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Attacks on Israel; reporter on the ground

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Homepage has been contacted by its source in Israel that the drone attacks from Iran are in fact a reality. While none of the drones have crossed into Israel as of yet, the reporter has told us that there has been a single ballistic missile entering Israeli air space. Our reporter has been ordered to a bomb shelter where he is taking refuge. This is an unfolding story.

 

D River Beach Clean Up April 20, 2024

Photo from SOLVE news release

Join the Kiwanis Club of Lincoln City on Earth Day at D River State Recreation Site. This is a semi-annual beach clean-up party to help keep our beach and ocean clean. Supplies provided, or bring your own work gloves, grabber, and bucket! Meet at the D River Recreation Site off highway 101 and then head a group to pickup trash on the beach.

Advanced Registration: Is required. Please sign up (green button below) ahead of time to guarantee your spot.

Meeting Location: D River State Recreation Site! Volunteers will check-in at the sign-in table on the grass between the beach and the restrooms at D River. Look for white tent and SOLVE signs.

Address: 101 US 101 Lincoln City, OR 97367 | Map Link

What to Bring: Please wear closed-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, and bring a backpack for hands-free convenience. Feel free to bring your personal tools if available and a reusable water bottle to support our sustainability efforts.

What’s Provided: Vinyl gloves, litter bags, safety information.

Restrooms: Restrooms are available at the State Park adjacent to the sign-in table.

Parking: Paved parking is available at the State Park.

Transit: Not available nearby

Accessibility: This area is accessible for folks with mobility concerns.

Translation Services: There will not be a Spanish speaker present at this event.

Participant Age Guidelines: All Ages Welcome

Groups: If you’d like to register a group, please create a team first. For detailed instructions, review our Teams Guide.

New ‘Patriots’ group stirs political scene

Marie McFarlane holds newspaper highlighting group’s efforts

A countywide group of conservatives on March 9 basked in the afterglow of a series of events that drew headlines as well as the ire of some local progressives.

The Hilltop Patriots, meeting in the backroom of a popular Lincoln City restaurant, recounted their flag-waving exploits during the arrival of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) at the Lincoln City Cultural Center on March 16. The demonstration caught the attention of the Lincoln County Leader newspaper, which splashed the display of disgruntled citizens across its front page.

Some organizers of the open house tried to shut down the rally, to no avail. “They called it a ‘protest,’ but all we were doing was carrying American flags,” commented one undeterred participant. “That’s not a protest.”

The event also caused a social media stir, with opponents painting the group as “right-wing extremists” and “MAGA fanatics” in some posts. But Patriot spokeswoman Marie McFarlane said that wasn’t the case — the 60-member group has followers interested in a wide array of issues “important to everybody.”

At Tuesday’s meeting, for example, the group heard an extensive report on the curriculum of the Lincoln Co. School District. A committee of citizens from the group recently reviewed middle school and high school science books, including the bi-lingual “Experience Chemistry, Vol. 2.” The high school book passed “with no propaganda,” but the lower level tome contained dozens of one-sided views the committee deemed “political ideology” instead of science.

Rick Beasley candidate for Lincoln County Commissioner

A guest speaker was Rick Beasley, candidate for Lincoln Co. Commission, who claimed the county’s handling of the tourism industry led to the loss of 60 jobs in January. A Depoe Bay resident who sits on the city council there, Beasley also spoke to issues such as rural sprawl, environmental threats and “other self-inflicted wounds.” The primary election is May 21

Firearm discharge early Monday morning 4/8/24 **UPDATE:*

*New information received from eyewitnesses on scene paint a different picture than was originally received. 

According to witnesses, shortly after 2a.m. an individual standing in the middle of North Hwy 101 allegedly discharged a handgun three times into the air.

Management of Nokturnal immediately came outside to investigate while encouraging patrons to remain inside. The manager and floor supervisor asked everyone gathered on the nearby sidewalk to disperse, which they did.  As earlier reported, no one was injured or arrested*  

According to police reports, in the early morning hours of Monday, April 8 a male patron left Nokturnal/The Grill 1330 NE Hwy 10 Lincoln City, walked to his vehicle and discharged a firearm into the air.  No other person was involved and according to Lincoln City Police there was no altercation with any other individuals.  

The suspect left the scene without consequence.  However, later that morning a suspect  was detained by Lincoln City Police in front of Lincoln City BBQ at 1343 NW U.S. 101.

In a compelling video captured by and posted to the Lincoln City Homepage Community Facebook page by Eric Johnson a suspect can be seen handcuffed and lying face down on the wet asphalt of Hwy 101 outside of a vehicle.

According to the Lincoln City Public Information Officer no arrests were made as the suspect was not the individual they were seeking.  The detained individual was released on scene.

 

The Week in Review. What I think.

Greetings Homepage readers!

solar eclipse lincoln city
(photo by Justin Werner)

Well, Easter is behind us and an eclipse is in front of us.  Some folks see eclipses as portents of doom. Others see visions of Heavenly intervention.  I guess it depends on which side of the spiritual coin you choose.  Either way, an eclipse is pretty cool.  I like them because they make me pause for a moment and appreciate just how very small I am in the big scheme of things. And they mess with my chicken’s brains.  Which is always funny.

Speaking of fools-April Fools day came and went without much damage to my ego.  No one pulled “a good one” on me this year (all of my friends have become way too polite.)

The grandchildren haven’t quite grasped the concept of the day and it was difficult to explain to them why I kept telling them that their shoes were untied and then breaking out in laughter when they looked at them (none of which have laces- only hook and loop straps).  Getting old isn’t for the meek folks. 

Beachgoers look for hidden driftwood

Homepage, for the first time, dipped its journalistic big toe into the prank headline pool by offering a story with a twist on the popular “Finders Keepers” glass float promotion held in Lincoln City.  Homepage offered free driftwood to any that could find it on the beaches. We titled the promotion “You Find ‘Em, you Keep ‘Em.”  Some amusement was expressed.

Vandalized protective netting

In local news, vandals destroyed the protective netting that surrounds the outfield of K1 at Kirtsis park ball diamond.  Park employees reported the crime to police who immediate called for a dragnet around the park. But, as it was pointed out to the officer in charge, the only available net had been cut and was full of holes.

What would motivate someone to gather the tools needed to cut a heavy duty net, cut the net (have you ever tried to cut netting? it takes forever!) and then try to secretly leave the area dragging 100 feet of nylon netting behind themselves.  The mind boggles.

I, of course, have my theories about this crime which I forwarded to the local constabulary.  Could the perpetrator be a renegade gill netter?  He would of course need to be working off of a very small boat.  I suggested keeping an eye out at the D River for anyone trying to catch migrating salmon in front of Kyllo’s.

Another theory that comes to mind is that someone from the Portland Trailblazers organization was seeking larger net making material to increase the size of their basket as they seem unable to hit the small ones currently in use. 

Lastly I believe that the netting was destined for the landscaping black market.  With the never ending proliferation of fake pier decorations in nearly every single front yard on the entire Oregon coast it’s clear someone was looking to move hot nets.

Tacky décor is a crime.

It’s got to be easy to find buyers of stolen marine décor. They all want the same look: three poles bound together by mooring rope with a fake seagull jammed atop and then garishly wrapped in netting.  Mmmm, I can almost smell the ocean.  Clearly, this should provide the detectives of the Lincoln City Landscape Crimes Squad with enough circumstantial evidence to begin arresting every home and business owner that has these things in their yards.  Crime doesn’t pay and it usually lacks good taste.

County wide, the biggest news was the changing of camping rules at Moonshine Park.  With a name like “Moonshine Park” you have to know it didn’t have many rules to begin with. 

Response on the Lincoln City Homepage Community Facebook page was interesting.  There were very few comments but many, many “shares.”  Shares are like whispers between folks that would prefer to not have their stills found.  

Moonshine Park users react to new rules

Statewide, Oregon’s governor signed HB4002 into law.  The bill recriminalizes possession of “hard” drugs.  And while there is nothing really funny about people’s lives being destroyed by drug use, it is amusing to think that a majority of Oregonian voters thought it was a good idea to allow drug addicts to possess and use drugs without consequence and that there would be no societal ramifications from it.  Well, as it was said in the movie Forest Gump; “Stupid is as stupid does.”

Looking forward to a mighty fine week.  I hope you are too.

 

New city park silent auction and social hour

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Lincoln City Parks & Recreation (LCP&R), in partnership with Chinook Winds Casino Resort and the Friends of Lincoln City Parks and Recreation 501c3, announce a special Social Hour and Silent Auction on Fri 4/19, 5:30pm at Chinook Winds Casino Resort 1777 NW 44th St.

The theme is ‘Coastal Dream – A Park for All! Where Everybody Finds Their Favorite Spot.’

The event will include complimentary appetizers, no-host cash bar, silent auction, raffle, free guest prizes and more!

All are welcome to attend this free event, and no RSVP is required.

This event launches the public fundraising campaign for first new Lincoln City Community Park in over 20 years The 6.71 acre park is located at 4815 SE 51st St (the former Taft Elementary School site).

The park will  host a number of first for a public sites in Lincoln City, such as the first  inclusive and accessible playground, first permanent pickleball courts, first covered multi-sports court, first public turfed multi-sport field, a special event stage and lawn, picnic shelters, open space trail, and much more.

Moonshine Park rules changed

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According to a news release form Lincoln County,–

“To address issues with overcrowding, guest and staff safety, and access to county recreation facilities, Lincoln County Parks will require overnight camping reservations during the 2024 season.”

Parks Supervisor Kelly Perry said, “First, we have introduced a maximum limit of six individuals per campsite at Moonshine, down from the previous allowance of 10, This adjustment is necessary to alleviate strain on our septic system, which is currently over capacity.”

Perry continued, “Additionally, Lincoln County Parks has implemented restrictions on the number of vehicles permitted per campsite. Each campsite is now limited to one RV/vehicle and one additional vehicle.

It’s important to note that reservations are now required for all campsites. This change
aims to prevent the disappointment, inconvenience and even open conflict experienced
by many visitors under the previous first-come, first-served system, which often led to
overcrowding and frustration due to lack of available space.”

Following a review period, reservations for the B-loop will be open for the upcoming summer season starting May 1. This decision was made to provide equitable access to all visitors while assuring local residents have access to a beloved gathering spot. So far, 80% of reservations through the new system have been Lincoln County residents.

For day use visitors, Moonshine Park continues to have a total of 27 spaces available.
Day use fees are $5 per day or $35 for an annual pass – this has not changed. To
ensure the safety and enjoyment of all park users, overflow parking within the park will
not be permitted to ensure clear fire lanes and access for emergency vehicles.

To make reservations, visit the Parks website at
https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/1149/Campground-Reservations.

Explore Lincoln City announces “Tap and Brew Trail,”

According to a news release from Explore Lincoln City a new self-guided tour of Lincoln City’s beer scene will be available online in time for “National Beer Day designated on April 7.

“This self-guided journey invites beer aficionados and adventurous travelers alike to immerse themselves in Lincoln City’s dynamic brewery scene at their leisure. The trail is not just a celebration of craft beer—ranging from hoppy IPAs to rich stouts—but also an opportunity to enjoy Lincoln City’s stunning natural landscapes, including the picturesque Siletz Bay.
Guided by the digital passport, participants can explore local favorites, from the oldest bar on the Oregon Coast to family-owned breweries, and even a tiki-themed spot known for its selection of Oregon microbrews. After downloading the free passport, participants can check in at each location and work their way towards redeeming prizes.”
Here’s how the Tap and Brew Trail works:
  1. Sign up online: Use the checkout here to sign up for this free passport. There is no app to download.
  2. Explore the passport: This mobile-exclusive passport is a collection of curated breweries and pubs to explore during your stay.
  3. Redeem: When visiting a participating business, visitors should present their pass to a staff member to activate a unique pin to check in at that location. Each stop on the trail gets you one step closer to winning great prizes! Current participating locations include Aces Sports Bar & Grill, Beachcrest Brewing Company, Gilgamesh Brewing – The Coast, McMenamins Lighthouse Brewpub, Pelican Brewing – Siletz Bay, Snug Harbor Bar and Grill, The Beach Club & Event Center, The Pines Dine – A Food Truck Village and Zeller’s Bar & Grill with more locations to be potentially added in the future.

Oregon Heritage Commission to meet April 17 and seeks to fill vacancies

oregon state parksPress release- 

The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet April 17 in Forest Grove and online.  

 To view the full agenda and/or to register for the virtual meeting option visit here

There is one appointed position currently vacant on the Oregon Heritage Commission and two positions that will become vacant July 2024. The Heritage Commission is especially seeking members with knowledge and experience related to community institutions, heritage tourism, or education/higher education and who have experience working with diverse cultural groups. The Commission seeks applications from those that live in the Southern, Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon area.

The Commission is the primary agency for coordination of heritage activities in the state. This includes carrying out the Oregon Heritage Plan, increasing efficiency and avoiding duplication among interest groups, developing plans for coordination among agencies and organizations, encouraging tourism related to heritage resources, and coordinating statewide anniversary celebrations.

The group meets four-six times per year in changing locations around the state and will offer virtual options to attend meetings. Commissioners are also asked to occasionally participate in meetings or events in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time. Appointed Commissioners are reimbursed for their travel and related expenses while conducting official commission business.

To request appointment, go to Governor Tina Kotek’s Boards and Commissions webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/board-list.aspx

More information about the Oregon Heritage Commission is available online at www.oregonheritage.org and from Commission coordinator Katie Henry at 503-877-8834 or [email protected]

Special accommodations for the meeting – including translation services – may be made by calling (503) 986‐0690 or [email protected] at least 72 hours prior to the start of the meet

Vandalism at Kirtsis Park

vandalized protective netting

The netting on the outfield fence that protects adjacent fields from errant fly balls was cut into pieces this week.

According to Lincoln City Park and Recreation staff on scene, “The net had been sagging throughout the winter due to heavy rains and because the field was still wet we couldn’t bring out the necessary equipment to tighten the cables.  Then, sometime this week we discovered that someone had entered the field and sliced up the netting.”

Damaged netting awaits disposal

Staff indicated that the netting was damaged beyond repair and a new one was being ordered.  Estimated cost will be in excess of two thousand dollars