The Newport “Fairgrounds” Farmers Market is back from vacation! The indoor market resumed at the Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall on March 1st at 10 am. Come down and stock up for a couple of weeks as we will be taking another weekend off on the 8th so the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation can hold their annual event in the Exhibit hall.
The Market schedule will be interupted twice in March due to Exhibit Hall usage by others so…here is when we will be “Open”:
Saturday March 1st, 15th and 22nd from 10am to 2pm
No Market March 8th and 29th.
All your favorite vendors look forward to seeing you so please come to the market when we are open and say “hello”, see some friends, get some good stuff and enjoy all the daffodils at the Fairgrounds!
The indoor market will run thru the first week in May then we will be moving outside for SUMMER!!!
For more information contact the Elise Jordan, Market Manager at Newportfarmersmarketmanager@gmail.com
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Oregon State Police are currently investigating a single vehicle traffic crash on Yaquina Bay Road near Milepost 4.2, east of Newport, Oregon. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2008 Mitsubishi Galant sedan was traveling westbound on Yaquina Bay Road when it left the roadway striking a utility pole before coming to rest in a slough at the location. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle was uninjured and able to exit the vehicle on her own.
**Crews are currently on scene working to replace the utility pole. According to investigators, Yaquina Bay Road. Central Lincoln PUD has reported that it may be until after 6 pm tonight (3/7)
The charming and historical Sylvia Beach Hotel’s Tables of Content Restaurant is hosting an elegant dinner complemented by classical music arrangements and a creative literature reading. This fundraising event for the Oregon Coast Community College’s Tutoring Center and GED testing scholarships will be held on Thursday, March 6 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Besides linking students with tutors, the Tutoring Center offers other services such as resume building, interview preparation and career services. The Center is funded through multiple grant sources. “Offering free tutoring services contribute to students recognizing their potential”, explained Bryn Huntpalmer, the College’s Director of Development and OCCC Foundation.
Each tutor is a volunteer and many are retired professionals such as teachers, university professors, research scientists, or government specialists, all who are advanced in their skills. Additionally, several OCCC graduates have chosen to volunteer at the Tutoring Center and contribute to the academic success of current OCCC students. The Tutoring Center meets the academic needs of students in writing, basic mathematics, algebra, reading, Spanish, science, English Language Skills and GED preparation. Continue reading
ODFW worked with volunteers in the U Da Man program volunteers and placed 160 trees in tidal channels on the lower Yaquina River this past Saturday (3/1). The “ecocycled” Christmas trees are part of a restoration outreach program aimed at getting volunteers the opportunity to get involved in fish habitat restoration projects and educate the public about the importance of freshwater habitat for salmonids.
This project will especially benefit Yaquina Fall Chinook that spend more time rearing in estuary, which has a fresh and salt water mix habitat than some of the other salmon species, but the structures will also benefit Coho, Steelhead and sea-run Cutthroat trout as they go through the process of smoltification to get their bodies ready for processing salt water and migrating to the ocean.
Christine Clapp STEP biologist with ODFW said “most of the major habitat restoration projects that we do that have long term benefits. The addition of large wood that lasts decades or more can involve large machinery or helicopters that aren’t conducive to volunteer assistance.” She added that “this is a project that can also be done every year to make the benefits more long term.” Continue reading
The Port of Newport board of commissioners heard a report from new port manager Kevin Greenwood on the application the port has with the Corps of Engineers for dredging at the new international terminal. There are mitigation requirements for doing the dredge work. Greenwood said he is working on a plan to increase the estuary flow into the bay in ponds near the Aquarium and Hatfield Marine Science Center. The plan is to increase the size of a culvert at the location to increase water flow at the ponds to benefit the fish and wildlife.
The port is working with log exporting companies Teevin Bros and Alcan, out of Alaska to have a possible short term lease or a day rate for the usage of the day area, where logs would be stored until they are loaded on the ships for exporting. Alcan is currently working with the county on a couple of land use issues and are in the process of building a debarker that would be set up in Toledo. They are hoping to get going by sometime this spring.
Teevin is waiting on some better assurances that the dredging will be happening in November before they start construction of their facilities. Greenwood added that all of this coming together is very important as the port needs to start seeing some income from the terminal. The port incurred a lot of debt fixing up the terminal docks and is in need of that income to pay off some of those debts in the near future.
Newport was host to more than 24,000 patrons for this year’s 37th annual Seafood and Wine Festival in South Beach. Festival-goers were met with non-traditional sunny weather and low winds during the majority of the festival weekend. Law Enforcement personnel at the Festival included officers from the Newport Police Department, Lincoln City Police Department, Toledo Police Department, the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, representatives from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, and TCB Security.
Beginning Thursday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m., and ending Sunday, February 24, at 6:00 p.m., officers in Newport conducted 127 traffic stops, issued 15 traffic citations, and made 14 arrests. Two arrests were made at the Festival–one for Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, the other for DUII. A total of two DUII arrests were made in Newport over the weekend. TCB Security ejected 72 intoxicated persons from the Festival, and handled two disorderly subjects, one drug complaint, three OLCC violations, 12 parking complaints, and one suspicious person.
The Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Assaulting a Public Safety Officer arrest stemmed from a complaint officers received regarding an intoxicated subject later identified as Darrell Mark Orme, age 49 from Woodlands Park, Colorado harassing vendors and patrons at the Festival. Officers located Orme within the Festival tent, and noted he displayed signs of heavy impairment. Due to the complaints and intoxication, officers directed Orme to leave the Festival. Orme ignored the officers and continued walking through the tent away from the exit. When officers attempted to physically escort Orme from the Festival, he began to flail his arms in resistance. Continue reading
Newport Fire Department was dispatched to a reported fuel station pump on fire this evening at 6:35 PM. The fire was reported to be at a fuel station on the corner of NE 3rd and Harney. Initial reports stated that one person had sustained burn injuries.
The first arriving engine found a small fuel fire next to the pump. The fire was quickly extinguished, and the fuel station emergency shutoff was activated. One patient was found to have sustained injuries as a result of the fire. The patient was treated on scene and transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. The fuel station was turned over to a company representative.
Newport Fire Department responded with 2 fire engines, a command vehicle, and 13 personnel. Pacific West Ambulance and the Newport Police Department assisted on scene. Witness accounts and an investigation on scene determined the cause of the fire to be smoking while fueling a gasoline powered vehicle.
Newport Fire Department would like to remind the public to never smoke while fueling a vehicle or around any combustible or flammable liquids. Any ignition source, including cigarettes and lighters, can be deadly when mixed with the vapors of gasoline or other fuels.
The Oregon Legislature received an update from Dr. Jack Barth the professor of research with the college of earth, ocean and atmospheric science at Oregon State University. He described the selection of projects under the Oregon Oceangoing reserve vessel program, HB 3451, which provided funding during the 2013 legislative session. The funding went to support the use of OSU’s research vessel Oceanus in research and study of Oregon Coastal Waters.
The Oceangoing projects were selected by a research vessel council or RVC appointed by OSU President Edward Ray. In response to a request for proposals issued in early December 2013, OSU accepted proposals through mid January. The RVC evaluated the proposals with regards to how they met the goals and guidelines of HB 3451. There were three proposals selected. Continue reading
On Friday February 21 the Portland Police Bureau’s Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) arrested 40-year-old Ernest Lee Dean after a high-risk traffic stop at the intersection of North Lombard Street and North Delaware Avenue. Portland Police Bureau Robbery Detectives, with direct assistance from the Cannon Beach Police Department, Newport Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), served several search warrants throughout the day which resulted in the discovery of evidence linked directly to a string of robberies throughout Oregon and Washington.
Dean was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree and will be arraigned on Monday. Additional charges from numerous jurisdictions are expected. This investigation began on September 5, 2013, when the Silver Cloud Inn, located at 2426 Northwest Vaughn in Portland, was robbed at gunpoint by a masked subject wielding a handgun and purporting to have a bomb. The suspect bound the hotel employees and a delivery person by the hands and stole money from the hotel.
The next day, a similarly described subject robbed the La Quinta at 8815 Southwest Sun Place in Wilsonville. The suspect was wielding a handgun and purporting to have a bomb. The suspect bound the hotel employees, and stolen an undisclosed sum of money. Portland Police Robbery Detectives consulted with investigators with Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, and a joint investigation ensued. Continue reading
On February 20, 2014, at approximately 11:30 a.m., LINT detectives and Oregon State Police (OSP) served a search warrant at 303 NE 10th Court in Newport. The search warrant was specifically for the garage of the residence. People living in the main residence were not involved and had made complaints in the past to Newport Police Department regarding noxious odors coming from the garage.
Upon serving the search warrant, LINT detectives found a large quantity of materials used in the unlawful manufacture of controlled substances and methamphetamine. MARCUS EUGENE BURR, age 23, from Newport, was arrested by detectives for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.
Lab site safety officers and detectives worked late into the evening seizing evidence related to a possible MDMA lab and DMT lab. Both are unlawful controlled substances in Oregon. The chemicals and related materials were removed by a hazardous waste contractor from Portland. LINT and the OSP Drug Lab Team were assisted by Newport police.
LINT is comprised of members from Lincoln City and Newport Police Departments, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, and Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office. Anyone with information regarding this case or any drug crimes in Lincoln County are asked to contact LINT at (541) 265-8101.
Photograph Source: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office