painted and made the space their own. They re-named the gallery to Inscapes Gallery. After nine years, the slowing economy forced the pair to down-size.
Julie and Cris, never ones to give up easily, re-branded the gallery to 9 Lives Gallery. (The couple is fond of cats, but the name change reflected a shared vision of “re-invention”: kind of like, “… giving the gallery one more chance at life….”) That was in January, 2017. Since that date, the gallery has operated as 9 Lives Gallery.
Sadly, after four decades, the time has come to end the presence of a first-rate gallery and home to many, many first-class artists.
The couple must be out of their location, 818 SW Bay Blvd. Ste. 2, by the end of April. As their gift to the local residents, Julie and Cris wish to say “Thank You” by marking down ALL remaining inventory as well as the display fixtures. These will be very deep discounts—some as much as 80% off already reduced prices!
Please come by and do your Christmas, birthdays, other-celebrations shopping, or just to get that special gift for that someone special; or, just pick up a reminder of the way it used to be. It is, after all, an end of an era.
Julie and Cris wish to say “Thank you” to ALL of Lincoln County, especially its arts community, and to tell everyone how honored they are to have been stewards of ART during their eleven years on the Bayfront.
Until April 28, 9 Lives Gallery will be open daily at 10AM, or by appointment: 541-272-5043. (Closed on Easter.)
Find 9 Lives Gallery directly across Newport’s Bay Blvd from the Bornstein fish plant, tucked a bit in the back. (We look small, but “looks are deceiving’, as the old saying goes. We’re just a few steps off the sidewalk, but worth every step!)
Fair winds and following seas, Lincoln County!
14th Annual Coastal Encounters Series at Driftwood
Driftwood Public Library will be hosting the 14th year of its “Coastal Encounters” series of lectures this May. Each year the library invites a group of speakers and experts to present programs on their areas of interest. These presentations share a focus on coastal living, and presenters talk on a range of subjects from local history to activities both residents and visitors can enjoy on the coast. All presentations take place on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 at the library.
Bill Lackner, who joins us every year to do presentations on clamming and crabbing, will visit the library on Tuesday, May 7th to speak about crabbing on the Oregon coast. The crabbing presentation followed by a field trip with Bill to the North Shore of Siletz Bay to go crabbing on Wednesday, May 8th. Bill will return with his annual presentation on clamming on Tuesday, May 21st, followed by a field trip to Siletz Bay to hunt purple varnish clams on Wednesday, May 22nd.
On Tuesday, May 14th, Kay Myers, co-author of the perennially popular pocket guide Agates of the Oregon Coast: An Illustrated Guide of Information on Agates, Jasper, Fossils and Petrified Wood Commonly Found on the Oregon Coast, will be talking about Agate Hunting along our beaches, what you can expect to find and how to find it.
2:30pm – The gas company closed off the leak and things are back to normal
A construction crew has apparently hit an underground gas line on NW 11th and 101. Traffic is being routed away from the leak area. Northwest Gas is enroute. Emergency responders on scene say the repair with take some time. Power Ford has been evacuated according to emergency responders.
2:25pm – Sounds like they’re getting close to wrapping up the leak repair and re-opening the area to traffic.
2:32pm – Emergency responders are departing the scene.
Governor Brown Creates Child Welfare Oversight Board to Address Immediate Issues in Child Welfare
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today issued an executive order that establishes the Child Welfare Oversight Board to advise her direction to the Department of Human Services (DHS) so it can more effectively address Oregon’s child welfare crisis.
“Oregon’s child welfare system is overburdened to the point where I have serious concerns about the state’s ability to sufficiently serve our most vulnerable children,” said Governor Brown. “While DHS is working on long-term solutions to right-size the foster care system, there needs to be immediate action to protect children in care today. That’s why today I am establishing a Child Welfare Oversight Board and bringing in additional resources and expertise.”
Executive Order 19-03 establishes the board and outlines its areas of focus. The Governor will also deploy a crisis management team to implement the Board’s recommendations and embed a senior member of the Governor’s Office staff at DHS to ensure directives are implemented.
The Board will advise Governor Brown on issues including:
- Out-of-state foster child placements, including assessing each child that is being housed out of state and finding a placement in Oregon.
- Building system capacity, including therapeutic foster care, general foster care, and services for children with specialized needs.
- Addressing agency operational challenges, such as public records and communications, hiring, and human resources.
Governor Brown is also directing DHS and the Child Welfare Program to use their authority to suspend or amend any agency policies or rules that make it difficult to address challenges in the child welfare system. This could include policies or rules related to hiring or contracting.
“Oregon’s challenges in foster care have been long-standing, and our children and families deserve better,” said Governor Brown. “We need to mobilize quickly if we want to improve the lives of those in Oregon’s foster care system.
“I also want to be clear that the child welfare system belongs to all of us as Oregonians, not just DHS or state government. Part of the reform in child welfare is engaging communities in being part of the solution.”
DHS partners with Every Child Oregon to connect community members with volunteer opportunities to help children and families.
Evidently a newcomer transient to the Central Coast. Failed to check the tide tables. Frank Covacevich photo
Merkley Reaction to AG Barr’s Inappropriate Conduct and Mueller Findings
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement regarding Attorney General William Barr’s press conference and the release of the Mueller report:
“Now that we have seen the contents of the Mueller report, it is abundantly clear that Attorney General Barr’s actions several weeks ago and this morning were shockingly inappropriate and an abuse of his office. Barr misled the American people about the substance of this report while reciting the President’s preferred spin and favorite talking points. The Attorney General is supposed to act as the people’s lawyer, not the President’s PR lackey. It’s clear that Barr took President Trump’s admonition to his predecessor that ‘you were supposed to protect me’ as a job description, and this creates an incredibly dangerous precedent for the future.
“We are all still making our way through the report, but it’s already clear that it paints a very detailed and disturbing portrait of a President utterly obsessed with executing a massive cover-up and preventing the truth from coming out. There was a sophisticated attack on American democracy by a hostile superpower; extensive contacts between Trump’s people and the Russians; and a determined, if bumbling, effort to cover their tracks that included repeated unethical requests and actions by the President. Why? Why was Donald Trump so terrified that people might learn the truth? As Robert Mueller noted, there are many unanswered questions here that Congress can and should look into.”
Wyden Statement on the Special Counsel Report
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement on the special counsel report:
“The special counsel’s report provides a detailed look at Russia’s attack on our democracy and the Trump campaign’s eager embrace of a foreign adversary’s assistance, as well as the repeated lies of Trump operatives about those communications. There is no question the president and his campaign put their self-interest above the national interest over and over again.
“Furthermore, the report details the extraordinary lengths Donald Trump went to obstruct justice – firing the FBI director, dictating false statements about meeting Russians and repeatedly encouraging his underlings to lie to investigators. The president worked tirelessly to undermine a legitimate investigation and prevent the truth from coming out. The special counsel emphasized the endless torrent of lies made the investigation far more difficult, and he has clearly left it to Congress to fulfill its Constitutional duty to act on the president’s assault on the rule of law. Congress has a constitutional responsibility to thoroughly investigate and provide the full story to the American people.
“Attorney General Barr, much like Trump, has shown himself to be an enthusiastic liar, willing to make clearly false statements about the special counsel’s report less than an hour before it was released. His track record of defending the president at all costs makes it essential that every member of Congress see the unredacted report, along with all underlying materials, so members and staff can review them, get the full story and provide a check on abuse of the redaction process.
“Finally, the Senate Intelligence Committee must thoroughly investigate counterintelligence, including Donald Trump’s financial entanglements with the Russians, issues that were outside the scope of the special counsel’s inquiry. Given evidence from the Mueller report, the committee must take steps to ensure its investigations do not leak to the executive branch.”
This week Lincoln City Police arrested 26 year-old Alan Michael Shane Gates of Lincoln City on a misdemeanor warrant for Failure to Appear on a Theft charge. He was also charged with Escape after he tried to flee from the officers as they tried to arrest him.
At about 3:20 AM, officers began checking a transient camp site located in the wooded area at the gravel turn out on the east side of Highway 101 at about the North 4300 block. While checking the woods they located two subjects at a camp site. The female subject identified herself and it was determined she did not have any warrants issued for her arrest. The male subject advised the officers he did not have any identification and gave the officers false information about his identity. Officers continued investigating and where able to determine the subject’s true identity to be Alan Michael Shane Gates. A computer check on Gates indicated there was an active misdemeanor warrant issued for his arrest out of the Lincoln County Circuit Court for failure to appear on a theft charge. The officers advised Gates that he was under arrest and as they moved in to put him in handcuffs, he bolted and tried to flee the location. Officers chased Gates and were able to tackle him to the ground at which time they were able to take him into custody. Gates was not injured during the arrest, but one officer sustained a minor injury to his face.
Gates was transported to the Lincoln City Police Department and secured in a holding cell while officers completed the necessary booking paperwork. He was then transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged there on the warrant and the listed Escape charge.
The following message was sent to all Crestview Heights Elementary Staff and Waldport Middle and High on Wednesday 4.17.19.
We are back to school at CVH tomorrow (Thursday). BIG thank you to Seashore Literacy for having a program today from 8 AM to 1 PM! Awesome. I have copied the Middle School and High School because this update affects them too.
Here is an update:
I asked the Central Coast Fire Department Chief Woodson once again to check the Crestview Heights Elementary School, including the Middle School wing and what they found is that one classroom, had, at some time in the last month, registered an 11 and then went back to zero. All the other classrooms had monitors which remained at zero the entire time. (Thirty (30) is when the monitor would go off.)
As a precaution, we will not be using that classroom until we have thoroughly checked it for safety. Each machine logs the readings so we can get history.
The lowest internal temp today was 64.3 degrees.
Please follow our Space Heater Protocol when using a space heater. They must be turned off when you leave. Custodians will check them nightly.
The Lincoln County School District and Public Health Department are working together on an investigation into why some Crestview Heights Elementary School kids tested at the levels they did for CO exposure, specifically, where did they get the exposure? We welcome their assistance into finding an answer to this question and will share everything we get. Stay tuned. We are also working with ODE, OSHA, and DEQ.
I have asked that Hall B people not be there, just for extra measure, Thursday and Friday. This makes it really hard for you (the staff) and for WMS/WHS but I just need to ask you to please do this. You may return Monday. You are champs for doing this with grace and patience. That is said to ALL of you at both the Elementary and Middle/High school. Your grace in this is VERY appreciated and well noted. THANK YOU.
We are looking for a date to have a facilitated parent meeting along with the Lincoln County Health Department to have time to share concerns and ideas. Stay tuned for the day and time. It may a little while for us to get this meeting scheduled but we will have it as soon as we can.
Free Medicare Seminar, April 19th, Offered by OCWCOG and SHIBA
Are you confused about Medicare? Please join us for a two-hour “ABC’s of Medicare” Seminar on Friday, April 19th at 10:00 am. Our experienced Medicare Counselors can make Medicare easier for you to understand. This is being held at the Samaritan Center for Health Education in Newport. Please call to register at 541-574-2684. We have private appointments available also. Let us know how we can help!
This is a free, impartial seminar covering all aspects of Medicare including Parts A and B, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D), and Medicare Supplements (Medigaps). This seminar is open to anyone with an interest in Medicare and will be conducted by a certified SHIBA volunteer. There is no charge for the seminar and no products will be sold or promoted. SHIBA is a non-profit, volunteer-based program sponsored by RSVP of Lincoln County.
This presentation will benefit anyone who is eligible for Medicare within a few months or is new to Medicare; current beneficiaries who would like to better understand Medicare benefits and options; and spouses and other relatives of Medicare eligible clients.
The seminar is sponsored by OCWCOG and SHIBA. It will be held at the Samaritan Center for Health Education, 740 SW 9th Street, Newport on Friday, April 19th, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
This is an informational opportunity offered at no cost to community members. Follow-up one-on-one counseling appointments will be available
Reservations may be made by calling 541-574-2684 but are not required. Drop-ins are welcome.