Climate One at The Commonwealth Club today announced that Jane Lubchenco, the University Distinguished Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies at Oregon State University and former NOAA administrator, will receive the fourth annual Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication. The $10,000 award is given to a natural or social scientist who has made extraordinary scientific contributions and communicated that knowledge to a broad public in a clear and compelling fashion. It was established in memory of Stephen H. Schneider, a pioneer in the field of climatology.
“Throughout her distinguished career, Jane Lubchenco has been that rare combination: an outstanding environmental scientist and an outspoken champion of scientific engagement and communication with policy-makers, the media, and the public,” said Cristine Russell, a science journalist and one of the jurors making the award selection. “She co-founded three important organizations dedicated to improving science communication and the health of the world’s oceans.” Continue reading
Lincoln County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September, unchanged from the previous month and essentially the same as the year before, which was at 7.9%. The unemployment rate for Lincoln County was higher than the statewide and national rates. In September, Lincoln County’s unemployment rate ranked 18th lowest of Oregon’s 36 counties. Seasonally adjusted non-farm payroll employment dipped by 20 in September to 17,540. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected changes with actual changes.A loss of 120 jobs is normal for the month, but the county shed 140. The private sector lost 300 jobs in September and government employment rose by 160.
The leisure and hospitality industry shed 240 jobs, retail trade lost 60 and food manufacturing and professional and business services each cut 30 jobs. Private educational and health services added 40 jobs. Local government education added 180 as the school year began. September’s total non-farm payroll employment was 50 less than one year before. Total private sector employment fell by 10 over the year and government employment dropped by 40. The industry adding the most jobs over the past year was leisure and hospitality. Industries cutting the most jobs included retail trade and food manufacturing.
On October 19, at approximately 6:00 AM the Lincoln City Police Department dispatch informed the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office that a vehicle that had been stolen in their city early in the AM of this date was currently located on Laurel Street in Gleneden Beach. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded and located the stolen vehicle, a 2013 Chevrolet pickup, unoccupied at the location. Deputies then received a report of a vehicle theft from a garage nearby on Neptune Ave in Gleneden Beach. The victim reported that her vehicle, a 2005 Ford Expedition, had been stolen from inside her garage which was attached to her home.
A Newport Police Officer quickly located the stolen Ford Expedition occupied by William Ray McGinnis in the McDonald’s parking lot in Newport. A felony traffic stop was conducted by Newport Police officers, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies, and an Oregon State trooper. Mr. McGinnis was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on two counts of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, one count of Burglary in the Second Degree, Unlawful Entry Into a Motor Vehicle, and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. Bail was set at $172,500.
The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors is seeking to fill three vacancies on the LCSD Budget Committee. Vacancies exist in Zone 1 (Lincoln City area), Zone 2 (Agate Beach, north to the southern end of Lincoln City), and Zone 5 (south county-Waldport area). The positions in Zones 1 and 5 are for full three-year terms, to serve through June 30, 2017. The Zone 2 position is a one-year remainder term, to serve through June 30, 2015.
Those interested in serving in this volunteer position may not be employees of LCSD, must currently reside in the respective zone, and must be registered voters. A complete description of the zones is on file at the LCSD administration office in Newport, as well as at the Lincoln County Clerk’s office at the courthouse in Newport.
Applications are available on the school district website (www.lincoln.k12.or.us), and at the district administration office ( 459 SW Coast Hwy. in Newport). They must be received by Laurie Urquhart in the district office by Friday, Nov. 7. The board hopes to appoint representatives to these positions at the next regular board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18.
For more information, call 541-265-4403.
LINCOLN CITY—Joining others cities around the state, Lincoln City will consider adopting a tax on marijuana at its Oct. 27 meeting. With minimal discussion, the council Monday night gave City Attorney Richard Appicello the go ahead to draft an ordinance imposing a tax on recreational and medical marijuana sold within city limits. While currently illegal, Measure 91 on the Nov.4 Oregon ballot would legalize the sale and possession of marijuana for recreational use. There is no organized opposition to the measure and polls show it likely to pass. Medical marijuana is already legal in Oregon for those licensed by the Oregon Health Authority.
A provision in Measure 91 preempts local governments from taxing recreational marijuana. Appicello said attorneys with the League of Oregon Cities believe taxes in place before Nov. 4 may withstand a legal challenge. Ashland has already adopted a tax, which Appicello said Lincoln City could model its tax after.
“There’s likely going to be litigation,” he said. “It’s very likely Ashland will be out in front. They have already adopted it and are very argumentative about it.” The Newport City Council plans a public hearing this month on a similar tax. Newport’s marijuana tax ordinance excludes medical marijuana and sets a beginning tax rate of 0 percent. The council could change the tax rate by resolution if courts find similar tax ordinances by other local governments to be legal. Continue reading
The Lincoln County Planning Department will soon be offering an online permit purchasing and tracking system called ePermitting. As of November 17, 2014 contractors will be able to apply for and purchase building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical permits online and schedule inspections 24/7 by phone or online. Lincoln County joins a growing list of local jurisdictions offering ePermitting services statewide to provide:
Online access to apply, pay for, and receive permits 24/7
Automated inspection scheduling by phone or computer
Comprehensive permit tracking and data collection
Mobile app for inspectors
If you have any questions about these upcoming services please go to the link below to help you get started. You can create an account and take advantage of the many training tools available to you.