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Newport: Traffic interruptions on SW 9th and SW 10th

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Newport City Hall says there will be traffic changes on SW 9th and SW 10th St, starting Monday, September 16th, for the duration of the project.

SW 10th St. between SW Bay and SW Bailey will be closed to through-traffic. Only residents and businesses on this part of the street will be allowed access.

The south-bound lane of SW 9th St. between the hospital and the Money Saver Motel will be closed. Detour signs will direct south-bound traffic around the construction zone.

Animal Shelter staying at its old location for now – but with better living conditions!

County Commissioners have decided that they’ll re-open a temporary animal shelter where the old one now stands.  First they’ll continue to tear down the old shelter and replace it with temporary modular buildings.  In the meantime they’ll keep looking around for a permanent location for the shelter.  No one is guessing when that might be.  But at least the animals and their keepers at the county animal shelter will have adequate facilities.

Meanwhile the search is on for a location somewhere in the county where a new animal shelter can be created…hopefully somewhere mid-county so drive times can be minimized.

And the county commissioners approved a deal with two affordable housing non-profits for them to build two family sized homes within the Lincoln City city limits on Union Loop.   They should be able to keep the costs down at least in part because the county owned the land and they’re offering it free to the non-profits to keep costs down. One other lot next to the two building sites is expected to go on the market eventually – again, for affordable housing.

But of course three affordable homes does not cure a housing crunch.  The issue is obviously still evolving, not only in Lincoln County but nationwide.

Whales and Dolphins and Fish…Oh MY!!!

Thar she blows!
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The Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society is having our monthly speaker series meeting on Saturday September 21, 2019 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM.The meeting will be held at the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye, Newport, OR. The event is free and open to the public. Join us as Colleen Weiler of Whale & Dolphin Conservation discusses the Southern Resident Killer Whales.

Colleen is the Whale & Dolphin Conservation (WDC) Fellow, Rekos Fellowship for Orca Conservation. She also serves on Governor Inslee’s Orca Recovery Task Force. She will be discussing the status of the Southern Resident Killer Whales and the progress of the Governor’s Task Force and implementation plan. Year two of the Task Force ends in October and their final report is due in November. There is still time for public comment on their final recommendations, join us to learn more.

Also, mark your calendars for the following upcoming speaker series events:

Saturday October 19th, “Tracking Humpback Whales in Oregon and Washington”

Saturday November 16th, “Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia” Our annual silent auction will also be held during this meeting. Shop for ocean themed items at very reasonable prices. Proceeds help fund the Oregon Chapter’s student grant program.

Contact Joy Primrose, ACS Oregon Chapter President at marine_lover4ever@yahoo.com or (541) 517-8754 for more information.

The American Cetacean Society protects whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats. The non-profit organization was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in San Pedro, CA. Information on the ACS can be found on the website: http://www.acsonline.org.  You can also find us on Facebook now at American Cetacean Society-Oregon Chapter

Mom who inflicted multiple stab wounds on her 6 year old son gets 10 years in prison

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Ten years in prison for stabbing her child multiple times…

A woman who stabbed her young son last year in a fit rage at their apartment in north Newport has been sent to prison for a very long time.  It’s a story that shocked even veteran Newport Police officers who couldn’t help but wonder why a mother would treat her children so violently.  And drugs appeared to be part of the backdrop.  Here’s the story in The Oregonian.  Click here.

Lincoln City: Meeting note…

The Lincoln City Parks & Recreation Board will meet on Wed, Sept 25 at 5:30pm at our new Park land. Please note where we’re meeting as it’s a large park area:

Meet at the dead end of Keel St, east of the new park land, before you get to 3rd St. This dead end is  just north of the police station. 

The agenda and packet for the meeting is available on the city website at www.lincolncity.org under “Agenda, Packets and Video”. 

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities.  A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired, for a hearing impaired device, or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities, should be made at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to Cathy Steere, City Recorder, 541-996-1203. 

Thank you –

Jeanne Sprague, LC Parks & Rec

Newport residents! Heads up!!

The City of Newport advises that NW 6th St., between NW Nye St., and NW Coast St., continues to be restricted to residents of this part of NW 6th St. only.

Construction activities, including trenching and movement of heavy equipment, will continue through the winter. Signs and barricades have been erected to prevent access to through traffic.

Your safety is extremely important, so please respect the construction zone.
We encourage all other residents to find alternative routes to using this segment of NW 6th Street. Thank you for your patience.

Another Beach Advisory for toxic beach waters..

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Not safe for you AND YOUR DOG to go in the water. Beach walking IS FINE – BUT NOT IN THE WATER

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a public health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Agate Beach, Beverly Beach and Seal Rock State Park Beach in Lincoln County.

People should avoid direct contact with the water in these areas until the advisory is lifted. Higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses.  This applies especially to children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to illness from waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While the advisory is in effect at Agate Beach, Beverly Beach and Seal Rock State Park Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. 

What’s moving and shaking around Newport City Hall

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The City of Newport is seeking applications from citizens interested in serving on the City of Newport’s recently created Sister City Committee. There are six positions available on this Committee.

Newport and Mombetsu, Hokkaido, Japan, entered into a Sister City relationship on April 8, 1966. For the last 53 years both cities have enjoyed from many cultural exchanges of youth and adults. The city has had an informal citizens committee in the past, but now wishes to formally create the committee to commit to and enhance future exchanges.

The Sister City Committee is charged with:
* maintaining communications with Newport’s Sister City, Mombetsu, Hokkaido, Japan,
* pursuing opportunities to collaborate; informing, promoting to Newport residents the Sister City relationship with Mombetsu;
* identifying participants for future exchanges;
* planning and executing fundraising events to support Newport students participating in exchanges;
* identifying host families for future exchanges to Newport;
* and other responsibilities as identified.
* The Sister City Committee will meet four times a year and more frequently as needed leading up to, and during, exchanges.

Anyone interested in serving on the Sister City Committee should apply using the city’s committee application found on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov; click on “City;” then on “Committees;” and then on “Application for Committee/Commission.”

The completed form can be submitted electronically. Copies of the committee application form can be obtained by contacting the City Manager’s Office at 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365, or by calling 541.574.0613. The application deadline is September 23, 2019.

Subject to ratification of the City Council, the Mayor will appoint members to the Sister City Committee at a future City Council meeting. Interviews with potential Committee members may be scheduled prior to appointment.

Questions should be directed to Peggy Hawker, at p.hawker@newportoregon.gov, or 541.574.0613.

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Celebrate 100 Years with Newport Public Library

The Newport Public Library is turning 100 years vibrant! The Newport Public Library is kicking off celebrations of its 100th year during September 2019. As part of the efforts to celebrate the centennial at the library, a party on Saturday, September 14, 2019 will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. at the library at 35 NW Nye Street.

Schedule of Events in Literacy Park
11:00 a.m. – Linda Yapp & the Lemon Drops
12:00 p.m. – Coastalaires
12:30 p.m. – Riptyde
1:30 p.m. – Rebecca Storyweaver
2:00 p.m. – Ribbon Cutting and Celebrity Speakers
2:30 p.m. – Past Forward
4:00 p.m. – Sons of the Beaches

Inside and Outside Library Activities
10:00 a.m. – Library Geocache
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Americana Mayhem – Hula hooping, storytelling, and other entertainment.

Inside Library Activities

11:00 a.m. – Teen Room Mural Unveiling
11:30 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. – Library Tours

Speakeasy
* Photo Booth
* Crafts
* Time Capsule
* Various displays

McEntee Meeting Room
* Library Information Kiosk
* Oregon Coast Aquarium
* OMSI’s Camp Grey
* Lincoln County Historical Society
* Oregon Coast STEM Hub
* Newport Chamber of Commerce
* Photography Club

Outside Centennial Activities

* Habitat for Humanity
* Food Trucks
* Lawn Games and Bubbles with Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
* Face Painting
* Vintage Car

Be sure to pick up a centennial celebration passport and have it stamped at each location on Saturday, September 14! This centennial celebration program is free, open to the public, and proudly sponsored by the Newport Library Foundation, Thompson’s Sanitary Service, Oregon Coast Bank, Western Title, Canyon Way Dental, Muscle Studio, and Domino’s Pizza. For more information, please visit www.newportlibrary.org or call 541.265.2153.

In addition, take on a Centennial Book Challenge and read a 100 books from Sunday, September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.

Read 100 books (or eBooks or audiobooks) and win prizes along the way. For every 25 books or eBooks or audiobooks individuals read, bring your reading log to the library’s circulation counter to receive prizes!

Milestones
Read 25 books, eBooks or audiobooks
Read 50 books, eBooks or audiobooks
Read 75 books, eBooks or audiobooks
Read 100 books, eBooks or audiobooks

This Centennial Book Challenge is free, open to the public, and proudly sponsored by the Newport Library Foundation.

Lastly, the library will be hosting a yearlong history series focusing the “history of” different partner organizations in Lincoln County on the third Wednesday of each month, from September 2019-September 2020, from 6:00-7:00 P.M., in the McEntee Meeting Room. This program will be an opportunity for different partner organizations to share their history with our community.

September is National Preparedness Month so the focus will be on emergency preparedness with the City of Newport’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Regina Martinez, on Wednesday, September 18th from 6:00-7:00 P.M., in the McEntee Meeting Room.

Disaster can strike at any time. Whether it’s a house fire or an earthquake, a single disaster can change your physical, emotional, and financial health in a matter of seconds. During this program, learn about family preparedness, what goes in a go-bag, what goes in your car, how to prepare a family on a budget and how to stay up to date on what is happening in Newport.

Regina Martinez has worked in emergency management for more than ten years. She has been in Newport for two years as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the City of Newport. She recently graduated with her Associates Degree in Emergency Management and graduated in July 2019 from FEMA’s Emergency Manager Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

This history program is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.newportlibrary.org.

When you turn 100, you pull out the Time Capsule!

NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION TIME CAPSULE

Staff at the Newport Public Library are excited to announce that the Library is turning 100! The Newport Public Library is kicking off celebrations of its 100th year during September 2019. As part of our efforts to celebrate the centennial at the library, we are collecting items for a Time Capsule at our Centennial Celebration on Saturday, September 14th at the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street. Bring in writings, drawings, photographs, or other small items with a description and your contact information.

Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2019
The Capsule will be opened in the year 2039.

This centennial celebration time capsule is free, open to the public and proudly sponsored by the Newport Library Foundation, Thompson’s Sanitary, Oregon Coast Bank, Western Title, Canyon Way Dental, Muscle Studio and Domino’s Pizza. For more information, please visit www.newportlibrary.org<http://www.newportlibrary.org/> or call 541-265-2153.

Depoe Bay needs their “Just Desserts!”

Depoe Bay Salmon Bake!

From Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce

Hello!

  • We would greatly appreciate your support…

o   We’re reaching out for dessert donations to help support our upcoming Salmon Bake. If you’re able to donate some dessert items on Friday, September 20, please let me know by email how many bite-size pieces you can provide.

o   Based on projected higher attendance, we’re reaching out for help recruiting volunteers. If you or others would like to volunteer on Saturday, September 21, please reply to this email with your availability or call Michelle at 541-921-0347. We’d greatly appreciate it if you can pass this along to your employees and friends/relatives.

  • Salmon Bake – Saturday, September 21st – event posters and fliers (attached) are available for posting and tickets are for sale at the Visitor Center or online – www. depoebaychamber.org.

o   Special thanks to our event sponsors: Dockside Charters, Mazatlán Restaurant, US Bank, Scout NW, That Oregon Life, Ainslee’s Salt Water Taffy and Chinook Winds Casino.

  • The Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you, your employees, friends and our entire community to a fun and informative early evening mixer on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. For now, please hold the date/time on your calendar and we’ll send event details as it gets closer.

o   AND… if you’d to have your business’ cuisine and/or beverages (wine, brews, etc.) featured at the mixer, please let me know ASAP. OR…you can provide items we’ll raffle off during the event. In addition to helping the Chamber and our community, this is a fun and effective way to get targeted exposure for your business and/or products.  Either way, please plan to attend and enjoy!

o   As part of this long-awaited (we’re listening!) Chamber event, I am looking forward to sharing our progress over the past six months (including at $20,000 grant) and highlighting our future plans. Most importantly, we want to hear from you on how we can best serve our amazing community.

  • Membership applications (attached) are due. Please see your member benefit options and let me know if you have any questions. Thank you to the many of you who have already upgraded your benefits.

I am excited to see you on the evening of Tuesday, October 22nd!

Laura Furgurson
Executive Director
Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce

Office: 541-765-2889
Fax: 541-765-2836
Cell: 541-815-0400

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