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Lincoln City Police find fugitive with children’s help

Richard Hanson

A wanted fugitive from California is in custody after law enforcement acted on tips from children that the suspect was hiding in dense vegetation.

According to Lincoln City Police, Richard Hanson, 28, of Turlock Calif., jumped out of a two-story window when officers tried to contact him at apartments in the 900 block of SE 32nd Street around 9 p.m. Monday, July 26. Officers lost sight of Hanson and began a search of the area.

Children at a nearby playground pointed which way Hanson ran, with one child leading officers to bushes along SE 32nd Street, where they found a jacket Hanson had been wearing.

Lincoln County Sheriff Deputy Zack Akin and K9 Ghost arrived to assist LCPD and went searching in the area the child had indicated. With Akin giving warnings and K9 Ghost barking, Hanson gave up allowing officers to take him into custody.

Richard Hanson arrested

Hanson was arrested for two felony warrants out of California for parole violation and obstruction. An escape charge was added by LCPD. Hanson was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail where his bail is set at $200,000.

From LCPD’s Lt. Jeffrey Winn:

The Lincoln City Police Department would like to express our thanks to Deputy Akin and K9 Ghost. K9 teams provide law enforcement an essential tool in locating wanted persons and deescalating situations. We would also like to thank the young citizens who assisted the police with information regarding the suspects’ direction of travel and general location which helped bring this incident to a safe conclusion. The partnership we have with our citizens greatly assists us in solving crimes and making Lincoln City a safer place to live.

Newport police arrest ‘victim’ for false report of Starbucks robbery

Starbucks robbery

Newport Police arrested a man who said he was robbed for making a false report due to new video evidence discrediting his story.

Thomas Lawrence Yuma, 68, of Newport, said he was robbed with a knife to his throat 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Newport Starbucks. Yuma told police John Thomas Bradford demanded his money and gave it to him.

Investigators looked at video evidence that was not available the day of the incident which “discredited Yuma’s report he had been robbed at knifepoint.”

John Thomas Bradford was freed Monday, July 26, having all charges dismissed by the Lincoln County District Attorney after receiving the new evidence from Newport Police.

Newport officers located Yuma Tuesday, July 27, and arrested him for filing a false report.

Memorial benches frozen

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Depoe Bay has nearly three dozen memorial benches spread across scenic viewpoints in the harbor and rocky ocean headlands. The popular program has been put on hold, however. (Photos by Rick Beasley)
Depoe Bay has nearly three dozen memorial benches spread across scenic viewpoints in the harbor and rocky ocean headlands. The popular program has been put on hold, however. (Photos by Rick Beasley)

DEPOE BAY — The city council has turned away a grieving relative and declared the town’s memorial bench program “on hold” because of a global shortage of plastics to build the celebratory seats.

The decision followed news that the Bill Spores Memorial Bench, ordered in April, won’t arrive until September. Six additional memorial benches that have been ordered have no set delivery dates, at all. “Plastic wood is not being made,” explained public works chief Brady Weidner, who said Chinese and Gulf Coast supply lines are bottlenecked or closed down due to the global pandemic or bad weather.

Alec “Jeff” Bodenweiser is remembered with an oceanfront table in his name. A retired U.S. Marine officer who claimed Depoe Bay as a second home, he earned the Silver Star in the famous battle for Hill 861-A at Khe Sanh on Feb. 5, 1968.
Alec “Jeff” Bodenweiser is remembered with an oceanfront table in his name. A retired U.S. Marine officer who claimed Depoe Bay as a second home, he earned the Silver Star in the famous battle for Hill 861-A at Khe Sanh on Feb. 5, 1968.

At a July city council meeting, the anguished kin of a deceased resident complained about the memorial bench shortage, but found no consolation. City officials also worry they’re running out of room for the $2,000 benches, with nearly three dozen already spread across scenic viewpoints in the harbor and rocky ocean headlands. Some town elders would like to pull the plug on the popular program altogether.

“We need to do something different, get creative, like plaques on trees,” asserted Councilor Fran Recht. “Everywhere I look there’s a bench in my scenic view. “

Visitors and residents are easily drawn to the city’s memorial benches, a popular way to celebrate the life of a leading resident. Some town elders would like to end the program.
Visitors and residents are easily drawn to the city’s memorial benches, a popular way to celebrate the life of a leading resident. Some town elders would like to end the program.

Weidner, the city superintendent, estimated there are 33 or more memorial benches dedicated to leading as well as lesser-known citizens, with a Parks Commission audit underway to get a firm number. After paying $1,000 for a plastic bench, a separate bronze plaque, concrete and city crew installation, the $2,000 price is “break-even” for the town. But maintenance of bench sites and an undercurrent of vandalism have made the memorials as much a liability as an asset, he added.

Semi-truck, minivan crash in Taft

Life Flight Network Lincoln City
One person was transported via Life Flight Network Tuesday after a crash involving a minivan and semi-truck

A semi-trailer and minivan collided shortly after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Taft, sending one person to the hospital by ambulance and another via Life Flight. Taft Crash semi minivan

North Lincoln Fire and Rescue responded to the accident at SW 48th Street and Highway 101 and upon seeing the severity, called for their Heavy Rescue Technical Operations vehicle.

“We’re going to need extrication tools,” a rescuer said over radio.

NLFR Heavy Rescue

One person in the minivan was taken by ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. The other occupant was taken to Taft High School’s “Mesa” field, where a Life Flight helicopter touched down, loaded the patient and flew off in an easterly direction. The condition of both crash victims is unknown at this time.

Taft Crash

The driver of the semi appeared uninjured and was observed walking around the scene of the accident and talking on his phone.

Southbound Highway 101 traffic was stopped until a detour was set up on SW Fleet Avenue.

Lincoln City Police assisted with the crash and Car Care towed the minivan.

Life Flight Network

Palma named County Assistant Emergency Manager

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Jessica Palma

Lincoln County Health and Human Services and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office have selected Jessica Palma as their new County Assistant Emergency Manager.

“I am so excited to be moving into this role,” Palma said. “I have enjoyed serving Lincoln County the last few years and I am looking forward to continuing to make a difference in our communities.”

Palma, who will begin her new job August 1, has served Lincoln County for the last eight years — six of those working for Lincoln County Public Health. With a bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education and as a Certified Prevention Specialist, her passion is helping local communities strengthen their health and resiliency. Over the past 18 months Palma served as a critical team member to both the Public Health COVID and Sheriff’s Office Echo Mountain Complex Fire response teams.

“Having Palma join our Emergency Management Team will be another asset to help our communities prepare, respond and recover from disasters,” County Emergency Manager Jenny Demaris said. “Her enthusiastic outlook and eagerness to build relationships among the health partners will serve Lincoln County well as we move forward in strengthening our community resilience.”

The assistant position is grant funded through the Oregon Health Authority and the Office of Oregon Emergency Management.

In January of 2014 Lincoln County Public Health and the Sheriff’s Office aligned both public health and the County emergency management programs under the direction of Demaris. This collaboration allowed the streamlining of program functions and the full time hiring of an assistant to support both programs.

A strong focus of Palma’s position is to liaison with public health community partners, promote advocacy relationships that serve vulnerable populations, continue to build up the Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer program and encourage promotion of preparedness efforts and developing response plans.

“It is very exciting to have Jessica transfer from our Health and Human Services team,” Public Health Director Florence Pourtal said. “She brings with her the necessary toolbox of public health preparedness skills, resources and a passion for helping communities with preparedness and resiliency planning.”

“We were very pleased with the interview panel’s recommendation to select Jessica as the Assistant Emergency Manager and feel her local knowledge of our County and county services will provide for a smooth transition to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff’s Office Lt. Adam Shanks said.

Warm days mean farmers markets and summer programs for kids

Gomberg Lincoln City

Hello Friends,

I wanted to take some time this week to celebrate our remarkable Farmers and Artisan Markets that grace nearly every community across the district.

Outdoor markets are a showcase for local produce growers, farmers, bakers, wineries, creameries, artisan foods, and one of a kind expertly handcrafted items from handmade knives to handmade soaps. Our farmers offer distinct high-quality produce, meat, cheese, honey, eggs, organic hummus and dips, beautiful healthy plants and so much more. Each is a local small business.

Farmers Market Produce

Some markets include a Food Court with a wide variety of hot and cold food options, beverages, and baked delicacies. You can enjoy live music and special entertainment for kids or chat with Master Gardeners! Check web pages to confirm pets are welcome but please remember that they are required to be on a leash at all times.

Supporting your local farmers and artisans strengthens the community! Catch up with friends and neighbors while stocking up on fresh produce. Experience our local coastal flavor and see what makes these great events so special.

Farmers Market Aerial Photo


I was grateful to join Senator Jeff Merkley on Thursday and to speak with my friends from the Surfrider Foundation and Environment Oregon at the Oregon Zoo about the urgent need to #BreakFreeFromPlastic.

See my presentation here. My time starts at 13:45.

Oregon’s bottle bill is now celebrating 50 successful years. But we still know that 80% of the trash collected on our beaches is single-use plastics including bottles, bags, and food containers. Across the nation, 20 billion bottles are thrown away each year and more than 30 billion pounds of plastic goes unrecycled. That waste clogs our landfills, clutters our roadways, and soils our open spaces, parks, beaches and waterways. Too much filters back into our food stream. Our senator is now proposing a national bottle bill.

As much of our waste becomes more difficult to sell or re-use, Oregon continues to address recycling challenges. But Oregon is just a small part of a national and global problem. I’m pleased to support Senator Merkley’s effort to take one of Oregon’s good ideas national.

Big thanks to Jeff Merkley, Oceana, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Environment Oregon, and State Rep Janeen Sollman.

For more information, check out this story: https://pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/516534-412676-merkley-states-will-aid-push-for-us-plastics-recycling

Break Free From Plastic Pollution Press Event


The Oregon Legislative Education and Outreach Office has partnered with the Young Leaders Program to provide twenty full scholarships for their student civics and leadership camp. This is an annual residential summer program for secondary students, focused on leadership, civics, and character development that emphasizes college and career readiness. Non-scholarship fees range up to $299 based on household size and income.

The week is an experiential learning simulation for students age 13-17. Participants have the opportunity to run for office, start a business, pass laws or be any number of positions inside of the simulation.

The residential program is being held this August at Aldersgate in Turner. Other than the cost to get to camp and be picked up, room, board, t-shirts and program costs are provided for the entire week. Visit here to learn more.

Students may sign up here. On the application page there is a box that says “I am being sponsored.” Please enter “Representative David Gomberg” to qualify for a scholarship.

Young Leaders Program


After my last report on drought, fire, and heat, I wanted to keep things light this week.

Thanks for reading and staying engaged. I’m continuing an aggressive schedule out and around our wonderful district although I may need to ease up next month as I’ve been called for Jury Duty through August. Enjoy these beautiful warm days, be patient with the tourists, reduce water use where you can, and don’t hesitate to reach out if I or my office can be of any help at all.

Warm Regards,

Representative David Gomberg
House District 10

Cool decision saved lives but Mayor’s crash-landing earns reprimand, recall

Dean Sawyer Newport Mayor

NEWPORT — Pilots who keep their cool to save the lives of passengers in the most desperate aviation circumstances are sometimes hailed as heroes before getting hung out to dry like Mayor Dean Sawyer!

Sawyer has been singled-out for recall by a Newport attorney who claims the mayor’s flying record is reason enough to eject him. A retired cop in his second term as mayor, Sawyer crash-landed his disabled Cessna 172 on the beach July 7, 2019, expertly side-slipping scores of beachgoers who might otherwise have been crushed before setting down the half-ton airplane in a way that allowed the survival, with injuries, of all three people on board.

Sawyer was hailed by fellow aviators as “levelheaded” and “cool under pressure,” whereas a lesser pilot would have stalled the plane and killed everyone. The general public, which often finds itself flying aboard commuter deathtraps in order to get anywhere, eagerly followed late-breaking reports and photos of the heroic landing.

Months later the National Transportation Safety Board, which did not actually visit the accident site, released an inconclusive opinion faulting Sawyer for probably running out of gas. The Federal Aviation Administration heaped more blame, issuing the aviator seven citations that were the civilian equivalents of a major traffic ticket and some equipment violations. The most serious charge was operating an aircraft “in a manner that resulted in an accident,” earning Sawyer a 200-day suspension of his pilot’s license in 2020. His license has since been reinstated.

The episode was reminiscent of United Airlines Flight 173, a DC-8 from Denver whose four engines quit over Portland, Ore., on Dec. 28, 1978, with my nephew and niece, ages 11 and 9, riding near the tail section. The only surprise of the night was that they were among 179 survivors in an expertly-flown crash landing by Captain Buddy McGroom, hailed in his hospital bed as a hero until he became the heel who ran out of gas.

“Just read the FAA report, it’s all there,” asserted Susan Reese Painter, a busy, Harvard-educated defense attorney who told me her case against Sawyer is to be found entirely in the pages of the FAA investigation. “The report is the reason for the recall.”

It was from that dry but squishy language that Painter concluded Sawyer “lacks the moral compass to be mayor” and “tarnishes the image of lawful respect and friendliness” she claims Newport is famous for, requiring us to overlook a growing mass of disgruntled tourist haters and an epidemic of car clouts. With Victorian indignation, Painter describes Sawyer as “cavalier” — just the kind of stinging political charge that might have sparked a 19th Century duel!

“His flagrant flaunting of federal safety requirements is even more egregious,” she poetically fumes in her petition, “because he is a former law enforcement officer ‘sworn to serve and protect our community.’”

According to election officials, Painter needs 776 signatures and has 90 days to circulate the petition, which would be a deadline of Oct. 5. If the petitioner takes the entire 90 days, the election would be held on Nov. 23. If the Mayor is recalled, there would be a vacancy in the office, and the Council can fill the vacancy by appointment of the majority of the remaining Councilors, making it all very Machiavellian.

Dean Sawyer told me it is a hard time to be mayor of Newport. The city is in serious peril with a dam that could fail, a water system on thin ice, and looming financial problems that he has vowed to fix “regardless of the political resistance or time it takes.” He faces stiff opposition to new taxes and wonders why, at this climactic moment, Painter wants to reopen the case like it was the Kennedy Assassination. He sounds hurt to be characterized as uncaring for defending his actions.

“They think I’m callous but I’m not,” he said. “I surrendered my license and didn’t challenge the suspension, though I had grounds to appeal.”

My theory is that most part-time pilots and their passengers are doomed, anyway, to a set number of flying hours and that fate can be averted only by selling the airplane or bailing out before the uncertain number is up. From hair-singeing experience as a flyer, professional skydiver and aviation writer who was routinely given the keys to new or sometimes dangerously experimental aircraft, I know two things: first, there is no such thing as a perfectly good airplane; and second, if anything happens, you as an adult passenger bear responsibility for crawling aboard an airplane in the first place.

Rather than suffer a recall, Newport residents should be grateful Dean Sawyer and his passengers are alive and on the mend. They have settled this case and moved on with their lives, and I think it would be right if the rest of us did, too.

Drive-on beach access closures draw support, criticism

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Beach access closed Lincoln City

The extended closure of two drive-on beach access points in Lincoln City has sparked a conversation among residents and tourists, some for and some against driving on the beach.

Some residents have expressed concern about Resolution 2021-34, saying if the City can make the decision to restrict access to a public park (beach), then what is to stop them from restricting access to other state lands. Others are for the move, saying closing the beach to vehicles is the right thing to do and should be made permanent.

Interim City Manager Lila Bradley said she was contacted by Lincoln City Police on June 28, alerting her to a problem arising from 100-200 vehicles on the beach at the NW 15th Street drive on beach access. The issue stemmed from a historic Pacific Northwest heat wave that packed beaches. Bradley said emergency services could not get through and tow trucks were having problems pulling stuck vehicles out as the high tide came in.

Drive-on beach access Lincoln City

Initially, the council voted to close the beach access at 15th Street, adding in 34th Street in case vehicles went there instead. An extension of the resolution was recently passed to keep the closures for another two months until Sept 7.

Beach Access Closures

Councilors Rick Mark and Anne Marie Skinner both said they were against vehicles on the beach at any point, with Skinner saying the City should close the access points until the end of summer.

City Attorney Richard Appicello said intergovernmental cooperation was needed as Oregon State Parks controls the beaches and the City controls the streets leading to the beach. Skinner said having vehicles on the beach at 15th Street is a safety issue and that nobody follows the rules. She wanted the City to immediately start a dialogue with Oregon State Parks, something echoed by other councilors and Mayor Susan Wahlke.

Lincoln City Police Lt. David Broderick came before the council and said his department does not have the staff or resources to deal with problems arising from all the vehicles on the beach at NW 15th Street. Broderick said approximately 16-20 citations were handed out leading up to the closure.

“It’s a dire safety situation at this point,” Broderick said.

Councilor Mitch Parsons said he’s received “dozens upon dozens” of requests over the years to stop vehicles on the beach.

“It all comes down to enforcement,” Parsons said. “If State Parks won’t provide additional resources and LCPD doesn’t have the resources, then we have to act. It’s a matter of keeping the public safe.”

Oregon State Parks officials said:

“The beach rule allowing vehicles is still in effect, but a temporary closure for safety is allowed by those rules and the city let us know what they were doing and why.”

Barricades have been erected at the access points and the City Council will decide what happens next at a future meeting prior to when the closures expire on Sept. 7.

NW 15th Street closed to beach access How do you feel about the closures? Leave your thoughts in a comment below.

Summertime and session wrap up

Dick Anderson State Senator

The 2021 Long Session of the Legislature was the most expensive in Oregon history, approaching $30 Billion in basic spending. And that was all done behind a closed door of the Capital. Closed to the public and lobby. Committee meetings remained virtual for the entire session. Once again proving technology has come a long way but still has its challenges.

Over 2500 bills were introduced, with 600 of them making it to the floor for a vote.

There were plenty of issues grabbing headlines: wildfire prevention and recovery, housing and homelessness, behavioral health/mental health care, recycling, systemic racism, police reform and of course taxes.

Originally, I thought the session would be all about recovery; recovery from Covid-19, from the Labor Day wildfires, from the economic decline. The big question prior to the session was how we were going to trim budgets of the agencies and programs to which so many people had become accustomed. After all, we started the session with a proposed 1-2-billion-dollar reduction in available funds, then ended the session with more money, than we knew how to responsibly spend, thanks to the feds. This plus a May economic forecast of even better times in the future all leading to an unexpected increase in spendable revenue.

My biggest concern right now is for the future. We, the Legislature created new agencies, expanded responsibilities of others, added programs and projects and added hundreds of new employees. This was done primarily with the aid of “one time” federal money. However, these agencies, programs and employees will be expecting to continue into and through future biennium. I am not sure where those increased dollars will come from to support their existence since federal funds will not be there. Hang on to your wallets.

Dick Anderson signature

Some highlights:

K-12 Schools: The Legislature passed 9.3 billion, but in addition, also added the summer learning and childcare packages totaling another $375 million, plus the local property taxes in the amount of four billion and from the Corporate Activity Tax another billion, all available for our schools.

Debt relief to tenants and landlords: Folks with mortgages, got protection from foreclosure and their missed payments with the opportunity to add on these payments to the end of the mortgage term. There are funds available for both landlords and tenants, however the system of getting these funds is less than friendly. Utilizing federal and state money, tenants owing rent may apply for relief of these owed payments. Funds are also available on the landlord side.

Behavioral health: Finally getting recognized with a $450 million package and trying to provide needed service for those with Mental Health issues was approved. However, I am still concerned about the lack of access to services in rural Oregon.

Wildfire relief and future prevention: $500 million, but many details are left to the rule making of several agencies.

HB 3389-Unemployment insurance tax relief: The unemployment premiums were going to skyrocket for businesses but by changing the averaging methods over several years, this should save small business over 300 million a year to re-invest back into their businesses.

We saved DOGMI (Department of Geology and Mineral Industries) from being split up and sent to other agencies.

We piled more programs onto OHA (Oregon Health Authority) even though not many have been happy with its existing operation. And why stop there, we did the same with DEQ, giving it the responsibility of a transformative recycling initiative, as if they have had a stellar year or two in managing their original mission.

A new director at Business Oregon was appointed. It is unknown what effect this will have on the small business development centers that are buried in that department and had been doing a stellar job during Covid reaching out to businesses in the community.

A new director of Dept. of Forestry will be appointed. Historically and in the future, the new forester should be versed in issues, especially coastal forests, given the potential for wildfires.

I see nothing but challenges on the horizon.

Reflecting on my own role, I am pleased that I could establish myself as “The Senator from the Coast”. This has become very clear in the Senate, along with my stance to provide a barrier for intrusion on local government from those well intended 90 elected officials in Salem. These elected officials also believe everyone in Oregon should do it the same way. However, I am very much a believer that, one policy does not fit all.

I am pleased that the Coastal Caucus where Rep. Gomberg, Rep. Wright and I could have such a positive impact of bringing dollars back to our Coastal Communities.

We have been able to aid much needed projects all through the District.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS ON THE COAST

Sheridan School District for CTEC West-$1,900,000

Depoe Bay Restoration of Pilings and Docks- $2,885,178

Oregon Coast Aquarium- $5,000,000

City of Newport-Dam Project-$14,000,000

East Lincoln County Fire & Rescue for Eddyville Fire Hall- $4,056,571

Greater Toledo Aquatic and Community Center-$3,048,464

Port of Toledo sanitary sewer extension to Hwy 20-$2,425,798

Siletz Tribal Arts & Heritage Society-$750,000

Lincoln City Cultural Center-$1,800,000

D River Welcome Center for Lincoln City-$2,546,796

Siletz Bay State airport, runway & electrical rehabilitation-$320,000

City of Waldport water tank project- $974,850

City of Waldport water tank seismic retrofit & recoating-$1,200,000

Oregon Ocean Science Trust-$1,060,000

Lincoln County Panther Creek septic and storm water system-$15,000,000

Lincoln County well and septic repairs-$1,225,000

Mapleton Water District-$1,140,000

City of Lakeside wastewater treatment plant replacement-$14,628,685

Port of Coos Bay purchase of GP mill site-$4,000,000

Little Theater on the Bay, Coos Bay/North Bend-$600,000

City of Coos Bay, Business Oregon Grant, Downtown Tide Gates

Levees, (60 percent for rural areas)-$15,000,000 (Reedsport)

Tillamook water line replacement – $12,000,000

Forestry department replacement of Toledo Facility – $49,196

Lincoln County from Revenue Dept. for reimbursement of lost revenue from wildfire : $208,178

Lincoln county building and planning department staffing for wildfire response – $190,000

Western Lane County fires response – $675.000 (Holvey & Prozanski ARPA)
Lane County building and planning department staffing for wildfire response – $ 755,319

Restaurant/Hospitality Industry: $6,000,000

While this far exceeds any previous efforts from Legislators prior to this session, we believe there is still so much to do. The efforts from my office and our coastal caucus played a big part in the process but it is also all the cities, counties, special districts and people that helped identify these projects and really champion them that should get a huge pat on the back.

All DMV field offices are accepting standby customers, in addition to appointments. As space and time allows, customers in the standby line are called forward and served in between those with appointments. Below is a summary of the 3 primary ways you can access DMV services. I’ll also note that there are no restrictions on which services are offered in field offices. Your constituents may bring their vehicle title and registration transactions, in addition to their driver license-related transactions.

Visit DMV2U – DMV now has over 20 online services, including driver license and ID card renewal. Visit DMV2U.oregon.gov for more information;
Make an appointment – If you can’t find what you’re looking for online, schedule an appointment at your nearest field office, by visiting DMV2U.oregon.gov, or calling 503-945-5000;
Visit a standby line – All DMV field offices are taking standby customers. Just visit your local field office and grab your place in line. We’ll call you up when it’s your turn.

What does a Senator do when the Legislature is NOT in session?

There is plenty of work that continues when we are not in session. I will continue in our committee work in the interim, we will be working on bills and budgeting for the short session in February 2022, and we are working on political redistricting with a special session already scheduled for the end of September.

With that, I plan on heading up and down the coast holding town halls, chamber meetings, speaking with constituents and figuring out what sort of policies we need to better address the needs of each community in the future. I hope to be able to meet you at one of these gatherings.

Mullet music influencer opens shop selling ‘sick’ shades

Lincoln City local Ryan O’Laughlin

Lincoln City local Ryan O’Laughlin is opening his own store Saturday based on recent successes in the music industry, including a video about the mullet.

“With the craziness of 2020, I think if you act out of love and understanding, and it’s reciprocated, you should be able to get along with everybody,” he said. “The mullet is a way to do that.”

O’Laughlin co-starred with social media sensation Jay Powell (from Oleg & Jay) in The Mullet Song, which has garnered close to two million views on Facebook and YouTube. The popularity might be due to the hairstyle making a comeback in America.

C-S1K Apparel (pronounced sea sick), located at 955 NW Highway 101 near Beach Baby Resale, opens 11 a.m. Saturday, July 17, and will offer shirts, hats, hoodies, stickers and the growing in popularity S1K Mullet Shades.

Sik Mullet Merica Shades O’Laughlin said three TikTok influencers mentioned his S1K Mullet Shades, and he went from fulfilling five orders a day to hundreds. He ships out different variations of the sunglasses all over the United States everyday. One type, S1K Mullet Merica Lightning Shades, sell more than the others with over 1,000 sold so far.

“People from so many different walks of life buy my stuff,” O’Laughlin said. “I think if I stay true to myself and act out of love, everything will be alright.”

Mullet Shades

GET MULLET SHADES

C-S1K

The 34-year-old father and musician’s mission is to promote sobriety — S1K stands for “sobriety is king” — to “help people through hard times” and has been making a name for himself in mullet circles. O’Laughlin also recently drew the attention of local music artists from the Salem and Portland rap scenes with his most recent albums, S1K: Sobriety 1s King and S1K: Sobriety 1s King 2, both available for purchase on most digital stores like Amazon, Apple and Spotify.