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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.

Quite a varied agenda at the Newport City Council Monday

Newport City Council
Monday, February 3

As we pull out of Winter and head for Spring and Summer, the Newport City Council is concerned about making sure that Newport area residents are aware that climate change increases the seriousness of wildland fires – they’re bigger and burn hotter than in the last hundred years, at least. Oregon has been hit hard by wildland fires with loss of timber, homes and habitat for wildlife.

Newport City Councilors were reminded that there is a lot of fire safety information available at local fire stations – especially information on how to make your home or other buildings more fire resistant. Pamphlets are available in both English and Spanish. Information is also available on line: Click Here.

Mayor Dean Sawyer told the council that he’s been learning about a trend to provide emergency shelter for teens who leave home for any number of reasons – not the least of which is parental abuse – either verbal or physical. Mayor Sawyer referred to a budding teen respite service in various parts of Oregon which, he says, has not quite reached the coast. The steering agency is called “Safe Place” which provides temporary shelter for teens having a tough time at home. Mayor Sawyer said he’s been doing some research on his own and is hopeful that a “Safe Place” organization can be set up in the Newport area to help teens get what they need to stay safe, fed, and hopefully re-united with their families – depending on the situation, of course. The council seemed very supportive of the Mayor’s approach which might include coordinating with the school district and private, non-profit shelter facilities.

The council also got an update on continuing negotiations between Newport and the County Commission on building a more up-to-date Animal Shelter at the south end of the Newport Airport. Talks apparently are moving right along including County Counsel Wayne Belmont offering not only funds for a new animal shelter but also the county chipping in to enlarge a water line from Highway 101 up the hill to the airport because animal shelters use a great deal of water. No date has been set for when construction on a new shelter will begin. But both the city and county appear to be eager to start.

And speaking of the airport, County Commission chair Kaety Jacobson and Mr. Belmont discussed federal government plans to use an area of the airport for staging temporary Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) facilities in the event of a natural disaster, like another Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake that hit the coast in January of the year 1700. FEMA facilities would be temporarily brought in to coordinate disaster relief during the months following the shaker.

Traffic Crash Lincoln City: 4239 SW 101 – Taft area

7:50pm  Traffic Crash in Lincoln City at 4239 SW Highway 101 (Taft area).  North Lincoln Fire-Rescue is headed for the scene.  Highway 101 is closed due to considerable crash debris in the road.  No estimated time for re-opening the highway.

 

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

Governor Kate Brown Calls on Legislature to Fund Wildfire Readiness, Response, and Recovery Plan

Frequency and severity of forest fires in the west are rising rapidly.
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Proposed legislation takes a comprehensive approach to wildfire preparation, mitigation, and adaptation 
 

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today detailed her support for Senate Bill 1536, which outlines a wide-ranging plan to lessen future impacts of wildfire on Oregon’s communities and landscape. The plan was informed by high-priority recommendations from the Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response, which she convened last year.

“Almost every fire season since I became Governor has been a historic fire season. We’ve seen unprecedented damage to our homes, livelihoods, and Oregon’s natural environment,” said Governor Brown. “We know that fire seasons are only going to be more and more challenging. Studies suggest the comprehensive costs of wildfire are 11 times greater than the immediate costs of firefighting. By investing in restoration treatments and forest health, Oregon may avoid costly damages while simultaneously creating jobs in rural parts of the state. We have a real chance to make a difference ahead of the 2020 fire season, and doing nothing is not an option.”

“Last Christmas”: Showing at Newport Library

Newport Library

“LAST CHRISTMAS” AT THE NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY

Tuesday Theater is a new monthly library program where we will show movies based on different themes. February is focusing on the theme of Library Lovers’ Month. The entire month of February is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. The 2019 film, Last Christmas, will be shown at the Newport Public Library on Tuesday, February 11 at 6 p.m. in the McEntee Meeting Room. Based on the song of the same name, and inspired by the music of George Michael, the film stars Emilia Clarke as a disillusioned Christmas store worker who forms a relationship with a mysterious man (Henry Golding) and begins to fall for him. Emma Thompson and Michelle Yeoh also star. Tuesday Theater is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 541-265-2153 or check its website at www.newportlibrary.org.

Smoke in a house at 126 SW Lee in Newport

12:30am – Report of smoke in a home at 126 SW Lee in Newport.  Watch for emergency vehicles.

12:35am – Firefighters say there is no fire, but there is a problem with a wall plug.  Dealing with it.

Climate Change: Clear and present danger to humanity

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Submitted Editorial from Maria Sause
Opposed to foot dragging on Climate Change

The cap-and-trade legislation being proposed by the Oregon Legislature ignores how truly menacing global warming is to the world. If the legislation is approved, it will be nothing more than a weak shadow of what is required to fend off future catastrophic weather events like rising oceans and temperatures incompatible with life on Earth. In fact, the climate policy being considered in Salem will allow the wealthiest polluters to simply buy their right to continue polluting.

We are continually told how the window of opportunity to prevent the above threats, is shrinking much faster than predicted. Why does the state’s climate action plan allow fossil fuel polluters to continue endangering our state? Why is the forestry industry not involved in this plan and yet they’re given the green light to continue large-scale clear-cutting? Clear-cutting is the worst contributor of CO2 to the atmosphere. How can we achieve 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030 at this slow pace?

Why do we have loopholes and exemptions for vehicle emissions and biogas development at “factory” farms? We must order a permanent ban on fracking and new fossil fuel infrastructure. We need laws that prohibit clear-cutting of our forests. We must switch to selective cutting of trees leaving the rest of our forests to reach maturity so they can continue to act as a collective organic vacuum cleaner for CO2. If we do little to nothing to change things, we’ll watch airborne carbon turn up the heat in our atmosphere which could very well make our planet uninhabitable. (Suggested reading: WILD CARBON, a synthesis of recent findings, by Mark D. Anderson, PhD.).

Melting polar ice, Australia’s wildfires, methane gas bubbling up from the Earth’s oceans as well as across Siberia will further disrupt our life-giving atmosphere. Humanity has only one chance to get this right. It’s truly life-or-death for all humanity and the animals that inhabit our tiny blue dot in an endless space.

We owe it to our children and grandchildren, and to their children, to leave them a safe world to live on. Oregon’s approach to “Cap-and-Trade” is better than no legislation, but it is not THE solution.

Maria Sause, Lincoln County

Dine Out for Samaritan House Adds a New Restaurant – With a View!!

Dine Out for Samaritan House Adds New Restaurant

Clearwater Restaurant, at SW Lee and SW Bay Boulevard, has partnered with Samaritan House for the upcoming “Dine Out for Samaritan House” Wednesday, February 5th. Clearwater Restaurant will donate 40% of proceeds to the homeless family shelter.

This marks the 4th year on Newport’s Bayfront for Clearwater Restaurant. Loved by locals and visitors, this favorite restaurant overlooks Yaquina Bay and Port Dock 1, and brings a little piece of city to our small coastal community.  The team of husband and wife, Hans and Janell Goplen, Executive Chef Doublas Sorianno and General Manager Yesinia Hua, alongside a dedicated and talented “front and back of the house” are making magic on the Bayfront.   With melt in your mouth food, delicious cocktails, caring service and a “one-of-a-kind, take-it-all-in view,” it could be easy to overlook the other key magic ingredient.  Giving.

“Growning up in Newport, I was very fortunate to have a wonderful family and support system.  I really feel like the community of Newport helped raise me. I am so thrilled to be living here and be able to give back!” said Janell Goplen whose grandfather and grandmother (Tom and Silvia Becker) had a restaurant on Newport’s bay front in the 70’s called the PipTide.  

Through their “Cocktail for the Cause” program, Community Dine Out events and charitable giving to local organizations, Clearwater has donated over $100,000 in the last four years to local organizations.  “We are only one restaurant, but It’s important to us that we’re active in our community, and a large part of this is being aware of the issues that are happening around us,” says Janell Goplen, Co-owner. “Giving back does so much to help those in need and contribute to the common good, and it is our way of connecting with and supporting the community.”

“We hope to rally whatever resources we can gather and support the charity in their life-saving work,” said Janell Goplen. “We are so happy to be hosting the Dine Out and in addition will be donating all of the proceeds from our “Cocktail for the Cause” program to Samaritan House from February 1- 21st.”

Restaurant patrons can help Samaritan House every time they order the “Cocktail for the Cause.” The cocktail changes daily and all sales of the drink go to Samaritan House.  The “Cocktail for the Cause” program has been a huge hit in the community.  Guests have purchased over $9000 of these specialty cocktails going directly to local charities in the four years we have been open.” said Yesinia Hua, General Manager of Clearwater. “It is very exciting when I get to see firsthand how this program has helped local non-profits and families. From September through December the “Cocktail for the Cause” program allowed us to donate $1000 to organizations like Fisherman’s Wives in their holiday giving to families in need.”

“We have young children of our own, and we really believe that no child should ever have to go without shelter. There are unfortunately many people out there who have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, and where they will stay.  We are thrilled to partner with Samaritan House as they do what they do to eradicate that fear.” 

Hans Goplen Co-Owner, Clearwater Restaurant

Smoke inside a home at 1537 SE 3rd in Lincoln City

11:14am. Smoke reported inside an apartment building on SE 3rd in Lincoln City.  Arriving firefighters found that the smoke was still coming out of an upstairs window.  Residents of the unit tell 9-1-1 that the fire’s out and that an appliance was the source of the fire.  Residents were allowed to return to their units.  Firefighters continue clear the air in the unit with the faulty appliance.  Several fire units have been sent back to their respective stations.

A very nice place for very nice friends to gather….in Yachats!

Yachats Little Log Church
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“Remembrance, Re-Vision, and Renewal” will be the theme of the annual Ceremony of Renewal and Commitment to be held on Friday, February 14th at the Little Log Church in Yachats.

This will be the 25th year the Log Church has offered couples the opportunity to renew their vows in a group setting. Both married and unmarried committed couples are invited to attend. Once again the Log Church will offer the ceremony at two times – the first at 12 noon and the second at 5:30 p.m.

Mary Crook, the independent minister who has facilitated the event since the tradition began, reports that hundreds of couples have come to Yachats to renew their vows over the years. “For some couples it is a first-time experience; for others it has become an annual tradition – something fun and meaningful to do on Valentine’s Day,” she adds.

Local violinist Ruth Mock, will provide music for the group at the noon ceremony. Popular local guitarist Richard Sharpless, also of Yachats, will play a selection of romantic pieces at 5:30 p.m. Couples attending will be given a certificate as a memento of the occasion.

The Valentine’s Day vow renewal has become a popular fund raiser for the Little Log Church, which will undergo a complete renovation in the near future. A donation to the museum of $20 per couple is suggested. Since space is limited, reservations are required. For reservations couples should call Mary Crook, Events Coordinator, at 541-547-4547.

The historic Little Log Church has been a landmark in Yachats for 90 years, and houses historic artifacts as well as being host to many weddings, artistic events, and small concerts. It is located at the corner of SW Third Street and Pontiac in the heart of town.

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