By Larry Coonrod
NEWPORT—City officials dedicated the Agate Beach Fire Station in a brief ceremony Monday night with Mayor Sandy Roumagoux using the Jaws of Life to cut the ribbon. Recognizing a long-standing need for a fire station on the north end of town, The Newport Fire Department purchased the building on NE 73 Street near the end of 2012. It had previously belonged to a construction company. After undertaking some small improvements, the department began responding to calls from the building in December 2012. A second bay door was added in 2013 along with a number of other ongoing remodeling projects, some done with the help of Angell Job Corps students from Yachats.
Newport Fire Captain Brian Haggerty oversees about six volunteer firefighters who staff the facility, officially known as Station 3400. The building houses a fire engine, rescue vehicle and a mass causality trailer equipped with enough medical supplies to treat up to 100 people. Acting Fire Chief Rob Murphy said firefighters responding from the Agate Beach station to incidents in northern Newport reduce response time by four to six minutes compared to sending a unit from the department’s main station on Northwest 10th. The Newport Rural Fire District extends north to Spencer Creek Bridge. Continue reading
On September 26, 2014, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies, acting on a citizen tip, responded to a residence in the 100 Block of NE Palmer Street, Siletz, to locate Trever Scott Cole, 30, of Siletz. Cole was wanted in connection to the September 17, 2014 stabbing and kidnap of his ex girlfriend. Cole was located in an adjacent outbuilding where he was taken into custody without incident.
Also inside the building was a resident of the location, Jesi Matilda Stokes, 46, of Siletz. Stokes was taken into custody and charged with Hindering Prosecution. Stokes was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail with bail set at $50,000.00. Cole was charged with Assault II Domestic Violence, Kidnap I, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Coercion and Harassment. Cole’s bail was set at $375,000.00.
Toledo Police Department assisted deputies at the scene.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office would like to thank all of the citizens who assisted with tips that eventually lead to the arrest of Cole.
All national, state and local candidates are being invited to participate in the Annual Candidates Night, taking place tonight (9/30) at 7:00 pm at The Spouting Horn Restaurant in Depoe Bay. This longstanding tradition is hosted by Betty Taunton of The Spouting Horn and sponsored by the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce. According to Betty Taunton Candidates are encouraged to visit informally with those attending and then are permitted two minutes each to speak to the audience, which often numbers more than 200 people. All state, county and local candidates have been invited and Roger Robertson will host the event. The Spouting Horn will open its doors at 6:15 pm for those attending the event, which will be in the upstairs dining room. The public is encouraged to attend this annual event to learn more about those who have asked to serve our communities.
Northwest anglers venturing out into the Pacific Ocean in pursuit of salmon and other fish this fall may scoop up something unusual into their nets – instruments released from Japan called “transponders.” These floating instruments are about the size of a 2-liter soda bottle and were set in the ocean from different ports off Japan in 2011-12 after the massive Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Researchers from Tattori University for Environmental Studies in Japan have been collaborating with Oregon State University, Oregon Sea Grant, and the NOAA Marine Debris Program on the project.
The researchers’ goal is to track the movement of debris via ocean currents and help determine the path and timing of the debris from the 2011 disaster. An estimated 1.5 million tons of debris was washed out to sea and it is expected to continue drifting ashore along the West Coast of the United States for several years, according to Sam Chan, a watershed health specialist with Oregon State University Extension and Oregon Sea Grant. Continue reading
On the coast there were some strange finds, including a box of solar lights found by volunteers at the Netarts Bay Boat Ramp Cleanup. Volunteering since 1984, the Rockaway Beach Lions Club also found bike racks, canopies, shoes and cell phones. Their 125 volunteers received free lunch as a thank you for their unique haul. The Beach & Riverside Cleanup began in 1984 as “The Plague of Plastics” after Oregonians, Judie Hansen and Eleanor Dye, were inspired to rid the state’s beaches of litter. In the first year alone, volunteers removed 21 tons of trash. Continue reading