Letter to the Editor – Dean Sawyer, Mayor-Elect

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Nov 132018

Dean Sawyer

The past 3-4 months have been a real interesting time. Since I announced my bid for Mayor I have meet and talked to so many folks around this great town. I have learned so much from all of you and I am humbled by those that have supported my quest to make this a better community.

I would like to thank Dietmar Goebel. You ran the perfect campaign, no mud slinging or getting down into the gutter. It is so nice to have City Council and the Mayor’s position as nonpartisan. We were lucky to leave the bickering to the big folks in Salem and in Washington. You have served our city well and I look forward to working with you the next two years. You are a class act, sir.

I would like to thank everyone that makes this a great town and look forward to working with you all.

Dean Sawyer
Newport, Oregon

Young Otis man headed for prison for distributing child pornography

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Nov 132018

William Borges, 20, of Otis, pleaded guilty today to one count of distributing child pornography.

According to court documents, investigators identified Borges in September 2016 as part of an ongoing investigation by the FBI’s Sacramento Field Office into the use of Dropbox, a cloud-based file sharing application, to distribute media depicting the sexual exploitation of children. A federal search warrant issued to Dropbox produced the email address Borges used to create a Dropbox account identified by investigators as containing child pornography. Investigators later matched three video uploads to Dropbox depicting the sexual abuse of young children to the internet address of Borges’ home in Otis. During a search of Borges’ home, he admitted to possessing child pornography and trading images and videos using Kik Messenger and Dropbox.

Borges faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime term of supervised release. He will be sentenced on February 11, 2019 before U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken.

The FBI’s CETF conducts sexual exploitation investigations — many of them undercover — in coordination with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The CETF is committed to locating and arresting those who prey on children as well as recovering underage victims of sex trafficking and child exploitation.

Anyone who has information about the physical or online exploitation of children are encouraged to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or submit a tip online at www.fbi.gov/tips.

Young male pedestrian shot at near 950 SE 32nd in Lincoln City

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Nov 132018

Current LC Police Dept.
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Monday afternoon at around 3:34 pm, Lincoln City Police Officers responded to the area of 950 SE 32nd St on a report of a gunshot victim. The victim, a 20 year-old-male, reported he had been walking along on SE 32nd St when a black, 4-door sedan pulled up and the driver fired a gun at him. The suspect was reported as being a white male.

The victim ran to the apartment complex at 950 SE 32nd St and reported the incident. The victim, whose name is not being released at this time, was taken to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital and treated for minor injuries before being released.

LCPD Officers closed down SE 32nd St for several hours to investigate and conduct interviews.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please call the Lincoln City Police Department at (541) 994-3636.

Dancing Moon Press is now dancing with a new owner!

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Nov 132018

Carla Perry – Kim Cooper Findling
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Oregon Independent Publishing Company Dancing Moon Press Changes Hands

Dancing Moon Press, a 22-year-old independent book publisher based in Newport, announces new ownership. Carla Perry has retired and transferred the business to Kim Cooper Findling of Bend. Transition celebrations are planned on the Oregon Coast and in Central Oregon. Writers, authors, book enthusiasts, and friends are invited to attend.

A full service book production company, Dancing Moon Press provides a complete host of services to authors who wish to publish their books under an established imprint, with the support of an experienced publishing team. In addition to book production and printing of high quality paperback, hardcover, and eBook editions, Dancing Moon Press offers consulting, coaching, marketing, and workshops regarding all stages of the writing and publishing process. In its 22-year history, Dancing Moon Press has assisted hundreds of writers produce hundreds of books.

Please join the Dancing Moon Press founder and new owner at these celebration events:
November 24, 2018, Newport, Oregon, at the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
November 29, 2018, Bend, Oregon, at Dudley’s Bookstore Café, 135 NW Minnesota, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information contact Carla Perry at perry.carla@gmail.com or 541-574-7708, or Kim Cooper Findling at kim@dancingmoonpress.com or 541-410-0537.

Oregon Coast Aquarium drives it up a notch on Sea Otter care and research!

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Nov 132018

Nursing stranded sea otters back to health at OCA…

Planned Marine Wildlife Center at OCA

Sea otters are a hot topic on the Oregon coast right now, for two reasons: First, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is announcing plans for a new sea otter holding facility. The facility will allow the Aquarium to care for additional rescued sea otters and facilitate new Behind the Scenes guest experiences.

Second, last month the Elakha Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of sea otters on the Oregon coast, hosted the first Sea Otter Symposium in Newport, Oregon to discuss scientific understanding of sea otters and key questions about reintroduction in Oregon. “Elakha” is the Chinook Indian word for sea otter.

How are the Aquarium’s and Elakha Alliance’s plans related? More than you might think. Click here.

Sea otters were added to the federal Endangered Species List in 1977; fur traders hunted the marine mammals nearly to extinction in the 18th and 19th centuries. While strong populations of sea otters now live in California, Washington and Alaska, sea otters remain extinct in Oregon.

The Elakha Alliance’s Sea Otter Symposium highlighted the key areas of research needed to successfully reintroduce sea otters on the Oregon coast in the near future. Attendees included researchers, coastal tribe leaders, environmental organizations, policy-makers, sea otter-care experts and community groups from all over the Pacific Northwest. Speakers presented findings about the ecological roles of sea otters and their importance to coastal ecosystems, the status of genetic research on sea otters, the current state of sea otter populations on the West coast and current understanding of bull kelp, key habitat for sea otters, on the Oregon coast.

Robert Bailey, former Manager for the State of the Oregon Coastal Management Program and current Elakha Alliance Board Member, has taken on the role of Director since the passing more than two years ago of co-founder, Dave Hatch. Bailey says that the Alliance was formed with the mission of restoring sea otter populations to the Oregon coast and thereby restoring the ecosystem health of Oregon’s waters.

“Sea otters are an ultra-keystone species in coastal ecosystems. Their return to Oregon would restore ecosystem biodiversity and productivity,” said Bailey. “There’s no question about it—we’ve been living with an ecosystem that appears normal and healthy, but it is not what it was when sea otters were here.”

Evidence of the benefits of sea otters in nearshore coastal habitats has been measured in California’s kelp forests and estuarine habitats such as Elkhorn Slough near Santa Cruz, California. Researchers found that the addition of sea otters changed species interactions in these ecosystems to promote native vegetation growth, such as eelgrass, and helped offset negative effects of human-caused pollution.

While Oregon-based researchers can study habitat suitability for sea otter reintroduction, another key piece is community education. “With reintroduction, there will be concern by other ocean resource users that sea otters could outcompete them,” explained Bailey. “Part of it on our end is to understand that level of concern and to work to investigate and avoid potential impacts. For instance, we learned at the Symposium that there is no evidence that sea otters eat oysters—which is a question likely to arise from commercial oyster growers.”

The Oregon Coast Aquarium—which sees over 420,000 guests a year—has great potential to take a leadership role in educating coastal communities and beyond on the significance of sea otter reintroduction. And if the time comes to physically relocate and reintroduce sea otters to Oregon, the Aquarium’s sea otter husbandry expertise and resources will prove critical.

That’s where the new sea otter holding facility comes in.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is one of only thirteen rehabilitation facilities across North America authorized to accept rescued sea otters—but all are at full capacity. Currently, an injured or abandoned sea otter pup deemed non-releasable may have no facility available for intake, which can result in euthanasia. Circumstances could worsen if an unusual mortality event, such as an oil spill, resulted in a large number of animals requiring care and treatment.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is currently home to three male sea otters, Nuka, Schuster and Oswald. In order to accept more of these threatened species, the Aquarium requires a separate holding area for quarantine and treatment.

In collaboration with Oregon and U.S. Fish and Wildlife agencies, the Aquarium plans to build an additional sea otter holding facility. It will be placed adjacent to the current otter habitat and designed to facilitate Behind-the-Scenes guest experiences focused on sea otter natural history and future reintroduction research. This is part of a larger plan for the Aquarium to raise funds to build a Marine Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for Aquarium staff and veterinarians to provide critical care for injured or stranded marine animals as well as the permanent collection.

“If and when the time comes for sea otter reintroduction on the Oregon coast, additional animal facilities at the Aquarium can serve as areas for sea otter quarantine and holding for relocation” said Brittany Blades, Assistant Curator of Marine Mammals at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Attendee to the Sea Otter Symposium. “In the short term, the sea otter holding area will give us the ability to provide a home for an additional rescued sea otter pup that would otherwise have nowhere else to go.”

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is raising funds for the new sea otter holding facility through donations. If you are interested in contributing to our sea otter program, you can make a tax-deductible donation to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, at www.aquarium.org/give.

The Sea Otter Symposium held by the Elakha Alliance was a critical first step toward potential sea otter reintroduction on the Oregon coast. “We are just beginning this journey by reaching out to scientists, agencies, zoos/aquariums and people with reintroduction expertise in Alaska and California to figure out the best path,” said Bailey. “But we’ve put our foot on the path, and we’re determined to see this through.”

For more information about sea otter introduction in Oregon or to get involved, please contact. Robert Bailey at Elakha.Alliance@gmail.com.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium creates unique and engaging experiences that connect you to the Oregon Coast and inspire ocean conservation. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, this 501(c)3 non-profit organization is ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR. www.aquarium.org, 541-867-3474. Follow us on Facebook.com/OregonCoastAquarium, or Twitter.com/OrCoastAquarium for the latest updates.

Weather or Not: A Smidge of Rain Possible

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Nov 132018

11/13/18 Partly cloudy, light E winds, high 60F today, chance of rain tonight-tomorrow, low 50F, high 55F. Outlook: patchy fog, otherwise mostly clear Thu-Mon, highs around 55F, lows 40-45F. Long range projections show some rain developing by next Wed, maybe lasting for several days.

New Adult Foster Care Home Opens in Depoe Bay

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Nov 122018

Catherine Hingson and Cynthia Stanley-Adams

In the coastal town of Depoe Bay, a new licensed adult foster care home has opened. This new business, Sunset Senior Living Center LLC., offers residential care for seniors or people with disabilities.

Catherine Hingson and Cynthia Stanley-Adams offer care for people who can no longer care for themselves in their own home and would prefer to be in a home environment instead of an institutional placement. Following a stroke or aneurysm, a doctor may recommend that his or her patient not return home. Sunset Senior Living Center can provide a safe, consistent, and caring environment where residents are able to have an individualized approach to their care and interests. As a Class 2 home S.S.L.C. is serving those who would benefit from having nutritious meals prepared for them, assistance with the daily tasks of living, and maintain as much independence as possible.

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For many people a home environment rather than a large facility is preferable. Some of the differences you might find in a smaller setting include that communicable diseases are much less prevalent, the turn-over in staff is not as high, it’s quieter, a private room, and the resident is more involved in selecting home-cooked meals and activities of their own choice. In this small family owned and operated business the ratio of care providers to residents is one-on-one. ‘Our Home is Your Home’ is the motto of Sunset Senior Living Center. “This means that residents will still be able to see friends and family, do the activities that they love, and get the help they need by capable educated women who live with them, and do what you would if you could be home caring for your loved one yourself”, stated Catherine Hingson.

Catherine Hingson has a special education degree, is an accomplished cook, and is an artist as well as a caregiver. She has owned the house on Cliff St in Depoe Bay for almost 20 years. Cindy is also an artist, has a psychology degree, and enjoys working with the elderly on a daily basis.

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Providing long-term care and support for the elderly and people with disabilities could be the biggest problem our health care systems face today. The median annual nursing home cost for a semi-private room in 2017 was $85,775.00 according to Genworth Financial.

In facing the complexities and expenses of health care, Oregon’s elder population has a more cost effective solution than the 2017 average cost with Sunset Senior Living Center. We have a private room open for an individual or couple and are able to offer more individual care at a more affordable rate. When speaking about opening Sunset Senior Living Center Catherine Hingson said, “My hope is that there is someone in the area that has wanted to move their parent closer to them but hasn’t found the right placement, we might have just the right situation for them.”

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Sunset Senior Living Center is an adult foster care home close to the ocean in a nice neighborhood where seniors or people with a disability can enjoy residential care in an environment that is enriching.

If you would like more information please call Catherine Hingson 503-545-9339 or email: sunsetseniorliving@gmail.com

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Toledo Boatyard Fire

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Nov 122018

Report of a fire at the Toledo Boatworks. Toledo Fire-Rescue enroute.

Small fire. Quickly handled.

Traffic Crash Lincoln City at 825 NW 101

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Nov 122018

Report of a traffic crash in Lincoln City at 825 NW Highway 101, near the Samaritan Coastal Clinic and Orthopedics. Watch out for emergency vehicles.

Seeing rivers and the ocean up close and personal….

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Nov 122018

Greater Toledo Pool offering scuba diving lessons.
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The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. The fun part about this course is… well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you’ll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver.

During the course, you’ll make pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your Eugene Skin Divers PADI Instructor.

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This first weekend will consist of 4 classroom sessions and 4 pool sessions at the Greater Toledo Pool. The following weekend will consist of 4 open water dives (2 each day).

Required Personal Gear: mask, snorkel and fins.

Cost of the course: $400

Course limit: 12 people

Registration: Call the Greater Toledo Pool 541.336.3181 Ext. 2
or by Email: poolmanager@greatertoledopool.org

Payment is required upon signing up to reserve your spot.

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When “Sweet” meets “Cozy” at North Lincoln Hospital….

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Nov 122018

Shoppers invited to ‘sweet and cozy’ sale at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital

– With an assortment of warm quilts, tempting chocolates and holiday décor, the annual quilt and holiday sale Thursday, Nov. 15, at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital will be a sweet and cozy event.

The fundraiser takes place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria.

The public is welcome to browse a selection of Abdallah Candies, handcrafted quilts and a variety of holiday décor. All proceeds will go to the Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital Auxiliary to fund hospital equipment and scholarships for students pursuing a medical career.

For information, call 541-996-7132.

Time slipping away on the Bay Road

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Nov 122018

Used to be a busy part of the road….
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Remnant of a fishing vessel, Canadian Honkers, Purple Martin bird houses on posts and remains of a dock, all nestled in the mud flats at low tide on the Bay Road.