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Newport Water Main Break

City of Newport LogoThe City of Newport has experienced a water main break near SW Second Street. The
break has caused water in some areas to be brownish and contain some sediment. The
city advises that the water IS safe to drink. Public Works Department staff are working to repair the break, although there is not an estimated time of repair at this point. An update to this message will be issued when city staff knows how long it will take to repair the break.

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Broom Bust For OMSI Site

OMSIBeginning in the spring of 2016, the Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s (OMSI) residential science camp and living laboratory to be built in Newport, will be overrun with enthusiastic campers. At the moment, however, the site is overrun with invasive Scotch broom instead. Are you interested in touring the site and simultaneously lending OMSI a hand in beating back the broom? Then join OMSI staff for a site tour and work party at the site of the future marine science camp on Saturday, October 11, 2014 between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. OMSI is partnering with coastal representatives of SOLVE to remove the broom to get the site ready for construction.

Scotch broom’s sunny yellow flowers are lovely to look at, but this invasive plant does far more harm than good in Pacific Northwest ecosystems. It was introduced along most of the Oregon coast in the 1930s to control erosion and stabilize shifting sands. But once it became established, it outcompeted native plants, even modifying the soil chemistry where it grows such that native plants can’t grow there. Scotch broom monocultures provide poor habitat for native bird and wildlife species, and cause allergies in some people. Continue reading

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NNMREC Gets New Partner

sentinal NNMRECWith the support of new funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) will expand its technological research and environmental monitoring efforts, and add a new partner – the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The center was previously a partnership of Oregon State University and the University of Washington, but will now collaborate with experts in Alaska, a state with some of the greatest wave and tidal energy resources in the nation. The partnership will also enable researchers to learn more about the energy potential of large, flowing rivers.

The DOE announced last week that it will contribute up to $4 million for continued NNMREC research programs, and that NNMREC faculty will also share in another $3.25 million grant to improve “water power” technologies that convert the energy of waves, tides, rivers and ocean currents into electricity.

“We’re extremely excited about the opportunity to add Alaska Fairbanks to our program,” said Belinda Batten, director of NNMREC and a professor in the OSU College of Engineering. “Alaska has an enormous energy resource, both in its coastal waves, tidal currents and powerful rivers,” she said. “Partnering with Alaska Fairbanks will allow us to expand the scope of our energy research and tap into additional expertise, to more quickly move wave, tidal, and river energy closer to commercial use.”

The new funding will allow NNMREC to develop an improved system for real-time wave forecasting; create robotic devices to support operations and maintenance; design arrays that improve the performance of marine energy conversion devices; improve subsea power transmission systems; and standardize approaches for wildlife monitoring. Federal officials said the overall goal is to reduce the technical, economic and environmental barriers to deployment of new marine energy conversion devices. Continue reading

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School Traffic Congestion A Concern

Newport police badgeSchool has started and hundreds of school children are converging on Sam Case School, Newport Intermediate School, and Newport High School. A lot of parents are providing transportation to and from schools in the morning and afternoons. The amount of traffic around the schools is problematic according to Newport Police in that the volume of cars causes delays, backups, and congestion. The number of cars arriving at schools creates a hazardous condition for those students who walk to school, and to other drivers in the area. Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda suggests parents work together to see if there is a way to create a carpool as it would greatly help reduce the traffic problem around the schools.

Members of the Newport Police Department are concerned for the safety of all children that attend Newport schools. Officers are providing extra patrol around the schools in the mornings and afternoons. Chief Miranda said they encourage parents to find alternative ways to get children to school. Walking, biking, and carpooling will help make arrival at our schools safer. For those drivers who do not have children attending schools, it is recommended they avoid the school areas in the mornings and afternoons. Be on the lookout for children elsewhere in town as well. Pay attention to school speed zones and watch for children in crosswalks in the mornings and afternoons.

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Newport Chamber Presents The Sixth Annual Scary-Okie Set, Oct. 25th

halloweencostumeNEWPORT-CHAMBER-bannerNEWPORT, OREGON – On Saturday, October 25th, 6:00 p.m., the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce will host their sixth annual Scary-Okie “Shake, Rattle & Roll” event at the Embarcadero Resort. Members and guests may wear their favorite costumes, or are welcome to “come as you are.” Tickets are $30 per person and include: beer/wine, buffet, dancing, door prizes, and musical entertainment. The Chamber will be raffling off a 60 inch LD plasma television donated by Wal-Mart. Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20 and are on sale now through October 25th at the Chamber office.

Table sponsorships are available for $295, and are an excellent opportunity for businesses to say “thank you” to their staff. Sponsors of this year’s Scary-Okie event include Peter Corvallis Productions, Bigfoot Beverages and Wal-Mart. Contact the Chamber office to purchase tickets by calling 541-265-8801 or by email: sheena@newportchamber.org.

 

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Habitat For Humanity: House of Blues 1920’s Themed Fundraiser October 4th!

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Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County’s “House of Blues – NY, NY” our 1920s themed fundraising event is on October 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm at the Hallmark Resort Salon, Newport. This annual event features danceable Blues music by Henry Cooper and Leonard Maxson, great food and wonderful oral/silent auction items. Tickets are $50 each or $350 for a table of eight. For tickets or sponsorship information, please give us a call at (541) 574-4437. Come dressed in your finest 1920s attire or in jeans, but come and let the good times roll!! All proceeds from this event will go to our home building/rehabbing program.

 

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Final Highway Clean-Up Of The Season

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NEWPORT, OREGON – As part of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce’s efforts to improve the appearance of Newport, the Chamber’s Beautification Committee will hold its monthly Highway Clean Up on Saturday, September 13th. Interested volunteers should meet at the Chamber office, located at 555 SW Coast Hwy in Newport, at 8:00 a.m. Hot coffee and refreshments will be provided as well as necessary supplies. All are welcome and encouraged to participate in this community effort. Thompson Sanitary Service will once again sponsor the project by providing the dumpsters and the disposal of the trash. September 13th will be the final Highway Clean Up of the season. For more information call Carol at the Chamber office at 541-265-8801.

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