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The Book of Air…


British author Joe Treasure will read from his latest novel, The Book of Air, at the Newport Public Library on Monday, September 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Infected with an airborne virus with a uniquely unsettling symptom, property developer Jason escapes London for his country estate, where he is cared for by two young women who are squatting in his house. When more survivors arrive seeking sanctuary, tensions increase and this diverse group of strangers must negotiate a new way of living.

Far in the future, an isolated community of descendants continue to farm this same estate. Among their most treasured possessions are a few books, including a copy of Jane Eyre, from which they have constructed their hierarchies, rituals and beliefs. When 15-year-old Agnes begins to record the events of her life, she has no idea what consequences will follow. Locked away for her transgressions, she escapes to the urban ruins and a kind of freedom, but must decide where her future lies.

These two stories interweave, illuminating each other in unexpected ways and offering long vistas of loss, regeneration and wonder.

Treasure has lived in London since 2004, where he studied creative writing at Royal Holloway. He wrote The Male Gaze, a novel that drew on his American experience, mingling social comedy with political drama. Offered a two-book publishing contract with Picador, he went on to explore the divided loyalties of an Anglo-Irish family in Besotted, a novel that celebrates the enduring bonds of brotherhood. The Book of Air is Joe’s first venture into speculative fiction. He and Leni currently live in Balham, London.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, go to the library’s website at www.newportlibrary.org or call 541-265-2153.

What’s described as a long term heat wave engulfs the west coast…


Marine scientists have been monitoring a definite warming trend in the Pacific Ocean off North America.  They’re not sure if it’s connected to global warming but they’re not ruling it out.  Commercial fishermen have taken note of the northward migration of the fish they want to catch – fish that want to be in more normally cold waters.

Here’s an update on the latest trends offshore from Oregon Public Broadcasting…Click here.

Lincoln County Schools to have a break-the-mold opening….

Lincoln County School District Announces New Non-Traditional School Opening

Future Bound is Accepting Applications for 7th and 8th Grades

Newport – For the 2019-2020 school year, the Lincoln County School District will roll out its first-ever innovative education program for amazing 7th and 8th graders who need something different than a traditional school. The Future Bound program will surround these students with what they need to be successful: engaging academics, equity, and advocacy.

Diana MacKenzie, the program administrator, explains, “We are excited about this new program, as too many students become disconnected to school in the 7th and 8th grade. We want to target those students who are at risk of dropping out. Our goal is to build positive working relationships with these kids, customize their learning, provide engaging, hands-on curriculum, and help them meet their preparation goals for college and/or career.”

LCSD has put forth a budget of $50,000 for the 2019-2020 school year, in addition to providing a teacher, administrator, and assistant for the alternative education program. If Future Bound proves successful, LCSD is committed to growing the

Of the $50,000 secured for the program next year, about $10,000 is being allocated to the purchase of Makerspace furniture and technology. Since this is a new school, we are starting from scratch in these two areas.

Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering, and tinkering. Makerspace classrooms substantially increase student engagement, which is the number one predictor of student success.

LCSD is received an in-kind donation $9,400 from the Siletz Tribe to aide in the program.  For information about maker space furniture, please visit: https://smithsystem.com/school- setting/makerspace/

Currently registered 7th and 8th-grade students in any part of the Lincoln County School District may apply to be accepted into this program which is limited to 20 students at this time. The location will be in the Newport Middle School, 825 NE 7th Street, Newport, OR 97365.

The application and more about this school are available online: https://futurebound.lincoln.k12.or.us/our- school/about/

Lincoln City City Council: “Whither the gardens…allowing more manufactured housing…styrofoam and plastics”

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The Lincoln City City Council Monday night tried to wrap their minds around the challenge of trying to charge customers for the water they put in their gardens and lawns at a lower rate than if that water was bound for the sewer plant – which it isn’t.  Until now, the city has been charging as if all water goes back to the sewer plant.  And because all outdoor watering doesn’t go back to the sewer plant, the city doesn’t have to pay to treat that water.  And for that outdoor watering customers would like a price break on their overall sewer/water rates. Again….inside their homes, the water becomes sewer water – outside their homes water doesn’t go to the sewer plant, it goes into the ground.  Residents reason that sewer water takes a U-turn at homes and businesses and goes back to the plant – but not for the water used for irrigation and outdoor garden watering. The council spent a lot of time trying to come up with a pricing schedule that would reflect a discount on customer sewer bills for those who do a lot of outside watering – and at the same time examining the overall cost of providing sewer and water at cost levels that doesn’t sink the city in red ink.  

Of course lower rates could be scheduled April through early fall.  More to come at the Council’s next meeting.

The Council gave the green light to manufactured homes being placed in traditional neighborhoods – areas that already have conventional stick-built housing.  The manufactured homes must be on permanent foundations and be made to blend in as much as possible with nearby regular homes. These homes are likely to be very different from what used to pass as mobile homes due to tremendous advancement in design and construction techniques as they’re built in factories and transported hundreds of miles to their new location.  Certain CC&R’s might also be in the mix.  But the goal is to provide very adequate housing for a fraction of the price of typical stick-built homes which more and more start out at a third of a million dollars and go up from there.  Coast to coast in this country, houses for anyone but the already wealthy, sees families squeezing in to dwellings where they almost have to eat and sleep in shifts.  The Lincoln City City Council knows full well that the squeeze is on for typical stick built homes meaning no-to-little new affordable housing for young families.  It sounds like some of this housing might start popping up in the Nelscott area.  From order to move-in, these 1,200 square foot condos can be manufactured, transported and placed on a regular foundation in a very short time.  Four to six story condo projects can be erected and families moved in in less than three months.  Here’s a picture of what they look like. Click here.

And here is an example of multi-family modular housing, built for far, far less than stick-built,, already on the ground and lived-in in Monterey County, California.  Click here.

And finally, the city council said they would consider outlawing styrofoam and plastic clam shell food carriers to keep them from being buried in landfills or floating in the waves along Oregon beaches. The statewide ban on plastic bags kicks in January 1st, 2020. More to come, obviously.

Requesting college student aid, loans, grants and work study….

             Duane Silbernagel, CFP
             Financial Planner

When should I file the FAFSA?
Provided By: Duane J. Silbernagel, CFP®

The FAFSA, which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the federal government’s financial aid application. The FAFSA is a prerequisite for federal student loans, grants, and work-study. In addition, colleges typically require the FAFSA before distributing their own need-based aid and, in some cases, merit-based aid.

For the 2020-2021 school year, the FAFSA can be filed as early as October 1, 2019. Whether you have a senior in high school or a returning college student, it’s a good idea to file the FAFSA as early as possible to increase your child’s chances of getting financial aid, because some aid programs operate on a first-come, first-served basis. (For high school seniors who haven’t yet been accepted at a particular college, you can list all the schools your child has applied to on the form.)

The 2020-2021 FAFSA relies on your family’s current asset information and two-year-old income information from your 2018 tax return. The form is available online at fafsa.ed.gov. In order to file the form, you’ll need to create an FSA ID if you haven’t done so already (be sure to follow the online instructions). You can save time and minimize errors on the FAFSA by using the built-in IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which electronically imports your tax data.

Even if you don’t expect your child to qualify for need-based aid, you still might consider submitting the FAFSA. All students attending college at least half-time are eligible for federal unsubsidized Direct Loans regardless of financial need. So if you want your child to take out a loan (or your child needs to do so), you’ll need to file the FAFSA. (Unsubsidized Direct Loan amounts are capped each year: $5,500 freshman year, $6,500 sophomore year, and $7,500 junior and senior years.)

Keep in mind that you’ll need to resubmit the FAFSA each year that you want your child to be considered for aid. Fortunately, renewal FAFSAs take less time to complete.

How can I teach my high school student the importance of financial literacy?

Even though your child is just in high school, he or she may still have to deal with certain financial challenges. Whether this involves saving for an important purchase like a car or learning how to use a credit card responsibly, it’s important for your high schooler to have a basic understanding of financial literacy concepts in order to manage his or her finances more effectively.

While financial literacy offerings in schools have increased in popularity, a recent study reported that only 17 states require high school students to take a personal finance course before they graduate.1 Here are some ways you can teach high school students the importance of financial literacy.

Advocate saving. Encourage your children to set aside a portion of any money they receive from an allowance, gift, or job. Be sure to talk about goals that require a financial commitment, such as a car, college, and travel. As an added incentive, consider matching the funds they save for a worthy purpose.

Show them the numbers. Use an online calculator to demonstrate the concept of long-term investing and the power of compound interest. Your children may be surprised to see how fast invested funds can accumulate, especially when you match or contribute an additional amount each month.

Let them practice. Let older teens become responsible for paying certain expenses (e.g., clothing and entertainment). The possibility of running out of their own money might make them think more carefully about their spending habits and choices. It may also encourage them to budget their money more effectively.

Cover the basics. By the time your children graduate from high school, they should at least understand the basic concepts of financial literacy. This includes saving, investing, using credit responsibly, debt management, and protection planning with insurance.

1 Survey of the States, Council for Economic Education, 2018

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.  (09/19)

Smoke in a building at 957 SW Coast @ Bayler

10:50am  Report of smoke inside a medical facility at 957 SW Coast Highway at Bayler.  Newport Fire is on scene.  Fire Chief Rob Murphy determined that varying power levels in the area, due to a malfunctioning power pole at SW Fall and SW Canyon, was causing the problem.  Chief Murphy said it should all be cleared up shortly.

Smoke in the area of James Franks Avenue, Siletz

4:15pm Report of smoke in the area of 1118 NW James Franks Avenue, Siletz. Siletz Fire-Rescue is investigating.

4:16pm Smoke is coming from a location south of this location.   Arriving firefighters say they don’t see any smoke.

4:19pm  Smoke seems to be coming down the street from a tow truck operation.

Fatal Accident on Highway 20 two miles east of 101

Newport man charged with manslaughter on Hwy 20

Update 9/10/19  Driver Michael Craycraft has been charged with drunk driving, reckless driving and manslaughter.

A 52-year-old Newport man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and other charges after a fatal solo crash Saturday on US-20 about two miles east of Highway 101.

Oregon State Police say that Michael John Craycraft, 52, of Newport, lost control of his jeep just before 6 pm Saturday while he was headed east on Highway 20. The vehicle spun off the road and smashed into an embankment. The impact threw the Jeep’s passenger, Rhawnie Lynn Harp, 40, out of the vehicle. She died of her injuries at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport.

Upon his release from the hospital Craycraft was charged with second-degree manslaughter, driving while under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and reckless endangering.

Dark and Stormy Nights at Lincoln City Public Library

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Lincoln City

Dark & Stormy Nights at Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City

Driftwood Public Library is delighted to announce the schedule of mystery writers for its 16th annual Dark & Stormy Night series for this October. This will be the 16th year in which the library invites genre authors to speak in Lincoln City. The series takes place at the library at 4:00 Thursday afternoons in October, beginning October 3rd.

Fifteen years ago, Driftwood teamed with the late Marcy Taylor to bring Northwest mystery writers to the Oregon coast. That first year was so successful that the series has continued every October, with only one break while the library was closed for its renovation in the Autumn and early Winter of 2009. The series has expanded to include writers from other genres, including science fiction, fantasy, and horror, sometimes all mashed together!

Dana Haynes will be returning to open this year’s series on October 3rd. Dana is the author of the new mystery/thriller novel, St. Nicholas Salvage and Wrecking.  Haynes has spent 25 years in Oregon newspaper newsrooms, split between weeklies and dailies. He currently serves as managing editor of the Portland Tribune and several associated newspapers. He has won awards as a reporter, columnist and editor. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he also served as spokesman and speechwriter for the mayor of Portland. He lives in Portland with his wife Katy King.

The series continues on October 10th with a visit from Christa Yelich-Koth. Christa’s most recent book is The Jade Castle, the first book in the Land of Iyah cycle. It was published earlier this summer. Christa comes from a varied educational background, from Spanish Immersion primary school, to vocal music at an arts high school (where she learned classical music and opera), to a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She’s always had a love for working with animals and found herself most interested in marine biology and entomology. She has published five novels to date, as well as a graphic novel and a comic book series. She has also worked as a professional editor for many years and has been fortunate to work with several bestselling writers, both in the US and Internationally. Christa currently resides on the Oregon coast.

On October 17th, we’re delighted to welcome Valerie Davisson. Valerie published the fourth book in her Logan McKenna series last November. Having grown up all over the world, including in Italy, Germany, and Japan, she eventually earned her Master’s degree in Anthropology from UC Irvine. She has taught Cultural Anthropology and 6th graders in Southern California, and it was while teaching that she started writing the first two Logan McKenna books. She is the mother of two grown sons, and currently resides with her husband John in their dream cottage in the middle of an old-growth forest on the Oregon coast, five minutes from the Pacific, with their dog Finn.

 

Alexandra Mason will join us on October 24th. Mason has lived a life devoted to reading, writing, teaching, and publishing. As a Shakespeare scholar, she wrote one of the first essays to focus on the language of Ophelia (rather than of Hamlet); and she helped bring to critical light the first woman playwright in England, Elizabeth Cary. After a full academic career as a professor and a dean, Mason is author of five books, two of them volumes of poems (Poems along the Way and Lost and Found) and one a novel (The Lighthouse Ghost of Yaquina Bay). Critics have called this narrative “the Mother of all Ghost Stories!” and it is sold at lighthouses nationwide. With the Tuesday Writers of Waldport, she has been working on memoirs and a sci-fi fantasy novel called Shakespeare’s Pipe. Her study of economic metaphor is soon to be released in a revised and expanded second edition, Shakespeare’s Money Talks. For years she traveled through the Pacific Northwest giving a Chautauqua called “My Shakespeare.” Chapters from her memoir appear as separate essays in recent issues of Groundwaters, an annual Oregon anthology. She lives in the perfect spot overlooking the sea on the central Oregon coast.

The series wraps up on October 31st with a visit from Caitlin Starling. Equipped with an anthropology degree and an unhealthy interest in the dark and macabre, Caitlin writes horror-tinged speculative fiction of all flavors. Her first novel, The Luminous Dead, published this past Spring, tells the story of a caver on a foreign planet who finds herself trapped, with only her wits and the unreliable voice on her radio to help her back to the surface. Caitlin also works in narrative design for interactive theater and games, and has been paid to design body parts. She’s always on the lookout for new ways to inflict insomnia. She lives, writes, and wrangles spreadsheets near Portland.

All events in the Dark & Stormy Night series are free to the public and made possible by ongoing generous support from The Driftwood Library Foundation, U.S. Bank, and D’Sands Condominium Motel. Questions about the series may be directed to Ken Hobson at Driftwood Public Library: 541-996-1242 or khobson@lincolncity.org. Driftwood Public Library is located at 801 SW HWY 101 in Lincoln City on the 2nd floor of the City Hall building, across the street from Burger King and adjacent to McKay’s Market.

Lost pooch and owners re-united with help from Sheriff’s Office. Mission Accomplished!!!

Pawsey has been re-united with his family!!

The lady who took care of the doggie contacted the sheriff’s office telling them she had found a lost dog. A short while later a sheriff’s deputy got a call from the owner saying her dog went missing. The deputy told the owner that a Depoe Bay resident was taking care of the dog and within a few minutes the owner and the dog were re-united!!

No word on how the owners and Pawsey were separated.  All that matters is that they’re back together!!

Single vehicle crash Highway 20 a mile east of 101 – off road and injuries

5:50pm  Report of a single vehicle running off Highway 20 two miles east of Highway 101 – across from 20-20 Auto Body.  There are injuries.  Female hurt, but male passenger much worse.  Life Flight has been asked to respond to the scene.

6:02pm  Life Flight is declining to respond due to inclement weather.  Patients are being transported to PCH. Male likely to be ground transported to Samaritan in Corvallis.

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