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Newport Students Learn About Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving Campaign 2016(1)Distracted driving is defined as any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystanders. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 there were 3,129 fatalities and 431,000 injuries attributed to distracted driving-related motor vehicle crashes. During that same time period, 10% of all fatalities involving drivers 15-19 years of age were reported to have been distracted at the time of the crash.

In an effort to continue to promote education and encourage positive changes in driving behavior, the Newport Police Department, in cooperation with the Newport High School Leadership Class, brought an educational distracted driving event to the students of Newport High School. The event was Monday, 04/18/2016, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.

The program is in partnership with State Farm Insurance; it is called “Talk To You Later. Got To Go Drive.” Or in text message language, “TTYL GTG DRV”. For this event, students operated a golf cart through a traffic cone course in an open parking lot of the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Students had to negotiate the course which consisted of stop signs, curves, backing, and parallel parking. Student drivers navigated the course while attempting to carry on a text message conversation with another student observing from the sideline. Continue reading

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Hospital Looking For Donations For New Babies

SPCH babyThe Pacific Communities Health District (PCHD) Foundation and the community are seeking donations for the newly designed program that provides new mothers with the essential items,  needed to promote safe sleep and meet some basic needs in baby’s first year. The program is in need of quilts, blankets, bath towels and other handmade baby items to help support the Dr. Ken Stevens Baby Gift project throughout 2016.

“The baby gift includes a portable crib, and for many families, this will be the baby’s only bed,” said Sarah Cole, manager of the SPCH Obstetric Unit. “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is associated with unsafe sleep practices, such as mom and baby sharing a bed, which can lead to suffocation. Sadly, in 2015, our community lost an infant to SIDS, which has raised our awareness.” In addition to the portable crib, the Dr. Ken Stevens Baby Gift includes such items as a crib sheet, flannel sleep sack, diapers, books, bath towel and personal care items.

“Nursing staff use the baby gift as a teaching tool to help prepare new families for the arrival of their infants,” said Cole. All new mothers who plan to deliver their babies at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital are being offered this gift in their third trimester of pregnancy. Mothers who do not receive prenatal care are given the gift when they deliver. Each year, approximately 200 babies are born at the hospital, and more than 70 families have already received gifts.

This project is named in memory of Dr. Ken Stevens, a beloved physician who supported the local hospital. Handmade items can be dropped off at the Samaritan Patient Financial Services Building on the corner of Highway 101 and SW Abbey Street. Cash donations can also be made at For more information, call the PCHD Foundation at 541-574-1810.


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Newport To Hold Parking Workshops

City of Newport LogoThe City of Newport is hosting three public workshops on the parking study for the Bayfront, City Center, and Nye Beach. The public is encouraged to attend and share thoughts about how parking, transit, and/or vanpool services can be improved in these areas of Newport. The city also welcomes any input on significant capital investments that you believe the city should make, or constraints that need to be eliminated, to improve parking conditions in these areas of Newport. The workshops will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., with a focus on a different geographic area, on the following dates:

Tuesday, April 12
Focus Area: City Center
Workshop Location: Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway
Wednesday, April 13
Focus Area: Nye Beach
Workshop Location: Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive
Thursday, April 14
Focus Area: Bayfront
Workshop Location: Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center, 333 SE Bay Boulevard.

The consulting team at Lancaster Street Lab has been retained to assist the city in conducting these workshops, collecting public input, and graphically capturing and mapping out concepts. Representatives from Lancaster Street Lab will be in attendance at each of the workshops. For additional information, contact Derrick Tokos, Community Development Director at 541.574.0626.

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Surfer Rescued From Agate Beach

coast guard rescueA Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Facility Newport rescued a 22-year-old female surfer in distress near Agate Beach State Park, Saturday afternoon. She was transferred to members of the Lincoln County Fire Department on the beach in good condition. Lincoln County 911 dispatchers contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend at around 2 p.m. notifying them that a person on the beach reported a surfer unable to make it to shore. The Dolphin aircrew was on patrol nearby and quickly located the distressed surfer.

“We found the female surfer on the rocks and there were other surfers paddling over to try and help her as well,” said Lt. Kevin Shanahan, pilot of the Dolphin helicopter. “We deployed the rescue swimmer and safely hoisted her into the aircraft. We brought her to EMS on the beach and then made sure none of the other surfers were in danger. Anyone surfing in that area should keep their distance from the rocks for their own safety.”  Weather on scene was reported to be 4-to-6 foot seas with a water temperature of 56 degrees and 10-to-15 knot winds.

Click on the image above to view a video of the rescue. Information and video provided by USCG

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Generous Donation Helps Newport Students

LCSD logoAn anonymous donor in Newport is providing $7,500 in JC Market gift cards for groceries to give to Newport area schools to help families in need. JC Market also gave a 10% discount, resulting in $8,250 in gift cards. The cards will be in denominations of $50 and $100, and will be divided by student population percentage between the four schools in Newport.

Each school will have their own method of determining which families will receive the donations, though preference is given to families in extreme poverty and single family households. This is the second donation this year by the same anonymous donor. It is especially timely given the high number of homeless K-12 students in LCSD (650, the highest number on record). This number does not include homeless children birth to age five.

“Thank you again to our generous anonymous benefactor,” commented Superintendent Steve Boynton. “We are so grateful for this contribution that will benefit those families that need it the most.”

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Newport Council Allocates Last Of Tourism Facility Funds

By Kiera Morgan

Newport city hallOver the years, the Newport city council has distributed all but $26,000 of a million dollar fund that was established for the creation of an event center for the city of Newport. When this did not materialize, these funds were allocated to assist various organizations in creating tourism facilities within the City of Newport. At this point, all that remains is $26,000 of the original million dollars. In December, the council approved an administrative process to authorize the City Manager Spencer Nebel to solicit proposals for the funds from those organizations who had previously received funding in the past.

Applications were received from the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, the Lincoln County Historical Society, and the Sea Lion Dock Foundation. Spencer told the council that it was decided to distribute the funds equally between the three. The city council approved the distribution of the remaining $26,000 in Tourism Facility Grant funds with the Lincoln County Historical Society receiving $8,666, and the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, and Sea Lion Dock Foundation, each receiving $8,667.

This was awarded conditioned upon each of organizations executing a Tourism Facilities Grant agreement. the OCCA would be using the funds to continue their campaign to improve the Performing Arts Center. The Historical Society would be utilizing the funds for continuing their improvements to the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center and the Sea Lion Dock Foundation would use the funds to work on building a public overlook platform over the sea lion docks.



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Newport Photo Contest Awards Cash Prize

MyNewportMoment Photo Contest Newport Chamber of Commerce Flyer

Submit your best photos of Newport, Oregon for a chance to win a cash prize! Now through April 15, the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce is accepting photo submissions for the #MyNewportMoment Photo Contest.

The contest is open to all photographers with a maximum of fifteen entries per person. To participate, email a high resolution image to and tag the photo on Facebook or Instagram with #MyNewportMoment. The photo with the most likes on the Discover Newport Oregon Facebook page at the end of the contest will win $100 cash.

The winning image will be used in Newport, Oregon publications, websites and social media. Credit will be given to the photographer whenever possible. Non-winning entries may also be used by the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce. By submitting a photo to the contest, participants agree to relinquish rights to the submitted photo. All images should be submitted as JPG files with a maximum of 300dpi. Each image file must be less than 2MB and should contain the entrant’s name and photo title in the file name.

For more information on contest rules, please contact Bobbi Price at the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce at 541-265-8801 or

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