The Oregon Coast Aquarium invites visitors to gobble up special experiences and savings over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Black Friday and Saturday discounts in the gift shops include a 10 percent discount on Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28. The gift shops will offer Aquarium members a 20 percent discount with proof of membership. As always, admission to the Aquarium is not required to browse the gift shops.
The Aquarium’s animals will be treated to Thanksgiving-themed surprises throughout the weekend. Toys like “Mr. Potato Head,” pumpkins and turkey-shaped fishy ice treats are used by animal care experts as enrichment items. Enrichment items and activities provide animals with opportunities to learn and overcome challenges, just as they would in the wild.
Visitors looking for something extra special can smooch a sea lion or explore behind the scenes on Saturday and Sunday. Giant Pacific octopus encounters will be available on Thanksgiving and Saturday. For more information about the Aquarium’s behind the scenes programs, visit aquarium.org. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day this winter, except December 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit aquarium.org or call 541-867-3474 for more information.
Information and photo by Oregon Coast Aquarium
The North Lincoln City Warming Shelter, at the Congregational Church behind the North IGA Grocery Store, will be open on Thursday evening, November 26, and Friday evening, November 27, starting at 6:00 p.m. Each night, a warm dinner, sleeping pads, blankets, and pillows will be ready when the guests arrive; and each following morning, a breakfast and bag lunch will greet them as they prepare to leave the Warming Shelter at 8:00 a.m. If there are any questions, please call JoFrances Calk at 206-713-8234.
The Newport warming shelter is open at their temporary location at the Radiant Church at 215 NW 15th street in Newport from 5pm to 7am through November 28th. All questions, volunteers, and donations please contact 541-265-1974.
The Tillamook Warming Center will be open through the 27th. The center is located at 5th and Miller streets in Tillamook. The open hours are from 8pm to 9am.
By Kiera Morgan
The Newport City Council held a public hearing last week regarding an ordinance amending the business license code to include recreational marijuana facilities. Currently in the city of Newport medical marijuana dispensaries have been allowed within accordance with state rules to sell recreational marijuana. The next step will be dealing with the licensed facilities for growing, production, retailing and distribution of recreational marijuana. According to Newport city manager Spencer Nebel this will be handled by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, or OLCC.
They currently have temporary rules in place to get things going after the first of the year until permanent rules are adopted. This is something the Newport planning commission has also been looking at. The ordinance mirrors the process the council previously adopted when putting rules in place for medical marijuana facilities.”It gives the Newport Police Department the same types of enforcement tools that are currently in place for medical marijuana, which allows for the inspection of any types of records that are available to the OLCC for recreational marijuana. The planning commission also recommended that the city council also include a 1,000-foot spacing requirement for retail sales outlets for recreational marijuana.”
This would allow the medical facilities that are going to apply to sell recreationally the only one to do so within a 1,000 foot radius of any other recreational sales facility. Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda provided a map showing where child care, preschools and parks where kids play are located and asked that the 1,000 foot radius also apply to these the same as it would for schools. The issue was brought up by council that places like private day cares and preschools can move to an area within a thousand feet of a facility and that would put a business in violation. The council is going to have staff further investigate the 1,000-foot radius from preschools and childcare facilities and will continue the discussion at their December 7th meeting.
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Beginning on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 the driveway between the Recreation Center and the 60+ Center (Avery Street) will be closed until the beginning of February. Pedestrian access will be maintained from the parking lot on the south side of the municipal campus to all facilities. Directional signage will be provided to help pedestrians find their way. The attached drawing shows the areas of the municipal campus that will be restricted by fencing.
On Tuesday the Contractor will be beginning pipe work starting at SE 10th Street and working their way through the parking lot to SE 2nd Street. There will be times when SE 10th and Avery Street will be closed simultaneously. This will likely only be a couple of days but please consider taking alternative routes during those days. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the City of Newport Public Works at 541- 574-3366.
Florence Events Center (FEC) is preparing for its 20th anniversary next year with Dancing with Sea Lions, a coastal wide celebration of the sea lion and the Florence area. Jennifer Connor, FEC marketing specialist and event coordinator, said, “This is a project not just for the FEC and our celebration, but a project for the city, community and whole Oregon coast.” Dancing with Sea Lions will be a public art display sponsored by the nonprofit group Friends of the Florence Events Center and local businesses and individuals. Twenty area artists will be a huge part of the project that consists of 20 7.5-foot fiberglass sea lions.
Sponsorships are now available for the project. Sponsoring a sea lion will cost $1,500. The FEC is looking for a total of 20 sponsors to fund the sea lions, though other sponsorship options are also available. Currently, two businesses are “Stellar Underwriters” for the project: Sea Lion Caves and Three Rivers Casino Resort. That leaves just 18 statue sponsorships available, and the FEC, Banner Bank and Oregon Pacific Bank, Siuslaw News already turned in forms. “I keep going back to our original theme, that the arts have a ripple effect on the community. Art reaches out to all ages, and this project will reach out to all ages too. The art that has been displayed under the roof of the FEC has come from all around us and we want it to radiate back up the Oregon Coast.” Connor said.
The FEC recently agreed to a design for the sea lion, nicknamed “Porter.” (pictured above) “It’s a cow sea lion,” Connor explained. “She’s been modeled after a sea lion that’s actually in the water.” An earlier design featured a sea lion in more of a lounging, stationary position. Porter now looks active, and depending on which base the fiberglass figure occupies, can look like she is doing several motions.
The Dancing with Sea Lions committee based the more active design on the logo, initially created by Karylynn Keppol, of Florence, who is now a senior at The Art Institute of Portland. Continue reading
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will hold the first of three Whale Watching Spoken Here volunteer trainings Dec. 5 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. An additional session is set for Jan. 9, 2016 at Oregon Institute of Marine Biology near Charleston. The Feb. 6, 2016 training at Cape Lookout State Park near Tillamook is full. Limited seats remain for Newport and Charleston. Priority registration will be given to new volunteers.
The training will teach volunteers how to locate and identify whales, as well as how to help visitors spot whales during the watch weeks. Training is free if you pre-register and sign up to volunteer at one of the watch sites for at least two days during either the Dec. 27-31 or March 19-26, 2016 Whale Watch weeks.
Prospective volunteers can learn more about the program and register for the upcoming training sessions at http://www.whalespoken.org. Look for the “2015-2016 Volunteer Registration and Training Schedule” link for information about the training and the registration form.
OPRD coordinates both the winter and spring Whale Watch Weeks in partnership with Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology and Washington State Parks. More information about the Whale Watching Spoken Here program is available at http://www.whalespoken.org or by calling (541) 765-3304.
During this weeks Port of Newport Board of Commissioners meeting Port general manager Kevin Greenwood gave the commissioners an update regarding what is going on at McLean Point. He explained the Port is only one of three deep draft ports on the Oregon Coast. Newport was also recently voted the number one commercial fishing port on the west coast. He said the terminal area has a 3-acre surge area for consolidating product for placement onto a barge or ship.
Greenwood said there is a real need for shipping out of Newport and for the staging area to be built to accommodate a variety of potential customers. “Since 2013 we have received a lot of inquiries from companies that are interested in seeing a wide variety of products, we have a list of over 40 trade associations and businesses interested in shipping products out of Newport.” He said “Teevin Bros moves a lot of products for shipping not just logs. The missing component in Newport to get this work done is a lay down area to get products ready to ship.”
He explained that they are looking to develop a 9-acre site next to the terminal. Next to the site it is being proposed to put in an industrial park on the 30-acre site to the south of where the port will build the lay down are. This is on the Hall property, which would become a site for warehouses and industrial support. The project would create 85 construction jobs and 48 permanent jobs. There is hope if all the funding comes together to get the project started by next year and start moving product by the beginning of 2018.