Federal fish regulators ponder slashing production of hatchery salmon on the Columbia River to give wild salmon a chance to get ahead

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Aug 062010
 

The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued its long awaited series of options on how to give wild salmon a leg up on survival by cutting back the production of their hatchery competitors.
Here’s the link to the Oregonian article on what’s at stake:

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2010/08/feds_may_cut_columbia_basin_ha.html

Do your part to shut off the supply of illicit drugs on the street.

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Aug 062010
 

Drug drop box at Newport PD/City Hall

Newport Police wants everyone to know that the fight against illicit drugs, including misused pharmaceuticals, is a community-wide effort. It’s not just up to law enforcement. We all play a role.

And one way we can help is to ensure that any prescription drugs around the house or business, that are surplus or not being used, should immediately be taken to a drop-box like the one pictured here at the Newport Police Department end of City Hall. Other drop boxes have also been placed at police departments in Toledo and Lincoln City. Continue reading »

Infant falls from 2nd story window on NE 36th

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Aug 062010
 

A one year old infant boy fell out of a second story window at the family’s Little Creek apartment this morning. Fire/rescue raced to the scene fearful of the worse but were relieved to learn the baby was scooped up by his parents and appeared to be okay. He was alert with no visible signs of injury.

Arriving paramedics quickly took the baby to PCH where it was to be checked out for any possible internal injuries.

The parents told investigators that the boy was on a table by a window sitting in a booster chair. One minute he was there, the next he was gone. Investigators said the infant probably pushed off with his feet, rolled over and went through the screen. Outside there was evidence the boy hit a barbecue grill on his way down, and was possibly shielded from the impact by his booster seat.

Fire Chief Richard Crook says these kinds of accidents are far more common that generally believed. He said all parents should consider open windows, even on the first floor, as a deadly danger. Especially in the upper floors. He said “treat an open window with a screen as if there is nothing between a child and the ground but open air.” He said “screens are no safety net. An open window is just that, an open window.”

Delays on Hwy 34 next week between Waldport and Corvallis

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Aug 062010
 

Travelers between Waldport and Corvallis next week should budget more time for the trip. ODOT has announced that flaggers and road work will greet motorists from mile post 7 to 14 starting Monday. Crews will be laying down new pavement along those 7 miles of Highway 34.

Motorists should expect delays of up to twenty minutes and then be limited to 25 mph as they are escorted by a pilot car. With that sort of delay, some motorists would probably be advised to use Highway 20 out of Newport if they are on a tight schedule.

Sheriff Dotson: All about Amber Alerts

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Aug 062010
 

Provided by Sheriff Dennis Dotson

On January 13, 1996, nine-year old Amber Hagerman was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas. Since 1997, AMBER Alert programs have played a role in the recovery of nearly 500 children. Last year there were three (3) AMBER Alert activations in Oregon, all of which ended in the safe recovery of a child.

Nationwide, there are 29 regional, 38 local and statewide plans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In November 2002, the State of Oregon announced its implementation of a statewide AMBER Alert Plan. Oregon’s AMBER Alert Plan – America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response – is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies and local broadcasters to send an emergency alert to the public when a child has been abducted and it is believed the child’s life is in danger. Continue reading »

Federal bail-out for schools on the way but Superintendent Rinearson takes a “wait and see” position.

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Aug 052010
 

President Obama is expected to sign a just-passed U.S. Senate bill that provides just over a quarter billion dollars in aid to Oregon schools, medicaid and law enforcement. But how that money filters down to individual school districts is substantially at the discretion of the state legislature. “So there’s lots of unknowns,” according to Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Tom Rinearson. Continue reading »

Major changes coming to South Beach near the bridge

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Aug 052010
 

Now that NOAA’s grand opening and operational launch at South Beach is less than a year away, the City of Newport is getting quite serious about making sure traffic in and out of the area is improved.

Gone will be the patchwork of old streets and byways coming together at odd and puzzling angles. Gone will be the confusion about looking at a bridge you want to drive on but can’t get to. And no longer will people wonder where the Oregon Coast Aquarium is and where to park. Continue reading »

Isaak Glenn 5, found alive and apparently well after being missing for 18 hours north of Florence

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Aug 052010
 

Washburn Park, north of Florence
Provided by Oregon State Police:

A father and son from Cottage Grove found a missing 5-year old boy Thursday afternoon following a near 18 hour search in the area of Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park after the boy was reported missing from the campground.

On the morning of August 5, 2010, Pete Barrell, age 52, and his 14-year old son, Mason, from Cottage Grove noticed a newspaper story about Isaak Benjamin Glenn who was reported missing August 4th by family friends. They reported he disappeared while playing near a campsite which was being prepared for two overnight stays at the campground. Continue reading »

Plane crash at Toledo Airport – minor injuries

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Aug 052010
 

With correction as to ownership of the airport, state instead of Port of Toledo.

Toledo Fire and Police raced today to the Port of Toledo’s small airstrip off of Bay Road on a report that a plane had crashed and that there were two injured people. When fire and police got there they found indeed the passenger in this Cessna 182 had suffered facial cuts and bruises from the plane running off the north end of the runway. The pilot, a gentleman from Roseburg, said he was coming in on some personal business and just didn’t realize how short the airstrip is.

His passenger, who also happened to be his son-in-law, was loaded aboard an ambulance and taken to PCH in Newport for a quick check-out and some wound cleaning. The pilot appeared to be uninjured.

There has been talk in the past of closing the airport since it is only lightly used. The Oregon State Department of Aviation owns the property. However between its light use and proximity to Port of Toledo property and proximity to the river, the airstrip is the object of ongoing speculation about its future use. But since the state has jurisdiction over such airfields, any change in land use could prove problematic. In the event of an earthquake that damaged Newport’s airport, Toledo would be the closest one to allow rapid access to outside-the-area emergency responders as well as an initial source of emergency medical supplies. So, it’s all in the eyes of the beholder as to what’s the highest and best use for any piece of property.