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City Awards $50,000 to Local Non-Profit Agencies 

City Awards $50,000 to Local Non-Profit Agencies 

The City of Lincoln City will be distributing a total of $50,000 in checks to local non-profit agencies at 1pm on Monday, May 25, 2022.  The presentation ceremony will be held in the City Council Chambers.  The following recipients will receive funds:

My Sisters Place: $10,000

Ocean Family Literacy: $10,000

Family Promise: $10,000

Coastal Support Services: $5,000

N.W. Coastal Housing: $5,000

Humane Society: $5,000

Food Pantry: $5,000

The City receives funding requests from local non-profits each year as part of its budget preparation process.  Once the City Council has approved the budget, a Committee of City Councilors reviewed the applications for funding and made recommendations to the full City Council as to which agencies should receive funds. 

“I want to thank the tax payers and citizens of Lincoln City for allowing the City Council to distribute these funds to the nonprofits that are serving the needs of Lincoln City residents.  There are never enough funds, but we know these checks will assist in the effort,” said Mayor Susan Wahlke.

City Awards $50,000 to Local Non-Profit Agencies

City Awards $50,000 to Local Non-Profit Agencies 

The City of Lincoln City will be distributing a total of $50,000 in checks to local non-profit agencies at 1pm on Monday, May 25, 2022.  The presentation ceremony will be held in the City Council Chambers.  The following recipients will receive funds:

My Sisters Place: $10,000

Ocean Family Literacy: $10,000

Family Promise: $10,000

Coastal Support Services: $5,000

N.W. Coastal Housing: $5,000

Humane Society: $5,000

Food Pantry: $5,000

The City receives funding requests from local non-profits each year as part of its budget preparation process.  Once the City Council has approved the budget, a Committee of City Councilors reviewed the applications for funding and made recommendations to the full City Council as to which agencies should receive funds. 

“I want to thank the tax payers and citizens of Lincoln City for allowing the City Council to distribute these funds to the nonprofits that are serving the needs of Lincoln City residents.  There are never enough funds, but we know these checks will assist in the effort,” said Mayor Susan Wahlke.

Waldport Students Celebrating FNRL Champions and Natural Resources Educator of the Year

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Waldport High School Forestry Program Receives Two Big Wins: 3X FNRL Champions and Natural Resources Educator of the Year

Jeff Skirvin Named Natural Resources Educator of the Year

On April 29, 2022, the Waldport High CTE program teacher Jeff Skirvin was named Natural Resources Educator of the Year by the Future Natural Resource Leaders.

Jeff Skirvin, the current Waldport High CTE program teacher, first began teaching at Knappa High School in 2007. He started their forestry program where they were AOFC State Champions in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He went back to his hometown of Clatskanie and started a high school program in 2014, where they became known as the “First Team, First Title” and won the state title in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018. When his wife became the principal at Waldport High School, he moved and started a Natural Resource Program of Study at WHS. During the two COVID years of the Virtual State Convention, Waldport was named the 2020 and 2021 FNRL Virtual State CDE Team. Waldport HS was named FNRL Co-Program of the Year in 2021. They just won again this year and are now 3X FNRL champions. In addition to teaching forestry, Mr. Skirvin is also the head football coach at WHS. In his spare time, he competes as a professional lumberjack in the USA Stihl Series and works as a logger and arborist. He enjoys doing anything outdoors: hunting, fishing, clam digging, crabbing, hiking, and rafting.

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Waldport High School students 3X Champions!

Waldport Middle and High School Principal Amy Skirvin received notice on April 29, 2022, that the Waldport High School’s CTE Program in Natural Resources will be one of two programs in the state who will receive the honor of being named the Program of the Year by the Future Natural Resource Leaders. Named the 2021 Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year by the Coalition of School Administrators, Amy Skirvin said, “The Forestry Program provides many different learning avenues for students: academic, soft, and physical skills. I was pleased to see students who have been in the program for three years have success and students who just joined the program this school year. It’s always exciting to be a State Champion! Earning the team title three years in a row shows a lot of grit and character with our students and instructor.”

Waldport High School had 38 students participate in the Oregon FNRL (Future Natural Resource Leaders) State Convention, held on April 29th and 30th at Hopkins Demonstration Forest in Oregon City. Out of the 38 students, 22 placed. Waldport placed 1st in 11 of the 22 events and had at least one Waldport student represented in the top 5 in each category. Kenny Heasley was state champion in Map Reading, Gabe Catalfamo was state champion in Written Expression, Zak Holsey was state champion in Demonstration Speech, Pole Climb, and Choker Set he was also named Overall Logger and FNRL Professional. Trae Vandehey was state champion in Log Scaling, Compass & Pacing, and Crosscut Sawing with his partner Levi Fruechte. Kaden Simmons was state champion in Tree Identification. Carter Rodgers was state champion in Axe Throw. Eli Spangrud was state champion in Cable Splicing with his partner Levi Fruechte. There were 13 schools represented at the State Convention. Waldport High school came in first place overall scoring 296 points. Sweet Home HS was 2nd earning 157 points and 3rd place was Philomath HS with 54 points.

The Oregon FNRL (Future Natural Resource Leaders) is a Career Technical Student Organization dedicated to the support of high school students interested in pursuing educational and career opportunities within the Natural Resources / Forestry sectors.

Jeff Skirvin, Natural Resources and Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher at Waldport High School, said “I am very proud of the students; their hard work paid off!” Skirvin is the Natural Resources Educator of the Year and his award was also announced at the State Convention.

Students will take many of these transferable skills and apply them throughout their professional and personal life.

Images are of Jeff Skirvin and the whole FNRL Champion team for 2022. Photo credit to Cohen and Park for the Skivin image.

 

Celtic Harps and other rare instruments and wondrous stories…

The Newport Public Library will be hosting a program, “Celtic Harps, Rare Instruments and Wondrous Stories with Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter” on Friday, May 20th from 2-4:15 pm,by the fireplace in the Reading Room of the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street.

The concert features Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter playing two Celtic harps, the rare Swedish Nyckelharpa, Ukrainian Bandura, Cittern & more. The audience will hear Traditional instrumental music from Sweden and Ireland as well as heartwarming original compositions blended with stories of humor and adventure.

Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter are a Celtic harp and multi-instrumentalist duo. They share a background as progressive rock musicians who later discovered a love for Celtic, Renaissance and Swedish music on unique acoustic instruments. They hail from Oregon and tour extensively playing fine performing arts centers, theaters and intimate venues around the US and

Europe. Audiences are enchanted with their humorous and moving stories weaved with breathtaking music both traditional and original, taking audiences on a unique journey they will not soon forget. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojdHUOKSYhM

Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies on the Windham Hill/Sony music labels that have repeatedly

placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New age music charts. Her innovate work in Therapeutic music and “Hands-on-Harps” programs have gained national recognition from NBC, CNN, and numerous newspaper and magazine articles including Wall Street Journal. Lisa’s music is heard throughout the popular PBS special “Alone in the Wilderness,” amongst many other soundtracks for commercial television and independent films. Lisa performs and teaches year- round and was recently named one of the 50 most inspiring women by Los Angeles Magazine. www.LisaLynne.com

Aryeh Frankfurter is a renowned Celtic harper and multi- instrumentalist who went from virtuosic progressive rock violin to intricate Swedish folk and Celtic Music. He began with Classical violin at the age of three, and studied music throughout his life. He has 17 albums to his credit, works on film and television scores as composer and arranger, and continues to teach himself to play a variety of instruments most recently the rarely seen Swedish Nyckelharpa. He earned his master’s degree in philosophy as he was becoming one of the most successful street performers in the US. He is a full-time musician and producer whose uncommon approach to the Celtic harp and folk harp repertoire, his critically acclaimed albums have earned him high regard as an artist of extraordinary talents and abilities. www.Lionharp.com Celtic Harps, Rare Instruments and Wondrous Stories with Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter is free and open to the public. This program is proudly sponsored by the Newport Public Library

Foundation. For more information, please visit www.newportlibrary.org or call 541-265-2153.

An Intervenor Votes YES for Kaety Jacobson and Casey Miller for Lincoln County Commission Seats

An Intervenor Votes YES for Kaety Jacobson and Casey Miller

Because of my interest in Ballot Measure 21-203, voters have been asking me who I support for the two open positions on the Board of Commissioners.
My response: “Casey Miller for Position 1 and Incumbent Kaety Jacobson for Position 3.”

Then shock sets in. “How can you support Kaety? She spoke out against Ballot Measure 21-203 before the election?” The truth is that initially, I did not.  I am a named Intervenor on behalf of 15neighborhoods in the lawsuits filed by 24 STR Investors challenging Measure 21-203. The STR Investors include 19 carpetbaggers who are not Lincoln County residents. The Intervenors represent the 10,080 YES voters on Ballot Measure 21-203.

As an Intervenor, I have a unique window into the litigation phase of this process. None of the Commissioners are as engaged as Kaety. None of the Commissioners is EVER as engaged as Kaety, yet they hold the veto power. 

I listened with an open mind to Kaety’s responses to the many STR questions she was asked over the past month, including a 15neighborhoods’ Questionnaire. I concluded that Kaety is by far the best positioned to make the STR phase-out a reality by November 19, 2026.  Our ultimate success requires her re-election.

Why? Because Kaety does not have to “come up to speed,” as would the other candidates. As the Incumbent, Kaety will not have to wait eight months until the candidates are sworn in to make critical litigation decisions. As the Incumbent, she is (1) entitled to be briefed by outside counsel, (2) required to approve the County’s budget (which includes the litigation budgets for the defense of BM 21-203, the licensing suspension, and STR Ordinance 523), and (3) expected to oversee and guide implementation decisions during these critical next few months.

As the Incumbent, Kaety felt the acute sting of a wildly successful Ballot Measure. She is the only one of the three who appears to have heard her constituents. Therefore, I trust her.

The candidates’ responses to 15neighborhoods’ questionnaire are on their website – 15neighborhoods.com with links to each Forum and the Yachats News Questionnaire.  Kaety responded in English and Spanish.

Significantly, developer Mark Watkins did not respond. You may recall that two and now three complaints have been filed against Mr. Watkins alleging violations of Oregon’s campaign finance law. These are never trivial errors. Casey Miller was the only candidate for Position 1 who responded to the 15neighborhoods Questionnaire. That says it all.

Vote YES for Kaety Jacobson and Casey Miller.

Respectfully,
 Monica Kirk, Esq (ret)

Two Jazz and Beyond – Art Contest for Poster and Program Cover

Call for Artists – Two Jazz & Beyond Opportunities

Art Contest for Poster and Program Cover

Open Studios Tour Entries

The 2022 Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival is calling artists for two opportunities. First is an art contest for poster and program design. Second is participation in the fourth annual Carson City Open Studios Tour in August. Entry deadline for both is May 17, 2022.

For the art contest, Nevada artists, including teachers and students, are eligible to submit entries. The winning design will be used to promote the Jazz & Beyond festival, will be featured on the festival poster, program cover, and potentially on a T-shirt, and the winner will receive a cash award of $100. Entry forms are available for download at milehighjazz.com/artcontest2022.pdf. Participation is free and artists may submit up to three entries. For more information, email info@milehighjazz.com.

The Carson City Open Studios Tour will include one-day and two-day options. Visual art from painting, sculpture, and 3D art to jewelry and photography, will be exhibited and demonstrated in about a dozen individual and shared studio spaces. Each artist selected will also have one piece exhibited in the month-long NAA Summer Show.

The one-day tour will be Friday, August 19, 12 to 5 p.m., at the Bliss Mansion and the NAA (Nevada Artists Association) Gallery. The two-day tour will be Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at multiple studios throughout Carson City. Artists may participate in either the one-day tour, the two-day tour, or both. Some locations will include live music. Application forms are available at http://milehighjazz.com/arttour2022.htm. For more information, contact ccopenstudio@gmail.com

Attached photos: Recent Jazz & Beyond Poster and T-shirt Art contest winners.

Another vehicle vs pedestrian crash in Lincoln City

5:15pm  Report of a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle at 923 SW 51st Street, south Lincoln City.

5:21pm  Victim on the ground.  Medics assessing the situation.

5:23pm  Call for a medical helicopter to come to the scene.  Usually a sign that injuries are substantial.

5:28pm  Law Enforcement is looking for a Mustang-like vehicle.

5:32pm  An original call for LifeFlight medical helicopter has been cancelled.  Bad flying conditions.

Lincoln City Driftwood Public Library Expands Hours Beginning May 31st

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The library will stay open until 6:00 weeknights and open on Saturdays following the Memorial Day holiday.

The staff of Driftwood Public Library are pleased to announce extended library hours beginning Tuesday, May 31st. Beginning the day after the long Memorial Day weekend, the library’s open hours will be:

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The library closes on most Federal holidays and, rarely, for staff training. Upcoming closures include:

Monday, May 30: Memorial Day

Monday, June 20: Juneteenth (observed)

Monday, July 4: Independence Day

Monday, September 5: Labor Day

The Friends of Driftwood Library Book Sale is open every Monday that the library is open, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Driftwood Public Library is located on the 2nd floor of the City Hall building at 801 SW HWY 101, in Lincoln City, across the street from Burger King and adjacent to McKay’s Market. The library’s main phone number is 541-996-2277 and general email inquiries can be sent to librarian@lincolncity.org. Questions about the library’s hours can be directed to Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney at 541-996-1251 or kbrodbeck-kenney@lincolncity.org.

A Misguided Future for Mount Hood

The moon over Mount Hood by John Gaudette

Driftwood Public Library (Lincoln City) Expands Hours Beginning May 31st

Driftwood Public Library Expands Hours Beginning May 31st

The library will stay open until 6:00 weeknights and open on Saturdays following the Memorial Day holiday.

 

Driftwood Public Library is pleased to announce extended library hours beginning Tuesday, May 31st.

Beginning the day after the long Memorial Day weekend, the library’s open hours will be:

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The library closes on most Federal holidays and, rarely, for staff training. Upcoming closures include:

Monday, May 30: Memorial Day

Monday, June 20: Juneteenth (observed)

Monday, July 4: Independence Day

Monday, September 5: Labor Day

 

The Friends of Driftwood Library Book Sale is open every Monday that the library is open, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Driftwood Public Library is located on the 2nd floor of the City Hall building at 801 SW HWY 101, in Lincoln City, across the street from Burger King and adjacent to McKay’s Market. The library’s main phone number is 541-996-2277 and general email inquiries can be sent to librarian@lincolncity.org. Questions about the library’s hours can be directed to Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney at 541-996-1251 or kbrodbeck-kenney@lincolncity.org.

 

House Fire Erupts in Otis

12:09pm  A house fire has erupted at 453 North Fawn Drive in Otis.  Occupants have gotten out of the house…some pets may be trapped inside.

12:12pm  Regional firefighters are trying to get to the scene.  Traffic on Highway 18.

12:14pm  The house fire is migrating into the trees.

12:20pm  More firefighters are arriving on scene.  House likely to be heavily damaged.

12:23pm  Firefighters are calling for more help.

12:26pm  More firefighters arriving on scene.

12:36pm  Fire Command orders Newport Fire Crew to proceed to Depoe Bay to cover the Depoe Bay area since local fire crews have migrated north.

12:39pm  Reports say the house that caught fire is going to be a total loss.

12:41pm  Another water tanker arrives on scene.

Breakthrough for peace and quiet?

This was the week that a religious organization agreed to “turn down the music” at South Beach. The South Beach Church was originally built for industrial or commercial operations on city-owned property.  But for quite a while the building has been labeled by its neighbors as a “disruptive, loud musical invasion of their neighborhood’s peace and quiet.”  And that loud religious events have been going on for years.

The Newport City Council has threatened to “lower-the-boom” on the situation.  The council reminded the “church renters” that they’re using city-owned property and that loud noises and loud music from the church violates city rules and regulations.

A church representative was admonished by the City Council telling him that a large area of the South Beach neighborhood is “fed up” with the situation. 

The church representative said they will cut back on the volume – but specifically how much was not mentioned.  There was talk about law enforcement being in charge of measuring the volume of the music. The City Council demanded that the music volume be turned down to levels that are typical of average, law abiding Newport neighborhoods.

To be continued….

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