Contrary to recent news releases and advertisements that would suggest otherwise, Lincoln County School District is proceeding with plans to liquidate the empty middle school building in Waldport. Superintendent Tom Rinearson will attend a meeting of the Waldport Chamber of Commerce on March 13 to speak on school district happenings. He has not been invited to a “community visioning event” to discuss “the various possibilities for public use of the old school,” as some news reports state.
As announced on Jan. 16, the school district is seeking a solution to the high cost of maintaining the empty Waldport middle school building by requesting quotes to liquidate the property and buildings. The deadline to submit a quote is 1 p.m. Monday, March 3. Quotes were to include a plan summary, action plan, timeline, and cost summaries for expenditures and/or revenue, with all proposed work to be completed by June 1. Work will be awarded based on the best interest of Lincoln County School District, not lowest bidder. A public announcement will be made when a decision is finalized.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County honored Senitila McKinley, Director and Founder of Seashore Family Literacy in Waldport, for her outstanding commitment to the protection of children in Lincoln County at the annual Celebrate the Children fundraising dinner and auction held on February 1, 2014.
Senitila and Seashore Family Literacy has been responsible, in just one year, for training over 100 volunteers and staff in the Waldport community in the Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children, child sexual abuse prevention trainings and has committed to performing regular background checks on all staff and volunteers. For this effort Senitila was awarded “Partner in Prevention” status by the Darkness to Light organization at the end of January. The Seashore Family Literacy has the distinction of being the first agency in Oregon awarded this status.
The Children’s Advocacy Center has been providing Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children, child sexual abuse prevention trainings throughout Lincoln County since 2012. The trainings focus on educating the public on how to recognize and report signs of child sexual abuse and trauma as well as how to protect and prevent children in our community from being victimized. Continue reading
On February 8th, 2014, at about 6:07 pm, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a single vehicle crash near mile post 1 on South Beaver Creek Road in Seal Rock. While on scene, deputies learned Shania Marie Roebuck, 18, of Waldport, had been driving southbound in her 1996 Ford Contour when she lost control of her vehicle and left the road. Evidence at the scene indicated the vehicle rolled over twice before hitting a tree.
Roebuck had two teenage female passengers in her vehicle at the time of the crash. Deputies learned her front seat passenger, a 17 year old female from Waldport, had not been wearing her seat belt. She was ejected from the vehicle and landed approximately 30 feet away. All three occupants of the vehicle were transported to SPCH by ambulance. The front seat passenger was later transferred to the Salem Hospital for further treatment.
Witness statements and evidence at the scene indicate speed was a major contributing factor as to the cause of this crash. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigation is ongoing at this time and criminal charges are anticipated.
Eckman Lake fishing dock
A new and improved fishing dock will greet anglers when they venture out to Eckman Lake to do a little trout fishing this spring. Construction of a new dock was completed in January and will get a test run the week of Feb. 10 when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks the lake with more than 900 rainbow trout, including several dozen “trophy” fish weighing in at more than half a pound apiece. The fish were originally bound for Perkins, Alder and Dune lakes but were redirected because of low water levels at those lakes.
“This will be a good opportunity for anglers to come out and see their license dollars at work,” said Christine Clapp, fish biologist at ODFW’s Newport office. “This is a first class facility made possible by the hard work and initiative of the Central Coast Fly Fishers and funding from the Restoration and Enhancement Program.” The new dock replaces an old, wooden structure that was deteriorating and became a safety hazard last summer. Continue reading
The warming center in Newport will be open today (2/4) through Thurs (at least) at the main exhibit hall of the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. If volunteers would like to make meals to bring to the center, they can call 541.351.1400 for more information.
The Lincoln City Warming shelter will be open tonight through Friday night from 6pm to 7am. We are located in the Congregational Church on NW 25th St, directly behind Kenny’s IGA North. Sandy Gruber, Volunteer541-921-3565
The DaNoble house in Waldport will be open tonight and through the week for those in need at 6 pm. There will be a meal held across the street at the Presbyterian church starting at 6:30. For more details contact Senitila at 541-563-7323.
South Lincoln Resources, Waldport Food Share, Adventist Clothing Share, and South County Needy Children’s Christmas Program have a new place to call home all together. Plus, Central Coast Fire & Rescue will have improved storage of emergency supplies and access to the other program supplies as may be needed following a natural disaster.
This has been the Building & Sharing Resources Project’s objective for the last seven and a half years according to the Project chairman, Tonner Hays. He said community donations helped to purchase just over a half an acre in Waldport’s industrial area. There are two buildings on the property that he said are perfect for what they are doing with all their different public service groups. Continue reading
Waldport Fairground town hall photo by Larry Coonrod
By Larry Coonrod
Lincoln County Dispatch.Com
WALDPORT—Despite the possibility of pumping up to $9 million a year into the local economy, citizens at a town hall here Monday were skeptical about a proposed 40,000 square-foot event center at the county fairgrounds.
Participants said they feared the building would cause the fairgrounds to lose it agriculture focus in favor of big convention type events.
Monday’s town hall was the first of four scheduled to take input on building a multipurpose event center at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. At the recommendation of a blue ribbon committee last year, the county contracted with LRS Architects and ECONorthwest to develop a master plan for the fairgrounds.
Current Facilities in Disrepair
Architect Steve Mileham with LRS explained that most of the buildings at the 70-year-old fairground site are in disrepair and do not meet current building and American with Disability Act standards. One building’s electrical system consists of nothing more than extension cords running through conduit pipe.
Mileham’s report rated only the Floral building, a 45-foot by 95-foot pole barn, as being in good condition. Continue reading
On January 23rd, 2014 at 1:14 am, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 1200 block of SW Fairway Drive in Waldport. During the investigation deputies learned that Ian Deenihan, 27, of Waldport had pushed down his live-in girlfriend and then threatened her with a cordless drill. Deputies located Deenihan near Port Dock Seven in Newport around 12:00 pm. He was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on one count of Menacing.
Deputies returned to Deenihan’s residence around 4:00 pm to conduct a follow up investigation. During this time deputies located more than 17 pounds of marijuana along with a scale, packaging and cultivation supplies in an upstairs storage closet. Deenihan, who was still in custody at the Lincoln County Jail was also charged with unlawful manufacture of marijuana; unlawful delivery of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana. His total bail was set at $350,000.
Lincoln County School District is seeking a solution to the high cost of maintaining the empty Waldport middle school building by requesting quotes to liquidate the property and buildings located at 265 N.E. Bay St. “We haven’t used the building as a school since 2005, when the seventh and eighth grade students were moved out to the school up Crestline Drive,” says Rich Belloni, director of LCSD Support Services.
“Over the years since then, we have had different tenants in the building, but the leases have never adequately covered our expenses,” Belloni said. “It is very expensive to maintain an empty, 64-year-old building and to keep it from becoming an eyesore. This is not fair to taxpayers who support the school district or to the community of Waldport.” The 47,021 square foot Waldport Middle School was built in 1950 and has served at various times as a high school, junior high, middle school, and elementary school.
Examples of quoted plans for the property could include purchasing the site as is; demolishing and removing the materials with LCSD retaining ownership; repurposing building materials resulting in a clean, bare site – all ideas will be considered. The deadline to submit a quote is 1 p.m. Monday, March 3. Work will be awarded based on the best interest of Lincoln County School District, not lowest bidder. Continue reading
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