Albatross – The Movie: The plight of seabirds in the heart of the Pacific Ocean

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May 212018

Albatross rearing season
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On Friday, June 1, the Bird Nerds Club of OSU and the Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation will host a screening of the movie ALBATROSS. This is a special pre-release screening of a movie by Chris Jordan about the plight of sea birds in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Following the movie will be Q&A and discussion with a panel of experts. The screening will be at Hatfield Auditorium from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Doors open at 5:45.

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The making of the movie began in 2008, as a collaboration between director/writer/editor Chris Jordan and activist/photographer Manuel Maqueda. Studying the newly-emerging issue of ocean plastic pollution they learned of a stunning environmental tragedy taking place on a tiny atoll in the center of the North Pacific Ocean. On the first trip to Midway Atoll in September of 2009 their team filmed thousands of dead albatrosses. Returning to Midway eight times over the next four years the filmmakers experienced the bird’s beauty, grace and sentience more and more with each trip. ALBATROSS tells the factual story of the suffering of these birds brought about by our culture of mass consumption and conveys the intensely vivid sensual, emotional and spiritual experience of being with them on the island.

The film’s maker realized that this eight year labor of love could not be treated as a commercial product and is, there for,​​ a gift to the world. With this in mind ALBATROSS is offered as a free public work of art. The screening hosted by Bird Nerds Club of OSU and Newport Surfrider is free. The hosted screenings will culminate on World Oceans Day 2018 (June 8), when ALBATROSS will be shown at the United Nations. On that day ALBATROSS will be made available for free permanently.

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Lincoln City Police launches “Text to 911” service

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May 212018

Typical text message during an emergency.

Lincoln City Police Chief Jerry Palmer is pleased to announce that, thanks to a grant from Oregon Emergency Managmeent, Text-to-911 technology is now in operation in Lincoln City.

After a year long project and extensive testing, the system is now in place and operational for wireless customers of Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile.

Most citizens in Lincoln City can now send a short message service (SMS) text message to 911 for emergency help when unable to make a 911 voice call. This service is available to wireless customers of Verizon, Sprint AT&T and T-Mobile at this time, when within range of a cell tower in Lincoln City.

Text-to-911 was not developed as a replacement to a voice call to 911 in an emergency situation, but rather as an enhancement to reach 911 services in three specific situations: 1) the caller is hearing/voice impaired, 2) a medical emergency renders the person incapable of speech, or 3) when speaking out loud would put the caller in danger, such as a home invasion, a domestic violence incident, or an active shooter scenario.

During an emergency, all wireless callers should remember to “call if you can; text if you can’t”.

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Lincoln City citizens should keep the following important information in mind if they send a Text-to-911:

* Customers should use the texting option only when calling 911 is not an option.
* Using a phone to call 911 is still the most efficient way to reach emergency help. Texting is not always instantaneous, which is critical during a life-threatening emergency. It may take slightly longer to dispatch emergency services in a Text-to-911 situation because of the time involved: Someone must enter the text, the message must go over the network, and the 911 telecommunicator must read the text and then text back.
* Providing location information and nature of the emergency in the first text message is imperative, since the Lincoln City Police 911 Center will initially only receive the location of the cell phone tower closest to the call’s origin.
* Text abbreviations, emoticons or slang should never be used so that the intent of the dialogue can be as clear as possible.
* Customers must be in range of cell towers in Lincoln City. If customers are outside or near the edge of the county, the message may not reach the Lincoln City Police 911 Center.
* Texts to 911 from areas where the service is not available will receive a “bounce back” message telling them to make a voice call.
* Texts sent to 911 have the same 160-character limit as other text messages.
* Wireless customers who use Usage Controls should remove this feature to ensure full Text-to-911 capabilities.
* Wireless customers must have mobile phones that are capable of sending text messages. The solution is available for customers who use the native SMS provided by wireless carriers. Customers should consult their over- the-top (OTT) messaging provider to determine if and how Text-to-911 is provided by the OTT application.
* The texting function should only be used for emergency situations that require an immediate response from police, fire, or emergency medical services. For non-emergency situations, customers should contact their local public safety agency via a 10-digit non-emergency number. The non-emergency number for Lincoln City Police 911 Center is 541-994-3636.
* Text-to-911 should only be used to communicate between emergency help and the texter. Pictures, video, attachments or other recipients CANNOT be included to the message.

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Possible Surf Rescue: Lincoln City, 6119 SW 101 – False Alarm

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May 212018

Possible surf rescue off Watersedge Condos, south end of Lincoln City at Schooner Creek

Possible surf rescue in Lincoln City off 6119 SW 101. North Lincoln Fire-Rescue is responding.

False Alarm.

Young man shot by neighbor needs our help…

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May 212018

Jose Gaeta
One of Tuesday night’s shooting victims in Newport. His wife and children have lost the breadwinner for a while.

An argument with a neighbor who resorted to gunfire has put two Newport men in the hospital. One of them has a family he still needs to take care of. But now, they need to take care of him and allow recovery from his THREE gunshot wounds.

A Go Fund Me account has been set on behalf of shooting victim Jose Gaeta who was shot in each leg and in one foot Tuesday evening. Jose has a long recovery ahead of him. Time that he won’t be working, putting tremendous financial pressure on him and his family.

If you can find your way to offer a little or a lot, please do so. Here’s the link to the Gaeta family’s Go Fund Me account set up by his friends. Just Click here.

IN ADDITION! US Bank in Newport has also set up a donation account for those who would like to help Jose and his family. You can donate to the US Bank account by stopping by their branch at 400 EAST Olive in Newport.

UPDATE: US Bank does not offer online donating. You must go in to one of their branches.

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Thunder and Lightness Duo – Across from Cafe Mundo at “For Artsake Gallery” – June 1st!

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May 212018

For Arts Sake Gallery
258 NW Coast Street, Nye Beach
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Thunder & Lightness Duo — World Beat percussionist Chandler Davis with Terry Filer on the Native American flutes will be helping Newport’s For Artsake Gallery celebrate its eight annual Itty Bitty Art Show with a rare duo performance of traditional and indigenous song rhythms. June 1st, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Light refreshments. 258 NW Coast Street, across from Café Mundo, in Nye Beach.

Contact or 541-272-4615.

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Fire alarm at 210 SW 2nd in Newport – Burnt Toast

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May 212018

Lincoln Co. Personnel Bldg.
SW 2nd and 101
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Report of a fire alarm going off at 210 SW 2nd Street in Newport. Fire-Rescue is enroute.

Office of Lincoln County Personnel. No answer to the contact phone number.

Building evacuated. No smoke showing.

Burnt toast.

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Love note from ODOT…

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May 212018

Travelers can expect delays from 9 am to 4 pm today on U.S. 101 just north of Newport. An ODOT crew will be making road repairs between mileposts 135 to 137. One lane will be closed with flaggers controlling two way traffic.

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Feds going after Oregon’s “Black Market” marijuana sales outside the state

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May 212018

Processed retail marijuana.
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A subject brought up at a recent Deschutes County County Commissioner’s meeting has now been taken up by U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams. Williams says he’s been told that there is a lot of illegal marijuana being grown in Oregon and then shipped to other states for sale. However, County Commissioners were also told by several growers that illicit outside-Oregon marijuana sales are certainly going on but at levels no where near as high as law enforcement suggests. They say there is a fast growing sector of the marijuana market aimed at an extract of the plant that is non-intoxicating but has proven medicinal benefits.

Here’s more on the story from The Oregonian. Click here.

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