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A word from the Newport Chamber of Commerce….

Newport Chamber of Commerce

Newport Chamber Requests Holiday Raffle Items

Newport, Ore.— The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce invites the community to their annual Holiday Raffle Luncheon on Friday, December 13. The luncheon will be a festive gathering with many raffle prizes up for grabs at the Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn.

This luncheon is a great opportunity to join friends and colleagues for a holiday-themed gathering and a chance to win exciting items. Members from the Newport High School Jazz band will also perform live music prior to the start of the luncheon. Ticket sales for the raffle will begin at 11:15, and the lunch buffet will open at 11:45. Lunch is $14 per person. The program will begin at noon, and the raffle will begin at 12:15 and last until approximately 1:30 or after all the raffle prizes have been drawn.

The Chamber is seeking raffle prizes (must be new items) from the community for the event. Business owners and community members can promote their name or business with products, services, and handmade items. Those wishing to contribute items can drop them off at the Chamber office before December 13th or bring the items to the Best Western Plus Agate Inn on the day of the luncheon with a business card or form with the donor’s information clearly printed so they can be recognized at the event.

 

Any questions can be directed to Jeanette Campagna at 541-265-8801 or jeanette@newportchamber.org.

Message from Newport 60+ Activity Center

Newport 60+ Center
Behind Newport City Hall

Alcohol Inks

Due to such popular demand, the Newport 60+ Activity Center will be offering another Alcohol Inks Class, where you will learn how to create your own custom alcohol ink tiles.

Alcohol ink is a colorful, acid-free medium that is a blast to paint with. The ink is capable of creating colorful abstract collages or more intricate paintings. Enjoy creating your own alcohol ink art; choose the tile size, create unique patterns, pick out colors and make it your own.

Don’t be afraid to explore your creativity in this fun class and create your one-of-a-kind masterpiece!

The class will be held in the Education Center on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Class size is limited to 10 participants, so register now! The fee for the class is $15.00 for each tile to cover the cost of the materials. Pay online with credit card!

To register for this class, go online to: www.newportoregon.gov/sc and click on the dark blue banner “Browse the catalog and register.” In the catalog you may view a listing of additional trips, hikes, events, classes, and educational presentations. For additional information, call the office at 541-265-9617, or stop by at 20 SE 2nd Street, Newport, OR. Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NewportSeniorActivityCenter

New GED courses starting in January at OCC

Oregon Coast Community College
Newport

New GED courses starting in January at OCCC

Winter may be the best time to earn your GED, and registration is open now for the Winter Term’s GED program at Oregon Coast Community College.
“It can be tough for people who work multiple jobs to commit to attending GED classes twice a week in the late summer, when our Fall Term begins, or in the latter part of our spring term, when work schedules get tighter with the busy tourist season,” said Steve Seney, OCCC’s Associate Dean of Academics and Workforce.

“Often, these students take advantage of the winter term when their work schedules are most able to accommodate the courses.”

The next GED session starts Monday, Jan. 6 in Newport, at OCCC’s Central County Campus, and on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the College’s North County Center in Lincoln City. There are day and evening classes to choose from in either location.

“The GED test is now fully computer based, and it’s a lot tougher than the test of years gone by,” Seney said. “It’s important to get the right prep work, and our instructors are experienced at preparing students for the tests, focusing special attention on those areas with which each individual student needs the most assistance.”

GED courses are only $20 per term, and scholarship assistance is available for those who need it.
To register or to learn more, visit oregoncoastcc.org/ged-class-schedule, or call 541-867-8501.
Oregon Coast Community College’s Central County Campus is located at 400 SE College Way in Newport’s South Beach district. The North County Center is located at 3788 SE High School Drive in Lincoln City. The College also operates a South County Center on Crestline Drive in Waldport, where OCCC’s Medical Assistant and Nursing Assistant programs are based. Learn more about OCCC at oregoncoastcc.org.

Rogue Ales’ Room Tax Snafu Still Not Settled

The Newport Rogue Ales’ room tax snafu is still hanging fire down at Newport City Hall.  The council last month tried to settle it but got lost in a cloud of confusion – or something close to it.

Two Newport citizens who think Rogue Ales should pay the full amount of room taxes it owed to the city ran into somewhat of a brick wall – city officials stating that government policy allows only three years of back room taxes to be recouped.  Several community members have been pressing to get ALL back taxes paid to the city.   Not just three years worth.

 Citizens were denied their request that those additional taxes be paid.  The council agreed with a visiting municipal attorney that they lacked “legal standing” to file such a request.

So the city council set January 6th to take the matter up again during which the council will debate whether Newport citizens can legally demand that the full amount of past due taxes be paid to the city because they do believe they do have “legal standing,” as a citizen of Newport, to make such a demand.

Rogue officials claim their company didn’t know that their motel rooms in the back were subject to room taxes – which they are.  Rogue made a partial payment on the past due taxes along with a check for $45,000 to upgrade the city’s skate park on Northwest High Street.

We’ll see what happens on January 6th.

 

Update on Rose Lodge Market Robbery Monday Morning

Looks real…but it’s just a BB gun.

On December 2, 2019 at about 10:53 AM Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a reported armed robbery at the Rose Lodge Market in Otis, Oregon.  The initial reports indicated that a male suspect had attempted to steal several packs of batteries from the store.  When the clerk confronted the male regarding the batteries, the male menaced the clerk with what was described as a black handgun.  The male suspect then fled the area eastbound on Highway 18 in a vehicle.  A Sergeant from Grand Ronde Tribal Police spotted the vehicle traveling east on Highway 18 near Grand Ronde.  Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist, along with Troopers from the Oregon State Police.  The vehicle was located parked in front of a residence in Grand Ronde a short time later and the male suspect was detained. 

Jared May
Rose Lodge Market, Menacing and
Unlawful use of a weapon
$65,000 bail

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Grand Ronde to continue the investigation.  The weapon was located and it was determined to be a black pellet gun that closely resembled a semi-automatic handgun. 

At the conclusion of the investigation, it was determined that the male had removed the batteries from his pocket prior to leaving the store and hid them in another part of the store.

The male suspect was identified as 41 year old Jared R. May of Otis.  May was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Menacing. His bail is set at $65,000.

A feast for the eyes and the tummy..

Georgie’s Beachside Grill
Newport

Georgie’s Beachside Grill will host the December 4, 2019, “Dine Out for Samaritan House.” The restaurant, renowned for spectacular ocean views, will donate 15% of the day’s profits to help support Samaritan House, a shelter for homeless families with children.

Situated with the dramatic backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, Georgie’s Beachside Grill presents the finest authentic northwest coast cuisine. Halibut, salmon, Yaquina Bay oysters, crab, and seafood samplers are just a few of the specialty items highlighted on Georgie’s menu. 

Georgie’s also offers a selection of high quality beef, broiled to perfection using a unique ceramic radiant cooking method, ensuring the most flavorful, tender, and juicy steaks available.

For lunch, try the famous ale battered fish and chips or the local favorite “Diablo Seafood Pasta” with rock shrimp, crabmeat, salmon and scallops tossed in a spicy three-cheese cream sauce served with fettuccini noodles. 

Well-known for being family-friendly, they’re proud to offer the most expansive children’s menu in the area. Awarded with each child’s menu is “Georgie’s Treasure Money,” granting a trip to the treasure chest and choosing a prize!

Samaritan House has been providing homeless families in Lincoln County with safe shelter and assistance in transitioning to self-sufficiency since 1988. Comprehensive case management and educational programming surround the residents with a supportive and sympathetic atmosphere where they can learn the necessary skills to be independent. For more information, visit www.samfamshelter.org or call 541-574-8898.

Lakota Indian Massacre by Union Soldiers in 1890 prompts attempt to confiscate soldier medals

Mass grave for the murdered Lakota after the massacre, 1890

Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden Announce Senate Companion to Remove the Stain Act

Legislation would revoke Medal of Honor from soldiers who slaughtered hundreds of Lakota men, women, and children at the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre.

Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced the Senate’s introduction of legislation to revoke the Medal of Honor from the soldiers who perpetrated the Wounded Knee massacre on December 29, 1890, when U.S. soldiers slaughtered hundreds of Lakota men, women, and children, most of them unarmed, on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Sen. Merkley is co-leading the legislation with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). “We have a responsibility to tell the true story of the horrific Wounded Knee Massacre,” Senator Merkley said. “We cannot whitewash or minimize the dark chapters of our history, but instead must remember, reflect on, and work to rectify them. The massacre of innocents could not be farther from heroism, and I hope this bill helps set the record straight.”

“While we can’t change history, we can change who we as a nation recognize as heroes,” Senator Wyden said. “The soldiers who attacked and killed indigenous peoples at Wounded Knee were no heroes, and they did not deserve to be awarded Medals of Honor. Revoking these medals is the least Congress can do to recognize the irreparable harm that the U.S. government caused to indigenous peoples.” (more…)

The Oregon Lottery launches anti-gaming dependency and addiction education programs

This winter the Oregon Lottery is rolling out new responsible gaming training to help Video Lottery retailers identify opportunities to provide free resources to people who may be impacted by a gambling issue.

The new training, called “Responsible Gaming & You” is for the more than 2,100 Video Lottery retailers around the state. The training is designed to educate retailer staff on how to recognize and look for opportunities to direct people to the free resources available to all Oregonians and other helpful tools related to gambling behaviors. “Connecting people to problem gambling resources and providing responsible gaming information helps players make informed choices when they play lottery games,” said Krystal Smith, Problem and Responsible Gaming Program Manager for the Oregon Lottery. “The shared commitment we have with our retail partners is an important step in bringing this training to all retail employees and ultimately passed on to our lottery players. It is not only good for a retailer’s business it is an important part of our mission as a lottery.”

Dave Thomason, owner of Southern Oregon Elmer’s, which manages 31 locations offering Oregon Video Lottery games says he is committed to having 100-percent of his 500 person staff trained through the program. “I think it’s our responsibility to be a part of this training,” Thomason said. “The vast majority of the players we have are responsible and have limits on themselves. It goes without saying there are folks who have a problem, so I really like the idea of us being aware, to the extent we can, play a part in making sure that problem gamblers know what kinds of help are available to them.” (more…)

And now a word from Oregon Wild Steelhead Trout…

On Friday, December 6th the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will be hearing public testimony on this proposal during their commission meeting in Salem, OR.

We need folks that can go the extra mile to join us on Friday and voice your support for wild steelhead release.

Here’s what everyone can do:

Call or email ODFW staffer Michelle Tate by 5pm Tuesday, December 3, and let her know you want to testify. Phone: 503-947-6044; Email: Michelle.L.Tate@state.or.us

Prepare 3 minutes of testimony. If you have written comments, email them to NFS by 3pm Thursday, December 5th and we’ll make copies or bring 20 copies yourself.

Show up at 8am. We’re on during the Public Forum at the beginning of the Commission meeting.

Find a friend to join you. It’s easier and more fun to do this with friends.

And if you haven’t already, please join us in advocating for these iconic fish by signing the petition today!
For abundant wild fish,

Jennifer Fairbrother
Conservation Director

PS: Coming from afar and looking for a carpool? We have folks volunteering to drive others from SW Oregon and other locals. Let us know, and we’ll work to connect you.

Lots of smoke in the Waldport area

Oregon Department of Forestry has been putting a ton of smoke up in the air near Waldport.  It’s a slash burn, which is what’s left of what has to be a large timber harvest.  The burns are under control.  Not to worry, says ODF.

Robbery of at the Rose Lodge Market – Cops looking for Silver Honda Accord License 951-EFA

4:30pm Update – Law enforcement was able to track down the suspected hold-up man.  He was apprehended, arrested and transported to the Lincoln County Jail.  Suspect Jarod May was booked on charges of Menacing and Illegal use of a weapon.

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10:52 am. Report of a man with a gun robbing a Rose Lodge Market of batteries. Suspect is identified as Jerod May, 40, driving a silver Honda Accord with license plate of 951-EFA. May is well known in the area.

The suspect was last seen eastbound on Highway 18. Law enforcement is combing the area. Anyone seeing May’s car should immediately call 9-1-1. Do not approach or make yourself seen.

Vehicle last seen headed east on Highway 18, just east of Van Duzen Park.

Dining Out at Samaritan House!

Dine Out for Samaritan House….

Georgie’s Beachside Grill will host the December 4th “Dine Out for Samaritan House.” The restaurant, renowned for spectacular ocean views, will donate 15% of the day’s profits to help support Samaritan House, a shelter for homeless families with children.

Situated with the dramatic backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, Georgie’s Beachside Grill presents the finest authentic northwest coast cuisine. Halibut, salmon, Yaquina Bay oysters, crab, and seafood samplers are just a few of the specialty items highlighted on Georgie’s menu. 

Georgie’s also offers a selection of high quality beef, broiled to perfection using a unique ceramic radiant cooking method, ensuring the most flavorful, tender, and juicy steaks available. 

For lunch, try the famous ale battered fish and chips or the local favorite “Diablo Seafood Pasta” with rock shrimp, crabmeat, salmon and scallops tossed in a spicy three-cheese cream sauce served with fettuccini noodles. 

Well-known for being family-friendly, they’re proud to offer the most expansive children’s menu in the area. Awarded with each child’s menu is “Georgie’s Treasure Money,” granting a trip to the treasure chest and choosing a prize! 

Samaritan House has been providing homeless families in Lincoln County with safe shelter and assistance in transitioning to self-sufficiency since 1988. Comprehensive case management and educational programming surround the residents with a supportive and sympathetic atmosphere where they can learn the necessary skills to be independent. For more information, visit www.samfamshelter.org or call 541-574-8898.

Feast for the Eyes in Toledo – Free, Free, Free!!

Let’s bring music opportunities to the kids in Toledo and East County region is the theme of a Cello “Meet & Greet” sponsored by the Newport Symphony Orchestra Family Strings program. All are invited to meet with Adrienne Welsh,Newport Symphony Orchestra cellist, a resident of Agate Beach, on Saturday, December 7 at 1:30PM to explore this musical instrument with the idea of classes forming next year at St Johns Episcopal Church, 110 NE Alder Street in Toledo’s Art District. The classes are offered to those serious about learning to play the cello and with the opportunity of cello loans from the NSO Family Strings outreach program. All are welcome to this talk with Welsh and to consider a new learning opportunity in Toledo.

The Yaquina River Museum of Art (YRMA) opens their annual Christmas Crafts & Art from Latin America and Ikons from Europe exhibit at 2:pm December 7 at the School House, 151 NE Alder St. in the Toledo Art District with a short talk given by Judy Gibbons. Gibbons has collected many items while living in 18 years in Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Chile and the public is invited to visit the museum to see this unique collection. Following the talk, we walk across the street to Historic St Johns Church for free refreshments and an old-fashioned holiday music sing-along led by Adrienne Welsh, cello, and Judy Gibbons, piano. All are encouraged to come join the fun and start your holiday season together in Toledo!

Newport: Smell of smoke in the SW 7th neighborhood

10:06am  Smell of smoke in the area of 344 SW 7th in Newport.  Fire-Rescue is enroute to check it out.  Smell in a back hallway of a medical building.

10:09am  Arriving firefighters say there is no sign of fire or smoke.  Investigating.

10;18am.  Still no sign of any smoke or fire.

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