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Two Coast Guard Choppers Help Two Aboard Sinking Fishing Vessel Off Newport


coast-guard-helo-300x215 Two Coast Guard Search and Rescue helicopters, one from Newport, the other from North Bend, launched last evening just before 9pm on a call for help from the fishing boat Apache. The boat’s two fishermen told the Coast Guard they were 20 miles southwest of Newport and taking on water.

As the the Coast Guard choppers raced to the scene, two Good Samaritan boats motored over and began helping the stricken craft. Those aboard the Kristina and Silver Quest made sure the two men aboard the Apache were going to be safe with or without their craft.

Minutes later a Coast Guard helo was overhead and dropped a water pump and a swimmer to hook it up. It was quickly activated and began pumping water out of the Apache. A crew aboard a 46 foot motorlifeboat arrived soon after and quickly determined the location of the leak – an open discharge valve. They got it closed and quickly got the Apache to start rising in the water.

The motorlifeboat towed the Apache back to Yaquina Bay. Those aboard the Apache suffered no injuries. But they expressed a lot of gratitude for the Coast Guard’s quick and effective response as well as from the Good Samaritans who rushed to their aid.


No Rest for School Work Crews During Spring Break


LCSD lead carpenter Ron Slane, front, and LCSD electrician Jeff Johnston work on the Taft Elementary School computer lab expansion. (Photo: Lincoln County School District)

Taking advantage of empty schools during the annual spring break, Lincoln County School District (LCSD) work crews are in high gear to accomplish as much as possible before students and staff return on March 30.

LCSD Support Services Director Rich Belloni says the focus of much of the work is getting schools ready for the next school year. This includes creating additional classrooms for full-day kindergarten in the north area and reopening a school in Newport to accommodate the reconfiguration of grade levels in the west area.

Taft Elementary: Three projects are in progress at Taft Elementary School in Lincoln City – remodeling the former mat room into two classrooms; replacing exterior wooden ramps with concrete ramps inside an interior corridor; and expanding the computer lab.

Over spring break, district maintenance crews removed a wall between the computer lab and the media center and reframed it eight feet over into the library. This will allow room for 15 additional stations in the computer lab, for a total of 40.

The wooden ramps that connected the south end of the school building to the separate music room building and cafeteria building have been demolished, along with the concrete stairs and short hallway leading to the mat room. On Tuesday, crews from Page Concrete Construction were on site, spreading concrete into forms. When completed, the ramp and walkways will be inside an enclosed corridor.

Meanwhile, interior remodeling continues on the two classrooms being constructed out of the mat room, which has been used as indoor play space in recent years. Sheetrock is up on the newly framed walls and has begun on the ceiling fixtures and conduits; when completed, the two new classrooms will resemble other classrooms in the building.

Yaquina View School: This Newport school was closed at the end of the 2008-2009 school year and will reopen in the fall to students in kindergarten through second grade. Even though Yaquina View has not been used as a school for the past six years, it hasn’t been empty – its classrooms have been used for school district offices, conference rooms, a private preschool, and Education Service District offices and three daily ESD classrooms of students. Minor remodeling and cosmetic improvements began several weeks ago to revert offices and conferences rooms into classrooms and other learning spaces. This week, asbestos abatement wrapped up in a section of the building, energy-efficient windows are being installed, work has begun on a playground, and parking lot improvements are underway.

Toledo Junior/Senior High School: New landscaping – low growing, low maintenance shrubbery – is being planted on the steep hillside between the east parking lot and the football/soccer field.

Newport Prep Academy: During recent weekends and evenings, new classroom doors are being installed at this school, located on the west campus of Newport High School. The work involves entirely removing and replacing doors, jambs and sills; this project should be completed by week’s end.

From Lincoln County Dispatch

Governor Brown: First news conference


Looking relaxed and confident, Governor Kate Brown faced Oregon’s press corps this morning, responding to a wide array of questions and offering some observations of her own. The overall tone was very upbeat but with the lingering pall of the still unfolding situation for former Governor John Kitzhaber and his fiance Cylvia Hayes.

Governor Brown was asked if Kitzhaber had asked her for a governor’s pardon in advance of any charges of criminal wrong-doing while in office, Brown replied, “He’s not asked me for a pardon. Besides, any answer would be speculative since no charges have been filed against him.”

Governor Brown replied to a question about the likelihood of a kicker rebate this year to taxpayers saying the budget outlook for Oregon looks pretty good but that it’s too early to tell. She did admit that there has been a great deal of debate over the nation’s one-and-only “kicker provision” here in Oregon and hinted that she might be interested in re-evaluating it. However, the final evaluation is up to the voters who enacted the kicker law in the first place.

Governor Brown pointed out that she had spent part of the morning at Portland’s Rosa Parks Elementary School emphasizing that better funding for Oregon Schools is a top priority for her – closing the achievement gap and reducing class sizes. She said Oregon must do better for its children.

Governor Brown turned her attention to the state’s Ethics Commission which, for a while, was investigating the Kitzhaber-Hayes situation. Brown said she would immediately move to strengthen the commission’s appointment process, including no longer allowing a governor to veto appointments to it, intimating that the legislature is fully qualified to make proper appointments to the commission. Also that its investigative powers should be strengthened. She also repeated her often repeated statement that no one in state government will be allowed to receive income from sources that are seeking to or doing business with the state.

Governor Brown spoke highly, of course, of her “motor voter” bill which would automatically sign up eligible newcomers to vote in Oregon while receiving their new driver’s license. As a footnote, the legislature passed her bill while the governor was talking with reporters. So…mission accomplished on that front, assuming she signs it which she undoubtedly will.

The “Clean Fuels” bill that was originally passed by the legislature in 2009 was also a topic of discussion. Rather than talking about criticisms of the bill raised mostly by republicans in the legislature, Brown simply stated that the result of the bill will mean cleaner air for all Oregonians “and that’s a good thing.”

When asked about her assessment on the West Coast port slowdown/strike situation, Brown said it’s a top issue for Oregon and that a solution must be found to stem the economic damage it’s inflicting on the West Coast and for Oregon in particular.

Brown was also asked about news media and public access to records surrounding the Kitzhaber administration. Brown answered that she’s committed to “getting those documents identified and out to the media and to the public as fast as possible.” She reiterated that they must be sure that whatever documents are targeted for release are thoroughly examined by state legal counsel.

Governor Brown re-emphasized her commitment to getting adequate funding for Oregon’s highways and roads. She said our transportation infrastructure is critical to ensure the state’s full economic recovery. And part of that recovery, she said, is a higher minimum wage in Oregon. She hinted that determining how much that raise should be hinges on extensive dialog with economists and the legislature.

Mayor Don Williams 2/20/15


Listen to Lincoln City Mayor Don Williams speak about VRD, Schooner Creek Watershed, and more.

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Be sure to also check out the mayor’s blog at MAYORDON.COM