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
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