State Rep. David Gomberg will hold a series of town hall meetings at all three Oregon Coast Community College campuses tomorrow (7/10). He will be at the Lincoln City campus tomorrow morning from 10-11:30 then in Newport fro 12:30-2 and at the Waldport campus from 3-4:30. The public is invited to attend and share with representative Gomberg their thoughts or concerns going into the 2015 legislative session. Gomberg said it may feel like a long way off, but the 2015 legislative session is coming quickly. This is the time of year he said to start making plans, reviewing priorities, and considering possible bills.
Representative Gomberg said he will continue to look at the tax environment for small businesses. He said they have passed some tax cuts for small businesses but he added the legislation seems to leave out all the businesses that have part time employees. He added that many of these small businesses are employers like small shops, fishing, even some farmers that offer part time or seasonal work, did not benefit from the legislation. Gomberg said he plans to work on a bill that will change that and give some tax relief to small businesses here on the coast. Gomberg also added that with the positive economic outlooks there is hope to restore some funding to areas where cuts had to be made in the previous years because of the economic downturn. For more details on the town hall meetings tomorrow please call 541-921-2038 or e-mail email@example.com.
By Kiera Morgan
During public comment at the Board of Commissioners meetings the board has received feedback from medical marijuana patients upset at the county’s moratorium on dispensaries. At a recent meeting the board reviewed and explained their stance on the matter. Commissioner Hall explained that the counties decision to establish the year long moratorium didn’t have to do with legalization of medical marijuana but the need to make sure rules are in place regarding dispensaries.
Hall pointed out that the voters of Oregon and Lincoln County have in the past voted down establishing marijuana dispensaries. He said it is for this reason that the county wants to move forward with caution. Hall also added that with the issue of legalization of recreational marijuana coming up on the November ballot it is important to have rules in place ahead of time. In the meantime Hall said those in need have access through the dispensaries allowed by the cities.
During public comment it was brought up that there are currently 952 medical marijuana patients registered in Lincoln County. Currently there is only one dispensary in Lincoln City to serve patients in Lincoln County. There was a dispensary just outside of Toledo however it was shut down due to the counties moratorium. Another dispensary just south of Waldport will open as soon as the paperwork is finalized on the city annexing the land where the dispensary is proposed, as it fell under the counties moratorium. This will enable the dispensary to open under the city. Newport is expected to lift their moratorium sometime in July.
Area proposed for Alsea River Park to be named after Don Lindly (photo by Larry Coonrod)
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners were asked to give a name to the new county park and boat launch 7-miles up the Alsea River. The County is in the process of purchasing the property utilizing state grants to do so and the state would like a name of the park so they can track how the funds are being spent. County commissioner Bill Hall made the suggestion to name the park after former Commissioner Don Lindly. He noted how commissioner Lindly played an important role in building and expanding the county park system. Lindly also was part of the state parks advisory board for many years and was instrumental in steering grant funds to Lincoln County for parks projects.
It was also suggested that the park could be named after Jim Chambers long time parks director for Lincoln County who has been instrumental in acquiring grants to improve and develop many county parks. Keith Andresen, who is taking over for Jim, in his retirement told the commissioners that Jim did not want the park named after him. Jim Buisman public works director suggested to put up a plaque at the park that could honor Jim for what he has done for the county.
Commissioner Hall noted that there is only one other park in Lincoln County named after a former commissioner and that is Mike Miller park. Miller served as a county commissioner for 20-years. With that Commissioner Hall made a motion to approve naming the new park on the Alsea After former commissioner Don Lindly. The new Don Lindly park is expected to be completed by 2016 or 2017. The boat launch at the park will be named by Oregon Wildlife, a group that has made a substantial financial commitment to the purchase of the property and building of the boat ramp at the site.
A paving project will result in nighttime single lane restrictions on US 101 between Newport and Waldport. There are two sections of the project are at the Lost Creek recreation area south through Seal Rock and at the north end of the Alsea Bay Bridge extending north about a half mile. Beginning June 24th a contractor for ODOT will upgrade the older pavement on US 101 by removing a layer of the old asphalt and replacing it with a layer of new asphalt. A small slide will also be repaired north of the Alsea Bay Bridge. Sections of newer pavement will not be replaced. The paving will be done at night, Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Flaggers and pilot cars will be controlling traffic in the work zone. Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians should anticipate delays of 5 to 15 minutes. Completion is scheduled for July 31.
Saturday night May 30 at approximately 11:00 PM, Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were contacted by a custodial parent of a 13 year old child, who reported her daughter had run away from home. The child was last seen in the company of an adult male, identified as 19 year old Christopher J. Forcier Jr, from Waldport. Authorities were already attempting to locate Forcier, who had a felony warrant for his arrest for absconding from parole. On Sunday June 1 Deputies investigated a report of a residential burglary on Eckman Creek Rd, where the suspects were identified as Forcier and the runaway child.
Monday night June 2nd at approximately 8:00 PM, a tip about a suspicious person in the area of Nelson Wayside Dr in Waldport, led Deputies to find the child with a concerned citizen in the area. The child was taken into protective custody and an investigation was conducted. Later that night, Forcier contacted Deputies by phone, who convinced him to turn himself in to authorities. At approximately 8:30 PM, Deputies made contact with Forcier in the area of Nelson Wayside Dr and took him into custody. He was transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged on charges of 4-counts of Rape II, 2-counts of Sodomy II, Sex Abuse I, Burglary I, Theft II and Custodial Interference II. Forcier’s bail was set at $815,000.
Yachats, OR—Recently, tsunami preparedness, endangered birds, coastal rain forest ecology, and more have all been topics of study by local students within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. From old-growth rainforest to rocky shores, kindergarteners from Waldport, seventh and eighth graders from Newport and sixth graders from Florence have explored the amazing resources of Cape Perpetua with Forest Service field rangers.
“The goal of these visits is to get the students to love Cape Perpetua and their National Forests,” says Siuslaw National Forest field ranger Brian Hoeh. “Students thrive when connected to natural and cultural history of home,” he adds.
Siuslaw Middle School sixth graders have been lucky enough to have four class trips to the Cape in May. They first hiked through coastal shrubs past an archeological site where native tribes harvested food from the rocky intertidal world. The guided hikes and activities focused on temperate rainforest ecosystems, watersheds and forest conservation. Each group discovered something special; a multi-colored nudibranch in a low tide pool, a ghostly parasitic plant called Indian Pipe, two Sitka Spruce trees whose limbs have joined, the silent majesty of the Wizard Tree, an ancient snag in old growth forest.
Sweet Grief debuted in April 2012 at the Windermere Triad Gallery in Seal Rock, Oregon where it enjoyed an eight month-long run. In 2013, Sweet Grief was on display at the Newport Visual Arts Center, and in Summer 2014 the collaborative art project will be on display at the historical Benton County Museum. The Benton County Historical Museum is hosting “Sweet Grief: Paintings and Poems on Love and Loss”. The exhibition will open to the public starting May 23rd and running through July 5. There will be an opening reception held tonight (5/23) from 5-7pm.
Sweet Grief is a collaboration of two talented south county artists. It is a collaborative exploration of painting and poetry by Senitila McKinley of Waldport and Drew Myron of Yachats that offers a range of darkness and light, from the heavy weight of loss to the bright glow of gratitude. Senitila McKinley said “to look at death and grief as a gift is not reserved for those who have a defined spiritual journey, but for everyone that has known love.” The Benton County Historical Society is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 4:30. Admission is free. They are located six miles west of Corvallis on Hwy 20/34, at 1101 Main Street, Philomath.
By Kiera Morgan
Debris found on boat that washed ashore in Gleneden Beach last year.
On May 11th John Chapman with a biologist with Hatfield Marine Science Center was alerted about a fishing skiff that had washed ashore in the Bayshore area that had Japanese markings. The boat was found upside down in the sand and was one of four that had been spotted. Chapman was able to get samples from the boat that washed up on bayshore, which he said was covered in invasive species. He was able to get samples from both the outside and inside of the boat.
What he found fascinating was that the boat after three years of drifting at sea still had Japanese species attached to it. The main species of concern according to Chapman is the blue mussels. These are an invasive species from Asia. Chapman said these mussels have managed to stay alive on the host objects. He said one of the reasons that the mussels are experiencing such a long lifespan is due to the type of debris that they are attached to. Continue reading
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