Siletz man charged with assaulting his pregnant girlfriend

 Daily News  Comments Off on Siletz man charged with assaulting his pregnant girlfriend
Jan 032011

Joseph Petersen, 21

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of a domestic battery during which a woman, 3 and a half months pregnant, was allegedly assaulted by her boyfriend. Deputies say the assault took place on the Siletz Highway 229, 3 miles north of Toledo. Based on information obtained, deputies located the suspect, Joseph Petersen, 21, of Siletz, and took him into custody.

Petersen was booked into the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Assault/Domestic Violence, Harassment, Attempting to Commit a Crime, and Violation of Parole. Petersen is being held without bail.

Sheriff Dotson: How to best protect your animals in Winter

 Pets  Comments Off on Sheriff Dotson: How to best protect your animals in Winter
Jan 032011

Sheriff Dotson


Winter is a time we should pay close attention to the safety of our pets. Here are some safety tips to follow:

1. Pets that live outdoors should be fed a bit more in the winter because they need the extra calories to stay warm. They also should have fresh water put out a couple of times a day, or consider a special bowl that prevents the water from freezing.
2. If your pet goes outdoors, be aware of the temperature. Pets can get frostbite very easily on the ears, tail and paws.
3. When walking your dog in freezing conditions, check the paws to make sure that ice is not building up between the toes and that salt or gravel from the roads is not irritating the skin.
4. If your dog is a swimmer, keep it on a leash around open water or unstable ice. Hypothermia can set in quickly and the dog may be unable to get out of the water.
5. Before you start your car, ensure no animals have decided to nap in a warm spot under the hood of the vehicle.
6. If decorating for the holidays, keep ornaments out of the reach of your pets. Remember that poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and other plants can be toxic if ingested.
7. Ingesting anti-freeze can be fatal for your dog or cat. It has a sweet taste and even a tiny amount can cause severe kidney damage and even death. If you spill some, soak it up immediately. (Clay kitty litter works well. Discard the litter once the anti-freeze has been absorbed.)

For more information about safety, please visit our website at

Why just a smoke alarm is not enough to protect your family.

 Daily News  Comments Off on Why just a smoke alarm is not enough to protect your family.
Jan 022011

A Lincoln City family learned the hard way recently that having a smoke alarm is not enough to keep your family safe. That’s because although an open flame doesn’t create smoke, there still can be a threat of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is deadly and you need a separate alarm to detect it. The story is in the News Guard. Click here:

More information about Carbon Monoxide. Click here

Lincoln County Deputy: “He was easy to spot”

 Daily News  Comments Off on Lincoln County Deputy: “He was easy to spot”
Jan 022011

Kyle Erickson, 22

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted this morning that somebody was driving around Depoe Bay rather carelessly, if not recklessly. As a deputy approached the intersection of Highway 101 and Collins Street, he spotted the suspect vehicle. It stood right out from all the rest. Not only was it hung up on a concrete barrier, its right rear wheel tire was missing. Deputy Derek Etheridge walked up to the young driver and instantly determined that Kyle Erickson was under the influence of something. After a quick evaluation, Deputy Etheride put Erickson into the back of his patrol car and headed straight for the county jail where Erickson was booked for Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment, and for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. His bail, $45,000.

Fire guts empty house at NE 7th and NE Fogarty, Newport

 Daily News  Comments Off on Fire guts empty house at NE 7th and NE Fogarty, Newport
Jan 012011

(Click image to play video)

Newport firefighters knocked down a fire in an old house at 608 NE 7th Saturday night in Newport, just north of Newport High’s football stadium. Firefighters say the fire may have started just inside the north side of the of the home just off the porch. The owner said the house didn’t have much in it and that it had been vacant for the past couple of years. The owner said it had been broken into in the past. Evidence of transient activity is quite plain in the back of the house. It’s completely surrounded by thick trees and undergrowth which masks the dwelling from the street, something transients are attracted to as they seek shelter from the elements.

As for a cause, firefighters say they don’t yet know, but again what they suspect is that the fire erupted near the home’s north entrance. Investigators expect to sift through the interior rubble probably on Monday in an effort to determine the fire’s exact origin and what may have ignited it.

OSP Trooper cheats death south of Grants Pass

 Daily News  Comments Off on OSP Trooper cheats death south of Grants Pass
Jan 012011

Oregon State Police say Troopers Eric Tholberg and Josh Quick were investigating a non-injury accident on I-5, just south of Grants Pass Saturday evening, when an oncoming SUV lost control on the icy pavement, and slid in the direction of Trooper Tholberg and an OSP cruiser.

The OSP says Tholberg saw the SUV coming and tried to jump out of the way.  But he was hit, and flew forward along the right side of Trooper Quick’s patrol vehicle.  The impact sent Tholberg forward, hitting and breaking off the patrol car’s right side mirror.  Tholberg hit the pavement hard but sustained only minor injuries.  The SUV continued through the guard rail and came to rest on a grassy incline. No one in the SUV was hurt.  As it turned out the SUV only hit the trooper, not the car.

The investigation is continuing and no enforcement action has been taken, according to an OSP spokesman.  The roadway was cold and icy at the time of the first and second traffic incidents.

Hear more! Click here:

A practicing Oregon beachcomber offers a New Year’s prescription

 Daily News  Comments Off on A practicing Oregon beachcomber offers a New Year’s prescription
Jan 012011

The Art and Science of Beachcombing
By J. D. Adams

To relieve stress in today’s increasingly artificial world, the best
activities are basic ones from our ancestral past. Walking, jogging,
swimming, or constructive hobbies pleasantly engage areas of the brain that
lay quietly behind everything that we do. Without this gentle exercise and
stimulation, stress hormones are created that will weaken the immune system
and undermine our health. The pharmaceutical industry has spent billions to
convince you the answer is getting hooked on new-age drugs despite the often
damaging and lethal side effects. The plethora of drug recalls is an
indication that sufficient testing has been bypassed in order to increase
profits. It is sad that we have become guinea pigs for Big Pharma.

Continue reading »

Yup, those are higher prices for gas and diesel

 Taxes  Comments Off on Yup, those are higher prices for gas and diesel
Jan 012011

Yes, those are higher gas prices you see up and down Highway 101 in Newport, as well as at all other gas stations in Oregon.  The Oregon legislature, faced with a huge piece of coal in its road and highway maintenance stocking enaced six-cent a gallon gas hike, effective at midnight New Year’s Day.  It’s expected to raise over $300 million a year for road repairs around the state.  It brings the state portion of gas taxes paid by motorists to 30-cents.

The price of a gallon of gas rose to a recent high of $4.30 a gallon in mid-2008.  It fell to $1.75 a gallon that Christmas.

Newport Drum Circle update…

 Daily News  Comments Off on Newport Drum Circle update…
Jan 012011

Newport Community Drum Circle

Next Regular Newport Drum Circle
SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 2:00 – 4:00 PM…
in the gazebo at Don Davis Park, foot of Olive Street, in Newport.
(Winter schedule: Every second Saturday, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., through March 2011.)

Also Next Week
TOMORROW: Avamere Newport Rehab & Specialty Care, Sunday, January 2, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Please support this community service (see below).

TUESDAY: Yachats Drum Circle, every Tuesday, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Yachats Commons, Room 8…(See below.)

THURSDAY: Waldport Drum Circle, Thursday, January 6, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Waldport Community Center… (See below.)

If you have a drumming or drumming-related event, drum circle, or drumming class, send me your information by the second Tuesday of the prior month and I will pass it along at no charge to our large and rapidly growing mailing list and to key media outlets.

More from Lori: Click here

Yachats Drum Circle, every Tuesday, at the Yachats Commons, Room 8, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (new time) Lincoln County’s oldest drum circle. Members of the group also perform occasionally as The Rhythm Weavers. Free. Contact Will Williams, Continue reading »