Warming Shelters Open

WARMING SHELTERThe 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.

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November 25, 2015 · 10:14 am

Newport Council Considers Recreational Marijuana Rules

By Kiera Morgan

marijuanaThe 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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Work Continues On Newport Aquatic Center-More Traffic Delays

road-closure-pool-constructionBeginning 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.

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Siletz Tribal Grant Will Help Students Go To Earthquake Camp

NOW logo_and_nameThe Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation is excited to announce that it was awarded a grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Fund of $1661.00 to be used by the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Committee for its planned summer 2016 Earthquake Camp for girls. The camp will provide central Oregon coast middle school girls with the opportunity to learn and use engineering, geology and math skills to make a seismometer to measure the earth’s movement. They will learn what causes earthquakes and tsunamis, what steps to take to make sure they and their families are safe, and also will make earthquake/tsunami preparedness kits that they will be able to take home. Depoe Bay geophysicist Kay Wyatt will be leading the camp.

The camp is part of the STEM Committee’s work to interest girls and young women in STEM subjects and careers. Women are way underrepresented in STEM fields. This means that a lot of potential talent is missing from these fields. It also means that women are losing out on more lucrative careers. Overall, women earn only 79% of what men earn. Women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men.

In addition to the Engineering Camp, the STEM committee also hopes to conduct a “Starry Night” astronomy camp for girls during the summer of 2016. Central Oregon Coast NOW has helped sponsor two girls robotic teams, and also the 2015 GEMS (Girls in Engineering and Marine Science) Camp. Some of the STEM committee members have served as mentors for the Newport Science Fair students, and as judges for the MATE ROV robotics competitions. The Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation is very greatful to the Siletz Tribal Charitable Fund for its support of the Engineering Camp. The grant makes the Earthquake Camp possible.

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November 24, 2015 · 3:08 pm

Florence Event Center “Dancing With Sea Lions” Public Art Display

Porter smoothFlorence 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

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