A Rare (for us) Right Whale Dolphin was beached and then died on Manzanita Beach – Cause of Death to be Determined

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Jun 152018

Deceased Right Whale Dolphin found on Manzanita Beach.
Tiffany Boothe photo
Seaside Aquarium

Right Whale Dolphins are pretty rare along the Oregon Coast. They’re normally found in abundance much farther south and to the west out in the great Pacific.

But recently a Right Whale Dolphin was discovered on a beach along the northern Oregon Coast and it created quite a stir as well as a great deal of disappointment because the rare dolphin specie was found deceased.

Here’s the story from Oregon Public Broadcasting. Click here.

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Small boat runs aground on the rocks off North Jetty in Newport – people on it missing?

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Jun 152018

Coast Guard pulling empty vessel back in to Newport. So sign of the two men and two women who were believed to be aboard.

A small fishing-type boat that was said to have four adults aboard has been found empty and smashing against the rocks off the north Jetty west of the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport. Newport Fire and Rescue are coming on scene. Coast Guard and Search and Rescue are said to be joining a search of the area.

Those aboard were said to be two males and two females. The Coast Guard says the name of the craft is “Mariner 3.” But they say they have have no listing of a “Mariner 3.” It possibly might be a boat that was tied up for a very long time on a dock or on private property and somehow got cast adrift due to a broken tie-line to a dock or anchor.

Witnesses tells News Lincoln County that two adult males and two adult females motored the boat out from H Dock at South Beach and headed out the jetty. They said the boat appeared to be too close to the jetty so they called the Coast Guard. A rescue boat motored out – found the boat – but nobody aboard it. Nobody in the water. The Coast Guard pulled the damaged craft back in to port.

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Democratic Senators To Visit Childrens’ Border Camps on Father’s Day

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Jun 152018

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

On Father’s Day, Merkley to Lead Group of Senate and House Members on Return Trip to Investigate Trump-Sessions Cruel Family Separation Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley will lead a group of Senate and House members on Father’s Day—Sunday, June 17 at the U.S.- Mexico border near McAllen and Brownsville, Texas. The group will further investigate President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ cruel new policy of separating children from their families when those families cross the border to seek asylum in the United States.

Joining Merkley on the trip will be Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Congressmen Filemon Vela (D-TX-34), Peter Welch (D-VT-AL), David Cicilline (D-RI-01), Mark Pocan (D-WI-02), Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX-15) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18).

The trip follows Merkley’s initial visit to investigate the family separation policy on June 3rd. On that trip, he was able to tour a Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, but was barred from entering a children’s detention facility in Brownsville. On this trip, the members will be able to tour the Brownsville facility, as well as several other sites in the area that relate to the family separation policy. Those sites include one of the bridges where the administration is reportedly slow-walking entry for asylum seekers who are trying to legally enter the U.S.

Head on Crash on 101 North of Lincoln City

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Jun 152018

Report of a bad head-on crash on Highway 101 at Clancy Road, just north of Lincoln City. Appears that three vehicles are involved. Watch for emergency vehicles.

Sounds like the highway is blocked. Alternate would is Schooner Creek Road at the south end of Lincoln City. Take Schooner Creek Road eastbound. Follow it as it bends northerly for quite a ways. Becomes Bear Creek Road. Bear Creek Road eventually connects to Highway 18.

One lane of traffic is now being opened. Likely to alternate between north and southbound.

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Time for Hemp to Come Out of the Closet…

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Jun 152018

Dried Hemp
Part of USDA bill

U.S. Senate approves “Hemp” as agricultural commodity – not a drug.

A message from Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden:

Hemp is a part of our daily lives.

It’s woven into our clothing. It’s a healthy part of a good breakfast. It’s a component of biodegradable plastic. Hemp’s even being used to clean up radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in Ukraine.

Hemp’s also a critical piece of our economy: thousands of acres of Oregon land were devoted to hemp last year, and hemp farming creates good American jobs across the country.

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However, the federal government classifies it as a Schedule I controlled substance, creating an anti-farmer stigma that’s preventing job growth and innovation.

This needs to change.

In partnership with Senators from both parties, I reintroduced the Hemp Farming Act to legalize hemp farming and recognize it as an agricultural commodity – not a drug. That common sense change will create red, white and blue jobs and products completely made in America.

And Friday, to cap off Hemp History Week, we announced the Hemp Farming Act will be included in the 2018 Senate Farm Bill!

With this bill, during Hemp History Week, I’m proud to take a step towards ending our legal system’s anti-hemp, anti-farmer, and anti-jobs stigma.

Sen. Ron Wyden
Washington, D.C.

Here Comes Domoic Acid Again….

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Jun 152018

Razer Clam closure from Cascade Head to Umpqua River due to high levels of Domoic Acid.

Partial Razor Clam Closure due to Elevated Domoic Acid

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce a portion of the coast is closed for razor clamming as domoic acid levels have risen above the closure limit. Razor clamming is now closed from Cascade Head 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 clamming remains open from the Columbia River to Cascade Head and open from the south jetty of the Umpqua River to Cape Arago. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins every other week, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range.

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


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Newport: Traffic Crash on 12th

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Jun 152018

Traffic crash in Newport outside 218 SW 12th. Two vehicle accident with one person with a shoulder injury. The accident is just above the Bayfront on SW 12th. Accident happened on a very sharp curve.

Oregon National Guard members get college tuition subsidy

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Jun 152018

Governor Kate Brown
Oregonian photo

The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to host a Governor’s Ceremonial Signing of House Bill 4035 at 3:45 p.m.on Saturday, June 16, in Hangar 219, at Kingsley Field, Air National Guard base, located at 211 Arnold Avenue, Klamath Falls, Oregon, 97603.

House Bill 4035 authorizes state tuition assistance for service members in the Oregon National Guard. The bill, passed by the Oregon Legislature on March 3, details the requirements that will qualify Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to receive state-funded tuition assistance towards an associate or baccalaureate degree at Oregon public universities and community colleges. The Higher Education Coordinating Commission will administer the grant program, scheduled to begin in the upcoming academic year.

“I’m proud to sign a bill into law that deepens Oregon’s commitment to our National Guard service members,” said Governor Brown. “Whether they’re fighting on the frontlines, fighting wildfires, or helping prepare our state for the influx of eclipse viewers, our Oregon Guard members are always ready to answer the call to help Oregonians in times of need. Extending tuition assistance to Guard members is one important way to show our appreciation for their service by investing in their education and future.”

“This new law specifically bridges the federal tuition assistance shortfall and enables our Guard men and women to complete their two or four year degrees,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon.

Service members statistically cite money for education as the number one reason they join the military. Those who already have federal education benefits such as the Montgomery G.I. Bill or the Post 9/11 Bill will need to use those benefits prior to using the state tuition assistance funding. Qualified students can use up to 90 credit hours at an Oregon community college and up to 180 credit hours at a public university. To receive the tuition assistance they must be in good standing with their Oregon National Guard commitments and their educational institution.

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Community Information from Patrick Alexander

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Jun 142018

Hope and help in Taft – Patrick Alexander

Since relocating to Taft Hall at the start of last winter, the Lincoln City Warming Shelter has embarked on a program expansion aimed at better serving our most needy residents and helping homeless people start to turn their lives around.

After a winter that saw the shelter open for 49 nights, providing a warm place to eat and sleep when the coastal weather was at its worst, our board of directors took a bold step. Rather than shut-up shop and wait for next winter, we decided to continue the operation of our daytime homeless resource center year-round.

This day center offers a place where homeless or low-income people can get a shower, do some laundry, pick out fresh clothing and hygiene items and use our computer workstations to search for housing and employment. While these simple services are enough to help some homeless people get back on their feet, many of our clients need much more structured support — help dealing with addiction, debt and health issues both mental and physical.

To this end, we have developed a Resource Referral program that evaluates clients’ needs, offers in-house assistance where possible and refers them to partner agencies as needed. To date, the program has assisted 37 clients, 80 percent of whom have gone on to find housing, employment or both.

Our work in Taft has been made possible by the tremendous support of the City of Lincoln City, which donated $45,000 toward our program last year. This support has been supplemented by other sources, including most recently a grant of $5,400 from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund to help cover some of our rent and food costs. These financial contributions are crucial to our program and we are hugely grateful to all those who, through their generosity, have helped us keep the lights on.

We are also thankful for our great team of volunteers who selflessly give of their time and talent to help those in need. But our decision to operate a year-round resource center means our staffing needs have increased and we need more volunteers to help carry the load. Our most urgent need is for volunteers to help out at the front desk, greeting and registering guests from noon to 4 pm on weekdays.

As we work with the city to apply for permission to operate an overnight weather shelter this winter, we are looking ahead to our staffing needs for that program, too. In the coming months, we will be developing and training teams to handle security, food services, front desk, overnight duties and more. Watch local media or follow our Facebook page for more information on training sessions as they develop.

We at the Lincoln City Warming Shelter have been heartened to see the depth of compassion that our community has for people experiencing homelessness. By working together, we have the power to help our most needy neighbors tackle their problems and change their lives, one step at a time.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact our volunteer co-ordinator Sharon Padilla at 541-992-5748.

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