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Uh-Oh…now it’s the peanut butter…

Oregon warns recipients of food boxes about recall of Jif peanut butter

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is warning the people of Oregon to be on the lookout for Jif brand peanut butter that may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

J.M. Smucker Co., the parent company for the peanut butter brand, issued a voluntary recall on Friday. The Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local partners are investigating this outbreak.

The recalled peanut butter was distributed in retail stores and other outlets throughout the country. It includes creamy, crunchy and natural varieties.

Jif peanut butter was included in food boxes distributed through OHA’s food box program. OHA has investigated further and determined that the recall lot does include the Jif peanut butter that was distributed in the food boxes. This only impacts the peanut butter product inside the food box which can be exchanged for a replacement or refunded. 

Starting today, staff with the Oregon Health Authority is visiting all OHA food hubs and inspecting respective food boxes in order to substitute any recall product for new.  This work will require the remainder of this week to accomplish and all food hubs are being notified this evening. All warehoused Jif products that are waiting to be distributed have been thoroughly inspected and replaced.

To see if your jar of Jif peanut butter is being recalled, check the lot number that is printed below the “Best if Used by” date on the label.

Products with lot codes 1274425 – 2140425, with the digits 425 in the 5th-7th position, are being recalled. This information is printed on the back label of the jar.

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Photo courtesy: Food and Drug Administration

A list of recalled products and their numbers can also be seen on the FDA’s website. If you happen to have a jar included in the recall, you should throw it away immediately. After throwing the peanut butter out, OHA recommends washing and sanitizing any surfaces or containers that might have come into contact with the peanut butter.

For many infected people, symptoms appear 12 to 72 hours after contact and often include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people who are infected recover within four to seven days and do not need any treatment. More serious and severe cases can occur, though, so OHA recommends contacting your health care provider if you believe you have been infected.

Currently, there are 14 cases across 12 states, two hospitalizations, no deaths and no cases in Oregon.

OHA recommends that all peanut butter distributed from April 15 through May 23 be immediately thrown away or exchanged at a retail store.

Product can also be reimbursed directly by Jif by following their instructions at: https://jms-s3-mkt-consumer-p-pmc6.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/recall.html.

Consumers who have questions or would like to report adverse reactions should visit www.jif.com/contact-us or call 800-828-9980 Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM ET.

Please share this information with your community members and partners who may have received a food box.

LC Public Health PCR Testing: Covid-19 PCR Testing from Nye Street location

PCR Testing Available at Lincoln County Public Health

Drive-Up Testing Every Wednesday at the Nye Street Clinic

NEWPORT, Ore. – Lincoln County Public Health, in collaboration with LabDash Testing, will provide drive-up COVID-19 PCR testing from their Nye Street location. Testing will be every Wednesday from 9:00am to 4:00pm, beginning Wednesday, May 25th.  Sign-up links for testing appointments can be found on Lincoln County Public Health’s website: co.lincoln.or.us/COVIDClick on the “Coronavirus Testing” button. Appointments are not necessary to receive a test but are strongly encouraged.

It is also strongly encouraged that you create your LabDash online account prior to arrival for testing as time and space are limited. The link to create an account is on the Coronavirus Testing page.

Testing takes approximately 15 minutes, and results are typically available in your LabDash account within 24-48 hours of testing.  No insurance, primary care referral or MyChart accounts are necessary for this service. Spanish translation is available, and the drive-up clinic is ADA accessible.

Employment is movin’ on up in Oregon…

April 2022 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

In April, unemployment rates declined in 28 of Oregon’s 36 counties. Unemployment rates in seven counties did not decline, but held steady over the month. The unemployment rate in Gilliam County increased over the month. Twelve counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 3.7% in April. Eleven counties had unemployment rates below the national rate of 3.6%.

Klamath County had Oregon’s highest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (5.4%) in April. Other counties with relatively high unemployment rates were Grant (5.3%), Curry (5.1%), Crook (5.0%), and Lincoln (5.0%). Benton County registered the lowest unemployment rate in April, at 2.9%. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in April included Wheeler (3.0%), Washington (3.1%), and Hood River (3.1%).

Between April 2021 and April 2022, total nonfarm employment rose in each of the six broad regions across Oregon. The five Portland metro counties and Willamette Valley region experienced the fastest job growth over the year at 3.8% each. Employment also grew at a relatively fast pace in the Central.

Children’s Department Ribbon Cutting and Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration

Children’s Department Ribbon Cutting and Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration

The Newport Public Library will host a ribbon cutting celebration with our friend Clifford the Big Red Dog to reopen our Children’s Department on Wednesday, June 1st at 12:00 p.m., 35 NW Nye Street.

June 1 also begins our annual Summer Reading program for all ages. This year’s theme is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.” Just like every year, we have programs and prizes for everyone no matter what your age.

Join us to sign up for this year’s Summer Reading program, a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12 pm, robot crafts, cupcakes, fun with Clifford, prize for the best storybook character costume, and more fun.

The Children’s Department Ribbon Cutting and Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration is free and open to the public. The Newport Public Library Summer Reading 2022 is funded in part by the Newport Public Library Foundation, Ready to Read funds from the Lincoln County Library District, and the City of Newport. For more information, please visit www.newportlibrary.org or call 541-265-2153.

The Newport Public Library will host a ribbon cutting celebration with our friend Clifford the Big Red Dog to reopen our Children’s Department on Wednesday, June 1st at 12:00 p.m., 35 NW Nye Street.

June 1 also begins our annual Summer Reading program for all ages. This year’s theme is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.” Just like every year, we have programs and prizes for everyone no matter what your age.

Join us to sign up for this year’s Summer Reading program, a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12 pm, robot crafts, cupcakes, fun with Clifford, prize for the best storybook character costume, and more fun.

The Children’s Department Ribbon Cutting and Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration is free and open to the public. The Newport Public Library Summer Reading 2022 is funded in part by the Newport Public Library Foundation, Ready to Read funds from the Lincoln County Library District, and the City of Newport. For more information, please visit www.newportlibrary.org or call 541-265-2153.

Panther Creek is finally getting a big water gift from the federal government

Panther Creek Water District getting a big drink ‘o water thanks to the Federal Government – $794.000

This Rural Development investment will be used to assist with expenses related to the installation of a retaining wall with a fire hydrant at the base, storm drain, pipes with electrical conduit to facilitate electrical and telecommunication needs. The hillside next to the current water treatment plant was burned in the Echo Mountain fires in September of 2020. The hillside is now a landslide risk, which risks damage to the water treatment plant. The improvements are needed to prevent an imminent water supply issue caused by the Echo Mountain fire. 

For those who lovingly give of themselves to others…

Dr. Lesley Ogden (L) poses with volunteer Ruth Green (R) who received the fresh-cut flower centerpiece in honor of close to 8,000 hours of service to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.

For the first time in three years, an in-person celebration was held during National Volunteer Week to recognize the dedicated volunteers at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. While the low-key event did not include the traditional luncheon with fun activities, speeches and applause, it was greatly appreciated nonetheless, said Kathy Smith, Volunteer Services coordinator.

Volunteers were invited to drop by a conference room on Friday, April 29, to pick up a small gift of appreciation. During the hour, hospital CEO Lesley Ogden, MD, greeted and chatted with the volunteers and announced each volunteer’s lifetime hours of service.

“She did a great job making everyone feel so appreciated,” Smith said.

During the pandemic, Samaritan Health Services decided that the volunteers, many of whom represent an older and more vulnerable demographic, should not be allowed to work in the hospitals and clinics, for their own safety. With restrictions lifting, the volunteers have begun returning to their former duties – serving the hospital, patients and the community.

“One of my volunteers told me that so many employees have come up to them to welcome them back,” Smith said. “Not only do the volunteers perform a useful service but we enjoy the opportunity to talk with these lovely men and women. It’s a refreshing break in our daily routine.”

Each volunteer received a gift bag that contained a cute flowerpot/mug, a Safeway gift card, fancy cookie, certificate of appreciation and Samaritan-branded heart-shaped stress ball.

The following volunteers were recognized for donating 1,000-plus lifetime hours of service:

Ruth Green, 7,894 hours; Susie Lazott, 6,402 hours; Jackie Watson, 4,975 hours; Jerry Zilis, 2,925 hours; Joni Kaletka, 2,853 hours; Kay Dixon, 2,795 hours; Bonnie Gatlin, 2,748 hours; Audrey Crocker, 2,697 hours; Kitty Bushman, 2,144 hours; Vivian Brenden, 1,898 hours; Cathy Baumgarte, 1,536 hours; Carol Seeley, 1,434 hours; Nancy Cross, 1,282 hours; Judy Hathaway, 1,102 hours; Marjie Haun, 1,055 hours; Karen Andreika, 1,015 hours; and Bev Barcroft, countless hours handcrafting quilts for patients and fundraisers.

The SNLH Auxiliary/Volunteers serve in a variety of ways: gift shop and gift boutique sales, family and patient assistance, crafters and knitters, event organizers, staffing community health fairs and more. Proceeds from the hospital gift shop and special events, including the scrub sales, book sales and orchid sale, raise funds that go toward the purchase of equipment for the hospital; health education scholarship money; and hospital supplies and special programs.

CUTLINE: Dr. Lesley Ogden poses with volunteer Ruth Green who received the fresh-cut flower centerpiece in honor of close to 8,000 hours of service to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.

The long arm of the law – Sometimes it works really well…

“PORCH PIRATE” LOCATED AND ARRESTED

News Release from Newport Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: May 23rd, 2022 1:00 PM

On May 20th at approximately 5:38 AM the Newport Police Department received a call of the theft of a package from a Newport resident’s front porch. The victim reported hearing a car door shut and realizing a package that had been delivered the day before, was missing from the porch. 

The victim reviewed their surveillance footage and located a male subject parking a gold colored Honda minivan in the street, walk onto the porch and leave with the package. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the vehicle.

The victim uploaded the surveillance footage to social media and requested help from the public in locating the suspect. At approximately 1:35 pm, the victim contacted Officers and advised someone had spotted the vehicle near SE Fogarty and Highway 20. Officers located the vehicle and found it to be unoccupied.  So officers set up surveillance on the vehicle. At approximately 2:25 pm a male and a female entered the vehicle and began driving east on Highway 20.

Officers stopped the vehicle and identified the male driver as 25-year-old Trystin McClain of Springfield Oregon. McClain matched the physical description of the male observed on surveillance footage and was wearing the same clothing. Once confronted, McClain retrieved the stolen item from the vehicle and turned it over to the Officers. The item was valued at $70, so McClain was issued a citation for Theft II and Driving While Suspended and released from the scene. There was no evidence of additional thefts in McClain’s vehicle. 

BLM ANNOUNCES PACIFIC NORTHWEST FIRE RESTRICTIONS TO PROTECT LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Portland, Ore. – Fire restrictions will go into effect on May 27 for all Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands throughout Oregon and Washington. The BLM encourages all visitors to be aware of active restrictions and closures as we continue to see high visitation rates across Oregon and Washington. 

Fire restrictions help reduce the risk of human-caused fires. Starting May 27, the use of fireworks, exploding targets or metallic targets, steel component ammunition (core or jacket), tracer or incendiary devices, and sky lanterns will be prohibited. 

“Fire restrictions help protect our first responders, local communities, and public lands from accidental wildfires,” said Barry Bushue, BLM Oregon/Washington State Director. “We are continuing to see drought conditions across Oregon and Washington. By following fire restrictions, the public can help us focus our fire resources on naturally caused fires.”

Those who violate the prohibition can be fined up to $1,000 and/or receive a prison term of up to one year. In addition, those found responsible for starting wildland fires on federal lands can be billed for the cost of fire suppression.

May is also ‘Wildfire Awareness Month’. Visit Firewise USA to learn more about how to keep you and your family safe.

For more information on Bureau of Land Management Oregon/Washington seasonal fire restrictions and fire closures, please see www.blm.gov/orwafire. To learn more about fire careers with BLM Oregon-Washington, click here.

Traffic Crash in Lincoln City

10:15am  A two vehicle crash in Lincoln City at 690 SE 101.  Two vehicles – one may have run a red light.  They pulled into a gas station nearby.

19:19am  Lincoln City police say there are no injuries.

Snapping Turtles Threat to Native Species – Watch Out!!

Snapping turtles in Oregon pose threat to native species

ODFW encourages public to report sightings

SALEM — Snapping turtles, an invasive species in Oregon, are nesting this time of year and are more likely to be encountered on land which is an opportunity for the public to help out.

Please report sightings of snapping turtles to ODFW by visiting https://oregonturtles.org.

Snapping turtles can harm native turtle populations as well as amphibians, mammals, birds, and fish. ODFW wildlife biologists have seen an uptick in reports, and some snapping turtles have been captured recently by members of the public (photos available). If you find a snapping turtle on land and can safely do so, contain the turtle and immediately contact ODFW. For example, put a large sturdy container such as a plastic storage tote over the turtle and place a heavy object on top to prevent the turtle from escaping. Stay away from the snapping turtle’s head – they have a long neck and a powerful bite.

Samaritan Pacific Hospital

The common snapping turtle, indigenous to the eastern United States but invasive in Oregon, can reach up to 18 inches in length. Its top shell is strongly serrated and varies from tan/brown to olive to almost black. Its long tail has three rows of saw-tooth keels.

Invasive turtles can be delivered to your local ODFW office when they are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Please call ahead to arrange your delivery.

Photos of snapping turtles can be found here:

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Senator Merkley Tests Positive for COVID-19 – Is Experiencing Mild Symptoms

Sen. Jeff Merkley
D-Oregon

PORTLAND, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after testing positive for COVID: “Today, after having a close contact, I took a COVID test that came back positive. I’m experiencing mild symptoms so far — I know that can change — and attribute that to being vaccinated and boosted. 

I strongly encourage all Oregonians and Americans to take advantage of available vaccines and boosters to stay safe. This is yet another reminder that COVID is still among us. As Americans make plans before the holiday weekend, I encourage everyone to take steps to make sure the virus is not an uninvited guest.”

 

Major Crash on Salmon River Highway

6:10pm  Report of a bad traffic crash at 4142 Salmon River Highway.  One driver says she has an injured back.  One male passenger is in shock and sitting on the ground outside his car.

6:12pm  Life Flight helicopter has been summoned to the scene.

6:19pm  Eastbound accident.  Eastbound lane is blocked.

6:19pm  Rescuers on scene are calling for traffic control.

6:27pm  Only one patient needs transporting to a hospital.  They’ll go with ground ambulance.  Life Flight has been cancelled.

6:35pm  One patient being transported to local hospital.

6:46pm  The scene is being cleared.

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