With key funding now in place, the Port of Toledo will be replacing the Yaquina Boatyard’s 200-ton dry dock with a large mobile vessel lift. The haul out piers and upland improvements are being designed to accommodate vessels up to 600 tons. These improvements will allow for full utilization of boatyard property as well as expanded boatyard services. Additionally, these improvements will create new infrastructure for rail transfer at the Yaquina Boatyard, which is located at the western most terminus of the P&W railroad.According to Port Manager Bud Shoemake work is already underway, with the placement of over 20,000 cubic yards of fill material that required relocation from ODOT’s Highway 20 bypass project.
The fill is being used to develop the new vessel lay down area, and provided the Port with a welcome cost saving measure. To efficiently coordinate construction of the piers for the new Marine Lift during the upcoming in-water work period, the Port is currently soliciting proposals for the Design and construction of the piers. Thanks to extensive statewide support for this project, the Port was able to secure a Connect Oregon 5 grant for $4.7 million. This will complete the first two phases of the expansion. Shoemake said the Port is excited by what this grant award means to the commercial fishing fleet, wave energy research, and the marine trades industries, as well as creating new living-wage jobs.
Newport Fishermen’s Wives President Jennifer Shock-Stevenson delivers more than 18,000 signatures opposing the closure of the Coast Guard’s Newport helicopter facility to Congressman Kurt Schrader and Rear Admiral Richard Gromlich during an Oct. 20 town hall meeting. Schrader plans to deliver the petition to the commandant of the Coast Guard’s desk in Washington D.C. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)
By Kiera Morgan
The Port of Newport, Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and Newport City Council held a town hall meeting Monday night (10/20) to give local and congressional representatives information on the importance of keeping helicopter air service in Lincoln County. Rear Admiral Richard Gromlich was in attendance to discuss the U.S. Coast Guard’s decision to close its Newport rescue helicopter facility. Ginny Golbrich explained the history of how the Fisherman’s Wives worked to campaign to get the helicopter in Newport because of many deaths that occurred prior.
She said the Coast Guard mission is to do search and rescue and one hour time to respond to someone in the water or stuck on the rocks is a death sentence. State Representative David Gomberg thanked the men and women of the coast guard and said they have his utmost respect for what they do. He added that somewhere along the chain of command those in Washington D.C. have lost sight of the mission and believe that saving money is more important than saving lives. Continue reading
The board of directors of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ron Davidson – a nationally known child welfare and mental health advocate with many years of experience caring for abused and neglected children – as executive director of the agency, effective October 13. Dr. Davidson was director of the Mental Health Policy Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Psychiatry from 1994 until his retirement in June.
Operating under a federal court consent decree – a landmark case brought by the
American Civil Liberties Union to reform the state’s troubled child welfare system –
the UIC program has provided clinical consultation and technical assistance to Illinois’
Department of Children and Family Services for more than 20 years. During that period,
Dr. Davidson and his UIC staff conducted over 400 reviews of psychiatric hospitals and
residential treatment centers on behalf of DCFS, in addition to offering clinical training
and support to community-based agencies serving mentally ill children. Continue reading
Family Promise of Lincoln County is urgently seeking a permanent space for a Family Day Center. In June of 2013, Family Promise received a generous offer, from a local resident, to fill this need. However, after 13 months of waiting for renovations to be completed, we are unable to occupy the space. As a result, the lease agreement between Family Promise of Lincoln County and the location on SE 48th formerly the Taft Fire Station has been dissolved. Hanna Connett, Family Promise Founder and Board President said they are proud to say that through great partnerships with local churches and the business community they have sheltered seven families since June, helping them achieve independent living.
As the weather gets colder she added they are preparing for an increase in immediate need. It is critical she added that they find a permanent space that is financially viable and can meet the needs of the families Family Promise is serving. Family Promise is currently serving families in a temporary location on SE Hwy 101, where the Thrift Shop is also located. This lease expires at the end March of 2015, which is quickly approaching. In order to continue servicing Lincoln County Families, Family Promise needs a location that will fulfill the needs of the organization and be affordable. For more information, for any leads on a possible location please contact Hanna Connett at 541-996-4878.
In September 2015, Lincoln County School District will offer full-day kindergarten. This will require additional teachers, resources, and classrooms. The schools in Toledo and Waldport have available classroom space to meet this additional need. However the School district announced some changes will need to be made in Lincoln City and Newport to accommodate the new space needed for additional students. Superintendent Steve Boynton and district administrators have begun discussing possible solutions. When reviewing options and their impacts, many variables must be considered: teacher and support staffing, academic programs, special education, special programs (i.e. ELL, TAG), bus routes, food service, custodial, office staff, finances, infrastructure, and more.
Boynton said in Newport they would need to reopen the former Yaquina View School and realign the grade levels. What is being considered is having Yaquina View be for K-2 and Sam Case be 3-5 and the Intermediate school would go back to being a middle school. Newport high would have access to the west campus once again as they are currently at capacity. In Lincoln City they are looking at two options that would create the five to six elementary classrooms needed. One option is to add some classrooms at Oceanlake and do some remodeling of the multipurpose areas at Taft. The other option is to do the remodel at Taft and move service programs, such as the HELP and intervention programs to Taft high.
Boynton said he has gotten a lot of calls from concerned parents regarding the Isaac Newton Magnet School and what will happen with it, and he said “at this time I have no answers”. Boynton pointed out that no final decisions have been made for any area of the school district, and nothing is ready to be presented to the board yet. Community meetings will be held next week in Lincoln City and Newport to get community feed back. There will be meetings on Wednesday October 29th at Oceanlake Elementary at 6pm and in Newport at the Boone Center at Newport High at 7pm. There will be other meetings the following week on Tuesday November 4th at Taft Elementary and on Thursday November 13th at Taft High 7-12 both start at 6 pm.