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Mario Cortes’ hat-trick lifts Taft to second win

Mario Cortes Hat-trick
Taft junior Mario Cortes earns a coveted hat-trick scoring three goals to defeat Tillamook

Junior Mario Cortes scored three goals Tuesday, giving the Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Tillamook Cheesemakers.

Tillamook scored the first goal, putting them in the lead early on. Taft Head Coach Ryan Ulicni said his team had to find the strength to keep going.

“I actually like to see our team get behind at least for a goal,” Ulicni said. “It shows the true character and heart of a team. Losing the lead twice to come back and win was all about heart.”

Taft Tigers Soccer

Cortes scored his first goal in the first half, answering Tillamook.

According to Ulicni, freshman Josh McCormick had a “brilliant piece of goalkeeping” to keep Taft in the game.

Cortes scored another two goals in the second half to give Taft the win. Cortes’ feat of scoring three goals in a single game earns him an illustrious hat-trick, made even more valuable by getting it against a tough 4A Tillamook team.

“All throughout the middle these guys earned this game with pure heart,” Ulicni said. “So proud!”

Taft’s second win at home over a 4A team puts them at 2-0 overall.

The Tigers play next at home against Newport/Eddyville Charter (2-0), 4 p.m. Sept. 7.

Opinion: Oregon State Fair


Oregon State Fair

After closing last year due to COVID-19, the Oregon State Fair is back, so we took the family to go experience it.

Scores of people attended the fair Monday in Salem, enjoying rides, games, food, animals and all the wonderment that a fair provides. The weather was a perfect 72 degrees with slight cloud cover. Some people wore masks the entire time. Others did not wear a mask at all. Some did a hybrid of wearing a mask where they believed it necessary. It appeared everyone was having fun.

Oregon State Fair

Oregon State Police Troopers patrolled the fair on foot and on bikes. I saw a trooper pick up a little girl’s stuffed animal she had dropped. The pair of troopers giving out stickers and bracelets at the entrance were very friendly and made the family feel safe.

It’s been some time since we’ve been to the fair so the new ticket system had us perplexed at first. The workers operating the rides would scan one main ticket and the balance would be deducted digitally. They could even tell you how many tickets you had remaining if you asked. A nice addition of technology that probably cut down on ticket-waste.

Zipper Oregon State Fair

Fair-goers we spoke with said they were suffering from sticker-shock from the price of admission and cost of tickets for rides. A family of two adults and two kids (over six) paid $28. That same family could get 120 tickets for $50, with most rides costing 12 tickets each. A Family of four was able to ride four rides together, which is not bad considering the prices at Disneyland. Seniors (65 or better) could get in for $1.

Long lines were present, with the Zipper, Cyclone, Starship and Yo-Yo having the biggest.

For a mere 12 tickets my seven-year-old daughter could enjoy the military-themed bouncy house, which she said “was okay” (Judging from the giant smile on her face as she plunged down the bouncy slide, I think it was more than okay).

When I asked the Cyclone ride operator if he ever found anything on the ground –seeing as I almost lost my wallet and iPhone mid-ride– he said this:

“I found over five hundred bucks on the ground yesterday. People lose wallets, jewelry, you name it. I turn that stuff in to customer service, but cash floating around is mine.”

What fun it is to smash into family members and random strangers with the bumper cars! We did them as a family and it had us all laughing and talking afterward. I explained that turning the steering wheel was how you drove forwards or backwards and the kids said they wished they knew that beforehand.

Food was plentiful but pricey. I paid $10 for a hamburger that was not very good, but it did its job of staving off crankiness. I realized that the prices got better the further into the fair I went. If I had just held out a little longer I could have had a burger and fries for $10. The food places were all redeemed in my eyes when a street taco provided a taste sensation that took me back to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

A dog jumping off a platform into a pool drew a large crowd. I was right up on the action and got wet as a reward.

People played the games. Popping balloons and throwing rings on bottles was the thing to do in some parts of the fair.

Oregon State Fair games

A state fair would not be complete without animals, of which there were plenty. The pigs were squealing, cows mooing and horses neighing. The smell was as expected and the livestock looked healthy. The kids thoroughly enjoyed walking around the pens but were not willing to go into a petting area which was packed with people. Good call, we said.

When it was time to go our kids exclaimed it was the best day of their lives. That was the whole point of going to the fair. So the kids could experience it and have fun.

The Oregon State Fair runs through Sept. 6.

Open letter to Rep. Kurt Schrader

Lincoln City Homepage Letters to the editor

On 8/24 you voted for a resolution to continue discussion of the Reconciliation bill.

When that bill comes up for a vote, as your constituent, I want you to know that the members of your district with whom I have contact, all strongly believe that a vote against this bill is a vote against mitigation of climate change! And we are already experiencing the catastrophic effects that climate change is having on our weather, water & food supply, and vulnerability to wildfires. But, more importantly, we are worried about what it is going to do to our kids and future generations!

So, PLEASE support us by casting your vote for the Reconciliation bill in September!
– – Jay Roelof, Lincoln City

Diego Gomez scores two goals in Tiger opener

Diego Gomez Scores against Banks in Boys soccer action at Voris Field Saturday
Diego Gomez Scores against Banks in Boys soccer action at Voris Field Saturday (Photos by Justin Werner)

The Taft Tigers took to Voris Field Saturday, defeating the 4A Banks Boys Soccer Program 4-0, thanks to two goals from Diego Gomez and one from former goalkeeper Sam Cortes.

A windy, sunny day in Lincoln City saw the two teams battling for control early on, with Banks attacking 3A Taft’s goal with the wind at their backs. Freshman Goalkeeper Joshua McCormick fended off all shots on goal, which became infrequent as the game progressed.

“I didn’t get much action,” McCormick said after the game. “That’s a good thing. Our defense played great.”

Second-year Banks Head Coach Jimmy Bogroff said he couldn’t sleep the night before due to the excitement of playing Taft, which he called a “playoff-caliber team.” Bogroff said his emerging team would benefit greatly from playing the Tigers.

Taft jumped to an early lead with goalkeeper turned midfielder Sam Cortes drawing first blood. The goal was Cortes’ first at midfielder, having moved from an exceptional career at goalie where he helped his team reach the OSAA Championships. The senior said that after having full view of the field at goalie, he knows where to go and what to do as a midfielder. In other words, the transition from goalie has improved his game.

Gomez, a junior, scored both of his goals in the first half to give the Tigers a boost of morale and momentum.

Diego Gomez Taft Midfielder

“That keeper is really good,” Gomez said. “I really curved the ball when I kicked my first goal. I’ve got the best team in the world and I wouldn’t change a single one of them. We have great chemistry.” Gomez was all over the place at midfielder and the accurate passes between him and Cortes through thick defense showed they work well together.

Junior Mario Cortes scored a goal in the second half, cementing the victory for Taft.

“It felt wonderful to be able to help the team,” he said. “This team feels like family because we’re all so close.”

Fifth-year Tiger’s Head Coach Ryan Ulicni said he’s happy with the teams performance and looks forward to another winning year of Taft soccer.

Taft Soccer Coach Ryan Ulicini
Taft Soccer Head Coach Ryan Ulicni

“We did fantastic,” Ulicni said. “The team did everything we asked them to do. There’s always stuff to work on, but fewer things than I was anticipating.”

2021 Taft Tiger’s Boys Soccer Team

Alex Islas GK 10
Joshua McCormick GK 9
Marco Perez M 10
Sam Cortes M 12
Angel Islas D 12
C Samuel Vasquez-Reyez F 12
Adrian Moreno D 12
Diego Gomez M 11
Alan Sanchez M 11
Jackson Nightingale D 9
Nano Sanchez M 10
Eli Jones M 10
C Juan Jose Lupercio D 12
Ezra James M 9
Axel Ortiz M 10
Isai Fuentes M 11
Keenan Mattias M 10
Colton West D 9
Josue Gomez M 10
Hayden Blair M 10
Mario Cortes M/F 11

Ryan Ulicni

Pickup plunges into harbor

A 47-ft. U.S. Coast Guard motor life boat from the Depoe Bay station just yards away ferried a crew of first responders to the scene, including members of the Depoe Bay Fire Dept. (Photos by Rick Beasley)

DEPOE BAY — A classic pickup truck plunged over a sheer 50-foot embankment and into the harbor Friday around noon, leaving its driver unhurt at the top of the cliff after he jumped from the vehicle.

The classic 1965 Chevrolet C-10 pickup landed upright on a tidal flat but appeared to have been totaled. Eyewitnesses at the scene identified the owner and driver as businessman Vance Miller, operator of the Burger 101 restaurant chain in Lincoln City and Depoe Bay.

The classic 1965 Chevrolet C-10 pickup landed upright on a tidal flat but appeared to have been totaled.
The classic 1965 Chevrolet C-10 pickup landed upright on a tidal flat but appeared to have been totaled.

“We heard it crashing down the cliff,” recalled Capt. Brad Haight of the charter vessel Mr. Max. “It sounded like sheet metal grinding on concrete.”

Among the onlookers was a Lincoln City man who identified himself as the truck’s mechanic, saying he had come to witness the disaster. Meanwhile, a U.S. Coast Guard motor life boat from the nearby Depoe Bay station ferried a crew of first responders to the scene, including members of the Depoe Bay Fire Dept.

“Apparently the driver, who was parked in a lot behind the Spouting Horn Restaurant, had a mechanical issue with his brakes and just lost the vehicle over the side,” remarked DBFD Capt. Eric Leonard.

Hours after the incident, Depoe Bay Harbormaster Roy Hildebrandt said the city was waiting on word from the truck owner’s insurance company about how they would extricate the vehicle — hopefully before high tides reach the wreck.

The model pickup in the accident is considered a classic with a price tag of $11,000 to $60,000 depending on condition, according to collectible auto dealers.

Police seek suspected magnifying glass thief


Lincoln City Sporting Goods theft

Lincoln City Police are on the lookout for a woman who allegedly stole merchandise from Lincoln City Sporting Goods Friday, Aug. 13.

The incident was captured on store owner Bruce Polvi’s high-resolution security system. According to Polvi, the woman can be seen in the video stealing a Carson Mini-magnifier, used by some drug addicts to inspect their controlled substances. Polvi said his employees alerted him that the woman had been in before and he hopes she can be located so police can talk to her.

Polvi said the woman exhibited signs of someone addicted to methamphetamine.

Lincoln City Police took to Facebook Friday morning asking for the public’s help in identifying the woman:

Lincoln City cancels ‘Happiness’ parade due to COVID-19


Lincoln City parade

A Lincoln City parade to salute frontline workers and raise money for charity has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Multiple businesses and the public were invited to participate in Lincoln City Community Days’ Happiness parade –billed as “Happiness Is”– which was scheduled for Sept. 18. The purpose of the parade was to salute frontline workers and celebrate North Lincoln County “supporters, workers, business owners, survivors, and care givers.” The $50 registration for being in the parade was to fund Angels Anonymous, a group that helps people with rent, power bills and other needs.

“It really hurts,” Event coordinator Sandy Gruber said. “The Covid-19 case rates and the mask outdoors mandate really made it impossible to have a parade where ‘happiness’ was to be the focus.”

The Lincoln City Community Days Facebook page put out a cancellation notice Friday morning:

After much discussion about Covid-19 numbers and having an outdoor mask mandate, we have made the incredibly hard, but right decision to CANCEL the parade scheduled for Sept 18th.

Event organizers said it was unknown if another parade would be planned for a future date.


Masks in Lincoln County School District sports

Taft High School Masks

Lincoln County School District (LCSD) officials say students and spectators will wear masks in accordance with guidance provided by Oregon’s governor and health authority.

Majalise Tolan, Director of Secondary Education and Athletics for LCSD issued a statement Wednesday saying the school district would cancel Lincoln County jamborees in Newport, Toledo and Lincoln City scheduled for Aug. 26 and 27.

According to Tolan, Newport High School Volleyball made the decision to cancel their 12-team tournament, slated for Aug. 28.

“We look forward to beginning standard two-team regular season play following all guidance from Oregon School Activities Association, Oregon Health Authority, and Governor Brown’s Office,” Tolan wrote in an email. “This guidance includes masks for all indoor spectators, non-competing athletes, game management staff, and coaches.”

Tolan cites the most recent requirements, beginning Aug. 27, which state actively participating athletes are not required to wear masks. Masks will be required outdoors when physical distancing is not possible, such as sitting in grandstands, waiting at a start/finish line or standing on the sidelines waiting to compete.

LCSD said they are looking forward to the athletic season and will also be following guidance from the Oregon School Activities Association.


Lincoln City Skatepark vandalized

Lincoln City Skatepark Vandalized
Local skater Ryan Best and friends start cleaning after vandals defiled Lincoln City’s famous skatepark

The world-famous Lincoln City Skatepark was vandalized this weekend, with pickles, Ragu, cooking oil and toilet paper rendering a portion of the park unusable.

Skatepark ragu

According to local skaters, late Friday night or early Saturday morning is when the vandalism occurred. Canola oil was spread on the concrete and multiple glass bottles of Ragu pasta sauce were thrown whole, which caused glass to shatter and red stain blast patterns. Whole pickles were also thrown into the bowl.

Lincoln City Vandalism

“It really sucks,” Local skater Ryan Best said. “It’s such a nice place. We clean up here all the time and have in the past, but this is the worst it has ever been.”

Best and other skaters said graffiti is an ongoing problem and they spend time cleaning it whenever it pops up. Best’s father, Dustin, said the criminals were stupid because, “You don’t waste toilet paper in a pandemic.”

The park, built in 1999 by Dreamland Skateparks, has been billed as the “gnarliest” skate park in America by Thrasher Magazine. A recent 20-year celebration, dubbed the Rip Ride Rally, saw hundreds of professional and amateur skaters competing while hall of famer Eric Dressen watched.

Lincoln City Police Sgt. Randy Weaver arrived as a group of parents and skaters started cleaning up the mess. Weaver contacted the City of Lincoln City who told the cleanup group to wait until Monday when the City would come clean it up.

Lincoln City Skate Park Vandalized 2021
Painting contractor Michael Holstin listens to LCPD Sgt. Randy Weaver explain why a cleanup effort needed to cease until city workers could come in and do the job

A Portland man who made the trip to Lincoln City specifically to skate at the park said he was upset that vandals would go to such extremes.

“Why would someone try to destroy something that’s made for people to have fun?” He said. The man said the ordeal must have had some thought put into it as oil and red sauce are known to penetrate concrete and are hard to clean.

Local painting contractor Michael Holstin of Quality painting Services, who’s son Clayton skates the park, was there to clean, having brought multiple pressure washers and surface cleaners to get the job done. Holstin was upset about having to stop cleaning to wait for the city, but acknowledged the possible liability issues because the skatepark is a city building.

The skaters said they are sure it was the “BMXers” who threw firecrackers into the cradle two weeks ago. Posts on Instagram have been popping up, pointing fingers at a group of bike riders in Toledo as the culprits.

“They came and were harassing us for like a half-hour,” one skater said. “We told them to please not ride their bikes here as it damages the park and they called us [a bunch of names] and wanted to fight.”

On the City of Lincoln City’s website it states:


Bikes, scooters, in-line skates are NOT permitted in the park.

Newly promoted Lieutenant gets 30 years recognized

Jeffrey Winn
Newly promoted LCPD Lt. Jeffrey Winn gets a shake from a lost dog in Lincoln City

People in Lincoln City are going to have to stop calling Jeffrey Winn Sergeant as the longtime peace officer has been promoted to Lieutenant and recognized for 30 years of service.

“I am excited for the opportunity of molding this new position in a way that will further benefit the department as it continues to strive to provide the best law enforcement service to our citizens and our community.”
– Lieutenant Jeffrey Winn

Since a young boy Winn wanted to be a cop. When he was six-years-old a Salem officer explained how keeping the community safe –something that has always stuck with Winn– was the highest priority for a law enforcement officer. This meeting led to Winn joining the Keizer Police Department in 1988.

Winn was hired by Lincoln City Police in 1991 as a patrol officer. Since then, he has held a bevy of titles, such as Field Training Officer, Reserve Officer Program Coordinator, Field Training Program Coordinator, Lincoln County Reserve Academy Instructor, LEDS/CJIS Representative, Public Information Officer, grant writer, Sergeant, and now, Lieutenant.

Jeff Winn Lincoln City
“Even the books Sgt. Jeff Winn reads for pleasure offer advice on how to solve crimes.” (LCPD Facebook Page)

Thirty years in law enforcement has given Winn many opportunities to keep his community safe. In 1995 he earned a Distinguished Service Award. Two years later he was awarded the county-wide Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Award. That same year, 1997, Winn was named Law Enforcement Person of the Year by the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce. Winn received a Medal of Valor in 2000 for his involvement in deescalating a hostage situation, and was honored by the FBI for his life-saving efforts during a fatal crash in 2004.

When asked how he feels about the newly minted Administrative Lieutenant position, Winn said he would be fine behind a desk but would still be available for field work. As a veteran responder to incidents, Winn is a recognizable feature at crime and accident scenes. His quick and logical decision making skills have kept myriad people safe.

Jeff Winn LCPD
Jeff Winn at 25 years of service

With a strong suit in administrative duties, Winn will be invaluable in keeping LCPD’s day-to-day operations and personnel organized and efficient. Additionally, Winn will be in charge when Chief Jerry Palmer and Lt. David Broderick are away from the building or in meetings.

It’s not just ordering equipment in Winn’s future. He will also be overseeing the department’s training system and directly supervising the evidence room. Many of his duties have yet to be established, as LCPD officials have said the new job will “continue to evolve.” Winn will also continue to write safety grants, like the successful pedestrian enforcement operations that happen routinely as a result of funds secured from his writing skills.

During an Aug. 19 swearing in ceremony, Winn was thanked for his 30 years of service and officially promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

LCPD Chief Jerry Palmer promotes Winn to Lt.