Living Well With Chronic Conditions – Samaritan Coastal Clinic Offers Help

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Oct 222015
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North Lincoln Hospital
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Workshop teaches practical skills for managing chronic disease

Do you, a friend, or family member suffer from an ongoing health condition that causes you to feel scared, frustrated, lonely, or hopeless? Samaritan Coastal Clinic in Lincoln City is hosting a free six-week workshop called Living Well with Chronic Conditions, which will provide practical skills for living a happier and healthier life.

The Living Well self-management workshop will be presented from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Nov. 3 through Dec. 15 (except Nov. 24) at the clinic, 825 NW Hwy 101.

Developed by Stanford University School of Medicine, the program teaches how to work with health care providers, manage medications, fitness and relaxation techniques, communication skills, nutrition tips, personal goal-setting, effective problem-solving, improved sleep techniques, fall prevention, and decision-making skills.

Participants are welcome to bring a family member, caregiver or friend to each session. Although there is no charge, pre-registration is requested. To register, call Mitchell Heath at 541-768-6070 or email

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GP Mill and City of Toledo – Each to each other’s rescue!

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Oct 222015
Georgia Pacific, Toledo

Georgia Pacific, Toledo

The Toledo City Council and Georgia Pacific have agreed to partner on water to avert an economic disaster for the local and regional economy. The city will begin selling water as soon as possible to the Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill, the area’s biggest employer, to prevent the shutdown of the mill because its own supply of water is in danger.

The drought has caused the Olalla Reservoir, the plant’s main water supply for plant operations, to drop dramatically to the point that plant officials say without finding another water supply the plant, would have to shutdown soon.
So the city quickly stepped up and offered to sell GP the water it needs from city supplies, drawn from the Siletz River. GP has no legal access to the Siletz.

GP will pay the same raw water rate to the city of Toledo as does the Seal Rock Water District.

City officials say Toledo has huge water-right access to the Siletz River and that the sale of water to GP will not affect Toledo water customers.

However, Toledo Mayor Billie Jo Smith tells News Lincoln County that Toledo is no different from any other city or county in Oregon in that its water comes from the sky so if the drought continues both the city and GP will be likely working even closer together.

Mayor Smith says the city is working quickly to provide a direct connection between GP and the city’s water supply – funneling raw, untreated water directly to GP. The city’s water treatment process would not be involved.

Mayor Smith says Toledo has a back-up source of water – Mill Creek and its reservoir from which it draws most of its water during the winter when the Siletz River experiences high turbidity due to high water flows.

Mayor Smith also says that this emergency, while a major challenge for GP, is a godsend for the city in that water revenues will climb dramatically, allowing the town to begin expensive analysis of its future water and wastewater needs and to begin prioritizing projects to meet those needs. Prioritization is required before any state or federal grant monies can even be applied for. So it’s a win-win situation, to be sure.

Mayor Smith says the winter rain forecast is very iffy in that the massive El Nino off the west coast of North America is among the largest ever recorded. El Ninos tend to funnel winter moisture straight into California which gets hammered with flood-waters while Oregon and Washington languish with little rain. But she adds that there’s considerable debate among forecasters as to how much rain will fall on the coast. But either way the GP hookup to Toledo’s water system will kick in very shortly, averting an economic disaster for the area.

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Fishin’ with Chris

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Oct 222015

Chris Burns - Fishing

Week of October 22nd

In the Creel: The season in general is winding down but some fisheries are still open and producing. Offshore, all-depth rockfishing and lingcod angling are currently your best bets; nearshore halibut has been spotty and may close soon. Ocean crabbing is closed; and while offshore Chinook fishing remains open for another week, it has never really caught on this year. Clamming tides are back next week, but you’ll need a lantern as the best ones come after sunset. So, attention turns to the rivers where slowly increasing water flows and lower temperatures should be getting fish on the move and on the bite. Salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout are available. This week’s fish tale: You’re gonna need a bigger boat.

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Salmon River: The fall Chinook fishery is producing well for both boat and bank anglers in tidewater. Trolling, casting lures or bobber fishing through the high slack tide tends to be the most productive. Cutthroat trout fishing from upper tidewater through the lower river can be effective during the early mornings with sea-runs moving through this time of year.

Siletz River/Bay: The fall Chinook fishery has been producing fair to good results in the lower bay up to the head of tide. Trolling or bobber fishing through the high slack seems to be the most productive. The wild Coho fishery continues through November 30th with a daily bag limit of 1 adult Coho and seasonal limit of 2 adult Coho (in aggregate with other areas with the same bag limit). The lower bay up to Coyote Rock typically produces the best results early in the season. Summer steelhead fishing is fair to good in the upper river above Moonshine Park. Cutthroat trout can be found in most sections with sea-runs found in the middle to lower river this time of year.

Yaquina River/Bay: Anglers are having fair to good results for fall Chinook from the lower bay up to the Canyon Quarry boat launch area. Trolling herring or spinners during the incoming tide through the high slack typically produces the best results. Small numbers of Chinook are also up near Elk City. The wild Coho fishery is open through November 30th with a daily bag limit of 1 adult Coho and seasonal limit of 2 adult Coho (in aggregate with other areas with the same bag limit). The lower bay up to the airport boat ramp typically produces the best results for Coho. Cutthroat trout fishing is slow to fair from upper tidewater to the lower reaches on the mainstem. The mainstem Yaquina and Big Elk Creek are good places to try casting small spinners or spoons as well as bait fishing near the head of tide.

Alsea River/Bay: Wild Coho angling is now closed on the Alsea. The fall Chinook fishery is producing fair to good results for both bank and boat anglers, who are having the best action fishing from the lower bay up to the head of tide. Trolling, casting lures or bobber fishing are all working depending on the section and conditions. Bank fishing near the Highway 101 bridge or up at the newly-opened Don Lindly Park (Milepost 7 on Highway 34) can be good for Chinook. Cutthroat trout fishing is fair in the lower mainstem below the confluence with Five Rivers. Small spinners are typically productive as well as small spoons or fly fishing with nymphs or streamers.

Central Coast Reservoirs and Lakes: Fishing for the various warm water fish species is fair to good. There are numerous lakes in the Florence area that can provide good opportunities for boat and bank access.

Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
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Giving the gift of a lifetime to our World War II and Korea Veterans

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Oct 222015
Police Chief David Enyeart and Valerie Venfield with big check from Toledo Rotary

Police Chief David Enyeart and Valerie Benfield with big check from Toledo Rotary

Following the 3rd Annual Toledo Rotary Golf Tournament Fundraiser for South Willamette Valley Honor Flight (serving Lincoln County) held on August 29th at Olalla Golf Course in Toledo, Rotary President Dave Enyeart presented Valerie Benfield, SWVHonor Flight local volunteer coordinator, with a check for $4,835. Enyeart stated this is the best turnout so far and next year Toledo Rotary hopes to double the donation to SWV Honor Flight. Enyeart was a Guardian for a Korea War veteran on the May 2015 Flight and learned first hand what a tremendous experience Honor Flight is for all involved. Benfield thanked Toledo Rotary and said this would enable the organization to send five veterans on the 2016 Flight. “Donations this size are rare for us and SWV Honor Flight is extremely grateful to Toledo Rotary and all the work they do for this yearly fundraiser” stated Benfield.

It costs a little over $1,000 to send each of the veterans to Washington DC for the experience of a lifetime. Guardians and volunteers pay their own way. 45 to 50 veterans are given this opportunity twice a year. To learn more about the program and how you can help and how to place a WWII, Korea and Viet Nam Veteran on the list to go, please visit or call Valerie Benfield at 541-961-3370.

 Posted by at 9:56 AM

Weather or Not: A Chill in the Air

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Oct 222015

Chris Burns Weather

Thursday, October 22nd – Lincoln County

Summary: Skies were mixed with the main period of sunshine coming between lunchtime and late afternoon. The thermometer rose to about 60F, albeit Newport didn’t quite make the cut; Depoe Bay had the area high at 63F though even that felt Autumn chilly. The northwest sea breeze tried, but failed, to get going as gusts never reached much above 10 mph. By late evening, the scattered clouds evaporated and skies were mainly clear overnight with lows in the upper-40s and low-50s. Patchy fog and marine clouds developed briefly around 4:00am, but were dissipating by sunrise, and it was dead calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 60F/52F
Depoe Bay: 63F/44F
Newport: 59F/43F
Waldport: 60F/48F
Yachats: 61F/50F

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Forecast: While patchy fog remains a possibility this morning, expect sunshine today with a high near 60F; north WON SUNNYwinds 5-10 mph maybe gusting 15 or so will make it feel chillier. Patchy fog tonight but mainly clear skies above and cooler as the mercury dips into the low-40s (it may even freeze in parts of the Valley tonight, see Travel below). Mostly sunny again tomorrow, high 60F and light winds. Outlook is for mostly cloudy Saturday, and then a chance of rain Sunday through Wednesday; highs near 60F and lows about 50F through the period.

jackolanternHalloween Night… Rain/showers, breezy, temps around 50F.

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Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning with pass temperatures near 45F; partly sunny today and 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog then partial clearing, the thermometer rising to 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for gradually becoming mostly sunny, west winds gusting 20 mph, high of 65F. For the Cascades, it’s foggy in spots, the passes are dry with temps 35-40F; mostly sunny today, the free air freezing level is 10,000 feet. NOTE: There’s a chance of icy roads in parts of the Willamette Valley tomorrow morning as the first frost of the season is possible, especially in outlying areas.

Average First Frost Dates…
Eugene: October 16th
Salem: October 17th
Vancouver: October 21st
Troutdale: October 30th
Portland: November 3rd
Astoria: November 6th
Newport: November 13th

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Marine: Winds are NE 10-15 knots with seas 6-7 feet at 10 seconds this morning. A Small Craft Advisory WON SCAfor hazardous seas is in effect from noon today through late tonight. Swells building to 11 feet at 14 seconds this afternoon and N winds rising to 15 knots gusting 20-25. Tonight, northerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25 with seas 10 feet at 13 seconds. A NE breeze 15-20 knots is expected tomorrow, seas falling from 9 to 7 feet by afternoon. Outlook is for southerlies 10-20 knots Saturday through Monday, swells 5-7 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* Though not meeting official high surf advisory criteria, today’s waves will be large enough that you should stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on sandy beaches and rocky shores. Surf of this size can sweep people off rocks and beaches.
* Tides
10/22 Thu 08:47 AM 7.06 H
10/22 Thu 02:33 PM 2.90 L
10/22 Thu 08:32 PM 7.03 H
10/23 Fri 02:57 AM 0.74 L

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In Short: Mainly Clear, moderate winds, cool nights, then cloudy and chance of rain.

 Posted by at 8:05 AM

Busy Night for Depoe Bay Council

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Oct 222015
Depoe Bay City Council Harbor, Chamber, Law Enforcement and Scenic  Lands Park!

Depoe Bay City Council
Harbor, Chamber, Law Enforcement and Scenic Lands Park!

Whither the Harbor Commission

The still under-siege remnants of the Depoe Bay Harbor Commission may be down, but it’s still above the waterline – barely. Normally made up of seven harbor commissioners with considerable knowledge about the World’s Smallest Harbor, the commission is now down to an insufficient number to constitute even a quorum of itself.

As some may recall, more than a few members of the commission were indicted by a Lincoln County Grand Jury on charges of conspiring to cheat the state Department of Fish and Wildlife out of fishing license money collected by the Tradewinds Charter Company in the harbor. Those indicted have been removed from their seats on the harbor commission. It means there is about to be launched a serious recruitment effort to find people to apply for those seats and get the harbor back to being the economic spark-plug for the town that it’s always been.

Councilors said they want to produce a loud and vigorous campaign to recruit new members to the commission. They say there is a lot of work to be done including replacing docks 2, 3, 4 and 5. They say it’ll have to be done with outside grants because the city’s meager tax collecting authority can’t do it alone. There is also the recurring need for dredging that needs to be coordinated and scheduled on a regular basis. There’s also the seawall issue and more.

However Mayor AJ Mattila lamented that the ousted former members of the commission should have been allowed to continue serving since they haven’t yet been convicted of anything. However, the city attorney and other members of the council said it’s not a question of “innocent until proven guilty.” They said the defendants are banned by the court from having business dealings with anything at the harbor pending trial, or anything close to it. So, it is reasoned, those banned no longer have a role on the commission and that their removal was clearly proper. They said the harbor can’t wait for the scandal to go to trial and be resolved because the harbor has needs today that require immediate attention.

Others lamented the recent resignation of Harbor Commissioner Loren Goddard, of Dockside Charters, who they characterized as one of the strongest contributors to the progress made in charting the harbor’s future. One councilor said the rift between the council and the commission had become so painful for Goddard that they understood his reasons for leaving. At that point Mayor Mattila pulled out a letter he had personally written to Goddard thanking him for his service and contributions to the harbor mission. Mattila said he regretted Goddard’s departure and that he’d be welcome back if Goddard could find a way to make it happen. Other councilors said that the commission needs knowledgeable people with a steady hand to help move the harbor’s economic development forward and strongly hinted that they hope that “someday” Goddard will re-up.

In the meantime the council will advertise the commission’s numerous vacancies and they will try to get the local news media to do put their shoulder into the search by writing informative articles concerning the importance of getting the port back on track.

The council then re-constituted the commission’s membership – expanding the commission from 7 members to 9 – the two extra being non-voting but somewhat expert on environmental or regulatory issues or knowledgeable on economic growth and aspects related to it. The regular 7 voting members would be made up of no more than two non-residents of Depoe Bay, no more than two with direct financial ties to the harbor with special consideration for those with environmental, business and other specialized expertise.

Renewing Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce contract to promote tourism

Whale Center Downtown Depoe Bay Operated by Oregon State Parks

Whale Center
Downtown Depoe Bay
Operated by Oregon State Parks
Google Earth graphic

The city council also renewed a multi-year contract with the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce – awarding them just under five thousand dollars a year to promote special tourist attracting events throughout the year which the chamber coordinates and presents. City Councilor Steve Sparks expressed interest in the Chamber exploring whether it’s possible to set up their offices in the Whale Center next to the bridge to better serve visitors to Depoe Bay by being more out and among them. Chamber Board member Bea Ray said it’s an idea worth exploring but cautioned that the Whale House is owned by State Parks which may or may not welcome such a move.

Taking a bit more time to get it perfect at the sea wall!

And the council learned that the city’s Scenic Lands Park will be given a little more time to be fully complete and ready for tourists next summer. The new facility near Tidal Raves comes with a staircase going down the side of the bluff overlooking the sea wall to a landing. The spot will offer views overlooking spectacular pounding wave action and unbelievably beautiful sunsets.

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Doug Nebert’s family sues aircraft company for fatal crash in Toledo last year.

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Oct 212015

May 31, 2014 plane crash at Toledo GP Mill

May 31, 2014 plane crash at Toledo GP Mill
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Pilot Doug Nebert
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The surviving family of Newport pilot Doug Nebert and his step-granddaughter Zoey Wahl, who both died in the crash of their family airplane at the Toledo GP Mill last year, has filed suit against the aircraft’s designer Van’s Aircraft of Aurora, near Wilsonville.

The family lawsuit claims that the aircraft that took the lives of Nebert and Wahl was defective in that it was not designed to professional standards since it is an aircraft that is built by the owner that buys it as a kit. The family claims that home-built planes pose a danger to pilots and passengers because they are not held to the same safety standards as other professionally built aircraft.

Doug Nebert taking off from Newport Airport in his RV-10

Doug Nebert taking off from Newport Airport in his RV-10

Nebert, who was a highly skilled pilot, took off from Newport Airport on May 31st of last year, with his daughter April Gleason and his step-granddaughter Zoey Wahl aboard. Nebert was flying the two home to Seattle. But within a few minutes after take-off their plane began to sputter and lose power. Gleason told investigators that the plane fell nose-down and smashed into the ground next to a building at the Georgia Pacific paper mill. The impact killed Nebert and Zoey and seriously injured Gleason.

The National Transportation Safety Board issued this report as to the cause of the plane losing power:

Nebert had installed a fuel flow transducer about 2 to 3 weeks before the accident and used heavy applications of room temperature vulcanization (RTV) silicone to seal the fuel lines. A friend of the pilot, who was also a mechanic, reported that he had observed the pilot about a year earlier using heavy applications of RTV silicone to seal parts during a condition inspection and that he had mentioned to the pilot that this was an improper practice. A bead of RTV silicone was found in the fuel line, and it is likely that it blocked the inlet of the transducer and starved the engine of fuel. Additionally, after to the loss of engine power, the pilot failed to maintain sufficient airspeed while maneuvering to locate a suitable off-airport landing site and flew the airplane beyond its ability to stay airborne, which resulted in a stall and loss of airplane control.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

A total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation because of a blocked fuel line that resulted from the pilot’s improper maintenance practices and the pilot’s subsequent failure to maintain adequate airspeed while attempting a forced landing, which led to the airplane exceeding its critical angle-of-attack and experiencing an aerodynamic stall.

Recent Memorial for Doug Nebert and his granddaughter Zoey at the Newport Airport

Recent Memorial for Doug Nebert and his granddaughter Zoey at the Newport Airport

A permanent memorial plaque installed at Newport Municipal Airport

A permanent memorial plaque installed at Newport Municipal Airport

Doug Nebert had worked as a Senior Advisor for Geospatial Technology for the U.S. Geological Survey and formerly for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Nebert also served on the Newport Airport Advisory Committee. He also owned the Tyee Lodge Bed and Breakfast at Agate Beach.

 Posted by at 11:27 PM

After threatening Taft High with violence, students arrested

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Oct 212015
Taft 7-12  Lincoln City Student threatened to "shoot the place up."

Taft 7-12
Lincoln City
Student threatened to “shoot up the school.”

From Lincoln City Police Chief Keith Kilian

On October 20th, 2015 at approximately 9:15 PM, a Taft High School student and parent contacted the Lincoln City Police Department regarding possible threats of harm to students attending Taft High School.

During the course of the investigation, it was learned that a group of high school students were in an internet chat room earlier in the evening. During the chat, a male student at Taft made specific threats of harm towards the student reporting the incident. The male student also threatened to bring a gun and “shoot up the school”.

The male student was identified and interviewed. At the conclusion of the interview, the student was taken into custody and transported to the Juvenile Detention facility in Newport. The 15 year old student is being charged with Coercion – Criminal Threats, Telephonic Harassment, Intimidation – 2nd Degree, and Disorderly Conduct.

The Lincoln City Police Department was working through the evening with Taft School officials and officials from the Lincoln County School District. As a result of the investigation and making an arrest, it was determined that the subject was no longer an immediate threat at the school.

Although an arrest was made, the investigation is on-going. If anyone has additional information they are encouraged to contact the Lincoln City Police Department at 541-994-3636. You can also leave information on the Lincoln City Police tip line 541-994-9800.

The Lincoln City Police Department and Lincoln County School District take threats against our students and schools seriously.

 Posted by at 10:46 PM