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Razor clam harvesting open on central Oregon coast; Clatsop beaches remain closed

Razor Clams
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The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce the opening of all razor clam harvesting on the central Oregon coast.

Razor clamming is now open from Cape Lookout (just south of Netarts Bay) south to the California border. Recent shellfish samples taken from this area indicate levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid have fallen below the alert level.  Razor clamming remains closed from Cape Lookout north to the Columbia River (including inside the Columbia River). This area of the north coast includes the popular Clatsop beaches which remain closed with razor clam samples well above the alert level. Click here for a map of the open and closed areas.

“With a sample below the closure threshold two weeks ago, we were hopeful Clatsop beaches would reopen this weekend, but that’s not the case,” said Matt Hunter, ODFW Shellfish Project Leader. “However, Newport area beaches are now open so folks have more areas on the coast to razor clam.”

The closure threshold for domoic acid in razor clams is 20 ppm (parts per million). Clatsop beach samples were 33 ppm.

Other razor clam harvest areas include beaches in Gold Beach, Bandon, and Winchester Bay among others. 

Mussel, bay clam and crab harvesting remain open along the entire Oregon coast. Coastal scallops are not affected by biotoxin closures when only the adductor muscle is eaten. ODA does not recommend eating whole scallops. Commercial shellfish products remain safe for consumers. 

Paralytic shellfish toxin and domoic acid toxin are produced by algae and originate in the ocean. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins twice per month, as tides and weather permit. Reopening an area closed for biotoxins requires two consecutive tests with results below the closure limit. 

For more information call ODA’s shellfish biotoxin safety hotline at (800) 448-2474, the Food Safety Division at (503) 986-4720, or visit the ODA Shellfish Biotoxin Closures webpage.

Contact ODFW for recreational license requirements, permits, rules and limits.


Water Rescue at 852 Lighthouse Drive, Newport

4:04pm  Water Rescue operation underway at Yaquina Head.  Surfer is up on the rocks – appears stranded.  Coast Guard is launching a helicopter and a Coast Guard vessel.  Rescuers are at Agate Beach Wayside.  Surfer(s) may be stranded on a rock outcropping off Agate Beach.

4:24pm  Coast Guard helicopter and a Coast Guard vessel to retrieve those on the rocks.  Wave size looks like 3 to 5 feet with light chop.

4:34pm  Coast Guard helicopter will be launching shortly to retrieve male on the rocks.

4:35pm  Coast Guard Helicopter is on scene to rescue the male on the rocks.

5:13pm  Surfer has been air-lifted from the rocky ledge near the lighthouse and is back on solid ground.

5:24pm  Surfer rescue operation is complete.  Injured person is being taken to Samaritan PCH in Newport. 

Water Rescue Off Olivia Beach, Lincoln City

3:30pm  Water Rescue operation underway at Olivia Beach at SW Anchor Drive.  One or two people involved.  

3:39pm   At least one person is out of the water in front of 2713 SW Anchor.   Ambulance is enroute to transport one victim to North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City.

Rescued by Wallace Kaufman

Heron Chick Falls from Tree – Wallace Kaufman was there to rescue it…

I could not return this chick to its nest 50 ft up in a fir canopy. Besides, the fall had broken the left wing. I took it home, fed it my best frozen tuna (unfrozen), a few fresh sculpins, then brought it to bird rehab at the aquarium. If they can fix the wing, it will rise again, fish again. If not, it will pass away peacefully. Better than death by fox, possum, bobcat, or coyote.

Wallace Kaufman

Reading Colors Your World at Driftwood Public Library!

Driftwood Public Library
Lincoln City

Reading Colors Your World at Driftwood Public Library

Summer Reading Programs for All Ages Begin June 15th

Lincoln City – Registration begins on Tuesday, June 15th for the Driftwood Public Library Summer Reading Program! The theme of the Summer 2021 program is Reading Colors Your World. All ages are welcome to participate, from infants to seniors. Community members can sign up on the 15th by visiting the library’s website, calling 541-996-2277, or stopping by the library.

The library’s Summer Reading program is a way to to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills, combat the summertime loss of academic skills in children and teens, and encourage adults to exercise their minds by reading for recreation. It’s also a LOT of fun! Every child or adult who signs up will receive a custom Driftwood Public Library lanyard and a set of colored pencils for tracking their reading journey on a special Summer Reading log. For each goal met, participants color one portion of their reading log. For each column or row (five squares) colored, participants will receive a prize: an enamel or acrylic pin to decorate their lanyard. Once the reading log is full, participants will receive a custom Driftwood Public Library enamel pin, featuring the library’s octopus logo! Infants and toddlers too young for the decorative pins will receive a free board book upon sign up, and an additional board book for each reading goal met. Older children will also receive a free age-appropriate book upon sign-up while supplies last. Board books are provided by the State Library of Oregon’s Ready to Read grant funding, with matching funds from the Friends of Driftwood Public Library.

Due to COVID-19 strictures, all Summer Reading family programs will be virtual this year. Two programs are live with registration required, and the rest will be pre-recorded and available for viewing on the library’s YouTube channel any time during a one-week period. The programs are as follows:

Alex Zerbe: The Zaniac Comedy Show —  June 21 at 11 AM. Registration required – contact the library for registration information.

Mad Science — June 29th and July 1st. Registration required. Sign-ups begin on June 22nd.

Matt Baker, Comedy, stunts — July 11-17

Vikki Gasko Green, ventriloquist — July 18-24

Traveling Lantern Theater — July 25-31

Anne-Louise Sterry, Storyteller — Aug 1-7

Richard Ritchey, the Reptile Man — Aug 8-14

Driftwood Public Library is now open for in-person visits from 10 AM – 4 PM Monday through Friday. Library materials and Summer Reading kits can also be picked up by appointment via the library’s curbside service. For more information or to schedule a pick up, email librarian@lincolncity.org or call the library at 541-996-2277.


From the Ground Up – Dennis Whit and Martha Wallace

From the Ground Up
Dennis White and Martha Wallace

Show dates- June 11 through July 4

Opening- June 11- In Person Opening Reception 5- 7pm
June 12- Virtual Gallery Opening Tour on Facebook @Lincolncityculture
From the Ground Up is a collection of nature inspired, abstracted, color photographs by Dennis White and Raku and traditionally fired works in clay by Martha Wallace. Together this work resonates with surface textures, colors and shapes arranged to elicit a sense of surprise and pleasure. 
At the Chessman Gallery inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City. Lincoln City Cultural Center has new business hours: 10 to 4 Thursday through Sunday). Masks and social distancing required in the building.

Exhibit Description

From the Ground Up is a collection of color photographs and works in clay that are mostly drawn from nature. The compositions are a deliberate departure from full representation of the “pretty” objects and landscapes from which they are derived. All the photos on display are abstract pieces of larger objects for which the arrangement of shapes and colors can elicit a sense of surprise and pleasure.

Clay comes from the ground, so just about anything made of clay fits the Show’s theme. But for many of the pieces, the artist has used glazes and surface textures that resonate with the colors and textures of the photographs. Many of the objects have unusual or playful shapes, some reminiscent of nature, and some rather architectural. The Clay objects combine both Raku and conventional glaze and firing techniques.

After years of working long hours on health reform, I have retired to the beautiful Oregon coast. Now I have time to rekindle my passion for photography. Long before digital, I studied Ansel Adam’s Zone System, a framework for varying exposure and development of black and white film to produce the final image that the photographer has visualized. The craft of photography as practiced in the Zone System has now been integrated into the digital world with its instantaneous results and additional photo refinements. While I have not taken advantage of the extreme manipulation possible in the digital realm, I do employ the enhancements that were possible, but tedious with film-based photography.

Artist’s Statement
Composition and color (including its absence) are now front and center in my pursuit of photographic artistry. I am particularly fascinated by the shapes, color, and light that might show up in anything from a landscape to lichens on rock or the detail of weathered paint on a fishing vessel. Oregon is a particularly rich environment for photography with its diversity of beauty: cityscapes, mountains, rivers, farmland, forests and, of course, the Pacific Ocean with its headlands, tidal zones, waves, and wildlife. I hope that my photographs can connect with viewers in a way that communicates a little of the magic that I am finding all around us.


I have been doing ceramic art for about thirty years. I retired to the Oregon Coast in 2013, after working 25 years in manufacturing management, and twenty years as an Episcopal priest. Since 2013, I worked to refine my skills on the wheel and teach, both of which have been very rewarding personally.

Artist’s Statement
For the last five years, I have worked to master the making of fine porcelain dishware. In the last year or so, I have experimented with combining thrown and hand-built forms. I use both organic and architectural forms as embellishments to thrown forms to get more interesting shapes. Preparing for this show has allowed me to experiment with texture and color to create forms that hint at – if not actually resemble – nature.

For more information call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.

Newport/Oregon Coast Community Drum Circle resumes live activities

Chandler Davis
Pied Piper of Drumming on the Oregon Coast

Newport/Oregon Coast Community Drum Circle resumes live activities

The iconic Newport/Oregon Coast Community Drum Circle will return to its usual summer program of free live community performance events and free and family friendly all-ages open community drum circles beginning Summer Solstice weekend.

The private non-profit will present its first public “live-in-person” event Saturday, June 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, outside (rain or shine) in the picnic area at the east end of Yaquina Bay State Park.

Drum Circle Coordinator Chandler Davis said, “This will be our first live public outing in 15 months and Summer Solstice weekend seemed like the perfect time to come out of our COVID caves and launch our 14th Season of free participatory community rhythm events in Lincoln County.”

Everyone is welcome to join in, participants are encouraged to bring their own drums or light “found” percussion from around the house, and light portable chairs or stools. (For health and safety reasons, loaner drums will not be available.)

Davis said, “Saturday’s event also launches the 11th Season of the free monthly outdoor Summer Celebration performances that we previously did in the Courtyard at the late, lamented Café Mundo in Newport’s Nye Beach neighborhood. We’ll be coming with a full performance set list Saturday and there’s plenty of room for audience at the park if folks just want to come listen to the music without joining in.”

Davis said he is looking for a new permanent location for the summer performance series and for a new larger venue for the regular monthly year-round drum circles that will allow for better air circulation and social distancing than the small glass-enclosed gazebo at Don and Ann Davis Park in Nye Beach where the rhythm gatherings were held for many years.

“For now, we will be presenting both events – separately or combined at least once month — as moveable feasts at different locations and venues in various parts of Lincoln County through September or until we find a permanent venue.” Davis said.

Current recommended COVID-19 protocols for masking and social distancing will be followed. Drugs, alcohol, smoking and disruptive activity of any kind are strictly prohibited at this family-oriented event.

The drum circle’s popular weekly World Beat Rhythm Celebration and Virtual Global Drum Circle, USA online program – streaming simultaneously on Facebook Live and Zoom from Davis’s Facebook page since May 2020 – continues in a new 90-minute summer format most Saturdays from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm with the drum circle’s Thunder & Lightness Trio featuring Terry Filer on the Native American flutes and Special Guests.

For more information or to host or sponsor a drum circle or performance contact Davis at 541-272-4615, via email at chandler@chandlerdavis.com or on Facebook Messenger.

Samaritan Walk Run Roll virtual race raises funds to support patients

Samaritan Foundations and SamFit are partnering once again to present the second annual Samaritan Walk Run Roll, a virtual 5K, 10K and half marathon that participants will complete at their own pace anytime from Sept. 10 to 20, 2021.

Entrants who register for the virtual race between June 11 and 25 will receive a $5 discount off the registration fee and pay only $35. Regular registration is $40 and begins June 26. All entrants who register by Aug. 20 will receive a unique race bib, a custom event T-shirt and a finisher’s medal. Racers will track their own distance and time to upload to the race event site. They can even share a photo of themselves racing so others can see how much fun they are having while getting fit.

The race will motivate individuals to reach their personal fitness goals, and proceeds from each entry fee will benefit Samaritan Health Services’ Patient Support Program. Currently, 610 community members are benefiting from this program through assistance with expenses such as medical bills, transportation, prescriptions, nutritional supplements and groceries. In 2020, the program distributed $82,000 in assistance in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties.

Help support the health and well-being of your community by registering today. The registration deadline to include a T-shirt with your entry is Aug. 20, and you must be registered by Sept. 1 to guarantee you will receive the race packet prior to the race dates.
A 50% discount is available to youth up to the age of 18 who are on the Oregon Health Plan managed by InterCommunity Health Network (IHN-CCO). To get a promo code, send an email to robertw@samhealth.org with name, date of birth and member number for member verification.

This year’s event is powered by HUB Barker-Uerlings Insurance, with more sponsorship opportunities available.

Samaritan, Mosaic Announce Plan for 
New, Enhanced Health Facilities in Sweet Home

Lebanon, OR – Leaders from Samaritan Health Services and Salem-based Mosaic Management, Inc. this week announced plans to enhance health care options in Sweet Home through facility construction and new and expanded programs.

The health system plans to build a 15,000-square-foot facility on land it owns near Wiley Creek Community on the east side of Sweet Home. Wiley Creek provides assisted and independent living services.  Pending city approval of a requested conditional use permit,  the new building will house an urgent care clinic and a larger home for Sweet Home Family Medicine. The current family medicine clinic building will provide enhanced physical rehabilitation services.

In a related move Mosaic Management, Inc. announced plans to purchase the current Wiley Creek operation and adjacent property from Samaritan. Once the purchase is complete Mosaic will continue to operate Wiley Creek as well as construct a new memory care unit to complement the community’s existing senior living options. Mosaic operates 10 other senior living communities throughout Oregon, including Willamette Springs in Corvallis.

Sweet Home City Manager Ray Towry said the plans for enhanced local health services reflect several priorities identified in the city’s strategic goals.  “Our residents prioritized the addition of memory care and urgent care as desired essential services,” Towry said, “so we are very pleased to see these plans moving forward.”

Officials say Samaritan is also pleased to be planning an urgent care clinic in Sweet Home, meeting a  major community need.

Mosaic’s interest in acquiring Wiley Creek Community reflects its pastoral setting with abundant land to expand well-maintained facilities and qualified staff.  The facility’s current 24 employees will be invited to apply for the positions Mosaic plans to hire at Wiley Creek.  Employees may also choose to apply for other jobs within Samaritan for which they qualify.

Mosaic is an Oregon company with a strong reputation and deep expertise with senior living communities.  Mosaic also plans to add memory care services at Wiley Creek, which will further enhance their care options.

The Wiley Creek purchase is expected to be completed in late August. Pending city permit approval, construction of the memory care unit will take approximately a year.

Science says that fossil fuels are obsolete – only politics obstructs solar, wind and geothermal

‘Fossil Fuel Transition to Renewable Energy Totally Doable

“The hurdle is no longer economic nor technical; our biggest challenges are political. A cleaner future is within reach.”

Andrea Germanos

Staff Writer, Common Dreams


Ditching fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy in order to keep warming below the 1.5ºC threshold is both “necessary and technically feasible.”

That’s the conclusion of an analysis released Thursday entitled Fossil Fuel Exit Strategy. Produced by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures in cooperation with the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative, the report states clearly that “there is no need for more fossil fuels” because the world is overflowing with renewable energy capacity.

“The world has more than enough renewable energy resources that can be scaled up rapidly enough to meet the energy demands of every person in the world without any shortfall in global energy generation.” —Fossil Fuel Exit Strategy

Such a pathway, said Sanjay Vashist, director of Climate Action Network South Asia, would avert a “criminal waste of money” that would “have devastating climate and humanitarian consequences.”

A key point in the analysis is that simply stopping the industry’s planned expansion of fossil fuel projects is insufficient to meet the Paris climate agreement’s temperature goal and would actually “push warming well above 1.5ºC.”

With this angle, the new analysis goes beyond the International Energy Agency’s report last month calling for no oil and gas expansion in order to meet a goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. That’s because even if there were no expansion, the report’s projections show, the world would produce 35% more oil and 69% more coal than is consistent with meeting the 1.5°C target.

As such, Fossil Fuel Exit Strategy lays out a dirty energy phaseout with an annual decline of 9.5% for coal, 8.5% for oil, 3.5% for gas from 2021-2030.

A further difference between the new report’s 1.5ºC scenario and the IEA report is its rejection of carbon capture technology and bioenergy as well as nuclear energy going forward.

Leaving those sources aside is no problem because expanding efficiency measures will lower overall energy demands, even amid increased electrification. That’s because wind and solar power—sectors that are acceleratingare in a position to take over for fossil fuels.

“Our analysis shows that even applying a set of robust, conservative estimates that take into account environmental safeguards, land constraints, and technical feasibility, solar and wind energy could power the world more than 50 times over,” the report states. “This is the case even for Africa and India with their growing energy demand.”

“With this report, it is even clearer to everyone that world leaders have no excuse. We must act now.” —Mitzi Jonelle Tan, Youth Advocates Climate Action Philippines

The report points also to previous estimates showing Africa’s potential as a renewable “superpower” because “the solar and wind potential across the continent far outstrip every other region of the world.”

There are also global financial benefits to be considered. The report notes that renewable costs are becoming at least cost-competitive with fossil fuels. What’s more, investments in dirty energy are becomingstranded assets.”

The good news is that “the world has more than enough renewable energy resources that can be scaled up rapidly enough to meet the energy demands of every person in the world without any shortfall in global energy generation,” according to the report.

Rebecca Byrnes, deputy director for the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative, welcomed the new publication as providing evidence “that a practical pathway exists where there are no new fossil fuel projects, existing projects are phased out, emissions are kept within a 1.5°C budget, and energy access becomes universal, all while using existing and increasingly cost-competitive technologies.”

“The hurdle is no longer economic nor technical; our biggest challenges are political,” she added. “A cleaner future is within reach and, while international cooperation is essential for innovation and investment, nation-states can and should act now to regulate fossil fuel production decline.”

Referencing the record number of extreme weather events that have battered her home country, Mitzi Jonelle Tan of Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines and Fridays For Future Philippines called the “current level of warming… already hell for us in the Global South.”

Tan sharply criticized the possibility of further fossil fuel expansion, saying it “will clearly put us past the 1.5°C limit [and] is a death sentence to the most marginalized people.”

“With this report,” she added, “it is even clearer to everyone that world leaders have no excuse. We must act now, the science and the people are united in calling for justice.”


Passing the leadership baton at the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce


Depoe Bay Chamber Announces New Leadership Positions

The Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the addition of their new Chamber Manager, Mellissa Sumner. Mellissa has a passion for connecting people and businesses with over 20 years’ experience in tourism, sales, marketing, education, hospitality, events, and non-profit management.

Mellissa will be a great resource to the Depoe Bay business community, through proven leadership skills and a passion for networking. She plans to support local businesses in their pandemic recovery and continued growth to position organizations for immediate and long-term success. Guest services are a top priority for Mellissa, who has a proven track record for turning any situation into a positive one.

Mellissa is currently working part-time at the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce and is excited to expand her expertise to the Depoe Bay community. Fast-paced environments are where she thrives and Mellissa is looking forward to the opportunity to serve both the Lincoln City and Depoe Bay Chambers of Commerce.

“We’re very happy Mellissa will be managing our Chamber along with supporting the Lincoln City Chamber, which will greatly benefit both communities. Her extensive event management experience will help us quickly regain what’s been lost with many canceled large community events. We look forward to putting Mellissa’s many talents and great energy to work for Depoe Bay and our members,” stated Depoe Bay Chamber Board President Bill Johnson.

Laura Furgurson, who has served as the Chamber’s Executive Director for over 2 years, will continue part-time with the Depoe Bay Chamber as an Economic Development Manager. In this position, Laura will lead the business assistance tactics outlined in a 2021 Economic Development grant from Lincoln County. In addition, to this new Chamber role, Ms. Furgurson is serving as the Blue Economy Innovation Catalyst with Oregon RAIN, in partnership with Hatfield Marine Science Center, to build and grow the maritime industry in Oregon.

Johnson added, “Laura has done a great job getting our Chamber to the next level by expanding membership benefits, adding substantial grant funding, and effectively marketing Depoe Bay as a destination. We are excited she’ll be continuing to support local businesses, along with those throughout the state in her new position.”

Local artwork and donated books sought for North Lincoln Hospital

The new Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, which opened in February 2020, has architectural features that evoke the feelings of the local environment — from coastal forest trails leading to cool sandy beaches on the shores of the magnificent Pacific Ocean. As a complement to the new hospital, a nearby building was remodeled to provide additional clinical, business and administrative space.

…aimed at children…

Now, Samaritan Health Services is soliciting local artwork to create a soothing and healing environment to all who enter these buildings. The deadline to submit an artwork proposal application is Wednesday, July 16.  “We had a similar arts acquisition project for the new Samaritan hospital in Newport, with outstanding results,” said Sara Krainik, Samaritan ArtsCare coordinator. “We have countless talented artists in Lincoln County who work in a variety of artistic media and we are proud to display their beautiful work.”

Krainik said the committee is seeking donated artwork and art to purchase. Selected artwork will be curated with priority given to artists residing in Lincoln County. The artwork must be suitable for a healing environment and should have a nature theme with regional or historic imagery.
For complete information and to request a proposal application, contact Krainik at skrainik@samhealth.org or 541-768-6762.

Bridge Problems in Toledo – Detour being set up…

Georgia-Pacific recently conducted a preliminary engineering inspection of the bridge that crosses Depot Slough via NW 1st Street in Toledo. GP has determined that the bridge is in need of repair and has closed the span effective at 2 pm today (June 9).

GP will continue to analyze the bridge in consultation with private engineering experts and public agencies.  In the meantime, the Toledo Police Dept. has advised that all truck traffic bound for the bridge to bypass the Exit 7 truck route on US Highway 20 and instead use the west junction exit (also known as the Dairy Queen exit) on US 20.  After turning off US 20 via the west junction exit, GP-bound trucks must comply with the posted speed limits (35 mph transitioning to 25 mph closer to town) as they proceed to the right-hand turn onto NW Bay Boulevard and then to mill Gate 7.

More information will be shared as appropriate. In the meantime, we apologize for any inconvenience to the community that this may cause.

C.J. Drake, Georgia-Pacific

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