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Celebrating someone who supports our schools and our students and who also gracefully helps to grows our community!

Board Chair Liz Martin Awards the 2022 Tom Moore Award to Charlie Cyphertt

2022 Tom Moore Memorial Award Presented to Charlie Cyphert of Toledo

JUNE 20, 2022
The Lincoln County School District would like to recognize Charlie Cyphert for the 2022 Tom Moore Memorial Award. The Tom Moore Memorial Award is an annual award given to the individual who best exemplifies the volunteer spirit. It is named for former school board member Tom Moore, who gave his all to the district and community. In his honor, we give the award to a community member who also gives his/her heart and soul to the students of our district.

The administration from both Toledo schools nominated Mr. Cyphert for this award. The nomination reads:

Toledo would like to recognize Charlie Cyphert for being a community business owner that is always looking for ways to connect with students and our buildings. He has taken over a local family restaurant and has looked for every opportunity to partner with the school and to be involved to better our community. Everything from hosting events to building up our Boosters program to donating food and hiring students. He is invested in the school and community and his heart is huge. He is always looking for ways to improve Toledo for future generations including sitting on the ARTS Committee, leading and hosting Booster meetings, partnering with the school for meals after games and Boomer Nation Pop-Up Events, and even hiring our students to help them gain work experience. We would also like to thank his family for supporting him and for all you do for Boomer Nation.

It is with great pride that the Lincoln County School District award this year’s Tom Moore Memorial Award to Mr. Charlie Cyphert. Thank you for all you have done and all you continue doing to support the mission of the School District.

Every Child, Every Day, Future Ready.

Dr. Karen Gray

LCSD Superintendent

Looking over Newport’s Investments, slightly higher taxes and enjoying federal funds to keep things on the level…

Newport City Hall

The Newport City Council Monday night looked like an unusual brand of making ends meet thanks to oceans of federal money coming from Washington DC and spreading across the country.  However, over the past three years federal money thrown at the  Covid-19 disaster has been winding down for a while – lowering the number of sick American folks but watching with both eyes on an emerging new virus that’s growing rapidly coming from the Far East, Africa and South America – but it doesn’t kill people quite as quickly, we’re told.  It’s been quite a menace all over the world.  But the rate of viral infections have lowered a bit.  Scientists say the Earth is in for an elongated threat from migrating Covid viruses.  No telling how long it’ll last.

Elsewhere, in and around Seal Rock and Newport, residents and visitors are watching the pandemic decline, slowing down giving Americans some relief.  Medical scientists are also noticing a slow down along the west coast but, again, we never know when another wave of the virus will suddenly start expanding in numbers that nobody can keep up with.

But to change the subject, the cities of Newport and Seal Rock have been refining their methods on making sure that the two cities keep capturing water from rain, rivers and engineered wells to keep things, if not perfect, at least workable.   The word “Certainty” often prevails but with the county’s drought ups and downs, the future looks pretty mixed.

Samaritan Pacific Hospital

On a different note, the city of Newport is teaming up with Seal Rock by producing methods to combine their water output so that people can drink water, take baths and make breakfast, lunch or dinner.  There is a noticeable movement up and down Lincoln County to rapidly craft ways to smartly blend the sources of water they’ve got with newly enacted ways to make the best of the water we have, and maybe then some.  A big part of establishing more reliable water is coming from the above-mentioned federal policies to create better ways to transport and store water among the United States.  To be to continued – for sure.

As coastal communities continue to grow politically the tourism industry will continue to change the way it views how all the growth is adding up to what might become a big city.   Oregon land use laws – as they rule and change these days – makes for a veritable push and pull response to local governments with uncertainty about the atmosphere on the coast, if not in the inland resorts of Oregon.  To be sure, the state’s land use laws will struggle to keep Oregon “Oregon.”  But we’ll see how state and local governments wrestle with the choices.  From the looks of things most people and tourists want Oregon to remain pretty much as it’s been over the past two hundred years.  Sounds like a job for those who want to keep Oregon, Oregon.  State centralized land-use control is still with us. But when are state officials and incoming tourists going to find a creative and workable way to play when the state has to keep growing?

On yet another front, Newport City Councilors Monday night made it plain that they’ll be blending  a Newport Fire Station with an Oregon Department of Forestry station “add on” to be located just north of Newport.  With Climate Change, scientists are coming to the point that more and well spaced fire stations is a powerful tool to knock down forest fires before they go wildly out of control.  The two fire stations – one from Newport, the other state built – follows a similar routine among fire stations across America.   Construction starts soon.  

Annual Tuesday Farmers Market in Siletz!

Michelle Schaffer, Grange President


The Siletz Valley Grange #558 will hold its Annual Tuesday Farmers Market beginning Tuesday June 21st.  Hours are from 10 am to 2 pm.    The Kitchen will open beginning June 28th for Lunch only from 11-1.  We are located at 224 Gaither Street in Siletz.  This year we are charging a $20 membership fee and a weekly fee of $5 for a 10×10 booth.  There are NO commercial sales.  Plant starts, garden products, glassware, pottery, handmade items, baked goods, jams and more.  For questions contact Market Manager, Carol Willey, at 541-444-1360. 

Siletz Community Facility

More Traffic crashes along Highway 18

3pm  Traffic crash on Highway 18 thirteen miles east of Highway 101.  Another crash closer to Highway 101 involved three vehicles.  Caution in the area.  The crash is on Highway 18 west of Rose Lodge.

Another “Be on the lookout” while driving…

For Immediate Release:

Contact Person(s): Justin Scharbrough/Kevin Duncan City of Newport Dept. of Public Works

Media Release

Update: The tree trimming project on NW Oceanview Dr will be continued next week starting on Monday June 20th – Thursday June 23rd. City of Newport Public Works/Streets Department will be starting at 8:00 AM each day.

Flaggers will be directing traffic, please expect delays or avoid the area if possible. Please drive with caution. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Vaccines for youngest children – Gotta keep trying….

OHA provides update on COVID-19 and expansion of vaccines for youngest children

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) held its monthly media availability today, providing an update on COVID-19 in Oregon and the status of state and federal reviews taking place through this weekend for vaccines for children under 5 years of age.

Dean Sidelinger, M.D. MSEd, health officer and state epidemiologist at OHA, highlighted the latest data trends, showing that hospitalizations for COVID-19-positive patients in Oregon have hit the peak projected by current modeling and that Oregon still continues to have a high level of community spread.

Sidelinger also provided an update on the next steps in federal and state reviews for authorizing Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months through 4 years of age and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months through 5 years of age.

Sidelinger was joined by Dawn Nolt, M.D., professor of pediatrics (infectious diseases) in the OHSU School of Medicine, who explained vaccine safety and what Emergency Use Authorization means for this age group, including reduced risk of severe disease.  

Nolt emphasized that — as a pediatrician, an infectious disease doctor and parent — her key advice is that children get vaccinated as soon as they can.

Here are the talking points from today’s media availability. You can also watch it here.

A letter from U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto to all Americans dealing with reproductive rights…

Thank you for contacting me regarding the critical issue of reproductive rights. Like you, I am gravely concerned about threats to a woman’s right to choose.

As you know, in the 1973 landmark case Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution protects women’s right to choose whether to have an abortion. The Supreme Court has continually upheld Roe, safeguarding women’s access to critical reproductive health care, including abortion—and rightly so. Without access to essential reproductive care, women’s physical, emotional, and economic health suffers, as does the health of their families. They can face life-threatening pregnancy complications and long-term health impacts.

Anti-choice officials in state governments, Congress, and now the Supreme Court have attempted to roll back women’s access to the full spectrum of reproductive care. As we learned in May from a draft opinion, the Supreme Court is poised to strip away these fundamental freedoms from women around the U.S. by overturning its own precedents. This would be one of the very few times in American history where the Court has taken away rights, rather than expanding them. If this draft stands, young women today will have fewer choices than their mothers and grandmothers had.

I will always protect a woman’s right to choose, and I remain committed to opposing any attempt limiting access to safe reproductive care services. In Nevada, we believe women should be free to make their own health care choices without interference from politicians. The Senate should pass legislation to protect the right to choose across the country because we must put into law what the large majority of Nevadans and Americans want: to let women make their own decisions.

I am proud to cosponsor several bills protecting access to abortion services, including the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Act and the Women’s Health Protection Act. The EACH Act would not only require federal health insurance programs to provide coverage for abortions services, but would also prohibit state and local governments from restricting abortion coverage by private insurance companies. The Woman’s Health Protection Act, that I voted in support of twice this Congress, would prohibit the government from imposing onerous restrictions on women seeking reproductive care.

Women use the full range of reproductive health care to make important decisions about their physical and mental health, their economic future, and their families’ well-being. Access to reproductive care is being eroded again and again across the country, and I will continue to stand with the majority of Nevadans who believe that people should be able to access the critical health care they need. If we want future generations to grow up with the same freedoms we have had, we must act. Women in America should be trusted to make their own decisions about their health, their families, and their lives. I believe in American women, and I will fight for them.

Thank you, again, for sharing your views on this important issue. I appreciate hearing from you and your input helps me be a better voice for Nevadans. Please continue to share your thoughts with me as I work to represent our great state in the United States Senate.



Catherine Cortez Masto
United States Senator

Move Over – It’s the Law!

Pay attention to your speedometer…..


Every day, law enforcement officers and emergency workers put their lives on the line to save ours. Even a routine traffic stop has become risky business. The following information comes from the Oregon Department of Transportation: www.oregon.gov/ODOT.

There are many cases where officers are pulled over on the side of the road when inattentive drivers crash into them at high speeds. That’s why there’s a strict law in Oregon designed to protect the people we depend on to protect us.

The Move Over Law (ORS 811.147) states that if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated, you must:

  • MOVE OVER into another available lane.
  • If you can’t safely change lanes, SLOW DOWN to a speed that is at least 5 mph below the posted or designated speed of the roadway. 
  • In all cases, the driver must try to provide as much room as possible for the emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle.

The Move Over Law is in place to help protect law enforcement officers, emergency workers, tow operators and those who routinely provide assistance to motorists along the highways. This group of dedicated professionals face a deadly threat on a daily basis: speeding and inattentive drivers. But the law also exists to protect you. The flashing lights are your cue to move over and slow down. 

If you are approaching the scene of a crash, carefully watch for emergency workers directing traffic and follow all of their instructions. 

For more information and tips, visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Mary’s Peak Road is about to provide exquisite views by removing some vegetation and creating stunning overlooks!

Mary’s Peak
In mid-winter…

Alsea, Ore. — Later this summer, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will start a habitat improvement project along Marys Peak Road in Benton County. The project will be visible from the roadside overlook at mile 2.5. By removing some vegetation, the project will improve forest habitat by reducing competition between trees, provide logs for nearby stream restoration projects, and restore the view from the roadside overlook.

“Members of the public have asked us to improve the view from this overlook for many years,” said Paul Tigan, Marys Peak Field Manager for the BLM. “Achieving important wildlife and fisheries goals while opening up the view makes this project a real two-for-one effort.”

The project will take place on three acres of forestland designated as late-successional reserve. The BLM designates late-successional reserve areas to develop and preserve forests with complex habitat characteristics. The forest within this three-acre project area does not currently have these characteristics.

By removing smaller trees, the BLM will reduce competition around the largest trees. These remaining trees will be able to grow faster without as much competition. This will accelerate the development of big trees with complex crowns important for wildlife species like the northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet. Mid-sized trees removed from the site will be placed in nearby streams to improve fish habitat. None of the trees being removed will be sold for commercial value (e.g., as a timber sale).

Once the work is complete, visitors to the Marys Peak Road overlook will find a clearer view of the Cascade Mountains to the east, including Mount Jefferson and Three Sisters, and the Coast Range to the west. (more…)

Senator Ron Wyden: “We’re in for a long hot, dry summer…”

While some parts of Oregon have experienced recent rainy weather, drought conditions persist and have worsened through much of the state. It’s likely to be another hot, dry summer, which will mean a high risk for wildfires.
Communities across Oregon have just begun to recover from two of the most severe wildfire seasons in our state’s history.
Thanks to the climate crisis, Oregon and much of the West are struggling to adapt to increasingly frequent and severe wildfires that threaten lives, businesses, and communities. I have been working hard with federal, state, and local officials to ensure our state gets the resources we need to prevent, prepare for, suppress, and recover from these fires.
It’s going to require an all hands on deck approach to prevent wildfire in the coming months, so that’s why I was proud to have secured funding in the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to shore up our nation’s power grid from extreme weather and natural disasters, and for wildfire risk mitigation and forest health treatments, including an additional $100 million for existing forest collaboratives, which manage forests by bringing together folks from the Forest Service with community groups and private landowners.
In the past month I have pushed both Interior Secretary Haaland and the U.S. Forest Service Chief during Senate committee hearings about their plans to address the urgent need for additional permanent wildland firefighters, as well as to increase the number of acres treated to improve forest health and prevent fires in Oregon and the West. 
I’ll continue to push for robust federal investments in time-tested, data-proven techniques like controlled burns during colder, wetter months, forest thinning to clear out debris and vegetation, and a comprehensive investment in clean energy to ensure healthier and more fire-resilient forests for generations to come.
Stay safe by signing up for emergency notifications in your area. And if you or someone you know needs assistance recovering from a wildfire, please contact my office at 503-326-7525.
Rest assured, I’ll continue working around the clock in the weeks and months to come to protect our communities and ensure our state gets the resources it needs this fire season.

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