21st annual Charity Golf Scramble to benefit Samaritan Early Learning Center

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Jul 222016

Salishan Golf Tourney Fundraiser

Salishan Golf Tourney

The 21st Annual North Lincoln Hospital Foundation Charity Golf Scramble is set for Sunday, Aug. 21, at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 17.

All tournament proceeds are dedicated to the Samaritan Early Learning Center, which recognizes the importance of providing a strong foundation to children in their early years.

The scramble format encourages golfers of any ability to enjoy a fun afternoon on a beautiful course surrounded by old-growth timber with bay and ocean views.

Mixed foursomes and individuals are welcome to register. The tournament begins at 11:30 a.m. with registration and a box lunch followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Participants can expect plenty of contests throughout the day including men’s and women’s long drive, longest putt and team low gross and low net. At the conclusion of the tournament guests are invited to relax and enjoy dinner followed by the awards ceremony and grand raffle.

Businesses and individuals are invited to join the tournament sponsors — including Duane Silbernagel, financial advisor with Waddell & Reed; The Killers Pest Elimination; and Gerding Builders, LLC — in this worthwhile cause for north Lincoln County families and children.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited for this popular annual event. The cost is $150 per player, or $600 for a team of four, and includes green fees, golf cart, box lunch, awards dinner and contests.
For sponsorship information or to register, contact the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation office at 541-996-7102 or register online at samhealth.org/NLHFGolf

 Posted by at 3:51 PM

Charting your past, present and future condition!

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Jul 222016

North Lincoln Hospital Lincoln City

North Lincoln Hospital
Lincoln City

Learn to Use MyChart Patient Portal at Free Seminar
Being an informed member of your health care team is an important part of staying healthy. Online patient portals offered by many health care organizations, including Samaritan Health Services, can be helpful tools–if you take advantage of all the features.

Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital is hosting a seminar on the MyChart patient portal Thursday, Aug. 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Health Professions Education Center. At this free seminar, participants will learn how to use the easy and secure MyChart patient portal to make appointments, see test results, reach their health goals and more. If you are a Samaritan patient, or even if you have tests done at a Samaritan hospital laboratory, you can benefit from knowing how to use MyChart.

Among the topics to be covered at the seminar are:
* Signing up for MyChart
* Sending a message to your doctor
* Requesting an appointment or a medication refill
* E-Visits (electronic visits for minor issues)
* Viewing test results and visit summaries, including physician notes
* Paying your bill
* Setting up proxy access to allow someone else to have access to your MyChart or being able to access a child’s account

This same seminar will be offered in Newport, at the Center for Health Education, 740 SW Ninth St., Thursday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Registration is required and space is limited. To register, visit SamHealth.org/BeHealthy or call 1-855-873-0647.

 Posted by at 1:59 PM

Lincoln City City Council to consider ban on sidewalk-to-car panhandling.

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Jul 222016

Lincoln City City Hall File photo

Lincoln City City Hall
File photo

The Lincoln City City Council next Monday will be reviewing a proposed city law that outlaws panhandling which occurs largely at street corners with stop lights.
Panhandlers hold a sign – someone in a car holds out a dollar bill – the panhandler goes into the street to get it – then returns to his sign. Sometimes the transaction is within the red light cycle, sometimes not, which holds up traffic.

The law being proposed to the council says it’s illegal for the panhandler to beg from the sidewalk in a way that distracts drivers, even if the light is green, or on stretches of city streets without stop signs or signal lights. The new law also snares those in their cars when they give the panhandler money. And the fines could be pretty hefty.

The rationale behind making such panhandling illegal is found in the argument that panhandlers are a disruption to attentive driving by holding up signs on the sidewalk to deliberately distract drivers which is an act that threatens the safety of the motoring public.

The ordinance is a close copy of an ordinance from adopted by the Ashland City Council.

The Lincoln City City Council will also consider an ordinance the seeks to tighten the city’s ban on using public parking lots, streets or other rights of way for overnight camping/sleeping. Homeless people who have taken their case to the city council have argued there is no law against being homeless and so there shouldn’t be a ban on a homeless person getting some shut eye in a parked car anywhere in town that’s public property.

Those opposed to “public camping” claims that Lincoln City lives or dies by tourism and that widespread overnight “camping/sleeping” in public parking lots, along streets or other public areas would seriously damage the city’s reputation for being a clean and uncluttered place for vacations or just a weekend getaway.

 Posted by at 1:06 PM

Logger takes a 450 foot tumble at a logging site off Highway 20 at Deer Creek Road

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Jul 222016

Lincoln County’s Rescue Rope Team is enroute to a report of a logging accident near Eddyville. The logging operation is up Deer Creek Road off Hwy 20.

Reports say the logger took a fall down a 450 foot mountainside. At the bottom he suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung. Because the local air ambulance REACH could not get to the injured logger rescuers called in the Coast Guard. A Coast Guard Helo lowered a guardsman who got the logger onto a litter and he was hoisted up to the chopper.

12:07pm – Injured logger has been lifted up into a Coast Guard Rescue Helo which is now enroute to PCH in Newport. There is some debate going on as to whether he ought to go to the trauma unit in Corvallis. PCH’s trauma handling capabilities are far less than facilities in Corvallis.

12:10pm – The Coast Guard has been asked to fly the logger to Good Samaritan Trauma Center in Corvallis.

12:14pm – The Coast Guard says it will none-the-less fly the logger to PCH helo pad in Newport and then the REACH helo will pick the logger up at the PCH helo pad and fly him to Corvallis trauma unit.

12:19pm – Apparently the Coast Guard was low on fuel so they couldn’t make it to Corvallis. They had been hovering over the area for the better part of two hours as rescuers tried to get to the victim.

 Posted by at 10:00 AM

The Crab Pot – The Come-back Kid! (We hope)

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Jul 222016

The Crab Pot as it stood since 1931.  Burned in 2014.

The Crab Pot as it stood since 1931. Burned in 2014.

Crab Pot burns, July 3, 2014 Tim Neufeld photo

Crab Pot burns, July 3, 2014
Tim Neufeld photo

Allen Black - Finally ready to rebuild after two years of 'involuntary retirement.'

Allen Black – Finally ready to rebuild after two years of ‘involuntary retirement.’

Allen Black’s “blackest day” was July 3, 2014 when his beloved and historical iconic restaurant “The Crab Pot” was consumed in a ball of flame – the fire originating in the back of the building.

The Crab Pot had been a social and seafood sales “go to place” on Highway 101 south of Schooner Creek Bridge since it was a small cottage in 1922 and was bought by Black in 1974. So for him, it was the loss of not only his job, but his prominent role in the community. It devastated him.

But those who know Allen Black best, knows that he may suffer a set back, even a hugely serious one like the the big fire, but it’s his nature to pick up the pieces and put them all back together again.

And he’s trying to do just that beginning August 2nd. That’s when Allen Black will bring his plans for a brand-new Crab Pot restaurant before the Lincoln City Planning Commission. Black is seeking approval to raise The Crab Pot up from the blackened dirt into a whole new building.

The only sticking point at this juncture appears to be parking. A compromise might require that most of the parking be around back since ODOT never did like people backing out of the old restaurant into Highway 101 traffic.

But there are a lot of local Crab Pot customers – and thousands of tourists – ready to once again enjoy the Crab Pot’s fish sales and fresh and freshly cooked crab. Black says as soon as he can get all his permits from the city he’s ready to start construction.

 Posted by at 7:56 AM

Highway 22 to be closed for three days: Sept 27, 28 & 29 near Dolph Junction

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Jul 222016

Bridge construction to close OR 22 near Dolph Junction for three days

HEBO – Beginning on Tuesday, September 27, at 8 a.m. a section of OR 22 at milepost 10.86 near Dolph Junction will be closed to traffic in both directions in order for crews to replace a wood bridge deck. The road will reopen at 4 p.m. on September 29.

During the time of the closure, a detour will be available by using OR 18. Message boards will be placed in advance to warn travelers and trucking and to notify freight mobility.

The closure is necessary for an Oregon Department of Transportation crew to do maintenance work on the bridge. This work includes grinding a 2-1/2 inch layer of existing pavement off of the bridge in order to access and remove the current wood deck. After the wood has been removed, new wood will be placed and repaved with a layer of asphalt. Guard rails and bridge rails will also be replaced as an extension of this project.

 Posted by at 7:19 AM

A season shrinker for Halibut fishing?

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Jul 222016

Possible reduction in the Halibut all-depth fishing season.  ODFW wants public comments.

Possible reduction in the Halibut all-depth fishing season. ODFW wants public comments.
Ken Gagne photo

ODFW Seeks Input on 2017 Sport Halibut and Bottomfish Fisheries

ODFW fishery managers will hold four public meetings in August to discuss 2017 sport halibut and bottomfish seasons. One of the meetings will be webcast.

Topics will include possibly shortening the Central Coast Subarea all-depth halibut seasons to reduce yelloweye rockfish mortality, and options to stay under a lower federal limit for black rockfish in 2017.

The meeting times and locations are:

Monday, Aug. 1 from 6-8 p.m., in Brookings at the Best Western Beachfront Inn
Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 6-8 p.m., in Coos Bay at the Red Lion Hotel
Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 7-9 p.m., in Salem at ODFW Headquarters Commission Room
Monday, Aug. 15 from 6-8 p.m., in Newport, Marine Resource Program office, 2040 SE Marine Science Dr. (webcast available, see the sport halibut or groundfish webpages at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/ for details)
Anglers who wish to provide input but cannot attend a meeting can contact Lynn Mattes at (541) 867-4741 ext. 237, or Lynn.Mattes@state.or.us

 Posted by at 6:50 AM

Because some folks drive to the Bend area…

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Jul 212016

A whopper of a road closure! Highway 20 from Sweet Home to Santiam Pass for TWO MONTHS starting August 2nd!

One of the Redmond/Bend lifelines to the Willamette Valley will be shut down for TWO MONTHS starting in ten days. ODOT is CLOSING DOWN HIGHWAY 20 FROM SWEET HOME TO THE SANTIAM JUNCTION!

ODOT says its back was up against the wall on repairs to the Sheep Creek Bridge. The bridge was built on an active slow-motion slide which has been a chronic headache for ODOT and travelers. So now they’re finishing the bridge replacement job during August and September.

Highway 20 will be closed near Sweet Home to eastbound traffic and at Santiam Junction for westbound traffic.

Fortunately there are reasonably short detours.
You can use Highway 126 and state Highway 22 as alternate routes. Highway 126 for folks going to and from the Eugene area. Highway 22 for those who don’t mind driving through Salem to get to and from Redmond/Bend.

 Posted by at 2:12 PM