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Domoic Acid in decline. And the clams love it!!

Razor clam opening on central coast. 

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce the opening of the south-central coast beaches for recreational razor clamming. Recent razor clam samples indicate the marine biotoxin domoic acid has dropped below the closure limit. Razor clamming is now open from the Columbia River to  to Cape Arago (south of Coos Bay).

Razor clamming remains closed from  Cape Arago to the California border for elevated levels of domoic acid toxin. 

Recreational mussel, bay clam and crab harvesting is open along the entire Oregon coastline. Coastal scallops are not affected by this closure when only the adductor muscle is eaten. The consumption of whole recreational scallops is not recommended. 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 shellfsh toxins twice per month, as tides and weather permit. Reopening an area requires two consecutive tests with results below the limit.

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

ODA contact: Judy Dowell (503) 871-2118

Samaritan Revises Visitor Restrictions

 

Samaritan hospital
Newport

(CORVALLIS, Oregon – May 29, 2020) – Samaritan Health Services has modified the temporary visitor restrictions in place due to coronavirus for all hospitals and facilities.

Each hospital patient may have one healthy visitor over the age of 12 per day, with the following exceptions:

  • Patients under the age of 18 and patients receiving end-of-life care will be allowed two visitors per day.
  • Those not admitted as inpatients will be allowed one visitor only if needed to help the patient get around within the facility. This applies to outpatient appointments at all hospitals, clinics and other facilities.
  • COVID-19 patients may have one healthy visitor per day only if the patient is under the age of 18 or is incapacitated and incapable of making health-related decisions. COVID-19 patients receiving end-of-life care may have two healthy visitors per day.

Every person is required to sanitize their hands and wear a mask upon entry. Additional screening precautions may be required.

Learn more about Samaritan’s procedures related to the COVID-19 pandemic at samhealth.org/Coronavirus.

 

Out with the old, in with the new – Unemployment checks should start moving again

Getting those unemployment checks out the door…

Governor Kate Brown announced today that she asked for and has received the resignation of Oregon Employment Department Director Kay Erickson. Effective immediately, David Gerstenfeld, Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Division Director, will serve as interim Director of the Department.

“In the middle of this pandemic, the continued delays from the Oregon Employment Department in delivering unemployment insurance benefits to thousands of out-of-work Oregonians are unacceptable,” said Governor Brown. “This is an unprecedented crisis, and the problems at the department demand an urgent response. I’d like to thank Director Erickson for her years of service to the State of Oregon, but it is clear that new leadership is needed.”

“I have directed the Oregon Employment Department to address the current backlog in unpaid claims, and to clearly communicate the status of any unpaid claims to Oregonians,” said Governor Brown. “In these incredibly stressful times, Oregon families are counting on these benefits. We will make this right. Oregonians will receive the benefits that they are owed.”

Gerstenfeld has served as the Paid Family and Medical Leave Division Director in the Department since September of 2019. Prior to that, he had served as Unemployment Insurance Division Director since 2011. He has worked for the State of Oregon since 1997, and received a law degree from Lewis and Clark.
 

Step Right Up! There’s a vacancy on the Newport City Council!!

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 10, 2020 FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS TO FILL A VACANCY ON THE NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL

The Newport City Council is seeking applications from residents interested in filling a vacancy on the Newport City Council. The vacancy was created by the resignation of former City Councilor David Allen, who recently accepted the position of City Attorney for the City of Newport. The selected applicant will fill the remainder of former Councilor Allen’s term which will expire on January 3, 2023.

Applicants must be qualified electors and have resided within the city limits for at least one year immediately prior to appointment.

Due to furloughs, the application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, June 10, 2020, by 3:00 P.M. Applications received after that date and time will not be considered.

The City Councilors will conduct interviews of the applicants at the City Council meeting of June15, 2020. Following the interviews, an appointment to fill the vacancy will be made by the City Council.

Applications should be made by utilizing the committee application form found on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov. Click on “City Government,” located under the photo of the bridge; then click on “Committee Application,” and submit the application electronically. Anyone needing a hard copy application may request one at the City Manager’s Office, Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport.

As a reminder, the Newport City Hall will be closed on all Fridays from June 5, 2020 through August 28, 2020.

Questions may be directed to Peggy Hawker, at p.hawker@newportoregon.gov, or at 541.574.0613.

Port of Newport appoints a new port commissioner

Kelley Retherford
New Port of Newport Commissioner

Retherford appointed to the Port Commission  

     Coinciding with the 110th anniversary of the Port of Newport’s first Port Commission meeting, four commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Kelley Retherford to fill a vacancy on the commission at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday. 

     Retherford was appointed to a term expiring on June 30, 2021, which was left vacant when Sara Skamser resigned from the body earlier in May. Retherford, the only applicant for the position, brings a wealth of experience with her as the Vice President of both Retherford Fisheries, Inc. and Reliance Fisheries, Inc. She has also served on other business and non-profit boards.   

     “I would like to serve for the purpose of maintaining and building the future of this port,” she wrote in her application for consideration. “I would like to know that the future is secure and the growth and beauty of this port is secure. As a businesswoman, wife, mother, and grandmother, I believe that preserving and protecting is an important aspect for the future. That in order to continue to enjoy the area in which we live in and around, we need to be part of the process.”

     From working in the family businesses to her active role in her church and in Newport Fisherman’s Wives, Retherford said she would like to bring her skills, knowledge, and teamwork to the Port of Newport.

     “I believe my role as a Port Commissioner would be to protect and preserve our port through problem solving, teamwork and making good financial decisions,” she noted.

     Retherford will be sworn in at the Port’s next meeting on June 23, 2020.

     In other business, General Manager Paula Miranda updated the Commission on the re-opening of the South Beach boat ramp on May 14. Marina officials reported light use the first weekend, with increased but manageable use after all-depths halibut season opened on May 21. 

     The Oregon State Marina Board assisted the Port with a $2,500 grant to help offset the cost of increased security during the Covid-19 pandemic.

     Miranda noted that revenues are down by roughly $40,000 as a result of the long-term closure of the RV park and boat ramp – both of which are now open to the public.

     Tuesday’s meeting coincided with an important date in the Port’s history. May 26, 1910 was the date of the first-ever Port Commission meeting at the Port of Newport. It was 110 years ago when then Gov. Frank Benson appointed all five commissioners. They were R.A. Bensall (President), J.A. Olssen, Edward Stocker, George King, and Thomas Leese (Secretary). Just one year earlier, Oregon had passed a state law allowing for the formation of Port Districts.

 

Nuthin’ better than goin’ claming….

Razor Clams
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Recreational Shellfish Alert
Razor clam opening on central coast.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce the opening of the south-central coast beaches for recreational razor clamming. Recent razor clam samples indicate the marine biotoxin domoic acid has dropped below the closure limit. Razor clamming is now open from the Columbia River to to Cape Arago (south of Coos Bay).

Razor clamming remains closed from Cape Arago to the California border for elevated levels of domoic acid toxin.

Recreational mussel, bay clam and crab harvesting is open along the entire Oregon coastline. Coastal scallops are not affected by this closure when only the adductor muscle is eaten. The consumption of whole recreational scallops is not recommended. 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 shellfsh toxins twice per month, as tides and weather permit. Reopening an area requires two consecutive tests with results below the limit.

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

ODA contact: Judy Dowell (503) 871-2118

 

The U.S. Supreme court ruled 5-4 that state governments CAN shut down churches during pandemics and other disasters

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Toledo

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that churches can be legally shut down during emergencies like the Corona Virus or other disasters.  The ruling was opposed by the conservative justices but normally conservative Chief Justice John Roberts abandoned his conservative colleagues and sided with the liberal wing of the Court.  Here’s the story in the Washington Post…Click here.

Really weird story about stolen car, stolen gun and an fleeing driver who got caught “flat tired.”

You may recall last week that Sheriff’s Deputies caught up with a man who was wanted for beating up a fellow Waldport resident.  More information is now available.  The victim managed to escape his assailant.  But Waldport being a small town, it didn’t take long for law enforcement to figure out who did the slugging and they spotted him driving what turned out to be a stolen red compact car.  

Suspect Richard Leach of Waldport was spotted by a sharp eyed Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy and went after him.  For some reason, Leach’s stolen car kept losing air in its tires and was forced to drive a considerable distance on two flat tires.  Officers caught up with him at Eckman Creek Road and Lakeside.  The Toyota hit road spikes and that stopped the chase.

Leach was transported to the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Kidnapping, Weapons Violation, Auto Theft, Eluding Police, Pointing a Firearm at Another and more.  Leach was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on a $730,000 bail.

If you’re wondering about annual inspections on vehicles….and the 52 card pickup due to Covid-10….

NEWS RELEASE

DEQ extends vehicle inspection station closures through at least June 15/16, other inspection options still available

Date: May 29, 2020

Statewide, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, which closed its vehicle inspection stations on March 17 in an effort to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 among staff and customers, has extended those closures through at least June 15 for its Medford-Ashland location and June 16 for its Portland-Metro locations. Meanwhile, the agency continues to offer several options for obtaining an inspection compliance certificate.

DEQ’s goal is always to protect the health and safety of employees and customers. As Jackson County moved into Phase 1 of its reopening in mid-May, DEQ adjusted its Medford-Ashland station plan in alignment with the new health and physical distancing guidelines. In addition, Columbia and Clackamas Counties recently began transitioning to Phase 1. As such, the approval of reopening plans and their implementation for stations in those counties are expected shortly, with the rest of the Portland-Metro stations to follow. Additional updates will be available on DEQ’s Vehicle Inspection Station Closure Information (During COVID-19-related Emergency)page.

For more details, visit https://go.usa.gov/xw4S4.

Surf Rescue off Yaquina Head – 8 people – 6 teens and 2 adults (preliminary estimate)

Yaquina Head where up to 8 people are stranded after being washed up on to the rocks near Yaquina Head.  Earlier reports inicated they were “Boogey-Boarding.” 

2:35pm

Surf rescue near Yaquina Head.  Two men and six older children are stranded in waves off east of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.  Rescue operations are underway.  Coast Guard says the victims are on some rocks.
May need a helicopter rescue.

Now rescuers are summoning a rope team.  Now the victims are said to be 6 children and two adults. 

3:27pm  Newport Fire Chief Rob Murphy has called for additional rope rescue personnel.  This may take a while.

3:33 pm  Staging area is at Agate Beach.

3:45pm – Newport Fire Chief says Coast Guard is on scene beginning a partial rescue.

3:52pm – Newport Fire Chief is calling for all available off-duty firefighters to head for Agate Beach (Lighthouse) Newport to help with the rescue.

Coast Guard Helo rescues stranded boogie boarders on south side of Yaquina Head
Krystin Frye photo

Another coastguardsman holds on to a victim being lifted out of a cove on the south side of Yaquina Head.

Coast Guard rescue helo lifts out another trapped victim. All were removed from the isolated beach below. Brenda Luntzel photo

CALL FOR PHOTOS:  Send to News@NewsLincolnCounty.com

What are you seeing?  Call:  541-351-1408

OHA tending toward a bit more expansive interpretation of what’s going on….

Corona Virus

Oregon Health Authority to take on role of reporting of large COVID-19 workplace outbreaks

PORTLAND  — The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will begin reporting large COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces, based on a directive from agency head Patrick Allen. Effective immediately, OHA will publicly report all past and future outbreaks that involve five or more COVID-19 cases in a workplace setting, no matter where the outbreak is located.

The only exception to the new policy would be if the disclosure would identify an individual or a reporting source.

As a home rule state, Oregon’s public health system is a partnership between OHA and county health departments. Currently, responsibility for investigating and reporting any communicable disease outbreak rests with a lead public health agency, in most cases a local public department, if the outbreak is limited to a single county jurisdiction. OHA is the lead agency in public health investigations that involve multiple counties or the Oregon portion of a national outbreak.

Reporting on any public health investigation must balance public health and safety, the need to ensure full cooperation by people who are affected by the outbreak so health officials can best protect the public, and patient privacy. Oregon’s public health investigations statute limits the disclosure of information. Health officials are only permitted to report information when public health is at risk, or when the agency publishes the data.

Director Allen said, “The COVID-19 pandemic demands that we all rethink how we accomplish necessary tasks that are vital to our roles. OHA believes a consistent, transparent statewide approach to reporting COVID-19 cases in workplaces will give Oregonians more information to help people avoid the risks of COVID-19 infections. We want to ensure employers, workers and customers know the same criteria will apply, no matter where they work or what businesses they support, everywhere in Oregon.”

OHA will publish information about all workplace outbreaks involving 5 or more cases through news releases and other regular COVID-19 communications channels and publications, including its COVID-19 website.

More coming up at LC Cultural Center

Saturday, May 30 @ 3 pm

The 2020 Siletz Bay Music Festival was to have been a season of anniversaries and celebrations. Sigh. But we’ve fund an occasion we can celebrate together: Yaki’s 75th Birthday. On Saturday, May 30, Siletz Bay Music Festival and Lincoln City Cultural Center are presenting A Virtual Musical Tapas Birthday Celebration to honor the festival’s fearless and beloved artistic director. YOU are invited to the party!

The SBMF’s annual Tapas concert, normally presented at Eden Hall, is like a living room cabaret. Sitting at small tables, attendees see world-class musicians perform unusual or quirky selections on a cozy set with a rug, a sofa and some picture frames. For this virtual Tapas event, musicians from throughout the 10-year history of the festival will be dropping by the Zoom living room to share a song, a laugh, some wine and a toast. After these weeks in isolation, they are no doubt looking forward to a live audience.

There are two ways to enjoy this Zoom event. To join the celebration as one of a limited number of virtual guests, send an email request to info@siletzbaymusic.org. They’ll send you the official Zoom login and instructions on how to participate. You’ll need to do that prior to the start time: 3 pm on Saturday, May 30. 

If you’d rather enjoy the concert as an observer, tune to the LCCC Facebook Page “Live” Section starting at 3 pm. The celebration will be recorded, and available for later viewing on that page, as well as on the center’s website.

Of course, these delicious programs are made possible through the generosity of arts lovers like you. Make a donation to celebrate Yaki’s birthday, and you’ll be supporting both the Siletz Bay Music Festival and the Lincoln City Cultural Center. You can give through the Facebook buttons that appear, or head to the festival’s website here.

 

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