Quiet and sunny morning before the start of the 5th annual Olalla Derby in 2015.
Anglers and their families are encouraged to come out to Olalla Reservoir near Toledo for a fun-filled day of fishing and outdoor activities on Saturday, April 23. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Georgia Pacific, in cooperation with the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers, are sponsoring a day of fishing at Olalla Reservoir.
The Olalla Reservoir fishing event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a stocked fish enclosure for youth fishing, both youth and adult reservoir-wide fishing derbies, kayak tours, nature hikes and other fun family activities. Prizes will be awarded for the adult and youth fishing derbies, and there will also be a few prizes that every youth participant will be entered to receive. All activities are free.
ODFW will provide rods, reels, tackle, and bait free of charge. People who prefer to use their own equipment are welcome to bring it along. Volunteer angling instructors will be available at the reservoir to help participants set up their gear, cast, reel, and even clean fish. Continue reading
The Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society (YPRHS) will dedicate the latest addition to its rolling stock collection at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the museum in Toledo, Oregon. The retired 45-ton, center-cab locomotive (pictured at left), aptly if not imaginatively nicknamed the “45-Tonner,” is a gift from the Georgia-Pacific (GP) mill in Toledo. It was used there in support of lumber and containerboard operations for most of its 60-year working life. It originally was purchased by the C.D. Johnson Lumber Co. in 1951, prior to selling its Toledo operations to GP the following year.
“Adding the 45-Tonner to our collection is a major step, since it means we will have the Alpha and Omega of historic railroad locomotives that worked in this area,” said YPRHS President Ralph Grutzmacher. “We are deeply grateful to Georgia-Pacific for deciding to make our museum the permanent final home for the engine; we’re hoping to turn it into an interactive and interpretive display for thousands of visitors each year.”
The locomotive was retired due to age and has since been replaced. GP agreed last year to donate it to YPRHS with an estimated in-kind value of $40,000. “We are honored to support the preservation of our region’s vibrant history and industrial heritage,” said James McClure, vice president and general manager of GP-Toledo. “This locomotive literally is a piece of the past and we’re pleased it will remain in Toledo. We are grateful to YPRHS for making it available to the public.” Continue reading
By Kiera Morgan
Just before 3:30am on Thursday February 4th, Toledo Fire and rescue crews were called out to a report of smoke and a fire at a residence on Yaquina Bay Road. Upon fire crews arrival the structure was fully involved. All occupants of the home however were out. One of the occupants however was transported to a Portland area hospital with unknown injuries. According to Fire Chief Will Ewing the fire was challenging to put out because of limited access to the home with a steep winding driveway. He said it took 1,000-feet of hose running from the truck up the driveway to get the fire completely extinguished. Ewing said they had 17 firefighters on scene and received help from Newport and Siletz Fire departments. Chief Ewing said the structural damage prevented immediate determination of what caused the fire. The residence was a complete loss displacing the owner and two renters. They are working with the Red Cross and getting assistance from friends.
Georgia-Pacific announced the Olalla reservoir near Toledo will once again be open to the public as a community resource starting next month. While the reservoir’s primary purpose is to provide water for operations at GP’s container board mill in Toledo, many members of the public use it for boating, fishing, hiking and other recreational pursuits. Due to safety concerns created by low water levels last year, GP closed the reservoir to the public in October. Since then, the company has replaced several vandalized signs. The signs remind visitors to use the reservoir responsibly.
Specifically prohibited are hunting, discharging firearms, overnight camping, tobacco and alcohol usage, open fires and gas-powered boat motors. Dogs must be kept on leashes in the parking and swimming areas and all waste must be carried out or placed in the trash cans available. No lifeguard is present and the reservoir is to be used at one’s own risk during daylight hours.
The site is closed at night. Now that the new signs are in place and water levels have returned to normal, the reservoir will reopen to the public at sunrise Feb. 1. GP reserves the right to close the reservoir to the public for safety or other reasons. GP encourages visitors to comply with the rules of usage so that this privately owned site may serve the public for years to come.
On January 14th, 2016 at approximately 2:32 PM a Toledo Police Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a gold 1999 Ford Escort after observing several traffic violations. The driver of the vehicle, James Clinton Willey, failed to yield to the Officers emergency lights and sirens and led the Officer on a several-mile pursuit with speeds reaching upwards of 90 MPH.
The pursuit ended on Sams Creek Road where the Officer lost sight of the vehicle and had to discontinue the pursuit due to hazardous road conditions and unsafe driving.
Within a few minutes of discontinuing the pursuit, with the help of two citizen reports, the Officers determined Mr. Willey had turned onto Twin Bridges Drive where he was likely hiding out. The Officers staged at the entrance of Twin Bridges Drive while preparing to locate Mr. Willey when they observed Mr. Willey attempting to leave the area as a passenger in a separate vehicle.
Mr. Willey was contacted in that vehicle and eventually taken into custody by the Toledo Police Department with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police. Mr. Willey was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Mr. Willey’s vehicle was located parked nearby, partially concealed with a tarp.
Mr. Willey was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged for Attempt to Elude-Felony, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.
Mr. Willey’s Lincoln County Jail booking photo;
The Toledo Chamber is proud to celebrate the installation of its new welcome sign at the Chamber office. This sign is very special as it took the efforts of the hands, minds and talent of Toledo’s local artists to bring the concept to fruition. The sign itself was hand carved by Rodney Lehrbass and designed and painted by Angie Lehrbass. The beautiful and very special mounting bracket was designed and hand crafted by the late metal sculptor Sam Briseño who was a fixture in Toledo’s art scene for many years.
Originally, the bracket was created for Dave Silwones of Toledo Clayworks, it was designed to hold the sign at Dave’s prior wood-turning business on Toledo’s Main Street and Dave graciously donated this incredible piece of ‘Public Art’ to the Toledo Chamber of Commerce.
According to Lehrbass, “This sign celebrates over 120 years of Toledo heritage and history, remembering the forestry and logging industry, on which Toledo was founded and is hand carved in the same fashion it would have been at the beginning of Toledo’s commerce and is made of Pacific North-West Redwood.
This wood represents the local forest and is both weather and pest resistant for longevity while the scene painted in the center represents the effort of many generations of hard working families, involved in sustaining our forestry and logging industry, to assure a viable future for the residents of Toledo. The simple wording on the sign ties our history to our future. “Toledo, Oregon – Chamber of Commerce” an organization tasked with encouraging, promoting and inviting the expansion of commerce and tourism within in our community, not only for today, but long into the future.” This project was also made possible by a grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund.
The Toledo Chamber of Commerce invites you to stop by at its location at 311 NE 1st Street to see the sign and step inside the recently renovated Chamber office. For those interested in joining the Toledo Chamber of Commerce, please contact the Chamber Office (541) 336-3193 or Director@ToledoOregon.org or visit our web page at http://www.ToledoOregon.org.
information and photo provided by Toledo Chamber of Commerce
By Kiera Morgan
Toledo city manager Jay Baughman gave a report to the city council regarding placing cameras at Toledo public buildings and on Main Street. He explained that having the cameras is beneficial to the police department to help solve crimes by helping to identify suspects and witnesses to crimes within the city. Based on police chief Enyert’s recommendation Baughman said they have included $23,000 into the budget for this project to be phased in over the course of two years. This would add an additional 19 cameras to the already existing 5 surveillance cameras within the city.
The purpose of the report was to request approval for a single vendor source going with HC Etc Incorporated, a company owned by Harlyn Jenkins. The request was made based on Harlyns existing knowledge of the cities communication architecture, having for the past to years been the cities IT contractor. Baughman said “Harlyn has already made substantial improvements to the cities communication system.” That system Baughman said would be integrated into the already existing city computer network system maintained by Harlyn.
The council agreed with the safety aspects of the cameras. Continue reading