Anderson, McConnell Take Win in Mayor Races

Newport News Times
Posted: Friday, Nov 5th, 2010
By: Terry Dillman


Voter turnout reaches 76 percent in Lincoln County
With 99 percent of the votes tallied, Dick Anderson easily bested incumbent Lori Hollingsworth in the Lincoln City mayoral race, and Mark McConnell sprinted past Patricia Patrick-Joling to claim the mayor’s seat in Newport. 

Anderson picked up 1,622 votes (58 percent) to Hollingsworth’s 991 (36 percent), with challenger Kevin Saunders well back at 162 votes (6 percent). McConnell tallied 2,121 votes (56 percent) to Patrick-Joling’s 1,666 (44 percent) in the race to replace current Mayor Bill Bain, who eschewed a re-election attempt, instead joining a nine-candidate campaign vying for three city council seats. Bain finished eighth in the balloting with 848 votes. He will leave the council when his term expires at the end of the year, as will Patrick-Joling. Continue reading

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Lake Level: November Update

Rains and Tides and a Whole Lot of Sand

November brought a couple of unusually high tidal events washing the mighty Pacific and a portion of the wayside beach into the mouth of the D-River.  Sand was deposited well beyond the Highway 101 bridge completing shutting down flow from the lake to the ocean. This month’s DLWID Manager report provides a description of what to occured.

Except from DLWID Manager Report (11-01-2010)

The D River became clogged with sand by high seas on October 24. Lake level was about 9.5 feet. On October 29th we received the last of the bids for dredging, and thus we used the lowest bid to dredge the D River on Monday Nov 1. The reason for waiting was that Kyllos had started a project sand blasting and repainting their I beams, which could have been greatly impacted by a reopened channel. The lake was not very high at that time. We did though receive a great deal more rain than was predicted over the weekend, and thus the lake level did rise sharply causing suitable alarm by many around the lake. The Monday dredging though predictably did not last long as ocean swells clogged the River by early Tuesday morning. On Wednesday we dredge again with the lake reaching its peak at 11.2’. The river has been running wide and clear since. As of 4 pm Friday the lake level was reportedly at 10.2′.

Much of this was captured by our Lake Manager by short videos and posted on the Districts Facebook Page. Some of the interesting posts included; 31 Foot Seas Takes Its Toll, D-River Down But Not Out, D-River 2011-11-02, D-River 2011-11-03, D-River Tubing, and Coho Salmon in the D River.

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DLIWD Board Meeting Date Change

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District announced yesterday on their Facebook page that the November Board meeting date will change.  Specifically they stated;

Special meeting time. Due to time conflicts the November DLWID meeting will take place on the second Thursday of the month (November 11) as opposed to the first of Thursday of the month.

We will post our usual meeting announcement once the agenda and Manager’s report is published by the District.  So for now mark you calendars.

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Roads End Annexation

Police Presence

By: PATRICK ALEXANDER
The News Guard

Public safety has become a central topic in arguments concerning Lincoln City’s efforts to bring the Roads End area inside the city limits.

City officials have said Roads End residents benefit from Lincoln City Police Department (LCPD) without contributing toward its costs, adding that the area stands to benefit further from the increased coverage that would come with annexation.

Some Roads End residents have rejected that argument, saying they seldom see Lincoln City officers on their streets and do not require much in the way of law enforcement anyway. Continue reading

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Water Rights Update

Draft Preliminary Determination Completed

According to the Oregon Water Resources Department database the Preliminary Determination for Transfer Application T-11116 for Lincoln City’s change in the Point of Diversion (P.O.D.) of their existing Rock Creek water right was drafted today.  From reviewing other applications it appears that it can generally take 3-4 weeks from the time the draft is written to the time it is issued in the OWRD Weekly Notice.

Interested parties can easily follow the process;  you should download the Weekly Notice and scroll down to the section titled “Transfer Preliminary Determinations” to view the information related to Application T-11116. A Preliminary Determination provides the Department’s conclusion as to whether a proposed change in place of use, point of diversion or appropriation, or character of use of an existing water right should be approved.  Please see “How to Participate in a Water Rights Proceeding” for a detailed description of the remaining steps in this process.

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2010 Hydroplane Race Gets A Rockey Start

Rain and Wind Call Day One of Annual Event

Members of the Columbia Outboard Racing Association made their first attempt to set world record times in the 2010 Rockey Stone Memorial Kilos Saturday, October 9th.  The race course was set up in a straight line from East Devils Lake State Park to Sand Point; a total length of one “Kilo” or kilometer (5/8 mile).  Day one brought wind and rains that plagued their attempts to set new world records.  The Hopp Racing Team didn’t let the bad weather stand in their way with a record setting run of 165 mph.  Take a look at the video to see the action. The weather caused event officials to call the race for the rest of the day.

In a Kilo event each driver competes against the clock, and gets six runs, three in each direction.  The final speed is the average of two consecutive runs in opposite directions. The driver can take all of his runs at one time or delay the balance after one run waiting for better conditions. The Rockey Stone Memorial Kilos began in the 1950’s and have run annually as an American Power Boat Association sanctioned event. All involved are hoping for better weather for day two.  Please take a look at our photo gallery of the event.

Day two did bring better weather but the race field was reduced to three participants.  The race crews tried to extract every ounce of speed our of their machines.  With such a narrow field this made the wait between runs quite long.  The pay off was a couple of really great runs.  For race results check in with the Columbia Outboard Racing Association. To witness two of the second day’s runs follow these links the 153 mph run and 155 mph run.

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Weather Stymies Kite Festival

32 Year Old Event Cancelled by Weather

This weekend should have seen the return of the 32nd annual Fall Kite Festival at the D River Wayside.  The skies should have been filled with giant kites as well as the very maneuverable quad-line kites.  Unfortunately, the skies were filled with drops of moisture in the form of unrelenting rains.  Plans for the event included the popular giant kites, rokkaku kites, and a kid’s parade, but instead there was just wet sand.  For the first time some of the events were planned to occur in the Lincoln City Cultural Center such as kite making demonstrations, kite displays and miniatures kites.  This part of the day was not impacted by the inclement weather. We have a few pictures of this wet event.

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