Jul 312014
 

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WATER CONTACT ADVISORY

A water contact advisory associated with Harmful Algal Blooms has been issued for Devils Lake due to elevated levels of the toxin Microcystin. This toxin is produced by a type of blue-green algae called Microcystis currently growing in the lake in high numbers. The recreational limit for the toxin is 10 parts per billion (ppb) with many sites reporting levels above 25 parts per billion. Areas of highest blue-green algae density are typically the most affected, however the toxin has have been found lake wide to varying degrees. Also please note that conditions can change rapidly as the blue-green algae are circulated around the lake by wind and wave action, so toxin levels where they may have been less elevated can increase rapidly.

During this water contact advisory:
Do not drink the lake water (Please note that the Devils Lake State Campground does not use lake water for drinking, so their water as well as all city water is safe).

Avoid swimming or waterskiing in areas of scum or where toxins are known to be present.

Keep pets away
Clean fish well and discard guts
Avoid areas of scum when boating
Call your doctor or veterinarian if you or your animals have sudden or unexplained sickness or signs of poisoning.
Read the Harmful Algal Bloom FAQ and Water Contact Advisory for more information.

Also visit DLWID’s water quality page for links to additional information.

This advisory remains in effect until further notice. Additional samples will be analyzed every two weeks until the notice is lifted.

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Jul 312014
 

Sen. Ron Wyden D-Oregon

Sen. Ron Wyden
D-Oregon

Sen. Jeff Merkley D-Oregon

Sen. Jeff Merkley
D-Oregon

Provided by Senators Wyden and Merkley

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden made the following joint statement regarding the Veterans Administration (VA) scandal:

“The results of this new internal VA audit show 30 percent of VA schedulers at Roseburg and 50 percent at White City reported pressure to manipulate or falsify data. That’s completely outrageous and it’s one of the reasons why we were proud to stand with our colleagues today and pass this urgently-needed VA reform bill. This legislation will enable the VA Secretary to fire VA officials for poor performance or malfeasance—including pressuring staff to manipulate data—and we hope he takes a hard look at using this authority. The bill also provides resources to help thousands of Oregon veterans facing unconscionably long wait times, authorizes the VA to hire more doctors and nurses, and enables veterans who can’t be seen at VA facilities to more easily seek care outside the VA. This is an important step toward addressing the mess at the VA, but there’s more to do. We will continue face-to-face meetings with Oregon VA officials and our staffs will continue to talk with veterans and advocates on how to improve access and care across the state.”

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Jul 312014
 

Central Oregon Archive photo

Central Oregon
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Sen. Jeff Merkley D-Oregon Angry about Senate GOP shoots down more funds to fight wildfires in the West.

Sen. Jeff Merkley
D-Oregon
Angry about Senate GOP shooting down more funds to fight wildfires in the West.

Merkley: ‘Irresponsible’ to Leave without Wildfire Funding

Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after Senate Republicans used a procedural tactic to kill an emergency supplemental spending bill, which included $615 million in emergency funding to fight wildfires in the West.

“With thousands of acres engulfed in flames in the Northwest, and lives and property in jeopardy, it’s irresponsible that some in Congress would refuse to address this crisis. We need to recognize these devastating fires as the emergencies they are. We must end the vicious cycle of robbing fire prevention and forest management funds to pay for fires that are already burning. There’s a crisis in the West and it deeply troubles me that Congress is leaving before finishing the job.”

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Jul 312014
 
Wecoma Inn Lincoln City Courtesy photo TripAdvisor.com

Wecoma Inn
Lincoln City
Courtesy photo TripAdvisor.com

One moment a 9 year old girl was sitting on a third floor window sill, the next instant we was lying in extreme pain on the pavement 25-30 feet below.

Lincoln City Police were called the Inn at Wecoma this morning on a report that a young girl was lying on the asphalt three stories down from her parent’s room. Police arrived to find her mother already putting a blanket on her daughter. Arriving paramedics quickly determined that the girl had suffered severe trauma which included an obviously fractured leg.

Upon arrival at North Lincoln Hospital, the emergency room doctor immediately ordered her to be transferred to a trauma center in Portland.

According to police the girl was sitting on the inside ledge talking with her mother. Her mother said her daughter leaned toward the screen which gave way, allowing her to fall out the window and onto the parking lot below. Upon arrival, police say the girl was alert and talking but obviously in great pain.

No word on how she’s doing at the Portland trauma center. She and her parents were vacationing in Lincoln City. They’re from Houston, TX.

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Jul 312014
 

4:39pm Traffic crash, car into ditch at North end of Yasik Loop at junction with 229. Children in the car. Unknown extent of injuries, if any. Watch for emergency vehicles.

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Jul 312014
 
Courtesy Graphic

Courtesy Graphic

Neighborhoods throughout Newport are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “31st National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event.

National Night Out, Tuesday, August 5th is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, and co-sponsored locally by the Newport Police Department. Nationwide, it will involve more than 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world. In all, more than 37 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime”.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

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Jul 312014
 
Sen. Jeff Merkley D-Oregon

Sen. Jeff Merkley
D-Oregon

Merkley introduces older Americans CARE Act to help seniors stay in their homes. Bill is latest push by senator to improve seniors’ quality of life.

WASHINGTON – Today, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley introduced new legislation to help older Americans stay in their own homes and communities as they age. The bill, the Older Americans Community Access Revitalization and Education (CARE) Act, would also improve seniors’ access to a range of health and support services.

Merkley’s bill would create a Community Care Initiative within the Older Americans Act to coordinate support services like meals, nursing visits, and transportation assistance so older Americans can stay at home. Without these services, they often wind up needing expensive and impersonal hospital or institutional care (at very high cost to taxpayers).

“Caring for an aging parent can be so tough, but nobody wants to turn to a nursing home if they don’t need to,” Merkley said. “We can do a better job to connect older Americans to the basic services that can help them stay at home and help their families make sure they get the care they need. If we can keep more seniors in their communities and save money on expensive hospitalizations and institutional care, everyone is better off.”

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 Posted by at 2:55 PM
Jul 312014
 
Eelgrass File phot

Eelgrass
File phot

Come play in the mud for a great cause!!

On Sunday 8/10, Monday 8/11, and Tuesday 8/12 Pacific Habitat Services will perform its annual monitoring of the eelgrass mitigation site southwest of the NOAA docks. The Port of Newport relies on volunteer help to support the plant survey and recording during the negative tide period starting on the following times:

Sunday August 10th—–6:30-9 am (approx. 2-3 hrs. of help needed)
Monday August 11th—-7-10 am (approx. 2-3 hrs. of help needed)
Tuesday August 12th—-8-11 am (approx. 2-3 hrs. of help needed)

Volunteers are needed and would be very welcome for the first few hours in each of the mornings. This is a good opportunity to meet people and learn about our local marine ecology.

Interested people should contact Rick Fuller at rfuller@portofnewport.com or by phone 541.961-3904. We will be meeting at the South Beach Marina north utility building to the east of the SB marina fuel station (behind the big sand pile). Clam boots and/or waders are helpful as this is muddy work. But remember! It’s also fun!

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 Posted by at 1:07 PM
Jul 312014
 
Marsha Kipp, aide, Don Mann (Past Exalted Ruler) Toledo Elks Lodge, George Sisikin and Mark Siebert

Marsha Kipp, aide, Don Mann (Past Exalted Ruler) Toledo Elks Lodge, George Sisikin and Mark Siebert

Disabled Vets Honored with Fishing Excursion

The Toledo Elks Lodge #1664 recently treated 18 Veterans to a bottom fishing trip and lunch afterward. Trisha Daniel, Toledo Lodge’s Veteran’s and Americanism chairperson, organized the trip with the help of Elk member Gene Stump who works on the charter boat Kadaho out of Depoe Bay.

Waiting on lunch!

Waiting to launch!

Headin' out...

Headin’ out…on the Kadaho

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vets, representing WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War and Iraq/Kuwait conflicts, started the day early and fished for 5 hours before being provided lunch at Mazatlan in Depoe Bay. The trip was made possible through a Freedom Grant provided by the Elks National Veteran’s Service Commission. For more information about the Elks’ Veteran’s programs please call Trisha Daniel at the Toledo Elks Lodge 541-336-2276.

Chowin' down at Mazatlan in Depoe Bay

Chowin’ down at Mazatlan in Depoe Bay.
The photographer was obviously still trying to adjust to being back on dry land.

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 Posted by at 12:32 PM
Jul 312014
 

native plant sale

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