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Thursday, January 12, 2023
Oregon Beach Weather
Hwy 101 Landslide Update
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, an active landslide south of Port Orford that had a sudden 12-foot drop Monday has slowed down.
The landslide 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.
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 rainwater. 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
The owner of six radio stations in Lincoln County faces an uncertain future with the cancellation of a key federal broadcast license. Oregon’s Yaquina Bay Communications is facing an uncertain future with foreclosures on three properties, including radio headquarters in downtown Newport.
Dave Miller of Newport owns Yaquina Bay Communications, which operates six radio stations on the central coast and operates out of a main office and studio on Alder Street in Newport.
Apparently, 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.
The FCC canceled the license of KYTE Independence, OR (102.7) for not broadcasting to the area it was licensed to. Yaquina Bay Communications had the “community of license” of KYTE legally switched from Newport, OR to Independence in 2017.
When the station applied for renewal in 2021, two stations filed objections saying KYTE was not broadcasting to Independence and was causing interference to their Newport-based signals.
KYTE was still on the air at 102.7 FM as of Tuesday. It’s not clear how this will affect other stations Miller owns or what the future holds for coast radio stations.
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. NorthWest Senior and Disability Services hope 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. Those interested in volunteering should call 503-738-9323.
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 email@example.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