Pucker up at the Oregon Coast Aquarium on Valentine’s Day!

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Feb 082016

Sea Lions practicing for the big day with Humans! OCA photo

Sea Lions practicing for the big day with Humans!
OCA photo

Sea Lion trying real hard to stay still while the photographer frames the shot! OCA photo

Sea Lion trying real hard to stay still while the photographer frames the shot!
OCA photo

Pucker Up on Valentine’s Day at the Aquarium!!

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to share tokens of affection. At the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, that means whiskery seal and sea lion smooches.

The Aquarium is honoring this annual celebration of love by providing visitors with an opportunity to experience kisses unlike any other at a discounted price on February 13, 14, 20 and 21.

Sharing an affectionate moment with such unique, charismatic animals may be entertainment for Aquarium guests, but this interaction is serious business for the Aquarium’s animals.

The staff at the Aquarium design variable and unique experiences, called enrichment, for the animals under their care to keep their minds active. The contact these animals share with the public is just a small part of their enrichment programs, and adds a new dimension to their role as ambassadors for their species.

This unforgettable experience, normally $35 per person, is available to anyone eight years and older for $25. Availability is limited. Kisses must be booked in advance at aquarium.org with the promotion code kiss2016.

Those that prefer to earn, rather than pay, for a special experience with marine animals also have options. The Aquarium provides private animal encounters to volunteers when they reach certain volunteer hour milestones.

Consequently, the Aquarium is currently accepting applications for their volunteer training program – a six weekend crash course on interpreting marine science and Oregon coast wildlife to Aquarium visitors.

To complete an application to join the Aquarium’s volunteer team, visit aquarium.org or contact the Aquarium’s Volunteer Services department at volunteer@aquarium.org.

 Posted by at 3:11 PM

KSHL Radio is changing their spot on the dial Tuesday morning. It’ll be 93.7 FM

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Feb 082016
KSHL new dial position! 93.7 FM Starting Tuesday morning

KSHL new dial position!
93.7 FM
Starting Tuesday morning

From the gang at KSHL!

Big News for all our KSHL Listeners and Clients!

KSHL 97.5 FM – moving to 93.7 FM!

Starting Tuesday morning KSHL will be found on a new position on the dial as the newest frequency in Lincoln County, featuring the oldest and BEST Country radio station you know and love, KSHL. Nothing else will change – Leslie every morning with the latest local news and your favorite music – all 100% locally programmed country hits.

Your favorite sales reps – Keri Mills and Barb Fredric serving all your marketing needs! Even the location of the offices in Newport will remain the same.

KSHL continues to operate under the direction of Richard and Stephanie Linn.

So, reset your dial to 93.7 and enjoy the “Big Move”

Thanks for over 23 years of great success and we’re keeping it going at 93.7 FM starting Tuesday morning.

Stephanie Linn

 Posted by at 1:56 PM

Woman in a very cold Yachats River – hypothermic – groggy.

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Feb 082016

A woman kayaking down the Yachats River near 1861 Yachats River Road fell out of it and was tossed into some very cold water.  She’s with someone else who is directing a medic unit in to pick the woman up.

They’ve got the woman in sight. She’s on the south bank of the river. They’re going to send a swimmer across in a wetsuit and suit her up and bring her back to the north bank. She’s really cold.


Yachats Fire Rescue has rescued the woman…hauled her from the south shore of the river to the north shore and got her loaded inside an ambulance to warm her up.


Now they’re retrieving her kayak.

 Posted by at 1:36 PM

Changes to Social Security Claiming Strategies

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Feb 082016

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The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 included a section titled “Closure of Unintended Loopholes” that ends two Social Security claiming strategies that have become increasingly popular over the last several years. These two strategies, known as “file and suspend” and “restricted application” for a spousal benefit, have often been used to optimize Social Security income for married couples.

If you have not yet filed for Social Security, it’s important to understand how these new rules could affect your retirement strategy. Depending on your age, you may still be able to take advantage of the expiring claiming options. The changes should not affect current Social Security beneficiaries and do not apply to survivor benefits.

File and suspend

Under the previous rules, an individual who had reached full retirement age could file for retired worker benefits–typically to enable a spouse to file for spousal benefits–and then suspend his or her benefit. By doing so, the individual would earn delayed retirement credits (up to 8% annually) and claim a higher worker benefit at a later date, up to age 70. Meanwhile, his or her spouse could be receiving spousal benefits. For some married couples, especially those with dual incomes, this strategy increased their total combined lifetime benefits.

Under the new rules, which are effective as of April 30, 2016, a worker who reaches full retirement age can still file and suspend, but no one can collect benefits on the worker’s earnings record during the suspension period. This strategy effectively ends the file-and-suspend strategy for couples and families.

The new rules also mean that a worker cannot later request a retroactive lump-sum payment for the entire period during which benefits were suspended. (This previously available claiming option was helpful to someone who faced a change of circumstances, such as a serious illness.)

Tip: If you are age 66 or older before the new rules take effect, you may still be able to take advantage of the combined file-and-suspend and spousal/dependent filing strategy.

Restricted application

Under the previous rules, a married person who had reached full retirement age could file a “restricted application” for spousal benefits after the other spouse had filed for Social Security worker benefits. This allowed the individual to collect spousal benefits while earning delayed retirement credits on his or her own work record. In combination with the file-and-suspend option, this enabled both spouses to earn delayed retirement credits while one spouse received a spousal benefit, a type of “double dipping” that was not intended by the original legislation.

Under the new rules, an individual eligible for both a spousal benefit and a worker benefit will be “deemed” to be filing for whichever benefit is higher and will not be able to change from one to the other later.

Tip: If you reached age 62 before the end of December 2015, you are grandfathered under the old rules. If your spouse has filed for Social Security worker benefits, you can still file a restricted application for spouse-only benefits at full retirement age and claim your own worker benefit at a later date.

Basic Social Security claiming options remain unchanged. You can file for a permanently reduced benefit starting at age 62, receive your full benefit at full retirement age, or postpone filing for benefits and earn delayed retirement
credits, up to age 70.

Although some claiming options are going away, plenty of planning opportunities remain, and you may benefit from taking the time to make an informed decision about when to file for Social Security.

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 Posted by at 11:52 AM

Change is a-foot at North Lincoln Hospital!

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Feb 082016
Dr. Darrell Prins Joining Samaritan Health North Lincoln Hospital Courtesy photoi

Dr. Darrell Prins
Joining Samaritan Health
North Lincoln Hospital
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Lincoln County Foot Health Center becomes part of Samaritan

Samaritan Health Services and Dr. Darrell Prins, DPM, announce that as of Feb. 1, Lincoln County Foot Health Center has become a clinic of Samaritan Health Services.

The newly named Samaritan Foot Health Clinic will remain in the same location near Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital on West Devils Lake Road.

“Patients can expect the same level of care that they have come to appreciate from our staff,” said Prins, who will remain in practice at the clinic. Prins is the second podiatrist for Samaritan Health Services, joining Scott Doherty, DPM, at Samaritan Orthopedic Surgeons in Newport.

“This will help us better serve our patients’ health care needs,” explained Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital Chief Executive Officer Lesley Ogden, MD. “Dr. Prins will be a wonderful addition to the Samaritan team, and his specialized services will help us further meet the needs of residents in the Lincoln City community.”

 Posted by at 9:23 AM

Weather or Not: Feast or Famine

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Feb 082016

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, Feb. 8th – Lincoln County

Summary: It’s feast or famine ’round these parts. In the wake of cool and wet weather for weeks on end, the Sun broke out yesterday and the mercury went on a rocket ride. Record high temps were set locally yesterday — Lincoln City, Waldport and Yachats either broke or tied previous records for February 7th. Newport and Depoe Bay were close, but no cigar. Regionally, Portland’s 62F and McMinnville’s 63F were new record highs. Only a handful of wispy clouds, and east winds gusting into the 20s, accompanied the mainly clear skies right on through the evening and overnight. This morning, solid high pressure was keeping the clouds away and east winds blew 15-30 mph.

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: unlimited
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 22 G 28 mph/Pressure: 30.15”

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 63F*/49F/*previous record, 62F in 1963
Depoe Bay: 65F/49F
Newport: 64F/46F
Waldport: 69F*/50F/*previous record, 68F in 1954
Yachats: 68F*/52F/*ties record, 68F in 1954

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Forecast: Today may be even warmer than yesterday with highs in the upper-60s, and 70F not out of the question in WON SUN-WINDsome locations along the Central Coast. Expect the sunshine feast and localized gusty east winds to continue. Tonight, clear skies and a low about 45F. A little cooler tomorrow but still sunny, highs 60-65F. Outlook is for mostly cloudy and sprinkles Wednesday, overcast Thursday, rain on Friday, then a chance of rain/showers for the weekend. The thermometer is projected to drop to slightly below seasonal by week’s end with highs of 50F and lows of 40-45F.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s dry pavement on the highways and it’s 40F in the passes; areas of fog early becoming mostly sunny today, temperatures 60-65F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog early, then gradual clearing, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunshine, east winds gusting 30-60 mph, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways have mainly bare pavement with a few spots of ice this morning, temps are 35-40F; sunny today, the free air freezing level is 13,000 feet.

Surface Rescue

Call or email George today!

Marine: Winds E 10-20 knots this morning, highest close to shore, with seas 6-7 feet at 17 seconds. A Small WON SCACraft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. Cross swells 6-10 feet are expected to churn things up today, winds should stay easterly below 20 knots. Tonight, swells 9 feet at 14 seconds and SE winds 10-15 knots. The pattern is roughly the same tomorrow with SE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, swells 8 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for S winds rising to 20-25 knots on Wednesday, swells 7 feet, and then southerlies 10-15 knots and swells 10-13 feet Thursday and Friday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Sunshine, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
02/08 Mon 11:48 AM 9.63 H
02/08 Mon 06:22 PM -1.04 L
02/09 Tue 12:58 AM 8.54 H
02/09 Tue 06:29 AM 2.18 L


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In Short: Mainly clear, warm, east windy, then back to wet.

 Posted by at 6:36 AM

Samaritan at North Lincoln Hospital seeks hospice patient advocates

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Feb 072016

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Are you interested in using your skills to help promote quality care for seniors and others living in long-term care?

Samaritan Hospice is hosting two free informational sessions about Oregon’s ombudsman program for long-term care on Thursday, Feb. 18. The first session is at 10 a.m. at the Center for Health Education, 740 SW 9th St. in Newport, and the second session will be at 1 p.m. at the Health Professions Education Center, 3011 NE 28th St. in Lincoln City.

Certified ombudsmen volunteers are independent citizen advocates who visit the residents of long-term care facilities and identify complaints or concerns. They work independently to investigate these complaints and work with staff to resolve problems, advocating from the residents’ point of view, said ​​Sherrie Flinn, Samaritan Hospice volunteer coordinator. This role is best suited for someone who has several hours available to volunteer during business weekday hours.

Debbie Boures, deputy state Long-Term Care Ombudsman for District 4, including Lincoln County, will attend the meeting to explain the program, what volunteers do, the requirements and the need for local volunteers.

For information or to RSVP, call Flinn at 541-996-7328.

 Posted by at 8:27 PM

Cops/Fire Rescue converging on Gleneden Beach

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Feb 072016

Law enforcement and fire-rescue are enroute to a home on Stevens Street in Gleneden Beach on a report of a child that is “bleeding.” Law enforcement not there yet. Fire Rescue from Depoe Bay are staged nearby.

Sounds like an unfounded call.

 Posted by at 7:56 PM