Update on the Lincoln City Warming Shelter

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Dec 142018

Old Taft Fire Hall
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The Lincoln City Council has issued an emergency declaration, allowing our group, the Lincoln City Warming Shelter, Inc., to operate a severe-weather shelter from the old Taft Fire Hall through March 31, 2019. The shelter opens only on nights when temperatures are forecast to drop below 40 degrees.

Our group is in the process of finding a new location and has no plans to operate the shelter at the fire hall next winter.

In response to neighborhood concerns about the impact of homelessness on Taft, the city council also directed staff to arrange increased police presence in the area.
Councilors also encouraged our group to develop a mitigation plan to help address some of the issues that result from Taft’s homeless population – both those that use our services and those who do not.

Our group has developed a first draft of that mitigation plan which addresses each of the issues raised in the recent pair of community meetings organized by city manager Ron Chandler. The draft has been hand-delivered to neighbors of the shelter and can be viewed online at www.lincolncitywarmingshelter.com.

We invite all members of the public to let us know about issues that are not addressed within this document, as well as potential solutions. To submit feedback, please email lincolncitywarmingshelter@gmail.com, including “mitigation” in the subject line. You can also send comments to us by mail to PO Box 192, Lincoln City, OR, 97367.

We look forward to hearing from you and working together to make Taft a safe and pleasant environment for all.

Patrick Alexander
Lincoln City Warming Shelter

Yachats: Smoke alarm 935 NW Highland Circle

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Dec 142018

Report of a smoke alarm going off in the basement of a residence at 935 NW Highland Circle, Yachats….

Residence’s alarm company confirmed it’a a false alarm.

Weather or Not: Wet, Windy & Warm

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Dec 142018

12/14/18 Rain/very windy today, 1/2″ precip, S gusts to 60mph, high 55-60F, showers tonight, decreasing winds, low 40F, a chance of rain by late tomorrow, high 50F. Outlook: rain, heavy at times, with several inches possible Sun-Thu, gusty S winds, high temps 50-55F, lows 45F all week.

Beaches Today:
High Surf Advisory in effect 9:00am-10:00pm.
Surf Height…………..20 to 25 ft.
Weather………………Mostly cloudy with rain. Highs 55 to 60.
Wind…………………Southwest 30 to 35 kt with gusts to 40 kt.
Tides (South Beach)…
High tide…7.2 ft at 05:23 AM PST.
Low tide….4.1 ft at 11:07 AM PST.
High tide…6.4 ft at 04:35 PM PST.
Low tide….1.7 ft at 11:08 PM PST.
Sunrise – 7:48 AM PST. Sunset – 4:34 PM PST.

Marine: Gale Warning in effect through this afternoon.

NWS Alerts: High Wind Warning in effect from 8:00am-4:00pm for S winds 30-40mph gusting 60-65mph, strongest on beaches and headlands. Hydrologic Outlook shows possible flooding Tuesday and Wednesday, 2-5 inches of rain projected for the Central Coast.

Weekend Travel: Wet pavement today, dry tomorrow, wet again Sunday in the Valley, Gorge and Coast Range; snow showers in the Cascades with several inches accumulation possible in the highway passes today through tomorrow night, the snow level rising to 6,000′ Sunday.

Hemp Oil and other extracts from Hemp coming of age in Oregon

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Dec 142018

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While marijuana is generally frowned upon by many millions of Americans, its “quiet cousin hemp” has been legalized by the federal government and is being grown in Oregon. And the future looks bright for farmers who are rushing in to grow it.

Hemp supporters claim the plant, which looks nearly identical to regular marijuana, is a proven health supplement that addresses a long list of issues like anxiety in particular.

Here’s the scoop in The Oregonian. Click here.

Saying Goodbye….

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Dec 132018

Newsey of

Today was a day that every dog owner dreads. Saying goodbye to a fabulous friend, a loving partner, and a forever pal. It was the hardest thing I have ever faced. But I did it today. My beloved Newsey, a companion for over 12 years, was put to sleep by a local vet because Newsey’s kidneys were giving out. Talk about feeling helpless.

Newsey came in to my life because my foster daughter wanted a dog. We drove to a ranch north of Reno that was selling Border Collie hybrids which make excellent sheep dogs. Tammy wanted the one in the back, near the water bowl. Tammy held the puppy in her arms all the way back to Carson City.

Within in a couple of years Tammy got married, moved away, leaving me with the duty of being Newsey’s best friend. And what a friend he was in return. We left Nevada for the coast of Oregon where we played endless games of frisbee toss and tag with the ocean waves.

Eventually we moved to Bend where Newsey loved to frolic in the shallows of the Deschutes River, traverse trails in the Three Sisters Wilderness and cuddle in front of our fireplace.

Newsey began to have medical problems. They were dealt with by very compassionate vets, but the prognosis was not good. Newsey developed aggressive nasal cancer. Chemotherapy lasted for six months with no guarantee of a lasting benefit.

After chemo, we had a month or two of care-free companionship and dared to think that the worst was behind us. But as a side effect of the chemo, his kidneys were affected. His health soon went into steep decline.

Today, Tuesday, December 11th, Newsey looked at me as if to say, “Dad, it’s time.” I took him into the vet and the verdict was that his kidneys were failing and that there was probably no option other than to say goodbye – which we did.

Newsey was a treasure. A long-time buddy with an endless amount of love to give. My life is forever transformed because he devoted his life to being my partner. A miracle that I never expected, but which I’ll always treasure.

I’ll always love you Newsey. Always…

Dave Morgan


A sweet note from David Engel
Yorba Linda, CA

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge…
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here,
That pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine,
And our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor;
Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again;
Just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;
They miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes
When one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
Her bright eyes are intent; her eager body quivers.
Suddenly, she begins to run from the group,
Flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster.
You have been spotted,
And when you and your special friend finally meet,
You cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.

The happy kisses rain upon your face;
Your hands again caress the beloved head,
And you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,
So long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together.



Your testimony of your kindred canine, Newsy, is both heartbreaking but heart rendering. The love of a canine can be a mutual gift to both. Your sweet tale of Newsey’s, adoption as a gift to your daughter, just speaks volumes about you and your kindness. That Newsey gave back in so many ways that are now truly heartbreaking, is the story of this season – grace and gratitude!

May you find peace in the memories shared, understanding that that which hurts today may find that special place to remember a VERY special chapter and lesson for life.

Patti Littlehales


Our oldest border collie maybe has another month before she tells me it is time. And when that time comes, my heart will shatter and the tears will not stop. It is the very worst part of their short lives. She has given me so many smiles, laughs, walks, and great times, that I guess my tears and heart break are worth it.

Dana and Lisa


You are supported by all of us who understand Newsie was not “just a dog – get another one”.

Some of you, particularly those who think they have recently lost a dog to “death”, don’t really understand this. I’ve had no desire to explain, but won’t be around forever and must.

Dogs never die. They don’t know how to. They get tired, and very old, and their bones hurt. Of course they don’t die. If they did they would not want to always go for a walk, even long after their old bones say:” No, no, not a good idea. Let’s not go for a walk.” Nope, dogs always want to go for a walk. They might get one step before their agingtendons collapse them into a heap on the floor, but that’s what dogs are. They walk.

It’s not that they dislike your company. On the contrary, a walk with you is all there is. Their boss, and the cacaphonic symphony of odor that the world is. Cat poop, another dog’s mark, a rotting chicken bone ( exultation), and you. That’s what makes their world perfect, and in a perfect world death has no place.

However, dogs get very very sleepy. That’s the thing, you see. They don’t teach you that at the fancy university where they explain about quarks, gluons, and Keynesian economics. They know so much they forget that dogs never die. It’s a shame, really. Dogs have so much to offer and people just talk a lot.

When you think your dog has died, it has just fallen asleep in your heart. And by the way, it is wagging it’s tail madly, you see, and that’s why your chest hurts so much and you cry all the time. Who would not cry with a happy dog wagging its tail in their chest. Ouch! Wap wap wap wap wap, that hurts. But they only wag when they wake up. That’s when they say: “Thanks Boss! Thanks for a warm place to slep and always next to your heart, the best place.”

When they first fall asleep, they wake up all the time, and that’s why, of course, you cry all the time. Wap, wap, wap. After a while they sleep more. (remember, a dog while is not a human while. You take your dog for walk, it’s a day full of adventure in an hour. Then you come home and it’s a week, well one of your days, but a week, really, before the dog gets another walk. No WONDER they love walks.)

Anyway, like I was saying, they fall asleep in your heart, and when they wake up, they wag their tail. After a few dog years, they sleep for longer naps, and you would too. They were a GOOD DOG all their life, and you both know it. It gets tiring being a good dog all the time, particularly when you get old and your bones hurt and you fall on your face and don’t want to go outside to pee when it is raining but do anyway, because you are a good dog. So understand, after they have been sleeping in your heart, they will sleep longer and longer.

But don’t get fooled. They are not “dead.” There’s no such thing, really. They are sleeping in your heart, and they will wake up, usually when you’re not expecting it. It’s just who they are.

I feel sorry for people who don’t have dogs sleeping in their heart. You’ve missed so much. Excuse me, I have to go cry now.

Marlene Gardner


Hi Dave, I’m sorry to read about the passing of Newsey. Those who have lost a dear friend like Newsey know how hard it is and what an empty space a dear friend like Newsey leaves when they pass.

I’ve heard it said that humans live a long life because we have much to learn about life and love, but dogs already know all that stuff and they have a short time to teach us before they move on to their next assignment.

Somewhere there is a border collie playing in a river and waiting for his next assignment.

Take care,

Robert Fuller



From one dog lover to another, i’m so sorry for your loss.
there are some of us who have been lucky enough to have a Heart Dog- sounds like Newsey was yours. I lost my first Heart Dog a little over 8 years ago- she is still deeply missed, and has a pillar of basalt marking her grave at my family’s property in the Gorge (where she roamed, most of her life). Newsey made me think of her, and send her that love that only those touched by these rare angels can understand… that silent whisper in the heart that says “You are missed daily. I love you. Thank you so, much for our time together.”

I work with dogs every day – literally, it’s my job. We’ve lost so many of our dear dear friends – and it always hurts.

Here’s where my thank you for sharing comes in:

When one of our clients looses one of our beloved doggy friends – whether expected or not – it’s a reminder to the rest of us to hug our kiddos a bit tighter; to not say ‘no’ when they ask to cuddle; to give in a little more often on some of the naughty snack foods… because when they’re gone, that’s all you want to be able to do… is share that love one more time… to hear the click of nails, or the clatter of tags down the hallway.

I’ve met a lot of dogs since my last Heart Dog passed. I now have 4 dogs that share my home. One of them, his name is Iggy – he’s another Heart Dog in my life. I honestly wasn’t sure if it was possible to love another dog as much as I loved my dear Dylan, and then, along came Iggy. I’m NOT suggesting that you “go get another dog.” Exactly the opposite. In fact I’m simply saying, that’s the beauty of our sweet companions. They just have such a way of weaseling into our souls and healing our deepest sorrows that we never thought could be healed.

Sorry for the ramble, but I truly am grateful for your willingness to share Newsey’s story with us- it’s making me hug Iggy extra tight tonight (the other 3 as well 😉



Dear Dave,

Thanks for sharing about your lovely dog, Newsey. I am grateful for your willingness to discuss this difficult decision.

Your Newsey sounds like a true friend and companion. I’m sad for you.

A few years ago our 18 year old kitty, Genie, let me know it was his time to go home. We gad him since he was but a few weeks old as a rescue kitty. He had failing kidneys and I was doing subcutaneous fluids with him. One day I told him that i loved him and I “heard ” him say, while he was looking me in the eye, “do you love me enough to let me go?”.

It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made…and yet what else could I, as a responsible pet lover do for my wonderful companion? It was reallllly hard.

Dave, it is the brave and courageous, as well as the kind thing to have done.

I feel your loss and pain. Your wonderful Newsey will always be with you in spirit.

I, too, wrote about the loss of our Kitty boy in the program for our pathways event. It got quite a response…people need to hear about these decisions to give others the strength to let their animal companions maintain their dignity and die peacefully.

Thank you again for your love in action for Newsey. I am sending you healing thoughts.

Love in abundance,


Dear Dave:

Feeling sad with you at having to say “goodbye” to Newsey. Sometimes being compassionate is heartbreaking. I loved your eulogy for Newsey, and how much you two gave unconditional love to each other.

Sad for your loss.
Elizabeth Jones
Seal Rock


Dave – Just a word of sympathy in the loss of Newsey – and thank you for the lovely tribute you wrote. I’m sure all of us who have lost a beloved animal companion understand the sorrow. Best wishes, Maxine Demory


What a beautiful tribute you’ve given your forever friend. We can all truly feel your loss. No matter how long we have with our furry friends (who are truly family) it just never seems long enough. You gave Newsey a happy and joyful life and honored him to the very end with your love and kindness. May you always cherish all the wonderful memories you shared with your most treasured friend.

Julie Sacchetti

To rescue an Olive Ridley Sea Turtle….

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Dec 132018

Sea Turtle found on a big surfy beach…stranded and cold…
OCA photos

The Oregon Coast Aquarium admitted a severely injured and hypothermic olive ridley sea turtle this morning for care.

Civilians found the turtle yesterday afternoon while walking near Horsefall Beach in North Bend, Coos Bay. Pictures and a video of the sea turtle were posted in a Facebook group, “What’s Happening Coos Bay.” Unfortunately, due to the rising tide and dangerously large surf, the turtle was not able to be retrieved before washing back out to sea.

A good Samaritan, Misty White, saw the post on Facebook and a comment linking to the Aquarium’s sea turtle rehabilitation program. “I didn’t think the sea turtle would make it through another high tide,” she explained. “And if the Aquarium could rescue it, then all I had to do was find it.”

White gathered her family to search for the missing sea turtle on the beach after dark during low tide. At 9:52 p.m., the Aquarium received a picture of the turtle via Facebook message: “I found the turtle on the beach and called State Police.”

In the late-night hours that followed, White assisted in transporting the sea turtle to the Horsefall Beach parking lot, where it was picked up by State Trooper, Josh Mullins. Mullins brought the turtle to a nearby state police office until early this morning, when Aquarium staff traveled south to Reedsport to retrieve the reptile.

Upon pickup, Oregon Coast Aquarium Curator of Fish and Invertebrates, Evonne Mochon-Collura reported extreme injuries sustained by the turtle, with external bleeding and broken scutes on its carapace and plastron, or top and bottom of shell, respectively. Its body temperature measured 46° F, which is about 30° lower than the healthy, standard temperature of a sea turtle. Staff are currently evaluating the turtle’s condition, administering fluids, taking X-Rays and performing a blood draw.

Oftentimes in cases of extreme cold-stun and injury, the animal is compromised beyond repair. Cold-blooded reptiles like sea turtles are slow to get sick and slow to recover. While the prognosis is uncertain at this time, if a sea turtle is left in the ocean or on the beach, it will die without question. “Thank you to Misty for finding the turtle and making the call to Oregon State Police,” said Mochon-Collura. “If there is even a slight chance of rehabilitation, the Oregon Coast Aquarium will give it our best shot.”

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is the only rehabilitation facility in Oregon authorized to rehabilitate sea turtles. Partnership with other organizations, like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon State Police, Seattle Aquarium and SeaWorld, is essential to the successful rehabilitation and release of these endangered species. To donate to sea turtle rehabilitation at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, please visit www.aquarium.org/give.

Sea turtles are not found on Oregon or Washington beaches unless stranded. The Aquarium typically sees these extremely sick turtles in the winter, possibly due to the cold water temperatures, changing currents, and high frequency of harsh storms that wash the hypothermic turtles ashore. If you find a sea turtle on the beach, immediately note its location, remain nearby to observe it, and contact the Oregon State Police Tipline at 800-452-7888 or the Marine Mammal Stranding Network in Oregon, Washington, and California at 1-866-767-6114.

Smoke in an apartment at 514 SW 6th, Apt B

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Dec 132018

Fire eventually found in Apartment C at 514 SW 6th, Newport

Report of smoke in an apartment at 514 SW 6th Street, Apartment B, Newport

Fire Chief on scene, says no evacuation, and no sign of a fire. There’s a funny smell, however. Chief Murphy is checking it out.

Chief Murphy has tracked the smell to another apartment. Chief Murphy ordered full alarm tones for firefighters to respond to a building fire. The fire was traced to Apartment C.

Newport High School Honored as Special Olympics Unified Champion School

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Dec 132018

Unified Students Receive Special Olympics Unified Champion School Banner at Newport High School Assembly.

At a recent school assembly, Newport High School received the banner earned starting in the year 2017-18 in recognition of their placement as a National Banner School Unified Champion School from the Special Olympics.

According to the criteria from the Special Olympics, a school can apply and has to accomplish rigorous standards of inclusiveness. “A Special Olympics Unified Champion School has an inclusive school climate and exudes a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. A Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by achieving standards based upon the three over-arching components that include Special Olympics Unified Sports, inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole School Engagement.”

Jill Sellers, Education for Community and Life (ECEL) SLC Program Assistant, states, “Becoming a Unified Champion School shows that we respect and include all students in our school. It is important because it shows that we have an inclusive school environment not just for students with disabilities but all students no matter what their differences.”

At Newport High School examples of some of the many Unified activities include track (relay team), basketball, dances, clubs, leadership, physical education, surfing, among other activities.

The whole community can support ECEL programs by coming to purchase handmade items from the ECEL Program Bazaar Craft Fair running through December 20. Hours are from 12-2:45 PM weekdays at Newport High School and students are assisting shoppers. All the proceeds help to fund Unified programs and the experience gives local students valuable customer service skills.

High Wind Warning issued…

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Dec 132018

A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service, which is in effect from 4:00am to 4:00pm Friday. South winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph for beaches and coastal headlands. Winds in Central Coast communities should not be quite as strong.

* TIMING…Friday morning through Friday afternoon. The strongest winds are expected during the late morning and early afternoon.

* IMPACTS…Damaging winds may blow down trees and power lines. Power outages are possible. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

A High Wind Warning means hazardous weather conditions of strong and damaging winds are imminent or highly likely in the warning area.

Trying to restore this little sweetie to its owner….

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Dec 132018

Found in Roads End
Now at Animal Shelter in Newport
LCPD photo

This precious princess was found in the Roads End area last night and brought into the PD. Lincoln County Sheriff Animal Services has been notified, but we would love to reunite her with her family before they arrive to take her to the shelter. If you can help, please call (541) 994-3636.

UPDATE: Lincoln County Animal Services has collected our visitor and taken her to the shelter in Newport.

And the winner is….

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Dec 132018

Patience Knight, 13
Why I Love Toledo Award
by Toledo Chamber of Commerce
Kathy Crane, Director

County Commissioners call for moratorium on dumping wastewater bio-solids on lands along the Siletz River

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Dec 132018

Siletz River watershed
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After a number of public meetings attended by angry residents living along the Siletz River, the Lincoln County Commission has sent a strong letter to the Oregon Department of Environmental Protection, asking DEQ to stop local dumping of bio-solids that they believe are contaminating local ground water and the Siletz River itself.

These bio-solids are the left-overs after sewage is removed from wastewater produced by homes and businesses throughout Lincoln County. On the other hand, Siletz Valley farmers love the bio-solids because they are a powerful fertilizer for their crops. But residents contend that there are toxic chemicals that go along for the ride. And people get sick from it. Domestic wells are contaminated – the river ecology is changing and the residents want something done about it.

And now the Lincoln County Commission has joined in the movement to try to force the state to do something about it. The commissioners this week called for a moratorium on dumping bio-solids within the Siletz watershed. Commissioners contend that the dumping has gone on for quite a while with little to no over-sight by the state.

Although the commissioners called for a moratorium on dumping in the watershed, they said they’d temporarily settle for tighter restrictions on where bio-solids are applied and how much.

Failing that, the commissioners said DEQ should demand better record keeping among contractors that haul the material and spread it on Siletz Valley farmlands. Commissioners said, as a stop gap approach, that the bio-solids should not be applied to the ground within 500 feet of the Siletz River itself, or within 250 feet of any year-round tributary that drains into the Siletz River.

Commissioners also requested DEQ demand timely and detailed records of the strength and quantity of bio-solids that find their way into the Siletz River Valley eco-system/watershed.

Weather or Not: High Winds and Waves

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Dec 132018

12/13/18 Chance of rain, mixed skies today-tonight, temps steady in the low-50s, S winds gusting 30-35mph, rainy/very windy tomorrow, 1/2″ precip, SW gusts to 55mph possible, high 50F. Outlook: chance of showers Sat, then rain likely Sun-Wed, windy at times, highs 50-55F, lows 45-50F.

Beaches Today:
High Surf Advisory through 10:00am.
Surf Height…………..17 to 21 ft.
Weather………………Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain. Highs around 55.
Wind…………………South 15 to 20 kt with gusts to 30 kt.
Tides (South Beach)…
High tide…7.2 ft at 04:37 AM PST.
Low tide….4.2 ft at 10:03 AM PST.
High tide…7.0 ft at 03:36 PM PST.
Low tide….1.2 ft at 10:21 PM PST.
Sunrise – 7:47 AM PST. Sunset – 4:34 PM PST.

Marine: Small Craft Advisory through this evening; Gale Warning in effect from this evening through Friday morning.

NWS Alerts: High Wind Watch in effect tomorrow morning though the afternoon for S winds 30-40mph gusting as high as 55-60mph, strongest on beaches and headlands. High Surf Advisory from 9:00am-10:00pm Friday with waves 25-30 ft.

Winter is heeeeere!

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Dec 132018

Finding Your Way in Winter

Winter officially begins in another week or so, but the time to start driving with extra caution is now. Our partners at the Oregon Department of Transportation have some excellent tips regarding use of your GPS during our rough and unpredictable weather and we thought it would be good to share them here as well.

When roads are closed and your GPS navigation system directs you onto a detour route, keep in mind that the device you count on for guidance could instead guide you into trouble. Most navigation tools don’t take current road or weather conditions into consideration. They may direct you onto remote roads that are neither maintained nor passible in all weather conditions.

Already this season someone had to be rescued after following their GPS navigation device off the main highway and onto a snow- covered forest service road near Mount Hood. Fortunately, they received help and everyone was safe. This has not always been the case.

Navigation systems and similar smartphone apps are great tools, but travelers may need to verify the identified detour route is appropriate given current conditions and the vehicle they are driving. Here are a few tips to consider:

What you can do
• Be aware that the app on your phone or in your GPS device might not have the latest information – don’t follow it blindly!
• Use TripCheck.com (available on your computer and on your phone) to get the latest on state road conditions, or call 511.
• Remember, in winter conditions (or in summer’s fire season), roads can be impassable, so USE COMMON SENSE.
• If you are not familiar with an area and current road conditions, stay on state roads and don’t attempt detours onto roads you don’t know.
• Alter your travel plans. If you are not sure of the route and road conditions your GPS device directs you to, ask local folks for information and consult a map. It is better to stay the night in town rather than be stuck on a remote road in the middle of nowhere.

What ODOT will do
• ODOT crews work continually to keep state highways safe, but during certain conditions, such as blowing snow and freezing temperatures, you may want to avoid travel altogether.
• ODOT will issue media flash alerts if roads are closed. These will be updated continually on TripCheck.com.

For other tips and information visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriffnet or visit us on Facebook: Lincoln County Sheriff – Oregon