Thursday, September 24, 2020

Mayor, council seat contested in Depoe Bay

Latest articles

Amy Ryan Courser blasts do-nothing politicians for wildfire negligence

Heads should roll on Nov. 3 for slipshod forest policies that changed Oregon into a tinderbox waiting for a spark, declared a contender for Congress who is turning the U.S. 5th District into a hot seat. 

Lincoln County/A Galaxy of Stars

Behold the sinister orange glow that highlights the struggling red sun's attempt to melt the dense smoke.

Depoe Bay resident boosts Portland Police morale with gift bags

A Depoe Bay woman recently organized delivery of gift bags to an embattled Portland Police Bureau, who have been the target of attacks by rioters in the City of Roses.

Multi-agency Resource Center opening at Lincoln City Outlets

Lincoln County community services and FEMA are hosting a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) that will be available for those whose homes and businesses were affected by the Echo Mountain Complex Fire and accompanying wind event.

Lincoln City man shoots self in groin at checkout

Lincoln City Police responded to McKay's Market Sunday for a reported gunshot wound, discovering a man had accidentally shot himself in the groin.

Echo Mountain Complex: 293 homes destroyed, Zero fatalities

Officials with the Echo Mountain Complex have completed preliminary structural damage assessments in the fire area and 293 residential structures have been determined to be a total loss.

Echo Mountain Complex Fire 40 percent contained

A lack of expected rain hasn’t stopped firefighters from getting more control over the Echo Mountain Wildfire as 40 percent of the fire is contained and mopping up efforts are underway. 

New ‘dignified’ donation distribution center at Lincoln City Outlets

Lincoln County Public Health officials and members of the Lincoln City church community will be opening a centralized donation distribution center in Lincoln City, 2 p.m. Tuesday to get needed supplies in the hands of people affected by the wildfires.

Echo Mountain Complex Wildfire 33 percent contained

A milestone was reached for firefighters on the Echo Mountain Complex yesterday as 100 percent of the control line has been completed on both fires.

Garbage fire at North Lincoln Sanitary Service

North Lincoln Fire and Rescue responded to a fire inside a garbage truck behind the main office of North Lincoln Sanitary Service Monday evening.

Most popular

Evacuations in effect for Lincoln City

A level 3 evacuation is in effect for all of Lincoln City from 40th street north. Level 3 means go now.

Fire strikes historic Otis Cafe on Independence Day

North Lincoln Fire Rescue units swarmed the Otis Cafe shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday to combat a fully involved fire at the iconic restaurant.

Highway 101 hole prompts ODOT to call in geologists

Oregon Department of Transportation officials have called in geologists Thursday to take core samples of a hole on southbound Highway 101 in Otis.

Lincoln City wildfires update

Lincoln City government issued an update Thursday on wildfires north of the city, saying all evacuation orders are still in effect and residents are not allowed in the area.

An evacuated Lincoln City sits dark and intact

Lincoln City Police were active Wednesday night and were patrolling with spotlights in a town evacuated and once again without power.

Local men face drug, weapons charges following ATF search and arrest raid

Two Lincoln City men and a Cloverdale resident were charged Wednesday after Special Agents from the ATF Seattle Field Division executed multiple federal search and arrest warrants in Lincoln City.

Depoe Bay Election 2020

DEPOE BAY — Voters yearning for a lively fall election won’t be disappointed as two city council veterans with contrasting views square-off for mayor while a conservative charter-boat captain challenges a prominent environmentalist for a key seat.

In all, six positions are up for grabs Nov. 3 in Depoe Bay, whose idyllic image as a quaint coastal fishing village has been rocked by a bookkeeping fiasco, plunging revenues and growing unrest in its picturesque harbor.

General election ballots will include the race for mayor, the cage fight for Pos. 5, three candidates running unopposed and a seat with no contenders. On Friday, City Recorder Barbara Chestler announced the aspirants:

MAYOR, 2 yr. term:

Businessman Jerome Grant and retired office manager Kathy Short are reaching for the gavel currently held by Mayor Robert Gambino, whose promising term was overshadowed by a front-office accounting scandal that left the city’s books in shambles. Both are current members of the city council.

Grant, 62, a successful restauranteur, owns Gracie’s Sea Hag and The Horn Public House & Depoe Bay Brewing Co. A former commercial urchin diver who served on the governor’s commission on developmental fisheries, he holds a degree in computer technology from Western Oregon University. Elected in 2018, he is halfway through his term at Pos. 4.

Short, a community volunteer who once managed offices for medical clinics, golf courses, logging companies and fishing operations, was appointed to fill a vacancy at Position 5 in Jan., 2018. Citing her full-charge bookkeeping credentials among other qualifications, she was elected 10 months later to a two-year term (which expires Dec. 31).

CITY COUNCIL POS. 1, 4-year term:

Autumn Watson is running alone for the seat currently occupied by Dockside Charters co-owner Loren Goddard. Watson, 34, grew up in Depoe Bay before leaving for the University of Hawaii (Maui), where she earned a degree in sustainable science management. She is the granddaughter of the late Fred Robison, a pioneer of the Depoe Bay charter fishing industry.

CITY COUNCIL POS. 2, 4-year term:

Also unopposed on the general election ballot will be Lindsy Bedingfield, a former teacher, city planner and park ranger who has been a stay-at-home mom here for about five years. A recent appointee to the city budget committee, she appears slated to replace Debbie Callender, who said she chose family affairs over a second term on the council.

CITY COUNCIL POS. 3, 4-year term

Joyce King, who retired three years ago from a corporate hiring and management, was appointed to the city council in March, 2020, to fill the seat of someone who quit in distress over ongoing financial turmoil at city hall. “I believe that my many years of increased responsibilities, and working with many types of individuals, will be an asset to the City of Depoe Bay City Council,” she commented.

CITY COUNCIL POS. 5, 4-year term

Appointed Sept. 1 to fill-out a three-month term at Pos. 6, charter skipper Roman Smolcik is Depoe Bay’s newest city councilman. But instead of running as the incumbent for an uncontested seat, the 36-year-old father of five elected to challenge environmentalist Fran Recht to a winner-take-all race for Pos. 5. Smolcic, who owns and operates f/v Kadaho, previously served on the city’s harbor commission.

Recht is a program manager at Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, a quasi-government agency that recommends commercial fishing policies and regulations. A biochemist by training, she previously served on the Depoe Bay Planning Commission and is active with conservation and environmental groups, including the Midcoast Watersheds Council where she is vice chair.

CITY COUNCIL POS. 6, 4-year term

Vacated by Barbara Leff in August, the Pos. 6 seat is currently held by Roman Smolcic who was appointed to warm the chair for three months. Nobody signed-up to run for the job, however. Barring an unlikely write-in winner on Nov. 3, the new city council will advertise for applicants and appoint someone in 2021.

- Advertisement -
Rick Beasley
Rick Beasley
Rick Beasley is a simple writer who collects sniper rifles for a hobby.

RELATED ARTICLES

Depoe Bay resident boosts Portland Police morale with gift bags

A Depoe Bay woman recently organized delivery of gift bags to an embattled Portland Police Bureau, who have been the target of attacks by rioters in the City of Roses.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Moody’s yanked Depoe Bay’s credit rating a year ago. The state penalized the city for its port and non-existent bookkeeping. The city finances are complete mess. And they can’t even raise revenues by charging a reasonable price for gas at the dock without somebody who’s receiving a subsidy whining about it. Depoe Bay needs to get it stuff together and act like a responsible city government. If they don’t, they’re going to be inviting dissolution of the city and a takeover by the county or the state.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisements -

Trending

Depoe Bay resident boosts Portland Police morale with gift bags

A Depoe Bay woman recently organized delivery of gift bags to an embattled Portland Police Bureau, who have been the target of attacks by rioters in the City of Roses.

Lincoln City man shoots self in groin at checkout

Lincoln City Police responded to McKay's Market Sunday for a reported gunshot wound, discovering a man had accidentally shot himself in the groin.

Multi-agency Resource Center opening at Lincoln City Outlets

Lincoln County community services and FEMA are hosting a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) that will be available for those whose homes and businesses were affected by the Echo Mountain Complex Fire and accompanying wind event.

Echo Mountain Complex: 293 homes destroyed, Zero fatalities

Officials with the Echo Mountain Complex have completed preliminary structural damage assessments in the fire area and 293 residential structures have been determined to be a total loss.

Lincoln City wildfires update

Lincoln City government issued an update Thursday on wildfires north of the city, saying all evacuation orders are still in effect and residents are not allowed in the area.

Evacuations in effect for Lincoln City

A level 3 evacuation is in effect for all of Lincoln City from 40th street north. Level 3 means go now.

Amy Ryan Courser blasts do-nothing politicians for wildfire negligence

Heads should roll on Nov. 3 for slipshod forest policies that changed Oregon into a tinderbox waiting for a spark, declared a contender for Congress who is turning the U.S. 5th District into a hot seat. 

Echo Mountain Complex Fire 40 percent contained

A lack of expected rain hasn’t stopped firefighters from getting more control over the Echo Mountain Wildfire as 40 percent of the fire is contained and mopping up efforts are underway. 
00:06:42

Echo Mountain Wildfire: As it happened

The following footage, filmed as the Echo Mountain Complex Wildfire was just getting started, shows Otis, Oregon residents displaced from their homes and culminates in the evacuation of NE East Devils Lake Road.