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Oregon Coast Community College finally “arrives…”

OCCC achieves independence!!

Oregon Coast Community College
Newport

Oregon Coast Community College is now an independently accredited institution!!

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the college was informed of the decision by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. OCCC hosted a celebration sharing the news at 5:30 p.m. this evening, Thursday, Feb. 6.

The 33-year-old college serves Lincoln County through its locations in Newport, Waldport, and Lincoln City. OCCC students pursue Health Care, Aquarium Science, Teaching, Early Childhood Education, Associates, and Transfer degrees at Oregon Coast, along with Adult Basic Education and numerous other certificate and degree programs.

“Up until this year,” said OCCC President Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge, “every diploma earned by the students at Oregon Coast over the past three decades bore the name of an ‘accrediting college,’ through which Oregon Coast delivered instruction.” Since 2014, OCCC graduates earned diplomas and credits from Portland Community College. “Other small community colleges in Oregon followed the same path over their early decades,” Ryslinge said. “Oregon Coast was the last community college in Oregon to lack its own independent accreditation.”

In May 2004, Lincoln County voters approved $24 million in bonds to build the college’s North, Central and South County facilities. Construction on those buildings was completed in 2009. In 2014, Ryslinge was named president of OCCC and was charged by the OCCC Board of Education with the task of leading the college to independent accreditation.

The process Ryslinge led involved many students, as well as every member of the staff and faculty at Oregon Coast over the past six years. Virtually every college system and process was examined and improved. The work was documented through the submission of multiple reports and self-evaluations totaling thousands of pages of written reports and appendices. During that time, the college also hosted two separate NWCCU teams comprised of community college presidents and deans representing institutions from throughout the Northwest. A complete history of the college’s pursuit of independence can be found at oregoncoastcc.org/accreditation.

For information click here!

What it means

As an independently accredited institution, Oregon Coast Community College will manage processing and distribution of financial aid for its students, including work study. College credits will transfer as earned at OCCC, and the college will maintain its students’ transcripts, streamlining the process students need to go through to request transcripts and other records when transferring to other colleges and universities.

The college will be able to set its own qualifications for faculty hiring (as opposed to following standards established at Portland Community College). Further, OCCC faculty will have control over selection of textbooks and materials most appropriate for their coursework, while also retaining responsibility for maintaining the appropriate levels of academic rigor and course content.

The college will also be able to be more responsive to local needs in the years to come. When accredited through a larger college, OCCC was generally only able to offer classes and programs offered by that college. Now that Oregon Coast is an independent institution, it will be have greater freedom to work with partners and stakeholders in Lincoln County to evaluate, create, and adjust sustainable programs to meet the needs of local students and the broader Lincoln County economy.

The change also brings changes to web surfers – and the email addresses of students, faculty, and staff. The college website, currently “oregoncoastcc.org” will be transitioning soon to “oregoncoast.edu,” and that change will soon be reflected in college email accounts, too. Note that both addresses will work for an extended period of transition to ensure no messages are lost. Watch for details on the website and on the OCCC Instagram and Facebook pages, @occcsharks.

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The Oregon Coast Diploma

“And, there’s one more change that our students will see,” said Dan Lara, OCCC’s Chief Academic Officer. “The college anticipates that all students graduating in 2021 and thereafter will receive Oregon Coast Community College diplomas!”

Lara explained that it would be unfair to transition students receiving financial aid between institutions mid-year, so students graduating in June 2020 will still earn PCC diplomas. Some of the OCCC students without financial aid packages, however, may have the option to receive the College’s first-ever official diplomas in 2020.

“The name on a diploma may seem just symbolic,” Lara said, “but to the OCCC community, it represents so much more. Not only does it reflect the unprecedented amount of hard work put in to get us here – work performed by our management team, our students, our staff, and our amazing faculty – but it also calls out the commitment Lincoln County residents have repeatedly and consistently shown to their community college. The donors who have supported the college and its students, through gifts to the OCCC Foundation, are paramount examples of this support. On behalf of those donors and our entire OCCC family, we’re extremely proud and excited, and we want our students and our community to share that pride and excitement. The ‘Oregon Coast Diploma’ is one of many ways they’ll be able to do just that.”

“For me, personally and professionally, this is the most meaningful accomplishment of my career,” Ryslinge said. “I am deeply touched to be part of the history of this incredible college, and to have helped secure its place in Lincoln County, in Oregon, and nationally.”

Learn more about Oregon Coast Community College at OregonCoastCC.org. New students are welcome to join OCCC at the start of the Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer terms. The Spring term begins in April and prospective students are invited to apply or schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. To get started, visit www.OregonCoastCC.org/start-here or just Click Here!

Airrow Heating gets a big pat on the back from Northwest Natural Gas Company…

NW Natural Welcomes Airrow Heating into Preferred Contractor Program

Last month, Northwest Natural Gas Company admitted Airrow Heating to its Preferred Contractor Program. The program provides customers with highly qualified HVAC contractors capable of inspecting, installing, and repairing natural gas equipment. Having met NW Natural’s quality assurance standards, Airrow Heating is licensed, bonded, insured, and now recommended by NW Natural.

Established in 2006, Airrow Heating has worked for over a decade to prove itself as a qualified HVAC contractor in Lincoln County. It is honored to be part of NW Natural’s Preferred Contractor Program.

“We have focused our efforts on joining NW Natural’s Preferred Contractor program and are looking forward to beginning what I am certain will prove to be a strong and lasting relationship.” Garrett Bush, Owner of Airrow Heating

NW Natural’s Preferred Contractor Program is a competitive program catering to only the highest quality of service and most efficient equipment.

“ Airrow Heating is a valued trade ally partner in the community, and we are looking forward to a longstanding partnership.” – Cindi Fostveit, Community Affairs Manager for NW Natural

About Airrow Heating:

Our mission is to passionately pursue comfort excellence for all of our customers by providing award-winning professional service, dedicated customer care, and continuing to seek growth opportunities by maintaining a well-trained and industry-leading staff.

About NW Natural Gas Company:

NW Natural is a local distribution company that currently provides natural gas service to approximately 2.5 million people in more than 140 communities through more than 750,000 meters in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Long time Toledo area residents loses their home and everything in it….time to help!!

Toledo home at 600 NE Beech gutted by huge fire. The family needs help in the worst way.  People can donate to the victim’s GO FUND ME account to help put the pieces of their lives back together.

The fire destroyed their long time home…despite valiant efforts by Toledo Firefighters other firefighters from surrounding communities.  The young man who was awakened by the fire said the blaze started in the garage.  No word yet from firefighters to confirm it.  Miraculously no one was hurt.  Everybody got out okay.  Here’s the Go Fund Me opportunity:  Donate what you can to help the family who literally lost everything.  All you have to do is just Click Here.

Timothy Ward set up a Go Fund Me account for his sister who lost everything in the fire.  Tim is apparently leading the charge on the fundraising. Give what you can.

Highway 101 mudslides north of Newport – Traffic squeezed….

U.S. 101 north of Newport:

* Emergency road repairs are being done in the landslide area between milepost 133 and 136 on Thursday.

* One lane will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Watch for flaggers and expect delays up to 20 minutes.

Call for photos:  Send to:  News@NewsLincolnCounty.com

Traffic Alert – Newport

Newport City Hall

February 5th, 2020

Street Parking Restrictions – NW 6th St. February 6th, 7th, 10th, & 11th 2020

Chris Janigo, PE, Sr. Project Manager 541-574-3376

There will be no street parking on February 6th, 7th, 10th, and 11th on NW 6th St., between NW Nye St. and NW Coast St to prepare for final paving.

The affected residences have been individually provided with this information. If you are not a resident of these specific addresses, but use this area for parking, please find alternative parking for this time period.

Please note that construction is still underway on NW 6th between NW Nye and NW Coast Streets. This portion of NW 6th Street is open to local traffic only.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Agate Beach State Recreation Area – Cleanup Saturday, February 15, 11am

Blue Water Task force

Take Care of Our Community 

Beach Cleanup
Saturday, February 15, 11 am
Agate Beach State Recreation Site

Come join the Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation for their next beach cleanup of the year on February 15th at 11 am. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot at Agate Beach State Recreation Site next to the Best Western Hotel in Newport. Bags and rubber gloves will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own. The recent king tides, big swells, and strong west winds have pushed debris onto the beaches. This is the second in Surfrider’s 2020 beach cleanup series. It will be followed by the SOLVE statewide cleanup on March 28.

It’s going to be cold and wet, but this important work needs to be done. Dress appropriately and join the effort. Newport’s beaches are worth protecting.

Surfrider Newport beach alert

Surfrider Foundation – Water Quality Report

Newport Area Results for February 1, 2020

Results above 130 would receive a health advisory warning from the Department of Human Services.

Agate Beach: 31
Big Creek: 10
Elizabeth Street Pipe Outfall: 987
Nye Beach: 235
Nye Beach South: 247
Otter Rock: <10
Schooner Creek: 31
South Beach: <10
Toledo Boathouse: <10
Yaquina Bay: <10

Obviously, watch your children and domestic animals in the affected areas.

Deputy DA files for the top job in the DA’s office….

Lanee Danforth announces candidacy for District Attorney

Lanee Danforth, current Lincoln County Deputy District Attorney, is announcing her candidacy for District Attorney. Throughout her career, Danforth has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to justice, safety, and building community partnerships. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, she worked as a Victim Advocate in the Washington County District Attorney’s Office.

Danforth graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School with a J.D. and certificate in criminal law. Danforth also has a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Gaming Law and Regulation from Boyd School of Law. She has consistently worked in a district attorney’s office in different capacities since 2012.

In her current role, Danforth primarily prosecutes domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse cases. She is the Chairperson of the Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team and Co-Chair of the Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Team. She is a member of the Domestic Violence Council and the Domestic Abuse Response Team. Additionally, Danforth serves as a board member for My Safe Place (formerly My Sister’s Place). In 2019, Danforth was presented with the Attorney of the Year award at the Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet.

Danforth believes that each crime committed deserves review and attention. She has a reputation for knowing the law and using it to evaluate each case she is assigned. “When warranted, I have sought and obtained lengthy prison sentences for violent offenders. When appropriate, I have also given second chances to non-violent offenders. In evaluating each case, my goal is to seek justice and to keep our community safe.”

Governor Kate Brown appointed defense attorney, Jonathan Cable as Lincoln County District Attorney. It is Danforth’s opinion that the voters of Lincoln County should be allowed to choose their District Attorney. When asked why Danforth was running for District Attorney she said, “I believe that the community and the District Attorney’s office deserve a DA who is knowledgeable about the law, passionate about justice, and committed to the safety of all. I also strongly believe in community partnerships, both with agencies and citizens. We are all striving for the same goal, a safe and healthy community for our family, friends, and visitors.”

When asked what Danforth’s plans were if elected, she stated, “I will cultivate and lead an office that seeks justice, while at the same time being professional, transparent, and accountable to the citizens of Lincoln County.”

Lincoln City VRD owner dukes it out with neighbors and wins – for now…

Newly designated VRD riles the neighbors.

An out of town couple who own a small house on Devil’s Lake in Lincoln City has “so far” been given the green light on becoming the latest owner of a a Vacation Rental Dwelling, or VRD. But the neighbors are upset about it. Those neighbors told the city’s planning commission that another VRD in their neighborhood would disrupt traffic because it would attract more vehicles on a narrow dead-end street, NE Lake, where the home is located. The neighbors told planning commissioners that the “VRD-in-waiting” has only two parking spots – maybe 2.5 if you push it. But the planning commission ruled – and the city attorney agreed – that as long as only 2 vehicles, and maybe a very small car,  park on the home’s property, they’re legal.

But surrounding neighbors told the commission that NE Lake Avenue dead-ends where they live and that VRD owners are notorious for allowing more than the maximum number of vehicles to park outside their VRDs. Neighbors also complained that the “VRD-in waiting” on NE Lake is right next to their clustered mailboxes, further adding to street congestion which is a threat to pedestrians. “It’s a personal safety hazard,” they claim.

But in the end, the planning commission hung tough. They cited the fact that the house is in a VRD zone and that this particular VRD has the minimum number of parking spaces to be legal.

Planning commissioners were further supported by their city attorney who claimed if the VRD exceeds the limit of parked vehicles, Lincoln City Police will come out and cite and/or tow the ones that are illegally parked. The VRD owner can also be cited and told that repeated occurrences of illegal parking will likely lead not only to more tickets, but also the cancelling of his VRD license. That license revocation would be ordered by the Lincoln City City Council.

Stay tuned.

Update from the Siletz Tribe

Siletz Tribe Elects Tribal Council Members – Officers Also Selected for 2020

Loraine Y. Butler, Robert Kentta and Selene Rilatos were elected to the Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians in elections held Feb. 1.

Butler, from Siletz, Ore., was re-elected with 391 votes; Kentta, from Logsden, Ore., was re-elected with 434 votes; and Rilatos, from Toledo, Ore., was elected with 268 votes. Ten candidates ran for the three open positions and the three who received the most votes were elected.

These individuals will serve with Reggie Butler Sr., Sharon Edenfield and Angela Ramirez, all of Siletz, whose terms expire in 2021; and with Lillie Butler and Alfred (Bud) Lane III, both of Siletz, and Delores Pigsley of Keizer, Ore., whose terms expire in 2022. Term of office is three years for each position on the nine-member council.

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Eight hundred twenty-two (822) ballots were returned and accepted. Enrolled members of the Siletz Tribe who are age 18 and older are eligible to vote in Tribal elections. The Tribe has more than 5,400 enrolled members. (more…)

Newport loses one of its outstanding volunteers….

Jim Hawley, NPD volunteer, Newport High instructor and court bailiff

It is with deep sorrow that we share the news of the passing of NPD volunteer Jim Hawley. Many of you may remember Jim when he was teaching at Newport High School. He was a volunteer for the Newport Police Department for nearly ten years and served as Municipal Court Bailiff for the past few years with his wife, Nancy.

Jim was instrumental in outfitting both our Incident Response Vehicles for the Department. He was the Lincoln County Emergency Manager for more than 40 years; very active with CERT and Lincoln County Amateur Radio Operators.

Our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Nancy, his sons Jeff and Dennis, and the entire Hawley family. We have all lost a truly amazing gentleman and a friend.

Sincerely,
Mayor Dean Sawyer

Surfrider calls for major beach clean up

Many hands make light work….

From Surfrider Foundation:

Come join the Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation for their next beach cleanup of the year on February 15th at 11am. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot at Agate Beach State Recreation Site next to the Best Western Hotel in Newport. Bags and rubber gloves will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own.

The recent king tides, big swells, and strong west winds have pushed debris onto the beaches. This is the second in Surfrider’s 2020 beach cleanup series. It will be followed by the SOLV state wide cleanup on March 28.

It’s going to be cold and wet, but this important work needs to be done. Dress appropriately and join the effort. Newport’s beaches are worth protecting.

Michael Harrington
Chair | Newport Chapter, Surfrider Foundation
chair@newport.or.surfrider.org | 541.270.3332

Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization that works to protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches. The Newport Oregon Chapter protects our local beaches from Florence to Tillamook. For more information on the Newport Oregon Chapter, see https://newport.surfrider.org

Structure fire at 600 NE Beech Street, Toledo

Toledo Firefighters raced to a structure fire this morning at NE Beech Street, just uphill from Highway 20. The fire triggered a request for additional support from other fire departments.  Home is a total loss.  No injuries.

More to follow.

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