Be Jeweled: Food Share Fundraiser Celebrates 10 Years

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Jan 222017


10 is a good number. It’s a number that can have many associations and can mean as many things as you want. At Food Share of Lincoln County “Be Jeweled 10 “, means a decade of recycled jewelry sales to benefit needy families, seniors and individuals. Be Jeweled is set for March 11 from 9 am – 3 pm at the Embarcadero Resort, 1000 SE Bay Blvd., Newport.

“Be Jeweled 10” means that the community has supported Food Share by donating and purchasing upscale recycled jewelry, by volunteering their time at the event and by returning year after year for nine years to buy treasures and one of a kind pieces of jewelry. Without this re-occurring chain of events, Be Jeweled would be just another place to buy jewelry.

Part of the reason for its longevity is community support and word of mouth advertising. After 9 years, it’s no secret that there are great bargains for all types of jewelry including fine, artisan, rings, watches, vintage, ethnic, costume, beads, findings, and more. All of this makes for a lively, fun filled atmosphere in an ordinary space transformed into a jewelry boutique.

It’s not too late to donate jewelry. Now is the perfect time to clear out your once-loved treasures and take them to Food Share (535 NE 1st St., Newport) or to any of the following places:

* Nye Cottage Beads;
* Newport 60+ Center;
* Diamonds By the Sea – Newport;
* Chambers of Commerce in Newport, Lincoln City, Toledo, Waldport;
* Lincoln City Cultural Center Gift Shop;
* Oregon Coast Bank – all branches;
* Columbia Bank – all branches,
* Allstate Insurance (131 NW 20th St., Newport).
All donations are eligible for a tax deduction.

Your donation of a bracelet, necklace or ring can help feed a family of four for a week. The entire county benefits from the work done by Food Share of Lincoln County. Be Jeweled funds purchase food for needy families, seniors and individuals through a network of partner agencies like pantries, meal sites, backpack programs, senior outreach and youth programs. For more information about Food Share of Lincoln County call 541-574-8578, or visit on line by clicking here or check them out on Facebook.

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King Tides Wrap-Up Party – January 27th, Rogue Brewery, South Beach

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Jan 222017

Salmon River Wetlands
John Bauer photo

The final round of this season’s citizen science King Tide Project has been completed. Now the public is invited to a party to celebrate the success of this winter’s project, through which volunteers photographically document the year’s highest tides, and start preparing for next year’s “king tides.”

The King Tide Wrap-Up Party takes place Friday, Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m. at the Rogue Brewery in South Beach ((2320 S.E. Marine Science Dr.).  All are welcome.  The event is free, and finger food will be provided—beer and more substantial fare on your own. The best of this winter’s King Tide Project photos will be shown throughout the evening.

The speaker for the occasion is Julie Sepanik, whose topic is “Planning for Future Flooding in Oregon’s Estuaries.”  She is a NOAA Coastal Management Fellow, stationed with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD).  Her academic background includes investigating the response of salt marshes to sea-level rise, and her current project with DLCD is a “sea-level rise exposure inventory” for communities along our estuaries, exploring the impacts climate change is likely to have on estuaries and their resources.  This information will aid coastal cities and counties in planning for resilience in the face of climate impacts. 

Sepanik will discuss the flooding scenarios being developed, and how citizen science such as the King Tide Project can help in visualizing these models. There will be plenty of time for questions. The talk will help to place the project in its long-term context.

Oregon’s King Tide Project is part of a worldwide initiative through which anyone with a camera can help document the reach of the year’s highest high tides, often called “king tides.” While “king tide” isn’t a scientific term (it’s Australian slang, since the project began on that continent), it is used to describe an especially high tide event, when the sun, moon, and earth are in alignment, causing the greatest gravitational pull on the tides. When king tides occur during floods or storms, water levels can rise to higher levels and have the potential to impact infrastructure, property, and the coastline.

King Tide events give us the opportunity to peek into the future and see what the impacts of sea level rise could look like on our coastal communities. Even a small increase in sea levels could increase the intensity and impacts of winter storms along the Oregon coast, worsening chronic hazards like erosion and flooding and decreasing the width of the public beach. By capturing images of these extreme high tides, scientists and planners hope to gain insight into how rising sea levels will impact coastal areas in the future. The long-term dataset, based on the contributions of volunteers, can help inform residents and decision makers about the need to plan for the coming changes to our natural and built environments.

The project will take place again next year, so the Wrap-up Party is also an opportunity to learn about how to participate in the future.

For more information about the technical aspects of the project, contact Meg Reed, Coastal Shores Specialist with Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development, (541) 574-0811, For information about participating in the project or about the party, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator, at (541) 270-0027,

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Landslide closes Highway 36 – CORRECTION – NOT HIGHWAY 34.

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Jan 222017

A landslide on Highway 36, three miles west of Triangle Lake has closed the highway down in both directioins. No estimate yet when ODOT will have it cleared.

Highway 34 and 126 are alternate routes.

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Several forces cause crab fishing hiccups…

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Jan 222017

F/V Anona Kay
Ken Gagne photo

A combination of forces has led to some unusual hiccups in the commercial crab fishing season. Another late start, a huge harvest and perhaps too many crab pots going down to the ocean bottom. Throw in some snotty weather that caused truck transport tie-ups and you get a “cluster-mess.”

Here’s the straight skinny from the Daily Astorian. Click here.

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