Dave Morgan

The news media is a two way street….

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Jun 202018
 

The news media is like a lighthouse. It lights up the dark so we can see where we are and how to keep ourselves safe and healthy….

NewsLincolnCounty.com is nearing it’s first ten years of news and information coverage in Lincoln County. Local news ALL day, EVERY day. My, how time flies when we’re busy!

And when you’re 24/7 like NewsLincolnCounty.com, our advertisers get 24/7 exposure to their customers and to their future customers. That simple.

If your business is not yet an advertiser on News Lincoln County, you should consider becoming one. We have tens of thousands of readers getting their news every day from News Lincoln County – far and away more than any other Lincoln County news outlet. And we have the Google Analytics data to back it up.

Our ad rates are reasonable so that even the smallest of stores or service outlets can advertise. We don’t have a board of directors to feed or trying to buy up other news outlets to grow our profits. We service Lincoln County and only Lincoln County. We’re not trying to get in to the hedge fund arena. We like Lincoln County just fine.

So, if you’re a local businessperson who wants a little or big boost in reminding the public of your products and services, consider NewsLincolnCounty.com. We’ll always amaze you with our low rates while giving you the ability to give your business widespread exposure with the most important sector of society – those who are highly intelligent, have money to spend and are avid news readers.

Give us a call or send us an email – 541.351.1408 or News@NewsLincolnCounty.com

Again, when you’re not paying in to a nationwide corporate bureaucracy, ad rates are much lower and your ad dollars go a lot farther – especially with NewsLincolnCounty.com that has many times their readers.

It’s your choice, your business, your future.

Email us at News@NewsLincolnCounty.com or call us at 541.351.1408.

Oregon Coast Aquarium: “Seas” the Day, June 30th

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Jun 202018
 

Seas the Day!
OCA photo


Aquarium Invites You to “Seas the Day” at World Oceans Day Event

Newport – The Oregon Coast Aquarium will celebrate World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 30 highlighting the importance of the ocean and its inhabitants.

The theme of 2018 World Oceans Day is “Our Oceans, Our Future.” The goal is to call attention to the ocean’s direct link to the well-being of our planet, and how reducing plastic debris in our oceans benefits the world’s largest ecosystem—from plankton to people.

The event will encourage guests to take part in everyday solutions to plastic pollution and marine litter. The best part? The Aquarium animals will help demonstrate how!

Learn from Max the sea lion and Schuster the sea otter as they show their commitment to recycling by disposing of plastic bottles in the proper receptacle. Click Here and here.

Presentations starring JoJo the brown pelican will educate guests on the importance of proper waste disposal so that plastics and fishing line don’t endanger seabirds. Visitors can also chat with the marine mammal team about the Aquarium’s entanglement rehabilitation cases, like the northern fur seal pup. Don’t miss the once in a lifetime opportunity to see the dissection of a blue shark that was caught as bycatch.

To illustrate the concept of reducing plastic consumption, visitors are encouraged to take the Better Bag Challenge by pledging to avoid disposable bags for at least one year. Pledgers will receive a free Aquarium tote bag sporting the slogan, “This Bag Saves Sea Turtles.”

“World Oceans Day is a great opportunity to celebrate and honor the blue planet that we all depend on,” said Jeff Harms, Education Manager at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. “The Aquarium hopes to inspire visitors to appreciate our ocean and to take action in helping to keep it healthy. Working together, we can and will protect the ocean that connects us all.”

The Aquarium will be hosting the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, NOAA Marine Operations (Pacific), USFS Cape Perpetua, Depoe Bay Whale Center with Oregon State Parks, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and the American Cetacean Society. Each organization will engage visitors with displays and activities that inspire ocean conservation.

World Oceans Day activities are free with Aquarium admission and advance registration is not required. For more information or to buy tickets online visit aquarium.org or call 541-867-FISH.

Fire Alarm 3955 Salmon River Highway – River Place

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Jun 192018
 

River Place
Smoke alarm in “Great Room”
3955 Salmon River Hwy
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12:54pm
Fire Alarm signal from 3955 Salmon River Highway. North Lincoln Fire-Rescue is notified.

12:55pm
Alarm information indicates smoke in “Great Room.”

1:04pm
North Lincoln Fire-Rescue on scene. No smoke showing.

Lincoln City! This message is for you….

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Jun 192018
 


The Lincoln County Assessor’s Office is conducting a physical reappraisal of all residential properties in areas of Lincoln City over the next year.

Specific areas include North Lincoln City, Devil’s Lake and Neotsu.

County Appraisers will be working in these areas through summer of 2018. They will be driving marked vehicles and carrying Assessor’s Office identification.

Physical reappraisals are routinely conducted to update the Lincoln County assessment records and maintain fair and equitable assessments. The reappraised values in these areas will be reflected on the 2018-19 tax roll which will be mailed in late October 2018. Appraisal and assessment questions may be directed to the appraisal staff at 541-265-4102.

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The Assessor’s Office front counter will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The computer terminal access in the second floor hallway outside the Assessor’s Office will also be available Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Assessor’s Office maps and prior year value information continues to be viewable 24/7 on the Assessors web page at www.co.lincoln.or.us

For more information contact:

Shawn Wylie 541-265-0324
Lincoln County Assessor’s Office

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Smart Advice from the FBI

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Jun 192018
 


Summer is upon us – and if you are like many foks, this is the best time to get rid of all that extra stuff sitting in your garage. Who couldn’t use a few extra bucks for that summer vacation, right?

You can do it the old fashioned way – sitting outside for hours on end, hoping someone drives up and offers you big money for your cast-offs. Or, you can sell them on the internet with Craigslist and Facebook. Those are great options – if you are smart about how you do business.

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The FBI has some personal examples to share with you. Recently, a man who was defrauded over the internet, posted several items for sale – a bed, a barbeque and a few other things. Usually within the first 24 hours of a new posting he received at least one suspicious inquiry, either by email or text. In many cases, the buyer said he or she needed to have a mover or shipper pick up the item. The seller proposed sending him a larger-than-requested payment by cashier’s check or electronic transfer, with the requirement that the seller use those extra funds to pay the shipper when he arrives to pick up the item.

This is a version of an “overpayment scam.”

Let’s say you get that check and cash it. The shipper takes the item, and eventually the bank figures out the cashier’s check is bogus. The bank is going to come after you for the missing funds and could even pursue criminal charges.

Another trick is an “Electronic transfer” – they’re not necessarily safer.

In cases like this the fraudster proposes making a payment via PayPal or a funds transfer. The “buyer” would have likely ended up asking for personal information – including bank routing numbers – to push the payment through.

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Here are some warning signs to watch for if you are trying to sell online this summer:

Look for out-of-area phone numbers. Many suspicious inquiries come from area codes nowhere near Oregon. It is possible for scammers to spoof phone numbers, of course, so make sure to proceed cautiously even when you receive an inquiry from what looks like a local or nearby phone number.

Look for bad spelling, stilted language, random capitalizations and chunks of text that are obviously cut-and-pasted from your post.

Be suspicious of those who try to justify why they can’t meet you in person. There have been cases in which a fraudster claims to be a cabin steward on a major cruise line which, the “buyer” said, required an electronic payment and a shipping service. Really? Why does someone who works on a cruise ship need a large barbeque?

Next week we will look at some other scams that pop up in virtual garage sales – complete with more tips on safe selling.

If you have been victimized by an online overpayment scam or any other cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.

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Newport City Council – Full Plate – Housing to a New Dam

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Jun 192018
 

Newport City Council
Monday evening
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From the top…the Newport City Council passed their new fiscal year budget levying a property tax rate of $5.59/thousand of assessed valuation. Same rate as the current year. About $700 a year for a home assessed at $125,000, $1,120 a year for a home assessed at $200,000 – $1,677 for a home assessed at $300,000.

That’s just Newport’s line in your tax bill. If you live within a county-wide district like the school district, it’ll be more. If you live in road district, it’ll be more. Parks and Recreation District, or a Port district, it’ll be more.

And speaking of taxes, the city council seemed interested in keeping a long running tax line on the ballot this November – money to go toward the construction of a highly earthquake-resistant water reservoir dam that just about everyone wants built at the headwaters of Big Creek, on the northeast corner of Newport. City Councilors learned that there’s a levy that’s been on tax rolls for a long time dealing with city utilities which is expiring. City voters may be asked by the City Council to put a new tax on the ballot to take its place to help Newport fund the proposed new dam to replace two old ones on Big Creek that won’t withstand the shaking of a 9 Richter Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake.

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As for the new dam, city officials say it will cost a lot more than Newport taxpayers can afford. So officials are already knocking on the doors of the state legislature for some help. Newport’s water system serves Newport and areas just outside it’s city limits.

City Public Works Director Tim Gross told the council that it’s still not clear whether a cement or a fortified earthen dam would be the best design. He says his department and hired consultants are crunching the numbers and safety elements to eventually determine a design that will the job.

City Councilors urged Newport area residents to do some dining out and general shopping for gifts in the Nye Beach area because the stores down there are having a rough summer, and there’s no sign of a let up. City Public Works Director Tim Gross says they’ve got the parking lot area on the turn-around pretty well torn up. Gross and his workers are replacing a storm water outfall that drains a big part of the western side of town, eventually emptying out onto the beach. Gross told the council that he knows the businesses are suffering but he and his crews can only work on such a project during the summer when it doesn’t rain so much. He said they’ll do their best to get the new facility in the ground and humming by the end of the summer.

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The Council decided to continue to be in concert with Lincoln City and Lincoln County Commissioners in coordinating the construction of affordable housing. Portland affordable housing advocacy group Proud Ground is trying to prepare a number of affordable housing applicants. But Newport wants Proud Ground to get on the stick and get some applicants in homes which isn’t as easy as it sounds – even with all the demand for lower cost housing. Many low income families have to clean up their credit, show good job stability and prove they can pay even a low cost mortgage. But Newport apparently wants to see some quick results – get families into homes – and within six months.

Meanwhile, Lincoln City City Councilors want to give Proud Ground 12 months to show results, taking into account the “prepping” of applicant families. No word yet on what kind of time line the county commissioners are on. The fact that they’re not all tied together on a time line doesn’t threaten the program but it might slow it down in terms of coordination. We’ll just have to see how it turns out.

Many cities and counties around the country are opting for three and four story modular town homes or apartments that cost a fraction, per unit, of what conventionally built homes usually run. As usual, to be continued.

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And the Newport Fire Department got the green light from the City Council to take steps to get the city a firefighting tug-boat type water craft. An earlier attempt failed due to some complicated application issues.

Chief Rob Murphy told the council Monday night that the goal is to get a big federal grant so the city can buy a bayfront fire boat and have it “out on the fire beat” within a year or two. Most of the money would come from federal and state sources. The city says it’ll launch a community donation drive to help the city come up with it’s portion of the purchase. Total price: Just under a million dollars. The city’s share is a quarter of that. So fundraising will be an issue as the firemen’s donation hats are passed around the community. They’ll hit up businesses, including seafood processing companies and tourist related buildings that are on the wet side of Bay Boulevard. Chief Murphy says he’d like to see the new sea-going fire boat plying the waters of Yaquina Bay within a couple of years.

The council made it clear it’s looking forward to having the new fire tug protecting Newport’s waterfronts, but they also don’t want it to be a drag on the city’s budget.

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For internet around the world you need wires – for Ham operators…just a radio

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Jun 182018
 

Portable Ham Radio Station
Field Day, Toledo


Ham Radio Operators on Field Day operations in Toledo.


Toledo Port Commissioner
Chuck Gertulla is a ham radio operator


AMATEUR RADIO “FIELD DAY” JUNE 23-24 DEMONSTRATES SCIENCE SKILL AND SERVICE

Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio.Members of the Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 23-24, 2018 at the Port of Toledo Waterfront Park next to the Toledo Post Office. The Club Members will be on site from 11:00 am Saturday to 11:00 am Sunday; this event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio – sometimes called ham radio- has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations of locations participated in Field Day in 2015.

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“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate.”

Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure. Ham radio can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communication outage. “Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”

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Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as the Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Lincoln County.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office also sponsors the Auxiliary Communications Service Volunteer Group, 70+ Amateur Radio Operators specifically supporting local government emergency response, information brochure attached.

For more information:
Field Day – visit Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club’s web site at www.n7oy.org/ or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.
Lincoln County Auxiliary Communications Service Volunteer Group – http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement/page/auxiliary-communications-service or call (541) 265-4199

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For those who want to help make a difference in Toldeo…

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Jun 182018
 

COMMITTEE VACANCIES

City Council committees assist Toledo’s elected officials by making recommendations for action on various community issues. Toledo City Council is seeking community volunteers for the following positions:

PLANNING COMMISSION: One vacancy exists on the Planning Commission of the City of Toledo as of December 31, 2016. This vacancy is for an unexpired four year term, which will end on December 31, 2018. Applicant must reside within city limits.

PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD: Two vacancies exist on the Public Library Board of the City of Toledo as of July 1, 2017. Both vacancies are for an expired four year term, which ends June 30, 2021. Applicants must live within the City of Toledo to qualify.

Qualified candidates interested in serving on one of the above committees should submit a written application to the office of the City Recorder. After applications are received, candidates will be interviewed by City Council.

Applications are available at Toledo City Hall 206 N. Main Street Toledo, or; click here to download. For more information, please email administration@cityoftoledo.org.

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