Friends of Alsea River looking for more clean-up volunteers
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Alsea Sportsman’s Association will join forces with other conservation-minded individuals Sunday, April 23 to clean up the Alsea River.
The day-long clean-up is set to begin at 9am at the U.S. Forest Service’s Blackberry Campground (day use area), located approximately 19 miles east of Waldport on Highway 34. ODFW is seeking volunteers to assist with the clean-up both by boat and from shore.
“We need volunteers to work from the river and others to work from the road, picking up trash along the Alsea River corridor and at popular boat ramps and bank access sites along the river,” said Christine Clapp, ODFW biologist in Newport. This event is also sponsored by SOLVE and Dahl Disposal Service.
Free Northwest Forest day passes will be provided to volunteers, and a shuttle service will also be available. Both drift boats and motor boats are welcome. There will be coffee and donuts in the morning and a barbeque hosted by the Alsea Sportsman’s Association in the afternoon.
“This is a great and fun way for people to show their support for clean and healthy rivers” said Clapp. The clean-up will focus on the river downstream from Campbell Park, as river flows allow.
Christine Clapp, (541) 265-8306 x253, Christine.M.Clapp@state.or.us
Rick Swart, (971) 673-6038, email@example.com
The following is a letter to the editor from a caring citizen. The views and opinions expressed therein are strictly those of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of NewsLincolnCounty.com, its staff or advertisers.
I write this letter in support of forming a district that would save the Toledo Swim Pool.
I have lived in Toledo all my life and now as my husband and I consider the fixed income that comes with retirement, I take a financial cost increase of any kind seriously.
Let’s consider what a public swim pool in our greater Toledo area would provide: Jobs, affordable swim lessons, a high school swim team, a summer swim team, water safety classes, a great choice for our youth and families to spend recreational time, healthy exercise opportunities for adults, rehab access for all, including our senior citizens, and one less empty building in Toledo. Over the years it has been very discouraging to watch this community become a city of losses.
Isn’t it of the upmost importance that we support our youth when we are surrounded with rivers, reservoirs and waterways with easy access to life saving swim lessons, opportunities to spend recreational time with friends and family, provide a safe place to stay active, rehabilitate when necessary and provide opportunities that will build pride in a more livable community?
All things considered, yes, saving our pool is vitally important to this community. Will it raise taxes? Yes, but let’s consider for a moment how much of a financial impact it would make. The proposed tax rate is $.77 per thousand on assessed property value, remember, assessed property values are less than market values. So, if your assessed property value is $100,000, you would pay $6.42 per month. How much do you pay for your cell phone service, your cable or dish TV service, internet service, or that yummy drink at your favorite coffee drive thru? Am I saying you should give up these personal conveniences, not at all. What I am saying is that, yes, we can afford to support our community in this vital effort.
Please vote Yes, on measure 21-179 in support of making this community safer, stronger and more livable.
CORVALLIS, Ore. – High school teams from around the country will compete April 20-23 at Oregon State University in the finals of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, an academic quiz-bowl style competition focusing on knowledge of issues relating to the world’s oceans.
Competitors are the winning teams from 25 regional bowls held in February and include the first-place finishers at OSU’s regional contest, the Salmon Bowl. The winner of that bowl, hosted by the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, is Rockaway Beach’s Neah-Kah-Nie High School. A full list of competing teams is available here: http://bit.ly/2pBj5Kb.
Students will be quizzed on their knowledge of ocean science and related issues, including a diverse range of scientific disciplines such as biology, chemistry, physics, geology, technology and policy. The theme for this year’s Finals is “Blue Energy: Powering the Planet with our Ocean.”
Designed to test students’ knowledge and encourage careers in ocean sciences, this year’s competition will cover basic ocean science questions such as “What effect does the El Niño Southern Oscillation have on the fishing industries in the Northern Hemisphere?” and explore topics relevant to the theme. Among them:
Technologies used to harness energy from waves, tides, currents, wind and other sources;
Challenges to implementing marine renewable energy;
Potential impacts of marine renewable energy on ecosystems and marine life;
Challenges of deploying, retrieving and maintaining ocean instruments and technologies;
Permits and regulatory policies;
Organizations and groups involved in marine renewable energy research and commercialization.
Oregon State University is home to the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, a consortium of universities, faculty and students that conducts research and tests technologies to harness ocean power.
The 25 teams convene on the evening of Thursday, April 20, for a career mentoring event and spend Friday on eight different marine science-focused field trips to the Oregon coast ahead of the weekend’s competition.
The welcome and competition will begin at 8am Saturday and Sunday in the LInC Room 128. The event concludes with the awards ceremony from 2pm to 3pm Sunday. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit nosb.org.
Major sponsors include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; the Office of Naval Research; Schwab Charitable Fund made possible by the generosity of Wendy and Eric Schmidt; Deerbrook Charitable Trust; Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; Shell; Eastman Foundation; Lockheed Martin; and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. A complete list of sponsors can be found here: http://nosb.org/about-nosb/sponsors/.
The following is submitted material by a concerned Lincoln County citizen. It does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of News Lincoln County, its staff or advertisers.
My name is Barbara Davis. I have been a registered nurse for almost thirty years. While I have cared for people of all ages, it is the children that I remember the most. During the five years that I worked in a pediatric hospital, I could not help but wonder why the two and three-year-old children that I cared for were being diagnosed with cancer.
Through research on childhood cancers I discovered that studies of pesticide use and children have found associations between in utero exposure and birth defects and childhood cancers. The journal Pediatric Research, in 2014 found that there was a direct connection between living within 1 mile of a pesticide application during pregnancy and autism risk. Dr. David Bellinger, an environmental health expert and professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School states “ A large percentage of U.S. children could be suffering the effects of exposure due to pesticides.” (The Nation, March 2014).
Opponents of Measure 21-177 to ban aerial pesticide spraying in Lincoln County claim that the measure “stops us from using the ‘best science’ to protect the public health,” but no science has ever found that adding 2,4-D, atrazine, Roundup, dioxins or other poisons to our children’s bloodstreams in any way protects public health.
As noted by Joseph Allen, a public health researcher at Harvard University: “Adults and children in the U.S. carry more industrial chemicals in their bodies than their European counterparts simply due to the difference in chemical policies. In the U.S. our chemical policy largely follows the approach of our legal system – ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ This is appropriate for criminal justice policy but has disastrous consequences for health when used for chemical policy.” ( Reuters Health, October 2016).
The science is in. The evidence is ample. We ALL live downstream.
In the end, this is really about who decides what poisons go into our air, our water. Do the people of Lincoln County have a right to decide whether or not to risk the lives of our children, our grandchildren? I believe that we do.
Please VOTE YES on 21-177.
Barbara Davis, RN
—- Those with opposing viewpoints are cordially invited to submit them to: Dave@NewsLincolnCounty.com
Traffic crash on South Highway 101 in the 800 block near the Space Age Station. Watch for emergency responders.
Responders say it’s a two vehicle crash, blocking the outside southbound lanes. One victim will be transported to the hospital.
A citizens panel called The Lincoln City Technical Advisory Committee on Housing Needs and Economic Opportunities met for a few hours this week – going over a lot of subject matter well covered over the past five years in Lincoln City; Lincoln City needs more well paying jobs, affordable housing and new special events to pump up the town’s tourist trade.
The more salient suggestions surrounded getting local high schools to offer more skill training that garners bigger paychecks. Also to make more ready for sale/market the town’s industrial and commercial lands. They also called for more expert analysis of the town’s potential – one being recruiting those who make their living with computers at home – while also claiming that local internet service could be better.
Then came the main event. AFFORDABLE HOUSING. The committee acknowledged that there seems to be an abundance of higher end housing – some of which is being converted to vacation rentals. There was some talk of putting a cap on the amount vacation rentals relative to total housing or as a percentage of lower cost housing.
The committee also talked about seeking funds to help low to middle income families get in to “some kind of housing,” admitting however, that arithmetic gets in the way without some kind of government subsidy. One suggestion involved building fee surcharges on new construction. No word on how much money might be raised or how much of a dent it would make in the community’s housing crisis.
As for where future housing and commercial development might be built the committee agreed that it should be out and away from the state designated tsunami zone. Since there are many properties in the zone, the question of limiting development on those lands might land the city smack in the way of another kind of tsunami – property owners in that zone suing the city for stripping most, if not all value, from their land. One suggestion centered around taking the value of those tsunami lands and selling them to other developers who can use them to expand construction on non-tsunami inundation properties. That seemed agreeable to the committee.
On a somewhat editorial note, one issue that didn’t get any real attention, related to affordable housing, was the fast evolution going on nationwide about fabricated homes – 60 day delivery of a new home from the day a family signs on the dotted line. Very attractive steel fabricated homes and high-rises are coming in to vogue all across the country, including Canada, mainly because of their high quality and far lower cost – as much as 40 to 60% lower than wood frame homes or apartments. Another advantage, they don’t get mold, wood rot or fall down in an earthquake. Type in steel fabricated homes in the You Tube search bar and be prepared to be impressed.
This steel fabricated variable should be part of any discussion and credible strategy in reversing the country’s housing crisis – perhaps solvable for many families if communities, along with state and federal governments embraced the trend and focused more on providing deferred low or no interest loans for down payments to get home ownership within reach of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of American families. Low cost financing was done nationwide for returning American soldiers, sailors and marines at the end of World War II, sparking the biggest housing construction boom in our history.
It’s an option that’s out there hiding in plain sight.