SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup

beach cleanupOver 4,700 dedicated volunteers came out in force today to remove trash and improve Oregon’s environment as part of the 30th Anniversary of the SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup, presented by the Oregon Lottery. This event was also part of the International Coastal Cleanup and National Public Lands Day. This year 52,200 pounds of trash and debris were collected from over 110 project sites including beaches, rivers, neighborhoods, parks, and school grounds around the state. Invasive non-native plants were cleared from 3 acres of natural area and 51 native trees and shrubs were planted. Of the 4,700 volunteers, nearly 2,000 were youth and students.

On the coast there were some strange finds, including a box of solar lights found by volunteers at the Netarts Bay Boat Ramp Cleanup. Volunteering since 1984, the Rockaway Beach Lions Club also found bike racks, canopies, shoes and cell phones. Their 125 volunteers received free lunch as a thank you for their unique haul.   The Beach & Riverside Cleanup began in 1984 as “The Plague of Plastics” after Oregonians, Judie Hansen and Eleanor Dye, were inspired to rid the state’s beaches of litter. In the first year alone, volunteers removed 21 tons of trash. Continue reading

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Dredging Projects On The Coast

Dredge in Yaquina Bay Rep. David Gomberg announced today that four distinct dredging projects are complete or underway on the central coast. These projects will improve mariner safety, enhance ocean access for commerce and recreation, and strengthen our local economies.

• The Port of Toledo has completed clean-up dredging adjacent to the Yaquina Boatyard. This project will allow access to the new boatyard facilities funded through a $4.6 million ConnectOregon V grant. These facilities are a great addition to Lincoln County’s maritime economy.

• Long-overdue federally funded dredging of Depoe Bay’s harbor is scheduled to begin this week and will continue for two weeks. Currently the Coast Guard is unable to leave the dock at low tide and must keep a motor lifeboat on ready alert outside the harbor. The dredging will allow free access at all times and improve safety for the charter and recreational fishing fleets. Continue reading

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Lincoln City Council Extends Comments For VRD Draft Ordinances

lincoln city logoThe Lincoln City City Council has extended the time to enter written comment into the record on proposed legislative amendments regarding Vacation Rental Dwellings (VRDs). The proposed amendments concern only the text of three proposed ordinances and do not concern map changes. Because the city has already received many comments they want to leave the record open a bit longer allowing citizens to email, drop off or mail any additional comments for the record. Draft Ordinance 21 creates a new mixed use zone, but does not apply it to any properties at this time. If enacted, Council may apply the zone to certain areas, or property owners may request it.

The VR zone would not have the existing residential accessory use limitation. Draft Ordinance 22 clarifies accessory use for VRDs in residential zones. It also adds an expedited process for 30 rental nights in residential zones. It also provides for an administrative allowance for existing VRDs, allowing up to 180 rental nights per year. And Draft Ordinance 23 concerns clean-up to the license ordinance to make changes consistent with the changes in proposed ordinances 21 and 22. The deadline to submit written comment is extended to Noon on Monday, October 13. Comments on the draft ordinances can be delivered to the Planning and Community Development Department at Lincoln City city hall. Citizens can also view the draft ordinances on the city website at

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Power of Newport  (2-1-12 through 1/31/14)

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PHC2014-BannerProject Homeless Connect Newport organizers are gearing up for this years’ event and are looking for donations and are in need of more volunteers. Project Homeless Connect is scheduled to take place Friday. Organizers of the event however are accepting much needed donations. The one-day event brings together service providers with assistance with obtaining legal I.D.s, pet care, legal assistance, a hot meal, non-perishable food items and a store set up where those in need can get warm clothing and hygiene items. In a typical year, the event serves about 200 people. Thanks to a grant of $2,000 from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution fund they are able to purchase tents, tarps, sleeping bags along with ID’s and Birth Certificates.

All sizes of new socks and underwear for men, women and children are greatly needed. Warm items for winter like gloves, hats and coats are also needed for the event. This is the 8th annual event held to distribute services to the homeless in Lincoln County. Last year there were 168 people served at the event. Donations can be dropped at Western Title and Abel Insurance in Newport; at Ray’s Food Place in Waldport and the Yachats Community Store. Volunteers are needed as well in a variety of roles. Commissioner Bill Hall said the yearly event brings attention to the community of the plight that those who are facing homelessness are going through.

The idea behind Project Homeless Connect is to try to provide all the needed services in a one day event. The Samaritan House Family Homeless Shelter is managing the event and accepting financial donations. RSVP of Lincoln, Linn and Benton Counties is coordinating volunteers. To sign up to volunteer or to learn more click on the banner at the top of the page.

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September 28, 2014 · 12:20 pm

Safety Tips For Hunters and Non-Hunters

deer huntingHunters:

• Check weather reports before visiting the forest. Dress properly.
• Tell someone where you will be hunting and when you will return. Leave a written plan at home and in your vehicle.
• Be familiar with the area you want to hunt.
• Avoid wearing white or tan during hunting seasons. Wearing hunter orange, viewable from all directions is recommended.
• If accompanied by a dog, the dog should also wear hunter orange or a very visible color on a vest, leash, coat or bandana.
• Check hunting equipment before and after each outing, and maintain it properly. Familiarize yourself with its operation before using it in the field.
• Carry a spare set of dry clothing. Use layering techniques to prevent moisture while retaining body warmth. Always bring rain gear.
• Carry a first aid kit and know how to use its contents.
• Clearly identify your target before shooting. Prevent unfortunate accidents or fatalities.
• Be alert when hunting near developed areas and trails. Other recreationists are in the forest as well. Continue reading

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Newport Municipal Airport Grand Reopening

Grand Reopening Flyer Page 1

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September 28, 2014 · 12:05 pm