Sep 152014
 

Courtesy NOAA

Courtesy NOAA


CO2 loading over last 650K years

Climate researchers have reported that the Pacific Northwest has warmed up over the four decades and is expected to warm up even faster in the decades ahead. And all indicators point to human activity – largely the greenhouse gas pollution from the countless coal fired power plants and automobiles and trucks around the world.

The latest update on global warming comes from a publication of Oregon State University. Click here.

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Sep 152014
 

trick or treat fun run

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 Posted by at 6:45 PM
Sep 152014
 
Juvenile Sea Stars UCSC photo

Juvenile Sea Stars
Maya George, UCSC photo

University of California Santa Cruz and Humboldt State University Marine Laboratory in Arcata, CA are reporting sightings of small juvenile sea stars in their inter-tidal shorelines. Marine scientists say this bodes well for chances of a recovering a sea star population that all but disappeared up and down the West Coast in a matter of months. They just wasted away, one arm at a time and then died.

But the appearance of juvenile sea stars has raised hopes that Mother Nature may be back at work repopulating these apex predators who are so important at preserving the health of the inter-tidal shoreline of the West Coast.

However, it’s critical that these juvenile sea stars not be similarly dispatched by the sea star wasting disease. Sadly, some are. But it’s not known to what extent.

The rest of the story is in the Eureka Times-Standard in Eureka, CA. Click here.

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 Posted by at 6:33 PM
Sep 152014
 

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When it was first reported that up to 10,000 Cover Oregon enrollees might have been given too much in tax credits and therefore might owe some tall dollars to the federal government at tax time, the uproar was thunderous. Many Republicans and Democrats called for the immediate end of Cover Oregon seeing the mistake as more bad news that had already sent a tsunami of criticism across Cover Oregon from it’s thoroughly botched exchange computer sign up system.

But, as happens so often with these kinds of issues, it appears that the tax incentive goof up affects far few people than originally believed.

Here’s the story in the Oregonian. Click here.

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 Posted by at 6:03 PM
Sep 152014
 

4pm
Vehicle on side of Highway 20 hit by passing vehicle. Two other vehicles possibly involved. Highway 20 milepost 18 Just west of Eddyville .

One vehicle into a tree.

4:13pm
All vehicles are off the pavement. No blockage to the highway but caution is required.

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Sep 152014
 
Enjoying the last lazy days of Summer 2014 Greg Henton photo

Enjoying the last lazy days of Summer 2014
Greg Henton photo

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Sep 152014
 

swim deal newport pool

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 Posted by at 3:10 PM
Sep 152014
 
Wikipedia photo

Wikipedia photo

When the first white explorers moved across the great American West, they found fertile prairies and huge stretches of massive old growth forests. And in Oregon those forests were seemingly endless as they were thick with trees – big trees – trees so large that that one section today would hardly fit between the trailers of a modern day logging truck.

Those days and those trees are gone. But contemporary forestry researchers are figuring out how those trees got to be so big and so unfazed by fire. The answer lies in their discovery that fire and Mother Nature got along quite well – fire had found its own rightful place in the ecology of forests.

Determining exactly what that rightful place looks and acts like is the perpetual quest of forestry researchers at Oregon State University. And they haven’t found Smoky Bear anywhere in it.

Here’s a quick video from OSU:

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 Posted by at 2:30 PM
Sep 152014
 
Luna is adorably adoptable! LC Animal Shelter

Luna is adorably adoptable!
LC Animal Shelter

Turtle LC Animal Shelter

Turtle
LC Animal Shelter

PETS OF THE WEEK
9/17/14
Luna and Turtle

Our Pets of the Week for the week of September 17, 2014 are a couple of sweet, adult cats named Luna and Turtle. Luna, a short haired, black, spayed female, and Turtle, a short haired, grey, spayed female, have been occupying Cattery 3 for several months now. With all of the kittens coming through, a pair of quiet, calm, clean adult cats just don’t get noticed! But who wouldn’t want to take home kitties who already know and love each other, are very polite and well mannered, and who desperately need a new home to call their own? If you are looking for some furry love to make your house a home, please consider Luna and Turtle!

The fee to adopt any kitty is only $10.00, and you can adopt Luna and Turtle together for the price of one! All kitty adoptions include a vet visit (generously supplied by our local veterinarians), microchip, and vaccinations, as well as a free bag of food courtesy of The Feed Corral. Please contact the shelter to find out if the animal you want is still available.

Please come and visit all the animals at your Lincoln County Animal Shelter, located at 510 NE Harney St. in Newport (just east of the Fairgrounds). Hours are: Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm until 5pm. You can also see all of our available animals on our website at www.lincolncountyanimalshelter.org.

Also, if you can help us restock our pet food pantry for our Meals on Wheels and Food Bank programs, that will really help. We distribute hundreds of pounds of pet food each month to those in need.

For additional information on our available animals, or on volunteering, please call the Shelter during business hours at 265-6610 & press option 6.

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 Posted by at 1:17 PM
Sep 152014
 
Toledo Library

Toledo Library

From Wayne Plourde:

It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to a close, and we have not had the chance to see and celebrate with many of you, but we have an idea…

The Toledo Library is presenting another evening in the park night on Friday the 19th starting at 6:30pm. Live music from Paul Bogaard and friends, readings of poetry, spontaneous performances etc in the beautiful park area behind the Library. We had such a nice evening the last time, we thought we would encourage all of you to come join the fun and then we would all have a chance to get together before the end of summer!

Pack a picnic, pick something to read (celebrating William Stafford poems or some other favorites, including your own), bring a chair and come play with your friends in the park.

Hope to see you all, and I’ll bring cupcakes to share!

All the best – Sarah & Wayne

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