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One Dead After Lincoln City Standoff

January 4, 2014 Lincoln City No Comments

On January 3rd, 2014, Lincoln City Police Department was contacted by the Seattle Division of the FBI regarding information that two fugitives involved in a December 30, 2013, armed robbery in Butte, Montana, may be present in Lincoln City. Information received indicated that among the items stolen were several firearms and that the subjects, an adult male and adult female, may be in a stolen black colored Nissan Altima passenger car.

At approximately 2:00 p.m., a vehicle matching the Nissan’s description was located at a vacation condominium near NW 31st and Inlet in Lincoln City. Detectives from the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team maintained surveillance of the vehicle and dwelling. Lincoln City Police requested the assistance of additional law enforcement resources including Oregon State Police SWAT.

At about 3:50 p.m., the two fugitives left the condominium in the vehicle followed by law enforcement officers until it left Highway 101 and entered a parking lot. A high risk stop was initiated during which the male fugitive ran from the vehicle east on NE 22nd Street while holding a firearm. Upon being challenged by law enforcement to stop and drop his firearm, the male fugitive pointed it at officers present. An Oregon State Police trooper intervened and struck the male fugitive with his marked patrol vehicle. This subject was transported to North Lincoln Hospital via ambulance, and was later transported by air ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, with serious injuries.

The female fugitive remained inside the vehicle, armed with a handgun and was threatening to harm herself and others. During the standoff, Oregon State Police SWAT members arrived and relieved the law enforcement officers from their positions and continued to tactically deal with the female fugitive.

During the standoff, the area was secured by law enforcement personnel and a local community center and some businesses were locked down. After about a total of four hours of negotiations with law enforcement, at approximately 8:50 p.m., she died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The male fugitive has been identified as Dale Edward Wallace, age 30. The deceased female has been identified as Sara Jo Johnson, age 30. Both are believed to be from the Butte, Montana area and next of kin has been notified.

The investigation is being conducted by the Lincoln County Major Crimes Team. This team is composed of members of Lincoln City Police Department, Newport Police Department, Toledo Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, and Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.

Lincoln City Police Chief Keith Killian expressed his gratitude to the local community and assistance from law enforcement partners.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding of our citizens during this tense and potentially volatile event as it unfolded in our community,” said Chief Killian.

No additional information expected to be released until Monday, January 6th.

(Information from Lincoln City Police)

“Riva Beside Me: New York City 1963-1966″ Staged Readings Scheduled

December 30, 2013 County No Comments

RIva Beside MeCreative Connections Foundation of Toledo, OR, presents three Staged Readings from the novel, “Riva Beside Me: New York City 1963-1966″ by Carla Perry. The novel is based on real life, growing up in Manhattan. The performances will take place in Toledo, Portland, and Newport. Admission to all shows is free, but donations are encouraged.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014, 3 to 5 p.m., SolaLuna Gallery, 3 to 5 p.m., 147 N. Main Street, Toledo.
MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014, 7 to 8 p.m. (Martin Luther King Jr Day) – Show & Tell Gallery, Three Friends Coffee House, 201 SE 12th Avenue, Portland. Followed by an open mic. Bring your original prose, poetry or songs/music. Open mic readers get 7 minutes each.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2014, 6 to 8 p.m., Club 1216, Canyon Way Bookstore & Restaurant, 1216 SW Canyon Way, Newport.

The characters include: RIVA, performed by Sarah Gayle; RICHARD, performed by Hovey Grosvenor; THE MOTHER, performed by KE Edmisten; and THE NARRATOR performed by Wayne Plourde. Author Carla Perry will be on hand to introduce the show and to answer questions afterward.
Riva Players
Advance copies of “Riva Beside Me” are available through, at Powell’s in Portland, and in Newport at Nye Beach Bookhouse, Things Rich and Strange, Canyon Way Bookstore, and the Newport Public Library. eBooks are available through Amazon, KOBO, Barnes and Noble, and Apple iTunes.

Additional performances will be scheduled after January. For those interested in hosting a staged reading of “Riva Beside Me,” and for all other information, call 541-574-7708 or email Dancing Moon Press.

(Information from Dancing Moon Press)

Cover Oregon Enrollment Help Offered

December 30, 2013 County No Comments

Cover-Oregon-HHS-Flyer-Dec.-2013The Lincoln County Health and Human Services (LCHHS) Department reminds citizens that it’s not too late to enroll for health insurance coverage through the State’s health insurance exchange marketplace, Cover Oregon. Deadlines have been extended and help is available to all uninsured or under-insured County residents by contacting LCHHS Outreach and Enrollment Assistance Worker, Lauren Bailey at 541-265-0430 or by email.

“Navigating the Cover Oregon website, knowing which health insurance plans, options and subsidies are available and filling out application forms can sometimes be a daunting task,” says Bailey. “But we want everyone to know that help is available, both on an individual and group basis, and LCHHS is just a simple phone call away,” she said.

Despite the conflicting news reports, Cover Oregon is actively processing applications and is enrolling Oregonians in quality affordable health insurance plans. In addition to helping people with navigating the Cover Oregon website, direct assistance from LCHHS is available for filling out eligibility applications for advanced premium tax credits, cost-sharing assistance, the Oregon Health Plan and the Oregon Healthy Kids Program.

Volunteer firefighter training begins January 21

December 21, 2013 County No Comments

The Newport Fire Department is hosting Firefighter 1 Academy starting January 21st, 2014. Classes meet at 6:00-9:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Newport Fire Department, 245 NW 10th Street. Classes run through mid-April and are free. The minimum age requirement is 18 years old with the exception of cadets in Toledo 15 years old and Newport and Seal Rock the cadet age is 16 years old.

Recruits from all Lincoln County Fire Departments are welcome to attend. Training includes classroom presentations and hands-on instruction on topics such as firefighter safety and health, ladders, use of hoses and nozzles, self-contained breathing apparatus, fire extinguishers, building construction, and fire prevention. Students who complete these classes and serve a successful internship with their department are eligible for Firefighter 1 certification.

To register, contact:
Training Officer Doyle Helmricks
541-265-9461 or e-mail:

People interested in attending, but not yet affiliated with a department, can call for information about volunteering: Greg Musil, Lincoln County Volunteer Firefighters, at (541) 574-4000.

KYAQ Ready for Equipment Testing – Two Weeks to Air

December 19, 2013 County No Comments

KYAQ's transmitter and audio processor are installed but not yet powered up.

KYAQ’s transmitter and audio processor are installed but not yet powered up.

Get ready to hear “This is KYAQ, Siletz” on your FM dial at 91.7. KYAQ’s Nautel VS-1 transmitter and Orban audio processor were installed Thursday, December 19 at our transmitter site near Newport. When the station goes on the air in just a couple of weeks, it will broadcast at 640 watts and be heard in most of Lincoln County.

Equipment testing will be announced to the FCC Friday or Saturday (December 20 or 21) and on-air equipment testing will be conducted for about 90 minutes.

KYAQ volunteers anticipate being on the air for keeps at the very end of 2013 or the first day or two of 2014. Stay tuned. Literally!

Q: Why are you still raising money?
A: KYAQ is still under construction and needs additional equipment. Also, being on the air, the station will have monthly expenses like studio rent, tower lease, an electric bill, a phone bill, a cable bill, a need for insurance…) Please donate today! If you would rather send us a check mail it to PO Box 1664, Newport, OR 97365.

Remember – KYAQ is a community-based radio station and will serve no commercial interest. However, if you are a local business, you can purchase tax-deductible underwriting to support what you hear on KYAQ, namely your friends and neighbors.

Q: What hours will you broadcast?
A: We anticipate that KYAQ will broadcast 24 hours a day when we go on the air.

Q: What will I hear?
A: To start, KYAQ will broadcast national programs in an automated format, as we have not yet built out our studios. Local programming will happen as soon as the studio equipment is in place, volunteer are trained in legal operation and programming ideas have percolated through the Programming Advisory Committee.

Q: What if I have an idea for a show or want to be a DJ?
A: Send us an email and we’ll get you some information.

Q: What other things could I do?
A: KYAQ needs a volunteer coordinator, a fundraising coordinator, and people who are interested in playing with audio and computer equipment. Contact us if you are ready to volunteer!

Q; Will you broadcast in stereo?
A: Yes

Q: If your transmitter is located near Newport and your studio is in Toledo, why do you say you are from Siletz?
A: Siletz is our “city of license,” meaning that the parameters under which we broadcast must deliver a certain quality and strength of signal to the city of license, which was determined by the Federal Communications Commission.

If you have additional questions about KYAQ and the station’s next steps, just drop us a line, or call 541-264-5917.


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