Smoke in a building at 1713 NW Bayshore Drive

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May 192018

Smoke in a building at 1713 NW Bayshore Drive. Seal Rock, Central Coast and Yachats firefighters are enroute to the scene.

Report update: No smoke. Just the smell of smoke. Also, work done on the home’s water heater recently. Home with the purple roof.

First arriving firefighters say white smoke showing west of the property.

Firefighters discover a debris pile burning at 1718 NW Jones Court just up the street to the north.

All fire units returning to their respective quarters.

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Opioid treatment to be upgraded in Newport

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May 192018


More Oregonians struggling with opioid use disorder will have access to treatment, thanks to Oregon Health Authority’s strategic investments of federal grant dollars in rural Oregon.

With support from grant funding provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a new program opened in Springfield in April, and additional programs will soon open in Coos Bay and Pendleton.

In 2015, only seven counties had at least one opioid treatment program, and six of them were located in the I-5 corridor. Soon, 11 counties will be served by an opioid treatment program.

“Making treatment available to those who need it is an important part of OHA’s overall strategy in combating the opioid crisis,” said Dana Hargunani, MD, OHA chief medical officer. “We are grateful for the partnerships we have with federal and local partners to make a difference in the lives of Oregonians affected by opioid use disorder. While we continue to work on prevention strategies, we recognize that people who are struggling need access to effective treatment.”

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Opioid treatment programs are state and federally licensed facilities that provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) such as methadone, in conjunction with counseling services. MAT treats withdrawal symptoms without giving patients the euphoric high that is associated with heroin and other opioids. Evidence has shown that MAT is highly effective in reducing relapse rates and increasing the likelihood of long-term recovery.

Adapt OTP, which currently operates a clinic in Roseburg, is slated to open the Oregon coast’s first opioid treatment program this summer. Oregon Recovery and Treatment Center, which has locations in Bend and Grants Pass, recently opened a new location in Springfield and is preparing to open another in Pendleton. It also plans to build treatment capacity in Klamath Falls and Newport.

“We often hear from Oregonians affected by the opioid epidemic in rural Oregon, where treatment is not available in many counties,” said Dwight Holton, executive director of Lines for Life, a regional nonprofit dedicated to preventing substance abuse and suicide. “We look forward to being able to tell more people good news – that help is available.”

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ORTC has agreed to use the grant funds to engage in outreach work to build capacity in their service areas, including naloxone training and distribution, community outreach and MAT training for health care providers. Adapt’s grant funds are supporting outreach efforts and staffing resources.

“At a time when so many Oregonians suffer from the ravages of opioid addiction, these new clinics will help provide the treatment proven effective to combat this epidemic devastating families statewide,” Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) said. “Ensuring that people have access to the treatment they need is the smart way to fight this epidemic, and I look forward very much to these clinics playing a key role in this public health battle.”

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Razor clamming now open from Cascade Head to Yachats River.

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May 182018

Razor clamming now open from Cascade Head to Yachats River.

May 18, 2018

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce the reopening of razor clamming from Cascade Head to the mouth of the Yachats River as domoic acid levels have dropped below the alert level.

The opening means razor clamming is now open from the Columbia River to the mouth of the Yachats River and open from the south jetty of the Umpqua River to Cape Arago.

The harvesting of razor clams remains closed from Yachats River to the north jetty of the Umpqua River and closed from Cape Arago to the California border. This includes all beaches and all bays.

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Razor clams from Siuslaw Beaches were collected May 18, 2018 with results expected mid-week the following week. A result below the alert level will allow for the opening of razor clams from the Columbia River to Cape Arago.

Mussels, bay clams and crab are open for recreational harvesting along the entire Oregon Coast. Contact ODFW for recreational licensing requirements, permits and rules.

For more information please call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page at

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Gas leak at City Hall and a rear-ender in to a tow truck. Then another accident. Tough start to the day in Lincoln City…

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May 182018

Earlier this morning Lincoln City City Hall was evacuated due to a smell of natural gas. Some said it smelled like sewer gas — others claiming it was natural gas. Northwest Natural Gas responded and fixed the leak. Their workers up on top of City Hall. Everybody’s back in.

In the meantime, a motorist smashed into the back of a tow truck in front of City Hall. No word on injuries.

Then just before noon, another traffic collision at 5911 SW Highway 101. Awaiting word on injuries, if any. Watch for emergency responders.

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Deputy Sheriff reverses drug overdose – saves the life of a young man.

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May 182018

At around 4pm Thursday in Lincoln City, Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Akin pulled a driver over for a minor traffic violation near East Devils Lake Road and Oar Street.

While talking with the driver, Deputy Akin noticed a young male passenger in the back seat showing signs of a drug overdose. Moments later the passenger went unconscious.

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Deputy Akins immediately pulled out a bottle of Narcan nasal spray which reverses severe, life-threatening overdoses. After administering the spray the male slowly regained consciousness. He was quickly transported to North Lincoln Hospital for further treatment of his overdose.

Another life saved thanks to Deputy Akins. None the less, the addictive powers of opioids are taking the lives of nearly 200 people a day in this country. That’s like an airliner crash every day. And it shows no signs of abating other than through quick action by law enforcement and paramedics in the field armed with Narcan spray.

Meanwhile pharmaceutical manufacturers have raised their prices for Narcan spray and related products from $40 a dose, to $150, to $690 and recently $4,500. The manufacturers have agreed to discounts in some cases for government and medical services along with fire and police departments, but higher prices from other sales outlets remain. Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders said recently “It is unconscionable that any company is willing to put peoples’ lives at risk for obscenely high profits.”

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The U.S. Senate recently asked the federal government to urge other pharmaceutical manufacturers to enter the market to bring down prices of Narcan-like products, or, failing that, to encourage international imports of the spray from foreign manufacturers. The death toll from opioids is rising rapidly. 65,000 people died in 2016 and the rate shows no sign of slowing down.

Meanwhile, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has ordered a 25% reduction in U.S. opioid production, including Oxycontin and Fentanyl. Unfortunately black market opioids continue to pour into the U.S. from countries around the world. One of the biggest sources is China.

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Hawaii’s Kilauea completely unrelated to Northwest volcanoes, but…

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May 172018

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – As flowing lava from the Kilauea volcano continues to destroy homes on the Big Island of Hawaii – and officials fear a more violent eruption could occur – some Pacific Northwest residents have expressed concern that the events in Hawaii could trigger an eruption in the Cascade Range.

The Pacific Northwest has at least 13 major volcanoes, seven of which have erupted since 1800, according to Oregon State University geologist Adam Kent, but the geologic system here is in no way related to the hotspot chain of Hawaiian volcanoes, he emphasized.

“There is absolutely no linkage between the Hawaiian chain and the Cascade Range, and the geological environment is completely different,” said Kent, who has spent much of his career analyzing Northwest volcanoes. “Eruptions in the Cascades have nothing to do with any potential eruption of Kilauea volcano. However, having said that – any time you live in a region of volcanoes, you should be vigilant. At some point, the Cascade volcanoes will erupt again, and it may even occur in our lifetimes.”

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Hawaiian volcanoes were formed by a hotspot. Hawaii is in the middle of a tectonic plate, and as the plate moved over the hotspot – what Kent describes as essentially akin to a “big blowtorch,” heat melts rock and creates a chain of volcanoes.

The Cascade Range of Oregon and Washington, on the other hand, formed in a subduction zone, where the oceanic plate is plunging beneath the North American continental plate. Over millions of years , water entered the subduction zone, causing the Earth’s mantle under the Cascades to melt, and forming a chain of volcanoes running parallel to the subduction zone.

The most striking example is Mount St. Helens, which erupted in 1980 and awakened the Northwest to the threat of volcanoes. But other iconic Northwest mountains also are classified as volcanoes and have the potential to erupt.

The U.S. Geological Survey considers Mt. Hood, the Three Sisters, Newberry Crater and Crater Lake in Oregon as carrying a higher risk of future activity than their fellow peaks. In Washington, St. Helens, Mount Baker and Mt. Rainier have the greatest potential to erupt.

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“Only a handful eruptions have occurred in the Cascade Range since European settlement,” Kent said. “St. Helens, of course, erupted in 1980, and to a lesser extent, in the 2000s. And Lassen Peak erupted in 1915. Mt. Hood erupted in the 1780s, and Lewis and Clark could still see the effect on rivers when they arrived a couple of decades later.”

Kent said that over the past 4,000 years, the Cascades average about two eruptions per century.

In 2014, Kent published a study that suggested Mt. Hood can switch from being dormant to active surprisingly quickly – in a matter of months – if the temperature of the rock elevates past a certain point and two types of magma mix.

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“If the temperature of the rock is too cold, the magma is like peanut butter in a refrigerator,” Kent said. “It just isn’t very mobile. For Mt. Hood, the threshold seems to be about 750 degrees Celsius; if it warms up just 50 to 75 degrees above that, it greatly decreases the viscosity of the magma and makes it easier to mobilize.”

There are other volcanoes in the American West – some well-known and others that may surprise even local residents. Yellowstone, of course, has a documented history as a “super-volcano,” where rare massive eruptions can be catastrophic to the point of affecting global climate for decades, even centuries at a time.

Many people are unaware, however, that there are smaller volcanoes across the Colorado plateau, and in the mountains of Arizona and Utah. In geological terms all are fairly young, Kent said, and have erupted in the past.

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Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been erupting since the early 1980s, according to Kent, but this new phase has the potential to turn into a major eruption as new fissures develop weekly. Although scientific knowledge of volcanoes has increased greatly, it is still difficult to predict what will happen and when, he pointed out.

“We can definitely tell when the risk of an eruption increases in many volcanoes, but we can’t yet put our finger on a date and time for a specific eruption,” Kent said. “However, we can also tell what the effects of an eruption might be by looking at the geological evidence from eruptions that have occurred in the past.” One good example of this are lahars, which are rivers of mud when water mixes with volcanic rocks and ash. The mixture of ash and water creates a cement-like substance that can scour the river bed and threaten whatever is downstream. “Lahar deposits are found in many Pacific Northwest rivers that drain large volcanoes”

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Kent said lahars that flow down Mt. Hood during an eruption, for example, would take about three to three and a half hours to reach the mouth of the Sandy River.

“Part of being vigilant about Cascade volcanoes is being aware of what could happen and being prepared for when it does,” Kent said. “At some point in the future, all of the Cascade volcanoes will likely erupt. But we knew that before Mt. Kilauea began spewing lava.”

Kent is on the faculty of OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

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Letter to the Editor: Why I voted NO on the Public Safety Issue – And a response from citizens with good advice about “The Rest of the Story”

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May 172018

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Just some feedback from a senior citizen who voted “NO” on the police levy to make the jail more comfortable, and so many other benefits to the community, for only 46 cents per thousand dollars assessed value.

I am not alone in voting “NO” and celebrate the defeat with a glass of wine because I can maybe still afford it.

This is the problem from my crude perspective, and fully respect the wrath of others condemning me for not digging deeper into what is left of my pockets. After all, I can skimp on food or a dental cleaning to support taxes going up way faster than inflation.

Death and taxes, only two constants in our lives and maybe inflation as a third.

We saw our property taxes increase over a thousand dollars in two years. The high dollar demands have made the old 32 cents per thousand levy for some noble cause the good old days. Ever since the hospital raised our taxes over a dollar per thousand, the water has been tested and the demands are greater.

Problem with me as a property owner and retired. I’m on a fixed income. Property taxes are going astronomical on top of the mandatory yearly increase if we do nothing to fund some noble purpose.

I’m the guy you love to hate, but no matter what the latest cause is. Save the whales, save the animals, save the police, save the children, save whatever for only several hundred dollars more a year. I vote “NO” regardless of how ethereal the cause is.

Can’t afford it any more. Nobody is out there to save me from being raped with new taxes. How about a measure to save property owners by making the government be more efficient. There is more than enough money out there already. We don’t need to get bled for millions so the issues can be debated in some luxury spa with hundred dollar per bottle wine on my back.

As unpopular, as rude and crude, as low life as it is, I pray that that property owners put their foot down, put their thumbs down. Say NO to everything that is going to bleed us more.

As an aside, one individual told me that he votes yes on anything raising taxes. No sweat off his back. Good programs and need to be funded. He rents and doesn’t pay a penny. Let the rich landlords foot the bill. It is a myth that all owning a piece of property are rich.

Renters don’t understand that the ball will roll down hill. Your landlord is not going to take on another thousand dollars in taxes for your apartment without you sharing in the bliss.

Accountability of how the blood and sweat tax dollars are spent would reduce property taxes to a fraction of what they are now. We don’t need new taxes. We need an administration that looks at the pennies leached out from a home owner with some semblance of stewardship that respects how hard the pennies were to earn. We do not have that.

Next round of ballots will include some cause needing only several hundred dollars a year more than the 3 percent guaranteed increase. First class flight to Hawaii, five star hotel, amenities up the yin yang a part of your bill to analyze the latest windfall tax increase.

Whatever is coming our way, and it is coming, please vote “NO” with me.

Love you all,

John K


In response to John K above….

To the Editor:

The letter from John K about not being able to afford property tax increases because he, as a retiree, is on a fixed income and simply cannot afford additional taxes, is something I’ve heard before from many people. And, believe me, I understand completely the pressures of higher costs for people who are retired and facing even more constrictions on their finances.

So I think it is time to remind everyone that the State of Oregon will pay the entire property tax bill for most senior citizens who are feeling the crunch of income vs outgo. It is a program that has been instrumental in keeping many seniors from being forced out of their homes because of property tax increases for many decades.

Information about it is located here by clicking on the blue link below:

The program DOES put a lien on the property and it is due based on specific occurrences such as the death of the owner or sale of the property. But it does ensure that property taxes need never be the issue which forces a senior citizen out of their home.

As an added benefit for the remainder of the people in Lincoln County, we can be assured that when we vote for a tax increase we are not forcing low income seniors out of their homes. The assistance is available. It only needs to be applied for.

By the way, my mother signed up for the program and I supported her in it completely. It meant that she left a bit smaller estate when she died, but that was very minor compared to knowing she had adequate resources when she was alive.

Glen Mackenroth


Thanks to John Mackenroth for pointing out the option of having the state pay property taxes for seniors, but let’s note what he did not say: this program is only for disabled seniors. Other conditions also limit the number of people who can apply.

It’s a fair program with a reasonable interest rate when the back taxes have to be paid to remove the state lien.

This program does nothing to help most seniors on a fairly low fixed income. Say they retire at 65 with $2,000 property taxes and $30,000 Social Security. That’s already 6% of a low income for property tax. And if the citizen lives in Newport, he or she is paying extra for a swimming pool they may not use.

Living outside a city a homeowner pays about 1.4% a year on the assessed value. That’s about $2,800 a year in taxes.

Now, suppose an owner has $30,000 fixed income from Social Security. He or she is paying almost $1 out of every $10 in property tax. (Add Medicare insurance Part B and gap insurance.)

46 cents on a $1000 is deceptive in its “cents”. With most homes valued above $200,000 that takes about $100 a year. That’s in addition to about $150 for Lincoln Co. School Bond, $50 for Comunity College, $100 Port of Newport, $180 for hospital (“Pacific Communities”), $9 for State Fire Patrol, $45 State fire Patrol Surcharge. TOTAL “bonds and other” about $534.

Let’s not forget that while Social Security income rose some $1 or $2 a month (0.15%) for this year, property taxes rose almost 3% or about $85 for the median priced home.

So, unless you are in that upper income group that can shrug off a $3,000 tax bill that rises every year, John K is a good example of why the sheriff’s proposal was soundly defeated.

Of course, you might break a leg or worry so much about bills that you develop a heart condition and thus become one of the few disable who can ask the state to pay your taxes until your heirs can sell your property and repay with interest.

Wallace Kaufman


I want to reply to John’s no vote on the defeated tax increase as follows. I saw no way to directly log in and respond.

John, I have read your unfortunate thoughts on the tax increase, on your reasons for voting no, and your failure to want to share in our extended financial responsibility for public welfare.

Your comments are unfortunate because most if not all of what you said is correct.

I have a family, wife and 4 young children with a nice home. Retirement for me was 15 years away until my wife was disabled in a car accident and lost her job. The better part of our income vanished and we are barely treading water on my salary.

I am as close as it comes to fixed income. The price of everything is going through the roof and I have seen a nine cent per hour raise in the last 3 years.

Property taxes went ballistic recently and the system has been primed for more bleed and greed. Thank you for telling the guy that his number is up even if he does not own property.

Our taxes increase a minimum of 3 percent per year, but all property owners have received the dreaded post card that the county assessor will pay you a visit. You don’t have to be home. He will just walk around your property to adjust assessed value for taxation. Even when our property value was going down by multiple indexes, the county inflated the value and demanded more taxes.

Part of me feels bad as the different causes pull at the heart strings. In my case, there is no more wallet to open any deeper. We already have no health insurance and our teeth are rotting out of our heads.

I agree with you about the inefficiency in managing our tax “rape” as you put it. We need more accountability, not more taxes. I have often thought that the votes for increased taxes should only involve the property owners who have to bear the direct assault.

John, me, my wife, my kids thank you for your NO vote. We respect your coming out setting yourself up as the bad guy to distill down the sentiments of many.

Rest assured, this issue will come back with many other worthy causes in the next election cycle. All you have to pay is… As long as I am bringing in barely above minimum wage and can’t afford to get my children into a dentist, the only blue collar word or check box I have to identify is NO.

God bless you and all the rest of us out there struggling to survive. Thank you for your knife to the heart comments.

Jason and family