Gleneden Beach: Accident at GB Loop and 101

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Dec 082015
 

9:13pm
Vehicle into trees across 101 at Gleneden Beach Loop. Also report of trees down on Highway 18.

9:27pm
No injuries. No ambulance needed. Tow truck summoned.

9:28pm
Tree cut up. 101 reopened.

 Posted by at 9:28 PM

Looks like we’re back up…

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Dec 082015
 

Not much has changed over the past few hours. 101 is closed through the Tillamook area. Siletz Highway is closed between milepost 9 and 14. Likely to be closed for several days.

And crews were clearing up a landslide onto 101 just north of Salishan. Traffic IS getting through the area.

We have been keeping up with local conditions around Lincoln County on our Facebook page, News Lincoln County, during the website downtime.

 Posted by at 6:55 PM

Think Twice Before Counting on a COLA!

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Dec 082015
 

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Duane J. Silbernagel Financial Advisor Waddell & Reed

Duane J. Silbernagel
Financial Advisor
Waddell & Reed

Think Twice Before Counting on a COLA
By: Duane J. Silbernagel

Will you receive a Social Security COLA in 2016? The Social Security Administration has announced that, because of low annual inflation, Social Security recipients will not receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in their benefit checks in 2016. (Source: Social Security Administration press release, October 15, 2015)

The rising costs of food, gas, electricity, and health care can strain anyone’s budget. The situation is even worse if your living expenses increase while your income stays the same, because your purchasing power will steadily decline over time. That’s why cost-of-living adjustments, or COLAs, are especially valuable to retirees and others living on fixed incomes.

A COLA is an increase in regular income you receive (such as a Social Security or pension benefit) that is meant to offset rising prices. It’s important protection because price inflation has occurred in most years during the last 40 years. However, a COLA may not be payable in years when inflation slows or declines.

How COLAs work
It’s easy to think of a COLA as a “raise,” but a COLA is meant to help you maintain your standard of living, not improve it. For example, let’s say you receive a $2,000 monthly retirement benefit, and the overall cost of the things you need to purchase increases by 3% during the year. The next year, you receive a 3% COLA, or an extra $60 a month, to help you manage rising prices.

That 3% COLA doesn’t sound like much, but without a COLA, inflation can seriously erode your retirement income. Assuming a 3% inflation rate, in just 10 years, the purchasing power of your monthly $2,000 benefit would drop to $1,520; in 25 years, the purchasing power of your benefit would be only $963, less than half of what you started with.

Who receives COLAs?
Social Security is the major source (and in some cases the only source) of inflation-protected retirement income for many Americans. COLAs are also commonly paid to retirees who are covered by state or federal pensions. However, most private pensions do not offer COLAs.

Less commonly, employers may offer COLAs as part of compensation packages. For an additional cost, you might also be able to purchase riders for certain insurance policies (such as disability income and long-term care policies) to ensure that the benefits you receive keep pace with inflation (subject to contractual terms, conditions, and limitations).

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 Posted by at 2:30 PM

Don’t cut up those downed trees!! The fish need them!!!

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Dec 082015
 

You're looking at FISH HABITAT!

You’re looking at FISH HABITAT!


Mid Coast Watershed Council project using logs to shade Cooks Creek east of Newport to cool stream waters for salmon.

Mid Coast Watershed Council project using logs to shade Cooks Creek east of Newport to cool stream waters for salmon.


Waters stay cool and provide salmon refuge from predators.

Waters stay cool and provide salmon refuge from predators.

A fallen tree need not end up as sawdust or adding to an already too big a pile of firewood! Fallen trees are very much in demand by those who use them to provide improved habitat for salmon in our coastal rivers and streams.

Placing fallen trees in our Salmon spawning and smolt rearing areas provide shade to keep creek and river waters out of direct sunlight, keeping them cool which salmon prefer. They also provide refuge from predators like birds and other animals.

Who would have thought that a fallen tree is an economic resource and a job creator!

Conrad Gowell at Mid-Coast Watersheds Council would like to get the word out that if you have a downed tree, or know where one is, to call him and they’ll come out and get it. Totally free of charge! And you’ll know that the tree will continue on in a very natural way, here on the Central Coast, helping to produce greater numbers of salmon! More salmon mean more jobs and more great fish in our freezers!

Please note: The watershed council will accept only those trees that are AT LEAST 20 inches in diameter. So nothing smaller than 20 inches. And they must be either Cedar, Sitka Spruce or Douglas Fir.

So if you’ve got a downed tree, give Conrad a call at Mid-Coast Watersheds Council at 541-265-9195 and they’ll be right out.

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 Posted by at 12:55 PM

Amateur Wine Competition in Newport Feb. 25-28 – Seeks Entrants!!

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Dec 082015
 
Seafood & Wine Brad Taylor photo

Seafood & Wine
Brad Taylor photo

Newport, OR – The 2016 Newport Seafood & Wine Festival “It’s Kind of A Big Deal,” presented by Chinook Winds Casino Resort, will take place February 25-28 at the South Beach Marina in Newport. Each year as part of the festival, an Amateur Wine Competition is held for wine enthusiasts around the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

One month prior to the festival, a panel of local judges will gather for a blind tasting of up to seventy wines. Entries with the highest marks will be awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze ribbons and one winner will be named Best of Show.

The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce is asking all amateur winemakers to submit their wine accompanied by an entry form which can be found online at seafoodandwine.com to the following drop off locations: F.H. Steinbard in Portland, Home Fermenter Center in Eugene, Corvallis Brewing Supply in Corvallis, and Homebrew Heaven in Salem.

Entries for the 2016 competition are due by January 22 to the drop off locations and must be received by the Newport Chamber of Commerce (555 SW Coast Hwy in Newport) no later than January 29.

More information on the 2016 Newport Seafood and Wine Festival and Amateur Wine Competition can be found online at www.seafoodandwine.com or by calling 1-800-COAST44.

 Posted by at 12:31 PM

Siletz River is really rockin’….

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Dec 082015
 

Siletz River Highway milepost 9. Big Red Construction photo

Siletz River Highway milepost 9.
Big Red Construction photo

House with soggy carpet.

House with soggy carpet.

Jack Morgan Park

Jack Morgan Park

New Olalla Boat Ramp Big Red Construction photos

New Olalla Boat Ramp
Big Red Construction photos

 Posted by at 11:54 AM

An important message to News Lincoln County readers…

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Dec 082015
 

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Due to some growing pains for NLC.com it has caused some problems for readers not being able to see our website….getting an Error Message. We figured out what was going on and we should have it fixed in a couple of hours.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience. We’re just getting to be too big for our britches. It’s a nice problem to have…but we’re having to put NLC.com in a bigger barn so everybody can get in.

And, of course, a sincere thank you for your patience!!

Dave Morgan

 Posted by at 11:40 AM

Dungeness Crab season halted again – Domoic Acid levels rising along south coast

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Dec 082015
 
Crab boats - all dressed up and no where to go.  Season postponed again.  Domoic Acid.

Crab boats – all dressed up and no where to go.
Season postponed again. Domoic Acid.
Ken Gagne photo

State continues delay of Dungeness crab season coastwide

NEWPORT, Ore. – The opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season along the Oregon coast continues to be delayed due to concerns about domoic acids levels in the southern half of the state. While recent testing showed domoic acid in crabs in all areas to be below levels that normally trigger action, the overall trend indicates domoic acid in the southern half of the state has increased over the past two weeks and are near the action level.

Based on these results and consultations with the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), the Oregon commercial Dungeness crab industry, and Washington and California Departments of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is continuing the delay of the ocean commercial Dungeness crab season along the entire Oregon coast.

“Oregon’s commercial crab industry and the Department place a high priority on making sure that seafood consumers can be confident that they are buying a safe, high‐quality, and sustainable product when they purchase Oregon Dungeness crab,” said Kelly Corbett, ODFW commercial crab project leader.

ODFW will continue to work closely with ODA and the Oregon commercial Dungeness crab industry to test crab in the southern half of the state. In close coordination with ODA, fishery managers from Washington and California and the Oregon commercial Dungeness crab industry, ODFW plans to evaluate options for opening the commercial season once additional domoic acid test results are available.

Despite the delay, crab and shellfish products sold in retail markets and restaurants remain safe for consumers, Corbett said.

All recreational harvest of Dungeness crab in Oregon’s bays and ocean is currently closed south of Heceta Head due to elevated levels of domoic acid. Recreational harvest of crab in bays and ocean north of Heceta Head remains open. The opening of the recreational crab harvest in the ocean off Oregon south of Heceta Head will be decided pending additional domoic acid test.

Domoic acid or amnesic shellfish toxin can cause minor to severe illness and even death. Severe poisoning can result in dizziness, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea. More severe cases can result in memory loss and death. Shellfish toxins are produced by algae and originate in the ocean. Toxins cannot be removed by cooking, freezing or any other treatment.

 Posted by at 8:57 AM