LCSD Budget Committee Vacancies

LCSD logoThe Lincoln County School District Board of Directors is seeking to fill three vacancies on the LCSD Budget Committee. Vacancies exist in Zone 1 (Lincoln City area), Zone 2 (Agate Beach, north to the southern end of Lincoln City), and Zone 5 (south county-Waldport area). The positions in Zones 1 and 5 are for full three-year terms, to serve through June 30, 2017. The Zone 2 position is a one-year remainder term, to serve through June 30, 2015.

Those interested in serving in this volunteer position may not be employees of LCSD, must currently reside in the respective zone, and must be registered voters. A complete description of the zones is on file at the LCSD administration office in Newport, as well as at the Lincoln County Clerk’s office at the courthouse in Newport.

Applications are available on the school district website (, and at the district administration office ( 459 SW Coast Hwy. in Newport). They must be received by Laurie Urquhart in the district office by Friday, Nov. 7. The board hopes to appoint representatives to these positions at the next regular board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18.
For more information, call 541-265-4403.

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Lincoln City Looks At Taxing Marijuana
marijuana plant by Brett LevinLINCOLN CITY—Joining others cities around the state, Lincoln City will consider adopting a tax on marijuana at its Oct. 27 meeting. With minimal discussion, the council Monday night gave City Attorney Richard Appicello the go ahead to draft an ordinance imposing a tax on recreational and medical marijuana sold within city limits. While currently illegal, Measure 91 on the Nov.4 Oregon ballot would legalize the sale and possession of marijuana for recreational use. There is no organized opposition to the measure and polls show it likely to pass. Medical marijuana is already legal in Oregon for those licensed by the Oregon Health Authority.

A provision in Measure 91 preempts local governments from taxing recreational marijuana. Appicello said attorneys with the League of Oregon Cities believe taxes in place before Nov. 4 may withstand a legal challenge. Ashland has already adopted a tax, which Appicello said Lincoln City could model its tax after.
“There’s likely going to be litigation,” he said. “It’s very likely Ashland will be out in front. They have already adopted it and are very argumentative about it.” The Newport City Council plans a public hearing this month on a similar tax. Newport’s marijuana tax ordinance excludes medical marijuana and sets a beginning tax rate of 0 percent. The council could change the tax rate by resolution if courts find similar tax ordinances by other local governments to be legal. Continue reading

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County Offers Online Permitting

Lincoln County bannerThe Lincoln County Planning Department will soon be offering an online permit purchasing and tracking system called ePermitting. As of November 17, 2014 contractors will be able to apply for and purchase building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical permits online and schedule inspections 24/7 by phone or online. Lincoln County joins a growing list of local jurisdictions offering ePermitting services statewide to provide:

 Online access to apply, pay for, and receive permits 24/7

 Automated inspection scheduling by phone or computer

 Comprehensive permit tracking and data collection

 Mobile app for inspectors

If you have any questions about these upcoming services please go to the link below to help you get started. You can create an account and take advantage of the many training tools available to you.

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

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October 20, 2014 · 1:39 pm

Man Arrested For Criminally Negligent Homicide In Otis Woman’s Death

ChambersOn October 15th, 2014, Lincoln City Police arrested 42 year old Dan Chambers for Criminally Negligent Homicide for the death of 33 year old Tamara Garrett of Lincoln City. Lincoln City Police served a search warrant at 754 River Bend Loop, Otis where Chambers was living in a garage and arrested Chambers without incident. The garage was searched by Lincoln City Officers and Deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office.

On the early morning of October 9th, Lincoln City Police responded to 4625 NE John Ave on a report of unconscious female. Upon arrival, officers found a friend of Tamara Garrett performing CPR on Garrett. Officers took over CPR until medics arrived. Miss Garrett was transported to Samaritian North Lincoln Hospital where she was pronounced dead. An investigation into Miss Garrett’s death revealed she had been using controlled substances on the evening of 10-08-2014 and that her death was caused by or in part by an over dose of a controlled substance. Investigation further reveals that Dan Chambers provided the controlled substance to Miss Garrett.

Chambers was transported and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail in Newport. This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with any information regarding the death of Miss Garrett is asked to contact Detectives Bud Lane with Lincoln City Police at 541 994-3636 or Detective David Broderick with Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team at 541 265-8101. Lincoln City Police was assisted in their investigation by the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team, The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office and the Lincoln County District attorney’s office.

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The Yaquina Art Association announces the winners for its 13th Annual Juried Art Show .

Yaquina Art Gallery

The Yaquina Art Association announces the winners for its 13th Annual Juried Art Show .  Winners were as follows: First Place Carole Hillsbery from Florence, Oregon for her Watercolor “Chelsea Rose” received $700.  Second place winner Colleen Chronsiter from Kaiser, Oregon with her Oil painting  “Retired” received $500 and Third place went to Vern Bartley from Newport, Oregon for his Photograph “Sacred Ground” .  Newport Mayor Sandra Roumagoux awarded her Mayor’s Choice $100 Award to Bonnie Powell of Newport, Oregon for her oil painting “Fogarty Creek”. The public will determine the People’s Choice award at the end of the month.

The show is open to the public daily at the Yaquina Art Association gallery from 11 am to 4 pm at 789 NW Beach Drive in Newport Oregon (Nye Beach Turnaround).  The artwork is for sale off the wall and the gallery is stocked with other artwork as well as cards and crafts.

Juror Bill Cary from Pacific City, Oregon was asked to be the judge for this year’s show.  He said that he came away quite impressed with the large volume of high quality work submitted and had the task of narrowing over 160 pieces down to about half that many.  Bill has always been an artist at heart and is happy that now he has time to devote to his passion.  Although primarily a water media artist he loves to experiment with different mediums, paints and textures to get the desired effects. He says that most of his work is representational in nature but for the most part he doesn’t strive for realism, leaving the viewer an artistic impression of the subjects he paints.

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Making Waves Pioneer Surfers of the Oregon Coast

PrintAn engaging and nostalgic exhibit on Oregon Coast surfing, surfer culture, and the pioneers who made it happen opens at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center on Thursday, October 23rd.
For centuries, surfing was central to ancient Polynesian culture. It was “discovered” by European explorers in the late 1700s. The first written account of surfing in Hawaii appears in the journals of Captain James Cook. Cook describes with envy the pleasure experienced by these early surfer dudes, December 1777.
Locally, surfing (probably body surfing on what looks like wood ironing boards) got a false start in the early 1910s at Newport’s Agate Beach. As far as anyone knows it went into hibernation with the outbreak of World War I, 1918. The era of modern surfing began locally in 1964 when Scott Blackman went to Sears in Salem, bought a board, and caught his first wave at Agate Beach. Immediately he was hooked. Blackman, who is known nationally for his photography, was not only the area’s first modern surfer and mentor to the era’s young surfers, he used his camera to artfully document local surfers and surfing culture. Scott and his wife, Sandy, recently wrote a book, Oregon Surfing, Central Coast and the two of them made this exhibit possible.


Photo: Cowabunga Longboard Classic, Otter Rock, 1983. Photo by Scott Blackman

This exhibit features many Blackman photos of the area’s pioneer surfers, including members of the legendary Agate Beach Surf Club. Also featured is surfing memorabilia from the community and items the Blackmans discovered in the course of their book research. More than just a photo exhibit, Making Waves includes early surfing posters and several 1960s vintage surfboards, most of which were loaned by Mike Jipp, Pacific Northwest Surf Museum and Lincoln City Surf Shop. These rare old school boards were made by Oregon board makers such as Jensen, Tillamook Head, and Jim Sagawa. Most are long boards, one of which dates from 1946 and is 12’ long.
An opening reception for the Making Waves exhibit will be held at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center on Friday, October 24th at 5:00 pm. Admission to this event is free for members, and $5.00 for non-members. For more information, call 541-265-7509.
The Lincoln County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that preserves and shares Lincoln County’s history. Visit the Burrows House Museum, 545 SW Ninth Street in Newport, and the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center, 333 SE Bay Blvd. in Newport. Burrows House admission is by donation. Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center is $5 for adults, $3 for children 3 through 12. Members admitted free with tickets. Both museums are open 11 am to 4 pm Thursday through Sunday.


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