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Anthony Buccella Plea Negotiations Underway

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Plea proposal has been made and it is getting closer to resolution for the 37 year old Yachats man who allegedly stabbed his former girlfriend when he broke into her residence earlier this year. Anthony Buccella faces several felonies in relating to the incident. The charges include attempted murder, 2nd degree assault, burglary in the first degree and unlawful use of a weapon. Anthony also faces criminal mischief, misdemeanor counts of menacing. Buccella is being held at the Lincoln County Jail, and bail is set $500,000. Attorney Kathryn Benfield, states a plea negotiation has been reached and at this point a trial will not proceed. The Plea deal proposes for Anthony Buccella to plead guilty to one count 2nd degree assault

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Outdoor Adventure programs return to Cape Perpetua and the Oregon Dunes

Do you want to take a hike with stunning ocean views under a canopy of giant trees or across towering sand dunes in the company of your very own guide? Would you like to better understand subjects like coastal rainforest ecology, cultural history or dune restoration? Are you looking for opportunities to connect children to the outdoors through meaningful educational and family oriented experiences?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then head to Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area this summer to find Siuslaw National Forest field rangers waiting to guide you on new adventures.

 Field Rangers

“Our field rangers create opportunities for visitors to make positive, memorable and lasting connections to their public lands,” says David L. Thompson, Siuslaw National Forest Interpretive Specialist and manager of the field ranger program. “This is also our chance to put a face to the efforts of those in our Forest who strive year-round to serve the greater good of the public through their efforts in recreation, restoration, and community partnerships,” Thompson adds. Continue reading

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Yachats Covered Bridge Rehabilitation

By Larry Coonrod
Lincoln County Dispatch.Com

Ron Smart of Roseburg, Oregon photographs the North Fork Yachats River covered bridge on June 13. Work is set to begin within a month on an $820,000 rehabilitation of the 76-year-old bridge. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

Ron Smart of Roseburg, Oregon photographs the North Fork Yachats River covered bridge on June 13. Work is set to begin within a month on an $820,000 rehabilitation of the 76-year-old bridge. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

YACHATS—A popular landmark with photographers and covered bridge aficionados, the North Fork Yachats River covered bridge is set to get an $820,000 makeover this summer, but Lincoln County Commissioners are questioning cost overruns on the project.

Cost Overrun

Funding for the project comes from a $597,000 federal grant from the National Historic Covered Bridge Program and administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation. The contract with ODOT calls for Lincoln County to pay costs above the $597,000, which in 2009 would have covered about 90 percent of the $655,000 project estimate.
Last week, Assistant County Public Works Director Steve Hodge told the Board of Commissioners that the low bid accepted by ODOT came in significantly higher than planned.
“As we stand right now, total contract cost—engineering construction engineering, right-of-way procurement and construction is $820,000,” Hodge said.

The bid price represents a 23 percent increase over the 2009 estimate.
Hodge attributed the overrun to the larger than expected cost of building a detour bridge, the need to have an engineer and ODOT rep on site during construction and environmental requirements.
Covered bridge engineering is a specialty field with few experienced practitioners. Engineers need to allow for the expansion, contraction, and cantor of the wooden bridge. “The bridge actually has to be tuned, if you will, toward the end when you finish it,” Hodge said. Continue reading

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Yachats Looks At Increase In VRD’s

By Larry Coonrod
Lincoln County Dispatch.Com

Yachats Mayor Ron Brean addresses a crowd of about 80 people during a public meeting to discuss whether the city should limit the number of people it allows to use their homes as vacation rentals. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

Yachats Mayor Ron Brean addresses a crowd of about 80 people during a public meeting to discuss whether the city should limit the number of people it allows to use their homes as vacation rentals. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

YACHATS—A surge in property owners applying for transient rental licenses prompted a special city council work session this week to consider capping the number of vacation rentals allowed in the village. Concern that too many homes used as transient rentals could alter the character of the town. The council earlier set 125 licenses as a “trigger” to looking at setting an upper limit.
About 80 people turned out for the 10 a.m. meeting, with most testifying against the idea.
Mayor Ron Brean acknowledged that the city is financially dependent on transient rental taxes, but said the city needs to find a balance between revenue and livability.

A high concentration of vacation rental dwellings (VRDs) mean a constant influx of new people into a neighborhood, particularly on weekends and holidays who sometimes show little consideration for their year round neighbors. “Many of us who live here and plan to live here came here because of the character of the village,” Brean said. “It’s not just the beautiful Oregon coast, although that’s part of it. It’s the people that live here and the neighborhoods. Most of us didn’t come here planning to have different neighbors every weekend.” Continue reading

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Local Students Visit Cape Perpetua

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Yachats, ORRecently, 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.

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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.

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Sweet Grief Shown At Benton County Historical Society

Sweet GriefSweet 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.

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