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Resident Natalie Diana Joy age 18 builds 3 Raptor Platforms for Pacific Power, completing her Girl Scout Gold Award Project!


Natalie, a Girl Scout for 11 years in Lincoln City, located an issue that is important to her and Pacific Power, saving raptors from electrocution. The project came about when her mother a Pacific Power employee was in avian training at work. It was mentioned that Boy Scouts build raptor platforms for the electric utility to complete Boy Scout Eagle Projects. Natalie’s mom thought, “If boy scouts can build the platforms why couldn’t a girl scout?” The project took off from there.

A Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. It challenges a high school Girl Scout to change the world, and solve a problem in a community that will impact the future. From conception to completion Natalie worked on her project for 8 months; information gathering, educating herself, material planning, and putting together a work party. On April 11th 2015 the project day went as planned and 3 platforms were built. Later Natalie also presented to the local Lincoln City Audubon Society her project and information about the importance of raptor platforms near electric facilities.

“It has been a rewarding process and at times challenging” said Natalie Joy. “Once I go through my final interview on May 19th, I hope to be able to say I have achieved my Gold Award.” On June 7th 2015, 1pm, Natalie hopes to celebrate her achievement with friend and recent Boy Scout Eagle Zach Colbert at Taft High.

Pacific Powers Environmental employee Eric Kasprzak reviewed her final report for Girl Scouts and had this to say. “I have read a lot of final reports over the last 5 years and this was the best. Great job and I was happy to read about your presentation to the Audubon Society. Thanks for taking the time to create the platforms and help out the avian program here at Pacific Power.

For additional information please contact Natalie Joy at 541-921-5141 or


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Blood Drive in Lincoln City Today and In Newport at JC Market Saturday


The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to help ensure blood is available for patients in need by giving blood today in Lincoln City between 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at the Community Center located at 2150 NE Oar Place. You can also give blood in Newport on Saturday between the hours of 10:30am-3:30pm at the JC Market Thriftway at 107 Northcoast Highway. Blood and platelet donations often decrease when regular donors are vacationing and school is out of session, but the need for blood is constant. Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients.
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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Newport Marathon-Half Marathon on Saturday! New this Year…Road Closure..


Saturday May 30th is the day for the return of the 16th Annual Newport Marathon and Half Marathon Race, which is one of Oregon’s largest race, hosting over 1200 runners and close to 3,000 spectators, to cheer on the participants. You will find the fans lining up on Newport’s Historic Bayfront, along sidestreets, and areas with ocean views. “Aside from being a major attraction and sports event, it’s a benefit for the Newport Boosters Club, where proceeds go to the club’s help with sports and other activities at Newport High School,” said organizer Tom Swinford. “It’s also a nice boost to the local tourism economy when summer hasn’t quite kicked in yet, said Swinford. It is one of the largest races in Oregon. The course is USATF certified and numerous runners have used it to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Along the route, runners get an eyeful of the town, its beaches, shops, its fishing industry and even an oyster farm. The course is mostly flat, with a few minor inclines along the neighborhoods and to the east of Yaquina Bay. For spectators, it’s a big deal as well. Special shuttles will be provided for the crowds, to take them to various areas of the race. New this year: the road along Yaquina Bay will be closed until 1 p.m. to allow even safer access for spectators. At the finish line – the Yacht Club on the Bayfront – awaits beer, chowder, t-shirts and even a live band for watchers and participants. Walkers begin at 6 a.m. Runners begin at 7 a.m. at Yaquina Bay State Park. The Half Marathon starts at 7:45 a.m. Awards will be presented at the Yacht Club at approximately 2:30 p.m. following the race. Contact the Newport Chamber for viewing options and places: 541-265-8801.

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Crack a Major Theft Crime Case!

Lincoln County SheriffOn April 20, 2015, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to a residential burglary in the 200 Block of Yaquina View Drive, Newport, OR. The investigation revealed the home owner’s residence had been entered by force and multiple items were taken, including a 2010 Toyota Tundra pickup.

On April 22, 2015, 46 year old Salem resident Leean L. Wick was arrested in Salem by a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for Forgery II and Possession of a Forged Instrument. It was learned that Wick was in possession of some of the Newport home owner’s bank account checks.

Detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to Salem to conduct additional investigation. On April 27, 2015, Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives located 40 year old Salem resident James E. Van Dyke in the Salem area and detained him for theft in connection with stolen property from the Newport area burglary. Van Dyke was subsequently arrested on a parole violation warrant and transported to the Marion County Jail.

Following Van Dyke’s arrest, Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives enlisted the assistance of the Salem Police Department Property Crimes Unit and contacted additional suspects related to the Newport burglary. Information was developed which led to the recovery of the Newport home owner’s vehicle in Salem and the arrest of suspect, Robert C. Stice, 41 years old from Salem. Stice was operating the stolen vehicle when contacted. He was subsequently transported to the Marion County Jail and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle. A search warrant was obtained for Stice’s residence in Salem while additional information was being developed on the Newport burglary and other property crimes that occurred in Marion County.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives and Salem Police detectives obtained an additional search warrant for a second residence in Salem which was executed on April 28, 2015. Salem residents Anthony C. Meyers, 29, and Summer M. Newman, 27, were located in the residence and taken into custody.

During the search of Meyers’ and Newman’s residence, stolen property from the Newport burglary as well as numerous other stolen items related to burglaries and thefts in the Salem and outlying region were located and recovered. Information was obtained which assisted detectives in the recovery of three additional stolen vehicles taken from the Willamette Valley area.

Meyers and Newman were both transported to the Marion County Jail and lodged on local charges connected to burglary and theft, possession of stolen property, and other related crimes. Your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office expects further charges to be filed against Meyers and Newman for their involvement in the Newport burglary case. The investigation is continuing and remains active.

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Waldport High School MOWDOWN!!! Lawn Mower Drag Racing—This Weekend in Downtown Waldport!

Waldport High School MOWDOWN
Lawn Mower Drag Racing—
This Weekend in Downtown Waldport!
Saturday May 30th
Races begin at 12:00 noon!

WHS Mowdown GraphicA community event for the whole family!

Come on down to cheer on students, family and friends, as they take to the track in fun-filled, high speed lawn mower racing!

The event features customized lawn mowers modified and fabricated by Waldport High School students, guided by WHS shop teacher Daniel Wirick.

Bring your folding chairs, enjoy burgers and drinks at the concession stand sponsored by Central Oregon Coast Fire + Rescue, or sip a fruity sno-cone!

Have a lawnmower and want to take it for a spin on the tracks? Register your vehicle at 8:00 am for a day of racing fun!

The MOWDOWN is happening at the corner of Hemlock and lower Crestline Drive in downtown Waldport. Parking provided at Seashore Family Literacy Center.

For more information, contact Waldport High School 541-563-3243 or

WHS High School Local Artists!!

WHS Watercolor PaintingWHS Animal PortraitWHS Abstract Sculpture

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Non-Profit Learning Workshop or Refresher Course Tonight in Salem

canstock19787469Has your nonprofit organization recently added new board members? Have you recently joined a board? Whether you are new to board service or are a long serving member that wants to refresh your knowledge, non-profit board member training will help clarify your responsibilities, strengthen your boardroom skills, and provide you with essential information to make your organization more successful.

The Center for Community Innovation (CCI) is a nonprofit whose purpose is helping other nonprofits, assuring their health, effectiveness, and efficiency. CCI will be holding a workshop tonight which will review the board of director’s rights and responsibilities under the law, as well as exploring legal duties, common governance mistakes and best practices.

The workshop will host two key speakers Katherine DeYoung, CPA and the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship. She is a co-author of “A Directors and Officers Workbook” and author of “Nonprofit Internal Audit Workbook.” Kathy has worked with nonprofit organizations for over 30 years and is a frequent trainer on nonprofit financial issues.

Kirk Harvey served as Chief Investigator for the Oregon Department of Justice – Charitable Activities Section for over 20 years. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Oregon State University and a Masters Degree in Administration of Nonprofit Organizations from Portland State University.

The workshop is tonight in Salem, at 6pm, or find out more about non-profit resources, go to

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