Jun 062013
Lincoln County 4-H Alumni Breakfast, June 22

Lincoln County 4-H Alumni Breakfast, June 22

Did you raise sheep and show at the 4-H fair? Were you a whiz with a sewing machine? Did you go to a state competition for your presentation skills? Whatever your involvement in 4-H might have been, Lincoln County 4-H wants to know!

In preparation for a June 22 Alumni Breakfast, the Lincoln County Leaders’ Association is asking all former 4-H members and volunteers to let them know where you are so they can send you a personal invitation. This includes those who participated outside the Lincoln County area, as they want to honor all who have been part of the 4-H youth development program.

So if you are a 4-H alumni, please contact 4-H Program Coordinator Todd Williver at the OSU Extension Office and provide your contact information and areas of participation. He can be reached via e-mail at todd.williver@oregonstate.edu or phone 541-574-6534.


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Jun 062013
Wild Coho still on the menu Wiki photo

Wild Coho still on the menu
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Fish and Wildlife Commission sets fall chinook and wild coho seasons for coastal rivers

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today approved the upcoming coastal fall salmon seasons, including several fisheries for wild coho, at its meeting in Tigard.

For several years now, returns of Oregon coastal wild coho salmon have been strong enough to support limited harvest of wild coho. Under the regulations adopted today, anglers will again be able to harvest wild coho from the Nehalem, Tillamook, Nestucca, Siletz, Yaquina, Alsea, Siuslaw, Umpqua, Coos and Coquille rivers and Tenmile lakes. New experimental coho fisheries will also occur in Beaver Cr. (Lincoln Co.) and Floras Cr. (Curry Co.). Most begin on Sept. 15 and continue through November, with some exceptions Also new for 2013 are plans to conduct some coho fisheries based on conservative bag limits and seasons but without numeric targets or “quotas.”


“Based on our experiences with the wild coho fisheries in recent years, we’re confident we can structure some fisheries based on conservative season dates and bag limits, while remaining well within the ESA and conservation needs for wild coho,” said Chris Kern, ODFW ocean salmon manager.

Some coho fisheries will remain quota-driven, and may close before the scheduled end date if the quotas are met earlier than expected. All proposed coho fisheries must be reviewed and approved by NOAA.


The Commission also approved seasons for fall chinook that are very similar to 2012. Bag limits and area closures will be managed under permanent regulations for most South Coast rivers. On North Coast Rivers the daily bag limit of non fin-clipped chinook also will be two. However, because returns to some North Coast rivers continue to lag, the recent 10 fish seasonal aggregate limit will continue.

A complete description of the 2013 coastal salmon seasons, including open areas and wild coho quotas (as applicable), can be found on the ODFW website.

The Commission also approved $1,019,164 in funding for eight restoration and 15 enhancement projects recommended by the Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board. Among the projects approved is the continued funding of creel surveys to support the coastal wild coho fisheries.


The Commission also re-adopted the Columbia River fish management and reform rules it adopted in December 2012. These rules modify non-tribal commercial and recreational fisheries in the Columbia River and its tributaries and establish management measures for future fisheries. The Commission revisited the rules in order to consider updated fiscal information, provide additional time for public input and address alleged deficiencies in either the process or economic analysis.

Among the measures re-adopted are the barbless hook requirement on the Columbia River and selected tributaries, and the closure of all sturgeon retention on the Columbia River below Bonneville dam, the Willamette River and in all coastal waters beginning Jan. 1, 2014.


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Jun 062013
Newport Performing Arts Center

Newport Performing Arts Center

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, 2013 Theatre Camps are getting ready for a great summer.
This is a wonderful way to provide your child with the fun and exciting experience of live theatre.

The OCCA provides three types of summer theatre experiences. Theatre Camp Advanced and Theatre Camp are available for students who would like to write, produce, and perform in their own production. Shakespeare Camp takes an abridged work of William Shakespeare and presents it, along with an appearance from William Shakespeare (persona provided by Rod Molzahn, production Director and Shakespeare scholar.) Instructors for Theatre Camp Advanced and Theatre Camp are long time Theatre Camp participants and instructors, under the direction of camp founder Deborah Zirin.


We hope one of the following sessions will work for you.

The dates for Summer 2013 will be Theatre Camp Advanced twenty days of film production June 18 –July 30. This camp is for High School (school year 2011-2012) age students and older only.

Theatre Camp will be July 22 – August 2, 2013. This session is for students ages 9 – high school and older.

Shakespeare Camp dates are August 5 – 16, 2012. This year’s production will be Much Ado About Nothing.

Theatre Camp and Shakespeare Camp hours are 9:00 – 3:00 each day except, PERFORMANCE DAYS (THURSDAYS, August 1 and 15) from 9:00 am – about 7:30 p.m. and FRIDAYS (August 2 and 16) from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. Theatre Camp Advanced will set their days and hours depending on writing, filming and production needs.

The fee for each ten day (Theatre Camp and Shakespeare Camp) session is $275. – OCCA members $250. Partial scholarships are available. The fee for Theatre Camp Advanced is $400.

We would love for you to join us! Registration forms and more information are available by calling 541-574-2653, or stopping at the OCCA office at the Newport Performing Arts Center 777 W. Olive.


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Jun 062013
A lack of noise does not mean a lack of danger...

A lack of noise does not mean a lack of danger…

Toledo Aquatics and Recreation Manager Joe Andrews came across this article in Slate that is a quick and compelling read about a mistaken impression that most people have about somebody who is drowning. They don’t yell. They don’t splash. They just drown, unless someone sees them going under. Joe wants us all to read this. Click here.

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Jun 062013
The Sun not having much say about the weather down below... Click photo to enlarge

The Sun not having much say about the weather down below…
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Jun 062013

North Lincoln Fire-Rescue and ambulance are is enroute to Elks Park up Drift Creek Road on a report that someone has accidentally shot himself in the leg with a nail gun. No word on his condition.

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Jun 062013
Bicycling Safety Sheriff Dennis Dotson

Bicycling Safety
Sheriff Dennis Dotson
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More people are using bicycles as a means to commute, for entertainment, and for exercise. For others it is to help reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.

Motorists should remember these tips when sharing the road with a cyclist:
A bicycle is considered by law to be a vehicle. When a cyclist has stopped and remains astride their bicycle at an intersection and/or for a traffic signal, they are to be treated as a vehicle waiting for their turn to proceed.

Many children riding bicycles on the street may lack the necessary training and skills for safe cycling. They may not be aware of all dangers. Be alert for small children on oversized bicycles. This may increase the likelihood for loss of control.

When passing a cyclist, go around them like you would any other vehicle. Leave lots of room.
When you are preparing to make a right turn, watch for cyclists who may pull up alongside your vehicle. Remember to shoulder-check your blind spots. When you are about to make a right turn, do not pull up beside a cyclist and then turn directly in front of them and cut them off. When pulling away from the curb, always check for cyclists who may be trying to pass you. When parked at the curb, always check for cyclists before you open your vehicle door. It’s the driver’s responsibility not to open the vehicle door into traffic.


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Jun 062013

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Jun 062013
Sen. Ron Wyden D-Oregon

Sen. Ron Wyden

Wyden Statement on reported Large-Scale Collection of Phone Records

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), wants to share his thoughts on news reports claiming that the U.S. Government has collected the phone records of millions of Verizon customers. Wyden is a senior member of the Senate Intelligence committee.

“The program Senators Feinstein and Chambliss publicly referred to today is one that I have been concerned about for years. I am barred by Senate rules from commenting on some of the details at this time. However, I believe that when law-abiding Americans call their friends, who they call, when they call, and where they call from is private information. Collecting this data about every single phone call that every American makes every day would be a massive invasion of Americans’ privacy.

The administration has an obligation to give a substantive and timely response to the American people and I hope this story will force a real debate about the government’s domestic surveillance authorities. The American people have a right to know whether their government thinks that the sweeping, dragnet surveillance that has been alleged in this story is allowed under the law and whether it is actually being conducted. Furthermore, they have a right to know whether the program that has been described is actually of value in preventing attacks. Based on several years of oversight, I believe that its value and effectiveness remain unclear.”

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Jun 062013
Senior Services Expo Lincoln City Community Center

Senior Services Expo
Lincoln City Community Center

Learn about local senior services at free ‘Senior Services Connection’ event

Are you interested in discovering what services are available in north Lincoln County for senior citizens and their families? Then you’ll want to attend a free Senior Services Connection event taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. Thursday, June 13 at the Lincoln City Community Center.

Almost two dozen local vendors will be present to provide information about services and resources for seniors in a non-commercial setting. Participants will include: Family Caregiver Program; Living Well with Chronic Conditions; Lifeline; Dorchester House; Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP); Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA); Stacey Mealer, attorney; ADEO Home Care; Driftwood Public Library; Lincoln City Community Center; AARP; Veterans Administration; Aging Wisely with Helpful Hands; Pacific West Ambulance; Lakeside Assisted Living; All Ways Traveling and Promotions; Security 1 Lending; North End Senior Solutions; Sea Air Assisted Living; Hillside House Assisted Living; Newport Senior Activity Center; Beth Moffett, Medicare insurance advisor; Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital; Vial of Life; Faith Community Nursing; Samaritan Home Health; Samaritan Hospice; and more.

Free refreshments will be available.

For more information call LoRee at the Lincoln City Community Center, 541-994-2131.


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