Oregon Beach News, Thursday 1/12 – Hwy 101 Landslide Update, Lincoln County Radio Station Group Has FCC Cancel License And Faces Loan Default

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Thursday, January 12, 2023

Oregon Beach Weather

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Hwy 101 Landslide Update

An active landslide south of Port Orford that had a sudden 12-foot drop Monday has slowed, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The slide forced the shutdown of several miles of Highway 101 north and south of the slide early Monday.

Matt Noble, communications manager for ODOT, says a contractor is on the scene with staging equipment and materials for building a temporary lane through the collapsed area.

However, Noble says a forecast of steady rain over the coming days could destabilize the slope further, potentially causing the slide to shift again.

ODOT has implemented new drainage features near the slide to drain the anticipated rain water. Noble says it’s unclear how these features will impact the road.

ODOT does not have a timeline for when the road will reopen. http://tripcheck.com

Lincoln County Radio Station Group Has FCC Cancel License As Bank Seeks Foreclosure Of Office And Studios For Loan Default

The owner of six radio stations in Lincoln County faces an uncertain future with the cancellation of a key federal broadcast license and an imminent bank foreclosure on three properties he owns, including his radio headquarters in downtown Newport.

Now it's easier to send Yaquina Bay Communications a message.

Dave Miller of Newport owns Yaquina Bay Communications, which operates six radio stations on the central coast – KYTE-FM, KNPT-AM and KNCU-FM in Newport, KBCH-AM and KCRF-FM in Lincoln City, and KWDP-AM in Waldport – and operates out of a main office and studio on Alder Street in Newport’s Deco district.

Oregon Coast Bank says Miller owes it more than $400,000 from two loans — $755,000 in 2009 and $110,000 in 2016 — and did not pay off the balance 14 months ago as agreed. Both loans carried an interest rate of 8.25 percent.

Miller has also not paid Lincoln County property taxes in four years and owes more than $43,000 in back taxes, according to county records. The Oregon Department of Revenue and the Oregon Employment Department also have liens on Miller’s properties, according to the bank’s lawsuit.

KYTE and KNPT broadcast music, news and weather reports from a tower at Otter Crest. But technically, KYTE was licensed to serve Independence, a city in Polk County with roughly the same population as Newport, from a tower on Bald Mountain about 25 miles east of there.

Miller successfully applied to the Federal Communication Commission nine years ago for permission to change his “community of license” for KYTE from Newport to Independence.

But the FCC notified Miller in a letter Jan. 6 that it was cancelling the KYTE license because he was not broadcasting to the area assigned by his license.

It took Miller several years to get the off-the-grid Bald Mountain site up and running, and it wasn’t operational for long. In May 2018, Miller asked the FCC for a temporary authorization to broadcast KYTE from a tower at Otter Crest, citing malfunctioning generators at Bald Mountain and inability to find replacements. The FCC granted the authorization – but only until December 2018.

When Miller applied to renew his license three years later, a low-power radio station in Washington and rival Newport station KPPT filed objections on the basis that KYTE was not broadcasting to its community of license – Independence –  and was causing interference to their stations with its antenna at Otter Crest.

The FCC told Miller it was denying his license application because he failed to broadcast to his community of license for more than one year, which results in a license’s expiration. The letter acknowledged Miller’s hardships moving to the new site, but said it must balance that with the fact that Miller broadcast from Otter Crest for three years without authorization.

The letter said the FCC updated its database to reflect that the license is expired and deleted the KYTE call sign.

It’s not clear how the move affects KNPT or other stations Miller owns. KYTE was still on the air at 102.7 FM as of Tuesday.

An FCC spokesperson said Miller had 30 days to file an appeal, and the agency has the authority to issue fines and seize equipment for unauthorized operation.

Miller told YachatsNews in an email Monday he was “a little shocked” by the FCC’s letter, “as we had requested the FCC to consider the situation we have been in.”

Miller said the Bald Mountain operation was delayed when the Oregon Department of Transportation backed out of providing power to the site, and he said he spent $100,000 on construction and generators that failed within a month.

“We were then forced to return to Otter Crest and applied for a special temporary authorization to operate there,” Miller said. “At this point Covid hit and we have struggled to find advertising revenue as well as employees. The special temporary authorization was granted but later expired, and we did not, with the pandemic and business slowdowns, realize that.”

Miller said he has contacted an FCC attorney and hopes to keep his license.

Even if Miller prevails in an appeal, there’s a bigger, more imminent threat to his operations. A bank that loaned him the money using the building on Alder Street as collateral says he hasn’t paid them and has sued to foreclose.

The civil complaint filed in Lincoln County Circuit Court last August by Oregon Coast Bank names Miller, his wife, Linda, Yaquina Bay Communications, Pacific West Broadcasting (another company he controls), and five of his radio stations as defendants. It also names the state revenue and employment departments and the Lincoln County tax collector as holders of tax liens against Miller’s property.

The complaint says Oregon Coast Bank loaned Miller $755,000 in 2009 and another $110,000 in December 2016. He apparently negotiated several extensions or additions to the loan by putting up properties he owns in Lincoln City and Toledo. Miller still owes the bank more than $400,000, and the bank said he did not pay the required balance in October 2021. It asked the court to order the foreclosure and sale of all three properties.

Miller asked for a continuance in October, saying he could not find an attorney. He also said he had his radio stations listed for sale with a brokerage.

Lincoln County Circuit Judge Marcia Buckley granted an additional 20 days, but Miller did not respond to further summonses, and the court is in the process of declaring him in default.

Volunteers Needed for Seaside Senior Meal Program

NorthWest Senior and Disability Services nutrition programs are heavily dependent upon volunteers. The Seaside Senior Meal Program is currently open for dine-in service at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Bob Chisholm Community Center, 1225 Ave. A, but NorthWest Senior and Disability Services hopes to expand the service to provide meals in-person daily. The program also delivers 100 meals weekly to homes in the Seaside area.

Volunteers are needed who are available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. one or more days a week, with duties including preparing the meals for distribution, serving seniors at the meal site and assisting in cleaning the kitchen. Volunteers are also needed to plate, serve or deliver meals.

Limited Time To Apply For Business Funding Grants To Assist Small Businesses Affected By COVID-19

Business Oregon has partnered with the CCD Business Development Corporation to offer $3 million in CDBG-CV Statewide Small Business and Microenterprise Grant Assistance (SBMA).

The program is funded with federal grant funds from the Oregon Community Development Block Grant program CARES Act funding for communities affected by COVID-19.

SBMA grants will be awarded between $2,500 – $30,000 per business. Microenterprises whose owner meets who meet low- and moderate-income (LMI) criteria can qualify for up to $10,000 in grant funding. Small businesses can qualify for $2,500 per LMI employee retained up to $30,000 in funding.

Eligibility Requirements: A microenterprise (five or fewer employees) or small business (more than five employees) that:

  • Was in business prior to March 8, 2019
  • Can document COVID-19 impact (lost revenue, mandated closures, workforce issues, supply complications, etc.)
  • Was generally stable/strong prior to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Has an owner and/or employees who meet low- and moderate-income (LMI) criteria

Limited time — The program will launch 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, and will close at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Applications for this grant program will be processed on a lottery basis.

At the time of application closure, all submitted applications will be randomized and processed. To register and apply, visit www.ccdbusiness.org/oregonsbma.

Technical assistance is available to assist with completing the application process. You may use Google Translate on the application registration and program webpages for non-English languages or please contact CCD Business Development Corporation at 1-888-263-0971 or oregonsbma@ccdbusiness.com for additional assistance.

Video tutorials for both small business and microenterprise applications, including helpful tips, are also available. The link to the YouTube playlist for the video tutorials can be found at on the CCD’s website.

Business Oregon, in partnership with CCD Business Development Corporation, will be hosting two virtual Q&A meetings about this grant opportunity on Friday, January 13 at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Register for the virtual Q&A meetings using this online form.

The SBMA grant award selections are expected in February 2023 and the funding is expected to be distributed to selected grantees in March 2023.

For more information, visit https://www.oregon.gov/biz/programs/SBMA/Pages/default.aspx

Oregon Set To Receive $400M-$1B In Federal Grants To Increase Broadband Access

Oregon’s Broadband Office is prepared to use federal money to get everyone in the state online. The money is coming from a federal infrastructure bill that was passed in 2021.

According to an audit released by Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, the Oregon Broadband Office will likely be prepared to receive and facilitate upcoming federal infrastructure grant awards.

Fagan says disadvantaged communities should be prioritized, as Oregon stands to get anywhere from $400 million to $1 billion over the next several years to ramp up broadband access.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make sure that all Oregonians are able to get online. It’s an opportunity to close gaps that have developed in our state where some communities have access, and others do not,” she said.

Oregon State Pinball Championship Returns to Eugene on January 21st

The Oregon State Pinball Championship returns to Eugene on January 21st. The state’s top 24 pinball players will meet at Blairally Vintage Arcade, competing for $5000 in prize money and a spot at the North American Championship.

This year, a record-breaking eight competitors from Eugene’s Emerald City Pinball League have qualified.

Competitor Sunni Williams said Eugene players have improved through a unique culture of mentorship, as veteran players openly share their strategies with newcomers. Five of the eight Eugene-based players who qualified are doing so for the first time.

Now, they will face top Portland players, including Colin Urban, the reigning North American champion. But Williams said Eugene players have an advantage: they are familiar with the machines being played.

“Blairally is a vintage arcade. So some of the games that are here, there are no other games like that in the state.”

The Oregon State Pinball Championship will be open to spectators all day Saturday, and organizers will run a concurrent tournament that anyone can enter. The following day, Blairally will host the state Women’s Pinball Championship, with Williams as the first seed. MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/blairallyarcade

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