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.
An 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.
Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Representatives Kurt Schrader, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter Defazio and Earl Blumenauer made the following joint statement after learning that Rear Admiral Richard Gromlich has agreed to attend a community meeting in Newport on Monday, October 20th to discuss the U.S. Coast Guard’s decision to close its Newport rescue helicopter facility.
“We are pleased that the U.S. Coast Guard has listened to our request and will attend the community meeting in Newport to hear directly from community leaders and the public about the Coast Guard’s decision to close the rescue helicopter facility in Newport. It was extremely ill advised that the Coast Guard made this decision without hearing from the community and then were planning to miss this important public forum.
“We have been urging the Coast Guard to either delay its decision or reverse it completely and while we haven’t gotten the final decision we are hoping for, we are encouraged that Admiral Gromlich will be coming down to Newport to listen to residents. This is a step in the right direction.
“This fight isn’t over yet and we will continue to work together to ensure that the safety of Oregonians whose livelihoods depend on the ocean are not threatened by this decision.”
The town hall meeting will be held on Monday 10/20 at 5:30 at Oregon Coast Community College commons room.
By Larry Coonrod
NEWPORT—The city council plans an Oct. 20 public hearing to consider adopting an ordinance taxing recreational marijuana. Although the sale and use of marijuana for non-medical use is not legal in Oregon, a November ballot measure could change that. By passing a tax before the election, Newport is hoping to get around a provision in Ballot Measure 91 that pre-empts local governments from taxing marijuana, just as they cannot tax cigarettes and alcohol. Measure 91 specifically repeals any existing ordinances or charters taxing marijuana. However, that is not stopping a number of cities from moving forward with taxing laws.
Under the terms of Measure 91, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission would collect a $35 per ounce tax on marijuana flowers, $10 per ounce on leaves and a flat $5 on immature plants. The ballot measure calls for OLCC to distribute 40 percent of marijuana tax revenue to the Commons School Fund, 20 percent to alcohol and drug treatment programs, 15 percent to the Oregon State Police and 10 percent to local law enforcement agencies.
City Manager Spencer Nebel said he asked the Speer Hoyt law firm in Eugene to prepare a draft ordinance for Newport to consider. “It makes sense for us to have something in place in case a tax ordinance is upheld to be enforceable,” he said. Continue reading
By Kiera Morgan
State Representative David Gomberg expressed his disappointment in hearing that the Coast Guard decision for stopping helo service in Newport has been made and won’t likely change. They have been given orders locally from the head office in Washington D.C. that they will shut down the helicopter service out of Newport on November 30th. He along with representatives from Senator Wyden and Merkley’s office, Congressman Schrader, representatives from the Governor’s office and representatives from Lincoln County met yesterday with the coast guard leadership out of North Bend to discuss the Town Hall public meeting on Monday. During the meeting the coast guard provided an outline of their decision how they felt the Coast Guard would still be able to provide adequate coverage for the central coast from an hour away. The rest of the group strongly disagreed.
It was brought up that the coast guard protection is not just for the commercial fishing fleet but for recreational fishermen and the many tourists that come to Lincoln County. Gomberg said these are the people that don’t have radios and safety equipment. He gave the example of the 5 who were rescued from the rocks just last weekend at Fogarty Creek. The Coast Guard officials from North Bend also said they would not be attending the community Town Hall meeting on Monday. The Oregon Congressional delegation and the Governor are going to continue to work to at least buy some time to try to find a way to keep the service in Newport. Concerned citizens are encouraged to sign the online petition. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-the-newport-rescue.fb51?source=s.icn.fb&r_by=11390115
Coast Guard stock photo
By Larry Coonrod
A local bicycle club hoped to build a pump bicycle track similar to the one pictured above at Coast Park in Newport. Local lodging owners have objected to the location, saying they are concerned the noise of youngsters using the track will disturb their guests. (Photo courtesy of Bike Newport)
Whether a children’s bike park is built at Coast Park in Nye Beach may come down to the opinion of a few commercial property owners. Newport city councilors met a proposal by the Yaquina Wheels Bicycle Club to build a pump bicycle course on the west side of the park with mixed reactions Monday night.
A bicycle pump track is series of small dirt hills and berms that bicyclists attempt to ride continually without pedaling, using only their momentum. Yaquina Wheels has been in discussion with the city’s parks and recreation department over the past year about building the course. The parks department’s citizen’s advisory committee recommended approval of the project.
Lodging Owners Object
During Monday night’s public hearing the council received letters from nearby lodging owners objecting to the bicycle course’s location. “We feel the addition of a bike track to the park would be disruptive to our guests and diminish the value of our property,” wrote John Clark, president and general manager of the Whaler. “We receive complaints from our guests regarding noise generated by Coast Park participants, especially, in the early morning and late at night. We feel the bike track would increase the current noise levels emanating from the park.”
Similarly, John Rodgers with Nye Beach Townhomes, LLC objected to the track in a letter to the council. Rodgers said his family had invested “considerable capital” turning a building at 123 Dolphin Street into a vacation rental. “We believe that the activity of a bike track is inconsistent with the expectations of ourselves and our clients,” Rogers wrote. “The primary purpose of business is to provide lodging for those seeking quiet enjoyment. We believe the proposed bike track activity is incompatible with this purpose.” Continue reading
By Larry Coonrod
An active slide at the end of NW 57th Street in Agate Beach could be slowed with better stormwater management and other measures, but the solutions are expensive a state geologist told a town hall meeting this week. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)
NEWPORT—The possible inclusion of Agate Beach in a new urban renewal district and how to lessen landslide damage were the main topics of a city council town hall meeting this week.
About 30 people attended the meeting held at Agate Beach Fire Station on NE 73rd Street.
Urban Renewal District
Newport Community Development Director Derrick Tokos said the council is considering establishing a new urban renewal district north of the Yaquina Bay Bridge to finance infrastructure projects. One of the options under review includes the Agate Beach area in a new urban renewal district.
“If Agate Beach is included, you’re looking at about $4 million toward infrastructure projects,” Tokos said. Agate Beach urban renewal projects would focus on residential areas and include surfacing streets, lighting, pedestrian amenities, stormwater management and water distribution improvements.
Urban renewal districts work by taking property tax revenue from an increase in assessments and directing it toward projects. While the urban renewal district is in effect, other taxing districts do not receive the revenue benefit from increased property values.
Tokos said the city council must determine if the benefits of an urban renewal district that could last to 2035 outweigh the loss in revenue to the general fund. Newport presently has an active urban renewal district in South Beach. It closed a north side urban renewal district last year, which among other projects financed the Newport Recreation Center, Performing Arts Center, Visual Arts Center and infrastructure projects in the downtown, Nye Beach and Bayfront areas. Tokos said he expects the council to decide whether to move forward with a new urban renewal district this winter and then hold stakeholder meetings in the spring and summer of 2015 before adopting the plan in the fall. Continue reading