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Christmas Season Update from Waldport Chamber of Commerce

Christmas in Waldport

Saturday, December 14, 2019 3PM-5PM
Waldport Interpretive/Visitor Center 320 NW Hwy 101 (near Subway)

This annual festive gathering brings the community together. Santa Claus will visit with the kids (including free photos) and they can write letters to Santa and get their face painted for the holidays. The event is complete with cookies, hot chocolate and apple cider. The Lion’s Club will be BBQing hot dogs too. It’s easy to get in the holiday spirit. Even man’s best friend will dress-up and join the fun!

Waldport Moose Lodge getting into the Spirit of the Season

3:00-5:00 PM Photos with Santa, letters to Santa, face painting, holiday treats and hot dogs 4:30 PM Decorated/lighted dog contest
4:45 PM Tree lighting
5:00 PM Lighted bridge walk

For additional event information go to www.waldport-chamber.com or call (541) 563-2133.

Press release contact:
Laura Furgurson – waldport.chamber@gmail.com or 541-815-0400 (out of the country Dec 4-11 without reliable cell coverage)
Or Sue Woodruff – 541.961.3798

Wallace Kaufman at large…

Flat ocean – gloomy day…but hey, we’ll take it! Wallace Kaufman photo

It’s funny how Mother Nature arranges her children…

Depoe Bay Christmas doin’s underway…

Christmas Wreaths across Depoe Bay Bridge…
Bea Ray photo

From Beatrice Ray
Depoe Bay Resident

After lots of staples an plenty of good holiday cheer, the wreaths have been hung on the bridge with great care. Our volunteers are at it again, because today we will light the Depoe Bay Christmas tree.

Come one and all! It all starts at 4pm. Share in the fun with singing and treats ..and maybe a whale.

Today is also support small businesses day, so lets support our local businesses. You might find that special gift hiding right here in Depoe Bay.

New crab pot designs reduce injury/death to whales

Breakthrough crab pot design in reducing whale injuries and deaths

Marine researchers have come up with a device that should dramatically lower injury and death to whales caught in crab pot rope entanglements.  They’re time-release buoys tied to crab pots on the sea floor.  When a timer goes off, the buoy is released and heads for the surface where it’s owner can scoop it up.

Here’s the story from Oregon Public Broadcasting.  Click here.

Update: Suspected drunk driver loses control on Yaquina Bay Bridge –

Rollover crash on Yaquina Bay Bridge.
Greg Henton photo

Newport Police Officers were dispatched Thursday afternoon to a single vehicle rollover crash on the north end of the Yaquina Bay Bridge.  Responding Officers pulled up to find a blue 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser resting on its side, blocking both lanes on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. 

The entire passenger side of the car had been ripped off.  The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, identified as William Scott Martin, was still inside.  Newport Fire Department Personnel removed the rear door of the vehicle so that Martin could safely be removed.

Martin refused to exit the vehicle.  Officers couldn’t coax him out so they forcibly removed him.  Officers noted signs of impairment when speaking with Martin. He was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Once released from the hospital, Martin was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on charges of:  DUII, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering.

Witnesses told police that Martin was headed southbound on Hwy 101 at a high rate of speed.  Martin left the southbound travel lane just as he was approaching the bridge.  He traveled up and over a concrete divider between the roadway and the sidewalk, and struck a large concrete pillar flipping the car, causing it to land on its side.

The bridge was closed for approximately 90 minutes while crews cleared the wreckage.

Any witnesses who were not interviewed at the scene are encouraged to contact Officer Calvin Davis or Officer Carlos Gamboa at 541-574-3348.

Argument in Newport prompts shooting – 1 dead

Steven DeMauro, 65
Booked for Murder

A Newport man has been booked into the Lincoln County Jail for Murder. Newport Police Officers were dispatched to 811 SE 5th Street Wednesday regarding an adult male who had been shot. Arriving police officers found the victim deceased from a gunshot wound.

The suspect, identified as Newport Resident Steven DeMAURO, 65, remained on scene. Investigation revealed that DeMAURO shot the victim during an argument. DeMAURO was taken into custody and transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged for Murder. The victim was identified as Newport resident Tony LARSEN, 59. The criminal investigation is continuing.

The Lincoln County Major Crime Team (MCT) was activated and are currently investigating the incident. The MCT is composed of Detectives from the Lincoln City, Lincoln County Sheriff, Newport, Toledo and Oregon State Police Departments, as well as members of the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.

Persons with information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact the Newport Police Department. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856 or tipline@newportpolice.net. If you have any information regarding this case, contact Detective Humphreys of the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348.

KYAQ “over the air” Auction December 1st through the 15th

KYAQ 91.7 is embarking on a unique experience for you as a listener and supporter of local, community radio. We are holding an online auction as a fundraiser and as a way for community members to show their interest in radio broadcasting that is “woke” – in other words, not media business as usual.  The auction runs from December 1st through the 15th.

KYAQ does not collect any funding from federal, state or county government. We are volunteer run and rely on listener donations, underwriting, technical support from Oregon Community Media, and grants. The online auction is one of our major fundraisers, occurring once a year.

The programming that is a vital part of KYAQ’s broadcast includes Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, the only national radio news show that provides listeners with an alternate, progressive view of how things are going both around the country and internationally. Her interviews are insightful and focused on voices that are rarely heard on air. Other non-local shows of interest include the Broadcast, Alternative Radio, and Sojourner Truth.

We are very strong believers in local programming and carry music (Dead and Friends, Latin Corner, Rock Through the Ages, Billy’s Blues Hour, Classical Music for Everyone, Bluegrass by the Sea), public affairs (FYI, Stronger Together), local news & weather, and shows addressing issues for the LGBT community (Rhonda’s Rainbow Room). Local producers Michael and Maia Stout address health and diet in Healthy Diet, Healthy Planet.

Help KYAQ continue to broadcast exceptional programming, not carried on any other radio station in Lincoln County. Beginning December 1st, there will be a button here to begin your auction adventure. And many thanks for your ongoing support of KYAQ 91.7 FM.

Yachats Ladies Club Christmas Bazaar

YACHATS LADIES CLUB CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

         92 YEARS OF HOLIDAY FUN, COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND SUPPORT 
The 92nd
Annual Christmas Bazaar by the Yachats Ladies Club will be starting on Friday, December 6,   Saturday,
December 7 and Sunday, December 8, from 10-3 all days at the YLC Clubhouse, 286 W 3rd and Pontiac Streets in Yachats, Oregon. On Saturday only, a delicious homemade lunch will be served from 11-2 and pie slices will be served all day. Admission to this family-friendly event is free. This is the longest running holiday bazaar in the county and it affords the public an opportunity to find wonderful and unusual hand made gift items and support the local community at the same time. All items handmade by club members.

WHAT YOU WILL FIND AT THE BAZAAR
The cheery holiday decorations
throughout the clubhouse create a warm holiday atmosphere that welcomes all who enter. A huge array of clever, beautiful and useful handmade items all made by club members will be offered. Find all kinds of knitted items from slippers to hats, scarves, lacy shawls, sweaters and fingerless gloves; jewelry; journals; holiday decor including silk flower arrangements, ornaments, Christmas aprons and place mats; beautiful and sturdy tote bags; afghans; small quilts; cards and bookmarks; baby items including booties, hats and afghans; gifts for children; aprons for men and women in a variety of fabrics including denim; casserole carriers; pet gifts including doggie scarves and doggie cookies much more. New items include microwaveable foot warmers and therapeutic neck wraps/pillows. Many of these items are exclusive to the Yachats Ladies Club. A wonderful selection of delightful holiday edible goodies including candies, cakes, cookies and breads will be sold as well. There will be a selection of large cookies which are new to the Goodie Table. We are now accepting credit cards.   

LAST CHANCE FOR LADIES CLUB PIE THIS YEAR HAVE A LOVELY LUNCH WHILE YOU SHOP 

 

     This is the last chance for the famous Yachats Ladies Club pie and a lovely selection will be on offer starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. To go boxes are available so you can eat some and take some for later. Coffee and tea will be available. Also on Saturday only from 11-2 lunch will be served. The menu is delicious and hearty homemade chili and cornbread for $7, vegetarian option available. 

WHO WILL WIN THE SCHOLARSHIP QUILT?
Each year
The Yachats Ladies Club offers a hand made quilt to raise money for the Yachats Ladies Club Scholarship Fund.
It will be on display during the weekend. Tickets are $1 each and they will be sold throughout the weekend with the drawing happening at the Clubhouse on Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m. Winner will be notified by phone.
    The Yachats Ladies Club 92nd Annual Christmas Bazaar is on Friday, December 6, Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, from 10-3 all days at the Yachats Ladies Clubhouse, 286 W 3rd and Pontiac Streets, Yachats, Oregon. Admission is free to the family friendly event. For more information about the event or information about becoming a Ladies Club member, please call President Huck Huckins, 541-547-5425. We also have a website which offers info about events as well, www.yachatsladiesclub.org.

 

Lincoln City Police get grants to reduce DUI’s, Distracted Driving and Pedestrian Accidents

Stepped up crosswalk and other moving violations enforcement about to begin in Lincoln City.

The Lincoln City Police Department, working in partnership with Oregon Impact, have received three traffic safety grants for 2019-2020. The grant funds in the amount of $6500.00 are for Enhanced DUII Enforcement, Distracted Driving Enforcement, and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement.

The Enhanced DUII Enforcement funds will put extra officers on patrol specifically to seek out drivers who are operating their vehicles while impaired and remove them from the roadways. The enforcement operations will occur in conjunction with the National High Visibility Enforcement event time periods, which are designed to increase the number of patrol officers on the streets nationwide with an emphasis on seeking out drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs.

The Distracted Driving Enforcement funds, in the amount of $2,000.00, will step-up the stopping and writing of tickets to drivers who are using their cell phones or other electronic devices while operating their vehicles.

The Pedestrian Safety Enforcement funds, in the amount of $2,000.00, will help conduct specific operations where a decoy pedestrian will cross the roadways in a designated crosswalk while an officer acting as an observer will watch for violators. When a pedestrian’s right-of-way is violated a nearby officer in a patrol car will pull the violator over and admonish the mistake or write a ticket. Crosswalk violations are very expensive.

The grant funds were made possible through Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Male assailant badly injured three people behind Newport Fred Meyer

5:45pm – A male has brutally assaulted three people near the west end of Fred Meyer on North Coast Highway – possibly just north of NE 17th Court. Two have bloody faces – another with a bloody eye. Fire-Rescue and police are arriving on scene. Initial reports indicate that drugs may be involved.

Lincoln City City Council had a pretty full agenda Monday evening…

Along Hwy 101 from NE West Devils Lake Road (lower left) to NE Neotsu Drive (upper right)

Project to improve ped/bike upgrades along Hwy 101 between NE West Devils Lake Road and the NE Neotsu Drive Intersection (Post Office).  (On map:  Lower left to upper right.)

This project is to design and construct pedestrian and bicycle improvements along Hwy 101 between NE West Devils Lake Road and the NE Neotsu Drive intersection with 101. The project scope includes ADA improvements to the intersection of NE West Devils Road/NE Devils Lake Boulevard with crosswalks on all four quadrants. There will also be a 1,000 linear foot boardwalk or pedestrian/bike bridge crossing wetlands and matching back into the improvements on Hwy 101. The project is funded primarily through an ODOT grant. The City and The Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians are contributing funds and the City is managing the project through a Local Agency Agreement between the City and ODOT. The total project cost is estimated at $3,051,500.00 with the State funds limited to $2,661,499.99.

The council decided that the project is so involved that the normal competitive construction bid procedure doesn’t fit with boiler plate competitive bidding due to the fact the project winds along wetlands and entails wooden walkways and other allowances that is testament to the difficulty of the route.  No start date for construction of the project was mentioned.

Limiting parking on Lincoln City city streets

After years of what many Lincoln City residents have called a street parking free-for-all, the City Council has taken the first step to limit parking on city streets for more than 24 hours.  City Councilors were informed that Lincoln City has many narrow city streets which becomes problematic when parking on both sides of the street leaves very little room for traffic – drivers having to back up to let an oncoming vehicle get through.

Under current city law, cars, trucks, r/v’s, motorcycles, camper trailers and other vehicles are technically supposed to be moved within 72 hours.  Otherwise their owners are using public streets as if they were long-term private parking lots. Lincoln City Police say the issue has become critical in some areas of town.  Monday night Police Chief Jerry Palmer, along with the city manager and city attorney suggested that the maximum parking time on a public street should be no more than 24 hours  – or a vehicle gets towed.  A few city councilors seemed a little hesitant to approve such a short duration for legal parking, but they voted to approve the new city ordinance anyway – except for one councilor voting no.  And with that single “no vote” the issue stalled and will have to be reconsidered at the council’s next meeting.  To be fair, there are many neighborhoods that have homes and apartments that have insufficient parking on-property.  So the street is their only option.  Even if drivers move their vehicles a little bit up or down the street, Chief Palmer says that won’t cut it.  Even if it’s parked 200 feet away.  And the tickets can be pricey.  Again, the Council will take up the matter again in early December.

Giving residents who grow their own vegetables a break on their water bills.  Didn’t happen.

City Councilors have talked a lot about giving residents who grow their own vegetables a break on their water bills.  The idea was to account for all the water that goes on the ground and therefore never ends up in the city’s sewer treatment plant – which means less water being purified and thereby lowering the cost of providing water to the town.

But after months of discussions among councilors, it became very confusing as to how much of a price-break vegetable-growing residents should get on their water bills just because they grow some of their own food from May through September.  Councilors came up with a number of water management scenarios none of which provided a “water-tight” set of criteria for water rates or methods to catch residents who falsely claim they grow their own veggies.  So the current method of charging for water within the city limits of Lincoln City stays the same.  At least for now.

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