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Dean Sawyer Will Run For Newport Mayor

Dean SawyerNewport City Councilor Dean Sawyer announced he is throwing his hat in the ring and has filed paperwork yesterday to run for Mayor in November against Sandra Roumagoux. Sawyer was appointed to the council in 2010 he ran successfully for a 4-year term in 2012. His press release announcing his running is posted below.

Issues that I have worked on in the past four years:

  • Helped to establish City Council Town Halls where Counselors and residents talk directly about specific issues they face in their neighborhoods.
  • Met with small neighbor groups to discuss a particular problem in their part of town by bringing city staff and citizens together to get solutions they all could agree on.
  • To see that large controversial issues have input from the entire community
  • Worked with the regional transportation committee to get over $2 million for projects here in Newport
  • Worked with the city’s tourism grant task force to allocate and monitor $1 million in local projects like the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center, OMSI, sea lion docks, and other projects designed to bring in more tourist dollars.
  • Worked to help provide more affordable housing for our local workforce

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Construction Starts On Health Education Center

CHE_HealthEducationBuilding_Rendering_smallConstruction is underway on the much-anticipated Center for Health Education. Located on the campus of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH) in Newport, the center will become a community hub for disease prevention and chronic condition management as well as a professional training resource for health care providers throughout the Pacific Northwest.

“Health care continues to evolve with a more robust emphasis on disease prevention and chronic condition management to improve quality of life and lower medical costs – making the Center for Health Education the right project at the right time for the right reasons,” said David Bigelow, Pharm.D, SPCH Chief Executive Officer.

In 2005, the Pacific Communities Health District (PCHD) Foundation launched a campaign to fund the center. A few years later, the Pacific Communities Health District committed Highway 101 frontage property, that was already owned, as the site for the building. Since then, the Health District and some 2,000 individuals and organizations have contributed toward the project. Continue reading

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Consul General Visits Newport Tsunami Dock

By Larry Coonrod

Lincoln County Dispatch.Com

Newport Tsunami Dock Foundation board member Bob Ward points out the information displays on the Misawa dock corner section on the Newport Bayfront to Japanese Consul General Hiroshi Furusawa Monday. (Photos by Larry Coonrod)

Newport Tsunami Dock Foundation board member Bob Ward points out the information displays on the Misawa dock corner section on the Newport Bayfront to Japanese Consul General Hiroshi Furusawa Monday. (Photos by Larry Coonrod)

NEWPORT—Japanese Consul General Hiroshi Furusawa came away from a visit to the Misawa Dock Tsunami Awareness & Information Center on the Bayfront and a similar display at Hatfield Marine Science Center Monday impressed that a symbol of tragedy now represents hope for survival. “I am glad people are getting ready for whenever the tsunami comes and they are ready to have many lives saved,” he said. “We had a very difficult lesson and hopefully it will be a good lesson to others around the world so we don’t have to have many suffering anymore.”

Furusawa, based in Portland, toured the Bayfront, Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) and Safe Haven Hill in South Beach accompanied by representatives from the Newport Tsunami Dock Foundation, Newport City Councilor Dick Beemer, Japanese Garden curator Sadafumi Uchiyama and a Los Angeles-based crew from Japanese television station NHK. The delegation reviewed preparations for a major earthquake and tsunami event on the Oregon coast.

 Raising Tsunami Awareness

A Los Angeles based crew from Japanese television station NHK interviews Bob Ward about the Misawa Dock Tsunami Awareness & Information Center. Private donations paid for the installation of the center after the 68-foot long dock floated ashore at Agate Beach on June 4, 2012.

A Los Angeles based crew from Japanese television station NHK interviews Bob Ward about the Misawa Dock Tsunami Awareness & Information Center. Private donations paid for the installation of the center after the 68-foot long dock floated ashore at Agate Beach on June 4, 2012.

The dock, one of four from the Japanese port city of Misawa, floated ashore at Agate Beach in 2012, 14 months after the March 11, 2011 tsunami that killed nearly 16,000 Japanese citizens. Oregon State Parks cut the 68-foot long dock into quarter sections for disposal. A piece went to HMSC for a tsunami awareness display. Local business owners formed the nonprofit Newport Tsunami Dock Foundation and raised private donations to locate a corner section in front of the Undersea Gardens. The Misawa dock displays information about tsunamis and most importantly evacuation maps directing Bayfront visitors to high ground.

“Every year we get 2 million visitors to Newport and many of them haven’t seen the ocean, never mind they don’t know about tsunamis,” said foundation board member Bob Ward. “Here on the Newport Bayfront there are six escape routes. So wherever you are on the Bayfront you are never more than 400 yards away from safety.” Continue reading

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Telephone Outage At Newport City Hall

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Internet users may have noticed that their internet connection has been sluggish or perhaps went down completely in the last two days. According to Matthew Sparkes, Deputy Head of Technology, at “The Telegraph” problems were reported around the world and as close to home as the city of Newport. The City experienced telephone and internet disruptions Tuesday and Wednesday. The issue, according to Sparkes, is that aging machines which control the internet were designed with an arbitrary limit to the amount of data they could handle. Tuesday that limit was hit. According to Tad Taylor, Junior System Administrator, for the City of Newport the routers filled up and the number of routes needed exceeded the memory capacity of the devices needed for phone and internet usage. T

his routing table has been constantly growing in size as the internet expands and becomes more complex more information needs to be stored in order to allow the router to bounce data to the correct destination along a logical route. Sparkes said a big effort to implement more efficient methods was made which temporarily slowed expansion. But it didn’t last long. As a result the city experienced sluggish, and occasionally non-existent, internet service, along with an inability to hear some telephone callers. Taylor stated that the internet backbone provider for the city is scrambling to get the problem fixed. As of 1 pm yesterday Taylor said the phone system was back up, but they are keeping a close eye on thing the next few days.

All City buildings at Newport City Hall are experiencing interruption with telephone connections. The problem is internet-based. Diagnosis and repair are in progress. Service will be fully restored as soon as possible. If you have a police, fire, or medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1.

 

 

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Man Arrested After A Fight At The Bar

Kinsio-Katwel-26-lcj-photoOn 08/12/2014, at 1:35 a.m., Newport Police Officers responded to Moby Dick’s Seafood and Spirits at 448 SW Coast Highway on a report that a customer was threatening patrons with a knife. Witnesses reported that Mr. Katwel Kinsio, age 26 of Micronesia, was heavily intoxicated and had been denied service. Kinsio became belligerent, threatening to toss a beer bottle at a crowd of customers. When the bottle was taken out of his hand by a customer, Kinsio produced a single fixed-blade knife from his pocket. Kinsio aggressively advanced towards a female customer, threatening to cut her throat. Another customer shoved Kinsio to the ground to stop the attack. Kinsio regained his footing, pointing the knife at other customers and threatening to stab them.

Kinsio exited the bar and walked south on Hwy 101 to SW Alder St., where Newport Police Officers approached him and ordered him to stop. Kinsio refused to cooperate, and advanced towards the Officers. Kinsio resisted the Officers’ attempts to restrain him. He was handcuffed and taken into custody. Officers searched the area and located the knife in the shrubbery where Kinsio had been apprehended.
Kinsio was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on ten counts of Recklessly Endangering; ten counts of Menacing; Recklessly Endangering; Disorderly Conduct; Resisting Arrest; Harassment; and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. His bail was set at $65,000 bail.

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Task Force Makes Recommendations To City Council For Grants

Visitors to the Newport Bayfront watch sea lions below Port Dock 1 on Tuesday. A citizen task force is recommending the Newport Sea Lion Docks Foundation receive a $10,000 grant to help fund new docks for the mammals and an extended viewing platform. (Photos by Larry Coonrod) Visitors to the Newport Bayfront watch sea lions below Port Dock 1 on Tuesday. A citizen task force is recommending the Newport Sea Lion Docks Foundation receive a $10,000 grant to help fund new docks for the mammals and an extended viewing platform. (Photos by Larry Coonrod)

By Larry Coonrod

Lincoln CountyDispatch.com

NEWPORT— The city’s Tourism Facility Grant Task Force on Tuesday gave a thumbs up to grant applications for sea lion docks, the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center and Pacific Communities Health District Foundation while rejecting a proposal to fund a spring chinook salmon fishery.

Newport formed the task force in 2011 to help disburse $1 million in grants aimed at increasing tourism. Funding came from room taxes collected in the early 2000s to build a convention center in Newport. That project never got off the ground.

The city so far has awarded about $900,000 in matching grants to fund projects with the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center, sea lion docks and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

The task force reviewed grant applications for the remaining $100,000. Final approval of the grant recommendations is up to the city council.

Sea Lion Docks

The Newport Sea Lion Docks Foundation received approval for a $10,000 grant toward building permanent sea lion docks and an extended viewing platform adjacent to Port Dock 1 on the Bayfront.

The foundation last year received a $50,000 tourism facility-matching grant from the city. Foundation president Bob Ward said the project’s cost estimate rose from $100,000 to $125,000 because of new environmental regulations banning the use of treated wood for dock material.

Local merchants formed the Newport Sea Lion Docks Foundation after the old sea lion docks, installed in the 1990s began falling apart a few years ago. The sea lions are a popular draw on the Bayfront and Port Dock 1 offers a unique opportunity to view the mammals up close.

Foundation member Bob Ward said an estimated 250,000 tourists visit Port Dock 1 to watch the sea lions.

“I think we give a pretty good return on tourist dollars,” said.

In recommending approval of the sea lion dock grant, task force members said they were impressed by the amount of fundraising the foundation had done, including significant grants from the Oregon Community Fund, Meyer Memorial Trust and Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.

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Baby Birds Hatch At The Aquarium

bird in hand Murres at AquariumSix species of seabirds made way for busy parents and tiny chicks over the past week when two common murres pipped their way through egg shells and into the world. “They’re just a handful right now, no bigger than a lemon, and most of that is feathers,” said aviculturist Heather Olson. The baby birds’ diminutive size is temporary, and they are already packing on grams by the day.

The proud parents spend their time snuggling with their young chicks to keep them warm, delivering them tiny silverside fish to eat and shielding them from their curious feathered neighbors. Despite the parents’ suitably protective spirits, they tolerate daily checkups by the Aquarium’s aviculturists. The staff performs a careful visual examination of each chick and weigh them every day to ensure they are growing at a healthy rate. No word on the new additions’ genders yet, that requires a blood test, and the little birds need to grow a bit more before they are ready for that.

Common murres, which are frequently mistaken for penguins, nest in the open on top of rocks, just like their Antarctic cousins in the southern hemisphere. Parents take turns tucking the tiny two and a half ounce chick under their wings and delivering it small whole fish. Keen-eyed visitors may spot one of these baby birds nestled up against their parents’ bellies in the Seabird Aviary exhibit.

Baby birds in the Seabird Aviary are an exciting and uncommon event at the Aquarium. Aviculturists carefully assess the existing population, the genetic compatibility of each breeding pair and requests for birds from other AZA-accredited facilities. If there is no place for a chick from a certain breeding pair, the keepers will replace the couples’ egg with a similar looking plaster-filled dummy egg. This allows the birds to practice natural breeding behaviors without overpopulating the Aviary.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day this summer from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. For more information and to buy tickets visit aquarium.org or call (541) 867-FISH.

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Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting

NOW logo_and_nameA panel discussion about the underrepresentation of women in elective politics and how to change that will be the focus of the Monday, August 18, 2014 meeting of the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (COC NOW). Panel members are Jean Cowan, former Lincoln County Commissioner and State Representative; Kelley Ellis, member of the Lincoln County School Board and former Siletz City Council member; and Billie Jo Smith, Chair of Lincoln County Democratic Party and former member of the Lincoln County School Board.

Women make up 51% of the population, but in no state do they compose anywhere close to 51% of the state legislature or of Congress. In Lincoln County there are currently no women on the Board of the County Commissioners although, historically, several women have filled one or more of the three seats.  Statewide in 2014 women made up only 30% of the legislature body (7 of 30 senators, and 20 of 60 representatives).   Oregon has 7 US Congressional seats (2 Senate and 5 House); only one of which is held by a woman, Rep. Suzanne Bonimici.  Why is this?  Does it matter?  How do we get more women to run?  Can women win?  Do women’s votes make a difference?  All of this and more will be discussed. Continue reading

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Eelgrass Mitigation Volunteers Needed

EelgrassSunday through Tuesday (8/10-8-12) Pacific Habitat Services will be performing its annual monitoring of the eelgrass mitigation site southwest of the NOAA facility.  The Port of Newport relies on volunteer help to support the plant survey and recording during the negative tide period starting Sunday morning at 6:30, Monday at 7 and Tuesday at 8am. According to port manager Kevin Greenwood the eelgrass survey is part of the mitigation that is required to replace loss of salmon habitat tied into the building of the NOAA facility three years ago. Periodically the Port needs to check on the mitigation of the moved eelgrass to make sure that it is taking root at the new location. Greenwood said having the eelgrass set up is very important to the ecosystem. “The eelgrass helps to provide important habitat for salmonids, crabs, crustations and other marine life in Yaquina Bay.”

Each volunteer mitigation session lasts about two to three hours. Volunteers will place PVC squares on top of the eelgrass, about 15-feet apart. Then volunteers count the number of strands that are within the grid. Biologists record the result and can determine the success of how the eelgrass is growing. Volunteers are very welcome for the first few hours in each of the mornings this Sunday through Tuesday. This is a good opportunity to meet people and learn more about the local marine ecology. Volunteers will meet the South Beach Marina north utility building to the east of the SB marina fuel station behind the big sand pile.  Clam boots and/or waders are helpful as this is muddy wet work. Interested volunteers should contact Rick Fuller at 541.961-3904.

 

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Aquarium Partners With State Fair For Fun

Aquarium entrance.Visitors to the Oregon Coast Aquarium will be treated to a surprise perfectly suited to the summer season starting Tuesday, August 5. Each group that purchases Aquarium admission will receive an Oregon State Fair Fun Pass, good for one child or senior citizen’s admission to the August 22 to September 1 Oregon State Fair in Salem. The Aquarium partnered with Oregon State Fair because, to quote the Fair’s campaign, “Fun loves company,” and the two organizations hope these free passes will encourage Oregonians to enjoy the best summer possible. Just 12,000 passes are available, so Aquarium visitors may have less than a week to collect this special offer. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day this summer from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. For more information and to buy tickets visit aquarium.org or call (541) 867-FISH.

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