New 21st Century Program Director

LCSD bannerLincoln County School District’s after-school program is under new leadership, with the hiring of Karen Shores as director of LCSD’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Shores has lived in Lincoln County for nearly 15 years, and comes to the school district with many successful years of grant writing, fiscal management, and fundraising experience. “I am a very happy person who strives to create a positive work environment for my staff, which will translate into a rewarding experience for the students in our program,” Shores says. “I look forward to partnering with others in our community who care about the well-being of children and will join us in helping to create a quality enrichment program.”

In her new position, Shores oversees staff, volunteers, and services at six after-school sites located throughout the county, and collaborates with staff at two partner sites. The program’s purpose is to provide a diversity of activities that engage youth and build their self-confidence, resiliency, and interpersonal skills, while reinforcing academic learning, including an emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) subjects. Continue reading

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Remove Studded Tires By April 1

ODOT logoODOT reminds drivers who have studded tires on their cars that they must be removed by the end of the day tomorrow. Given current weather forecasts, ODOT does not plan to extend the Oregon studded tire season. The Washington State Department of Transportation announced the same deadline. ODOT encourages drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains. A study completed in 2014 concluded studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year on state highways. Other types of traction tires are available.

These traction tires meet Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for use in severe snow conditions and carry a special symbol on the tire sidewall showing a three-peaked mountain and snowflake. Research shows these tires provide better traction than studded tires when used on bare pavement. Know Before You Go. If you must travel when weather conditions present difficulties, use other types of traction tires or chains, or postpone your travel until conditions change for the better. For the latest in driving conditions you can go to Trip Check dot com or call 511.

Also the use of drilling equipment will result in daytime lane restrictions on Hwy 20 between Toledo and Eddyville tomorrow through Thursday and again the following week on Monday through Wednesday, April 6-8, the highway will be restricted to a single lane of traffic between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. During this time, flaggers will control travel through the construction zone. Travelers should plan on delays no longer than 20 minutes.

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Power of Newport  (2-1-12 through 1/31/14)

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March 29, 2015 · 12:37 pm


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March 29, 2015 · 12:33 pm


or_boat_card p2 or_coverSummer will be here before we know it and in the coming weeks more people will be pulling out their boats from winter storage in preparation for launch in the waters of this state. Below are suggestions which can contribute to your safety and add to your boating pleasure.

• Know the legal requirements for your size vessel. Safety equipment must be accessible and in working condition.
• Wear your life jackets!! 85% of the boating fatalities could be avoided by wearing a personal floatation device. Remember it won’t save your life if you don’t wear it.
• Have children and non-swimmers wear a personal floatation device. Each device should be of suitable size for the intended wearer and fit securely. 90% of those who die in boating accidents drown.
• Be prepared and carry extra equipment such as a bailer (bucket), anchor, first aid kit, visual distress signal, tool kit, flashlight with extra batteries, and a cell phone.
• Don’t over load your boat. Follow the recommendations on the capacity plate of your boat.
• Capsizing, sinking, and falling overboard account for 70% of boating fatalities.
• If your boat should capsize, your best chance for survival and rescue is to stay with the boat. Pull as much of your body out of the water as possible to preserve body warmth.
• Hypothermia can be a killer; keep your body dry and warm as possible.
• It is illegal to operate any boat while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Use the designated driver concept; a sober skipper is a must.
• Stressors such as exposure to sun, wind, cold water, vibration, noise, and alcohol all affect your ability to react.
• Don’t run out of fuel. Practice the 1/3 rule: 1/3 for trip, 1/3 for return, and 1/3 for spare.
• Fuel vapors are heavier then air and collect in the bilge. Never fill gasoline cans in the boat.
• When anchoring, use a line that is several times longer than the depth of the water and never anchor by the stern.
• File a float plan. Let someone know where you’re boating and when you’ll be back.
• You’re responsible for damage or injury caused by your wake. Exercise caution around other boaters and docks.
• As of January 2009, all persons operating a motor boat greater than 10 horsepower are required to carry a Boater Education Card. The card shows that the operator has passed an approved boater education course or equivalency exam.

For further information on Boating in Oregon, people are encouraged to pick up the Oregon Boaters Handbook available at your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office or you can visit the Oregon State Marine Board web site:

For more information and tips, visit our web site at and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.


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Spring Break Work At Lincoln County Schools

Crews from Page Concrete Construction pour concrete for the new ramps leading to two classrooms, the music building, and the cafeteria building at Taft Elementary. (courtesy photo)

Crews from Page Concrete Construction pour concrete for the new ramps leading to two classrooms, the music building, and the cafeteria building at Taft Elementary. (courtesy photo)

Taking advantage of empty schools during the annual spring break, Lincoln County School District (LCSD) work crews are in high gear to accomplish as much as possible before students and staff return on March 30. LCSD Support Services Director Rich Belloni says the focus of much of the work is getting schools ready for the next school year. This includes creating additional classrooms for full-day kindergarten in the north area and reopening a school in Newport to accommodate the reconfiguration of grade levels in the west area.

Inside one of the two new classrooms being created out of the former Taft Elementary mat room (courtesy photo)

Inside one of the two new classrooms being created out of the former Taft Elementary mat room (courtesy photo)

Taft Elementary: Three projects are in progress at Taft Elementary School in Lincoln City – remodeling the former mat room into two classrooms; replacing exterior wooden ramps with concrete ramps inside an interior corridor; and expanding the computer lab. Over spring break, district maintenance crews removed a wall between the computer lab and the media center and reframed it eight feet over into the library. This will allow room for 15 additional stations in the computer lab, for a total of 40.

The wooden ramps that connected the south end of the school building to the separate music room building and cafeteria building have been demolished, along with the concrete stairs and short hallway leading to the mat room. On Tuesday, crews from Page Concrete Construction were on site, spreading concrete into forms. When completed, the ramp and walkways will be inside an enclosed corridor.

Meanwhile, interior remodeling continues on the two classrooms being constructed out of the mat room, which has been used as indoor play space in recent years. Sheetrock is up on the newly framed walls and has begun on the ceiling fixtures and conduits; when completed, the two new classrooms will resemble other classrooms in the building. Continue reading

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March 28, 2015 · 4:26 am