Surf is building from Hurricane Oho passing to the west enroute to Vancouver Canada

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Oct 092015
Table Rock, Yachats on Friday. Ken Gagne photo

Table Rock, Yachats
on Friday.
Ken Gagne photo

Photographer Ken Gagne captured what NOAA has been predicting the last couple of days – heavier surf coming ashore out of the southwest, rather than northwest, from the remnants of Hurricane Oho. Oho churned up past Hawaii and is now enroute northeasterly to the north end of Vancouver Island, Canada.

Waves offshore for mariners will be quite rough, with 10′ to 13′ swells and winds gusting to 30-35 mph. Beachgoers are warned to be very aware of their surroundings. Never turn your back on the ocean. Watch for sneaker waves. The unusual angle of the waves can create different beach erosion patterns that could leave some areas unsafe to walk on. So stay alert and when in doubt, don’t.

 Posted by at 12:12 PM

Guest Editorial: Fluoridated water – Lincoln County Health & Human Services

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Oct 092015
Fluoridate or not fluoridate?

Fluoridate or not fluoridate?

October 9, 2015
Dear Editor,

As U.S. citizens, we expect our elected officials to provide public safety and protection in our communities. Basic expectations include law enforcement, responsive fire departments and the prevention of disease through public health measures of good sanitation, smoke-free public spaces and community water fluoridation. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named water fluoridation one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Today, 75% of all U.S. residents drink fluoridated water. Scientific studies show that, as a result of the increase in the number of communities with water systems that add fluoride, between 1966 and 1994 the average number of decayed, filled or missing teeth among 12-year-olds dropped by 68 percent.

Past generations of Newport residents are among these beneficiaries because the citizens of Newport in 1960 voted in favor of fluoridation. Even in 1960, there were decades of scientific research showing the benefits and safety of adding a tiny and regulated amount of fluoride to the water supply. This vote gave a clear directive to the City Council that the benefits of fluoride in the City water supply was the will of the voters and that the cost of this benefit was worthy of their tax dollars. This vote was upheld in 1962.
In 1960, the Newport City Council honored the will of the voters by passing the resolution to add the tiny and regulated amount of fluoride shown to prevent tooth decay to the city’s water supply. The City of Newport thus joined many other communities at that time in establishing a known and safe public health protection known as community water fluoridation.
However, one day in September 2005, the City of Newport shut off the supply of fluoride to city’s water supply. This action was taken as a temporary measure due to mechanical problems at the water treatment plant with the fluoridation equipment. These mechanical problems were never addressed at that plant, as a new water treatment plant was being considered. In 2008, Newport voters approved a $15.9 million bond measure to build the new water treatment plant. While the new water treatment plant was under construction, the new fluoridation equipment was excluded as a cost savings measure, due to problems with project’s management and cost overruns. As a result, the will of the voters and the
Health and Human Services Department and City Council of 1960 were cast aside in an unprecedented and disrespectful manner by the actions of the City Manager at that time.

Additionally, Newport’s City Manager position has changed hands 4 times since 2005. Without the steady leadership and oversight of an engaged City Manager until 2013, there was no effort to reinstate fluoridation—until now.

Last year, a group of residents who serve as volunteers for the Lincoln County Public Health Advisory Council decided to take steps to improve the health of the community. They met with City Manager Spencer Nebel in an effort to reinstate fluoridation of the city’s water supply, as expressed by the will of the voters and the City Council in 1960. It is important to note that Mr. Nebel has expertise in successfully overseeing a fluoridated community water system in his previous role as City Manager of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

I have welcomed the recent debate opened by the Newport City Council regarding the safety of reinstating the addition of the tiny and regulated amount (0.7 parts per million) of fluoride to Newport’s water supply. Scientific research of the last 5 decades still supports, as it did in 1960, that fluoridated drinking water is a proven, safe and very effective way to prevent tooth decay and support healthy teeth. What experts also know now is having healthy teeth and gums is also associated with lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. It is no wonder that the World Health Organization, American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, Oregon Medical Association and other national and international health groups strongly support fluoridation. Many of our local dentists, doctors and other health care providers strongly support the City of Newport in reinstating fluoridation of Newport’s water supply.

It is time for the current Newport City Council to again honor the will of the voters of 1960, 1962, and 2008 in providing this proven, safe and very effective public health protection. It is time for the Newport City Council to direct City Manager Spencer Nebel to again exercise his demonstrated strong leadership and management skills in successful oversight of a fluoridated community water system. It is time to give Newport’s future generations the same life-long dental health that was bestowed in 1960 to Newport’s past generations. It is time to reinstate fluoridation of Newport’s water supply.

Cheryl S. Connell, RN
Lincoln County Health and Human Service

Anti-Fluoridated Water

A lot of research has been done since 1962 vote on adding fluoride to Newport water. No fluoride supplement has every been approved by the FDA for the treatment of tooth decay. Fluoride in a topical treatment is the only effective way to prevent tooth decay. Ingesting fluoride has been linked to damaging bones, teeth, brain function disrupt thyroid function, lower IQ and/or cause cancer according to evidence revealed in a 2006 National Research Council (NRC) fluoride report produced by a panel of experts who reviewed hundreds of published fluoride studies. Fluoride is a drug regulated by the FDA. It is not a food supplement.

People need to research the effects of this poison before allowing Newport to add it to our water. People can get fluoride from other sources: toothpaste, mouthwash and fluoride rinse. Almost every product from processed food to bottled juices contain fluoride, since the plants that process the food usually gets water from a municipal water system that adds fluoride to the water. No one knows how much we consume daily, so adding more fluoride to our water could cause an overdose.

Robert Whitman

( neither endorses nor opposes the views expressed in the foregoing editorials.)

 Posted by at 11:57 AM

Learning a thing or two about running a business…

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Oct 092015
Learning how to gather more of these...

Learning how to gather more of these…

Inaugural Roger and Lois Mills Learning Series event
Set for Oct. 21 in Newport

The Small Business Development Center at Oregon Coast Community College is proud to present the Roger and Lois Mills Learning Series of business education seminars. Talks planned for the series will cover a wide range of topics, from the future of Lincoln County, to a legislative update, to youth employment and much more. Future events will include some that focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math education, plus artist/maker issues, changes in business law, and crowd funding.

“The SBDC has many roles to play both in business education and economic development,” said Dave Price, Director of Small Business Development and Community Education at OCCC. “This year’s Small Business Management program is being led by Misty Lambrecht. The program consists of a series of monthly classes and counseling sessions over the academic year.  The SBM program has been helping inform and prepare innovative Lincoln County business owners since 1991. Over the years, the SBM Alumni Learning Series has added occasional, enriching presentations and workshops to the core program. Both business owners and the general public get a chance to mix and learn about timely topics in fun and relaxed venues, free of charge.  Our SBDC would like to recognize the continued support of the Mills family for life time learning by naming the life time learning series for Roger and Lois Mills.”

The first event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Nana’s Irish Pub. The event starts at 6 p.m. and features Onno Husing, Lincoln County Planning Director, and Caroline Bauman, Director of the Economic Development Alliance.  Continue reading »

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Accident near Whale Cove Inn: Motorhome into a guard rail

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Oct 092015

Report of a motorhome into a guardrail on 101 near Whale Cove Inn.

No sign of the motorhome. Later spotted at Shell Station in Depoe Bay. Slight damage. No injuries.

 Posted by at 11:25 AM

Coast Guard gets call for help – 11 miles west of Newport – searches and finds nothing – cancels search

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Oct 092015

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After receiving a cry over the radio for help – “Help me!” – and then silence late Thursday morning, the Coast Guard launched a search in an area they believe the signal came from – 11 miles off Newport.

Coast Guard North Bend has broadcasted multiple times a notice to mariners to keep their ears and eyes peeled for a mariner possibly in distress.

A Coast Guard helicopter searched the area yesterday afternoon and talked with many mariners in the area but came up with no leads on who or where the distressed mariner might be. Late Thursday evening the Coast Guard cancelled their search.

The Coast Guard gets several of these kinds of calls every year – calls that are probably hoaxes. But the Coast Guard is duty-bound to check them out, which wastes their time and could unwittingly divert or delay responses for others who might be in REAL danger.

 Posted by at 8:27 AM

Weather or Not: Wild & Woolly Weekend

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Oct 092015

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, October 9th – Lincoln County

Summary: Nice yesterday, mixed sky, highs in the 60s, moderate breeze.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 68F/56F
Depoe Bay: 68F/52F
Newport: 63F/50F
Waldport: 63F/50F
Yachats: 66F/53F

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WARNING NWS SWSA Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service for hazardous beach conditions is in effect this weekend. Hurricane Oho has transitioned to an extra-tropical system with the associated surface low pressure center continuing to approach the coast of British Columbia. A large southwest swell generated by the storm is beginning to arrive in coastal waters this morning. This swell will be the source of primary concern for the Central Coast this weekend. Wave heights will build to around 15 feet this afternoon with the potential for waves to break over jetties and impact south to southwest facing beaches and headlands with significant surf. A swell of this direction and magnitude is somewhat uncommon, and these waves may also result in beach erosion in areas that do not normally see impact from incoming waves. Visitors to the coast should exercise caution if venturing out to area beaches this weekend. Individuals should remain out of the surf zone and off jetties and offshore rocks as breaking waves have the potential to sweep people into the water. Waves can roll driftwood logs and move other debris that can cause injury. Mariners will also face additional hazards this weekend (see Marine Forecast below).

Forecast: And, as if the big surf isn’t quite enough, let’s pour on some potentially strong winds and a bucket of WON WINDY RAINYrain to boot. Becoming mostly cloudy today with rain likely by noon, high around 65F and southwest winds rising to 25-30 mph gusting 45. Rainy and windy tonight, low 55F. Tomorrow, heavier rain with up to a half inch filling the gauges and stronger winds 35-40 mph gusting near 50. Outlook is for mostly cloudy and dry on Sunday, a chance of showers Monday, and then mainly clear Tuesday through Thursday. Average temperatures are expected all week.

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Travel: A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect until 10:00am this morning from the crest of the Coast Range eastward to the western foothills of the Cascades. In the Coast Range, dense fog early, then rainy and windy with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting dense fog this morning, a chance of rain later and highs of 70-75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly cloudy, light west winds, temps 70-75F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 55F; partly sunny and a chance of rain today, the snow level above 8,000 feet.

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Marine: Winds are light near shore this morning, but blowing S 20-25 knots out at Stonewall Bank with choppy seas 6-7 WON GALEfeet at 7 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this afternoon. Southerlies rising to 25-30 knots gusting 35 today and combined seas building to 14 feet. Tonight, S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30, and square seas 13 feet at 13 seconds. A bigger breeze is predicted for tomorrow as southerlies hit 25-30 knots gusting 40 with combined rough seas 15 feet. See the Special Marine Weather Statement here. Outlook is for S winds down to 5-10 knots on Sunday, swells subsiding to 10 feet, another front on Monday with sou’westers 15-20 knots and lumpy 10 foot seas, and then northerlies on Tuesday at 5-10 knots, swells 9 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Increasing clouds, rain, breezy, surf 10-15 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by large surf all weekend, especially during high tides. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
* Tides
10/09 Fri 11:09 AM 7.40 H
10/09 Fri 05:10 PM 1.74 L
10/09 Fri 11:13 PM 7.14 H
10/10 Sat 05:20 AM 1.13 L

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In Short: Rain developing, windy, stormy, then clearing and drying.

 Posted by at 6:55 AM

Great Oregon Shake-Out – right here in Newport!

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Oct 082015
Newport and the Great Oregon Shake-Out, Oct 15, at 10:15am

Newport and the Great Oregon Shake-Out, Oct 15, at 10:15am

From Fire Chief Rob Murphy:

The City of Newport will be participating in the Great Oregon Shakeout emergency drill on Thursday, October 15th, at 10:15 A.M.

During the drill, certain city services will briefly be unavailable as staff and the visiting public will be evacuating city buildings.
The purpose of this drill is to give city staff and the public an opportunity to practice evacuation procedures. Even though the Great Oregon Shakeout focuses on earthquakes, evacuation of a building may need to occur for a variety of reasons. Evacuations due to fire, hazardous materials spill, or a police matter, are just a few examples. The goal of city staff is to be able to handle any type of emergency in an effective and efficient manner and drills help accomplish this goal.

All city buildings that typically have citizens in them will have notices posted on the public entry doors and in other areas that the public may frequent, such as reception counters and control desks. The notices will be posted at the opening of business on October 15th.

At 10:00 A.M., the staff and public will be notified that a drill will occur in 15 minutes. At 10:15 A.M., staff and public in a number of city facilities, will be directed to the nearest exit and to an assembly area. Once everyone has been accounted for, business will resume, and the drill will be concluded.

The city is asking for the public’s cooperation in making this drill a success. If you are in a city building at 10:15 A.M. on October 15, you will be required to evacuate the building as requested by city staff. Various city facilities will also have displays of emergency “Go-Kits.” This is a great opportunity to see what should be included in a “Go-Kit,” so that you can make sure that your kit is adequately supplied and ready to go in the event of a disaster.

Questions may be directed to Rob Murphy, Fire Chief, at 541.265.9461 or by email: R.Murphy@NewportOregon.Gov

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