Oven fire at 320 NW 3rd Street. Newport Fire is enroute.
Firefighters on scene say oven fire is out.
Oven fire at 320 NW 3rd Street. Newport Fire is enroute.
Firefighters on scene say oven fire is out.
Last Friday bank workers at TLC-Fibre Federal Credit Union learned several of their customers appeared to have fraudulent activity on their credit cards. The customers reported having only used the ATM at the Lincoln City branch.
TLC-Fibre Federal Credit Union personnel immediately reviewed the surveillance footage from their ATM, located at 2004 NW 36th St, and found images of a suspicious male apparently tampering with the machine. Based on the video times, it appears this male placed a “credit card skimmer” device on the ATM on January 8th and removed it in the morning of January 10th. The Lincoln City Police Department has been provided with screenshots of the possible suspect and are asking Lincoln City residents for their assistance in identifying him.
Credit card skimmers are devices that are attached over the credit/debit card receiver slot of an ATM and look identical to the actual receiver. Once a credit/debit card is passed through the skimmer device and into the ATM, the device captures all the information from that credit/debit card. The ATM will still function normally while the skimmer device is attached.
The captured information on the skimmer can then be downloaded and used to commit fraudulent purchases. The best way to ensure a skimmer device is not attached to the machine is to inspect the credit/debit card receiver slot on ATM for any signs of tampering or loose equipment. It is also recommended that you pull on the received slot to make sure it is securely attached. If you discover a skimming device on an ATM, you should refrain from handling it and call your local law enforcement agency to report the incident.
The Lincoln City Police Department would like to ask anyone who used their credit/debit cards at the Lincoln City TLC-Fibre Federal Credit Union ATM between the dates of 1-8-2019 and 1-10-2019, to review their account history and check for fraudulent activity. Those persons finding any fraudulent activity are encouraged to assemble their financial records (dates, times, amounts, etc.) before contacting the investigating officer, Sr. Officer Liden, Lincoln City Police, 541-994-3636.
Fire alarm going off at the Coho Lodge on NW Harbor, in Lincoln City.
Arriving North Lincoln Firefighters arrive to learn that it’s a false alarm.
Here’s the details in The Oregonian. Click here.
Traffic crash on Highway 18 at Bear Creek Road. Reporting parties say there are no injuries. No ambulance needed. Westbound traffic is blocked.
Report of a traffic crash on Highway 20, well east of Toledo. There is some confusion as to the exact milepost, but one report has it as between Sam’s Creek Road and Elk City Road.
Reports now say that it’s a head-on collision between a pickup and a sedan.
Reports say there is one elderly woman on the ground. Both vehicles are in a ditch. Life Flight is at the ready to launch if needed.
Traffic is backing up in both directions for quite a ways. Emergency responders arriving on scene report that the crash is closer to Elk City Road, west of Eddyville.
Reports from the scene say there is only one crash victim to be transported to the hospital. Life Flight not needed.
Elderly patient is being transported by ambulance to the Corvallis trauma center.
ODOT is on scene to direct traffic through the crash area. Traffic is very congested. It will take some time to get all the backed up traffic through there. Depending on your schedule, it might be advisable to just wait a while before you head east on Highway 20 or take Highway 34 out of Waldport, or from the north, take Highway 18 to connecting highways north of Salem.
* Pancake Mix
* Bread for french toast
* Breakfast meats (bacon, sausage, etc.)
* Eggs – lots of them
Deliver the goodies to the warming shelter any time during the day: 437 NE 1st, Newport. Or after 5pm deliver to the Lincoln County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall off NE 3rd, just east of Fogarty, Newport.
It’s a real head scratcher. Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.
Some may ask why it took so long for Oregon lawmakers even begin to talk seriously about Oregon’s (and most of the country’s) runaway rental rates. Rents have shot through the roof all across the U.S., including here in Oregon.
But finally the Oregon State Legislature has heard enough horror stories and monitored the growing legions of homelessness that it appears something finally might be done to slow down rent increases.
But some say, the proposed rent controls won’t slow skyrocketing rent prices nearly enough. Here’s the story in the Oregonian. Click here.
Here’s an update from The Oregonian. Click here.
The Oregon PERS fund is not keeping up with payments to retirees, causing a drop in the funds reserves. Just too many people cashing in on their last day on the job.
Here’s the story from the Oregonian. Click here.
On Wednesday, January 23rd, the Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall at Atonement Lutheran Church, 2315 North Coast Highway, Newport, OR 97365. The meeting is from 6-9 PM.
In addition to our regular monthly business, we will be swearing in new officers. Guest speakers will include Traci Flowers from Grace Wins Haven Day Shelter and volunteer coordinator Tami Brant who will update us on local food and homelessness issues.
Gilbert Schramm, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Yemen, will talk about the dire humanitarian situation in that country and (with reference to Iran and Syria) explain how it fits in to an increasingly dangerous situation in the Middle East.
All are welcome. Join us and be part of the blue wave!
John and Cecilia of Depoe Bay reports they cooked up a bunch of blueberry muffins and took them to the Coast Guard station in Depoe Bay where great souls have gone without pay for over a month.
What they walked into was a station staffed by clean cut professional young men and women. On the job and ready for anything thrown at them in the line of duty. John and Cecilia asked them how they are doing. They said okay, but they could feel the vibe of worry and concern, maybe over supporting a family, a new baby, car repairs, how to make the rent payment, food for the dinner table, whatever.
“These guys and gals are heroes,” said John. This morning, the Coast Guard helicopter was on a mission. Grim sign that someone has decided to go swimming. As the good rep has said, all we have to do is look at the missions the Coast Guard has performed since the shutdown. Ask anyone who has been rescued from death by these warriors, and they would likely say there is no dollar amount that can be laid on their service and skills.
Check out these beautiful souls if you are cruising through the Depoe Bay and can offer your good wishes – maybe even some ice cream. They said the outpouring of support has been great from the community. May this continue.
John said, “Then our friends at NOAA…as much as I’d like to strangle a few of them for their weather forecasts… we need to make sure they are safe too!”
John and Cecilia Kennedy
Report of a bad head-on crash on Highway 101, about five miles south of Yachats. There are injuries. The highway is partially blocked. The collision occurred on a curve at the south end of Neptune State Park.
Fire-Rescue units are arriving on scene.
Second ambulance is being called to the scene.
Report of a surf rescue for two males in wet suits with their arms waving in the air off the Best Western Motel at 3019 No. Coast Highway at Agate Beach. Newport Fire Rescue is enroute.
One firefighter says the two surfers appear to be coming out of the surf.
Update – The surfers are still out in the surf, waving their arms.
Both surfers have come out of the water. They appear to be fine. They’re declining any medical examination. They say they feel okay.
A large boulder is reportedly partially blocking Highway 34, about 8 miles east of Waldport. Motorists are warned to drive very carefully in the area. Crews are summoned to remove the hazard.
Gomberg Shares Financial Support Details for Coast Guard and other Federal Employees
As the Federal shutdown enters a fourth week, 1,135 active duty Coast Guard members and 138 Coast Guard reservists on the Oregon coast remain on the job, but unpaid. Essential employees at the federal prison in Sheridan have been unpaid for nearly a month. NOAA and its vital weather services are closed, affecting marine safety.
State Representative David Gomberg (D-Central Coast) spent much of the week in Salem looking for support options. “These men and women are risking their lives each and every day. That they show up to work without compensation is a credit to their bravery and professional commitment. But it is also a shocking reflection of how our Federal Government has let them down. We need to do better than GoFundMe accounts and garage sales.”
With the support and encouragement of the Governor’s office and coastal legislators, local banks and credit unions are now working together to provide short term relief and financial support. This can include:
* Zero interest or low interest short term emergency loans;
* Loan modifications;
* Deferred loan payments or Skip-a-Payment programs;
* Work stoppage loans to fill unemployment gaps; and
* Financial counseling to determine where members might be able to save money.
“It’s important that furloughed and unpaid Federal Government workers contact their bank or credit unions to let them know they’re impacted by the shutdown” Gomberg explained. “Our financial institutions are taking special steps and often have infrastructure already in place to quickly help clients through situations such as natural disasters, government shutdowns, plant closings, and personal emergencies.”
Coast Guard and NOAA members are the only uniformed services not getting paid during the closure. Coast Guard is on duty but unfunded under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security. Other military branches are under the Department of Defense and have funding approved.
This month already, Coast Guard crews stationed on the Central Coast have assisted five disabled boats, escorted in numerous vessels when seas have turned dangerously rough and risked their own lives trying to save the crew of the Mary B II.
Across Oregon, nearly 10,000 federal employees are missing their paychecks and struggling to make everyday payments. That includes the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Parks, US Fish and Wildlife, IRS, and airport TSA.
More than 2,700 federal workers living in Oregon have filed for unemployment benefits through the state since the partial government shutdown began. Last year that number was only 561.
But not all federal workers qualify. Those deemed important enough to work without pay are not eligible. Under state and federal law, if you are working full time, even if you’re not being paid, you’re not considered unemployed.
“I’m encouraged by the news of these zero-interest loans being offered,” said Gomberg. “Now more than ever, our financial institutions should be assisting our friends and neighbors in the federal workforce as they weather the longest government shutdown in US history.”
Representative David Gomberg
House District 10
Address: 900 Court St NE, H-471, Salem, OR, 97301