Newport City Manager, Spencer Nebel announced that he has appointed Interim
Fire Chief Rob Murphy to the position of Fire Chief, effective January 1, 2015. Murphy has
been serving as Interim Fire Chief since the retirement of Chief Phil Paige earlier this year.
Nebel reported that “Murphy has the proven character, skills, and motivation to
lead the department into the future.”
Murphy is a fifth generation Oregonian who was born in Eugene and raised in
Springfield. He has been in the fire service for 23 years, and earned an Associate’s of
Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection, and a Paramedic Certification from
Chemeketa Community College. He joined the Newport Fire Department as a volunteer
in 2003; was hired as a relief engineer/training officer in 2007; and promoted to Assistant
Chief/Fire Marshal in 2011. Murphy lives in Newport with his wife Judy, and has one grown
son and two granddaughters. Continue reading
One block of Naterlin Drive at the U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay was closed by the City of Newport late Saturday afternoon due to a slide that blocked both lanes of the street. Heavy rains and wind contributed to destabilizing a large tree on top of the slope that contributed to the slide at this location.
Naterlin Drive will remain closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic until weather conditions improve to allow for the condition of the slope can be evaluated and debris to be safely removed. If weather conditions permit, clean-up is scheduled for Monday December 22nd.
From U.S. 101, access for all Bayfront businesses is available at S.W. Hurbert Street/S.W. Canyon Way to Bay Blvd. All other streets to S.W. Bay Boulevard and Bayfront businesses are also open.
Last year, we shared information with you about a new Oregon law. A significant change concerning the minimum care standard for dogs that live on chains was established. Here is some important information regarding that law.
A multitude of agencies lobbied for the new legislation to address the problems associated with chronically-chained dogs. Chained dogs are often associated with complaints of excessive barking, aggression, biting, running at large and long-term neglect.
House Bill 2783 was passed and became effective January 1, 2014. It created the offense of unlawful tethering of a domestic animal and established such offenses as Class B violations, a $260 standard fine amount. The measure provides that unlawful tethering occurs when a person tethers a domestic animal in their custody or control:
With a tether that is an unreasonable length given the size of the animal
With a collar that pinches or chokes the animal when pulled
For more than 10 hours in a 24-hour period
For more than 15 hours in a 24-hour period if the tether is attached to a pulley or a running line (zip-line)
Lincoln county school superintendent Steve Boynton held a community meeting Monday night regarding the future of the Isaac Newton Magnet School or INMS. Susan Van Liew, the Lincoln County School District director of elementary and special education programs said Boynton told parents, based on current configuration of INMS, there is not an availability of very many electives. In the reconfiguration that’s under discussion, the proposal that will go to the board for middle school students will allow elective opportunities for kids.
The conversation that occurred at the meeting was around why INMS couldn’t coincide inside a middle school. The teachers there Monday night spoke from their perspective and what they said was they were having difficulties integrating because the kids had a sense of an “us versus them” scenario, and the teachers were saying it was not a good experience for the kids. The Superintendent said he would like to try to keep classes sizes smaller as well. The budget proposal he is working on is a ratio of 25 to 1 in grades k-3 and 30 to 1 for grades 4-8.
In the proposal for the middle school schedule would allow up to 4 different electives giving kids a variety of classes such as Physical education, art, music, and foreign language. The next step the superintendent hopes to introduce the proposal on the district website in January, a week prior to the board meeting. This would allow time for people to see what the proposal is so they are able to comment. The superintendent did let the group know that if they really wanted INMS to continue, in his mind, the only way that it might work is if they transitioned into a charter school in which they would later discuss the groundwork.
Filed under Newport, Schools
By Larry Coonrod
NEWPORT—Teevin Bros. Land and & Timber Co. says it is committed to building a $6 million log export yard in Newport despite the softening of the Chinese export market and the potential loss of its main investor. Because of declining log prices in China, Hancock Timber Resource Group, which owns large tracts of timberland on the central coast, recently backed away from the project.
“Our plans are to still to select the right partner, whether that ends up being Hancock or somebody else and open the facility as soon as we can,” said Teevin Bros. General Manager Eric Oien. Based in Rainier, Oregon where it runs a large export facility on the Columbia River, Teevin first proposed building a log exporting yard at the Port of Newport’s International Terminal four years ago. The project has met a number of delays related to terminal construction, permitting and dredging.
Log Over Supply
An oversupply of logs contributed to the softening of the China log market. The improving U.S. economy and strengthening dollar continues to hold prices down by giving Russia and New Zealand an advantage in the marketplace.
“China can buy logs a lot cheaper from those places than they can buy them from here,” Oien said. “That’s a fundamental I don’t see changing anytime soon. It’s going to make it challenging for the China markets for the next couple of years.”
Students in Mrs. Sard’s marine biology class pose with the newly erected NASA rain gauge on the lawn at Newport Intermediate / Isaac Newton Magnet School.
Have you noticed the NASA science project taking place on the lawn outside of Isaac Newton Magnet School? Since early October, students enrolled in the INMS marine biology class have used a heavy-duty rain gauge (provided by NASA) to measure how much precipitation falls daily in this one corner of their schoolyard. Their findings will be shared with an international online learning community through the GLOBE Program, funded through NASA and the National Science Foundation.
The students’ involvement in this inquiry-based investigation is made possible by their science teacher, Katie Sard. A teacher with Lincoln County School District since June 2011, Sard has cultivated connections in the scientific world while sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge with students.
Earlier this year, Sard was chosen to join NASA’s global education team as a Master Teacher through the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) program. She is one of just 25 GPM Master Teachers in the world, representing 14 states and three countries.
“This is a pretty exciting opportunity for myself and for my students,” Sard says. “I have the privilege of teaching an amazing group of seventh and eighth grade students, and their curiosity and genuine interest in our natural world is what motivates me to continue my own science education. My hope is that I can help my students become scientifically literate citizens.” The Master Teachers are developing educational resources based on GPM data – with a focus on the water cycle, weather and climate, and the technology and societal applications of studying them. Continue reading
On December 16, 2014 at about 3:00 a.m. a Newport police officer was patrolling the Nye Beach District in Newport . While checking businesses in the area he found the front door to the Savory Café had been smashed out. The owner of the business was contacted and responded to the location. Officers checked the interior of the business, and through their investigation they learned an unknown suspect or suspects had entered the business through the smashed window and taken an undisclosed amount of cash and liquor. The is incident is still under investigation. Anyone who has information concerning this incident may call the Newport Police Department’s Tip – Line and leave a message at 541 -5 74 – 5455, or Text – A- Tip by texting a message to 541 – 270 – 1856. You can remain anonymous and you will not receive a response, or be contacted by the Newport Police department unless requested.