Are you an ambassador at heart for those in long term care??

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Feb 032016
North Lincoln Hospital seeking caring ambassadors for long term care patients.

North Lincoln Hospital seeking caring ambassadors for long term care patients.

Samaritan Hospice to host informational sessions on long-term care advocacy

Are you interested in using your skills to help promote quality care for seniors and others living in long-term care?

Samaritan Hospice is hosting two free informational sessions about Oregon’s ombudsman program for long-term care on Thursday, Feb. 18. The first session is at 10 a.m. at the Center for Health Education, 740 SW 9th St. in Newport, and the second session will be at 1 p.m. at the Health Professions Education Center, 3011 NE 28th St. in Lincoln City.

Certified ombudsmen volunteers are independent citizen advocates who visit the residents of long-term care facilities and identify complaints or concerns. They work independently to investigate these complaints and work with staff to resolve problems, advocating from the residents’ point of view
, said ​​Sherrie Flinn, Samaritan Hospice volunteer coordinator. This role is best suited for someone who has several hours available to volunteer during business weekday hours.

Debbie Boures, deputy state Long-Term Care Ombudsman for District 4, including Lincoln County, will attend the meeting to explain the program, what volunteers do, the requirements and the need for local volunteers.

For information or to RSVP, call Flinn at 541-996-7328.

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Police Officer wanted – City of Toledo

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Feb 032016

City of Toledo
City Hall, P.O. Box 220, Toledo, Oregon 97391
(541) 336-2247 ext. 211
Police Officer opening

POSITION TITLE: Police Officer

SALARY:                               $3711-$4461 per month + Certification Pay

CLOSING DATE:                 February 26, 2016

City of Toledo
City Hall, P.O. Box 220, Toledo, Oregon 97391
(541) 336-2247 ext. 211
Police Officer

Conducts law enforcement, crime prevention and investigation activities relating to criminal law enforcement in the city enforcement area. Work is assigned and reviewed by supervisors for conformation to laws, policies, rules and regulations.


This position works under the general supervision of the Police Patrol Sergeant.

An employee in this class may be called upon to do any or all of the following: These examples do not include all of the tasks, which the employee may be expected to perform.
1. Patrols roads, highways, business and residential areas in the enforcement of traffic and criminal laws, county and city codes; responds to a variety of calls for services. Must be diligent in preserving the public peace and protecting persons and property.
2. Must meet performance standards established by the Police Chief. Employment and police certification require employees maintain a high standard of ethical and moral behavior by Toledo Police Department’s policy and the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training’s Ethics Committee.
3. Required to be trusted with information that is highly sensitive and confidential in nature.
4. Be thoroughly familiar with the City of Toledo and property within Lincoln County,
including, boundaries, streets, public buildings and points of interest.
5. Conducts criminal and vehicle crash investigations; makes recommendations for
improved transportation and safety procedures within the City; prepares reports utilizing office computers and/or in-car mobile data computers; administers first aid as needed; conducts investigations and interrogations; identifies collects and processes evidence; takes photographs; prepares diagrams; prepares search warrants.
6. Is team oriented; places safety of self and others first when making decisions; is loyal to the Toledo Police Department and the citizens we serve.
7. Conducts death investigations including those of natural causes, accidental and murder, also notification of next of kin.
8. Is exposed to biohazards and communicable diseases inherent at these and other scenes and utilizes protective equipment.
9. Makes complex and immediate decisions without direct supervision regarding life and property.
10. Detects and deters potential criminal acts including domestic terrorism and reports such acts to the appropriate agency as required.
11. Maintains records and prepares reports necessary with PRIORs software for efficient successful investigations, crime prevention, prosecution and office procedurals. Able to complete comprehensive data entry to comply with state and federal crime reporting
12. Informs the public and answers inquiries regarding laws, ordinances, rules and
regulations. Prepares media releases and may be required to speak to the media for
newspaper articles, television and radio news programs.
13. Issues citations to violators; makes arrests; transports offenders in custody to jail or other institutions.
14. Responds to hazardous situations performed in stressful and dangerous environments
Intervenes in disputes and maintains order. Able to maintain composure and
professionalism when faced with abusive, violent and threatening individuals.
15. May be exposed to extreme weather conditions for extended periods.
16. Serves arrest warrants and other civil process.
17. Testifies in court, grand jury, and Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) hearings as a witness. Must prepare and present the case in a prosecutorial role in violation trials, including misdemeanor cases reduced to violations.
18. Ensures all issued Toledo Police Department owned equipment is properly maintained.
19. Attends functions including city council meetings and neighborhood groups to provide information relevant to respective communities.
20. Performs specialized assignments as needed according to the employee’s abilities and skills and the needs of the Toledo Police Department. These assignments include evidence technician, field training officers, explorer advisor, various instructors, and members of the Major Crime Team and Major Crash Team.
21. Attends regularly scheduled ongoing training. Attends 84 hours of training every three years in use of force, firearms and general law enforcement training as required for patrol officers by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).
22. Required to occasionally take a patrol car home and be able to respond to emergencies from residence.

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Lincoln City: Major accident on 101 in 300 block. 101 to be shut down – all lanes

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Feb 032016
Approximate Crash Scene Highway 101 between 6th and 2nd...which is the detour.

Approximate Crash Scene
Highway 101 between 6th and 2nd…which is the detour.

Highway 101 is being shut down completely to handle a two vehicle crash in the 300 block of northwest 101 just north of the DeLake Wayside. Traffic is being routed off 101 on the north at 6th, and onto 2nd on the south end.

One patient has suffered serious injuries.

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Siletz Tribal Medical Facility, Offices and Siletz School in lockdown Wednesday

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Feb 032016

Road up to the tribal clinic. Google image archive picture.  Not taken today.

Road up to the tribal clinic.
Google image archive picture. Not taken today.

Other tribal offices in town are on lockdown as well.

Other tribal offices in town are on lockdown as well.

Sounds like the emergency may be winding down. Suspect that caused the entire commotion has not been seen in the area. Employees have been allowed to go home although the buildings remain in lock down.

Many law enforcement officers are leaving, returning to regular patrol duties. Siletz School now off lockdown.

Late afternoon: Investigators are trying to track down the perpetrator of the threats of armed violence.






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Oregon Health Authority reminds parents of school age kids…

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Feb 032016

Polio vaccinations started in Sweden in 1957. Commons photo

Polio vaccinations started in Sweden in 1957.
Commons photo

Parents must provide schools, child care facilities with children’s vaccine records

February 17 is School Exclusion Day, and the Oregon Immunization Program is reminding parents that children will not be able to attend school or child care starting that day if their records on file show missing immunizations.

Under state law, all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities must have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations, or have an exemption.

“Immunization is the best way to protect children against vaccine-preventable diseases such as whooping cough and measles,” said Stacy de Assis Matthews, school law coordinator in the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. “It keeps schools and the entire community safe and healthy.”

Information for parents about updated vaccine requirements:

— The hepatitis A vaccine, which protects against a communicable viral infection, is a two-dose series required for children 18 months and older in child care, preschool and kindergarten through seventh grade.

— Parents of children with old exemptions on file signed before March 2014 will need to submit updated documentation. If the child has received the vaccines, the parent needs to turn in the immunization dates to the school. If the parent wants a nonmedical exemption, the parent needs to turn in a Vaccine Education Certificate showing that they’ve received education about vaccines, either from a health care practitioner or from the online vaccine education module. The parent also needs to sign a new Certificate of Immunization Status. More information about exemptions can be found at the division’s vaccine exemption website at

If school and child care vaccination records are not up-to-date, the child will be sent home. In 2015, local health departments sent 29,234 letters to parents and guardians informing them that their children needed immunizations to stay in school or child care. A total of 4,666 children were kept out of school or child care until the necessary immunization information was turned in to the schools or child care facilities. Letters to parents will be mailed on or before Feb. 3.

Parents seeking immunizations for their children should contact their health care provider or local health department, or call 211Info–just dial 211. No one can be turned away from a local health department because of the inability to pay for required vaccines. Pharmacists can immunize children 7 and older. Parents should contact their neighborhood pharmacy for details.

Additional information on school immunizations can be found at the Immunization Program website at Follow the Oregon Immunization Program on Facebook.

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Weather or Not: Big Waves & Travel Woes

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Feb 032016

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd – Lincoln County

Summary: Scattered clouds and sunshine combined to give us a decent morning yesterday, but by noonish, the overcast thickened and winds picked up out of the south. Intermittent rain showers punctuated the remainder of the daylight and evening hours though precipitation amounts were not that high; Waldport had the most at around a third of an inch. The mercury rose to 50F or slightly above and wind gusts never got above 20 mph. Except for some occasional drizzle, overnight was mainly dry and cloudy; low temps were warmer than the past few nights, holding near 40F. At daybreak, it was overcast with a light southeast wind.

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 1,100′ & 3,100′, broken @ 3,800′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SE 10 mph/Pressure: 29.95”

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/43F/0.15”
Depoe Bay: 50F/40F/0.13”
Newport: 50F/39F/0.11”
Waldport: 50F/40F/0.32”
Yachats: 52F/42F/0.14”

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WARNING NWS SWSA High Surf Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from 10:00pm tonight through 4:00pm tomorrow. Seas increasing through the day today, building to 18-19 feet with dominant period 19 seconds tonight through tomorrow. Large waves will wash over jetties and sweep higher up the beaches than normal. They may also dislodge and move large logs and other debris on beaches that can easily catch people off guard and cause serious injury. A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.

Forecast: We still have to finish the week wet, but then it all changes for a spell of sunshine and warmer temps. WON WINDY RAINYRainy and windy today, high about 50F, showers and possible thunderstorms tonight, low 45F, showers likely tomorrow and a smidge warmer as highs reach the low-50s. Outlook is for another wet and windy weather system to come in on Friday, showers Saturday, and then get out your shades because it looks like mostly clear skies Sunday through Tuesday, maybe into Wednesday, before the storm track meanders back over the Central Coast.

Surface Rescue

Call or email George today!

Travel: Highway 101 Note… Travelers in the area of US 101 at the Lincoln/Tillamook county line (Mileposts 99 to 104), should expect delays of up to 20 minutes while ODOT crews fell and remove trees. Tree falling should be completed by February 29th and all work along that stretch is to be completed by March 31st.

In the Coast Range this morning, a crash has Highway 20 closed between Eddyville and Blodgett, and a detour has been established using OR180; expect delays all morning. Otherwise, there is damp pavement on the Coast Range highways this morning and it’s 35-40F in the passes; rainy and windy today, temperatures 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, breezy, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light east wind, highs of 40-45F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and spots of ice this morning, temps are around 25F, carry chains or traction tires; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from noon today through 7:00am tomorrow, with 1-4 inches of snow accumulation on the highways today and another 3-6 inches tonight, the snow level is well below the passes at 3,000 feet.

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Marine: It’s howling out of the S 20-30 knots gusting 35 this morning with rough seas 9-10 feet at 10 seconds. A WON GALEGale Warning is in effect through this afternoon for southerlies 20-25 knots gusting 35, combined seas building to 10-14 feet. Tonight, SW winds 15-25 knots gusting 30, seas 15-17 feet at 19 seconds. The sou’westers continue tomorrow at 10-20 knots gusting 25 with swells 18-19 feet at 18 seconds. Outlook is for S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 and seas around 13 feet on Friday, SE winds 5-15 knots, swells 12 feet Saturday, and then an easterly breeze of 5-15 knots Sunday with swells subsiding to 8-9 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

Notice to Mariners… Depoe Bay Entrance Lighted Bell Buoy 2 has been relocated from 44-48-27.503N, 124-04-25.567W, to 44-48-28.618N, 124-04-27.544W.

On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
02/03 Wed 07:35 AM 8.05 H
02/03 Wed 02:46 PM 1.50 L
02/03 Wed 09:22 PM 6.08 H
02/04 Thu 02:12 AM 4.19 L

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In Short: Rainy and windy, then showers followed by clearing and warmer.

 Posted by at 8:08 AM

Traffic Crash Highway 20 near Eddyville

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Feb 032016

Single vehicle crash on Highway 20 milepost 20 near Eddyville. Driver complaining of shoulder pain. Paramedics and law enforcement enroute.

 Posted by at 7:54 AM

Update on the Zika Virus – It’s not in Oregon unless you have sex with a Zika sick person

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Feb 032016

Zika carrying mosquito South and Central America mostly.  Avoid travel in Texas and Florida.

Zika carrying mosquito
South and Central America mostly. Avoid travel in Texas and Florida.

The Centers for Disease Control are reporting that there are a few scattered cases of Zika virus around the U.S., even a couple in Oregon, but the victims are not all that sick. Some exposed to the mosquito bite never get sick. But it has been linked to birth defects – notably babies with smaller heads.

The good news is that the mosquito that carries the Zika virus doesn’t live in the U.S. So any spread of the virus is from human to human. So anyone returning to Oregon after having traveled in southern Texas – especially parts that run along the Mexican border or while traveling in Brazil – and was bitten by a mosquito should see a doctor just to be sure. And refrain from any unprotected intimate contact with other humans.

Again, Zika is not life threatening and symptoms are usually not severe. And they normally pass quickly. It’s just that it has terrible in-the-womb effects on a fetus.

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The tragic final chapter in the life of Meg Owens, 17 at Cape Kiwanda

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Feb 022016

Meg Owens, Marysville, WA Forever 17 years old Fell off a cliff at Cape Kiwanda

Meg Owens, Marysville, WA
Forever 17 years old
Fell off a cliff at Cape Kiwanda

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon’s report of a missing teenage female that fell into the Pacific Ocean at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

On Monday at approximately 2:50 PM four youths were climbing on the cape at Cape Kiwanda when MEGAN OWENS, age 17, from Marysville, Washington, fell off the rocks into an area commonly known as the Punch Bowl. OSP troopers responded along with Tillamook County Sheriff’s deputies, local fire/EMS and aircraft from the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

During the search, two members from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, who were searching for Meg Owens on personal watercraft, were swept off their jet ski by a big wave and into the churning cauldron. Precision flying by the chopper pilot and the boundless courage of the rescue guardsman at the end of the chopper rescue line saved the two NLFR personnel. Had the chopper crew not been on scene when the jet skiers were knocked off their vehicle, two other lives would have been lost.

Aircraft from the USCG continued their search late into the night for Meg Owens – the search by then being a body retrieval operation. Search of the area will continue and will be conducted by the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office.

Below is a nail-biting video taken by an observer who recorded the Coast Guard chopper rescue of the two NLFR personnel.

The video is very dramatic. The first victim is rescued. Then there is a short period between rescues where the witness is pummeled by the wind from the chopper’s blades. But the witness does turn back around and aims his cell phone downward just in time to capture the second rescuer being lifted up and placed onto a ridge that led up to a safe area. Again, both men were taken to local hospitals to be checked out. They were a bit tossed and bruised but otherwise they were fine and were sent home. What these men do while saving others. Utterly amazing.

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Rope rescue team called to Waldport

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Feb 022016

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Lincoln County Rope Rescue team dispatched to a report of a small dog stuck 10 feet down a vertical embankment by the riverbank near 1718 SE Meadowlark Ct in Waldport. The dog is stuck in a large amount of blackberry bushes on the descent down the hill, which will pose a challenge to the rope team.

The dog has been recovered from the hill by Seal Rock and Central Coast firefighters on scene. Rope rescue team cancelled.

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