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Jan 172019











Are you looking for something to fill the void between the holidays and Seafood and Wine Festival? The Newport Rec Center has just the thing! The 2nd annual Super Awesome Scavenger Hunt in Newport (SASHIN for short) is January 24th – 27th.

A team meet and greet along with scavenger hunt overview kicks off the event on Jan 24th at the Newport Recreation Center. The list goes live at the end of the evening. Then teams will have until the end of Jan 27th to get as many tasks accomplished as possible! An awards get together to view the best submissions will be Feb 7th.

This is not your typical scavenger hunt. Last year’s task list included challenges like looking for ghosts at the local lighthouses, creating a sock memorial for lost sock mates, building the ultimate driftwood sculpture, filming Oregon Coast Slug Wranglers out looking for slugs, exploring our local State Parks, creating seaweed evening wear, and more. This year’s list will be just as varied, silly, and fun! Be prepared for acts of kindness, silliness, and creativity. Exercise your brain with riddles and challenges.

This event is all ages, but at least 2 people on the team must be 18 or older. There are prizes! If your team comes out victorious, you could all enjoy a dinner courtesy of Rogue Brewing, and you’ll get to invite your 50 closest friends for a pool party at the Newport Aquatic Center. Rogue is also sponsoring a special prize for one of the tasks, but you’ll have to join and wait for the task list to go live to find out what it is!

Join in teams of four, cost is $50 per team. Tickets and information are available on Eventbrite https://bit.ly/2BS2H0C Registration closes Jan 18th! Keep updated by liking the SASHIN Facebook page! Questions? Contact j.remillard@newportoregon.gov

Weather or Not: High Surf Warning

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Jan 172019

1/17/19 Showers and possible thunderstorms today-tonight, SSE winds 20-30mph gusting 45, high 50F, low 45F; breezy, rain — heavy at times — tomorrow, total storm precip 3-4″, high 50-55F. Outlook: showers Sat, heavy rain Sun, then a chance of showers with some sunbreaks Mon-Wed, highs 50-55F, lows 40-45F.

Beaches Today:
Surf Height…………..22 to 27 ft. *(see warning below)
Weather………………Cloudy with showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs 50 to 55.
Wind…………………Southwest 35 to 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph.
Tides (South Beach)…
Low tide….3.8 ft at 02:01 AM PST.
High tide…8.9 ft at 08:28 AM PST.
Low tide….0.3 ft at 03:31 PM PST.
High tide…6.7 ft at 10:11 PM PST.
Sunrise – 7:49 AM PST. Sunset – 5:03 PM PST.

* A High Surf Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, which is in effect from 10:00am this morning through 10:00am tomorrow. West-southwest swell combined with a south windwave will produce waves near 25 feet along the Central Oregon Coast. Breaker heights up to 30 feet are possible. Peak wave heights are expected to be late Thursday afternoon through the evening hours. This will create dangerous surf conditions Thursday morning through Friday morning. The surf zone will be very hazardous due to strong currents and breaking waves. Very large waves will run up much higher on the beaches than normal. These powerful waves can sweep people off jetties and other exposed rocks. They can also easily move large logs and other beach debris. A High Surf Warning means that dangerously high surf will batter beaches in the warning area, producing deadly rip currents and minor beach erosion.

Marine: A Gale Warning is in effect for Central Coast waters through this evening. S winds 30-35 knots gusting 45, combined very rough seas building to 26 feet with a dominant period of 12 seconds.

SNAP Information…

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Jan 162019

If you receive SNAP, you are supposed to be to getting all of your February SNAP benefits put onto your Oregon Trail card between this Friday, January 18th and January 20th. This is earlier than usual, since most people usually wouldn’t get their February benefits until sometime between Feb 1st & Feb 9th. This means that those benefits will have to last you until at least March 9.

You will not get any additional SNAP money added to your card during the whole month of February.

You will get benefits again in March—as long as the government shutdown ends before then. If you have questions about whether you actually received your February SNAP benefits in January, you can try contacting your Oregon DHS case worker.

The shutdown is not currently affecting TANF, Medicaid or OHP benefits.

Port of Newport: Defining the future – Big changes?

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Jan 162019

Port of Newport
Dean Sawyer photo

The battle over the future of the Port of Newport ratcheted up more than a few notches on Wednesday. The Newport Port Commission voted to absolutely oppose Governor Brown’s move for the state to take over the port and rename it The Oregon International Port of Newport.

A bill has been introduced in Salem that would replace local port district commissioners with governor-appointed officials who would represent a wider range of port uses – a seat for agriculture and timber interests, a seat for the fishing industry, a seat for longshoremen, a seat for local economic development interests and a seat for someone from the public at large. Again, all appointed by the governor.

The Newport Port Commission voted Wednesday to condemn the proposal and to launch a wide-ranging public education program in an effort to convince the public that current port commissioners – not the governor – know what’s best for the Port of Newport.

Going on in the background is the hope that a rejuvenated International Port of Newport can step-up to the challenge of taking-on some of the Port of Portland’s workload that is producing major maintenance problems for Portland’s freeway system, traffic congestion and for cargo-ships having to navigate so much Columbia River before they hit the open sea at Astoria.

Oregon House Bill 2284 is aimed at growing the Port of Newport into a true international port which would help get Oregon’s bountiful agricultural and timber products to national and international markets more efficiently and at at lower costs. But what is implied by such a goal is that state and federal governments will agree to offer large grants and low-interest loans that can grow the port facilities and equipment to get that monstrous job done.

However, Newport’s current Port Commission is steadfastly opposed to an invasion of such “outside” interests without having serious conversations with the local community along with a public vote about whether the local community should be running the show, or the state. Many years ago residents of Coos County voted to turn their Port of Coos Bay over to Salem. Coos Bay’s fishing fleet was removed from Coos Bay and re-established in nearby Charleston.

Which begs the question of “What will happen to Newport’s fishing fleet?” Mid-Water Trawlers Cooperative spokeswoman Heather Mann told Lincoln County Commissioners Wednesday that their cooperative unloads millions upon millions of dollars in fish every year – a huge boost to the local Newport economy. Mann added that many fishing families just recently upsized their fishing vessels to more effectively boost their annual catch.

Port of Newport Commission President Stewart Lamerdin said port staff is aggressively planning for the port’s future that will grow the port without hurting or leaving out any port users. Lamerdin said the commission is committed to a profitable and balanced approach to that growth.

Interim Port Manager Teri Dressler said the port has broadened its scope in exploring future port expansion that reflects the desires and needs of the fishing industry, ocean research, tourism as well as international shipping. She says they’re looking for a healthy blend within the constraints of available resources.

But despite all these good intentions there is a great deal of cynicism among a number of top state officials who point out that the Port of Newport has been languishing for a number of years – losing out on large grants that should have gone to major port upgrades. They point to turn-over of port managers, a severe lack of port facility maintenance, and the still not finished International Terminal as symptoms of deeper problems. Among them, a lack of consistent leadership and the resources to produce an international port that everyone says they want. Coastal Caucus state lawmakers are especially discouraged who see economic opportunities consistently pass the port by.

Still, the Newport Port Commission contends they are aimed in the right direction. The commission contends they are exploring a wide array of options to include many user industries that will benefit the whole community. They want the port to be run by local citizens who know what’s best for Newport and the Central Coast.

Others disagree. Top state officials say it’s past time that the Port of Newport get new leadership that understands more than just local needs. They say the port is a statewide economic engine that is under-performing despite receiving considerable financial support from state and federal funds.

Central Coast State Representative David Gomberg says he can see both sides very clearly. And for that he strongly favors giving the citizens of the Newport area the chance to vote on whether to let the state step in and take over.

The Oregon State Legislature convenes January 22nd. We won’t have to wait long to see whether it’ll stay The Port of Newport, or become the Oregon International Port of Newport.

Neighbors For Kids Event! Open MLK Day!

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Jan 162019

Join the Kids Zone on MLK, Jr. Day!

Neighbors For Kids (NFK) is pleased to announce that the Kids Zone will be open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! NFK’s staff have planned days full of fun activities and healthy meals will be served to all kids throughout the day. Pre-school children ages 3-5 and school-age kids ages 6-18 are all welcome to attend Kids Zone on this upcoming non-school day.

The theme on Monday, January 21st will be “Celebrating Leadership”, in honor of MLK, Jr. Day. Kids will be able to take part in projects and activities about leaders in the United States and from around the world, honoring some of the greatest people who have made a positive impact on their communities.
Kids of all ages will participate in a special art project called “I Have A Dream”, where together they will create a large, colorful collage using imprints of everyone’s hands to form the shape of a heart.

For parents interested in enrolling their children, the program will be open daily from 8:00-5:30, with a fee of $30 per day or $15 for a half-day, with a sliding scale for families. Youth in 7th grade and up can attend for free. Scholarships are available. All children who attend will receive healthy food and snacks, as well as on-site activities such as visual arts, music, games, sports, science and much more. *Please note that parents are required to provide their own round-trip transportation on January 21.

For more information about the Kids Zone’s Winter or Spring programs and to register your children please call 541-765-8990 or visit the website at www.neighborsforkids.org. Families are always welcome to stop by the facility, take a tour and meet the staff in person. The Kids Zone site is located at 634 SE Highway 101 in Depoe Bay.

Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford – Newport Library Feb. 17

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Jan 162019

Kim Stafford

Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford will speak on the topic “Writing is Luxury…But It Could Save Your Life,” at the Feb. 17 meeting of Willamette Writers’ Coast chapter. The free workshop takes place at the Newport Public Library from 2 to 4 p.m.

Stafford said his talk is inspired by a quote from Oregon writer Gary Miranda, who said, “People who don’t read or write may be spared the inconvenience of thought.” He will dive into that inconvenience by sharing poems, questions, stories, and mysteries related to the practice of writing.

In May 2018, Gov. Kate Brown named Stafford, the founding director of The Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, to a two-year appointment as Poet Laureate of Oregon, succeeding Elizabeth Woody. Over the next two years, Stafford will provide up to 20 public readings per year across the state to inform community, business and state leaders about the value and importance of poetry and creative expression.

Stafford is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft, A Thousand Friends of Rain: New & Selected Poems, and Wind on the Waves: Stories from the Oregon Coast. In 2016, the 30th anniversary edition of his collection of essays, Having Everything Right, came out from Pharos Editions. He has taught writing in dozens of schools and community centers, and in Scotland, Italy, and Bhutan.

“Poetry is our native language,” said Stafford. “We begin with imaginative experiments as children, and lyric language can be a realm of delight throughout life. For adults and communities, poetry can help us be more open to new ideas, emotionally informed, and buoyant in responding to challenges. In a society of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, poetry builds community.”

“Generosity of spirit may not be an explicitly stated part of the criteria for Oregon Poet Laureate, but it is a central part of who Kim Stafford is, both in his poetry and in the flesh,” said Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities, which administers the Poet Laureate program on behalf of the Cultural Trust.

Stafford holds a Ph.D. in medieval literature from the University of Oregon, and has worked as a printer, photographer, oral historian, editor, and visiting writer at a host of colleges and schools. He lives in Portland with his wife and children.

Willamette Writers thanks the Anchor Pier Lodge, Sylvia Beach Hotel, Hallmark Hotel, and the Inn at Nye Beach for donating lodging for their authors and the Newport Public Library for providing a monthly meeting space.

Element String Quartet from Newport Symphony in Free Concert Saturday at Newport Nazarene

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Jan 162019

West Linn Chamber Ensemble…

The Element String Quartet, composed of members of the Newport Symphony, and the West Linn High School Chamber Ensemble perform Saturday at 7:00 PM at Newport Nazarene Church in the second of three free Winter Series concerts sponsored by the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival.

The Element String Quartet is composed of four talented musicians of the Newport Symphony Orchestra.

Opening the program on Saturday, January 19th will be the West Linn High School String Ensemble under the direction of Georgia Muggli.

Admission to this concert, which begins at 7:00 PM is free with donations accepted at the door. The Newport Nazarene Church is located at 227 NW 12th Street. This evening’s concert is made possible by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

The January 19th concert is the second of three Winter Series concerts presented by the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival. These concerts provide an opportunity for small ensembles of talented high school students to perform in front of a live audience – outside their home town. The third concert in this series will be February 9, 2019.

The Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival is held in Newport April 25- 28. The Festival is a unique, annual 4-day event for high school orchestras. Professional

Sen. Wyden: Canada under-cutting American wildfire air tanker rates

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Jan 162019

Wyden: Canada is subsidizing their wildfire air tankers, hurting U.S. fleet…

Senator says unfair Canadian air tanker subsidies could hurt wildfire readiness and domestic air tanker companies in Oregon and the West

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today asked the U.S. Forest Service to investigate reports that Canada is unfairly subsidizing its aerial firefighting industry, endangering wildfire readiness in Oregon and the West as well as putting U.S. competitors at an unjust disadvantage for wildfire work.

Wyden noted in his letter for U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen that these concerns raise urgent questions because responses are due this month to the Forest Service’s Request for Proposals for Large Air Tanker Services.

“While I am concerned about the readiness of the United States to fight the growing number and severity of forest fires, including with domestic resources, I am also concerned that unfair foreign subsidies put domestic producers at an economic disadvantage,” wrote Wyden, a strong advocate of ensuring Oregon has enough air tankers available for wildfires.

Citing a report that the Canadian government made a $3.4 million investment in a Canadian-owned aerial firefighting company, Wyden wrote Christiansen that such subsidies would create an uneven playing field, hurting the safety of federal lands and neighboring communities.

“I ask that your office evaluate these press reports and determine whether the reported subsidies are having a detrimental impact on U.S. service providers and the future readiness of the federal government and individual states to fight forest fires,” he wrote.

Weather or Not: Wet through the Weekend

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Jan 162019

1/16/19 Rain increasing this afternoon, ESE breeze 10-20mph, high 50F, rain/showers tonight-tomorrow, up to 1″ total precip, SE winds gusting 30-45mph, low 40-50F, high 55F. Outlook: rain Fri-Sun, then a chance of showers Mon-Tue, highs 50-55F, lows 40-45F during the period.

Beaches Today:
Surf Height…………..11 to 15 ft.
Weather………………Cloudy with rain. Highs 50 to 55.
Wind…………………Southeast 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
Tides (South Beach)…
Low tide….3.5 ft at 12:56 AM PST.
High tide…8.5 ft at 07:35 AM PST.
Low tide….1.2 ft at 02:37 PM PST.
High tide…6.1 ft at 09:06 PM PST.
Sunrise – 7:50 AM PST. Sunset – 5:02 PM PST.

Marine: A Gale Warning is in effect from this afternoon through tomorrow evening for SE wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to 25, rising to 20 to 25 knots with gusts to 30 by this afternoon. Tonight SE wind 20 to 25 knots with gusts to 35, rising to 25 to 30 knots with gusts to 40 after midnight. Combined seas 14 feet with a dominant period of 17 seconds. Tomorrow S wind 25 to 30 knots with gusts to 40 knots, combined very rough seas 21 feet with a dominant period of 16 seconds.

Lincoln County’s Annual Homeless Outreach

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Jan 162019

Project Homeless Connect seeks donations to help Lincoln County homeless

Project Homeless Connect 2019

NEWPORT, Ore. – Project Homeless Connect has grown! This year, Lincoln County can expect two Project Homeless Connect events in two separate locations – Lincoln City and Newport.

The 12th annual Lincoln County Project Homeless Connect will continue its mission to provide all sheltered and unsheltered people with immediate goods and services. Lincoln County Public Health is proud to participate alongside other community agencies in this community event.

Lincoln City will have it’s event on Thursday, January 24th, 2019 from 10 AM – 4 PM at Lincoln City Resource Center & Warming Shelter at 1206 SE 48th Place, Lincoln City. Newport will have it’s event on Friday, January 25th, 2019 from 10 AM – 3 PM at the Church of the Nazarene at 227 NW 12th, Newport.

Both sites offer a free meal, donated clothing items, dental care, HIV testing, and Oregon Health Plan (OHP) Enrollment. Newport will continue to provide haircuts, pet care, immunizations, and various legal & housing assistance programs from the community. Lincoln City will start off it’s first year with showers, laundry, mental health services, and medical bus tickets.

Project Homeless Connect is a fine example of how our community can come together and volunteer our time toward improving the lives of those in need. Individuals interested in volunteering at the event can help with taking down items and should arrive to Naz church at 3PM on Friday the 25th. All other volunteer roles are filled!

Those interested in contributing can donate items to Dignity Drive collection bins at Newport Public Library, Carl’s Coffee in Nye Beach, and Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport. Recommended items include men’s socks, long underwear, warm layer clothing, hygiene products, and tarps.

We are looking forward to another year of this great event!

Teaching seascape art to youngsters through 4-H!

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Jan 152019

4-H Art Lessons at Cooperative Extension!

Lincoln County 4-H is excited to welcome retired Oregon Coast Aquarium Artist Michael Cole to 4-H’s growing program. Mr. Cole will be hosting a series of painting classes at the OSU Lincoln County Extension Office featuring a variety of coastal themes.

The first class in the series, Oregon Coast Breaking Wave, will be on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10 am to noon. Although sponsored by Lincoln County 4-H, youth do not need to be a 4-H member to enroll. However, we do ask that children are between the ages of 9-19 as of September 1, 2018 (4-H enrollment requirement). The first class will teach composition, brush techniques, mixing colors and glazing techniques. The fee for the class is $10 and will include a brush kit, canvas and resource list for materials to take home. Class size is limited to 12 students and an RSVP is required by January 23, 2019 per participant. RSVPs can be made by contacting the 4-H office at 541-574-6534.

The 4-H Youth Development Program focuses on providing youth of all ages with the life skills they need to succeed in today’s – and tomorrow’s – world. Projects and activities are vehicles that help young people learn and grow through an intentional process that builds competence, confidence, connection, compassion and character. Research has shown that by participating in 4-H, young people prepare themselves for economic and social success in adulthood.

For more information about Lincoln County 4-H, please contact Heather Tower, 4-H Program Assistant at 541-648-6818 or heather.tower@oregonstate.edu.
P 541-574-6534 | extension.oregonstate.edu/lincoln
Example of project for February 2, 2019 Class

Run Homelessness Out of Town!!!

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Jan 152019

The 2nd Annual Tsunami Run!!

Family Promise of Lincoln County announces its second annual Tsunami Run to help fund their Homeless Program in Lincoln County.

“It’s time to run homelessness out of town,” declared Marilyn Salci, Family Promise Board member and Fundraising Committee member, as preparations were being made for this event.

The innovative fundraising workout will see teams of three people meet at one of the participating gyms in Lincoln City on Wednesday, February 13th and take part in a 30 minute run/walk on a treadmill. Exceptions will be made for those with health issues who choose to participate on another machine such as a stationary bicycle.

“This is an event for any level of athlete to have fun.” stated Sue Anderson, Family Promise Board President. “Just the thrill of getting together with two other people to help these families through donations can be the goal. Get your friends together and sign up for a good time.”

The teams sign up at a favorite workout location and a set time slot at that gym. Two winning teams will be named including both the team with the most pledges collected as well as a team with the most miles recorded in the 30 minute time slot. Two awesome gift baskets are ready for the winning teams. A special White Elephant prize will go to the “Most Unique Costumed” team. Watch for photos on the Family Promise Facebook page.

All proceeds will support Family Promise in helping families experiencing homelessness get back on their feet and into their own homes again.
The gyms participating in the event are:

* Fitness 101 at 7755 Hwy 101 in the Salishan Marketplace, 541-996-6101
* The Lincoln City Community Center at 2150 NE Oar Place, 541-994-2131 (16 or older)
* Participating gyms have paperwork, sign-up sheets and time slots available.

* Call or stop in to register.

How to help our Coast Guard Stations

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Jan 152019

Message to Lincoln County residents:

Many Lincoln County residents have asked how to help our Coast Guard members during the government shutdown. There are restrictions on donations and gifts that limit what the Coast Guard is allowed to accept.

The Chief Petty Officers Association of North Bend is a non-profit organization that serves Coast Guard members in their district. Monetary donations may be mailed to them at 2000 Connecticut Ave., North Bend, OR 97459. Specify on your check in the notes section which unit you would like to help (Newport, Depoe Bay, etc.) The funds will then be distributed to the specific Coast Guard station.

Checks should be made payable to: Chief Petty Officers Association North Bend

The Coast Guard is aware of Lincoln County resources that are available, such as Food Share, Lincoln County Animal Shelter for pet needs, and programs that are available through Central Lincoln PUD, and the City of Newport Finance Department (water billing).

The Coast Guard may also accept gift cards for grocery stores and other services in the amount of $20 or less. These may be sent directly to the individual station or dropped off in person.

Station Yaquina Bay
Attn: BMC Jason McCommons
925 SW Naterlin Drive
Newport, OR 97365

Station Depoe Bay
240 SW Coast Guard Drive
Depoe Bay, OR 97341

Hearts for Horses January 26th, Oregon Coast Aquarium

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Jan 152019

Bright Horizons will be holding the 12th annual “Hearts for Horses” fundraiser on Jan 26th, 2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Oregon Coast Aqurium. The event is a casual family friendly event that features the wonders of the Aquarium exhibits, a Silent Auction, as well as a Oral Auction.

Tour the aqurium exhibits while perusing the auction items and sampling the many hors d’oeuves and desserts from our local eateries. Visit with our riders, volunteers and board of directors and your friends and neighbors.

Hearts for Horses is our largest fundraiser of the year and all the funds go toward rider scholarships and the care of our horses. Rider scholaraships are used to assist riders who would be otherwise unable to partake in this very worthy therapy due to financial constraints.

The costs remain low; $40 per person / $75 per couple / children under 12 are free.

For more information please call Amy @ 541-961-4156, or visit us at www.brighthorizonsriding.org.

…the last of a tragic event…

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Jan 152019

The last of the wreckage of the Mary B II was removed from the beach in Newport….

Three commercial fishermen lost their lives last week when huge waves overturned their small vessel as they tried to maneuver between the Newport jetties….

Fishermen risk it all every time they sail out into the howlin’ wind…

Toledo High School Students Show Support for Coast Guard

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Jan 152019

Toledo High School Students Tana’ya Barnhart, Kaiya Loper and Morgan Hinds deliver messages of support for Newport Coast Guard

Three Toledo High School students delivered messages of support to the Coast Guard Station in Newport Tuesday. Students Tana’ya Barnhard, Kaiya Loper and Morgan Hinds delivered signs saying “The Boomers Support You!” All three are organizing a money donation drive by the Toledo High School Leadership Class to help Coast Guard Station personnel get through a tough period with no pay due to the “Build the Wall” stand-off in Washington DC between President Trump and the Congress. There are many commercial as well as recreational fishermen living in the Toledo/Siletz area who rely on the swift professionalism of the U.S. Coast Guard should they encounter problems on the open sea.