The Lincoln County School District Homeless Education & Literacy Project (H.E.L.P.) and partnering agencies, Samaritan House, Community Services Consortium, United Way and Inter-Christian Outreach, invite you to a free showing of the film “American Winter” at the Newport High School Boone Center on Friday, March 7, at 6 p.m. An award-nominated HBO documentary, produced in Portland by brothers Harry and Joe Gantz, “American Winter” film follows the personal stories of eight Oregon families in the aftermath of the Great Recession, looking past the myths and misconceptions of homelessness to its reality. All indicators show that the United States has the highest population of poor citizens since records have been kept, greater than during the Great Depression. With 46 percent of Americans living in or near poverty, such everyday occurrences as a blown tire or a toothache can mean the difference between paying the rent and living in the car, putting gas in the tank to get to work, or buying food for the family. This film brings this hard reality close to home. County Commissioner Bill Hall and local agency representatives assisting families through this economic crisis will be available before and after the film to answer questions. The showing is free, but donations are appreciated.
US Army Corp of Engineers will dredge Depoe Bay, Yaquina Bay, along with nine other small ports along the Oregon Coast. State Representative David Gomburg said, “We have just received good news from U.S. Senators Merkely and Widen, the money has been put into the budget where nearly three million dollars has been allocated for dredging in Newport and Depoe Bay. Our coastal caucus, a group of Oregon legislators has been working very hard with our national delegation because dredging is so very important for the economic growth and the safety of people working in those ports,” said David Gomburg. Depoe Bay is six-feet deep and you can almost walk out there to the fueling pumps during low tide. Funds were dispersed as follows:
Funds Given: Coos Bay $ 6.1 MILLION
Bandon: $ 413,000
Depoe Bay: $ 380,000
Port Orford: $ 1.3 MILLION
Gold Beach: $ 638,000
Siuslaw: $ 730,000
Garibaldi: $ 659.000
Reedsport: $ 861,000
Yaquina Bay: $ 2.9 MILLION
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board Meeting took place and spoke specifically relating to the Thompson Creek Salmon Watershed. The group, led by Paul Kayden who leads the salmon restoration program for the area, accompanied by two fish biologists and Paul Robertson, board member and manager of the Devils Lake Water Improvement District. Good News for Coho Salmon and the community, in the watershed and restoration of Devils Lake. Thompson Creek, the group took a tour of Thompson Creek, where they located a total of 41 Coho Salmon. Board Member and Manager, Paul Robertson said, the Coho were not small fish but large three foot fish. Some were dead, some were carcasses and some living. There were also some two-year returners, as well as full sized adults. The group also toured the “D” River, and Paul spotted a fin, thinking it was a fin of a grass carp, and when getting closer realized it was the fin of a Coho salmon. Grass Carp or Salmon are not on the radar at “D” river, Rain is key for the coho to make it back and forth from the ocean to the spawning grounds. Some more good news for the public the fish are out there, two to three years ago, the fish were in a minority at that point in the river and restoration efforts are important. One fish was found above the culvert which is really good news and most of the fish were found below the culverts. Another fish barrier was found and it was a very simple fix. The district would be well-positioned to match funds to the Salmon Creek Watershed District to assist in extending dollars towards salmon rescue. The district gave input on supporting efforts made to improve the Coho Salmon Restoration efforts and made mention that it being so early in the season that this was a good sign.
The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors announced the hiring of Superintendent-designate Steve Boynton. This decision was officially approved at a special board meeting this morning (3/6).
Current LCSD Superintendent Tom Rinearson will meet with Boynton on April 8 to form a transition plan. That same evening, Boynton will be introduced during the school board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. at Taft Elementary School in Lincoln City.
“We were told from the beginning by our consultant, the superintendent, and screening committee members to stop the process if we identified an individual who ‘fit.’ After the initial interviews, it was clear that the board and screeners were very impressed with Steve’s credentials. He emerged as the right choice to be our next superintendent,” says Board Chairman Ron Beck.
Boynton hails from Oregon’s Arlington School District, east of The Dalles, where he has been superintendent for the last four years. His 18 years as an educator includes experience as school administrator, dean of students, athletic director, high school classroom teacher, coach and advisor in Oregon, Colorado and Arizona. He and his wife, Amy, are parents to daughter Mica [pronounced mee-ka], age 7; and son Kayden, age 5. Continue reading
The charming and historical Sylvia Beach Hotel’s Tables of Content Restaurant is hosting an elegant dinner complemented by classical music arrangements and a creative literature reading. This fundraising event for the Oregon Coast Community College’s Tutoring Center and GED testing scholarships will be held on Thursday, March 6 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Besides linking students with tutors, the Tutoring Center offers other services such as resume building, interview preparation and career services. The Center is funded through multiple grant sources. “Offering free tutoring services contribute to students recognizing their potential”, explained Bryn Huntpalmer, the College’s Director of Development and OCCC Foundation.
Each tutor is a volunteer and many are retired professionals such as teachers, university professors, research scientists, or government specialists, all who are advanced in their skills. Additionally, several OCCC graduates have chosen to volunteer at the Tutoring Center and contribute to the academic success of current OCCC students. The Tutoring Center meets the academic needs of students in writing, basic mathematics, algebra, reading, Spanish, science, English Language Skills and GED preparation. Continue reading
On March 4th 2014, the Lincoln City Police Department along with detectives from the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT) and the Oregon State Police served a narcotics related search warrant at a Lincoln City residence. The search warrant was the result of a lengthy investigation conducted by LCPD officers regarding the possession, manufacture and delivery of marijuana and hash oils to various persons including school age minors.
At about 0645 hours LINT Detectives and LCPD Officers executed the search warrant at a residence located at 3436 SE 35th Court in Lincoln City. Inside the residence officers and detectives located a large quantity of marijuana as well as drug use paraphernalia and various items used for trafficking marijuana as well as a large amount of US Currency and several firearms.
Arrested during the warrant executions were Bjorn Debbasai Blanchard (22 of Lincoln City) and Emily Maree Blanchard (22 of Lincoln City). Bjorn and Emily Blanchard were lodged at the Lincoln County Jail and charged with Manufacture, Delivery and Possession of Marijuana, Delivery of Marijuana within 1000’ of a School and Delivery of Marijuana to Minor/s.LINT is comprised of members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln City Police, Newport Police, Oregon State Police, and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.