WHS students in the Cadet Firefighting Program are, from left, Jonah Land, Blake Bittick and James Henderson. Kira Shadden not pictured. (courtesy photo)
High school graduate today – certified firefighter tomorrow? Yes, indeed!
This year, Waldport High School is partnering with Central Coast Fire & Rescue to build a cadet firefighting program. Upon completion of the course and graduation from high school, the students will be eligible to complete their certification as a firefighter in the state of Oregon. The first students to participate in this program are seniors Blake Bittick, James Henderson and Kira Shadden, and sophomore Jonah Land. They have been working with Chief Dennis Cannon and Training Officer Adam Wilkinson to learn fire, rescue, and emergency medical service response in accordance with the fire district’s standard operating guidelines.
The program is taught at the high school during school hours, with various firefighters having the opportunity to teach mini-lessons on different chapters. The students also worked outside of the school day at the fire station, to gain experience with some of the larger apparatus.
Students are not allowed to be in a dangerous environment until they are 18 and have graduated. Therefore, they will be required to do about a month of training after graduation to complete their firefighter certification. Teacher Melissa Steinman says Central Coast Fire & Rescue has shown an amazing level of commitment to the program and desire to provide additional learning opportunities to Waldport students. In fact, they are hoping to offer a First Responder course next year.
The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors declared a vacancy in Zone 5 at its meeting on February 10. Board member Terri Woodd regretfully tendered her resignation due to health concerns prior to the board meeting. Those interested in this volunteer position must reside in Zone 5 (Makai, Ona Beach, Seal Rock, Waldport, Yachats) at the time of application and throughout the duration of the appointment. Candidates must have resided in the district for one year prior to the appointment and must be registered voters. Candidates may not be employees of Lincoln County School District.
Applications will be available beginning February 11 on the district website, at the district administration office in Newport, and at the two Waldport schools. Applications will also be mailed to interested parties upon request. Applications are due to Board/Superintendent Secretary Laurie Urquhart in person, by mail, fax (541-574-7620) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) on or before Monday, March 2, no later than3 p.m.
The Board will review the applications and select a maximum of three finalists for a personal interview with the school board. The interviews will take place during a special session meeting of the board on Wednesday, March 4, at Newport High School (exact time to be determined; early evening). The Board will deliberate following the interviews. The Board will announce the appointment and fill the vacant position at the March 10 regular board meeting, to become effective immediately.
Appointment will be through June 30, 2015. The appointee may run for the two-year remainder term in the May, 2015 election. For more information, contact Board/Superintendent Secretary Laurie Urquhart at email@example.com or by phone at 541-265-4403. Clicking on the banner at the top of the page will take you to the school district’s website.
The Newport warming center will be open at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds at 633 SE 3rd Street at
TUESDAY DECEMBER 30th
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 31st
To access the Newport Warming Center, the following criteria must be met:
• Be at least 18 years of age or with a parent/guardian at least 18 years of age; in need of a warm, dry & safe place to sleep.
• Warming center guests must not be visibly intoxicated. If a guest appears to be intoxicated, they may sober up outside and return.
• Must sign in with name and birth date (names are run for outstanding warrants for violent offenses. If guest has an active warrant for a non-violent offense they have unofficial amnesty)
The center offers a warm, dry & safe place to sleep during the coldest nights of the year. The warming center be open when conditions are hypothermic or when the temperature dips below freezing. The center offers a warm, dry & safe place to sleep during the coldest nights of the year. The warming center be open when conditions are hypothermic or when the temperature dips below freezing.
People interested in volunteering or donating food/supplies should contact Traci Flowers at 541-265-1974. Donations of food WILL NOT be accepted at the Fairgrounds.
Also the Lincoln City Warming shelter will be open tonight through Wednesday night from 6pm to 7am. The shelter is located in the Congregational Church on NW 25th St, directly behind Kenny’s IGA North. For more information contact Sandy Gruber at 541-921-3565.
The DaNobel house in Waldport is looking for volunteers to be able to stay open to offer warmth for those in need. Interested volunteers can contact the shelter at 541-563-7323. They will be open until 7pm tonight (12/29) with a hot meal and warmth but more volunteers are needed to keep the space open longer.
New Waldport Food Pantry (photo by Larry Coonrod)
Waldport Food Pantry has moved into their new home on Crestline Drive. Chris Plummer pantry manager said they are very excited to be moving into their new home. She said they outgrew their building because of the need and joined forces with the South Lincoln Resources and the free clothing program in Waldport. They all held fundraisers and applied for grants over the past 8-years and now the organizations have a new building to call home.
Plummer said this is good news for those in need in South County as they will be able to keep and store more food for their clients. She said the South county area always has an ongoing need for food, especially during this time of year. She said the expanded space allows them to accept more dairy and fresh produce items. The new location is at 3710 Crestline Drive past the school and the college. The days and hours will remain the same on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 and the first Saturday of the month from 11-1. Those interested in donating can contact Chris at 541 270-7869.
School is back in session, and that means that quality affordable health care for Lincoln County students is as close as the nearest high school. For more than two decades, Taft, Toledo, Newport and Waldport High Schools have been home to full-service health care clinics that provide a complete range of behavioral health and physical health services, including immunizations, to Lincoln County school district students.
Students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade are served at these centers and fees are determined on a sliding scale based on the ability to pay. The clinics are operated by the Lincoln County Health and Human Services Department’s (HHS) Lincoln Community Health Center and are the result of a long-term partnership between the County and the Lincoln County School District. “The clinics provide important, and sometimes life-saving, services to local students,” said Commissioner Terry Thompson, a long-time advocate for the clinics who once served on a state advisory committee for school based health centers. Continue reading
On November 21, 2014 at approximately 5:15 a.m. Corrections Corporal Deb Evertt was working in the booking area of the Lincoln County Jail when Inmate Anthony Wright became uncooperative and refused to answer necessary questions during the intake process. Wright refused several directives to return to his cell, and was then escorted to his cell by staff. As Wright approached his cell door, he extended his arm and lunged his body forward striking the door with his open hand.
The action displayed by Inmate Wright caused Corporal Evertt’s forearm to become trapped between the cell door and the concrete wall. Corporal Evertt was treated and released from the hospital. Inmate Wright remains in custody and was charged with Assault on a Public Safety Officer, in addition to the other prior pending charges of DUII; Hit/Run x 2; Attempt to Elude a Police Officer; Assault III and Reckless Drive. Current bail is set in the amount of $175,000.
On November 20, 2014 at approximately 8:22pm, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a reported hit and run traffic crash (with injury) at Ray’s Food Place in Waldport, Oregon. Deputies were advised the suspect vehicle was a red 1996 Chevrolet Blazer and was last seen fleeing the scene. Minutes later, deputies were advised of a second hit and run crash (damage to yard fence) in the 100 block of SW Maple Street involving the same vehicle.
A Sheriff’s Deputy located the vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lane of travel on Highway 101 and followed it as it turned east onto Highway 34. The vehicle had lost its driver’s side front tire and was traveling on the rim. The deputy initiated a stop on the vehicle by activating his overhead emergency lights and siren but the vehicle failed to stop and continued eastbound. The deputy continued to pursue the vehicle until it came to a stop near the intersection of Highway 34 and Spring Street.
The deputy conducted a high risk traffic stop and gave verbal commands to the driver of the vehicle. The driver was non-compliant with the commands and moved toward the deputy ignoring his commands to stay where he was. The deputy deployed a Taser on the driver which successfully stopped the driver’s movement and kept him contained on the ground until a second deputy arrived on scene. The driver was taken into custody without further incident by the deputies. Continue reading