Mar 292013

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The illegal trading of endangered animals and the products made from these animals and plants is a growing problem, threatening many species with extinction. The U.S. State Department estimates the illegal animal trade to be around $10 billion a year, with the animals being used as pets, food and for unique animal parts such as ivory.

The Siletz Public Library has a new display, “Wildlife for Sale,” created by Renee Fowler, Wildlife Education Specialist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This fascinating collection features items which come from endangered or threatened species, some of which have been confiscated by police or customs.

The purpose of the display is to educate people about the illegal trade of these items and to provide information to those traveling overseas and buying souvenirs. This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn about these issues as a lead-up to Endangered Species Day on May 17th.

The exhibit will be on display through mid May. The library is open Wednesday-Saturday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, except Thursdays when we close at 8:00 pm.


 Posted by at 8:45 PM
Mar 202013

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5K Run/Walk to Commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Earth Day Fair to Follow at Siletz Valley School

The Siletz CARE Program, which provides culturally specific advocacy services to Native American victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking in Lincoln County, is planning a Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K Run/Walk on April 20.

The SAAM 5K Run/Walk will be held in Siletz, starting and finishing at the Siletz Valley School football field. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m., with the awards ceremony at 10:15 a.m.

Registration is $20 for individuals age 13 and older and $18 for those 12 and younger. Registration includes a
T-shirt if registered by April 4 and a goody bag for all pre-registered participants. Dogs can be registered for free with any participant and all dogs receive a bandana.

Prizes will be awarded for the overall top male and female finishers, as well as for the top master’s male and female finishers. In addition, awards will be given in five-year age group increments.

For more information or to register for the event, visit or contact Brittany Russell at 541-444-9679 or Registration can be completed online or by mail.

An Earth Day Fair for the community that features local programs and vendors, fresh hot chowder from the Chowder Bowl in Newport, local music and a silent auction will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the football field. Interested programs and vendors as well as those wanting to donate items to the silent auction can contact Brittany Russell at 541-444-9679 or

All proceeds from the event will benefit domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and teen dating violence programs in Lincoln County, including the CARE Program and My Sisters’ Place. The purpose of this event is to bring awareness to sexual assault and encourage the community to break the silence and start talking about it.

Nationwide, one in five women and one in 71 men will be sexually assaulted at some point in their life, yet sexual assault is rarely talked about. This run/walk can help give a voice to those who need one and help create a forum for the community to share in this discussion.

 Posted by at 10:20 PM
Mar 092013
Siletz Grange Hall St. Paddy's Day Dinner March 16, 5-7pm

Siletz Grange Hall
St. Paddy’s Day Dinner
March 16, 5-7pm

The Siletz Valley Partnership is holding it’s Annual St Paddy’s Dinner and Silent Auction Saturday March 16th at the Siletz Grange Hall on Gaither Street. Hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner prices vary by age: 13 and up $7; 6-12 $5 and free for ages 5 and under. The Silent Auction will close promptly at 7 p.m. Proceeds support Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs in the community.

The Siletz Valley Partnership is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Michelle Schaffer at 541-444-1023.


 Posted by at 1:10 AM
Feb 272013

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Siletz High School students have been honored at an assembly in the gymnasium for their good grades this past quarter. Siletz High School teacher Ms. Syms presented the students with a dinner for two ticket at the Chinook Winds Buffet and they were all pleased to receive them.

Pictured left to right are: Cecelia DeAnda(13), San Poil Whitehead(14), Daniel Lindstrom(16), Marita Nash(16), Morgan Crawford(15), and Windy Hill(15). Steven Lindstrom(13) and Jordan Chavez (14) are not pictured.


Students won these awards for their good grades and high quarterly GPA’s. The Academic awards will continue each quarter. Prizes are based on each quarter’s GPA so students will get a chance to start fresh with each new quarter. All students are eligible and could be honored with an award of their own at the end of the quarter if they keep their grades up.


 Posted by at 12:31 PM
Feb 052013

Logsden Road, MP 1.5
Just north of the cemetery

Body retrieval scene
Honda Echo is straight down 40-50 feet in the river

Honda Echo sedan
Upside down – held body of driver
Elderly male, local resident

Ragged tracks of out of control vehicle
Leads up to gap two trees


Deceased driver identified as Elmer Kibler, 83, of Logsden.

An elderly Logsden man lost his life Tuesday afternoon when he apparently lost control of his Honda Echo on the curve that goes by the cemetery one and a half miles east of Siletz. Deep tracks on the shoulder indicate the man’s vehicle left the pavement right after the curve, began sliding to the right, careened over the side between two large trees and fell down a near-vertical 40 to 50 foot cliff.

A road crew that was working the area noticed the skid marks and looked over the side to see a car upside down in the Siletz River below. They called 9-1-1 and within minutes first responders were on scene. But it took them a while to lower themselves down the cliff and use their tools to get inside the car. Once inside the found the body of an elderly man. They determined that he had been underwater for more than a half hour.

Law enforcement indicated the man was elderly and was a local Logsden Road area resident. His name was withheld pending notification of his wife and family.

 Posted by at 3:40 PM
Jan 182013

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Don Davis Park/Vietnam Memorial photos courtesy Trip Advisor

A group of strong-hearted community boosters this weekend are boot-strapping repairs to the much loved and used Siletz Valley Grange Hall in Siletz as well as for the much honored but weathered Don Davis Park Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Newport.

Saturday there is a fundraiser for the Siletz Valley Grange Hall assembled by Elizabeth Kosydar featuring a comedy show called Happy Humor Hour. Again, it’s Saturday, January 19th, 7pm. Tickets are $5 each or six for $20. Desserts will be available for purchase.

Then Sunday there will be a fundraiser concert to raise funds for repairs to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at Don Davis Park in Newport, just south of Nye Beach. Come enjoy the music of John Brongetto/Bill Hartsell, Tinh Mahoney and Rick Bartow. The concert begins Sunday, 3pm at the Newport Performing Arts Center, across the street from Don Davis Park. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for Veterans, Seniors and youth.

 Posted by at 11:09 AM
Dec 212012

Siletz Valley Early College Academy teachers report that their food drive contest was won by the current senior class with 161 pounds of food. The sophomore class piled up 101 pounds and the freshman class came in third with 86 pounds. The food went directly to the Siletz Food Pantry for needy families.

For their performance, the senior class will enjoy a free pizza party.

Teachers say they’re conducting another food drive that will be running through the end of the current school quarter. Bins have been placed around Siletz as well as around the school. All students are encouraged to donate to this worthy cause. At the end of the quarter the school will be conducting another awards ceremony for good grades, attendance and the food drive.

 Posted by at 9:22 PM
Nov 262012

Siletz Public Library

The Siletz Valley Friends of the Library group is having a Bake and Book sale to fund the power washing and repainting of the library, which has developed a gray-green mold in the 5 ½ years the library has been open. The project will cost approximately $18,000 and The Friends of the Library have taken on the task of raising this amount. For more information, call the library at 541-444-2855.

The sale will be held at the Siletz Public Library (255 S.W. Gaither Street) this Saturday, December 1st from 11 until 4 and will coincide with the Christmas craft sale at the Grange Hall.

Both paperbacks and hardbacks will be available, with lots of both fiction and non-fiction. Some videos, DVDs, music and children’s books will also be for sale. Most paperbacks will be priced at .50 and hardbacks will run from $1.00-$5.00.

The Friends are also making a delicious assortment of goodies, some already wrapped for gift-giving! Pick up a cake, cookies or some candy as a gift to share at work or with your neighbor and take home some tasty goodies for your family. This is a GREAT way to shop locally and give back to your community this holiday season!

 Posted by at 2:26 PM