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Economy
7:32 am
Wed November 20, 2013

China’s Building Boom Revives Northwest Log Export Debate

A log stacker
Credit Amelia Templeton

Over the last five years, shipping logs from the Northwest to China has grown into a 4 billion dollar business. Ports along the Oregon and Washington coast are looking to reopen log yards that shut down years ago and provide the raw material to feed China’s construction boom. But some residents in Newport Oregon say a proposal to export logs there isn’t good for the community, and will hurt Northwest mills.

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Economy
7:09 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Newport Log Export Terminal Delayed By State Land Use Board Decision

Residents of Newport fighting the reopening of a log export terminal received a reprieve late last week.  The state land use board has upheld an objection by a local condo association.

Residents at The Landing at Newport condominiums are opposing the reopening of the log export terminal by the Teevin Brothers company – citing noise and log truck traffic concerns.   They appealed the company’s traffic impact analysis to the state land use board.  LUBA upheld one of the appeals and sent the study back to the city for revision. 

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Crime & Law
12:32 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Oregon State Police Volunteers Patrol Lincoln County School Neighborhoods

Two OSP Volunteers from Lincoln City – Sheridan Jones and Cindy Dorrell – pose with Oregon State Police from the North Area Command, Senior Trooper Carla Urbigkeit, back left, Senior Trooper Bryan Fitch and Lt. Justin McGladrey, back right.

Oregon State Police volunteers are patrolling the neighborhoods around public schools in Lincoln County.

The OSP volunteers have been active in Lincoln County for more than 25 years. This is the first time they’ve specifically worked on school safety. They approached the school district after the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut. Sue Graves is the Safety Coordinator for Lincoln County Schools. She says the volunteers go through background checks and training with OSP. They are not police officers and are unarmed.

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Coast Arts
12:01 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Potential Newport Visual Arts Center Sale Prompts Concern From Arts Community

Newport Visual Arts Center
Credit Oregon Coast Council for the Arts

The Newport Visual Arts Center is on a list of properties being considered for sale by the city of Newport.  The revelation of this in mid-September promptly sparked a mobilization by artists and arts advocates.  On Monday (October 7th), the issue is before the City Council once again. 

Derrick Tokos is Community Development Director for the City of Newport.  He says the city is experiencing a financial crunch, and there is currently little funding available to maintain its existing facilities or buy other property it needs.  This leaves Newport officials asking themselves:

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Coast Arts
12:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Web Extra: Newport Visual Arts Center

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts Executive Director Catherine Rickbone
Credit Oregon Coast Council for the Arts

The City of Newport’s Visual Arts Center could be placed on the “for sale” list.  The city says it needs funds for other essential property purchases and is evaluating whether owning a Visual Arts space is appropriate.

The Visual Arts Center is managed by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts.  KLCC's Eric Alan spoke with OCCA Director Catherine Rickbone about the emerging controversy.

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Homelessness
1:39 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Project Homeless Connect In Newport Friday

Participants peruse the services at the 2012 Project Homeless Connect in Newport
Credit Project Homeless Connect

More than 200 people are expected to show up at the Project Homeless Connect in Newport this Friday.

It can be difficult for homeless people to get around the community to access services. Project Homeless Connect brings providers under one roof. Haircuts, dental care, clothing and help signing up for health care or benefits are a few of the offerings.

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Coastal Arts
1:59 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Newport Considers Selling Off Visual Arts Center

Newport is evaluating city-owned property for potential liquidation.
Credit City of Newport

Originally published: September 16, 2013

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