Rocky Creek Coho Salmon get friendly lift from Lincoln City residents

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Dec 302010
 

Photos courtesy my friend’s Facebook page

Local flooding over the past few days put Rocky Creek in Lincoln City over its banks, and some of its waters over the top of the pavement on East Devil’s Lake Road. A continuous line of coho were disoriented by the higher water, got disoriented in the weeds, and wound up flippity-flopping across the buy roadway on Wednesday.

A number of residents pulled over and started helping. At one point there were calls into local 9-1-1 that “there are people out there blocking traffic, and they wanted the police to DO something about it!” When officers got there they found residents guiding the fish with their feet and some actually picking the fish up and re-depositing them on the upstream side of the bridge.

It’s the Oregon Way!

Rocky Creek is back inside its banks today.

New Year brings Oregon minimum wage hike of 10-cents an hour – to $8.50/hour

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Dec 302010
 

Oregon’s lowest-paid workers will get a small boost with the start of the New Year, when the state’s minimum hourly wage rises by 10 cents to $8.50.

The increase means that a full-time worker earning the minimum wage will earn $208 more a year starting January 1, 2011.

The minimum wage increase taking effect on January 1 is the result of Measure 25, enacted in 2002. With that measure, Oregonians voted to increase the state’s minimum wage from $6.50 to $6.90 per hour starting in 2003 and to raise it annually thereafter to keep up with inflation, as defined by the Consumer Price Index. Minimum wage workers went without an increase in 2010 under the formula.

Health Reform Act Rings in New Year with Good News for Seniors

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Dec 302010
 

Courtesy Oregon Center for Public Policy

As a result of the federal Affordable Care Act, the New Year will usher in changes to Medicare that will help seniors stay healthy and lower their health care costs.

“The benefits to seniors that take effect in 2011 demonstrate one of the many ways the Affordable Care Act is improving health care for Americans,” said Janet Bauer, policy analyst with the Oregon Center for Public Policy.

Starting January 1, seniors enrolled in Medicare will be able to receive free screening and preventive services for many life-threatening and chronic conditions including many types of cancer, heart diseases, infectious diseases, diabetes and other metabolic disorders.

“Prevention and early detection are key to bringing health care costs under control, something that the new federal law recognizes,” Bauer said.

The changes will also make the cost of prescription medications more affordable for many seniors, according to Bauer. She said the current Medicare prescription drug benefit program helps seniors with drug costs, but cuts them off once their annual costs exceed a certain level — $2,840 in 2011. Then seniors must pay the full cost of their drugs until their expenses reach $6,448, the point when the program again provides assistance. Continue reading »

Tired of the rain, cold, political turmoil and the economy? RELIEF spoken here…

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Dec 302010
 

EPIPHANY CONCERT A CELEBRATION OF LIGHT

The cantata, “Gloria In Excelsis” by Antonio Vivaldi, will be presented on Wednesday, January 5, at 7:00 p.m. In the beautiful, resonant, sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Newport. This festive cantata will be performed by the Chancel Choir and soloists accompanied with the glorious sounds of the Bond pipe organ. There will also be readings and hymns appropriate to the Epiphany season.

The public is invited to this program which will last no longer than one hour (although some among us may need an encore). The church is located at 227 N.E. 12th Street, Newport. Donations will be accepted to benefit a local charity and to support future musical programs. For further information, contact Don Jenkins, Organist/Director at the church at 541-961-2368

Local “First Responders” get high level Homeland Security training

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Dec 302010
 

A cross section of Lincoln County First Responders recently trained at a top level Homeland Security facility in Alabama where they learned what to do in the event of a terrorist attack, especially when it involves deadly gas or other poisons.

Lincoln County emergency personnel from dispatchers to fire-paramedics went through high-level training on how to effectively and safely respond to chemical, biological, radiation, nuclear, and high yield explosive events at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Aniston, Alabama. The facility is the only one in the country that trains first responders and critical care providers under conditions of real-life deadly nerve agents like GB and VX gases. It’s no drill. It’s the real thing.

Emphasis was placed on how to effectively rescue and treat victims who have been exposed to these gases as well as other deadly events. Facility trainers said with live-on-the-ground experience, these personnel return to their home towns far more confident in performing their jobs which will translate into saving more lives should there be a terrorist attack, either foreign or domestic. They said these graduates return home with the self-assurance toenter a contaminated environment, perform their responsibilities to rescue victims and clean up the scene without becoming victims themselves. Continue reading »

Sewer pipe running underneath Highway 101 between NW 12th and 13th fails. Possible pollution to Sam Moore Creek and Nye Beach.

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Dec 292010
 

Newport Public Works officials say a concrete sewer pipe collapsed under Highway 101 early this morning causing what may have been a raw sewage spill into Sam Moore Creek. The creek empties out to the ocean at Nye Beach. It’s not known whether any of the sewage reached the beach, but warning signs have been posted on Nye Beach and water samples have been taken for analysis.

A by-pass pump was installed to divert sewage to another route that leads to the city sewer plant at South Beach. City officials said work to replace the failed section of of pipe will begin Thursday morning. Southbound traffic on 101, between NW 12thand 13th is squeezed down to one lane. Repairs are expected to take several days.

Traffic Alert: Motorcyclist down on Highway 20 near Toledo

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Dec 292010
 

7:00pm
No sign of the motorcyclist. Cycle towed.

6:00pm
Paramedics and police officers are enroute to a report of a motorcyclist down on the ground on Highway 20 about milepost 8. Extent of injuries not yet known. USE CAUTION IN THE AREA.

Port of Toledo officially buys old Fred Wahl Boatyard – Many jobs to come says Port Manager Bud Shoemake

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Dec 292010
 

It’s taken many months and a lot of paperwork, but Port of Toledo Manager Bud Shoemake today made the big announcement, “The Port of Toledo now owns the former Fred Wahl Boat Yard.”

Shoemake says the $1.5 million purchase package is a combination of a state loan coupled with a $350,000 grant from the Oregon State Lottery. At last week’s Toledo Port Commission meeting, commissioners took a deep breath and said “here we go” as they signed the final documents for submission to the escrow folks. Today all the papers were filed and ownership officially changed hands. It’s now owned by the Port of Toledo.

Shoemake says there should be little trouble paying off the $1.2 million loan. He says it’s the right move at the right time. He told NewsLincolnCounty.com that a number of fishing and other boat owners are already asking to get their boats pulled or lifted out of the water for light to heavy maintenance. “The revenue stream is certainly there,” he said.

Shoemake said the port will pull the boats out of the water with a 90 ton travel-lift and a 300 ton drydock that comes with the purchase. Shoemake said port employees, and some new hires, will check everything over to make sure it’s all up and running properly for a planned February 1st “open for business” celebration and “get back to work” day. The facility was closed by Fred Wahl in December of 2008 as he opened his expansive new boat building and marine maintenance facilities near Reedsport. Continue reading »

It’s definitely Winter….

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Dec 292010
 

And now a word from the National Weather Service…

THE AIR MASS OVER NORTHWEST OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON IS
COOL AND UNSTABLE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING DUE TO THE RECENT
PASSAGE OF A COLD FRONT. THIS PATTERN CAN PRODUCE WHAT IS CALLED
COLD AIR FUNNEL CLOUDS. THESE FUNNELS DO NOT USUALLY TOUCH THE
GROUND. HOWEVER…IF THEY DO TOUCH THE GROUND THEY ARE DANGEROUS
AND CAN BE DAMAGING. HAD A THIRD PARTY REPORT OF WHAT APPEARS TO BE
ONE OF THESE NEAR TANGENT OREGON THIS AFTERNOON. IN THE LAST
HOUR…SOME THUNDERSTORMS HAVE BEGUN TO DEVELOP OVER PORTIONS OF
THE AREA. THE POTENTIAL FOR THIS EVENT SHOULD DECREASE AFTER SUNSET.

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